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Stahlsarg/Mechanisms Of Misanthropy/Non Serviam Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 29 septembre 2017 à 21:25

  Stahlsarg  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  raw  and  melodic  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Mechanisms  Of  Misanthropy"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy riffing  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.

 Some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  also  adds  in  some  goth, death  and  thrash  metal  elements  along  with  a  later  track  being  a  brief  ambient  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  music  also  mixes  the  old  school  style  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  genre. 

  Stahlsarg  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  oppression,  survival  death  themes  with  some  references  to  Norwegian  resistance  hero  Jan  Baalsrud,  Sophie  Scholl  &  the  White  Rose  Movement.

  In  my  opinion  Stahlsarg  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raise  The  Dead"  "Far  Beyond  the  Dragons  Teeth"  "Hope  Lies  Frozen"  and  "In  The  Lungs  Of  the  Earth".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/stahlsargmechanisms-of-misanthropynon.html


Nemere/Vermezo/Neverheard Distro/2017 Cassette Review

vendredi 29 septembre 2017 à 06:06

  Nemere  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vermezo"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Neverheard  Distro.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispers  and  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  as  well  as  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  bass  guitar  lead  for  a  few  seconds.

  Nemere  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very   raw,  traditional  and  old  school  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover Anti  Christian,  Nature  and  Ancient  Hungarian  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nemere  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Harci  Dal"  "Vermezi"  and  "Utolso  Utam".  8  ou t of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/nemerevermezoneverheard-distro2017.html


Belus/Apophenia/Vendetta/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 29 septembre 2017 à 05:15

  Belus  are  a  band  from  Brooklyn,  New  York  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Apophenia"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Vendetta.

  Dark  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  riffing  of  the  song  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  clean  playing  and  synths  are also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Belus  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Belus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chasm"  "Illusions"  and  "Equilibrium".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/belusapopheniavendetta2017-full-length.html


Sarke/Viige Urh/Indie Recordings/2017 CD Review

vendredi 29 septembre 2017 à 04:19

  Sarke  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Viige  Urh"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  heavy  punk  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  vocals  that  gives  the  music  more  of  a  first  wave  black  metal  vibe  while  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Norwegian  second  wave  style  as  well  as  adding  synths  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  an  old  school  metal/punk  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard,  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic  elements  and  female  vocals and  all  of the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.

  Sarke  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  evil,  darkness,  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Sarke  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  thrash  influenced  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dagger  Entombed"  "Jutul"  and  "Evolution  And  Fate".  8  out  of  10.   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/sarkeviige-urhindie-recordings2017-cd.html


Lycanthropy Interview

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 21:34
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Gunner: Currently I’m working on 2 new songs. When the main patterns gonna be ready I’ll
work with Oleg I. on the additional arrangements. It’s gonna be a new experience.

2.In August 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?

Gunner: It has a very clear sound, a little too clean, but I like it. There's a living feel.

Furious: We tried to do our best. And our sound engineer, who is actually a good friend of mine, put his every effort during mixing and mastering as well. It gave us an ability to reach higher level of sound compared to our past releases.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the topics you have covered in the lyrics on the new recording?

Gunner: lyrically it’s a total madness.

Furious: There is nothing to hide. You can hear everything by yourself. One interesting point – lyrics on track # 2. In fact these lyrics were taken from real life. Thanks to Mr. Zhukov -you crazy bastard!

4.I know that the bands name is related to shapeshifting into a werewolf, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Gunner: it reflects inner power of a human being.


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

Gunner: Currently we don’t play live. Back in 2008-2009 we did some really good shows with the old lineup.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Gunner: Maybe in the future, but not in 2017.

Furious: We think about it. But the members of our band are divided by borders, countries, lands and seas - thousands of km. So it is possible but for now it is hard to organize everything on a good level.

7.The new album was released on 'Lower Silesian Stronghold', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Gunner: There is a lot of work to be done.

Furious: Not all that much. Some of our past releases were promoted better.

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

Gunner: it’s quite positive in Europe, but not so good in Russia or Ukraine. But it is how it is. It doesn’t really matter for me.


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?

Furious: I participated in a few projects in the past, but I do not keep in touch with their members at the moment. I mean, I see them from time to time but that is not about the music.

Gunner: I think Oleg has something to say on this one...

Oleg I.: I have a solo bm project called Khôra where a new album is coming soon and will include some interesting guests.

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

Gunner: time will show. Can’t answer at the moment. Maybe a bit more atmospheric...

Oleg I.: I hope we will incorporate some more variety of genres into the bm we currently play.

11.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?

Gunner: I keep on listening the same bands: Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Enthroned, Marduk, Dissection, Lucifugum, Rotting Christ, Belenos, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Terrorizer, Carcass, Legion of the Damned, Hypocrisy, Impaled Nazarene, My Dying Bride, Emperor, Setherial. Plus a lot of more underground stuff, such bands as Grift, Forndom, Twilight’s Embrace.

Furious: I am inspired by the new wave of BM from USA – Nightbringer, for example.

12.How would you describe your satanic and anti christian views?

Gunner: undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit.

Oleg I.: I don't care about any religion, only about how are the individuals who practice it.

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

Gunner: Stay Strong & Keep on Fighting!

Furious: Keep listening to dark music.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/lycanthropy-interview.html