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Ljain/Endasalmar og klofnar tungur/Signal Rex/2018 CD Compilation Review

dimanche 25 mars 2018 à 05:44


Ljain  are  a  solo  project  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  his  2018  compilation  "Endasalmar  og  klofnar  tungur"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Signal  Rex  and  consists  of  the  2016  ep's  "Endasalmar"  and  "Klofnar  Tungur".

  Ritualistic  synths  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  very  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also b e  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  synths  that  are  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  and  early  2000's  influences, clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ljain  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics a re  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ljain  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Svartigaldur"  "Endasalmar"  and  "Med  blodi  pinu".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ljainendasalmar-og-klofnar-tungursignal.html


Oaks Of Bethel/EEE Recordings Interview

dimanche 25 mars 2018 à 01:41
 
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit yourself and the many musical projects that you are a part of?

I am E. I currently perform in the musical projects Aptrgangr, Bladecatcher, E., Funeral Eclipse, Grok, Husk of Elohim, Njiijn, Njiqahdda, Oaks of Bethel, Worship of Nuit and Extispicium. I also run EEE Recordings and co-run/work for a few other operations as well.

·         Can you tell us a little bit more about your current musical projects and the musical styles you play with each one?

Aptrgangr is bestial black/death metal, Bladecatcher is death metal, E. is psychedelic rock/ambient, Funeral Eclipse is melodic black metal, Grok is symphonic black metal, Husk of Elohim is melodic black metal, Njiijn is experimental ambient/noise/drone, Njiqahdda is every type of bizarre sound imaginable, Oaks of Bethel is atmospheric black metal, Worship of Nuit is black ambient and Extispicium is atmospheric/melodic black metal.

·         In addition to black metal you are also involved with ambient and death metal projects, do you feel you have a lot to offer these other musical genres?

That remains to be seen, I simply create. Whatever feels right is what I go with at the time. The relevance of my work to these genres is irrelevant to me. I have no investment in musical genres, only in myself.

·         With some of your projects you also explore Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Religion and philosophy have been obsessions of mine since I was a teenager; they shape and have shaped the world we live in. It really just boils down to the fact that I like to learn about things. I adhere to no belief system - outside of a base moral structure. I enjoy the exploration of thought.

·         Some of your earlier projects were more 'unblack' metal, what was the decision behind leaving that faith behind and also, have you received any backlash from hardcore black metal fans that would not approve of your past musical projects?

There were a lot of different factors that lead to my straying from the xian path and ultimately it was something that was not meant for me. I was only xian for 5-6 years total in the 35 years I have been alive; I came into it on my own accord and left the same way. It was a great learning experience, but I am glad I made the choices that I did. My natural disdain for the brainless desert philosophies was something that I could not bargain with, so it ultimately had to go. I have yet to see any kind of backlash in regards to that part of my history. No one bothers me about it. I think people are aware that we all make mistakes as we find our way through life - philosophy included. If someone has a problem with it, let them. I have no time to care.

 ·         Besides Occultism, what are some of the other things you have explored lyrically with your other bands or musical projects?

Anything that has influenced my life eventually makes its way into my music. Life, death, relationships, etc. I do not restrict my topical matter, although there are a great many things I am pretty sure will never come into being for my works, simply for the fact that they do not affect me or cause me to have interest in them.

·         Originally you were from Illinois but have re-located to Colorado, what was the decision behind the move?

It was more of a forced move than anything, I never planned to live in Colorado. Life happened; a long-time relationship exploded on a nuclear level, I lost my home, job and almost everything I owned because of it. I had to make a choice to better my situation and I ended up in Colorado (hails to the Velnias brotherhood for providing the opportunity). Great place though, I love it here and am grateful for my opportunities in this place. Far better than the shithole that is Chicago and its surrounding toilets. My life improved 1000% coming to Colorado.

·         You also have done some session work with 'Velnias' as a live musician, have you also done any live shows with any of your other musical projects?

I have done a couple of random improv performances as E./Njiijn, but that is really about it. I do not like playing live, I do not like the live experience, do not like going to concerts and do not consider myself an entertainer (which is what live musicians are). Just not my thing.

·         Can you tell us a little bit more about 'EEE Recordings' which not only releases your music but also the music of other bands?

EEE is simply a base for me to have an output for my personal work. It has existed in some form since 2000. I am not interested trying to negotiate my “selling value” to some idiot with deep pockets who cares not about my work - except for its monetary value, so I keep/manage it all myself. I like being in control of my material - for good or bad. Every now and again I release material from artists I enjoy or think are unique as well.

·         You have also released around a hundred or more albums all the years, does music take up all your time and energy?

