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Merkury/Mori Otis/Pacific Threonodies/2020 EP Review

mardi 18 février 2020 à 20:39

  Merkury  are  a  band  from  Olympia,  Washington  that  plays  an  atmospheric  from  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Mori  Otis"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  pacific  Threnodies.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  along  with  a  touch  of  noise.  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  while  one  song  is  also  over  12  minutes  in  length  which  also  shows  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  direction.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  the  heavier  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melody.

 The  music  also  adds  in  a  good  balance  between  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  the  ep  also  closes  with  another  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Merkury  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ruins  Of  The  Megalithic  Temple  Of  A  Sombre  Boreal".  8  out  of  10.

https://pacificthrenodies.bandcamp.com/album/mori-otis      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/merkurymori-otispacific-threonodies2020.html


Enepsigos/Wrath Of Wraths/Osmose Productions/2020 CD Review

mardi 18 février 2020 à 11:03

  Enepsigos  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Wrath  of  Wraths"  which  will be released  in  March  by  Osmose  Productions.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  one  track  also  adds  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  ritualistic  elements  also  making  a  return  as  the  album  progresses  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  Gregorian  chants  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Enepsigos  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shields  Of  Faith"  and  "Water And  Flesh".  8  out  of  10.

CD, LP and Merchhttp://bit.ly/enepsigos-shop
BANDCAMPhttps://osmoseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/wrath-of-wraths
Release Pagehttps://osmoseproductions-label.com/enepsigos-wrath-of-wraths/
Band Pagehttps://osmoseproductions-label.com/bands/enepsigos/
PRESAVE on digital platforms (Spotify, Deezer, Itunes)https://backl.ink/117810532

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/enepsigoswrath-of-wrathsosmose.html


Predictor Interview

mardi 18 février 2020 à 09:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Greetings and thank you for the interview-request.The evolution of Predictor was, as it is often in life, a chain of many good hazards. Last Summer, Baxaxaxa requested me to do the sound-production for their Demo „The old Evil“. We already knew each other and were jamming roundabout 12 years ago. But somehow, we went on our own paths for a while, to come back together now. What is quite good, since we improved our skills and sound a lot better than 12 years before. Cryptic Tormentor and me spend a lot of time to jam during the recordings. Both of us has the same imagination of how Predictor should sound and with this symbiosis we could created a lot of Songs. So Predictor was found Summer 2019.


2.Recently you have released your first demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Predictor-sound is very raw with a paling athmosphere, forceful, combined with fast and blasting part. Our style arose during the first rehearsals, and since we were more than pleased with the result, we knew that this is how we want to sound. We're both rooted in all kinds of extreme Metal and each of us brought his own influences. In the creation-process, we play all parts from our inside and refine it during the recordings. With Black Bunker Sounds, I’ve setting up a studio to let the music sound like it really should: Raw and dark. It sounds like the soundtrack and vision of the apocalypse and purification from the tainted humanity.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

In general, the lyrics are morbid and apocalyptic predictions and visions, phrased in religious stories and descriptions of occult occurrences and Creatures.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Predictor'?

The naming was one of the later parts in the foundation phase, but it came before the lyrics were written. We recorded the songs and listen several times to them to find a exact subject-direction. Predictor is the perfect fitting name for us, since our songs are (as already told) morbid and apocalyptic visions. And the Predictor unveiling them. Also Predictions have always been an important part in Black Metal lyrics, just think of Samael's "Morbid Metal".


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

The Artwork is designed by a higly-valued artist Black DeathSign. He is one of the people who can feel the energy of our music and with this connection, he designed the Artwork exactly how we want it. It shows The True Predictor, a Prophet of unadorned Visions.


6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

There are no plans to extend the Band right now, but we will leave this option open. The future will show us, how this project will evolve.


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

Officially, the demo is a Black Bunker Sounds release (BBS001). It’s released by our own, so we are independent for now. Time will show if a fitting label will be interested in releasing our creations.


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

Since release some days ago, the feedback was quite good as expected, but to make a more precise résumé, we have to wait until we get enough feedback. It already has been bought by maniacs in Germany, the United States, Denmark and we also got some feedback from other european countries. As we all know, also South-America and Asia have a great scene, so we will see if our Demo makes the way to there.


