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Ritual Suicide/Nocturnal Haematolagnia/Esfinge de la Calavera/2020 Cassette Review

jeudi 17 septembre 2020 à 08:43

  Ritual  Suicide  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  vampyric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2020  album  "Nocturnal  Haematolagnia"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Esfinge  de  la  Calavera.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  some  first  wave  and  thrash  metal  elements  onto  the  recording.

  The  songs  also  add  in  some  influence  from  the  90's  era  of  French  and  Eastern  European  black  metal  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism,  Lycanthropy,  Bloody  Rituals, Haunted  and  Abandoned  Places.

  In  my  opinion  Ritual  Suicide  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  vampyric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ordination  of  Masochistic  Souls"  "Satiating  the  Blood  Crazed  Nymph"  "Nocturnal  Haematolagnia".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/ritual-suicidenocturnal.html


Mork Hest Interview

jeudi 17 septembre 2020 à 07:21

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Well, for starters, Mørk Hest is a solo Black Metal project that I started working on back in 'I think' early 2017, maybe even as early as late 2016. It began as a simple hobby of songwriting after work and is now transforming into a more serious side project.

2. So far you have released 2 ep's, musically how do they differ from each other?
The first EP, if you could even call it that, was more of an experimentation than a real musical release. The idea behind it was to experiment with a variety of sounds and to see what I could create. There was no clear goal, unlike my second EP, other than to try different things and find my own sound. As to whether I succeeded or not, is up for debate. Unsound Despair, my second EP, had a more direct approach. I knew I wanted to create a Black Metal record that was a bit different in style between each track.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored so far with the music?
One of my songs, Broken, is about loss and suicide. While most of the others deal with other solemn emotions, such as hatred and apathy. My future works will contain similar themes but will also have more of a focus on nature.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mork Hest'?
Nothing special really, it was a name I conjured long ago when I had barely just become a teenager and had decided that someday I would have a band of my own. I came up with it after doing some simple research into the Norwegian language and had played with different ideas until I finally came up with Mørk Hest, a name based on the comic book publisher Dark Horse Comics.

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
It was a picture I took a few years ago, in my forest one winter evening. It wasn't until a long while later that I had decided I would use it as cover art for my band.

6. With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
As of now, I don't wish to work with anyone else, at least in terms of songwriting. Though that may change in the future, as I have thought of having someone playing drums for me.

7. The music project is based in the Ozarks', which part of this area does the musical project is located at?
Won't be too specific but I will say Missouri is where I'm from.

8. The first ep was all instrumental while the newer recording has vocals, what was the decision behind going into this direction?
The plan all along was to have Mørk Hest be a metal project, complete with the traditional set of instruments and with vocals to boot. To me, it would have been a shame to continue on creating all-instrumental work without ever incorporating vocals to guide the listener through, on a musical journey.

9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Currently, I am hesitant to sign myself away to a label but I am open to the idea of it.

10. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I've received some criticism, mainly of being too generic and minimalist in terms of production and songwriting. But there's been a lot of positive feedback too. And really, I don't mind the criticism, with most of it being constructive in nature anyways.

11. When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
I'm aiming for a full-length release around this time next year, and it will be of a similar style as my latest EP. Though I will continue to experiment, the idea being to eventually find my own unique sound, with the tracks intending to still be well varied throughout the record. After that, I'm not sure, only time will tell really.

12. 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?
What sort of bands influenced me? Well, I'd say bands like Burzum and Xasthur were most influential to me for sure, at least in regards to Black Metal bands. A variety of other musicians outside of extreme metal have influenced me quite a lot too, Death In June is a fine example. Lately, I've been listening to some Leviathan and good ol' fashioned Burzum. Soon though, I'll probably have another 80's rock phase again.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
The only final thing left to say is: To all those reading this, don't forget to take a walk outside and spend time alone in nature. You'd be surprised at how much peace and healing she has to offer.


https://morkhest.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/M%C3%B8rk-Hest-106972681115727/
https://www.instagram.com/morkhestband/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/mork-hest-interview.html


Funeral Harvest/Self Titled/Signal Rex/2020 EP Review

jeudi 17 septembre 2020 à 06:44

  Funeral  Harvest  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Norway  and  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw,  satanic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  ep  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Signal  Rex.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  Gregorian  chants  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high pitched  black  metal  screams.  Demonic  back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  all of  the musical instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them.

