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Predictor/...thus spoke death/Iron Bonehead Productions/Knekelput Records/2021 EP Review

samedi 23 octobre 2021 à 05:02

 


  Predictor  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "...thus  spoke  death"  which  will  be  released  in  November  as  a  joint  effort  between  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  and  Knekelput  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  songs  also  avoid  the  use  of  any  solos  or  melodies  as  well  as  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of  Besatt's  "Ave  Master  Lucifer".


  Predictor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  ands  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Predictor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Altar"  and  "Infernal  Goat  Squadron".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/predictorthus-spoke-deathiron-bonehead.html


Kirkebrann/Visegard/Kirkegard/Odium Records/2021 Split Album Review

samedi 23 octobre 2021 à 03:41

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Norway's  Kirkebrann  and  Visegard  called  "Kirkegard"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  odium  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Kirkebrann  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  old  school  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction. High  pitched  black  metal  screams   are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  their  side  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  music  is  heaviyl  rooted  in  the  90's  Norwegian  style  but  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  mount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  their  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  growling  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  acoustic  guitars  also  return  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  blasphemy,  darkness  and  winter  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kirkebrann  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Døden  byr  opp  til  dans"  and  "Hedensk  dødsmarsj". 


  Next  up  is  Visegard  a  band  that  plays  an  old  school  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal.


 Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Norwegian  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  Pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  darkness,  death  and  heathenism  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Visegard  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Månedans"  and  "Hvor  gausta  rår".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Norwegian  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/kirkebrannvisegardkirkegardodium.html


Mortal Vail/Self Titled/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 22 octobre 2021 à 05:08

 


  Mortal  Vail  are  a  solo  project  from  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  20220  album.


  A  few  seconds  of  silence  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  field  recording  before  introducing  keyboards  onto  the  recording  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  style  and  some  of  the  tracks   are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  while  symphonic  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  stringed  instruments  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Mortal  Veil  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  symphonic  black  metal  solo project and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Malice  In  Saffron  (A  Take  Of  Revenge)"  "Shattered  Existence"  "Inferno"  and  "Diorama  Of  Decay".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/mortal-vailself-titled2020-full-length.html


Неясыть/Круг Безвременья/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 22 octobre 2021 à 03:52

 


  Неясыть  are  a   band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Круг  Безвременья".


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album along  with  some  shamanistic  style  beats  and  folk  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also b e  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  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  and  the  folk  and  ritualistic  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.


  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  percussion,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  whispered  vocals  can  also be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melody  is  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  i  Russian  and  cover  Slavonic  Paganism,  Folklore  and  Nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Неясыть  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Круг  Безвременья"  "Через  Трясину"  "Чёрное  Чрево  Времени"  and  "Гноевище ".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/2021-full-length-review.html


Moorah interview

jeudi 21 octobre 2021 à 05:51

 

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


We are post black metal band from Prague, Czech Republic. You can hear elements of European old school black metal, post- metal but also some trash metal riffing or post punk rhythms in our music. Anyway, it is not any kind of ‘cross-over’ nor it is a purpose to be different. I just feel like the message that strongly stands behind the music has chosen the form. Really, when started writing and recording the music, I had no idea whether I will make some alt-rock, metal, shoegaze or grunge. I had absolute freedom. The covid thing just started, I lost my professional career, relationships, some friends… everything. Everything! I just took my old guitar, basic equipment and started to write and record with no intention, no expectations. It was just so natural and intuitive. I was really surprised by the intensity and rawness of the music I created. It was like ‘Oh, I created a monster… a living monster with its own purpose…’


2.In December you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?


The main difference is that the new album is recorded by the band. Demos have been recorded only by myself. The upcoming album includes the tracks some fans know from demos plus several brand new tracks. Anyway, even the new album contains some tracks recorded with my DIY approach – guitars recorded in old abandoned wine cellar, vocals recorded in my Bohemian forests or my car (the only place I could roar full-throttle during hard lockdown). They just got proper mastering - without losing their authenticity – and of course – real tectonic drums of our mighty hero Ferenc Feco, who spent his innocent musical youth in legendary Master’s Hammer.


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


The truth vs. false religions, the regularity of great world events, the fate of the individual in the midst of great world events, the rise of self-awareness... Some of Moorah’s lyrics are based on my previously published poetry, some are brand new. What I love about black metal is its fans. Deep, authentic, original, sensitive people who care. They perceive lyrics, they think about them… they translate them if a band they love have lyrics in some ‚strange‘ language like Norwegian, or Czech.


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


Phonetically, ‘Moorah’ sounds like ‘moth’ in Czech language. A moth explores darkness, but seeks the light. Maybe it flies towards the light empowered by its unique experience of the dark… In some languages Moorah means a very spiritual person who often relies on intuition for decision making. A person whose mind is rich and deep, but often closed for other people. A person that sometimes need seclusion in order to gain clarity about what is going on in its life.


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


I have already mentioned the moth… the one on the album cover has some non standard features – seeing eyes on its wings and antenna… A seeing, perceiving moth on a front of a geometric shape consisting of two triangles. And the sacred geometry on the back of the album… you will see. I could talk hours about its meaning.


6.Gas the band had any opportunities to do any live shows?


Fortunately yes. It is possible to do live shows here these days, so we have some awesome shows and also some not so awesome shows behind us. We are becoming ready for some serious touring and we are very excited about meeting our fans on live gigs.


7.The new album is going to be released on 'Art Gates Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


Some six moths above we were in a strange situation… the final mix of the album was about to be finished, when the boss of our label and our great supporter suddenly and unexpectedly died. I have addressed some labels that I know then and the guys at Art Gates Records seemed excited about the music we make and took care about the necessary business so we can concentrate on creating and playing music. I’m very thankful for their support.


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


We haven’t had the chance to speak with our fans abroad face to face yet. From what I see on our social networks and in messages we keep receiving, fans enjoy our authenticity and good old drive they know from old black metal acts that have created the genre (yeah, our drummer was one of the BM godfathers and you really can hear it), but in the same time they enjoy the creativity behind the music. The fact that we don’t have two similar tracks.


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


It’s hard to think about the future of our music, when the presence is so rich and so alive… It just will happen… depending on the circumstances. The live is always in motion. Maybe our next record will be more tight, compact, atmospheric… recalling my last music ideas, maybe we will have more slower compositions.


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?


I don’t really thing that any music has influence on my songwriting and compositions. I wrote and extreme metal album without much listening to extreme metal. I just know some music has influence on my guitar playing technically, so I have more and more tools for expressing what I feel that needs to be expressed in our music. 


The more I play music, the less time I spend listening to music. Recalling what I have been listening to last months some local indie bands from 90’s, some local actual club bands, from worldwide known bands there are last records of big metal acts, but also some clever pop as The Garbage… and of course long time favourite Anathema. I really like bands that have somehow evolved. Not only technically but also spiritually. Maybe a little bit surprising for a frontman of an extreme metal band…  We have different tastes in Moorah. Some guys listens to 80’s metal, death metal, bass player is a death metal fan… we came from different subcultures, but we love what we do.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Music, visual arts and literature are my biggest passion. But I also like spending time in wild nature and I practise muay-thai and tactical shooting.


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


Thank you for your interest and good questions!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/10/moorah-interview.html