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Nawaharjan/Lokabrenna/Amor Fati/2020 CD Review

dimanche 2 février 2020 à 22:34

  Nawaharjan  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Lokabrenna"  which  will  be  released  on  February  20th  by  Amor  Fati.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  utilize  screams  at  times.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  spoken  word  parts  also  give  the  recording  more  of a  ritualistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  riffs  also  get  very  melodic  sounding  at  times  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  Thurisan  Brandawegiz  a  darker  form  of  Germanic  rune  magick  that  focuses  more  on  Loki.

  In  my  opinion  Nawaharjan  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maino"  "Sunjo"  "Umbibrautiniz"  and  "Hradjungo".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/bT7ucJHD8KE    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/nawaharjanlokabrennaamor-fati2020-cd.html


Nox Formulae/Drakon-Darshon-Satan/Dark Descent Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 2 février 2020 à 08:00

  Nox  Formulae  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Drakon-Darshon-Satan"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as   well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.

  Ritualistic  sounding  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  occult  atmosphere.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  "At  The  Outskirts  Of  The  Shadow  Current:  The  Dark  Initiation  In  This  Life  Time"  by  Daemon  Gharressieth  which  goes  into  the  dark  traditions  offered  by  the  Red  Dragon  to  humanity.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nox  Formulae  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic,  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Psychopath  Of  NOX"  "The  Black  Stone  Of  Satan"  and  "Eve  of  Annihilation".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/nox-formulaedrakon-darshon-satandark.html


La Mer Interview

dimanche 2 février 2020 à 05:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. I'm a Polish musician living in Scotland. La Mer is a solo atmospheric black metal project I started in April 2019. I have recently released the debut La Mer album titled "Silence" on my label Roadtrip God Inc.

2.In January you had released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
2. I aimed for a cold and harsh atmosphere, somewhat reflecting the environment of the region where I live and write. The idea was for the guitars to serve a drone-like function where the vocals and drums carried the aggression and momentum of the songs. The inclusion of folk elements stemmed from my interest in fusing extreme music with instruments like the baglama saz (persian lute) or the balalaika, largely inspired by the works of the great composer Goran Bregović.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
3. Primarily, I write about the fast-accelerating degeneration of human society and the symptoms of this decline. I write about religious zeal and aggression - observing how religion takes us away from nature, from reality, pragmatically damaging our understanding of the world and ourselves on a human level. It is an absurd concept that as a society, it is expected that we tolerate organised religious groups, which were founded on, and continue to spread hate and intolerance.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'La Mer'?
4. La Mer means "the sea" in French. I have always been fascinated by forces of nature and to me, the sea represents the unknown, bringing life and death in equal amounts. The connection to water has been a recurring subject in all of my previous works, being a constant element that connects my art. I felt it was an appropriate name to continue my journey.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
5. The album cover is a drawing made by my wife years ago. The first time I saw it, I knew I'll seek to use it as album artwork one day. To me, the act of cannibalism depicted on the image perfectly represents where we are as a society,  matching the lyrical content of the album.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
6. I enjoy working alone, but bringing other people into projects can create a welcome challenge. I have not yet found suitable people to collaborate with on La Mer, but I'm open to the idea.

7.The album was released on 'Roadtrip God Inc, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7. My original music project, Roadtrip God, started around 2010 and continued until 2017, when I made another record with my second band, Poison Water. Since then I started a couple more projects, including this one. "Roadtrip God Inc" works as a micro-label, helping me to manage and distribute my music on my own terms.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. The response has been positive from many people, although as this is a new project, it has not been heard by vast numbers.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
9. I'm actively working on two projects at the moment, La Mer and Poison Water. The latter is a band I formed with my wife who's been my collaborator since 2016, creating the artwork for all Roadtrip God Inc releases and fronting the band. Poison Water's music revolves around alternative and ambient rock genres. In the past, I have also worked on industrial rock (Roadtrip God) and rap projects (Kepler), which have been released on my label.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
10. I hope to explore new musical territiories, work on potential collaborations and continue making new records with multiple bands, as long as it will be sustainable.

 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?
11. When I was growing up, I was exposed to bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. Later, my father introduced me to metal through works of Sepultura and Pantera, as well as more industrial/goth oriented bands like Sisters of Mercy, Marilyn Manson or Nine Inch Nails, which I still admire and find inspiration in. Nowadays I listen to a lot of death and black metal, namely bands like Mgła, Behemoth, Kriegsmaschine, Rotting Christ or Septicflesh. I find a lot of freedom in listening to a broad range of genres, as each one has a unique form of expression. Outside of metal, I currently enjoy the works of Chelsea Wolfe, the icelandic post-punk band Kaelan Mikla and Polish rap project called PRO8L3M, who show that outside of TV-propelled, shallow pop facade, rap is an intelligent and musically rich genre.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. To finish, I'd like to thank you for the interview. For those taking an interest in my music, there will be two new releases from Roadtrip God Inc in the first half of 2020 - an EP by La Mer, titled "Kingdom of Hell" and an EP by Poison Water scheduled for March. Both works will be available at roadtripgod.com and the Roadtrip God Inc YouTube channel.




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/la-mer-interview.html


Ulveblod/Omnia Mors Aequat/Consouling Sounds/2020 CD Review

dimanche 2 février 2020 à 05:26

  Ulveblod  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Omnia  Mors  Aequat"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Consouling  Sounds.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  The  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  also  adding  in  some  touches  of  dark  noise.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  dissonant  style  as  well  as  the  music  sticking  mostly  to  a  fast  style  with  only  a  small  amount  of  mid  tempo  or  slow  parts  which  can  mostly  be  heard  on  the  later  songs.

  At  times  he  music  also  captures  an  improv  atmosphere  at  times,  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  the  closing  track  is  also  over  20  minutes  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Qabalah,  Chaosophy  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ulveblod  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seven  Heads  And  Ten  Horns"  and  "Chaosophy".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/kW8qIzPpju4  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/ulveblodomnia-mors-aequatconsouling.html


Scáth na Déithe/The Dirge Of Endless Mourning/Vendetta Records/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 2 février 2020 à 03:29

  Scáth  na  Déithe  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "The  Dirge  of  Endless  Mourning"  which  was  released  by  Vendetta  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  grim  black  metal  screams. Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  as  the  album  progresses  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  drones.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Scáth  na  Déithe  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Malinger's  Tongue"  and  "Remnant  Understanding".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/scath-na-deithethe-dirge-of-endless.html