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Caveman Cult/Supremacia Primordial/Larval Productions/2018 10 Inch Review

vendredi 4 mai 2018 à 02:40

  Miami,  Florida's  Caveman  Cult  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Supremacia  Primordial"  which  was  released  by  Larval  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  bestial  growls  at  times  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  death  metal.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  fashion  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90;'s  but  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  music  also  slowing  down  briefly  at  times  before  returning  back  to  a  faster direction  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Caveman  Cult  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  savagery,  barbarity  and  warfare  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Caveman  Cult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Impaled  Humanity  Ablaze"  and  "Legions  Of  The  Black  Vomit".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/caveman-cultsupremacia-primordiallarval.html


Marozia Interview

vendredi 4 mai 2018 à 02:00
For those that never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit  about the musical Project?
We are an extreme metal duo from the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil. We play something that can be labeled as old school black metal, but we don't intend to represent a genre neither to follow rules and stereotypes. Our music has a lot of influences, mostly of the pioneers of extreme metal, 90s black and death, and crust punk.

So far you have released 2 Eps, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
Our first EP is very raw and straightforward. We recorded it with some kind of urgency. In the second one we matured a little, and wrote more complex sounds, yet keeping the rawness. We’re always trying to do something better than our previous work (in our very personal standards, of course).

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

In terms of lyrics, and also ideology, we're not too akin to traditional black metal stuff. We deal with more personal and subjective themes, mainly life struggles.

Whats is the meaning and inspiration behind the the name Marozia?
It’s homage to a powerful and controversy woman in History. It’s an elegant name with an obscene meaning.

Currently there are just two members in the band, are you open to expanding de line-up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We intend to remain a duo. The band works well this way.

Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Labels, selling music and stuff like that aren't a major concern for us, it's not something we're looking for at the moment. We like to produce everything by ourselves, from recording to distribution.

On a worldwide level how has the feed been to your music by fans of black metal?
It’s a difficult question. We keep things going in a pretty underground level, making the divulgation mostly mouth-to-mouth. We have an interesting presence in the internet and social medias, so we have some listeners worldwide. But I’d say that Marozia is more like a local and underground stuff.

Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical project these days?
Yes. Luroz is always involved in gigs and experimental projects. I’m involved in a solo black metal project, Escvro, a trillwave/trip-hop project called Theurgy, and a Noise/Power Electronics one called Nihilistic Terror Cult. But our main focus is on Marozia.

When we can expect  a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
When we started the band, we planned to record three EPs, then release a full length. In the moment we’re focusing on composing and recording our third EP. Musically, each work reflects our present situation and influences, we don’t plan too much how we will sound, it’s something very spontaneous. Nowadays we’re being more influenced by crust punk than before, as you can notice in our single Carta aos Senhores.

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?
Our metal influences are pretty evident on our songs and compositions. As we said, we enjoy a lot 80s and 90s extreme metal. Besides our metal influences, there are diverse bands and styles we like. Luroz is a huge fan of Pink Floyd, Tool, Isis and a long term fan of Cólera. I listen principally to metal, but I enjoy a lot of different musical genres, like classic rock, alternative/indie rock, old school sertanejo, rap and so on.

What are some of your non musical interests?
In common, we are football enthusiasts. Luroz is an avid movie watcher, enjoys literature (specially Dostoievski) and also plays a lot of survival horror games (he literally just plays that). I like to study subjects of my interest in my spare time, generally philosophy, politics and psychology.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Firstly, thanks for the support. If you like Marozia, check the KTCL YouTube channel, where we release our works and promote music of other artists from our underground scene.
Greetings from Brazil.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPvTCRZvIMyKdlJKaYd7YfA
https://maroziabr.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/maroziabr/
https://www.instagram.com/maroziabr/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/marozia-interview.html


Odhin Runes Interview

vendredi 4 mai 2018 à 01:46
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

In these times I am composing songs for the first album of the project. It will consist of 9 tracks loaded with speed and more hypnotic.
Different from the first demo but without leaving the classic formula. I can not count anymore because I can not even know how the songs will come out. It depends on the inspiration that can be in these months.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the material you have released so far?
The rustic sound was manufactured by two factors; A) - the captured sound of air or "atmosphere" (voice and guitar), B) - captured in a small room (the drums and bass).
The sound too polished or clean in Black Metal is characteristic of the current metal. And not the '80s and' 90s, which is the one I want to replicate
to Odhin Runes.

