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Majestic Mass/Savage Empire Of Death/Caligari Records/2018 Cassette Review

samedi 1 septembre 2018 à 04:03

  Majestic  Mass  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  psychedelic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Savage  Empire  Of  Death"  which  was  released on  cassette  by Caligari  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  also  being  added  into  the  heavy  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  elements  of  black'n'roll  can  also  be heard  at  times  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  song  showing  an  influence  of  doom  metal  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  King  Diamond  style  vocals  can  also b e  heard.

  Majestic  Mass  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  mid  tempo  along  with  some  black'n'roll  and  psychedelic  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Majestic  Mass  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clandestine  Supremacy"  "Majestic  Mass"  and  "Savage  Empire  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/majestic-masssavage-empire-of.html


Blasphemy/Blood Upon The Soundscape/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 Rehearsal Demo Re-Issue Review

samedi 1 septembre 2018 à 03:02

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Canada's  Blasphemy  this  time  a  rare  rehearsal  from  1989  which  captures  their  very  raw  take  on  black  and  war  metal  and  the  demo  will  be  released  to  the  masses  in  September  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions  and  called  "Blood  Upon  The  Soundscape".

  Distorted  amp  noises  along  with  some  evil  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  demonic  growls  start  off  the  recording  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  harsh  noises  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style.

  On  the  second  track  real  guitars  are  brought  into  the  music  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  and  early  war  metal  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  this  recording  Blasphemy  had  more  of  a  raw  approach  to  their  early  black/war  metal  by  making  the  music  more  distorted  and  harsh,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  Satanism,  rituals  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blasphemy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  rehearsal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hording  of  Evil  Vengeance"  and  "Goddess  of  Perversity".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/blasphemyblood-upon-soundscapenuclear.html


Ambrotos/ἄμβροτο/Sleaszy Rider Records/2018 EP Review

vendredi 31 août 2018 à 03:13

  Ambrotos  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Greece  and  Mexico  that  plays  a  philosophical  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "ἄμβροτο"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Clean  playing  and  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Both  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  Greek  tradition  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ambrotos  plays  a  style  of  Greek  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  pre  Socratic  philosophy  and  ideas.

  In  my  opinion  Ambrotos  are  a  very  great  sounding  philosophical  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dimensional  Rivers".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/ambrotossleaszy-rider-records2018-ep.html


Heathid Equis Interview

vendredi 31 août 2018 à 02:36

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
It is a project started by myself and T.W. We really just wanted to create music and honestly had no notions or ideas of what it would sound like. There was really no “vision.” Everything was created very spontaneously with very little communication about what it should or shouldn’t be. We just worked towards some type of finished product.

2.Recently you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more on what you wanted to achieve musically with this recording?
We just wanted to create some music. We agreed upon doing a recording and just went from there.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
 Disappointment.

 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Heathid Equis'?
Rather than find words to use for a name or debate over their significance, we opted to create our own.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
Simplistic and symbolic, it’s the way to go.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
I think we started this project without really knowing or putting too much thought into where it would go. I don’t really think we know what will happen in the future.

7.The demo was released by 'Grey Matter Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?
That was all T.W. and they’re amazing for doing the release.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I don’t really read much online metal stuff, but what I have seen has been positive.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don’t think we know the answer at the moment. We will just have to see what happens.

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?
We never had any discussion about what we wanted as far as a particular sound going into the recording process. There was no writing session or brainstorming. We really didn’t have an influence or a list of bands we wanted to draw from sonically. I know on my end I just tried to translate how I felt into music. As far as what I listen to, it really varies from week to week. Mostly old metal, classic rock and 80s pop. I rarely listen to anything new.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
 I’ve always been drawn to occult based visual imagery as well as lyrical imagery, but as far as it being a direct influence though, I’d say no.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 Just a thank you to those who gave us a listen. 





Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/heathid-equis-interview.html


Holocausto em Chamas/לָשׁוֹן הַקֹּדֶשׁ/Harvest Of Death/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 31 août 2018 à 02:11
  Holocausto  em  Chamas  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "לָשׁוֹן הַקֹּדֶשׁ"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by Harvest  Of  Death.

  A  few  seconds  of  silence  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  ritualistic  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  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.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  as  well  as  synths  also  making  a  return  as  the  album  progresses  and  a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  adds  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  some  touches  of  doom  and  death  metal  in  some  of  the  riffing.

  Holocausto  em  Chamas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal that  is  very  primitive,  old  school  and  raw  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a mixture  of  Portuguese  and  English  and  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Holocausto  em  Chamas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Messiah"  "After  The  Crucifixion"  "From  The  Catacombs"  and  "The  Sombre  Disciple".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/08/holocausto-em-chamas-harvest-of.html