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Armagedda/The Final War Approaching/Nordvis Produktion/2019 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 13 février 2019 à 03:55

  Armagedda  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  played  a  very  raw  and  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2002  album  "The  Final  War  Approaching"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  March  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  done  in  the  very  raw  and  traditional  style  that  was  very  common  in  the  mid  90's  and  early  2000's.

  As  the  album  a  brief  use  of  clean  yet  distorted  playing  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  the  music  is  a  lot  more  aggressive  than  most  of  the  bands  from  Sweden.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  darkness,  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Armagedda  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sign  Of  Evil"  "Unholy  Sacrifice"  and  "My  Eternal  Journey".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/armageddathe-final-war.html


Tempestarri Interview

mercredi 13 février 2019 à 02:25

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Tempestarii has been working to create a new record and material for a split over the last year or so. The new full-length album was recorded once and then deleted, as we continue to hone our sound we have become more and more particular about what the concept of this project demands.

Last year Tempestarii played in Austin, Texas' Red River Family Fest which was an honor and allowed us to bring our ritual to the right venue and under the proper circumstances. Our belief is that black metal needs a venue more than a bar lit by neon beer signs. This means that concerts are are held in pure darkness or otherwise by candlelight. Red River is an incredibly well curated event.

There seems to be an antiquated idea that bands need to tour mercilessly and “pay their dues”. Why prescribe to that? Why not only play shows we are asked to and under the right circumstances. Maybe that makes one seem pretentious to some, but it’s our path to walk, right or wrong.



2.So far you have released 2 demos and one full length, how would you describe your musical progress from the first demo to current album?

The first Tempestarii demo was of more raw black metal, made under a set of isolatory circumstances. Over time more elements were added to go along with the intentions of the project. The name Tempestarii was asking something more, and the atmosphere began to take shape over time with the help of close conspirators.

The storm that is Temple of Skies features aspects that some would call experimental but I see the sound as something different. Instead of a raw black metal sound that seems to be in vogue at the moment, the sound took shape and featured elements of depressive black metal, the Finnish school as well as our brothers in Mexico and Canada that have perfected the art. Black metal is something that everyone must interpret on their own. It’s not as though one can use make a bedroom project a successful entity without putting a deep part of themselves into it and have it stand apart from the many greats that dominate the style.

There’s generally too much black metal out there, so when one develops their own  language, those that understand it take notice.


3. From 2005 to 2015 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

Tempestarii began in a different form in 2011 under the name IX, which converged from several different projects before this. The internet likes to make up facts and other bullshit so I’m not sure why this continues to come up. So in finality, the Triumph of Spears demo was not recorded or released in 2005.


4.Some of your lyrics have a metaphysical or Gnostic touch to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

The intentions behind the first album were to create a gateway to another realm.

Escapism and inwardness seem to be a running theme in black metal. The temple of skies is our way to inspire inward ritual. Whether that means listening in solitaire or in darkness at a show. My theories on what that may be in store for humanity are probably of little interest, so briefly, there is no value in Christian ideology, or any set of beliefs as instead it is worth questioning all aspects of reality for one self. Humanity is heading towards something, albeit it’s not possible to say what that is, but using a set of imposed beliefs to change the future cannot work.

The next album is titled Chaos At Feast and alludes to the cover of the previous album while the new record will be companion to the last.

Perhaps these are gnostic ideas at work but the best way to explain our trajectory is that of leaving this world behind. It’s the classic inwardness that black metal has always had, but also the focus that the innovators of black metal seem to have. Hatred for the outside, and enough retaliation to fend off those that oppose.

Mankind is certainly on a trajectory towards something interesting. Everyone seems to have an opinion but nothing to do about it. We’ve heard our lyrics described as psychedelic and that can be summed up in our efforts to induce trance, dissolve ego, and pass into dusk with grace. In the end, all you have is humility. Certainly there are some that confuse this with pride, and will end up embarrassing themselves in the social media movement.


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

Tempestarii were witches known as the caller of the storms. Thus the name is both an illusion to the destructive elements of the nature of reality and also a tribute to the guitarist of the mighty BLASPHEMY. The name, since dawning it, has helped shape our world and how to navigate it. I think we have more in touch with war metal than the typical atmospheric black bands.


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

The image there is from Scythian artisans,  one that haunted me for years. It represents the sacrament we undergo to reach ecstatic states of being. It’s a violent death being depicted and I believe that it shows the ruthlessness of nature and of ego-dissolving materials.


7.The band is from Idaho, a state not very well known for many black metal bands, do you feel you really stand out musically among most of the other bands that reside in the same state?

This is another misnomer, I have lived among many places in North America, though the band rehearses in Idaho, and is from various places as well. Idaho should be known for extreme music as bands like WOLVSERPENT had existed there and paved the way for all originating there.


8.Very little is known about the band members, do you feel it is better to remain anonymous and let the music do the talking?

