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Red Star Kommando/Stupor Mundi/2018 Split EP Review

jeudi 12 avril 2018 à 21:16




  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Red  Star  Kommando  and  Stupor  Mundi  which  was  self  released  in  2018  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Red  Star  Kommando  a  musical  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi form  of  communist  black metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  before  speeding  up  and  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  done  mostly  in  a  deep  black  metal  style  which  is  mixed down  low  in  the  mix  but  having  a  bestial  approach  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  capturing  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  elements  of  noise,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Italian  Communism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Red  Star  Kommando  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  communist  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Red  Transnistria".

  Next  up  is  Stupor  Mundi  a  solo  project  continuing  his  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  slow  riffing  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  you  can  also  hear  the  guitar  picking  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  second  track  is  an  instruemntal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Communism,  Marxism  and Left  Wing  Politics. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Stupor  Mundi  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Inutile  Stage'.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  communist,  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.











Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/red-star-kommandostupor-mundi2018-split.html


Stupor Mundi/Ottobre Rosso/Depressive Illusions/2017 Demo Review

jeudi 12 avril 2018 à 20:07

  Stupor  Mundi  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Ottobe  Rosso"  which  was  released  by Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  drum  beats  are  all  programmed.

  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  which  also  uses  a  great  mixture  of  both  slow  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Stupor  Mundi  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while  also  being  very  different  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  cover  The  October  Revolution  And  The  Worker  Struggles  In  Europe  After  The  End  Of  World  War  1.

  In my  opinion  Stupor  Mundi  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ordine  Nupvo".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/stupor-mundiottobre-rossodepressive.html


Mascharat Interview

jeudi 12 avril 2018 à 01:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
First of all, we want to thank you for the opportunity allowed to us to speak about Mascharat. The project of Mascharat began to take shape in 2010. The main purpose was to create black metal, which mainly could harmonize our intention and personal taste, using symbols that result from our interest in the mask and the carnival tradition in which we have portrayed and developed as concept our interest in literature, philosophy, religion, and so on.


2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
Since we lacked some members, we were searching for a drummer to complete the line-up, and for that reason there was a programmed drum in the Demo. We had less budget and we choose to focus, despite the low quality, on the concept and also release something that could make Mascharat become active. With the full-length we completed the line-up and we had also the chance to develop the concept, evolving and researching a better sound that could fit with the atmosphere that we had in mind for the songs.


3.The band has been around since 2010 but so far has only put out 2 releases, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?
The gap between the Demo and the album was due to the fact that we had to complete our line up and also to logistic reasons, since at the moment we live in different countries, and that slowed down the production a bit. In general, however, we do not like to force the creative process and give ourselves deadlines because we prefer to be as spontaneous and natural as possible.


4.The lyrics on the new album are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story line?
The songs develop a proper allegorical story, that could be split in two parts. The first one (Bauta, Médecin de peste, Mora) tells about the meeting between the Man and three Masks of the venetian tradition, who show him how his philosophical and religious certainties (to which we refer mainly by means of Christian dogmas and values) are illusory in the research of the Truth. The second part (Simulacri “Simulacrum”, Iniziazione “Initiation”, Rito “Rite”) tells about Man's attempt to redeem himself, as he tries to find the Truth through an initiation rite that the Masks offer to him. At the end of the rite, that definitively drives the Man away from dogmas and his previous convictions and brings him to repudiate himself, he is anyway not allowed to obtain the desired Knowledge.


5.The lyrics also show a good knowledge of the occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?
Esoterism and occultism have a strong influence on our lyrics, as well as literature and philosophy, and we always read (a lot) before composing new material. It is very important to us to research the real meaning of symbols because we don’t want to use them just for mere aesthetical purposes. In addition, we can also say that our intention is not to repeat passively concepts and dogmas (wherever they come from), but to use them to elaborate something new in harmony of our aesthetic and philosophy. In that sense, we are not just a concept on the Venetian carnival and we have no interest to reproduce it’s tradition in a folkloristic or in a philological reconstruction.



