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HexenHammer's Flame/Blood of Death Camps/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

jeudi 15 février 2018 à 21:24

  HexenHammer's  Flame  are  a  solo  project  from Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Blood  Of  Death  Camps"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  thrash  elements  and  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  tremolo  [picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling,  spoken  word  parts  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  HexenHammer's  Flame  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  along  with  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war, winter,  existentialism,  transpersonalism  and  rejection  of  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  HexenHammer's  Flame  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  project  with  touches  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Police  State"  "Pitting  Brothers"  "Shadow  of  The  Past"  and  "Majdenek".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/hexenhammers-flameblood-of-death.html


Veiled Interview

jeudi 15 février 2018 à 19:42
.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Veiled is a black metal band that I formed in 2015 after the demise of it’s predecessor, Gnosis of the Witch. I’d like to emphasize that this is not just a simple name change and that Veiled is an entirely separate entity. Musically the focus is heavily placed on creating a hypnotic and atmospheric vibe as opposed to a more visceral and aggressive approach.

2.In March you have your first full length come out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2015?

Yes, our debut album coming out via Iron Bonehead Productions is called Black Celestial Orbs. I feel that the music on the album is a continuation of what was presented on the demo, just with a much more clearer and powerful production. Atmospheric, hypnotic and entrancing.  My bandmate Dimman provided an incredible drum performance and producer Heljarmadr did an incredible job in recording, mixing and mastering the album. He also played bass and provided a very dynamic sound to the low end of the album. I definitely feel that we were in complete unison while piecing this album together as a collective unit.

3. When you where known as 'Gnosis Of The Witch', most of your lyrics dealt with 'Dark Thursian Worship' which is a lot more different than the traditional Asaturu religion, can you tell us a little bit more on the role it played in your earlier music?

GOTW was more or less a musical vessel for the lyrical and spiritual concept of a LHP ideology called Thursatru. It drove the overall vibe and energy of the band more-so than the actual music did. GOTW was basically a sonic invocation of the darker aspect of Norse magic, and sadly the music suffered because of it. I am personally happy that GOTW no longer exists and that Veiled took it’s place.

4.You refer to your music as 'hypnotic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Just as the title says, the idea is to create hypnotic music that puts you into a trance. By utilizing repetition and specific frequencies when playing a riff over and over for a prolonged period of time, as a listener it causes you to become engulfed in the music. In a sense, Veiled creates meditation vibrations within the music.

5.The lyrics on the new album deal with 'Cosmic Mysticism', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest and involvement with this esoteric thought form?

Cosmic Mysticism is kind of a term I “made up” because I didn’t know how else to describe the lyrical content I write for Veiled’s music. I have later on seen this term before in other bands (Darkspace comes to mind) so I can’t claim to have invented it, but it certainly fits what I do. To me, Cosmic Mysticism paints the picture of what’s beyond the veil of our physical world. I very much think and work within a Left Hand Path mindset so while the music came simply come off as “space worship” there really is a deeper level of thinking behind everything if you choose to read between the lines.

6.Originally the band was known as 'Gnosis of The Witch', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Veiled'?

As mentioned above, GOTW needed to end because the lyrical content and the music just were not up to par where I am currently at in life and as a musician. It was too limiting and too constricting. I had to move on to something new, which is why I ended GOTW and formed Veiled. The name comes from what is called “the veil”. It is what we identify as the separation from the physical and the astral realms. The gray area between high and low. The primordial mist that rests between worlds.


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, would the band members be interested in adding in a 3rd or 4th member?

As of now, and for the foreseeable future, Veiled will remain as a duo on our records. Dimman and I work perfectly together and we want to keep what we have intact. Seeing as how Dimman and I live in separate countries, I have gathered together a group of excellent local musicians here in the local area to play live. Expect to see Veiled very soon.

8.Both of the band members live in different parts of the world, with one in Sweden and the United States, what kind of effect this does have on your musical style?

