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Crest Of Darkness/The God Of Flesh/My Kingdom Music/2019 CD Review

lundi 4 novembre 2019 à 21:24

  Norway's  Crest  Of  Darkness  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The God  Of  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  Dark  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  heavy  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  keyboards  also  being  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music .

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

 The  music  also  has  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeps  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  elements  of  death,  thrash,  doom,  and  traditional  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  on  one of  their  tracks  as  well  as  giving  the  music  more  of  a  depressive  edge  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  knowledge,  spiritualism,  destruction  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crest  Of  Darkness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  God  Of  Flesh"  "The  Spawn  Of  Seth"  "Blood"  and  "Salvation  In  Hell".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/crest-of-darknessthe-god-of-fleshmy.html


Golgot Interview

lundi 4 novembre 2019 à 10:23
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Golgot is Brungard on drums, and me, Wieland, on vocals, bass and guitar. We’ve known each other for several years and we worked together on a split record with our other bands in the past already. Together we now play a sort of style-bastard that is constantly shunted between its old Black Metal mother and its depressed Doom daddy.

2. Recently you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

It’s not that easy to name particular styles and I think that I have already narrowed things down too much when mentioning Black and Doom Metal in my first answer. When writing Estrangement I: Floodline I had heard and constructed most of the structures in my mind already before finally searching those riffs on the guitar neck. Playing a certain style was not a question or a goal I set for Golgot since I have never been a huge fan of sticking to genre rules. My initial starting point was to manifest these vocal and guitar lines I had in my mind and not to form a Black Metal or Death Metal project for the sake of it.

3. The demo was also released on cassette. Do you feel this format captures the raw aggression of this musical style a lot more than the digital format that most bands have used over the last 10 or more years?

Cassette is an amazing medium for music. Hit it hot when recording and cut some sub-bass and highs and you’ll get musical analog compression and punch. Feed a badly balanced and noisy mix onto it and the tape will diffuse it even further, which can be a pleasant effect but also the reason why many people think it is an inferior medium. You have to work meticulously on the audio source and you have to maintain your recording/playback device in order to get the benefits from tape cassette. Back to your question, many bands still use cassette multitrack recorders or dictaphones but chose a digital rip of it as a means of distribution. Digital format can capture everything, it’s not telling us about the recording quality in the first place. I am fine with digital releases as accompanying medium as long as bands still put out tapes, CDs and vinyl.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Estrangement I: Floodline deals with a flood motif, as the title suggests. The flood is an archetypical element in many texts of both ancient and contemporary civilizations. In the demo’s lyrics, a fictitious group of people obeys their deity and the symbols they created for it. They take it to an extent where they worship the rotten bodies of their next of kin whom they had sacrificed to their god before. Sickened by their self-centered and power-hungry approach towards spirituality, the deity sends them a flood to wash them away. The survivors of the flood are thankful and continue with their inhumane death cult. The cult & flood plot works on many metaphorical layers, too.

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

The inspiration behind it was to find a name that is both unique and phonetically interesting to me.  A little bit influenced also by some French Légions Noires bands and their Gloatre language, I wanted to find a combination of sounds that captured the essence of the music.

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

I wanted an ink drawing and I wanted to do it myself although I cannot draw at all. The DIY approach with Golgot is really important to me so that I wouldn’t want to ask outside dudes to draw or produce stuff for us. The idea behind the snake with claw was to depict a conflict, a paradox, a metaphor, a connection to the lyrics and a catchy oddity at the same time by the help of the simplest means available.

7. 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?

I doubled up the number of members already when Brungard joined on drums and that should really be enough now.

8. One member lives in Germany while another lives in the United States, what kind of impact does this have on the musical style with the band members living in different parts of the world?

The impact of me as a non-drummer having written the drums for the first demo and then forcing Brungard to recreate the mess I had programmed lays much weightier on the outcome than the circumstance that we live in different countries. For upcoming recordings I can send all my ideas to Brungard immediately and he can play whatever he likes. Rehearsing together in one room would of course be the best way to interact musically, but it’s just not possible.

