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Rorcal/Earthflesh/Witch Covven/Hummus Records/2021 Collaboration Album Review

vendredi 19 mars 2021 à 04:44

 


  Switzerland's  Rorcal  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  teaming  up  with  solo  project  Earthflesh  and  bring  in  a  mixture  of  raw  black,  doom,  sludge  metal,  drone  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  collaboration  album  "Witch  Coven"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hummus  Records.


  Melodic  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal.  Harsh  noises  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavy  riffs  along  with  both  of  their  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  angry  shouts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  At  times  the  riffing  also  get  very  repetitive  sounding  repeating  the  same  riffs  for  a  few  minutes  along  with  some  drones  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  second  track  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  On  this  recording  Rorcal  takes  their  mixture  of  raw  black,  sludge,  doom  metal  and  rone  and  mixes  it  with  Earthflesh's  style  of  harsh  noise  to  create  something  very  different.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Rorcal  and  Earthflesh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black,  sludge,  doom  metal,  drone  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Happiness  Sucks,  So  Do  You".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.rorcal.com  

https://rorcal.bandcamp.com 
https://www.facebook.com/Rorcal 
https://www.instagram.com/rorcal_black_metal 
https://earthflesh.bandcamp.com 


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/rorcalearthfleshwitch-covvenhummus.html


Batushka/Carju Niebiesnyj/Witching Hour Productions/2021 EP Review

vendredi 19 mars 2021 à 03:29

 


  Poland's  Batushka  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  choir  oriented  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Carju  Niebiesnyj"  which  was  released  by  Witching  Hour  Productions.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  whispers  and  ritualistic  sounding  bells  a  few  seconds  later.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  choir  vocals.


  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  the,.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.as  well  as  some  symphonic  and  folk  music  touches  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard,  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  Old  Slavonic  and  cover  Religion  and  Eastern  Orthodox  Liturgy  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Batushka  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pismo  II"  and  "Pismo  VI".  8  out  of  10.


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/batushkacarju-niebiesnyjwitching-hour.html


Ghostly Aerie Coven Interview

vendredi 19 mars 2021 à 02:41

 

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

We rised this project drawing inspiration from the Finnish school ( in particular behexen, Sargeist and Horna) but also giving a personal and distinctive touch to the sound at the same time.


2.You have your first album coming out during the end of March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

We created a perfect sinergy giving each of us the opportunity to make his contribution. Starting with guitar, if SadoMaster (guitar) is a Finnish black metal connisseur, me in other hand i'm far more focused on Swedish and U.S. scene. I put my intellectual contribution in the composition of each song. Gibil (drummer) was also inspired by old school thrash style. The result is, so to speak, a personal and nuanced style. So our sound falls within the finnish one but, at the same time, has its own peculiarity.


3.Most of your music is heavily rooted in the Finnish style, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind going into this musical direction?

We chose to start from the Finnish style because was our real point in common about black metal, this is not an old school attitude choice. Even if i prefer Swedish and U.S. BM, it was also my first experience in a band. Having a project with other people involves limits in freedom of choice but, with the right sinergy, it also turns out to be a positive and satisfying experience that can produce great results.


4.Some of your lyrics cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

My interest took shape studying philosophy and religions at university, deeping certain lesser known aspects by my own. Ancient greek philosophy (Pytaghoras,Parmenides,Plato,Socrates) derives from the Eleusinian mysteries wich in turn derives from Osiriac mysteries. the various Gnostic currents are the continuation of this process wich then branched out into Hesychasm, Sufism and Yazidism. I also take care about esoteric Buddhism (Mahayana,Varja and shingon), Tantrism, Taoism and Bon. There are related aspects between various esoteric currents. In the contemporary world i consider Michael Aquino a true, sharp minded, philospher.


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

If symbols are tautological, as Ricoeur said, i also use allegory to represent aspects of reality beyond matter. As the lone lyrics writer, i don't set strict limits on the content. Said that's my approach and so will be in the next albums.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ghostly Aerie Coven'?

Both name and logo riassumes our sinergy and symbolize our style, sharp and evocative as the same time.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

iI's a terrifying figure like the three goddess of Trika or Anubis, his role is to melt wath is given for certain or motionless. The head of Christ ( the exoteric Christ, not the esoritc one ) represent  the passive reception of things wich is a real cancer today. This kind of problem afflict black metal scene as the whole western society today. On one side some people are attached to old school imaginary like fervent Catholics to dogmas, on the other one the fashion of "being different" has taken old in an uncritycal way. Both are passive approach we abhor. The sound must be "characteristic" ( settling or not into a specific style, it's about giving a typical feathure to the sound ) , today many reviewers and listeners confuse and exchange "characteristic" with "experimental". "The Residents" is one the most important band for me so  even if i really appreciate genuine experimental music, i warn this widespread vogue for innovation (as a an end in itself) as the death of experimentation itself. Simply, "experimentation" is ceasing to be experimentation.


