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Avenge The Throne/The Burning Chariots In The Skies/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 27 mars 2018 à 05:53

  Avenge  The  Throne  are  a  band  from  Salinas,  California  that  plays  a  very  Scandinavian  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "The  Burning  Chariots  In  The  Skies".

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark,  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  blast  beats a re  also  used  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  sounds  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams.

  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  go  back  to  the  early  90's  symphonic  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  Nordic  influences.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  song  also  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  one  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  a  couple  of  instrumentals  which  also  shows  some  elements  of  the  more  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  style.   

  Avenge  The  Throne  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  keyboard  orientated  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal  of t he  early  90's  (Emperor,  Mactatus, Tulus)  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  modern  atmospheric  style  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  scientific,  philosophical  and  religion  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Avenge  The  Throne  are  a  very  great  sounding  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Metamorphosis"  "The  Burning  Chariots  In  The  Sky"  and  "Volcano".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/avenge-thronethe-burning-chariots-in.html


Varmia/W ciele nie/Pagan Records/2018 CD Review

mardi 27 mars 2018 à 04:38

  Varmia  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  with  some  folk  music  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "W  ciele  nie"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Pagan  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  as  well  as  some  clean  pagan  vocals  being  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  folk  instruments  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording    and  when  growls  are  used  briefly  they  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  on  one  track the  drum  beats  bring  in  more  of  a  tribal  and  shamanistic  atmosphere.

  Varmia  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  the  folk  influenced  raw  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Slavic  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Varmia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "TAWE"  "Stygma  Ziemi"  and  "skvarc".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/varmiaw-ciele-niepagan-records2018-cd.html


Wesenwille/I : Wesenwille/Redefing Darkness Records/2018 CD Review

lundi 26 mars 2018 à 04:22

 Wesenwille  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  progressive  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "I  :  Wesenwille"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  heavy,  progressive  and  dissonant  sound  starts  off  the  album  while t he  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  modern  and  atmospheric  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffing  brings  in  more  old  school  elements  while  the  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  deep  at  times.  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  brings  in a   brief  use  of  melodic  vocals.

  Wesenwille  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  atmospheric,  progressive  and  dissonant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  development  of  technology  and  social  structures  and  their  continual  transformative  effect  effect  on  human  social  interactions  and  values. 

  In  my  opinion  Wesenwille  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern,  atmospheric,  progressive  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Churning  Masses"  and  "Rising  Tides".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/wesenwillei-wesenwilleredefing-darkness.html


Ljain/Endasalmar og klofnar tungur/Signal Rex/2018 CD Compilation Review

dimanche 25 mars 2018 à 05:44


Ljain  are  a  solo  project  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  his  2018  compilation  "Endasalmar  og  klofnar  tungur"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Signal  Rex  and  consists  of  the  2016  ep's  "Endasalmar"  and  "Klofnar  Tungur".

  Ritualistic  synths  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  very  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also b e  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  synths  that  are  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  and  early  2000's  influences, clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ljain  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics a re  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ljain  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Svartigaldur"  "Endasalmar"  and  "Med  blodi  pinu".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ljainendasalmar-og-klofnar-tungursignal.html


Oaks Of Bethel/EEE Recordings Interview

dimanche 25 mars 2018 à 01:41
 
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit yourself and the many musical projects that you are a part of?

I am E. I currently perform in the musical projects Aptrgangr, Bladecatcher, E., Funeral Eclipse, Grok, Husk of Elohim, Njiijn, Njiqahdda, Oaks of Bethel, Worship of Nuit and Extispicium. I also run EEE Recordings and co-run/work for a few other operations as well.

·         Can you tell us a little bit more about your current musical projects and the musical styles you play with each one?

Aptrgangr is bestial black/death metal, Bladecatcher is death metal, E. is psychedelic rock/ambient, Funeral Eclipse is melodic black metal, Grok is symphonic black metal, Husk of Elohim is melodic black metal, Njiijn is experimental ambient/noise/drone, Njiqahdda is every type of bizarre sound imaginable, Oaks of Bethel is atmospheric black metal, Worship of Nuit is black ambient and Extispicium is atmospheric/melodic black metal.

·         In addition to black metal you are also involved with ambient and death metal projects, do you feel you have a lot to offer these other musical genres?

That remains to be seen, I simply create. Whatever feels right is what I go with at the time. The relevance of my work to these genres is irrelevant to me. I have no investment in musical genres, only in myself.

·         With some of your projects you also explore Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Religion and philosophy have been obsessions of mine since I was a teenager; they shape and have shaped the world we live in. It really just boils down to the fact that I like to learn about things. I adhere to no belief system - outside of a base moral structure. I enjoy the exploration of thought.

·         Some of your earlier projects were more 'unblack' metal, what was the decision behind leaving that faith behind and also, have you received any backlash from hardcore black metal fans that would not approve of your past musical projects?

