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Rraaumm/The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time/Van Records/2019 EP Review

mercredi 3 juillet 2019 à 05:59

  Rraaummm  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "The  Eternal  Dance  At  The  Nucleus  Of  Time"  which  will  be  released  on  July  12th  by  Van  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  A  touch  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  elements  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.

  Rraaumm  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  synth  orientated  and  melodic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  scientific  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rraaumm  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Wander  Beyond  Lunar  Seas"  and  "The  Eternal  Dance  At  The  Nucleus  Of  Time".  8 out  of  10.

https://rraaumm.bandcamp.com   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/rraaummthe-eternal-dance-at-nucleus-of.html


Krvvla Interview

mardi 2 juillet 2019 à 06:43
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



D: We're just three friends who share a passion for music and enjoy making it. The result of our mutual work is something related to black metal.

A: For me, it’s a long story of trying to gather friends to play some music with blast-beats) I’d been trying to convince mates from my last two bands to start making something like krvvla does now but it wasn’t successful. I remember that we’d even had some jams with D. a few years before krvvla was formed, but nobody had enough time for that. I’m glad it happened and I’m glad that we’re still together.

V: This band is like a family to me. From the very first rehearsal I had a strong feeling that it was the beginning of a long story. Three completely different persons with different music tastes and approaches to things. But we share the same idea of making great music.



2.You have a new single coming out in July, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



D: I'd say it's more, hmm, chaotic and dissonant, compared to our early works (like M, N, even Ø). At the same time I feel like it's an upgraded version of our E (haha).

A: When I listen to the new one, it sounds more present, bass is just holding you in its hands and the drums keep beating all the shit out of you. It’s better than everything we’ve done so far. I still like listening to it, do it a couple of times a week)

V: I would say this release is some kind of a logical continuation of our previous release E, sort of evolution of those previous ideas, the continuation of that musical story. I’m totally satisfied with the result, the story is being told so it’s time to start a new story. 



3.With the exception of your first demo all of the releases titles have been one letter while the songs are usually one word, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?



D: Honestly, naming stuff has always been a challenge for me. And this human need to put a label on everything you do is kind of annoying. Man, I just want to make music! :)) But when it actually comes to naming the tracks, it's all about the feelings and associations I get when I'm listening to it. And a bit of nerdiness, hehe.

A: I think we got used to that joke of one-letter releases, so we’ll just force this in our further releases. It just happens naturally when we’re talking about what we’re doing during rehearsals. We’ve come to a name E by the name of Ecco The Dolphin, because of the sound we used at the beginning of the track. We were also discussing the interstellar nature of dolphins that time and it just naturally came together.

V: T stands for T-Rex :)



4.So far all of the music has been instrumental, would you be open to using vocals or lyrics on future releases?



D: This is actually what we're currently working on :)

A: We had some short things, but were too humble to record vocals for our previous tracks)

V: Since our first gigs people were asking if we had plans to add vox. I think it’s not that easy nowadays for some people to listen to instrumental music thoughtfully, especially for those who listen to music in background or who treat the music as a kind of entertainment against boredom. We’re used to telling the story with music not with words, but who knows, maybe we’ll try to add some vocals on our next releases.



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

D: No inspiration, pure accident. Happy little accident, hehe.

V: By the way, the correct pronunciation of the name is like “kree-voo-lah” :)

D: More like [‘krivələ] :))



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



D: Nothing major about it. Just some abstract thing made with acrylic paints and then edited in a graphic editor. Though if you look closely, you can see some claw marks in it, hehe. Fun fact: the original painting was a completely different color.

A: I remember I had an idea of doing an all black acrylic paint texture just for fun, and as a potential style of artworks for M/N. Only texture, no colors. I thought it’d look good together with some minimalistic instrumental music. We did a couple of those together with D, and it just stayed like that. I still do some from time to time)

V: I can only add that we had four different variants to choose from and that was not an easy choice.




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



D: The one I'll remember forever is definitely the Neverland Festival we played in 2018. Just imagine: it's around midnight (or even past it), you're in the middle of a forest, and it's raining.The atmosphere was incredible.

As to our stage performance, there’s not a lot of movement. We're not running around, or jumping, or doing something crazy. It might be a bad thing for someone, but we're more focused on playing everything perfectly, rather than making a show.

A: Yup, Neverland was awesome, hope we’ll get to play a few outdoor fests this summer with the same atmosphere. Not much about stage performance behind the drumset, I’m just making sure not to injure anybody with drumsticks flying around.

