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Stilla/Synviljor/Nordvis/2018 CD Review

samedi 27 octobre 2018 à 04:57

  Sweden's  Stilla  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  nature  orientated  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Synviljor"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nordvis.

  Keyboards  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being   heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  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  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Stilla  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  nature  orientated  style  of  black  metal  while  also  utilizing  a  lot  more  raw  aggression  and  brutality  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  the  outer  limits  of  the  human  sensory  condition  and  challenging  the  boundaries  of  existence.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Stilla  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fralsefrosten"  "Myr" and  "Ut  ur  tid  och  rum".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/stillasynviljornordvis2018-cd-review.html


Cantique Lepreux/Paysages polaires/Eisenwald/2018 CD Review

samedi 27 octobre 2018 à 03:43

  Cantique   Lepreux  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Paysages  polaires"  which  will  be released  in  November  by  Eisenwald.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  screams  also  having  their  depressive  moments  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them, the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  whispers  can  also  be  heard.

  Cantique  Lepreux  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  icy  wilderness  themes  along  with  3  songs  being  inspired  by the  writings  of  poet  Rene  Chopin. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cantique  Lepreux  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  feu  secret" "Paysages  polaires  III"  and  "Le  fleau".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/cantique-lepreuxpaysages.html


Krumkač Interview

samedi 27 octobre 2018 à 01:56

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Krumkac has been based at the beginning of 2018 as studio one-man the project the only participant under the pseudonym Erebor (earlier known for the Tartavara/Wisdom Of Shadows/Rugievit projects). At once Erebor has written down material for a debut album and is sent on data Aleksandra to Digivision Records studio then Alexander has suggested to write down the vocal for an album that actually and I have made. And the result suited all, and at this stage the project has developed into the duet. And in September, 2018 the debut album "Honar i Kroŭ " has been released.

2.In September you had released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on this recording?
The album "Honar i Kroŭ" - cardinally differs from all previous works and Erebor's projects. Classical, monotonous, penetrating Black Metal intertwining with the atmospheric Atmospheric Black Metal elements has been taken as a basis. But the main thing on this album is that all emphasis is put on semantic loading and lyrics, moral substance of an album above all, all these combinations also were reflected in work "Honar i Kroŭ".

3.Your lyrics cover the Kryvian people and their history, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the heathen culture of your ancestors?
First of all the lyrics of a new album narrates about fight eternal for the ideals, Honar i Kroŭ-this a direct appeal to remember the roots and history of the people, to honor the but not others traditions, both to protect at the cost of the life and to increase greatly all that we were left by our nice ancestors! Kryviya is what in heart, is what has laid the foundation in us as in the separate and independent people, with the values, traditions and feats of our heroes of the past and the present!! The paganism-also is present at lyrics, it red thread intertwines throughout all album with our national views and the ideas. "Honar i Kroŭ" is an anthem of my earth, it is my appeal to battle for the ideals and values these are my tears about heroes that have given the life in eternal fight for a right cause!

4.I know that the bands name means 'Raven' in Belarussian', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Yes it is valid, the name of the project is translated as crows. First of all for me the Raven is pagan roots of views of which I adhere. God's crows Odina Hugin and Munin, eternal eyes and god's ears. On the other hand, the Raven symbolizes death when the battlefield is covered with corpses and only crows turn over bodies of the dead. All these concepts and moods are put in my music therefore this name very much supplements and symbolizes my message!


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
For registration of an album, we used a picture of the Polish artist Jan Mateyko. In a picture fight at Gryunvalda, the greatest victory over knights of the Teutonic Order in our history which echo reaches us and now is represented. Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Belarus) together with the Polish principality in 1410 have given the most bloody battle in our history to knights of the Teutonic Order, the Teutonic Order couldn't recover further from defeat. The Krylami Bielymi song is devoted to this battle and this victory, and all idea of an album also represents greatness of Grand Duchy of Lithuania as primordial and only the correct line of formation of our people. Therefore this picture, has as well as possible added an album!!

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Now the concert structure for live performances is brought together. On December 2, 2018 Krumkač will for the first time step on the stage with a live presentation of the album in Minsk (Belarus).
Further vigorous concert work of Europe so most likely Krumkač shortly will become a full-fledged formation is planned!

7.The album was released on 'Barbatos Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label of Barbatos Productions is one of the most successful suppliers of the right music in the CIS, mainly they publish national socialist threw, we cooperated with them within the Wisdom Of Shadows/Rugievit projects earlier. And therefore we foreknew that we will publish a debut album at them as conditions and the relations at us with them at height!

.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
At the international level success of an album just mad, literally the circulation of an album has been sold in 2 weeks of sales worldwide, offers from labels from around the world, concerts and Europe tour arrive. A set positive reviews from world the Internet of magazines. At us in Belarus and Russia the album became not such successful as, in Europe and around the world. Result and that as it have accepted I is very happy, and has been pleasantly surprised!!

