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Ende/Mornoyr/Obscure Abhorrence Productions/2020 CD Review

mercredi 4 novembre 2020 à 23:16

 


  France's  Ende  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  occult  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Mornoyr"  which  will  be  released  by  Obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the album  while  stringed  instruments  and  tortured  voices  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  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  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.  Stringed  instruments  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  synths,  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  into  the  music  and  the  album  closes  with  a ritualistic  sounding  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Occultism,  Sorcery  and  Individualism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ende  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Les  nuits  d  octobre"  "Chasse  vent"  and  "Mornoyr".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/endemornoyrobscure-abhorrence.html


Fratura/Corposeco/Electric Funeral Records/2020 Full Length Review

mercredi 4 novembre 2020 à 21:05

 


  Fratura  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  anarchist  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  punk,  d-beat,  power  violence  and  doom  metal  which  he  refers  to  as  'black  beat'  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Corposeco"  which  was  released  by  Electric  Funeral  Records.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  horror  move  samples  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.


  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  era  influences  while  also  mixing  it  with  the  raw  aggression  of  crust  punk,  d  beat  and  power  violence.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  doom  metal.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  touch  of  the  first  wave  style  can  also  be  heard   as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  briefly  there  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Dogma,  Self  Knowledge,  Evolution,  Human  Crisis  And  Its  Darkest  Desires.


  In  my  opinion  Fratura  are  a  very great  sounding  black  beat  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  yet  different  at  the  same  time,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ave  Satani"  "Hail  To The  Black  Goat"  and  Ricky  666".  8 out  of  10.


https://open.spotify.com/album/0u7O0qBjbCUCmKPtSjZnzY#_=_

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/fracturacorposeco2020-full-length-review.html


Nexul/Scythed Wings Of Poisonous Decay/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 EP Review

mercredi 4 novembre 2020 à 19:46

 


  Nexul  are  a  band  from  El  Paso,  Texas  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2020  ep  "Scythed  Wings  Of  Poisonous  Decay"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  and  demonic  voices  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  dark,  melodic  and  old  school  style.  


  Bestial  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the recoding  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  90's  style  dark  sounding  melodies.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  doom/death  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.  Some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  war  metal,  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the later  tracks  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. The  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  devoted  to  Samael  as  The  Angel  Of  Death.


  In  my  opinion  Nexul  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reflected  In  Glaring  Eyes"  "M.S.R"  and  "RapedBe  Demons/Luziferion".  8  out  of  10.


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/nexul-partitioned-by-severity    .

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/nexulscythed-wings-of-poisonous.html


Sardonic Witchery Interview

mardi 3 novembre 2020 à 21:55

 

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

Hail, thank you very much for the interest in SARDONIC WITCHERY it is a pleasure for me to be able to answer your questions for Occult Black Metal Zine!!! In fact, I'm still waiting to receive the physical work in hands. I have made some videos to promote it and I'm still in the stage of ejaculation jejejeje profiting from this album which for me was the best I have done so far!

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

This is a different album in several aspects, I left the Grim vocals for a more barbaric voice from the 80s. The music is a little more melodic and the production is better than the previous albums, but the spirit and mentality is the same, a truly underground Black Metal album!


3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanic, Luciferian and Left Hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

I don't actually follow any kind of Satanic ideology from anyone or any kind of book, I see Satanism like freedom, a choice of your own path. In my lyrics, I glorify the Master, Satanas as myself. Entering ritualistic trances invoking the liberation and the lust in the world. Always focusing on self-knowledge using some symbols to force the invocation of the evil spirits, carnal and spiritual magic, ritualizing it all in a moment of total power! It is in the darkness that I can penetrate the world, it is in the darkness that lust awaits me. 


4.You also write lyrics in both Portuguese and English, which language do you prefer?

In fact, I write in English and Portuguese, but this album also has for the first time a lyric in Spanish "Eterna Penumbra", a dedication to the Spanish SARDONIC WITCHERY supporters that are increasingly. I actually prefer to write lyrics in my mother language Portuguese, because it is much faster and easier, but maybe in the future there will be lyrics in other languages ​, I have in mind to write some themes in French for example... these are the 4 languages ​​I speak so any of them could be part of my lyrics!


