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Vuur & Zijde/Impavida/Self Titled/Prophecy Productions/Lupus Lounge/2020 Split Album Review

mercredi 22 avril 2020 à 09:09

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Netherlands  Vuur  &  Zijde  and  Germany/U.S.A's  Impavida  which  will  be  released  on  April  24th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Prophecy  Productions  and  Lupus  Lounge  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Vuur  &  Zijde  a  duo  that  plays  a  very  transcendental  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  alsio  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  One of  their  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Atmospheric  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  elements  of  darkwave  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  existential  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vuur  &  Zijide  are  a  very  great  sounding  transcendental  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Zonnesstorm".

  Next  up  is  Impavida  a  duo  that  has  had  music  reviewd  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  clean  playing  can  aksi  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  raw  feeling.  Throughiut  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  their  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  existential  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Impavia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Wahn  &  Stille".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

  https://prophecy.lnk.to/Vuur-Zijde-Impavida

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/vuur-zijdeimpavidaself-titledprophecy.html


Hovert Interview

mardi 21 avril 2020 à 20:50
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?
1. Well everything go their way all the time. Occasionally I work on compose new material, recovering old songs, think on what type of songs fits to full album, or other release. By the way I draw a cover art for following release.

2.In March you had released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2. As I see my previous releases was a bit lifeless because each instrument was recorded separately apart the drums that were recorder life with guitars. It's monotonic to record each track separately and I realised I need a new approach. So I decided to bring life to new EP and record live rehearsal raw and harsh as it is. We rehearsed several times and finally recorded it in a few hours.
Most of all this material was inspired by early raw black metal bands of 90th. I rejected synths also to avoid the soft sound. For now this EP is closest work to black metal genre I've ever done. It's little different but still atmospheric and depressive.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
3. Lyrical topics are based on things we're going through, dark thoughts. Song subjects are about nature, death, existential fears, disappointments in life, pointlessness of existence, sort of nihilism. On how humans are total weak comparing to forces of nature. Periodically things like philosophy, poetry, and reminiscences are more interested to me. Almost anything that worry me would be reflected in lyrics.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hovert'?
4. It was inspired by forces of nature. I always associate thunder and element of air with extreme metal sound, imagine storms and cold winds when play guitar. I get hypnotic feeling of levitation given by music, a feeling of hover above the ground. So I've decided to choose english word "hover" and added "t" to sound it more stronger.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
5. This cover art made by professional artist, who turned my sketches to this piece of art. I wanted to show fragility of life and the inevitability of death, That each moment in our life can be last one from the very beginning. In other words - we're all born in the hands of death. Thus the cover art gives us full feel of it.

6.The musical project started out solo but the last few recordings have seen other musicians joining, what was the decision behind working with other musicians?
6. I'm often not happy with material I record because do everything by myself literally blindly. Today I can do everything solo as it was before but not as professional as other musicians. Sometimes I have new ideas, that needs some other timbres, sonic textures and instruments I don't play or just can't borrow. That is the main reason, hopefully it makes music better.

7.The new recording was released on 'Talheim Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
7. It was back in 2013-14 as I remember. Vocalist of PSYCHONAUT 4 contacted me and suggested to join the split (Psychonaut 4 / Cheerful Depression / Культура Курения / Hovert). Talheim records was a label who released the split. Label was interested in stuff I do. So I started to work with Talheim and work till now.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric and depressive black metal?
8. I guess this project little-known and there is not much success. Sometimes I get some positive album reviews and some support from bandcamp page. To be honest I've no idea on how to measure people's opinions, I don't make statistics. Probably some like it, some don't. Honestly, I'm not holding out much hope.

9.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
9. This is a tough question. Some people think that concept of full length albums died out. That is why more and more musicians make short releases. At times I have composes so different that it contradict each other and can't be on full release together. But small CD can unite them. That's why it is relevant personally for me. At the moment some songs are ready to record but need a time to get all pieces together under a full concept. I would not say any date not to think that far ahead. Let it be a little surprise.
But already this autumn 2020 it will be one more 30-35 minutes release which I hope would be interesting to hear. Very emotional raw and dark material with a bit of sound experiments.

