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Isenordal/Lughnasadh MMXVII/Hangman Recordings/Demo Review

vendredi 27 octobre 2017 à 03:00


  Isenordal  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of black  metal,  funeral  doom  and  neo-folk  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  an  acoustic  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Lughnasadh"  which  was  released  by  Hangman  Recordings.

  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  female  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  some  stringed  instruments  and  chamber  music  elements  and grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  no  traditional metal  instruments  are  ever  utilized.

  On  this  recording  Isendoral  go  for  more  of  a  neo  folk  style  while  still  also  having  a  slight  touch  of  black  metal  in   the  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Isendoral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk  with  a  touch  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dissolution  Into  The  Earth".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/isenordallughnasadh-mmxviihangman.html


Malefic Leviathan/The Ancient Plague/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 EP Review

vendredi 27 octobre 2017 à 01:08

 Malefic  Leviathan  are  a  duo  from  Fresno,  California  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war,  and  death  metal  with  some  grindcore  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Ancient  Plague"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with some  bestial  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  elements  of  grindcore  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sounding. 

  Malefic  Leviathan  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  takes  them  into  a  very  raw  and  bestial  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malefic  Leviathan  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  bestial  sounding mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Warlord  Rites"  and  "The  Black  Wind".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/malefic-leviathanthe-ancient.html


Batrakos/Aisna/Xenoglossy Productions/2017 Split CD Review

vendredi 27 octobre 2017 à 00:04

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Batrakos  and  Aisna  which  was  released  by  Xenoglossy  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Batrakos  a band  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  noise.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  black  metal  vocals  can  be  heard  in  the  background  along  with  experimental  sounds  also  getting  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  You  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  while  the  second  track  is  an  instrumental  experimental  noise  song,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  contemporary  art  and  Dadaism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Batrakos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Le  Beau  Est  Mort".

  Next  up  is  Aisna  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style

  Throughout  his  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Etruscan  Culture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aisna  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hintail  Terasials".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  black  metal  and  noise.  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/batrakosaisnaxenoglossy-productions2017.html


Dauþuz Interview

jeudi 26 octobre 2017 à 21:42
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



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Aragonyth: At the beginning of 2016, when things with other bands were taking shape rather slowly and I got more and more frustrated, I started to work on some ideas that would not have fit in my other bands anyway, so this frustration led to the founding of Dauþuz. Although I recorded everything by myself, I knew that I was in need of a good singer, so I sent two or three rough sketches to Syderyth who instantly liked what he was listening to. So Dauþuz was born and the debut was recorded and released in just a few months.



2.So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?



Aragonyth: It’s always hard to describe your own music. I would say it’s powerful, yet raw-ish and melodic Black Metal with undertones of melancholy; sometimes we pursue rather a hateful approach. The first record was kind of a collection of unused riffs and ideas. Not that it was completely aimless, but I think what you can hear on the second record is the result of the quest we undertook with the first record. “Die Grubenmähre” is more homogeneous, more “Dauþuz”.



3.Your lyrics cover historical mining, can you tell us a little bit more about this topic?



Syderyth: The concept of the lyrics is based on old traditional mining in Germany and Europe through all centuries. The lyrics are filled with German mining terminology, some real historical stories and some fairies. They also tell about some archaic mining work processes. I figured Black Metal to be dark, cold, painful and mining is all this. It’s fitting perfectly to this music genre. It is boring for me to write about the same things everyone else does, like Satan, demons, war and other standard Black Metal themes. Mining is something special and new there. It is really more mysterious than imaginary demons or so.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Daupuz'?



Aragonyth: “Dauþuz” is Germanic for “death”, so the meaning should be pretty obvious, haha. I always liked the sound of that name, so it was a quite quick choice.



Syderyth: I see above, you write DauPuz. It is written DAU”Þ”UZ. This is the old letter “þ” (TH), originated from the Germanic rune “Thurisaz”. Today “þ” is only used in the Icelandic alphabet/language. In the past it was also used in Old-English and Old-High-German. A little example. Write the name of the thundergod “Thor” like “Por”. Por was the son of Oden… not, haha.



