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Ancient Gate/From The Shadow Lands/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 20 juin 2020 à 08:53

  Ancient  Gate  are  a  solo  project  from  Argentina  that  plays  an  old  school  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "From  The  Shadow  Lands".

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  keyboards  also  making  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and at  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  grim  sounding,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  the  recording  closes  with  a  cover  of  Judas  Iscariot's  "Before  A  Circle  Of  Darkness".  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  horror,  legends  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ancient  Gate  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  The  Tomb  Skies"  "From  The  Shadow  Lands"  and  "Through  Paths  Forgotten".  8  out  of  10.

https://ancientgate.bandcamp.com/album/from-the-shadow-lands.

   

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/ancient-gatefrom-shadow-lands2019-full.html


Bruja Interview

vendredi 19 juin 2020 à 20:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1) Good evening! We are San Francisco natives and the only punk band in the Mission. Our trio has been playing shows through times of gentrification and evictions of families in the Mission District. We use our instruments to shed light on the unheard voices of our community and to expose the negativity in our world.

2.Recently you have released a new demo, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2) Our new demo differs from our last releases by having more of an ambient feel to our sound which is what we mainly sound like, Live. Our latest demo release consists more of a cavernous aesthetic leaning on the lofi aspect of black metal and raw punk. We believe those two genres go hand in hand and are/can be symbiotic to the sound we want to project to our crowd.

3.The band has been around since 2011 and there has also been a few years gap in between releases, can you tell us a little bit more about the delays?
3) The band started off early in our teen years so a lot of the gaps in between our releases are due to constant change and living situations. However, that didn’t stop us from playing live shows frequently throughout those years. We have been more of a live band than a studio band and we’ve used Live shows as a form of growing with our sound, carrying our message and building connections with other bands.

4.So far all of the releases have been demo's and ep's, are there any plans for a full length in the future?
4) yes! We currently just finished recording and will be releasing our new full length album, “Mundo Triste” in digital format on our bandcamp page by July, followed by a physical LP format version later this year. Will also be available on our page. We have delayed this album for some time due to schedule reasons and getting caught up due to life, sadly.

5.What are some of the the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with the music?
5) Our tone and meaning in our lyrical content is based on observations and experiences we’ve had in our own Latino community and other communities suffering from injustices that past generations have dealt with throughout history due to discrimination and xenophobia. We also like touch topics on what it means to exist and the things that are omnipresent to the human experience.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bruja'?
6) growing up traditionally and the acceptance of the belief of stories that have been passed down to us about different forms of magic and medicine that have existed through civilizations and are still practiced today are what inspire us with the name Brüja

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new demo cover?
7) Our Guitarist drew this out as his own interpretation and projection of modernized ancient mayan art. We use a lot of symbolism in our art. For our latest demo release, kul-ku-kan is exhaling the head of Camazotz head while camarotz is expressing words or noises.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
8) The best shows we’ve played have been in our 2 favorite local venues; submission in our neighborhood and Casa De Chaos in Sacramento, CA. Our most favorite performance was at the Migra Punk Festival 2018 in Brooklyn dedicated to helping families separated at the border during the heightened times of anti immigration in the United States which is important to us as we are offsprings of undocumented families as well. We’ve been told our stage performance is very explosive, and euphorically ambient in an alchemist way. Just raw energy.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
9) To be honest, we have always done things independently although we’ve had people show interest in us, we have preferred to work with other bands and friends as collectives in helping eachother out. Specifically our friend in Kukaracha Recordings, an independent recording studio run by a friend who’s been part of the bay area punk community, has recorded some of our releases and our upcoming full length. As for big labels, we’re ill informed in that industry.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and punk?
10) It's been fortunate and humbling to have had other people discover and enjoy our sound regardless of being across the country through the punk and black metal community considering that we ground ourselves locally to our city, San Francisco, CA. We do get a variety of fans that are in all ranges of metal and punk show up at our shows, So we get a melting pot of one extreme to the other with different musical interests and cultural backgrounds. We have been received kindly and we are grateful for that.



