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Empty/Vacio/Osmose Productions/2018 CD Review

jeudi 9 août 2018 à 05:44

  Empty  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vacio"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Osmose  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  vocals  bring  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  elements  along  with  some  melodic  singing  and  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Empty  takes  the  depressive,  atmospheric  and  raw  sides  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  emptiness,  despair,  solitude  and  negativity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Empty  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Empty"  "The  Night  Remains  For  All  Who  Is"  and  "Filandom  Under  The  Sign  Of  Misfortune".  8  out  of  10.



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/emptyvacioosmose-productions2018-cd.html


The Projectionist/Visits From The NightHag Part 1/Appalachian Noise Records/2018 Full Length Review

jeudi 9 août 2018 à 04:36

  The  Projectionist  are  a  band  with  members  from  the  United  States  and  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Visits  From  The  NightHag  Part  1"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Appalachian  Noise  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  also  being  used  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  depressive  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  as well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  brought  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  modern  atmospheric  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  The  Projectionist  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Projectionist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Saw  To  Dissolve  All  Travel"  and  "Bewitching  Unto  Death".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-projectionistvisits-from-nighthag.html


Frust/Elements/2018 EP Review

jeudi 9 août 2018 à 03:04

  Frust  are  a  solo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  ep  "Elements".

  Melodic  chants  along  with  some  nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  atmospheric  synths  are  also  added into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  utilizing  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Frust  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  cover  the  4  earth  elements  with  a  touch  of  alchemy. 

  In  my  opinion  Frust  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Air"  and  "Fire".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/frustelements2018-ep-review.html


Malthusian Interview

mardi 7 août 2018 à 01:37

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?
'Not a lot. We have played a couple of gigs but have been focusing on trying to get everything ready for the album which is proving to be a slog but we are nearly there. We have an idea for our next release but we haven't started writing anything yet so, despite our plan and knowing the way our songs develop over time, anything might happen'.

2.You have your first full length coming out in September, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently with the newer music that you where not able to do with your previous demo and ep?
'It's amusing as we have seen a couple of comments online from people who have heard the album saying that they are disappointed that we have moved away so much from the approach on the demo. To us, we kept the parameters wide open with the demo, covering a lot of ground from direct, primal death metal/war metal to crawling doom and something more bizarre and wonky. That happened naturally as the songs grew but we felt it kept things open to interpretation and meant we could explore more territory as we continued. Every song feels like a push further into our own style, digging deeper and pushing the riffs and structures further. We would be bored as fuck writing the same song over and over again as we all listen to loads of stuff and get excited by new sounds all the time that may ignite the spark of creativity. I'm not sure that we have really done anything that we couldn't have done before other than just really pushing our own limitations at every turn, which has always been part of our ethos'.

3.In the past you have referred to your music as being 'hallucinogenic black death doom', would this term also apply to the newer music?
'I'm not sure. While the new songs sprawl all over the place and twist and turn constantly, in many ways the actual approach to riffs and songwriting has become more and more traditional. We allowed the atmosphere to develop however it may and just focused on letting the riffs follow their own strange course over time. Is it hallucinogenic sounding? Possibly so in parts, but that description was our own reaction to our demo when listening back to it rather than a goal we had in mind when writing. Writing is always more intuitive for us so rather than laying out specific goals- apart from on 'Primal Attunement- The Gloom Epoch', which we wrote specifically as a doom song- much of the time we really have no idea where a song will end up going until it feels complete'.

4.Both the band’s name and the lyrics deal with 'Malthusian Catastrophes', how did you get interest in this topic and do you feel you are also breaking new grounds lyrically in the extreme metal genre by covering a topic that is very rarely ever use by other bands?
'We never have and never will be a Malthusian themed band. Someone put that on Metal Archives and everyone just agreed with it rather than reading the lyrics and noticing that they are about all sorts of other things. The name was interesting and struck us as being original and unique for a death metal band, while having a really appropriate and dark meaning. That is essentially the extent of my interest in it. I think my lyrics might be a bit different to other bands as I can't be arsed pretending to be evil and Satanic and I'm not particularly excited by horror or H.P. Lovecraft. I mean, it's fine, but who the hell needs another Lovecraft themed metal band? Not me, anyway. My lyrics stem from things I see in work as an archaeologist, whether that is actual archaeology, the remote and often haunting landscapes I find myself in with work, books I read (lots of contemporary literature but nothing obviously metal I'm sorry to say) and experiences I have, and then of course, the usual ruminations on existence, death and the origins of life and the universe. All of these disparate things mingle in the cauldron of my brain and spew out in the sometimes abstract, sometimes brutally direct lyrics that I write'.

5.In one interview I have read you also talked about the catastrophes and the effects that it had on ancient civilizations, do you feel that mainstream science as just as bad as mainstream religion when it comes to covering up the ancient past and putting these topics into the pseudoscience, fringe or myth categories?
'I don't know, man. I think that science can only deal with the facts at hand and that is why it is often proved wrong or inaccurate over time as new discoveries come to light. But isn't the aim of science to find answers through hard facts rather than making lofty claims with little or nothing to back it up! Over time, what is considered to be right and true will naturally change as long as scientists, archaeologists and historians continue to search for new evidence. I'm not really interested in conspiracy theories'.

