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Har/Visitation/Blood Harvest/2018 EP Review

vendredi 26 janvier 2018 à 05:30

  Har  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Visitation" which  will be  released in March  by  Blood  Harvest.

  Middle  eastern  style  folk  instruments  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ritualistic  elements  before  adding  in  some  dark  and  heavy   riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of t he  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom/death  metal.

  Har  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover epic  tales  of  black  magick,  necromancy  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Har  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Conjure  The  Black  Flame".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/harvisitationblood-harvest2018-ep-review.html


Beorn's Hall/Estuary/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review

jeudi 25 janvier 2018 à 06:04

  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  duo  from  New  Hampshire  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  and  epic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Estuary"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Battle  sounds  and  melodic  chants  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  while  keyboards  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  retaining  the  folk  and  atmospheric  elements.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  On  this  recording  Beorn's  Hall  remains  true  to  their  pagan  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  more  folk  elements  this  time  around  to  take  their  music  to  a  different  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beorn's  Hall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Wood-Black  Marsh" "The  Nurturing  Soil"  and  "Roads  Go  On  Forever".  8/5  out  of  10.   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/beorns-hallestuarynaturmacht.html


Down To Burzum Interview

jeudi 25 janvier 2018 à 04:25
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Down To Burzum was formed in 2015, i'm from the city of Sorocaba, Brazil, the truth is that was an idea that came from nowhere into my mind, i've played drums in a few bands too, but the idea to make it alone and only mine was very comforting, also bring the feelings from the early Burzum era.


2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
  2. I wanted to bring a message, on Peace Alone you can hear steps, this steps are from a creature searching for peace, and she finds it at end.

3.The musical project has been around since 2015 but you waited until 2018 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
 3. On april, 2017 i released only the song Down To Burzum, the feedback was great, so i planned to release earlier, got some personal problems, but now everything is going well.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
    4. The true is they are more like screams than lyrics, about hate, agony, i don't care much for lyrics.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the name 'Dowm To Burzum'?
   5. The name Down To Burzum means Down To Depths, which was a reference to Burzum and a subliminar message.

6.On this album you record everything by yourself, are you open to using other musicians?
      6. No, i prefer doing the things my way, but the last track Eyes Open Bring Only Pain was made by João Vitor Duarte, who have been a very nice friend to me, i thank him for that.



7.This musical project is a tribute to 'Burzum', which era of his music do you prefer, the early 90's music or post jail recordings?
7. I like both eras, but i prefer the early Burzum era, it was more raw.



8.The new album was released on 'Depressive IIlusion's Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
   8. Yes, that was a great accomplishment to me, it was released 66 limited tape copies, i thank Gabriel SN from the horde Azalok, Exequial(BRA) and Sergiy Fjordsson from the horde Moloch(UKR).

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

      9. I have been receiving a great feedback after the Peace Alone release, also got new friends, always thanks everyone for the support.



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

      10. Well i'm forming a black metal band where i'll play drums, i've played drums in Inhumane Rites(BRA) on 2015 so i miss the rehersals, live shows, but the Down To Burzum will continue with only me.



11.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?
      11. Bands like Maniac Butcher, Forgotten Woods, Carpathian Forest, from black metal i prefer the raw ones.
Sometimes i listen bands out of metal, to be a good musician is to known all styles, so they say.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
      12. You have to study it to learn it, i like to reading about it, I don't follow it, i'm agnostic, prefer to stay away from religion, demons or god, i believe in the power of man.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
      13. I thank you John Larsen for the support and all the people who support in some way Down To Burzum.



 



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/down-to-burzum-interview.html


Taiga/Cosmos/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Final Gate Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 25 janvier 2018 à 04:04

  Russia's  Taiga  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Cosmos"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Final  Gate  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  meaning  mostly depressive  black  metal  screams  and  cries.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  depressive  post  rock  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  Taiga  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  the  depressive  and  atmospheric  style  of black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  depression,  mental  illness  and  isolation  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taiga  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Styd"  "Ty"  "Slova  Poteryayat  Znacheniye"  and  "Svoimi  Rukami".  8   out  of  10.   

 

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/taigacosmossymbol-of-domination.html


Hak-Ed Damm/Holocaust Over Dresden/Satanath Records/Death Portal Studio/2017 CD Review

mercredi 24 janvier 2018 à 05:02

  Hak-Ed  Damm  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Holocaust  Over  Dresden"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Death  Portal  Studio.

  Am  radio  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with some  war  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  war  samples  also  being  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  time.

  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in    decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  one  track  being  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  clean  chants  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Hak-Ed  Damm  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw,  aggressive  and  brutal  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War  II  Themes.

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hak-Ed Damm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw  and  brutal  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Holocaust  Over  Dresden"  "Unsine  De-Mort"  and  "Jade  With  the  Deflowered   Scalp".  8/2  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/hak-ed-dammholocaust-over.html