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Blight/Temple Of Wounds/Svart Records/2020 CD Review

jeudi 7 mai 2020 à 08:58

  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada's  Blight  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  in  the  occult  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Temple  Of  Wounds"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Svart  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  avant  garde  style  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Angry  sounding  black  emtal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  all  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  clean  playing  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  inner-alchemical  transmutation  and  antinomian  philosophies.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blight  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dar-Akh-Qayin"  "Before  The  Monolith"  "The  Aurous  Nescience"  and  "We  Left  Of  Our  Own  Violition".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/blighttemple-of-woundssvart-records2020.html


Zwiespalt Interview

jeudi 7 mai 2020 à 07:16
1. I am Forest and was writing songs for some years on my own and took the name Zwiespalt for this project. I always wanted to create something in the vein of early nineties back metal I grew up with but with my own touch. I knew the vocalist Fur since high school and when he started the band Zeit with Win on drums during college I met Win too. At some point I showed them some mp3s made with drum computer and both said that's not too bad and if I wanted to, they would like to help recording it. This is how Ambivalenz, our first record, was created.

2.In January you released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
2. I guess we went for the Darkthrone approach. Keeping it minimalistic and raw, but with a certain atmosphere. Atmosphere is all.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored on the new album?
3. The lyrical topics can be summed up as my own views on life, my experiences, my own inner conflicts and how I cope with them. Every song also has a very personal meaning to me and is connected to some moment when I actually felt something in some way, but I tried to abstract that in painting landscapes like forests or shores. I also tried to arrange the songs in order, so they lead to the album title. They start about interaction, than about the following isolation and then the acknowledgement that this will always iterate over and over again and that you have to accept and embrace all the controversial thoughts and feelings as they are essentially the fuel for creating something new.

4.You have also mention some influence from Nietzsche and other philosophers, what are some of the other philosophers that have had an influence on your songwriting?
4. Many people connect Nietzsche to Black Metal solely because of the Antichrist. It's a good read, but I am more fascinated by how Nietzsche evolved his thoughts from the nihilistic views of an almost whiney Schopenhauer to some almost Buddhist views. For example in his concept of the eternal return which inspired our last track „Wiederkehr“. As he refers to other philosophers, like Schopenhauer, Kant or Sokrates, I read that stuff too, to understand what Nietzsche actually wanted to say. If you only read Nietzsche, there is the danger to have him idolized. You don't want idols. Take inspiration, but think for yourself.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zwiespalt'?
5. Zwiespalt can mean something like inner conflict or conflicting ideas. I chose that as a concept for my lyrics, because I often feel, like the protagonist in Goethe's Faust, I am having at least two souls in one's chest. I am not very often at peace with myself, actually it feels like war. And war and Faust have always been great topics for such a controversial genre as black metal. In addition, in German Zwiespalt can literally mean splitting something in two. I like it when things can have more than one meaning, which I always try to achieve in my lyrics too.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
6. The shot used as our Artwork was taken at a place that is very special to me. I know this place since being a child. We live in a very urban place, Leipzig is a rather large city with over half a million people. But then there is this small moor aligned by dead trees. In fact, it once was a fancy park created to match the English style and nature is taking it back now by time. And I think it is getting more beautiful in that way. It has an archaic, primal touch and so it fits the record quite well. Hanging out there as a teen at night, listening to some tunes from Mayhem and Darkthrone felt somehow special. It was the closest thing to going into the woods, getting inspired by nature. Especially when the fog rises. To quote Dead: "only dead trees are growing here".

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
7. That's another point where we are or at least I am very Darkthrone-ish. While the other two play a lot of live shows with Zeit, I myself do not enjoy playing live and can totally understand why Fenriz doesn't like that either. I had that with my first band and it's just not for me. I want people to listen to what I create, but I don't like them to watch me. Don't get it wrong, but I am just not a good poser. I want to have the focus on the music, not the people making it. That's why there are also no band pictures.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8. I don't mind reaching more people with our art, if I would not want it to be spread, why release it in the first place. But we do this out of passion in our spare time and not for a living. Having a label would of course be nice for distribution. But the offers we got would mean to bring up a lot of money ourselves to join and that's why for now there are no actual plans for signing.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. I like the fact that we reached black metal fans not only from Germany but from all around the globe. I had my concerns if our record would be well received, as on one hand it is very Lo-fi and raw, but on the other hand we chose not to do a black and white cover or some corpse paint pictures. I guess we could have reached more attention with that, and it maybe would have fitted the music better, but that would not be me, so it would not be true. And I am satisfied with the reactions as it is.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. Just before the Covid-19 situation, we already rehearsed three new songs, now I am writing on my own again, as soon as there is enough material, we might start recording again. The style we developed on Ambivalenz is what I want to do, what I wanted to do for many years, therefore it will not change too much, but of course I try not to do the same riffs over and over again.

11.What are some of the bands or musical style that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. My main influence on the riffing would be the Norwegian classics from 91 to around 95, but I also like some of the Finnish or eastern styles infused with folk or the atmospheric stuff referred to as Cascadian black metal. I grew up with both black metal and hardcore punkrock and I liked both for their raw energy, but I always would prefer black metal because of the atmosphere. That's also the main thing for us three, but everyone has its different favourites. Some new stuff we all enjoy to listen to are Fluisteraars, Ultha or Gold. I myself dig the Nidrosian stuff as Vemod or Mare and there are some interesting German underground bands like Arcane Frost, Nemesis Sopor, Apathie. And don’t forget Zeit. Check them out if you like a bit of sludge in your Black metal. When I want to scratch my punk itch I like to listen to some d-beat like Disfear or Victims.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thank you for your interest in Zwiespalt and taking your time for this interview.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/zwiespalt-interview.html


