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Ygfan/Hamvakbol/Sun & Moon Records/2018 CD Review

lundi 17 septembre 2018 à 02:23

  Ygfan  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hamvakbol"  which  was  released  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  A  few  seconds  of  silent  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  while  drums  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  alter  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  going  into  a  heavier  direction  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  elements  of  post  rock  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  all  of  the  tracks  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Ygfan  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ygfan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maya"  "Vonzasban"  and  "Memento  Mori".  8  out  of  10.


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/ygfanhamvakbolsun-moon-records2018-cd.html


Aether/Ego Vitium Sum/Pest Productions/2018 Full Length Review

dimanche 16 septembre 2018 à 22:21

  Aether  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  rough  form  of  black  metal  with  a  depressive  note  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ego  Vitium  Sum"  which  was  released  by  Pest  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  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  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  a  depressive  edge  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses    a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Aether  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  mixes  the  raw,  melodic,  depressive  and  atmospheric  sides  of  the  genre  together,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aether  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic,  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wltverderben"  and  "Des  Weges  Ende".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/aetherego-vitium-sumpest.html


Eadem/Luguber/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review

dimanche 16 septembre 2018 à 19:07


  Eadem  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  traditional  free  jam  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  mini  album  "Luguber"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Ritualistic  effects  start  off  the  mini  album  before  adding  in  some  dark  and  melodic  sounding  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  vocals  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Crazy  sounding  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  captures  an  improv  atmosphere  along  with  some  female  vocals  being  used  briefly  and  when  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard.

  Eadem  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  original  and  captures  an  improv  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  sorcery,  occultism,  superstitions,  depraved  poetry  and  alcoholism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eadem  are  a  very  great  sounding  tradition  free  jam  black  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  original,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Restrained  By  An  Old  Rite"  and  "Head  Held  Up".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/eademluguberiron-bonehead.html


Allegiance/Beyond The Black Wave/2018 Full Length Review

dimanche 16 septembre 2018 à 06:25

  Allegiance  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  emperial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Beyond  The  black  Wave"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  mixing  in  atmospheric  sounding  synths  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling. 

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  spoken  word  part  also  making  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

   A  great  amount  of  mid  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Allegiance  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  powerful  and  melodic  while  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Norwegian  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy  and  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Allegiance  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic,  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Fall  Of  Black  Heroes"  "The  Entity  Behind  The  Wall  Of  Flames"  and  "Sorceress  Queen".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/allegiancebeyond-black-wave2018-full.html


RDS 220 Interview

dimanche 16 septembre 2018 à 03:14
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

KJM: Well RDS220 is a project where me (KJM) and MPH come together and try put our anger (with the world as it is) in riffs. Yeah, anger with the world, I guess you could say politics has a tendency of touching us in many ways.
MPS: I don’t really see this as a ‘band’ in the classic sense of the word. The core is KJM and myself, we put together the tracks as they present themselves to us. The whole project is very impulsive and primal in it’s heart. When the song is ready, a guestsinger steps in and does the vocals. We try not to interfere in that process. We invite the vocalist to do his or her thing with the song.

2.You label your music as being 'black punk metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

KJM: Well our starting point is black metal, obviously, but we can’t hide our hardcore punk background. More so we don’t want to hide it! We think that merging punk and bm has been done a lot over the years, Watain has a lot of punk riffs, Utzalu uses riffs you can find with all those dirty ‘Youth Attack’ hardcore bands.
Punk also equals a political view on things, and that’s what we have, a (political) view on things, a meaning of our own. So yeah black punk metal, heavy metal, heavy hardcore, … what’s in a name, right?
MPS: I don’t care for terminology to be honest. It’s heavy music, heavy on the stomach, heavy on the nerves, that’s sufficient to me…

3.You released an ep in 4 different chapter and on 4 separate cassettes, what was the decision behind going into this direction instead of releasing the music as a single album?

