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Grave Upheaval/(untitled/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 28 février 2018 à 03:28

  Grave  Upheaval  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  bestial  and  cavernous  mixture  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  untitled  2018  album  which will  be  released  in  April  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  very  ritualistic atmosphere  and  when  the  grim  black  metal  screams  kick  in  the  music  gets  more  heavier  and  also  brings  in  a  more  funeral  doom  metal  style  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  amount  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  great  amount  of  bestial  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  ritualistic  sounding  synths  also  being  used  at  times and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  melodic  occult  chants  as  well  as  some  evil  sounding  whispers.

  Grave  Upheaval  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  cavernous  and  bestial  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grave  Upheaval  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  and  cavernous  mixture  of  black,  death  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II-I"  "II-IV"  and  "II-VIII".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/grave-upheavaluntitlednuclear-war-now.html


Of Feather And Bone Interview

mardi 27 février 2018 à 04:57
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Since we recorded in the summer we have been busy with preparing for the release of the record as well as preparing our schedules for being on the road in support of it. We’ve also started preliminary ideas to start writing again as soon as we can!

2.You have a new album coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
This album really portrays what we’ve been striving to make our sound for a long time. We released an album over two years ago. When we wrote that album and recorded it, there was a year gap between that and the actual release of that record. We were sitting on writing this way for around three years out of respect to that record and playing those songs to help push Records. When that album finally became dated, we went full on head first towards writing this way. People think that this transition in sound was abrupt but in actuality it’s been in the works for the past 3-4 years.

3.The earlier material was more crust and grind but over the years you have added a lot of death, black and war metal influences into your music, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this direction?
Kind of like stated previously, we’ve always tried to tie in different aspects of the music we enjoy listening to. But when it came time to committing to the sound we have now, we really honed in on the death aspect while still keeping our black metal and even dbeat roots present.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album?
This record takes a basis on the ideas of, of course, death. But not taking a typical and cliche approach towards it. That’s when using the traditions, rituals and ideas about death from my culture and leaving things a little vague, came out.

5.Some of your lyrics also deal with 'Aztec Mythology', can you tell us a little bit more about how you got interested in the topic?
My father is from Mexico and my mother was of Mexican-American descent. I was raised to always stay in touch with my culture. As I got older I got really into indigenous rights and maintaining traditions. This is something that has always resonated with me and when it came time to writing lyrics, the other guys in the band supported the idea of going this route.

6.You also attack Abrahamic faiths from more of an Aztec approach, do you feel a lot of extreme metal bands lack originality when they attack this religion lyrically?
Honestly, whatever approach other bands take is their own perception. I attack Christianity and Catholicism from an indigenous standpoint based not solely on meso-American cultures but other indigenous cultures all over the world. So many people have lost their identities of their ancestors through ethnic cleansing and religious deceit. I blame the Christians for their centuries of atrocities towards other cultures. I’m not an atheist. I recognize the fact that Christianity and Catholicism exists in our world from basic standpoints to radical fundamentalism.I don’t write about Satan because to recognize Satan is recognize the Bible and the institution it has created. I’m not anti abrahamic nor is anyone in our band. But my standpoint comes from that of my ancestors who lost everything to conquest. Who traded their rituals, education, wisdom and ways of life for disease, destruction, rape and a bible.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Of Feather And Bone'?
It was a name we chose over 6 years ago. It was something that came through dialogue. We knew it was unique and we’d never have to worry about anyone stealing it haha. But as of now, we keep the name even through evolution because it’s only a name. People can judge it all they want but in the end, we let our music speak for itself.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We try to keep our stage performance as raw and real as it can be. We record with the same gear we play on. There isn’t anything programmed or synthetic. We keep it simple and fast. As far as memorable shows; I can only speak on my own behalf here, but we’ve played so many shows all over the US, Europe and Canada. Some good. Some awful. But we played a show in France (as the city slips my mind of course) but I remember how most people there weren’t familiar with us. They were mainly there for the headliner. But as we kept playing and just doing our thing, we won the audience over and the enthusiasm they showed to our band is something I always try to remember. We may play to 5 people or 100 people. It’s our job to go represent what we’ve worked hard to do. And if we can truly be happy and have fun doing what we do, then that will radiate to those watching us and hopefully get them on board as well.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We have plans to tour the full US this summer with a really great band. We are touring around northwest terror fest in Seattle, 71grind fest in Colorado Springs and Austin Terror fest in Texas. We will be announcing those dates very soon. We will also be playing for the first time in Mexico City on April 1st for Total Death over Mexico with dead congregation, ascended dead and more

