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Mroh/The Story/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 16 juin 2020 à 09:59

  Mroh  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "The  Story".

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into a   heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  deep  sounding  at  times.

  The  songs  also  mix  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  on  one  of  the  later  songs,  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mroh  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Appearance"  "Treachery"  and  "Death".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/mrohthe-story2020-full-length-review.html


Godless North/Dark Rites Of the Mystic Order/Nebular Carcoma/2020 Demo Re-Issue Review

mardi 16 juin 2020 à 08:51

  Godless  North  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.S,  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  played  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  demo  "Dark  Rites  Of  The  Mystic  Order"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Nebular  Carcoma.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  samples    from  "Conan  The  Barbarian"  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  mixing  in  influences  from  the  90's  era  French,  Polish  and  Scandinavian  scenes  of  the  time,  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  guitar  leads  and  the  bonus  track  is  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "Dunkelheit".

  On  this  recording  Godless  North  played  a  style  that  was  very  raw  and  aggressive  for  the  90's  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death  and  supremacy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Godless  North  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Northern  Hordes"  and  "Everlasting  Winter  Lands".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/nebularcarcoma/godless-north-everlasting-winter-winds

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/godless-northdark-rites-of-mystic.html


Entartung Interview

lundi 15 juin 2020 à 20:37
answered by Vulfolaic
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We’re not the kind of band that keeps dwelling on past accomplishments, even if these accomplishments lie in the very recent past. Whenever a new Entartung album is in the works, we regroup and devote all the time, attention and energy we have to the project at hand; writing music and lyrics, recording and mixing, coming up with artwork, …

When the album is finished, we step away from it once again and return to our other, individual occupations.


2.You have a new album coming out during August, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I’d say we, throughout the years, stayed true to the sound we already established on the debut album. The core of Entartung has consistently been based within the framework of old school black metal. Individual tracks have always been a musical journey in their own right within the bigger context of an album, which again represents a journey on another level. Even the interludes featured on our records play a deliberate role within the larger narrative.


3.The lyrics on the new album cover death, the Faustian Spirit, Ancient rituals, traditions and the darkest chapters of human History, can you tell us a little bit more about what these topics mean to you?

As true music should come from the depths of the soul, so should the lyrics. We do not believe in just having lyrics on whatever topic just for the sake of being able to add vocals.

Many people are nowadays greatly detached from the reality of existence; almost solely existing within a virtual realm. The “gritty” lyrical themes on the new album, however, were part of daily life in the past.


4.You have also covered some blasphemous and occult topics on previous releases, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

It would lead us too far to discuss this in great detail, which would be necessary to do the topic justice, but I can summarize somewhat by saying that the core idea of such lyrics is the rejection of Christianity and claiming allegiance to pre-Christian traditions by metaphorically using the symbols and language of the opponent.


5.I know that the bands name means 'Degeneration' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

That also ties in with what I just mentioned; the name is highly ironic.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the sigil in the bands logo?

Yes, it’s the sigil of Lucifer, taken from an 18th-century grimoire.


7.The cover shows a necromantic ritual and seems to have a blasphemous message, can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork?

We very much like the feel of old paintings as album cover art, but unfortunately the risk of this preference is that some other band ends up having the exact same cover art. On the past couple of albums we started modifying such paintings, allowing you to retain the atmosphere but resulting in something more original and unique.

This particular painting, “The Witch of Endor”, represents a contradiction; on one hand necromancy and magic supposedly were “impossible” in the world dominated by Yahweh, on the other hand the ritual is in fact mentioned in the Bible and has parallels in Babylonian and other regional pagan traditions; referencing the existence of a netherworld where the dead reside and can be summoned from as opposed to “heaven” or bodies waiting to be resurrected.

It is just another anecdote which shows that that corner of the world also had religious traditions that preceded the monotheisms that came to dominate the world.


8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played in the past?

Well, we only did one show in the Netherlands years ago, so I guess that one qualifies as the best by default.


9.The new album is going to be released on 'Dunkelheit Produktionen' how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'World Terror Committee'?

That’s hard to say at this point in time. So far we’ve been able to communicate really well with Dunkelheit Produktionen, so we are not complaining.


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

We don’t really go about checking what people think and write about our music and lyrics, to be perfectly honest. Entartung is an expression of our musical and lyrical vision and the result of our need to create. It very much is a one way form of interaction as far as we’re concerned. Once a new album gets released, we more or less detach ourselves from Entartung. 

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

Our guitar player Lykormas is the main composer, so it will greatly depend on where inspiration leads him. It’s safe to say we’re not interested in experimenting just for the sake of experimenting, so the core will always be old school black metal.

12.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?

We have a broader musical taste than people might assume. Old school black metal is an obvious influence the different members in the band share. We do not necessarily share a common interest in other genres, but individually we enjoy other styles of metal, various styles of punk/hardcore/d-beat/crust, classical music, industrial/neo-folk/atmospheric, …

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

No, not really.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/entartung-interview.html


Heresiarch/Antediluvian/Defleshing The Serpent Infinity/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 Split EP Review

dimanche 14 juin 2020 à 05:16

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  New  Zealand's  Heresiarch  and  Canada's  Antediluvian  called  "Defleshing  The  Serpent  Infinity"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Heresiarch  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  some  of  the  90's  Australian  style  but  with  a  more  modern  day  brutality.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody,  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death and  war  themes.

  in  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Heresiarch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Excarnation".

  Next  up  is  Antediluvian  a  band  that  plays  dissonant  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  the  riffing  also  adds  in  some  dissonant  and  avant  garde  structures  which  makes  the  old  school  war  metal  style  sound  more  modern,  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaos,  Destruction,  Occultism,  Prehistory  and  Metaphysics.

  In  my  opinion  Antediluvian  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  dissonant  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Slipstream  of  Levi".

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

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Heresiarch

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Antediluvian/95917                

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/heresiarchantediluviandefleshing.html


Taake/Deathcult/Jaertegn/Edge Circle Productions/2010 Split EP Review

dimanche 14 juin 2020 à 03:53

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Norway's  Taake  and  Deathcult  called  "Jaertegn"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Edge  Circle  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Taake  who  return  with  their  old  school  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams along  with  the  tracks  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Nordic  style.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Darkthrone's  "Ravnajuv".  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Darkness  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Slagmark".

  Next  up  is  Deathcult  who  return  with  their  raw  and  old  school  style  of  satanic  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Nordic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  their  first  track  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Beherit's  "Black  Arts".  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Satanism  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deathcult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  Track  "Der  Wurger".

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

https://edgedcircleproductions.bandcamp.com/album/jaertegn

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/taakedeathcultjaertegnedge-circle.html