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Thecodontion/Jurassic/Xenoglossy Productions/Wooaaargh/Glossolalia Records/2019 7 Inch Review

samedi 23 février 2019 à 03:36

  Thecodontion  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  prehistoric  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  with  some  touches  of  grindcore and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  7  inch  "Jurassic"  which  will  be released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Xenoglossy  Productions,  Wooaaargh  and  Glossolalia  Records.

  A  very  powerful  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  ep  and  also  takes  the  place  of  a  regular  guitar  as  the  lead  instrument.  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  war  metal  style  which  also introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  also  mixing  in a   great  amount  of  grindcore  elements.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  lot  of  death  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  a  touch  of  thrash  and  the  songs  also  manage  to  capture  a  lot  of  brutality  with  bass  guitars,  drums  and  vocals  alone.

  Thecodonition  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  some  elements  of  grindcore  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dinosaurs,  fossils,  paleontology  and  prehistoric  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Thecodonition  are  a  very  great  sounding  prehstoric  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Normannognathus  wellnhoferi  (Crests)"  and  "Breviparopus  taghbaloutensis  (Legacy  of  the  Trackmaker  Unknown)".  8  out  of  10.

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Goatkraft/Sulphorous Northern Bestiality/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review

samedi 23 février 2019 à 02:52

  Goatkraft  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Sulphorous  Northern  Bestiality"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  distorted,  evil  and  demonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  brutal  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  more  bestial  side  of  death  metal  at  times.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  era  while  still  being  very  modern  at  the  same  time.  Some  of  the  interludes  before  the  songs  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  occult  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  style  that  was  presented  on  their  previous  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  blasphemy,  death,  hate  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Giatkraft  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hordes  Of  Damnation"  Bestial  Desecration"  and  "Blasphemous  Sulphur  Oppression".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Perpetual Among Us Interview

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 06:07
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

The band was formed in mid 2017 with the intention of being able to perform a black metal with atmospheric passages and dense sections where we could trigger stories related to a murderer who wants to be a god. The music and compositions are by Perpetual Among Us and the lyrics were written by Cristian Tapia, who helped us to deepen a little more what we wanted to express.

2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Our musical style is oriented towards Black Metal, but as a band we have a fairly modern sound. This can transgress the most faithful listeners to the classic black metal sound, but in essence we believe that we can print riffs, voices, lyrics and drums that are born mainly from Black Metal

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

This new musical material was thought as a conceptual disc. The main theme is about the four stages that a serial killer goes through; the aura, the hunting, the seduction and finally the murder (Amen). This serial killer is the one who relates these murders believing to be a god.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Perpetual Among Us'?

Perpetual among Us means the very act of the murderer, saying that he is perpetual and powerful as a god, whether real or not. The word "perpetual" is intense, solemn, dark and direct, which fits perfectly in our music.

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

The art was made by the graphic designer Eliseo Peña, based on a concept of smoke and ashes, representing everything we are and will be the aesthetic proposal of the band.The idea of developing art under these concepts is mainly to be able to give a visual sustenance consistent with the music of the album.

6.In the band photo all of the members are wearing cloaks, would you consider your music as being ritualistic?

During the recording process, clean voices were incorporated with choirs and the use of ritual elements typical of a ceremony, but not necessarily the band points in that "ritual" or "solemn" direction. We do not rule out being able to use that resource, but for the moment it is an element that came naturally to our music.

Our visual proposal is oriented to detach ourselves from autonomous images of each member, in order to enforce everything in our music.

7.Has the band had any opportunists to do any live shows?

The band does not appear live yet. At the moment we are focused on expanding our music and composing more material in the studio.

Recently we had changes in our line up that have been quite positive, however, they have delayed our live debut. We are happy with our decisions as a band and we hope that these changes will allow us to have a better performance.

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

We had a positive reaction on our music. The reviews and comments have been quite good. We believe that it has been the result of showing visceral music, full of anger, with a good lyrical plot.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We hope to release new material at the end of 2019 by recording in the same studio and releasing the material with our label, Australis Records.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our main influences is black metal clearly, we wanted to explore new sounds, for example, a very present bass, difficult to perceive in this type of music. Our main influences as a band are: Burzum, MGLA, Omega Deathspell, Batushka, Satyricon, Marduk, Immortal, Dark Funeral, Emperor, Der Weg Einer Freiheit, among others.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

Our vision of black metal is purely musical. We do not profess occultism or Satanism as a philosophy. Our album exposes the delirium of a serial killer, who believes he is a god justifying his actions.

