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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


Chrome Waves/Gridfailure/2020 Split Album Review

samedi 21 mars 2020 à 09:19

  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  album  between  Illinois's  Chrome  Waves  and  New  York's  Gridfailure  which  will  be  released  on  March  27th  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Chrome  Waves  a  duo  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  rock  and  shoegaze.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  soundscapes   while  most  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  their  songs  along  with  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  shoegaze.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  one  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Joy  Division's "Th  Eternal".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  Chrome  Waves  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  blackened  rock  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Fair  Wind".

  Next  up  is  Gridfailure  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  dark  ambient,  power  electronics,  harsh  noise,  field  recordings  and  dark  hardcore.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  a  horror  movie  orientated  atmosphere  and  field  recordings  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  demonic  screams  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  some  drum  beats.

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  his  side  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a couple  of  tracks  also  bringing  in  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars.  All  of  the  songs  also  sound  very different  from  each  other  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  he  closes  his  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Today  Is  The  Day's  "Temple  Of  Morning  Star".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  apocalyptic themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient,  power  electronics,  harsh  noise,  field  recordings  and  dark  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Napalm  At  Zero  Gravity"  and  "Cascading  Failures".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  post  black  metal,  shoegaze,  experimental  and  noise.  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/chromewavesofficial
https://chromewaves.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/chromewavesofficial

http://www.facebook.com/gridfailure
http://www.gridfailure.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/GRIDFAILURE
https://www.instagram.com/gridfailure  

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/chrome-wavesgridfailure2020-split-album.html


Sarpa/Solivagus/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 mars 2020 à 20:09

  Sarpa  is  a  solo  project  from  Texas  that  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  mixes  in  elements  of  death,  thrash  metal,  progressive  rock,  acoustics  and  Afro/Latin  rhythms   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Solivagus"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  Tribal  sounding  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Death  metal  growls  and  angry  shouting  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  pasts  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  used  briefly.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  well  as  some  Afro/Latin  rhythms  being  utilized  at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  Voodoo/Santeria  atmosphere.  Elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.   The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  audible  laws  of  physics.

  In  my  opinion  Sarpa  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Triad  Of  Might"  and  "Horizons  Worlds  Beyond".  8/3  out  of  10.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ sarpahorde

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ OfficialSarpa 

Bandcamp - https://sarpa6.bandcamp.com

Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/ channel/ UCKHwiEe7Kus0btsqPrpx1bg

Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/user- 463268924 



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/sarpasolivagus2020-full-length-review.html