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Barkasth/Decaying/Svarga Music/2018 Full Length Review

samedi 9 juin 2018 à 04:44

  Barkasth  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Decaying"  which  was  released  by  Svarga  Music.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  brought  into  some  of  the  songs.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Barkasth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Barkasth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Begging  By  Freaks"  "Soul  Away"  and  "...Where  Was  The  Son  Of  God".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/barkasthdecayingsvarga-music2018-full.html


Cosmic Church/Tayttymys/Kuunpalvelus/2018 Full Length Review

samedi 9 juin 2018 à 02:43

    Cosmic  Church  where  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that played  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Tayttymys"  which  was  released  by Kuuunpalvelus.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal s creams  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  Cosmic  Church  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  atmospheric  in  the  Finnish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Space,  Nature,  Occultism  and  Satanism  themes.

In  my  opinion  Cosmic  Church  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armolahja"  and  "Tayttymys".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/cosmic-churchtayttymyskuunpalvelus2018.html


Kuilu Interview

samedi 9 juin 2018 à 01:43
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


The band was started somewhere around 2010 by Särmälä and Sairanen. Kuilu makes melancholic, doomy black metal.


2.In May you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous split, ep and demo?


The sound is much more refined than on the previous releases, and so are the compositions. The ep “Haudalla/Virta” was recorded with quite bad equipment and even worse skill and vision and that’s why the sound is a bit dull. However, now when we’re thinking about it, if the EP sounded more crude and lofi it would have been much better!


The tape Demo 2014 had a better sound but again, it could’ve been harsher. Quite a good demo though, we think. The first song was used on the debut, re-arranged and re-recorded of course.


The split you’re referring to is not actually a split but a lofi live sampler on which we took part. That sampler had quite horrible sound when it comes to our part, hah. The John The Baptist part turned out the best. However, that sampler was mainly a relic for those who attended the event in 2015. Maybe that one’s more about the idea than the music itself.


“Monumentti” was recorded at Blackvox Studio, Tampere, Finland. We used no click track and recorded it live, so there’s a certain live feeling to the sound, and that was the aim of course. We like our music to sound alive. All band-members have gotten to know their own preferred equipment and sound preferences better, so it was easier to get the kind of sound we wanted, though it was a lot of work and testing before going to the studio. The sound is darker, more dynamic, more violent and more fragile at certain parts. We got quite close to the goal we were aiming for and our development as musicians and songwriters is really audible. The vocals have become more diverse year after year.


We didn’t aim to make a certain kind of black metal, but the riffs and the sound incorporate quite a lot of doom elements as well as other styles. The musical style of Kuilu was truly found when we were making the songs for “Monumentti” and the idea of what we want to achieve with our art became clearer.  When we make songs, we tend to try to forge them into drama-like coherent wholes. Since the songs have several “acts” they tend to be quite lengthy. It seems to be a natural way for us to make music at least for now.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Nihilism, emptiness, death, desolation and the beauty of these.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kuilu'?


The name means chasm in Finnish. From the beginning, the name has represented a constant binding state or space. In the ouroborus symbol used on the demo and the album, the chasm is the mountain of Sisyphos, a mountain and a draining spiral at the same time.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


We all might have our own favourite gigs, but some of the best must be the album release gig in Nordhausen, Germany in 2018 and the gig in Lepakkomies, Helsinki, Finland in 2016.


We’ve been using clay and smoke. The clay has been used to mask ourselves, thus creating an inconvenient and miserable feeling for us. This has enabled us to get into a different mood for the gigs, as we can put our soul into the gig much better. Covering our skins with clay can be quite meditative process and it helps us to get rid of our egos to some extent and become more like a channel between our music and this world.


The smoke has been used, many times excessively, to create a barrier between the audience members in order to force them to live the event, to concentrate on it. Of course these things also have a strong visual side.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?


