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Svarteld/Nederlag for korset/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 Demo Re-Issue Review

samedi 6 juin 2020 à 09:42

  Svarteld  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  demo  "Nederlag  for  koreset"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2020  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  demo  along  with  a  brief  use  of  rain  and  thunder  sounds  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  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  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style. All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Svateld  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  also  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  Swedish  bands.The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svarteld  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Galder  fran  sejden"  and  "Fard  mot  hemman".  8  out  of  10.

https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nederlag-f-r-korset  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/svarteldnederlag-for-korsetmorbid.html


Valravn/Eclipse Of Heathen Winds/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 Demo Review

samedi 6 juin 2020 à 08:46

  Valravn  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  demo  "Eclipse  Of  Heathen  Winds"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.

  A  very  dark,  distorted  yet  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's Polish  style.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  epic  sounding  melodies.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  couple  of  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  and  nature  sounds. 

  Valravn  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  Polish  bands.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Germanic  Paganism  and  Heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Valravn  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolf's  Destiny"  and  "Celestial  Halls  Of  Wotan".  8  out  of  10.

https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/eclipse-of-heathen-winds    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/valravneclipse-of-heathen-windsmorbid.html


Kall Interview

samedi 6 juin 2020 à 07:32
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We have gone back to regular rehearsals and have begun writing material for the next album.



2.You have a new album coming out in June, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I think this one offers a wider palette of sounds and styles. It’s more focused and better composed and also sounding much better, from a production stand-point. It’s still pretty dark and trippy though.



3.This is also your first release in over 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

 A lot of shit happened in that time. To cut it short we hired a new drummer and wrote material for this album. We also fell into some kind of hiatus for a while for different personal reasons. We finished the recordings about two years ago, and then went through a trial-and-error process of mixing and mastering but finally ending up with a result we are happy with. Since then we’ve been waiting for the right release window.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

It’s pretty varied, since several of us write lyrics. However, for me, this album has a lot to do with exploring the deep woods of the mind and facing old and new demons.


5.I know that the bands name means ;cold' in Swedish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

 The word has a dual meaning in Swedish. It stands for both ‘cold’ and ‘calling’. I think this name describes us pretty good, interpret it as you will. Some say this album is a little bit warmer to the touch than the last one though, hah!



6.The music that was done under the name 'Lifelover' was very much ahead of its time, do you feel that you helped inspire a new wave of depressive black metal bands with the stuff you have released in the past?

 I think so, yes. What followed was however over all pretty boring and depressing, for the wrong reasons.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

 Some people seem to think that our style is hard to implement on stage. I think we all felt from the beginning that our style comes alive live while the recorded songs don’t necessarily do the songs justice. We try to make it as genuine and intense as we can and while we used to get pretty fucked up on stage earlier we’ve  grown up a little bit since then I hope (but probably not). One of our best gigs was probably at Garage in Bergen, Norway, for the Blastfest festival back in early 2015.



8.The new album is coming out on 'Prophecy Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

 We had worked with them for the last Lifelover album and we had gotten along with Martin early on, so when we were actually looking for a record deal we reached out to them again.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal and other styles of underground and dark music?

 It seems positive thus far!



10.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?

 No idea.



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

 I expect us to further develop our sound and styles further. You might even hear some clean vocals eventually, who knows! I just know it’s going to be dark, weird and very intense.



12.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?

Anything and everything man. We compiled a list of songs that inspired us during the writing and recording process of the new album which you can check out here. You can either link the playlist on Spotify or use a shorter list we made for Youtube.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5V3V8frOsLH2hM8oQfCISY?fbclid=IwAR0SDO1FgFRh52B1_DUkwIfeU-FPsF_CvM4Jqia6lHnnBjyHjbSwG4tSskM



https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLx4X_n2BcjGkkP-TRbEHL2YnYBWUquFnS&fbclid=IwAR2_e-9h1ZusCFvZi2tA7_ufzjP5XaH91m9A1cfeYceJcQlRIA0mG_89MiU



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

Thanks for the support, and a special thanks to everybody who has stayed with us and waited patiently for the new album. The wait has been rough on us also!

https://www.facebook.com/kallofficial/ / https://www.instagram.com/kallofficial/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/kall-interview.html


Kyy/Beyond Flesh-Beyond Matter/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 Cassette Re-Issue Review

vendredi 5 juin 2020 à 21:23

  Kyy  are  a  band  from  Finland  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very    satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Beyond  Flesh-Beyond  Matter"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2020  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.

  A very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  deeper  and  angrier  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.

  Melodies  are  also  added  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  most  of  the  music  also  add  in  more  of  a  modern  style  which  also  remains  true  to  the  old  school  tradition.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  throat  singing.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Anti  Caballa  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kyy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legio  Serpenti"  "Bloodline  Of  Edom"  "Destroying  Tiphareth"  and  "The  Narrow  Gates  Of  Apoleia".  8  out  of  10.

https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-flesh-beyond-matter-beyond-death      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/kyybeyond-flesh-beyond-mattermorbid.html


Abhorrot/The Demos 2007-2009/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 Compilation Album Review

vendredi 5 juin 2020 à 11:46

  Abhorrot  are  a  band  from  Austria that  has  recently  been  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  compilation  album  "The  Demos  2007-2009"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records  and  consists  of  their  demos  "Death  I  Blasphemy"  "Sanctuary  Of  Darkness"  a  rehearsal  from  2007  and  a  live  show  from  2008.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  music  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  primitive  and  old  school  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  a  cover  of  Nihilist's  "Supposed  To  Rot".  On  the  second  demo  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction  which  also  shows  the vocals  getting  more  bestial  and  guttural.

  The  songs  on  the  second  demo  are  also  more  aggressive  and  rawer  than  the  first  one  as  well  as  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal.  One  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction,  the  rehearsal  and  live  tracks  also  capture  more  of  an  old  school  vibe  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Darkness  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Abhorrot  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  In  Blasphemy"  and  "Ancient  Blakk  Obsvrity".  8  out  of  10.

https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-demos-2007-2009



      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/abhorrotthe-demos-2007-2009morbid.html