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La Mer/Silence/Roadtrip God Inc/2020 CD Review

samedi 25 janvier 2020 à 10:11

  La  Mer  is  a  solo  project  from  Scotland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  Balkan  and  Caucasian  folk  music  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "silence"  which  was  released  by  Roadtrip  God  Inc.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Atmospheric  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavy  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  some  influences  of  Balkan  and  Caucasian  folk  music  at  times  along  with  some instruments  from  those  areas  also  being  used  briefly,  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  bass  guitar  also  gets  more  powerful  sounding  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  La  Mer  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  with  some  influences  of  Balkan  and  Caucasian  folk  music  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silence"  "True  Ruler  Of  Men"  and  "Cometh  the  Hour".  8  out  of  10.




           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/la-mersilenceroadtrip-god-inc2020-cd.html


Hangatyr/Kalt/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 24 janvier 2020 à 21:13

  Hangatyr  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Kalt"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time

  And  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  nature  orientated  field  recordings  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  on  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Norse  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Hangatyr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Niedergang"  "Blick  aus  Eis"  and  "Verweht".  8  out of  10.

https://youtu.be/IeNEsS8sN1E   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/hangatyrkalt2020-full-length-review.html


Thokkian Vortex/Thy Throne Is Mine/Non Serviam Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 24 janvier 2020 à 08:35

  Thokkian  Vortex  are  an  international  band  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  Nordic  inspired  from  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Throne  Is  Mine"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  the  synths  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements. 

As  the  album  progresses  a  touch  of  d  beat  and  first  wave  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  orchestra,  symphonic  and  electronic  music  sounds  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Black  Widow's  "Come  To  The  Sabbat"  which  also  introduces  flutes  onto  the  album,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Apocalyptic  Satanism,  Mesoamerican  Sorcery  Occultism,  Sumerian  and  Akkadian  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thokkian  Vortex  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Nordic  inspired  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Banishing  The  Lion  Of  Kutha"  "Godspeed  Satan"  and  "Winter  Forest  Cry".  8/5  out  of  10.

   http://www.non-serviam-records.com/shop.php#!/Thokkian-Vortex-Thy-Throne-Is-Mine/p/163470124 
Bandcamp: https://non-serviam-records.bandcamp.com/album/thy-throne-is-mine

https://youtu.be/dACu0FMjc7Y
           

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/thokkian-vortexthy-throne-is-minenon.html


Human Serpent/Shrouds/2020 EP Review

jeudi 23 janvier 2020 à 21:09

  Human  Serpent  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  with  this  release  also  being  recorded  to  help  the  fundraising  for  animals  being  injured  in  the  Australian  wildfires  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  ep  "Shrouds".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  angry  black  metal  screams  and  the  first  track  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  second  track  being  a  keyboard  instrumental  that  also  adds  in  elements  of  classical  music  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Human  Serpent  brings  in  2  brief  songs  with  one  being  done  in  their r aw  and  misanthropic  style  while  also  adding  in  a  keyboard  orientated  instrumental  as  the  second  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  torture the  animals  in  the  Australian  wildfires  have  gone  through.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Human  Serpent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal ,  you  should  check  out  this  ep  which  is  also  on  the  bandcamp  link  and  whatever  you  pay  goes  to  donating  profits  to  help  the  workers  and  animals  hurt  during  the  wildfires.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nature's  Shroud  Against  Humanity".  8  out  of  10.

https://humanserpent.bandcamp.com/album/shrouds-ep



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/human-serpentshrouds2020-ep-review.html


Wilczyca Interview

jeudi 23 janvier 2020 à 20:46

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

We’v met 17 years on a Marlyn Manson gig and from the beginning we had starting a band in mind. We didn’t think that it would take that long, though. Wilczyca needed some specific emotional context. The spark finally came. Everything that happened before that, isn’t significant.

2.You have your first album coming out in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Wilczyca come from the 90’s. Early black metal from that era molded us. We love the Lo-Fi approach of that aesthetic - its fundamental to our style.

We listen to a variety of musical styles, but only a few are hearable on this album.

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

It’s typical for this genre mix of blasphemy, poetry and mental disorders. All fueled by our passionate hate to christianity.

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

Wilczyca means „she-wolf”. A wolf, since the early beginnings of black metal was a commonly used symbol. Using a female form was a deliberate decision - we honored the female element: present in pagan spirituality, yet oppressed in almost all religious systems.

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

The artwork displays a she-wolf. She’s gonna eat you alive.

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

Wilczyca will remain a duo, It’s an essential part of the band concept. Our work is a result of a friction between two personalities. Any new agent would change it’s nature, therefore it would not be Wilczyca anymore.

Although, we’re gonna play live with a bigger line up, it’s the only acceptable way of expanding the band.

7.The new album is going to be released on 'Godz Ov War Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

We were connected with the label thanks to Haldor Grunberg- producer, sound engineer and musician well known on a polish metal scene. We know him for years, so we send him a demo. Few weeks later our first track was available via Godz Ov War Productions. These guys are fast and effective.

8.The band is from Poland a country known for having plenty of black metal bands, do you feel your style differs from the other bands of your homeland?



 For many years there was a drive within a black metal scene to seek for originality and fresh forms. We are not into that. Wilczyca’s concept is pure and classic. That is a main difference in our opinion.

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

All of the reactions we received were positive. We feel there is a lot of nostalgia for early black metal attitude. Nonetheless, the album has’t beed released yet, so there is still lot to come.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We wish we’d know that.

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?

Generally, we are listeners of many music genres: from extreme and underground metal to electronic ambient moods. We love early black metal, new/cold wave, dark trash metal scene from the 80’s, old school hardcore, underground NY techno scene, grunge, noise , post rock, IDM, and more...

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



No laws, no rules , black metal at it’s purest!

https://www.facebook.com/wilczyca.kult/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/wilczyca-interview.html