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Xasthur/Victims Of The Times/Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions/2021 CD Review

vendredi 18 juin 2021 à 05:14

 


  Xasthur  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  a  depressive  black  metal  style  and  goes  into  more  of  an  acoustic  acid  folk  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Victims  Of  The  Times"  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lupus  Lounge  and  Prophecy  Productions.


  Keyboards  and  slide  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  Americana  elements.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dark  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  a  lot  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  folk  influences.


  Touches  of  acid,    tech  folk  and  bluegrass  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords.

  

At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  dark  atmosphere  of  black  and  doom  metal  without  ever  adding  in  any  heaviness  or  distorted  instruments  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  psychedelic  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  covers  a  road  trip  through  the  dark  underbelly  of  the  American  Dream.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xasthur  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  direction,  I  can  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  neo  folk.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Same  old  Suspects"  "Fairy  Tale  Ideologies"  "Estranged"  and  "Voluntary  Prisoners".  8  out  of  10.


http://xasthur.net
www.facebook.com/Xasthur-acousticunplugged-824188390951258

www.instagram.com/xasthur_official1  


   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/xasthurvictims-of-timeslupus.html


Animal Man Machine/Until We See The Light/Caverna Abismal Records/2021 CD Review

vendredi 18 juin 2021 à 03:40

 


  Animal  Man  Machine  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Until  We  See  The  Light"  which  was  released  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records  which  also  consists  of  his  2020  ep  "The  Cruelty  of  Light"  as  bonus  tracks.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.


  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  utilized on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  gave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  being  brief  dungeon  synth  interludes  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  as  the  album  progresses  ther e is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants.  The  first  bonus  track  also  adds  in  a b rief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  earlier  material  shows  a  lot  more  of  a  90's  style  than  the  newer  material.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Evil  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Animal  Man  Machine  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Transformation"  "Forces  of  Evil"  "Enter  The  Darkness"  and  "Telos".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/animal-man-machineuntil-we-see.html


Viserion/Natural Selection/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 17 juin 2021 à 04:10

 


  Viserion  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Natural  Selection"  which  will  be  released  in  August.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  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  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  also h eavily  rooted  in t he  90's  era  but  with  some  modern  touches.  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  death  metal  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  on  a  few  songs.


  Viserion  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school,  and  traditional  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Viserion  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desolation"  "Natural  Selection"  and  "Malevolent".  8  out  of  10.


https://viserion.bandcamp.com/album/death-dealer

https://www.instagram.com/viserion_official     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/viserionnatural-selection2021-full.html


Pagansarv Interview

mercredi 16 juin 2021 à 23:39

 

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

 

A: Hello and thank you for your interest.

Pagansarv is an Estonian black metal band and it was created in 2021 as a one man studio project. Actually it is an older band with a new name as my writing style changed and the band`s old name “Worse Than Failure” just did not fit anymore. Before it was more death metal but now there are more black metal riffs mixed with other styles.

To have Pimedus as a singer was a no brainer cause we have worked together before and I knew his vocals very well.

So basically if you like black metal which goes from slow to fast, has some melodic parts with pagan themed lyrics, this should be your cup of tea for sure.

 

2.Recently you have released a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

 

A: Yes, our album “Kaarnakarva” has been out for a week now. Actually this album is a mixture of old classics (mostly from Scandinavia) that I have been listening to over the years. There can be elements that are recognizable from here and there. Mostly from BM bands. I have never been into experimental and new crazy things. That can be heard on the record. So our style is more traditional. 

 

 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

 

P: Main topics, as our deceptions of life and search of nature`s essence, contains criticism of great idealistic belief systems or faith in endless materialistic progress that fall down to basic human fears and denial of death themes. This mixture of our insanity has been added in lyrics with some true heathen symbolism.

 

 

4.Both of the band members are veterans in the Estonian black metal scene, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Pagansarv' that you were not able to do with your other bands?

 

A: Both of us have been holding our heads quite low for some time now and it was time to show that we are not dead and gone. That is the main reason for that record. As I mentioned before, I was writing more death metal earlier. So what we could or could not do previously was not the case.

 

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pagansarv'?

