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Necralant/Self Titled/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 24 novembre 2020 à 03:03

 




  Necralant  are  a  duo  from  Worcester,  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2020  album.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  lot  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  25  years  ago.  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  a  small  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  true  to  an  old  school  yet  melodic  style  and  s  the  album  progresses  a  keyboard  instrumental  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  songs.


  Necralant  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  anti  Christianity,  death  and  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Necralant  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  A  Grim  Time"  and  "Destruction  Ritual".8 out  of  10.


https://necralant.bandcamp.com/releases

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCDW05z2CrNur2RLYrMWN_KA

https://www.instagram.com/necralant_official/    


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/necralantself-titled2020-full-length.html


Nar/Blood Moon Omen/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 24 novembre 2020 à 02:08

 


  Nar  are  a  solo project  from  Malta  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  narrative  and  riff  driven  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Blood  Moon  Omen"  which  will  be  released  on  November  28th.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  voices  in  the  background  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  melodies  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Synths  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  also  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  movie  samples  and  the  recording  also  closes  with  n  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  cover  failures  of  mankind,  dysfunctions  in  the  fabric  of  society,  mythology  and  the  personal  quest  for  good  and  evil.


  In  my  opinion  Nar  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winds  Of  Decimation"  "Rabid  Earth"  and  "Under  The  Great  Eye".  8  out  of  10.


https://narmalta.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/nar.blackmetal.malta/  .        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/narblood-moon-omen2020full-length-review.html


Sacrocurse/Supreme Terror/Regain Records/2020 EP Review

lundi 23 novembre 2020 à 22:51

 


  Mexico's  Sacrocurse  have  returned  with  a  new  recording which  continues  the  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Supreme  Terror" which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Regain  Records.


  Classic  war  movie  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  style.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  modern  day  aggression  along  with  the  riffs  being  done  on  all  power  chords  and  always  sticking  to  a  very  raw  and  brutal  direction.


  On  this  recording  Sacrocurse  remains  true  to  the  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  that  they  had  established  and  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gnosticism,  Heretical,  Hell,  Chaos  and  Blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sacrocurse  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Herethical  Catharsis"  and  "From  Genesis  To  Revelations".  8  out  of  10.


 https://www.facebook.com/Sacrocurse


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/sacrocursesupreme-terrorregain.html


Imha Tarikat Interview

lundi 23 novembre 2020 à 21:45

 


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?


Hello! I am continuously working on new songs. So, after recordings for “Sternenberster” were finished and the album was handed to mix/master, I started preparing for the next album. Recordings for this one started in early October this year.


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


It still spreads the same ideal: Passion bursting with no laws! The greatest change, or let me say progress, has been on a personal level in skill and expression. Producing Sternenberster meant getting deeper into recording and learning to transcribe my thoughts with even more rousing emotions.


3.On the new album you covered psychoanalysis and dream interpretation', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics and lyrically where you influenced by the writings of Freud or Jung both of who are considered pioneers in this topic?


While in all honesty I by far am not a too well-read person in these topics, I enjoy having my share of  thoughts about them. Freud indeed was an inspiration for me within ranges however, what initially intrigued me were the philosophies of causality, which simplified are teachings about cause and effect. It helped me gaining more awareness about feelings and behaviour.


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?


Violence - Abstract Meta-Physics – Emotions -  Modified Theistic Tellings – There are no limits to it. I enjoy writing lyrics in different approaches, sometimes in rhyme schemes with kind of a ritualistic flair to them or proclamations, observations a.s.o.


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


Depicted is the Sternenberster. A being that ascended to manifestation through suffering. It is of purest devotion and determination, born to terminate every  foul star in its cosmos - A reaper of dissonance and failed ideals.


It is based on the concept of the album and was done by my friend Arturo known as Cold Poison.


6.In the beginning you started out as a solo project but over the years have also added other musicians on the recordings and session musicians for the live performances, what was the decision behind going into this direction?


I think it is just how things evolved. I still do all songwriting, but for recording tight and creative drums my skills are just not good enough. So working with a complementing session musician is the most logic move. I certainly would enjoy working with someone long-term, but my principles and demands are strict and do not allow any lacking. If I would find me not catching up to them myself one day,  for example, I would rather disband the project than destroy its intensity... 


7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


You don’t know what you will get, except it definitely will be fierce! We did not perform live a lot up to now but the most important appearance we had to me was our live-debut at Beyond the Gates Festival in Bergen. It unveiled to me a part of myself I never knew in such measures. It is like trying not to get suffocated by the rapid shift of emotions bursting out of you.


8.The band names and some of the earlier song titles have Turkish names, what role does Turkish culture play in your music?


I am proud of my heritage and origin but it always has been secondary to me, and the music itself is not driven by any personal views or cultural aspects. I enjoy experimenting with the range of possibilites I have to transmit emotions. That’s why I also wrote the whole lyrics for “Sternenberster” in German for example, a great language to form heroic and passionate words.


9.The new album was released on 'Prophecy Productions' and 'Lupus Lounge', how would you compare working with these labels to your previous labels 'Vendetta Records' and 'Terratur Possessions'?


It is quite a difference when it comes to organisation and execution. While Vendetta and Terratur Possessions are each run by one person with who you planned with everything, you suddenly find yourself talking to a dozen different people, haha. This makes working more exciting, efficient and strengthens the feeling of being part of community, especially when the people are great too. However, I definitely see myself working with DIY labels in the future again, most probably with other projects though. I highly praise their hard work and dedication  - They are the reason why underground musicians are being heard out and get a chance to grow while staying authentic to themselves. I would like to express my gratitude to Ole and Stefan at this point.


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


So far it has been highly positive. Long time friends and listeners did enjoy the musical progress in veins of previous releases and new people came joining along too. Some people also expressed to me how much the music moved them, which means everything to me. It is all I wish for; Touching hearts.


-And surely, there are people who did not enjoy it at all, which is absolutely fine. Art is a vessel of controversy.


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


There are some more releases planned for the future, lots of ideas and songs. These I definitely want to realise! Other than that: Let us just see where this path will lead us to.


12.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?


While being actively creative with Imha Tarikat I mostly try listening to music that has not too much to do with the approach of the project. To me, this makes it more genuine and creative. There is no band or music I probably would call to be a direct influence on what I do, that is just not how it works for me. But ideal-wise I can call Dissection and The Devil’s Blood as inspiring.


To name bands/musicians that come to my mind I highly enjoyed during the creative period of Sternenberster: Beast Milk, Erik Satie, Müslüm Gürsez, Ayyur, Wice and more. So I listened to a lot of different stuff. Right now I find myself intrigued by Dark Jazz and Dark Ambient.  


 


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


At war with a passionless world  -  Join us if you feel vocated to! Also, please take your time to have a listen into associate bands “Hexer” and “The Night Eternal”. Thank you for this interview.


 


 www.facebook.com/imhatarikat

www.instagram.com/imhatarikat
www.prophecy.de/artists/imha-tarikat

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/imha-tarikat-interview.html


MX/Demo I/2020 Demo Review

lundi 23 novembre 2020 à 00:13

 


  MX  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self released  2020  demo.


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats. Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  demonic  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  homemade  cassette  demo  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  raw  style.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  more  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  depressive  and  suicidal  vibe  and  most  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords.


  MX  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is very  raw  and  lo-fi  in  the  90's  demo  tape  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  German  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  MX  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mein  Reich"  "Scream"  and  "Sacrifice". 8out  of  10.


https://wolfmondproduction.bandcamp.com/album/mx-demo-i-demo  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/mxdemo-iwolfmond-production2020-demo.html