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DunkelNacht/Sombre Nuit/Non Serviam Records/2022 EP Review

jeudi 21 avril 2022 à 03:16

 


  France/Canada's  DunkelNacht  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Sombre  Nuit"  which  will b e  released  in  May  by  Non  Serviam  Records.


   A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  while  clear  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  organs  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  ep  also  closes  with  an  acoustic  instrumental.


  On  this  recording  DunkelNacht  remains  true  to  the  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  anti  Monotheism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DunkelNacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oligarchislamisme"  and  "Étau  chrétien".  8 out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/dunkelnachtband

https://dunkelnacht.bandcamp.com/

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/DunkelNacht/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/dunkelnachtsombre-nuitnon-serviam.html


Ljuska Interview

jeudi 21 avril 2022 à 02:20

 


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album?


As far as the situation for Ljuska goes, there are plans to slowly start manifesting and equipping Ljuska to appear at possible live shows in the future. Also, the concept for new musical material entered into the inspiration sphere, but it is too early to give any specific details about it. 


2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of April, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


The aim was to create more complex musical/lyrical structures i.e. to deepen the atmosphere in which the portals are to be nourished and opened even wider. When it comes to the artistic expression of all sonic vessels that we work with, one of the key postulate of Vox Umbra can be understood as an imperative that deems the need for strategic implementation of ever more purer elements into music in order to achieve specific goals. The lyrical aspect of the new album also follow this idea.


3.This is also your first release since 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


The mentioned time frame was used to create a necessary inspirational vacuum that was then filled with energies in order to manifest that what you can hear on “Thanatanamnesis”. Ljuska was focused on finding and using more sophisticated approach while creating this release. One of the examples is that the recording, especially of the vocals, took place during winter in the cabin in the woods. There, the atmosphere of total darkness and harsh coldness added the element that otherwise would be hardly present in a more controlled environment.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover esoteric lore and rituals, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism and the dark arts?


Lyrics of Ljuska are dealing, above all else, with the alchemical processes of transmutation and transfiguration that are the result of the experience on an individual level. These processes demand a great deal of devotion, time and effort. Their real effect on a psychosomatic system can be glimpsed within the musical/lyrical atmosphere created by Ljuska and other sonic vessels/musical projects that are in use. When one Sun sets, another arises, and when the circle breaks, another starts. The burning desire of the Spirit to see and reach Beyond the wall of Today evaporates the ill-conceived meaning embedded within the All. The grand illusion is set ablaze, we collect the ashes. I do believe these few words may answer your question.   


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


The themes that are following the main current of Ljuska’s lyrical expression are dealing mostly with Death. Seen through the spiritual prism, Death in its many assets represents the gate, the point of intersection. This topic is of a great interest when it comes to the spiritual praxis that is one of the foundations fueling the sonic vessels manifested within the shrine of The Temple of The Flame and led under the banner of Vox Umbra. Other themes that can be read about in past releases are asceticism, nihilism and inner destruction-transformation. There themes reflect the results of treading through the Night of the Soul in which the glorified Sun of the Night reveal the path towards the revelation of the Star above the stars. 


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


The artwork is created by Katabasis Design, an artist from Serbia. It is oil on canvas painting. To understand the artwork, one needs to find the meaning behind the album’s title. “Thanatanamnesis” is formed from two Greek words: “Thanatos” and “Anamnesis”. The first one means “Death” (God of Death in Greek mythology, Death drive in psychology etc.) and the other one means “Remembrance” or “Recollection”. Together, they form the artistic expression based upon the spiritual concept and practice of the Remembrance of Death found in a number religions and spiritual paths. To remember death is to understand and use its inevitableness, to breathe and live it, and to carve its wisdom deep within the heart. The album is a result of the implementation of this concept.  

With this in mind, you will be able to sense the meaning behind the artwork. The hand, the broken frame, the shell-like person, the shadow figure behind… if you think you understood it, stare at it again.


7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with full line ups in other bands, which one do you prefer?


I would say it’s a different experience working on a solo project and playing in a band. Through my music carrier, I had a chance to be in both positions. If the right kind of people meet and are able to pour their energies into the music, that can become a very fertile ground for a band to grow. On the other hand, a solo project, driven by the inspiration of a single artist, can express what a band usually can’t. Which way is better depends on the musical goals.



8.You are also a part of 'Utvar' another solo project, how does the music of 'Ljuska' differ from the stuff you release under that name?


Utvar is a project that is currently in the state of hibernation. The old vessel has served its purpose and the new one is being crafted. In the future, it will manifest the new sonic body, form and name. 

Regarding the musical difference you’ve asked about, it is important to say that the projects of Vox Umbra are all of the same Essence. They are the products of a specific energy current, expressing its flow in different ways. Each sonic vessel is structured in accordance with its assigned purpose that is to be achieved during its artistic lifespan. Thus far, the visual or musical difference between them are of a secondary nature.


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


It’s going pretty well I would say. There is a large number of new people asking about the record. It is satisfying, I do hope it will continue in that direction.



10.What is going on with your other bands or musical projects these days?


