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Leviathan/The First Sublevel Of Suicide/Ascension Monuments/2017 CD Compilation Review

mercredi 21 mars 2018 à 04:46

  Leviathan  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  which  needs  no  introduction  and  on  this  recording  played  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  compilation  album  "The  First Sublevel  Of  Suicide"  which  consists  of  unreleased  demo  tracks  which  where  recorded  before  his  first  full  length  "The  10th  Sublevel  Of  Suicide".

  Raw  tremolo  picking  riffs  start  off t he  compilation  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  vocals  throw  in  depressive  screams  while  the  song  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  bringing  in  atmospheric  riffing  that  would  later  influence  future  bands  as  well  as  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  demonic  voices and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  ambient  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Leviathan  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  more  raw  and  depressive  then  later  releases  taking  a  lot  of  second  wave  influences  and  taking  them  into  a  direction  that  was  very  original  for  its  time  and  also  showing  what  was  to  come  in the  future  for  USBM,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  darkness,  suicide  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Leviathan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bitter  Emblem  Of  Dissolve"  and  "The  Idiot  Sun".  8/7  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/leviathanthe-first-sublevel-of.html


Ante-Inferno/A Dream Of The Devil/UKEM Records/2018 Live EP Review

mercredi 21 mars 2018 à 02:38

  Ante-Inferno  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  live  ep  "A  Dream  of  The  Devil"  which  was  released  by  UKEM  Records.

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  before going  into a   very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  they  close  the  ep  with  an  outro.

  Ante-Inferno  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ante-Inferno  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  live  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Two  Thousand  Years".  8  out  of  10.



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ante-infernoa-dream-of-devilukem.html


Augu Sigyn Interview

mercredi 21 mars 2018 à 02:08

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

Augu Sigyn was formed in 2015 as a reaction to bad black metal like Myrkur coming out and we wanted to show how black metal should be done with a brutal female vocal and less overproduction.

We are 2 members in the band, Sarah Lee Lamashtu, and Michael Huhle. Our passion for this band comes out of our nordic asa-belief and our belief in shamanism, so we put that into the lyrics and music as an inspiration as well as inspirations from the mythology and our personal lives.


2.So far you have released 2 ep's, a demo and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?


We would describe it as black doom metal with a melodic atmosphere. The songs on these releases are recorded on various sessions and some of the songs re-appear on each individual release. The cassette release of ”Hængninger af Guder” contains 2 bonus tracks from Sarah Lee Lamashtu's first solo single ”Burning Corpses”. The Bandcamp version of that release also has 2 of the songs as instrumental versions as an extra bonus. The split cd has our darkest material so far together with NOCTU with his very dark music, so there is, therefore, a reason to buy all of the releases.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?


Mythology, and personal life references such as death experiences and bad life experiences, paranormal hauntings, though a number like ´Lyden af en Menneske Gud´ has the inspiration from all the lyrics and movies about hell coming to earth, that we have heard or seen, but if told from a Nordic mythology theme instead.

Musically we want to take the listener on a journey and therefore the importance of the very personal vocal expression through the lyrics.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Augu Sigyn'?
It's the Eye's of Sigyn - Lokes Wife, which has seen so much suffering but is still fighting for what she thinks is worth it. And as well on the lyrics part, is both on Danish, and Icelandic, so the eyes are on Icelandic 'Augu'.


5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain ad duo?


We have our thoughts on expanding the band into a live band. If it's going to be with live session musicians or if it becomes a full band, we don't know yet but we are open for whatever comes, but it will not change the core of the band.

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Noctu', what are you thoughts on the solo project that had participated on the recording?

(Sarah Lee Lamashtu) Good, very dark. I have a thing for doom and Black metal, so I have enjoyed being a part of this split.

(Michael Huhle) I can say the same thing. Very good, dark and creepy music with a lot of atmospheres.

7.The split was released is  going to be released by 'BloodCrown Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


I think it is a new label, a good one.  We have a good cooperation with the label.

The label seems to have a very serious and ambitious attitude for its releases and bands working with the record label.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Only positive! Good reviews and good feedback, so we are quite thankful for that.

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


(Sarah Lee Lamashtu) My solo bands Syfilis, and Sarah Lee Lamashtu has both gotten releases out. And our other bands that we are in together; Djævles Skrig, WORHT, Streets of Violence, The CRONE, has also been released, or is in the finishing touches for the finished album, or is in the writing process. With WORTH we have been filming a music video, but unfortunately, still, it's missing to get clipped together as the final.

(Michael Huhle) I have a death metal band called Ravishing going and we have a handful of demo cd's released and we are busy working on new songs. Also, I have 2 solo projects. Blackhorned, an oldschool black-thrash metal band and a melodic pagan-doom metal project called Grímnismál. I am writing new music for both projects at the moment for new releases.


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


We are in the writing process on the full album but has been delayed in causes of other releases. The album we are writing on will for sure continues the concept and musical and lyrical direction we already have. The future plan is to get Augu Sigyn further out to the masses.

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?


We have been inspired by some of Celtic Frosts, Bathory and Samael's releases.

(Sarah Lee Lamashtu) At the moment I hear mostly The Ruins of Beverast, Morgoth, RAGNAROK, Carpathian Forest.

(Michael Huhle) I listen to a lot of different music, but at the moment bands like Darkthrone, old Benediction, early Samael, and Venom are being played, but also many traditional heavy metal bands from my youth I listen to, especially the new album from Judas Priest is amazing.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

(Sarah Lee Lamashtu) Painting, drawing, and Tattooing. Plus my addiction to horror movies and building coffins.

(Michael Huhle) Painting, writing (a future book is in the planning), history, movies/documentaries, gardening etc.

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


We are thankful for the interest that has been shown already and that we can see that our idea is working and the band is moving forward. That really fire us up to work more intense on the album. So we thank for all the support we have gotten so far.

Stay metal and support the music!

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


Dagger Lust/Siege Bondage Adverse To The Godhead/Invictus/Vrasubatlat/2018 CD Review

mercredi 21 mars 2018 à 02:05

  Dagger  Lust  are  a  duo  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  power  electronics  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Siege  Bondage  Adverse  To  The  Godhead"  which  will  be  released   in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Invictus  and  Vrasubatlat.

  Brutal  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  mixes  war  metal  and  noisecore  together  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as w ell  as  a  couple  of  tracks  being  short  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  also  mixing  in  harsh  power  electronics  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  grindcore  and  angry  shouts  are  also  used  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard.

  Dagger  Lust  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black,  death  metal,  grindcore  and  power  electronics  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  sexual  depravity,  torture  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dagger  Lust  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal,  grindcore  and  power  electronics  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Augury"  "Perverse  Divine"  and  "Siege  Bondage  Adverse  To  The  Godhead".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/dagger-lustsiege-bondage-adverse-to.html


Haïr/Repugnance/Noir Total Productions/2018 Mini Album Review

mardi 20 mars 2018 à 04:58

   Haïr  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  was  recently  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw    form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Repugnance"  which  was  released  by  Noir  Total  Productions.

  Sounds  of  war  start  off  the  mini  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  very  deep  and  hateful  black  metal  screams.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  when  they  are  utilized  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in   length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   On  this  recording  Haïr goes  into  a  even  more  raw  black  metal  direction  than  the previous  release  while  the  last  track  still  brings  in  more  of  a  depressive  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from   Haïr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  mini  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Colore"  and  "La  Fin".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/hairrepugnancenoir-total.html