6.All of the band members where also veterans in the extreme metal scene prior to forming this band. what are your thoughts on the way metal has evolved over the past two decades?
'I personally started diving exclusively into the underground at the tail end of the 90s, having been a metalhead for around a decade already but mostly focused on more mainstream stuff, and in the time that I have been digging deeper I have never been stuck for exciting new music, while simultaneously diving back into the classics. It feels to me like we are going through a profoundly rich period in metal, and have been for at least a decade, if not two. As my taste tends to absorb a lot of different things I'm never stuck for something new (or old) to get excited by. It's almost impossible to say how metal has evolved over the past twenty years because it has evolved so much. Where do you even begin? Every style seems to push and pull with and against the tides of change, so for every forward looking band making something truly unique or avant garde there is another band resisting change and writing powerful music rooted more in the traditions of any given style. As a fan of both forward looking and regressive sounding music, it works out nicely for me. I think that that wide range of interests is apparent on the new album, maybe more so than on the demo or 'Below the Hengiform', even though our writing process hasn't changed over time. Some parts feel like we are perhaps expanding into new territory while other parts are resolutely old school in their style. It is simply an honest reflection of the band's musical interests'.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
'The front cover was made by Tim Grieco (Antediluvian). We initially contacted him to design a hoodie but when we saw the results we realised it had to be the album cover. I sent Tim the lyrics to 'Remnant Fauna' with a description of the themes and the direction to do something figurative. He took it from there and produced that incredible piece. I can't wait to see it printed up. We also commissioned an inner gatefold piece by Joseph Deegan (Slidhr), and while being stylistically different to Tim's piece, it really compliments it and will also look phenomenal printed up. We commissioned five new pieces from Timo Ketola, whose legacy speaks for itself, and they will illustrate each set of lyrics, and finally we asked Death Dealer (Vomitor) to scrawl out the lyrics in a crude and nasty manner, which he duly did and we are in the process right now of tying all of this great work together. It will be a morbid and ghastly feast for bleeding eyeballs'.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
'We have played some incredible shows and some incredibly bad and drunken ones too, and all have been memorable in their own way, haha. We actually played a really great set in Dublin last weekend with Oraculum, Slough Feg, Vircolac, Coscradh, Sacrilegia and Death the Leveller. We played three new songs, one of which we hadn't played live before, and we nailed the fuckers, which was very satisfying. A particularly memorable gig was in the hills outside Parma in Italy, where we played Navajo Calling Fest on a farm! It was surreal and incredibly cool. And then getting off-stage and watching Mortuary Drape headline under a full moon was a special and memorable experience'.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
'Nothing is planned yet but next year we hope to get out and tour if the offers come our way'.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been so far to your recordings by fans of black, doom and death metal?
'The demo really caught a lot of positive attention and we seemed to take the underground by surprise with that one. The subsequent EP didn't really elicit the same ecstatic response and we think that might be due to the murky production. We fucked the production up somehow and it lacks impact, but we still love the songs and play them live. I think that there is so much stuff coming out these days, a lot of it really good and a lot of it very hyped up that it is easy to get lost among the crowd. Hopefully the album will get people excited but I think that it will be divisive as many people seem to just want us to rewrite the demo again and again. That will never happen. Every song for us is a step further into our own abyss and if people want to stick with the demo, that's cool, but we are already through the looking glass and have no inclination to turn back just to suit other people'.

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?
'Johnny joined Conan last year and a lot of his time is taken up with touring with them. Pauric is busy with Mourning Beloveth and working on new material I believe. I don't think Matt has anything else on the boil at the moment but that could easily change. I am currently writing Thergothon/Skepticism inspired (rip-off) funeral doom with Ray from my other band Wreck of the Hesperus, who are currently dormant, and Muiris from Apostate Viaticum. The band is called Bacterium and we should have something recorded in the next few months'.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
'Further, deeper, darker, stranger, uglier...'

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your current music and also what are some of your current favorites?
'Morbid Angel, My Dying Bride, Slidhr, Antediluvian, Ride for Revenge... the list is endless and I'm not always sure exactly where an idea might stem from but we usually try to push our riffs further each time which I think adds our own flavour to the end piece. Some bands I'm listening to a lot lately are Dionysiaqe, Macabre Omen, Nocturnity, Mooncitadel, Malokarpatan, Spite, Chevalier, Solstice and many many more'.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
'Thanks a lot for the interview


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/malthusian-interview.html


A Forest Of Stars/Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes/Prophecy Productions/2018 Full length review

dimanche 5 août 2018 à 21:49

  A  Forest  Of  Stars  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Grave  Mounds  And  Grave  Mistakes"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.

  Vocals are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  music  getting very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times,  female  vocals a re  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  very  depressive  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  ambient  are  also  added  into  the  music.

  A  Forest  Of  Stars  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive,  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  also  having t heir  raw  and  aggressive  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  William  Blake  while  also  touching  on  philosophical,  occult,  nature  and  abstract  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Forest  of  Stars  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Precipice  Pirouette"  "Children  of  the  Night  Soul"  and  "Decomposing  Diety  Dancehall".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/a-forest-of-starsgrave-mounds-and-grave.html