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Neige Morte/TRINNT/Division Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 15 décembre 2017 à 02:47

  Neige Morte  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  original  style  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "TRINNT"  which  was  released  by  Division  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams and  a  couple  of the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements   and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  progressive,  dissonant  and  technical  fashion,  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  ritualistic  chanting and  avant  garde  sounds  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this recording  Niege  Morte  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  different  than  most  of  the  genre  while  also  being  experimental  and  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Niege  Morte  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Du  Blev  Min  Demon"  and  "Le  Lac".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/neige-mortetrinntdivision-records2017.html


Myrholt/Med Samme Naal, Under Samme Maane/Myrholt Design/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 14 décembre 2017 à 06:15

  Myrholt  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Med  Samme  Naal,  Under  Samme  Maane".

  An  almost  silent  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  getting  very  heavy  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  keyboards  also  being  added into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful. 

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  Norwegian  tradition  along  with  the  solos and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  synths  they are  utilized  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  and  atmospheric  feeling  along  with    a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling.

  Myhrholt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  old  school  Nordic  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Nordic  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Myrholt  are  a  very  great  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Merkur"  "Tanke  Og  Minne"  and  "Ved  Yggrasils  Tredje  Rot".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/myrholtmed-samme-naal-under-samme.html


Panphage/Jord/Nordvis Produktion/2018 CD Review

jeudi 14 décembre 2017 à 04:20

  Sweden's  Panphage  have returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Jord"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During vthe  faster  sections  of t he  songs  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  musical  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  music  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals.

  Panpahage  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  pagan  black  metal from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Anti  Cosmic  and  Dark  Germanic  Heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Panphage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Odalmarkema"  "Skadinawajo"  and  "Som  Man  Sar  Far  Man  Skrda".  8  out  of  10.
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/panphagejordnordvis-produktion2018-cd.html


Bhleg/Solarmegin/Nordvis Produktion/2018 CD Review

mercredi 13 décembre 2017 à 07:03

  Bhelg  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Solarmegin"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  adds  elements  of  folk  music  onto the  recording  while  other  folk  instruments  are  also  used  at times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  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  clean  vocals  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a   very  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispered  vocals,  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  some  shamanistic  chanting  can  also  be heard  briefly,  there  is  also  a  brief  ambient  track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Bhelg  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  while  also  mixing  in a  great amount  of  folk  music  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature,  existence  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bhelg  are  a  very  great  sounding folk  influenced  black  metal group  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sunnanljus"  "Kraftsang  Till  Sunna"  "Skuggspell"  and  "Sollens  Ankomst".  8  out  of  10. 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/bhlegsolarmeginnordvis-produktion2018.html


First Martyr Interview

mercredi 13 décembre 2017 à 04:07
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band First Martyr has started its activity anew in 2016. There are four members in the band now: vocals by Morana, guitar by Iscarioth and bass by Columbian musician Hastur. The founder of the band - drummer Cerberus. In this line up the band recorded the album "End of Fucking Faith". In 2017 Hastur was replaced by Storm. Besides there is the member, who doesn't play music but coordinates our live shows, works on our corpse paint, designs our covers and interprets our communication - Orin.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I've never tried to recreate the wheel because no matter what sound you invent it will be similar to someone, after all. But I don't like either too dirty or too polished sound. As luck would have it that while recording of the album we decided to make it closer to the sound of late 90' black metal, without digital arrangement. I think we succeed.


