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The Kryptik/When The Shadow Rises/Purity Through Fire/2019 CD Review

mardi 17 septembre 2019 à 10:52

  The  Kryptik  are  a duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  synth  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "When  The  Shadow  Rises"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  also  having  their  symphonic  moments  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  one  of  the  later  songs  is  an  instrumental,  growls  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Satanism,  Anti Religion  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Kryptik  are  a  very  great  sounding  synth  orientated  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Awakening  Of  Evil"  and  "Ungodly".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/IBnGkgqU3dM

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/the-kryptikwhen-shadow-risespurity.html


Die Kunst der Finsternis/Revenant in a Phantom World (Queen of Owls Addendum)/Lamech Records/Amor Fati Productions/2019 CD Review

mardi 17 septembre 2019 à 09:26

  Die  Kunst  der  Finsternis  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  vampiric  horror  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Revenant  in  a  Phantom  World (Queen  of  Owls  Addendum)"  which  will be  released  on  Halloween  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lamech  Records  and  Amor  Fati  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  evolve  into  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  touch  of  the  first  wave  style  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  vocals  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.

  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.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly  and  as  the album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard,  one  track  also  adds  in  some  80's  metal  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  vampirism  and  gothic  horror  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Die  Kunst  der  Finsternis  are  a  very  great  sounding  vampiric  horror  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carnival  Of  The  Undead"  "Raised  From  Decay"  "Exhumation"  and  "Vampirismus".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/diekunstderfinsternis 
www.diekunstderfinsternis.bandcamp      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/die-kunst-der-finsternisrevenant-in.html


Neptrecus Interview

mardi 17 septembre 2019 à 07:50
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hello ! Actually, not so many things have happened since the release of our new album « Ars Gallica ». We have been booked on a couple of black metal festivals, but I will talk about that in the next answers. At the moment, we are just beholding and enjoying the positive reactions to this new record.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
I would say that « Ars Gallica » is some sort of synthesis between « L’Aube du Déclin » (our first album) and « Frères de Sang » (the second one). It combines the epicness and « medieval » influences of the first and the more brutal and cold atmospheres of the second. Also, it took more time to compose it. The previous records had been composed within more or less a year whereas it took about 3 years to come up with the new songs for « Ars Gallica ». I think that the main difference is that I really did not urge into finding new riffs and ideas. For example, when I didn’t know how to finish a song, I just left it behind for a few months and would come back to it later, and the end would come almost in a natural way. We also experienced some new things like clean vocals and progressive instrumental parts (I’m mainly referring to the song « Aux Grands Hommes la Patrie Reconnaissante ») and tried to emphasize the contrast between very fast blastbeating parts and more mid-tempo sections.

3.Your lyrics cover history, mythology and war, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
It is quite a vast interest to be honest. It started with writing lyrics more generally on French and European mythology, war periods and some historical facts. Our first album « L’Aube du Déclin » was some sort of homage to the European cultural background, thus the lyrics dealt with Gaul Wars, Roman Empire, the birth of the world in Greek mythology, French middle ages, and so on… « Frères de Sang » focused on the rivalry that existed between France and Germany from 1870 to 1918, so it was really more into exploring both the heroic and monstruous sides of war. And at the time we thought it just made sense to us as Europe was « celebrating » the 100-year anniversary of World War I.
« Ars Gallica » has a different approach. The lyrics have a lot of references to History, and especially the French Revolution and its royalist resistance, but don’t directly deal with History. They were written as some sort of poems and the historical references actually serve another goal.

