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Voodus/Domgard/Ginnungagap/Ljungeld Över Människan/Shadow Records/Regain Records/2021 Split Album Review

vendredi 30 juillet 2021 à 03:30

 


   This  is  a  review  of  a   split  album  between  Sweden's  Voodus  and  Domagard  called  "Ginnungagap/Ljungeld  Över  Människan"  which  will b e  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Shadow  and  Regain  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Voodus  who  return  with  their  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal.




  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.




  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Norse  Paganism,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.




  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Voodus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Call".




  Next  up  is  Domgard  who  return  with  their  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal.




  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  epic  sounding  intro  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a v ery  melodic  style  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.




  When  the  music  speeds  up  a decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  ritualistic  whispers  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Dark  Germanic  Heathenism  and  Anti  Cosmic  themes.




  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Domgard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  " Förbannelsedom".




  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  and  pagan  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.




https://regainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ginnungagap-ljungeld-ver-m-nniskan

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/voodusdomgardginnungagapljungeld-over_29.html


Seer of Gallows/Entropy Of Holocene/Iron, Blood And Death Corporation/2021 CD Review

jeudi 29 juillet 2021 à 05:07

 


  Seer  Of  Gallows  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Entropy  Of  Holocene"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood  And  Death  Corporation.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  riffs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  with  some  black  metal  screams


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  One  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  


  Seer  of  Gallows  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Seer  Of  Gallows  are  a  very  aggressive  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Our  Kingdom  Will  Come"  "Portals  Of  Hunger"  and  "Entropy  Of  Holocene".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/seer-of-gallowsentropy-of-holoceneiron.html


Praise The Plague Interview

jeudi 29 juillet 2021 à 03:02

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


We are finally able to rehearse on the regular and we are getting ready to play live again. We've been spending the last months promoting the release and looking to book shows for the next year.


2.You have a new album coming out in July, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


To us, 'The Obsidian Gate' feels like a journey. The songwriting has rather been influenced by black metal, than it had been before. 'Antagonist' and 'Antagonist II' have more doom parts in them. All in all it still is a good mixture between both of the genres.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


We often talk about depression in our lyrics, 'The Obsidian Gate' is no different there. The story is about a person, who thinks is dying, only to realize that it's all just an illusion. In the end this illusion still becomes reality.


As for the progress, this is the first full length, that we have written together. The process might've similar to our prior releases, since Marcel is still the main songwriter, but he had our influences to work with. We all grew together as a group and we grew as individuals.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Praise The Plague'?


It is about humankind being the plague, considering itself to be above all. We praise ourselves for what we have become, and we don't realize what we have destroyed along the way.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


It is very important to us, that we not only transport impressions and emotion through our music, but also through the visual side. 'The Obsidian Gate' is a suppressing journey between a dream and the reality. This path takes you through anxiety and dark emotions, a journey till the end, into complete darkness.


It was a weeks long process that aligned with Roberts story writing phase. In the end we realized a depiction of what the lyrics transport. Therefore the artwork is like a veil, which is penetrated by harsh and solid elements. The deeper you look into the landscape, the more details you can find.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


We had the opportunity to play with a lot of friends like A Secret Revealed, Ancst, Earth Ship and Der Weg Einer Freiheit. Sharing the stage with people we like is probably the best thing that can happen to us and we are always looking forward to that.


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Lifeforce Records', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Black Omega Recordings?


Lifeforce is the well known label here. They have a long history of releasing bands. We have felt very comfortable with Black Omega, pretty much equally comfortable as we are now. This is as far as i will go with comparisons.


8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, sludge and doom metal?


We are glad if people get to know us here in Europe. Sure, there are a couple of people that have heard of us in the US for example, but i wouldn't dare and say that we are a worldwide known artist.


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


As a matter of fact, Marcel, Sascha and Benjamin have a side project called Naenia. But other than that, it's all Praise the Plague here.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


We will stick to what we know, maybe change the emotions a little. Things like that usually happen pretty natural without us forcing things, so we'll see.


11.What are you listening to nowadays?


Pretty much whatever the combined worlds of doom and black metal throw at us.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?


