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Vaura/Sables/Profound Lore Records/2019 CD Review

jeudi 21 mars 2019 à 05:52

  Vaura  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  started out playing  more  of  an  avant  garde  form  of  post  black  metal  but  on  this  recording  have  evolved  more  into  a  mixture  of  avant  garde,  new  wave,  death  rock  and  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Sables" which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Profound  Lore  Records.

  Programmed  beats  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  goth,  new  wave  and  post  punk.  Clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  touches.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  prog,  art  rock,  post  punk  and  death  rock  influences  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  On  this  recording  Vaura  moves  away  from  the  avant  garde  style  of  post  black  emtal  from previous  releases  and  goes  into  a  musical  direction  that  is  closer  to  new  wave,  death  rock  and  post  punk  while  still  maintaining  a  very  dark  and  depressive  atmosphere.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Vaurna  and  while  some  fans  might  not  like  the  newer  direction  since  it  has  moved  away  from  the  black  metal  and  heavier  side  of  previous  releases,  I  would  recommend  the  album  to  fans  of  goth,  post  punk  and  death  rock.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Espionage"  "The  Ruins  (Hymne)"  and  "Sables".  8  out  of  10.

  https://www.facebook.com/VAURAofficial/      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/vaurasablesprofound-lore-records2019-cd.html


Mork/Det Svarte Juv/Peaceville Records/2019 CD Review

jeudi 21 mars 2019 à 04:02

  Mork  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  Norwegian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Det  Svarte  Juv"  which  will  be  released in  April  by  Peaceville  Records.

 Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  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  while  also  mixing  the  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  while the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  while  some  tracks  also  show  influences  of  doom  metal  and  black'n'roll  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  sadness,  hate,  anger,  pain,  strength  and  self  belief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mork  are  a  very  great  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morkeleggelse"  "I  Flammens  Favn"  "Siste  Reis"  and  "Det  Svarte  Juv".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/morkdet-svarte-juvpeaceville.html


Blurr Thrower Interview

jeudi 21 mars 2019 à 02:08
 1.For those who have never heard of you before, can you tell us about the musical project?
The basic idea is to illustrate as best as possible the universe that I have in mind since childhood. Whether it's a game of textures, colors and scents, Blurr Thrower aims to illustrate a diegesis that inhabits me. Roughly it can be summed up in two opposing concepts of darkness and light, personified by the Void and Blur in the project. There is therefore a work process that exploits many emotions in terms of both composition and expression. Initially I did not know if I wanted to release a book, a movie or a record. I do not know if I managed with the Avatars of the Void but insofar as I have the feeling to have been as far as possible in the process, alone, I am proud of the result.
The Void Avatars are a focus on my own vision of the dark. Cold, spectral and abrasive. A drowning in a chilling ether, slowly, punctuated by a few rays of light in places. I try to propose a trip rather than to make music. I hope to make it happen


2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit about the musical style?
The idea was to propose music that is both cutting-edge and ethereal, while being a bit ambitious in its progression. It's a personal vision of the Raw Black in reality. Very accentuated in the spectrum and without compression, very visceral, in the manner of a Paramnesia or a Burzum in reality. It was hell to produce, because I am as attached to the sound as resultant than in symbolic, to record certain parts or taken in particular places, with instruments that are important to me etc ...


3.Your lyrics cover a good amount of occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?
I think that the texts of the Void Avatars are closer to misanthropic, nihilistic themes, in a form of lyricism than occultism, simply used by metaphor, in order to transcribe the color, the feeling, the threat. I write a lot about my vision of occultism personally, without having the will to post it directly. I have the preference to make the work occult by the atmospheres and sonorities games than by the text, because that is how I live it.
The writing under drugs can lead to very powerful and striking forms of trance in which, sometimes, one palmizes miserably. It is then easy to name feelings or emotions using religious jargon, metaphor or faith. Mysticism is essential with the intensity that I try to write. They go hand in hand and I am very attached to music, the arts or life in general. I was consumed by the style above all for this dimension that appeared to me in full face thanks to NEHEMAH or MUTIILATION. It was visceral and radical. These are my cultural backgrounds, just as many authors are equally important.
We try to live with the Void, the anxiety and the ether, sometimes we completely fall, alternating these phases with Blur, Light and heat. This alchemical opposition was born BLURR THROWER, one night, surrounded by empty bottles, full ashtrays, pages full of smoky theories, lame poems and misspellings. From there, I saw things that completely skewed a form of rationality, without ever really recovering.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blurr Thrower'?
The name is related to the concepts of the project, I interpret BLURR THROWER as the initiator of a movement in a form of violence. It is thuriferous oxygen in an unbreathable environment. It's a very bright name for me. A mentor, a psychiatrist, a razor blade or a trace of C ... This is the silhouette of the end of a labyrinth, in which one finally rushes without having any idea what is behind it.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the cover?
The Artwork, made by Came Roy de Rat after having made the feat of understanding the vast majority of the project with very little material and time, represents a number of key symbols attached to the project, more or less obvious. For me this artwork is perfect: it smells of ink, sulfur, dust and remnants of medicine, which perfectly matches the Avatars of the Void.
I think the sequel will have a radically different graphic style, we'll see.

