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Umbra Conscientia/Nigredine Mundi/Terratur Possessions/2022 CD Review

vendredi 15 avril 2022 à 02:59

 


  Umbra  Conscientia  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Costa  Rica  and  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Nigrdine  Mundi"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Terratur  Possessions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Most  of  the  music  is  very  modern  along  with  the  riffing  also  capturing  the  aggression  of  the  heavier  side  of  the  old  school  era  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Umbra  Conscientia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Constant  Self  Sacrifice  in  Devotion  To  Darkness"  and  "Resonatis  Diaboli".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/umbra-conscientianigredine.html


Dream Vision/Rêves/2022 Full Length Review

jeudi 14 avril 2022 à 05:28

 


  Dream  Vision  are  a  solo  project  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  blackgaze,  post  rock,  darkwave  and  electronic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  album  "Rêves"  which  will  be  released  in  May.


  Electronic  music  sounds  and  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  cries.


  Some  of  the  electronic  sounds  also  bring  elements  of  post  rock,  darkwave  and  shoegaze  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  one  song  also  being  an  instrumental.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing,  some  of  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Dream  Vision  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  blackgaze,  post  rock,  darkwave  and  electronic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ame"  "Limerace"  and  "Voici  LE  Dermier  Jour".  8  out  of  10.



Apple music : https://music.apple.com/us/artist/dream-vision/1606973381
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4bYOOivLhFazGaUn0mmim3
Bandcamp: https://dreamvision.bandcamp.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/d.r.e.a.m_v.i.s.i.o.n/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp7X-epw5tP1we82Y2Rfaqg

Merch: https://dreamvision.bandcamp.com/merch/art-design-t-shirt  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/dream-visionreves2022-full-length-review.html


Grimtone/Polaris/War Productions/2022 CD Review

jeudi 14 avril 2022 à 04:36

 


  Sweden's  Grimtone  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Polaris"  which  will  be  released  on  April  25th  by  War  Productions.


  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they   are utilized  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  couple  of  later  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album.


  On  this  recording  Grimtone  goes  for  more  of  an  old  school  and  second  wave  influenced  style  of  black  metal  in  the  Scandinavian  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  paranormal  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grimtone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Streams  Of  Polaris"  "The  Ghost  Collector"  and  "Snow  Falling  On  Cinder".  8  out  of  10.


https://grimtone.bandcamp.com/album/polaris   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/grimtonepolariswar-productions2022-cd.html


Apocalyptic Leaders/Eternity/War Productions/2022 Cassette Review

jeudi 14 avril 2022 à 03:42

 


  Greece's  solo  project  Apocalyptic  Leaders  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  his  2020  "Eternity"  ep  re-recorded  with  vocals  along  with  the  musical  style  being  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  punk  and  post  metal    and  was  recently  released  on  cassette  by  War  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  some  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  at  the  music  adds  in  touches  of  punk  rock.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  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  one  track  also  adding  in a   brief  use  of  melodic  chants.


  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  also  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death,  anti  religion,  occultism  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Apocalyptic  Leaders  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  melodic  and raw  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternity"  "Mountain"  and  "Shub  Nigguruth".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/apocalyptic-leaderseternitywar.html


Skotose Interview

mercredi 13 avril 2022 à 05:22

 



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


 


Skotose: We are SKOTOSE from Central, Texas. We play raw black metal. Our motto is killing and Satan since our lyrical and visual theme often looks at first-person accounts of serial killers. Also, it’s even better when we have a Satanic killer like Richard Ramirez, The Nightstalker, who left pentagrams at murder scenes.


 


2.In March you had released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


 


We are raw black metal influenced by black metal greats such as Varathron, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Burzum and many others.


 


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Anti Christianity themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for this religion?


 


“Mountain of Suicide” is our anti-Christian/anti-religion song. It was original a tale I penned about wanting to jump of a mountain and commit suicide in California. Once we found our name, SKOTOSE, we rewrote many of our songs to reflect the “killing and Satan” theme. This was one.


 


Yes, I would say we are an anti-religion, anti-Christian band. I am personally agnostic, but love reading about the occult. Carl can speak for himself about his beliefs.


 


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


 


At first, I tried to be very diverse in my topics. Since we went for the killing and Satan thing, however, we tend to look at first-person point of view serial killer tales. I look at quotes, depictions of crimes, perceptions of self and other’s perception of the killers. “The Light Shall Die,” which will be the title track on an LP, is about death and where you go after you die. Even though “Mountain of Suicide” was changed to reflect the black metal/unholy war attitude, it was originally a tale of suicide. Suicide is touched upon on the upcoming song “Impaled Forest,” which is about the Japanese suicide forest. It’s a dialogue between death and a man. Death beckons him. In the end, the point of view switches from Death to the man, who has made up his mind to commit suicide. “Spirit of Madness” is about the Greek personification of mania, rage and rabies. It’s a song about mania, about having no inhabitions. “Implements of Hell” is our most epic track. It is a song about child murderer, rapist, cannibal and sadomasochist, Albert Fish. Fish claimed to have killed a child in every state. This can not be proven. If so, that would make him the most prolific killer in America’s history. Then there is “Heart of Obsidian,” which is a tragic love story that ends in rape, mutilation and a slow death. It’s our love song. Very melodic, but broodingly haunting, especially in the synth.


