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Helgardh/Mallevs Maleficarvm/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 30 novembre 2018 à 03:08

   Helgardth  are  a  band  from  West  Virginia  that  plays  an  aggressive and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  album  "Mallevs  Maleficarvm"  which  will  be  released  in  2019.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  style  as  well a s  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams.

  Elements  of  death  metal  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly. 

  Helgardth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  melodic  sounding  while  also  getting  very  technical  at  times  and  adding  in  death  metal  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Witchcraft,  Occultism,  Death  and  Nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Helgardth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mallevs  Maleficarvm"  "In  The  Shadow  of  World's  Remains"  and  "The  Abberation  Scars".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/helgardhmallevs-maleficarvm2019-full.html


Khors/Beyond The Bestial/Ashen Dominion/2018 EP Review

jeudi 29 novembre 2018 à 06:20

  Ukraine's  Khors  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Beyond  the  Bestial"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  being  added into  the  background  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  playing  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  is  an  instrumental  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Khors  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  pagan  black  meta  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Mysticism,  Ukrainian  History  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Khors  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  the  Realm  Of  Unborn  Stars"  and  "In  The  Cold  Embrace  Of  Mist".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/khorsbeyond-bestialashen-dominion2018.html


Yaldabaoth/A Queda De Sophia/Balrogh Records/2018 Demo Review

jeudi 29 novembre 2018 à 05:11

  Yaldabaoth  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  Gnostic  themed  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  "A  Queda  De  Sophia"  which  was  released  by  Balrogh  Records.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  demo  while  also  adding  in  some  spoken  word  parts  briefly  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moment  at  times,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental.

  Yaldabaoth  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric,  epic  and  old  school sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Nag  Hammadi  scriptures  with  some  Gnostic,  Hellenistic,  Early  Christianity,  Hebrew,  Persian  Manichean,  Greek,  Roman  and  Egyptian  philosophical  views  but  with  a  more  Luciferian  and  Left  Hand  Path  approach  to  the  subject.

  In  my  opinion  Yaldabaoth  are  a  very  great  sounding  Gnostic  themes  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "O  Pleroma"  and  "O  Abismo".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/yaldabaotha-queda-de-sophiabalrogh.html


Unendlich Interview

jeudi 29 novembre 2018 à 02:35
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

Hail Occult Black Metal Zine! Certainly! I’ve been handling a lot of the background business activities that go into an album release. The EP ("Misanthropic Sedition”) and LP (“Thanatophobia”) were recorded during the same session so there will be more from Unendlich early next year. Me and my drummer Anthony have also been discussing potential set lists to play live with the hopes of pulling a couple tracks from the previous two albums as well as our latest material.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, what are some of the things the band had done different musically on this recording that you were not able to do on your previous releases?

One of the biggest changes was the inclusion of another member as well as live tracking the drums for the album. Drummer Anthony Rouse played on the EP and upcoming LP and did an excellent job. It also helped having another musician to bounce ideas off of for input as he is also a songwriter and guitarist.  I had most of the core material completely demoed by the end of 2017, but I feel the additional time we worked together recording allowed the songs to grow. I feel the material is a bit more dynamic and riff centric perhaps having a bit more sway and groove to it which is why getting the drums right was important to me. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the newer release?

The EP has two new tracks and two re-recorded from the previous albums so it is a bit split, thematically. Regardless of external themes or potential concepts I work with, I tend to form lyrics based on my life and internal thoughts. The track "Misanthropic Sedition” covers the concept that humanity’s consciousnesses a mistake of evolution and in conflict with Nature’s order and that, based on this conclusion, one would incite destruction of humanity.  “Already Dead” and “Transparent Man” share a theme of an individual reaching their end. Where “Already Dead” reaches it via acceptance of the lack of hope, “Transparent Man” chooses to blame the world and  exact revenge. Finally, “Catalyst of Creation” is a song about rebellion and destruction as a means of progress. That in order for things to evolve, they need to reach chaotic state). It removes the moral code of good or bad and looks at the whole.

For the LP, “Thanatophobia,” the lyrics primarily deal with the reliance on religion as a mechanism to satisfy the human ego’s desire to attribute meaning to one’s existence and pacify the feelings of discomfort in the unknown – in life and in death. 

4.I know that the band’s name means 'infinite/without end' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

It serves as a constant reminder of the permanence of death.. In general, I wanted a name that wouldn’t necessary lock my music into one style or genre forever. I felt the name is elusive enough to achieve that.

