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Soul Dissolution/Nowhere/GS Productions/2018 EP Review

dimanche 2 septembre 2018 à 23:22

  Belgium's  Soul  Dissolution  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Nowhere"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  GS Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  post  metal  style  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  spoken  word  parts  also  being used  briefly  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Soul  Dissolution  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  apathy  and  inner  struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fading  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/soul-dissolutionnowheregs.html


Moriturio/Luminatione Exaltat Serpens/Unpleasant Records/2018 Cassette Compilation Review

dimanche 2 septembre 2018 à 01:51


  Moriturio  are  a  band  from  Venezuela  that  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  cassette  "Luminatione Exaltat Serpens"  which  consists  off  the  songs  from  their  2013  split,  the  never  before  released "Culto  al  diablo"  demo  and  one  exclusive  bonus  track.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  intro  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  tortured  screams  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Northern  European  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  the  ritualistic  elements  also  start  making  a  brief  return  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instruemntal.

  Moriturio  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  satanic  in  the  old  school  tradition,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moriturio  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revelatio  Nocturnus  Serpens  Abyssi"  "Canto  I  Diabolus"  and  "Pactum  In  TemploCosmic  Catastropha".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/moriturioluminatione-exaltat.html


Nox Desperato/Anima Veritas Vita Morte/Unpleasant Records/2018 Cassette Re-issue Review

dimanche 2 septembre 2018 à 00:55

  Nox  Desperatio  are  a  band  from  Venezuela  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Anima  Vita  Morte"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2018  by  Unpleasant  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  drum  beats are  programmed  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  demonic  growls  also  being  used  briefly  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  clear  vocals  and  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.

  Nox  Desperatio  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  agonizing  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Death  and  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nox  Deperatio  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lux  ferre"  and  "El  ultimo  umbral".  8  out  of  10.   

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/nox-desperatoanima-veritas-vita.html


Fosa/Demo MMXVI/Unpleasant Records/2018 Demo Re-Issue Review

samedi 1 septembre 2018 à 21:28

  Fosa  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  which  was  re-issued  in  2018  by  Unpleasant  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  very  deep  and  angry  sounding  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  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  demo  progresses  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  on  the  closing  track  harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  are  added  into  the  music.

  Fosa  plays a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  crust  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics a re  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  depression,  darkness,  chaos  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fosa  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Caza de  brujas"  and "A  la  hoguera".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/fosademo-mmxviunpleasant-records2018.html


Vetrarnott Interview

samedi 1 septembre 2018 à 20:44

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
G: Hello everyone! We're Vetrarnott, we come from Corato, a small town in Apulia (Italy), we play Progressive Black Metal with Pagan themes and we have just released an EP called "Scion".
This musical venture started just with me (Gar Ulfr) as a one-man band in 2015 but by the fall of 2017 it was reborn as a regular band. Now there's four of us in the band: me on bass, vocals, keys, and programming; Valar on Lead and rhythm guitars, and backing vocals; Osculum on rhythm and acoustic guitars; Ambrogio on live drums.



2.Recently you have released an ep, what was the musical style you were going for with this recording?
G: Progressive Black Metal, as a music genre, is a melting pot of different styles. We can say that in Scion there's a lot of different things.
There are of course the typical riffs of a Black Metal band, but you can also find more progressive, melodic, thrashing, and black 'n' roll areas. I'd say in its variety of influences there's still cohesion.

This is a musical genre that has a lot of room for anything you can do, rather than focusing on what you must or must not do when writing music, and this is what I personally love about Prog Black.



3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
G: What I really like about Norse Mythology (a characteristic shared among various Pagan cultures) is the participation among Deities and nature in the life of Man.
A set of myths where Gods, despite their nature being different from the one of human beings, breath, fight, bleed, and eventually die: there's a relation between Man and God that goes beyond rituals.
Apart from the cultural interest that I hold dear for Norse myths, there's also the will, in my mind, to oppose Christianity and antagonize the slaughter of non-Christian cultures that was carried out by Christianity over two millennia by giving the spotlight to these ancient populations.
V:  What I appreciate the most about Norse Mythology is the particular way men related to gods, that is quite different from the Christian culture. Pagan populations used to rely on deities not to obtain salvation or charity, but for practical reasons, such as strength in battle or a good harvest, because men were capable of their own destiny with their actions in life.



4.I know that the band was named after an Enslaved song, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
G: Enslaved has been my favorite band for almost ten years now and through the years I always wanted to play something that could be related to my favorite songs (and therefore to play tunes that would satisfy me 100% as not only a musician but also a "fan").
When this project started for me I had the intention to play tunes more similar to the "Frost" or "Vikingligr Veldi" album and went for the name "Vetrarnott", but as months went by the things I wrote turned out to be more various then what would have been considered pure Viking Metal.
I put in my songs all the things that I picked up listening to music for all these years and considering that the band I listened to the most is Enslaved it's pretty obvious that I ended up writing Prog Black Metal.
Despite the fact that what I wrote couldn't be considered Viking anymore, the band's name stuck both as a tribute to Enslaved and as, I'd say, a fitting name, considering it means "Winter Night" in Icelandic.



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
G: The artwork covers a lot of things. Firstly, it represents some of the themes of the EP: the serpent's skin, the chain (representing Gleipnir), and the skull (Death and Hel). Then you can also spot the plants from our landscape, representing us and our culture. The blank, white spot in the middle of the artwork represents light, all the efforts that went in creating this EP, and the milestone from which we'll start our path.
The artwork was created by the talented artist that is our friend Othala, that I want to thank from the deep of my heart for his beautiful contribution to Scion.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
G: We have yet to play a live show because we wanted to have a recording as a showcase for this project before, and now we have one... so...



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
V: We’ll be the opening act for the release party of Hermeticus, the new album from Dewfall, with Shores Of Null on October 4th. Apart from this, we are planning other shows at the moment… We’ll see what the future holds for us.



8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and progressive metal?
G: Having just released officially the EP we haven't received lots of feedbacks, but the ones we got from our fellow musicians have been really positive, both from black and progressive metal artists. I can say that "The Tide", during the 10 days the song has been available, gained a lot of positive reactions in the black metal communities and that makes me very proud. I hope everyone will be as enthusiastic about the whole EP as they were for its first song.



9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
G: At the moment we are wrapping up the writing for our first full-length and we started discussing when we'll be entering the studio again. A good hypothesis for the release would be around late 2019 - early 2020.
The full-length will part from Norse Mythology and will move towards new themes.



10.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?
G: Of course, Enslaved are pretty important as an inspiration. Apart from them, I'd say that bands like Bathory, Darkthrone, Draugr, and Mithotyn have their fair share of contribution to our music. Lately, I'm listening to a lot of Atavicus, Behemoth, Camel, Celestia, Dissection, Immortal, Mastodon, Seven Impale, and Sturmkaiser.
V: Nowadays I'm listening to some progressive rock/metal artists such as King Crimson, Camel, Opeth, Devin Townsend and other various metal bands, for example Immortal, Dissection, Entombed, Agent Steel.



11.What are some of your nonmusical interests?
G: I love Cinema almost as much as I love music. At the moment I'm re-watching some classics from the German Expressionist movement and the Russian Avant-garde movement.
V: I really like reading Horror and Fantasy literature.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to thank OccultBlackMetalZine for the interview and whoever is reading our words. We advise everyone to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram for news, music and everything else.
If you’re curious about our music be sure to check out our Bandcamp, Scion is now available both in CD and Digital release.
'Till next time!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/09/vetrarnott-interview.html