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Invincible Force/Decomposed Sacramentum/Dark Descent Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 11 septembre 2020 à 00:50

  Invincible  Force  are  a  band  from  Chile  that has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  an d plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Decomposed  Sacramentum"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  metal  influenced  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  mid  80's  era  death  metal  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  when  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  style  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Invincible  Force  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  era  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Rituals  and  Sacrifice  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Invincible  Force  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Perpetual  Black  Mass"  "The  Shadow  Over  Canaan"  "Damned  By  Noise  &  Lust"  and  "Hopeless  Mortality".  8  out  of  10.

https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/decomposed-sacramentum

https://www.facebook.com/Invincible666Force
https://invincibleforce.bandcamp.com/

https://youtu.be/hBEpUa1DB5M



      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/invincible-forcedecomposed.html


Dysylum/Cosmogonie/Signal Rex/2020 CD Review

jeudi 10 septembre 2020 à 20:17

  France's  Dysylum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  progressive  black  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Cosmogonie"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark sounding  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  arr  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  grim  moments  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  at  times  the  music  also gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  and  towards  the  end  touches  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  divided  into  4  different  chapters  and  cover  psychological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dysylum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apparition  I"  "Dispersion  II"  and  "Extinction  III". 8out  of  10.

http://dysylumn.bandcamp.com/album/cosmogonie 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/dysylumcosmogoniesignal-rex2020-cd.html


Enslaved/Utgard/Nuclear Blast Records/2020 CD Review

jeudi 10 septembre 2020 à 06:07

  Norway's Enslaved  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  progressive  style  of  viking  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Utgard"  which  will  be  released  in  October by  Nuclear  Blast  Records.

  Melodic  viking  chants  and  vocals  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  touches  of  folk  music  when  they  are  utilized.  The  heavier riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  lo  picking  also  showing  a  little  bit  of  the  aggression  that  was  more  present  on  their  earlier  releases.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  couple  of  tracks  also  introduce  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  which  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  electronic  music  elements  can  also  be heard,  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  traditional  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  Norse  Mythology  and  Paganism  from  a  Jungian  Perspective.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Enslaved  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fires  In  the  Dark"  "Homebound"  and  "Distant  Seasons".  8  out  of  10.

http://enslaved.no/
https://www.facebook.com/enslaved
https://www.instagram.com/enslavedofficial/
https://twitter.com/enslavedband
https://www.youtube.com/user/enslavedofficial

https://youtu.be/xkEXIpym5E0

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/enslavedutgardnuclear-blast-records2020.html


Misertus/Daydream/Coil/Outland/Onism Productions/2020 Triple Album Compilation Review

jeudi 10 septembre 2020 à 03:40

  Misertus  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  triple  album  compilation  "Daydream/Coil/Outland"  which  was  released  by  Onism  Productions  and  consists  of  3  albums  that  he  had  released  in  2019.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  riffs.

   The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Elements  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  having  their  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  compilation.

  Some of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  this  practice  being  utilized  more  on  the  later  albums. Clean  vocals  are  also  introduced  on  the  second  album  that  is  presented  on  the  compilation  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental,  a  later  song  also  adds  some  prog  elements  onto  the  compilation.

  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly as  well  as  the  synths  on  the  3rd  album  also  introducing  elements  of  ambient  onto  the  compilation.  At  times  the  music  also  has  its  dissonant  and  dreamlike  moments  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  drones.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misertus  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Red  Ghosts"  "Ions"  "Conjoined"  and  "Aether  (A  Distant  Ember)".  8  out  of  10.

 www.facebook.com/misertusbm

https://youtu.be/qTBEx9TZ4Bc

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/misertusdaydreamcoiloutlandonism.html


Svartsyn Interview

mercredi 9 septembre 2020 à 07:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album? - i have been working on this new album on and off for about 2 years so i have been tied up with that album for some time. finally i can start working on new ideas. i do working on something which is not far from finished. as it is right there is no recording dates or anything. probably in december we have something. all i can say is that it revolves around Chalice. old material, unreleased songs from the Chalice time will be recorded together with new trax.

