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Precaria/Nigraluminiscenia/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Compilation Album Review

samedi 3 octobre 2020 à 23:56

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Mexico's  Precaria  which  consists  of  the  songs  they  recorded  for  the  2018  split  "Metamorphosphoros"  and  the  previously  reviewed  "Theosulphuros"  as  and  they  are  compiled  on  a  single  album  called  "Nigraluminisceria"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I, Voidhanger  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Evil  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  When  keyboards  and  ambience  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  some  of  the  tracks  also  show  the  music  also  capturing  more  of  a  ritualistic  vibe  as  well  as  some  melodic  chants  also  be  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Alchemy  with  a  concept  revolving  around  Theion,  the  divine  fire  of  transformation.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Precaria  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ex  Abyssia"  "La  Obra  Negra  Deicida"  "Ex  Nigredo"  and  "Heautontimorumenos".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Precaria/3540371584


      


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/precarianigraluminisceniai-voidhanger.html


Precaria/Oros Kau/Theosulphuros/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Split Album Review

samedi 3 octobre 2020 à 20:41

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Mexico's  Precaria  and  Belgium's  Oros  Kau  called  "Theosulphuros"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhangar  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Precaria  a  band  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  an  occult  black  metal  style.


  Their  side  of the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  couple  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well   as  the  riffs  also adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  beheard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Alchemy  with  a  concept  revolving  around  'Theion'.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Precaria  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ex  Nigredo"  and  "Heautontimorumenos".


  Next  up  is  Orus  Kau  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sounds  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  chants  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.  


  All of  the musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dissonant  structures  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style   as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  at  times the  vocals  also  adapt  a  more  dark  yet  grim  style  and  synths,  ethnic  instruments,  ritualistic  elements  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Witchcraft  and  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Orus  Kau  are  a  very great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exorcisme  du  Feu"  and "Solve".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Precaria/3540371584


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/%C3%94ros_Ka%C3%B9/3540469342          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/precariaoros-kautheosulphurosi.html


Apocryphal Revelation/Primevel Devilish Wisdom/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2020 CD Review

samedi 3 octobre 2020 à 01:57

  Apocryphal  Revelation  are  a  band  from  Lexington,  Kentucky  that  plays  an  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Primevel  Devilish  Wisdon"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  occult  atmosphere  as  well  as  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era.

  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  an  old  school  black/death  metal  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives the music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  along  with  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  showing  an  influence  of  the  early  war  metal  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  brief  interludes,  demonic  and  guttural  voices  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use of  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Witchcraft,  Satanism  and  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apocryphal  Revelation  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  and  occult  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Profane"  "Constantine"  "Blasphemous"  and  "Graveyard".  8/5  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/primeval-devilish-wisdom    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/apocryphal-revelationprimevel-devilish.html


Odiosior/Syvyyksista/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

samedi 3 octobre 2020 à 01:18

 


  Odiosior  are  a  duo  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Syvyyksista"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats. Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's Finnish  style  while  the  synths  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  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  some  growling  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  touches  of  black'n'roll,  one  track  also  introduces  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  the  last  few  songs  are  also  very long  and  epic  in  length.


  On  this  recording  Odiosior  remain  true  to  the  raw,  melodic,  old  school and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  the  human  qualities  that  make  man  worthless  and  weak.      


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Odiosior  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic,  old  school and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Viha  Minussa"  "Syvyyyksista"  and  "Sotaan".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/odiosior 


https://youtu.be/4ecnFVxHUvk       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/odiosiorsyvyyksistapurity-through.html


Sad Interview

vendredi 2 octobre 2020 à 23:29

 


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


SAD: The last few months were quite busy for us as we had to finish the album. Since we finished it, we had a break from recordings and we were dealing with the rest of the works that had to be done, like artwork and credits. As it seems, the following months will be also busy for us, as we have to work for two split releases, one 10” EP with Malaysian band IVVIIV (DEAD) and a split album with the Greek band AKANTHA.


