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Deha/Cruel Words/Rain Without End Records/2019 CD Review

dimanche 10 mars 2019 à 05:33

  Deha  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Cruel  Words"  which  will  be  released  on  March  29th  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Clean  post  rock  style  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Melodic  vocals  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  can  also be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  heavier  riffing  as  well  as  some  elements  of  shoegaze  also  being  used  at  times.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  depressive  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  but  keeping  the  music  more  focused  on  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Deha  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  depressive  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Deha  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  depressive  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pain Is  A  Wasteland" and  "Cruel  Words".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/dehacruel-wordsrain-without-end.html


Totalitarian/Bloodlands/Barren Void/Lavadome/2019 CD Review

dimanche 10 mars 2019 à 04:09

    Totalitarian  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Bloodlands"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Barren  Void  and  Lavadome.

  War  march  music  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  before  going  into a  very  fast,  brutal  and  dissonant  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  At  times  the  screams  also  start  getting  more  grim  sounding  as  well as  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  i  more  melody  as  the  album  progresses.

  Some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  melodies  at  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  is  less  death  metal  influenced  than  the  previous  album  reviewed  and  towards  the  end  clean  vocals  and    epic  sounding  synths  are  also  used  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War II  themes  and  the  era  before  1933-39.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Totalitarian  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  The  Wings  Of  the  Great  Terror"  and  "Of  Bullets  And  Gas".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/totalitarianbloodlandsbarren.html


Schattenfall/Melancholie des Seins/Redefining Darkness Records/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 9 mars 2019 à 20:45

  Schattenfall  are a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Melancholie  des  Seins"  which  will  be  released  on  March  22nd  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  yet  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Clear  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.

  At  times  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  90's  era  Norwegian  avant  garde  black  metal  as  well  as  some  clean  and  classical  guitars  also  being  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks.  A  couple  of  the  songs  are  instrumentals  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark,  depressive  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Schattenfall  which  shows  them  adding  more  avant  garde  elements  to  their  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Melancholie  des  Seins"  "Blatterfall"  and  "Ein  Riss  durch  alle  Leben".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/schattenfallmelancholie-des.html


Perversor Interview

samedi 9 mars 2019 à 06:27
1.Can you give us an updater on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Infernal Greetings!!! It has been hell over here during the last few weeks. We have been concerned mainly with the Chilean release of the CD version of the album, which is being handled by The Dwell Records, and will be out really soon. Also,the distribution of the tape edition which was the first to arrive (and we were out of stock in about a week). It was released by Headsplit Records, and we are currently waiting for our share of the vinyls from the release by Pulverised Records who is also handling a CD version as well. We got a hold of the first few vinyl records about a week ago and I must say we are more than pleased with the result. We had a celebration that day which involved some cops and many angry neighbors. I hope they are prepared for when we get the rest of the stuff!!!

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

In a way it kind of sums up all of what Perversor has done in the past, but with an added twist. The way it sounds to me reflects exactly how the composition process developed, which was quite smoothly and you can hear that on every song. There is nothing forced, the transitions develop one after the other with total simplicity. On our previous efforts we concentrated on every riff and every detail very much during the composition and now we took a different approach, more holistic somehow, creating the songs and leaving the details and final arrangements to be included at the last minute, during the recording process. This creates a kind of urgency that maximizes the creative output from every member of the band. It was not planned out that way however, it just developed this way naturally.

