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Eskhaton/Omegalitheos/Lavadome Productions/2018 CD Review

vendredi 1 juin 2018 à 02:29

  Eskhaton  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Omegalitheos"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Lavadome  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off t he  album  before  adding  in  brutal  blast  beats  and  fast  war  metal  riffs  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  death  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  influences  from  their  home  country.

  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  very  ritualistic  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  music  barely  ever  slowing  down  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Eskhaton  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  black/death  metal  sound  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  chaos,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eskhaton  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpentity"  "Culthulhunatic"  "Blasphemartyr"  and  "Kimah  Kalu  Utu  Ulla".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/eskaatonomegalitheoslavadome.html


AnKou/HMS Terror Ft. Skyggefigurrer/2018 Single Review

vendredi 1 juin 2018 à 01:06

  France's  solo  project  AnKou  has  returned  with  a  new  track  which  continues  his  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  introduces  Skyggefigurrer  on  vocals  and  this  is  a  review  of his  self released  2018  singer  "HMS  Terror".

  Ambient  orientated  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  track  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  whispers  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls,  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  towards  the  end  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  are  utilized.

  On  this  track  AnKou  remains  true  to  his  ambient  style  of  black  metal  while  the  vocals  of  Skyggefigurrer  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

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

https://ankou1.bandcamp.com/track/hms-terror-ft-skyggefigurrer

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/ankouhms-terror-ft-skyggefigurrer2018.html


Adragard interview

vendredi 1 juin 2018 à 00:11
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



1. After some years Adragard has resuscitated from the ruins where I buried it, and this time I can assure you it’s here to remain. We are working on the next album that probably will be out next year.



2.In February you had released a new album, 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?



2. The music is as usual pure Black Metal 90’s way, but this time there are more evident influence of the first wave (Bathory above all) and of classic doom as well. The main difference is that for the first time we got a real drummer and this add a special vibe to the album. Another difference is that for this album, I’ve tried to write songs using a classic metal structure, and this is the real difference from the new stuff and the older one. The first demo was inspired exclusively by the second wave of Black Metal (Darkthrone, Burzum etc.) now after all the years passed devouring Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer and so on I feel really confident to write music looking into the deepest past. Of course the fast riffs in tremolo picking got the same 90’s inspiration.



3.This is your first album to be released in 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?



3. Nothing relevant. Personal issues and lots of shit due to the fucking earthquake that destroyed our hometown. We've been forced to rebuilt ourselves over these ruins.



4.Your lyrics over the years do cover some Luciferian, Pagan and Blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?



4. I can’t tell you much, because it’s not easy to express these topics with words. But I'll try.  The first demo of Adragard was all about Paganism, in particular about the old pagan culture of my hometown. Back then I was really into those topics. After the first demo the lyrics were totally Lucifer addict. Not so far indeed, because I do not mean Lucifer like the one depicted by the fucking christianity but like the divinity that exists before christ. Lucifer is really something that lives in the depths of my heart and inspires all my action. But I am not a religious person and my thought is based on a non-religious-pagan view, as strange as it seems. The lyrics of the last album moved again and this time the presence of Lucifer is less direct but I can assure you that He is still there. Blasphemy ... I do not know ...  the blasphemy in my lyrics is in the eyes of the reader.



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



5. The meaning of the name Adragard is buried by time and dust quoting one of my favorite song. It’s a fusion of the names of a demon and a minor pagan divinity.



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



6. The photo on the tape cover has been taken in a forest near my home by a friend of mine. It’s a really suggestive and obscure place. A lot of people are scared by that woods due to the dark and asphyxiating atmosphere so I think has been a perfect choose. The cover of the CD is the original cover, linked to the title of the album and it’s a picture that I’ taken in the lake of Campotosto with Niferon. A lake not far away from my home. I use to go there often, especially at the sunrise or at the sunset. It’s a magic place with extreme climatic condition, during the winter the lake it’s completely frozen… something beyond words.



7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

7. From this album Adragard has a complete line up. Church Destroyer on drums and Gemini on Guitar have joined the blasphemous ranks of Adragard. This is the final line up. There will be no more changes. Our pact has been signed with blood and we’ll continue to spread the Black Plague until our last breath.



8.The new album was released on cassette by 'Depressive Illusions Records', do you feel this format has been making a huge comeback over the years?

8. The album is out even on CD through Perkun Rec. and about the format… the tape format never disappeared but yes now all this old-school-wannabe-trend has caused an increase of tape releases, and this for me, it’s great. This is the first Adragard release out on CD format, all the past stuff is only on tape so I believe tape is perfect for Underground Black Metal because it smells of dedication to the Underground War and has a nostalgic flavor, but I also like CDs. I've buyed lots of great albums of the 90’s on CD so I have nothing to complain about CD. Of course my favorite format is Vinyl but no one seem interested in releasing our shit on vinyl. Fuck!



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

9. I really don’t know. We don’t have any social profile. We haven’t an official site so we don’t have any direct feedback. Of course this is our choice. There are a couple of review out and they’re good.



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

10. We’ll continue on the same path of this album. But the next one will be more raw and more chaotic. We’re already working on the new songs but it’s early to say something more, but it's sure there will be no drastic changes. We’ll continue to walk on this rotten putrid street.



