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Skverna Liniya/In A Garland Of Wax/Casus Belli Musicia/Beverina Productions/2021 CD Review

mardi 31 août 2021 à 03:34

 


  Skverna  Liniya  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "In  A  Garland  Of  Wax"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Casus  Belli  Musica  and  Beverina  Productions.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in a  very  melodic  style.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.  One  song  also  introduces  melodic  vocals  onto  the  album  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  Boris  Poplavsky  a  Russian  poet  in  exile.    


  In  my  opinion  Skverna  Liniya  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  an d if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Rustle  of  Smoldering  Life"  and  "In  Forgotten  Wide  Spaces".  8  out  of  10.




  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/skverna-liniyain-garland-of-waxcasus.html


Ánimas Defunctorum Interview

mardi 31 août 2021 à 02:23

 

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project? Ánimas Defunctorum was born as such in the year 2020, however the musical compositions are not from that year, they are from the years 2011 and 2013, but the recording was finished in the year 2020, the lyrics are also finished in 2020. 

2. Recently you have released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording? In principle, the musical style that I do is archaic Black Metal with melodious and nostalgic touches, the intention with Ánimas Defunctorum was to express despair, sadness and anger in these songs, the public likes to classify the sound in different subgenres of the Black Metal, however I don’t want to take that job, I think that if Black Metal is fast or slow, simple or complicated, flat or melodious, as long as it respects the rhythmic and musical roots and expresses the most rejected and hidden feelings of being, then it is still Black Metal without any classification.

 3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored so far with this solo project? This album lyrics are about tormented man’s different moments, tormented by his own existence, by his own life and his thoughts about death that is coming, about the fear of death itself and the hatred for his own life, nut also of the hope behind the idea of death, not the hope of a Heaven or an Valhalla, but the hope of eternal rest. Although not all the songs talk about death themes, in two songs, for example, they talk about the horror and greatness of some nightmares (Songs: 2) Maldita Ceguera/Desequilibrio irracional, and 4) Contemplando la vastedad de los reinos lóbregos); those are some topics, I do not want to extend too much.

 4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Animas Defunctorum'? It is nothing mystical or secret, I simply wanted a name according to the Black Metal, and that had to do with my language roots, that is, my Spanish language that comes from the old Latin, I also needed a name referring to death and existence, then Ánimas referring to existence and Defunctorum referring to death; Ánimas: Souls, Defunctorum: Dead or deceased; and that is, the souls of the dead, that’s all. 

 5. How would you describe the artwork that is presented on the new album cover? The album is in jewel case compact disk, with a 4 pages booklet, the logo was made by Camilo Alvarez, draftsman and musician of this region. The rest of arts are my own creation, basically composed by some photography of forests, graveyards, tombs, mountains rocks and portraits. Referring to the front cover, I can say that is an open grave where you can see a coffin without a lid, old and corroded by nature and time. 

 6. With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with full bands, how would you compare the two? I have worked with some bands, in Blestema as in animas Defunctorum in a few words I have been the composer and the producer, in the other bands I have also had an important role in composition, interpretation and above all as a producer. I have had the fortune of working with extraordinary musicians, for example with drummers like Submachine (Valfar (Col), Mitt Blod (Col), Cadáver (ex UnholyBlood (Col), ex Blestema (Col)) y Nahual (Nox (Col), Blestema (Col)). For my experience, solo project has only differed in that I can manage the time to my liking and I don’t depend on the commitments that may have the other musicians. 

 7. The album was released on 'Odio Eterno Producciones', can you tell us a little bit more about this label? Odio Eterno Producciones (Col) is a very small label, and only exists to release and distribute the discs of my bands, is a discreet label, clandestine, underground…nothing more to say. 

8. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal? With the new release I can’t say much about the world wide reactions of my disc, only two compact disk have come out of my country, and the response of these metalheads has been of surprise and pleasure about it. My label is independent, with very little diffusion, and I am patient or slow in distribution, and I am not too interested in distributing the album so quickly, I suppose that in medium term and in a very personal way I will perceive the comments of the album. Your zine Occult Black Metal Zine Blog has written a review about Ánimas Defunctorum’s Album, I am absolutely grateful for that.