4.On your facebook page you said you had some patriotic ideas, can you tell us a little bit more about it and also do you feel people are very confused on what this actually means in the more modern society?
Yes, I think it is an important thing for us to express our pride to inherit the fascinating culture of France. This is the main reason why we have been putting the slogan « Black Metal de France ! » here and there in our works since the beginning.
It is some sort of « response » (even though there is no rivalry !) to the Black Metal scene from Québec. I really admire this scene which shows to my mind a strong unity and it is even more interesting to be able to kind of taste their cultural background through their music.
Neptrecus is a patriotic band understood in the way that we really have deep interest, devotion and gratefulness in our ancestors’ culture and land. And it is our personal reaction to this absurd and shitty modern world that just wants people to behave like insane rootless consumers.
Of course, there are some people who are not able to understand that but we just don’t care, after all they are just a part of the system and have no importance.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neptrecus'?
« Neptrecus » is latin for « Neustrie », which designated a Frank kingdom in the Middle Ages covering a great part of what is today’s French territory. At the time I was looking for a band’s name, I wanted someting that directly referred to where I came from, and this one just made perfect sense.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The front cover artwork was made by Calvaire Drach (www.lodrach.com), a very talented French designer.  As « Ars Gallica » basically means « French art », we wanted an artwork that would be some sort of an homage to French artists we admire (at least, a few of them as they are so many). So you can find three main references in this drawing, namely « La Pastorale » and « L’Angélus » by French painter Millet and an engraving by the famous Gustave Doré (the church in the background). It combines elements that are present in the lyrics : peasants, religion and old stone works. I think they are a good representation of old times’ French deep country.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We haven’t toured a lot since we have been performing live, but some of the best memories definitely are our gig in Rouen (Normandy, France) in December 2017 which was just crazy as the audience were unchained and maybe our latest gig in Paris, in January 2019, as we were playing in front of more than 250 persons and with very good sound conditions, on a very nice stage. Actually most of our gigs our quite good memories to us, but I won’t talk about them all, it would be pointless !
About our stage performances, I think we can call them « straight into your face ». We don’t really have a proper stage show, we do it the old school way : it is just us with our energy, strength and hate, and of course the heavier sound we can get at the venue with the provided backline.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
For the moment we only have two booked shows, namely on 14th December 2019 in Lille, France (Black Flame of Hate festival) and on 25th January 2020 at Heretic Metal Fest in Belgium.
We are looking to perform further shows in France and Europe so feel free to book us (neptrecus@gmail.com) if you are a gig organizer/promoter reading these lines.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
It has been excellent ! We had orders from everywhere in Europe, but also in the USA and Japan, and everyone seems to be very enthusiastic about this new record, so it is very rewarding to us. There also have been a few very nice reviews here and there, it has all been absolutely positive at the moment.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer also plays in French bands Griffon and Hats Barn that are both currently working on new albums, which should come out next year. I also advise you to check A/Oratos (involving our guitarist) and Anus Mundi (two of our members involved), they have released some nice stuff lately.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It is hard to say, as for the moment there is no new material written for any next release…I have some ideas, some riffs which might suit the next songs to come, but it is definitely way too early to tell what it will sound like in the end. From what we have now, I would say it will be some more « progressive » material, longer songs with longer instrumental parts and more work on harmonies, maybe more complex songs. That’s at least what it feels like today. But once again, we really don’t know for now, and it may sound completely different.

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?
We have a very wide range of influences actually. But what influenced mostly Neptrecus’ music is definitely black metal from the 90’s with of course, the classics from Scandinavia (no need to say more, we all know them), but also the early French black metal scene, especially bands like Himinbjorg, Crystalium, Belenos, Forbidden Site, Anorexia Nervosa, etc. There are also bands from Eastern Europe like Nokturnal Mortum, Drudkh or Hate Forest that had a huge impact on us as composers. Otherwise, our music takes its roots into more « general » genres like classic heavy metal from 70’s and 80’s or early thrash metal bands. We actually are not only into black metal. We also like and listen to various genres of music, as long as it has a musical interest and it comes from the guts.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
No special words needed, just thank you for this interview ! Our new album « Ars Gallica » is available on German label Purity Through Fire (www.purity-through-fire.com) and our Bandcamp page. And of course we are looking forward to performing on stage wherever it may be possible !


neptrecus.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/neptrecus-interview.html


Grand Demise Of Civilization/Below The Feet Of Kings/2019 Full Length Review

lundi 16 septembre 2019 à 09:46

  Grand  Demise  Of  Civilization  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Below  The  Feet  Of  Kings"

  A  very  fast,  dissonant  and  raw  sound  starts  off t he  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  deep  guttural growls  also  being  used  at  times  and  most  of  te  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  technical  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  atmospheric  and  depressive  elements  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  parts  of  the  recording  also  having  their  progressive  moments,  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording..

  Grand  Demise  Of  Civilization  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  technical  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  destruction  of  humanity  and  anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grand  Demise  Of  Civilization  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive,  melodic  and  technical  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Path"  and  "Decipher  the  Lie".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/Grand-Demise-of-Civilization-1378130155746478/
https://granddemiseofcivilization.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSRaTS1jz2PWpVc17w8OyYA  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/grand-demise-of-civilizationbelow-feet.html


LvxCaelis/Maher Shalal Hash Baz/Lamech Records/2019 CD Review

lundi 16 septembre 2019 à 07:47

  LvxCaelis  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  spiritual  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Maher  Shalal  Hash  Baz"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Lamech  Records.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  A  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  being  influenced  by  both  the  modern  and  old  school  era  of  black  metal.

  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  90's  era  death  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  semi  clear  vocals  and  the  last  track  also  adds  in  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  The  Black  Lodge,  Luciferian  Gnosis  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  LvxCaelis  are  a  very  great  sounding  spiritual  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beyond  the  Fading  Stars"  "The  Beginning  Was  The  End"  and  "Awakening  The  Final  Chaos".  8/5  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/LvxCaelis407
www.lamech-records.org/artists/artist-profiles/lvxc%C3%A6lis-22529668





    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/lvxcaelismaher-shalal-hash-bazlamech.html