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Revenant Marquis/Youth In Ribbons/Inferna Profundus Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 4 décembre 2019 à 10:19

  United  Kingdom's  Revenant  Marquis  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Youth  In  Ribbons"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  depraved  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  capturing  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  the  guitars  are  done  in  a  very  unconventional  way.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  haunting  atmosphere  as  well  as  some  of  the  music  also  reminding  me  of  some  of  the  under  produced  black  metal  demos  of  the  90's.  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  vampirism,  darkness  and  necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Revenant  Marquis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ephebiphobia"  "Ysgol"  "Taskermilward"  and  "Propagator  Of  An  Unspeakable  Ince".  8  out  of  10.

https://infernaprofundusrecords.bandcamp.com/album/youth-in-ribbons

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/revenant-marquisyouth-in-ribbonsinferna.html


Celtefog/Outlands/Der Schwarze Tod/2019 CD Review

mardi 3 décembre 2019 à 21:06

  Greece's  solo  project  Celtefog  has  returned  with  a  new  album  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Outlands"  which  was  released  by  Der  Schwarze  Tod.

  Dark  soundscapes  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats. Folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  keyboards  when  they  are  utilized  also  add  in  some  elements  of  ambient.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals,  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  clean  male  vocals  are  also  used  on  the  closing  song. The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Celtic  Paganism,  Nature,  Darkness,  Revenge  and  Winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Celtefog  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  also  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  White  Fjord"  and  "To  the  Celtic  Lands".  8  out  of  10.

https://celticfogproductionsgr.bandcamp.com/album/carmina-infernalis

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/celtefogoutlandsder-schwarze-tod2019-cd.html


Lifvsleda/Manifest/Shadow Records/Regain Records/2019 EP Review

mardi 3 décembre 2019 à 09:27

  Lifvsleda  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Manifest"  which  will  be  released  on   December 13  as  a  joint  effort  between  Shadow  and  Regain  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style,  the  closing  track  also  adds  some  dark  soundscapes  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Lifvsleda  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  Nordic  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Death  themes.

  in  my  opinion  Lifvsleda  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "I"  and  "III".  8  out  of  10.

 https://youtu.be/d2O4QJItGEk     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/lifvsledamanifestshadow-recordsregain.html


Nova Interview

mardi 3 décembre 2019 à 07:20
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



Radical changes in our lives will sure lead to even more radical changes in our music. Maybe a drastic line-up revision or genre shift… or the final death of this project. Only the future knows.



2.In December you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



We wanted to elaborate less and to feel more, while writing this last album. It is a thunderous and fast-paced version of our ceremonial war hymns, dried up from digressions and straight to the point, like the Italian tradition and the tradition of this genre require.



3.Some of your lyrics on the album have covered some pagan, occult and esoteric themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those subjects?



Very few people really got what we are talking about in our songs, mainly because of the (desired) language gap (the lyrics are 100% in Italian), but also because of the narrow and difficult path that leads to the world I create.

It is the voice of our metaphysic, and collective subconscious, that we acquire studying lot of religious, historical and philosophical books from various traditions (Roman, Vedic, Nordic, even Pre-christian, existentialism, futurism, medieval poetry, classic greek philosophers…), which solidifies in dreams, hallucinations and clairvoyance that transfigure the world we are living in.



4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?



Like I said above, our weltanschauung  coagulate in its entirety in the lyrics of our songs, creating a strange but coherent synchronicity, which is our religion and faith, and the voice of our souls. Getting precisely the topic and the subject of our songs requires a really wide background, both in studies and in life experiences, that is not for everyone. I think that not everyone deserves to hear my nude thoughts and the voices that float in my head, and even if everybody can hear the music and the notes we play, the lyrics are a well hidden jewel that only a fellow traveler can get. However, it is not totally impossible to get our lyrics, even for a non-italian audience (a guy from eastern Europe last year put in the net a translated version of one of our most intelligible songs, in English), and if you succeed then… well, I think you will have a nice trip.



5.The band has been around since 2003 and with an exception of a couple of unreleased demos the band waited until 2014 to put out a public release, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?



Even if obviously the experience made us sharper and quicker, our flow and energy and how it manifested in our music, is very similar, and did not changed much. If we wanted to do something, and we were not able to, we learnt how to and then did it. Step by step, with a huge will to create something more and more perfect in our vision.

We were really intelligent and talented; of all the bands of our area, we were the only who could achieve total auto production, and the only one that not only survived, but now it is under a record contract and it is going to publish the third full length. A spit on the face on everybody that underestimated us back then.

We rehearsed a lot, and recorded really a lot, with lots of experimenting with equipment, production and genres. Also we took lot of advantage from Mazari Al-Sharif Afghanistan, the golden seal one. It was fun.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nova'?



The small town that saw the birth of all the members of the band, was called “Nova Entia”, which means “the New Land”. We took the name from it, but we like also the other feelings that this word evokes; “nova” in Latin means “new things”, like the weird changes and novelty we want to instill in our music… It is also a name that evokes the feeling of stars, spaceships made of fire, that fly quietly through astral planes, from which we come from, and we will return.



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



Like the lyrics, our imagery is very meaningful and revealing of the forces that lead and sustain us. They are so clear for the eye of a brother, that don’t need be spoiled to a casual listener. We can say that the cover perfectly embodies the album title: it represents us, the ones that come from the sky.



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?



Our priority is to compose music. To bring it on a stage is something secondary, that is solely derivative. Our music is somewhat appealing performed live, even if I have to understand if the most interesting part of it is accessible on this context or not. The choice of playing live came out almost accidentally. As a game... I’m rarely satisfied with concert experiences even from the point of view of the viewer.
For sure, I’d usually expect something more from a live situation that should gather kindred minds that want to enjoy warrior-music. The Russians are really ahead of us from that point, with interesting choices like concerts with no alcohol or cigarettes, and conferences.



9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

No…



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



For us any reaction would have been interesting, since we recorded and produced already from years, but never released nothing except some homemade copies to strict friends. It has been nonetheless good, despite the fact that we play such strict genre with lyrics in a language not spread at all.



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



As I was anticipating in the beginning, the future is unknown.



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?



We have various influences beyond metal or rock music, which in every case we consume avidly since the youngest age. I don’t follow much what is going on right now, at least not in metal music, strictly listening the old classic stuff, which is always a goldmine. We always have listened also to lot of electronic music (psychedelic trance, chill-out, speedcore…), neo folk, classical music, psychedelic rock, experimental, pop and dance and various others.



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



Hi mom!


www.facebook.com/novaentia

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/nova-interview.html


Karst/Cosmic Dust/2019 Single Review

lundi 2 décembre 2019 à 08:43

  Karst  not  to  be  confused  with  the  band  from  Hungary  with  the  same  name  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  single  "Cosmic  Dust"  which  will  also  be  on  the  full  length  coming  out  in  the  spring  of  2020.

  Heavy,  atmospheric  yet  dissonant  riffing  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  over  16  minutes  in  length.  The  riffs  also  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  melancholic  moments.

  Karst  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Dark  Germanic  Heathenism  Of  The  Thursatru  Tradition.

  In  my  opinion  Karst  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  single.  8  out  of  10.

karstmsnthrpy.blogspot.com 
karstmsnthrpy.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/karstmsnthrpy

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/karstcosmic-dust2019-single-review.html