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Horna/Kuoleman Kirjo/W.T.C Productions/2020 CD Review

samedi 7 novembre 2020 à 23:26

 


  Finland's  Horna  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  satanic  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Kuoleman  Kirjo"  which  will be  released  in  December  by  W.T.C  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.  On  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  also  start  getting  more  deeper  and  angry  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  a  clean  style  on  a  few  of  the  songs,  when  guitar  leads  and  solos  are  finally  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Horna  takes  their  satanic  style  of  black  metal  into  more  of  a  modern  and  melodic  style  but  keeping  the  raw aggression  and  heaviness  of  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Horna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Saatanan  Viha"  "Elavana,  Kuolleena"  "Unohtumaton"  and  "Ota  Minut  Vastaan".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/hornakuoleman-kirjowtc-productions2020.html


Druon Antigon/Desontstijging/Onism Productions/2020 CD Review

vendredi 6 novembre 2020 à 23:57

 


  Druon  Antigon  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  an  existential form  of  cosmic  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  doom  metal  and  electronica  glitch  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Desontstijging"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by Onism  Productions.


  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  electronica  and  glitch  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  influences  of  doom  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  cosmic  moments.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  programmed  beats  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs,  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  sci-fi  atmosphere and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  recording.  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  existential,  metaphysical  and  scientific  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Druon  Antigon  are  a  very  great  sounding  cosmic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zinloos"  and  "Weavess". 8  out  of  10.


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https://onismproductions.bandcamp.com/album/desontstijging
https://druonantigon.bandcamp.com/

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/druon-antigondesontstijgingonism.html


Fratura Interview

vendredi 6 novembre 2020 à 19:55

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

First of all I wanted to thank Occult Black Metal Zine for this huge opportunity. It is very important to me, to Fratura! Well, Fratura is a project that brings together all the musical influences that I have been absorbing for years. It's a one man band, whose work has so far been done in a very rustic and homely way, a characteristic that I always wanted to give to a project. This fact adds a lot to the sound that I wanted. It's part of the concept.


2.Recently you have released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that is presented on the recording?

Yes, the debut "Corposeco" was released in the middle of the year. Some songs from my first demo called "Necroambulist" are also in this record. The sound is based on extreme metal, evil as fuck ... with a lot of d-beat, crust influences, what is sometimes referred to as punk metal.


3.You refer to your music as being 'black beat' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Black-Beat was a term I found to define the type of music of Fratura, it's the mix of Black Metal and D-Beat, speaking in general. I couldn't find a better name, I think. And actually, somehow I wanted to bring something new, you know? A new definition that could serve as a parameter to the future work of some bands, that identified themselves and that could develop this "style". So Fratura defines itself as a Black-Beat band.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Satanic themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism?

I have Lucifer as the first rebel, the first revolutionary, the one who had the attitude of questioning and confronting authority. I think he represents that to many people out there. I really like the contemporary philosophy of Satanism, like Anton Lavey's Satanism which, in my view, is something totally practical and rational. It's nothing more than declaring yourself your own master. These archetypes and symbologies are perfect. The real free-will, the mental emacipation of dogmas imposed by religions, all of them.


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

I address some issues related to human nature. The morbidity that we all have, however well hidden among our guts, psychiatric disorders, limits and wills and desires suppressed by the joke of morality. I also try to explore a bit of folklore and ancient Brazilian cultural histories, which have scary and disturbing themes that many people don't know. I like to relate real cases like that Ricky Kasso, that boy who killed his friend in the name of Satan, very crazy on acid, in America. Or disasters committed by humanity like the case of Chernobyl, which I narrate in the song "Unseen Death".


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about your anarchist views?

From a very early age I was involved with the punk movement, I think a lot of the metal guys started listening to punk music. More than music, punk brought me an interest in anarchism and putting it into practice on a daily basis. Whether sewing your own clothes, making your own sound, DIY. So, this thought was fundamental in the design of Fratura. Although I value the culture of my country, which I think is beautiful, the only flag that exists for me is the black one, you know?


7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fratura'?

Long before I started working, I already had that name in mind. Somehow I always saw power in it and a great sound. But some other facts influenced me to give the project its name. I always liked the British band Broken Bones and their name, I wanted something that had to do with bones. And also another fundamental detail: I am a medical radiology technician, I'm the x-ray guy haha .. So, a name more than familiar. The term 'Fratura' has a sound similar to the name 'Sepultura'. I thought that the association of names could be easier to remember. But I can be wrong haha.


8.The name of the album is 'Corposeco' which is also an entity in Brazilian folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Body in literal translation means dry body. It's an entity that wanders for eternity on earth with a body without a soul, decomposed flesh and dry, condemned to oblivion. Legend has it that he was such a terrible man in life that neither God nor the devil wanted him after death. Not even the cemetery land, which literally spit it out of the grave. It's the kind of atmosphere I like: scary and bizarre. I later adopted the name Corposeco as a "war name".