6.On the heart of the world, do you prefer to work solo?
Writing has been a very powerful experience, mainly because I have tried to dig to an absolute, in a quasi-religious way in the mud, the anxieties and the abyss which can be me, including myself among the targets of choice of a certain nihilism, despite the certain presence of light in places. I try to conceptualize this by the notion of the Void and the Blur. It has always animated me and has been accentuated throughout the design process. The avatars of the void is therefore the result of a long introspection, physical and impacting, which put me and others in the background and in which it is difficult for me to go out today. After that, I do not pretend to think that it all works and is not boring or even coherent. I just communicated in the best possible way and was as far as I could humanly to this conquest of the Void. In this I am satisfied with the result.
In this it was essential that I do everything alone, and it is difficult for me to consider sharing this with other people, even if they can be infinitely more talented than me in their fields.


7.The physical version of the ep is released by 'The Actors of the Chamber Productions', Are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Extremely satisfied. For a One-man-band coming out of nowhere, it's a great chance to have LADLO behind you. Beyond the rewarding side of being among this roster, LADLO accompanies its groups to bring them to the end of their project, giving them the necessary means and moral support, which we may need.

8.On a global level how do you feel about your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
I feel that the returns are generally positive, which continues to surprise me to the extent that, despite everything, BLURR THROWER evolves in a music that remains the niche of a sub-genre. The concept is imbitable, the sound is Raw, sailing on sight between a very traditional Black Metal while boasting to make the Cascadian ...
So it's very easy to lose the listener on an easily saturated stage, especially today. The returns are very rewarding and warm to the heart.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into a musician in the future?
No idea, I write and write on instinct and I can absolutely not say anything, except that I work hard on a sequel to the Avatars of the Void.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and what are you listening to nowadays?
I am divided between my deep and first love between the subversive, negative and ethereal Black Metal of the past, especially the French wave of the 90s and 00s, with the current atmospheric Black Metal which manages to synthesize the style more than at a when everything was allowed. BLURR THROWER is a mix between a NEHEMAH and an ASH BORER in my opinion.
My listening at this time are: DIAPSIQUIR, ACATHEXIS, BLACK CILICE, FOALS and the last ROBB BANKS. I am waiting very, very, very impatiently for the HEALTH MORTAL in March. Just the different tracks that we could listen, I'm sure to break this album to the bone, right out.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Everything about the Arts is automatically channeled and digested for BLURR THROWER, so I never really get away from the project. It starts with all that is attracted to the writing, the image, the tattoo or the movies ... At this moment I read a lot of Jean-Pierre Martinet and Colette. I would like to immerse myself in the works of Françoise Héritier as soon as I have 5 minutes.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview and the chronicle.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/blurr-thrower-interview.html


Arstidir Lifsins/Saga a tveim tungum I: Vapn ok vidr/Van Records 2019 CD Review

mercredi 20 mars 2019 à 05:28

  Arstidir  Lifsins  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Iceland  and  Germany  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Saga  a  tveim tungum  I:  Vapn  ok  vidr"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Van  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  very  deep  at  times  as  well  as  having  their  semi  melodic  moments  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  nature  sounds  and  classical  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  which  also  introduce  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  album.

  When  clean  vocals  and  choirs  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  feeling  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  all  of  the instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Old  Icelandic  and  cover  the  brutal  power  attempts  of  infamous  Norwegian king  Olafr  helgi  Haraldsson  in  the  11th  century.

  In  my  opinion  Arstifir  Lifsins  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fornjóts  synir  ljótir  at  Haddingja  lands  lynláðum"  "Líf  á  milli hveinandi  bloðkerta"  "Vandar  jǫtunn  reisti  fiska  upp  af  vǫtnum"  and  "Haldi  oss  frá  eldi,  eilífr skapa  deilir".  8/5  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/arstidirlifsins

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/arstidir-lifsinssaga-tveim-tungum-i.html


Mist Of Misery/Unalterable/Black Lion Records/2019 Double CD Review

mercredi 20 mars 2019 à 02:59

  Sweden's  Mist  Of  Misery  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  symphonic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  double  album  "Unalterable"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  On  the  second  track  clean  guitars  also  start  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  stringed  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  are  also  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Spoken  word  parts  are  also  added on  some  of  the  tracks,  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  instrumentals  and  they  also  bring  in  Cold  World  and  Dimmu  Borgir  covers  as  the  album  progresses,  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mist  Of  Misery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  symphonic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halls  Of  Emptiness"  "Desolation"  "The  Dying  Light"  and  "Unalterable".  8  out  of  10.

https://mistofmiseryblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/unalterable   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/mist-of-miseryunalterableblack-lion.html