3.A lot of your music has the more underground 90's style, what are your thoughts on the more modern styles of black metal?
People have changed a lot since the beginning of Black Metal. The third wave of Black Metal began to add a lot of sound quality and professional arrangements. It does not bother me. I only have the fear that if we follow this path of sound cleaning, we can end up with a heavy metal without distortion. Distortion is what identifies us and this contemporary Black attempts against this. A lot of makeup and no music. That is the harsh truth.

4.Both the lyrics and band name deal with Wotanism and Asaturu, can you tell us what these mean to you?

Use the Germanic symbols at random, as I will now use the oldest ones in Norway. The atypical aspect of this project, and perhaps different from other lyrics or lyrics, is that I take the runes for what they really are; objects with a very strong spiritual charge and that served for many tribes, colonies and communities as a way of
understand the nature and sustenance of their divinities. Before the arrival of Christianity. The political and the race is far from Odhin Runes. "We are One"
just clarify that; we are all one, white, black, stones, sea, stars and animals. The runes were also in America when the Vikings discovered it, and that is beyond our understanding.

5.On the recordings you play all of the instruments and do the vocals, would you be open to working with other musicians?
Impossible. The conditions with which I record and the long time I dedicate to these works would make me never reach an agreement with other musicians. I have my times and they are very slow.

6.In 2017 'Black Noise Records' re-issued your demo onto cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Black Noise Records is a very good label and had the generosity to help me spread the work in cassette nationally and internationally.
I'm grateful for that

7.You where also a part of an album called "Split Of The Three Souls", can you tell us a little bit more about your contributions to this recording and also what where some of the other bands that had participated on the recording?

It is a beautiful question! Mexico has a very complete musician named Cain Vidal Felipe (Echoes Suicides) who is a Black Metal Depressive musician
also a painter, sculptor, comic book artist, in short many virtues that made me come closer to form alliances with him. Tardum Mortem is another soloist, colleague of the neighboring state called Malfas Gurson with whom I have a closeness since we have the same musical tastes and some crazy things. They all did a very good job and they were 3 months hard of composition, we wanted it to be a perfect Split although it was not very well known, we gave our heart and that is important.

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

Wow, it would be great to have a better arrival in other countries. For now, the project is very underground and only here in Latin America did it get good reviews.
Maybe they understood the concept, I do not know. For me it is very good, it was accepted.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Perhaps the pessimistic look I have makes me answer this, but I feel that this is like a rain in the desert, then it happens and in the meantime I will give my best. Until I get tired and leave everything.
I also try not to think about the future. Let what the universe has prepared be bad or good.

10.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Peste Producciones'?

Peste producciones is my little label where I produce Underground bands, now it's in a "Stand By" mode. Soon I will be with more productions of thrash bands, Black, Grindcore, Death and punk.
All under the concept '80 / '90 primitive sound.

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?

I just replicated the sound and style of the second Norwegian wave of Black Metal such as Burzum, Darkthrone, Ulver and Mayhem.
Although unconsciously it may be influenced by many styles such as 1920s jazz although it may not seem so. I am currently listening to Shoegaze.
I let the music flow but if those would be my musical bases. Strange bases

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Collect wines and plants. Meditation. Play with my little nephews. Cooking, watching horror movies in black and white. Horror cinema class B vintage. I do not go to parties. Reading about science and ufology. A life not very fun XD.

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

Yes, I appreciate this interview, Mr. Loki. I find an interesting page Occult Black Metal Zine, and I invite everyone who reads this; that they can
Enjoy the other bands that are in the blog. Among all we can make the black metal scene does not lose the essence, the magic, the feeling.
Let's not let this marketing circus only be for bands with platinum records. There are many bands with many ideas you just have to support them. A hug.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/odhin-runes-interview.html


Void Interview

jeudi 3 mai 2018 à 03:35
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are extremely busy! In a couple of weeks we have a show supporting Scourn, a well known epic black metal band from Italy, and two more touring Italian bands, so we are rehearsing as much as time allows, plus, never comfortable to repeat ourselves, we are training a new band member and adding new material to the setlist. All a bit close to the mark, but that's how we roll.

