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Unholy Vampyric Slaughter Sect/The World Trapped In Vampyric Sway(Darker And Darker)/Crown And Throne Ltd./2020 Full Length Review

mercredi 5 août 2020 à 09:13

  Unholy  Vampyric  Slaughter  Sect  are  a  solo  project  from  Northampton,  Massachusetts that  plays  a  very  raw,  vampyric  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "The  World  Trapped  In  Vampyric  Sway(Darker  And  Darker)"  which  will be  released  in  September  by  Crown  And  Throne  Ltd..

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  emtal s creams  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  show  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  programmed  beats  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.   The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  vampires  and  Levayen  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unholy  Vampyric  Slaughter  Sect  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  satanic  and  vampyric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pummeled  Flesh  In  The  Mouth  Of  A  Virgin"  and  "And  I  Shall  Come  To  Thee  As  An  Iron  Wolf".  8  out  of  10.        

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Illkynja/Sæti Sálarinnar/Goathorned Productions/2020 CD Review

mardi 4 août 2020 à 21:26

  Illkynja  are  a  solo  project  from  Iceland  that  plays  a  very  aggressive,  experimental  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Sæti  Sálarinnar"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Goathorned  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  and  demonic  sounding  growls. The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  ambient  interlude  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  experimental  moments  at  times,  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  darkness  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Illkynja  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive,  experimental  and  dissonant  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ég  er  ljósið,  eldurinn  og  upphafið"  "Sæti Sálarinnar"  and  "Dýrð  í  harmleik".  8  out  of  10.      

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Yass-Waddah Interview

lundi 3 août 2020 à 20:12
1. First of all I would like to thank you for this interview and greet all the readers of your webzine. Well, Yass-Waddah is a musical project who has seen the collaboration of many musicians from different countries go through it, but is currently made up of one person only...that is me. The project started in Italy in 2011, subsequently continued in Canary Islands, (Spain) where I live now.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

2. The line up of each album has influenced the final result from a stylistic point of view, since each musician has his own way of making music.
Unlike in previous album, I arranged and played the part of all instruments and I also sang all the vocal parts, which I had never done before. This undoubtedly influenced the sound of this new release.

3.From 2012 to 2018 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that times span?

3. In 2012 immediately after the recording of the first EP, the project sank so as not to think to a sequel in the future of Yass-Waddah.
In the following years I devoted myself almost exclusively to classical music. I have also a cello degree, then it was my main job.
In 2015 I moved to live in Tenerife, and here I restarted playing the electric guitar again, becoming member of the thrash metal band "Death Above". In 2017 I felt inspired to take over again the Yass-Waddah project and I started composing the album "Lights In The Murk" (later released in 2018) being so lucky to be able to take advantage of the collaboration of great musicians such as Hannes Grossmann on drums, Clemens Wijers on keyboards and Adrienne Cowan on vocals.

4.What are some of the lyrics topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

4. About the lyrics I wrote for this album, I can say that trying to understand what really reality is, I have spent the last few years being interested and getting a lot of informations about: quantum physics, math and geometry, biology and evolution of mankind, alien abductions, regressive hypnosis, remains of ancient megalithic constructions by unknown civilizations, origin of all religious beliefs and deities worshiped in the past, esoteric rites, masonic societies, astronomy, history of wars, politics and world well as martial arts practice.
Combining many common points that I found in all these different things, they led me to understand certain things, which I then concentrated on the lyrics of this album. Anyway, this was the first time in my life that I wrote lyrics for my songs, it was all in all a spontaneous thing since I had to concretize some very precise concepts that I had in mind and adapt them in music.

5.On your first release you also did a concept album based upon the writings of William S. Burroughs, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?

5. Many artists, musicians and writers have become interested in subjects as diverse as alchemy, secret cults, theosophy and anthroposophy, the esoteric currents of the great religions, eastern philosophies, magic, psychedelia, and drug intake, symbols and universal myths, the so-called fourth way of the Armenian mystic Georges Gurdjieff. William Burroughs was a prominent exponent of this line of thought which inevitably leads us to know the darkest and most hidden parts of ourselves. Beginning to read his works, I started to be interested in certain themes which subsequently made me understand many things with respect to my self and the reality in which we are liviliving in.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Yass-Waddah'?