Yes. Right now, I technically work 3 jobs and they are all involved with music on some level. It is the biggest part of my life, without a doubt. My day-job is working at a bigger record label, so I do my label/music and eBay store on the side. All my personal (non-work) time is either spent working on music, lifting weights or reading/studying. I am in my mid-30s, have no significant other, no kids, no social life/circle and live a thousand miles from the people I am closest to - I exist in relative isolation. I channel my energies and concentrate on doing the things I like or enjoy - which consequently are entirely selfish endeavors. I am fortunate for the fact that I have been able to exist/be productive in the music scene for 20 years, make a living doing it and not have to answer to someone or compromise my visions in the process. It is a unique set of circumstances, to put it lightly.

·         On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your musical projects by fans of black metal and other forms of underground music?

As far as I know, no one knows who I am or what I do outside of a small minority of people. There is no opinion or feedback that I hear of. Either something sells or it doesn’t. I do not have access to other metrics than that. I also wish for that to remain. I have no desire to be in an "artistic" popularity contest with a bunch of posers, a glorious “hero” of a totally compromised/paid off media system or be associated with the idiots that make up this supposed underground. Keep my name away from these people, their thoughts and their nonsense. No fucking support.

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

I will continue to create music as long as I enjoy doing it. Once the enjoyment stops, I will no longer do it. As of right now, I am not going anywhere, nor am I slowing down. That is about as far as I look into it.

·         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?

Too many to list and too long to explain. Haha. Currently listening to a lot of Supuration, Ancient Records projects, Van Halen, Amorphis, early In Flames, Mortal Decay, Vildhjarta, Judas Priest, Bardo Pond, Deicide, Monstrosity, Opie and Anthony...it changes weekly.

·         What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Weight lifting, religion, writing, philosophy, politics, MMA, pro wrestling (lucha libre), comedy, weed.

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

I will close with 2 quotes from Patrice O'Neal:

"This business is the beast and it eats everybody and shits them out. But here's what's funny about the beast: it's a never-ending line of people who want to get in the mouth and get chewed up and shit out. It's because, when you get in the belly, you get $2 million a week. And when you get shit out, you're a pile back there. And you have the option to wait to get back in line, and wait to go get back in the beast, and get eaten and shit out! And we line up! And I didn't even get to the beast yet. 20 years! See, when the beast pick you up, to put you in its mouth, you shinin'. People see you...So, anybody that gets that deep and turns on the beast, man, you've got to root for him, no matter what, because they're martyrs, because no one's going to stand up for them."

"That emptiness of "I made it!" What's it? You know what I'm saying? So I just do it because when a guy says to me "Dude... Man, you changed my life," that feels good. If a dude says "You changed my life" or a woman says "You changed my life," for some goofy shit you did... you know, that means something. That's "it". I want to change lives but not be profound about it."

Hails for the interview and support.


eeerecordings.net


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/oaks-of-betheleee-recordings-interview.html


The Negative Bias/Golden Dawn/Temple Of Cruel Empathy/Lunar Serpent/Seance Records/2018 Split CD Review

dimanche 25 mars 2018 à 01:24

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Austria's  The  Negative  Bias  and  Golden  Dawn  called  "Temple  Of  Cruel  Empathy/Lunar  Serpent"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Seance  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  The  Negative  Bias  a  band  that  plays  an  astral  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  soundscpaes  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  their  track  is  11  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  some  occult  sounding  synths  at  times  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  riffs  bringing  in  more  of  a  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  sound  as  well  as  the solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard   briefly.

  The  Negative  Bias  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  original  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  darkness,  cosmic  mysticism,  hate,  creation  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Negative  Bias  are  a  very  great  sounding  astral  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Golden  Dawn  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  melodic,  gothic  and  symphonic  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  track  is  11  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Symphonic  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  song  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  folk  instruments  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  also  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  goth  and  electronic  music.

  On  this  track  Golden  Dawn  continues  his  symphonic,  gothic  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from the  90's  while  also  updates  his  sound  for  modern  days,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  shamanism  and  lucid  dreaming.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Golden  Dawn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  or  synth/keyboard  orientated  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-negative-biasgolden-dawntemple-of.html


Mascharat/Self Titled/Seance Records/2017 CD Review

dimanche 25 mars 2018 à 00:33

  Mascharat  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  renaissance  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  was  released  by  Seance  Records.

  A  nature  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  classical  music  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  whispers  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  classical  style  keyboards  also  being  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  the  music  also  adds  in  some  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  a couple  of  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses  and  one  of  the  songs  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Mascharat  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  classical  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  occult  philosophy  and  written  in  Italian  and  cover  a  concept  involving  a  man  and  the  three  masks  of  Venetian  Tradition.

