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Serpents/The Brimstone Clergy/War Anthem Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 16 octobre 2020 à 03:39

 


  Serpents  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  Swedish  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Brimstone  Clergy"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  War  Anthem  Records.


  Bells  and  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  classical  interlude  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  closing  track.


   Serpents  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  this  is  very  fast,  melodic  and  old  school  in  the  Swedish  tradition. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  the  death  of  innocence  and  virtue.


  In  my  opinion  Serpents  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  melodic  Swedish  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "End  The  Slavery  of  Being"  and  "Requiem".  8  out  of  10.


https://soundcloud.com/war-anthem-records/serpents-swe-end-the-slavery-of-being


https://serpents1.bandcamp.com/releases      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/serpentsthe-brimstone-clergywar-anthem.html


Of Feather And Bone/Sulfuric Disintegration/Profound Lore Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 16 octobre 2020 à 02:42

 


  Of  Feather  And  Bone  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Sulfuric  Disintegration"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Profound  Lore  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast, r aw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  while  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  death  emtal  elements  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  tremolo  picking  also gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  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  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style, some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  brutality  of  grindcore  as  well  as  the  ritualistic  sounds  also  making  a  return  on  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks.


  On  this  recording  Of  Feather  And  Bone  takes  their  mixture  of war,  black, death  emtal  and  grindcore  into  more  of  a  darker  and  more  aggressive  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Aztec  Mythology,  Anti  Christian,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Of  Feather  And  Bone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entropic  Self  Immolation" and  "Baptized  In  Boiling  Phlegm" .  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/offeatherandbone

https://www.instagram.com/offeatherandbone

https://offeatherandbone666.bandcamp.com

https://twitter.com/ofab666  


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/of-feather-and-bonesulfuric.html


Sardonic Witchery/Moonlight Sacrifice Ritual/War March Records/Niflhel Records/Warhemic Productions/Worship Tapes/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 15 octobre 2020 à 23:56

 


  Sardonic  Witchery  are  a  solo  project  from  Dallas,  Texas  with  some  session  members  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Moonlight  Sacrifice  Ritual"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  War  March,  Niflhel  Records,  Warhemic  Productions  and  Worship  Tapes.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction. The  vocals  are  also  done  in  more  of  a  first  wave black  metal  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  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  music  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  thrash  metal.


  Sardonic  Witchery  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  old  school  mixing  both  the  80's  and  90's  era's  together.  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Witchcraft,  Lycanthropy  and  Misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sardonic  Witchery  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  For  Satan"  "Licantropia"  and  "Ancient  Spirits".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/sardonic-witcherymoonlight-sacrifice.html


Siculicidium/Az alamerules larvai/Sun & Moon Records/2020 CD Review

jeudi 15 octobre 2020 à 22:40

 


  Romania's  Siculicidium  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  black  metal  style  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Az  alamerules  larvai"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.


  Bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  a  few  seconds  later.  After  the  intro  heavier  riffs  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  goth  rock  and  post  punk.


   The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  organs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  in  a  brief  use  of  brass  instruments  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  wither  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  On  this  recording  Siculicidium  goes  for  more  of  a  mid  tempo  direction  of  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  post  punk  and  goth  rock  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Romanian  and  cover  Symbolistic,  Death,  history  and  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Siculicidium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  mid  tempo  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  post  punk  and  goth  rock, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  kut  kavaja"  "Leirhatatlan  gonoszsagok"  and  "Az  alamerules".  8  out of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-lON-BIP68



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/siculicidiumaz-alamerules-larvaisun.html


Sepulchre By The Sea Interview

jeudi 15 octobre 2020 à 21:34

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Sepulchre by the Sea is a one man atmospheric black metal project inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe that I started in early 2019



2.In November you have your first full length coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The style on "Conqueror Worm" is generally post/atmospheric black metal but includes lots of other elements like shoegaze, folk, hardcore and doom. If you've ever heard of the Japanese film director Hideo Nakata who put all of his ideas into "Ring" because he thought he'd never make another horror film, it's a bit like that.



3.Your lyrics cover the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work and also are there any other writers that you have an interest in?

I've always been a big fan of Poe's work as I really like gothic horror and the short story format and he had such a huge impact on the horror genre and literature in general. I'm also a fan of HP Lovecraft, Bram Stoker and HG Wells and wouldn't rule out making music influenced by other writers in the future


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sepulchre By The Sea'?

"Sepulchre by the Sea" is a direct reference to perhaps Edgar Allen Poe's most well known poem Annabel Lee, a gothic romantic work about a woman who the narrator loved so much he believed the angels killed her out of jealousy. Poe also used the word "Sepulchre" (a fancy word for a tomb) a lot in other stories and its badass!


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

Earlier in the year I was struggling to find artwork for the album and was tired of trawling through classical public domain artwork, at that time I picked up my coffee mug and saw this pattern in the bottom. It started as a joke, like even my coffee is black metal, but the more I played around with it the more I liked it and I eventually came to see it as some kind of ominous planet that was cracking and ready to explode.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I've been in a lot of bands, but am really enjoying the satisfaction of creating everything myself at the moment. However, if the right musicians came along, I definitely think it would be cool to play these songs live one day, when live music gets back to normal.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I'm not technically signed, however, this album is getting a physical release through Anthrazit records (who've also designed some awesome t shirts). I'm definitely open to working with other labels in the future and would love to release a split with another band.


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

So far it's been fantastic, and has been really encouraging (even when I just had a demo) to hear from people in different parts of the world. My fans are mostly based in Europe and America but i'd really like to expand to places like south east Asia, where I know there are great black metal scenes


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I'm definitely going to take some time to reflect on my sound once Conqueror Worm has been released. I'm a big believer in listening to feedback, both good and bad, and there's still so much I want to learn about production and maybe even experimenting with other instruments. I definitely have some ideas already brewing for more music though.


10.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?

As far as bands that have influenced my style I really consider the "big four" to be Panopticon, Deafheaven, Mizmor and Saor. I also discovered "Limbo" by the Portugese band Gaerea last week which is fast becoming my favourite post black album this year, and really enjoyed the latest records from Chagrin and Light in the Dark too.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Unsurprisingly, I also enjoy writing short stories (both horror and sci fi) and also run a bad movie podcast with my friend called "Schlock Tactics"


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

Thank you for the interview, I hope everybody enjoys the album when it comes out and please get in touch if you do cause I'm always up for chatting about all things post black metal!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/sepulchre-by-sea-interview.html