2.You have a new album coming out in October, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? - i have been working hard to not make not sound like Svartsyn. new set of ideas, new style of riffs. Not to repeat myself. this is the first album in like 8 years or so that doesnt revolves arround me and my spiritual experiences. this new album is written as a Requiem. a Requeim in 5 acts, eventhough there is 6 traxer the 5th track work as a prologue ,or what u say, to the last track Little horn. a Requeim. A spiritual journey through The destruction of the western civilization and the rise of Antichrist.

3.When I listened to the new album it sounds like a completely different band from the earlier albums without losing more aggression and very modern, do you fell it is very important to progress as a musician instead of doing the same type of album over and over again? - i hear so many band these day that the are working with the same style of riffs, same production style. not renewing themselfs, production-wise or whatever. for me its important to reset after each album. to have new ideas in all ways. production, sound, style of riffs. like i said i have been working hard make it not sound like Svartsyn. but here i am with a new album which i think sound exactly like a new Svartsyn album. Not sound like any of the older album, but new.  that's my musical identity.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years? - its a spiritual journey through the destruction of western civilization and the rise of Antichrist. heavily influenced by bible prophecy. my music witting was been since the beginning very focused, but i think over the years the depth and spiritual have increased.

5.You also have mentioned an interest in Satanism, Sumerian Mythology, Zecharia Stitchin and other forms of occultism and esoteric paths, can you tell us a little bit more about this interest and also how have your views evolved over the years? - yes i have been reading much about different stuff and of course it manifests through my music. since my heartoperation my spiritual search have become more direct focus. With the albums Black testament, Nightmarish sleep and In death. my search have come to an end.

6.I know that the bands name means 'pessimism' in Swedish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play? - When Chalice came to an end, i was thinking how to go on. The word Svartsyn came to me as it was meant to be. Svartsyn is negatively charged and fits perfectly the atmosphere it exude.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover? - We wanted to have something that could represent the decline of the civilization. and the rise of Antichrist. The spiritual rise of Antichrist. Chadwick St John did the artwork for us.

8.The band has been around since the early 1990's, what is it that motivates you to keep writing and creating music  after almost 30 years? - its a spiritual drive. something that comes from within. when we started out almost 30 years ago. we were inspired by the early Norwegian scene. Burzum, early Emperor, dark throne, immortal, thorns, mayhem. emperor and immortal for example haven't released their first albums yet. especially thorns and burzum inspired us. and of course Mayhem and tormentor. their music was without structure. that was what drove us. and still today this drives me. not many bands of today impresses me. but the early Norwegian bands did and still does.

9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance? - Svartsyn haven't been playing live for 20 years. Last time Svartsyn entered the stage was at the Under the black sun festival in Germany 2000. we had limited material back then and today shows would have been different. more material to choose from. i tried to look for live session musicians for a while, didn't find what i was looking for. the line up we played with in 1997 was a great line up. that was the ultimate Svartsyn line up. times are different today and seeing svartsyn live today will never happen.
10.You have over the years done this band as a solo project but have also recorded with other musicians over the years, which one do you prefer? - me and Hammerman have a good collaboration and it works perfect for us. this is how it is now. working with other musicians in the rehears room is different where u can try and work on ideas. but now u have to be focused right from the start and be very prepared.

11.The new album is coming out on 'Carnal Records' which you have worked with in the past, what was the decision behind returning back to this label after working with 'Agonia Records'for the past decade? - Our contract with Agonia records came to an end and My first choice for Requiem was to have it released by Carnal records. we have worked with Carnal records before and know them very well.

12.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal? - i am not very active on social media so its hard to tell. of course i hear from some people here and there and read some reviews. overall the responses have been good.

13.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future? - i am working on one project at the moment. any further than that i can not see. i always work like the album/project would be the last. so i cant see anything beyond.

14.What are some of the bands or musical styles that you are listening to nowadays? - i really do listen to much music. but when i do it will be most older Death metal like early Morbid angel, early Bolt thrower, Napalm death. And Black metal. very seldom i check out new band or that i found interesting. so i keep myself to the bands i are familiar with.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? - thanx for the interview and be sure to check out Requiem that's out on 30th october. and also check out for previous albums as well. thanks 

facebook.com/svartsyn666

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