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Diaballein/The Wretched Essence/2016 Full Length Review

samedi 17 novembre 2018 à 03:01

  Diaballein  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "The  Wretched  Essence".

  Night  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length, death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  both  of  the  riffing  and  guitar  leads.

  Diabellein  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  despair  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Diabellein  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wretched  Essence"  and  "Hanged  On  Centennial  Woods".  8  out  of  10. 


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Disciples Of The Void/Self Titled/Primitive Reaction/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 16 novembre 2018 à 02:07

  Disciples  Of  The  Void  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  keyboard  orientated  form  of  second  wave  influenced  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  album  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Primitive  Reaction.

  Drum  beats  and  epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Bathory's  "Home  Of  The  Once  Brave"  which  also  brings  in  a  more  clean  vocal  approach.

  Disciples  Of  The  Void  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  while  still  having  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Thelema,  Nihilism,  Death  and  Emptiness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Disciples  of  the  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  keyboard  orientated  second  wave  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  tihs  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dominion"  "Per  Aspera  Ad  Noctum"  and  "Choronzon".  8  out  of  10.    

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Omegavortex Interview

jeudi 15 novembre 2018 à 03:27
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

OMEGAVORTEX plays BLACKEST DEATH exklusively. Unique psychotic madness from beyond the stars, it is the abomination source of all anti-matter and the void of death.

The band was formed solely to transfer these inhuman messages through musical-spherical vibrations that attack the human psyche. We understand extreme metal as pure dark art, while eliminating boundaries of all extreme metal genres through a strong musical and skillful foundation.

2. Recently you have released a promo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you did as 'Ambevilence?

The musical style of the promo is exactly the same as the AMBEVILENCE stuff, however with real major improvements, especially in the vocals and drums department. The music is, while occasionally complex, still straight and into your face – brutal and dark at its best, without having too many effects that could interfere with the intensity of the musick. We think in living images and very suspect and dark intentions while creating the soundscapes of the music, not in genres or in terms of „what might be cool to listen to“, like other bands.
I like the fact that a lot of people dig this concept, because I'm personally tired and bored with all these newer bands that that hide behind roman numbers, 100% reverb and echo, stupid hardcore vocals and down tuned guitars. Actually the new OMEGAVORTEX Recordings were supposed to be a gift for fans who'd order the new logo-shirt first. But now we have re-released and accepted this as an official "Promo Recording" to shorten the waiting time until the full release. Despite being raw I'm proud of this recording, it absolutely wipes the floor with anything else we recorded previously. It is as natural as possible, without using any analogue simulation crap. I'm not interested in killing the performance of the drummer just to have an Retro-80ies type of sound and jumping on the bandwagon of all these down tuned shit bands that can't write songs but are experts in collecting candles instead.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The lyrical topics deal with things that are way beyond human perception. The whole idea about OMEGAVORTEX is and always was to address things that are greater, much more obscure, frightening and levels above worthless human viewpoints: the beyond, paranormal activity, death, the cosmos, other dimensions and many more confusing things. All references can be read as metaphoric at the same time so there is headroom for personal interpretation. The lurking human fear of something that is much darker than what we know as „reality“ is what we pick on. The origin of death and inhuman metamorphic evil, whatever name you may want to give it, is right here in front of all of us. You may also see the music and contents of OMEGAVORTEX as a tool to remove the curtains that keep you from looking into things you were not supposed to, ultimately drowning human existence in absolute malevolent chaos. Besides the paranormal and occult, another focus area is the universe and it's endless darkness and possible dimensions of mystery and coldness, if we might believe that this ain't just some illusion caused by whatever entity.

4. Originally the band was called 'Ambevilence', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Omegavortex'?

At the time when I created this band, I could foresee that the scene would spawn a lot of bands that would copycat the retro-dark death metal stuff around 10 years ago, so I wanted to distance my creations from that, in advance. I wanted to have something that would sound strange but interesting at the same time. There were already bands using „AMBIVALENCE“ so I just changed some of the letters. The most important reason for the change to OMEGAVORTEX is simply, that it REALLY describes this monster. This change was absolutely mandatory and I don't regret any single aspect of it, moreover: The musick itself is really a vortex of blackest death that consumes the whole world with all its conventions – The end of all. There is no better explanation for the swirling darkness that the song material offers.

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

The Artwork on the cassette is simply the logo with stars behind it, subliminally indicating the entity of OMEGAVORTEX comes from far elsewhere. Like I explained earlier there is a concept behind all this. There is another version of this floating around with additionally has the OV abomination icon behind it. With the Promo, we're trying to maintain a certain type of simplicity to let the music, even if raw and unfinished, speak for itself. The final version of this thing will get an alienated utmost evil artwork, keep your fingers crossed for this.

6. The band has been around since 2007 but waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

LineUp-Problems kept things from happening. A lot of rehearsal tapes and demo stuff ranging back to 2007 among other recordings exist, but I always wanted to have a deadly first strike in having a LP out and immediately playing live. I did the mistake to assume that being based in this shithole of North-Rhine-Westfalia it would provide me a constant lineup of people ambitious enough for an effort like this. I was wrong. The scene here is total shit and everyone is happy playing in mediocre bands that nobody gives a shit about; other than the 20 people who watch their shows in youth centers. Amidst weekend-warriors, self-profilers, lowlifes and other type of degenerate stereotype metalheads it is impossible. Even when I was waving around to people that I had the option for a release on SVR back then (I already shared some of these private rehearsals among friends). Still this fact couldn't help finding a drummer to become full-time involved. I am a man that does things 100%, I don't do half-assed shit. So the LP recordings were stopped in 2011/2012 and the thing was put on a hiatus. Later on I recorded two songs using session members but that sounded almost like a completely different band and the drummer couldn't play any of the songs so everything had to be edited and reprogrammed from scratch. This is why the first official AMBEVILENCE EP/Tape sounds rather inferior compared to OMEGAVORTEX, it simply doesn't represent the band and it is simply "wrong".