3.The band has been around since 2004 but waited until 2017 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
The band was formed in 2005 by my brother and me, after the end of my collaboration with another pagan-black band "Perun". One of my last live shows with this band was the show with U.D.O. after which our paths separated. Perun was so to say one-man band, who pursued his own ambitions. On the contrary, I wanted to play true black metal, without betraying this style year after year. Though, if being sincere, Perun and my participation in it gave a boost both to me and my band, and to black metal music in the south of Russia in general.
So in 2005 I've made a band which was first called Martyr. After the first live show we decided to change name to First Martyr, as there are pretty much bands around the world who bear the same name. I regret a little about this decision even nowadays. What you call a boat, so it will float! It seems like our name lives it's own life and decides who to get rid of on its own. The best proving is the fact that from 2005 to 2017 all of the band members quit under the pressure of factual constraint. I've lost the contact with almost all of them completely.
Quite a lot of members changed in the band till 2008. The first demo was supposed to be released in 2006. It was ready but a conflict with the vocalist of our band didn't allow us to finish the release. We had to search for a replacement and change all lyrics. In the end vocals were re-recorded in 2008, but the album didn't come out because the guitarist left the band, bass player got sick. We didn't manage to find a replacement for them and the band almost ceased to exist.
Search for other musicians gave no result and in 2011 the name got me. I've almost lost my sight. A year after, and after several operations I have decided to start anew. Wrote six tracks, found new members, restarted concert activity and got prepared to record the album. Another fail, once again I found myself all alone and almost ready album passed into oblivion.
Only in the beginning of 2016 I have finally found the people I've been searching for, who shared my views. With them we recorded the album "End of Fucking Faith" pretty fast.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
I don't want to speak about such corny things as my hatred to Christianity and about their hypocrisy, double standards and endless flow of lies. I don't give a shit about the fact of their existence. It just makes me smile and feel sorry for all those silly people.
When I was younger, about 10 years before, black metal, and rock music in general was a way of self-expression. We were a part of the crowd but no one disturbed us. Now the time has changed. Now the church sidles up to what she isn't supposed to. Now you see it everywhere. In schools, army, literally everywhere! And with the support of government they fucking succeed. Is there anything to discuss if such subculture like bikers is almost completely consists of believers, who cross their motorbikes. If church doesn't like something it becomes a public domain and turns restricted pretty fast. It just kills people's freedom of individuality and their self-expression. That's why in Russia black metal is beyond the law. It's in deep underground now. Maybe that's the dark beauty, mystery and secret of it, which attracts people's attention. This is why I love this dark music. And despise what happens on the surface (among the government heads, I mean). That's why we tell about hypocrisy, sins (admit, that most of the sins are really pleasing) in our lyrics.
It's an endless topic to discuss, actually.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'First Martyr'?
As I've already said the band was first called Martyr. But as there several bands with exactly the same name we have decided to add the word First. I think that everyone knows whom this name appeals. By the name and the logo one can easily define the musical style and topics touched.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think that our last two concerts which took place in August and November 2017, in Moscow and here in Rostov were pretty good. We try to give an anti religious show with all the attributes necessary. To look natural we use pig heads and human bones sewn to band costumes, a lot of satanic attributes. We hang pig heads so that fans could tear, hit, ride and punch them. It's fun when during mosh fans tear pig heads and try to eat them raw! laughing. On the very last concert Morana, in a nun costume, was carried out tied to the huge cross by a couple of vikings in armor and then started the show. I think that the show was very realistic. We try to bring some new elements show by show, if possible.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Now we are preparing to a tour around Greece. Now we are working on the new material and maybe after the tour we will start recording the new album.

8.On the album the band did a cover of Mayhem's "Freezing Moon', what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
This song of Mayhem is very famous and popular. Many bands made cover on it and almost all of them did it in their own unique way, that's why we have made our mind to make a cover that would suit the concept of our album. We are planning to add a cover on songs from De Mysteries Dom Sathanas in every album. But it's just a plan for now.

9.The band is also signed to 'Abrasax Distro Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The label "Abrasax Distro Records" makes release in South of America, where black metal is really popular now. Label "Anthrazit Records" works with us in European countries. I'm really glad that we managed to find labels which are really interested in this musical style, because working with not that well known band is pretty difficult. We like that both labels work for idea, so to say.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
After the digital release of our album we have received a lot of good reviews from such countries as Canada, Tunis, Greece, Spain, Columbia, Peru, Norway. Many people from different countries searched through our official pages and got interested in our music. We have expected more negative reaction, but the most negative review was an attempt of some jerk to compare us with Gorgoroth. After visiting our live show he took his words back. Many people compare us with the old Mayhem, but I don't think it's bad.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't see any future for my band here in Russia, and I have no plans about this country too. Now our first priority task is to give live shows around Europe. And maybe to take part in some European black metal gigs.

12.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?
I have never thought of any band as a land mark for our own music, while writing the material. It just happened. In my humble opinion the album has some traits similar to Inquisition, Dark Funeral, Mayhem, Tsjuder and Darkened Nocturne Slaughtercult. But we played it in our own way. Concerning what I listen to now... laughing I'm conservative, new bands neither surprise nor glad me. I like it when you can listen to the album a whole again and again, not only one or two songs. One of the releases that has interested me recently was he last album of Immolation. Indeed, if I want something for my own pleasure I come back to death and doom of early 90s.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I hope that European black metal fans will accept our new album. Wish everyone luck in our dark arts. Ave from Russia!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/first-martyr-interview.html