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Satanize/Baphomet Altar Worship/Helter Skelter/Regain Records/2021 CD Review

lundi 30 novembre 2020 à 23:14


 

  Satanize  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Baphomet  Altar  Worship"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  as  a  joint  effort  between  Helter  Skelter  and  Regain  Records.


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  music  also  shows  influences  of  both  the  North American  and  Australian  styles.


  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  an  old  school  style  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  day  aggression.  All  of  the  tracks  also  avoid  any  use  of  guitar  solos  or  leads  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  war  samples  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  very  fast  and  brutal  musical  direction.


  Satanize  plays  a  style  of  war/black  metal  that  is  always  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Baphomet  Worship,  Blasphemy,  Darkness,  Death  and  War  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Satanize  are  a very  great  sounding  bestial mixture  of  war  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Baphomet  Altar  Worship"  "Chariots  Of  Nocturnal  Wrath"  "Luciferian  Thrones  Of  Devastation"  and  "Cavernous  Onslaught".  8 out  of  10,


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/satanizebaphomet-altar-worshiphelter.html


Valravn Interview

lundi 30 novembre 2020 à 22:26

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


 


Valravn was founded in 2016 by Aleksi and Alarik. Brent and Henry joined shortly after. We shared similar visions in creating aggressive yet melodic black metal. We all have different approaches to writing songs and our styles work really well together thus creating a versatile yet cohesive style of black metal.


 


2.In December you have your first album coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


We had a vision to combine raw elements from traditional Finnish Black Metal with influences from death and even doom metal to create something which is more diverse musically. 


 


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


Our lyrics promote the ideology of man being above God. We use entities - such as Lucifer - as symbols to ridicule the fallacies of men.


Lyrics were a bit of an afterthought for us on this album. Our songwriting goes 100% with the “riffs first” mentality and most of them were written after everything else was already recorded.


Our topics vary from blasphemy, nature and myths to nihilism and other misanthropic views.


 


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


 


Ancient mythologies such as the Nordic one have interesting tales and deities. We found Valravn - a supernatural raven which feeds on the dead to gain power - to fit with our ideology of the everlasting and ongoing cycle of nature.


 


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


 


The cover is made by our long-time friend Teo Lauerma, who had also previously done the cover for A. Olkkola’s solo project (https://youtu.be/86UHEnCqCVA).


We had only given him the main idea of a raven spreading its wings victoriously on top of a pile of corpses and the rest is completely a product of his creativity and hard work. The amount of detail he was able to draw by hand is really impressive, especially because the actual art piece is pretty much the same size as the CD cover.


 


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


 


So far we’ve only played live once, which was before the album was finished. Then the pandemic hit and the rest is pretty much history. We are planning on playing shows once the album is out and things have settled but who knows when that will happen. Meanwhile, we’re working on our next album so we’re not just idly sitting by.


 


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the masks that you wear in the promo pictures and live shows?


The idea is simply to let our music speak for itself as the focus should be on the music and not the individuals performing it. It’s no secret who we are, but removing our meaningless faces from the music felt right for us.


 


8.The band is from Finland, what is it that you feel makes you stand out among the other bands in your home country?


 


We feel our sound overall is different from the other bands from Finland; from production to the different styles of writing riffs and vocal styles. It is definitely influenced by a lot of them but we believe we have managed to achieve a great balance of rawness with melodic riffing and good production quality.


 


9.The new album was released on 'Primitive Reaction', how did you get in contact with this label?


 


Once we had finished recording the album we contacted a bunch of different labels and Primitive Reaction seemed really interested in the record. We believe PR is a great match for us and our debut album as they’re a relatively small label but still have a great catalogue of releases and working with them has been easy.


 


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


 


So far we’ve only gotten good feedback. This is our first release so not that many have heard of us and our music, but the two preview tracks we’ve released so far have been well received overall.


 


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


 


We’re in the process of writing songs for the next album and at this moment it’s going to share similar characteristics to Prey but it will definitely be even more diverse.


 


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?


 


Overall Nordic black metal has played a big role in our music and it can definitely be heard on the record. In addition to that there’s also some Polish influences and a hint of death metal. Bands like Gorgoroth, Marduk, Horna, Mgła and many more have surely influenced our songwriting.


 


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


 



We appreciate the interview and we are looking forward to the album’s release. We’re very satisfied with our debut, but this is only the first chapter on our path. While live shows aren’t really a possibility, we’re working on the next album so make sure to stay tuned!



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/valravn-interview_30.html


Die Schwarze Sonne/sisalla vain pimeaa/Wolfmond Production/2019 CD Review

lundi 30 novembre 2020 à 05:42

 


  Die  Schwarze  Sonne  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "sisalla  vain  pimeaa"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  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  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  At  times  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  sounding  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark, r aw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  a  hatred  and  disgust  for  modern  humanity.


  In  my  opinion  Die  Schwarze  Sonne  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  and  "V". 8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/die-schwarze-sonnesisalla-vain.html


Impera/Transzendenz/Der Transzendelater Imperator/Wolfmond Production/2020 Split EP Review

lundi 30 novembre 2020 à 04:53

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Germany's  Impera  and  Transzendenz  called  "Der  Transzandelater  Imperator"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production  and  we  will  start  off  the review  with  Impera  a  band  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.


 Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  synth  orientated  intro  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  music  also  sticking  to  more  of  a  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Impera  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Walk  Around  the  Tower".


  Next  up  is  Transzendenz  a  band  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  most  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Occultism,  Mysticism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Transzendenz  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Geiestermacht".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  occult  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/imperatranszendenzder-transzendelater.html


Asgard/Leviathan/Wolfmond Production/2019 Compilation Album Review

lundi 30 novembre 2020 à 04:03

 


  Asgard  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  hellvetic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  compilation  album  "Leviathan"  which  was  reelased  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  You  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  in  the  music  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  classical  music  elements  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction,  a  couple  of  the  songs  where  also  recorded  live.  


  Asgard  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swiss  and  English  and  cover  Satanism,  Lycanthropy,  Occultism,  Dark  Side  of  Life,  Myths,  War  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Asgard  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  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leviathan"  "Paradoxum  Absurdum"  "Awaiting  My  Arrival" and  "Werewolf  Rising".8out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/asgardleviathanwolfmond-production2019.html