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Somnolent/The Infernal Expanse/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/Cyclic Law/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 25 novembre 2021 à 03:34

 


  Somnolent  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  industrial,  ritual,  dark  ambient,  harsh noise, black and death metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Infernal  Expanse"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  Cyclic  Law.


  Dark  ambient  style  synths  and  drones  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Industrial  style  beats  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  ritualistic  moments  and  when  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  Vocals are  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  cavernous  yet  bestial  death  metal  growls  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  The  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  harsh  noises  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  elements  of  war  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  parts  of  the  music  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song. 


  Somnolent  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  industrial,  ritual,  dark ambient,  harsh  noise  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Somnolent  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  mixture  of  industrial,  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "i"  AND  "III".  8  out  of  10.


 BANDCAMP RELEASE       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/somnolentthe-infernal-expansesentient.html


Autumn Nostalgie Interview

jeudi 25 novembre 2021 à 02:10

 

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

 

Autumn Nostalgie as a one man band was founded in 2010 in Somorja, Slovakia. From the beginning, I planned to play post black metal. The genre was very close to me at the time. For ten years, no ‘acceptable’ material was by the band (except for a few demo tracks). In 2020, the first album, Esse Est Percipi summarized the work of the past ten years.


2.So far you have released 2 full lengths, musically how do they both differ from each other?


The difference is in the fact that the atmosphere of Esse Est Percipi is much more melancholic, while that of Ataraxia is more cheerful and optimistic. Considering its sound it’s different too, because I didn't mix Ataraxia. What it tells is almost the same, in both cases it deals with metaphysical problems in a very personal tone.

 

3.You also have history playing dark ambient, how would you compare the stuff you are doing now to what you have done in the past?

 

The Fekete Erdő dark ambient project was a kind of an endeavor, after a few years of our existence, it finally fell into obscurity when Autumn Nostalgie was born. Three albums were released, but only distributed in underground circles. Finally after many years, a compilation of it has just appeared on tape.


4.The lyrics on the new album touch on metaphysical and philosophical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?


Philosophical thoughts and revelations inspired the atmosphere of the music. The lyrics are embedded in a musical atmosphere in which they can influence whoever reads them. On one hand, the texts are a very personal approach to subjective idealism, but beyond the symbols they are understandable, and there are many references to different philosophers. Fichte, Jaspers, Aristotle, Epicurus, Nietzsche, Berkeley, and Béla Hamvas all shaped the lyrics, and through it they shaped the music itself.


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


There is no particular story behind the choice of name, the idea of the name came in a completely intuitive way. I was walking at the end of our street, and suddenly the name popped out of nowhere, I liked it, and I knew right away that if something from the band ever got released, it would happen under this name.

 

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


 

I wanted to implement my own concept in the album cover. For a long time I was thinking about what kind of visual world would fit with the new album. Everything is considered a symbol in the cover. The Epicurus masks, the barren trees, the moon and the sun, and the blonde lady in a white dress. Among other things, the cover presents a change of tradition, where the lady tramples on the masks, replacing the sun with the moon, indicating that instead of solitude, we live in an age of lunar forces, where man is darkened in a metaphysical sense.



7.With the exception of a drummer, you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?


I definitely want to continue alone, this is the only way I can unfold, create the music I see in myself. I would have to compromise with others, which I am not willing to do. I want to be fully involved in my music. I had to hand over the drums to someone else though, but that doesn’t change much the end result of the music.

 

8.The new album was released on 'Northern Silence Productions', how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Maa Productions'?



I have a very good relationship with both publishers (I believe). They are both very helpful and do a great job. This year, however, I had to make the decision to work with Northern Silence from now on. Because Maa Productions is Japanese, it is very difficult to meet European needs.

 

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



I received very good feedback. I was surprised since I could only rely on myself with Esse Est Percipi, I didn't get any help with the sound or master, and still I got very good feedback. Similar to Ataraxia, where I already had a more professional sound as it was made in Gila Studio.

 

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?



At the moment we are working very hard on live concerts. We already have some performances organized for the next year. Now I’m going to put the studio albuming aside for a while, I’ll be waiting for new inspiration, and in the meantime live performances will replace writing the music.

 

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?



The album itself was not inspired by any musical style. I’ve been listening to black metal since I was young, I come from that spirituality, but I consciously wanted to move my music into a different direction. For me this is what post black metal means. Spirituality is the same, but the unfolding of music is different. I wanted to create something very deep and something that can be felt strongly. I didn’t want to create a mediocre piece of music with riffs that had been written countless times before just repeated. The biggest impact for me was the early stages of black metal. Bathory, Burzum, Mayhem, Darkthrone, these have always been the determinant ones. In addition, Alcest’s first EP showed that black metal can be expanded in a way that doesn’t hurt its spirituality.


 

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



Thank you very much for the opportunity!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/autumn-nostalgie-interview.html


Krod/Rotten Gods Burn In The Abyss Of Serpents/Kvlt und Kaos Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 24 novembre 2021 à 05:33

 


  Krod  are  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Gods  Burn  In  the  Abyss Of Serpents"  which  was  released  by  Kvlt  und  Kaos  Productions.


  Spoken  word  parts  and  murder  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  heart  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  second  wave  influences  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  World  War  II  samples  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  starts  adding  in  more  2000's  era  depressive  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw while  the  lyrics  cover  Murder,  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism  and  Luciferian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Krod  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mirror  Of  Psychopath"  "Spill  Your  Blood"  "Gas  Chamber"  and  "Succubus  Rape  The  Heaven".  8  out  of  10.


Website: https://www. kvltundkaosproductions.com/ krod
Bandcamp: kvltundkaosproductions. bandcamp.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ channel/UC89qqXJhLDhr7jXXqp- sACw
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ krod.official/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/krod666

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/krodrotten-gods-burn-in-abyss-of.html


Alone/I-IV/2021 EP Review

mercredi 24 novembre 2021 à 04:18

 


  Alone  are  a  solo  project  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "I-IV".


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash  and  traditional  metal.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Alone  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  modern  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  thrash  and  traditional  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  sea,  hunt  and  cavern  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Alone  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wars"  and  "The  Hunt".  8  out  of  10.


    


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/alonei-iv2021-ep-review.html


Malum Mortuus/The Unwilling Sacrifice/Imperial Darkness Records/2020 EP Review

mercredi 24 novembre 2021 à 03:18

 


  Malum  Mortuus  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "The  unwilling  Sacrifice"  which  was  released  by  Imperial  Darkness  Records.


  A  very  aggressive  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  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  while  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  back  up  shouts  can  also be  heard  briefly.


  Elements  of  thrash  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  an  old  school  style.  The  songs  also  mix  in  some  influences  from  both  the  80's  and  90's  era  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melodies  as  well  as  ep  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  The  Misfits  "Ghoul's  Night  Out".


  Malum  Mortuus  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Occultism  and  Paganism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Malum  Mortuus  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beneath  The  Ritual  Knife"  and  "Wolves  of  Retribution".  8  out  of  10


Bandcamp: https://eternalmalummortuus. bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ malum.mortuusCO
Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/ UCatVpX4bSx8fXbQjb71-WGg

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ eternal_malum_mortuus/          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/malum-mortuusthe-unwilling.html