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Lunacy/My Favourite Dreams/Valse Sinistre/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 1 novembre 2019 à 19:58

  Lunacy  are  a  duo  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blackgaze,  depressive  rock,  post  metal,  post  punk  and  dreampop  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "My  Favourite  Dreams"  which  will  be  released  on  November  25th  by  Valse  Sinistre.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  some  post  rock  and  shoegaze  elements.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  Grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Dreampop  and  post  punk  influences  are  also  a  very  huge   part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  adding  in  the  heaviness  of  post  metal.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  showing  an  influence  of  the  mid  90's  era  Katatonia  back  when  they  moved  away  from  their  heavier  style  as  well  as  the  songs  sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  keyboards  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes. 

  In  my opinion  Lunacy  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  blackgaze,  depressive  rock,  post  metal,  post  punk  and  dreampop  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Road"  "Prophecy"  and  "Reflection".  8  out of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/lunacymy-favourite-dreamsvalse.html


Mystagogue/And The Darkness Was Cast Out Into the Wilderness/Vendetta/2019 CD Review

vendredi 1 novembre 2019 à 09:00

  Mystagogue  are  a  duo  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  intense,  dark  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "And  The  Darkness  Was  Cast  Out  Into  The  Wilderness"  which  was  released  by  Vendetta.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and r aw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  utilizing  some  melody  at  times.

  When  synths  are  utilized  briefly  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  the  songs  bringing  in  more  of  a  modern  style  but  also  mixing  in  some  old  school  elements  and  at  times  the  screams  also  add  in  more  of  a  depressive  approach  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  growls  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  extreme  emotions,  history,  occultism,  religion,  wletschmerz  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mystagogue  are  a  very  great  sounding  intense,  dark  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Gift  Of  Grief  Upon  The  Black  Earth"  "Here  in  The  White  Silence  of  The  Dawn"  and  "The  Splendour   Of  Our  Demise".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/mystagogueand-darkness-was-cast-out.html


Dimholt/Episteme/2019 Full length Review

vendredi 1 novembre 2019 à 08:01

  Dimholt  are  a  band  from  Bulgaria  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very aggressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Episteme".

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction. During t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a   raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  done  in a   very  deep  yet grim  black  metal  style.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  progressive  moments  at  times.  Most  of  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  along  with  some  dissonant  structures  also  being  utilized  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  classical  guitars  into  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.   The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  life  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dimholt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  Darker  Serenity"  "Nether"  "The  Hollow  Men"  and  "Aletheia".  8  out  of  10.

https://dimholt.bandcamp.com/album/epist-m   

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/dimholtepisteme2019-full-length-review.html


Possession/Spite/Passio Christi Part 1/(Beyond the) Witch's Spell/Invictus Productions/2019 Split EP Review

jeudi 31 octobre 2019 à 20:13

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Belgium's  Possession  and  U.S.A's  Spite  called  "Passio  Christi  Part  1(Beyond  the)  Witch's  Spell)"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Invictus  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Possession  who  return  with  their  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  keyboard  orientated  intro  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Their  first  track  is  very long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  death  metal  elements.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  touches,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  tempo  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemous  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Possession  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "INRI".

  Next  up  is  Spite  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  which  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  mid  tempo  sections.

  Influences  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  as  well  as  the  songs  also  capturing  an  occult  atmosphere  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Manitu's  "Cruel  Creator"  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  mixed  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  blasphemy  and  desecration  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Spite  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Beyond  The  Witch's  Spell".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  blasphemous  and  satanic  black  and  death  metal.  8  out  of  10. 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/possessionspitepassio-christi-part.html


Ploughshare Interview

jeudi 31 octobre 2019 à 09:59
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

Thanks for reaching out to us! Since recording Tellurian Insurgency we’ve moved swiftly into writing more music. We dedicate a lot of energy to mapping and planning our material, and we’re always on the lookout for ways to extend and challenge compositional habits we’ve accumulated along the way. For us, developing as an ensemble and furthering our capacities is crucial. In addition to planning, assessing, and discussing future projects, we’ve also had the opportunity to perform some of the material from Tellurian live at some recent shows. It is always a rewarding experience to play new material and we’ve grown as a band from the demands it has imposed on us.

2.You have a new ep coming out during the end of November, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We feel Tellurian Insurgency to be largely continuous with many of the elements in previous releases. Of course, each release involves a different set of imperatives and motivations and these affect the approach to composing and recording new material. Perhaps a notable shift with Tellurian in particular was the emphasis placed on aspects of Ploughshare’s sound that we’d not explored heavily in previous releases. The opportunity to collaborate with Andrew Nolan was a special one for us in this regard. We’ve long been fans of the many projects he has been a part of over the years and working closely with him certainly influenced our ambitions with Tellurian.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new ep and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Thematically, Tellurian Insurgency addresses and celebrates the sheer munificence and plenitude of the telluric. Apocalyptic speculation and the like too easily beget sad passions. Those bent on ruminating about extinction miss the more exciting point: the earth doesn’t care, it never has, and it never will.

