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Forbidden Tomb/The Prospector/Morbid Chapel Records/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 9 juillet 2021 à 04:02

 


  Forbidden  Tomb  are  a  solo  project  from  Indonesia  that  plays  a  very  cold  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "The  Prospector"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album.  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  the  album  also  adding  in  a  couple  of  interludes,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album.


  Forbidden  Tomb  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  cold  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Forbidden  Tomb  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crypt  I"  and  "Crypt  V".  8  out  of  10.


https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-prospector 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/forbidden-tombthe-prospectormorbid.html


Firienholt Interview

jeudi 8 juillet 2021 à 05:44

 

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

Caradhras:  We started Firienholt at the beginning of the first lockdown in the UK.  It was a way to escape from the harsh realities of the world and create fantasy music to capture the imagination.


Silvertine:  We're all huge admirers of the work of Caladan Brood, and the first EPs were definitely in homage to that style.  We also included a dungeon synth track on each EP as a way of making each EP a duology of synth and metal. 


2.In June you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous ep's?

Silvertine:  There are no standalone synth tracks on the full album, which was a conscious decision.  We wanted to create five long-form epic songs that showcase all aspects of the epic black metal style, from the large clean vocal choirs, to the ambient synth work, to the raging blastbeats.  We may revisit the world of dungeon synth in the future as it is a great way to escape reality.


Caradhras:  I'd say the tracks all follow the same roots as the metal songs from the EPs, with everything being drawn out and developed to really create the atmosphere.  The full length-album format should give the listener the opportunity to truly get lost in the music, which is less possible on a short EP.


3.In the last year you have released 3 ep's and one full length, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

Fanuidhol:  We are all active musicians in many projects, and so all of us are writing music constantly.  The album came together pretty quickly in all honesty - I think we started the first song at the beginning of August 2020, and had finished the writing stage by September.  Obviously at that point there was still a lot of production work to do, so the process took a lot longer than just those months. 


4.A lot of your lyrics are based upon fantasy themes and the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Caradhras:  It's the perfect fantasy world.  Many bands have done it before us, and many will continue to do it after we are gone, but Tolkien's world will always have stories that resonate with people, and for us there is no greater way to show our appreciation than by our music. 


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

Silvertine:  Firienholt is a small forest on the border of Gondor.  Our music is obviously rooted in nature and serene locations, so the name seemed fitting.  We are a small project in the grand scheme of the metal scene, but we have our niche and will fill it with beauty. 


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

Caradhras:  The fantastic artwork was created by the talented Aghy Purakusuma, who exceeded any and every expectation we had. The scene depicts a figure finding the lake where the elves first awakened deep in the histories of the First Age.  It feels like a sanctified and mysterious location, and the artwork absolutely conveys that.  The theme is reflected in the lyrics of several of our songs, which we would encourage listeners to read. 


7.Would the band members be open to do any live shows if the opportunity ever came around?

Fanuidhol:  We have all played live with other bands, but I don't think this sort of atmospheric music lends itself particularly well to a live environment.


Silvertine:  Never say never though.  If the right opportunity arose to do the material justice, we might consider it. 


8.So far very little is known about the band other than the metal archives, bandcamp and spotify pages, are you planning on expanding your presence in the future or do you prefer to keep a low profile?

Fanuidhol:  We enjoy the anonymity.  It means the focus is on the music and the atmospheric journey we have created.  


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

Silvertine:  We've all been staggered by the reaction.  It's been so overwhelmingly positive, and the reviews and comments from everyone are a true pleasure to read


Caradhras:  The combined views and streams are more than we ever anticipated too, it's great to know that so many people have experienced our vision. 


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

Caradhras:  It's hard to say.  We will always seek to include epic choruses, deep and meaningful atmospheres and a touch of evil, but more specific influences will likely come and go as we write further songs.  


Fanuidhol:  We want to stay true to what people enjoy about us, but also do not want to release the same album twice. 


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?

Silvertine:  We have mentioned Caladan Brood, and of course Summoning.  I love the classic black metal albums like In the Nightside Eclipse and more recent imitators like Vargrav, which I think factors into my guitar playing, especially in our most blackened moments.


Caradhras:  The keys take a lot of inspiration from Eldamar and Mesarthim.  These two bands are masters of combining synths and black metal.  Vocally, anything with big manly choirs is an inspiration, ha!


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

A huge thank you to everyone who has listened to the album or bought it, and of course we are indebted to Rob and Naturmacht productions for believing in us and helping spread the word around. 

Video link

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/firienholt-interview.html


Thecodontion/Vessel Of Iniquity/The Permian-Triassic Extinction Event/I, Voidhanger Records/2021 Split EP Review

jeudi 8 juillet 2021 à 03:59

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Thecodontion  and  United  Kingdom's  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  called  The  Permian-Triassic  Extinction  Event"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Thecodontion  a  duo  who  return  with  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  stats  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  bass  guitars  are  used  as  a  lead  instrument,  Melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  war  metal  and  grindcore  elements  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal screams,  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  and  the  lyrics  cover  pre-historic  creatures.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thecodontion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Thecodontosaurus  Antiquus".


  Next  up  is  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  a  solo  project  that  returns  with  his  raw  mixture  of  black  metal   and  harsh  noise.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats.  Harsh  noises  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  section  of  the  song  which  is  also  11  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  before  going  into  more  of  a  power  electronics  orientated  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  slower  sections.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  pre-historic  extinction.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vessel  Of  Iniquity  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black,  death  metal  and  harsh  noise.  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Thecodontion/3540436873

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Vessel_of_Iniquity/3540435306    


  


    


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/thecodontionvessel-of-iniquitythe.html


Sol Kia/Zos Ethos/I, Voidhanger Records/2021 CD Review

jeudi 8 juillet 2021 à 03:11

 


  Sol  Kia  are  a  duo  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  psychedelic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Zos  Ethos"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.


  A  very  heavy  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Whispers  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  vocals  being  tortured  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  their  melodic  moments  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements.


  When the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  at  times  and  all  of  the  drum beats  are  programmed. 


  Touches  of  industrial  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  distorted,  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  shouting  style  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.   Distorted  sounding  drones  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  some  goth  style  vocals,  Middle  Eastern  style  melodies  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Satanism  and  the  seep  distress  of  living  a  life  without  any purpose  or  hope.


  In  my  opinion  Sol  Kia  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  psychedelic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mithraeum"  "Nasatanada  Zazas!"  and  "Hoathahe  Saittan!".  8  out  of  10.


https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/zos-ethos      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/sol-kiazos-ethosi-voidhanger.html


Sermon Of Flames/I Have Seen The Light, And It Was Repulsive/I, Voidhanger Records/2021 CD Review

mercredi 7 juillet 2021 à 05:11

 


  Sermon  Of  Flames  are  a  duo  from  Ireland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "I  Have  Seen  The  Light,  And  It  Was  Repulsive"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  harsh  noises  are  also  utilized  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Guttural  and  cavernous  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Elements  of  death  industrial  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  short  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Sermon  Of  Flames  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black,  brutal  death  metal, harsh  noise  and  death  industrial  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  curse  of  life  and  the  rejection  of  faith.


  In  my  opinion  Sermon  Of  Flames  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cauldrons  Of  Boiling  Piss"  "Vacouus_Disjointed"  "Vehemence"  and  "Dancer  Of  The  6  Agonies".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/sermon-of-flamesi-have-seen-light-and.html