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Saarkoth/Cult Of Nature/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 31 octobre 2020 à 23:07

 


  Saarkoth  are  a  band  from  the  united  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Cult  Of  Nature".


  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style. Vocals  are mostly  grim  sounding  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  chants  also  being  added  into  the  background  briefly.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a r aw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  growling  vocals  and  synths  onto  the  recording,  clean  playing also  makes  a return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  also  reappearing  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  humanity,  nature,  the  rapid  decaying  of  Earth  and  the  human  mind.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Saarkoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rains  over  A  Dying  World"  "Sanctuaries  Of  Oak"  and  "Questions  For  The  Heavens".   8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/saarkothcult-of-nature2020-full-length.html


Varg Interview

samedi 31 octobre 2020 à 05:17

 

Answered by: FREKI (vocals)


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

We are overwhelmed by the great reactions to the album and are looking forward to our upcoming tour when the pandemic is over.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Our new guitarists Morkai and Garm have improved our songwriting to a new level. The songs are heavy and melodic at the same time. Let's say this album is the grown up pagan rebirth of VARG. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the new album and also how would you describe your progress and songwriters over the years?

With the opening track 793 we draw the listener back to the official beginning of the era of vikings. The lyrics are a journey through paganism, the viking way of life, old gods, heathen values, bloody battles and norse mythology. Over the past 15 years many things have changed for me, I did not only grow older but gained a lot experiences that improve you as a person and hand-by-hand improves you as songwriter of course.

4.Some of your lyrics have also Paganism and Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

My interest in paganism and norse mythology began in 2005. I read books about these topics and was trying to dig deeper and deeper into it. While most publications only scratched the surface I was happy to find some rare books that described for example the blood eagle ritual which fascinated me a lot. Over the years I have never lost my interest in norse mythology but the real desire for it was reborn around the year 2017. Today I am more interested in these topics than every before.

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

The artwork is very plain and dark. It focuses on the wolfrune which is the new sign for VARG, like a second band logo. If you look closely you will find some more details.

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


Our stage performance is more a ritual than a concert. We built a strong connection to the audience and let them dive into the raw era of vikings and the VARG universe we create. Surrounded by iron, runes and fire we feel comfortable and anyone who is willing to join our wolfpack will be rewarded with being part of this ritual. 


7.You have also mentioned being against fascism and racism in the past, can you tell us a little bit more about these views?

There's not much to tell. We are against facism and racism and any intelligent person should share this opinion.

8.The new album was released on Napalm Records a label you have worked with in the past, what was the decision behind returning back to this label?

We have never splitted ways with Napalm Records. We released “Wolfszeit II” on our own label Wolf Metal records because it was more a remake than a new album.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of extreme metal?

The reactions have been great. It seems that the pagan rebirth of VARG is exactly what fans were looking for and even some former haters have changed to fans with this new album. 

10.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?

Morkai is part of the power metal band Victorious who are also signed to Napalm Records. Garm is part of the melodic death metal band Deliver The Galaxy. Fenrier has his own streetwear label.

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

We will definitely follow the path we chose with the new album “Zeichen” and go even further into norse mythology and the viking era.

12.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?

A big influence for the pagan rebirth of VARG has definitely been Wardruna  who not only do great music but also have an extraordinary live show. Personally I don't listen to new music that often and focus on the good old albums that have been part of my life for many years.

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

Stay save and healthy and listen to the new VARG album “Zeichen” now!



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


Morbid Blood/DemoN 1/2020 Demo Review

samedi 31 octobre 2020 à 05:06

 


  Morbid  Blood  are  a band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash metal  and  d  beat  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released 2020  demo.


  Synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats. Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the music  also  adding  in  some  elements  of  thrash,  crust  and  d  beat  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school  style.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  music  also  adds  in  some  touches  of  early  90's  era  death  metal  into  the  guitar  riffing.  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the closing  track  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing. 


