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Endless Voyage X/Opaque/Acephale Winter Productions/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 15 septembre 2019 à 10:06

  Endless  Voyage  X  are  a  duo  from  Cleveland, Ohio  that  has  been  featured  before  in t his  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Opaque"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Acephale  Winter  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style   as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  also use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  A  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  closing  song  being  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Endless  Voyage  X  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  existentialism,  society  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Endless  Voyage  X  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness  Eternal'  and  "Sleep  Of  Stranger  Aeons"  and  "With  Time  Comes  Ruin".  8  out  of  10.


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Negator/Vnitas Pvritas Existentia/Massacre Records/2019 CD Review

samedi 14 septembre 2019 à 21:26

  Negator  are  a  band  from  Germany  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Vnitas  Pvritas  Existentia"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Massacre  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  riffing  and  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Growls  and  death  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  fast  tremolo  picking  riffs  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  being  a  lot  more  different  than  the  traditional  style  of  black  emtal  they  played  on  earlier  releases  and  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  modern  black/death  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Negator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  extreme  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Temple  Of  Light"  "Pyroleophis"  'Regnvm  Spiritvs  Immvndi"  and  "Der  Ruf  Der  See".  8  out  of  10.

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Ossomancer Interview

samedi 14 septembre 2019 à 20:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


OSSOMANCER is merely the messenger for the next stage of universalist esotericism and/or paganism. Up to this point, Western esotericism was a primarily literary movement in the efforts to syncretize all knowledge; most contributions were read or written. However, a primary purpose of OSSOMANCER is to make legitimate contributions to esoteric philosophy through metal music. I believe this process to be an evolution for mysticism, but simultaneously a restoration-- metal is a contemporary esoteric phenomenon, but disseminating information, philosophy, and tradition through verbalization and music is quite ancient. Admittedly, I do not think OSSOMANCER the first in this endeavor, but I believe OSSOMANCER has much to offer. Really, the scope of gnostic accomplishments that I hope to achieve with this band stretches far beyond the span of my lifetime.


2.You have your first full length coming out during the middle of September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


In the same manner that OSSOMANCER amalgamates philosophical ideas, OSSOMANCER draws from a wide array of musical styles, as well (both within the realm of metal and outside of it). The composition process for this aural grimoire began primarily with guitar (occasionally bass guitar) with the generalized conceptual idea for each song in mind during the writing process. I specifically chose a guitar scale that did not denote specific traditional or cultural associations (i.e. the songs about ancient Egypt do not use a Middle-Eastern-style scale). Rather, the guitar scale was calculatedly chosen in order to aid the listener toward realizing the more comprehensive aspects of the album. FUTHARK upheld this principle with his drum arrangements, as well.


3.Your lyrics deal with a lot of Western Occult and Esoteric themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject and practices?


In actuality, I do not think the word “interest” as the best means to describe OSSOMANCER's connection to occultism/esotericism. I think “interest” would imply that we are merely hobbyists using these themes as some sort of lyrical gimmick. Rather, occultism/esotericism/paganism for OSSOMANCER is inherent; the elements that constitute esotericism are at the core of our ontological understanding of existence (and non-existence).


In turn, OSSOMANCER is a platform for us to focus on what is most important to our worldview: mythology, magick, and mysticism. I believe these to be the three most important tools to the magician: mythology is the lexicon of symbols, language, and scenarios which leads to wisdom. Magick is the deliberate application of the will. Mysticism is the noetic connection to the divine (perhaps for the attainment of universal knowledge).


Upon delving into the lyric(k)al content of the album, one will notice that these three principles are at the album's foundation. An academicpurpose of this work is to explore the universality of god/goddess archetypes/aspects and the dynamic humanism and syncretism within in the art of divination. I believe all human traditions and/or mythological symbols to be embedded in the same universal mystic principles, so a goal for this album is to explore those correspondences. Considering that this is the band's first album, it is sensible that this album is based on the first principle of esotericism— the initiation with the divine through will or becoming “the magician.” Thus, the album is a guide, or grimoire, to allow listeners and/or readers to relate to one or more systems of symbolism (mythology), divination (magick), and transcendent wisdom (mysticism) in order to become initiates of esotericism.



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


Ossomancy is the practice of divination with bones. Therefore, an “Ossomancer” is a bone magician or one who chooses bones as a divinatory medium. In my research, I have found bone divination to be a recurring and most ancient practice, and one that I find relatable and practical in my own work. I chose it as the name for the band because of its ancient and universal quality, which once again, finely represents the band's ever-eternal quest to find correspondences between arcane ideological systems.


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


First and foremost, I would like to thank Curry Ross for the amazing piece of fine art which perfectly encapsulates the essence of OSSOMANCER and Artes Magickae. Though I have a ready explanation for all of the embedded mystical symbolism integrated into the piece, I feel that I should refrain from doing so. Rather, in this case, I would like the listener to listen to the album, follow along with the lyric(k)s, and then do the research necessary to realize the purpose behind the artwork's symbolism.


6.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?


For the creation process, I prefer to limit involvement to just the two of us (with the exception of guests). I may or may not attempt to assemble a live lineup in the near future. There is a very particular loneliness in the pagan mind...