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?
10. There are so many influences comes. From extreme genres like black/death/doom to ambient, academic composers, instrumental music, post punk and even electronic stuff like darkwave. I assume Hovert balancing between black and doom metal with different other genres mixed in. I feel free to use influences from different genres it gives me some identity.
As for last bands and projects I was listening let's say was - Blood Red Fog, Funeral (doom from Norway), Sale Freux, Dispirit, Skepticism, Urfaust... and many others.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Actually there are not so a lot. Arts, drawing, design, nature. A wandering in woods to clear my head.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Well thank you for having me. I'd thank all, who have been supporting project and paying attention to my music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HFVlbxE9ys

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/hovert-interview.html


Dismalimerence/Tome: 1/Transcending Records/2020 CD Review

mardi 21 avril 2020 à 10:53

  Dismalimerence  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Tome:  1"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Transcending  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  sounding  along  with  the  tiffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Elements  of  post  rock  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  clean  playing  also makes  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dismalimerence  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crimson  Glow" "Orchid's  Reverie"  and  "Destined  For  Solitude".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/Dismalimerence/
Dismalimerence.bandcamp.com
twitter.com/dismalimerence
www.instagram.com/dismalimerenceofficial/

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/dismalimerencetome-1transcending.html


Voodus/Open The Otherness/Shadow Records/Regain Records/2020 EP Review

mardi 21 avril 2020 à 09:43

  Sweden's  Voodus  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  occult  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Open  The  Otherness"  which  will  be  released  in  June  as  a  joint  effort  between  Shadow  and  Regain  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  both  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Clean  playing  and  classical  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Voodus  remains  true  to  the  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Dark  and  Sinister  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Voodus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Open  The  Otherness".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/voodus666/

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/voodusopen-othernessshadow.html


Whispering Shadows Interview

lundi 20 avril 2020 à 21:20
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Musical project work is slow and steady, I am trying to work on creating a different style of music to my current. More relaxed and clean. The Whispering Shadows stuff is still a priority but I mainly use this a way to let out the anger and pain. Where as the other music as a subtle beauty to it. I guess.  I'm a huge fan of different styles of music so I want to incorporate these in anyway I can. It's all about trial and error.

2.Your last album was released in 2018, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I think I got better at expressing myself. The early stuff was very atmospherically rooted in black and doom where as the newest stuff has a post rock element to it. Plus I can't growl for shit anymore so I am trying to work out a better way of incorporating vocals.

3.With every album you go into a different musical direction, do you feel a musician needs to show progress with each recording instead of keeping the same style which can also get very stagnant at times/

I actually hate my early work and will happily give it away free to anyone who asks but oddly this is where my main fan base has come from. I think if you keep your music the same the people with wither away. It's about growing as a person aswell as growing as an artist. Life changes every day...so why should music stay the same?

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter?

I tend to change my writing style with each release. Each song is personal in its own write and takes a page out of the diary of Me I would say however I sometimes have help with writing from a good friend who's writing far surpasses my own. Her name is Kris and she has helped with a few tracks...a few that I've not released but she wrote the intro lyrics to "Eden" and all of "miles of Ashe and no shade" I won't go into depth about what each song relates to.. however the entire album "unveil the dream catcher" revolves around my grandma who died not so long ago and it's about her battles with dementia.

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

It means "people who talk behind your back"

6.Can you tell us a little bit about the artwork that was presented on the 2018 album?

This was just a photo I took whilst in Kyiv , Ukraine. It's simple and I liked it.
The album before was drawn by Ksenia Ostapenko who is the wife of my good friend Yegor who is in the band "Narrow House" check those guys out!

7.In 2013 and 2014 you released a good amount of music but since then have only released 2 full lengths, do you feel your music has gotten powerful since you have cut back on putting out releases?

I've never stopped making music. I actually try to make music each time I have some time but because my music took a drastic turn into a different direction I worried I would alienate the fan base I had and it actually took "Yegor" the dude I mentioned previously to say "publish your stuff man" so I did. There's actually alot more on my computer that has not been made public. Powerful? I dunno if powerful if the right word..it's just taken on a life of its own and I believe If I didn't rely on stupid programmed drums it could turn out to be something really special.

8.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Again I'll mention "Yegor" here...he is the only person I've really done anything with as I helped work out a solo for an album or ep he is yet to release. I did do some stuff many moons ago with a guy called "Ilya" and the music he was made was so impressive and beautiful but I didn't have any patience back then and I was unable to meld both mine and his style. I am open to working with others but I am abit of an arsehole and if it's not how I see it I somewhat refuse it. I am working on this though haha

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

Minimal I would say.

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

More post rock, post black territory. Maybe acoustic aswell. My dream however is to make a musical piece that resembles that of the works of "angelic process" as that got me defines how music should make you feel. I want someone to feel what I make the way I feel when listening to that 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?

Angelic Process, Alcest, Slow, Clouds, Shape Of Despair..they are my biggest influences.

At the moment I am listening to the same stuff as before..but I would say my main pleasure is "Sleep Token" or "Flora Cash"

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

Yeah, thank for your time in reviewing my stuff and giving me this opportunity. I am still making music so check it out if you can. Also check out "Narrow House" for some cool ass music and "Abrisad Photography" for some cool band photos taken by my freind. If you wanna know the man behind the music check out "Mr Vice" on YouTube and also o have a podcast called "Withered Hands Podcast"

Shameless promotion I know but why not eh?
Take care and keep safe.

Silencer

https://whisperingshadows.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/whispering-shadows-interview.html