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Razorschrieck/Death Is Loneliness/Depressive Illusions Records/Wulfrune Worxxx/2016 Cassette Review

jeudi 22 mars 2018 à 04:57

  Razorschrieck  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Death  is  Loneliness"  which  was  released  on  cassette  as  a  joint  effort  between  Depressive  Illusions  Records  and  Wulfrune  Worxxx.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscpaes  and  drones  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  vocals  being  very  grim  yet  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  clean  guitars  when  they  are utilized  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  ambient  and  black  metal  parts  are  also  mixed  together  at  times.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are utilized  are  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  briefly  as  well  as  some  touches  of  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  a  slide  guitar  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Razorschrieck  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  depressive  along  with  some  post  rock  and  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  thoughts,  feelings  and  mood  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Razorschrieck  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Restless"  and  "Autumn's  Twilight".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/razorschrieckdeath-is.html


HexenHammer's Flame Interview

jeudi 22 mars 2018 à 03:53

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
In 2008 I got tired of trying to fulfill melodic metal project, so I decided to express my perception of the world using the figurative means common to black metal. I created two projects: Психоз 4.48 (Psychosis 4.48) was meant to show a depressive attitude towards life and  Hexenhammer’s Flame was supposed to express all the accumulated hatred, scorn and resentment. S,W, from Wintercult was helping me with both projects at first, but when the first full-length album has been released, Hexenhammer's Flame turned into one-man band.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that have released so far with this project?
Hexenhammer's Flame came into being from its demo-record «Мир отвергая» (Resenting the World), which presents the material recorded at home in one day. It was extremely sincere, but had a vast amount of flaws and the sound was rather coarse. Time went by, Hexenhammer's Flame was getting more and more melodic and I began recording the album “ Ad Fines Nivis Aeternae”. It's been re-recorded three times, as I was trying to obtain less coarse but readable sound. Melodic and moderately assertive material was the result of my work.   I added elements of other genres like  death, thrash, modern to two following releases “ Shadow of the Past” and “ Blood of Death Camps” in order to widen the scope of all the figurative means.

3.You are also involved with many other musical projects, what are some of the things that you do differently with this project that you are not able to bring out in your other bands or projects?
Firstly, the specific feature of the project is socially oriented lyrics. And secondly, it's important to mention the fact that I don't allow myself to put the melodious forward in other projects.

4.What are some of the lyrics and topics you explore with this project?
By means of this project I'm trying to understand human nature and its imperfections, the bonds between a man and the nature, the significance of human life within the context of time and social processes. “ Blood of Death Camps” is a conceptual album and it tells us of totalitarianism, dictatorship and modern propaganda through the images of the past.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'HexenHammer's Flame'?
When I was giving the name to the project I wanted to create a certain ambiguity. The first meaning – I am the flame of hatred. The second one – the fire which destroys the vice. I wanted to point out the resentment towards concrete things in the world.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have also been a art of full bands, how would you compare the two?
It's easier to work by yourself, as you rule over everything and self-discipline is the only thing needed. It takes less time to prepare the material and to record it. Also it's a constant process of self-development as you need to learn all the specifics of different instruments, carefully listen to other bands' mixes to take up the way of arrangement  and interesting usage of instruments. However, in a full band there's a dialogue between the members, your brain works more. There's always someone who has a different set of eyes on your work. And you have a possibility of giving concerts as well.

7.You have also released many different albums over the years with your many bands and projects, does music take up all of your spare time?
Yes. Moreover, I make up a huge part of the material when I'm on my way somewhere or at work.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I don't pay much attention to the feedback. I find it very important to create something I'm concerned about. Following the feedback may affect the material as it could conceive a wish to please someone. The only thing I do is the selling of the CDs to those who are interested in them as I can recoup the costs.

9.What is going on with your other bands and musical projects these days?
Now I'm waiting for the split involving  Hexenhammer’s Flame, getting ready to record the vocals for the following Hexenhammer’s Flame album, mixing and designing the second full-length Planetshine album, mxing Психоз 4.48 (Psychosis 4.48) new album. Пламень Мрака, Selfdestroyer,  Вѣдьма are on the stage of recording of the collaborative split. And I'm making the arrangement for Without Dreams' album

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I live in the present and I'm trying not to think of what will happen in a certain period of time, as those plans make a person stiff.

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?
Nowadays I don't really listen to hard music, I only take a look at the new material of remarkable bands. Ten years ago I could manage to listen 30-70 albums which were new to me, and I don't quite remember what have had an influence on me. I've always listened to various kinds of music genre-wise.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I wanted to thank you for the attention. The most important thing for a human being is a constant self-development and understanding of the unknown. Self-absorption and getting to know yourself. Reflexion. A man without reflexion turns into a useless mud under the feet of eternity. I would like to wish your readers to ponder over the necessary, important, everlasting. Be sincere with yourself and the others. And don't bend over for what the stagnated mass, impeding the development, thinks. Good luck to everyone.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/hexenhammers-flame-interview.html


