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Horizon Ablaze/The Weight Of A Thousand Suns/Leviatan/Diger/2018 CD Review

samedi 27 janvier 2018 à 02:16

  Horizon  Ablaze  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  along  with  some  avant  garde  and  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Weight  of  A  Thousand  Suns"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Leviatan/Diger.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  of  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  structures  in  the  riffing.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  clean  vocals.

  When  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.

  Horizon  Ablaze  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  avant  garde, progressive  and  death  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dreams,  visions,  and  mental  disorder  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horizon  Ablaze  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with elements  of  avant  garde  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sleep  Is  The  Brother  Of  Death"  "She  Who  Walks  Upon  The  Sea"  and  "Insidious".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/horizon-ablazethe-weight-of-thousand.html


Lord Of Pagathorn/Daimono Phillia/Woodcut Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 26 janvier 2018 à 23:40

  Lord  Of  Pagathorn  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  old  school  and satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Daimono  Phillia"  which  will  be  released  on  January  31st  by  Woodcut  Records.

  A  classical  guitar  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  but  also  capturing  a  modern  atmosphere.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a brief use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  along  with  classical  guitars  also  returning  briefly  as  the  album  progresses  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are utilized  they give the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Lord  Of  Pagathorn  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  in  the  mid  90's  Finnish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occult  and  the  Crushing  Of  The  Holy  Trinity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lord  Of  Pagathorn  are  a  very  great sounding  old  school,  melodic  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil  To  Destroy  Evil"  "Rise  Of  The  Celestial Scythe"  and  "Throne  of  Lucifer".  8/2  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/lord-of-pagathorndaimono-philliawoodcut.html


Har/Visitation/Blood Harvest/2018 EP Review

vendredi 26 janvier 2018 à 05:30

  Har  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Visitation" which  will be  released in March  by  Blood  Harvest.

  Middle  eastern  style  folk  instruments  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ritualistic  elements  before  adding  in  some  dark  and  heavy   riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of t he  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  doom/death  metal.

  Har  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover epic  tales  of  black  magick,  necromancy  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Har  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Conjure  The  Black  Flame".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/harvisitationblood-harvest2018-ep-review.html


Beorn's Hall/Estuary/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review

jeudi 25 janvier 2018 à 06:04

  Beorn's  Hall  are  a  duo  from  New  Hampshire  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  and  epic  form  of  pagan  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Estuary"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Battle  sounds  and  melodic  chants  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  while  keyboards  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  retaining  the  folk  and  atmospheric  elements.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  On  this  recording  Beorn's  Hall  remains  true  to  their  pagan  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  more  folk  elements  this  time  around  to  take  their  music  to  a  different  level,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beorn's  Hall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Wood-Black  Marsh" "The  Nurturing  Soil"  and  "Roads  Go  On  Forever".  8/5  out  of  10.   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/beorns-hallestuarynaturmacht.html


Down To Burzum Interview

jeudi 25 janvier 2018 à 04:25
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Down To Burzum was formed in 2015, i'm from the city of Sorocaba, Brazil, the truth is that was an idea that came from nowhere into my mind, i've played drums in a few bands too, but the idea to make it alone and only mine was very comforting, also bring the feelings from the early Burzum era.


2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
  2. I wanted to bring a message, on Peace Alone you can hear steps, this steps are from a creature searching for peace, and she finds it at end.

3.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?
 3. On april, 2017 i released only the song Down To Burzum, the feedback was great, so i planned to release earlier, got some personal problems, but now everything is going well.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
    4. The true is they are more like screams than lyrics, about hate, agony, i don't care much for lyrics.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the name 'Dowm To Burzum'?
   5. The name Down To Burzum means Down To Depths, which was a reference to Burzum and a subliminar message.

6.On this album you record everything by yourself, are you open to using other musicians?
      6. No, i prefer doing the things my way, but the last track Eyes Open Bring Only Pain was made by João Vitor Duarte, who have been a very nice friend to me, i thank him for that.



7.This musical project is a tribute to 'Burzum', which era of his music do you prefer, the early 90's music or post jail recordings?
7. I like both eras, but i prefer the early Burzum era, it was more raw.



8.The new album was released on 'Depressive IIlusion's Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
   8. Yes, that was a great accomplishment to me, it was released 66 limited tape copies, i thank Gabriel SN from the horde Azalok, Exequial(BRA) and Sergiy Fjordsson from the horde Moloch(UKR).

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

      9. I have been receiving a great feedback after the Peace Alone release, also got new friends, always thanks everyone for the support.



10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

      10. Well i'm forming a black metal band where i'll play drums, i've played drums in Inhumane Rites(BRA) on 2015 so i miss the rehersals, live shows, but the Down To Burzum will continue with only me.



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?
      11. Bands like Maniac Butcher, Forgotten Woods, Carpathian Forest, from black metal i prefer the raw ones.
Sometimes i listen bands out of metal, to be a good musician is to known all styles, so they say.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
      12. You have to study it to learn it, i like to reading about it, I don't follow it, i'm agnostic, prefer to stay away from religion, demons or god, i believe in the power of man.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
      13. I thank you John Larsen for the support and all the people who support in some way Down To Burzum.



 



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/down-to-burzum-interview.html