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Griim/Bete immonde/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 03:59

 


  Griim  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Bete  immonde"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  by Purity  Through  Fire.


  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  programmed  beats  also  add  elements  of  electronic  music  and  hip  hop  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  but  also  remaining  experimental  at  the  same  time.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  also gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Non  sampled  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  some  ethnic  style  tribal  vocals  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are utilized.


  The  music  also  has  its  avant  garde  moments  along  with  all of  the  tracks  also  having  a  very  different  sound  to  them  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  also  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or mid  paced  direction,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  dark,  disturbing  and  depraved  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Griim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nymphe  decharnee"  "So  Long  Fuckers"  and  "Serotonin".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/jvucF9cLJmo



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/griimbete-immondepurity-through.html


Desaster/Decayed/Hellprod Records/2020 SPlit EP Review

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 02:47

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Germany's  Desaster  and  Portugal's  Decayed  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Hellprod  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Desaster  which  shows  their  music  going  into  more  of  an  old  school  black  metal  direction.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  yet  melodic  riffing  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  adds  in  some  first  wave  touches  at  times  as  well  as  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Desaster  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  Next up  is  Decayed  who  return  with  their  old  school  style  of  black  metal. 


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  aggressive  and  old  school  style  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  shows  influences  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Occultism  and  Ritual  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  track  from  Decayed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp | Soundcloud


www.facebook.com/666Desaster666
www.facebook.com/DKD666


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/desasterdecayedhellprod-records2020.html


Sad/Misty Breath Of Ancient Forests/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 01:31

 


  Sad  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Misty  Breath  Of  Ancient  Forests"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Purity  Through  Fire. 


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  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.  One  track  also  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  direction.   


  Sad  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  90's  Nordic  Tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism,  death,  darkness  and  negativity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sad  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enjoy  Your  Pettiness"  "Hellish  Ride"  and  "Hades  Gazing".  8  out  of  10.


www.hordeavsad.webs.com


https://youtu.be/ng1n7otWkEM

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/sadmisty-breath-of-ancient.html


Khaos Labyrinth Interview

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 00:40

 


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?


- Hello. We recently returned from a russian mini-tour. Now we are on vacation, after which we will start recording a new album.


2.Your last album was released in 2019, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


- Each of our albums is different from the others. I do a lot of experiments with the genre that bring a lot of interesting things to the music. Now we are rehearsing songs for the upcoming album, in which the influence of post-punk and post-rock is noticeable. We develop as authors and our creativity grows with us. The first album was a reflection of what I liked at the time of its creation. The second was a ready-made work that we did ourselves.


3.You also released 2 different versions of the album, one with vocals one without can you tell us a little bit more about this decision?


- I like instrumental black metal. This was the reason for this decision. My second project NMLSS_VGR was a continuation of this fascination. There I create completely silent music.


4.In addition to black metal you have also released some ambient recordings, how would you compare the 2 different genres?


- In the early 90s, black metal artists made extensive use of ambient in their creations. I love albums from that period. You put on a record and you find yourself in another world. It's a great mix of genres. Just listen to the album Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, and you will see what I mean.


5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


- Our lyrics have changed over time from teenage Satanism to scientific theories. At the age of 20, I believed that if the songs were evil and directed against Christians, that was enough. Now I am 30 and I know that the best weapon against religion is knowledge. I am an atheist and materialist. Humanity will not fly into space with a load of religion around its neck. Education and critical thinking is the best path to the future.


6.You also had  at least 2 different name changes, what was the cause of the bane changes and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Khaos Labyrinth'?


- In fact, this is the first name. I created this group on the shards of the previous one and just took my material from there.


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


- For the cover, I used NASA photos of Pluto's surface and reworked them a lot. You can see the result on the art of the album.


8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


- Best show was in 2016 with Abbat in Moscow and our concert this year in St. Petersburg.The show usually looks - we go out and play.


9.Currently you are unsigned you have released an album on a label in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?


- We are absolutely open to suggestions for the release of our next album. Working with the label on the first album disappointed me greatly, so we released the second ourselves. Our first label still owes us money and only sent us a financial statement once. So fuck Russian major labels.


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


- On a global level, black metal fans are not aware of our existence, I supposed. But I would be interested to know their reaction.


11.When can we expect newer music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


- The new album will be released in 2021. After which the group will most likely cease to exist.


12.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?


- The influence of black metal in the 90s is above all. But I also often use music that has nothing to do with not only black metal, but in general with extreme music. Post Rock, Post Punk, Depressive Rock... Doom Metal i think. 


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


- Think your head, guys. Read the books. Cosmos is not for lazy men. And not for stupid people. Good luck!


https://www.facebook.com/khaoslabyrinth
https://khaoslabyrinth.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/KhaosLabyrinth
https://www.instagram.com/the_true_khaos/
https://vk.com/khaoslabyrinthofficial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/khaos-labyrinth-interview.html


Chagrin/Memories Never Die/2020 EP Review

vendredi 25 septembre 2020 à 05:47

 


  Australia/Norway's  duo  Chagrin  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2020  ep  "Memories  Never  Die".


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  post  metal  elements.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  One  track  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  along  with  anothe  song  also  bringing  in  some  spoken  word  parts,  stringed  instruments  and  shoegaze  touches  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  wither  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  On  this  recording  Chagrin  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  post  black  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.


  In  my  opinion  his  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chagrin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Destruct  Myself"  and  "Our  Autumn". 8 out  of  10.


Bandcamp
Spotify

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/chagrinmemories-never-die2020-ep-review.html