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

Well, the album art represents the use of women in Satanic rituals and also the end of the most sexy, powerful and problematic human in the world by which men lose their minds... jajajajajja It is in some way interconnected with some parts of the lyrics in the album. It was made by Leonard Selzler from Austin, TEXAS. I met him in person for first time at a SARDONIC WITCHERY concert at Texas Mist in Austin, TEXAS in 2017 and I realized that he was a fan of the project and offered to draw all kinds of art for me, I went to see his previous works and I really liked it, so I just told him what I wanted, gave him the title of the album and quickly he worked on it. I really loved working with him and we will certainly work together again!


6.With this project you mostly work solo but also have experience working with other musicians, how would you compare the two?

SARDONIC WITCHERY has always been a "one-man band" since the beginning, maybe some people didn't understand it because after the first demo "Hidden Shadows" 2012. I started playing live with "Live Session Musicians", but I always composed and recorded everything by myself. The only thing I ever needed from someone in studio was to record guitar solos because that is something that is more difficult for me and is something that I still didn't want to abdicate. In the first album, "Kult Of the Underground Warrior" 2014 Gerardo Mendez were recorded the guitar solos and in the last 2 albums "King Of The Midnight Legions " 2017 and "Moonlight Sacrifice Ritual" 2020 Chris Menta were recorded all of the guitar solos!!! On this last album, the SARDONIC WITCHERY European Live drummer Miguel Santos recorded the drums and I'm very proud to have made this choice!!!


7.Originally the project was based in Portugal but now resides in Texas, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

Yes, this project is a continuation of another band that i had in Portugal "INFERNAL KINGDOM" 2000-2011 where I played all the instruments and Naamah Satana Vocals the band ended and I moved to Texas and despite being registered in my name I preferred to start a new project with the only difference being that I would be the lead singer and the only official member to be sure that SARDONIC WITCHERY will only died on the day of my funeral.


8.What are some of the best shows that you have done with the live line up and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Well I have done maybe more than 200 live shows in my life, 50 of them in the last 7 years with SARDONIC WITCHERY, I have done rituals as a drummer, bassist, guitarist in bands like INFERNAL KINGDOM, CRYFEMAL, NOCTURNAL WOLF, JUDAS GOAT, etc... and SARDONIC WITCHERY as the front man! I have already gave all kinds of live shows, sober, drunk, in places without a stage, places with a big stage, etc... I have played in countries like Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, and USA. Maybe the best one of SARDONIC WITCHERY was the first one in Dallas, TEXAS in 2013 when I played Drums and sing at the same time it was my first experience in this country with SARDONIC WITCHERY. Afterwards, I decided to not do it again and just be onstage as a singer. Another great shows was in Maryland on SATAN'S UNHOLY ABOMINATION FEST 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 also  Porto, PORTUGAL they are always very special rituals. Lugau, GERMANY and Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC  2019 was fucking amazing too! I describe my performance like evil rock n' roll spirit with injection of pure hell underground full of dirty and lust old fashioned black thrash metal!




9.The new album is also getting released through 4  different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you are working with on the new release?

They are all labels that I have worked with before. WAR MARCH RECORDS (USA) will release the Digipack CD limited to 500 copies. This same label just released the split vinyl 7 ' UTUK XUL / SARDONIC WITCHERY -"Underground Maniacs Of Evil" in March of 2020, NIFLHEL RECORDS (Canada) will release the Vinyl 12' version limited to 200 copies and they also released the split Vinyl 7' SARDONIC WITCHERY / TUNDRA - "Celebrating Darkness" in December of 2019, In tape format will be the same labels that released the tapes of the second album "King Of The Midnight Legions" 2017 ... WARHEMIC PRODUCTIONS (USA) will release a American cassette version limited to 200 copies and WORSHIP TAPES (Germany) will release the European cassette version limited to 100 copies! I'm proud to continue to work with them all and I’m sure they will continue to give to SARDONIC WITCHERY the best distribution to the underground maniacs around the world!