5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you choose to remain a duo?



Aragonyth: Not as a studio-band, no. Dauþuz works just fine the way it is. Both of us have been “stigmatized” by slow-working band-members in several other projects, so it’s just perfect to have a band consisting of members who are dedicated and productive. When it comes to possible future live gigs we would of course have session members. Nothing more, nothing less.



6.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?



Aragonyth: Schattenthron, another band both of us took part in, released a final MCD called “Qwell der Verderbniß” earlier this year, but the band split-up in the final stages of releasing it. Seelenfrost released a full-length in early 2017 and is currently kind of on hold. It might take some time to figure out where the future lies. Idhafels is currently working on a re-recording of the “Procecy of the Seeress”-trilogy, but things are taking shape quite slowly; as usual, haha!



Syderyth: My main band is Wintarnaht. There I write all lyrics in Old-High-German and write all music by myself since 1997. Temporarily it was a real Band with other members and live-members. From 201-2017 we played live, but this is history now. A new band I founded this year is Isgalder. It will be in vein of Bathory or Mayhemic Truth, but with more keyboards and atmosphere. If I feel the lust, I sometimes record Death Metal for my first band Morial. And I do the vocals for Newun, a Pagan Metal project and Vicious Sea, which plays Melodic Doom.



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



Aragonyth: For a rather new band we can be pretty satisfied how things are working out. The debut-CD “In finstrer Teufe” sold pretty well and the pre-order for the upcoming sophomore album “Die Grubenmähre” is exceeding our own expectation so far.



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



Aragonyth: We’ll see, we have a couple other songs about 60% done and will be released as an MCD somewhere in 2018 I guess. Besides that we are always collecting material, inspiration and ideas for possible other releases. There are loose talks about another MCD with a rather different approach and of course a third full-length, but both possible releases lay way ahead. We are not done yet, rest assured!



9.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?



Syderyth: There are too much to list them here. 90s Black Metal is still one of my favourites. And I still listen to this primilary today. I won´t name some Bands, but there are a few new bands I listen to. Also to acoustic and “native” music.



Aragonyth: Same here, there simply is too much to list. I also listen to Black Metal mainly, but also to several other Metal/Rock/Grunge/Alternative bands, since that’s where my musical interest started decades ago. All in all a good mixture of old and new bands.



10.How would you describe your views on Paganism?



Syderyth: Pagan religions are not a theme in Dauþuz and it will not be. My private view is easy. I do not like the common view on this, with gods, great halls and so on... I believe in what I see and this is pure Nature, I prefer a non-theistic paganism. With praying and begging you cannot achieve nothing. Deeds are the only way. The only God is Nature and we are a part of it. Everyone is his own god. I refer myself more to an older, archaic paganism.



Aragonyth: There is nothing to add here!



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



Syderyth: History and several more things...



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



Syderyth: No. Thanks for the interest in Dauþuz and take a listen to our music.




Regards,
A.S. on behalf of DAÞUZ

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/dauuz-interview.html


Hetman/Sewn From The Ashes Book/Svarga Music/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 26 octobre 2017 à 20:55

  Hetman  are  a  solo  project  from Ukraine  that  plays  a  folk  and  ethnic  influenced  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Sewn  From  The  Ashes  Book"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Svarga  Music.

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  angry  black  metal  screams  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  as  well  as  having  their  clean  and  melodic  moments  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts..

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  use  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  when  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  are  utilized  they  add  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  parts  of  songs add  in  touches  of  ethnic  music.

  Hetman  plays  a  style  of pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  epic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  and ethnic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover    Ukrainian,  Ethnic  and  Worldwide  Literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hetman  are  a  very  great  sounding  ethnic  and  folk  influenced  pagan/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Gateway"  "Remember  Who  We  Are"  and  "To  The  Heart  Of  Everyone".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/hetmansewn-from-ashes-booksvarga.html