Thanks for the interview, we really appreciate that and we hope to see some of you sooner than later!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/praise-plague-interview.html


Hladomrak Interview

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 06:44

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


Ever since the recording of the album we've been busy doing work surrounding the release, like interviews. We've also recorded a video for ”Fozforos Insignia”, a track from the upcoming album.



2.In September you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


It expands from the earlier work. It's a new chapter, it's an upgrade in every aspect.



3.This is also your first full length since 2017, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


It's been a time for renewal for the band. Previous collaborations out, new musicians in. New inspirational wells have been explored for this new presentation. Fresh ideas, new concepts. It's all good.


4.On the new album you cover 'Fall-Division Luciferianism;, can you tell us a little bit more about this form of the Luciferian Path?


All thoughts and statements are solely my conclusions within the book, Fall Division. The conclusions have been manifested over several years of religious studies, living alongside people and observing their habits and seeing their general behavior as individuals and actors inside a collective group. The conclusions are also my truths for describing what mankind is and how it works. All thoughts regarding the individual, in all forms, are results of personal contemplation of existentialism.


When discussing the true individual in how to achieve A.R.P.I or reaching

for I, it is not essentially through any spiritual practices leading to a

mystical union in the likings of Eliphas Levi or Aleister Crowley as expressed

by the use of “the Great Work”. If one is to draw parallels to existing “beliefs”,

Luciferianism would be one to be at level. At base discussion, the principles of

Luciferianism grasp the fundamental ideas introduced in Fall Division. The

emphasis of the individual and the mind, relevant perceptions of a person's

conscious environment, as well as the concept of the individual striving to become

its own God, are all part of the core thoughts of Fall Division.


5.Your older lyrics touched on the dark side of the nature, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?


The old lyrics grasp the core idea of Hladomrak. Hladomrak is the unrelenting, untamed, and unforgiving force within nature, the one indifferent and ruthless to mankind. Hladomrak is You, when Your mind is cold and thoughts wander in darkness of consciousness searching for answers to eternal questions. Born from the essence of first water, shaped from the growth of flora, a mind of pure root. In slumber yet never asleep, the overseer in thickest moss, the eye inside the creek mist, ever watching, ever waiting.



6.You also have used a variety of many different languages in your songwriting, can you tell us a little bit more about which languages you have used in your lyrics?


English, Reithariil and Finnish.



7.I know that the bands name means 'cold darkness' in the Slavic languages, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?


The idea was to merge both feelings, to joining everything cold and dark into one expression. It's the merging of a pulse experienced while living, it's simultaneously synonymous for death. It sets the mantra into the creation.



8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


It's a symbolic depiction of mankind as a race, posing as the supreme creature on this earth yet always being out of its element, left to the mercy of the wild and killed at will. The setting is in the darkest woods and the person is being killed by nature and swallowed by its roots.









9.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?


In the beginning, since there were no plans of playing live, the solo thing worked out fine. Around 2013 though Dipa joined Hladomrak for bass duties. Thoughts about playing live became real at that point. Later drummer Hagall joined to complete the line-up.


10.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


The best gig was our last before the pandemic, in January of 2020 with Ereb Altor in Gävle, Sweden. It was a loud expression of pure hatred, a celebration for the coming end of mankind.



11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to  your music by fans of black metal?


Generally good response. I've only seen good things.



12.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


For every member of the band, Hladomrak is the only priority.



13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Only Hladomrak knows. The will of I will take us there.



14.What are you listening to nowadays?


Craft.


15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?


Nothing to add.

www.hladomrak.band
https://www.facebook.com/Hladomrak 
www.hladomrak.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/hladomark-interview.html


Grandeur/Aurea Aetas/Personal Records/2021 EP Review

mercredi 28 juillet 2021 à 06:33

 


      Grandeur  are  a  so9lo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "Aurea  Aetas"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Personal  Records.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal screams.


  Elements  of  crust  punk  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  touches  of  modern  era  post  black  metal  can  also be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  bonus  track.


  Grandeur  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  melodic  black  emtal  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  post  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  quest  for  the  Aurea  Aetas.


  In  my  opinion  Grandeur  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Grandeur"  and  "Aurea  Aetas".  8  out  of  10.


http://www.personal-records.bandcamp.com/album/aurea-aetas-bonus-track-edition  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/grandeuraurea-aetaspersonal-records2021.html