7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

We had nine shows behind us before the vile lockdown.


8.The new album is going to be released on 'Vacula Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

We contacted several labels, Vacula proved to be the most serious and efficient.

 

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

Generally very positive, we are having a great feedback.


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

We're a really good point with the second and third albums, so our prospects are flourishing.


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?

In addition to the ones mentioned before: Sielunvihollinen, Korgonthurus, White Death and Sarkrista. Said that, SadoMaster is involved in a DSBM solo-project ( Griverion ) and Gibil ranges between different genres in the metal as listener scene and has played in several projects (Eden Beast) as guitarist.

So, to respond to your question, first of all In Finnish scena i personally consider "The Poisonous Path" ( Behexen ) and the last three albums from Horna pure masterpieces.

Among Black Metal styles i listen first of all the Swedish and U.S.; Marduk, Watain, 1349, Erebus Enthroned ( Australians but  really "Swedish") , Grafvitnir, Leviathan, Nightbringer and Black Funeral  ( Ordog and Az-I-Dahak) just to name a few. Talking about Swedish style, i want to mention the great italian band "Noctifer". Honor and barbed wire ! Industrial Black Metal is another style i really appreciate, Aborym is another compatriot band i really value. I also listen Sludge and Death  (U.S. , Brutal/Slam , Swedish and few Deathcore bands wich are really good like Rings of Saturn ). If i had to say wich band i prefer in the vast Death panorama, i would have no doubts about Demilich. I  was mainly inspired in screaming by Jan L. from X-Fusion, a great and particular solo-project. So, i listen also any other musical genres outiside Metal like Industrial ( Coil, Deutsch Nepal...), old school electronic like Mort Garson, Darkwave, Post-punk, EBM , avant-garde ( Sleepytime Gorilla Museum in particular is a project i love ). I have also to mention Meads of Asphodel, Ajattara and The Vision Bleak wich are differents examples of wath it means to have a characteristic, indepent and not fully classifiable sound.



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


Making music implies ( or, should ) sincere expression without compromise.

Setian.

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/ghostly-aerie-coven-interview.html


Ætheria Conscientia/Corrupted Pillars of Vanity/2021 CD Review

vendredi 19 mars 2021 à 02:29

 


    Ætheria  Conscientia  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  cosmic,  experimental  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Corrupted  Pillars  Of  Vanity"  which  will  be  released  in  April.


  Sci-fi  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  cinematic  sounding  synths  while  the  acoustic  guitars  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  tribal  style  percussion's  can  also  be  heard  at  times.


  Saxophones  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostyl  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  The  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Touches  of  progressive  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  along  with  some  throat  singing  and  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  there  is  also  some  session  work  from  members  of  White  Ward.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  ritualistic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ætheria Conscientia  are  avery  great  sounding  experimental,  progressive  and  cosmic  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Corrupted  Sacrament"  and  "Collapse  in  Penance".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj8DY0QDJac  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/theria-conscientiacorrupted-pillars-of.html


Arx Atrata/Bleakwinter Shrine/Arx Silvestris/The Warrior Cycle/2021 3 Way Split Album Review

jeudi 18 mars 2021 à 04:42

 


    This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  United  Kingdom's  Arx  Atrata,  Bleakwater  Shrine  and  Arx  Silvestris  called  "The  Warrior  Cycle"   which  will  be  self  released  in  April,  2021  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Bleakwater  Shrine  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  post  black  and  doom  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Melodies  are  also  added  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  his  second  track  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy.


  In  my  opinion  Bleakwater  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  post  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Desolation".


  Next  up  is  Arx  Silverstris  a  solo  project  that  plays  ambient.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  while  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  as  well  as  being  all  instrumental  and  short  in  length  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  Arx  Silverstris  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Solitude".


  Next  up  is  Arx  Atrata  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  instrumental  and  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  both  of  his  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  before  speeding  up  towards  the  end  and  adding  in  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arx  Atrata  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental  and  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Succession".  8 out  of  10.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is    very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  ambient,  instrumental  and  post  black  and  doom  metal.  8  out  of  10.


https://www.arxatrata.com 

www.bleakwintershrine.com    


https://youtu.be/S-7Wi1OGdVo


https://youtu.be/vVwvKnW7bhE  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/arx-atratableakwinter-shrinearx.html