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Godhead Machinery/Masquerade Among Gods/Black Lion Records/2021 EP Review

samedi 19 juin 2021 à 03:04

 


  Sweden's  Godhead  Machinery  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Masquerade  Among  Gods"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Black  Lion  Records.


  Acoustic  guitars  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording. 


  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  On  this  recording  Godhead  machinery  go  for  more  of  a  modern  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  which  is  a  little bit  different  than  previous  releases  but  still  very  aggressive.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  dark  and  corrupt  side  of  religion  and  how  it  enslaves  mankind.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Godhead  Machinery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Upon  His  Deceitful  Star"  and  "Masquerade  Among  Gods".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/GodheadMachinery 

https://www.instagram.com/godhead_machinery 

https://godheadmachineryblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/masquerade-among-gods 

https://youtu.be/92m9-9u2lW8       


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/godhead-machinerymasquerade-among.html


Botgörelsen Interview

vendredi 18 juin 2021 à 06:14

 

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


Botgörelsen is a solo project from Sweden. Started out as a duo. I'd describe the music as more modern than old school, with a hint of avant-garde. That is, at least, the intention of the project.


2.So far you have released a single and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?


The single has a slight sludge-like edge that is not present on the album. It was recorded as a trio, with a friend of mine on vocals, so it sounds different in that respect too. The single was originally intended to be a part of the album, but that changed for different reasons. I think it worked out for the best in the end, the album flows better without the single.


3.The project has been around since 2015 but waited until this year to release a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?


As previously mentioned, Botgörelsen began as a duo. Me and a friend from my hometown. I was visiting home briefly between studies and travels. For this reason we couldn't get together and rehearse until 2018, but we spent the time in between writing music and lyrics. The album was supposed to be recorded during 2018 as well, but various reasons made it impossible, although we did end up recording the first single together with a third friend. In the end I decided to take the stuff I had written and "go solo", since we were unfortunately unable to continue as a duo or a trio.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?


The intent at the beginning was to evoke a feeling of Old Sweden, perhaps something vaguely folkloric. Remnants of that original idea can be found in songs like Själafiende and Klagan för uteblivna skördar. The former reads like a warning sermon against the Devil, the second one deals with drought and famine and was heavily influenced by Swedish literary classics such as "The Emigrants". In some cases I deliberately chose to avoid Latin and Greek loanwords in the lyrics, in order "to implicitly set the ambiance in a somewhat hazy past.", to quote a fellow musician. Over time the intent has evolved, and I examine different aspects of the human condition in general in my lyrics. Other lyrics are no more than the raw expression of personal, negative emotions. The first single is an example of this.


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


The name translates roughly to "the penance". It takes inspiration from flagellants, medieval and modern. There is something that fascinates me about flagellants, the act of taking intense emotions like guilt and shame and turning them into very tangible actions - maybe even creating a sense of pride and purpose. On some level I can understand it, given how powerful guilt, shame and fear can be. As such, the name is important to me on a personal level.


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


It relates directly to the band name and the meaning behind it. More specifically, it's based on a piece of performance art called "Der Mutterseelenalleinring", by German artist Micha Brendel. I can't speak to the intent of the original artist, but the aesthetics fit the vibe I wanted to create. The woodcut look of the cover art goes hand in hand with the feeling of Old, which I mentioned earlier. The version on the cover was made by a talented artist named Stefan Rindler.


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


I have a pretty clear vision of where I want to take things, so for now I'm comfortable working alone. But I wouldn't mind bringing in "hired guns" on future releases, to cover instruments I can't play myself. My life outside of Botgörelsen has meant a lot of moving around, which isn't ideal for creating a stable group. Giving a concert or two in the future would be interesting, if the circumstances allow it.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


I am looking for a label, yes. So far a few distributors have expressed their interest, we'll see where I end up. I'm more interested in finding a label with the right attitude and aesthetics, rather than accepting any offer to get my music out.


