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Vintermorke/Mountain Hermit/Una faccia, una razza/2020 Collaboration EP Review

vendredi 21 août 2020 à 10:06

  Greece's  Vintermorke  and  Italy's  Mountain  Hermit  are  2  solo  projects  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  they  team  up  together  and  mix  their  2  different  styles  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "Una  faccia,  uns  razza"  which  will  be  released  in  September.

  Sounds  of  glass  breaking  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  musical  direction  which  also  sues  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  adds  in  some  influences  of  the  90's  era.

   All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  keyboards  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  classic  horror  movie  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  adding  more  diversity  on  another  song  and  touches  of  ambient  are  also  used  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  playing  and  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  all  3  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  the  closing  song  being  very  experimental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark and   raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  from  Vintermork  and  Mountain  hermit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  lo-fi,  misanthropic  and experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cold  Dead  Souls".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/08/vintermorkemountain-hermituna-fascia.html


Teratolith Interview

vendredi 21 août 2020 à 09:25
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Teratolith is an art-focused initiative, focused on both music and visual creations. The main goal of the project is to explore these parts of our universe which remain hidden from our perception and can be interpreted as negative, inhuman and hostile towards all life.


2.So far you have released 2 ep's that are also being to be released a s a single album in September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recordings?

For those who are interested in naming things, Teratolith can be described as dissonant, chaotic blend of black metal and dark ambient, with some elements of death metal. The music is not meant to be pleasant or easy to digest - the vision of the world is channeled into it - and the world isn't a nice place.


3.A lot of your lyrics also cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Death, as both the great vanquisher and the creator. We see death as the main driving force of the universe, fueling the cycle of rebirth, on both molecular and cosmic levels. I cannot say it can fit in any existing occult system - but for us all the names, signs and clearly defined ways of doing things can lead only to failure. One should seek his own ways to expand. Blind following of the others is not one of them.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Teratolith'?

Monstrosity turned into stone. A fossilized monument of the mankind long gone.


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

The eclipse symbolises an event of great significance, an omen which can lead to destruction. I interprete it on the personal level - the darkness that surrounds me, both inside and outside. On the other hand, the thorns depict all the "bad things" we do to ourself, the conscious decisions that lead to our downfall, deterioration of our lives on many levels. It is extremely easy to fall under the pressure of drugs, alcohol or stress but remaining on the bottom of the society and still be able to exist requires a great deal of mental strength.


6. You have your band listed as being from an unknown location, can you tell us a little bit more about your keeping your identity anonymous?

The art should speak for itself. Identity of the members is not important.


7.On your Instagram you also have a great amount of pictures and drawings, can you tell us a little bit more about the meanings behind these pictures?

Not really, as most of them should be seen as some form of automatic writing (or - in this particular matter - drawing). I have almost no control over what I am creating. Sometimes it is just an improvisation and sometimes I just channel the things I feel or the things I think that surround me and my life.


8.The full length is coming out on 'Brucia Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

Just a random chance, I stumbled upon them on Instagram. To be honest, I don't remember how it all started.


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

Minuscule. We are not very good at promoting our creations, hahah.


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

It is hard to say, as it's all about experimentation. It may be either extremely complex, even to the point of being unlistenable, or very raw and repetitive.


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?

Lots of electronic music, from both extreme ends of the spectrum - from drone to crossbreed. Nowadays I listen mostly the creations from the circles of the Mystískaos.


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

Open your veins and sacrifice yourself on the altar of cosmic insignificance.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/08/blog-post.html


Maahes/Reincarnation/MDD Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 21 août 2020 à 08:59

  Maahes  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  Egyptian  themes  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Reincarnation"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  MDD  Records.

  A  very  middle  eastern  and  ethnic  sounding  instrumental  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  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  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  deep  moments.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  modern  and  old  school  influences.  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  also  gives  the  music  a  symphonic  touch  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  elements  of  death  and  traditional  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the ancient  Egyptian  Underworld  and  Reincarnation.

  In  my  opinion  Maahes  are  a  very  great  sounding  Egyptian  themed  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Reincarnation"  "Master  Of  black  Arts"  and  "Final  Chapter  of  Apocalypse".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/08/maahesreincarnationmdd-records2020-cd.html


Drengskapur/Was der Morast verschlang/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 20 août 2020 à 10:16

 
  Drengskapur  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Was  der  Morast  verschlang".

  An  acoustic  guitar  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  tracks.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.

 Some  tracks  also  adds  in  some  clean  playing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  medieval  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  along  with  a later  track  is  also  all  acoustic  and  introduces  melodic  chants  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes  and  the  closing  track  is  written  in  English.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Drengskapur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should check out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mit  kalten  Fangen"  and  "Where Ancient  lords  gather".8out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/08/drengskapurwas-der-morast.html


Ominous Resurrection/Judgement/Terratur Possessions/2020 CD Review

jeudi 20 août 2020 à 08:36

  Ominous  Resurrection  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Judgement"  which  will  be  released  on  August  28th  by  Terratur  Possessions.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  grim  black  metal  screaming  style  that  is  more  closer  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  eras.   Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.

  Synths  can  also  be heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody. When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  a  lot  of  the  songs  also  sound  like  they  could of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years ago.   

  Ominous  Resurrection  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Greek  and  Italian  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Ominous  Resurrection  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  o  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Judgement"  "Sons  of  The  Pleiades"  and  "Genetic  Providence".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/08/ominous-resurrectionjudgementterratur.html