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Azziard/Liber Secondus - Exégèse/Malpermesita Records/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 3 mai 2020 à 04:29

  France's  Azziard  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  violent,  modern  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Liber Secondus - Exégèse"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Malpermesita  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Tortured  cries  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  One  song  also  introduces  melodic  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard,  death  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  sounds.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Azziard  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  violent,  modern  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seven  Sermons  To  The  Dead"  "Incantation"  and  "The  Desert".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/azziardliber-secondus.html


Kly/Wyrzny/Pagan Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 3 mai 2020 à 00:05

  Kly  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  the  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Wyzrny"  which  will  be  released  on  May  8th  by  Pagan  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  synths  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  atmosphere.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  some  parts  of  the  recording,  at  times  the  songs  also  shows  an  influence  of  90's  era  black  metal  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Shamanism,  Mushrooms  and  the  poetic  writings  of  Miron  Bialoszewski. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kly  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burza  (My  rozgwiazdy)"  and  "Zakorzeniene".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/UxG8DjAbmMY

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/klywyrznypagan-records2020-cd-review.html


Fullmoon Night Ritual Interview

samedi 2 mai 2020 à 11:36
1.Can you give us an introduction to the musical project?

Deuter Hex: Hails! We are Fullmoon Night Ritual, a black metal band from Poland. We are focused on old school, darkness, Nature, Satanism. We are here to crush christians and their hopeless dying belief. We come from the mountain region in southern Poland and work as a two men band with Cryptic Lust and Deuter Hex.

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

Deuter Hex: Well, the main direction of the sound was focused on bringing very raw and harsh atmosphere to the whole production. It would be a lie saying that we weren't inspired by black metal era of the 90's - that's for sure. Our ways of life in these old, dark days were connected with metal underground. The early 90's was really crazy but important time. It is not a fake, that due to situation in Poland under the communist hammer it was a very hard thing to get original stuff, it was hard to get any stuff like vinyls, tapes and so on, even if you had a lot of money. So after it all ended in the early 90's, there appeared plenty of unofficial releases which you could buy for a cheap price, and it was like an earthquake to our minds that there are a lot unknown and underestimated metal bands which are worth to be listened. But also from that time you could buy all the music equipment and play without control of the government. That was very inspiring especially when we heard that there are a lot of interesting new bands. It all changed, and brought us to the place where we are now without any celebration. As a matter of fact each riff, sound and all the coverage of Fullmoon Night Ritual is the mirror of our characters and recent experience.

Cryptic Lust: To add what Deuter Hex just said, we try to pay homage to the early days of black metal in Poland. And probably not only in Poland. If you will listen closely to the riffs you’ll find inspirations with such amazing hordes like Moonblood or a handful of early Scandinavian scene names. So yes, we aim to old days which are the past but still raging wildly in our black hearts.

3.Most of your music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era, do you feel the black metal of that era had a better style than what is going on these days with the genre?

Deuter Hex: It depends on each person, the place and time. Comparing these early 90's and the music today could you lead astray, especially when you look at all the technical and recording terms of making music. Today we can put everything to digital format and do whatever you want to do, but it can sound very plastic and flat. In the old days you needed to spend a sort of time to prepare yourself for recording session. But besides of all that the early 90's were the time of unexpected BM. It is hard today to prepare something extraordinary, but some try and you can hear it and like it or hate it. There always exist some sort of music which is very naive and is trying to penetrate black metal with some "post modern" shit. We are not into this kind of art, we are out of it, out of making and supporting hipster emo metal crap for sure.

Cryptic Lust: I wouldn’t call “post modern” or anything that has an idiom of “post” in front of music genre an art. It is fake and made for weak minds.
I think the biggest difference between old times and nowadays is the easy access to almost anything. With few simple clicks you can have everything, you name it: music, equipment or anything you need in your empty life. I really don’t get it. Back in the days you had to put a lot of effort to even get the copy of a demo in your hands. Today everything is on the plate, ready and waiting for you. Sometimes it is just disappointing to see where the passion for the music I live for went to. It became like another product, something you have and has no thrill. I wonder how many people who buys tapes / cds / vinyls are still celebrating those moments of unwrapping it? How many still listen to the music doing nothing else at the same time? Black metal unfortunatelly became another fancy genre for eveyone. I despite such attitiude. All I know is that I celebrate my own darkness my own way and I keep doing what I have to do. Anything else is not important.

