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Skyborn Reveries/Winter Lights/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 18 avril 2018 à 01:54

  Skyborn  Reveries  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Winter  Lights"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

 Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  a  slower  direction  and as  the  album  progresses  an  ambient  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Skyborn  Reveries  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  an  idea  of  ascending  to  a  dreamlike  realm  and  becoming  one  with  the  natural  forces  of  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  Skyboarn  Reveries  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  Lights"  "The  Forgotten"  and  "Of  Mountains  And  Tranquil  Skies".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/skyborn-reverieswinter-lightsnaturmacht.html


Thy Feeble Saviour Interview

mercredi 18 avril 2018 à 00:22
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Currently just promoting the new album release and always writing new material.

2.You have your first full length coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo's and splits?


First off, the album is already available on cassette and CD format from Hell's Headbangers. The Lp version is scheduled to be out late March/early April also through Hell's Headbangers. The album can be described as raw, evil, black, death hate! No wimp shit!! You will hear riffs in our songs. yes, RIFFS!! All the previous recording were done on a 4 track cassette recorder so the sound was even more raw. We went for a good sounding rehearsal on the album and I think we achieved it. You can hear all instruments yet it is raw eventhough it was recorded with better equipment.

3.The music project was on a hiatus for 8 years, what was the decision behind getting the musical project going again?

I had talked to Matt several times before we actually got together about possibly recording some THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR tracks. He is a great drummer and his style fits perfectly to what I write. I've known him for years and have worked together on other things. We just decided one day to give it a shot since we both had time to do it. I wrote 6 songs which ended up being the BLASPHEMIC DISGUST Demo which came out in 2015.



4.The lyrics on the recordings are very  blasphemous and anti Christian, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred from Christianity or other Abrahamic faiths?

We don't care for any religious vomit. Growing up in Texas you are bombarded with Christianity so naturally our hatred and disgust for the Christian religion is strong.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Thy Feeble Saviour'?

I took that from and Incantation song called Golgotha from the first album. I just thought it was a perfect name for a band.

6.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?

Matt and I had worked together before and his drumming style is perfect for the riffs I write and he is a much better drummer than I could ever be.  He and I work well together so it was an easy decision to make. Plus not having to do everything myself is a plus.

7.You have been compared  to 'Profanatica' and also had Paul Ledney help you in getting a deal with 'Hell's Headbangers', do you feel it is a huge honor to be compared to this legendary band and also capture their attention?

On the 2004 demo and the split 7 inch there's no doubt about the influence Profanatica had on me. Been listening to them since their early days. On the new stuff it's less Profanatica inspired but there still are some of their influences for sure. Paul and I have been in contact for many years. He's always liked the stuff I did which was a huge honor. I sent him a copy of the Blasphemic Disgust demo tape and he liked it a lot. He sent it over to Chase from Hell's Headbangers and not too long after that  I heard from Chase about wanting to release a THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR album.

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

So far, from what I've seen, we've been getting a great response about what we are doing. Appreciate all the support we have gotten from Headsplit Records, Nero One Records and Hell's Headbangers in helping us get our shit out there to the maniacs worldwide.

9.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?
Lots of late 80's/early 90s black/death metal is where we get influence from for THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR.

10.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
No. We do not subscribe to any sort of religion.

11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview. You can purchase our album from the mighty Hell's Headbangers!!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/thy-feeble-saviour-interview.html


Aisuragua/In Morte Veritas/Hidden Marly Production/2018 CD Review

mardi 17 avril 2018 à 03:37

  Aisuragua  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  depressive  and primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "In  Morte  Veritas"  which  was  released  by  Hidden  Marly  Production.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  ambient  style  synths  while  programmed  beats  are  also  used  at  times  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling. 

  Vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  cries  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  in  the  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  return  in  certain sections  of  the  recording

  On  this  recording  Aisuragua  moves  away  from  the  dark  ambient  style  of  his previous  recording  and  returns  to  his  black  metal  roots  by  creating  an  album  that  is  very  depressive  but  on  the  more  raw  side  as  opposed  to  the  atmospheric  side  that  most  modern  bands  go  for,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  misanthropy,  existentialism,  landscape  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aisuragua  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Day  Of  Blasphemy"  and  "My  Pilgrimage  Is  Over".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/aisuraguain-morte-veritashidden-marly.html


Pseudogod/Sepulchral Chants/Nuclear War Nor! Productions/2018 Compilation Album Review

lundi 16 avril 2018 à 23:05

  Pseudogod  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  satanic  and  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  album  "Sepulchral  Chants"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  distorted,  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  sounding  drone  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  choir  vocals  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  cover's  of  Beherit's  "The  Gate  of  Nanna"  and  Anateus's  "Blood  War  III"  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sounding.