6. The band name was taken from the novel "Cities of the red night" written by William Burroughs. Yass-Waddah is the name of a city, is a "female stronghold" where "everything is true and nothing is permitted except to the permitters".

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

7. Searching for an artist who could create the album cover, I stumbled upon the website of the artist Caio Caldas, who was selling the finished work. As soon as I saw it I realized that it was exactly what I was looking for. I don't know exactly what Caio intended to represent, but for me it represents the "Dark Lord" or "The Great Architect" who is creating this and all the worlds of the multiverse.

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

8. The music of Yass-Waddah has never been performed live, the project was conceived in view for recordings only.

9.The new album was released on 'They Live We Sleep Recordings', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

9. 'They Live We Sleep Recordings' was born from my idea of ​​producing a bit of all the extreme metal bands of which I am a member here in Canary Islands (Death Above, Marabunta and Wikedness) giving an economic support to start the production of the phisical copies of the albums. At the moment the label has only three releases (one album of Death Above and two of Y-W), however there will probably new ones soon...The name was taken from the John Carpenter's film "They Live", which represents exactly the society we are living in nowadays.

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

10. I have seen with great pleasure that there are many people in different parts of the world who are shareing Yass-Waddah's music on the web. I am very grateful to all of these who spent time listening to my music and found something interesting in it.

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

11. Sincerely I don't know about the future in general... I think the apocalypse will come very soon since we are now at the end of Kali Yuga. But it doesn't bother me in the least... So even in a landscape of poverty, war and desolation, perhaps a new Yass-Waddah album will be released if it will be possible, even more inspired by this frame of human annihilation.

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?

12. The bands that have influenced me most for the creation of the music in style of Y-W are certainly some bands that I listened to since the late nineties, such as: Emperor, Oxiplegatz, Burzum, Marduk, Ulver, Immortal, Kvist...
However there are bands of nowdays that I like very much too, for example: Desolate Shrines, The Great Old Ones, Krallice, Nightbringer, Seth, Grifteskymfning, Al-Namrood, Ascension, Cattle Decapitation, ...

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

13. The human mind is the greatest deception that exists. Only by turning off the thought we can get to see the truth that is within us all. And the truth will set us finally free...

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Drudenfuß Interview

lundi 3 août 2020 à 08:32

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

Drudenfuß is an experimental two-piece project that improvise music, of course, focused on Black Metal. We mostly play a raw/noisy style of the genre, but also, we have experimented into DSBM and ambient sounds.

2.So far you have released a demo and been a part of a few splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recordings?

In the beginning, Drudenfuß was created as an experiment, in our first demo we try to
recreate the classic old school black metal sound, that’s the reason why I (Insane Mind) decided to write lyrics against religion and stuff related to the topic, but then I just decide to focus in another kind of topics when I wrote the lyrics. Then, we realized that this experiment went right, in our point of view and due to the positive reactions of close friends to the first demo.
About the style, Drudenfuß is usually catalogued as Raw Black Metal and we still hold in that style, but we’re always seeking to improve our sound, so we remain open the add elements from other genres.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

How I said in the second question in the beginning I wrote anti-religion lyrics and focus a little bit in sacrifices, rejecting all about christianity and its followers. In the first split, you can appreciate a change in the lyrics, this time focused on murders, suicide and hate to humanity. In consequent releases, you can find lyrics about war, thanatophobia, and lyrics about how humans are a big problem to this world. Currently I get completely focused in lyrics about how the human race destroys this world and how we deserve to suffer for it.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Drudenfuß”?

