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Australasia/Mercurio/2019 Single Review

mercredi 6 novembre 2019 à 21:14

  Italy's  Australasia  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  an  instrumental  and  blackened  mixture  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  single  "Mercurio".

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  single  while  the  clean  playing  also  adds  in  elements  of  shoegaze.  You  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  traces  of  electronic  music  in  both  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  post  rock  and  no  vocals  or  songwriting  are  ever  utilized  and  the  music  only  has  slight  touches  of  black  metal  as  well  as  avoiding  guitar  use  and  focusing  more  on  synths.

  On  these  tracks  Australasia  moves  away  from  the  black  metal  elements  that  where  a  huge  part  of  earlier  recordings  and  goes  into  more  of  an  instrumental  ambient,  electronica,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Austraasia  and  while  some  post  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  style,  I  would  recommend  it  to  fans  of  ambient,  post  rock,  electronica  and  shoegaze.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Argento".  8  out  of  10.

https://australasia.bandcamp.com/ 

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/australasiamercurio2019-single-review.html


Crooked Horns Interview

mercredi 6 novembre 2019 à 20:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Crooked Horns was founded 2012 in Gothenburg, Sweden by members from Domgård, Nox Aurea and ex-The Cold Existence.
The foundation of the band was based on the mutual interest and passion for making rock 'n roll music with black metal influences.
After two demos, 'The Temptress Vow' & 'Stygian Torrents', the true sound of Crooked Horns was found, and the band started the writing process for their debut album.
A music video for the opening track of the album 'Vargr' has since been released and can be viewed on youtube.
With a mixture of death-, black- and heavy metal the self-produced debut album 'The Metamorphosis' displays the bridge, the flow and the other side.

2.In May you had released your first full length album, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's?
With this album we have found a sound that is more true to our idea of what Crooked Horns should sound like. We of course experimented on this album as we did on the previous releases, but I would describe the sound as more coherent and that there is a vein connected from the first song to the last carrying the same blood from start to finish.

3.Some of your lyrics also touch on the Occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
As you state in the question, we “touch” on the occult. The occult is a source of inspiration for it lies somewhere in the in-between, in the twilight. It serves a purpose when certain atmospheres and feelings are to be conveyed, as well as to help convey certain philosophical ideas. But I must confess, it is my firm belief that delving too deep into the occult is to be lured by an ignis fatuus.


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
At first glance it may seem that we are obsessed with death, but that is not where the truth lies. The allegories, metaphors and analogies found in the lyrics are vehicles for an attempt at lyrically manifesting some of the ideas we carry inside. Some of the lyrics are fairly straight forward simply because the lyrical concept demands it, while others are more shrouded in a mist and thusly flirt with the occult. The name of the album is “The Metamorphosis” and aspects relating to transformation can be found throughout the entire album.
Where a main point is that the act of transformation should be an act conducted with purpose and agency, for it does not merely happen. All too many are caught in perpetual liminality, caught there due to their flawed morality and addiction to the known.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Crooked Horns'?
The portrayal of a horned being is an ancient one. Horned figures can be found in the bronze age carvings in Bohuslän, the Devil is portrayed as a horned being as a well is Cernunnos, Pan and countless other mythical beings. The crescent shape carries certain connotations as well, representing the night and fertility. Inspiration for the name come from many sources in history, mythology, and religion.
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
The album cover is a portrayal of the process of transformation. Mainly the introspection necessary before committing to an act, seeing within that which shall be without.
The cover was hand painted by our close friend Johannes Nyström who runs Uduun Art (https://www.facebook.com/UduunArt/).
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our stage performance is a ritual and a cleansing for us. By sight, sound and smell we invite the audience to join in our exploration and presentation of the other side.
Since our stage performance is structured in such a way, every show is unique and none is bad, because the shows are, in some way, mostly for us. Therefore, we haven’t had any show that we would describe as our best show.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Nothing concrete at the moment, but we do plan to play some shows in the future.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We have gotten some reviews and comments, all positive. But since Crooked Horns is a diy operation marketing has been scarce.

10.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?
Our drummer plays in the black metal band Domgård, they released a new album “Rot” this spring and will be playing at the December Darkness concert 28/12 in Norrköping.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We aim to explore the unknown even further. New songs have already been made and they are, according to us, more powerful and maybe more straightforward than 'The Metamorphosis'.

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?
A lot of the music from 'The Metamorphosis' was written by tuning in the ever flowing being known as music. By this we mean that the music came to us, the melodies turned up in our heads. We merely processed what was presented to us into an album. We don't think about genres our how music is supposed to be arranged and sound: if it's good; it's good. Simple as that.
All the members of the band listen to a wide variety of artists and bands. It's everything from Judas Priest to Mgla and Helga to Craft. It's the same here as when we write music: if it's good; it's good. It doesn't matter what genre it is.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We're planning on recording an EP in the beginning of 2020 and the writing process for our second album has already started. You'll hear more from us in a not so distant future.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crookedhornsofficial/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WvmN3h5bfY
Bandcamp: https://crookedhorns.bandcamp.com/releases
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2lCOZlILm2abPOGuQhALHf?si=Oix-htqpTJCAREFbE8fZhA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crookedhorns/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/crooked-horns-interview.html


ADLM/Anges de la Mort/Les Productions Heritiques/2019 EP Review

mercredi 6 novembre 2019 à 08:41

  ADLM  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Anges  de  la  Mort"  which  will  be  released  on  November  19th  by  Les  Productions  Heretiques.

  A  very dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  gives  the  songs  more  of a   raw  feeling.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  Elements  of  black'n'roll  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the songs  while  the  music  also  adds  in  some  first  and  second  wave  influences  at  times  but  also  keeps  it  modern  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are utilized  and  classical  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.