Crawl/Leviathan/Red River Family Records/2018 Split EP Review

jeudi 22 mars 2018 à 03:49


 This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  U.S.A's  Crawl  and  Leviathan  which  was  released  by  Red  River  Family  Records  and  we  will  start  the  review  of  with  Crawl  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  noise.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drum  beats  and  primal  sounding  bass  guitars  while their  track  is  12  minutes  in  length    along  with  the  music  bringing  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  while  tortured  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  after  awhile  ritualistic  synths  are  added  into  the  music  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  towards  the  end, the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Crawl  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  noise,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Leviathan  returning  with  another  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  track.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  an  ambient  orientated  sound  along  with  his  track  being  12  minutes  in  length  while  a  brief  use  of  bass  leads  can  also  be  heard  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffing  is  very  depressive  and  raw  sounding and  the  song  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Leviathan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you  should  enjoy  his  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  USBM.  8/5  out  of  10.          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/crawlleviathanred-river-family.html


Deathgod Messiah/Abomination Chants From Beyond The Grave/Ascension Monuments Media/2017 Compilation Album Review

jeudi 22 mars 2018 à 03:16

  Deathgod  Messiah  where  a  band  from  Massachusetts  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  played  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Abomination  Chants  From  Beyond  The  Grave"  which  was  released  by  Ascension  Monuments  Media  and  consists  of  their  2011  demo  "Bastard  Christ"  and  2013  ep  "Phallic  Flagellation" which  was  also  reviewed  by  this  zine.

  Sounds  of  Christ  being  tortured  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  melodic  chants  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  growls  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

 All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  chaotic  and  old  school  style  while  spoken  word  samples  also  return  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  first  side  of  the  compilation  closes  with  a  noise  outro  and  the  second  recording  displays  more  of  a  bestial  style  and  more  death  metal  elements.

  On  both  of  these  recordings  Deathgod  Messiah  played  a  musical  style  that  took  bestial  war  metal  and  mixed  them  in  with  a  great  amount  of  black  and  death  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  raw  and  blasphemous,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  evil,  Satanism  and  ritual  sex  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Deathgod  Messiah  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  bestial  black  and  death  metal, you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  Is  Dead,  Death  Is  God"  "Blasphemous  Suicide"  "Bastard  Christ"  and  "Cursing  The  Heavens".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/deathgod-messiahabomination-chants-from.html


Kenos Interview

jeudi 22 mars 2018 à 02:21

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Kenos is a black metal band that I started several years ago, just after another try in another band that failed to even produce a demo or appear live in no local venue, I decided that it would be better if I controlled the creative process as much as it is possible. I changed names everal times, composed over and over until I came up with Kenos in 2015 I guess : just let my soul unravel in music, with lyrics based upon mythological and occult metaphors, but which also resonates with some events that occurred in my life.

2.Recently you have released a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. I'd say I am playing black metal. With doom, and ambient influences, but I guess many other words could describe it. I am not much into etiquettes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?
3. I mainly sing about personnal events on this album , but also about my thoughts on mankind and society. I just try to find some universality in what I want to tell, and put it in parallel with some myths and  legends?

4.One of the tracks is entitled 'Atlantis', do you have an interest in lost civilizations?

4. I do have an interest in lost civilizations. It is really appealing to me. However, I am going to stop there and I will let anyone make his own interpretation of the words I use.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kenos'?
5. ΚΕΝΌΣ means 'void' in greek. I wanted a band name that feels like the inside of a black hole, or a botomless pit. That name feels this way to me.


6.With the exception of a session bass  player, you record most of the album by yourself, are you open to expanding this musical project into a full band?
6. It will remain creatively speaking my project. However, it shall appear live. So I guess the answer is yes, but I cannot tell you when just yet.

7.The album was released on 'BloodCrown Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
7. It is a modern-age story. The manager posted in music groups messages saying he was interested in extreme metal bands for his young label. We got in touch, and everything happened.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
8. Feedback is quite good for now. However, it is spreading mainly around social circles just next to my own at the moment, but I am sure it will spread further, given a little more time.

9.Are you or have you been involved with any other bands or musical projects?
9. I do sing for a local black'n roll/sludge band, Frost de Mexico. You should check it out if you are interested. I am involved in other projects with very different styles, but I am not going to talk about it because they are all in a working state.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10. Well, that is a very interesting question, thank you. I can begin by saying the next album will keep the signature haunting and dissonant sound that I have, but will step into quite unexpected directions, and that is rather normal : I composed "Inner Rituals" somewhere between 2014 and 2015. I discovered a ton of other bands, sounds, even outside of metal since then. So a great leap into the unknown is planned regarding the next album, and depending on what I do until I compose the one after, I hope to keep exploring uncharted sonic territories. You should expect the unexpected from this band in the future.

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?



11. Extreme metal mainly, but freejazz, hip-hop, hardcore  have greatly influenced me lately. I was listening to Sleep this afternoon for instance. But I do have an attrait for anything that stands out by its musical weirdness, like Igorrr.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

12. Many, I have a very busy life. I'd like not to sleep sometimes. Software engineering, filmmaking, photography, and many more.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. I would like to thank you for this interview, a lot. And also thank anyone who will read it as well. I hope it is going to make you want to listen to my music.

This is it. Once again, thank you.




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/kenps-interview.html