9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Working with a label would be good in the future. I’d say that’s one reason we have made the self-produced tape in the first place. To me the better way of presenting a totally unknown project is to do some self-made stuff and see what happens instead of spamming labels with emails and begging for support.

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

I really don’t know. It’s just a small tape release, no recognizable reactions. I gave the tape to three or four people close to me and those tapes that sold on Bandcamp shipped to the USA, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Israel, damn, almost every single tape shipped to a different country. So, approximately 30 people spread around the globe happen to know this thing. 

11. When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I haven’t thought about the future yet but I will start thinking about riffs for another demo quite soon. I am quite sure that new material is going to be similar to the title track of the first demo.

12. 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?

I listen to all kinds of Metal really and some stuff from outside the realms of Metal, too. Next to me right now are some recently played LPs as follows: Deathrow – Riders of Doom, Led Zeppelin – II, Blue Öyster Cult – Agents of Fortune, Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Sahb Stories & Next, Zom – Demo 2011, Ulver – Bergtatt & Nattens Madrigal, Undergang – Den Dobbelte Grav EP & Holocaust – Inside the Power Cage compilation.
Stylistic influences on Golgot I would say are second wave European Black Metal for the coldness, twisted US stuff like Von or Goatlord for the brutality and inspiration to experiment with playing and production but also recent bands (Finnish bands in this case) like Ride for Revenge or Oksennus that demonstrate that you can still do something fresh. 

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

Thanks for taking time and sending these questions. 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/golgot-interview.html


Morkvind Interview

samedi 2 novembre 2019 à 21:57
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?



Mörkvind is a folk black metal band, born from the spirit of the north mountains, solitude and long walks in the woods. It is ideal for walks in the hard lands surrounded by nature. We sing in Swedish, we are anchored in the northern pagan tradition of which we are proud.

 

2.So far you have released 2 albums, musically how do they both differ from each other?



The first publication is our demo, we wanted to try something new. Then we decided to change the style of voice in the release of the first debut album "Myrkviðr". We believe this is our best sound now.



3.So far you have released your music on Spotify or SoundCloud format, are there any plans into expanding into mp3's or physical format?



we would like to print in physical, cd or vinyl format. but for the moment we are waiting to find a good distribution partner.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?



We talk about pain and loneliness, trips in the woods and dreams in the mountains. Metaphors of our daily life. Walking on the difficult mountain trails can teach you what the difficulty is. During our travels we discover the elements of nature and the associated pagan runic tradition.



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



Means "dark wind”. This name is inspired by the cold wind that blows through the woods at night.



6.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?



We think it will remain a duo, there may be collaborations in the future, but I don't think of new entries in line up.



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



Our music liked. It can be appreciated less by those who love more extreme sounds. We understand it. Black metal fans have very strict parameters, but I think that today there are many shades of black metal compared to the 90s.



8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



We received some proposals, but we have not signed with anyone. We are waiting to find the right label

 

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



We hope to still create music that excites. We don't care about success, we don't mind selling.

We want to create something unique.We hope to succeed in this.



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



Nowadays there are many bands than in the past. I very much appreciate Myrkur, Skáld and other artists like them. But I owe everything to my idols always Satyricon, Darkthrone and Bathory, for example. As styles, we appreciate classic black metal, as well as the new folk pagan ambient music.



11.How would you describe your views on Paganism?



I see paganism as one of the most ancient religions, rich in wisdom and unfortunately lost over time. I believe it is a real contact with the land that surrounds us. I am glad that in recent years there has been a rediscovery of it.