  ADLM  plays  a  style  of  black'n'roll  that  brings  in  a  mixture  of  both  the  old  school  and  modern  style  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  misanthropic  poetry  against  the  modern  human  world.

  In  my  opinion  ADLM  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anges  De  La  Mort"  and  "Que  Creve  Le  Leviathan".8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/768KWe38dh4    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/adlmanges-de-la-mortles-productions.html


Xul Ov Kulten Interview

mercredi 6 novembre 2019 à 07:41
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



Well, Xul ov Kvlten is a Black Metal horde formed in the southern twilight of 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Our aim and purpose is basically summed up in creating the music that our ears demand. On the other hand, and in thematic terms, the band's philosophical principles lie in subverting the mediocre and decadent heritage of Western Judeo-Christian thought. Consequently, any cultural atavism that manifests some kind of media avant-garde, popular tendency or ideological doctrine will be unilaterally rejected by the deep countercultural essence that the band proposes in each of its acts and compositions.





2.In 2019 you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the recording you had released in 2016?



Probably the most important difference, in substantial terms, was the spiritual maturity that we all assume when recording Entropic Increase.In the time of Nitimur in Vetitum, we were coming out of the sudden suicide of our first drummer and that left the band somewhat out of place and in a delicate musical uncertainty,event that for this album was already completely remedied thanks to the arrival of C.I.I.R as a drummer, who made a great contribution in the composition of our album.



3.Some of your lyrics cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?



I would say that more than hidden themes, they are intrinsic and deeply human subjects. The perceptual difference may lie in the phenomenological form in which each of the disc's lyrics are narrativized, which, by the way, are full of linguistic recursions, oxymorons, signs, symbols and metaphors.And well, for the rest, I must point out that the volitional interest behind all narrative-musical composition is born from the attempt to disclose and understand the unknowable mysteries of the cosmos, as well as the deep annals of human consciousness.





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



In summary, I could tell you that all the themes worked are based on a miscellaneous base of epistemological concepts that rise well beyond the classic postulates of modern philosophy.





5.On the first album the lyrics where written in Spanish while the lyrics on the new recording where written in English, what was the decision behind going into this direction?



The decision to have chosen English and not Spanish, has to do with interpreting in a better way the language that Black Metal has use since its origins. In this way, the trip proposed by the album will be directly absorbed by the collective unconscious of its followers, receiving better the underlying content that the universal language of music tries to express.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ;Xul Ov Kvlten'?



The inspiration of our emblem has to do with the semantic power that contains the meaning behind the signifier.To simplify it, we will say that "Xul", in the ancient Sumerian-Mesopotamian language, meant "Blackness", "beast" or "knowledge," on the other hand, "Kvlten" is nothing more than the semantic disambiguation of the Anglo-Saxon "Cult." That is, Xul ov Kvlten means something like "The Black Cult of Knowledge."





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



Cover art is the symbolic signifier of the epistemological and cosmological concepts that underlie the thematic aegis of the disc. If you look closely at the images, you can find the hermeneutical meaning of the entire conceptual and philosophical root present in the theoretical framework of the album, and even, if we dig deeper, you can realize how concepts of physics such as the second law of thermodynamics are present, telling you that every dynamic system is inexorably destined to the total loss of its energy, that is, everything, including the universe and time, will at some point perish.





8.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?





So far the band has only performed in front of the members of our hermetic circle of trust. However, and as a result of this launch, next year we intend to give a couple of national events and, if we are lucky, make a tour of Europe.





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



In general, it has been very good. Fans, not only from Latin America or Northern Europe have written to us, but also from as far away as China, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Russia, Turkey and Israel. This has empirically shown us how universal the powerful influence emanated by the primitive essence of Black Metal can be.





10.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?

Today, all our energies are focused only on Xul ov Kvlten.





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



The musical horizon of Xul ov Kvlten is clearly determined by the roar of our wills. However, I can tell you that the following works will follow the powerful left hand path. Our essence is Extreme Metal and that is where we will project ourselves until death silences the honesty of our growls.





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?



Personally, my musical tastes are chromatically eclectic. Today, I still listen to what is the quintessence of European Black Metal made .On the other hand, my more classical musical inclinations point from Renaissance laudists like 'Paul o'Dette' or 'S.L Weiss', to Baroque icons like 'Marin Marais', 'Henry Purcell', 'Jean-Baptiste'  and 'Albinoni' .On the side of Russian romanticism of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, I feel very influenced by composers such as Musorgski, Korsakov, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky or Rajmaninov. Without neglecting, of course, the 20th century impressionists such as Maurice Ravel, the nationalist Manuel de Falla or already closer to the 21st century, the atonal cacophonist par excellence, Krzysztof Penderecki.





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



Thank you for this excellent broadcast space.

www.facebook.com/Xul-ov-Kvlten-571200109723503

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/xul-ov-kulten-interview.html


Waldgefluster/Stimmen im Wind 2020/Nordvis Produktion/20120 Re-Recorded Album Review

mardi 5 novembre 2019 à 08:39

  Germany's  Waldgefluster  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  in  the  folk  influenced  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a re-recording  of  their  2006  album  "Stimmen  in  Wimd"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  they also  add  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.

  Vocals are  mostly  angry  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  spoke  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  also  add  in  some  of  the  earlier  touches  of  post  black  metal  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals.

  At  times  the  music  also  has  its  depressive  moments,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  acoustic  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  melancholy,  nature  and  heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  form  Waldgefluster  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waldgefluster"  and  "Wotan  sang".  8  out  of  10.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_waldgefluester
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackMetalWaldgefluester
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waldgefluester_official/      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/waldgeflusterstimmen-im-wind.html