 


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


 


Carl is friends with many Greek persons on Facebook including some of their black metal artists. He asked a Grecian friend how to say “kill” in Greek. She said “Skotose.” It also means a commandment to go out and kill. Apparently, Skotos means “darkness.” I’m not linguistic genius, but this is what I know on the topic.


 


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


 


That is a photo of me in my backyard. This was the last time Carl and I hung out. We got really drunk and stoned, snatched the neighbor’s unused wood pile, started a large file and took pics. His pics are really silly as he was very drunk. I didn’t spend a lot of time putting together this photo. I wanted something that looked good and represented us. Plus, the original working of “King of Human Sacrifice” was not about the Zodiac Killer. It was about the true king of human sacrifice, Moloch, who demanded you sacrifice your babies to his fires. This original song will be released in the future.


 


7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


 


No live shows. We played for our girlfriends once. Our goal was to rehearse and record an album to have when we play shows. Unfortunately, SKOTOSE has split and is in the formative stages of two new, SKOTOSE-related bands. I’ll issue a press release when this is all said and done.


 


8.One of the bands members is also a heavy metal journalist, how many promos or albums do you usually get sent to an a daily basis and also do you feel it is very hard to keep up everything these days, I run into this same problem too as a music critic? 


 


Yes, I, Darren Cowan and a journalist of 18 years. I got over 800 promos last year. I listen to most, but focus on my assignments. I love doing journalism. I love being a part of this scene. I have interviewed hundreds of artists. Some of my favorite black metal interviews include Ihsahn, King Diamond, Burzum, Mayhem, Marduk, Arcturus, Borknagar, Gorgoroth, Enthroned, Enslaved, Seer Bliss, Abbath and many others.


 


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


 


Yes, I would like to find a label for my first full-length.


 


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


 


The global reaction has been includible. I know a thing or two about promotion, since I run my own PR company, Shapeshifter PR, so that has certainly helped. I think the demo is a good album and I’ve heard nothing but good things. In fact, members of Samhain, Immolation, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals have heard the album and given glaring reviews.


 


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


 


Full length is to be announced. This is a classic split like Gorgoroth and Venom. I suspect I’ll release an album and Carl will release an album. This whole split occurred over how best to promote the upcoming full length “The Light Shall Die.” I would think I would know best, since I’m a PR pro of 11 years, but Carl is very stubborn and wants everything done his way. That’s why he replaced me as the vocalist. That’s why he’s try to fire me several times behind my back, even though I’m a founding member. I guess starting a Twitter page and blowing up was not in his cards. He disbanded the group right after we recorded the demo due to our drummer, Longpig, who also recorded the album, wanting to issue a demo before the full length. I think Carl is so adamant on releasing a full-length first because he has never released a full-length album. He released only demos and EPs with his prior bands.


 


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?


 


Me personally, I’m very influenced by Attila and Dead from Mayhem. Carl is influenced by old school metal like Priest and Maiden, prog rock and black ‘n’ roll like later Satyricon. I’m influenced by thrash, death metal, doom and pagan/folk metal too. Being a journalist, I like a lot of metal genres.


 


13.How would you describe your views on Satanism?


 


I enjoy Satan as a character. He is the most hated antagonist in human history. He’s also very misunderstood. He was God’s right-hand man. He was the bringer of light. I don’t believe in Satan as an actual being, but rather a metaphor for blights on society, a metaphor or symbol of evil and negativity. Satan is also a symbol of rebellion, which is why I believe so many black metal artists are so into him. The Church of Satan is interesting in that they don’t lie down like good little lamb Christians, but I also think it promotes being self-centered.


 


I am agnostic. I do not know what lies beyond this vale, nor do I think I will ever know until I take Death’s cold, bony hand into the afterlife. I’ve had several encounters with death and nearly died one time from a suicide attempt and I’ve never experienced anything supernatural. I think we’re all worm food. “The Light Shall Die” song deals with this and the release of energy and atoms.


 


 


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


 


Thank you for the support from Occult Black Metal ‘Zine and all of the fans. We’ve had an excellent couple of first weeks. The demo has been added to 155 platforms including You-Tube, Amazon and I-tunes, so we have gone global. Stream our songs and purchase downloads (we sugguest $6.66). I’ll have new material in the form of a tape rip coming soon. Be on the look out for that! 


 


Ave Sathanas!, Darren


 


 https://www.facebook.com/SkotoseOfficialBand

https://www.instagram.com/skotose666/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/SKOTOSE_Band
https://skotose.bandcamp.com/releases

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/skotose-interview.html