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Black Altar/Beastcraft/Occult Ceremonial Rites/Winds Ov Decay/Odium Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 3 novembre 2017 à 03:28

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Poland's  Black Altar  and  Norway's  Beastcraft  called  "Occult  Ceremonial Rites/Winds  Ov  Decay"  which  will  be  released  on  November  30th  by  Odium  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Black  Altar  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal.

   Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  dark  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes  while  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  dissonant  structures  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  they  also  bring  in  a  Beastcraft  cover  and  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  remixed  track.

  Black  Altar  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  satanic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  misanthropy,  darkness  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Altar  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tophet"  and  "Pentagram  Sacrifice'. 

  Next  up  is  Beastcraft  a  band  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  sounding  intro  along  with  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  before  going  intro  a  fashion  direction  while the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody. 

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  one  of  their  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  being  very  traditional  yet  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  recorded  live  and  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.


  Beastcraft  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  which  is  very  traditional  and  raw  sounding  while  still  maintaining  a  modern  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death,  Necromancy  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beastcraft  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deathcraft  And  Necromancy"  and  "In  Thy  Glory".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  satanic  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/black-altarbeastcraftoccult-ceremonial.html


Lloth Interview

vendredi 3 novembre 2017 à 00:54
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?
Right now we are concetrate for the promotion of the Athanati album.
We will release 3-4 videoclips and we will send promo to all major magazines and webzines.Ofcourse we will also  be prepared for live shows.

2.Recently you have 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 stuf you have released in the past?
The music style is not strictly black/death metal.We have a lot of influences and we don't want to limit our self in one genre.The old stuff back in 1997 it was more raw black metal and  with other line up.

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
We were focus only with Astarte it was our priority.We have never split we were just inactive.The cause of reacitvate was the need to perform live our material.It is always great to communicate with the fans.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrical topics is is about feelings despair,pain,sorrow and some about myths etc.

5.What is the meaning and inspirtion behind the name 'Lloth'?
The Lloth was created by Tristessa of Astarte back in 1995 after they were renamed as Astarte.The members were all females so they choose Lloth as the name of the band ,the mythic  Spider Queen from Dungeons and Dragons.

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?
We have few lives from 2004 with Rotting Christ,Inveracity.More recent with Septicflesh,Kawir.At Astarte Fest we had honour Maria 'Tristessa'Kolokouri and we share the stage with alot of excellent Hellenic bands.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We want to promote first our Album Athanati and later to organize a lot of lives for the same reason.It is in our plans.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal?
We have a lot of positive feedback but we need to work hard to take our place in the metal scene.

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?
As it concerns me as Nicolas Maiis i am involved to some projects like Pan Satyros in a folk-pagan style,Lycons which is a gothic/dark wave band and is also member Panthimis the bass player of Lloth.Insected is an old band of mine .We play melodic death/thrash with a lot of heavy elements and Setesh the guitarist with his black metal band Diablery and also guitarist at Insected.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think more into black metal and less to death metal style.I want to use multiple clean voices to give something more epic to our music.

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?
Personally i am fan of 90's for the extreme metal but i am trying to have my own style in music.As about my music preferences they depend from my mood from Bolt Thrower till Sisters of Mercy and Exploited.Music has no boundaries.

12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
I think everybody can believe whatever he wants.I respect our ancient culture and civilization.Arts and spirit is our legacy.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank all the fans that supports us from the beggining ,It was a hard proccess to make this record but we feel satisfied for the result.

Nicolas Maiis


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


Funeral Baptism/The Venom Of God/Loud Rage Music/2017 CD Review

lundi 30 octobre 2017 à 04:21

  Funeral  Baptism  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Romania  and  Argentina  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  technical  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Venom  Of  God"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  are  mostly hateful  black  metal screams. 