7.On the album you also brought in Prosciptor McGovern of Absu, can you tell us a little bit more about his contribution to the recording?


The musickal and lyrickal theurgy of ABSU and Proscriptor’s other works is a fundamental influence for OSSOMANCER’s esoteric ideological principles, musickal compositions, and lucubrations. It was necessary to that he appear as a guest on the album, as his lyrickal and musickal works have long edified my comprehension of the occult. Whereas a number of bands/artists write about the occult, Proscriptor in contrast contributes to it; by ciphering his lyrickal works, one will find theorems and deductions which actually move esotericism forward, much akin to what would be read in an A∴A∴ publication from the early 20th century.


Because Proscriptor acts as mentor to OSSOMANCER, he was chosen to channel Hermes Trismegistus on the track “Chiromancy.” The track's lyrickal content is an exchange between Tat and Hermes, wherein Hermes educates Tat on the properties and purpose of astrological divination. Once again, because Proscriptor is a teacher to OSSOMANCER, it makes sense that he actually carry out the role in “Chiromancy.”


On “Pyromancy,” the lyrickal content revolves around Ancient Egyptian mythology and cosmology. Proscriptor's lyrickal passage in “Pyromancy” discusses the Nu, Apep, and the other serpentine beasts that arise from the Nu in order to combat Re who keeps the darkness at bay. I understand this aspect of Egyptian mythology to be an equivalent to the Absu, Tiamat, the dragons within the Absu, and the struggle between existence and chaotic non-being in the mythologies of the Fertile Crescent. The intention was that Proscriptor's delivery of these verses would highlight that correlation.


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

To be honest, I'm not so sure. The album has not been released just yet, but the preview tracks have generally received positive feedback.


9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?


There is a lot in the works, currently. The advent of Ossomancer has led many to assume that my other band Sacerdos is dead, but in actuality, I have a full-length album prepared for the recording process. Both Futhark and myself play in Lavender Town, a false-nostalgia-driven Doom band led by William White, which is in the writing process for a full-length album. I just recently started practicing to play as a session guitarist for Stygian Obsession which will have some live appearances in the near future.


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


The next OSSOMANCER album is already three songs into the writing process. I'd rather not reveal too much, but I can say that I am making a conscious effort in the songs' compositions to try new things and push the envelope of what I can play and how we're conceived.


Because the first album is centered around The Magus, the next will symbolically represent the High Priestess... Artes Magickae hones in on the will and initiating with the divine. The next, in contrast, will be more about the results of those proceedings...


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?


The complete comprehensive list for this would be incredibly long, but here is what I can offer for the purposes of this interview...


Some of my favorite bands include, but are not limited to: Absu, Immortal, Bathory, Nile, Abbath, Rimfrost, Craft, Melechesh, GWAR, Rammstein, Dimmu Borgir, Sodom, Byfrost, Witchery, Toxic Holocaust, Darkthrone, Belenos, Sephiroth, Enslaved, Matt Uelmen, Havukruunu, Emperor, Judas Iscariot, Leviathan, Destruction, Kreator, Behemoth, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Desiderii Marginis, and really, there's just too many! We live in an age of rapid consumption of media, and I have more favorite bands than I have time to listen to! Not to mention, much of the influence on OSSOMANCER comes from other sources, too, such as books, movies, and video games.


Because many of the bands above have come out with an album over the last year, I have been spinning a lot of new releases (it's a great year for metal this year!):


Abbath – Outstrider

At Dusk – Condemned

Darkthrone – Old Star

Malfet – The Snaking Path

Murk Rider – Exile of Shadows

Rammstein – Rammstein

Starless Domain – EOS

Destruction – Born to Perish

Possessed – Revelations of Oblivion

Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

Rotting Christ – The Heretics

Crescent – The Order of Amenti

Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods


I am very much looking forward to new releases from Nile, Rimfrost, Toxic Holocaust, Mayhem, and if we get lucky, Absu!


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


Thank you very much for the interview! This is an important one, as it's the first-ever interview for OSSOMANCER!


Ah Netjeru setau em ua-a en neb heh!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/ossomancer-interview.html


Nocturnal/The Greater Emptiness/Seance Records/2019 CD Review

samedi 14 septembre 2019 à 10:10

  Nocturnal  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  great  Emptiness"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Seance  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well a s  the  music  also  having  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical,  darkness,  death  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nocturnal  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Temple"  and  "Shadows  In  Euclidean  Spaces".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/nocturnalthe-greater-emptinessseance.html


REM/Poklade/2019 EP Review

samedi 14 septembre 2019 à 09:14

  REM  is  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  "Poklade".

  A  very  dark  and  noise  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  heavy,  raw and  old  school  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  All  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords  while  also  avoiding  all  melodies  or  guitar  leads  as  well  as  showing  a  punk  rock  like  aggression  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  more  of  a  mid  tempo  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  REM  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  a  tradition  in  their  home  country  known  as  'busojaras'.

  In  my  opinion  REM  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sotet  Malaszt"  and  "Hevit".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/rempoklade2019-ep-review.html