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Zvijer/Vjecnost Trulezi/Werewolf Promotion/2017 CD Review

mercredi 15 novembre 2017 à 04:42
                                                                   

  Zvijer  are  a  band  from  Bosnia  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vjecnost  Trulezi"  which  was  released  by  Werewolf  Promotion.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  Gregorian  chants  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  lot  of t he  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Zvijer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old school  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while t he  lyrics a re  written  in  a  mixture  Bosnian  and  English  and  cover  death  and  Balkanian  dark folklore. 

  In  my  opinion  Zvijer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  traditional black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heretical  Balkanian  Sabbathism"  "Rural  Watelands"  and  "...From  Black  Womb  Of  Earth".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/zvijervjecnost-truleziwerewolf.html


Rimfrost/A Clash Upon The Northern Wind/Non Serviam Records/2017 Single Review

lundi 13 novembre 2017 à 03:40

  Rimfrost  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  grim  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  single  "A  Clash  Upon  The  Northern Wind"  which  was  released  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  11  minutes  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  synths,  spoken  word  parts  can also be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  elements  of  thrash. 

  Rimfrost  creates  another  track  that  remains  true  to  the  grim  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  they  are  known  for,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  grimness  and  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/rimfrosta-clash-upon-northern-windnon.html


Deinonychus Interview

lundi 13 novembre 2017 à 03:18
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We’ve been busy with arranging the artwork for the album as well setting up things for the coming re-releases of the Deinonychus back catalogue…. I’m also within the process of finishing of a 2th album with my other project Nihil Novi Sub Sole. But other than that, things are quite silent here;)


You have a new album coming put in December, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
The new album is more vile and dirty and the atmosphere captured within is more violent, raw, and vengeful. The topics on the album deal mainly with vengeance, murder and suicide and all given thoughts with that…. It is just somehow different from all the other works, but surely has some ingredients in it which are typical Deinonychus alike….


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 frame?
I remember when I was composing “Warfare Machines” back in 2005-2006 I already felt completely weary of doing Deinonychus and it was quite a struggle for me to complete things in a justified manner… But in the end I did. After the release of the album in Autumn 2007 I realised that it was time to put things on a hold as I was completely done with it all, and so I did…. In between those 10 years I started a martial industrial outfit called Nihil Novi Sub Sole with whom I did 1 album so far and a couple gigs, that just kept me going until now;)



What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Vengeance, murder, suicide, fear, hate, paranoia, you name it…..


Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
That was just plain simple… In order to grow musically and keep progressing any quality I had to need other musicians beside me, as I’m simply not a virtuose…..



I have read that while the band has done a live show they are against doing another one, is that still the case these days?
Yes and no…… it comes basically all down on logistic matters….. All members having their own thing going on, albeit it work, family, other musical activities and such, plus  living quite far from each other…. I’m not sure if any investment will pay off with this kind of music;)


The band has been around for more than 20 years, do you feel you have had a huge influence on the modern suicidal and depressive black metal bands?
I reckon I’m far too humble to give you any answer on that….. it is upon others to decide if that is the case….


On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Actually Deinonychus belongs to a category of bands you either really like or hate…. There is no in-between!  Mainly due the vocals I guess…. However it of course pleases me more then to hear from people who really like it when they tell you, as you know that they really mean it, instead of “yeah it’s kinda okay…”. But on a larger scale as you say; worldwide…. The response overall is really good.


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?
Well Steve Wolz at the moment is not doing anything else besides Deinonychus if I’m correct, and Markus is obviously busy with The Vision Bleak/ Empyrium and Sun Of The Sleepless and has his own recording studio, so the man is REALLY busyJ I myself are in the process of finishing of a 2th Nihil Novi Sub Sole album which should be out early 2018.


Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I reckon we just head straight forward from where we came…..


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?
Black metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Ambient. I listen to quite some wide range of styles, when it comes to music. I have no real preferences…. I just like anything which sounds dark, emotional and aggressive as well….


Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Be who you are, do what you want, and let no one fuck you up…… that’s it really;)


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/deinonychus-interview.html


Ramihrdus/Eternity/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 11 novembre 2017 à 06:19

  Ramihrdus  are  a  solo  project  from  Wisconsin  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Eternity"  which  was  released  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  epic  feeling  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  a  lot  of  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  instruments  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  along  with  a  brief  use  of  growls  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  slower  direction  and  stringed  instruments  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Ramihrdus  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  emotions  and  the  afterlife  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ramihrdus  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ethereal  Forest"  and  "Eternity".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/ramihrduseternityanthrazit-records2017.html


Grauzeit/Symbiose/Anthrazit Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 11 novembre 2017 à 05:43

  Germany's  Grauzeit  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Symbiose"  which  was  released  by  Anthrazit  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  post  metal  style  guitar  solos  and  leads  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  the  heavy  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  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  while  the  vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  the  2  closing  songs  are  instruemntals

  Grauzeit  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  depressive  mixture  of  black  metal  and  shoegaze  from  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  utter  desolation,  melancholy,  hatred,  philosophy,  depression  and  social  criticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grauzeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abseits"  and  "Schwachling".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/grauzeitsymbioseanthrazit-records2017.html