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Imperial Triumphant/Vile Luxury/Gilead Media/2018 CD Review

dimanche 15 juillet 2018 à 01:52

  New  York's  Imperial  Triumphant  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  and  progressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vile  Luxury"  which  was  released  by  Gilead  Media.

  Avant  garde  jazz  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  faster  and  technical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  getting  very  experimental  and  progressive  at  times  as  well  as  some  dissonant  structures  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  choir  vocals.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  mix  the  avant  garde  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  clean  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  noise  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Imperial  Triumphant  expand  on  their  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal  by  taking  it  into  new  directions  and  also  bringing  in  elements  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover futurism,  philosophy  and  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imperial  Triumphant  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Swarming  Opulance"  "Chernobyl  Blues"  and  "The  Filth".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/imperial-triumphantvile-luxurygilead.html


Itnuveth/Pagan Martyrs/Base Record Production/2018 EP Review

samedi 14 juillet 2018 à 03:45

  Spain's  Itnuveth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Pagan  Martyrs"  which  was  released  by  Base  Record  Productions.

  An  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  melodic  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Itnuveth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  pagan  black  metal  styles  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  mythology,  Witchcraft,  Warriors  and  Battle  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Itnuveth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pagan  Martyrs".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/itnuvethpagan-martyrsbase-record.html


Tatanhammer/The Art Of Human Sacrifice/Abandon Tapes/2018 Full Length Review

samedi 14 juillet 2018 à 03:04

  Tatanhammer  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Art  of  Human  Sacrifice"  which  was  released  by  Abandon  Tapes.

  Ritualistic  sounding  drums  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  amp  sounds  and  crazy  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  avant  garde  elements  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  brutality  of  war  metal and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  on some  of  the  tracks  and  synths  also  return  as  the  album  progresses.

  Tatanhammer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  death  metal  and  raw  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  psychedelic  elements  to  create  something  very  original,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tatanhammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashes"  "The  One"  and  "Satan,  Be  heard".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/tatanhammerthe-art-of-human.html


True Love/To Pray For Perpetual Violence/Appalachian Noise Records/2016 Demo Review

jeudi 12 juillet 2018 à 04:06

  True  Love  are  a  solo  project  from  Reno,  Nevada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016 demo  "To  Pray  For  Perpetual  Violence"  which  was  released  by  Appalachian  Noise  Records.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  clean  yet  distorted  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style.

  At  times  the  screams  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  edge  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  used  briefly.

  True  Love  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  in  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism,  left  hand  path,  self  reliance  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  True  Love  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crawl  Across"  and  "Mourn  The  Wicked".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/true-loveto-pray-for-perpetual.html


Siete Lagunas Interview

jeudi 12 juillet 2018 à 01:51

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Siete Lagunas is a “side project” founded by two members of Cóndor, Antonio and Francisco. The idea started around a year ago. All material is written and recorded in short, spontaneous bursts, which allows us to work in a different manner, and channel different energies, than we do in Cóndor.

2.So far you have released 2 demo's, how do they both differ from each other?
2. I suppose the second one is more aggressive and “dark,” with more prominent dissonances and more use of noise. However, they’re generally quite similar, as they form the opening “chapters” in a larger narrative.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. The band’s lyrics are attempts to channel the spirits of the mountains and the lakes around us. They are not so much poems or songs as they are evocations.

4.One of your songs is based upon the poetry of W.B Yeats, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
4. Our interest in Yeats is great. From an evidently different perspective, both temporally and geographically, we feel that he was amongst those “romantic” poets who were trying to grasp at the same things we are trying to grasp at, most importantly a way to reconnect our lives and spirits with the rhythms of the natural world.

His metric sensibility has also had an impact on our of way of thinking rhythmically.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Siete Lagunas'?
5. Siete lagunas means Seven Ponds or Seven Lakes. The Pre-Columbian Chibcha speaking peoples who inhabited our native region in the Central Colombian Andes were a lake/pond culture, and seven of these particular ponds scattered throughout the mountains they held as forming a particularly sacred network. That is what the name refers to.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
6. Most likely the band will always remain a duo. The project thrives off of the particular chemistry between the two of us.



7.So far there is very little information about the band online except for a bandcamp page, is this intentional?
7. The information that is available, along with the one we give out in interviews such as this one, is all the information that is necessary.

8.Recently both demo's where released as a single album by 'La Caverna Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. La Caverna records was recently started by a longtime friend and collaborator of ours. He is a very capable and hard-working individual with strong criteria. La Caverna is likely to put out very interesting things in the future and we are honoured to have been among the first batch of releases on the label.

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

9. The reaction has been minimal, as publicity has been minimal. So far the few reviews that have surfaced have been largely positive.

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

10. The band will continue evoking the same spirits, whether through Black Metal or through other means.

11.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?
11. The band is influenced, evidently, by Black Metal bands such as Beherit, Ildjarn and early Spear of Longinus. There is a more melodic edge to our thinking too, as well as an affinity for certain “experimental” musics, particularly harsh noise. Currently I (Antonio) am listening to Finnish bands, particularly Circle of Dawn, as well as classical music (mostly Dvorak and Elgar) and the English folk anthology Anthems in Eden.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thank you for having us on your website. Hail to the Mountain, and hail to the Fog!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/07/siete-lagunas-interview.html