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Varg/Zeichen/Napalm Records/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 5 septembre 2020 à 02:15

  Varg  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  viking,  pagan,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Zeichen"  which  will  be  released  on  September  18th  by  Napalm  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  which  also  introduce  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  also  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  also  shows  a  Swedish  influence.

  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  viking  style back  up  shouts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  some  clean  pagan  metal  styles  as  well  as  some  female  vocals  and  chants  also  being  utilized  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  most  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Varg  expands  on  the  melodic  death  emtal  style  while  still  having  some  of  the  black,  viking  and  pagan  metal  elements  that  where  a  very  huge  part  of  their  earlier  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  cover  Vikings  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Varg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  viking,  pagan,  black  and  melodic  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "793"  "Fara  Till  Ranar"  "Wanderer"  and  "Zeichen".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/8I7O83qJ_Tw  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/vargzeichennapalm-records2020-full.html


Brzask/Self Titled/2020 Demo Review

vendredi 4 septembre 2020 à 22:36

  Brzask  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  old  school  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2020  demo.

  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  also  done  in  a  very  deep  almost  death  metal  style  while  also  throwing  in  some  black  metal  screams  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  is  utilized  it  also gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  to  a  couple  of  songs.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  synths  also  return  on  the  closing  song  which  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sudetian  Folklore  and  Legends.

  In  my  opinion  Brask  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school   and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Crimson  Dawn  Ritual".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/brzaskself-titled2020-demo-review.html


Horde Of Hel/Doden Nalkas/Blooddawn Productions/Regain Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 4 septembre 2020 à 20:23

  Horde  Of  Hel  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  industrial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Doden  Nalkas"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Regain  Records  and  Blooddawn  Productions.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  harsh  noises  a  few  seconds  alter  before  going  into  a  heavier musical  direction.  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.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  industrial  elements.  Throughout  the recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  tracks  also  adding  in  dark  ambient  style  synths,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  start  getting  more  demonic  sounding  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  apocalyptic,  death  and  anti  humanity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Horde  Of  Hel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  industrial  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blodets  Morgon"  "Standard  Nordland" "Holy  Ash"  and  "Of  Eternity  And  Ruins".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/hordeofhelofficial        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/horde-of-heldoden-nalkasblooddawn.html


Glemsel Interview

vendredi 4 septembre 2020 à 20:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


We’re Glemsel from Copenhagen, Denmark and we play black metal. We formed the band in the late spring of 2019. At first, we began with playing a variety of genres - death metal, grindcore, and finally found out we had a common preference of playing black metal. The line-up consists of Joachim Højer on drums, Sune Pedersen on guitars, and Asmund Iversen on vocals and guitars. The newest addition to our group is Mikkel Alkjær on bass, so welcome to him!



2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that is presented on the recording?



We obviously have inspiration from across the black metal spectrum - from the nineties to the modern Danish scene - but the starting point of the album was simply to create something we liked ourselves and could vouch for; to make black metal, without putting limits on the creativity.



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



The lyrics are mainly about existence and the world situation. Contemplations regarding human experience, death, and the way of life on this earth.



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



As with the lyrical themes, the word ‘glemsel’ roughly translates to ‘oblivion’ and reflects our fascination with the way life works: We’re here, then we’re not.



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



The artwork is by French painter Odilon Redon in 1889. Asmund went to a museum in Denmark, as a general interest in arts, and discovered some of his early charcoal works. We all liked it a lot, thought it matched visually very well with the music we made and decided to use it for our debut.



6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows?



As of right now we have not done any live shows. We can reveal that we have a potential gig in the beginning of December, but the current situation with this pandemic makes the future unforeseeable…



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



It all started out with an e-mail! We looked a bit around at potential labels we would like to release with. More specifically, we looked into the labels, that some of the Danish bands we like, are on - bands such as Ligfærd, Solbrud and Afsky. We found Vendetta Records and got in touch after recording our debut and got a positive response! Stefan [Vendetta Records] is a really cool guy with a great label, and we are extremely happy with the collaboration. We hope to release our next album with him as well.



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



Worldwide we have been received very positively. The black metal scene is great, people are generally nice, and we are fortunate that a lot of people like our music. It’s also an interesting experience to read reviews in foreign languages, where we only recognize our own names and names of the songs. Luckily, we live in an age of google translate, so we know that most international reviews that we’ve read have been positive.



9.When can we expect newer music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



The new music we’re writing is concurrently aggressive, melancholic, emotional. We’re going to be more straight-to-the point, but also experiment with slow parts and atmosphere. There is no intention to re-invent ourselves, but we also won’t limit ourselves with the style which we have already presented. Black metal can be taken in a lot of different directions and is a genre that we like to explore whilst still acknowledging our love for the old-school sound.

Without promising too much, we can say that we’re going to be working on some demos during the autumn, and we plan on recording a full-length within the next year.



10.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?



We’ll give you a list. Some of the bands that we’ve taken inspiration from and also listen to are: Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem, Wodensthrone, Genfærd, Taphos, Immortal, Solbrud, Ligfærd. Some are obvious classics in black metal, and some are newer (both death- and black) metal bands. If there are some of these you don’t know, check them out! 



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



Walking in the forest and drowning in the eternal oceans of human melancholy derived from merely existing.

Jokes aside, some of us study at the university and spend a lot of time wondering about the nature of our society, some of us work normal jobs. We live rather normal lives consisting of studying, working, working out, enjoying beverages and preparing food before eating it.



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



It’s been a pleasure doing this interview! We look forward to presenting new material and playing live gigs in the future, and we are happy that we have been received so positively with what we have done so far.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/glemsel-interview.html


Death Noize/Rites, Curses And Spells/Bestial Burst/Metal Or Die Records/Deathlike Noise Productions/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 4 septembre 2020 à 05:34

  Death  Noize  are  a  band  from  Romania  and  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Rites,  Curses  And  Spells"  which  will  be released on  September  15th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Bestial  Burst,  Metal  Or Die  Records  and  Deathlike  Noise  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Influences  of  thrash  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  sounding  at  times.  Demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  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  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  touches  of crust  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  deathly  rites,  curses  and  black  magick  spells.

  In  my  opinion  Death  Noize  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school,  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Haunting  Chant"  "Old  Devil's  Wine"  and  "In  The  Darkness...".  8  out  of  10.

https://deathnoize.bandcamp.com/album/rites-curses-and-spells      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/death-noizerites-curses-and.html