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Finnr's Cane/Elegy/Prophecy Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 16 mai 2018 à 06:01

  Finnr's  Cane  are  a  band  from  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Elegy"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  while  cello's  are  in  use  instead  of  a  bass  guitar  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  and  grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  cans  also  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  keyboards  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Finnr's  Cane  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  urban  desolation,  loss,  grieving,  personal  struggle,  the  rebirth  of  the  natural  world,  the  quiet  hours  of  the  early  morning  and  the  passage  of  time.

  In  my  opinion  Finnr's  Cane  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Willow"  "Earthsong"  and  "A  Sky  Of  Violet  And  Pearl".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/finnrs-caneelegyprophecy.html


GraveCoven Interview

mardi 15 mai 2018 à 06:03
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1. We have been inactive for about two years and focusing on other bands we play in. We have 2 songs ready to record and then a handful of deadly riffs we've been stashing away over the past year or so. It's likely we will have something brewing in the coming months.. 

2.Godz Of War Productions are re-issuing both your ep's and single onto a single recording, how would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?
2. It's bitter and hateful heavy metal with black/death/doom elements.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music so far?
3. Bitterness, Hatred, Betrayal, and the inevitable collapse of self.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'GraveCoven'?
4. The moment we are born is the moment we begin to die. We are all practically dead already. Grave Coven is an acceptance of death and eternal rotting as the highest potential of all things. 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the album cover artwork?
5. The artwork was created by an artist named Glitch Witch. Our logo was created by Christophe Szpajdel.

6.Currently there are onyl 2 members in the band, do you prefer working as a duo instead of a full band?
6. GraveCoven was conceived as a 'recording-only' project and will remain as such.

7.You have also done a cover of Bathory's "Hades", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
7. We were approached by Cvlt Nation to cover that song for a tribute compilation.

8.I have read that one of the band members also runs 'Transilvanian Tapes', can you tell us what is going on with this label these days?
8. Transylvanian Tapes is gearing up for a heavy summer of releases in 2018. The next 3 scheduled releases on TT are from Atone, which is a new band featuring the vocalist of Gravecoven alongside members of Body Void and Swamp Witch. Followed by Occlith, which is a new band featuring the mastermind behind Gravecoven alongside members of Swamp Witch and Battle Hag. After that is Dearth, a new Black Death Metal band featuring members of Xenotaph, Swamp Witch, & Funeral Chant. All of these bands are extremely killer entities within the Underground.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, doom and death metal?
9. Some folks seem to dig what we are creating and that is great and all, but we create music for ourselves so if other people like it or they don't it doesnt really matter, we are not some pop band looking to appease dullards that just want to have a good time. We are angry misanthropes, we are not happy individuals, we are fucked up and some folks are going to either get it or they wont. We will still create either way because this is the only ritualized therapy that we can engage in that will not put us behind bars.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
10. Phillip is playing in a Black Metal band called Gloriam Draconis, a Doom band called Occlith, a Doom band called Bog Oak, and in Swamp Witch. James is playing in a Sludge band called Atone, a Death Metal band called Evulse, and in Swamp Witch. We are all working on new recordings for our respective bands. Trying to remain as busy as possible.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. We originally had planned for our upcoming release to be a full length, unfortunately the studio that we were recording at had some fucked up hard drive failure and we ended up losing a handful of tracks that we had recorded for Gravecoven along with another band we were doing together that combined members of Gravecoven, Bog Oak, & Swamp Witch called Wandering. What is done is done, we have had no luck in retrieving the files so we talked to our labels about just releasing what we had so far so we didnt have to make them wait another year or two since they have been promoting our music for quite sometime now. Shit happens, we are pleased with the tracks we have recorded and are looking forward to holding physical copies. Again, we've got a lot of material on the back burner and it's likely we will have more terror coming by early 2019.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. Diocletian, Nyktalgia, Silencer, Grief, Burning Witch, early Burzum, Leviathan, Bolzer, Arizmenda, Darkthrone, & Bathory.

13.Do any of the band members have an interest in Occultism?
13. Yes.


14.What are some of your non musical interests?
14. Guns, Strength, & Isolation.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
15. Death to ALL our enemies.

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


Barren Altar/Entrenched In The Faults Of The Earth/2018 CD Review

mardi 15 mai 2018 à 04:45

 Barren  Altar  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Entrenched  In  The  Faults  Of  The  Earth"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  sounding  melodies  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  of the  riffing  also  using  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  at  times.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  One  of  the  tracks  is all  instrumental while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.

  Barren  Altar  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  metaphysical  plea  for  the  voluntary  end  of  all  human  life

  In  my  opinion  Barren  Altar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nexus  Of  Grief"  and  "The  Great  Awakening  of  Death".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/barren-altarentrenched-in-faults-of.html


Embrace Of Thorns/Scorn Aesthetics/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review

mardi 15 mai 2018 à 01:20

  Embrace  Of  Thorns  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Scorn  Aesthetics''  which  will  be  released in  June  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Choirs,  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard.

  Embrace  of  Thorns  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  war.  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion  and  Occultism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Embrace of  Thorns  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wanderer  And  His  Shadow"  "Scorn  Aesthetics"  and  "Wolf  Uncaged_Prometheus  Unbound".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/embrace-of-thornsscorn-aestheticsiron.html


Mount Depression/The Dream Of The Flesh/2018 Full Length Review

lundi 14 mai 2018 à 00:45

  Mount  Depression  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "The  Dream  Of  The  Flesh".

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  as well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental,  while  the  music  when  it  finally  speeds  up  for  a  few  seconds  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with   one  of  the  later  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  deep  vocals onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as w ell  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  clean  playing.

  Mount  Depression  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  mostly  slow  or  mid  tempo  along  with  a  touch  of  dark  ambient,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  solitude  and  suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mount  Depression  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Euphoric  State  of  Hallucination"  "When  I  Die,  I  Want  You  To  Have  Nightmares"  and  "The  True  Significate  Of  The  Hades".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/mount-depressionthe-dream-of-flesh2018.html