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  technical  while  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  the  album  closes  with  an  acoustic  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Funeral  Baptism  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  technical  and  hateful  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Baptism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  technical  and  hateful  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Seething  Spirit"  and  "Return  To  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/funeral-baptismthe-venom-of-godloud.html


Witchcraft Sadomizer/Mouth Fucking Holy Black Holes/Caligari Records/2017 EP Review

lundi 30 octobre 2017 à 03:20

  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  are  a  solo  project  from  Israel  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017 ep  "Fucking  Black  Holes"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  bestial  death  meta  growls  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs bring  in  blast  beats  and  elements  of  war  metal  along  with  some  raw  black  metal  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  very  heavy  direction  and  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  war  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schizophrenic  Roots"  and  "Tied  Burnt  Devoured".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/witchcraft-sadomizermouth-fucking-holy.html


Domestikwom Interview

dimanche 29 octobre 2017 à 02:44
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

The project started in 2016 as a creative outlet in response to having had my second child and essentially being stuck at home every day.  I hadn't played guitar in some time so I dug it out, started playing again, and taught myself how to program drums. My first EP Pater Vita came out last August, and a couple months later in October 2016 I put out a split EP with Necrolytic Goat Converter.

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

Musically, the two main reference points on the album are black and doom metal, however to fit with the story I wanted to tell, I incorporated elements of folk, noise and post-black metal in some sections as well.

3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept story to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

The concept of the album is the historical account of my great grandparents' escape from post-Civil War Russia in the 1920s and the challenges they faced upon moving to Canada. I broke down the story into sections, and then spent time figuring out how I wanted each of those sections to be represented musically. In that sense, the concept drove the songwriting.

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

The name Domestikwom is essentially a pun based off of my last name Petkau, with "kwom" being an old English word for "cow".

5.Currently the project is mostly solo are you open to working with a full band or doing live shows?

While I would relish the opportunity to play with other musicians in a live setting, the fact that I started this because I was stuck in my basement looking after kids essentially prevents me from trying to put together a full band at this time.

6.On the new album you had a great amount of session musicians, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recordings?

Initially I had only planned on having Erik Highter from Monophonic Shooting Spree collaborate on a noise track that would split the album into its two halves. Eventually though, as time went on, I decided to try and get as many of my talented musician friends and family to contribute as it made sense. My best friend Adam Ayer is a talented singer/songwriter and so he sang and played acoustic on the first track. Chris Voss from Necrolytic Goat Converter laid down a sweet black metal guitar solo on the third track. Jeremy Hunt from the noise rock band Qoheleth played some noisy leads on track four. Josh Thieler from Slaves BC did the vocals on the chorus of track seven. And on the last track, there were two additional musicians. My mom Carol Petkau actually sang the vocals for that song, and Andy Helgeton from the instrumental prog band The Wolf and The Epitaph closed out the album with the album's second guitar solo. I have been surrounded by such talented musicians my whole life and am grateful to have their voices shape what this album is.

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

I suppose that I wouldn't turn away any interest if it came up, but at this time I'll probably continue self-releasing until it doesn't make sense.

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

I'd say that with this project still getting started, the feedback has been appropriately small but enthusiastic so far. I'm hoping I can start building an audience with this album.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I'm still coming down from the highs of finishing A Peace That Destroys but lately I've been thinking more about noise and electronic integration in the extreme metal framework, stuff like Violet Cold or Full of Hell. I think when I start writing again, that's what I'd like to experiment with.

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?

For this album I was inspired by Canadian band Thrawsunblat, whose integration of maritime folk into their black metal and focus on nature allowed me to picture how I could translate the life story of a farmer into music that I would want to make. My narrative inspiration primarily came from the Twilight Fauna album Fire of the Spirit, which attempted to tell the story of a specific group of religious people as honestly and generously as possible, even when the artist disagrees with the subjects' beliefs. There was definitely an opportunity to try and make my families' story more sensational, but it would not have been honest.

As for what I'm listening to recently, it's been mostly bands like Panopticon, Dawn Ray'd, Couch Slut, and a band from here in Calgary called Mind Mold.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I've also done some freelance video production here and there, and am in the middle of a life-long quest to watch as many non-English movies as I can get my hands on. I have only 3 Kurosawa movies left to go before I move on to Tarkovsky.

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

Thanks for reaching out. I appreciate it. I hope people will check out the album when it comes out on December 1 on Bandcamp.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/domestikwom-interview.html