We were on a tour in Eastern Europe with Asphodelus in March 2018. Then there was the album release show in Germany on 5.5.2018. We have two gigs booked for the autumn in Finland. Nothing else is planned for this year at the moment. We’re always open for requests, though.


7.The new album was released on 'Deviant Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


Sairanen had followed the label activities for some time and bought many releases from them, so we’ve been interested in Deviant Records for a long time. We sent him a demo version of the album on tape and were extremely delighted to get a positive reaction. We have met the label manager two times now and he’s a very honorable and nice guy. Hail Deviant Records!


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


We have heard only praising comments, but the amount of feedback isn’t that big, at least yet. We hope that people will love or hate our album.


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


We have other bands and projects of various styles, unrelated to Kuilu, some active, some just started.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


At the moment, we’re composing the songs for a split release with another Finnish band. We’ve also been composing the songs for the second full-length for some time now. We don’t know when they’ll be ready. The split material is a bit more traditional and the second album material is, at least at the moment, quite well in line with the first album style. After these, we don’t know, time will tell.


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?


Black metal, doom metal, maybe some post-metal could be heard in the sound. For single bands, we don’t know, maybe Deathspell Omega and some others have been the inspiration for some riffs. Sometimes we remember clearly what sparked the flame that forced us to make a new riff etc., but usually it’s really difficult to see what has influenced us and what hasn’t. We all listen to diverse kinds of music and every member has their own preferences.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex.


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


Thank you for the interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/kuilu-interview.html


Raven Throne/Biaskoncy snieh Casu/Niazhasnaje/Possession Productions/2018 Compilation Review

jeudi 7 juin 2018 à 23:49

  Raven  Throne  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  has  been  recently  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  "Biaskoncy  snieh  Casu/Niazhasnaje"  which  was  released  by  Possession  Productions  and  consists  of  their  2015  single  and  2017  ep.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  keyboards  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  a  couple  of  the tracks  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  On  this  compilation  you  could  still  hear  the  pagan  metal  elements  in  Raven  Throne's  music  while  the  direction  was  heading  more  into  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belarusian  and  cover  the  dark  side  of  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  collection  from  Raven  Throne  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My- vosieni  vartauniku'  and  "II".  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/raven-thronebiaskoncy-snieh.html


Utburd Interview

jeudi 7 juin 2018 à 23:07
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?

Hi! While I was working on the album, I started looking for a label that would really be interested in the distribution and high-quality promotion of the album. Satanath has become for me the ideal option. Specifically after recording the album, the Utburd project goes into the shadows. Since I am his alliance member, giving concerts does not make sense. It is very rare to find session musicians who are ready to work with material in our region operatively and they are all engaged in their projects. Although, now there are negotiations with the participation of one well-known group in Russia for the concert this fall.

2.In April you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Yes, the release took place on April 15 this year. The sound on this record is qualitatively different from the previous album. First of all, it was spent more time. I did not hurry with the recording of the material and very critically approached to what happened. Some tracks were re-recorded already at the data reduction stage, as I did not like the final sound. Guitars were re-recorded three times. As a result, the sound on the album was more dense. Compositions sound harder, angrier and bolder. Also on this album I kept the tradition of the previous release in the part of deep atmospheric parts. It took a lot of time to create them. I'm very critical about creating the sound of the environment. I strive to immerse the listener in the composition, so that he feels his mood, was inside. It seems to me that I can do this on this record. I also had to work hard on the vocals. There was a more growl; the vocal parts came to the fore. This eventually added to the gloom and stiffness of the album.

3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?

Ironically, interest in Lovecraft arose while listening to the band The Vision Bleak, but to start his work immediately was not possible. After some time I immersed myself in his works and in a gulp read his most famous stories, such as "At The Mountains of Madness", " The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", "Pikman's Model", " The Shadow over Innsmouth", " The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" and many others. His manner of imitation, as he visualizes his works, captured me and inspired me to create the album concept.