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



The EP cover is a companion piece for the LP album cover. Both pieces were completed around the same time by Misanthropic-Art. The art portrays the concept of the fear of death and how people feel helpless when confronted with it or the thought of it – literally and figuratively drowning at sea in a futile struggle against the greater force of death.  The EP image is a close up of a subject from the LP who has already fallen below the water. One drowning victim uses another for leverage and brings him down as a result.  My feeling is that death is an inevitable part of life and a lot of people tend to avoid discussing the topic, especially outside of metal or darker music genres. ”Thanatophobia” is an extreme fear of and obsession with death. Though the theme of the album is morbid, the title track concludes that although death is the stronger force, life is finite so don’t waste it.  In short, Memento mori “remember that you will die,” and let this guide living life to the fullest potential

 

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

Yes, especially to play live. Though I find democracy within a band rarely works. Having a single or a couple creative members and other functional members who are great at their instrument seems to be what works best from my experience. Realistically, it’s rare that everyone contributes the same amount in any group dynamic ,so to find people that can be humble and keep egos in check is important. Though I’ve written everything up to this point, Anthony has already demoed several potential songs so am open to additional creative input. I look forward to working with the material to see what we form for the next output. 

7.On the ep you also done some 'The Cure' and 'Dissection' covers, what was the decision behind doing your own version of their songs?

I normally try to approach a cover with something I can add to the song or make it my own. For “The Figurehead” it is a song off of The Cure’s album “Pornography” that is extremely dark and depressive and invokes a deep feeling of despair in me. The song always stuck out to me and I thought the drumming was fairly creative. Most people know The Cure more for their pop hits, but the album “Pornography” could easily be black metal if executed slightly differently. Thematically it is up there with some of the best DSBM. Also, I recently discovered Taake did a cover of “Cold” from the “Pornography” album and local hardcore DC band, Damnation A.D., did the whole “Pornography” album so think I am not alone in feeling the weight of this album. 

As for the Dissection cover, I love the band but my drummer really was the catalyst for that.
He wanted to cover “Where Dead Angels Lie” as it is one of his favorite Dissection songs but the previous band he was in wasn’t interested. Since I was planning to do The Cure cover for the EP, I felt it would be a great song to cover to pay homage to Dissection.

8.Currently the band is unsigned but has been signed to a label in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Of course, in fact we are working with Horror Pain Gore Death Productions again for the LP release. They are a great label and have no complaints from past interactions. Mike Juliano is active in the Philadelphia, PA metal scene and even swings down to Baltimore when Maryland Deathfest occurs.

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

Reactions have been good, though I have just started the album cycle. Since we do not tour, I can only gauge based on online plays but in general, Europe and South America seem the most responsive worldwide. Though most of my physical sales have been in the USA which I am grateful for.

10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The LP will be out early 2019. In general, the writing is a bit more dynamic on the LP while including more variance and shifts within each song. People have mentioned a bit more of a gothic influence as well.

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?

I would say the following metal bands have had the most influence on me: Danzig/Samhain, Paradise Lost, early-Megadeth, Slayer, Deicide, Samael, Satyricon, Burzum, and Inquisition

As for new albums (2018) / bands I enjoy:
Kriegsmaschine "Apocalypticists". I have always loved Mgla. Their drummer adds so many tasty accents and fills. Their music puts me in a trance. Slavic blood runs dark and makes me proud Poland is bringing it these days.

UADA “Cult of a Dying Sun”. As I already mentioned I’m a big fan of Mgla’s "With Hearts Toward None" and this album captures that feeling and more. Despair and hate-- best feelings for good black metal.

Funeral Mist “Hekatomb”.  The album is very dynamic. I enjoy the rawness in the recording. The drums aren't mixed like a machine. The guitar string noise is just natural. Some beautiful anti-religious lyrics, and the pacing is not always a frontal assault. The mix on the album is what got me to reach out to Magnus (aka Devo) from Marduk to mix/master my material.

Deceased “Ghostly White”. They are local to my area and have been going at it for I think over 30 years. Been a fan since the Wes Benscoter album cover drew me to pick up "Blueprints for Madness" way back. Their more Gothic  tracks like "The Creek of the Dead" stuck with me. Check out “Pale Surroundings” off their latest album and let the vampire bride sing her seductive song of death. If you like that, give their 13 minute masterpiece "Germ of Distorted Lore" a go.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I enjoy hiking and getting away from population density. I also enjoy reading.

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

Just want to say thanks for the interview and the thoughtful questions. Keep an eye out early 2019 for the LP release. Thanks!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/unendlich-interview.html


Ayyur/The Lunatic Creature/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/Vendetta Records/2018 EP Review

mercredi 28 novembre 2018 à 03:07

 
  Ayyur  are  a  band  from  Tunisia  that  plays  a  soul  tearing  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Lunatic  Creature"  which  will  be  released  on  November  30th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  Vendetta  Records.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  along  with  the  musicians  also  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  well  as  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  influences  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  are  also added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks.

   Ayyur  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Berber  mysticism ,  esotericism  and  mythology.

  In  my  opinion  Ayyur  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lugubrious  Fields"  and  "The  Lunatic  Creature".  8  out of  10.
 



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/11/ayyurthe-lunatic-creaturesentient-ruin.html