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Kroda/Selbswelt/Purity Through Fire/2018 CD Review

mardi 1 mai 2018 à 06:16

  Kroda  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2018  album  "Selbswelt"  which  was  released  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  epic  keyboard  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  at  times before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  keyboards  also  being  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  ritualistic  track  and  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Kroda  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that is  very  epic  sounding  along  with  a  great  amount  of  folk  music  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Heathenism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kroda  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  music  influenced  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ritual  At  The  Gates  Of  Eternity"  "Beyond  The  Life  and  Nonexistence"  and  "Like  Some  Snow-White  Marble  Eyes".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/krodaselbsweltpurity-through-fire2018.html


Autarcie/Seqvania/Purity Through Fire/2018 CD Review

mardi 1 mai 2018 à 05:15

  Autarcie  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Seqvania"  which  was  released  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  atmospheric  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  introducing  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief use  of  folk  elements  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  outro.

  Autarcie  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  sounding  with  some  touches  of  folk  music,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Autarcie  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dans  la  chenaie"  "Seqvania"  and  "Terre  brulee".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/autarcieseqaniapurity-through-fire2018.html


Noesis/Unheard Whispers/Masked Dead Records/2018 EP Review

mardi 1 mai 2018 à 03:18

  Noesis  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Unheard  Whispers"  which  was  released  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  onto  the  recording  while  a  great  amount  of  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  long and  epic  in  length  and  also  stick  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly,  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Noesis  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  ambient  style  of  atmospheir  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  magick  and  emotion  of  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Noesis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unheard  Whispers  Pt.  II".  8  out  of  10. 

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/noesisunheard-whispersmasked-dead.html


Frostagrath/Under Your Black Wings/2018 Single Review

mardi 1 mai 2018 à 02:43

  Egypt's  solo  black  metal  project  Frostagrath  have  returned  with  a  new  track  which  continues  his  atmospheric and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  along  with  some  session  work  from  Sayed  Ragai  better  known  for  his  work  in  Sin  Prophecy  and  the  track  was  self  released  in  2018  and  called  "Under  Your  Black  Wings".

  Atmospheric  synths  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  track  which  is  also  9  minutes  in  length  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  into  the  music  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  and  whispers  also  being  used  briefly.

  Frostagrath  creates  another  track  that  remains  true  to  his  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  sorrow,  depression  and  anti  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Frostagrath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

  https://frostagrath.bandcamp.com/album/under-your-black-wings-single



        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/frostagrathunder-your-black-wings2018.html


Melan Selas Interview

mardi 1 mai 2018 à 01:26
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Melan Selas is a musical project consisted of two members, D.K., also member of Riffobia and Astraea, member of Oletir. We started in the middle of 2015 at Trikala, Greece. All music is from D.K. and vocals and lyrics from Astraea. The first project's work was released as an E.P. by Metal Throne Productions on April of 2016.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings you have released so far?


Melan Selas' music genre is defined as black metal with epic and atmospheric elements, as well as some thrash metal ones.


3.The main member also has a background in thrash, how would you compare black metal to the other style that you play in your full time band?


There is no reason for any comparison between the two genres. It is about the expression of different feelings and musical ideas that exist in an individual.


4.Your lyrics cover a lot of Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also are you interested in the mythologies of other cultures?


The lyrical themes of the project vary between nature, ancient times and generally philosophy. Greek mythology is not the main theme of our lyrical content. However, there are some references to this concerning the topics we metioned. We are of course fascinated with all kind of ancient mythologies. Greek mythology speaks more to us due to our connection with it.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the compilation album you have coming out?


The cover of this release illustates the logo of Melan Selas, that also stands as a symbol. The geometry of it expresses the meaning of the project's name. The black colour in the background is related to darkness and void.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Melan Selas'?


The name of the project was an idea of Astraea's father. He thought that it suits the music we present. We familiarised it because we realised that it also has a more esoteric meaning in relation with the lyrics of the project. “Melan” means “black” and “selas” means “light” in ancient greek language. The name expresses a contradiction between the dark and the light, the negative element and the positive one. These two opposite forces become one as annihilation and salvation appear at the same time.


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, would you be open to expanding the line up for live shows or do you prefer to remain a studio project?


We would surely want to be able to play live with a full line up but this is an ambition for which we cannot be certain at this time.


8.The compilation is coming out on 'Iron Bonehead Productions', how would you compare working with them  to your older label 'Metal Throne Productions'?


It is surely great to work with a label such as “Iron Bonehead Productions”. We are also glad for our collaboration with “Metal Throne Productions”. We always try to give our best and improve ourselves as artists.


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


We had a quite good feedback from the fans of the genre until now and we continue our work for our art to be spread even wider.

10.What is going on with 'Riffobia' these days?


Riffobia are currently working on some new stuff for their third full album release.


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


This is something that only time will tell.


12.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 music is influenced by the classic black metal bands and generally the wider range of heavy metal music. We are listening to anything that speaks to our souls.



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


We thank you very much for the interview. Stay tuned for more.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/melan-selas-interview.html