If anything it creates a stronger presence within our music because Dimman and I share a very similar philosophy when it comes to black metal. We are practically identical in our goals, drive and ambitions when it comes to writing and creating music for this band. Dimman brings that Scandinavian coldness and fluidity to his playing style and since my influences are mainly Swedish and Norwegian black metal bands it was a very easy fit for us to unify together.

9.According to the fb page the drummer is endorsed by Soultone Cymbals and Artbeat Drumsticks, can you tell us a little bit more about this endorsement?

Dimman: I like the quality around my kit. Soultone is a North American brand that produces handmade cymbals. They develop a unique sound with rare sizes that fits my purposes very well.
Artbeat is a company based in Germany that provides me with best possible sticks to my liking. They are crafted with a perfect combination of weight and balance and gives me a smooth feeling in my wrists while playing. I am very pleased to be able to work with them, they are very professional and these companies make sure that I have the best gear for my style of drumming.

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

We have gotten a lot of attention from around the world. Mainly of course from North America and Europe but also in other areas such as South America. Our music seems to be hitting a specific note with people who enjoy this style of music and we definitely hear from a lot of people about how much they enjoy what we do, so to everyone who has listened to and/or bought our music, thank you.

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

For right now, Veiled is going to focus on playing live for the time being. We want to play gigs, fests and eventually tour as much as possible to promote and spread the word about our debut album coming out in March. Of course, when the time is right Dimman and I will begin to write the sophomore release.

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?

For as long as I have been playing black metal, my influences have never changed. I will always be inspired by Bathory, Katatonia, Burzum and Darkthone. Those four bands in some what shape or form have inspired me on every level when I write music. As far as newer bands out now that I really enjoy, I have to show my respect to Grá, SEIÐ, Mystagos, Ifrinn, Uada, and Eosphoros. These guys are true masters of their craft and I believe that they all bring something unique to the scene. Support the true underground! BLOOD FIRE DEATH!

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


We are the remnants of the cosmic giants that burned eons ago. The pillars of creation let lose the primordial dust to build life within our bones. We are the sons and daughters of the gap that was fed fire and ice, for the poisonous rivers flows within our veins.


/Niðafjöll

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/veiled-interview.html


Fleurs du Mal/And I Can Suffer Crying Blood/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 15 février 2018 à 06:43

  Fleurs  du  Mal  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  pays  a  very  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "And  I  Can  Suffer  Crying  Blood"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  drum  beats  and  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  along  with  some  elements  of  shoegaze  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing  is  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  both  the  riffs  and  leads  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  Fleurs  du  Mal  plays  a  style  of  post  black metal  that  is  also  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fleurs  du  Mal  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Illusory  Night"  and  "The  last  Moment".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/fleurs-du-maland-i-can-suffer-crying.html


Betula/I Surely Like The Words Of Hate You Say/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

jeudi 15 février 2018 à 05:41

  Betula  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  national socialist  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "I  Surely  Like  The  Words  Of  Hate  You  Say"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  An  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being utilized  at  times  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  of  the  song  being  an  instrumental  that  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  after  an  ambient  track  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Meduza's  "Be  Someone  Else".

  Betula  plays  a  style  of  national  socialist  black  metal  that  i very  raw  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while the  lyrics  history,  battles,  folklore  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Betula  are  a  very  great  sounding  national  socialist  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flames"  "And  I  Surely  Like  The  Words  Of  hate  You  Say"  and  "Be  Someone  Else".  8  out  of  10.
   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/betulai-surely-like-words-of-hate-you.html


A' Repit/Magna Leggenda/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

jeudi 15 février 2018 à 04:31

  A'  Repit  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Magna  Leggenda"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Water  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album along  with  some  epic  sounding  keyboards  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  a  brief  use  of  grim  whispers  as  well  as  all  of t he  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion  while  clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  a  couple  of  instrumentals  which  use  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 

  A'  Repit  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Alpine  history,  legends  and  traditions.

  In  my  opinion  A'  Repit  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Magna  Leggenda"  "Revenants"  and  "II  Sentiero  Dei  Morti".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/a-repitmagna-leggendavacula.html