10.Over the years you also have been a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?

I have never done a split with bands that I don't know personally, NEFRET, IRAE, SILVA NIGRA, INNER HELVETE, SONNEILLON BM (My European live musicians band), BESATT, TUNDRA and UTUK XUL they are maniacs that I have shared the stage with in the past somewhere around the world! But I can let you know that I have lost interest in doing more splits. I will be more focused in individual SARDONIC WITCHERY releases in the future, but I am very proud of all the splits that I did with all these war brothers!


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

I have received a lot of support from all over the world, but in fact the Portuguese, Czechs and the Latinos Americanos are the ones who have supported the project the most. Recently I received a lot of support from Colombian and Mexicans maniacs! I feel that my music is reaching more people in the underground with this new album "Moonlight Sacrifice Ritual".


12.Can you tell us a little bit more about your other musical project DRUNK MÖTÖR RIDER?

Well it is very different stuff... Drunk Evil Metal with lyrics that go more to the side of the Motorcycles, sex and alcohol. I just released a demo tape "Bitch Of Steel" 2020 by WORSHIP TAPES (Germany) limited to only 100 copies and I recently reached an agreement with WAR MARCH RECORDS (USA) to release it in CD limited to 300 copies in February of 2021 and I also work right on the debut album "Drunk Feelings Of Love" that I hope will be ready in the end of 2021!


13.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I see myself in the same place. I work to earn money and I do music for love. I will continue to collect material and create underground music for all fans of this dark genre. SARDONIC WITCHERY is not one of those passenger projects, SARDONIC WITCHERY will be here until the day of my death and as I told you before I'm in full ejaculation right now, soon I will start to creating the next stage of the project, it will certainly be the same as always... creating a new album without compromises and better than anything made in the past!


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

In fact, the old bands are the only ones that continue to inspire me. This album has the influence of all the 80's and 90's black metal and some of early 2000, but the strongest bands that influence SARDONIC WITCHERY even though i try to never copied anything because I hate copies I'm very influenced by bands like MANIAC BUTCHER, CELTIC FROST, VENOM, BATHORY, MOTORHEAD, DECAYED, MORTE INCANDESCENTE, OLD, STORM, IRONSWORD, MANILLA ROAD, FILLI NIGRANTIUM INFERNALIUM, SABBAT, MERCYFUL FATE, MUTIILATION, DARKTHRONE, Old BESATT, Old AZAGHAL, Old MAYHEM, Old URGHEAL, etc. ...


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

I want to thank all the live musicians who played with me up until today and helped me to spread my darkest art everywhere. Also, thanks to all the collectors of true underground music for having believed since the beginning in SARDONIC WITCHERY giving me great support in concerts and even with messages and purchase underground merchandise. Thank you, maniacs, I hope you warriors can enjoy this new album just as I'm enjoying it! Hellish Regards 666


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/sardonic-witchery-interview.html


Imha Tarikat/Sternenberster/Prophecy Productions/Lupus Lounge/2020 CD Review

mardi 3 novembre 2020 à 00:06

 


  Imha  Tarikat  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Sternenberster"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Prophecy  Productions  and  Lupus  Lounge.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  shouting  style  vocals  being  added  onto  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  lyrics  done  in  a  very  deep  yet  grim  style.  A  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  influences  from  the  90's  Norwegian  and  Swedish  scenes  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  Touches  of  punk  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.


 When acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  70's  era  occult  rock  as  well  as  some  piano's also  be  heard  briefly  towards  then  end  on  the  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  psychoanalysis  and  dream  interpretation  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Imha  Tarikat  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ekstase  ohne  Ende"  "Klimax  Downpour"  and  "Sternenberster".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/imhatarikat
www.instagram.com/imhatarikat
www.prophecy.de/artists/imha-tarikat


  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/imha-tarikatsternenbersterprophecy.html