2.You have a new album coming out on Halloween, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


SAD: We think that the new album has a more aggressive feeling. Other than that, no big differences from our past works. Generally, from one album to the next, the differences are faint. Of course, if you compare a release from 10 years or more ago, to the new album, you will find some differences, but this is just minor evolution to our sound and songwriting. Our direction is stable.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Nadir: The lyrical topics are not something new or groundbreaking. The same old death, anti-religion, inner search, social decay. As an answer to the second part of the question, what I could call progress to my lyrical works, would be the approach to these topics, which is more philosophical and psychological, delivered in a more surrealistic and abstract way that fits better with my ageing.

Ungod: I don’t think that my songwriting has changed much over the years. I am still finding inspiration in the bands I like and in the mood of the moment. You can call progress the better instrumentation and arrangements that I think I’m able to do now.


4.Both of the band members also have experience playing in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of "SAD' that you are not able to do with your other groups?


SAD: When we started SAD, back in 2005, it was the only band that we were participating in for both of us. We set a beginning of commitment in the things that we both liked in black metal music. What we have in common, concerning the black metal music, is encapsuled in the music of SAD. So, it’s the musical chemistry between us, as members of SAD. Therefore, we can say that SAD is a special band as any other band we are participating in.


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


SAD: The cover art was done by Moon Sang-Ho, a Korean artist, who has also done the artwork for our 2015 EP “Alpha Voyage”. It depicts the visual feeling you should get while reading the title. It is done in a 90’s old school black metal way, as it was intended to be.


6.Since the beginning the band has always been 2 members, have you ever thought about expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


SAD: SAD was, is, and always will be Ungod and Nadir. No need for any additions at all. If anyone of the two of us, for some reason, give up on SAD, automatically SAD will cease to exist. The line up of course is expanding for the live gigs, with the addition of some good friends that help us completing a live band.


7.So far the band has only done 2 live shows, are you open to playing any other gigs in the future?


In fact, we have done 5 live shows so far. The last was on the 1st of February 2020, opening for the Greek black metal band, KAWIR. Of course we are open to play more live shows, something that hopefully will be possible when this pandemic shit is over, and with the help of Purity Through Fire which is a really serious label!




8.Over the years the band has also been a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?


SAD: We like split releases. It is something different for the listener. It gives space to comparison, variation, both in mood and production. It’s a collaboration, so it’s a give and take thing, that is always interesting. We have collaborated in split releases with bands from all over the world. In some cases, the other bands have got in contact with us, asking for a split release, and in other cases, we were the ones that proposed for the collaboration. The thing that was present in all split releases, was the respect for the musical work of the other bands.  


9.What is going on with 'Metal Throne Productions' these days?


Ungod: Metal Throne productions is always busy! Apart from the bands that I’m active with, Metal Throne is the other occupation that lets me fulfill my dedication to metal music! I have always a busy schedule of releases, in all formats. In the last few years, Metal Throne Productions is oriented mostly in Greek bands, but not only. Two years ago, Metal Throne started as a physical store as well here in Athens, realising a dream that I had for almost 2 decades.


10.The new album is coming out on 'Purity Through Fire', how would you compare working with this label to other labels you have been a part of in the past?


SAD: We are, more or less, satisfied with our cooperation with all labels since now. But with Purity Through Fire, we are extremely pleased so far. They are very cooperative, they work fast, excellent communication and they are responding immediately. But above all, we feel that they are believing in SAD, and that they really want to support our band!


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


SAD: As we don’t use social networks, we don’t have a big sample of reactions, but what we hear in person, or see in comments and in e-mails that we sometimes get, the response is solidly positive. We may not “advertise” our music, but we are active for 15 years now, and have many releases, so in the internet era, many people around the world are familiar with our works, and as we said, positive reactions have come to our knowledge, especially from members of other black metal bands.


12.Do you have any plans for your other band 'Kvele' in the next few months?


SAD: Yes. We are about to begin recordings for a new EP, that will be named “Konge”. Hopefully, it will be ready by the end of the year.


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


SAD: For sure, nothing will change drastically. We don’t want to experiment any other black metal landscapes with SAD. SAD’s music will remain grim, unholy black metal.


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


Ungod: I’m solely dedicated to metal music.

Nadir: As for me, I’m not listening exclusively to metal music. While most of my listening time is occupied by black metal and some old speed and thrash metal, occasionally I listen to some selected post-rock and post-metal bands and some shoegaze too.


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


SAD: No gods, no masters!

www.hordeavsad.webs.com



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/sad-interview.html