Iku-Torso/Pakana/Wolfspell Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 6 mai 2020 à 21:27

  Finland/Netherlands's  Iku-Torso  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  old  school  pagan  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Pakana"  which  will  be  released  on  May  15th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  Tribal  style  drumming  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  and  grim  shamanistic  chants  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  synths  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  guitar  leads  also  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  modern  and  atmospheric  style.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  a  later  track  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  and  the  closing  track  also  introduces  flutes  onto  the  recording. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  pagan's  protagonist's  journey  at  the  unforgiving  wilderness of  ancient  Kainuu  in  the  days  of  the  old  gods.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Iku-Torso  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kuolemason"  "Ultionis"  and  "Solace".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/iku-torsopakanawolfspell-records2020-cd.html


Ad Infinitum/Tristitae/2020 EP Review

mercredi 6 mai 2020 à 10:28

  Ad  Infinitum  are  a  solo  project  from  Kentucky  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  Appalachian  and  atmospheric  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "Tristitae".

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  an  atmospheric  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  lot  of  the  music  also  shows  a  heavy  influence  of  the  early  2000's  usbm  style  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  also  an  instrumental  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Ad  Infinitum  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  of  ambient  black  metal  as  well  as  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ad  Infinitum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Aura"  and  "Void".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/ad-infinitumtristitae2020-ep-review.html


Abhorrot Interview

mercredi 6 mai 2020 à 09:16
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

ABHORROT was a Black/Death Metal band from Vienna/Austria. The band was founded in 2007 by Blackpriest (guitar, vocals), Goatvomit (bass) and Necrofister (drums) and released its first demo tape called “Death in Blasphemy” in spring 2008. A second demo called “The Sanctvary ov Darkness” was released in 2009, followed by an appearance on a 4-way split tape and a 7” EP called “Rites of prehistoric Darkness” in 2011. A monumental 12” MLP titled “Sacrificial Incarnations of Perpetual Death” was released in 2014 and an album was recorded in Summer 2015. It took until 2019 though until this album was released as “Abysmal Echoes” - the band is more or less inactive/on-hold since the beginning of 2016.

2. In 2019 you released your first full length, musically ow does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

As far as the band members are concerned, the album represents the natural continuation of all previous material. If anything, there’s a little more attention to detail in there when compared to previous releases. The songs on the album could also be considered a little more refined, but in the end, we believe that it’s up to the listener to come up with their own conclusion in terms of comparing it to our other releases.

3. This was also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

The years passed quickly indeed. ABHORROT’s last public appearance dates back to Nov. 2015 - a live video of that performance can be found here, it includes tracks from “Abysmal Echoes” as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKF8Lrl12k4

Since then, the band stayed inactive aside from working on the album recordings and finally getting it released in 2019.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

Many of the stories, ideas and concepts used for inspiration came from whatever recorded (human) history, religions, archeological excavations, ruins, tombs, cemeteries and so on. Another huge influence was H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos as a whole and we also got inspired by a bunch of occult/esoteric material that fit right in there. So overall, our main inspiration was basically a wild collection of all the darkness and evil we could find, written/recorded or transpired otherwise.

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

Initially, what we had in mind was ABHORRENT DECAY (which was later used for a short lived web/print magazine) and some other names, but none of them really convinced us. Eventually, we came across some old Latin scriptures that had mentioned the word ABHORROT in context with something gloomy and dark, suggesting some sort of romanticized imagination of Death. The final decision took us some weeks, but in the end that was what we settled for.

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

It’s an abstract piece by an artist called Paweł Czerwiński. We chose that one specifically, as it looks and feels like what the album title suggests – some sort of abyss the darkness we’d recorded could have crawled out of. In the words of Nietzsche: “[…] And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”

7. Currently there are only 2 members in the band but you also had a bass player in the past, are you open to expanding the line up again in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We had a 3 piece lineup for the first demo and the album, but everything else was done as a 2 piece. We always used whatever worked best at the time and if there’s ever going to be any further activities, we’d go for a 3 piece if possible. Especially live, the 3 piece lineup is preferable of course, simply for the intensity a real bass provides.

8. Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows in the past?

We did a bunch of shows over the years, yes. They ranged from little club shows to an appearance at a festival in Germany, so we really can’t complain about a lack of live engagements. We always preferred the intensity of smaller club shows though, especially if they were set up in a way that made the bands also match well. Most notable appearances were together with Proclamation, Inquisition or Bestial Raids. We also once had a spot to open for Dead Congregation in 2015, but we had to cancel that show last minute unfortunately.

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

I wouldn’t say that we became “famous” or anything like that, but the feedback we got was generally positive. We were never in it for the fame, but positive reviews, interview requests and live appearances certainly provided motivation to keep going. As of today, I guess we’re satisfied with what we achieved between 2007 and 2015.

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

Hard to say, as we don’t see any future for the band at the moment. It’s been dormant since 2015, so whatever we’d come up with (if anything at all) would certainly be interesting…

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?

Back then, our main influences were bands like ASPHYX, DEMONCY, TEITANBLOOD, ARCHGOAT, etc.

These days, music is not such an important part of our lives anymore I’d say, there’s mostly silence, ambient or synthwave playing.

12. Does Occultism play any role in your music?

It did, yes. Mostly as a concept and a source for inspiration though.

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

It’s more than unlikely for ABHORROT to come back as an active band. But we’d like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who’s been supportive of our doing over the years, making it possible for us to create an unleash a ton of Death Metal Darkness.

PS: there’s a demo collection available now and it includes some unreleased rehearsal and live material. Everything has been restored and remasterd based on the original MC sources. Check it out here: https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-demos-2007-2009


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/abhorrot-interview.html