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Gloom/Rider Of The Last Light/Spread Evil/2020 CD Review

jeudi 21 mai 2020 à 21:21

  Gloom  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  suicidal  and  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Rider  Of  the  Last  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Spread  Evil.

  Gun  sounds  start  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.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  2000's  era  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  melancholic  and  suicidal  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having  their  deeper  and  more  aggressive  moments.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Gloom  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding  along  with  some  melancholic  and  suicidal  touches.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  death,  murder,  melancholic,  anti  religion  and  black  metal  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Gloom  are  a  very  raw,  melodic,  melancholic,  suicidal  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iron  Claws  Of  Black  Metal"  "No  Mercy  After  Sunset"  and  "Rider  Of  The  Last  Light".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/gloomrider-of-last-lightspread-evil2020.html


Soul Butcher Interview

jeudi 21 mai 2020 à 20:43
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1.Well it is primitive way of playing Black metal with HC Punk influences.


2.So far you have released a single and demo, musically how do they both differ from each other?
2.Not much really,maybe the production on single is a little better.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored so far with the music?
3.Some my visions of worthless life, disgust for peoples and escape into isolation.
Just let the darkness swallow this world with perverted pleasure.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Soul Butcher'?

4.I wanted to create something that would have a terrible message for peoples with aggressive and simple riffs,one big "fuck off and die" attitude.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
5.As a big fan of classic photography for covers i wanted something simple for start.
I also like drawings, but classic photography has always been more or less my favorite thing for black metal album covers,just like in old days.
I think my favorite photography for album cover is "Blaze in the northern sky",simple,dark and primitive,i love it!

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience playing with other musicians in each projects, do you prefer working solo?
6.Yes,everything except for vocals, a friend helped me there because I have no idea how to sing haha.
Well with a full band the energy is stronger, and doing solo music is more artistic freedom.
Here is very very hard to find a drummer,or someone who like the same music as you do,it is just almost impossible.
So I would like to find peoples for playing live who will just do what I tell them,that would be awesome.

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

7.Not necessary but if anyone is interested to hook me up feel free to contact me.

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

8.Well for now everything is good,peoples who are into metal or punk like it and i cant wait for the day to play live and feel that energy even more.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a a part of?
9.My main band iz Atomski Rat,a raw hard core punk with several metal and grind influences.I got band Karakondzula,a black/thrash metal band,but that band is on a break for very long time.
I got Rdja, a black metal band but that one is on break as well.And i got Vladar,a small synth dark ambient project for fans of old horror movies soundtracks.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
10.I got a lot of cool riffs but nothing until I find a drummer.
Well future music will be more black metal way of playing.
I'm planning a new demo with 3 new songs and one cover song,but the conditions are killing me,because there are none of it.

11.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11.Oh man there is a lot of it,but I will mention only the most important one's.
The greatest impact who had on Soul Butcher are bands like Nattefrost,Ildjarn,Fuck off and die(a band from Lithuania),Horna,The shitlickers,Disclose,Hellhammer,Impaled nazarene,Whiskey ritual and of course mighty Darkthrone.
And nowadays i listen a lot of new black and death metal bands who sound pretty old in style of sound and riffs.
I mean just give me simply riffs and i am happy guy,bands like Maim,Bastard priest,Obliteration.
And of course a lot of gothic rock bands like She past away and one of my personal favorite bands of all time Lebanon Hanover.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12.Don't live by the rules,make you own rules and enjoy it! And check out Serbian Black metal,there are a lot of great bands you can find that nobody knows about,pure underground stuff.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/soul-butcher-interview.html


Duthaig/Harlech's Sleep/Cyhyraeth/2020 Demo Review

jeudi 21 mai 2020 à 10:11

  Duthaig  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  demo  "Harlech's  Sleep/Cyhyraeth".

  Ambient  style  keyboards  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  sounding  post  metal  guitar  leads  and  solos  and  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  programmed  beats  which  add  in  a  touch  of  trip  hop  and  melodic  chants  also  being  utilized  briefly,  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track. 

  Duthaig  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  which  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  capturing  the  rawness  of  the  old  school  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Celtic  History,  Welsh/Irish  Mythology  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Duthaig  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Harlech's  Sleep".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/duthaigharlechs-sleepcyhyraeth2020-demo.html


Hexivoid/The Beckoning Of Celestial Tendrils/MSH Music Group/Analog Ragnarok/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 21 mai 2020 à 09:03

  Hexivoid  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2020  album  "The  Beckoning  Of  Celestial  Tendrils"  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  MSH  Music  Group  and  Analog  Ragnarok.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  dissonant  direction.  Distorted  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  tracks  also  adding  in  some  experimental  elements  along  with  some  touches  of  doom  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  some  synths  also  making a   brief  return  as  the  album  progresses,  a  couple  of  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmic,  depravity  and  isolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hexivoid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  cosmic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Daughter  Of  The  Cosmos"  and  "Liquid  Gulfs  Of  Infinity".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/hexivoidthe-beckoning-of-celestial.html


Herxheim//Incised Arrival/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 20 mai 2020 à 21:22

  Herxheim  are  a  solo  project  from  Texas  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Incised  Arrival"  which  will  be  released  i  July  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  blackened  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  mid  80's  to  early  90's  influences  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  bass  guitar  takes  place  of  a  regular  guitar  which  is  mostly  absent  as  the  lead  instrument.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Touches  of  death  metal  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  melodic  yet  old  school  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  more  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  Mephisto  fables  revolving  around  the  human  condition  and  tales  of  warning  and  wrath.

  In  my  opinion  Herxheim  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wanton  of  Idols"  and  "Warning  master  Love".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/herxheimincised-arrivali-voidhanger.html