But you cant go far without hearing how making music is the smallest part of making music these days (!?!) So we are also chomping hard on the bit that is online promotion. VOID were never able to hold on to the notoriety we generated after the release of Posthuman, or even the second album, and in the age of social media dominance we all but disappeared from view, so we are working flat out now to raise our profile on the internet. That's what you gotta do. If you cant beat em join em.


2.In year you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The Unsearchable Riches of Void EP has a very raw organic sound but even though the production is fairly regressive the material still pushes the limits of decent behaviour. Riffwise it is still identifiably void, frantic and attention deficit, but there is a stronger punk influence, grind, crust whatever you want to call it. Not that you would find any actual punk music in there, but our style of playing couldnt help but be influenced by the time Joe Burwood (our drummer) and I were spending playing with London hardcore band Flowers of Flesh and Blood.


3.This was your first release since (correction) 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

The music for The Unsearchable Riches of Void was recorded immediately after the release of our second album 'void' in 2011. We were full of fire and writing material in our sleep and aside from our vocalist Ben Lowe taking time out to travel, the band was perfect. Unfortunately he never came back (rest in peace brother) and though our current vocalist Levi LeBlanc was doing an excellent job filling in on live vocals, we lost our way and were unable to finish the recording. When you deal creatively in subjects of madness and loss sometimes reality comes knocking, it becomes too real. During our hiatus we tried to rekindle our flame several times, but personal tragedy held us back, our bassist took a different turn in life and both Joe and I decided to focus on other bands. I was also co-running an underground music studio and spending all my free time recording and mixing bands. Of course eventually Levi, Joe and I found ourselves partying together at said studio, we put our unfinished recording on and suddenly realised what we had been missing. I quit the studio and quit recording bands altogether, built another studio at home and Levi and I began recording the vocals for what would become The Unsearchable Riches of Void.
The fire was back in our blood. We then enlisted Gerardo Serra, the most out there bassist we could find, and got ready to play live again.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

Madness, loss, dystopia, altered perception of the world, despair, rapture and ecstasy - these have always been the dominant themes in our lyrics. Levi has a unique way of processing the world around him. Listening to him in conversation itself can be a kind of poetry. Sometimes I identify completely with the feeling without any idea of the subject. The lyrics I contributed to the EP were all in reference to the tragic tale of ‘The Wildebeest’, a man-beast junkie living on the fringes of society, a monster desperate for love who accidentally kills a man whilst raiding a pharmacy. He lives near me, under the bridge over the canal. I think about him a lot. Different is a very difficult thing to be.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Void'?

A black, empty hole, both inside and out. There is a veil between something and nothing and we stand on the one side staring eternally over to the other, knowing that one day we will cross. For thousands of years established thought has been that once on the other side, we will be able to look back to this one. Ha!

With this EP we also started using the title The Unsearchable Riches of Void, and though this does not constitute an official name change, we did incorporate these words into the logo for this release. They aim at capturing the essence of the process of looking for something meaningful, squashed between the impossibility of finding it in ordinary places, and the sense that the only things that really matter might be unattainable in the first place. In other words, the name of the band captures the dialectics of hope and despair that is so central to the human condition.


6.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 wear costumes and masks these days to help break out of our normal personalities and to show the audience we are not afraid to dive beyond the realms of decency, sense and convention. That said, the show I enjoyed most recently was a small local gig with Body Harvest, Skullthrone and Sufferer. We had absolutely no expectations for this show. We just wanted to have fun and since it was Hallowe’en we inverted normal procedure and played in our normal street clothes. Clearly 80% of the crowd had no idea what was going on with our music, but they totally went for it, they invaded the stage and we shared a thrill. Sometimes you catch people at just the right moment, unawares, they are in need of a spasm, an unanticipated involuntary shock.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are playing on May 20th supporting Scuorn on the last date of their Parthenope UK tour at Nambucca, in London. We also have some dates in September supporting an established Norwegian act that we will announce soon. We wont be touring to support the cassette EP, but will tour to support the new album we hope to release next year if all goes to plan. We need to get on the radar of the festival promoters, else this dream will never materialise.

8.The last release was released on 'Bad Princess Productions' can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Its not a label. Its my personal production company for all my work in media, film, tv, music... named after my daughter (who appears in the logo) and working out of my home studio. I used to keep all these things separate but that was too confusing, so now its all in one place. We had to self-release the cassette so we did it through that. I even recorded the first batch of tapes in real time, one by one, printing and cutting the inlays. Its a labour of love.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback to your newer music by fans of black or extreme metal?

