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Necromantical Invocation/Dogme el Rituel de la Haute Magie/Helter Skelter Productions/Regain Records/2021 EP Review

samedi 3 juillet 2021 à 02:08

 


  Necromantical  Invocation  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  and  Hellenic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  'Dogme  el  Rituel  de  la  Haute  Magie"  which  will  be  released  on  July  24th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Helter  Skelter  Productions  and  Regain  Records.


  Ritualistic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  while  the  bass  guitar  is  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument.  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  briefly  they  also  enhance  the  occult  atmosphere  of  the  music  along  with  the  second  track  also  taking  the  recording  into  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


 Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  tack  also  adding  in  a brief  use  of  whispers  and  clean  male  and  female  vocals  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  touches  of  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth,  avant  garde  and  classical.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  necromancy,  witchcraft,  ceremonial  magick,  divination  and  the  writings  of  Eliphas  Levi.      


  In  my  opinion  Necromantical  Invocation  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  Hellenic  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Necromantical  Ritual".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/necromantical-invocationdogme-el-rituel.html


Denial Of Death Interview

vendredi 2 juillet 2021 à 02:15

 

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


The idea for this project came up during the pandemic. Since long I’ve had some arrangements for guitar and keyboard that I wanted to develop into full songs, but never had the time and opportunity. The lockdown made it possible.


2.In July you have an ep coming out, can you tell us a little bit about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


Three adjectives I can use to describe what I intended to achieve musically with this album are: raw, dark, and phantasmagoric. Some songs highlight one of these aspects more than the others, but in general that’s how I think the album can be characterized. The track “The day of revenge”, for example, is clearly raw in some parts, while “Unholy Trinity”, with keyboards all over the song, bring up a darker atmosphere.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover philosophical and anti religion themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these topics mean to you?


Religion is an important part of our culture, whether we like it or not. I’ve graduated in Philosophy and have concluded last year a master degree of Philosophy, so that’s why these themes come up naturally in the lyrics I write. And since philosophers are critics of the culture they live in, I take religion as an important object of research and critique, even though I am myself an atheist.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Denial Of Death'?


The name comes from a book called “The denial of death”, by Ernest Becker. In this book the author argues that everything we do in our lives is to deny the reality of death - absolutely everything. He articulates philosophy and psychoanalysis, two of my areas of research, to make his point, and since this book has made a great impression on me for over a decade, I decided to use it as a reference for this project.


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


The artwork depicts a verse from the book of Revelation, in which the apostle John sees a great prostitute drunk with the blood of the saints. This woman is Babylon (a metaphor for Rome), a city of murder, idolatry, and fornication. Behind the prostitute one can see Christians killed by her and the world being destroyed.


6.With the exception of some back up vocals you record most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?


Yes, I’m totally open for that. Actually, I have recorded this EP all by myself because during the pandemic it was not that easy to find people to start a new band, but I hope I can find musicians interested in joining this project.


7.Originally you are from Brazil but now live in Germany, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?


I’ve been invited to work in Germany. A company found my profile on a website and sent me a proposal. Since I had learned a great deal of the German language during my graduation in Philosophy, I passed the interviews and here I am.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


I’m not actively looking for a label, but I’m open for that. At the moment of this interview the EP hasn’t been released yet, so most labels haven’t had the chance to listen to the material.


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


The reaction has been very positive so far, and I’m glad for that. I’ve invested a great deal of time, effort, and money to deliver the best possible quality an independent release can get, and I’m glad I’ve lived up to the expectations.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


The original plan was to release a full album right now, because I’ve written enough songs for that. The problem was that they differed quite a lot from each other, so I decided to split it up in two releases. I’ll wait some months and listen to the fans before taking a decision about the next steps. Besides “Denial of Death” I’m currently in two other bands, and I hope we can get over the pandemic as soon as possible to resume our activities.


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?


Among my main influences are Satyricon, Dark Funeral, and Rotting Christ. Lately I’ve been listening to Belphegor, Behemoth, Deicide, the first albums of Theatre of Tragedy, and Draconian. I like extreme, dark, and melancholic music.


12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?


As a materialist philosopher, I don’t think we can affirm anything meaningful about a transcendent world. For this reason, I see Satanism and Occultism as sociological phenomena, as an indirect critique of our society, carried out by the means of religious (profane) language, symbols, and rites. Take The Satanic Bible, by Anton Szandor LaVey, for example. The first part of this book is full of sentences that could have been written by Ludwig Feuerbach or Friedrich Nietzsche, who were atheist philosophers. I consciously use this language in my lyrics and videos as a means to express an indirect critique of our Christian society. Religions are part of the so-called superstructure of any given social formation, and they play a role in preserving and justifying the establishment. By criticizing the dominant religion of a given society, one is criticizing the highest values of this society as well, and that’s the place of Satanism and Occultism in Christian societies.


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


I’d like to thank you for this nice interview and for the great job you’ve been doing along all these years supporting the underground. I wish you all the best!

Website: https://denialofdeath.de/
Bandcamp: https://denialofdeath. bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ denialofdeathofficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/ UCRMfVvx2upIoh6wNkW1MjsQ
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ denialofdeathofficial/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/denial-of-death-interview.html


Vassago/Storm Of Satan/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 2 juillet 2021 à 02:09

 


  Vassago  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Storm  Of  Satan"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.


  Apocalyptic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  thrash  metal  influenced  direction.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  war  metal  elements  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  death  metal.


  The  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the   mid  90's  era  but  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  also  return  on  a  couple  of  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vassago  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness  Of  Satan"  "Grind  Of  Satan"  "Sign  Of  Satan"  and  "War  Of  Satan".  8  out  of  10.


http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/storm-of-satan       


  


  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/vassagostorm-of-satannuclear-war-now.html


Graveland/Hour Of Ragnarok/Inferna Profundus Records/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 1 juillet 2021 à 02:07

 


  Poland's  Graveland  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  epic  style  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Hour  Of  Ragnarok"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  keyboards  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  touches  of  folk  music  can  also be  heard  at  times.  The  album  also  has  its  symphonic  moments  along  with  the  music  also  remaining  very  true  to  its  90's  roots  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.   


  On  this  recording  Graveland  remains  true  to  the  epic  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Nordic  Mythology  and  Lost  Civilization  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Graveland  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wolf  Of  Twilight"  "Children  Of  Hyperborea"  and  "Enlightened  by  The  Wisdom  Of  The  Runes".  8/5  out  of  10.


Web: www.graveland.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gravelandofficial
Bandcamp: https://graveland.bandcamp.com

https://youtu.be/2tTTBXCerMI


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/gravelandhour-of-ragnarokinferna.html


Laetitia In Holocaust/I Fall With The Saints/Brucia Records/2021 EP Review

mercredi 30 juin 2021 à 04:16

 


  Laetitia  In  Holocaust  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2021  ep  "I  Fall  With  The  Saints"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Brucia  Records.


  A  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a d ecent  amount  of  melody  and  avant  garde  structures  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the music  also  gets  very  dissonant  and  experimental  sounding  along  with  one  track  also  being  a  remake  of  a  2009  song  and  the  closing  song  also  adds  in  some  synths,  clean  singing  and  whispers.


  On  this  recording  Laetitia  In  Holocaust  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental,  avant  garde  and  dissonant  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Laetitia  In  Holocaust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I  Fall  With  The  Saints".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/laetitia-in-holocausti-fall-with.html