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Tulus/Pure Black Energy/Spulseller Records/2021 CD Re-Issue Review

samedi 12 février 2022 à 06:32

 


  Tulus  are  a  band  from  Norway  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  played  a  rock  influenced  form  of  Norwegian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Pure  Black  Energy"  which  was  re-issued  in 2021  by  Soulseller  Records  and  also  consists  of  1991  rehearsal  tracks  and  their  1994  demo  "Samlerans  kammer"  as  bonus  tracks.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Element s of  black'n'roll  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals.


 Keyboards  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard on  a  couple  of  songs  along  with  the  rehearsal  tracks  also  bringing  in  even  more  of  a  raw  style  than  the  album  as  well  as  the  1994  demo  songs  also  bringing  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  yet  raw  Norwegian  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Dark  Folklore  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tulus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUD E "Samlerans  Kammer"  "Kaldt"  "Grav"  and  "De  dødes  attest".  8 out  of  10.


https://soulsellerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pure-black-energy


https://wickedtapestry.com

https://www.facebook.com/wickedtapestry     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/tuluspure-black-energyspulseller.html


Licho/Ciuciubabka/Pagan Records/2022 CD Review

samedi 12 février 2022 à 04:39

 


  Licho  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  form  of  metal  with  elements  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Ciuciubabka"  which  will  be  released  in  march  by  Pagan  Records.


  Bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  heavier  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  has  its  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments.


  Psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  black  metal  screams  are  also  done  in  a  very  crazy  style  when  they  are utilized.  When  the  music  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  songs  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  style  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  most  of  the  vocals  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  most  of t he  album  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  style.


  On  this  recording  Licho  goes  fore  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  style  of  metal  as  well  as  keeping  some  of  the  black  metal  elements  of  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  the  game  of  hiding  and  catching  what  has  fallen  from  the  sky.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Licho  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  experimental  metal  with  elements  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Wyjaśnijmy  coś  sobie"  "  Nie  wiem  czy  dożyję śmierci"  and  " Daleko  do  widzenia".  8  out  of  10.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lichoofficial 
Bandcamp: https://lichofficial.bandcamp.com// 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lichoofficial/


https://youtu.be/sEj-WzaiSno      



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/lichociuciubabkapagan-records2022-cd.html


Arcano Arconite/Rituais Primitivos/Old Metal Rites/2022 Compilation Album Review

samedi 12 février 2022 à 03:32

 


  Arcano  Arconite  are  a  solo  project  from  brazil  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  and  misanthropic  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  compilation  album  "Rituais  Primitivos"  which  was  released  by  Old  metal  Rites  and  consists  of  his  2020 ep  "Glorficactio  Mortem"  and  demo  tracks  ranging  from  the  mid  90's  to  2015.


  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences.


  A  great  portion  of t he  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  Some  of  the  songs  are  also  ambient  orientated  instrumentals  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  at  times  the  compilation  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere


  On  this  compilation  Arcano  Arconite  goes  for  more  of  a  mid  tempo,  atmospheric  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Elizabeth  Bathory,  Misanthropy  and  Satanism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Arcano  Arconite  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  misanthropic  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waiting  For  Death"  "To  Hell"  and  "Elizabeth  Bathory".  8 out  of  10.


   Bandcamp


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/arcano-arconiterituais-primitivosold.html


Vaina Interview

vendredi 11 février 2022 à 04:44

 

1.

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?


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Tapping, double tapping, long pressing, swiping and pinch-zooming...




...all secrets are not meant to be revealed




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2.

You have a new album coming out in March, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


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If you listen our discography, you know the answer. Core has not really changed, but skin has been casted totally.




Maybe a more proper answer would be, that “Futue te ipsum” is a bastad son of "Purity" and "Viisikärki".




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3.

You refer to your music as being 'untrendy black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about what this term means to you?



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It's provocative truth. Traditional black metal is untrendy. It's a bitty that almost none understands this anymore.




Great art is challenging. It's untameable. It raises questions. Black metal is a certain kind of mindset for us. Only horns, claws and hair, doesn't make a wolf.




We see it fascinating if rebels are able to siphon energy from beacon of chaos we are. After all, life and death is meant be looked as it is, like universe presents itself, without limiting the vision based on what other people are offering or constructs made by them are. After all, black metal is just a pair of words invented by a human being.






