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Schattenfall/Das Verderben/Redefining Darkness Records/Wolfspell Records/2020 EP Review

mardi 4 février 2020 à 09:43

  Germany's  Schattenfall  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Das  Verderben"  which  will  be  released  on  February  28th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Redefining  Darkness  and  Wolfspell  Records.

  Powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  avant  garde  elements.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  fast  playing  and  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Schattenfall  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  as  well  as  adding  in  some  avant  garde  touches  to  take  their  style  to  another  level.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  are  based  upon  poems  written  by  Goethe,  Heine  and  Benn".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Schattenfall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Der  Schiffbruchige".  8  out  of  10.

PREORDER CD / Digital
Redefining Darkness Records ( U.S.)
Wolfspell Records (Europe)

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/schattenfalldas-verderbenredefining.html


Nimbifer/Demo II/2020 Demo Review

mardi 4 février 2020 à 08:23

  Nimbifer  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  demo  "Demo II".

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  demo  being  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  distorted  amp  noises.  Some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords  and  avoids  the  use  of  any  melody  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Numbifer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nimbifer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Im  Dickicht".  8  out  of  10.

https://nimbifer.bandcamp.com/album/demo-ii 

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/nimbiferdemo-ii2020-demo-review.html


Sicarius/God Of Dead Roots/M-Theory Audio/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 3 février 2020 à 21:14

  Sicarius  are  a  band  from  Inland  Empire,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  chaotic  form  of  old  school  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "God  OfDead  Roots"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  M-Theory  Audio.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  has  it's  roots  in  the  90's  era.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  modern  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks. and  they  also  close  the  album  with  a  hidden  track  cover  of  Bathory's  "Raise  The  Dead".


  On  this  recording  Sicarius  remains  true  to  the  chaotic  and  old  school  black  metal  style  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  war,  terror,  murder,  death  worship,  darkness,  paganism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sicarius  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  chaotic  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "BIA"  "Nekromanteia"  "Pagan  Vestige(s)"  and  "Tombs".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/sicariusblackmetal/ 

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/sicariusgod-of-dead-rootsm-theory.html


Bolg Interview

lundi 3 février 2020 à 20:08
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Тhe band was formed in 2003 in a small town, called Radomir. The black metal wasn't popular there back then, but we wanted to have the band. In the first year of our existence we created a split album together with another Bulgarian band - Exile. The basic idea of Bolg was to be a very old school BM band with raw sound, but in the end we have found another path for our music.
In 2018 you had released your first full length album, musically how does it differ from your previous split and demo?
As far as we’re concerned, it is not much different from what we have released before. It is just that few members of the band changed trough the years, so therefore their own style was incorporated in the overall performance. The songs in the album differ in the feeling of speed. There are very fast songs, followed by some slower songs or songs the speedy parts of which is followed by slower melodic parts. It was the same in the split album. The general difference is that the sound is better and of course it should be, 15 years later ...
There was also no music being released in between 2004 and 2017, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
As we said, trough time several members of the band have changed. Some of us moved to another city, our vocalist Krum left Bulgaria for a while. Finally in the beginning of 2018 we released the full-length album. By the way the album was recorded in 2016, but we needed time to fix some small things and find a label.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
The lyrics are created by us and some friends. Our ex-basist Petar still writes sick lyrics for us, as well. The texts are in general in Bulgarian and sometimes in English.
The songs touch on historical, antihuman and antireligion topics. An interesting song is “Поквара” (means "Depravity"). It is a story about the brave crusaders going to set free the Holy Places, but before that they decide to attack Bulgaria and they are smashed by the Bulgarian army. A special "tool" has been used to win in the battle, one with hook at the end, preventing the opponent to retaliate once fallen on the ground.
Another interesting song is “Кървъв Идол” (means “Bloody idol”). There is a "tradition" called "Pig's weddding", which consists in butchering a pig and using it’s blood. It’s held before X-mass and in this period all the people are slaves to the bloody pig idol.
I know that the bands name means 'wolf' in Bulgarian, how does this name fir in with the musical style that you play?
There are many legends about the wolves. They are very strong and beautiful creatures, they bring the cold breath of the night , they work together or hunt alone, atack aggressively or stay quiet and sneak.
We try to make music wolf-alike - strong, fast and powerful, sometimes melodic and smashing slow.
Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The Artwork is work of our friend from Moonring Design, who created it for our first EP.
The religion is a plague, the Bolg’s album is the plague vaccine, that’s the idea of the cover pictures.
What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Maybe our best show was in the Bulgarian town Dimitrovgrad - it's THE "Mecca" of this horrible music called Pop-Folk. We played in a small Black/Death festival in an underground club, where the stage was in a cage of chains. We have been playing inside the cage, while people were climbing up the chains arround us. At one point, we realized that the cage is just to be demolished.
Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
For now we don't have plans for touring outside Bulgaria.
If you want to see us playng, come to Sofia, Bulgaria. On 7th of March 2020 we are playing with the greek band Nihilism. Bolg will also play on “Broken Silence Black Death Metal Fest” 2020 together with Horna, Mork, Kawir, Liquid Graveyard and more, so we will be expecting you on the BLACKsee coast.

On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
We've heard good words for "Plague Vaccine" from different people around the world. We want to believe, that people like us, especially when we are on the stage. In general, we think the reaction of our music is good.
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?
The vocalist Krum and the drummer Kamael are playing only in Bolg. Our guitarist – Asen, has his own project Древна (Drevna), so these days he is preparing the second album of the band.
A. Catacombs (bassist) is involved in three other bands - Mass Grave, Axecutor and Plague.
When can we expect newer music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are working on new songs and new cover songs now, we hope to release new EP or album this year. We will keep doing speed and  powerful black metal… till death.
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?
Of course, we like the old black metal bands - Emperor, Dissection, Marduk, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Beherit, Satyricon. They gave us the path of our music. Furthermore, we like different metal styles as death, doom, trash, grind, as well.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Come see us on the stage. Support black metal and support your local bands. Cheers and Horns up!!!

https://www.facebook.com/Bolg.Band/?fref=ts
https://bolg.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znkXydonTkE

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/bolg-interview.html


Mimorium/Blood Of Qayin/Spread Evil/2020 CD Review

lundi 3 février 2020 à 19:56

  Mimorium  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album "Blood  Of  Qayin"  which  will  be  released  on  February  21st  by  Spread  Evil.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  fleeing.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  Norwegian  and  Swedish  influences  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  a  heavier  yet  dark  musical  direction  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song.

  On  this  recording  Mimorium  takes  their  music  into  more  of  a  melodic,  raw  and  old  school  Nordic  black  metal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  mysteries  of  Qayin,  Anti  Cosmic  Satanism,  Death  and  Killing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mimorium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Am  What  We  Are"  "Left  hand  Of  North"  and  "Blood  Of  Qayin".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/57vuxIey2Y0 

     



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/mimoriumblood-of-qayinspread-evil2020.html