4.Some of your lyrics also touch of Satanism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Deuter Hex : It's a total denial of the culture which is based on christianity and it's commandments. This religion is very perfidious, especially when people observe the way of life performed by priesthood. All the pillars of this religion are just theory. These theories are against real human nature and its ways of life. Satan is a personification of the real human calls in opposition to belief that destroys human needs. Satanism was always based on denying the christian order, and that's the last part of philosophy which the main point is mankind. As a matter of fact we are close to the philosophy of Michael W. Ford written in his "Luciferian Magic" book, but also we are under the philosophy of Aleister Crowley and against all the pseudo satanic modern LaVey Church posers which are just a theatre of mistakes.

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

Deuter Hex : The other topic, but maybe more important is the exploration of human nature facing the realm of the mountains. We are living in the Sudetian Mountains and we can easily just get out of the house and visit a lot of lonely, secret places which we know and use to charge our ideas. There are a lot of places covered by peaks with medieval ruins and abandoned small castles which are not touched by civilization. It gives us a lot of inspiration. As a result of our ideas there are also other topics like extinction of modern culture, the place of man in the rotten reality and black magic rituals.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fullmoon Night Ritual'?

Deuter Hex: The name is a straight emanation of our personalities and our philosophy. The moon was always interpreted by people as the opposition of the sun and of the day. All the bad, scary, terrifying  things were happening during the night, and especially under the fullmoon. In local beliefs it was a time of dark activity, time of meeting Satan, of Sabbath and committing rituals. The ritual ceremony that is happening during the fullmoon are the ones of the strongest psychodramatic events. We are using the fullmoon night as a time of performing the strongest incantations in contact with the astral life.

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

Cryptic Lust: The artwork on our demo tape represents the music itself. There is not a lot to be added on the top of that.

8.With this project you work as a duo, do you feel the music is a little bit more personal with less members?

Cryptic Lust: Yes, I agree. The main reason we work as a due is a very good understanding of each other. We know what we want to achieve, what is our goal. Our minds are set to this one and only direction. With more members ‘on board’ it wouldn’t be so easy to achieve agreement with music matters.

9.One of the band members also runs 'Morbid Chapel Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Cryptic Lust: That would be me. Morbid Chapel Records was established in the year of 2014. I am focused on Black Metal and Death Metal. In the beginning I was just releasing tapes, but at some point I also started to release CD fromat. You can check our releases and stock under this link: www.morbidchapelrecords.com/.

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

Cryptic Lust: To be honest with you we were shocked that the feedback was so well. It doesn’t mean we underestimate our ability to create proper black metal in the old way, but we didn’t care a lot about promoting it. We send some copies to our close friends, some copies went as a part of trade with other labels and we are satisfied with the outcome. There was no criticism, but even if, we do Fullmoon Night Ritual for ourselves – to satisfy our needs first.

11.Are there any plans for a full length on the future and also where do you see the music project heading into during the future?

Cryptic Lust: Within next months new demo should be ready. It will be released under the Morbid Chapel Records banner again and I think it will remain this way. The coming demo will bring a bit of changes as we plan to use a bit more of keyboards. But do not worry, we are not heading into any symphonic shit. It will remain raw as on the first demo, but we plan to add some more underlines of the atmosphere of the recording.

12.Does the musical project have any influences outside the black metal genre?

Cryptic Lust: No. This is black metal and it will remain the way it should be preserved. No outside influences, ever!

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

Cryptic Lust: Worship the Darkness!

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Fullmoon_Night_Ritual/3540451220

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/fullmoon-night-ritual-interview.html


Ruadh Interview

samedi 2 mai 2020 à 10:51

JL- 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album?

