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DSKNT/Vacuum y-Noise Transition/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2021 CD Review

mardi 12 janvier 2021 à 05:16

 


  DSKNT  are  a  duo  from  Switzerland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  dissonant  and  avant  garde  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2021  album  "Vacuum  y-Noise  Transition"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.


    Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  raw  feeling.


  Bestial  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures.  Black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  distorted  style.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  elements  of  harsh  noise  into  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresse4s  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmological  themes,  void,  unexistence  and  abstract  concepts.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DSKNT  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  and  dissonant  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deconvolution J_ψ"  and  "Deconvolution Ξ-0 (Part II)".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/dskntvacuum-y-noise-transitionsentient.html


Pesttanz Interview

mardi 12 janvier 2021 à 02:27

 


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


Panzerfrost: Of course, Pesttanz is something I've been wanting for a long time, it's a fusion of raw black metal accompanied by the melancholy of the keyboards. It is a band that when taking its first step on the scene I think it has done very well and with a lot of acceptance


 


2.So far you have been a part of a split, released an ep, full length and single, canj you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on these recordings?


Panzerfrost: Mentioning a recording style to this would respond as a old school style since everything is worked from a small studio that I have at home, but if you mean the style of music between the split and the full album, here I will tell you that there is a sudden change , since in the split that we participated our sound was totally brutal ... which was at the time the main idea of pesttanz, Abighor still did not enter 100 in the band and we were awaiting conversations but when we went to the album it was a drastic change when adding the keyboards which we do not handle in the split


 


3.One of your main themes is National Socialism, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?


Panzerfrost:  the NS represents a different way of thinking and working, a distinction between what is really weak and strong, in my case I am faithful to the idea of the supremacy of the strongest, both physically and intellectually. But in question musically it is an open field for the creation of melodies, we can start from a bellicose passage to the solitude of a mystical night full of paganism


 


4.I have noticed a lot of nsbm from Mexico or Latin American usually covers Mayan or Aztec themes but you avoid these types of lyrics, do you have interest in those cultures?


Panzerfrost: I really have no interest in those topics because I was not born in that region, I am from Mexico but like all countries; This is divided by zones and each zone or region has its history ... I am from the North of Mexico where the Mayans or Aztecs never touched land, Our ancestors were very different from them and you could even say enemies ... one of The great differences and of which I am proud is that our ancestors did not believe in gods, since the spirit of Mother Nature was everything ... and one of her thoughts that have marked me a lot is that after death the soul will melt in the fire, it will travel again in the wind, it will be sown in the earth and it will rest in the waters of the rivers


 


5.You also cover a lot of paganism themes with your lyrics, what type of paganism has the most influence on your world view?




Abighor: mostly my lyrics are inspired by nature, since I live with it because of my place of upbringing.

I was born in the north of Argentina where there are still rituals to Mother Earth and Father Sun and certain ancient practices that were not destroyed by Christianity. I write the lyrics thinking about how to accompany the music singing like a surruro of the night or the wind itself, trying to make sure that the voice is not so important.


 


 


6.Originally the project was called 'At The Gates Of The Mountains', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pesttanz'?


Panzerfrost: atgom had been just a demo that had no future at the time since it was focused on my main band GAS CHAMBERS after deciding to stop a GC moment, I dedicated myself to return with ATGOM but with a faster, colder and more violent sound, they were created quite a few songs that are still saved for some special occasion, but I noticed that the name was not very to my liking and I did not stick much to the idea of the new music ... One afternoon while editing one of the songs I was listening to one of the songs that I liked the more black metal 2


"pesttanz" by absurd and I decided to take it as a new name for the project ... and later I took up the atgom songs again to ask Abighor for the support of creating lyrics and voices since the songs were only instrumental


 


 


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


Abighor: well make the art thinking of old black metal albums only showing a fictitious idea or characters like medieval stories drawn in a precarious way. I've done a lot of covers for other bands and projects.


 


8.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?


Panzerfrost: That is a dilemma that I have always faced, working with more people, it is not bad but at times it is exhausting when there is no professionalism in the other musicians, at the moment we are good working in duo, but I do not rule out the idea of having one or two more members


 


9.Recentyl you have done a 'Satanic Warmaster' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?


Not only will it be a cover, it will be an ep of 5 songs in tribute to SWM ... a little more to our style, a lot of keyboard and atmosphere but always faithful to the original riffs ... this is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. and I decided to do it before it's too late or I die haha




10.The new album was released on 'Barbatos Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?




