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Nettelorth/Nocte Ignota/Opus Elefantum/2022 Full Length Review

lundi 13 juin 2022 à 05:39

 


  Nettlelorth  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Nocte  Ignota"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Opus  Elafantum  and  Witchcult  Records.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.


 Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of    instrumentals  the  first  one  being  in  the  ambient  direction  and  the  other  taking  more  of  a  doom/drone  metal  approach. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  witchcraft  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Nettlelorth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ravens"  "Oak  of  The  Witches"  and  "Bloom".  8 out  of  10.


   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfKPdtxBmM4


     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/06/nettelorthnocte-ignotaopus.html


Mustan Kuun Lapset/Suruntuoja/Inverse Records/2022 Album Re-Issue Review

lundi 13 juin 2022 à 04:29

 


  This  is  a  review  of  an  earlier  recording  from  Finland's  Mustan  Kuun  Lapset  which  showed  the  music  going  for  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  dark  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2002  and  called  "Suruntuoja"  which  was  re-issued  in  2022  by  Inverse  Records  with  2  live  bonus  tracks  from  2016  and  3  original  cassette  demo  tracks  that  where  released  in  2000.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.


  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  metal  elements.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  One  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  the  demo  tracks  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  rawer  approach.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  darkness,  death  and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Mustan  Kuun  Lapset  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  old  school  black  and  dark  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seremonia"  "oysi"  and  "Taivaan  takana".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/mustankuunlapset
https://www.instagram.com/mustankuunlapset_official/
https://mustankuunlapset.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/06/mustan-kuun-lapsetsuruntuojainverse.html


Prometheus/Aornos/I, Voidhanger Records/2022 CD Review

lundi 13 juin 2022 à 01:58

 


  Greece's  Prometheus  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Aornos"  which  will  be  released  on  June  17th  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.


  Greek  folk  instruments  and  synths  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  blast  beats  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.  At  times  the  music  also  adds  in  some  atmospheric  and  symphonic  touches  and  most  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  myth  of  Charon  and  river  Lethe.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Prometheus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Devouring  Chasm"  and  "Vessel  Of  Empiricism".  8  out  of  10.


https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/aornos


  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/06/prometheusaornosi-voidhanger.html


Midnight Odyssey/Echoes Of A Celestial Ruin/I, Voidhanger Records/2022 Compilation Review

lundi 13 juin 2022 à 00:50

 


  Australia's  solo  project  Midnight  Odyssey  have  returned  with  a  collection  that  consists  of  the  albums  "Ruins  Of  A  Celestial  Fire"  "Ashes  From  A  Terrestrial  Fall"  and  the  unreleased  recording  "Echoes  From  The  Thalassic  Deep"   which  also  go  for  a  more  space  ambient  direction  then  the  ambient  black  metal  style  he  is  known  for  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  triple  compilation  album  "Echoes  Of  A  Celestial  Ruin"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.


  Ambient  style  synths  which  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  start  off  the  compilation  while  also  bringing  in  elements  of  space  music   along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melodies  and  most  of  the  compilation  is  instrumental.


  All  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  Drones  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  second  album  on  the  compilation  bringing  in  more  of  a  dark  ambient  style  as  well  as  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  an  epic  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  on  some  of  the  songs  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  sci-fi  orientated  atmosphere  which  also  dominates  the  third  recording  present  on  the  compilation  and  synths  are  the  only  musical  instrument  being  utilized  on  all  of  the  releases.


  On  this  compilation  Midnight  odyssey  brings  in  a  trilogy  of  space  ambient  albums  that  are  a  lot  more  different  than  his  more  black  metal  orientated  material  that  he  is  more  known  for  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Midnight  Odyssey  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  space  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Symphony  In  Stardust"  "The  Stars  Through  Smoke-Filled  Eyes"  and  "The  Tombs  of  legends  past".  8  out  of  10.


https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/echoes-of-a-celestial-ruin           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/06/midnight-odysseyechoes-of-celestial.html


Hand Of Flauros Interview

dimanche 12 juin 2022 à 23:20

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?

hand of flauros is a project where raw pessimistic melodies and darkness prevail, a project that tries to leave a mark on blackmetal with its own identity without wanting to look like another band, but maintaining the spirit of blackmetal.


2.So far you have released a demo and a full length with this project, musically how do they both differ from each other?

there are not so many differences between the demo and the album, because the songs were already composed by that time. I can say that there are some differences in the mixing process.


3.You are also involved with plenty of other projects, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Hand Of Flauros' that you do not bring in your other musical project?

what makes hand of flauros stand out from my other projects? It's just that it's much darker and cruder, less riffs, more atmosphere. When I wrote these songs I thought of them as a complete work and they didn't fit very well for remorseless winter, so I had to create a new entity, that's how hand of flauros was born.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I was born in 1984, a time when the cinema had many films involving occult themes and forces from other planes. In my home, a lot of art was consumed: music, cinema and literature. Therefore,I was greatly influenced since I was very young.


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subject you have explored so far with the music?


moods, literature, even some social issues and humanity itself are issues that I have addressed in other projects



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hand Of Flauros'?


the hands are the human tool to carry out what you have in your mind, the hands are a means of expression and the flauros of power


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

when I put together the cover I wanted to portray a little the content of the album. although I am not a graphic artist I wanted to give it a personal touch. the forest is dark and desolate. the moon is falling since the size is much larger than it would be seen and the shadow of me is the dehumanization of myself


8.With most of your musical projects you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I am open to collaborations or work with other musicians. At the moment, none came with a good proposal, maybe in the future it will be possible.


9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I am not actively looking for a label. However there are some labels that have proposed to publish the material, but we couldn´t come to an agreement.


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

there are many people who liked this album. I would like to be able to get more people who listen to it. Luckily, in black metal there is an audience that wants to listen to new material. the problem is that you cannot get more audience if you don´t have a label who works in the right way. most of labels only want to get economic advantage of your work and most of they always have a narrow vision. we could have a long talk about this issue but it would take a lot of time.


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

I imagine publishing music


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?

I listen to various styles. extreme metal and obviously blackmetal ,but apart from that I listen to jazz, progressive, atmospheric music with drones and synthesizers. All styles stand out something ,even styles that I don't completely like can have something to learn.

Currently, I listen to a lot of AWE, DSO ,mgla, blut aus nord and bands like beyond creation, cynic or king crimmson and established guitarists like Allanholdsworth among others. bands that can  influence the sound of hand of flauros could  be dso, emperor, Mournful Congregation, Sulphuric Night but to be honest there is no direct influence



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

that they support underground black metal ,both listening to their music, buying or sharing is the way to continue keeping this alive. thank you so much for this interview.

Remorseless Winter @ Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/06/hand-of-flauros-interview.html