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Ruach Raah/Misanthropic Wolfgang/Signal Rex/2021 CD Review

mardi 11 mai 2021 à 03:53

 


  Ruach  Raah  are  a  duo  from  Portugal  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  misanthropic  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Misanthropic  Warning"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Signal  Rex.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  some  touches  of  punk  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  raw  feeling  while  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. Most of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords  along  with  the  music  only  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  whole  album  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Ruach  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very raw,  misanthropic,  satanic  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  punk  rock.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Misanthropy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ruach  Raah  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw,  misanthropic,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ceremonial  Flagelleton"  "Luciferian  Legions"  "Scythe  of  Human  Genius"  and  "Satan  My  Master".  8  out  of  10.


https://ruachraah.bandcamp.com    


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/ruach-raahmisanthropic-wolfgangsignal.html


Vile Haint Interview

mardi 11 mai 2021 à 02:30

 

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


Vile Haint is a newly created raw avant-garde black metal band designed to further explore certain ideas that didn't quite fit with one of our other bands, Primeval Well.


2.You have an album coming out towards the end of May, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


We were going for a more deliberately evil and somewhat more traditional black metal vibe while still retaining harsh dissonance at times and a somewhat experimental approach. 


3.A lot of your lyrics cover satanic and occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


I wouldn't describe the lyrics as overtly satanic or occult. They're certainly dark but we largely avoid anything so obvious. 


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with the music?


One of the sources of lyrical material is west TN folklore centered around ghosts or "haints" passed down to our drummer through older members of his family. 


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


A haint is an older Southern term for 'ghost', so Vile Haint basically means disgusting ghost, or something to that effect.


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


It depicts a haunted swamp.


7.Would the band members be open to do any live shows once the pandemic end?


Yes.


8.The album is going to be released on 'Moonlight Cypress Archives', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Moonlight Cypress Archetypes will be releasing haunting music of the black metal/ experimental metal/ Southern sludge prog metal/ improvised (free jazz) metal/ drone metal/ Southern gothic/ dark folk persuasion(s). Vile Haint is the label's first release. 


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


That remains to be seen as the album isn't out yet.


10.What is going on with 'Primevel Well' these days, a band that also shares some of the same band members?


The second Primeval Well album is already done and will be released in October of this year via Moonlight Cypress Archetypes. Primeval Well also is playing a show on May 29th in Bowling Green, Kentucky with Bihargam.


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


Further down the now-established line of thinking that's been developed with this album. In fact, the 2nd Vile Haint album is already mixed and mastered and both the 3rd and 4th albums are already written. 


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?


Bands like Domgard, Azelisassath, and Hadanfard have been influential to this music to some extent as well as Craft and certain aspects of Sorhin and Darkthrone. We've been listening to a lot of bluegrass and Hank Sr. lately. 


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


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to the official release.

https://www.instagram.com/vilehaint/
https://www.facebook.com/vilehaint

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/vile-haint-interview.html


Borgne/Temps morts/Les Acteurs de I'Ombre Productions/2021 CD Review

lundi 10 mai 2021 à 00:18

 


  Switzerland's  duo  Borgne  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  industrial  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Temps  morts"  which  will  be  released  on  May  21st  by  Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.


  Industrial  style  synths  and  programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Deep  growls  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  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.


  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  synths  and  keyboards  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  electronic  sounds  as  well  as  one  song  being    also  introducing  field  recordings, acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  into  the  music  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death  and  darkness  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  written  in  the  bands  native  tongue.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Borgne  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  industrial  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RFECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Cut  the  Flesh  But  Still  Feel  Nothing  But  Stillness"  "Near  the  Bottomless  Precipice  I  Stand"  "Where  Crown  Is  Hidden"  and  "Everything  Is  Blurry  Now".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/borgnetemps-mortsles-acteurs-de-iombre.html


Aeon Of Eternal Interview

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 22:28

 

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

Aeon of Eternal is a project that I formed in the Autumn last year (2020). Target was to transform some ideas - that I had - into real album and also to release it to check if there will be some people that will find it interesting. I hope that the goal was achieved with the final version of 'The Wanderer'. 


2.Recently you have released  your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

As i do not have musical education, i create music based on feelings and emotions that i have while creating / recording new stuff. That's why what finally is heard on the album is a mixture of few genres that i'm a fan of since early 90s till now. If one can hear atmospheric black or blackened doom/death there - that's fine. It is clearly in line with the music I grew up with. I still hope that the final mixture is, at least, a bit specific and original (yeah, i know how difficult it can be these days).


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

When writing the lyrics, I tried to put my thoughts well described. Lyrics touch the points of human existence, loneliness, sorrow, how much we can be lost in life and it is almost impossible to find the right path. And finally, how small we are versus the world and nature. Humanity had so many dark corners in history that sometimes one can think that we are more evil than good... I mixed these topics with the power of nature and its impact on us. Humanity will be lost, nature (in any form) will stay like it was before us...


