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Hulder/Godslastering Hymns Of A Forlorn Peasantry/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 CD Review

samedi 5 décembre 2020 à 23:10

 


  Hulder  are  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  album  "Godslastering  Hymns  Of  A  Forlorn  Peasantry"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  songs  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric   feeling.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  the  classic  pagan  black  metal  bands  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  folk  instruments  and  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording.


 A  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  can  also  be heard  briefly.  The  production sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Belgian  Folklore,  Medieval  and  Torture  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  Hulder  are  a  very great  sounding  old  school  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Creature  Of  Demonic  Majesty"  "Lowland  Famine"  and  "From  Whence  An  Ancient  Evil  Once  Regained".  8/5  out  of  10.


http://www.hulder-official.com 


https://youtu.be/c9kXvvjrJhU     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/huldergodslastering-hymns-of-forlorn.html


Spectral Dance Interview

samedi 5 décembre 2020 à 21:08

 

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


Jo: Spectral Dance is an outlet for all my slow, dark, depressive black metal song ideas. I started it in November 2020 as a one man band in true black metal tradition.


2.In 2020 you had released 2 demo's, musically how do they both differ from each other?


Jo: in December 2020 there will be 4 Spectral Releases on different formats. They all have different songs and where recorded all within the same week.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored on both of the releases?


Jo: The songs mostly deal with personal issues and real life struggles using an allegorical way of writing. The lyrics are very unstructured and so far I haven't even written them down as they represent the emotions felt during the recording.


4.With your other musical projects you have also played heavy, speed, thrash and death metal, do you feel playing a variety of many different metal styles has made you a better musician?


Jo: I always like to keep an open mind with music. I even have played in some punk, oi, industrial, synth, hardcore bands as well. I don't want to limit myself or waste any good song ideas. Playing different styles of music helps push my creativity and improve technique.


5.In your other black metal solo project 'Dexezon' you have explored some occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Jo: The music in Dexezon is improvised and chaotic. The themes are very obscure and a secret. The music speaks for itself.


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


Jo: Sometimes I feel like i am nothing but a ghost dancing around other people; invisible to an uncaring person.


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


Jo: "Like an Avenging Spectre" tape has a simple cartoonesque ghost that i stole from a kids book from the 1970's about ghosts. Its like Spectral Dance's "Eddie" mascott. 


8.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with other musicians, how would you you compare the two?


Jo: I like working alone because i can work at my own pace which is usually extremely fast. I have recorded five releases in the space of one week, where as with a full band it takes one year to make an album. I always thought that bands with a singular vision sounded more eclectic yet focused.


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


Jo: So far the only people that have heard Spectral Dance are labels and the reaction has been mixed. Sometimes its negative, claiming that the music is too minimalist or simple or sometimes its positive with people saying it reminds them of the black metal golden age.


10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?


Jo: Alot of stuff as usual here at the music factory. Yesterday I released three LP's for three different bands of mine.


11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


Jo: There will be a full length at the end of 2020. Being in a one man band means that I can change  or evolve as i please but for now the style will remain the same. Its highly unlikely that I'm going to start playing jazz or nu-metal!


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?


Jo: Right now I'm listening to Iron Maiden's "soundhouse tape" ep. its so raw and catchy. As for influences in Spectral Dance I would just name drop obvious ones like 1994-Darkthrone, Hades, first few Gorgoroth LP's, late 90's Judas Iscariot, early works by Deathspell Omega, Moonblood, Satyricon, Armagedda or more contemporary bands like Hulder or Pagan Hellfire. Also a lot of the rhythms are taken from Viking era Bathory and Manowar. 


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

always looking for labels to work with. contact me 🙂



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/spectral-dance-interview.html


Grabunhold/Heldentod/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 CD Review

samedi 5 décembre 2020 à 05:25

 


  Grabunhold  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Heldentod" which  will  be  released in  2021  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a heavier  direction.  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  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams. 


  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  added  into  a  lot  of  the  riffing.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  some  whispers  and  dark  soundscapes  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also introducing  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  into  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  the  writings of  J.R.R  Tolkien  and  Melancholy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grabunhold  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolkenbruch  uber  Amon  sul"  "Morgenrote  am  Pelannor"  and  "Der  Einsamkeit  letzter  Streiter".  8/5  out  of  10.


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/grabunhold-flammen-und-schatten


http://www.facebook.com/grabunhold 


     


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/grabunholdheldentodiron-bonehead.html


SmertoKrest/The Call Of The Other Side/Wolfmond Production/2019 CD Review

samedi 5 décembre 2020 à 04:39

 


  SmertoKrest  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Call  Of  the  Other  Side"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  while  the  heavier  riffing  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  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  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  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  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  album  closing  with an  instrumental.


  SmertoKrest  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death  and  Evil  themes.


  In  my  opinion  SmertoKrest  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Black Path"  and  "Dead  Souls".  8out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/smertokrestthe-call-of-other.html


Perdition/Legions Of Perdition/Wolfmond Production/2019 CD Re-Issue Review

samedi 5 décembre 2020 à 04:04

 


  Perdition  where  a  band  from  Germany  that  played  a  raw  and  old  school  form  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2003  album  "Legions  Of  Perdition"  which  was  re-issued  in  2019  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  A  war  orientated  intro  starts  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.  Vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length    along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  growls  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  which  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  War,  Perdition  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Perdition  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  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legions  Of  Perdition"  "Worship  Me"  and  "Bloodthirst".  8 out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Perdition/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/perditionlegions-of-perditionwolfmond.html