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Thronum Vrondor/Ichor (The Rebellion)/Pulverized Records/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 18 décembre 2018 à 03:51

  Thronum  Vrondor  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Ichor  (The  Rebellion)"  which  will  be  reelased  in  2019  by  Pulverized  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  along  with  some  synths  also  being  used  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  utilize  melodic  singing  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  along  with the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks.

  Thronum  Vrondor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes..

  In  my  opinion  Thronum  Vrondor  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A Symbol  Of  Acrimony"  "Diety"  and  "The  Last  Specs  Of  A  Dying  Light".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/thronum-vrondorichor.html


Ewigkeit/DISClose/Death To Music/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 18 décembre 2018 à 01:17

  United  Kingdom's  Ewigkeit  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  band  expanding  on  the  experimental  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "DISClose"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Death  to  Music.

  Am  Radio  sounds  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  atmospheric  sounding keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  riffing  sticking  to  more  of  a  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  progressive  on  most  of  the  tracks.

  On  this  recording  Ewigkeit  expands  on  their  experimental  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  growing  movement  of  modern  UFology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ewigkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "1947"  "Oppenheimer's  Lament"  and  "Moon  Monolith".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/ewigkeitdisclosedeath-to-music2019-full.html


Shaytan Interview

lundi 17 décembre 2018 à 05:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. I formed the Horde Shaytan in April 2015. The proposal is to make a Black Metal fast and dense. I initially looked for the guitarist Claudius and together we composed "Ishtar" and "Lords of Hell", then invited the bassist Alan N. and the drummer Getúlio.


2.Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
2. We chose this style because it is heavier and we also opted for a sharper recording where you can listen to all the instruments without losing the aggressiveness of Black metal, and live faithfully what you hear on the cd.

3.Your lyrics go into Assyrian, Babylonian and Sumerian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
 3. Yes, I speak in my letters on this subject, for it is a fascinating mythological strand. The way these ancient civilizations lived, their rituals and their history are incredibly influential and creators of magic.

4.With the band name and some of your other lyrics you also go into Satanism, can you tell us how you got interested in the dark arts?
 4. Yes, Shaytan means Satan in Arabic, the opponent. The mythology on board is part of ancient Mesopotamia, region of present-day Iran, the Middle East itself. Sumerian rituals have influenced many satanic sects. I became interested in the black arts for the self-knowledge they give me. Like "Goetia," "Chaos Magik," and other strands of the left-hand path that teaches us that the satanic way is the path of total freedom.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
 5. The cover of the EP Ancient Shadows displays the demon "Ugallu", one of the monsters created by Tiamat. In the epic of "Enuma Elish" tells how he helped rebuild the world from the corpses of opponents. It is also a symbol of protection, in amulets it appears with the demon "Lulal".

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. All shows are very intense and full of energy. We try to convey to the audience all the fury of our music, and the audience responds by shaking all the time.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

7. We have some shows scheduled in our state. There are no proposals for concerts that interest us at the moment, since many do not favor the band, and we do not accept being used by opportunist producers.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8. We are an independent band for now. Of course it would be great to sign with a respected and professional seal, but for now we are totally independent.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
 9. Ancient Shadows EP has been released on digital platforms and on the internet. We have received many positive responses from fans and some labels have shown interest in our work. In Mexico the label "Alexia Records" released earlier this year our EP Ancient Shadows.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. We are preparing a Full length, we intend to release until the end of 2019, we have all the songs ready and we are recording. Also in January we will record our first video clip.

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?

11. The old school bands like Dark Throne, Celtic Frost. I'm currently listening to quite a bit of Dead Can Dance, Basil Poledouris, plus underground metal bands.

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

12. First of all I want to thank you for the space and support, the work that Occult Black Metal Zine performs is super important. I also want to thank everyone who attends our shows, everyone who bought the EP and merchandising, that helps us a lot. "THE FLAME DOES NOT BURN ME, I AM THE FIRE".

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/shaytan-interview.html


Grey Aura/De bezwijkende deugd/Tartarus Records/2019 Demo Review

lundi 17 décembre 2018 à 04:55

  Grey  Aura  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  experimental  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  demo  "De  bezwijkende  deugd"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Tartarus  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly angry  shouts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  dissonant  yet  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  clean  vocals  when  they  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  getting  more  tortured  and  tormented  sounding.

  Grey  Aura  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  still  being  very  aggressive  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  Zazimar  Malevich,  Wassilly  Kandinsky,  Georges  Bataille  and  Arthur  Rimbaud.

  In  my  opinion  Grey  Aura  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental and  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  onnoemelijke  verleidelijkheid  van  de bezwijkende  deugd"  and  "Sierlijke  schaduwmond".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/grey-aurade-bezwijkende-deufdtartarus.html


Myrholt/Nordland/Myrholt Design/2018 Full Length Review

dimanche 16 décembre 2018 à 20:46

  Norway's  Myrholt  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Nordland"  which  was  released  by  Myrholt  Design.

  Raw  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  very  fast  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  grim  spoken  word  parts  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  some  of  the  more  modern  atmospheric  style.

  Myrholt  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Myrholt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fra  Morketid  Mot  Solgangbris"  "Svopt  i  Kulde"  and  "Fra  Ragnarok  til  Indre  Stillhet".  8  out  of  10    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/myrholtnordlandmyrholt-design2018-full.html