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Feral Lord/Purity Of Corruption/Vargheist Records/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 16 juillet 2021 à 05:25

 


  Feral  Lord  are  a  duo  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  a  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Purity  Of  Corruption"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Vargheist  Records.


  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  are  also  very  dissonant  sounding.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  technical  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  Feral  Lord  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  dissonant  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  beauty  in  darkness,  the  strength  in  evil  and  the  purity  of  corruption.


  In  my  opinion  Feral  Lord  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Undead  Warlord"  and  "Chasm  Of  Horror"  and  "In  The  realm  Of  The  Feral  Lord".  8  out  of  10.


 https://metaldevastationradio.com/thebeast/blog/14992/new-promo-feral-lord-purity-of-corruption-dissonant-black-metal


    


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/feral-lordpurity-of-corruptionvargheist.html


Krossfyre Interview

vendredi 16 juillet 2021 à 02:26

 

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



The process of recording this time has been really long for different reasons. The album was finally finished almost one year ago and right now we are focused on promoting it a bit. We've never rehearsed for the sake of it, and actually now it's virtually impossible, so this release is our present and closest future.



2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of July, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?



I think the structures are less crazy and it is overall more concise, more packed. More Heavy Metal, if you know what I mean. For the EP we just improvised riffs while drinking and tried to make them work together, that's what it has some weird shit on it. This time we brought ideas for whole songs already made, so we just had to fix some arrangements, and tried to not have 35 minutes of music that sounds the same all the time. That's why the sound is just a bit less dirty in the mix too.



3.This is also your first release since 2017, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during the time frame?



As I said we started to record it in the summer of 2018, by then it was the only chance we had to have the drums done. Our bass player and singer decided to leave the band around that time, in good terms though, and we had to call in out long time friend L.O. to fill the vocal duties while I took care of the bass in the studio. Anyway, it delayed the whole process more than what we wanted, that's why it took a bit too long between releases.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?



Fire, pain, chains, knifes, bombs, destruction... we're guys with a lot of interests. As I said we used to write in a really chaotic way when J.G. and me started the band, mainly because we didn't really knew what we wanted or if it was going to work in any way, we ended up wasted instead of playing most of the time actually. For this recording the rehearsals were as destructive as before but we had songs and a direction to follow already.



5.All of the band members are also involved with other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Krossfyre', that you are not able to do with your other groups?



I'd say we all love good dark melodies in our metal, we're involved in different bands and all of them have that. We wanted to mix fast and primitive riffs with dark and primitive melodies over them.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Krossfyre'?



We took it from a Katharsis song, it fitted with the concept and style of the band.



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



The idea for the cover was in our minds even before having any song for an album. I talked about it with Cintia Mars, the photographer that made it, she liked the idea and we made it happen. She did a great job, better than we could have wished for. I'm pretty sure if we did it ourselves it'd have been a fucking unusable disaster. Also, the layout was also made by our former bass player Alex at Heresie Graphics.



8.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?



We had a couple of offers to play but we couldn't make it because we had gigs with other bands already. Right now the idea of playing live is fucked up for everybody anyway.



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



I think it has been mainly positive, even if I don't follow every single review or anything like that. But releasing with Hells Headbangers has been cool since the beginning too to reach more people.



10.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?



We had a lot of plans with Graveyard that went down the toilet because of the virus, but we'll have news soon, and we're also supposed to play in festivals next year. Balmog just released a fucking great record, EVE, check it out! I think JF has been busy with Körgull the Exterminator too, and probably has done something else this last year. JG joined Proscrito and I think they were rehearsing new songs with Morbid Flesh, and LO and me are working with the Avlivad guys on new songs



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



We haven't talk about it. Since it has never been a really active band, in the sense of playing live or rehearsing a lot, we will take it as it comes. Anyway I'm pretty sure if we make new stuff won't sound like Marillion or Yes haha. It'll be the same kind of shit for sure.



12.What bands or musical styles are the band members listening to these days?



I don't know about the other guys, we all are huge fans of 70s and 80s Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. If we are together I'm sure we're going to end up at 5am listening to Malmsteen and Whitesnake. Lately I've been listening a lot to my old punk albums, GBH, Circle Jerks, UK Subs, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, Dead Boys... stuff like that.



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



You can contact us here krossfyre.bandcamp.com  to send death threats!  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/krossfyre-interview.html


Hladomrak/Archaic Sacrifice/Non Serviam Records/2021 CD Review

mercredi 14 juillet 2021 à 05:42

 


  Hladomrak  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Luciferian  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Archaic  Sacrifice"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Non  Serviam  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Nordic  style  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording,  most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  more  of  a  modern  style  that  shows  an  influence  of  the  old  school  era.


