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Lethargie/Void Wanderer Productions/2020 Demo Review

samedi 11 juillet 2020 à 22:29

  Lethargie  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  demo  which  was  released  by
'Void  Wanderer  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  are  kind  of  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  low  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  influences  from  the  90's  and  2000's  era  as  well  as  mixing  it  with  some  more  modern  elements.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  demo  progresses  the  vocals  also  start  adding  in  more  of  a  grim  approach. 

Lethargie  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  dreams,  coldness  and  desolate  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Lethargie  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Puppets"  "World  Whispers"  and  "The  Desert".  8  out  of  10.

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Necrofaith Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2020 à 20:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Necrofaith is my faith in music, the sound homage to my Lord.

2.Your first album is coming out towards the end of July, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
2. My sound must be dark, satanic and raw, no experimental bullshit.

3. A lot of your lyrics cover satanic themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
3. Satan saved my life, free to choose my existential path.

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

4. Chaos, solitude, rebellion, hate, devotion, blood, flesh, love, sex and death.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Necrofaith'?
5. "Necro" for music, "Faith" for Satan: Music for Satan.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that was presented on the album cover?
6. The "aesthetic part" of Necrofaith is irrelevant and front cover is only used to identify the album.

7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
7. Necrofaith will be my lonely litany throughout its existence.

8.So far very little is known about the musical project other than the bandcamp page, is that intentional for the time being?
8. That's intentional forever.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or heave received any interest?
9. A true underground label will release album on tape. More info soon.

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

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
11. Future don't exist, I live day by day.

12.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?

12. The first albums of Bathory, Venom, Blaphemy, Celtic Frost, Mayhem and Kreator, today as yesterday.


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

13. Listen "Sermon I: True Satanic Black Art" and pray Satan.

https://necrofaith.bandcamp.com/album/sermon-i-true-satanic-black-art

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/necrofaith-interview.html


Vokodlok Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2020 à 09:02

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

Hi!
Since the album 'Mass Murder Genesis' was released in 2003 we continued playing concerts and a couple of mini tours until the fall of 2008 when our drummer left the band.
Having a hard time finding a replacement we decided to put the band on hold and went on with our lives and other projects.
Besides VokodloK, GhiauR plays in a Swedish Black-Metal band called 'Burning Darkness' and Urmuz in several Black-Metal bands 'Nocturn', 'Ordinul Negru' and Grind-Core 'Blutrina' .


2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Our latest Ep , 'Oracle Fury' , was revealed on the 13th of  May 2020 and musically is less aggressive and at slower pace compared with the album 'Mass Murder Genesis'. It's more in the vein of the demo 'Unchain the Wolf'. The vocals are a little more diverse and the production is much better then the previous releases. We would like to have different sounds on every release and that will also be heard on our next album.


3.The bands was also broken up for more than 10 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

The energy has always been there but the main reason was, as usual, hard time in finding members - especially a drummer - to work with.
We din't give up the idea of continuing our work with Vokodlok, we were just waiting for the right moment. And that time is here. 


4.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 continue along the same path and covering different themes like death, mythology, religion, human mind. The actual meaning of 'Oracle's Fury' can be found in the song titles: The Myths, Alive In the Mind O.f. The Weak. It has been thought as a whole entity where each song is a piece of the puzzle that in the end will construct the idea behind the album.


5.I know that the bands name is another Slavic word for werewolf, do you have an interest in the werewolf and vampire legends of your home country?

Yeah, we are interested of myths and legends of all kinds which is the reason that our demo 'Unchain the Wolf' uses elements from werewolf  related legends and our latest release 'Oracle's fury' from greek mythology while the album 'Mass Murder Genesis' is more straightforward anti-religious themed.


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

The artwork has been created by mastermind Costin Chiorean which is renowned for his great art creations and collabs with established bands in the extreme metal scene.
It was inspired by listening to the album along with reading the lyrics and its a great visual representation of the message and vibe in our songs.


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?

I would say that the gigs we did in smaller clubs because of the powerful mood created by the closeness and interaction with the public.
The Battlefield mini tour with the Defilement band in march 2008 was a great experience.


8.Currently the band is unsigned but has worked with a label in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Yes, of course, we are actually planning to collaborate with a label for our next releases.


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

We got really good feedback, the fans were surprised by our comeback and 'Oracle's Fury' was well received.


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

All the songs are ready and we are currently preparing the recording of our next creation in the form of an album that will start in the autumn. If everything works as planned it will be to be released in the autumn of 2021 or not later than the spring of 2022.
Our plans include also gigs and touring in order to promote it. I can also reveal now that our line-up is now complete for both studio and live performances.


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?

We started like most metal heads, listening in our younger days to Slayer, Metallica, Pantera and then got into the more extreme metal styles.
The bands that influenced us most have always been the old Black-Metal and also Death-Metal bands from the '90s like Mayhem, Immortal, Marduk, Brutality, Hypocrisy to name only a few.
Nowadays we listen to almost all kinds of metal and not so much of the other genres. 

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

Thank you for the support and this great interview!

https://vokodlok.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VokodlokOfficial
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2s694nEY5hoFYo0YB5hDjA
https://www.discogs.com/artist/1433015-Vokodlok

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/vokodlok-interview.html


Lord Orots Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2020 à 08:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before,can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? Lord Orots is a musical project that tells the story of its own universe combining Dungeon Synth, Dark Ambient and Atmospheric Black Metal.