V: I like it when there’s no border between the crowd and the musicians because it helps to establish some kind of strong connection between us and our listeners. Playing a gig is always a type of spiritual experience in an altered state of mind for me.



8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?



D: No tour plans so far. The only show we'll be playing in the nearest future is a festival near Minsk.



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



D: We haven't received any offers yet. And I wouldn't say we're actively looking for a label.

A: Yeah, we’re currently unsigned, but it’d be nice to have some label support.

V: That’s always a tricky point for a band: you either stay independent or sign with a label. Labels do a great job promoting the band but commercial labels often dictate their rules that may result in losing the band’s individuality. We’re open to labels’ offers but would like to stay independent.



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



D: No idea.

A: I don’t think we’re somehow popular on a worldwide level.

V: Black metal scene police never sleeps. I’m pretty sure there will be some negativity from the guys who praise the cult of being “true”, but I don’t care.



11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



D: Personally, I don't know :)) I don't think we're a band that sets goals and then pursues them. I feel that all our actions are based on instincts and feelings. If we feel like it's time for a full length, or rather if it happens that we have some material that would make a full length, then we'll do a full length. The same goes for the musical aspect. I never force myself to write songs in this or that subgenre. What comes out, comes out.

A: I don’t think we are trying to fill some format with what we do. We’ve done a 15 minute single track and it seems like a complete idea. There’s nothing to add, nothing to remove, no way to split it. 

V: I think not so many people listen to full length albums in the era of streaming services. Releasing less material but more often is the only way nowadays to keep the audience’s interest I think.



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?



D: Recently I've been spinning a lot of Deathspell Omega, Abyssal, Almyrkvi, Rebirth of Nefast, Altarage. There's always some dark ambient stuff, like Wordclock, Treha Sektori, Desiderii Marginis. And I have a special place in my heart for Paramnesia, Fyrnask, Rorcal, and Walk Through Fire. But when it comes to the influence… It’s really difficult to say. At least, for me.

A: Nowadays it’s less metal, more jazz, idm, prog. Actual bands: Ulcerate, Aluk Todolo, Inter Arma, Deathspell Omega.

V: The same as A: less metal and more jazz-fusion. I’m also trying to get familiar with metal classics like Megadeath, Judas Priest, Pantera.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



D: Well, I have some interest in photography; usually it's either some nature stuff or taking pictures at gigs. I love languages, all this linguistic stuff. And just learning new things in general.

A: I make computer games, just a bit of demoscene, and painting/drawing/doodling.

V: Software development, alternative ancient history and so-called conspiracy theories, meditation, and cooking.



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

A: Thanks for the interview, hope you’ll enjoy our new record. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/krvvla-interview.html


Grima/Will Of The Primordial/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review

mardi 2 juillet 2019 à 06:15

  Siberia's  Grima  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Will  Of  The  Primordial"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier,  melodic  and  atmospheric  musical  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  instrumentals  are  also  added  onto  the  recording,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Siberian  Nature  and  Paganism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grima  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Siberian  Sorrow"  "Enisey"  and  "Howl  At  Night".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/grimawill-of-primordialnaturmacht.html


Ewigkeit/Starscape 2.019/Death To Music Productions/2019 Re-Recorded Album Review

mardi 2 juillet 2019 à 05:02

  United  Kingdom's  solo  project  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  a  re-recorded  version  of  his  1999  album  "Starscape"  with  the  new  version  being  an  updated  take  on  his  older  material  which  where  also  in  an  early  style  of  experimental  black  metal  and  the  album  is  called  "Starscape  2.019"  and  will  be  released  in  September  by  Death  To  music  Productions.

  Sci-fi  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  symphonic  feeling  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  A  couple  of  songs  are  instrumentals  as  well  as    elements  of  electronic  music  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with the  music  also  keeping  most  of  its  90's  influences,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  briefly  it  gives  the  music  more  of   a  raw  feeling  and  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  metaphysical  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ewigkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  90's  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Point  Of  Origin"  "Return  Of  Planet  X"  and  "Birth  Of  Horus".  8  out  of  10.

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/ewigkeitstarscape-2019death-to-music.html


False/Portent/Gilead Media/2019 CD Review

mardi 2 juillet 2019 à 03:38

  False  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Portent"  which  will  be  released  on  July  12th  by  Gilead  Media.

Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the music  at  times.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  on  a  later  track  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  brief  instrumental  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pain  and  loss  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  False  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Victual  to  Our  Dead  Selves" and  "The  Serpent  Sting,  The  smell  of  A  Goat".  8  out  of  10.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/falseofficial
Instagram: https://instagram.com/false.band 
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/falseportentgilead-media2019-cd-review.html