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Nemus/Stein-Mensch/Naturmacht Productions/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 23 mars 2020 à 04:55

  Nemus  is  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  with  touches  of  death  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Stein-Mensch"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  which  also  have  a  more  dominant  presence  than  the  previous  recording.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  grim  spoken  words  onto  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  along  with  some  elements  of  post  black  metal,  a  couple  of  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  man  who  once  climbed  to  the  top  of  the  mountain  and  his  experiences  and  journey.

  In  my  opinion  this is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Nemus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  and  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Der  Stieg"  "Der  Golem"  and  "Der  Flutch".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlBEwSiYdBg

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/nemusstein-menschnaturmacht.html


Cold Raven/In Tenebris Silvam/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 23 mars 2020 à 03:36

  Cold  Raven  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  melodic  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "In  Tenebris  Silvam".

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  into  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths,  whispers  and  melodic  chants  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  programmed  beats  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  brutal  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  and  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  they  also  give  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  vibe  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording. 

A  couple  of  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  album  closes  with  a  tribal  sounding  outro.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  pre  Christian  religions,  anti-cosmos,  sorcery  and  chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cold  Raven  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  aggressive  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Path  Of  Hekate"  "Eros  And  Thanatos"  and  "Black  Light".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/coldraven666

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5vEhir5zBJhU9ToQ-lKA5A
www.coldraven.bandcamp.com      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/cold-ravenin-tenebris-silvam2020-full.html


Skognatt/Autumn Skies/2020 EP Review

dimanche 22 mars 2020 à 05:09

  Germany's  Skognatt  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric    style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "Autumn  Skies".

  Ambient style  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams

  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  atmospheric  direction.  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  slower  riffs  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal,  on  the  last  track  deep  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Skognatt  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  has  established  on  previous  releases  as  well  as  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Skognatt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Shadowlands". 8  out  of  10.

https://skognatt.bandcamp.com/

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/skognattautumn-skies2020-ep-review.html


Membaris Interview

dimanche 22 mars 2020 à 03:41
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album



Kraal: After we had completed the work on Misanthrosophie and the layout was ready we started to rehearse again in 2016. N. (ex - Weird Fate, Avowal) who was playing live guitar for us since the early days in 2004 joined us for the rehearsals. Through him F. (ex - Weird Fate) also joined the band on guitar. He is a highly skilled musician and is enhancing the variability and depth of our music. Since then, we have been playing live again as a complete band.





2.You have a new album coming out during the end of March, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



K.: Apart from the solos which were composed and played by Stefan (Obscure Infinity) and more chanted passages, the album is not differing too much from the older albums. The production and overall sound is different, because we like all of our recordings to be unique. The ideas for some of the songs on Misanthrosophie even reach back to the time we recorded Grenzgänger and Entartet, but needed some time to grow what they are now.





3.This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?



K.: After we recorded Neon Light Bearer. O. and me started to record some demos for Misanthrosophie. While we share our burning for the same spirit of Black Metal, we are equally critical with the music we create. Because we wrote the album as a duo, we wanted to live out our creativity to the fullest and sort out together what was best for the songs. This took a fair amount of time.





4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?



K.: As with our previous albums, the lyrics range from misanthropy, Menschenflucht (i.e. “distancing oneself from the human race”) and contempt, to dealing with questions about volition, consciousness, action and epistemology as well as with nature-related topics.

The experiences we make and the knowledge we gain influences the topics and the way we write lyrics. This is somewhat natural I guess.



The songwriting is maybe slightly leaning more towards catchy songs but this might be our impression only... we love chaotic and wild music as well as atmospheric and wide parts. A song can thus have only 5 minutes and another one may need 8-10 minutes to unfold everything it stands for. We were never afraid of longer songs.





5.Some of your earlier lyrics touched on Satanism, do you have an interest in the dark arts?



K.: The satanic parts did more or less vanish in our nowadays lyrics. The larger amount of those older lyrics came from my side as I was exposing myself a lot to LaVey and ritual magic. In the end it is not about dark rituals, candles and sacrifices in the wild nature which count, but much more the way of life one lives. We do not care much about how other people see us. We live our lives the way we want and the most important is that we feel confident and good about it.





6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Membaris'?



When O. and I founded the band in 1999, we took the name out of a novel, but to be honest I don' t remember its name anymore. Nowadays the name stands for everything we all went through together, for all the time we shared in life and thought.





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



K.: One way to interpret it may be to see a connection to peoples’ thinking and acting in black-and-white only. Living in times of extremes, shades of gray and thus the many possible ways of interpretation seem to be forgotten.

Another way may be to link the cover artwork to title of the album. The virus called humanity is spreading and extinguishes everything. While there are some individuals that promote a peaceful coexistence of humans and nature, we finally have to realize that the human nature is to behave like a cancerous disease.





8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?



K.: One of the best and most intense shows for sure was in Hofheim, Germany at the Zeremonie der Schatten. It was a very small club there, but the sound and the atmosphere was great! Also the De Mortem et Diabolum festival in Berlin last year was great. We had a very good time with the guys running the festival, the other bands and the show was also pretty sick!

Membaris has to offer a good mixture of fast paced, high energetic outbursts as well as deep atmospheric moments of supreme emotional sensation. We can only recommend to everybody interested to join a Membaris live show!





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



K.: When we are asked to play shows, we usually try to make them happen. At the moment, we plan some single shows throughout the year and a European tour with our mates form Chaos Invocation, Streams of Blood and Sköhsla for the end of 2020. Right now, we are pretty confident that the latter could work out.





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



K.: Even though we run a facebook profile, we are not actively reviewing how other people like our music - most important for us is that we are satisfied with the music we create and we reached the level of expression we were aiming for.





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



K.: We have about 15 songs we need to finish. At the moment, we are very creative while rehearsing and changing parts over and over again to explore the full spectrum of possibilities. From a musical and stylistic point of view, there could be some surprises in the future...

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



K.: We all are fans of the old Setherial, Leviathan, Gorgoroth, Deathspell Omega, Blut aus Nord and many more. Personally I do not listen to much of the newer stuff as I realized that newer music seldomly touches me in a way the old stuff does.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/membaris-interview.html


Algeia/Patient 34/Kryrart Records/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 22 mars 2020 à 02:58

  Ukraine's  Algeia  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Patient  34"  which  was  released  by  Kryrart  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  which  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  other  songs  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  which  also  leads  up  to  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  melodic  style  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introducing  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  clean  playing  also  returning  on  a  later  track,  keyboards  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  and  suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Algeia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stone  Heart"  and  "Suicide".  8  out  of  10.

https://algeia.bandcamp.com/
    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/algeiapatient-34kryrart-records2020.html