  Funeral  harvest  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Harvest  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacred  Dagger"  and  "Omega".  8  out  of  10.

http://funeral-harvest.bandcamp.com/album/s-t 

facebook.com/funeralharvest   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/funeral-harvestself-titledsignal.html


Ashbel Interview

mercredi 16 septembre 2020 à 05:52
 1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Jarvis (vocals): It has been a struggle, as Melbourne has extremely restrictive COVID-19 lockdown laws in place. We were planning to play a few interstate shows in Sydney before all this happened, which has unfortunately been put on-hold until things settle down again.


2. So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Lulu (drums, various electronics): I wouldn’t say we were consciously “going for” something, rather the musical styles naturally coming out of Khoa (guitar) and I after spending as much time as possible together. Our earliest music was far more energetic and blended influences more obviously than what we ended up creating by the end of year. Halfway through progress slowed to a standstill. Things became incredibly worrisome and spilled out into some disastrous impressions through this time. As a unit we were always chaotic, but not quite like that, you know? We had to slam the brakes out of sheer survival. Went back to the drawing board and thought that it'd be good if someone took a look at our music, which had mutated into its own -thing-, from an external source. Keeping our minds open to where things could go, we had a shortlist of sound artists and producers who keen on working mutually together on actualizing our vision (not naming names, but suffice to say there are plans in the future), and thus ended up constructing Deluge with a most left-field choice: our good friend Christopher Sprake (who has been nothing short of an angel on both a professional and personal level) as if it somewhat were a film - a tragic soundtrack that rewards repeated and attentive listens – and was crucial in helping craft the most accurate representation for why this record ended being the way it is. If I completely had my way? I would have taken everything 10 uncomfortable notches more extreme *laughs*. But luckily it works. And that’s all that matters.


3. The music on the album covers many different musical genres, do you feel that you are creating an original with your music approach so far?

L: As the year progressed, we realized that people have short attention spans. We also find it incredibly difficult to accurately describe our music. Put two and two together and there’s your answer.

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

J: I try to draw from my subconscious for my lyrics, especially for this project. A lot of it is me trying to replicate or evoke dissociative experiences, drawing from memories, dreams and fears to conjure a certain atmosphere. You can’t really tell what Lyrics I’m reciting, but I think that the lyrics impact the way I perform vocally.

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

L: There’s no grander meaning outside of a shared love for Miyazaki films with their overall sentiment. Our name was short and thought that it looked appealing on a poster when lined up with the other choices we inevitably cast off.

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

J: I really had fun at our second performance, which was for the album launch of the amazing band Bract (then called Coward Punch). We also played with The World at a Glance and All Cats Go To Heaven. We played pretty well, and all the other acts performing were phenomenal.

L: For me? Our performance opening alongside Muddy Lawrence for Nunsploitation at the end of last year, on the night before our first of two mixing sessions for our record. It was a 43.5°C / 103°F night outside, and bought a special level of intensity and cohesion which helped us soldier on through some sound issues in the first half of our set. Notably it was our first show where we experimented with film projections. Luckily an audience member, a local legend in the bootleg-trading community, stealthily taped said full set; he eventually got in touch with us a while later. This video is up on our Youtube channel: worth watching if you want to see an honest swansong.





7. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music so far by fans of underground genres?

J: I don’t think we’ve really reached any sort of worldwide success, *laughs* but I feel very humbled that people are interested in what we’re doing and have taken the time to interview us or review the album.

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

J: Ska punk with a modal jazz influence.

L: Precisely that. And more of an emphasis on the idea of an aural zoetrope and a heavier focus on silence and dynamics. We’re still finding some semblance of salvation amongst the stasis, so we’re focusing on finding novel ways to bleed it. Upon the cusp of the pandemic, Khoa and I had brought on another guitarist, Tristan, to help flesh out some ideas we’d been brewing for quite some time now. Revisiting that dynamic sounds incredibly exciting. The musicianship of the band now is such that I don't have to over-exhaust so much as I did throughout last year. What I'm looking forward to when COVID restrictions are lifted enough is getting deeper into our unfinished record. A number of the weekly rehearsal songwriting exercises happened to have a lot of arms to them and paths that we turned down to have them sit on our “stripped-down” demos right. That really could open itself up to coming alive once we’re all in a room in the flesh, and I do think we're a good enough band to pull it off.

9. 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?

J: My vocal style for the most part is inspired by (most obviously) Jerome’s Dream, but I also draw from avant-garde vocalists like Diamanda Galas. I switch it up a little bit on the record, I try to include some low growls influenced by death/doom acts like Coffins and occasionally some black metal shrieks.

