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Vritra/Deinde Signum Mortifera/Goatowarex/2019 Vinyl Re-Issue Review

mercredi 2 octobre 2019 à 21:03

  Vritra  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  which  consists  of  Shatraug  better  known  for  his  work  in  Horna  and  plays  a  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2009  album  "Deinde  Signum  Mortifera"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  October  6th  by  Goatowarex.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  and  ritualistic  whispers  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental.

  Vritra  played  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  was  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  Finnish  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  they  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vritra  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deinide  Signum  Mortifera"  and  "Virtute  Vexilli  Sathanas".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/vritradeinde-signum-mortiferagoatowarex.html


Dore Interview

mercredi 2 octobre 2019 à 20:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Thank You for having us and this interview. We are "Dore" - a group focus on creating atmospheric black metal music inspired by artists, poets and visionaries. That is why we have chosen the name of Gustave Dore for our band's name.

2.So far you have released a single and have your first album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on those recordings?
For each debut album the band has to "let go" everything that is inside their heads and hearts. The debut single and album is influenced by 90's black metal classics. However the music can and will evolve. We have already started working on a next single, which will be  released  in the first months of next year. It is going to be something new, but we don't want to spoil the surprise now.

3.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album can you tell us a little bit more about the story you covered on the recording?
The story revolves around the myth of Lucipher, the fallen angel and the only free one, who was punished for questioning God's decisions. The Almighty created perfect angels and weak humans, prone to sin, but gave more love and affection to the faulty creations. When Lucipher questioned him, he cast him into the depths of Hell for eternal banishment.
The album's storyline begins when Lucipher gathers his army of the damned to free him. Then he begins his journey towards human realms, where he sees, that they have done much more evil than he has ever made.
Leading his army of sinners the fallen angel attacks the Pearly Gates of Heaven and destroys the defending angels in an unholy bloodstorm of violence. But when he finally reaches the Throne Room to face The Almighty and avenge his eons of banishment there is no one to be confronted... God has left his angels and humans long time ago and never returned. The album ends with Lucipher leaving Earth in search for his own new place. Behind him there is a dead world left, which was the victiom of God's injustice.

4.You also mentioned some interest in the works of William Blake and Gnostic philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about those interests?
Of course. William Blake was very close to the gnostic movement and Dore's work is also related to it in a way. We do also think, that through knowledge and wisdom a person can ascend to become a better version of him or herself. The gnostic paradigma appeals to us, an idea of perfecting oneself.
Blake was a mystic, he reached beyound space, time and the known world with his mind. We believe in such creativity and celebrate it.

5.The band is named after and the album artwork is also inspired by 'Gustave Dore', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?
Dore's is the example of perfection - both in form and content. Elegant yet appealing, tasteful yet strong, delicate yet intense. Each of his works from "Dante's Inferno" through "Paradise Lost" up to biblic illustrations are whole worlds and stories locked in frames.


6.So far very little information is provided about the band online with only a metal archives and bandcamp page being present, do you prefer to keep a low profile?
Yes, we think that the music and focusing on our inspirators is more important than promoting ourselves.

7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Our musical journey starts as a studio project... but the night is young and we do not say "no" to ever playing live.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we are looking for a label, but knowing the situation of the market we are aware that the first step have to be taken by ourselves. Nothing's free, so at first we want to gather as many people to know and like our music. Labels are the next step, but now we are focused on gathering as much fans as we can - in the underground.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
As black metal fans aren't that easy to please we are very happy for each positive review and when criticism comes - we take it into consideration. We believe in honesty so we do not engage in discussions with negative reviews. We have our way and if it doesn't suit somebody's taste? Too bad, we walk our own way.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will experiment. Even though the main weapon will still be atmospheric black metal we want to explore different inspirations - from the world of art and different music styles. The single planned for the beginning of 2020 will be something completely new. Expect the unexpected.

11.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?
Of course we can name many outstanding bands shaping our taste. Currently we listen a lot to Emperor, Immortal, older works of Dimmu Borgir and Covenant.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We are very happy to have the freedom to create our own music and style. Such events as this interview and feedback on the internet show us that this way has potential and there is a lot of people interested in it. We will proceed!
Thank You for having us.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/dore-interview.html


Tyhja/Tasta kuolevasta maailmasta/Void Wanderer Productions/War Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 2 octobre 2019 à 10:40

  Tyhja  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Tasta  kuolevasta  maailmasta"  which was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Void  Wanderer  and  War  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  one  track  also  adds  in  some  experimental  elements  and  spoken  word  parts  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

   Al  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  dark  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tyhna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halkaisija"  "Maakshi  Palava"  and  "Pohja".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/tyhjatasta-kuolevasta-maailmastavoid.html


Xul Ov Kvlten/Entropic Increase From The Omega Aeon/ATMF/2019 CD Review

mercredi 2 octobre 2019 à 09:25

  Xul  Ov  Kvlten  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Entropic  Increase  From  The  Omega  Aeon"  which  will  be  released  on  October  4th  by  ATMF.

   Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  sounding  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  the  classic  European  black  metal  style  with  a  touch  of  old  school  American  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  bringing  in  a  vintage  90's  style  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  ancient  knowledge,  evil,  esoteric  and  anti  Christianity  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Xul  Of  Kvlten  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  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  "Ascvend  Pathos  Signis  Domini"  "Quintessence"  "The  Primordial  Chaos  Synthesis"  and  "Iconoclastic  Nihilismus".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/xul-ov-kvltenentropic-increase-from.html


Nocturnal Interview

mercredi 2 octobre 2019 à 08:03
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Since the recording of the album the main focus has really been on working towards the release. There has been some work on material for the next release nothing complete yet though.

2.In October you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
It really doesn’t differ to much from previous material. It’s the next logical step. It’s been 19 years or so since the last release so we didn’t want to come back with something sounding very modern or vastly different. If you’re familiar with the old material you will definitely recognize the dark, miserable, hateful traits.

3. This is also your first album since 2000, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
There was never a moment I sat down and said that’s it I’m done with the band. After the release of ‘To the Far Horizons’, in 2000 I remember thinking that the scene being overly saturated and wanted to asses the next move to take with the band and here we are 19 years later.
As far ‘The Greater Emptiness’, goes it really sounds like it could have been recorded around the same time frame. I was discussing it with someone and they remarked how its as if no time has passed at all, it’s the type of album you really don’t get anymore with that mid 90’s feel to it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Darkness, hate, misery. Transcending this miserable world. I think this new album contains some of the darkest lyrics I’ve written.
Over the years the song writing process has remained the same, it’s basically me sitting in a room with my guitar and trying to come up with riffs and evolve those riffs into something special.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocturnal'?
Of the night, of the darkness. To play and create this type of music with any type of sincerity you really have to embrace it somewhat. Nocturnal is an exploration and an acceptance of the darker aspects of the world and within myself so I wanted a name that reflected that.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The Artwork was created by the incredible Worthless Endeavours and really encapsulates the soul and the feel of the album. An empty, soulless creature. The darkness that resides in us all....

7.The band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?
It was really A. Frore that got the ball rolling on bringing Nocturnal back from the dead. He asked me if I had ever thought about doing another album. So the seed was planted but I told him I would only do it if he joined on drums. He was the only person I have ever considered letting in and it’s worked out amazing.

8.The new album is coming out on 'Seance Records' how would you compare them to other labels that you have worked with in the past?
Seance is the premier Black Metal label in Australia. Other labels I have dealt with although have been great haven’t really understood black metal and the scene exclusively. I’m really happy and honoured to have this album coming out through them.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The reaction has been great thus far. I think there is a need for an album like this at the moment. You see release after release from supposed black metal bands but the essence of what it actually is and means seems to have been lost some what. Today’s bands they claim to be influenced by the likes of Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer etc. but you really don’t hear it in the music at all.
Someone mentioned to me it’s the type of album you really don’t hear anymore and I think the positive response the album has been receiving reflects that.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don’t think stylistically I can see the band changing too much at all. But there is definitely some areas of the sound I would like to expand upon and a few elements I would like to add. It’s only going to get darker.....

11.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? 
Really my listening tastes haven’t changed too much over the years. Obviously there is Venom and Bathory early Slayer. The second wave of Black Metal had a huge impact on me stylistically with not just the Norwegian bands but a lot of the music that was happening around the world at the time like in Greece etc. There is also to a lot more ambient/ drone type music and even classical.
A lot of the more modern black metal really doesn’t do too much for me at all, but there is the occasional thing that grabs me and gives me that old feeling. The Ichor album which is also on Seance is killer really gave me that old school black metal vibe also I’ve been listening to Lantern a lot really has that dark feeling.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role on your music?
That’s a pretty loaded question as it really depends on how you define satanism. I mean in the early days I was very involved and read a lot of the occult literature but there was a conscious decision after the first demo not have the lyrics so literal. I mean every band and their dog were writing the same stuff “hail Satan” etc and it all seemed rather superfluous and shallow from a musical perspective.
So yeah it influences definitely but it’s much more from my experience and perception of it rather than pilfering old grimoires and witchcraft literature for very literal references. All lyrics are very personal but are very open for the listener to take what they will from it.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks OBM Zine for the interview and support, see you in the Great Emptiness of Death.....

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/nocturnal-interview.html