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CMPT/Mrtvaja/Osmose Productions/2021 EP Review

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 02:27

 


  CMPT  are  an  anonymous  black  metal  formation  fr4om  the  balkan  lands  that  plays  a  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Mrtvaja"  which  will  be  released  on  May  28th  by  Osmose  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  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 r aw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  when  synths  are utilized.  Melodies  are  also  added  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  the  classic  Slavic  bands  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having t heir  grim  moments,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  CMPT  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Slavic  style  as  well  as  having  a  good  mixture  of  atmosphere,  rawness  and  epic  structures.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Balkan  worship  of  Death.


  In  my  opinion  CMPT  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mrtvaja  Part  one".  8 out  of  10.


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Band Page on Osmose Productions: https://osmoseproductions-label.com/bands/cmpt/
➡️ BANDCAMP preorder: https://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/mrtvaja
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/cmptmrtvajaosmose-productions2021-ep.html


Sxuperion/Auscultating Astral Monuments/Bloody Mountain Records/2021 Full Length Review

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 01:15

 


  Mammoth  Lakes,  California's  Sxuperion  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  an  atmospheric  and  cosmic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Auscultating  Astral  Monuments"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.


  Spoken  word  samples  and  dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Bestial  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times.


  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.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  war  metal  elements.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  sci-fi  orientated  sounds.


 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  synths  also  start  getting  more  ambient  and  cinematic  sounding  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  choir  style  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Astral  Travels,  Chaos  and  Science  Fiction  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sxuperion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  cosmic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eyes  of  Gangkhar"  "The  Mote  In  God's  Eye"  "Initiative  Reactor"  and  "Forever  And  Ever".  8  out  of  10.


https://bloodymountainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/auscultating-astral-monuments


https://youtu.be/MLSBmBr6aGw

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/sxuperionauscultating-astral.html


One With The Riverbed Interview

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 00:25

 

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

Question 1: We had played in other bands together throughout the years and we were all part of the same music scene. We eventually came together with a similar vision regarding what kind of music we wanted to play. 


2.You have a new album coming out this summer, musically how does it differ from your previous full length and demo?

Question 2: Our writing process for Absence was similar to that of Solace, but we were more intentional this time around. We were still getting to know each other musically during the Solace writing sessions, so a lot of our decisions were quick and based on whatever felt right at the time. With Absence, though, we really wanted to push ourselves and take our writing/playing to another level. Our goal was to create an album that surprised and challenged us while also staying true to our sound.


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


Question 3: Lyrical themes include exploring the relationship between death and nature, the conflict between humanity and society, and the cyclical nature of life and death (death becoming a vessel for new life, for example).


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'One With The Riverbed'?

Question 4: The band name stems from the concept of becoming part of the earth after death and being recycled into new life. The name serves as a visual of how we perceive our music and also signifies the new life stage we are all in as a result of being in this band.


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


Question 5: We met an artist by chance at a conference who shared a similar artistic vision. We were very excited to collaborate with someone who was able to so fully capture the vibe of the album. 


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


Question 6: Our favorite performances always take place in intimate settings. We love house shows and feeling the energy of having people in our faces. Our performances are music-centric. We do not talk between songs; we bridge the set together with ambient samples and noises. 



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

Question 7: We have noticed listeners from different parts of the world and it is so humbling. It’s a very pleasant surprise. Funnily enough, someone from Turkey actually ripped one of our songs from Solace and posted it as their own (different title and band name, of course) a few years ago. That was a wild experience. 


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

Question 98 We are always trying to write new material. Our goal is to continue pushing ourselves forward. We don’t ever want to release the same album twice. 


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?

Question 9: There is so much diversity in our musical tastes and influences. We all grew up listening to heavier music, though, and that definitely shines through. Some of us are classically trained in music while others are not, too, and this gives us a variety of perspectives and ideas to work with. 


10.What are some of your non musical interests?

Question 11: Just as we have a wide range of musical tastes and influences, we also have a number of hobbies aside from playing music. A few of us are into visual arts and one of us builds instruments. This band, though, is our shared connection.


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

Question 11: Thanks for your time! We’re excited to share Absence and make more music.

https://onewiththeriverbed.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/onewiththeriverbed/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/one-with-riverbed-interview.html


Ritual Abuse Hysteria/Le Satanisme et la Magie/2021 Compilation Album Review

samedi 8 mai 2021 à 23:20

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  that  was  released  by  a  brand  new  label  called  Ritual  Abuse  Hysteria  and  their  album  "La  Satanisme  et  la  Magie"  which  consists  of  black  metal  bands  from the  Bible  Belt  portion  of  the  Southern  United  States  and  we  will  review  all  of  the bands  and  their  2  tracks  that  have  have  contributed  to  this  release.


  Glyph


  Their  first  track  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  yet  lo-fi  sound  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  both  tracks  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  both  of  the  tracks  also  add  in a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  and  the  second  song  also  mixes  in  more  dissonant  structures  into  the  rawer  sections  of  the  music.


  Maw.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  start  off  their  first  track.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Both  of  their  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  the  second  song  also  adding  in  some  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads.  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Reproach


  A  very  aggressive  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  their  first  track  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  while  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  mid  tempo  sections.


  The  Bleak


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  dissonant  sound  starts  off  their  first  track  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  air  raid  sirens  can  also be  heard  briefly  on  the  second  track  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  giving  the  music  more  of a  raw  feeling.    


  Skorbvstr


  A  very  dark  yet  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  first  track  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  into  the  music.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  adding  in  a  lot  of  old  school  influences,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Thumos


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  first  track  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  present  on  both  tracks.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era,  both  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  music  is  also  instrumental.


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


  https://ritualabusehysteria.bandcamp.com/releases


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/ritual-abuse-hysteriale-satanisme-et-la.html


Dargor/Descent Into Chaos/Kancho Records/2021 CD Review

samedi 8 mai 2021 à 06:07

 


  Dargor  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Descent  into  Chaos"  which  was  released  by  kancho  Records.


  A  very  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  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.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  Satyricon  and  Samael  covers.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  mental  pain,  the  process  of  inner  descent  and  the  dark  sides  of  human  nature.


  In  my  opinion  Dargor  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  emtal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bloodthirst"  "Hellfire"  and "Crown".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/dargordescent-into-chaoskancho.html