2.So far this year you have put out 5 releases, musically how do they differ from each other? The first releases were mostly dark ambient and dungeon synth. This new album I'm releasing with Onism is more atmospheric black metal but it still has that characteristic dungeon synth touch.

3.You refer to your music as being 'fantasy ambient', can you tell us a little bit more about this term? I like to define it that way because I don't want Lord Orots to have just one specific genre. It's a project that's constantly evolving but of course it's always tied to this fantasy world I try to describe. So I think "fantasy ambient" is a good way to describe the music of Lord Orots.

4.The earlier releases where more dungeon synth while the new album was more in a black metal style, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction? As I said, this project is constantly evolving and I don't want to limit my project to the "rules" of one specific style. Also, the concept of this album has a direct relation with this decision. The thing is that in the universe of Lord Orots there are two "cycles". The album changes the style of the earlier releases because in this one we are in another cycle. In future works I will evolve this idea more and more.

5. There also seems to be a fantasy concept that goes with the name 'Lord Orots', can you tell us a little bit more about? Orots is a mythological name of one of our pagan basque gods. The god of thunder. And the "Lord" title is there for two reasons: First of all it matches with the epic fantasy idea that I try to transmit and second, because it's a tribute to the black metal band Lord Belial, one of the bands I started listening to when I got into Black Metal.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover? The artwork shows Lord Orots resting in his throne. He is going to sleep for 10,000 years because the new cycle starts. The cycle where he is in the realm of his dreams and where he must fight against the Black Abyss. All these concepts I will try to develop in the future.

7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo? I think working solo is better than working with other artists because I don't have to discuss ideas with anyone. I have no limits and I can do what I really want to do. This doesn't mean that I don´t talk with other musicians. A lot of them have helped me by giving me advice. Maybe in the future I will work with other people if necessary.

8.You have put out 5 releases this year, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music? The "strategy" I have followed is that these first months of existence I have made a lot of music. A lot of releases to get known. Now that people in the Dungeon Synth scene know me, I will put quality over quantity. With the first releases I spent at most like a couple of months. Sometimes in just one month I could do an EP. Now I want to spend months and months to make releases that are not just good but they are memorable. Just like this new album.

9.The new album is coming out on 'Onism Productions', how did you get in contact with this label? I randomly clicked on their first release on Bandcamp. It got my attention so I then visited their webpage. I was impressed by how professional it looked. It was minimalistic but very serious and professional. Then I saw that they could release music on CD, something that I wanted to do with this specifical album so I contacted them. They have just started but I'm sure that if they keep up with the good work and they put quality over quantity they will sign great bands in the future, bands a lot better than Lord Orots.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and dungeon synth? I think that people from the Dungeon Synth scene respect me and like my work. That's for me very important, to be recognized by other DS artists motivates me a lot because I don't consider myself an artist or musician, those are big words for me. When I started this project back in October I couldn't even imagine that in a few months I would be releasing physical stuff in the U.S. and Europe. I think that for the little time Lord Orots existed I have already achieved a lot of things. The Black Metal scene is different. There's people that like both genres, and there's people that like just one. I just know about the people that reach to me saying that they like my music. But I don't know what people think in general. In the Black metal scene of the Basque Country at least I think that people like what I do.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future? I have no idea what is going to happen. I think that Lord Orots is and will be my main project and I want to see how it evolves in 9 years if it already has evolved in 9 months this much. For myself, I don´t know either. Maybe it would be cool if I end up playing in a metal band with other musicians. But right now I'm focused on Lord Orots.

12.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? The bands that influence my music are many and some of them are very different from each other. I think my musical taste and influences can be grouped in two groups: First we have black metal like: Burzum, Summoning, Immortal, Pest, Alcest, Hellhammer, Lord Belial, Woods of Desolation, Drudkh, Nargaroth, Ulver, Enslaved, Dissection, Windir, Agalloch...and many others. As you can see, I listen to very different black metal bands but all of them have a unique atmosphere. Then we have Dungeon Synth with bands like: Fen Walker, Mortiis, Depressive Silence, Elffor, Old Sorcery, Moth Tower, Fief, Thangorodrim, Lord Lovidicus, Old Tower...The list goes on and on. The music I am listening to depends on the season. Now in summer I listen to death metal and grindcore, my body asks me to listen to it: Wormrot, Asphyx, Nails, Insect Warfare, Mutilated Judge...Then in winter I will get back to black metal.

13.Does Occultism play any role in your music? Well my music is directly related to the fantasy of the world I try to describe but I don't think that's related to occultism or at least that was not the intention.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? I just want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to make this interview. For anyone that is reading this interview and supports my music I want to say thank you for supporting the underground. I also want to tell anyone that is reading this to support serious labels like Onism Productions because they do a lot of hard work to make the underground scene better and better each day.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/lord-orots-interview.html


Cultus Profano/Accursed Possession/Debemur Morti Productions/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 11 juillet 2020 à 07:21

  Cultus  Profano  are  a  duo  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Accursed  Possession"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Debemur  Morti  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Dark  sounding  melodies can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  half  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  style  of  the  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  and  mesmeric  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  some  elements  of  90's  Italian  and  Greek  era  occult  black  metal  also  being  utilized  at  times,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Alchemy,  Occultism,  Mysticism  and  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cultus  Profano  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cursed  In  Sin,  Opus  25"  "Towards  the  Temple  Of  Darkened  Falmes,  Opus  19"  and  "Crown  Of  Hellfire,  Opus  11".  8  out  of  10.

https://cultusprofano.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/CULTUS.PROFANO

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/cultus-profanoaccursed.html