  Morbid  Blood  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  d  beat  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  horror  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Morbid  Blood  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  mixture  of  black,  death,  thrash  metal  and  d  beat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "March  Of  The  Grotesque".  8 out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/morbid-blooddemon-12020-demo-review.html


Black Mold/The Inheritance Of Evil/Hellprod Records/2020 Cassette Review

samedi 31 octobre 2020 à 04:41

 


  Portugal's Black  Mold  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  punk  influenced  form  of  raw  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Inheritance Of  Evil"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  November  by  Hellprod  Records.


  A  very  heavy  and  punk  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  first  wave  vibe.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  80's  and  90's  era  influences  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.


  On  this  recording  Black  Mold  remain  true  to  the  punk  influenced  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Atavistic  Nihilism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Mold  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  punk  influenced  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascended  Masters"  "Long  Night"  "The  Invisible  Hand"  and  "Ghosts  In  The  Mirror".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/black-moldthe-inheritance-of.html


Earthly Form Interview

samedi 31 octobre 2020 à 01:59

 


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


I started the band in february 2020. I had been storing some ideas that didn't fit in my earlier musical projects, which were mostly grindcore and crust, and I wanted to do something with the ideas, basically "riffs". So, to get started I decided to use this maybe 15 years old drum machine I had lying around to make some beats. I asked Stefanator, who I have been playing with in various projects before, to join the band to play the bass. Stefanator agreed, and the drum machine also stayed.


2.Recently you have released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


We didn't have any vision of what it should've sounded like, or how we could even approach any specific sound. All we knew it should be really raw and cold, but in an atmospheric way. The songs were quite new when we recorded them, and we were just concentrated to play them right. I also had a new distortion pedal and I hadn't been doing vocals in a loooooong time. But the recording session was really smooth, and our friend Nihilius did a great job recording and mixing it (eternal gratitude!)


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the band has explored so far with the music?


Flesh prison, the first song on the demo, for example, is about the feeling that this civilization - or society- is so repulsive, that one needs to escape from it, but not by straight death, but something 'spiritual', like self improvement, for example. Crushing the wheel deals with the fact that there's no point in trying to build forever lasting imperium's, because they will always fall, and then rise again, then fall again... The ever-repeating cycle must be broken. But how? In what sense?


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


It fits perfectly with the so-called philosophy in our lyrics, and it's a synonym with the first song we made, Flesh prison.


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


I took the picture on one of my hiking trips to a Finnish national park in the spring. It's probably a beaver's nest in a flooded lake. I didn't take the picture for this purpose at first, but later noticed it would make a nice cover.


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


We are not actively looking for new members, but let's say that it's not impossible that we would add a singer, second guitarist or a human drummer to the line up. But it's really great this way too. Maybe if we start doing live shows some day we could use an extra hand on the stage to improve the sound. Or if we simply run out of ideas.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


We are looking for a label, but we should be more active in it, like sending tapes etc... We will be recording new stuff in the future anyway, and it would be great to have a label to release it, be it in whichever format.


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


The reaction has been really good, at least if you compare the streaming and downloading numbers with the little effort we have put into spreading the demo. We don't have any social media, and I haven't personally been a part of any scene, or known 'the right people', so it's great that people have still found our music.


10.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 both have our background in punk, crust and grindcore, and we are still involved in them, but we are into metal too, of course. I can't speak for Stefanator but I have drawn inspiration from all kinds of black metal, from bestial style to melodic atmospheric stuff. I also enjoy death metal a lot, as I enjoy 80's pop music and classical composers, and I'm sure there are influences from those styles too in Earthly Form's music.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Stefanator spends his time with environmental anthropology and video games. For me it's hiking and books. We both are interested in what's happening (and what already has happened) in this world.


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


Huge thanks & eternal hails for this interview. For those interested, we still have copies of the tape demo left, so just write us at earthlyform@gmail.com to get one for yourself.


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