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Abhorrot/The Demos 2007-2009/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 Compilation Album Review

vendredi 5 juin 2020 à 11:46

  Abhorrot  are  a  band  from  Austria that  has  recently  been  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  compilation  album  "The  Demos  2007-2009"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records  and  consists  of  their  demos  "Death  I  Blasphemy"  "Sanctuary  Of  Darkness"  a  rehearsal  from  2007  and  a  live  show  from  2008.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  music  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  primitive  and  old  school  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  a  cover  of  Nihilist's  "Supposed  To  Rot".  On  the  second  demo  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction  which  also  shows  the vocals  getting  more  bestial  and  guttural.

  The  songs  on  the  second  demo  are  also  more  aggressive  and  rawer  than  the  first  one  as  well  as  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal.  One  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction,  the  rehearsal  and  live  tracks  also  capture  more  of  an  old  school  vibe  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Darkness  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Abhorrot  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  In  Blasphemy"  and  "Ancient  Blakk  Obsvrity".  8  out  of  10.


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Disamara Interview

jeudi 4 juin 2020 à 09:02
                                     Disamara's interview for Occult Black Metal Zine

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album/

Hi, in the meantime I wanted to thank OBMZ for the opportunity to make Disamara better known through this interview. Well, the disc will be released on June 11, 2020 to be precise but in the period since the end of the recording to date I managed to distill new ideas for the next release even if at the moment they are still unripe fruits that need to mature
Even the lyrics are taking shape but the whole composition process requires me to feel inspired, the result is not born from a planning but from the desire to close my eyes and get carried away

2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous release?

In truth I tell you that what is considered my previous release is nothing more than a promo and the substantial difference lies in the fact that for that promo the mastering had been mastered by me while on the full length I made use of the professionalism of Roberto Siggia and his "Ossario studio recording" in Turin. The creature from which Disamara takes shape is my previous project, Theart, released with a demo in 2006 and a split with Uxor in 2009. In this case I decided to keep singing in Italian but the songwriting is more mature and cared under the aspect of the arrangements. And I must add that my voice has definitely improved ha ha!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far and how would you describe your progress as a songwriter from the ep to the new release?

I could say that my style refers to non-pessimistic existentialism and fatalism but at times I also like to write about the places, stories and legends of the places where I live and to which I am very connected. In my lyrics, humankind, and I also include myself, is often involved in experiences always connected to Nature, its own nature and that which surrounds it, with all the consequent emotions that derive from it: joy, anger, serenity, hatred, fear etc ... that's what interests me, the small and big things that happen in life and that fade if we relate to the cosmos. I speak of the awareness that I feel growing in me. We destroy the world only because we don't understand it. It takes awareness and a new spirituality, which would then be the ancient spirituality. We understood more when we didn't understand. In the future I will develop these concepts and my writing skills

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

Well, disamara is a seed, a particular seed that does not always fall near the tree from which it comes off but if carried by the wind (inspiration) it can go far. It also carries within it what we could define its traditions and which will help it be part of what it will be. The concept is the evolution that maintains a link with its origins (it is what makes everything interesting, not homologate)and  I think the term Disamara perfectly embodies this feeling

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

Certainly. The artwork, including the cover are my photographs taken in the many excursions I love to do in the woods, on the hills or on the mountains that surround the village where I live. Then together with Robert of Naturmacht Productions we chose the most representative ones, elaborating them in the form that you can see on this magnificent format. I am very proud of the result

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I prefer to work alone, also accepting all the complexities that derive from it. Conceiving, composing, recording, arranging gives me the opportunity to reveal to myself aspects and abilities that otherwise would not have found a way to express themselves. Those who make their own music know how hard it is to start from a blank canvas and get to show their work to the public. And when this happens it means that you will have left a mark of your passage, small or large it was

7.The album was released on 'Naturmacht Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

When I finished the work on the album I realized that I would have liked to have it released for a label that shared my values ​​and that offered bands that reflect my tastes. It was not easy, I sent several emails with my material attached, but when Robert (the boss of Naturmacht) said he was willing to work with Disamara I was thrilled. Naturmacht represents much more than I expected for a small reality like Disamara and maybe I, unlike Robert, didn't have a vision wider of my  project. I'm just a artisan who creates his works and everything is welcome

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

Needless to say, the contribution of Naturmacht Productions was decisive in making the album known worldwide. Well, I would say that the reactions so far have always been positive and the thing that I like the most and a little leaves me stunned is how these reactions come from the most disparate parts of the world, it is amazing to know that there are people, even very distant from each other, that listening to my songs have heard something. I'm the last of the romantics ha ha.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I intend to continue producing my music with Disamara and to play with the bands of which I am a bass player if the gods want it. I also have another project under development and in this case I would like to collaborate with other musicians but at the moment Disamara's Black metal keeps the priority

10.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?

