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Nattfog/Pohjan Porteilta/Purity Through Fire/2019 CD Compilation Review

jeudi 2 mai 2019 à 01:54

  Nattfog  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  folklore  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  compilation  album  "Pohjan  Porteilta"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music.

  Folk  instruments  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  Finnish  style  and  the  compilation  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  cosmos,  death,  nature  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nattfog  are  a  very  great  sounding  folklore  orientated  raw  and  melodic  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Night  Of  The  Ancient  Rites"  "Yoni  Usvassa"  "Yon  Varjoista...".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/Nattfog-703122036409315

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/nattfogpohjan-porteiltapurity-through.html


Horoma Exordium Interview

mercredi 1 mai 2019 à 05:03
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Two piece black metal band who are looking to make the most extreme music they can.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Although we wanted the music to extreme, we also wanted you to be able to hear everything. In my heads we went for a vocal style of In The Nightside Eclipse, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and the music was more in the vein of Organic Hallucinosis.

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

Metal breakdown, other reality's, corrupt institutions. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Horoma Exordium'?

It's latin for "Being Of A Vision". Seemed fitting from our discussion to then the band to life.

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

Will leave it open for interpretation.

6.Currently there are only 2 embers in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Yes will always be just us two.

7.I have read that the band has no plans to ever do any live shows, can you tell us a little bit more about this decision?

I have 100 percent respect for bands to record and tour the world. For us its just about making the music we want to make, when we want to make it. 

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

We are signed with Ordo Nocturnal. They got what we were about. Always open to working with other labels who can help push the band.

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

Its a slow build. But its been cool connecting with people all over the world. At the same we don't care if people don't like it, but people have taken the time to message us, we will message back. Always.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Yea have an album worth of songs there. Will do a single track next.

11.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?

Older black metal and death metal bands.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

I have interest in that for sure.

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

Thank for taking the time write this.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/horoma-exordium-interview.html


Necroroots/Self Titled/Silentium In Foresta Records/2019 EP Review

mercredi 1 mai 2019 à 04:34

  Necroroots  are  a  duo  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  ep  which  was  released  by  Silentium  In  Foresta  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of 90's  influences. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  but  are  over  powered  by  the  guitars.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  small  amount  of  demonic  voices  are  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while   the  lyrics  cover  the  mind  liberation  of  religion.

  In  my  opinion  Necroroots  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Chosen  One"  and  "Legions  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSgmVcgrMtM&t=188s&fbclid=IwAR3fbRtF85G8EpTVfkNdnq-mig9r7bc6Rg4iMw-IZS3QhqHqHP48n9BmhhM

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/necrorootsself-titledsilentium-in.html


Deorc Absis/The Nothingness Transfiguration/Redefining Darkness Records/2019 EP Review

mardi 30 avril 2019 à 05:40

  Deorc  Absis  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "The  Nothingness  transfiguration"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  emtal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dissonant  and  technical  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  synths  are  also  utilized  on  the  other  tracks.

  Deorc  Absis  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  that  is  very  raw,  brutal,  dissonant,  technical  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deorc  Absis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Metamorphosis".  8  out  of  10.

  PREORDER CD / DIGITAL  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/deorc-absisthe-nothingness.html


Kull Interview

mardi 30 avril 2019 à 02:06
Interview with Jonny Maudling.

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

- Well basically the band members are the same as Bal-Sagoth ,with the exception of the main vocalist and lyric writer Byron.
So with Kull frontman Tarkan, there are new stories and settings with the lyrics he has brought, and the actual music writing team is the same as before, namely myself and my Brother Chris.

2.Your first album is coming out towards the end of April, musically how does it differ from the stuff you had released with Bal Sagoth?
  -  Musically it's a further progression of that format. Naturally you don't want to repeat yourself, and also there are a few new things both in production and song writing

3.Most of the band members where a part of 'Bal Sagoth', what was the decision behind disbanding the group and forming a new one?
- Many reasons, its just the place we all found ourselves after a number of years, so we left the Bal-Sagoth thing behind, and it was time to try something slightly different.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the newer release?
-It has much to do with history, stories  created by Tarkan , who has a large body of work to draw upon, and it still deals with myths and the fantastic.

5.Most of Bal Sagoth's lyrics focused on science fiction, fantasy, mythology and the occult, are you also continuing those topics with the newer band?
- Yes, you could say its the same genre, but the stories are completely different.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kull'?
- The names "Bal-Sagoth" and "Kull" come from the author R.E Howard, so it seemed appropriate enough and was in keeping with what we do.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
- That was done by a guy called "maggotmeister" from All Things Rotten. The "painting" was from his catalogue of work which fitted perfectly with this album.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
- With Kull there has been one professional engagement, and that was in York a few years ago. It was kind of a warm up gig to see how we worked together live.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
- Yes, as soon as the album is out, there will be more information about this.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?
- Obviously great interest, and many people have compared the sound to Bal-Sagoth. As I said before, it will sound  similar because it is the same music writing and production team.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- I have no idea. I don't plan it like that, I just try to create and produce the best music I possible can, and hope it all fits together with the stories and lyrics.

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?
- I like good song writing and creative imagination, the style really is irrelevant to me.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
- Hill walking, outdoor pursuits, cycling, video games, studio technology, cosmology etc

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
- Just thanks for everyones Patience and support so far, and hope you really like the Kull debut. Cheers!!
-Jonny Maudling.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/kull-interview.html