TP - After the recording of the new album I have pretty much moved on to writing the next album, it never really stops, especially with isolation, it provides more time to create.

JL - 2.You have a new album coming out in May, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
TP - It is very different, it's more melodic and more thought out with a central theme running through the tracks where as Sovereign was me really finding my feet with Ruadh. I am very proud of what Sovereign is but The Rock of the Clyde is a much better album to my ears.
The folk influences and the softer passages and breaks are so much more controlled and full of purpose.

JL - 3.Your lyrics also cover the history and mythology of Scotland, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
TP - I have always loved history and mythology ever since I was around 16 / 17 years old. My love of Tolkien was a gateway drug into the real history and Mythology of Europe and always having a strong national Scottish identity it became a bit of a love affair later on.
I am fascinated with the pre history of Scotland, before Alba with Dal Riata, Pictland and of course the Alt Clut or (The Rock of the Clyde) and just how much of that history has been washed away through years of self deprecation and lack of value in ourselves. Scotland has a sickness where
a lot of the population wish to be English and the other ones want to be Irish and especially in the central belt of Scotland these issues are prevalent.

JL - 4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
TP - I gave the artist a simple brief which was something like Iron age Scotland in Autumn and it needs have Dumbarton rock and then Joan made that fantastic artwork on the back of that, the guy is magnificent and a great guy to boot, I highly recommend him.

JL  - 5.On the albums you also record everything by yourself but have experience working with a line up for the live shows, do you prefer working solo over working with a band in the studio?
TP  - It was never a masterplan to go it alone, it was the only way I could finish the first album. Ruadh has had 3 different names and a few different members before it became what it is, I got sick of waiting on other people to be as enthusiastic as I was about the project so I did it myself.
There's a lot to be said for working with a band and working on ideas as a group but there are amazing benefits to having free reign and creative control in every aspect too, I think at the risk of sounding a bit arrogant I prefer the latter.


JL   6.The new album is going to be self released while your previous album was released by 'Northern Silence Productions, are you open to working with another label again in the future?
TP - The new album is also released through NSP, I release it digitally on my own as I always have through RED GLEN PRODUCTIONS which is my own label.
Northern Silence still have a working relationship with Ruadh for 1 more album after this too.

JL 7.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
TP Honestly I'm humbled by the response, people ordering the merch and CD's from all over the world and spending their hard earned money on my project, I couldn't ask for more.

JL  8.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
TP - I can't really answer this, I love what I do and I'll keep developing in until I no longer do, Ruadh is a lot of fun and extremely rewarding work most of the time.

JL 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?
TP - My musical taste is vast and a little eclectic. I listen to the obvious stuff like Windir, Bathory, Burzum and Emperor and have done for years, but I'm also fond of EBM like VNV Nation and Assemblage 23 and a lot of film and game soundtracks.
Currently I've been listening to Panopticon A lot and The Birthday Massacre, that should give you an idea of just how odd my music taste really is.

JL 10.What are some of your non musical interests?
TP - Sport is massive with me, I love Celtic FC, Scotland FA, San Francisco 49ers and the Anaheim Ducks,  I also enjoy to play games mostly RPG's classic and modern from Final Fantasy to the Witcher.

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

TP - Thanks a for including me in your feature and I wish you all the best in the future.
Also, thanks to everyone who has purchased an album or merch from me, It's super appreciated.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/duadh-interview.html


Shadowflag/In Asylum Requiem/Clobber Records/2020 CD Review

samedi 2 mai 2020 à 10:24

  Shadowflag  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  poetic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "In  Asylum  Requiem"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Clobber  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  harsh  noises  can  be  heard  briefly  and  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  some  orchestral  touches. 

  On  this  recording  Shadowflag  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Shadowflag  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "One  Beast  One  God"  and  "To  The  Earth,  To  The  Corpse,  To  The  Seas".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/nSxdkw48wHg

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/shadowflagin-asylum-requiemclobber.html