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



Thanks for this interview. I thank everyone who appreciates our band and our music. We don't do it for money, but only for passion. Continue to follow us, there will be other publications next year.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/morkvind-interview.html


AntroNero Interview

samedi 2 novembre 2019 à 21:39
AntroNero were born in the summer of 2015, from the minds of Massimiliano Aragona and Francesco Liberti, both former members of Animvs Infirmvs. Starting from the latter’s Black Metal origins, they decide to work together once again after years of separation, while remaining for various issues an under study project. And because of that, it’s only in the spring of 2017 that their namesake first EP comes out, with four original tracks and also a tribute song to Animvs Infirmvs themselves. The EP proposes a Black Metal tainted by various personal influence. Right after, although with some difficulties, the two of them start working on what will be their first LP. While they waited, they release the singles “Ego” and “Aldilà Dei Remoti Confini” (which anticipate a separation from the EP) and a cover of “La ballata degli impiccati”, a tribute to the genovese singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André. In the spring of 2019 the long-awaited LP “Bagliori nel buio” finally comes out. Twelve unreleased tracks, in which they unleashed all of their stylistic influence, making it, in fact, a hard-to-define album.
On october 31st of the same year they published a new tribute, this time to Nerorgasmo
A three tracks Medley In which their distinctive mark meets the nihilism proper of the Turin-based  band.

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
AntroNero is the result of two conflicting yet complementary minds
On the one hand the will to draw inspiration from classical metal archetypes, on the other the need to seek our own distinctive mark, calling upon each other’s musical influences
Based on that, we find in our Italian mother tongue the means to give the highest expression to our characters, identities, not to mention our styles

2.So far you have released one ep and one full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?
  The EP stemmed from the decision to take the studio project path, in contrast with the previous intents to form a band
The LP further stressed such concept by bringing about the features, ideas and criteria that were only suggested in the EP

3.The band formed out of the ashes of 'Animvs  Informvs', what was the cause of breaking up that band to form a new one?
3animvs infirmvs introduced us in the world of black metal several were the circumstances, ideas, and  issues which led us to the breaking point it tore us apart in the same way it  brought us together
but chance has made us meet again several years later so we decided to create a new project, although remaining attached to what has been the adolescent chapter of our mutual connection

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
4The project deals with different topics, among which : introspection, stance-taking, existential discomfort, melancholy, misanthropy , fear, disorientation, alienation, and so forth

5.I know that the bands name means 'black cave/hole' in Italian, how does that name fit in with the musical style that you play?
 Among the many, this one seemed to us the most appropriate

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

It perfectly coincides with the lyrics of the track “ Bagliori Nel Buio”

7.Currently there are only 2 members in te band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
 Despite the struggle to find new members, we do not exclude the possibility to become a fully-fledged band


8.So far you have worked with 'L.F Records' and 'Vacula Productions' on getting your material released, do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
LF records started just for fun, in fact either the EP and the LP were recorded at Francesco Liberti’s house

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Despite soft, our approach with the public has been after all positive

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?
Currently Francesco Is committed only to AntroNero
With regards to Massimilano, he is engaged in a one man band project called Aramas, which means Aragona Massimiliano and refers back to the concepts emphasized  by AntroNero

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Actually we don’t know, but as long as the circumstances will allow us to do so, we’re going to try to express through the music what we are

12.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?
The multiple musical influences which allow us to vary every track, although sticking to our distinctive mark, are due to the fact that we don’t draw on any precise genre or band
As one may notice when listening to the album, our style ranges from the Black Metal motif, to the more melodic Heavy Metal, and from the darkest and sinister riff to the glowing, melodic sounds

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
we will continue to work in the shade 


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/antronero-interview.html


Irillion/Fatanyu/Februus Metal Productions/2019 EP Review

samedi 2 novembre 2019 à 08:52

  Irillion  are  a  duo  with  members  from  Venezuela  and  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  their  music  style  moving  from  an  instrumental  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style  and  going  and  going  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "Fatanyu".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of   early 90's  influences.

  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.  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  On  this  recording  Irrillion  introduces  vocals  into  their  music  and  goes  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  old  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Irillion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Meneltarma".  8 out  of  10.

https://irillion.bandcamp.com/album/fatanyu        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/irrillionfatanyafebruus-metal.html