As we’ve mentioned above, developing as an ensemble is very important for us and for what we’re trying to achieve with Ploughshare. How we channel and cultivate progress depends on what we’re grappling with at the time. That said, one strategy we’ve found to be especially useful is to operate within a set of constraints. Exercising restraint and setting limits can be very productive.


4.You have mentioned having an interest in the works of Kristeva, Bataille, and Kafka, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Western Philosophy?

We find in philosophy and philosophical texts only the resources we need to explicate problems, and the same goes for literature. We’ve no interest in philosophical concepts beyond the ways in which they do something for whatever issue is at hand. Furthermore, we should note that we’ve absolutely no commitment to any specific philosophical ‘canon’ whatsoever, notwithstanding our engagements with the thinkers you’ve listed here. 

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

To be honest, there is no inspiration and no meaning behind the name Ploughshare worth spelling out. Ploughshare is a moniker under which we can work and collaborate. If it happens to overflow its basic function in this regard, we’ll honour the fortuitousness. 

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

All the artwork associated with Ploughshare stems from a longstanding collaboration with our close friend JR. His output is eclectic, sporadic, and spans different mediums; all features which we find particularly appealing. As any artist knows all too well, works amass over the years, often living lonely lives in forgotten spaces. The artwork for Tellurian was a chance encounter salvaged from the annals of an over-productive artist. JR works in different ways these days, but the piece still stood on its own and we recognised this immediately.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We’ve been fortunate to play plenty of shows with bands we admire and enjoy – they always seem to stick as some of the best.  Recently we played with our friends in Vile Apparition and Faceless Burial, supporting Necrot from the US, which was great. Australia has a fertile heavy music scene, and it’s been a pleasure to play with some of our favourite local bands. Given its geographic isolation, Australia rarely gets many international tours, so playing with Zhrine, the body, Dragged into Sunlight, and Necrot this year has also been exceptional.

In terms of our stage performance, we certainly value precision and execution, and we practice consistently to this end. Arranging ‘complete’ performances is also very important. We strive to make each performance coherent and unified and we like to utilize different instrumentation and arrangements to achieve this. Moreover, performing with intensity is essential for the music we’re creating. Finding different ways to express this intensity is an ongoing component of Ploughshare’s live performances and we hope to be able to do this consistently, with each and every performance.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?

We’re in the process of arranging a run of shows in early 2020 in support of the release and we’ve a few upcoming shows towards the end of the year in Canberra, too, including our EP release show, put on by Brilliant Emperor, one of the labels we’re working with on the release. We hope to spend more time in 2020 playing out of Canberra.

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

Thus far the responses seem good, which is gratifying. We’ve received some interesting feedback and commentary along the way, too, and we’re incredibly grateful to anyone who has bothered to take some time to check the band out. We have been very lucky in having the support of labels overseas, namely I, Voidhanger and Night Rhythms. They’ve helped the band get some exposure outside of Australia, and it’s been a pleasure to get to work with some of our favourite current labels.

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

Having commenced writing for the next project, we've already begun to sense some different trajectories unfolding. However, they're all within close proximity to ideas previously explored, even if they're shaping up to be more prominent and perhaps more concentrated. Incorporating different equipment, using new tools, and expanding our abilities as players is also something we're always pushing towards. Output is no problem for us, so it is more a matter of delimiting and assembling in a creative way that becomes important when considering future projects. 

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

It’s difficult for us to list influences that shaped Tellurian Insurgency. How we went about crafting certain riffs in certain ways, or constructing the songs that make up the EP, are far too diffuse. Each project always involves of a period of planning, writing alone and together, in ways that invariably exceed our initial plans. This is a process that would be impossible without the distinct enmeshing of ideas, skills, and experiences that arise when we are together as a band.

As a group we have fairly diverse listening habits. In general, we try and keep up to date with new releases. We’ve especially enjoyed Deathspell Omega’s The Furnaces of Palingesia, Miscreance’s From Awareness to Creation, Charnel Altar’s self-titled demo, Ride for Revenge’s Sinking the Song, and François J. Bonnet & Stephen O’Malley’s Cylene. In terms of older material we’ve recently returned to: Swans, Beherit, Khanate, Buried Inside, Ved Buens Ende, Unsane, Blut aus Nord, The Goslings, Ornette Coleman, Cherubs, Kathaaria, Genocide Organ, and Portal.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Veganism.

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

Thanks for the questions and support the fuckin underground.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/ploughshare-interview.html