Drudenfuß it’s a word in German which means “Pentagram”, we chose this name because, we
were looking for a different name, an uncommon name for a project, we were just trying to
avoid ourselves from calling as a band that already existed before, and “Drudenfuß” turned out to us as an original alternative.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Insane Mind and me have been good friends since before we started to play in Drudenfuß, so it’s always easy to find objectives in common and project them through our stuff when it’s time to compose. At some point were a third member in the band playing the drums, but he didn’t reach to fit in the band’s concept, since the we decided to keep the line-up as a duo.

6.You also have been a part of a good amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical projects you have shared these recordings with?

We’ve made splits with very interesting projects through this time. The first one was along with Aggressive Tormentor’s solo project S.V.O.C., mostly to promote both bands. Then we participated into “A Record Full of Corpses” with Die Schwarzen Priester, a German one-man band which plays a very raw form of black metal, combining elements of noisegrind and shoegaze. Then we were invited to the “7 Noisy Dwarfs Compilation”, organized by Lorenzo Magni, owner of the netlabel Skull Dungeon, a huge supporter of Drudenfuß and many others of our projects; it wasn’t a black metal split, was mainly focused on noise styles, and included great exponents of the noisecore scene as Mal Aliento or Nucleus. Later we took part into “Forbidden Rites of Invokation” with Goat Orgy, from Bulgaria, playing an insanely primitive style of black/death metal. Our newest split is “The End Is Near”, with the Brazilian raw black metal project FuneralPhobia.

7.Since 2018 you have released or been a part of 5 releases, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

The instrumental part of Drudenfuß has always remained simple and sometimes, fully improvised. So, the main part of the process of creation is spent writing the lyrics. Recording new tracks usually doesn’t take much time, it depends of how creative we are at the moment of starting to compose. The main reason why we can’t record the amount of tracks we would want to, are our other responsibilities beyond music.

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

This hard to determine, because most of the people who listen to Drudenfuß are close friends of us. However, the reactions among the ones who listen to the band have been positive and we really appreciate people who like our stuff.

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

We must do a hard work if we achieve to release something like a full length. But I can say that certainly a Drudenfuß’s full length it’s gonna be a reality someday, even if we’re still not sure when. Aggressive Tormentor and I have been working on it, but first this project needs to evolve more, it’s important for us to improve the instrumental part and get our ideas clear before starting the recording process. We also need to find the time to dedicate to this band.

To be honest, we don’t have an idea about how Drudenfuß is gonna be in the future. Of course, we want to keep our messy black metal style, but also to evolve to different kinds of sound.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and what are you listening to nowadays?

I’ve been influenced by bands like Immortal and his album Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism, I’m mainly big fan of Abbath, this is an important reason I think I would really like to recreate something like that; on lyrics I’m being strongly influenced by Cattle Decapitation, they’re an important band for me and one of my favorites. Nowadays I listen to Black metal, DSBM, Ambient, Depressive Black Metal, Atmospheric Black metal (I have to say that two last sub genres are gonna be important in the future cause I want to make something like that with Drudenfuß), besides I listen to Death and Thrash Metal.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

We don’t have any religious inclinations, neither satanic or christian. The thematic focused on satanism and occultism that can be noted mostly on our first recordings was headed more to a figurative way, our intention was to represent rejection to all the forms of oppression that a christian
society institutes in the lives of the people.

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

We want to say thanks to has supported Drudenfuß through this time, such as Victor “Xinx Asklas” from Entocomophobic Records, Lorenzo Magni from Skull Dungeon and the bands who have worked along with us into split or collaborations. And thanks a lot to your zine, for letting us participate in this interview.


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Lunar Chalice/Medieval Cults Of Heresy/Dominance Of Darkness Records/2020 EP Review

lundi 3 août 2020 à 02:59

  Lunar  Chalice  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Medieval  Cults  Of  Heresy"  which  was  released  by  Dominance  Of  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  At  times  the  screams  also  get  very  high  pitched  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  whole  recording  also  always  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  Lunar  Chalice  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Witchcraft  and  Heresy  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Lunar  Chalice  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Devils  Work(Teufelsburg)"  and  "Medeival  Cults  of  heresy".  8/5  out  of  10. 

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