KJM: Well we started off with 4-5 songs and went like “hey we should do this like back in the days (where most of our influences lay) and start with a demo cassette”. So yeah we started looking into things, got into a talk with friends that run a label and suddenly we’re releasing 4 different tapes in 2 boxes. Another factor that helped form this idea is that RDS is just two people, with no one of us having a decent voice to put in vocals. So instead of adding a vocalist to the project we suddenly came to the idea we should write songs and send them over to ‘vocalist’ friends. So we started talking to vocalists and gave them two songs each. a song on the a-side and one on the b-side. Each vocalist being a chapter. There you have it, our 4 cassette 2 box sets project was born and named ‘Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late’.
MPS: Like KJM says, this grew organically. There was never a clear plan in the sense of: ‘let’s start this and release 4 cassettes’. It just came as it is now.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

KJM: Well as stated above, we’re working with guest vocalists and thus we’re not writing lyrics. We give the vocalists the freedom cowrite their lyrics, but off course they know what RDS stands for and we choose our vocalists also based on their ideas lyrically.
MPS: I added some vocals on the second chapter. ‘Find it and get a free bonus’ 😉 The lyrics are all written by our guests, so it’s kind of their brainchild. The lyrics fit in the the whole era of darkness the world and society is in now. The rise of totallitarian regimes, eco-destruction, humanity as the devil if you want. It’s not the kind of lyrics that cheer you up.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'RDS 220'?

MPS: Look it up, RDS 220 was the code name of a Russian nuclear bomb that set of the biggest explosion known to mankind at the time. It was humongous.
KJM: And like that name we want our music to have an impact as well. A kick in the teeth with every riff we fire…

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the cassette covers?

KJM: Well we wanted the artwork for these cassette releases to be harsh and analog as well. Thematically it needed to be war and politics. So I used images from world war I and II, Erdogan, KKK members, Korean and IS soldiers, etc…
Then I first made a lot of collages (like real magazines, real scissors and real glue) and then ad some harshness in photoshop. We found a font, and then re-drew everything by hand. All was brought together to confront the viewer and make him/her think…
MPS: The artwork and layout was basically done by hand. You can also see it as an homage to the DIY ethics of the hardcore/punk scene.

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?

KJM: We’re not expanding, that’s for sure. We like this way of working, just the two of us, we know and understand each other, that makes the song writing process pretty easy.
MPS: We’ll remain a duo. This seems to be the best way for us to channel everything as impulsive as possible. Extra people bring extra democracy, and that is not always the better thing in musical situations. We’ve been in bands since the fuck I know, to consider everyone’s opinion is a painful and unproductive way to work in many cases. It’s KJM and myself, we throw ideas around and paste everything together. Once we agree on the structures, I program the drums in detail, record a shitload of guitars, KJM records his bass parts and we call the singer. Done. Works like a charm!

8.Both of the cassettes where released on Svart Blod', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

KJM: Well Svart Blod is a small label run by 2 very cool guys. Their releases are not only musically, they also put a lot of effort in the look and feel of their releases. It was their idea to work with 2x cassette boxes, it was our idea to screen print the sleeves, thus it was a perfect match! :-)�MPS: I can only concur.

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

KJM: Well the orders (for cassette boxes and shirts) came from all over the world so that was cool. Box I is totally sold out, Box II only has like 8 copies left available. And a lot of people are waiting on a vinyl release.Reviews were very positive, Belgian metal press gave us a score of 80/100. Yeah we’re pleased.
MPS: This is a small scale project, and really specific. I am pleased to see that the people who got their hands on it were digging our output. RDS220 is pretty uncut and un-edited. So I can only cheer to the fact that people still like honest music.

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

KJM: Well we’ll keep writing songs in the genre we love. We have 3 new songs (title still undefined) almost ready. These are even faster than ‘Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late’ and at the same time also heavier. Drums are really intense on these. Vocalists have been chosen, we’re finalizing everything, maybe these will see a release early next year.�MPS: Yes. Winter is coming…

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?

KJM: As for influences, I listen to a lot. A lot of new stuff like Utzalu and Triumvir Foul. A lot of new releases from Funeral Mist, Mare and Marduk (skip the first song though). But also some alder stuff from Marduk and Mayhem and some Death off course… Next to those bands I also listen to a lot of hardcore punk like Vile Gash and Extended Hell…�MPS: I discovered most of my crucial bands in the 90’s, so a lot of Emperor, Nemesis Divina, Death, Dissection. Surprisingly, most of my favourite bands from that time are focusing a lot on melody. I’ve always been a sucker for melody. Iron Maiden, Priest…

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

KJM: Family, Art, skateboarding and soccer. And those last three needs I try to fulfill with the first…�MPS: Family life, drawing, photography, my job…

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

KJM: Well thank you for this interview, keep supporting music.
Get your hands on one of the last cassette boxes and shirts: https://rds220.bigcartel.com
Or buy our music digitally: https://rds220.bandcamp.com�MPS: Hell yes!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/rds-220-interview.html