4.You also wrote each song in a different language, can you tell us a little bit more about the languages you have brought into your songwriting

First track 'Niwl' is in Welsh - it means 'The Fog'. 2nd 'Sumu' is in finnish - (The Mist). 3rd 'Koit' - estonian 'The Dawn'. Daruuraha (my favorite track on the album) - in somalian means 'Clouds'. 

'Deigh' means in Scottish Gaelic - 'The Ice', 'Torden' in danish - Thunder. 

Finally, 'Veda' in croatian means 'Farewell'.

In the CD version, every track's lyrics are packed with different photos in line with the name. Somehow, when creating the graphical concept, I tried to link it with the country that I know or that music/graphic reminds me of. This is why I picked up these. 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aeon Of Eternal'?

I was always fascinated by time and things that are or perceived as ageless or eternal. We are just a moment in time and the only thing that can stay after we are gone are the things and thoughts we leave for the others. It can be sumerian music that you can find now in Youtube or Egyptian paintings. I perceive music in the same way, for me it can live eternally...


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

I was creating all the graphics on my own. These are not very original but i tried to find nature patterns that visualize, in my opinion, Aeon of Eternal music. I hope i've managed to catch it.


7.With this project you record mostly everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I'm 40 years old man that is heavily packed with normal life and things behind it. To be able to create music and focus on it for some time (months) to create, finally, an album - it is easier to do it solo. Especially, that I have most of the equipment at home and I'm mixing and mastering myself. I had some experience with rehearsals / playing with the band but it was too difficult to focus on it (timewise) in a way that it will be a 'real' band. But never say never. I have no problem in working with other musicians if the goal is worth of it. 


8.You also have a few quests on the album, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recordintg?

When i was finalizing all tracks i knew that good vocals will add more power and atmosphere to it. Especially, that i'm a big fan of death growls and female vocals (rather low). So i started to search for someone that could add them. First, i've managed to find a girl with incredible vocal that create a background atmosphere that well fits in the tracks. Soulpacifica (aka Tihana) agreed to record female parts and we are both happy with the result. When it comes to growls and screams, Cesar did an incredible job. I've found him through internet (yeah, COVID times) and due to the fact he has recorded his tracks in the studio, it sounds very good. It is important to mention that, for now, both of them are guests musicians on Aeon of Eternal album. But i hope that if there will be next attempt for this project, they will agree to add vocals to my music vision, again.


9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

In fact, i sent this material only to 2 labels that I admire the most (Avantgarde & Prophecy). Most probably it is too amateur for these but it's still worth to try. I have invested quite some time and money into this self-released album so in case they won't reply, i will also not look further.


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

Let's be honest, when i have released the album at the end of April band had a few followers/fans. Now, i see there are some reviews online, also i did some small promotion and i'm looking forward for more people that want to check our album. These first reactions are quite positive. In one of local radio stations in France, AoE album was picked up as 'demo of the week'. Appreciated!


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I'm old enough to be realistic. If i manage to continue with, at least, this project by recording 2nd album, it'd be great. But future will answer to that soon. 


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?

Well, i could talk about the bands that influenced me during 24 years being a fan of metal music days and weeks. But let me tell you about the albums that for sure formed me as a musician.

Katatonia, Ava Inferi, Opeth, Edge of Sanity, Empyrium, Alcest, Draconian, Before the Dawn, Trna, Violet Cold, Mgła, Stworz and many more. I listen to hundreds of albums a year, not limited to one genre. Still, looking for a lot of emotions. It can be emotions brought by fury and chaos like in Kataklysm album 'Temple of Knowledge' or hypnotic black riffs like in Mgła 'Excercises in Futility'. I like to listen to acoustic albums like Ulver 'Kveldssanger' or Empyrium 'Weiland'. Recently. i can say i'm a real fan of Polish band Stworz and their album 'Mój Kraj Nazywa się Śmierć'. 


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

I'd like to thank you for your interest in our debut album and project itself. And remember 'Not all of Those Who Wander are Lost'...


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/aeon-of-eternal-interview.html


Decoherence/System i/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2021 Compilation Album Review

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 21:59

 


  U.S.A, United  Kingdom's  Decoherence  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  experimental  and  industrial  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  compilation  album  "System  I"  which  also  consists  of  digital  only  singles  and  songs  from  ep's.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  industrial  style  beats  start  off  the  compilation  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures.  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  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow ,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments.  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  ,mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  elements  of  post  punk  and  noise,  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  and  the  compilation  closes  with  a  cover  of  Killing  Joke's  "The  Wait".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  space,  cosmological  annihilation  and  sidereal  horror  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Decoherence  na d if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  industrial  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Line  Of  Force"  "Gate  Error"  and  "Perpendicular  Planes".  8  out  of  10.


 BANDCAMP RELEASE  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/decoherencesystem-isentient-ruin.html