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Trono Alem Morte/O Olhar Atento da Escuridao/Harvest Of Death/Signal Rex/2017 CD Review

mardi 5 décembre 2017 à 06:40

  Trono  Alem  Morte  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "O  Olhar  Atento  da  Escuridao"  which  will  be  released  on  December  21st  as  a joint  effort  between  Harvest  Of  Death  and  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  grim  yet  mournful  black  metal  style  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  chants  which  are  also  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  can  also  be  heard.

  Trono  Alem  Morte  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  metaphysical  and emotional  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trono  Alem  Morte  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "O  Olhar  Atento  da  Escuridao"  and  "Ao  Abracar  a  Ingrata  Morte".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/trono-alem-morteo-olhar-atento-da.html


Sulferon/Thanatos/Metal Throne Productions/2017 CD Review

lundi 4 décembre 2017 à 05:37

  Greece's  Sulferon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  dark  and  blasphemous  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Thanatos"  which  was  released  by  Metal Throne Productions.

  A  very  dark  soundscape  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  being  very heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Candlemass's "A  Tale  Of  Creation"  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length,  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this recording  Sulferon  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  aggressive  and  blasphemous  approach  to  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, war  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sulferon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  God  Of  The  Gaps  "From  Birth  To  The  Pyre"  and  "I Am  Become  Death".  8  out  of  10.
    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/sulferonthanatosceltic-fog.html


Vaki Interview

samedi 2 décembre 2017 à 21:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Väki aims to deliver strong musical art, exploring death and calling the spirits of the afterlife. Taking our listeners into a dark journey through the darkest human emotions. Our musical style evolved naturally towards black metal since we started rehearsing and writing songs in 2016. Our journey has lead us to a promising start as we have released our first EP “Kirous”, bringing upon inspiration for the coming year of 2018.

2.So far you have released one ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

“Kirous” consists of two songs, which represent different ranges of emotions: aggression, hate and melancholy, among others. The songs form a solid and dynamic EP with great variety. Our approach to black metal is based on strong, diverse compositions as well as high quality production.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Lyrical themes revolve around death, pain, misery, and disregarding all boundaries of fabricated morality and dogma. Furthermore, exploring human emotions as well as experiences that cause emotional pain and inner conflict.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Väki'?

Death, impurity & chaos is the underlying inspiration behind Väki.  In ancient Finnish paganism the word “väki” had a special meaning which could be described as a ‘group of spirits’. Different environments, places, elements, as well as human individuals could possess these powers of “väki” which could than be manifested as an epidemic of disease and death, among other things. We as a band, and performers, represent this essence of death and forgotten spirits.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We have yet to perform any gigs. However, we have a couple of them booked in the beginning of next year. Our stage performance will reflect the themes of our lyrics, and  dark atmosphere of the compositions. We invite our listeners to join us into journey of discovering our admiration to death, misery and darkness.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

So far we’ve booked two shows here in Finland for 2018. Our first ever performance will take place on the 19th of January at Bar 15, in Seinäjoki. The next one will happen on the 10th of March at Varjobaari, in Tampere. After that we’ll set our focus on recording our debut album.


7.The EP was released on 'Redefining Darkness Records', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?

The label has proven to be very supportive and we’re very excited about our collaboration with them. Thomas Haywood, from Redefining Darkness Records, has shown us genuine enthusiasm and professionalism. The label is releasing “Kirous” on cassette on the 11th of December, the cassette turned out really awesome-looking too! We hope our collaboration will prove to be as fruitful in the future as it has turned out to be so far.

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

We are still waiting for more reviews to come out but so far it seems people are generally impressed with our music as we have received great feedback and favorable reviews. However, both positive and negative feedback is welcome.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

At the moment we’re in pre-production phase - roughly recording songs at our rehearsal place to figure out which ones will end up on the album and whether we still need more songs to be able to form a strong album in it’s entirety. So, at this point, it’s a little too early to say when the album will be released. Careful estimation could be early 2019, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

“Kirous” gives a pretty good idea of the style on our first full length album that, however, will have more variety and generally a wider spectrum of what Väki has to offer. Nobody knows where we’re headed after the album is released. We don’t want to set our music to have too strict of boundaries because we feel like that kills creativity and natural flow of songwriting.

10.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?

Bands such as Emperor, Mgla, Deathspell Omega & Burzum have influenced our style of black metal. “EOD : A Tale of Dark Legacy”, by The Great Old Ones and “The Poisonous Path”, by Behexen are a couple of the recent releases we have enjoyed listening to.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A few interests of ours include activities like brewing and drinking beer, playing video games and taking part in occasional coding projects. Some of us are also dog owners.