  Hladomrak  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  modern  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  Talon's  Fall  Division,  Luciferianism  and  the  Dark  Side  Of  Nature  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hladomrak  are  a  very  great  sounding  Luciferian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Zinew"  "Saith"  and  "Port  End".  8  out  of  10.


www.hladomrak.band

https://www.facebook.com/Hladomrak www.hladomrak.bandcamp.com 

https://youtu.be/NuJDxEN3rfc  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/hladomarkarchaic-sacrificenon-serviam.html


Death Embrace/Unholy Trinity/2021 Demo Review

mercredi 14 juillet 2021 à 03:25

 


  Death  Embrace  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  vampyric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  demo  "Unholy  Trinity".


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  demo  which  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  tortured  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.'


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  has  its  ritualistic  moments  and  demonic  sounding  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampiris,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Death  Embrace  are  a  very  great  sounding  vampyric  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical g enre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heretic...Act  Of  Faith"  and  "Summer  Ashes".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/death-embraceunholy-trinity2021-demo.html


Dantalion Interview

mercredi 14 juillet 2021 à 02:34

 

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

Hi! I'm Brais, guitarist for the band. Well, we finished the mixes and the master of the album last February and we have been at a standstill  for several months due to the pandemic. Now, little by little we are returning to normality and we hope that at the end of the year we will be able to present this latest work live.


2.You have a new album coming out during the end of July, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

This album is really a return to the past, to the early years of Dantalion. We went through a more doom stage that passed through our 5th and 6th albums, but with this last album we have returned to our roots, which are Black Metal.


3.The band started out playing black metal before evolving into more of doom/death metal direction while the new music sees the band returning back to black metal, what was the decision behind changing musical styles in the past and what was it that made you return back to a black metal style with the new release?

The band is 17 years old, it is many years, and although Black Metal has never left our heads, we went through some stage where we were experimenting with other more "calm" styles, such as Doom or Death. But a few years ago we decided to go back to our origins, to Black Metal, which is what we do best, and adding all the experience we have when composing, I think we have done our best work.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

Our lyrics, in all our albums, are focused towards death, we really are a monothematic group when it comes to lyric. It is true that in each album we develop a different aspect on the theme of death. We are not interested in politics, religion or other issues.


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

It was just a name that we liked when we started. Dantalion is a demon who seeks to destroy the good in people. He can manipulate the thoughts of all men and women.


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

In the artwork we try to represent the importance of death in our lives, and that journey that goes from when you are born to when you die, with all the darkness that exists during that process. The cover reflects a person when he reaches his eternal rest, when he finally leaves.


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

Honestly, we are a band that plays very little live, since we started in 2004 we have always focused on studio work, hence we are editing our 8th album in 17 years... But during these years we did a lot of live shows, and there are some that were unforgettable, such as the 3 times we went to the Basque Country, Barcelona, ​​Madrid… And of course a special mention to the concerts in Portugal, because every time we go to the neighboring country the welcome and the energy they transmit there is brutal.


8.With the pandemic easing up and more bands returning to the live stage, do you have any plans for any live shows later this year?

Of course, our idea is to present the new work at the end of this year, as long as the conditions are normal, if not, we will wait. And then continue presenting it in different festivals that want to have us. We always present our albums in our city, Vigo, it is something we have been doing since our beginning.


9.The new album is going to be released on 'Darkwoods', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The opportunity to work with Darkwoods came on our previous album, "The Seventh Wandering Soul". It is a humble label, like everyone we have worked with, but the highlight of Darkwoods is the close treatment and communication (it helps that it is a Spanish label), and above all it is a label that has always bet very strongly on us. We are very happy with Dani and Darkwoods, he is a great guy, and apart from that he also makes all the artwork!


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

Although we are a small band, I think we have a certain recognition, and there are many people who follow us all over the world, since our beginnings. It is gratifying to see how many followers all of our albums have. We do not pretend to be a rock star, simply transmit emotions with our music, in this case through Black Metal.


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

Well, almost all of us are or were immersed in other projects:

I just released my first solo album with my project called Lowmist, entitled "Supreme Nature", Naemoth recorded countless things for other bands (Empty, Lowmist), he is a member of Adonai, and he was the drummer of Witchfire. Sanguinist has another band called Arkham. Natnof also plays bass in a band called Lethal Vice, and Vorgh played in Witchfire.


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

I don't think anything will change in the future, our idea is to keep making albums for as long as we can. As the years go by, I think playing live will be more complicated, since now we ask for some minimum conditions to be able to develop our shows. But we will continue to record albums, for sure.


13.What are you listening to nowadays?

I like to review the discographies of my favorite groups, which are especially Black and Doom (Wolves in the Throne Room, Drudkh, Burzum, Bathory, Nehema, October Tide...), music that transmits you and that helps you compose and open the mind. Also from time to time I listen to new bands and new works, and some pleasant surprises. Although in these times we have a problem of saturation of countless bands, and of hundreds of albums every day, but it is the time that we have to endure.


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

I hope the fans like our new album "Time to Pass Away", and thank you very much for the support and the interview!

Best regards! 

facebook: www.facebook.com/dantalion.metalband
instagram: www.instagram.com/dantalion_official
youtube: www.youtube.com/dantalionband
bandcamp: dantalion.bandcamp.com


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/dantalion-interview.html