4.Some of your older lyrics have more of an occult theme to them, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I would say, rather theological, rather than occult. Although, both of these concepts go side by side. The fact is that for a long time I was a clergyman in the Orthodox Church. Before that, I was fond of all sorts of mystifications and occult things. Partly because of my past, I became interested in the topic of religious mysticism. Secrets and images, which can be treated in different ways, there is more than enough. Having immersed myself in religion, I was interested not in the very interpretation of theological texts, but in the result, which their incorrect and preconceived notions can lead to. So, we have many religions, sects and mutual enmity. It seems that this will never end. There is freedom in the person and often she plays a cruel joke.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Utburd'?

Calling the project Utburd, I was inspired by Scandinavian mythology. In Norwegian tales, Utburd called the evil spirit of a unconquered baby. In ancient times, when in difficult times and frosty winters the baby was born, who by his existence threatened the life of the whole family by the fact that everyone simply did not have enough food, he was taken to the forest and left there. By the myths, the spirit of this baby wandered around the district until it gained strength, and then caused troubles to the family that left it.
The meaning of this myth is very deep for me. If the question concerns the life of the native person, one should always take risks and stay together, no matter how hard it is. Carry the burdens together, and not look for easy ways that can lead you to the grave.

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

The art studio PAINT-IT-BLACK was engaged in decorating the cover and the booklet. I was fortunate enough to get acquainted with Vladimir Prokofiev, who under this title has been working on creating covers for metal bands for a long time. Lovecraft's theme was close to both of us. He had long wanted to create something about his works, but there was no suitable occasion. After listening to the demos and what I would like to see on the cover, he set to work. And I did it perfectly. On the cover there is an abandoned Innsmouth and Dagon, caused by a dark ritual, towering majestically above the world. It looks amazing!

7.On the recordings you record everything by yourself, do you have a hard time finding the same musicians that share the same vision as you?

I live in a small provincial town in Russia in the Murmansk region. There are few people here who listen to something harder than hard rock. And the more black metal is playing. Perhaps some still think that playing in this style does not need much intelligence, but it's not. Especially, if you're going to create complex multi-layered works. In general, wishing to play seriously, I did not find. And there is a plus in this - no need to compromise. You create exactly what you want. Although the time it takes more. But I'm not in a hurry.

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

I would not say that I have a lot of fans. Basically, because the project UTBURD studio and does not give concerts. However, after the release of "The Horrors Untold", the number of people interested in my work has increased significantly. Of course, Satanath Records played a big role in this. They are really interested in promoting the groups they like. I can say that most of the fans are probably outside of Russia. UTBURD was conceived as an export project. In our country, native extreme metal still does not have a strong and reliable promotion, and remains in the underground.

9.The new album was released on 'Satanath Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Molot Records?

The label Satanath made for me and my work much more than Molot. I can honestly say that after the expiration of the contract, I was not very pleased with the promotion of the first album. It seems to me that Molot invests only in popular and famous bands, and young ones, especially if they are on the periphery for them as another tick. However, I'm still grateful to them for pushing me to the metal stage. Satanath, as I said earlier, is really interested in the success of the release. Otherwise we would not have met!

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I will try to continue to issue high-quality material. Perhaps, all the same, it will be possible to recruit musicians and give several concerts. I hope that after many years, I can stand in line with other famous one-man projects such as Pain or Summoning.

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?

The classical music influences me a lot: Vivaldi, Mozart, Telemann. All the same I have a musical education in the class of flute. The new work inspired me The Vision Bleak, Behemoth, Satyricon. Now I often listen to the extreme release of Satyricon - "Deep Calleth Upon Deep", Emperor's first album, Dimmu Borgir - "Spiritual Black Dimentions" early Doors recordings.

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

Listen to good music, read good books, have your personal opinion on everything that is happening around you! Buy albums and support your favorite artists. Do not betray metal. Stay Metal!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/utburd-interview.html