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Chaos Invocation/Devil, Stone & Man/W.T.C Productions/2022 CD Review

dimanche 20 février 2022 à 00:03

 


  Germany's  Chaos  Invocation  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  aggressive,  modern,  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2022  album  "Devil,  Stone  &  Man"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  W.T.C  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  balance  between  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  some  melodic  vocals  also  being  added  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  the  recording  also  closes  with  an  instrumental  which  also  adds  in  some  horror  movie  style  synths  and  acoustic  gutiars.


  On  this  recording  Chaos  invocation  goes  for  more  of  a  modern,  aggressive  and  satanic  style  of  occult  black  metal,  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chaos  Invocation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Strike  Of  The  Dominator's  Fist"  "Odonata  Fields"  and  "The  Revolting  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.


Chaos Invocation @ Facebook


https://youtu.be/WimYsOgr0zA    


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/chaos-invocationdevil-stone-manwtc.html


Izthmi/Leaving This World, Leaving It All Behind/Satanik Royalty Records/2022 Full Length Review

samedi 19 février 2022 à 06:17

 


  Izthmi  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Leaving  This  World,  Leaving  It  All  Behind"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Satanik  Royalty  Records.


  An  apocalyptic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  has  its  progressive  moments  and  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  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  riffing  also  giving  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  synths  and  pianos  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  they  also  add  in  a  couple  of  instrumentals  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  mourning  of  the  losses  and  the  celebration  of  hopes  and  victories  that  is  to  come.  


  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Izthmi  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shadows  Of  Our  Disillusionment"  "It's  As  If  It  Where"  and  "Leaving  it  All  Behind".  8  out  of  10.


    

http://www.facebook.com/Izthmi
http://twitter.com/izthmi
http://www.instagram.com/izthmi

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/izthmileaving-this-world-leaving-it-all.html


Ba'a/Egregore/Osmose Productions/2022 CD Review

samedi 19 février 2022 à 04:54

 


  France's  Ba'a  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Egregore"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Osmose  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.


 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.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants.  Operatic  voices  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  a  couple  of  songs  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  classical  guitars  onto  the  album.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Hermetic  Philosophy  and  the  Four  Horsemen  Of  The  Apocalypse.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ba'a  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Umbra  et  Luce"  and  "Urbi  et  orbi  Clamat".  8  out  of  10.


https://baa-band.fr/        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/baaegregoreosmose-productions2022-cd.html


Drugoth Interview

samedi 19 février 2022 à 03:38

 

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



Since the release of LEGIONS OF THE GREAT EYE pt I & pt II ( recorded 2018 & 2020 ) Drugoth has been working on the second album following the debut album UNTO THE DARKNESS SWORN.



2.Your last full length was released in 2021, musically how does it differ from your previous releases?



It is an album in length and concept.


The songs have been written to be more captivating thus resulting them to also be lengthier compared to the earlier EP’s.



In the beginning the songs were more grindy and rarely over a minute in length with the demos and EP’s.


Kind of like being bludgeoned by a great dwarven hammer - quick and to the point.


We've since grown.



3.The bands name and most of the lyrics come from the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?



Drugoth is of the harsh black speech tongue.


Delvers may find its true meaning if they wish.


Drugoth tells tales of battles to come, battles yore and all things fell in middle earth. 



4.Since 2017 you have released a great amount of material, do you spend a great amount of your time writing and creating music?



Drugoth is all written solely by himself.


All drums, riffs, lyrics and songs.


We do not demo or pre pro anything so the recording process is the first time hearing the songs fully formed.



Then the herald of woe SHOGRAATH does the recording of the riffs and adds his signature flare as well as his monstrous commanding low vocals.



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



The compilation cover is a mid march selfie.



All the artwork for previous and future releases are created by JEROME CHAPMAN - a very gifted gentleman in the art of tattooing and artwork.


A very dearly loved brother.



6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?



The very essence of the band is the duality twixt Drugoth and Shograath.


Life and death, sun and moon.


One can not exist with out the other.


Everyone else are the enemy.




7.So far you have worked with 'Corpse Torture Records','Ad Victoriam', and 'War Productions' on your physical releases. do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?



Corpse torture made a couple of cassettes which was appreciated but all communication has been nullified since.



AD VICTORIAM is the label of a dear friend of ours who is the mastermind behind CARATHIS, NARZISSUS and many more killer bands I highly recommend.



WAR PRODUCTIONS are very professional and helpful.



All these labels have aided the dark flame of Drugoth and we are very appreciative.



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



This is music for orcs by orcs.


If others listen then we are grateful.


We don’t want your gold, just listen.



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days the drummer is a part of?



The debut SHOGRAATH record will be out soon which I highly recommend.



Drugoth is also a contributing drummer for SIGHTBLINDER, HELLNIUM and a few more projects to be released.


Drugoth offers his real drumming in a world of programmed drums that sound shit.


Contact if wanting real drums recorded.



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



THIS IS TRUE UDÛN BLACK METAL



11.What are you currently listening to nowadays?



I am a big fan of Abbath solo stuff and even bigger fan of the lyricist Simon Dancaster.


Apart from that Crowbar, Bathory, Immortal, Slayer, Watain repeat



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



Keep an eye on the horizon for the SHOGRAATH debut.



HAIL THE DARK FLAME


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/drugoth-interview.html


Blood Torrent/Void Universe/Trollzorn Records/2022 CD Review

samedi 19 février 2022 à 03:06

 


  Blood  Torrent  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of    style  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  punk,  progressive  and  classic  hard  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Void  Universe"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Trollzorn  Records.


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  programmed  beats  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  van  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.


  Elements  of  classic  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  touches  of  black'n'roll.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  70's  vibe  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.


 At  times  the  tracks  also  captures  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock    as  well  as  the  album  also  has  its  progressive  moments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  along  with  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  some  melodic  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics are  inspired  by  the  works  of  Leonardo  Da  Vinci  and  George  Orwell  and  cover  existential  theory,  misanthropy,  subversion,  social,  system  critical  content ,  mental  illness  and  the  relationship  between  humanity  and  nature.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blood  Torrent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black'n'roll,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Knowledge  Of  Light"  "Necromass"  and  "The  Strive".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/QitTSu9DPT4


https://www.facebook.com/BloodTorrent

https://blood-torrent.bandcamp.com

https://bloodtorrent.com

https://www.instagram.com/bloodtorrent_official

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/blood-torrentvoid-universetrollzorn.html