9.How would you describe the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

I was researching inspirations for the cover, until I found this art. I looked for its author, but I couldn't find it. I spent several days contemplating this picture and decided to use it for the cover after all. I see death hovering beside their enslaved souls, ready for a spectacular harvest! That's what I feel every time I look at this art. It fit perfectly into the concept.


10.Can you tell us a little bit more about the mask you wear in the promo pics?

It is a kind of bag that I put. I was inspired by the black metal look, like a doom head. Some bands in the scene today perform like that. As if they were just evil entities playing. You know that version of Jason with the bag over his head? When I was imagining the look, I thought about putting it together, and I drilled a hole in the mask. The result was this. Corposeco was born there. I believe that this also draws a lot of attention to the sound.


11.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I'm about to experience that. My initial idea was just the one man band format, because I wanted to put my ideas into practice without interventions or other things. And so I went on. But recently I have received a lot of support from musicians who would like to join Fratura to perform in gigs, lives .. I didn't expect that! This was a great satisfaction for me, which started to change my vision in a way. So it may be that Fratura will soon become a complete band. Or not, let's see what happens.


12.The new album was released on 'Electric Funeral Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

After recording the demo and debut, I started looking for labels for promotion. To my surprise, Electric Funeral Records was one of the first labels I sent the job to. It's a very eclectic label. They liked it right away! So we started this partnership that is being crucial for the project. I didn't know where to start and how to develop an effective disclosure and they guided me in that direction.


13.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and crust?

We started international promotion a short time ago, so we are watching, but I have already received good reviews of the scene in Sweden, Russia, Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic, where the crust scene is very heavy. My intention is to please both punk and headbangers, hopefully we will be successful in that.


14.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I don't know, I hope, really that in the near future Fratura may be sharing the sound on a larger scale, inspiring other bands and projects and being born out of nowhere. So I expect a lot from Fratura, I have a lot of things in mind, a lot of material, a lot of experiences to put into practice. All the life I have left will be little for so much of the plans I have with the project .. haha


15.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?

It's a huge list, but I can sum it up with a few names. Dude, to start with: Discharge! Man, I believe that without bands like Discharge, Anti-Cimex, without D-beat, Hardcore, the future of punk and metal would be very different. I really like that Scandinavian scene of bands like Rattus, Riistetyt, Totalitar. Brazilian punk bands like Ratos de Porão, Besthöven.. Countless bands have learned from this school. Inside the metal I really like the traditional Thrash of classic bands like Slayer, Sepultura .. going to the first wave of Black Metal with Bathory, Hellhammer / Celtic Frost, the first seeds! And undoubtedly, bands like Sarcofago, Mutiilation, Mayhem and especially Darkthrone that also explores punk a lot, especially on the most recent albums. I've been listening to a lot of new and independent bands here in Brazil and there's a lot of good and original stuff! Brazil has always had a great contribution to worldwide metal.


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

Yes, once again I would like to thank Occult Black Metal for this interview, thank the folks at Electric Funeral Records, Collapse Agency for their excellent work and support. To supporters and friends! My sincere thanks! And leave DIY's message. If you want something, do it yourself! Burn the flags! No gods, no masters!

Thank you!

Hail Satan! 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/fratura-interview.html


Heretic Ritual/War-Desecration-Genocide/Passages Of Infinite Hatred/Death In Pieces Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 6 novembre 2020 à 06:19

 


  Heretic  Ritual  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "War-Desecration-Genocide/ Passages  Of  Infinite  Hatred" which  will  be  released  on  November  10th  by  Death  in  pieces  Records.


  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  grim b lack  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  onto  the  recording.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  tremolo  picking  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  A  lot  of  the  music  has  its  roots  in  the  90's  but  mixed  with  a  more  modern  day  aggression  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  along  with   all  of  the  music  also  always  sticking  to  a  very  raw  and  brutal  direction  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Archgoat's  "Hammer  Of  Satan".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness,  Genocide,  Death,  War  and  Blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Heretic  Ritual  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infinite  Fire" "Macabre  Magic  Adoration" and  "Rat  Krusher  Kommando".8out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/heretic-ritualwar-desecration.html


Totenwache/Kriegswesen/2020 EP Review

jeudi 5 novembre 2020 à 01:15

 


  Totenwache  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  ep  "Kriegswesen"  which  will  be  released  during  the  end  of  2020.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Finnish  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  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.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  also sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Toenwache  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  darkness,  obliteration  and  anti  Christianity  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Totenwache  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kriegswesen"  and  "Invasion".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/totenwachekriegswesen2020-ep-review.html