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Annihilus/Ghanima/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 20:41

 


  Chicago,  Illinois's  Annihilus  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  with  elements  of  noise  rock,  sludge, shoegaze  and  instrumental  synth  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020 album  "Ghamima".


  Dark,  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  starts  of  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  an  influence  of  noise  rock  and  a later  track  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard briefly  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  metal.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  shoegaze  as well  as  some  blast  beats also  being  utilized  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up.


  All  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  cover  of  The  Sex  Pistols   "Anarchy  In  The  U.K"  which  is  done  in  more  of  a  blackened  noise  style  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  interpretations  from  Neil  Gaiman's   The  Sandman  and  Frank  Herbert's  Dune. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Annihilus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  with  some  shoegaze,  noise  rock  and  sludge  metal  elements,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Matthew"  "A  Moon  Falls"  and  "W.T.W.B".  8  out  of  10.


https://annihilus-sounds.bandcamp.com/album/ghanima   


            

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/annihilusghanima2020-full-length-review.html


Chrome Waves Interview

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 04:13

 

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?

We actually began tracking drums and guitars and piano a week before we released “Where We Live”. Since COVID-19 cancelled all our plans for touring we stuck to writing new music and have an album and split schedule for 2021.


2.So far this year you have released a full length and a split, musically how do they differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Starting with our split in March with Grid Failure - this was a bit more experimental and had less overall vocal performance in favor of different instrumentation. Our new album, “Where We Live”, is a continuation into post-black metal and post-rock, with a bit more grunge and shoegaze elements.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Lyrical topics have included grief, death and dying, addiction, political themes, apocalyptical, ect… As songwriters we’ve stopped trying to put anything in a box - and avoid what we find easy to write in favor of what we are passionate about, while continuing to evolve in sound.


4.All of the band members are also involved with other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of Chrome Waves that you are not able to do with your other groups?

 We like to explore more basic song structure, and simpler instrumentation in favor of melody, textures, and hooks.


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

 It is a song by Ride.


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

 It was created by our friend Brian Sheehan of Legerdemain Art.


7.From 2012 to 2018 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

The band members were all involved in other projects at the time, and the band was essentially “restarted” in late 2018 by Jeff, the only remaining original member, shortly followed by James.


8.Recently you were a part of a split with 'Gridfailure', what are your thoughts on the other project that participated on the recording?

Gridfailure makes very reality challenging music that is on par with soundtracks in my opinion. He would do a great job with a movie or video game.


9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

 I can only speak to the last year since we reformed and began playing live, but some of our “local” shows in Indianapolis and Chicago have been the best in my experience. Also not local, Ottawa Canada, all in 2019. We are very performative and haven’t relied on backing tracks yet at this point, we pull a wall of sound out of our instruments and enjoy creating something different than the record at every stop.


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

To be honest, it’s not really a genre we’ve followed closely. I think it has been overall pretty positive, but most people aren’t sure what genre to throw us in, because it varies a bit by each release, especially the new LP, Where We Live. We’re comfortable with whatever genre tag is given.


11.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?

James is releasing an album with his band Amiensus on 10/02/2020, and his other band Comatose later this year. Jeff just released his first album under his solo project Deeper Graves, and has another project in the pipeline. Dustin is working on new albums with Wretch and Demicurous


12.I heard that the band is currently working on a new album, what can we expect musically once it is released?

Indeed, we have actually been tracking this whole week. Without giving too much away, don’t expect it to be metal, and don’t expect harsh vocals.


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?

Some influences include indie rock, 80’s and 90’s rock, as well as grunge and shoegaze, and 80’s City Pop. Speaking only for myself, i’ve enjoyed albums by Tricot, Ringo Deathstarr, Deftones, Narrow Head, Nothing


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

 We hope everyone enjoys the new album and takes a dive into our discography after if they are new to the band and enjoy a diverse collection of music produced over the last 2 years. Please stay safe, wear your mask, and we hope to see you in 2021 on tour in support of this album and the next!


https://www.facebook.com/chromewavesofficial
http://chromewaves.bandcamp.com
http://www.instagram.com/chromewavesofficial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/chrome-waves-interview.html


Griim/Bete immonde/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 03:59

 


  Griim  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Bete  immonde"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  by Purity  Through  Fire.


  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  programmed  beats  also  add  elements  of  electronic  music  and  hip  hop  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  but  also  remaining  experimental  at  the  same  time.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  also gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Non  sampled  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  some  ethnic  style  tribal  vocals  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are utilized.


  The  music  also  has  its  avant  garde  moments  along  with  all of  the  tracks  also  having  a  very  different  sound  to  them  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  also  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or mid  paced  direction,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  dark,  disturbing  and  depraved  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Griim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nymphe  decharnee"  "So  Long  Fuckers"  and  "Serotonin".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/jvucF9cLJmo



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/griimbete-immondepurity-through.html


Desaster/Decayed/Hellprod Records/2020 SPlit EP Review

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 02:47

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Germany's  Desaster  and  Portugal's  Decayed  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Hellprod  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Desaster  which  shows  their  music  going  into  more  of  an  old  school  black  metal  direction.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  yet  melodic  riffing  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  adds  in  some  first  wave  touches  at  times  as  well  as  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Desaster  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  Next up  is  Decayed  who  return  with  their  old  school  style  of  black  metal. 


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  aggressive  and  old  school  style  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  shows  influences  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Occultism  and  Ritual  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  track  from  Decayed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp | Soundcloud


www.facebook.com/666Desaster666
www.facebook.com/DKD666


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/desasterdecayedhellprod-records2020.html


Sad/Misty Breath Of Ancient Forests/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

samedi 26 septembre 2020 à 01:31

 


  Sad  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Misty  Breath  Of  Ancient  Forests"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Purity  Through  Fire. 


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  One  track  also  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  direction.   


  Sad  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  90's  Nordic  Tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism,  death,  darkness  and  negativity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sad  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enjoy  Your  Pettiness"  "Hellish  Ride"  and  "Hades  Gazing".  8  out  of  10.


www.hordeavsad.webs.com


https://youtu.be/ng1n7otWkEM

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/sadmisty-breath-of-ancient.html