  Pseudogod  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heaviest,  rawest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Necromancy,  Demonology  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pseudogod  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  raw  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bleeding  With  Pus  Of  Black  Plague"  "The  Firstborn  Of  Abhorrence"  "Azazel"  and  "Necromancy  Of  The  Iron  Darkness". 8/5  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/pseudogodsepulchral-chantsnuclear-war.html


Ortus Interview

dimanche 15 avril 2018 à 23:53
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

ORTUS was formed as a nameless solo-project while the year of 2013 was passing away and was/is always meant to be underground.
It´s absolutely non-religious and non-political - ORTUS represents all negative emotions that come from our hearts and spirits as it represents the nightside of the madness called “life”.


2. Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The music is oldschool and atmospheric, very influenced by Scandinavian Black Metal. It has a raw and dark but also melancholic spirit – an equilibrium of rawness and epic melancholy. On this release we´ve used lots of tragic melodies to the atmospheric riffs and acoustic guitars. Also in one track we added some clean vocals. One thing is clear – we have our own sound.


3. The musical project has been around since 2013 but you waited until this year to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

There´s not too much to say about what would be important for nowadays. Before the co-operation with Nihil started most time I´ve been creating some stuff alone and for myself, searching for other people who share my passion, thoughts and visions.
The moment when he entered the project in early 2015 was something like the true birth of ORTUS, and the material for this release and also some for later ones had been worked out in around two years. Everything that has been before doesn´t matter anymore.

Nihil by his own started KLINGSOR and the demos “Erwachen” and “Realm of the Shades” were released until now. Check it out!


4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

All pieces on “Where Shadows Gather” are about death, just in different ways, except the track “Nocturne” which is about the spirit of night.
Looking to the horizon of storms to come I can say that the lyrics are more personal and (will) contain more of my own memories to those sorrowful times I was and am going through despair and madness.


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

The word comes from the latin language and has more than one meaning. We work with the subjects “origin”, “rise”, and “grow” and feel it in a very natural and archaic way – our roots, the wish and fight to rise and at least to grow all fucking life long. “Ortus” describes the path from the cradle to the grave in a special dark romantic way. Our deep extreme emotions and soul experiences finally brought it into Black Metal, and that´s it. Nothing more and nothing less.


6. Currently there is only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Actually we prefer to remain as a duo. But we want to expand the line up for some live appearances in the future.

It´s hard to find people in the area where we´re living for a Black Metal-band - people with true devotion and passion, and not any stupid motherfuckers that just want to play in a band!
For my own i´d be open for things that might happen if we would find some people we can and would like to work with – but Nihil and me always will be the core behind the band.


7. The ep was released on physical format by 'Worship Tapes', how did you get in contact with this label?

We go in touch with the label through a friend of Nihil as we decided to release a small limited tape version of the release. So we thought “what would be better than WORSHIP TAPES for this?” The name is truly program! We just sent a few mails and that´s it.


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

The vast mojority´s first reaction was very positive so far.


9. What is going on with the guitar players other musical project?

Actually his solo-project KLINGSOR is on hold in cause of being focused on ORTUS completely. But I know he wants to release an album during the next years.


10. When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

There are lots of plans for further releases including another EP, set for the end of this year, followed by the first full-lengh.

I guess, the newer stuff is more traditional and less melodic, but some of the most epic and also melancholic material we created so far.

Time will tell more…


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?
I, personally, was inspired by Scandinavian 90´s Black Metal back when I started to do music. But today´s main influences in our music are emotions. All in all dark and intense emotions to experiences bound to everlasting grief and total madness.

We like every kind of music that touches our deepest abysses. It doesn´t matter if it´s Black Metal or something else – but I´d say, to my own, that Black Metal is the most intense musical expression to mirror most of the heaviest inner feelings.
I think there´s too much great music and artists in this fucking world at all to figure out just a few.


12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and beware the darkness to come! Support the true underground! All hail!

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