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Postcards From Arkham/Manta/MetalGate Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 1 février 2018 à 02:45

  Postcards  From  Arkham  are  a  band  from t he  Czech  Republic  and  on  this  recording  go  into  more  of  a  mixture  of post  rock  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Manta"  which  was  released  by  MetalGate  Records.

  Shamanistic  style  drumming  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  while the  programmed  beats  also  take  the  music  into  more  of  a  post  rock  direction  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  some  whispered  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  black  metal  screams  and  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  post  rock  and  extreme  styles  together  at  times.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  clean  playing,  acoustic  guitars  and  shoegaze  elements  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  couple  of the  tracks  being    instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  progressive  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Postcards  expands  on  their  post  metal  style  by  adding  in  more  atmospheric  black  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Postcards  From  Arkham  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  rock  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Kvlt  of  Dream"  "Thoughts  Like  Silver  Bullets"  "Dunwich  Shaman"  and  "Her  Cosmic  Song".  8  out  of  10.

   

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/postcards-from-arkhammantametalgate.html


Haïr/œil pour œil, dent pour dent/Noir Total Productions/2018 Demo Review

jeudi 1 février 2018 à 01:47

   Haïr  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  demo  "œil pour œil, dent pour dent"  which  was  released  by  Noir  Total  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Depressive  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  the  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  at  times the  music  also  evokes  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  dog  growls  can  be  heard  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks a re  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Haïr  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Haïr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Extermination"  "A  Ma  Merci"  "Vengeance"  and "Un Par  Un".  8  out  of  10.



   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/hairoeil-pour-oeil-dent-pur-dentnoir.html


Byyrth/Echoes From The Seven Caves Of Blood/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 31 janvier 2018 à 06:38

  Byyrth  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  vampiric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Echoes  From  The  Seven  Caves  Of  Blood"  which  will be  released in March  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  an  old  school  style,  a couple  of  songs  also  bring  in  guest  vocals  from  Meyhna'ch  of  Mutilation  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Byyrth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  style  of  vampiric  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism,  Occultism,  Paganism,  Death,  hatred  and  Suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Byyrth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  vampiric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Warfare"  "Vampyric  War  Children"  "I  Dare  Not  Awake"  and  "Shattered  Soul".  8  out  of  10.



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/byyrthechoes-from-seven-caves-of.html


Expulser/The Unholy One/Greyhaze Records/2018 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 31 janvier 2018 à 05:38

  Expulser  where  a  band  from  Brazil t hat  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  early  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1993  album  "The  unholy  One"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  April  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  which  also  mix  in  a  very  blackened  death  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also h ear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  thrash  along  with  a small  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  fashion  as well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  demonic  voices  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  when  keyboards  are  utilized  they  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  film.

  On  this  recording  Expulser  remained  true  to  their  early  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  more  thrash  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Evil,  Satanism,  Alcohol  and  Anti  Christian  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Expulser  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  war,  death  and  thrash  metal, you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Praise  To  The  Almighty  God"  "The  Unholy  One"  "The  Evil  Orgasm"  and  "No  Ressurrection".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/expulserthe-unholy-onegreyhaze.html


Scumpulse Interview

mardi 30 janvier 2018 à 05:35
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



We are a 4 piece Scottish black metal band that comes with a healthy dose of crusty punk… If Phil Vane had pumped Abbath, that kinda thing



2.How would you describe the musical sound on the recording that you have released so far?



Same as above really - a healthy mix of black metal and crust punk.



3.The band formed out of the ashes of 'Fifteen Dead' and 'Tower Of Flies', what was the decision behind breaking up those bands and forming a new one?



Andrew is still active with Tower of Flies, expect some new material sometime in the future. As for Fifteen Dead, we had just finished a tour of the US that, although was good fun, presented us with some issues. Ross made the decision to leave not long after we came home and asked if I wanted to come with him. This was the beginning of where we are at now.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music/



Terrible bosses, bad jobs, shit towns and liking the pub a bit too much. It’s less snow clad Orc battles and more trackie clad pub chibbing.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scumpulse'?



Magnus’ Gran used to make a hallucinogenic jam by collecting the scum from the top of a boiling pan of liberty cap mushrooms and cooking it up with brambles and sugar. It’s a traditional Highland recipe. When you take it you can feel the pulse of the universe. It also helped me get off the gear.



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



We have really enjoyed all the places we have visited to play, you always get to meet some really cool people and see some interesting cities you normally wouldn’t get to. Our stage show is loud, energetic and raw.





7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



Yeah, we are heading out on a UK and European tour to promote the record. We will most likely be doing this over the summer of 2018. Keep your eye on our social media for more info in the very near future.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal, punk and crust/



We always worried that the punks would find us too metal and the metal heads would find us too punk but overall people seem very warm to it. Someone once described us as “music for that small Venn diagram of people that like Black Metal but hate Hitler” which we quite like.



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



We will keep pushing ourselves to be continually putting out a better release than the last. I imagine it won’t stray too much from the metal/punk format but we will definitely be keeping things interesting



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?



Immortal, Darkthrone, Emperor, Thorns, Celtic Frost, Motörhead, Skitsytem, Martyrdöd, Tragedy, ENT, Wolfbrigade

11.What are some of your non musical interests?



The pub, internet pornography, Class A – C’s, Youtube videos of people playing old computer games & meat



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



Be excellent to each other

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/scumpulse-interview.html