Abighor: I had already been working with the barbatos label, since it was a strong support for the distribution of my music in my other projects (Lux anguis, Cultu mortuo ss, Reich), beyond that many other labels published me in various parts of the world .

but I think the label was perfect to show the album in a place with strong support for National Socialism and Paganism.

I believe that the camarad ermak de barbatos is a strong example of the struggle with politically correct music as it is known today and I will always be grateful to the label for always valuing my musical projects.


 


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


Panzerfrost: In fact this has surprised me, since we have had too much acceptance ... the full album has just been uploaded to a youtube channel and well it is the video with the most views or reproductions that I have had comparing it with my other project ... and I like this and I am proud to continue working as we have done, of course always giving a better product than the previous one


12.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?


 


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


Panzerfrost I see it becoming one of the pillars of American or Latin American black metal, whatever you like to call it ... something that started as a project is consolidating as a band and it is something that one should not have the luxury of abandoning ... and as I have always said if we did well today we can do better tomorrow


 


14.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?


Panzerfrost


Of course I will give you my top 10 of the bands that have marked musically and that to this day I continue listening- there is no special order-


Satanic warmaster


Absurd


Nocturnal mortum


Cosmic church-- Armolahja is an exquisite song and that's why it's here


Inquisition


Summoning


Gorgoroth


Immortal


Horna


Judas Iscariot


temnozor.




Abighor:

1- King diamond

2- Burzum

3 - wasp

4- danzig

5- local band: Aesyr, furor, vrildom, blizzard, campo de mayo,aaa.

7- summonig

8- absurd

9-pentagram

10- gorgoroth


 


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


Penzerfrost: Thank you very much for the interest and time given to Pesttanz, and good for me to continue working so that we can deliver more quality material


 


 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/pesttanz-interview.html


Grave Gnosis/Lux Nigredo/Vargheist Records/2021 Full Length Review

lundi 11 janvier 2021 à 01:17

 


  Grave  Gnosis  are  a  band  from  St.  Petersburg,  Florida  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Lux  Nigredo"  which  will  be  released  on  January  23rd  by  Vargheist  Records.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  and  spoken  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.


  Clear  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  cellos  being  done  by  a  member  of  Hville  I  Kaos  when  they  are  utilized.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts


  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  they  also  enhance  the  atmospheric  qualities  of  the  music.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  more  avant  garde  touches  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Esotericism  Satanism,  Occultism,  Left Hand Path.  Alchemy,  Draconian,  Vampyric  Magick  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grave  Gnosis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Astovidat"  "Necrosophia"  "Ho  Drakon  Ho  Megas"  and  "Solipsist  Dreams".  8/5  out  of  10.


    

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/grave-gnosislux-nigredovargheist.html


Keys Of Orthanc/Of The Lineaage Of Kings/Naturmacht Productions/2021 CD Review

dimanche 10 janvier 2021 à 05:36

 


  Quebec,  Canada's  Keys  Of  Orthanc  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  Tolkien  themed  style  of  black  metal  form  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Of  The  Lineage  Of  Kings"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Epic  sounding  synths  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  film  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  dungeon  synth  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed.


  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.  Clean  playing  and  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.


  Death  metal  growls  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  along  with  the  interlude  also  adding  in  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Caladan  Brood's  Book  Of  The  Fallen".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  writings  of  J.R.R  Tolkien.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Keys  of  Orthanc  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Tolkien  inspired  black  metal,  you  should  check  pout  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shards  Of  Narcil"  and  "King  Of  The  Reunited  Kingdom".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/keys-of-orthancof-lineaage-of.html


Nostalgique/First Painful Steps.../2021 Full Length Review

dimanche 10 janvier 2021 à 02:52

 


  Nostalgique  are  a  solo  project  from  Baltimore,  Maryland  which  consists  of  a  member  from  Barbelith  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "First  Painful  Steps..."  which  consists  of  music  that  was  recorded  at  the  end  of  2013  and  the  beginning  of  2014.


  Clean  post  rock  style  playing  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  having  their  depressive  moments  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  instrumentals.  


At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  improvised  sounding  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  classical  guitars  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional


 


  In  my  opinion  Nostalgique  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  instrumental  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shattered  Inner  Mirror"  and  "Lonely,  Alien".


First Painful Steps...

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/nostalgiquefirst-painful-steps2021-full.html