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Ashlands/Ashlands I/2019 EP Review

jeudi 5 septembre 2019 à 21:12

  Ashlands  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  folk  orientated  form  of  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Ashlands  I"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  and  will  be  the  first  chapter  in  a  three  part  ep  trilogy.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  folk  instruments  and  synths  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  ep  while  the  lyrics  cover  paganism  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ashlands  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  orientated  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "An  Entrance  Beneath  The  Dunes".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/ashlandsmusic
https://ashlandsmusic.bandcamp.com

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/ashlandsashlands-i2019-ep-review.html


Negarte/Ancient Shelters/2019 CD Review

jeudi 5 septembre 2019 à 20:21

  Negarte  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  post  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  ambient,  punk  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "Ancient  Shelters".

  A  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  ambient  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Elements  of  post  black  and  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  instrumental.

  An  influence  of  punk  can  also  be heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  speeds  up  and  also adds  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  and  cover  dark  themes.

   In  my  opinion  Negarte  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fragment  II"  and  "Fragment  VII".  8  out  of  10.

Negarte.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/Negarte-673178536357939/ 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/negarteancient-shelters2019-cd-review.html


Irreverent Witness/The Grandest Death/Share Your Pain Records/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 5 septembre 2019 à 08:39

  Irreverent  Witness  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "The  grandest  Death"  which  was  released  by  Share  Your  Pain  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  album  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Irreverent  Witness  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  raw  and  depressive  sounding,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Irreverent  Witness  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  World  Left"  and  "Praying  For  An  Asteroid".  8  out  of  10.

https://shareyourpainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-grandest-death

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/irreverent-witnessthe-grandest.html


Molde Interview

jeudi 5 septembre 2019 à 07:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ollie: Molde have been an off/on band since the early 2000s. An earlier version blended post-metal with black metal. I put it to bed for a few years and then paired up with Lord Darkstorm a few years ago and decided to keep it in a more straightforward BM mode. There’s only 2 of us for now and we are based in Cork in Ireland. I take care of all the music while LD focuses on lyrics.



2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Ollie: Well, it differs a lot from the stuff from 10 years ago, but it’s similar to our material from the split EP with Cursed Coven “Journey Through the Enchanted Forest”



3.The band was broken up for 6 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

Ollie: That version of the band is gone now, all the previous members have moved on or moved away. It was a natural break with no acrimony, it was not an “end” as such but more of a “hiatus”. Also I started a family and that tends to dominate your time!

I had some material lying around that was more traditional BM and LD wanted to adapt it and add lyrics which worked really well and formed our EP from 2 years ago.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album?

LD: Lyrics refer to the ancestral past on the Isles...when Gods thrived, when man was one with them and nature... they speak of returning to your heritage and roots, while taking you on a journey through the spiritual realm of the Ancients...

Ollie: What he said :)



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

Ollie: “Molde” is a Middle English word meaning “the dust to which human flesh returns after death” - I liked this as it reflected my personal atheism and the notion that life returns to nature. It’s also a really cool meaning!



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

Ollie: Lord Darkstorm represents an older world view and has interests in the ancestral past. I am more rooted in the modern world. LD is interested in keeping a link to the past in this modern world. The artwork represents a figure from the past struggling to fend off futuristic threats (if you look closely, it’s a robotic vulture). The message itself? Is open to interpretation :)



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

Ollie: Right now I’m keeping it to a receding band only and don’t have immediate plans for touring.



8.The band members are from Ireland and Poland, what kind of impact does this have on your musical style?

LD: Given our two nations are much alike and we share similar history, the fascination for the music falls under the common interest section *laughs*

Ollie: That’s an interesting question, Poland had some strict conventions when it came to BM in the 90s but I feel Ireland has no burdens of the past and is open to different streams of influence. Which also reflects the nature of Irish people. So, this creates a natural creative tension in the band and forces us into new territories, a GOOD creative tension.



9.Has the band done any live shows in the past?

Ollie: In the previous iteration of the band Molde performed live, but it was mainly limited to the local scene.



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

LD: So far- positive feedback, some people would like the early 90's touch for a distinct change from all the 280/mph stuff that seems to be out there nowadays *laughs*

Ollie: Reaction has been quite positive. And we have over 3000 Youtube views combined, which is a good indication.



11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

LD: Darkstorm is currently working on a new upcoming LP which will be in the vein of "The Oath of Fire" LP. Whilst this is currently in progress, I have been focusing on a folk project - Ravensdale.