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

A full-length Album will be released for sure. Indeed, our artistic process is straight and fast, but it is also energetic. We have almost enough material. When we feel ready, we will start recording. The focus is also on getting the Songs straight that we will be able to play live-gigs.


10.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?

A complete list would be too long. But you can start with Black Sabbath, Sodom, Venom, Bathory and end with great newer Bands like Teitanblood, Funeral Mist e.g. We listen to a lot of music, and thankfully there are more than enough great bands that communicate the right (or wrong) atmosphere.
Soundtracks are also a big part of our musical interest.


11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes, it is a main-component.


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

Again, thanks a lot for the Interview! Predictor is bursted with energy. Keep the flame burning and watch out for new Predictions!

Facebook:        https://Facebook.com/TheTruePredictor
Bandcamp:        https://thetruepredictor.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/predictor-interview.html


Asarhaddon Interview

lundi 17 février 2020 à 20:38
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We wrote our first pieces back in 2014 after our project at the time split. It was our endeavour to explore nature-themed atmospheres in the midst of classic black metal. It is to this day the pair of us and we present our music with two more musicians on stage.

2. You have your first full length coming out towards the end of February, musically how does it differ from your previous ep and singles?

The songs are considerably longer and far more elaborate. Both lyrics and music have evolved into something more authentic. The soundscapes and themes are more grand compared to everything we've done so far. Thanks to our now friend Markus Stock the production is on point as well.

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

So far our lyrics have concerned the poems of our nature, the stories of magical characters and the mortality of all life. Oftentimes we speak as nature, sometimes we accompany creatures on their paths through time and space. Despair and grief play a remarkable role as well.

4. I know that the band was named after a former king of Assyria who reigned before common era, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this historical king?

We found this particular name on a day at a renowned German museum. After sleepless nights getting bogged down in the search for an appropriate title, we just clicked. Asarhaddon was known to be a very grand, but domineering emperor. Two vital aspects mirrored in our style of writing.

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

We took the cover photo after sunset on a day at King's Stone, Germany. Representing the current cycle's theme and our moniker, of course. The photo carries the skulls of six different birds of prey. Each personating one of the six tracks of this record.

6. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up again or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We never planned on forming a 4-piece project or some such thing. There's great charm in limiting your creative resources, which reflects our music and we mean to remain this way. We do work with two more musicians in this collective, even more when it comes to orchestrating an album.

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

We played some exclusive festival shows in the past. With audiences of only a couple hundred people. We were welcomed with respect and joyous anticipation. We usually keep things focused on the music. No costumes, no make up. When light and sound embrace, our music unfolds into an extraordinary scenery.

8. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We couldn't book any shows before this year's festival season, as we took our time with the release and expected a serious surgery within the band (that gladly did not happen). However, we are currently negotiating with a number of hosts and keep adding more concerts towards the end of the year.

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

The feedback until now was almost solely positive. We keep receiving the same compliments after the shows, which is welcome recognition of the hard work. We even had people mail us to express their emotions that was given to them through our music. A very humbling experience.

10. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

One of us is playing with our former bassist in a second project in Thuringia. The other one focuses on writing and producing music with his friends. We are certain Asarhaddon won't be our last stage of presenting our musical creations.

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

We do have a handful of plans that we can't even phrase, as we must take care of current priorities. It will be enchanting to delve into more stories and musical themes in the coming years. We hope to share even more wondrous songs when their time has come.

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?

That is pretty complicated. We were never really guided by a particular band and know of no-one who could be a parallel to our music. Currently we listen to artists like Enisum, Addaura, Horn and the creations of Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. Maybe these bands have had a notable impact on our musical process.

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

Everyone listen to more music and be kind to each other. Thank you ever so much for your time!

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Official website
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/asarhaddon-interview.html


Joy/When I Die Of Madness/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 17 février 2020 à 08:37

  Joy is  a  musical  project  that  is  based  in  both  Australia  and  Indonesia  and  plays  an  amtopheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "When  I  Die  Of  Madness"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  shoegaze  elements  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  style.   Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  synths  onto  the  album  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

  Joy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  with  elements  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics c over  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Joy  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  depressive  black  metal,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I'Ve  Gone  mad".  8out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/when-i-die-of-madness 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/joywhen-i-die-of-madnessnailed-nazarene.html