  In  my  opinion  Mascharat  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  renaissance  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bauta"  "Mora"  and  "Rito".  8/9  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/mascharatself-titledseance-records2017.html


Aorlac Interview

samedi 24 mars 2018 à 18:32

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

NKS (guitar) : Hey there ! Because of our recent change of label, we are currently working on several things. With the help of the label, we just finished working on our merchandising which will be directly related to “L’Esprit des Vents”. We are also working on our upcoming gigs by adding three tracks from our last album on the setlist. And as you can imagine, we spend much time answering to interviews.


2.You have a new album coming out in March, 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?

NKS : The fact of having our very own studio directly impact our way to record. We could take our time to test different mics, different positions, instruments or even amps. Let’s say that we really could shape the album as we wanted. Most of the time, you start recording the drums, then the guitars parts, then you realize that something on the snare drum could be added… Here, we could of work without any stress from A to Z. Before that, we had to make do with we had to hand, even if we wanted to have a “home-made” and airy sound, there, for once, we get what we wanted.

3.This is your first release in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

NKS : After the release of « La Cité des Vents”, we continued touring until 2012. We also participated to a split album with Darkenhöld, Ysengrin and Ossuaire back in 2011. Because of a lack of inspiration – not because of weariness – we felt like we needed to take time to direct the last events.
The writing of “L’Esprit des Vents” really started in 2013; if I am not wrong, I think a demo was register in 2015 with a programmed drum. We could have rushed to release the album, but as you can easily guess, after these years of break, every one took care of their own personal project. So we and to wait that everybody was 100% invested on the recording.

4.Your lyrics cover 'Occitan History', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

NKS : We wanted to highlight the values of our roots many times before the creation of the band. We are lucky to live in a region full of histories, the Occitan region spreading through the south of France and passing by the North of Italy and Spain has a rich History, full of legends and fierce battles – that is an endless source of inspiration for the band. We also wanted to arouse interest on our History, and to remind the listener of what happened on our lands.

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

NKS : Aorlhac is the Occitan name of the city of Aurillac from where we all are, most people do not remember our city’s roots – this was the occasion of paying tribute to our way too unknown small city.

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

NKS : We have many good memories of some dates, but I most certainly say that’s during the NORDIC BLACK MASS, at Luynes, where we were honored to share the scene with TAAKE, HELMEIM and VULTURE INDUSTRIES. You must wondering why this date: because at the beginning we were influenced by TAAKE, we were far from thinking that 3 years later we would play by their side!
That is not easy to describe us, but the direct and efficient style of our music, the alternation of melodic and epic parts next to the aggressive singing of our frontman has touched the public.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

NKS : Even if some gigs are planned, or about to, we do not have a tour planed yet - We can believe in a one-week or two tour in Europe during summer, if everybody in the band is free, let’s see what the future brings us.

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

NKS : Even if our change of label is recent, we are already seeing the repercussion of our collaboration with Les Acteurs de l’Ombre. LADLO has a visibility far from what we have known before. Until now, I think that the band was quite confidential abroad … except for Canada, where the language of Moliere surely helped that. However, be sure that ‘till now, the Historical and musical concept of Aorlhac was always well greeted.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

NKS : Today, we are a 100% focus on Aorlhac, for the brains of the band at least. Even if our live drummer Ardraos is a member of PESTE NOIRE, I heard he might be leaving the band for its own project : SÜHNOPFER.

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

NKS : I think that Aorlhac will continue to evolve naturally. We started the project 11 years ago, since then our influences and taste in music have changed. In other hand, I think our biggest success was to keep the Aorlhac touch all along the albums. It is possible that some atmospheric parts from “L’esprit des Vents” will be more used in the future. Anyway, we attend to keep our simplicity and efficiency and bring it on stage.

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?

NKS : At the beginning, I was influenced by renowned bands as  EMPEROR, DISSECTION, SACRAMENTUM, then later by ULVER, DRUDKH, PRIMORDIAL, AGALLOCH. Now, I do not have the time, neither the will to listen to new bands: I feel like they all put the sounds quality first (even though they all sound quite artificial…) rather than the quality of writing.
We are in a consumer society where everything must go fast, nothing last, anybody on Youtube can now discover a hundred BM bands whereas, back in 1997, you could hardly get 10 CDs! In addition, I am not sure that only the rarity of a band is enough to arise interest. 

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

NKS : We are lucky to have those beautiful landscapes close to us, when we have the opportunity, we love to enjoy those together. Also, our live bass player has a real gift in terms of drawing; we would love to explore this aspect for the upcoming projects. 

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

NKS : Thank you to you and your webzine for letting us express ourselves. Do not forget “L’Esprit des Vents” release on March, 2nd, with Les Acteurs de l’Ombre.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/aorlac-interview.html