Let's say that having started listening to black metal in the mid 90's my influences start from far away. The Norway of those years has always been a great reference point for me and I believe that this influence can be seen on "Notturna è la quiete”. Band like Ulver, early Borknagar, Satyricon, Darkthrone, Helheim, Solefald, Ved Buens Ende. Even some Italian bands hit me, one on all Spite Extreme Wing. Then over the years other things have affected and influenced me like certain tribal and primitive music, minimalist music and then I am a great fan of hard rock, psychedelic rock and progressive rock, certain new wave and much more. Furthermore, what influences my music is not only the music but also the nature, the painting, the novels I read, the moods ... Nowadays I listen to bands like Grift, Stilla, Earth and Pillars, Manii, some Canadian bands ... I really liked the last Blut Aus Nord

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love doing too many things and also doing nothing ha ha

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

If you have the opportunity, listen to "Notturna è la quiete", read the lyrics and let yourself be carried away. Always support underground, there are often real artists under them. The river flows but his bed will not be his grave


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Livlost/Bratebu/War Productions/2020 CD Review

mercredi 3 juin 2020 à 21:14

  Livlost  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  which  was  done  in  more  of  a  necro  style  of  black  metal  but  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  dungeon  synth  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Bratebu"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  brings  in  more  of  a  dungeon  synth  style  while  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  primitive  atmosphere  along  with  the  music  also  going  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  genre  and a  great  portion  of  the  music  is  instrumental.

  Some  of  the  music  also  reminds  me  of  80's  era  fantasy  movie  soundtracks  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals,  nature  sounds  and programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements.

  On  this  recording  Livlost  moves  away  from  their  black  metal  beginnings  and  focuses  more  on  a  classic  style  of  dungeon  style  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Livlost  and  while  some  black  emtal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  style, I  can  see  this  album  finding  an  audience  with  fans  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Pentagram" "Voices  Of  Darkness"  and  "Cannibal".  8  out  of  10.


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Forgjord/Laulu kuolemasta/Werwolf Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 3 juin 2020 à 11:42

  Forgjord  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Laulu  kuolemasta"  which  will  be  released  on  June  26th  by  Werewolf  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  making  a  return  on  a  couple  of  songs,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  tribal  drums  and  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Forgjord  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Laulu  murtuvan  niskan"  "Kylmyys"  and  "Veljessurma".  8  out  of  10.  

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Blasphemous Blessings Interview

mercredi 3 juin 2020 à 10:26
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? We are a black metal band from a rural area of Ohio that also incorporates elements of thrash and death metal

2.So far you have released a demo, single and a couple of ep's, musically how do they both differ from each other?
During the time of the demo, we didn't take the band as serious and would get drunk at most practices. And we had much a much more crude recording setup. So musically, the demo is rather sloppy. By the time we released the "Screams of Agony" single, we had our second guitarist join the band and we quit getting drunk at practices. The single itself shows a tighter, meaner sound. The " Blood for Blood" EP had more mics and inputs to work with, so the mix came out slightly better. And our newest "Bringer of Light" EP introduces the use of a trigger for the kick drum. Only to get a better tone to help cut through the mix.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Death, war, heathendom, the occult, anti- Christianity, &revolting against corruption brought forth by its sickening ways.

4.According to the facebook page, the band rejoices all pagan and heathen t=roots and nationalities, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
It means we respect all pre- Christian ways of life. Further proving mankind never needed this plague of religion to survive.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blasphemous Blessings'?
It's a duality of light and dark, good and evil, etc. You can find evil in what people consider " good" and vice versa. It is up to the individual to see through the bullshit society constantly bombards you with and understand why things are the way they are.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
It is the ruins of an old church that had burned down and the reaper image of the previous EP superimposed in the rubble to show our praise of such happenings.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Some of the best I'd say have been a festival we played out of state, First Friday in Downtown Canton (the closest city to us), & at a meadery with other great bands. I'd describe our stage performance as dark and energetic.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far we've had nothing but positive feedback. Our metal- archives page was created and is curated by an international crowd, so obviously our music has done well on foreign soil.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're not too sure of when we'll have enough for a full length at this time. We have discussed going slightly more atmospheric, so that might happen on the future.

10.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?
Exodus, pre- Viking Bathory, 80's era Death, Sargeist, Goatmoon, Sodom,&Destruction.  Nowadays I've been checking out lesser known bands like Dawn (Swe), Swordmaster, Treblinka, and Ildjarn.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Skateboarding, retro gaming, reading mythology, history, horror, & classic literature, watching horror movies, sportsman activities I.e. fishing, hunting, and camping, drinking beer AT HOME & spending time with my friends and family.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Fuck ANTIFA! They are the REAL Nazis! Forcefully spreading their dogma while hiding behind front of "positivity". I do wish for peace, but when push comes to shove...


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