9.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?
Alexander has the Divided project (Technical Death Metal), shortly he has an album. As for me, except Krumkač I am not involved anywhere as all forces and the ideas are aimed at his development. As for concert structure that, Oleg (Vocal) is the leader and the creator of the legendary Kamaedzitca group (Pagan Metal), Roman (Guitar) is a participant of the Vapor Himies group (EBM), Athame (Keyboard) is the only creator and the participant of the DSBM of the project Zdan, Rostislav (Percussions) also plays in the group Synaxaria (Gotic/Doom), Agnet (Bass guitar) is a concert guitarist black threw the Zaklon project.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Now in the closest plans of group it is an exit of a new single and concert activity. We will play the period of 2018-2019 about 10 concerts, both at us in the homeland and in Europe. Then I sit down at record of a new album for which material is almost ready. It will be the same sincere, aggressive, atmospheric threw with national color. And in general, time will tell as well as where will bring us!

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?
Certainly I have exerted huge impact on me Norwegian black metal a scene. Such groups as Darkthrone, Immortal, Burzum, Satyricon, Carpatian Forest. These are those groups which have exerted huge impact on my musical views, and still I listen to them and I derive inspiration from black metal!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Appreciate and honor the history, remember the roots!! Thanks to all for attention!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/krumkac-interview.html


Sjukdom Interview

vendredi 26 octobre 2018 à 02:11
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Sjukdom: So "Stridshymner og Dødssalmer" was recorded between 2015 and 2016, but work with the album didn't really stop until late 2017. In the meantime though we have actually been busy writing material for whatever comes next. We are currently working on about a dozen new tracks.

2.You have a new album coming out later this month, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do on your previous releases?

Sjukdom: The debut album "Når alt Mørkner" was kinda rushed in both writing and recording, we were young and eager to release something.
This time however we have taken our time with the process of writing and recording and we think the end result speaks for itself.
Expect a much more furious and agressive sound, but without letting entirely go of the more melodic approach we had on our first album.

3.This is your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Sjukdom: Honestly we've just been writing tracks, rehearsing like hell and honing our passion for the music that we do. Some members has come and gone since the last album, but that is just how it is playing in a band.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer album?
Sjukdom: Lyrically this album isn't too dissimilar to the debut. Core lyrical topics still revolve around the topic of death, grand scale misantrophic warfare and anti religious themes.
The title of the album "Stridshymner og dødssalmer" (War hymns and death psalms) describe it pretty well.

5.In one interview you also talked about an interest in Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Sjukdom: Oh boy, that must have been an old interview! It was a topic that we were perhaps exploring for a short while, but ultimately nothing specific ever came out of it.
It is of course an interesting subject and every now and then some concept relating to mythology or folklore might show up in our lyrics, especially the more esoteric and occult songs that deal with the concepts of death in the more abstract, like a form of transcendence.

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

Sjukdom: Sjukdom is the Northern Norwegian spelling of the word "Sykdom".
The English translation would be either 'Sickness' or 'Disease'.
There wasn't really any inspiration behind it, it was just a name we happened to land on in the early days.
It's a pretty catchy name though and we feel that our music really reflect the name in some way and vice versa.

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

Sjukdom: What remains of a frozen battlefield. Completely void of compassion.
There is only destruction and death and cold embrace of an early grave.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Sjukdom: Tricky question, we've done quite a few really good shows.
We don't play live all that often so every show we do kind of stands out for us.
The best one would probably be the last one we did back in March 2017, We played for almost an hour and 20 minutes and people were really enjoying themselves!

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Sjukdom: We wish to do something, but nothing is confirmed as of right now.

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

Sjukdom: Funny you should ask, there was this one Web-zine that criticized the album for having a "clean licked and polished sound" and the band members for being "Atheists in corpse paint". I guess we weren't satanic enough for their liking!
Other than that though the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Sjukdom: We've found our style and we're sticking to it, more or less at least.
The material we are currently working on is perhaps a little less straight forward and a little more eerie and haunting sounding.
It will still be the Sjukdom you all know and love, so no worries.
12.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?

Sjukdom: Anything from the classics of the 90's to the more modern era of black metal, really. We try to keep our perspective broad and we're not afraid to experiment a little with our formula.
But to mention a couple of common favorite bands that we all share in the band, Marduk, Djevel, Mgła, Burzum.

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

Sjukdom: Sanity is for the weak.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/sjukdom-interview.html


Unreqvited/Mosaic I: I' amour et I' ardeur/Northern Silence/2018 CD Review

vendredi 26 octobre 2018 à 02:00

  Unreqvited  are  a  band  from  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  post  rock,  and  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Mosaic  I:  I'  amour  et I' ardeur"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Northern  Silence.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  and  nature  orientated  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  while  ambient  style  synths  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  great  amount  of  heavy  riffs  being  used  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  shoegaze,  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  tracks  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  Unreqvited  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal,  post  rock,  shoegaze  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional.

  In  my  opinion  Unreqvited  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  post  rock,  shoegaze  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dreamscape"  and  "Balance".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/10/unreqvitedmosaic-i-i-amour-et-i.html