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Kenos/Inner Rituals/BloodCrown Records/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 23:46

  Kenos  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Inner  Rituals"  which  was  released  by  BloodCrown  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  deep  yet  grim  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion,  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  thrash  influence and  the  vocals  also add  in  a  couple  of  black  metal  screams.

  Kenos  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  the  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  gives  the  mores  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  philosophical  and  mythological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kenos  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  mixture  of  black,  doom,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Atlantis"  and  "Shackles'.  8  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/kenosinner-ritualsbloodcrown.html


None/Life Has Gone On Long Enough/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 22:36

  None  are  a  duo  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Life  has  Gone  On  Long  Enough"  which  will  be  released in  April  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  while  acoustic guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  before going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic direction  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  cascadian  and  post  rock  elements  can  be  heard  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "Illa  Tibandi".

  None  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  while  also  keeping  everything  in  a  slower  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  misery,  grief  and  alcoholism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  None  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  World,  Dead  And  Gray"  "Corroded"  and  "Life  Is  Long  Enough".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/nonelife-has-gone-on-long.html


Servants Of The Apocalyptic Goat Rave/Queen Of Darkness/Tartarus Records/2018 Cassette Review

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 21:13

  Servants  Of  The  Apocalyptic  Goat  Rave  are  a  duo  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  breakcore,  gabba,  rave,  ambient  and  soundscape  music  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2018  album  "Queen  of  Darkness"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Tartarus  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  before  going  into  more  of  a  harsher  gabba  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  programmed  beats  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  brutality  and  synths  are  also  a  huge  part  of  the  music.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  programmed  blast  beats  while  the  music  manages  to  capture  the  raw  aggression  of  black  metal  with  the  electronics  along  with  some  guitar  riffing  still  being  utilized  as  well  as  spoken  word  samples  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Servants  Of  The  Apocalyptic  Goat  Rave  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  breakcore,  gabba,  rave,  and  ambient  soundscapes  and  mixes  them  together  to  create something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Servants  Of  The  Apocalyptic  Goat  Rave  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  electronic  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Worship"  "Kali  Rises"  and "Mortal  Bodies'.  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/servants-of-apocalyptic-goat-ravequeen.html


Ezov Interview

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 19:03
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
T: We started in 2015, with minor ambitions which grow over time playing black/death/extreme metal, with other subtle influences from other genres. Currently it’s just the two of us, with me on drums and E on guitar and bass. We share the burden of the vocal performances.

2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
E: NPU covers some initial ground, representing some early material that we’ve been playing more or less from day one. There’s more material from then, but it doesn’t hold the same enjoyment for us to play anymore so it hasn’t been included. We’re basically a studio band, so in a way the demo’s two different sides represents the two sides of the band; the A-side is the ‘studio’ aspect while the B-side portrays a raw cut from our rehearsals, just us, a few mics and stuck in a small room.

Stylistically, we seek to mix arrangements, moving from fast, chaotic riffing to creating atmospheric soundscapes through longer, more repetitive sections.

T: The NPU tape represents raw production and big soundscapes, where maybe not every single note is distinct, but the emphasis is on the atmospheric wall of sound that the arrangements produces.

3.Your lyrics cover metaphysics, philosophy, theology and biology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
E: The world is a fascinating place and there´s so many minuet, chaotic events that occur. It´s only natural that the lyrics will cover a wide variety of topics. Personally, I find symbolism to be immensely interesting, not so much for what they 'represent', but for the representations which we attribute to them. In a similar fashion, I pay great tribute to the idea expressed by Linnæus - Omnia mirari etiam tritissima - so often the lyrics become a way of conceptualizing these acts, occurrences or calamities.