L: Our Spotify page has band member-specific playlist curations of music we've been influenced by throughout last year, if you were curious to check that out. DEATHMASK by Goth Girl is a record I’ve rediscovered and found myself drifting to lately. I have also been revisiting music from projects during my youth that I've personally had a heavy hand in writing for inspiration. Plugging some more acts relevant to my life as it stands right now that could do with more general attention (in no particular order!) -- Everson Poe, Galatea, Not Quite July, Fvneral Horror, Heather Joan, Prizefight, Well, Cadu Tenório, The Ripening.

10. What are some of your non-musical interests?

J: This question completely fucked me up and made me come to the realization that I barely have any non-musical interests... I have been meditating a lot recently, does that count?

L: If you have to ask, you haven't been paying nearly enough attention. I think I'll be able to say it better on subsequent albums and auxiliary side-projects/collaborations.

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

L: The only constant is change.

 http://ashbel.bandcamp.com
http://facebook.com/ashbelmelb
http://instagram.com/ashbelband
http://youtube.com/channel/UCpxrArnOgQqHRZ2FiDQauIQ
contact/press: ashbelmelb@gmail.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/ashbel-interview.html


Brahmastrika Interview

mardi 15 septembre 2020 à 05:46

  Interview  can  also  be  sound  at  https://noisebeneaththesnow.com/2020/04/25/interview-with-brahmastrika-warnoise-death-metal/#more-18991

NOTE:  The interview was done courtesy of Occult Black Metal zine.

By now India is the source of some of the most unworldly combination of sunken magic, ancient knowledge, and blood-soaked rituals imaginable. All this is transferred into indescribable, deadly Death/Black Metal: Orbiting around the likes of TETRAGRAMMACIDE and KAPALA the extremists named BRAHMASTRIKA (hailing from Kolkata) fire their bestial Warnoise of the most inhuman kind into the unsuspecting world.

We are grateful to Brahmastrika for their time in the interview.  Their latest release, Excarnastrial Commencination is available on digital, cassette and CC formats via Dunkelheit Productions.

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

BRAHMASTRIKA is a two man extreme metal project from the toxic wastelands of Kolkata formed in 2018.

So far you have released a demo.  Can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Our musical style is dictated by beliefs & ideologies and what comes naturally to us.

Some of your lyrics touch on the eastern side of occultism.  Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Since we belong to the Eastern side of India, the ritualistic and occult practices are very intertwined with our heritage and culture. As we have grown up witnessing these practices firsthand, our inclination towards them and further exploration through this form of extreme music was imminent.

You also have a song attacking the Elohim.  Can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for Abrahamic religions?

Isn’t Black Metal Inherently and fundamentally against the so-called concept of One All Pervading, All Controlling Creator God? If you are against that saying, you are surely against this form of music as well.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Brahmastrika’?

The inspiration for the name comes from ancient puranic texts that have been passed down to us for generations. The literal meaning can be only understood by an adherent of the Sanatana dharma.

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

The artwork is primarily a depiction of both the start and end of the universe and would be more clearly understood after our next release. The title refers to the excavation of the primal and ancient evil that wears a veil of benevolence.

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?

No, we prefer to remain a duo.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks you wear in the promo pictures?

Our masks are inspired by the ancient cult of thuggees and are very symbolic in nature.

Dunkelheit Productions’ recently re–issued your 2019 demo.  Can you tell us a little bit more about the newer version?

The newer version will have the same radioactive aural filth.

On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of war metal and noise?

As we are not on any social media platform, we are unaware of any reactions.

When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

You will have to keep an eye on Dunkelheit Produktionen.

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?

Our influences range from Indian Tribal and Traditional music to extreme metal bands such as Teitanblood, Nuclearhammer, Tetragrammacide, Angelcorpse, Conqueror, Sarcofago, Beherit along with a few harsh noise projects such as Xenophobic Ejaculation, A.Z.A.B and Deathkey.

Recently, we really liked Necrobode’s Full Length, Hexekration Rites’s EP, Nyogthaeblisz’s Full Length, Misþyrming’s 2019 Full length, Andavald’s
Full length and a few classics from bands such as Deathspell Omega, Irkallian Oracle, Grave Miasma, Impetuous Ritual, Bolzer.

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

YES, THIRD WORLD DEATHKULT ETERNAL!!!!

Bandcamp  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/brahmastrika-interview.html