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Carnal Misanthropy/Release The Wolf/Askio Productions/2020 EP Review

mardi 9 mars 2021 à 04:42

 


  Carnal  Misanthropy  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  nihilistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Release  the  Wolf"  which  was  released  by  Askio  Productions.


  Battle  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  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.  The  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  deep  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  and  whispers  also  being  utilized  briefly  on a  couple  of  songs,.


  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  nature,  nihilism  and  misanthropy  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Carnal  Misanthropy  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  nihilistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Release  the  Wolf"  and  "Nocturnal  Visions  Of  The  Ancient  Monument".  8  out  of  10.


Askio Productions @ Bandcamp

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/carnal-misanthropyrelease-wolfaskio.html


Dawn Of Tyrants Interview

mardi 9 mars 2021 à 02:18

 

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


Dawn of Tyrants started around 2016 as a project that formed from a dead band after a decent hiatus. That saw us shift to a more Black/Death sound as opposed to a more Black Thrash sound prior. It’s been the three of us since that first demo. 



2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how doe sit differ from your two previous ep's?

The full length is more aggressive. In our first two releases we were exploring different avenues/genres, searching for that perfect sound. Yet we tried to preserve the barbaric ways of our demo records, the raw chaos that started this band.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Main themes of this full length are war, death, destruction and human nature. An attempt to describe a destructive essence of our species. Where ever we go as civilization, whatever we do, corruption overtakes our most pure intentions. Always coming down to destruction of what was built


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn of Tyrants'?


Initially the Tyrants were us. Just came up in brainstorming at the time along with some other names. It seemed a proper ideal when considering our lyrical themes and various imaging propaganda.  However it seems that the tyrants are now others as the world has taken a hard shift into utter garbage by plan instead of happenstance.  


5.How would you describe the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


Representative of death and destruction. That’s been an ongoing theme since the beginning and we finally found something grizzly enough to convey what we’re tying to say. That piece was originally an anti war painting but we obviously do not share that opinion. All war is good. All death is better.   


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


The best show I feel we’ve played was with Sortilegia sometime pre-plague. It was at a small venue that was used for burlesque shows so everything was red velvet and antique woods. Compared to the usual piss soaked shitholes we usually play this was an extreme difference and that difference along with actual good sound, made it an interesting show. As for our stage performance, I find the more we do the better it goes. We’ve played some basic ones with whatever clothes we’ve worn that day on stage and others with the chains, nails, hoods etc. and those always go better. Sets the mood, the mood of death. 


7.On the album you also done a 'Type O Negative' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of the songs?

This one is for the ladies


8>The album was released on 'Black Market Metal Label', how did you get in contact with this label?


We’ve known each other from our local scene for some time and we were contacted after the ‘Sniper at Heaven’s Gate’ release about possibly working together and although we’re way behind schedule, we got it done finally. Much appreciation for Black Market for their help and patience. A lot of shit went down since we started this recording but we persevered.  


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


Most reactions were to our demo as Genocide Supremacist is fairly new but it seemed to go over well amongst the people who don’t care for beautiful, proper sounding metal. We prefer it ugly and I feel there’s something in the flaws and ugliness in certain recordings that makes them great. Nowadays everything is Protools and it all sounds the same. Same scooped guitars, same triggered drum clicks, and the same perfectly leveled vocals. It’s just all so boring and lifeless. I would gladly take a 4 track raw recording over the mass produced Metalcore sounding drivel we’re bombarded with these days.  


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

There are few things that we want to experiment with. Exotic scales, industrial sounds, only time will tell what the next release will sound like


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?


Mostly a mix of Black Metal and Death Metal, some Thrash, Sludge and Doom as well. Everyone in the band has their own personal tastes. I usually go for War/Bestial Metal, OSDM, Sludge & Doom. Our influences are more of the same. You can hear War Metal, Death and Thrash more so I think on Genocide. Some slower doomy influences in “Void” towards the end of the album and that’s something we’ll expand upon in the future.    


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


The world is shit and it’s getting worse. Live while you can, die when you must, and fuck with everything in the middle. 


https://www.facebook.com/dawnoftyrants
https://dawnoftyrants.bandcamp.com


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/dawn-of-tyrants-interview.html


Kodu/Unusta Koik/Nigredo Records/2021 CD Review

lundi 8 mars 2021 à 03:53

 


  Kodu  are  a  band  form  Estonia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Unusta  Koik"  which  will  be  released  on  March  21st  by  Nigredo  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  dissonant  structures  can  also  be  heard  ar  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  old  school  and  modern  influences.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  finally  introduced  into  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Kodu  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  dissonant  sounding  and  mixing  it  in  with  an  old  school  aggression  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Estonian  and  cover  the  poets  of  the  19th  and  20th  century  and  mythology  of  their  homeland ,  natures  connection  to  man  and  the  philosophy  of  the  Northern  people.


  In  my  opinion  Kodu  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sugispime"  "Kaotsin"  and  "Laotus".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/kodublackmetal/  


  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/koduunusta-koiknigredo-records2021-cd.html


Through Chaos & Solitude/One Inch Of Peace/Bound By Modern Age Records/2021 CD Review

lundi 8 mars 2021 à 02:09

 


  Through  Chaos  &  Solitude  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "One  Inch  Of  Peace"  which  will  be  released  on  March  20th  by  Bound  By  Modern  Age  Records.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  drum beats  are  programmed.


  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  deep  growling  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  album  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  songs  also  add  in  touches  of  folk  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  eco  and  nature  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Through  Chaos  &  Solitude  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "One  Inch Of  Peace"  and  "My  Heart  In  Your  Hands".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/through-chaos-solitudeone-inch-of.html


Sothh/Buried In Rotting Stardust/2021 EP Review

lundi 8 mars 2021 à 01:07

 


  Sothh  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  dark  ambient,  drone  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Buried  In  Rotting  Stardust".


  Guitar  oriented  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  whispers  and  drum beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  dominated  by  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient.


  Harsh  noises  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  In  some  parts  of  the  recording  the  music  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  well  as  some  of  the  music  also  sounding  improvised  and  the  whole  ep  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.


  Sothh  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal,  dark  ambient,  drone  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Sothh  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  dark  ambient,  drone  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  In  Pure  Fucking  Peace"  and  "Journey  To  A  Deeper  Hell".  8  out  of  10.


  https://sothh.bandcamp.com/album/buried-in-rotting-stardust


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/sothhburied-in-rotting-stardust2021-ep.html