T: One may also add that historical events offer another source of inspiration. The acts of man, throughout history, can be interesting in how it delves into, or reveal aspects of, human nature and opens for interesting ideas.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ezov'?
T: The name of the band refers to a plant, or herb, used in religious rituals. To a degree the name refers to some recurring themes and inspirational topics of the lyrics. However, as the plant is said to have a variety of properties and used in several ways, such as within healing and cleansing, in a similar manner, so does it represent the band. We try not limit the music to any one topic nor our understanding of what music should sound like and push our abilities as musicians, even though we still operate within a specific genre. Simply put, the name refers to the multiplicity of ambition of the project in the sense that it emphasizes how we try to widen the instrumental and lyrical properties of the band.

5.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?
E: We´ve made some attempts at expanding the members, but that´s predominantly been a disappointment in my opinion. Early on when we only rehearsed we had a bassist, but he left after a while; there was nothing personal in this case, just differences in commitments and desires. But in general, there´s so much that needs to align; musical vision and desires obviously, ability to some extent, availability... But then there also needs to be a level of camaraderie, this is vitally important. Find someone else who is right and it can be liberating, opening for a new level of musicality and creativity; bring someone else onboard who shouldn´t be there in the first place, and it´ll just destroy the dynamic – of course, some degree of ‘destruction’ can also be creative, but that´s usually a different type. Basically, there´s always a trade-off. We’ll see if we find someone, but until then the duo suits us well.

6.The demo was also released in physical format by War Productions, are you happy with the support you have received from this label so far?
E: Certainly. We´ve had a good working relationship with War Productions on the release of the demo and look forward to cooperating on more projects in the future. It´s always enjoyable to encounter individuals who do what they do with a passion, and as for WP, this shows in the level of commitment even to untested bands, so we appreciate that.

7.The musical project has been around since 2015 but you waited until 2018 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
E: In the beginning the band started off as a side-project to give some creative release from the normal routines. We both have other commitments in life and so music is always, unfortunately, dependent on time. Releasing material was never the initial ambition, but as we´ve continued rehearsing and writing material we´ve come to realize that we can, and have wanted to, do more with Ezov, so we´re only letting it develop naturally as time goes along.

I think it’s only natural too that in the beginning, there’s more exploration to see what you can do and what you want to do. Then, with time things begin to take form and you start to collect and condense into a more coherent sound; you keep what you want and do away with the material which doesn’t resonate with you. NPU represents some of the material which we’ve been playing from the start which still does that.

T: In the beginning we shared our rehearsal space with a variety of other bands, which were as frustrating as interesting experience. In 2016 we got our own rehearsal space, which mark an important turning point for the band, since it gave us the ability to record our own material and come and go as we desired. This is also when we recorded NPU and the material for the coming full length.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
E: We´re still a relatively ‘young’ band, the demo is quite newly released and we aren´t notorious for having a marketing strategy, so I doubt our reach has spread that far. However, now that we´ve got some material out – and more on the way – that may change. Sometimes however, its more satisfying when you realize, years later, that you have a small ‘following’ in some small god-forgotten place you´ve never heard off. Anyway, so far, the feedback we have gotten has been quite positive. It's usually good for ones ego to see how other people interpret what you do, be it good or bad.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
E: We actually have a full length sitting around and waiting to be released, we´re just looking for the right time to do it. Currently, we´re in the midst of recording a couple of tracks for an EP and are slowly starting to write and compile new music for future releases too. Musically we both like to experiment, push our musical abilities and incorporate ‘oddities’ into our music. Music becomes more interesting when there are small, hidden nuances buried inside, things you only notice even after you think you ‘know’ a song; that's the ambition at least. Develop and create. The coming material continues and furthers certain qualities which are in line with some of the demo material. One of the rehearsal tracks are fleshed out with full orchestration, so to say. I think one can notice that there's a progression, musically, which is only natural.


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?
E: Both of us listen to a wide variety of music and we draw inspiration from various sources. There are many very good bands out there, not just within metal, which inspire in one way or another. Classical music figured heavily in my upbringing, something I´m much more appreciative of now for example. Even if I don’t enjoy certain genres, most music has elements which catch my attention and which I appreciate.

