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Grift/Vilsna Andars Boning/Nordvis/2018 EP Review

vendredi 13 avril 2018 à 19:44

  Sweden's solo  project  Grift  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  and  on  this  release  moves  away  from  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  to  focus  more  on  a  neo-folk  sound  and  this is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Vilsna  Andars  Boning"  which  was  released  by  Nordvis.

  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  use  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  along  with  some  percussion's  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  all  done  in  a  clean  style  and  both  of  these  songs  are  folk  versions  of  previous  black  metal  tracks  he  has  recorded  and  the  second  track is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  On  this  recording  Grift  takes  a  couple  of  songs  off  his  previous  release  and  does  them  in  an  acoustic  neo-folk  direction  and  strips  away the  heavy  instruments  and  harsh  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dreams,  heritage  and  a  forgotten  ancient  past.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grift  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dararnas  massiv".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/griftvilsna-andars-boningnordvis2018-ep.html


Carpathian Forest/Likeim/Indie Recordings/2018 EP Review

vendredi 13 avril 2018 à 04:37

  Norway's  Carpathian  Forest  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Likeim"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry,  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  punk  elements.

  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  raw  style  along  with  the  second  track  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Carpathian  Forest  pick  up  where  they  left  off  on t heir  past  release  while  also  adding  in  more  punk  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Carpathian  Forest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "All  My  Friends  Are  Dead". 8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/carpathian-forestlikeimindie.html


Ifernach/Gaqtaqaiaq/Nekart Productions/2018 EP Review

vendredi 13 avril 2018 à 01:58

  Ifernach  are  a  solo  project  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  recently  had  music  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk,  thrash  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Gaqtaqaiaq"  which  was  released  by  Nekart  Productions.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  while  also  being  very  epic  at  the  same  time  along  with  some  touches  of  classical  music  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Elements  of  punk  and  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  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  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  there  is  also  another  keyboard  instrumental  as  the  ep  progresses  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  tribal  sounding  drum  beats  and  war  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ifernach  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  also  keeping  the  punk,  thrash  and  ambient  elements  of  his  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  the  Micmac  Native  American's  tribe  folklore,  ancient  mysticism,  nature,  conflict  and  betrayal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ifernach  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  with  elements  of  punk  and  thrash,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Extinction"  "Naufrages"  and  "Metal  sauvage  gspesien",  8/5  out  of  10.           

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/ifernachgaqtaqaiaqnekart.html


Inféren/Self Titled/Vacula Productions/Narcoleptica Productions/2018 CD Review

vendredi 13 avril 2018 à 01:08

  Inferen  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  album  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Vacula  and  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  A  very  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  but  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Battle  and  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  while  one  track  almost  towards  the  end  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads.. 

  Inferen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Italian  and  cover  apocalypse,  darkness,  death,  evil,  visions  and  doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inferen  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation"  "Winter  Rage"  and  "Inferen".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/inferenself-titledvacula_12.html


Razorschrieck Interview

jeudi 12 avril 2018 à 21:35

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

Razörschrieck was a logical continuation of my previous project “OMYT”. It was started because, I think, I made lots of mistakes in “OMYT”, and I wanted to fix them. Project was founded in August 2012, and then it all began. At that time I didn't live very well and was poor and depressed, it was horrible. I needed to throw it all away, and music seemed like a good way to do it.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that was presented on your last recording?

I can describe it like a “funeral sound” similar to such bands as Xasthur and Nortt. In my oppinion it resembles wet cemetery ground in autumn.

3.Besides depressive black metal you have also done dark ambient, industrial and noise, do you fell you have a lot to offer to these many different musical genres?

When I do it and when I do my music I think about nothing else except the means and tools which can help me reach my purpose in making necessary mood and atmosphere.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

Thoughts, feelings, emotions… apathy, depression, everyday life painted in funeral colours… nothing new in my lyrics. You can also visit the band`s bandcamp – there are some lyrics translations in English for foreign listeners.

5.From 2013 to 2016 you released a great amount of music, what has happened since 2016?

Since 2016 I was making music in other bands and projects. I wrote lyrics and recorded vocals for melodic-black metal band “Gates of Chaos” and their full-length album «Из Бездны Тьмы». I also recorded a demo and an EP for my punk-rock band Whorez, and recorded the debut album for another project of mine «Мономан» - it`s a stoner rock band. Now I have plans to return with Razörschrieck.

6.Before 'Razorschrieck' you where also doing music under the name of 'OMYT', how would you say both musical projects differ?

I said it earlier – Razörschrieck was a logical continuation of “OMYT”, and their difference is only the quality of the material.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Razorschrieck'?

The name “Razörschrieck“ means Razors cutting flesh with a noisy shrieck… like a chainsaw.

8.With this musical project you record everything by yourself but also worked with another musician in a different musical project, do you feel this project is more personal for you?

What project do you mean?

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

There has been very little feedback. For all this time only a few people from other countries contacted me.

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

I see myself outside.

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?

There are lots of musical genres and bands which influence me and which I`m listening to nowadays. I may name a few depressive black metal bands… Xasthur, Lifelover, Shining, Malvery, Todesstoss and Silencer. I also want to mention one more band which has a great influence on me – Bethlehem.

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

Rest in peace.

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