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Gruzja/Neon Scaffold/Konflikt/Devoted Art Propaganda/2020 Split Album Album Review

jeudi 24 septembre 2020 à 01:44

 




This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Polands  Gruzja  and  Neon  Scaffold  called  "Konflikt"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Devoted  Art  Propaganda  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Neon  Scaffold  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  psychedelic,  rock  and  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  along  with  some  distorted  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  The  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  some  melody  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  grim  black  metal  style  along  with  some  avant  garde  style  clean  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the music  also  has  its  experimental  moments.  Shouts  and  spoken  word  parts are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  elements  of  electronic  music  onto  their  side  of  the  recording,  saxophones,    pianos  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and a   couple  of t heir  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Neon  Scaffold  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  psychedelic,  rock  and  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obsession"  and  "4CC".


  Next  up  is  Gruzja  a  band  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal,


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  drum  beats  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  screams  along  with  some  clean  avant  garde  style  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. Electronic  music  beats  are also  utilized  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  the  synths  also  bringing  in  elements  of  post  punk  when  they  are  utilized,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  alcohol, sex  and lowlife  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gruzja  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gruz  2020"  and  "Spacer  na  wschod".  


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


Gruzja online: FBBC

Neon Scaffold online: FB


      


  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/gruzjaneon-scaffoldkonfliktdevoted-art.html


Epitimia/Allusion/Onism Productions/2020 Full Length Review

mercredi 23 septembre 2020 à 23:28

 


  Russia's  Epitimia  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows the music  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  post black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Allusion"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Onism  Productions.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  programmed  beats  which  also  introduce  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody while  all  of  the  musical instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  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  and  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  some  violins  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  adding  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of folk  music,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  hears.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  inner  struggle  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Epitimia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Animist"  "Altered  State  Of  Consciousness"  and  "Post  Scriptum".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/epitimia


https://youtu.be/Rqdm4gARmXI  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/epitimiaallusiononism-productions2020.html


Guignol Noir Interview

mercredi 23 septembre 2020 à 21:36

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


The band has been around since 2007. We have played two full shows and collaborated a special show with Suamanucaedere.  



2.You have your first full length coming out in November, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


We went for an experimental, psychedelic and more technical style of black metal. I also wanted to be able to sing songs in different voices,

some with growls others with shrieks and whatever I just felt like at the time. Our music is joyful but it's not meant to be interpreted als funny music or unserious. 

Our motivations are afterall pretty disturbing to most people. Our music clearly has a lot of death worship and tells tales of hate and destruction.



3.The band has been around since 2007 and so far has only released one single and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?


At first we struggled with recording the album the way we wanted. We are both in other projects and also have day jobs. We focus more on making a great piece of art instead of being commercially successful.  



4.A lot of your lyrics cover Occultism and Left hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


Wouldn't be very occult if we'd talk about that openly. What I can say is that we practice rituals of several cultures and 

currents and that we experiment with little or no regards for safety. We mainly want knowledge and to bring harm on those we despise.



5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Drug abuse, Mental illness, Philosophy, Murder, Anti Cosmic themes. 

Our first song was about Cthulhu but that was more as a homage than as a serious statement.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Guignol Noir'?


When we first met we had the idea of making Guignol Noir an audio-visual project. We still plan to do that at some point if possible, but this would take a long time preparing. 

The main idea used to be a stop-motion clip about the decay of sun and moon after the black puppet rises. This was mainly inspired by Leehardcastle and other similar stop motion / claymation artists.

Guignol noir is the abyssal puppet, a personification of a force able to swallow even the greatest of stellar bodies. 



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


We wanted perverse versions of medieval woodcuts. Something familiar but forein at once. 

Something that most have seen and know but also something new and fresh.  



8.In the studio the band works as a duo, are you open to working with other musicians in the studio or expanding the line up? 


Yes we are open for collaborations with bands that we hold in high regard or personal friends of ours. 

We don't even care if the other bands play other genres the only thing that matters is that we like the music and the people we work with.



9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


Every show we did was special in some way. The last one was a few months back in the alps of Fribourg. There are a few pictures on our instagram 

but they only give a small glance at the majestic mountain backdrop we had there. If i'd had to describe the performance i'd say it's pretty straightforward.



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


- Taifl is on hold because of the pandemic. But we still are working on an EP.

- Cheib is playing Bass with Hån and they are very active and have a new album coming soon. Furthermore he has his personal projects and Suamanucaedere also is still active.  



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


We are already working on our next release. Musically Guignol Noir is always a wild card, but we don't plan on playing anything softer or less technical. Our music is always meant to be dirty evil stuff.



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 listening to nowadays?


Hell Militia, Darvulia, C.Y.T., Watain, Ofermod, Dissection and the song Bacterium Dei from Wolok have had a direct influence on Guignol Noir. 


Bands we like: Watain, Armagedda, Arckanum, Cobalt, Winterblut, Lugubrum, Silencer, Oranssi Pazuzu,

Thy Darkened Shade, Fides Inversa, LIK, Mortuus, Ondskapt, Ofermod, Nefandus, Dissection, Odraza,

GG Allin, Inquisition, Chaos Invocation, Sektemtum, Black Lodge, Corpus Christi, Urfaust, Funeral Mist, Ascension, 

Septuagint, Devathorn, The Meads of Asphodel, Acherontas, Deathspell Omega, One Tail One Head, Avichi, Aura Noir, 

Cultes Des Ghoules, Bergraven, Circle of Ouroborus, Dodheimsgard, Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi, Vom Fetisch der Unbeirrtheit, 

Whiskey Ritual, Forgotten Tomb, Gruzja, Malhkebre, Midnight ...to name a few important ones.



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


Hail Death & Never Stop the Madness



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/guignol-noir-interview.html


Ba'al/Ellipsism/Clobber Records/2020 Full Length Review

mercredi 23 septembre 2020 à 05:56

 


  Ba'al  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  and  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2020  album "Elipsism"  which  will b e  released  in  October  by  Clobber  Records.


  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the tremolo  picking  also gives the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Blast  beats  are  also  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  high pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  All of  the  musical instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal   elements  and  the  slow  riffs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal.


  The  vocals  also  add  in  deep  growls  into  some  part  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitar  solos and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  brief  instrumentals  and  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  sounding  synths,  stringed  instruments  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness  and  melancholy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Ba'al  are  a  very great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  and  sludge  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Long  Live"  "Tarred  And  Feathered"  and  "Rosalia".  8out  of  10.


 www.facebook.com/baalsheff


https://youtu.be/SaTl_lhddH8

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/baalellipsismclobber-records2020-full.html


Flora/II/2020 Full Length Review

mercredi 23 septembre 2020 à 04:20

 


  Flora  are  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "II".


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  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  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched black  metal  screams.


  At  times  the  vocals  also  sound  like  they are  also  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  all  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other.


  Flora  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  yet  very  aggressive  at  the  same  time.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholic  and  nature  orientated  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Flora  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stream  of  Subconsciousness"  and  "The  Ebb  And  The  Flow  Of  Aeons". 8 out  of  10.


https://florasolemnis.bandcamp.com/album/ii 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/floraii2020-full-length-review.html