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer material by fans of extreme metal?
Man. It’s been insane. The amount of praise, feedback and overall following with the new material has been something we’ve never seen before. I’m excited for the record to just be out and see how the overall reception to it is.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We just want to keep doing what we like to do. Writing fast, raw death metal filled with riffs and honesty.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Ooof. Man. I can only answer for myself but there are so many bands out there that I like to pick and choose aspects about what they do to create a Frankenstein’s monster of death metal. For example; the chaos of Ascended Dead with the precision riffs of Incantation with the blasting of early suffocation to the atmospheres of Temple Nightside and the slow doom of Disembowelment.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
D is an affluent chef here in Denver and that keeps him busy always. P drums in some other projects as well as being a coffee snob haha. I spend as much free time as I can hiking and boxing.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Send total support to Bruni and Profound Lore. Dave at Earsplit. Ethan and the rest of Primitive Man. Paul and the rest of our friends in Blood Incantation/Spectral Voice. Tomb Mold. And the Denver metal scene. And way too many other people. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/of-feather-and-bone-interview.html


Pagan Megalith/Tulveg/End Beyond/Spiritside Productions/2017 CD Review

mardi 27 février 2018 à 04:22

  Pagan  Megalith  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  acoustic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tulveg/End  beyond"  which  was  released  by  Spiritside  Productions  and  will  also  be  the  final  recording  of  the band.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  other  folk  instruments  start off  the  album   while  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  music  is  done  with  no  electric  instruments.

  Finger  picking  and  full  chords  can  also  be  heard  from  the  acoustic  guitars  while  the  songs  also b ring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  bringing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  a  very  medieval  feeling  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  pagan  Megalith  takes  the  raw  black  metal  style  into  more  of  an  acoustic  direction  as  well  as  capturing  the  aggression  with  no  electric  guitars  and  adding  in  elements  of  folk  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  nihilism  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  pagan  Megalith  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  and  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sxakad  az  eg  /Sky  Is  Ripping"  "Tovestol/By  The  Root"  and  "Egy  vilag  omlik  ossze/A  World  Collapses".  8out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/pagan-megalithtulvegend.html


Mormant de Snagov/Depths Below Space And Existence/Pest Records/2018 CD Review

lundi 26 février 2018 à 04:16

  Mormant  de  Snagov  are  a  band  from  Finland  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  technical  form  of  black  metal  with  touches  of  jazz,  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Depths  Below  Space  And  Existence"  which  was  released  by  Pest  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and w hen  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  death  metal  growls  are  used  at  times  along  with  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  technical  yet  melodic  fashion  and  keyboards  are also  used  at  times.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  jazz  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  adding  in  a  touch  of  atmospheric  doom  metal.

   On  this  recording  Mormant  de  Snagov  expands  on  their  style  of  black  metal  by  getting  more  technical  as  well  as  adding  in  influences  of  jazz,  death  and  doom  metal  to  take  their  sound  to  a  different  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mormant de  Snagov  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  technical  black  metal  with  touches  of  doom  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Never  Speak  Aloud"  "Battle  Neverending"  and  "The  Roots  Of  Grief".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/mormant-de-snagovdepths-below-space-and.html


Ungfell/Mythen, Maren, Pestilenz/Eisenwald/2018 Full Length Review

dimanche 25 février 2018 à 05:57

 
  Ungfell  are  a  duo  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  folk  inspired  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  "Mythen,  Maren,  Pestilenz"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by Eisenwald.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  percussion's  start  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  music  a  folk  music  feeling  along  with  some  accordion's  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  atmospheric  and  folk  music  elements  being  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 A  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  along  with  the  screams  on  some  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  depressive  vibe  and  bass  leads  are also  use  at  times  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  male  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks.

  Ungfell  plays  a style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  folk  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swiss  and  cover  folktales,  death  and  medieval  witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ungfell  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  inspired  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  Turst  und  s  Wuetisheer"  "Die  Heidenburg"  and  "Raserei  des  Unholds".  8/5  out  of  10.. 

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/ungfellmythen-maren-pestilenzeisenwald2.html