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Mannveira/Vitahringur/Dark Descent Records/2021 CD Review

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 04:36

 


  Mannveira  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  very  nihilistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Vitahringur"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Dark  Descent  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  dissonant  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  deep  yet  angry  and  grim  black  metal  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Synths  and  drones  and  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  small  amount  of  tortured  sounding  spoken  word  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  mostly  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  nihilism,  depression  and  mental  anguish  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Mannveira  are  a  very  great  sounding  nihilistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Í  köldum  faðmi"  and  "Kverkatak  eilífra  martraða".  8 out  of  10.


https://mannveira.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/mannveira      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/mannveiravitahringurdark-descent.html


Zwiespalt/Distanz/2021 CD Review

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 03:30

 


  Zwiespalt  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Distanz".


  A  very  heavy  and  90's  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  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  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  briefly.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  has  its  melancholic  moments.  A  lot  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  20  years  ago  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Zwiespalt  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  direction  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  the  conflict  between  the  need  for  isolation  and  the  desire  to  reach  for  the  stars.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Zwiespalt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sturm"  "Momentum"  and  "Frost".  8  out  of  10.


  Bandcamp: https://zwiespalt.bandcamp.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTrueZwiespalt


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/zwiespaltdistanz2021-cd-review.html


CMPT/Mrtvaja/Osmose Productions/2021 EP Review

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 02:27

 


  CMPT  are  an  anonymous  black  metal  formation  fr4om  the  balkan  lands  that  plays  a  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Mrtvaja"  which  will  be  released  on  May  28th  by  Osmose  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  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 r aw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  when  synths  are utilized.  Melodies  are  also  added  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  the  classic  Slavic  bands  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having t heir  grim  moments,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  CMPT  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Slavic  style  as  well  as  having  a  good  mixture  of  atmosphere,  rawness  and  epic  structures.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Balkan  worship  of  Death.


  In  my  opinion  CMPT  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mrtvaja  Part  one".  8 out  of  10.


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Band Page on Osmose Productions: https://osmoseproductions-label.com/bands/cmpt/
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/cmptmrtvajaosmose-productions2021-ep.html


Sxuperion/Auscultating Astral Monuments/Bloody Mountain Records/2021 Full Length Review

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 01:15

 


  Mammoth  Lakes,  California's  Sxuperion  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  an  atmospheric  and  cosmic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Auscultating  Astral  Monuments"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.


  Spoken  word  samples  and  dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Bestial  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times.


  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  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  war  metal  elements.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  sci-fi  orientated  sounds.


 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  synths  also  start  getting  more  ambient  and  cinematic  sounding  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  choir  style  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Astral  Travels,  Chaos  and  Science  Fiction  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sxuperion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  cosmic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eyes  of  Gangkhar"  "The  Mote  In  God's  Eye"  "Initiative  Reactor"  and  "Forever  And  Ever".  8  out  of  10.


https://bloodymountainrecords.bandcamp.com/album/auscultating-astral-monuments


https://youtu.be/MLSBmBr6aGw

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/sxuperionauscultating-astral.html


One With The Riverbed Interview

dimanche 9 mai 2021 à 00:25

 

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

Question 1: We had played in other bands together throughout the years and we were all part of the same music scene. We eventually came together with a similar vision regarding what kind of music we wanted to play. 


2.You have a new album coming out this summer, musically how does it differ from your previous full length and demo?

Question 2: Our writing process for Absence was similar to that of Solace, but we were more intentional this time around. We were still getting to know each other musically during the Solace writing sessions, so a lot of our decisions were quick and based on whatever felt right at the time. With Absence, though, we really wanted to push ourselves and take our writing/playing to another level. Our goal was to create an album that surprised and challenged us while also staying true to our sound.


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


Question 3: Lyrical themes include exploring the relationship between death and nature, the conflict between humanity and society, and the cyclical nature of life and death (death becoming a vessel for new life, for example).


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'One With The Riverbed'?

Question 4: The band name stems from the concept of becoming part of the earth after death and being recycled into new life. The name serves as a visual of how we perceive our music and also signifies the new life stage we are all in as a result of being in this band.


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


Question 5: We met an artist by chance at a conference who shared a similar artistic vision. We were very excited to collaborate with someone who was able to so fully capture the vibe of the album. 


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


Question 6: Our favorite performances always take place in intimate settings. We love house shows and feeling the energy of having people in our faces. Our performances are music-centric. We do not talk between songs; we bridge the set together with ambient samples and noises. 



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

Question 7: We have noticed listeners from different parts of the world and it is so humbling. It’s a very pleasant surprise. Funnily enough, someone from Turkey actually ripped one of our songs from Solace and posted it as their own (different title and band name, of course) a few years ago. That was a wild experience. 


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

Question 98 We are always trying to write new material. Our goal is to continue pushing ourselves forward. We don’t ever want to release the same album twice. 


9.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?

Question 9: There is so much diversity in our musical tastes and influences. We all grew up listening to heavier music, though, and that definitely shines through. Some of us are classically trained in music while others are not, too, and this gives us a variety of perspectives and ideas to work with. 


10.What are some of your non musical interests?

Question 11: Just as we have a wide range of musical tastes and influences, we also have a number of hobbies aside from playing music. A few of us are into visual arts and one of us builds instruments. This band, though, is our shared connection.


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

Question 11: Thanks for your time! We’re excited to share Absence and make more music.

https://onewiththeriverbed.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/onewiththeriverbed/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/one-with-riverbed-interview.html