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. My influences are always the same, Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal, Carpathina Forest and so on. I’m really addicted to metal and music in general, what I listen more comes from the period of time that goes from the late 60’s to the middle of 90’s. I usually don’t mind about music genres, I listen and like music that gives me emotion on a wide range, pure and simple. Regarding new music I usually like bands that sound like the old ones or at least have the same feeling. These days I’m listening to: Comus “First Utterance” 1971, Pagan Altar “Vol I” 1982, Obnoxious Youth “Disturbing The Graves” 2017, Power from hell “Blood 'n' Spikes” 2017, Spiders “Killer Machine” 2018, Terrörhammer “In The Name Of Hell” 2018, VOJD “The Outer Ocean” 2018, Whipstriker “Merciless Artillery” 2017, Aura Noir “Aura Noire” 2018, Hammr “Unholy Destruction” 2018. I mean you got the point. Real metal and rock with true sound and attitude.





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

12. Thank you for the interview. Support Adragard and spread the Plague!!!




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/adragard-interview.html


Hallig/A Distant Reflection of Reality/Talheim Records/2018 CD Review

jeudi 31 mai 2018 à 02:36

  Hallig  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "A  Distant  Reflection  Of  Reality"  which  was  released  by  Talheim  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Clean  vocals a re  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks   while  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  one  track  also  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  on  track  is  all  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Hallig  takes  their  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  into  a  different  direction  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hallig  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neuses  Land"  "To  Walk  With  Giants"  "From  Ashes  All  Blooms"  and  "A  Distant  Reflection  of  The  Void".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/halliga-distant-reflection-of.html


Geisterfels Interview

jeudi 31 mai 2018 à 00:57

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a French atmospheric black metal band with medieval themed lyrics. Nebel created the project in 2013. Aldébaran (Darkenhöld) joined in 2015 and Aharon (Griffon) in 2016.

2.In November, you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Nebel: Aldébaran and I wanted to sound old school, so we kept the black metal of the 90s in mind. The recording and mixing is homemade, so it’s not perfect, but we hope it adds to the atmosphere.

3.The band has been around since 2013 but waited until 2017 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Nebel: It started as a personal project. I just composed the songs alone and then looked for musicians to record with me. It was actually a very long and hard process. Many people making promises and finally doing nothing. But it’s great to have Aldébaran and Aharon now.

4.Your lyrics cover Medieval History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Nebel: I am fond of Medieval history and Geisterfels is one of the expressions of this passion. I am also a historical fantasy writer and I practice Historical European Martial Arts. La névrose de la pierre is a concept album exploring the way romanticism saw the medieval ages. It is the tale of a trip, the one of a French poet who visited the Rhine and the Mosel valleys at the end of the nineteenth century. He was amazed by the many castles he found on his path. His poems thus make a parallel between the majestic ruins he’s seen and the sorrows leading one’s mind to collapse.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Geisterfels'?
Nebel: Geisterfels means The Rock of Ghosts in German. Castles built on rocky promontories often have names ending with fels or stein, so it is an imaginary castle, and its story is told in the song Geisterfels.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Nebel: We are a studio project. I don’t say that we will never perform live shows, but we don’t have a line-up for concerts for the moment. It was extremely difficult to find members for the studio recording as I already mentioned, and I prefer to keep my energy for the composition of the next album.

7.The album was released on 'Six Raw Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Nebel: It is a young label set in Burgundy, France. La névrose de la pierre was its first release. It tries to develop beautiful objects. The Cd is presented in an A5 metal box, and I think it is a great and original format.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Nebel: We don’t have many feedbacks, but I think people appreciated the old school feeling and inspiration.

9.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?
Aldébaran: As for Darkenhöld we will soon reissue “Castellum” album with a new cover and some bonus. These days we are also rerecording some old songs but in acoustic versions.
We have some gigs booked for this summer (Hellfest, Forest Fest) and I have riffs and ideas for a future effort.
Aharon : I am the leader of Griffon, a French medieval black metal band. Nebel knew my work in this project and contacted me for Geisterfels. I accepted to help her for the recording because we share the same passion for the medieval spirit in black metal.

10.Where do you see the band heading in musically during the future?
Nebel: We would like to use medieval instruments and vocals for the second release, a concept album again, and we hope to add this to our old school black metal basis to create a deeper atmosphere.

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?
Nebel: I am inspired by atmospheric black metal from the 90s and bands like: Abigor, Satyricon, Ulver or Kvist. I also listen to classical and medieval music, I suppose you can hear this in my compositions. I also appreciate gothic music: darkwave, deathrock… though I don’t think it influences Geisterfels.
Aharon: I concentrate almost exclusively on French bands. I have a passion for the French black/pagan scene: Belenos, Himinbjorg, Darkenhöld, Aorlhac, Wyrms, Sühnopher, Aladaaron and many more. I also appreciate great bands from the Parisian scene : Aosoth, Temple of Baal, Pensées Nocturnes, Hell Militia, Glorior Belli, Moonreich, … I could mention so many more names: Neptrecus, Malcuidant, Vortex of End, Pestiferum, Fhoi Myore, Antilife, Regarde les Hommes Tomber. We are a very rich country for black metal.
Nebel: I could not agree more. I have created Diabolus in Musica, a blog exclusively dedicated to French black metal and it contains more than 200 reviews.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nebel: Thanks for this interview. We hope fans of atmospheric black metal would like to listen to our album after reading this little presentation.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/geisterfels-interview.html