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Darkenhold/Arcanes & Sortileges/Les Acteurs de L' Ombre Productions/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 9 octobre 2020 à 03:48

 


  France's  Darkenhold  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  medieval  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Arcanes  &  Sortileges"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Les  Acteurs  de  L'  Ombre  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  keyboards  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.


  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  while  clean  playing,  acoustic  guitars  and  whispered  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly,  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  folk  music  elements  are  utilized  they  also  enhance  the  medieval  atmosphere  of  the  music  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  castles,  fantasy  and  medieval  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Darkenhold  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  medieval  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oriflamme"  "Incantations"  and  "Le  Bestiare  Fantastigue".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/darkenholdarcanes-sortilegesles-acteurs.html


In Cauda Venenum/G.O.H.E/Les Acteurs de L' Ombre Productions/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 9 octobre 2020 à 02:32

 


  In  Cauda  Venenum  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "G.O.H.E"  which  was  released  by  Les  Acteurs  de  L'  Ombre  Productions.


  Cello's  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  over  the  20  minute  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Shouting  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  cascadian  and  atmospheric  elements  at  times,  piano's  and  double  bass  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  clear  vocals  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  second  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  James  Ellroy  and  his  murder  novels.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  In  Clauda  Venenum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Delivrance".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/in-cauda-venenumgoheles-acteurs-de-l.html


October Falls/Syys/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

vendredi 9 octobre 2020 à 01:17

 


  October  Falls  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  recently  had  music  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  the  folk  influenced  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and goes  for  more  a  neo-folk  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Syys"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  Field  recordings  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  brings  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording.  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  keyboards  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  music  is  also  instrumental.


   At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  the  acoustic  guitars  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  full  chords.  Finger  picking  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  songs  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  all of  the music  also  sticks  to  a slower  direction.       


  On  this  recording  October  Falls  moves  away  from  black  metal  to  return  back  to  the  instrumental  neo  folk  style  that  was  presented  on  some  of  their  earlier  releases  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  October  Falls  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I'  "V" and  "VIII".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/october-fallssyyspurity-through.html


Morte Interview

vendredi 9 octobre 2020 à 00:27

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Morte is a band whos main musical style is within the Black Metal genre. With that and some other musical influences we form a vision of how the music is to be led and focus on keeping that track. This is something done very naturally but for it to happen every one must bring what will better fit with what we do, either is Black or Death Metal, Dark Ambient or noise.


2.Recently the band has released a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


Dark Music. We say it this way because what we aimed to do, came as the result of mixing several dark influences. We don't like to be dictated by any kind of rules established in any genre. Thus, our creation process is something done in a very raw but simple way.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover satanic and occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


Lyricaly its something we touch either in a very light and covert way, or we can be completely explicit. We do it that way because each one of us has a very unique way of dealing with the occult, and sometimes we don't even think its necessary to expose it. As for the connection every one of us has with that matter, it is something we will not debate since those are personal affairs. 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Morte'?


Morte literaly means Death in English. The inspiration is based on Death itself, for being the only absolute certainty and truth we have, and to be the end of everything of all that exists, has existed or will in this universe we are in. 


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


It's a representation of Death as the end of everything. Being impious and colossal, devouring both believers and non believers. That was the vision sought for the album cover. 


6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows?


With the pandemic around thinking of live shows at this point is basically pointless. It's something we aren't considering just for now and the focus is in the recently released work, however, it's something always to be looked upon in case an opportunity comes up and the right conditions are met. 


7.So far there is very little information about the band online, is it intentional to keep a low profile?


It is intentional although this might change in the near future. We think the Internet is a vast source of information but sometimes it just leads users to a feeling of disorientation - and this is something we want to avoid. We are obviously interested in those seeking what we do, and although information is scarce, we always try to feed people with knowledge of what is really important and relevant. Everything else just ends up being completely indifferent and shallow, giving the follower complete unnecessary information. 


8.The album was released on 'Firecum Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Joining Firecum Records was something that happened quite naturally because there was already a friendship with Peter (Firecum Boss for those who are unaware) with someone within our ranks, and so we knew that he is very trustworthy. Not only that, we also knew that the label has always shown interest in all sorts of bands doing a great job with all of them, even if they are unknown.


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


We have been having reactions a bit from all over, some are within what we would expect, but some are a complete surprise. Of course a bigger recognition is always satisfying, but we are aware that the album has been released in less than a month so it's still quite recent for us to have the necessary feedback.  


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


We will definitely keep doing what we have done so far in terms of free composing - which was what we did on this record. And we will keep the same musical motto, style and influences, but at the same time improving what we've done previously.


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?


Our main influence is Celtic Frost. As for personal influences we have for Belial - Portal, Aosoth, Sodomator, Misþyrming, Necrobode, just to name a few.... // Kriatura - Burzum, Grav, Hail Spirit Noir, Black metal & Jazz fusion, etc... // Melkor - Dissection, Behemoth, Emperor, Satyricon, Cannibal Corpse, among many many others.


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


Aeternum - Abyssus abyssum invocat


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/morte-interview.html


Yaotl Mictlan/Sagrada Tierra del Jaguar/American Line Productions/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 8 octobre 2020 à 21:06

 


  Yaotl  Mictlan  are  a  band  from  Salt  Lake  City,  Utah  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pre  Hispanic  folk  influenced  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Sagrada  Tierra  del  Jaguar"  which  will  be  released  on  October  30th  by  American  Line  Productions.


  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Clean  playing  and  war  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  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.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  song  also  introducing  throat  singing  onto  the  album  which  also  enhances  the  ritualistic  side  of  the  music  and  as  the  recording  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mayan/Pre  Hispanic  Paganism  and  Culture  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Yaotl  Mictlan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pre  Hispanic  folk  influenced  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entre  Iluvias  Fuertes""Tezcatlipoca  -  Espejo  Relumbrante"  and  "Sombra  del  Mictlan".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/yaotl-mictlansagrada-tierra-del.html