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Withered Land/The Endless Journey/Naturmacht Productions/2021 CD Review

mardi 3 août 2021 à 06:03

 


  Withered  Land  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  an  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Endless  Journey"  which  will  be  released  on  August  20th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  deep  sounding  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed.  Percussion  style  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  later songs  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  as  well  as  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  can  also be  heard.


  Withered  Land  plays  a  style  of  black metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  epic  and  keyboard  orientated  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  divided  into  5  different  chapters  and  cover  a  story  about  a  warrior  and  his  merciless  battles,  his  difficult  struggle  and  longing  for  home's  shores.


  In  my  opinion  Withered  Land  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  epic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  The  Misty  Mountains"  and  "Death  Was  Always  near".  8  out  of  10.


https://witheredland.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/WitheredLand
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https://www.instagram.com/withered_land  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/withered-landthe-endless.html


Aussichtslos/Einsicht/Purity Through Fire/2021 CD Review

mardi 3 août 2021 à 02:57

 


  Aussichtslos  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  grim  and  harsh  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Einsicht"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  without  really  going  into  solo  territory   as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  The  music  also  shows  some  influences  of  both  the  classic  Finnish  and  German  era's  of  black  metal  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  tracks  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  main  focus  being  more  on  a  mid  tempo  style  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Aussichtslos  remains  true  to  the  harsh  and  grim  form  of  black  metal  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  the  inner  struggle  of  human  beings.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aussichtslos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grim  and  harsh  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sklaven"  "Spiegel"  and  "Kerker".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/MzO0LUxIyag

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/aussichtsloseinsichtpurity-through.html


Nöldr Interview

mardi 3 août 2021 à 02:10

 

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


-Nöldr is an atmospheric and raw black metal solo project that aims to maintain the essence of black metal and overflow with a heroic and melancholic atmosphere, with a vampire and necromancer aesthetic.


2. Recently you have released an album, can you tell us a little more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


-I tried to make a raw black metal, mixed atmospheric black metal. The main objective is to transfer the Melancholic and Heroic feeling into the music.


3. Your main lyrical themes are  misanthropy, vengeance and darkness, can you tell us a little more about what these mean to you?


-Humanity has always been dirty. People are extremely cruel, dominated by hatred and ignorance. What most motivated me to do this kind of lyrical theme is to demonstrate the real human nature.


4. A lot of your lyrics are also inspired by myths and novels, which are some myths and literature that have had an influence on your songwriting?


-I've always been interested in poetry and medieval stories. Fantasy or not. The whole world is full of fascinating stories. I always loved history and literature. By the way, Nöldr gives me the idea of creating my own story.


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


-It's a little funny, I was playing a Board RPG game with my friends and I created a necromancer town called Nöldr. I also named myself Lord Deathlaff, whose governor of the place and also the word Death as a way to demonstrate the main essence of a Necromancer.


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


-The Objective is to overflow a feeling of loneliness, coldness and fear. Think of yourself alone in a dark forest full of wolves, maybe you feel fear or the pleasure that the environment gives, it depends on your mental health.


7. With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?


-Nöldr was one of the best projects I've ever done, and with that I had the pleasure of meeting amazing bands that deserve a lot of support and united people. I have in mind to split with two bands, I'm already exchanging ideas.


8. Recently 'Humanity's Plague productions' released your album as a physical copy, how did you get in contact with this label?


-He emailed me saying that my sound was wonderful, I was very happy after reading that. I accepted his proposal and I hope to continue working together for future Nöldr's releases.


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


-The reactions were very positive, I was even impressed.


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


-It's hard to know the future, but I guess maybe myself calm in my dungeon, making my music.


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


-Sargeist, Lunacy, Mäleficentt, Arna, Enthroned and Burzum, I want to bring a vampire and necromancy aesthetic to the band, I think it fits really well.

I still listen to black metal, but I've expanded my playlist to Dungeon Synth and Post Punk, although I don't have in mind to do a Post Punk project, just Dungeon Synth inside Nöldr.


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


-Drink water, stay hydrated, guys.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/noldr-interview.html


Malvento/Abigail/Malauriu/Staring Into Darkness/3 Way Split Album Review

lundi 2 août 2021 à 03:58

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Italy's  Malvento,  Malauriu  and  Japan's  Abigail  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Staring  Into  Darkness  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Malvento  who  return  with  their  occult  style  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  synth  orientated  intro  which  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Esotericism  and  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malvento  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Signore  Del  Deserto".


  Next  up  is  Abigail  who  return  with  their  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  their  side  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in an  80's  style  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash  and  speed  metal.


  Touches  of t he  first  wave  era  can be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  done  in  a  very  old  school  black  emtal  screaming  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  sticking  mostly  to  a  faster  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  War,  Death  and  Sex  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abigail  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Gods  of  Khaos  Endless  War".


  Closing  the  split  is  Malauriu  who  return  with  their  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  horror  movie  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  at  times.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  part,  the  music  also  adds  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  their  side  of  the  split  closes  with  a  very  ritualistic  sounding  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  human  misery  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malauriu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Evil  Lust".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  old  school  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Malvento/19664

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Abigail/1282

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Malauriu/3540377670     


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/malventoabigailmalauriustaring-into.html


Anaal Nathrakh/When Fire Rains Down From The Sky, Mankind Will Reap As It Has Sown/Metal Blade Records/2021 EP Re-Issue Review

dimanche 1 août 2021 à 23:58

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  United  Kingdom's  Anaal  Nathrakh  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  grindcore  and  industrial  from  their  previous  releases  and  the  ep  was  originally  released  in  2003  and  called  "When  Fire  Rains  Down  From  The  Sky,  Mankind  Will  Reap  As  It  Has  Sown"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  August  13th,  2021  by  Metal  Blade  Records. 


  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  industrial  touches.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Most of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction  along  with  the   guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  vocals  also  start  mixing  in  a  more  grim  approach  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion,  misanthropy  and  nihilism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Anaal  Nathrakh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cataclysmic  Nihilism"  and  "Atavism".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/anaal-nathrakhwhen-fire-rains-down-from.html