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Karg/Traktat/AOP Records/2020 CD Review

lundi 3 février 2020 à 09:16

  Karg  is  a  solo  project  from  Austria  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2020  album  "Traktat"  which  will  be  released  on  February  7th  by  AOP  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  recording.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  shoegaze  style.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and   epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  spoken word  parts  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Some  songs  also  add  in  grunge  and  post  punk  influences  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals,  violins  are  also  brought  into  some  parts  of  the  album  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  dialect  spoken  near  the  Tennen  Mountains  in  Austria  and  cover  melancholy,  depression,  suicide  and  drug  abuse  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Karg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Irgendjemand  wartet  immer"  "Alaska"  "Grabcholerik"  and  "Nichts  als  Schatten".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/kargband/ 



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/kargtraktataop-records2020-cd-review.html


Blaze of Perdition/The Harrowing Of Hearts/Metal Blade Records/2020 CD Review

lundi 3 février 2020 à 06:08

  Poland's  Blaze  Of  Perdition  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  modern  occult  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album"The  Harrowing  Of  Hearts"  which  will  be  released  on  February  14th  by  Metal  Blade  Records.

  Programmed  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are mostly  angry sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  gothic  rock.  Whispered  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  Christian  concept  of  "The  Harrowing  Of  Hell"  which  is  Christ's descent  into  hell  but  with  a  more  Jungian  concept  of  shadow  integration  and  some  metaphysical  concepts.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blaze  Of  Perdition  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suffering  Made  Bliss"  "What  Christ  Has  Kept  Apart" and  "Moonchild". 8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/blazeofperdition 
http://blazeofperdition.bandcamp.com 
http://soundcloud.com/blazeofperdition 
https://www.instagram.com/blazeofperdition/


 

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/blaze-of-perditionthe-harrowing-of.html


Aodon Interview

lundi 3 février 2020 à 04:18

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



Aodon is a French band created in 2015. We used to say we do Post black metal, but tagging our own stuff is not that easy,

The best way to know what we do is just come and listen.



2.You have a new album coming out in March, musically how does it differ from your previous release?



The new album, 11069, walks on the same path than our first release, Sharphood, but goes further on every level.



3.This is also your first album since 2016, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



We had some important personal events to deal with these last years. '11069' was composed and written all along this time and is, in some ways, the outcome of our personal evolution.



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



'11069' tells about connections between Natural elements, Life and Death, disease and resilience. But it’s too hard for me to sum it up. Lyrics will be available soon for those interested in reading.



5.A lot of the lyrics on the first album where written in English while all the songs on the newer album are written in French, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this direction



I’m pleasantly surprised with the attention you pay to lyrics!

Well, the last track of our debut album was written in French and this allowed me to use nuances I’m not able to find in English.

Moreover, M-kha’s screams are so intense in French that our mother tongue was naturally adopted for the next album.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aodon'?



Aodon has no particular meaning. It has been chosen mainly for its sonority and its appearance.





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



 The artwork for '11069'  is an original painted by Ludovic Robin. We worked closely together to obtain a pictorial expression of music and lyrics. He knew how to capture all of it.



8.The band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?



The first and main reason behind that was to play live music together. The three of us have known each other for years. and so the beginning was like a simple reunion of three friends.



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



We rarely played in concert because we  can’t find a drummer for the moment, so we have to deal with the recorded drumming. It suits us perfectly in rehearsal, but we’d like this new album and the signature with Willowtip Records to bring us enough visibility to find a drummer and shape more live projects.



10.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



Not yet.



10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric and post black metal?



Our debut album, Sharphood, has been very well received in proportion to the little promotion we did!

'11069' hasn't been released yet, but the first track premiere for "Les rayons," has already gotten a very good reaction.





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



Things are going well! We are honored to be part of such a label like Willowtip records for a few months now, and a few riffs are already emerging for a third album.



12.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?



Our music tastes are many and varied, including: Dead can Dance, Alcest to Blut Aus Nord or Hate Eternal. Recently, we discovered some death metal gems like Ceremony of Silence and Daemusinem.




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



Nothing to add Thanks a lot for the interview and thanks for supporting us.



Willowtip https://bit.ly/aodon11069-willowtip
Bandcamp https://bit.ly/aodon11069-bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/aodon-interview.html


Prometeus/Necrofagia/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 3 février 2020 à 04:07

  Prometeus  is  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  'Necrofagia".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. Progressive  rock  and  avant  garde  structures  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  second  wave  influences  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  few  tracks  also  introducing  keyboards  onto  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  death  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Prometeus  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lucila  Sercita" "Corvus  Corax"  and  "Dilecta  Mors".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/prometeusnecrofagia2020-full-length.html


Nawaharjan/Lokabrenna/Amor Fati/2020 CD Review

dimanche 2 février 2020 à 22:34

  Nawaharjan  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Lokabrenna"  which  will  be  released  on  February  20th  by  Amor  Fati.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  utilize  screams  at  times.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  spoken  word  parts  also  give  the  recording  more  of a  ritualistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.

  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.  The  riffs  also  get  very  melodic  sounding  at  times  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  Thurisan  Brandawegiz  a  darker  form  of  Germanic  rune  magick  that  focuses  more  on  Loki.

  In  my  opinion  Nawaharjan  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maino"  "Sunjo"  "Umbibrautiniz"  and  "Hradjungo".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/bT7ucJHD8KE    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/nawaharjanlokabrennaamor-fati2020-cd.html