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

We would like to thank our Australis Records label for launching and promoting our music. In addition, we thank the national metal scene that has given us excellent reception and support.

Soon we will schedule live dates to express our musical concept on stage. SEE YOU SOON!

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Swarm Of Hatred Interview

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 05:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
A: Swarm Of hatred has started initially as a solo project during 2011 as the evolution of my former solo project called Impious Bondage, after recruiting some musicians we worked hard to finally release our debut EP in 2014 named “The Brotherhood Of The Black Blood” and during 2018 we released our debut álbum titled “Shrine Of Negativity”, after some changes in the line up due to time availability and musical differences with the former members, right now we are writing our sophomore album with the actual line-up and summarizing to all of this, i can tell you that each release is quite different from each other without losing our main focus and essence.

2.In 2018 you had also released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording and musically how does it differ from your previous single and ep?
A: Our single was released independent as a promo advance of Shrine Of Negativity, so it opened the doors to sign with Australis Records, one of the biggest recording labels of Chile, and about the musical style and direction that i took is the natural evolve of our sound compared with the primitive structure of our debut EP that took songs that were there since 2009 until 2012, and the Shrine Of Negativity album was written entirely during 2015 and recorded during Winter of 2016 so its the natural follow-up of the direction that was taking our debut EP.

3.Your lyrics also deal with a lot of Luciferian, Gnosis and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
A: Well, this interest was born since the starting's of Swarm Of Hatred and with the time was getting pretty deeper and inspiring to write more music as an exaltation of this cult of death and chaos.

4.Originally the band was called  'Impious Bondage' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Swarm Of Hatred'?
A: When I started Impious Bondage, I was on my late teenager ages (I was 17 when i started Impious Bondage and 20 y/o when I started Swarm Of Hatred), lyrically I was pretty inspired by bands like Belphegor, Marduk and Carpathian Forest, the objective was at that time, doing some BDSM inspired Black Metal, but as the time has passed and i had matured, I realized that the current lyrics were pretty pointless, as I never released any massive material, just a 4 songs homemade demo shared with my closest friends and my classmates in the Institute with a Flash Drive. I decided to change the direction of the Project and thus, the name of it. Oriented initially in a pretty misanthrope mood that perjures until now and is growing up each day doing my daily life, riding the subway, looking at the people with that fluoride gazing who are picking their Smartphone without care of anything but their smartphones and to get into the subway to arrive early to their homes, the actual society inspires me a lot besides the occult arts to write songs about the decay of the society and how the people is living their happy and empty lives without wondering if they are something wrong with their lives and without caring about their quality of life.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
A: This represents a transmutation of energies when we are living and when we are dead our body is the same and our spirit elevates unchained to the great dissolution.

6.The bands has been around for 10 years but has very little music released so far, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
A: Tons of changes during the lineup, really, tons of changes that broke the project to release more material. After the Release of our debut EP, we were writing some songs with that line up that was about  to be our debut album and it would be released about 2015-2016, that line up was splitted up during mid 2014 and I’ve started to work on the debut album from scratch with new musicians during 2015, the results of it was Shrine Of Negativity, that was meant to be released on 2016 but we had tons of struggles with the artwork, there was some artists who were dumped their Works and other artists were delayed a lot with a prototype 3D artwork, finally, we have this final artwork. Summarizing, the moral of my early experience is work in parallel the artwork and the recording process of the next album, before it, make a brainstorm with the band about it to work with the artist with a concrete idea of it.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
A: The release gig in July of 2018 in Santiago, was pretty intense,precise and accurate. We played at 3:00 AM but the energy was there. The show visually talking is pretty minimal but dark, without the new trend of using that robes and hoodies and the stage full of candles and incense as many bands are doing right now, IMHO we’re right to the bone, get up to the stage and play giving focus on the music.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A:Not yet, but we are open to do it, right now we are planning to do some self-produced gigs in Santiago, just we need a good booking agency to do the tour.

9.The album was released on 'Australis Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
A: Australis Records is one of the biggest metal labels in Chile, it’s good to work with them, they are very committed to work with Chilean bands and expose it to the world.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
A: It was pretty overwhelming for me the reaction of the people who heard the album, the most weird of it that here in our country was pretty unnoticed compared with the reactions of people abroad.