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


So far reactions have been really positive. I was surprised to read many positive comments about the vocals, since it's my first time really using my voice beyond backing vocals. 


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


Since the first album was almost done in 2018, I've had the time to flesh out the direction for the next album (and even some stuff for the next release after that). The second album will be slightly more cohesive on a conceptual level, and I will be taking the music to some places that are new to me personally. However, the sound is still very much Botgörelsen.


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?


Within black metal, I take influence from acts like Leviathan (US), Shining, and the more melodic passages of Deathspell Omega. But while the skeleton and spirit of this body is indeed black metal, I'd say a lot of the flesh comes from music completely unrelated to metal. Be it classical music, bossa nova or even hip hop. After all, darkness is not unique to black metal. One of my biggest influences in recent years has been Agnes Obel.

Recent musical binges of mine include The Mars Volta and Imperial Triumphant. I'm also looking forward to Hellige's upcoming release - whose first single Hueste has some of the most blood-curdling vocals I've heard in a while.


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


Thank you for your time. This is just the beginning!


S / Botgörelsen


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/botgorelsen-interview.html


Vrexiza/Self Titled/2021 Demo Review

vendredi 18 juin 2021 à 06:07

 


  Vrexiza  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plaqys  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2021  demo  which  will b e  released  in  July  by  Signal  Rex.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  also  shows  influences  of  the  French,  Finnish  and  Ukrainian  scenes.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also b e  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  whole  recording  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.


  Vrexiza  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in the  Western  and  Eastern  European  traditions.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  battles  and  conflicts  around  the  globe  if  centuries  past  and  going  into  the  Germanic  Tribes,  Roman  Empire,  Napoleonic  Wars  and  WWII.


  In  my  opinion  Vrexiza  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iron  Spectres"  and  "Corpses  Of  Fervor".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/8OMsxPUWMsQ              

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/vrexizaself-titled2021-demo-review.html


Xasthur/Victims Of The Times/Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions/2021 CD Review

vendredi 18 juin 2021 à 05:14

 


  Xasthur  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  a  depressive  black  metal  style  and  goes  into  more  of  an  acoustic  acid  folk  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Victims  Of  The  Times"  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lupus  Lounge  and  Prophecy  Productions.


  Keyboards  and  slide  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  Americana  elements.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dark  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  a  lot  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  folk  influences.


  Touches  of  acid,    tech  folk  and  bluegrass  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords.

  

At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  dark  atmosphere  of  black  and  doom  metal  without  ever  adding  in  any  heaviness  or  distorted  instruments  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  psychedelic  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  covers  a  road  trip  through  the  dark  underbelly  of  the  American  Dream.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xasthur  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  direction,  I  can  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  neo  folk.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Same  old  Suspects"  "Fairy  Tale  Ideologies"  "Estranged"  and  "Voluntary  Prisoners".  8  out  of  10.


http://xasthur.net
www.facebook.com/Xasthur-acousticunplugged-824188390951258

www.instagram.com/xasthur_official1  


   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/xasthurvictims-of-timeslupus.html


Animal Man Machine/Until We See The Light/Caverna Abismal Records/2021 CD Review

vendredi 18 juin 2021 à 03:40

 


  Animal  Man  Machine  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Until  We  See  The  Light"  which  was  released  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records  which  also  consists  of  his  2020  ep  "The  Cruelty  of  Light"  as  bonus  tracks.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.


  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  utilized on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  gave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  being  brief  dungeon  synth  interludes  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  as  the  album  progresses  ther e is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants.  The  first  bonus  track  also  adds  in  a b rief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  earlier  material  shows  a  lot  more  of  a  90's  style  than  the  newer  material.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Evil  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Animal  Man  Machine  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Transformation"  "Forces  of  Evil"  "Enter  The  Darkness"  and  "Telos".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/animal-man-machineuntil-we-see.html