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Burguli/Runes/2020 EP Review

mardi 22 septembre 2020 à 06:05

 


  Burguli  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "Runes".


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  vocals  are mostly  tortured  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  has  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well as  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  throwing  in  more  of  an  avant  garde  style,  a  small  amount  of  dark  and  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melody. 


  On  this  recording  Burguli  moves  away  from  the  ambient  elements  of  his  previous  release  and  focuses  on  more  of  a  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Catalan  and  English  and  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Paganism  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Burguli  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  There Is  Darkness" and  "The  Dark  host".  8  out  of  10.


https://open.spotify.com/album/464yDRvWRYLVXJtHCT2fQL?si=LMtWV1yAThCQXF1MhkQbgg  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftZFv-CCL5M&ab_channel=BURG%C3%9BLI 


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/burgulirunes2020-ep-review.html


Baume/Aout Approche/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 22 septembre 2020 à 05:25

 


  Baume  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  the  post black  metal style of previous  releases  and  goes  for  more of an  experimental  style of  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self released  2020  album  "Aout  Approache"  which  will  be  released  in  October.


  Dark soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  electronic  music  style  programmed  beats  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  touches  of  ambient  while spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  all  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  clean  playing  also  adding  in  elements  of  post rock.


  At  times the music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  thy  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  influences  of  shoegaze  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow or  mid  tempo  style.


  On  this  recording  Baume  moves  away  from  the  black  metal  elements  of  previous  releases,  expands  on  the  spoke  word  parts  goes for  more  of  a mixture  of  experimental, electronic  music,  post  rock  and  shoegaze.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics    are  written  in  French  and  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording  from  Baume  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  style,  I  can  see  this  appealing  to  fans  of  experimental,  electronic  music,  post  rock  and  shoegaze. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rien  ne  Dure"  and  "Aout  Approche".  7/5  out  of  10.


 https://www.facebook.com/Baumeband/

https://baumeband.bandcamp.com/          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/baumeaout-approche2020-full-length.html


Woeful Echo/Dampering Existence/Share Your Pain Records/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 22 septembre 2020 à 04:39

 


  Woeful  Echo  are  a  solo  project  from  Cincinnati,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  depressive  and  suicidal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2020  album  "Dampering  Existence"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Share  Your  Pain  Records.


  A  very  fast and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  synth  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Throughout  the  album you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  in  some  parts  of  the  recording,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be heard  in  the  closing  track. 


  Woeful  Echo   plays  a  style  of  social  and  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  depression  themes.      


  In  my  opinion  Woeful  Echo  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  depressive  and  suicidal  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apostles  Of Nihilism" "Dampening  Existence"  "Better  Layers  Of  Ether" and  "Dreaming  Of  Unrest".  8  out  of  10.


https://woefulecho.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WoefulEcho

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Woeful_Echo/3540440813 


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/woeful-echodampering-existenceshare.html


Mezereum Interview

lundi 21 septembre 2020 à 05:06

 


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


Mezereum is a black metal band from Vilnius, Lithuania, formed in 2018. Currently it consists of one member - Skir. The self-titled debut album is set to be released in September 2020. The album was recorded as a duo, with Skir on guitar, drums, and synth simulation, and former member Anisoptera on bass, and session vocals.


2.You have your first album coming out towards the end of September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style  you went for on the recording?


It's rooted in classic 90s black metal, and the objective was to write interesting songs, which don't sound too alike, while also taking a musical approach to songwriting.


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


Mainly dark themes. Some based on certain negative aspects of life, some related to nature, and others fictional, based on fantasy and imagination.


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


Mezereum is a plant, found in forests, and it grows red berries which are fatally poisonous if consumed. The plant itself looks visually pretty though, and therefore possibly deceptive. So I like the word Mezereum itself, and what it may symbolize.


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


It's a desolate forest landscape, which fits the music.


6.Originally the project was a duo but now is only one person, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to work solo?


I do like working solo, although I'm aware that I can't do everything all by myself properly. But I'm trying to make it work within the limitations on the upcoming second album, which should be released next year. And I'm open to playing live with a band someday. 


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


I'm not actively looking for a label, but I would definitely consider it if a label expressed interest in a proper physical release.


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


Mostly positive.


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


Hopefully just being able to create more albums.


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?


It's difficult to answer briefly, because I like a lot of very different music. In Lithuanian there is a word "melomanas", for which there is no direct translation to English, but it implies being a serious fan of music. When it comes to Mezereum in particular, I've been listening to black metal for over 10 years, so I've accumulated many influences. But my favorite black metal band has always been Darkthrone. And my favorite metal band in general is Katatonia. 

 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?


I've had an on-and-off fascination with the pro wrestling business since age 12. I find that it has many parallels with music, 


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


Thanks for reading, and thanks for the interview.


https://www.facebook.com/MezereumBand

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


Akheron Thodol/Rituals Of A Sovereign Heart/Naturmacht Productions/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 21 septembre 2020 à 04:51

 


  Akheron  Thodol  are  a  band  from  Bozeman,  Montana  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Rituals  Of  A  Sovereign Heart"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Clean  playing  and  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  before going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high pitched  black  metal  screams. 


  When  the  music  speeds up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


   In  my  opinion  Akheron  Thodol  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Archonsbane  In  Bloom"  and  "Void  Secretion".8  out  of  10.


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  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  as  well  as  all of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  experimental  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Nature  themes. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/akheron-thodolrituals-of-sovereign.html