There were a lot of different factors that lead to my straying from the xian path and ultimately it was something that was not meant for me. I was only xian for 5-6 years total in the 35 years I have been alive; I came into it on my own accord and left the same way. It was a great learning experience, but I am glad I made the choices that I did. My natural disdain for the brainless desert philosophies was something that I could not bargain with, so it ultimately had to go. I have yet to see any kind of backlash in regards to that part of my history. No one bothers me about it. I think people are aware that we all make mistakes as we find our way through life - philosophy included. If someone has a problem with it, let them. I have no time to care.

 ·         Besides Occultism, what are some of the other things you have explored lyrically with your other bands or musical projects?

Anything that has influenced my life eventually makes its way into my music. Life, death, relationships, etc. I do not restrict my topical matter, although there are a great many things I am pretty sure will never come into being for my works, simply for the fact that they do not affect me or cause me to have interest in them.

·         Originally you were from Illinois but have re-located to Colorado, what was the decision behind the move?

It was more of a forced move than anything, I never planned to live in Colorado. Life happened; a long-time relationship exploded on a nuclear level, I lost my home, job and almost everything I owned because of it. I had to make a choice to better my situation and I ended up in Colorado (hails to the Velnias brotherhood for providing the opportunity). Great place though, I love it here and am grateful for my opportunities in this place. Far better than the shithole that is Chicago and its surrounding toilets. My life improved 1000% coming to Colorado.

·         You also have done some session work with 'Velnias' as a live musician, have you also done any live shows with any of your other musical projects?

I have done a couple of random improv performances as E./Njiijn, but that is really about it. I do not like playing live, I do not like the live experience, do not like going to concerts and do not consider myself an entertainer (which is what live musicians are). Just not my thing.

·         Can you tell us a little bit more about 'EEE Recordings' which not only releases your music but also the music of other bands?

EEE is simply a base for me to have an output for my personal work. It has existed in some form since 2000. I am not interested trying to negotiate my “selling value” to some idiot with deep pockets who cares not about my work - except for its monetary value, so I keep/manage it all myself. I like being in control of my material - for good or bad. Every now and again I release material from artists I enjoy or think are unique as well.

·         You have also released around a hundred or more albums all the years, does music take up all your time and energy?

Yes. Right now, I technically work 3 jobs and they are all involved with music on some level. It is the biggest part of my life, without a doubt. My day-job is working at a bigger record label, so I do my label/music and eBay store on the side. All my personal (non-work) time is either spent working on music, lifting weights or reading/studying. I am in my mid-30s, have no significant other, no kids, no social life/circle and live a thousand miles from the people I am closest to - I exist in relative isolation. I channel my energies and concentrate on doing the things I like or enjoy - which consequently are entirely selfish endeavors. I am fortunate for the fact that I have been able to exist/be productive in the music scene for 20 years, make a living doing it and not have to answer to someone or compromise my visions in the process. It is a unique set of circumstances, to put it lightly.

·         On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your musical projects by fans of black metal and other forms of underground music?

As far as I know, no one knows who I am or what I do outside of a small minority of people. There is no opinion or feedback that I hear of. Either something sells or it doesn’t. I do not have access to other metrics than that. I also wish for that to remain. I have no desire to be in an "artistic" popularity contest with a bunch of posers, a glorious “hero” of a totally compromised/paid off media system or be associated with the idiots that make up this supposed underground. Keep my name away from these people, their thoughts and their nonsense. No fucking support.

·         Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I will continue to create music as long as I enjoy doing it. Once the enjoyment stops, I will no longer do it. As of right now, I am not going anywhere, nor am I slowing down. That is about as far as I look into it.

·         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?

Too many to list and too long to explain. Haha. Currently listening to a lot of Supuration, Ancient Records projects, Van Halen, Amorphis, early In Flames, Mortal Decay, Vildhjarta, Judas Priest, Bardo Pond, Deicide, Monstrosity, Opie and Anthony...it changes weekly.

·         What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Weight lifting, religion, writing, philosophy, politics, MMA, pro wrestling (lucha libre), comedy, weed.

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

I will close with 2 quotes from Patrice O'Neal:

"This business is the beast and it eats everybody and shits them out. But here's what's funny about the beast: it's a never-ending line of people who want to get in the mouth and get chewed up and shit out. It's because, when you get in the belly, you get $2 million a week. And when you get shit out, you're a pile back there. And you have the option to wait to get back in line, and wait to go get back in the beast, and get eaten and shit out! And we line up! And I didn't even get to the beast yet. 20 years! See, when the beast pick you up, to put you in its mouth, you shinin'. People see you...So, anybody that gets that deep and turns on the beast, man, you've got to root for him, no matter what, because they're martyrs, because no one's going to stand up for them."

"That emptiness of "I made it!" What's it? You know what I'm saying? So I just do it because when a guy says to me "Dude... Man, you changed my life," that feels good. If a dude says "You changed my life" or a woman says "You changed my life," for some goofy shit you did... you know, that means something. That's "it". I want to change lives but not be profound about it."

Hails for the interview and support.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/oaks-of-betheleee-recordings-interview.html