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

In underground metal there are no fags around censoring you, and no one is paying me any shit to do this, so I feel free to yell whatever the fuck is in my mind at the time. People always give their own meaning to song lyrics, so why bother following a stupid typecast. That´s what´s great about metal, do what you want, cause nobody really gives a fuck!!! Hahahha. From the beginning of Perversor every track of every album is its own universe. To give you a headstart, I can talk of some tracks of Umbravorous, Deadly Poison And Black Fire is a dystopia in reverse illumination, which is what most of the assholes in this planet are going though right now. The Dwell deals with destroying the established, a simple fuck the rules! Piss the flame that forever burns!!! Eat the serpent that infinitely dwells!!! Burn the flag that will eternally wave!!! Kill the wolves and devour the sheep!!!. I don´t go by the code. Life`s tough and then you die!!! Endure the Dwell!!! It is also the name of our record label. Formidable Destino is the birth of a hero. Military Industrial Complex is a grand mockery towards all the parasites in power that hold The Earth hostage. “Pedophiliac Termonuclear holiness, tours an orgy of paraphiliac heave, selling phantom deception. Blackening the Earth with Nuclear frenzy all the fagot semen dripping emperorscircumcide each other´s dick with their teeth engaging in chain sodomy. Beware of the Termonuclear pedophile!!!!”.Somnambulus is a true story about addiction to cocaine and alcohol. My body possessed by the demon and he promises me to hide me from the shadow of death, to keep feeding the demon I must be drugged with cocaine and other sexual and magickal drugs, and drunk as fuck everyday, every night. Swimming in alcohol, fucking a whore and exalting my demon at all times. Asmodeus! Ten thousand days of starvation, fucking drinking alcohol, consuming angel dust, eternity into powder, night and day becomes one…He will never leave you alone!!! This track contains disgusting blacking vocals by WLTS of Istengoat. True Somnambulus!!!!

4.A lot of your older lyrics dealt with satanic and blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Still satanic and blasphemous!!!! Not much has changed since Cult of Destruction … Most people think books are enough to learn dark arts. I found that to me, drugs are the gate that once opened, unlocks the mind to everything you want to find. You just have to select the right ones and be conscious about what you are doing, or you may end up dead! You have shamanic from which you can have unique and fulfilling psychedelic experiences, and you have recreational drugs are that usually more destructive if you don’t use them right. In this area, to each his own. Books are great, because the words of the wisemen must not be ignored. But I think the personal experience is always way better than a book, which was probably written by a wiseman on drugs hahaha, you have to get the direct experience if you want to learn anything that has real significance. You can get a better glimpse at understanding the universe if you begin by doing the effort to understand your inner self. If you have the strength to be your own master. Most of the times the worst ad most traumatic experiences are the ones that even make your DNA re-structure. Learning from yourself, without succumbing to outer influences, that´s real magick to me.

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

Well it means basically the same shit in every language so you guys figure it out.


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

The cover artwork this time was handled by Desierto Absoluto, a Chilean artist who delivered one hell of an oil painting for the release. He had done some great pieces for other Chilean acts, but surely the best is yet to come. The concept behind the artwork was condensed in a mad session of drunken ecstasy involving the 4 members of the band, and Torrid was in charge of translating and delivering the concept to the artist so that he could get the work done. The end result merges quite well with the overall concept of the album so for a more in-depth insight read away the lyrics and eat away with Umbravorous!!!

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

Our shows are and will always be a supreme act of aggression for us and for the audience as well. There is always plenty of moshing around and I think there has never been a show without a fight during our performance. Blood on the ground is becoming a tradition hahahha…Last show we performed in Santiago there was plenty of fighting and mosh, and a dude got stabbed in the drinks zone. In Chile the best gigs are a fucking long rush of adrenaline, and always end up with beatings. You have to always be alert!!! I guess our sound plus massive doses of booze just invokes violence in the crowd. Don’t try to steal the drinks or you’ll end up in the garbage can!!! We have played many venues and shared stage with some of the best metal acts in our country. Just to name a few shows I would say Sendero Siniestro, Years of Blasphemy and Satanic Devotion, Occult Congregation, Glorifica y Muere, Triumph of Death, have been some of the best…and of course one of the best has been opening for the mighty Master when they played live here in Chile.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album/

Not really at the time, our plan is to compose and release another full length album and after that do some gigs and touring. So 2019 we will spend off the stage preparing for the devastation in 2020 when the evil twin will be unleashed. It will certainly be have more speed, madness and aggression than ever before. We constantly strive to surpass ourselves musically and physically in the execution of our music, so expect nothing but pure, thick and condensed black metal of death.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?

