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Marcia Funebre/Self Titled/Heathen Tribes/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 5 mai 2019 à 02:22

  Marcia  Funebre  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  Greek  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  which  was  released  by  Heathen  Tribes.

Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  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  alternate  between  deep  growls  and  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  on  the  bands  musical  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  sounds  of  middle  age  war  battles  also  being  used  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  A  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism, Occultism,  Darkness  and  Human  Condition  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Marcia  Funebre  are  a  very  great  sounding  Greek  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "All  Dead  Shall  Be"  "Apokalypsis"  and  "A  Path  To  the  Unknown".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMku6R29ya8    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/marcia-funebreself-titledheathen.html


Black Crucifixion/Lightless Violent Chaos/Seance Records/2019 CD Review

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 16:30


  Black  Crucifixion  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  diverse  form  of  occult  form  of  black  metal  which  also  mixes  in  other  genres  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Lightless  Violent  Chaos"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Seance  Records.

  Whispers  and  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  bring  in  more  of  a  first  wave  era  black  metal  style  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  goth  metal,  ambient  and  progressive  rock  at  times  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  on  some  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Crucifixion  are  a  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult  black  and  goth  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Hole  Metal"  "Of  The  Godless  And  Brave"  and  "Intuition".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7_KOdNKMkg    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/black-crucifixionlightless-violent.html


Botis/Grand Abominations/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 06:04

  Botis  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  mathcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Grand  Abominations"  which  will  be  released  in  July.

  Heavy  riffs  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  off  the  recording  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  and  mathcore  elements.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive,  dissonant  and  melodic  sounding   while  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length   and  also  introduces  clean  playing  on  the  album,  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Botis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  thrash  metal  and  mathcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Descent"  "Yggdrasil"  and  "The  Noble  King".  8  out  of  10.

  https://botisevil.bandcamp. com/

https://www.facebook.com/ botisthrashes/
https://www.instagram.com/ botis_evil/ 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/botisgrand-abominations2019-full-length.html


Deitus/Via Dolorosa/I Voidhanger Records/2018 CD Review

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 04:31

  Deitus  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of   black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Via  Dolorosa"  which  was  released  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

 Dark  soundscapes start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  a  more  modern  approach  to  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  blasphemous  and  occult  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deitus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hallowed  Terror"  and  "Salvici Doloris".  8  out  of  10.

https://deitus.bandcamp.com/ 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/deitusvia-dolorosai-voidhanger.html


Forgjord Interview

samedi 4 mai 2019 à 03:24
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

- Ilmestykset was actually recorder between 2015-2017 so we had time to do something else while waiting it to get released. We recorded and released Mors Fennico More after it, was it last year (2018)? Now we've been composing new material for next assaults. Only time will tell what comes from them and when.

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

- Dont know. I dont compare our records to our previous ones. All songs are written at certain point of my life and they present that certain moment. So if there are songs or melodies or moods that reminds of older songs, they're just done in same kind of feeling that I had back then. Weve been doing our thing for couple decades so think that we have found our "own style" . Even if I try to make song that is very different from others, it still sounds like Förgjord when its done.


3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon the revelations of 'Maria Akerblom', can you tell us a little bit more about the interest you have in her work and movement?

I'm obsessed of finnish crime history. We have plenty of tragic happenings that have shocked whole nation. I could count Maria's cult as that one. Maria's story reminds me of Charles Manson or even Jim Jones. Of course not so big, but its interesting to see how one person can influence others so much that they even would do murder if their leader commands so. 


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


Its a cabin where three people were stabbed to death in 1932. Same ol' finnish story; familyman drink booze, gets angry, grabs a knife and so on. For no reason there is someone dead and in morning no ones remember why or what happened. On the backside you can see this old woman standing next to its front door. Its just few hours after tragic happenings and mother of that same family is posing to reporters. "What a tragic accident..." was written on newspapers. Because in those days it was labeled as "accident" when someone did something uncontrolled while being drunk. 

5.To my knowledge the band has not done any live shows even after being around for a long time, do you feel that the style of black metal that you play is not meant for a live setting?


- Förgjord is not meant to play live shows. We had our other (or previous  bands) which played live. Dont have anything against it, but Förgjord isnt live band.

6.The last few albums have been released on 'Werewolf Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Hammer Of Hate'?

- Have to remember that Hammer of Hate are not the same label that it was back then when we start doing co-operation with them. There was a time when Förgjord was fading and we didn't get any support, until Molestor Kadotus from Hammer of Hate contacted us and offered us a deal. He gave us everything we ever needed (although we didn't ask much) and kept our flame burning. We did many records for them and they supported us totally. After a while Molestor realized that he didn't have time anymore for label and Hammer of Hate was given away. We were loyal to Molestor and not to label he was once running. So soon we started to release things through Werewolf Records. No need to compare these labels because they're complete different things and run by different individuals. Werewolf Records been supporting us totally.


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


- Finnish black metal is quite popular worldwide, so its easy to get some visibility. To say it straight, many bands from here don't need the praise they're getting. Just because you're from Finland doesn't automatically mean youre good. Dont know how we succeeded, is it because our musick or just because we are finnish. We have supporters from all over the world but our thing is full of small finnish things and references - not just finnish lyrics - that one have to be finn to really understand every small detail. Fex check our booklets, they might seem like a mess but there is not single element that isn't there for a purpose. But if our works fascinate people all over the world and they check what finnish really culture is, then I think our work is done. Finnish culture is more than just sauna and beautiful paintings of Akseli Gallen-Kallela. Its also a sorrow, its drunken people stabbing their loved ones, its hanging yourself and none even noticed that you're gone. Its unhappy childhood and being scarred for life. Its repeating those very same mistakes that you're father did before you. Its about having alcohol problem and knife. This is what perkele in finnish culture is really about.

8.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?

BLK is doing things with his main band, Phlegein. They released their latest one, "Devotion", just last year. Fucking great and cold release. No compromises nor gimmicks. 

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


Nowhere. We dont want to evolve. Simpler the better.

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


When I first heard Morgal I remembered what it was being a young. That furious rage and energy is so overwhelming that I started to see some of the Förgjords songs too lame and old and stuff like that. So I started to do songs that are more energetic, I woke that same pure flame I had when I was in my twenties. So its like we are heading back to basics again. Also Gorgoroths "Under a sign of hell" has always been a great influence. Be it in technically or be it musically

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?


Be strong, be brave and dont dishonour yourself. I believe a satan/god inside a man. And besides it there is that bigger power that runs this whole world. But its above good or evil. So it depends individual is something good or evil/bad. Everything happens for a purpose.

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


Thanks for questions. Sorry that had to made them short. After "Ilmestykset" got released I've been so busy. Cd's been moving well and you're not only one that have asked interview.  So didn't have many hours to spend . Thanks for your support!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/forgjord-interview.html