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Dysylumn/Occultation/Signal Rex/2020 CD Re-Issue Review

vendredi 10 avril 2020 à 21:22

  Dysylumn  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Occultation"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  tribal  beats  before  going  into a   heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dissonant  yet  melodic  style  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  music  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  deep  blackened  metal  style  along  with  some  touches  of  death  metal  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  as well  as  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  touches  of  post  black  metal  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  the  album  closes  with  a  couple of  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  psychology,  space  and  hallucination  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Dysylumn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Occultation"  "Psychose"  and  "Decorporation".  8  out  of  10.

http://dysylumn.bandcamp.com/album/occultation

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/dysylumnoccultationsignal-rex2020-cd-re.html


Ancient Burial/Beyond The Watchtowers/Signal Rex/2020 CD Review

vendredi 10 avril 2020 à 10:21

  Ancient  Burial  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Beyond The  Watchtowers"  which will  be  released  in  May  by Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  suicidal  approach  to  black  metal  screams  and w hen  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  very  chaotic  style  and  avoiding  the  use  of  any  melody.

  Ancient  Burial  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  in  the  90's  old  school  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path,  Darkness,  Evil  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ancient  Burial  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolferian  Woods  Of  Belial"  "Ritualistic  Trinity  of  Evil"  and  "Hunger  For  Desecration".  8/5  out  of  10.

http://ancientburialbm.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-watchtowers

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/ancient-burialbeyond-watchtowerssignal.html


Hegemony/Enthroned By Persecution/Hells Headbangers/2020 CD Review

vendredi 10 avril 2020 à 08:44

  Hegemony  are  a  band  from  Alabama  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Enthroned  By  Persecution"  which  will  be  released  on  April  24th by  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal.  Bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking,  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow. mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  vengeful  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Hegemony  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exalted  March  To  Decimation"  "Strength  And  Impurity"  and  "Ruination  Sacrifice".  8 out  of  10.

http://hegemony-us.bandcamp.com/album/enthroned-by-persecution    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/hegemonyenthroned-by-persecutionhells.html


Armnatt/Dense Fog/Signal Rex/2020 CD Review

jeudi 9 avril 2020 à 21:14

  Armnatt  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Dense  Fog"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  sounds  of  fires  burning  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  while  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  slow  and  mid  tempo  sections. A  touch  of  the  first  wave  era  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  riffs  being  done  on  power  chords,  all  of  the  music  also  avoids  using  any  melody,  guitar  leads  or  solos,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Armnatt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  power  chord  driven  and  old  school  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  night  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Armnatt  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dense  Fog" "Eternal  Night"  and  "Into  The  Catacombs".  8  out  of  10.

http://armnatt.bandcamp.com/album/dense-fog

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/armnattdense-fogsignal-rex2020-cd-review.html


Solipsism Interview

jeudi 9 avril 2020 à 20:44
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a
little bit about the band?
We are a black metal trio from central Slovakia and we created Solipsism in circa October of 2018. Musically, we are trying to create something with its own face, not to repeat the same style of countless bands before us. Kind of to have our own signature sound.

2.You have an ep coming out in March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Well, it‘s our debut, so we are still on the look for the things that really suit us, what we like, what we can do, what we want to do and so on. Since it’s an EP,  we sort of went for a demonstration of our direction, so the listener could get a picture of what to expect from us in the future. In this aspect, we tried to make every song on the EP different. You can hear more aggressive, pure one, more melodic and slow one, something in between... But I daresay that every song sends a message that we don’t play orthodox black metal. 

3.You refer to your music as being 'Negative black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Black metal, nowadays, is a very vague term. We could put together dozens of bands, who identify themselves as black metal, but they don’t sound anything alike. One could say that adding so much qualifiers to your genre description is edgy or obnoxious, but it actually says more about the sound and direction in which the band flows. In our music, you can always hear this melancholic touch and the lyrics are dealing with all sorts of negative worldviews, so we thought it would be appropriate to put the moniker „negative“ to it. To say more about ourselves.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
It could be summed up to negative existentialism. We are inspired by our everyday lives, what we are dealing with in specific moments and the lyrics embody our feelings and thoughts of our own existence in those moments. On this EP, every song stands for itself and is a contemplation about a certain aspect of our lives, be it possible futility of existence, heartbreak or a will to negate and deconstruct general values and beliefs.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Solipsism'?
Solipsism is a philosophical idea which states, that you cannot be sure of existence of anything besides your own consciousness. Basically everything around you, even your physical vessel could be just a product of your own mind. Therefore, what’s the point of anything, if nothing is real? We don’t take it to the metaphysical levels, however, we understand it in a more „wordly“ context. You always need to doubt, whether the thing you see, understand or live is real or it’s just your own perception of those matters.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
It was done by Svjatogor from bands like Ceremony of Silence and Porenut, who is actually a quite known graphic designer in Slovakia. Artworkwise, it’s up to everyone to think for themselves, what the cover means to them. There are lots of images which go hand in hand with existential philosophy, contemplating, and in fact, with the idea-tic direction of the album.

7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet?
Opportunities are not the issue. Black metal scene in Slovakia is quite small, the people at least briefly know each other, so it wouldn’t be that hard to find ourselves a gig to play if we could actually do it, but as of now we are lacking a second guitarist and a bass player. Without them, we don’t want to play live, since with just one guitar, drums and vocals our music can’t live up to its full potential.

8.The ep is coming out on 'Sun & Moon Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
Well, we knew this label and did a little research about it, looked into the bands they’ve been releasing and came to a conclusion, that we could musically fit under their banners. So we wrote them an email, introduced ourselves, sent our EP and asked if they would be interested in working with us. And they were.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
It’s a bit too early to talk about a worldwide level, since we disclosed only two songs and the EP still hasn’t been released. We got a bit of feedback mostly from Slovakia and Czech Republic and we gotta say it has been only positive so far. Actually, it’s been better than we initially expected.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hard to say, we do it intuitively and as we think in that exact moment. Also, we don’t like limits and borders and want to mess around with the possibilities offered. What we can say is, that we want to improve our sound quality wise. For now (and probably years coming) we go into the direction of black metal with its own print and some sort of added value. To be memorable.

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/
We all three like a lot of different things and they, naturally, find their way to our music. Considering metal, all three of us are intertwined by black metal, but apart from that, we listen to various genres and things. I also like dark ambient and its atmosphere inspires me in writing keys and lyrics for our music. In general though, we listen to a great number of bands, but considering the recent time the drummer, for example, listens frequently to Zhrine, Misþirming and expects the new release of Anaal Nathrakh, the guitarist is digging Kres and Spawn of Possession and for me maybe Deluge, Bonjour Tristesse and Une Misère.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks a lot for the interview and stay tuned, we already started writing new songs. Check our social media for updates... and remember, it’s all in your head.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/04/solipsism-interview.html