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Grimtone/Memento Mori/Extreme Metal Music/2017 CD Review

vendredi 24 novembre 2017 à 23:40

  Grimtone  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Memento  Mori"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Extreme  Metal  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  grim  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's second  wave  Scandinavian  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  only  used  briefly,  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Grimtone  plays  a  style  of  black metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in  the  old  school  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  its  transition  from  life.

  In  my  opinion  Grimtone  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  "Souls  Reborn  Into  Hate"  "Fields  Of  Pale  Limbs"  and  "Empress  Of  The  Black".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/grimtonememento-moriextreme-metal.html


Azziard/Metempsychose/Malpermesita Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 24 novembre 2017 à 21:19

  France's  Azziard  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  with  some  depressive  and  suicidal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Metempsychose"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Malpermesita  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  background  voices  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard. 

During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody and  elements  of  death  metal  are  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  some  guttural  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  soundscapes  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  depressive  elements  are  added  into  the  music  and  at  times  the  music  brings  in  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  touch  and  clean  guitars  as  well  as  some  chants and  operatic  female  vocals  are  used  briefly  on  the  closing  track. 

  On  this  recording  Azziard  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  aggressive  while  also  adding  in  some  depressive  touches  and  death  metal  influences  at  times  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  the  writings  of  Carl  Jung.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album from  Azziard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  modern  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "L' Enfer"  "Ascension"  "Archetype"  and  "Le  Sacrifice".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/azziardmetempsychosemalpermesita.html


Lucifer's Dungeon/Music Of Lost Spirits/2017 CD Review

vendredi 24 novembre 2017 à 04:38

  Lucifer's  Dungeon  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Music  Of  Lost  Spirits".

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  introducing  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  and  they  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  acoustic  instrumentals  and  black  metal  tracks  which  also  gives  the  album  more  variety.

  On  this  recording  Lucifer's Dungeon  keeps  the  raw and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  while  replacing  the  ambient  tracks  with  acoustic  guitar  instrumentals,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  dogma,  Satanism  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lucifer's  Dungeon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Of  Civilization"  "Antichrist"  and  "Black  Knight".  8 out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/lucifers-dungeonmusic-of-lost.html


Forefather/Ours Is The Kingdom/Heidens Hart Records/2017 CD Re-issue Review

vendredi 24 novembre 2017 à 02:44

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  United  Kingdom's  Forefather  which  is  also  in  the  style  of  Anglo Saxon  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2004  and  called  "Ours  Is  The  Kingdom"  which  was  also  re-issued  in  2017  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  clean  pagan  vocals  also  make  their  presence  known.

  Some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  elements  of  traditional  metal  while t he  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  grim  black  metal  screams are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  epic  sounding  synths  and  clean guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  songs  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Forefather  remained  true  to  the  Anglo  Saxon  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon  history,  paganism  and pride  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Forefather  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shield-Wall"  "The  Golden  Dragon"  "The  Folk  That  Time  Forgot"  and  "Fighters  Of  The  Angelcynn". 8  out of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/forefatherours-is-kingdomheidens-hart.html


Zvijer Interview

vendredi 24 novembre 2017 à 00:10
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

ZVIJER was created in mid 2013. by Vožd (guitars) and me (vocals). Band is based in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska/Bosnia. Along one more band from Sarajevo city we are only black metal bands active currently in this shithole of a country.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

That is a sound highly inspired with early Darkthrone albums, black metal from nineties that is in extinction today due to big number of all “orthodox“ “kvlt“ black metal bands and all that modern shits that infested black metal. In our eyes and ears this is how black matel need to sound today. No fancy stuff, just pure raw energy and straight forward attack on listeners ears.

3. Your lyrics cover 'Balkanian dark folklore', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

We are from Balkan region (obviously) so we didn’t wanted to go into some religious/anti-religious themes or similar stuff when we have so rich and big source of inspiration right in front of us. Balkan is full of stories about night, night creatures, vampires and ghouls... and they fit perfectly into our music. We incorporate black metal and Balkanian horror tales in one great unity. Since we were kids we listened stories about vampires, night creatures and ghouls from forests around us, so our interests in this theme going way back in our childhood.

4. I know that the bands name means 'beast' in Serbian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It fits perfectly, at least from our point of view. In Republic of Srpska is practice to call every dreadfully creature from tales (werewolf, vampire,... etc)  simply “beast“. We find that fitting into our circle of interest within band, so we take it for our name, on our native language.

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

We didn’t play live with Zvijer, yet.

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

There are plans for few selected shows in 2018. to promote our “Vječnost Truleži“ album. We don’t seek to make a tones of shows, it is better to make few selected shows and do them properly, so that we can present our music in high quality performance. Quality over quantity is what we think.

7. The new album was released on 'Werewolf Promotion', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Album release was delayed few times due the problems with labels who needed to release it on first place. Then Szymon from Werewolf Promotion approached to us with wish to release our album under his label. He offered us reasonable terms for releasing and we accepted it. He honored his part of a deal and he did a great job with release itself.
Also album went out on pro-tape format through the Hungarian label called Iron County Records. Also we had no problems with them either, they made really great job with that release. We are highly satisfied with final results with both formats.

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

It is really good, I must say. Since we coming from shithole and our country is not famous with anything except wars, fans around globe accepted us really well.
We have been accepted really well especially with black metal fans from ex-Yugoslavian countries like Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia... also Germanian and Polish black metal fans showed fine level of supporting our work and finding it interesting.

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?

My band Sahrana is on-hold currently. I simply have no time for that right now. Vožd working some re-releases with his project 1389. Insanus play live with Black Cult and he is in process of making a new material for his project called Hibernum. I think that Krvolok also put his project Kult Perunov on-hold currently, but I am not sure about that.

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

It is impossible to give you a precise answer on this question. We already made some new riffs and lyrics that will be on upcoming materials, but I can’t say anything definite about them ’cause they are all in the process of creation. I think we will keep this approach to black metal, to play it in veins of “glorious nineties“ sound, maybe just to experiment a little bit with production. We play this for our enjoyment on first place and we think that we do not need any changes in the views of music and lyrics of ZVIJER.

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?

That would probably be bands like (early) Impaled Nazarene, (early) Sodom, Beherit, (Russian band) Forest, Moonblood, Root,... etc.
These days I am into Anima Damnata’s album “ Nefarious Seed Grows to Bring Forth Supremacy of the Beast“ that is one hell of an album, pure aggression and energy. Also Tom Wait’s album “ Heartattack and Vine“ is in player along Magma Waves album namely “ .​.​.​and who will take care of you now“.

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

Thank you for your time and interest in band Zvijer.

“When the sky turns black and the sun fails... the Beast will bear the mark of might OVER DEATH ! ! !“

https://www.facebook.com/zvijer.316

zvijer.band@gmail.com

https://www.ironcountyrecords.blogspot.com

http://www.werewolf-promotion.pl


Knjaz

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/zvijer-interview.html