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Automb/Esoterica/Satanath Records/Final Gate Records/2018 CD Review

dimanche 30 décembre 2018 à 22:01

  Automb  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Esoterica"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Final  Gate  Records.

  Nature  and  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  deep  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  death  metal  elements.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  atmospheric  and  they  also a dd  in a  brief  keyboard  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks.

  Automb  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Occultism,  Witchcraft  and  Esoteric  Knowledge  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Automb  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Horned  God"  "Call  OF  Hekate"  and  "Into  Nothingness".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/autombesotericasatanath-recordsfinal.html


Perverticon Interview

dimanche 30 décembre 2018 à 01:01
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Not much, to be honest. We are not really an active band in any sense of the word, but we rehearse once in a while and as for now the main focus is promotion of said album.

2.In January you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous album and demo?

In many ways it does not differ at all, but if it makes any sense I think that it is more scaled down, at the same time as it more thought through and elaborate. Production-wise the first album probably had a slightly more death metal sound to it, due to the equipment that was available at the time, some of which has since been stolen from us.

3.This is your first release in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

The writing of new material is probably what has taken the most time, not because we are perfectionists, but because we do not have much spare time due to other occupations. As for the recording we spent two days in an professional studio recording the drums but everything else we recorded in our rehearsal space, which gave us the freedom to record whenever we felt like it. Comfortable, but not ideal for progress. We might play fast, but we work very slowly.

4.You also cover a lot of anti Christian themes lyrically, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred for this religion?

Well, a lot of them aren't really anti christian as much as they are a celebration of all the horrible acts committed in the name of christianity, that christians are often very eager to deny. Of course, the lyrics are anti human, anti life and pro every change for a worse and darker tomorrow, which by definition also means they are against anything included in the official christian view of the world. 

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?

As the name would imply perversions of different kinds are central to the lyrics. Speaking for myself it usually starts with reading passages of the gospel and misinterpreting and twisting them in the sickest way imaginable.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Perveticon'?

It originally stems from something I misread in some context or other, which then seemed fitting. Most artistic expressions benefit from contrast, and the name contrasts itself between the two words it is comprised of.

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

The artwork was made by O.S, our drummer and vocalist, so I can't really say too much about the process behind it. I do however know that depicts a vision of the apocalypse.

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

If you can even call it a show we have only made one appearance, privately and at the request of some acquaintances. It was well received, but not having a full line-up does pose certain limitations.   

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

No, not likely. We would need at least one more person to do the recorded material justice in a live setting, and we do not really see that happening. It is hard enough to find time for rehearsals and recording with just the three of us.

10.So far you have worked with 'Mordgrimm and 'Iron Bonehead Productions', do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out ther heard?

Yes. We are very grateful for their interest and support!

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

Well, our research when it comes to international relations is severely lacking, not to say non-existent, but indications are that it has been appreciated.

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

That is a surprise every time, we have not made any active decision in regards to musical orientation.

13.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?

Probably pretty much what you would expect after hearing it, a lot of 90's norwegian music such as Mayhem, Darkthrone and Gorgoroth. Also Deathspell Omega, Sorhin, Antaeus, Funeral Mist and Malign. Dissection to some extent, even if that might not be as prominent. As for newer releases there have been a lot of interesting music coming from Poland over the course of the last few years, e.g. Mgla, Kriegsmaschine and Medico Peste. 

14.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

While both are interesting subjects that have served as the foundation of a multitude of works that have inspired us greatly, there is an aspect of personal growth and development to actively practicing them. Since that is something we usually try to avoid I would not say that it is essential to our music in its own right.

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

Thank you very much for your interest and time! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/perverticon-interview.html


Afraid Of Destiny/S.I.G.H.S/Talheim Records/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 30 décembre 2018 à 00:45


  Afraid  Of  Destiny  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "S.I.G.H.S"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Talheim  Records.

 A  synths  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  some  growls  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  synths  and  spoken word  parts  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs,  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  one  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album.

  Afraid  Of  Destiny  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  showing t heir  growths  of  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misery,  melancholy  and  discomfort  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Afraid  Of  Destiny  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Take  me  Home,  Death"  "Shells"  and  "Killed  By  Life".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/afraid-of-destinysighstalheim.html


Epitimia/Thread/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review

samedi 29 décembre 2018 à 22:36

  Epitimia  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  acoustic  and  dark  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Thread"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  of f the  album  and  they  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and r aw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  do  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic style,  acoustic  guitars  and  atmospheric  elements  are  also brought  onto  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  song  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  touches  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  leads.

  On  this  recording  Epitimia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  the  post  rock,  and  dark  folk  elements  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  monumental  depection  of  man's  inner  experiences 

    In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Epitimia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Downfall"  and  "The  Tree".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/epitimiathreadnaturmacht.html


Archean/Self Titled/Ogmios Underground/2018 EP Review

samedi 29 décembre 2018 à 20:47

  Archean  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  which  was  released  by  Ogmios  Underground.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  elements  of  punk  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of 90's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  atmospheric  sounding  drones  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.

 Archean  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  filthy  sounding  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  punk  to  create  a  sound   of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  conflictual  and  powerful  relationships  of  humans.

  In  my  opinion  Archean  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feat  Of  Vultures"  adn  "Disability".  8  out  of  10. 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/12/archeanself-titledogmios.html