So far it has been great, mainly due to the fact that almost all of our releases have been edited abroad. Starting with Cult of Destruction LP which was released by NWN Prods, then Demon Metal MLP by Hells Headbangers, Invocaciones Demoniacas split with Morbosidad also released by NWN Prods, and then The Shadow of Abomination by Hells Headbangers in CD format and Iron Bonehead in 7”. Later we issued a split with Nunslaughter in 7” format by HHR and in tape format released by us in Chile. And after that came our second full length by HHR as well. And now for our latest offering we are working with Pulverised Records who has done a great job with the production of both the CD and Gatefold LP.
We have received many contacts throughout the years from bands all over the globe for trades and other proposals. We hope this last LP gets to every last corner of this earth so bangers everywhere can get a taste of what Perversor is all about.

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?

All of us have been involved in other projects aside from Perversor, both before its inception and after as well. Some worth mentioning that are active and developing at the time would be:
Misticismo, with a full length release last year (Terraria) on Grim Records and soon to release some new material.
Evil Madness, with the most recent release (Hidden Behind the Cross) on Grotesque Sounds Productions
Putrid Minds with a full length release last year (Servants of Death) on Putrid Noise Productions and another full length to be released during 2019.

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

Our aim is always to develop unto unexplored lands and push our boundaries to the limit, always focusing in the different currents of extreme metal in the classic way, no pussy bullshit. This might mean different things to each of the members of the band but we all strive to go beyond our limits on every release. Certainly, more speed is always desirable but also adding other kind of weapons to our arsenal is a must. Anything that that can add to the creation of an aura of demential putridity will be included. More texture to the guitar work perhaps, more and new kind of sick patterns in the drumming, heavier bass lines, and a more violent approach to the creation of the lyrical content and its execution will probably be some of the ingredients.  Summing up, every new album must be the most insane and fucked up!!!

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?

If we were to sum up the influences of every member, we would probably cover all of the ground of extreme metal in its totality. Some of us focus more in the older, more classic stuff and some others also in the development that metal music genres are having at the time and the newer stuff that is being released. We usually share insights and bands that we discover, so the influences interlap all the time. Just to name a few of the most classic stuff, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Hypocrisy, Infernal Majesty,  Slayer, Majesty, Terrorizer, Krisiun, Abhorrence (Brazil), Sarcofago, Sepultura, Bolt Thrower, Benedicion, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, Black Sabbath, Running Wild, Saxon, Venom, Bathory, Horna, Pestilence, Possessed, Samael, Dissection, Obituary, Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, Infester, Deeds of Flesh, Immortal, Mephisto, Grand Belial´s Key, Arghoslent, Mayhem, Morbid, Burzum, Destroyer666, Destruktor, Nocturnal Graves, Ensnared, Necros Christos, Svartidaudi, Sinmara, Whoredom Rife, Thy Darkened Shade, DeathHammer, Ascended Dead, D.S.O., Mortuary Drape, Cryptic Slaughter, and a long etc…impossible to name them all!!!

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

Cheers fuckers!!!! Grab a Vodka, get wasted, and listen to Umbravorous!!! Play it loud and kill your neighbour!!!!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/perversor-interview.html


Sangue/Culs/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 LP Review

samedi 9 mars 2019 à 06:14

  Sangue  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Culs"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  dark  horror  movie  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.During t he  faster  sections  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Some  of  the  vocals  also  go  back  to  the  mid  80's  death  metal  style.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  yet  old  school  style  while  all  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  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.

  Grim  yet  tortured  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of t he  music  while  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  adds  in  elements  of  war  metal.  One  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  nature  sounds  and  a  pagan  atmosphere  before  returning  back  to  a  more  brutal  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  guitar  leads  get  more  melodic  sounding,  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  synths  can also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Etruscan  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sangue  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "They  Do  Not  Rest(Cloak  Of  The  Giants)"  "Shifting  Into  Necrocosmos"  and  "When  The  Magnus  Whispers  To  The  Skies".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/sangueculsnuclear-war-now.html