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Arthedain/Infernal Cadence Of The Desolate/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review

samedi 2 juin 2018 à 03:47

  Arthedain  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  contemporary  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Infernal  Cadence  of  The  Desolate"  which  will  be  released  on  June  17th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  post  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the vocals are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  traditional  black  and  melodic  death  metal  as  well  as  a  few  growls  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  atmospheric  and  diverse.

  On  this  recording  Arthedain  takes  traditional  black, post  and  melodic  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  different  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  isolation,  chaos, nature  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Arthedain  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  contemporary  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Testament  To  Failure"  "Consuming  The  Aurora"  "Arcane  Ascension"  and  "As  One".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/arthedaininfernal-cadence-of.html


Keys of Orthanc/Dush agh Golnauk/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review

vendredi 1 juin 2018 à 05:21

  Keys  Of  Orthanc  are  a  solo  project  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  Tolkien  inspired  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Dush  agh  Golnauk"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Avant  garde  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  introducing  ambient  style  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  touch  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Keys  Of  Orthanc  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is very  atmospheric  and  synth  orientated,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  Tolkien.

  In  my  opinion  Keys  Of  Orthanc  are  a  very  great  sounding  Tolkien  inspired  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ringwraiths"  and  "The  White  Wizard".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/keys-of-orthancdush-agh.html


Eskhaton/Omegalitheos/Lavadome Productions/2018 CD Review

vendredi 1 juin 2018 à 02:29

  Eskhaton  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Omegalitheos"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Lavadome  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off t he  album  before  adding  in  brutal  blast  beats  and  fast  war  metal  riffs  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  death  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  influences  from  their  home  country.

  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  very  ritualistic  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  music  barely  ever  slowing  down  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Eskhaton  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  black/death  metal  sound  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  chaos,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eskhaton  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpentity"  "Culthulhunatic"  "Blasphemartyr"  and  "Kimah  Kalu  Utu  Ulla".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/eskaatonomegalitheoslavadome.html


AnKou/HMS Terror Ft. Skyggefigurrer/2018 Single Review

vendredi 1 juin 2018 à 01:06

  France's  solo  project  AnKou  has  returned  with  a  new  track  which  continues  his  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  introduces  Skyggefigurrer  on  vocals  and  this  is  a  review  of his  self released  2018  singer  "HMS  Terror".

  Ambient  orientated  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  track  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  whispers  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls,  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  towards  the  end  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  are  utilized.

  On  this  track  AnKou  remains  true  to  his  ambient  style  of  black  metal  while  the  vocals  of  Skyggefigurrer  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  AnKou  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

https://ankou1.bandcamp.com/track/hms-terror-ft-skyggefigurrer

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/ankouhms-terror-ft-skyggefigurrer2018.html


Adragard interview

vendredi 1 juin 2018 à 00:11
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



1. After some years Adragard has resuscitated from the ruins where I buried it, and this time I can assure you it’s here to remain. We are working on the next album that probably will be out next year.



2.In February you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



2. The music is as usual pure Black Metal 90’s way, but this time there are more evident influence of the first wave (Bathory above all) and of classic doom as well. The main difference is that for the first time we got a real drummer and this add a special vibe to the album. Another difference is that for this album, I’ve tried to write songs using a classic metal structure, and this is the real difference from the new stuff and the older one. The first demo was inspired exclusively by the second wave of Black Metal (Darkthrone, Burzum etc.) now after all the years passed devouring Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer and so on I feel really confident to write music looking into the deepest past. Of course the fast riffs in tremolo picking got the same 90’s inspiration.



3.This is your first album to be released in 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?



3. Nothing relevant. Personal issues and lots of shit due to the fucking earthquake that destroyed our hometown. We've been forced to rebuilt ourselves over these ruins.



4.Your lyrics over the years do cover some Luciferian, Pagan and Blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?



4. I can’t tell you much, because it’s not easy to express these topics with words. But I'll try.  The first demo of Adragard was all about Paganism, in particular about the old pagan culture of my hometown. Back then I was really into those topics. After the first demo the lyrics were totally Lucifer addict. Not so far indeed, because I do not mean Lucifer like the one depicted by the fucking christianity but like the divinity that exists before christ. Lucifer is really something that lives in the depths of my heart and inspires all my action. But I am not a religious person and my thought is based on a non-religious-pagan view, as strange as it seems. The lyrics of the last album moved again and this time the presence of Lucifer is less direct but I can assure you that He is still there. Blasphemy ... I do not know ...  the blasphemy in my lyrics is in the eyes of the reader.



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



5. The meaning of the name Adragard is buried by time and dust quoting one of my favorite song. It’s a fusion of the names of a demon and a minor pagan divinity.



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



6. The photo on the tape cover has been taken in a forest near my home by a friend of mine. It’s a really suggestive and obscure place. A lot of people are scared by that woods due to the dark and asphyxiating atmosphere so I think has been a perfect choose. The cover of the CD is the original cover, linked to the title of the album and it’s a picture that I’ taken in the lake of Campotosto with Niferon. A lake not far away from my home. I use to go there often, especially at the sunrise or at the sunset. It’s a magic place with extreme climatic condition, during the winter the lake it’s completely frozen… something beyond words.



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

7. From this album Adragard has a complete line up. Church Destroyer on drums and Gemini on Guitar have joined the blasphemous ranks of Adragard. This is the final line up. There will be no more changes. Our pact has been signed with blood and we’ll continue to spread the Black Plague until our last breath.



8.The new album was released on cassette by 'Depressive Illusions Records', do you feel this format has been making a huge comeback over the years?

8. The album is out even on CD through Perkun Rec. and about the format… the tape format never disappeared but yes now all this old-school-wannabe-trend has caused an increase of tape releases, and this for me, it’s great. This is the first Adragard release out on CD format, all the past stuff is only on tape so I believe tape is perfect for Underground Black Metal because it smells of dedication to the Underground War and has a nostalgic flavor, but I also like CDs. I've buyed lots of great albums of the 90’s on CD so I have nothing to complain about CD. Of course my favorite format is Vinyl but no one seem interested in releasing our shit on vinyl. Fuck!



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

9. I really don’t know. We don’t have any social profile. We haven’t an official site so we don’t have any direct feedback. Of course this is our choice. There are a couple of review out and they’re good.



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

10. We’ll continue on the same path of this album. But the next one will be more raw and more chaotic. We’re already working on the new songs but it’s early to say something more, but it's sure there will be no drastic changes. We’ll continue to walk on this rotten putrid street.



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?

11. My influences are always the same, Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal, Carpathina Forest and so on. I’m really addicted to metal and music in general, what I listen more comes from the period of time that goes from the late 60’s to the middle of 90’s. I usually don’t mind about music genres, I listen and like music that gives me emotion on a wide range, pure and simple. Regarding new music I usually like bands that sound like the old ones or at least have the same feeling. These days I’m listening to: Comus “First Utterance” 1971, Pagan Altar “Vol I” 1982, Obnoxious Youth “Disturbing The Graves” 2017, Power from hell “Blood 'n' Spikes” 2017, Spiders “Killer Machine” 2018, Terrörhammer “In The Name Of Hell” 2018, VOJD “The Outer Ocean” 2018, Whipstriker “Merciless Artillery” 2017, Aura Noir “Aura Noire” 2018, Hammr “Unholy Destruction” 2018. I mean you got the point. Real metal and rock with true sound and attitude.





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

12. Thank you for the interview. Support Adragard and spread the Plague!!!




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/adragard-interview.html