Ollie: I have another local band on the go, which is veering towards filthy death metal - currently recording and still deciding on a name :)



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

Ollie: I think we have hit a good balance between old and new. I am less traditional than LD *laughs* but I see a continuation of exploring the same creative space that brought us to this point.



13.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?

LD: Bathory, Falkenback, early Emperor, lately listening to the fantastic Lord Wind and Perunwit.

Ollie: Previously mid-period Enslaved had a big influence on me. Along with classic Emperor and Arcturus. Mixing this with Neurosis gave an individual style. Current listening keeps changing, I’m liking the latest MGLA and Father Befouled right now. And I’ve loved Elder for the last few years.



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

LD: Stay true to who you are!

Ollie: There are no rules, keep breaking and making!



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


Day Of The Beast Interview

mercredi 4 septembre 2019 à 20:04
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

First of all, thanks for giving us the opportunity to give an interview in a foreign country.

At the moment, we are working on our set for our future gigs coming in September and October.

Next to this, we also started to compose some songs’ ideas for our first full length album.



2.In December you had released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

We took our inspiration mainly in the old school black metal, I mean, the first wave in the 80s / early 90s with bands such as Venom, Bathory, Celtic Frost …

We also try to put some more modern sounds in our songs. It is a team work so that everybody can bring his touch to the music. We all listen old school Black Metal but also other kind of style (True Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal…)



3.Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

We are inspired by all kind of stuff referring to Occult / Satanism. We don’t want to blame Christianism but in our lyrics we explain our point of view concerning this ideology.
People are free to believe in who / what they want that’s for a fact.
We just play music that we like and sharing this with the more people possible.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Day Of The beast'?

The band’s name is inspired by the 1955 Spanish horror movie “ El Dia de la Bestia “




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

The artwork of our “ First Invocation “ had been made by our Russian friend ALEX SHADRIN who works for his own design company :  Nether Temple Design.

Alex was really cool with us and understood immediately what we want to show on this cover and he did an awesome work with this design. We, once more, thank him a lot for his great work.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

For the moment, we only played 1 show in our region in France : LE RED BAR in Boulogne sur Mer.

We share the stage with 3 other great bands from France : Fire Wheel / Crushburn and our brothers IN HELL who invited us to share this stage with them.
This was our first show and it was really great moment. Audience was there and headbanged with us with rage.
We just got the feeling that playing on stage is the best thing for a musician to see that people has a nice moment sharing with us.
Our stage performance is mainly based on a dark / occult atmosphere.
We all 3 wear costumes on stage to increase the feeling that you will live like a black mass.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes we already have 2 shows planned in the coming weeks :

On 28/09 at TASSILI BAR in Comines (Belgium) sharing stage with 2 other bands
On 12/10 at Chope’N Shop in Hazebrouck (France) sharing stage with 3 other bands



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

We received some interest from 2 labels but for the moment we prefer taking our time to compose our album then we will reflect all together regarding what would be the best for the band. But as we said, now it is time for preparing our coming shows and working on the album.



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

We were so surprised that webzine / radio from foreign countries has so much interest for just our first EP.
We got people from Australia, USA, Italy, Belgium, Germany, UK that sent us really nice comments about out music and support us in their respective countries.
We would like to thank all of these people for their support which provide us the strength to make a goddamn first album.

Special thanks to Kelly Tee from The Metal Radio in Australia who was the first to believe in us and posted review on her Youtube Channel and Facebook page.



10.The music on the ep had a lot of roots in the first wave style, do you feel black metal has lost a lot of the things that made the more appealing in the earlier days?

It is true in certain way. Nowadays with all the progress in Technology (amplifiers / pedals / computers …) people quite lost the Truth of the old school wave. I mean the sound is sometimes too much perfect according to me. Also there are more and more modern subgenre in the metal which are more popular (deathcore, hardcore …) compared to Black Metal.
When we created the band, we wanted to bring back the old school style in Black Metal even if it was risky to make such “old” style of music but in the end we bet and we won 😊



11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As we said before, we are currently working on the album. We take the time to make things that we like and that people like in our EP.

We also create longer songs, with some atmospheric background without forgotten the old school touch of course and powerful music.



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?

As we said, we all 3 listened different styles which is a strength for our music as we can mix everything together to compose songs.

We all 3 listened to old school black metal of course but for example we also listening to Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, War Metal …



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

We want to thank you for giving us the opportunity of an interview and also huge thanks to all the people that support us all around the world.
Without them we are nothing.

And get ready for a big blast…


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/day-of-beast-interview.html