 

A: As Estonians have always liked to do things their own way, then “Pagan” is a symbol of freedom and free will. “Sarv - Horn”, is a symbol of nature and all living things that surrounds us. 

 

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

 

A: That painting I got from a famous local artist Lembit Sarapuu (90 years old). It was painted by his mother in the 60s. And I fell for it as I saw it on TV for the first time.

This art shows exactly how beautiful Estonian nature is and it is filled with forest and lakes.

 

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

 

A: I think we will stay as a duo right now. Don't see any need for a change. Will see what is going to happen in the future.

 

8.The album was released on 'Warhorn Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

 

Right now this label is focused on releasing  Estonian underground music and introducing it to the world. Just pure heart and good will from one man assisted by other underground musicians. Big props to him. It is a small label that has a big future, I am sure of it. 

 

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

 

It has been a big surprise actually. All feedback I have heard so far has been only positive. 

Sorry, I lied. One person told me that he did not like one bass drum pattern, but I don`t count that because it was a friend. Hopefully more people will find our music and let us be part of their lives.

 

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

 

I am positive that I want to make music that is not just one style. I am not that much of a true black metal person but definitely it will be black metal mostly, cause this is where my heart is.

 

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?

 

I mostly listen to BM right now. It has found a place in me. If I have to pick a few favourites I would say Whoredom Rife and Nordjevel. Of Course there are many legendary bands that I like. If you listen to Pagansarv then you will find out yourself. 

 

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

 

Support music and other art forms!


 https://warhorn.bandcamp.com/album/kaarnakarva


https://www.facebook.com/pagansarvofficial


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/pagansarv-interview_16.html


Xanathar Interview

mercredi 16 juin 2021 à 23:24

 

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


First of all, thanks for the interview!


Xanathar is a one-man Black Metal/Dungeon synth band from Italy born during the mess of 2020.


I’ve always had different musical projects in my mind during the last years, I've recorded a lot in quite different genres but without releasing anything.


2020 was a really tough year and I was really in need of creating something fun, so I've worked hard to finish this EP.




2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


My aim is to combine my passion for the classic metal of the 80s with raw black metal.


On this EP you’ll find melodic vocals and doomy riffs blended with tons of screams and blast beats!


This project for me is pure fun, I've tried to mix everything I love in music and I hope that the listener could experience the same!



3.Your lyrics are a tribute to the 'Heroes Of Darkmoon', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this game?


I’m old enough to have grown up playing PC games in the 90s so, when I was thinking of some subject suitable for the epic atmospheres of the project I immediately came up with one of my favorite games of all time, "Eye of the Beholder II"!


I know it's a bit niche but for me it means a lot!



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Xanathar'?


Xanathar is the name of a Beholder, also the final boss on the first E.O.B. game, I was sure that was already taken because it sounds badass, when I found that there were no bands with that name, I immediately took it! 


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


For the logo and artwork I have chosen professionals, I think that it’s an essential part of the project and should not be overlooked.


The logo is from Russia by the excellent "Kod's Metal Logo" ( https://www.instagram.com/metallogos/ ), he did a great job capturing the heart of the project.


For the artwork I commissioned from a super talented local artist, I've asked something that could suit the atmospheres of the song "Descending into the darkness" and I was not disappointed!



6.Are there any plans for any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?


  I’m quite sure that Xanathar will remain a studio project, but if in the future I’ll find some musicians who knows!  


7.So far very little is known about the band, are you planning on expanding your presence or do you prefer to keep a lower profile?


I’ll try to release as much as possible on Bandcamp, I 've tons of ideas and I hope to create something interesting in the future, shaping a more personal style. 


If those ideas will draw the interest of labels and listeners will be great!



8.The ep was released on 'Spirit Coffin Publishing', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


I’m very happy to have met Josh from Spirit Coffin, he's a very professional person with a great experience in music. 


His site grizzlybutts.com is an essential resource for any music lover!



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


I’ve made little promotion so far, as you can see in this interview, I'm not really a talker!!!


I just post my music in Bandcamp and Instagram but I’m extremely happy about the reaction I received, I've met a lot of skilled musicians and interesting people, for me it is more than enough!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/xanathar-interview.html