11.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?
A: Windir (Guitars) is working on a folk metal project with some close Friends of him, Alasthor (Bass) and i are looking forward to do an Old School Death Metal project in parallel to Swarm Of Hatred, and Deathscythe (Drums) is working in parallel with Hades Inc. drummer in a new project influenced by Machinehead and other Groove-Nu metal bands, this is pretty disperse, and i, personally, i’m studying and playing jazz and Bossa Nova by myself in my spare time when i’m not playing Metal and write songs.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A: Sincerely i don’t know, maybe splitted up after doing some swansong album with the excuse of written all the music that we wanted to write and close the project, but that will not be right now in the near future.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
A: You know, the usual, Scandinavian, French and South American Black Metal, during some songs of the album we use some chords that are pretty used in Bossa Nova, but this are used in our black metal, i want to clarify that we are not mixing black metal with Bossa in no way. As influential bands of Shrine Of Negativity are this: Ondskapt, Dissection, Merrimack, Ved Buens Ende (The fastest parts of the songs), Fleurety (The EP’s Era), Gates Of Ishtar, early At The Gates too, we took some influences of early 2 albums of this almighty band.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A: Stay true, keep supporting the underground, follow and support your local bands, there is blood sweat and tears on this hard work.

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Bergatagen Interview

vendredi 22 février 2019 à 05:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Svartgrimme: Just 3 massive Trolls that drank a whole bunch of mead, killed some christians and
listened to Troll- Drep De Kristne and decided to start a band with less humpa like the most
mumintrolls in the scene have and with more vile trollishness in the music.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Svartgrimme: Mainly 90s Black Metal and of course a pinch of "Drep De Kristne", an album that have way too much  synthesizers for the purist, but we don´t care, we´re Trolls not raccoons!

Huggsint: I wrote all the songs and as for inspiration it was to make very fierce black metal that never loose the energy. There are no filler tracks. All tracks serves their purpose. I am very pleased with how it took shape. It is a good balance between troll brutality and melodies.

3.According the the metal archives page, the band was formed this year and has already released a full length, was the music already written before the band formed?

Svartgrimme: No, everything was made in one week I think including the bandname. artwork, logo, lyrics and so on.

Huggsint: The music was written and recorded in 2 days. We captured a moment of pure inspiration and went with it.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with a troll concept, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Svartgrimme: Well it´s about Trolls, the elderly kind that inflicted fear and terror upon mankind in the old times of Scandinavia, and when the humans for some reasons became christened they still feared the Trolls to the point that they were classified as a demonic entity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bergatagen'?

Svartgrimme: Bergatagen is another way to spell Bergtagen and it´s a spellbinding that trolls and other supernatural nature entities use to entice humans for their charmingly evil schemes.

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

Svartgrimme: The artwork is made by Tim Nordstedt, and it was brilliant for the cause, kind of a reversed marketing, present the scene with something that looks cheesy and weirdly made and have a whole bunch of colours in it, still the outline works is made as the classics "Dark Medieval Times, "Det Som Engang Var" and so on and then splash a whole bunch of colors on it, it worked! alot of people checked out our album because of it, loads of them where curious and wondered what the fuck that was, some really like it and some Black Metal People got offended but most of them stayed because of the music.

Huggsint: I love the artwork. It fits the music perfectly. I don't find is cheesy. People who think so have not grown up with classic metal albums. Our audience is obviously not the trendy black metal crowed.

7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows and also are there are plans for shows in the future?

Svartgrimme: Bergatagen will Never play live!

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Svartgrimme: If we feel that there is a label that seems to have at least a couple of functioning braincells and can work with us then we´ll jump at the opportunity, there have been offers but we´re not desperate!

Huggsint: If we get the right deal of course it is interesting to hook up with a label. We have gotten a tremendous amount of people asking for a CD.

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

Svartgrimme: Surprisingly positive actually!

Huggsint: It has been received very well. But to me it is not really a surprise since the album is very good. If you want troll black metal - you will get troll black metal for all your moneys worth.

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

Svartgrimme: No one knows until the time is right, but probably more Trollishness, vileness, homebrewed mead, churchcrushings, humangrilling, forestshitting and cavefuckery.

Huggsint: I have endless inspiration. These trolls will bash down your towns.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Svartgrimme: Well Troll, and a whole bunch of Black Metal bands but usually Huggsint is improvising violently with some guitar swinging and the rest of us just backs it up jacked up on Fly Agaric and christblood sniffing rage.

Huggsint: Good underground classic black metal and the ones who maintain that feel, like we do. That is what I listen to.

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


Huggsint: Thanks for the interview! It was a pleasure.

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