Plamen Večnosti (The Flame of Eternity) dark ritual ambient project, will be releasing its fourth full-length album this year on CDs. A label will be kept as a secret for now. After that, we are playing live at Mount of Artan in July, a festival of alternative music held under the holy mountain Rtanj in Serbia. It is worth to mention that Plamen Večnosti is one of Vox Umbra projects/bands that channels the Current in its purest form. 

Order of the Black Skull – OTBS, raw black metal band is finishing its first full-length album. We are planning to reveal it soon. With OTBS we aim at transcending the barriers of recording music, as an example the last release was recorded in a rather unusual way and place. 

Darminosia Dispera, death drone/ritual black noise project is also preparing new material.

Fresh project h000pe, experimental death noise, has released its first EP entitled „DemonStration“ via Splitting Sounds Records.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during that future?


Towards the widening of the portals and transfiguration, enlargement and acumination of the sonic vessel born within the shrine of The Temple of The Flame and led under the banner of Vox Umbra.



12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that you are currently listening to nowadays?


I do prefer the music that is able to put you in a state where you can really sense, feel and even experience the devouring of its atmosphere and emotion. The genre styles are not playing an important role when it comes to good music if you ask me. It can be everything from classical music to harsh noise, metal, ambient, rock’n’roll etc. As long as the artist stays true to its inspiration and the music to its purpose, I find it pretty enjoyable.



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


I would like to thank you for this interview and to express the hope that people interested in what we do may find the answers that will feed their inner fire, enabling them to dive deeper and go further. Let us feast upon the remains of the world scorched by the Fire of the Otherness, let us heed the Word of Silence spoken under the Other Sun that ever shines through the Temple of The Flame. 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/ljuska-interview.html


Trembling Void/Demo I/Inferna Profundus Records/2022 Demo Review

jeudi 21 avril 2022 à 02:07

 


  Trembling  Void  are  a  solo  project  from  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  demo  which  will be  released  in  July  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.


  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  yet  melodic  direction  while  also  capturing  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  mixes  in  some  influences  from  the  2nd  and  3rd  wave  eras  of  the  genre.  When  the  music  speeds  up  ma  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be   heard  which  also  gives  the  demo  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  depressive  moments.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast,  along  with  the guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  demo.  The  production  sounds  very  dark, raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  negativity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Trembling  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Harbinger  Of  Hurt"  "Choke  On  The  Blood"  and  "Death,  The  Only  Reprive".  8  out  of  10.


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trembling_void/
Bandcamp: https://tremblingvoid.bandcamp.com/album/demo-i

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/trembling-voiddemo-iinferna-profundus.html


Mitternacht Interview

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 05:19

 

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


Mitternacht was founded in 2020 with the idea of creating dark, primitive music that carries the torch of 80s/90s black and death metal.    


2.In 2021 you had released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


The musical style of the project that the Blasphemous Warfare demo reflects is aggressive black metal with atonal OSDM riffing mixed in. It came together from some old riffs and lyrics I had and I pieced it all together during the on-and-off recording process. 


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


So far the lyrics have been influenced by occult literature, nothing too deep at the moment.  


4.I know that the band's name means 'midnight' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?


It relates to the frantic music and dark aesthetics of the overall project, as it is partly inspired by the instinct of heightened, evolution-driven fear of the unknown at night. The witching hour is also argued by some to start at midnight, but is commonly understood to occur some time after.   


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


I am a fan of classical art and stumbled across what I felt would be fitting for a cover. It is aggressive, relentless, and blasphemous which felt perfect for the spirit of the music. 


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


No other musicians are necessary, especially since there will not be any live shows.


7.What part of the U.S.A is the solo project located at?


N/A   


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


I am not looking for a label currently as I am still in the process of (de)composing an album’s worth of songs. I have a couple independent labels that I am in contact with, but that is not a priority yet. 


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


The reactions have been positive for only a rough demo so far, which I am grateful for. Those who are fans of old school metal are able to recognize the direction this project comes from and seem to be entertained. 


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


A debut in the form of an EP or full length is the goal, but everything is still being written. I will probably be releasing a second demo before anything major.  


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 was influenced by Marduk and Dissection demos & EPs primarily and wanted to de-make that style of writing with the primitiveness of Darkthrone and Bathory. 


Regarding my current listening, for metal right now I have been listening to Witchcraft (Finland) and the Entombed + Nihilist demos. Although I have probably listened to more gabber/hardcore techno than metal in the past couple years for the same reasons….speed and aggression, but from another perspective.


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


Reject passive nihilism. 

https://mitternachtband.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/mitternacht-interview.html


Nagel/Hel op aarde/Nomad Snakepit Productions/2022 EP Review

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 05:12

 


  Nagel  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a very  raw,  old  school  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Hel  op  aarde"  which  was  released  by  Nomad  Snakepit  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  All  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  2  or  3  minute  length  while  all  of  the  music  sticks  to either  a    fast  or  mid  tempo  direction.  Most  of  the  songs  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  along  with  the  recording  also  avoiding  any  use  of  solos  and  leads  and  always  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Nagel  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nagel  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Onttroning"  and  "Hel  op  aarde".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/ZiLsGi_LxYY        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/nagelhel-op-aardenomad-snakepit.html