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Frostagrath/Under Your Black Wings/2018 Single Review

mardi 1 mai 2018 à 02:43

  Egypt's  solo  black  metal  project  Frostagrath  have  returned  with  a  new  track  which  continues  his  atmospheric and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  along  with  some  session  work  from  Sayed  Ragai  better  known  for  his  work  in  Sin  Prophecy  and  the  track  was  self  released  in  2018  and  called  "Under  Your  Black  Wings".

  Atmospheric  synths  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  track  which  is  also  9  minutes  in  length  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  into  the  music  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  and  whispers  also  being  used  briefly.

  Frostagrath  creates  another  track  that  remains  true  to  his  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  sorrow,  depression  and  anti  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Frostagrath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

  https://frostagrath.bandcamp.com/album/under-your-black-wings-single



        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/frostagrathunder-your-black-wings2018.html


Melan Selas Interview

mardi 1 mai 2018 à 01:26
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Melan Selas is a musical project consisted of two members, D.K., also member of Riffobia and Astraea, member of Oletir. We started in the middle of 2015 at Trikala, Greece. All music is from D.K. and vocals and lyrics from Astraea. The first project's work was released as an E.P. by Metal Throne Productions on April of 2016.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings you have released so far?


Melan Selas' music genre is defined as black metal with epic and atmospheric elements, as well as some thrash metal ones.


3.The main member also has a background in thrash, how would you compare black metal to the other style that you play in your full time band?


There is no reason for any comparison between the two genres. It is about the expression of different feelings and musical ideas that exist in an individual.


4.Your lyrics cover a lot of Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also are you interested in the mythologies of other cultures?


The lyrical themes of the project vary between nature, ancient times and generally philosophy. Greek mythology is not the main theme of our lyrical content. However, there are some references to this concerning the topics we metioned. We are of course fascinated with all kind of ancient mythologies. Greek mythology speaks more to us due to our connection with it.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the compilation album you have coming out?


The cover of this release illustates the logo of Melan Selas, that also stands as a symbol. The geometry of it expresses the meaning of the project's name. The black colour in the background is related to darkness and void.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Melan Selas'?


The name of the project was an idea of Astraea's father. He thought that it suits the music we present. We familiarised it because we realised that it also has a more esoteric meaning in relation with the lyrics of the project. “Melan” means “black” and “selas” means “light” in ancient greek language. The name expresses a contradiction between the dark and the light, the negative element and the positive one. These two opposite forces become one as annihilation and salvation appear at the same time.


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, would you be open to expanding the line up for live shows or do you prefer to remain a studio project?


We would surely want to be able to play live with a full line up but this is an ambition for which we cannot be certain at this time.


8.The compilation is coming out on 'Iron Bonehead Productions', how would you compare working with them  to your older label 'Metal Throne Productions'?


It is surely great to work with a label such as “Iron Bonehead Productions”. We are also glad for our collaboration with “Metal Throne Productions”. We always try to give our best and improve ourselves as artists.


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


We had a quite good feedback from the fans of the genre until now and we continue our work for our art to be spread even wider.

10.What is going on with 'Riffobia' these days?


Riffobia are currently working on some new stuff for their third full album release.


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


This is something that only time will tell.


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?


Our music is influenced by the classic black metal bands and generally the wider range of heavy metal music. We are listening to anything that speaks to our souls.



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


We thank you very much for the interview. Stay tuned for more.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/melan-selas-interview.html


Antzaat/The black Hand Of The Father/Immortal Frost Productions/2017 EP Review

mardi 1 mai 2018 à 01:15

 
  Antzaat  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  traditional  form  of  black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Black  Hand  Of  The  Father"  which  was  released  by Immortal  Frost  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  giving  them  more  of  a  modern  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Antzaat  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  heavy  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Dystopian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Antzaat  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rite  Of  The  New  Dawn"  and  "The  Black  Hand  of  The  Father".  8  out  of  10.         

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/antzaatthe-black-hand-of-fatherimmortal.html


Agrona/Realm Of The Fallen/UKEM Records/2018 CD Review

lundi 30 avril 2018 à 04:28

  Agrona  are  a  band  from  Wales  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Realm  Of  The  Fallen"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  UKEM  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  spoken  word  parts  being  used  at  times  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  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  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  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.

 Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with some  of  the  tracks  being   long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  vocals,  whispers  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  recording briefly. 

  Agrona  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  traditional  sounding  while  also  having  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Agrona  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Treacherous  Dead"  "Storms  End"  and  "Summoning  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/agronarealm-of-fallenukem-records2018.html


Sleepwalker/Ichi-go ichi-e/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 CD Review

dimanche 29 avril 2018 à 23:32

  Sleepwalker  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  has  recently  had  an  album  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  form  of  psychedelic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ichi-go  ichi-e"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  tribal beats  can also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  ritualistic,  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  and  after  awhile  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  grim  whispers  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  distorted  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bring  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  free  jazz.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  psychedelic,  krautrock  and  noise  rock  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Sleepwalker  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  experimental,  avant  garde  and  psychedelic  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sleepwalker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  avant  garde  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "If  Return_A  Minor  Glance"  and  "Never  Ailments  On  Oneself".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/sleepwalkerichi-go-ichi-esentient-ruin.html