I dont know if we’ve had the honour of gracing the other side of the globe yet but it is early days still. The tape is only now going out to press and yours was the first review to come back, so thanks for that. I have to say the new album material seems to be playing better with extreme metal fans than the tape does. It’s darker, more epic. The material on the tape allowed us to play at a punk festival last year though, to a great reception, and I wouldnt trade that. What black metal band can entertain the punks? Thats good for me because I find boundaries in general limiting and I don’t care if we don’t like other bands on the bill.
Needless to say I hope that when they do hear it they will like it. I want black metal fans to follow the band so that they will hear the new album when it comes out, because that will be something very special, for the band, and maybe even for black metal itself.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Joe plays drums in Antisect, legendary crust punk pioneers. He and Levi are also rekindling the flames for their shared Death Metal project Cythraul, having enlisted a new drummer recently. He also plays sometimes with London Thrash spasm ‘Noise Complaint’ and both of us recently performed with metal influenced hardcore band ‘Flowers of Flesh and Blood’ supporting The Exploited. Gerardo has a jazz hiphop band called instrumental variables who did some awesome recordings last year, but they now need to find a new drummer since the last one’s visa expired. I was messing about with post-punk band Erege and psyche-rock project Las Astas until recently but now I only have time for VOID. I do wanna get back into remixing again though, like I did in the old days for Red Harvest, Zyklon and Aborym. Our new guitarist Elliot Parkin also plays in a grunge act called You.

11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The new album is written. Hopefully it’ll come out next year. Stylistically all the elements from previous releases are there, the blast beats, the electronic grooves, the orchestral score, the disonant harmonies, the d-beat riffs; but none of these elements dominates over the others on this album. We’ve stopped focusing on the pieces and actually built the puzzle.


12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Void mixes black metal with a wide range of influences that include DHG/Dødheimsgard (Norwegian post black metal), CARCASS (pioneers of grinding hooks), SLEEPY TIME GORILLA MUSEUM (avantegarde rock), MORBID ANGEL (classic death metal), VENETIAN SNARES (breakbeats and electronica). Somewhere between these extremes, lies the heart of Void, with its work spanning almost twenty years.

Since I have started to promote the band again I have become aware of just how many great bands there are now. So many acts have sprung up in the years when I was just listening to my 90s records! Artists like Voices and their sister act Shrines now lead in our field. We are lucky to be working in the same city. I’m really looking forward to the new Voices album. I think they’re gonna turn it on its head, and you know, I’m all about that.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I make audio descriptions for the visually impaired, also through Bad Princess Productions. We make audio descriptions and black metal bands. Basically I tell the visually impaired person what is happening on screen. Its a great opportunity to really get into the fibre of a film, describing style, mood, colour, emotion. Films really distill the human experience. I’ve done some thrillers, some dramas, some action films; I can’t wait to describe my first horror film. It’s one thing to see it but to put it into words? Otherwise I alternate between coffee and vodka.
Dr. Serra is a researcher of African history, Mr.Burwood is an enthusiast of satisfying foods and Mr.LeBlanc is a spiritual guide for ancient and unbound, wandering souls.


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

What does it mean when we talk about the unsearchable riches of void?
That nothing can be sought from nothing? That there is no wealth in death’s dream kingdom? That the destination is unknowable?
Or that only in not seeking shall we find?
You will know the truth on both sides of your head when you encounter the unsearchable riches of Void.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/void-interview.html


Odhin Runes/Self Titled/2015 Demo Review

jeudi 3 mai 2018 à 03:20


  Odhin  Runes  are  a  solo  project  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  very  raw form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2015  demo.

  A  very  raw  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  blast  beats  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  fast  riffing  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  in  its approach.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  more  underground  style  of  the  genre  along  with  some  clean  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  on  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  also  gives  the  demo  a  more  ritualistic  edge.

  Odhin  Runes  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  evoking  a  very  primitive  and  lo-fi  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Wotanism  and  Mythology  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Odhin  Runes  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Edge  Of  Gungnir"  and  "We  Are  One".  8  out  of  10.
   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/odhin-runesself-titled2015-demo-review.html