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

First of all, we would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far! We are very excited to really get things going in terms of live shows and working on the upcoming debut album. Hopefully you’ll join us on this journey to explore and embrace the darkest aspects of human existence.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/vaki-interview.html


Malakhim/Demo I/Iron Bonehead Productions/2017 Demo Re-Issue Review

samedi 2 décembre 2017 à 20:44

  Malakhim  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  which  was  re-issued  on  12  inch  mlp,  and  mcd  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Tremolo  picking  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  the  music  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  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  vocals  also  mixing  in  a  grim  yet  semi  melodic  tone  at  times  and  you  can  also h ear  some  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  more  modern  style  of  orthodox  black  metal  can  be  heard.

  Malakhim  plays  a  style  of  orthodox  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  dark  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  powers  of  The  Beyond.

  In  my  opinion  Malakhim  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Mass  Of  Flesh". 8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/malakhimdemo-iiron-bonehead.html


Ecos Postumos Interview

samedi 2 décembre 2017 à 19:26
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Before anything I would like to say that I appreciate very much the attention and support that you gave to Ecos Póstumos.
Recently I was hospitalized to treat depression and borderline mental disorder that struck me harder after the suicide of my uncle, who has killed himself in my parents' house, giving me the sad job to take him from the gallows. So I've decided to use the music to express my battle against this disease, and with it I try to externalize all the sadness and at the same

2. Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I describe it as a raw and gloomy music, with the muffled vocals to represent the despair of those who are suffering from mental disorders, chainsaw like hypnotic guitars with the 90s black metal feel (like Darkthrone and Burzum) and cold synthesizer lines. The bass and the drums are my first instruments and although in a modest way, they come with important details to enrich the compositions. The lo-fi style of the record was made with purpose and refers to the style of musical productions mades by names as ColdWorld, old Burzum and Mayhem, and the old Azaghal, one of my favorite black metal bands (mainly the album Mustamaa).

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The lyrics are poems that I've made to express the daily battle against the mental disorders, and to make people see that depression is most common disease than really the people think. We can consider it a conceptual work about the routine and the feelings of a depressed patient. If someone is interested I can send the translations of the lyrics to english, just ask me in the e-mail: ecospostumos@gmail.com

4. What are the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ecos Postumos'?

Echoes Póstumos meaning in English is "Posthumous Echoes", and refers to the memories that sometimes we have of those who had passed away. The name came in the year of 2012, and the first song that I've made are available on YouTube by the name "A Agonia da Mãe Morta" (The Agony of the Dead Mother).

5. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer the solo route?

I've some friends that will help me with the live performances, including my older brother Diogo Nascimento (bass) and my great friend João Martioro (guitars from Christophobia), I will play drums and sing, and maybe have one of my best friends Alex Hulala on the Keyboards. Maybe someday Ecos Póstumos may turn to be a band, let's see after the release of the official album

6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
If someone has interest in release the stuff just give me a shout, I don't have a financial interest, just want to make my music being listened. Me and my friend from Christophobia are preparing some limited physical copies that will be available soon.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive and suicidal black metal?

I have some friends in Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Japan and in the USA that support my work, and they seem to have enjoyed a lot the work. I'm very happy with the feedback till now.

8. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I've played and was the former member of Nephilim Horde, who have some works available on YouTube (Black Metal Blood - Demo 2011 and Failure EP), also had a project by the name "Forgotte Heaven", that have some stuff available on YouTube too, and have recorded the first EP of Christophobia, called "O Abismo", but have left the band to my mate João Martioro, because of the depression treatment. I'm a professional musician and have played guitar in an Iron Maiden tribute band, played bass in a Hard Rock tribute band, I'm an ex member of a Heavy Metal band called "Thunderlord" and in the present moment I play with a Crossover/Thrash Metal band called "Kaosfera", keeping the band in the name of a friend of mine and the former member, that have sadly died some years ago. But my main project is Ecos Póstumos, and I intend to spend a lot a time working on the debut album.

9. Where will you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I want to be a better musician and composer, and be able to explore even more sad and chaotic melodies, always with humility and simplicity, to me, the secrets to keep evolving in the musical scene.

10. 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?

I listen to a variety of musical styles... but my favorite artists are Burzum, old Mayhem, Darkthrone, Azaghal, Old Enthroned, Cold World, Alcest, Limbonic Art, Dissection and something like that. Other bands that I like very much are Pink Floyd, Marillion, Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Iron Maiden, Grave Digger, Six Feet Under, Kreator and some random shit as old games soundtracks like Castlevania and electronic music like Kreftwerk.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to read about occultism, history and politics, also like poetry and sci-fi books. My favorite books are "The Satanic Bible" (Anton LaVey), "1984" (George Orwell) and Jules Verne books. Also like cats (my cat Crowley is with me all the time), spend time with my wife and play retro games.

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

I would like to thank you and Occult Black Metal zine for the important work that you made to the Black Metal and the music scene in general.
Also would like to invite anyone to listen and download Ecos Póstumos "Diário de um Suicida" in the band camp:
https://ecospstumos.bandcamp.com/releases
If anyone needs something just send me an e-mail to: ecospostumos@gmail.com
And to finish: Hail Satan!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/ecos-postumos-interview.html