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Hengestaur/Frostnid/Rektalfilosofisk Rekord-Fabrikk/2021 EP Review

vendredi 16 juillet 2021 à 06:08

 


  Hengestaur  are  a  duo  from  Norway  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  which  shows  them  expanding  on  their  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Frostnid"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Rektalfilosofisk  Rekord-Fabrikk.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  some  non  musical  sounds  can  be  heard  briefly  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  which  also  shows  an  influence  of  post  rock.


  Atmospheric  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of the  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  ep  also  closing  with  an  instrumental.


  On  this  recording  Hengestaur  sticks  mostly  to  a  classic  style  of  Norwegian  black  metal  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  more  modern  influences  and  diversity.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  ep  from  Hengestaur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Brenn  Di  Sjel  Til  Jorda".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/hengestaurfrostnidrektalfilosofisk.html


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.


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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.


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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