T: This sort of question is just as interesting as they can be hazardous to the music. Since depending on how you answer them, it can either limit the listeners interpretation and experience of the music or enhance it. That stated influence becomes a lens through which the listener views the music. Thus, people tend to sometimes read in more, or less, depending on what influence you state. This can also become true when you tell about your own personal background. I can sometimes be inspired by a minor detail of what other artists are doing, but at the same time neglect a lot of other aspect. Thus, when we create music the influences can come from a variety of places, and not just music, so it can become hard to pinpoint just one source of inspiration.

11.What are some of your non-musical interests?
E/T: Most of them are musical in nature.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
E: Thanks for the time and the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/ezov-interview.html


Draugr Interview

vendredi 16 mars 2018 à 18:58
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


We are a black metal duo from Finland. I had an idea about starting a band for a while and in the Winter of 2016 we finally got together and played our first rehearsals. We had known each other for a while and we shared a common interest in black metal. We play black metal the traditional way, the way it’s supposed to be.


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


Our first demo ‘Forgotten Realms’ was crafted very hastily. The final recordings were done on the first few tries and we didn’t have a microphone at the time so we had to use Tony’s phone to record. When writing ‘Dimensions of Hades’ we took a little more time with the songs and had access to a microphone this time. The mixing and mastering was done by the great VK through Iron Bonehead Productions, which of course helped a lot. Musically both demos are very simple and to the point and we like to keep it that way.


3.On both of the recordings, your lyrics covered a lot of Satanic, Occult and Anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts and left hand path philosophies?


I worship the dark energy all around us that some call Satan. I firmly believe that to gain true strength and knowledge a man must become one with this dark energy. I despise all abrahamic religions for the lies they spread. True mental and physical strength is not achievable through organized religion, but through the willpower of an individual. We stand against God and His feeble followers.


4.I know that the band was named after an undead creature in Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Draugr as a band name is a hail to all those who preserve the true northern heritage. We recognize the importance of our true ancestor’s culture and we are prepared to fight against those who try to take it away from us.


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


We have been toying with the idea of recruiting a bass player or another guitarist. This is not relevant to us at the moment but we might expand our ranks in the future.


6.The new demo was also released on cassette through 'Iron Bonehead Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?


We contacted a lot of labels through email in hopes of finding one to release our demo and as you can expect we mostly just got completely ignored. Iron Bonehead was the first label to answer back and ask for promos and they were convinced enough in the material to release it on their label. They were great people to work with and I hope we can continue our partnership in the future.


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


Despite being released on a relatively large label we haven’t yet gotten much attention. The feedback we have gotten has been very positive though.


8.Are any of the band members currently or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects?


Our guitarist Tony has been dabbling in neofolk alongside Draugr but he’s yet to release anything as far as I know. Draugr is our main focus for now.


9.Your music is very heavily rooted in the 90's style. what are your thoughts on the modern style of black metal?


I think a lot of today’s black metal music is still influenced by old bands. We appreciate all the bands who keep it true. There’s nothing wrong in inventing new stuff but you can’t make good black metal without listening to the old greats first.


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


We are constantly writing new material. Right now we are planning on releasing another demo, but if we get access to proper recording equipment who knows what might come out. We are still musically going in the same direction as with the first two demos. We have learned a lot while making these two demos and I like to believe that the third release will be even better.


11.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?


We are very directly influenced by the classic Norwegian bands, especially Darkthrone and Burzum. We also listen to a lot of the proto-black metal that is bands like Bathory, Hellhammer, Tormentor, etc… Our motherland has been producing a lot of great black metal as well and we can not deny their influence. Eternal hails to the likes of Satanic Warmaster and Goatmoon. There is also a lot of new bands popping up especially in the Finnish black metal scene creating a lot of great, evil music. I follow the Finnish black metal scene very closely and try to give everything I can the support they deserve.


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


Hail Satan and fuck the Christ! Keep spreading Finnish black metal propaganda!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/draugr-interview.html