As described before, there no interest in making a Facebook page or trying to hawk merch to people. It’s an experience only for catharsis. The music is made for a very selfish purpose. It’s more important than having a following of fickle believers. The hope is that real fans of this kind of music will judge us. If you want to find us, anything is possible in this digital world, yet the concept of knowing which people are involved, and their roles, will not bring further satisfaction to the listener.


9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Of course playing in darkness and by candlelight is the wish for the spectator to witness. We cannot control every aspect of a show though, thus we ask for promoters to better understand the wishes of the artists. It’s not under all circumstances that a traditional black metal show can take place, so for those patient enough and imbibed at the time, you’ll be rewarded.


10.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We will be touring outside of the United States and playing a festival at the end of this year. That’s all that can be said for now.


11. Mercenary Musik is also putting out a re-issue of your 2017 album, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer music?

We connected with that label because of their output and how it had affected us. Early on we wanted to worship Paysage D’Hiver, Battle Dagorath and fell voices, only. After connecting with Black Sorcerer Battle we began on a new path.

The first album was very much influenced by the previously mentioned artists, as is the new record, but more influences came about this time. Distilling down to a more potent version of Tempestarii is always the goal. It's easy to declare that what is to come is the best we can offer.  The language of tempestarii is taking shape at all times, only by the dedication and authenticity of the art. This is what we must be judged by.


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

We aren’t really interested in how our music is received. We’ve sold tapes to France and Russia, even Finland and Brazil. Which is very satisfying but otherwise there isn't any awareness of the publics reaction.

It’s apparent that the United States, though hosting many great musicians, is a fickle and parasitic "scene". The aim is to get outside of this country and go elsewhere, visit the true devotees.


13.When can we expect newer music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Further into the style we’ve created for ourselves. Honing more of this sound into something unique is the end goal. However the concepts implemented in the music could spell certain end for us, that is yet to be seen. We can only move ever forward into dusk for so long. The new album is in it's final stages, and then we will await the right opportunity to release it.


14.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?

Appreciating music of varying styles is important, and the things that influence this project are mostly beyond metal music. It’s hard to mention just a few, but we always appreciate Battle Dagorath, and the live rituals of Ehecatl, Dispirit, and Sortilegia in the black metal sphere. Otherwise ambient and electronic music seem to be a staple of inspiration among others


15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words

Ruine for celestial kingdoms, may your beliefs ever-dissolve.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/tempestarri-interview.html


Malakhim/II/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 EP Review

mercredi 13 février 2019 à 01:58

  Malakhim  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "II"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  capturing  the  same  atmosphere  of  the  riffing.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  of  black  metal.  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  touch  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  approach  to  the  black  metal genre  while  also  keeping  the  songs  in  a  heavier  musical  direction  also  showing  a  good  amount  of  progress  from  the  previous  recording  as  well  as  remaining  true  to  the  style  they  established  on  the  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malakhim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  orthodox  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  the  Rays  of  A  New  Sun"  and  "Sworn  To Satan's  Fire".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/malakhimiiiron-bonehead-productions2019.html


A' Repit/Inferen/Malauriu/Vultur/Teschi Ossa Morte/Black Tears/The Triad Rec/Southern Hell Records/Ira Aeterna/Masked Dead Records/Nebelkorps/The Last Step/2019 4 Way Split Album Review

mardi 12 février 2019 à 06:10

  This  is  a  review  of  a  4  way  split  album  between  A'  Repit,  Inferen,  Malauriu  and  Vultur  called  "Teschi  Ossa  Morte"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black Tears, The  Triad  Rec,  Southern  Hell  Records,  Ira  Aeterna,  Masked  Dead Records, Nebelkorps  and The  Last  Step  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  A'  Repit  who  return  with  their  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  grim  black  metal  screams  before  adding  in  some  heavy  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  Acoustic  guitars  and  flutes  are  also  added  on  the  second  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  History,  Alpine  Traditions  and  Legends.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  A'  Repit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ventre  di  lupo".

 Next  up  is  Inferen  who  return  with  their  traditional  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  brings  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  dark  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  both  of  their  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Apocalypse,  Darkness,  Evil,  Visions  and  Doom  Themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Inferen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  traditional  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Volti  di  pietra".

  Next  up  is  Malauriu  who  return  with  their  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  demonic  growls  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's.

  At  times  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  war  metal  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added   onto  the  second  track  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  human  misery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malauri  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Narcotic  Cult.

  Closing  this  split  is  Vultur  a  band  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  piking  and  blast  beats.  Their  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  their  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  towards  the  end  ritualistic  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Sardinian  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vultur  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Italian  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.              

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/a-repitinferenmalauriuvulturteschi-ossa.html


Forggoten Rite/Self Titled/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 12 février 2019 à 04:40

  Forggoten  Rite  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2019  album.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  sounds  of  wolfs  howling  and  nature  orientated  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  influences  from  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  the  genre.

  Clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in a  more  melodic  style.

 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Celtic  Frost's  "Dethroned  Emperor".  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  Death,  Murder  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Forggoten  Rite  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Funeral  under  Ice"  "Impaled  Death"  and  "Merciless".  8  out  of 10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/forggoten-riteself-titled2019-full.html