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The Negative Bias/Golden Dawn/Temple Of Cruel Empathy/Lunar Serpent/Seance Records/2018 Split CD Review

dimanche 25 mars 2018 à 01:24

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Austria's  The  Negative  Bias  and  Golden  Dawn  called  "Temple  Of  Cruel  Empathy/Lunar  Serpent"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Seance  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  The  Negative  Bias  a  band  that  plays  an  astral  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  soundscpaes  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  their  track  is  11  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  some  occult  sounding  synths  at  times  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  riffs  bringing  in  more  of  a  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  sound  as  well  as  the solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard   briefly.

  The  Negative  Bias  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  original  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  darkness,  cosmic  mysticism,  hate,  creation  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Negative  Bias  are  a  very  great  sounding  astral  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Golden  Dawn  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  melodic,  gothic  and  symphonic  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  track  is  11  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Symphonic  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  song  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  folk  instruments  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  also  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  goth  and  electronic  music.

  On  this  track  Golden  Dawn  continues  his  symphonic,  gothic  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from the  90's  while  also  updates  his  sound  for  modern  days,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  shamanism  and  lucid  dreaming.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Golden  Dawn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  or  synth/keyboard  orientated  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-negative-biasgolden-dawntemple-of.html


Mascharat/Self Titled/Seance Records/2017 CD Review

dimanche 25 mars 2018 à 00:33

  Mascharat  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  renaissance  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  was  released  by  Seance  Records.

  A  nature  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  classical  music  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  when  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  whispers  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  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  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  classical  style  keyboards  also  being  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  the  music  also  adds  in  some  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  a couple  of  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses  and  one  of  the  songs  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Mascharat  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  classical  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  occult  philosophy  and  written  in  Italian  and  cover  a  concept  involving  a  man  and  the  three  masks  of  Venetian  Tradition.

  In  my  opinion  Mascharat  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  renaissance  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bauta"  "Mora"  and  "Rito".  8/9  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/mascharatself-titledseance-records2017.html


Aorlac Interview

samedi 24 mars 2018 à 18:32

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

NKS (guitar) : Hey there ! Because of our recent change of label, we are currently working on several things. With the help of the label, we just finished working on our merchandising which will be directly related to “L’Esprit des Vents”. We are also working on our upcoming gigs by adding three tracks from our last album on the setlist. And as you can imagine, we spend much time answering to interviews.


2.You have a new album coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

NKS : The fact of having our very own studio directly impact our way to record. We could take our time to test different mics, different positions, instruments or even amps. Let’s say that we really could shape the album as we wanted. Most of the time, you start recording the drums, then the guitars parts, then you realize that something on the snare drum could be added… Here, we could of work without any stress from A to Z. Before that, we had to make do with we had to hand, even if we wanted to have a “home-made” and airy sound, there, for once, we get what we wanted.

3.This is your first release in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

NKS : After the release of « La Cité des Vents”, we continued touring until 2012. We also participated to a split album with Darkenhöld, Ysengrin and Ossuaire back in 2011. Because of a lack of inspiration – not because of weariness – we felt like we needed to take time to direct the last events.
The writing of “L’Esprit des Vents” really started in 2013; if I am not wrong, I think a demo was register in 2015 with a programmed drum. We could have rushed to release the album, but as you can easily guess, after these years of break, every one took care of their own personal project. So we and to wait that everybody was 100% invested on the recording.

4.Your lyrics cover 'Occitan History', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

NKS : We wanted to highlight the values of our roots many times before the creation of the band. We are lucky to live in a region full of histories, the Occitan region spreading through the south of France and passing by the North of Italy and Spain has a rich History, full of legends and fierce battles – that is an endless source of inspiration for the band. We also wanted to arouse interest on our History, and to remind the listener of what happened on our lands.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aorlhac'?

NKS : Aorlhac is the Occitan name of the city of Aurillac from where we all are, most people do not remember our city’s roots – this was the occasion of paying tribute to our way too unknown small city.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

NKS : We have many good memories of some dates, but I most certainly say that’s during the NORDIC BLACK MASS, at Luynes, where we were honored to share the scene with TAAKE, HELMEIM and VULTURE INDUSTRIES. You must wondering why this date: because at the beginning we were influenced by TAAKE, we were far from thinking that 3 years later we would play by their side!
That is not easy to describe us, but the direct and efficient style of our music, the alternation of melodic and epic parts next to the aggressive singing of our frontman has touched the public.

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

NKS : Even if some gigs are planned, or about to, we do not have a tour planed yet - We can believe in a one-week or two tour in Europe during summer, if everybody in the band is free, let’s see what the future brings us.

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

NKS : Even if our change of label is recent, we are already seeing the repercussion of our collaboration with Les Acteurs de l’Ombre. LADLO has a visibility far from what we have known before. Until now, I think that the band was quite confidential abroad … except for Canada, where the language of Moliere surely helped that. However, be sure that ‘till now, the Historical and musical concept of Aorlhac was always well greeted.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

NKS : Today, we are a 100% focus on Aorlhac, for the brains of the band at least. Even if our live drummer Ardraos is a member of PESTE NOIRE, I heard he might be leaving the band for its own project : SÜHNOPFER.

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

NKS : I think that Aorlhac will continue to evolve naturally. We started the project 11 years ago, since then our influences and taste in music have changed. In other hand, I think our biggest success was to keep the Aorlhac touch all along the albums. It is possible that some atmospheric parts from “L’esprit des Vents” will be more used in the future. Anyway, we attend to keep our simplicity and efficiency and bring it on stage.

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?

NKS : At the beginning, I was influenced by renowned bands as  EMPEROR, DISSECTION, SACRAMENTUM, then later by ULVER, DRUDKH, PRIMORDIAL, AGALLOCH. Now, I do not have the time, neither the will to listen to new bands: I feel like they all put the sounds quality first (even though they all sound quite artificial…) rather than the quality of writing.
We are in a consumer society where everything must go fast, nothing last, anybody on Youtube can now discover a hundred BM bands whereas, back in 1997, you could hardly get 10 CDs! In addition, I am not sure that only the rarity of a band is enough to arise interest. 

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

NKS : We are lucky to have those beautiful landscapes close to us, when we have the opportunity, we love to enjoy those together. Also, our live bass player has a real gift in terms of drawing; we would love to explore this aspect for the upcoming projects. 

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

NKS : Thank you to you and your webzine for letting us express ourselves. Do not forget “L’Esprit des Vents” release on March, 2nd, with Les Acteurs de l’Ombre.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/aorlac-interview.html


Ortus/Where Shadows Gather/Worship Tapes/2018 EP Review

samedi 24 mars 2018 à 00:57

  Ortus  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Where  Shadows  Gather"  which  was  released  by  Worship  Tapes.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  a  few  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruemnts  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Orus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  in  the  90's  European  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ortus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nocturne".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ortuswhere-shadows-gatherworship.html


Thanatomania/Resignation/Schattenkult Produktionen/Narbentage Produktionen/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 23 mars 2018 à 00:50

   Thanatomania  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Resignation"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Schattenkult  and  Narbentage  Produktionen.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Thanatomania  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  sounding  along  with  a  depressive  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thanatomania  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  and  "V".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/thanatomaniaresignationschattenkult.html