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4.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


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"Viisikärki" is made by using left part of the brains. "Purity" is made using the right part. In the creation of "Futue te ipsum", we have used both brain parts.




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5.

You also refer to 'Oppenheimer' in one of your songs, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this physicist and his work?



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It’s about the moment when you think you found immortality and became messiah. However the end-result was totally opposite. You just created pain and suffering.



As you might know, J. Robert Oppenheimer is credited as a father of the atomic bomb.




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6.

Do the band members also have any interest in Occultism?



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Yes and no. We don't want to sound arrogant, but it depends of your definition of occult. In reality there is not this kind of separation between things. What is secret today, can be common tomorrow. Truth is formless. Nature knows no good and evil.  All is one. All is cycled. All is connected. All is eternal.




However I would say that we have ability to think. We discuss pretty much of all kinds of "real questions". Everyone should be interested of self development.








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7.

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


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It's paradox, manifestation of the unmanifestable. It's hypocrisy


too.




To be able open the all-seeing eye, one need to suffer.






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8.

So far you have done one show, how would you describe your stage performance?



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Chaos in a golden ratio:


10% conscious, 30% subconscious, 60% unconscious.




Before the "nailing", we had some reversed meditation and our vessels was charged with unrelaxation. Fucked-upped spirit overdone was near. Things started to escalate.




Flesh and machine crumbled and the presence of the spirit was crushing. Our live appearance created unplanned havoc and let's say a portal to another dimension. It was obvious that our outcome was going to be hard to swallow. One third of the audience wasn’t ready to loose themselves and immerse, so they left the scene. Those who didn't found the exit from the venue, found hopefully exit from form and time.




Strong experiences can change human behaviour. We've been told that some witnesses has found a hidden appeal for such of a combo of torment and satisfaction, while others try not to stick their fingers on it.






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9.

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


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Worldwide feedback of our fans has been really overwhelming. Lots of views, thumbs, comments, shares, emojis and other spam.




To be honest, we don't really know. We are so unintegrated to the so-called "scene".






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10.

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



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We feel that it’s sometimes a problem when the audience can’t separate the creator and his/her creation. Focus goes too quickly to the creator and his/her output of soul is secondary. It's unrespectful to ask right after Virgin Mary has given birth to "messiah", what she’s going to do next. We don’t do waste. There’s no future. “Future te Ipsum” is right now. It’s our blood.






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11.

What are you listening to nowadays?



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We've been listening ourselves: body, mind, intuition... however, maybe that's not the answer, you are looking for.




To not to state the obvious, let's pick up following bands/artists:


Saatkrähe, Nedxxx, His Divine Grace, Elend, Antti Tolva, Spektr, Ysengrin, Dead can dance, Cigarettes after sex, She past away, warpaint...






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12.

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



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If you still have some self-awareness (like our ancestors), you know that we are not our bodies and we are not our thoughts. We are what we are by nature. Someone could call it “soul” or “god”…etc. But the fact is, you can’t separate yourself from nature. In other words, we are the "nature", and that same "nature" is within everything. All began and end naturally to “nature”. This cycle is eternal.


If you hurt “nature”, you only hurt yourself. We should remember our origin. It’s the only "magic" we have.







https://vaina.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/vainaband/

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


Malum Mortuus/Ashes Of The Traitor's Cross/Imperial Darkness Records/2022 EP Review

vendredi 11 février 2022 à 04:08

 


  Malum  Mortuus  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Ashes  Of  The  Traitor's  Cross"  which  will  be  released  on  February  25th  by  Imperial  Darkness  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  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  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Back  up  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  lot  of  the  songs  also  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  songs  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.


  On  this  recording  Malum  Mortuus  goes  for  more  of  an  old  school  90's  influenced  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  War  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malum  Mortuus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashes  Of  The  Traitor's  Cross"  and  "The  Blinding  Of  The  Far  Wanderer".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: eternalmalummortuus.bandcamp. com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ malum.mortuusCO
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UCatVpX4bSx8fXbQjb71- WGg

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ eternal_malum_mortuus/  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/malum-mortuusashes-of-traitors.html