11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11) Recently, we were asked to play a big festival in Mexico called Punkytud. We plan on playing it and working on more material for our other side projects that we are focusing on after our upcoming full length release!

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?
12) Brüja’s early influences have ranged from our favorite bands like Sacrilege, Sepultura, disrupt, Disclose, and Detente. More on the crusty and thrashy side but still kept a blackened aspect to it. Later on, we began evolving our sound to a more ominous, black metal sound with more dbeat punk energy. We were inspired by bands like Asselisassath, Herejia,

As of lately, we’ve been listening to bands like Dahlak Band, Sanguine Relic, TALC, molchat doma. Just a few of the bands that gets us through these days.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13) We want to thank BMSP for reaching out to us all the way from Spain. We believe this is the best form to unite different parts of the world through music and impacting history of music through the web. We are thankful for the experiences we’ve had throughout the years in hope of our genre of music staying active in our community and elsewhere. Feel free to follow us on our platforms. Thank you.

Instagram: @bruja.sf

Brujasf.bandcamp.com



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


Dawn Of A Dark Age/La Tavola Osca/Antiq/2020 CD Review 20 CD Review

vendredi 19 juin 2020 à 10:38

  Italy's  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  expanding  on  the  experimental.  avant  garde  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "La  Tavola  Osca" which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Antiq.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  clarinets  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  bringing  in  folk  music  influences.

  The  music  also  mixes  both  the  heavy  and  experimental  parts  together  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Melodic chants  and  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.  Touches  of  jazz  music  and  classical  music  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  on  the  second  track.

 Operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  percussion  is  utilized  briefly  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  feeling  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  and  ritualistic  chants.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  the  Samnites  People,  valiant  people  who  had  inhabited  Central-Southern  Italy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dawn  Of  A  Dark  Age  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  avant  garde  and  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "La  Tavola  Osca  (I  Atto)".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/dawnofadarkage
www.dawnofadarkage.bandcamp.com  



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/dawn-of-dark-agela-tavola-oscaantiq2020.html


Blood Stronghold/Spectres Of Bloodshed/Nebular Carcoma/Satanik Requiem/2020 LP Review

vendredi 19 juin 2020 à 09:36

  Blood  Stronghold  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Australia  and  Poland  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Spectres  Of  Bloodshed"  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  Nebular  Carcoma  and  Satanik  Requiem.

  Tribal  style  drums  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Vocals  are  mostyl  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Polish  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ancient  pagan  era  atmosphere  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Paganism,  Mysticism  Of  Blood,  Wolf  Spirits  and  Ancient  Times.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Stronghold  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  The  Depths  Of  Veles  Sea"  and  "Sunder".  8/5  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/nebularcarcoma/blood-stronghold-crowned-virtue       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/blood-strongholdspectres-of.html


Undertaker Of The Damned/Dies Irae/Vomitus et Serpentium/Australis Records/2020 Split CD Review

jeudi 18 juin 2020 à 10:27

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Chile's  Undertaker  Of  The  Damned  and  Dies  Irae  called  "Vomitus  et  Serpentium"  which  was  released  by  Australis  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Undertaker  Of  The  Damned  a  band  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  old  school  and  blasphemous  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  the  sounds  of  torment  and  torture  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing. 

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  You  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  in  the  tracks  as  well  as  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style,  rain,  thunder  and  ritualistic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  darkness  and  satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Undertaker  Of  The  Damned  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  blasphemous  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Blackness".

  Next  up  is  Dies  Irae  a  band  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  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.

  Melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  The  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dies  Irae  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "El  dia  de  la  ira".

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTfStmrxwq4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09FkMEn73fA

Undertaker of the Damned - https://www.facebook.com/hellrecords.laserena.5/
Dies Irae - https://www.facebook.com/Dies-Irae-Black-Metal-Chile-161214847294728/           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/undertaker-of-damneddies-iraevomitus-et.html