 9. What is going on with some of the other bands bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of? My main band is Blestema (Col) since 2009, in this moment still distributing the “Ecos Moribundos Eternos” - CD Full length, in the beginning of this year we release the 3 way split “Letárgica Mortis” (Blestema, Grimorium Serpent, Arkanus Mors), and in the short and medium term it is planned to release more music with Blestema. Contact: Facebook page “Blestema - Black Metal “ and via e mail “blestemablackmetal@hotmail.com”.

 10. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future? I haven’t much aspirations as a professional musician, only as a musician passionate about the real and archaic Black Metal, without another pretense than continue distributing the black plague of true black metal from the shadows of unholy hell. Hail to the true black art adepts; fuck off rockstars and todays “Black Metal” divas. 

 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? A hard work, in summary I can mention to 90’s Black Metal bands, however many of the old bands abandoned their sound and talk about that bands is an attempt against that old masterpieces of that years. I don’t listen much Black Metal of nowadays, the most of self called Black Metal of today sucks, the professional bands of these days are only princess of mainstream with no more pretense than to be the next Ricky Martins or Madonnas of the music, and if the big labels get to press them, have no doubt that they will walk away from their roots without a moment’s thought. Especially to the Animas Defunctorum album influences I can talk about some Black Metal bands, well, it is what I have heard the most in this 21st century: Öde (NL), Wedard (Ger), Toth (Ger), Kargvint (Ger), Hypothermia-old (Swe), Trauer (Ger), Niflheim/Gris (Can), Austere (Aus), Funeral Veil (Ita), Infernal Hate (Mex), Lupus Nocturnus (Mex), Deorc (Mex), Chaoswolf (Mex)… ok, it would be absurd to extend even more. 

12. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism? It is all the knowledge and potential power that lies deep at our self, ancient wisdom that just few people respect and recognize, see with your own eyes the deep of yourself, dream about the great infernal palace beyond the material body, fly far beyond the stars, raise your hands to Satan, feel the force of black metal magic in a fullmoon night… 

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?I want to express my sincere thanks for the attempting and interest in Ánimas Defunctorum. I wish you much success with your blog zine.

 Lifeless – Ánimas Defunctorum (All instruments and vocals) Contact: animasdefunctorum@hotmail.com

 instagram/odioeterno_producciones

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/animas-defunctorum-interview.html


Nexus Imperium/Self Titled/2021 EP Review

lundi 30 août 2021 à 05:06

 


  Nexus  Imperium  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2021  ep.


  Atmospheric  and  sci-fi  orientated  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.   The  recording  also  has  its  experimental  moment  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  some  clean  playing  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  The  ep  also  adds  in  a  couple  of  instrumentals  along  with all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  on  the  closing  song  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  evolution  of  the  universe,  space  -  time  and  humanity  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Nexus  Imperium  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  atmospheric  sounding  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,   you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thermal  Perfection"  and  "Seeds".  8  out  of  10.




https://nexusimperium.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.instagram.com/nexusimperium/
https://www.facebook.com/Nexus-Imperium-109764188009330
nexusimperiumbm@gmail.com

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Nexus_Imperium/3540490239      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/nexus-imperiumself-titled2021-ep-review.html


Die Schwarze Sonne/Tod und Melancholie/Wolfmond Production/2021 CD Review

lundi 30 août 2021 à 03:55

 


  Die  Schwarze  Sonne  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Tod  und  Melancholie"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  Distorted  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length.


  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.  The  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  recording  also  having  its  atmosphere  moments  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  deep  and  demonic  sounding  at  times.  A  small  amount  of  melody  is  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well as  one  song  also  added  in  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  contempt,  melancholy,  misanthropy,  hatred,  nature  and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Die  Schwarze  Sonne  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ertrunken  im  Geschrel"  and  "Cupio  Dissolvi".  8  out  of  10.


https://wolfmondproduction.bandcamp.com/album/die-schwarze-sonne-tod-und-melancholie-pre-order    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/die-schwarze-sonnetod-und.html


Svartulven/Ruins Of Desolation, Transcendence For The Other Side/Dark Terror Temple/2021 Full Length Review

lundi 30 août 2021 à 00:11

 



  Svartulven  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Ruins  Of  Desolation,  Transcendence  For  The  Other  Side"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Terror  Temple.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  chants  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  dissonant  structures  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  


  Angry  sounding  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Svartulven  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witness"  "Parabel"  and  "Crystal".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI9T4yPqqJ0          


  


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/svartulvenruins-of-desolation.html