6.You also show an interest in literature and carnival traditions, what are some of your interests in those areas?
Our band is strongly inspired by venetian masks and the original meaning that they have in relation to the Carnival tradition. Masks are not just an ornamental object, but mostly an instrument that can set the man free by allowing him to emancipate himself (even just for a little period) from the rules of society and religion. From paganism to catholicism, Carnival has always been a period in which every kind of convention could be invalidated and mocked or subverted. What inspires us more than the Carnival of Origins is precisely this principle of overturning, in addition to the fact that it is a chaotic and subversive celebration that is born and develops within a very strong moral system like the Catholic one. In other words, not only the Carnival claims the hidden side of human nature, but it imposes it as a necessity of humanity itself.


7.I know that the bands name comes from Arabic and means joke, prank or track, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
The name of the band mainly fits with the path that is represented also from the songs of the album. The mask’s joke has a destructive force in itself because it has the power to annihilate the human certainties and we think that it can also be perceived by our way to play black metal. Otherwise, it is not just about violence, what we’d like to represent with our music is also the ironical point of view of the masks (the Man free from his human nature) on the emptiness of humanity.
However, we didn’t want to ascribe all with our unique interpretation and we let listeners making themselves opinions that could maybe divert from ours or can integrate something more by themselves.


8.Has the band done any live shows yet?
We played live in summer 2014, when we released the Demo, and it was good, but, as we previously told, living in different countries could it make things a bit harder in preparing ourselves for live performances.


9.The album was released on 'Seance Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
We finished the recording in 2016 and we were searching a label that could be fit with our music style. We contacted many labels, Italians at first (because of our lyrics and our origin), then overseas, and Séance Records was among them. One of the reasons that motivated us to collaborate with Séance, in addition to their releases in line with our music style, was their genuine interest in our concept and not just for our music. We are really happy with that and we are still always in contact with them.


10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We can tell how the feedback was by who has written something about our album. Most of the review, but also private messages, were really positive. We saw that them who asked us something regarding our album was really interested in concept’s background or some aspect we treated, and we are really happy when it could arouse interest in other listeners and approaching them to the themes developed by us.


11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are working on new material, but at the moment we can’t define how it will exactly be. It depends also on our inspirations and on what will fit musically better with our next themes.

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?
We are manly inspired, like many other bands, from early black metal bands, like for example the well-known Enslaved, Satyricon, Emperor, and many others, but we are open anyway to any other musical influences that allow us to express the themes we deal with in the best way. Each of us then has his own tastes and his particular influences that transcend even black metal and that also have a fairly high importance.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to thank OccultBlackMetalZine for the interest about our music and for this occasion to present our first album. We would like to thank also everyone that spend their time in listening and supporting us and encourage the debating on music and contents. We invite everyone who is interested in our music to contact us on Facebook or via mail to let us know their opinion about our music.
Regards, Mascharat.

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


Forest Of Grey/Crypsis/Beverina/Casus Belli Musica/2018 CD Review

jeudi 12 avril 2018 à 01:33

  Forest  Of  Grey  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  a  cascadian  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Crypsis"  which  will  be  released  in  May  as  a  joint  effort  between  Beverina  and  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  slides  being  used  briefly  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of   the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling and  atmospheric  sounds  are  brought  into  the  second  track  as  well  as  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  and  both  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Forest  Of  Grey  plays  a  style  of  cascadian  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  atmospheric  and  progressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  mysticism  and  primeval  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Forest  Of  Grey  are  a  very  great  sounding  cascadian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "II".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/forest-of-greycrypsisbeverinacasus.html


Onferno/Rise Of The Grim Demons/2018 CD Review

jeudi 12 avril 2018 à 00:04

  Onferno  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  unholy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Rise  Of  The  Grim  Demons".

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  dark  ambient  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  some  demonic  voices  being  used  in  the  background  briefly.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats and  tremolo  picking can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  ambient  and  drone  elements  also  return  on  the  closing  track  as  well  as  some  harsh  noises. 

  On  this  recording  Onferno  remains  true  to  the  unholy  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  release  while  also  adding  in  slight  touches  of  noise,  drone  and  ambient,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness   themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Onferno  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Possessed  By  The  Demon's  Call"  :The  Curse  of  The  Witch  King"  and  "Unholy  Death".  8/5  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/onfernorise-of-grim-demons2018-cd-review.html