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Blodskam/La-Bas/Suicide Records/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 10 janvier 2019 à 02:55

  Blodskam  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  psychotic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "La-Bas"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Suicide  Records.

  Drum  beats  and  some  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody at  times. Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  style  and  the  musical  instrumental  all  sound very  powerful  throughout  the  recording.

  Most  of the  tracks  goes  for  more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives the  songs  more  of   a  raw  feeling.  When  listening  to  all  of  the  songs  on  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  get  more  creative  as  the  album  progresses.

  The  closing  track  captures  of  the  atmosphere  of  an  insane  asylum  with  only  a  small  amount  of  vocals  being  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Psychotic,  Death,  Decay  Anxiety  and  Philosophical  themes  with  some  Satanic  references  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  have  Swedish  titles.

  In  my  opinion  Blodskam  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychotic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  want  to  hear  a  band  that  is  very  different  from  most  of  the  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "God  in  A  Straitjacket"  and  "The  Machines".  8  out  of  10.


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Thronum Vondor Interview

mercredi 9 janvier 2019 à 06:19
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
After the recording of “Ichor” we started to work on new material already. The writing process can take several months and since we still do the recordings ourselves we have the luxury to work on the material whenever we want. Thronum Vrondor was put on hold for several years, but is now fully active again.

2.You have a new album coming out in 2019, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Both our drummer Crygh and myself evolved on a personal level which led to a much more mature album than the first two albums. Especially the songwriting is much more balanced. Also we added SvN to our lineup and his vocal intensity marks the entire album.

3.This is your first album in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Well, after the recording of the second album “Vrondor II: Conducting The Orchestra of Evil”, we started writing some new material. However, we were not satisfied with the result and simply put the band on hold for about 6 years. When we saw that we found the feeling and mindset again to focus on Thronum Vrondor, we started to write all new material and began working on the new album. It proved to be a good decision to reactivate because after a few months we already had a framework of the new album. SvN, who not only does the vocals, but also the recording and mixing part, then took some time to focus on these aspects.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album?

The lyrics are a fictional story inspired by Dante's Inferno and the old and new testament.
All lyrics tell one story. Humanity is starting a war with the gods. They feel they don't need them anymore and feel superior.
The gods don't see it that way and fight back to punish this insult.

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

After playing in several bands before Thronum Vrondor, I wanted to get full control on the musical and artistical direction and started my own one-man’s project which I called Thronum Vrondor, or translated as “Vrondor’s Throne”. The one-man aspect however was not a wise decision and Crygh joined on drums and vocals immediately.

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

We leave it to the listener that takes the time to read the lyrics.

As i mentioned above, the lyrics tell a story. A lot of references are in the artwork.

 7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Well so far we have not played any live shows. Thronum Vrondor is not a live band and if we would consider this, we would need to appeal on additional live session musicians to present our music. Furthermore Crygh is a maniacal perfectionist, and would only want to perform live when all auditive circumstances are perfect, which is of course not always the case when performing live. Never say never though, so we will see what happens in the future. 

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Not relevant (see question 7)

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

Although the album will only be released beginning of February 2019, we already received a lot of positive reactions on the returning of Thronum Vrondor.

The first two albums were well received and distributed in the entire world, and many underground black metal adapts have not forgotten these albums. Thronum Vrondor operates in the niche of black metal which forges the typical cold rawness of the riffing into an intense listening experience and we are convinced that “Ichor” will continue this path.

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?

SvN is active in Dodengod. Who just released their debut album 'Salvation'.

He did the vocals, keys and recording for that album. And he is also working on a martial industrial project.

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

We feel that we are artistically on the same level with our stable line up and we will continue to develop the Thronum Vrondor sound, where intelligent black metal will always be the basis.

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

The musical style is a combination of all influences I have both in music and personal development, and it is hard to name bands that directly influenced the writing style of our music especially since the new album was more influenced by its predecessors than by external bands.

Bands which I listen to might however unconsciously influence the style, and in that respect I follow more traditional bands like Sargeist & MGLA, but I also deeply appreciate both the French scene with bands like Sühnopfer &  Aorlhac or the Quebéc scene with Forteresse and Monarque.

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

Be sure to check out the new album, it is the beginning of a whole new Thronum Vrondor era !!

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Meka/Ending My Life To Destroy Yours/Redefining Darkness Records/2019 EP Review

mercredi 9 janvier 2019 à 05:31

  Meka  are  a  band  from  Toledo,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  filthy,  noisy  and  aggressive  style  of  blackened  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Ending  My  Life  To  Destroy  Yours"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  dissonant  structures  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  quite  a  bit  in  the  3  songs.  Blast  beats  are  also  brought  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in a   good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. Crust  and  d  beat  elements  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  raw  aggression  of  grindcore  at  times.

  A  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  going  over  the  6  minute  time  frame  as  well  as  the  distorted  amp  effects  giving  the  music  more  of  a  noisy  style  while  the  music  brings  in  a  very  dark  yet  modern  style  and  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads.  The  production  gives  the songs  more  of  a  dark  yet  very  powerful  and  professional  sound  along  with  the  lyrics  focusing  more  on  a  war  oriented  and  violent  direction.

  In  my  opinion  Meka  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  metal  band  which  captures  the  modern  style  of  American  blackened  death  metal  and  the  raw  aggression  of  Norwegian  black  metal  and  if  you  are  into  both  of  those  styles,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "War".  8  out  of  10. 


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Amataster/Frammenti/Masked Dead Records/2019 EP Review

mercredi 9 janvier 2019 à 02:00

  Amataster  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  ep  "Frammenti"  which  was  released  in  2019  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  ambient  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  depressive  cries  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Amastaster  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  melancholic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  despair,  pain,  cry,  anger  and  rebirth  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Amataster  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "L' Anima  E  In  Fiamme"  and  "A.T  The  Heart".  8  out  of  10.    

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Lifeless Gaze/The Unbearable Darkness Of Being/2018 Full Length Review

mardi 8 janvier 2019 à 06:09

  Lifeless  Gaze  are  a  duo  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  self  released  2018  album  "The  unbearable  Darkness  Of  Being".

  Dark,  lo-fi  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  distorted  yet  depressive  high  pitched  black  metal  screams as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  repetitive  at  times  and  using  the  same  riff  for  a  long  time  in  each  track.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  brings  dark  ambient  elements  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  harsh  noises,  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  direction.

  Lifeless  Gaze  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  despair,  suffering  and  misery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lifeless  Gaze  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  Born  To  Suffer" and  "Life  Equals  Zero".  8  out  of  10.   


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