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Ezov/Non Plus Ultra/War Productions/2018 Demo Review

vendredi 9 mars 2018 à 04:42

  Ezov  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  "Non  Plus  Ultra"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  War  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  adding  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  some  elements  of death  metal  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  one  of  the  rehearsal  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  both  of  them  are  doen  in  an  improv  and  instrumental  direction.

  Ezov  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  metaphysics,  philosophy,  theology  and  biology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ezov  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Home  Deus".  8  out  of  10.

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ezovnon-plus-ultrawar-productions2018.html


Skognatt/Ancient Wisdom/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 9 mars 2018 à 01:51

  Germany's  solo  project  Skognatt  have  returned  with  a new  recording  which  continues  his    atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  emtal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Ancient  Wisdom".

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  atmospheric,  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  together.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  as w ell  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Skognatt  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  releases  while  also  bringing  in  a  real  drummer  this  time  around  to  take  his  sound  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism,  occultism  and    the  writings  of  19th  century  poet  Lord  Bryan. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Skognatt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancient  Wisdom"  and  "Dark  Star".  8  out  of  10.
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/skognattancient-wisdom2018-full-length.html


Tempers Creature/Der alte Mann und das Meer. Zehn Jahre schwbisch-heidnischer Musik/Heil'ge Heimat Klangschmiede/2018 EP Review

jeudi 8 mars 2018 à 05:49

  Germany's  Tempers  Creature  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  sows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  a  mixture  of  neo-folk,  pagan a nd  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Der  alte  Mann und  das  Meer.  Zehn  Jahre  schwbisch-heidnischer  Musik" w hich  was  released  by  Heil'ge Heimat  Klangschmiede"  and  consists  of  5  original  tracks  and  Amon  Amarth,  Nargaroth  and  Absurd  covers.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  folk  music  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  melodic  guitar  leads  are  done  with  distortion  as  well  as  some  drum  beats  also  being  used  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in length.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  and  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  depressive  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  clean  vocals  bringing  in  more  of  a  pagan  metal  atmosphere.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  nature  and  atmospheric  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  mixing  the  folk  and  black  metal  elements  together  at  times as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals,  death  metal  growls, keyboards  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Tempers  Creature  expand  on  their  depressive  style  of  pagan  black  metal  by  adding  in  more  neo-folk  elements  as  well  as  bringing  in  cover  tunes  of  bands  that  where  a  huge  influence  on  them,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  paganism,  depression,  social  issues  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tempers  Creature  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk,  pagan  and  depressive black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Meer"  and  "Seven  Tears  Are  Flowing  To  The  River".8/5  out  of  10.

        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/tempers-creatureder-alte-mann-und-das.html


Adzalaan/Into Vermilion Mirrors/Invictus Productions/Vrasubatlat/2018 CD Review

jeudi 8 mars 2018 à 04:32

  Adzalaan  are  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Into  Vermillion  Mirrors"  which  was  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Invictus  Productions  and  Vrasubatlat.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  add  in  a  small  touch  of  war  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  interlude  being  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  dissonant  fashion  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  on  the  closing  track.

  Adzalaan  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw,  modern  and  dissonant  forms  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  isolation,  claustrophobia  and  purgation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adzalaan  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "False  Cleansing" and  "Vermillion  In  Abstentia".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/adzalaaninto-vermilion-mirrorsinvictus.html


Ascension Interview

jeudi 8 mars 2018 à 03:13

   1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Not too many things, I guess. When an album is finished on the creative side with recording and artwork etc., the business part sets in. Well, if you like to call it that way considering our status as an underground band. You are doing interviews and the like, discussing merch designs etc. Apart from that we have already started planning some future mischief. We'll see about that. Spirit is up in the camp.

 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?
The sound is quite different from the releases we have done thus far. Actually quite different than most Black Metal releases we know of. Still, it sounds like Ascension to our ears. This time, we wanted to sound like a band that is playing. Not in the sense that it sounds like a noisey rehearsal, but like a very direct, pulsating, feverish ceremony. Our main focus was on great sounding equipment, recording expertise and well rehearsed songs with the best possible performance from any of us. By doing so, we did not have to manipulate the sound too much, like almost every modern production does. The result will be rewarding for some, maybe disappointing for others but definitely challenging for everybody. We are most proud of our achievements.

 3.This is the first album in 4 years,can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
We did a tour, played festivals, wrote, recorded and released a new album. And, of course, for a band that does not make a living from releasing music: fukking life happened.

 4.On each album you have explored a lot of occult topics in the lyrics, what are some of the more occult and esoteric topics you cover on the new recording?
The occult aspects you refer to shall, as the true meaning of the word implies, remain hidden for the mundane eye. Yet, I hope that the lyrics can be a huge inspiration for those who dare to dream.

 5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork on the new album cover?
The artwork is deeply connected to the music and the lyrics of the album. That is how we have always worked. However, this time the album artwork is special in the sense that we worked a lot with association and interpretation on a subconcious, dreamlike level. The album deals primarily with powers that rule the spheres in between. It is a record of and about transition. So, what you see as the cover artwork is David Glombas interpretation of the album. I like the fact that it is both simple and complex at the same time. And the merciless image of the sun resounds in the oldest and coldest corners of my heart, something that goes way back to childhood, where i still wonder how he could have known that. But, if you eat strange fruits and deal with strange characters, strange things may happen eventually.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ascension'?
Ascension means spiritual strife. It is a medium through which to grow, transcend and become purer. Until deaths radiant light shines through us, unfiltered.

 7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
That is hard to say. Mostly because the "best" shows for us rarely have something to do with our actual performance. For example, the gigs with The Devil's Blood and the one on Hellfest with LSK were special on a different, personal level. However, maybe the show where performance and general feeling went hand in hand the most was the Funkenflug experience in Austria. An incredible location. A truely magical place. As for the ssecond part of your question, well, we want it to match the atmosphere of our music. We use special visuals on stage . We always wanted our shows to be more than just a rock'n roll shows, something of transcending power.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released/
We do have some plans, yes. Too early to mention but when it works out it will be something to witness. But it will not happen in the near future. We better take our time and do something of importance than to blindly grab every offer. Since the release of our debut Consolamentum in 2010 we constantly get more offers to play live than we could ever manage to do. Which is a good thing but it is hard to turn down offers because most organizers are very passionate and sincere about what they are doing. But that's the way it goes.

 9.What do you feel that makes you different from the other bands that are currently performing an occult style of black metal?
Do you think we are different? Or do you assume that we think we are different? Ascension was never a band that judges other bands. We never cared for being different. To be honest, we do not care what other bands do. We solely concentrate on what we want to express.

 10.So far you have worked with W.T.C on most of your releases and 'Season Of Mist Records' in North America, do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your message heard?
We have worked with W.T.C. not on most but on every of our releases. And we still work with them. The new album will not be released by SOM in North America. That is answer enough, isn't it? 

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We really don't know at the moment. A lot of things are possible and that's the best thing one can say about his or her own band, isn't it? The feeling of being free or unrestricted to a certain extent is one of great power. Yet, we will always stick to a certain set of codes so to say, so that new stuff will always sound like Ascension in a way.

 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?
I want to believe that the influences for our music come from other sources than specific bands or musical styles. I mean, of course, we have all spent most of our lifetime in the Black-Death Metal underground. I recorded my first demo tape 22 years ago. Obviously, one gets shaped here in one way or another. Yet, the main inspiration for our music is the source that lies behind every great artistic expression: the devil. It is his presence that fuels the imagination and not the paintings of him done by others, so to speak.

 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ascension-interview.html