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Umbra/Unholy Causality/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 02:46

  Umbra  are  a  band  from  Asheville,  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Unholy  Causality".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  very  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very,  dark,  raw  and  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  early  2000's  era  USBM  as  well  as  the  bass  guitar  also  being  used  as  a  lead  instrument.

  Umbra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  use  a  bass  guitar  as  a  lead  instrument  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Umbra  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disillusioned" and  "Primordial  Void".  8  out  of  10.

https://umbra5.bandcamp.com/

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/umbraunholy-causality2018-full-length.html


Aima/Tragos/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 17 mai 2019 à 02:08

  Aima  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Tragos"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Death  metal  influenced  riffing  and  bestial  growls  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  used  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  more  of  a  chaotic  black/death  metal  style and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeping  it  modern.

  One  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  have  their  dark  and  melodic  moments  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aima  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  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  "Goatfuck  Redemption"  "Possessed  Preacher"  and  "Hands  In  Blood".  8  out  of  10.

 http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/tragos 

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/aimatragosnuclear-war-now.html


Botis Interview

mercredi 15 mai 2019 à 06:08
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


The band was started as a studio project by Erik (guitar) and featured Peter on vocals and drummer Eli Litwin.  After a dormant period Greg (drums) and Graham (bass) joined up and began collaborating on songwriting and playing shows around Philadelphia.


2.In July you have your first album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the album?


Grand Abominations explores our own recipe of Black Metal, death metal, thrash, and prog. There is hopefully something for every metal fan on the record.


3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explored on the new album?


Occult passages, feasting on rodents, pursuit of the dark arts, global annihilation, etc


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


In demonology, Botis is one of many earls or kings of hell. We liked the name because it rolled off the tongue well and wasn't widely used by other acts at the time of conception.


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


The album cover is an original piece of work by our drummer Greg Bogart.  The design started as a pencil drawing which went through photoshop. It was then laser etched on an old gross weathered piece of wood and photographed.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


The band has only performed a handful of shows to date. The first show was among the most memorable- we shared a bill with two incredible DIY touring bands Malevich and Born Hollow. Both have become big inspirations not only musically, but in their relentless work ethic.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?


The official release show is slated for Fri 7/19 supporting Tomb Mold and Superstition at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly. The venue is the most supportive spot in the local scene and has become a homebase for us. Nothing is set in stone to take our freakshow on the road as of yet, but you can keep an eye out for that in the coming months.


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


Releasing music through our own independent means has been working well for us in this band and in other projects. We are certainly not actively seeking a label because we feel as though we can handle the distribution of our music ourselves at the moment.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and extreme metal that have heard it so far?


We have yet to officially release the record, and have no real sense of what the reception will be like. We’ve heard positive feedback from the few friends that we’ve shared it with so far, but are striving to keep our expectations in check.


10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


Progressive power metal band Lör is the main musical endeavor outside of Botis for our vocalist Peter Hraur and drummer Greg Bogart. The band previously also featured bassist Graham Noel, and they have been around for 10 years. Greg and Graham also have an experimental bass/drum duo called landstryder.


It doesn’t end at Lör for Peter, who is an absolute madman when it comes to the amount of projects he’s involved with at any given time. His other projects include Ashen Waves, Top Hats & Effigies, and a few yet-to-be named bands.


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


Without revealing too much, we are constantly striving to push forward into new musical territory. There is a good amount of material written which should shape itself into a follow up release very soon.


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?


In no particular order: Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, Dysrhythmia, Disasterpeace, Thantifaxath, Oathbreaker, Cleric, Pyrrhon, Azusa, Zevious, Parius, Borknagar, Inquisition, Gorguts.


13.Does Occultism play any role in your music?


Yes. A dash of occultism (and smoked paprika) is the spice of life.


14.What are some of your non musical interests?


Asian food, night digging, and exchanging pleasantries.


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


Thanks for helping spread the word! Kale Seitan!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/botis-interview.html


Nihtwintre/Albanach ar Dheis/Epicurus Records/2019 Split EP Review

mercredi 15 mai 2019 à 05:31

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Seattle,  Washington's  Nihtwintre  and  Calgary,  Alberta,  Canada's  Albanach  ar  Dheis  which  was  released  by  Epicurus  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Albanach  ar  Dheis  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background.  Both  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  the  music  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  back  some  of  the  90's  synth  style  of  black  metal  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  historical  Scottish  events.

  In  my  opinion  Albanach  ar  Dheis  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mons  Grapius".

  Next  up  is  Nihtwintre  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal.

   His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  drum  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  closing  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Necromancy,  Occultism  and  Sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nihtwintre  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Tragic  Path  Of  The  Necromancer".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  and  occult  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.

Nihtwintre https://nihtwintre.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/nihtwintre/ Albanach ar Dheis https://albanachardheis.bandcamp.com https://www.facebook.com/Albanachardheis   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/nihtwintrealbanach-ar-dheisepicurus.html


Nameless Void/Self Titled/Grey Matter Productions/Xenoglossy Productions/2019 EP Review

mercredi 15 mai 2019 à 04:18

  Nameless  Void  are  a  duo  from  an  unknown  area  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  drone  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  ep  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Grey  Matter  and  Xenoglossy  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some   ambient  style  synths  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  distorted  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  more  of  an  ambient  drone  instrumental,  elements  of  noise  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Nameless  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  ambient,  noise  drone  and  industrial  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nameless  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  emtal,  ambient,  noise,  drone  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Flash".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/nameless-voidself-titledgrey-matter.html