We finally wrapped up all this shit and changed the band name, simply because OMEGAVORTEX is far stronger and better. We now have a stable lineup and the time of bullshit if over. Period.

7. 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 not played live yet. The first gig will be on March 23rd in Oberhausen in Germany. But there are more shows being discussed right now. The stage appearance I will not reveal yet.

8. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Yes definately, this is coming. However a tour must be worth the effort. Unlike what some other bands do, I will not put OMEGAVORTEX into this ridiculous shit trying to feel like an evil rockstar but play in front of 20 people during regular days beyond the weekends. We'll do as much as possible, trying to maintain the obscure and exclusive line.

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

We're talking with a bunch of labels right now and have not yet made any decision. We already turned down some offers. There is definitely interest in OMEGAVORTEX: but most of the labels that contacted us so far were not what we were looking for. We know exactly what we want to achieve and thus have expectations other than the usual stuff that every kid can do, like doing layouts or paying a promoter. It's important to me that the stuff is in the right hands this time. I specifically chose not to use the same label as from the old band name again and took the stuff from there for a reason – because let's face it: Times have changed and the scene works different now. You don't leave Burger King to go to McDonalds.

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

Reactions in general so far were great. A Raw OMEGAVORTEX Promo Tape which includes mostly first takes gets a higher reputation and much higher review score than many professionally put out records in comparison. You can let that speak for itself. But I think there is still a lot of reaction to come, this is just the beginning.....

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

The LP was supposed to be out already but there were some issues with the recording and there's still work to do. However we're not in a rush, it is much more important to keep building up the entity of OMEGAVORTEX instead of just putting out an LP as fast as possible. I see OMEGAVORTEX much more as a process of constantly evolving and becoming much darker and stronger. We hope to record and release as many killer releases as possible and go beyond all boundaries. Additionally, there will be more live activity since there is finally a line-up that can do so.

12. 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?

Everything Black/Death/Thrash from the 80ies and 90ies probably. Main influences for OMEGAVORTEX would be NECROVORE (demo+unreleased stuff), POSSESSED, MORBID ANGEL, SADISTIK EXEKUTION, Euronymous/Snorre MAYHEM/THORNS, INCUBUS (FL), IMMOLATION, PENTAGRAM (CHI), and some more that I don't have in my mind right now. These days I don't listen to a lot of current extreme metal anymore, I would be the wrong person to ask stuff about newer releases because I find most of the stuff rather generic these days (I hate most of it). I prefer other genres like Hardcore, old Rap (yes). I'm also much into dark ambient, space ambient, electronic music both old fashioned i.e. INADE, RAISON D'ETRE, LUSTMORD, BLOOD BOX and modern i.e. various YouTube-Artists, but can't name them all because there's so much. As for metal/rock I currently like MEGADETH, AC/DC and DIAMOND HEAD, hah!

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

No I think that's it for now. Thanks for the interview.
PS: We now have two new T-Shirt designs available. Write us an e-mail to order:
We're also working on an online shop for additional merch.

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Cntmpt/Towards Neglect/Into Endless Chaos Records/2018 CD Review

mercredi 14 novembre 2018 à 02:14

  Cntmpt  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Towards  neglect"  which  was  released  by  Into  Endless  Chaos  Records.

Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  well  as  the  music  also  having its  atmospheric  moments .

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  as  well  as  adding  some  melodic  chants  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody and  as  the  album  progresses  they  bring  in  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks  and  ambient  style  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Cntmpt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  using  the  vocals  as  more  of  an  instrument  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  originality  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw. 

  In  my  opinion  Cntmpt  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Site  Of  Vastness"  "Fire  Theurgy"  and  "Wyrd".  8  out  of  10.

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Die Entweihung Interview

mardi 13 novembre 2018 à 06:15
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?

Hi there! Since the release of my new album "The Worst Is Yet To Come" in the beginning of the autumn, I am trying to promote it in different ways. As only two months passed, it's not really many things were happened, so I'd like to say, that it's a lot of work for me to do in the next months. Along with it, from time to time, I am writing some new music, and about 2-3 new compositions are already in the progress. Unfortunately, everything's moving not so actively as I would like it to be, because of not so much time I have for making new music... WIth every new year the free time's turning more and more valuable.

2.In September you had released a new album, what are some of the things you have done different musically with this recording that you have not been able to do with your previous releases?

Every new album of my project is another experiment, so every time I am trying to move on and bring on the table some new things, it can be some new style, sound, instruments, atmosphere, etc. If we're talking about the new album, I see it as kind of follower of the previous album "Neverending Terrorism", both in lyrical and musical directions. In the previous album my musical direction moved far away from Black Metal, to something I'd like to call "Melodic Dark Metal", that in fact is combining such styles like Thrash, Hard'n'Heavy, Doom, Black. The new album is in the same direction, but this time I've brought some Middle-Eastern elements, some melodic parts here and there, mainly because of using such instrument as Bouzouki. I like very much, how israeli Orphaned Land  uses such stuff in their songs, that's how I came to it actually. And it really turned suitable in my music (Yeah, but that doesn't mean that I'm a patriot of Israel, hehe). Beside of it, I used different guitar sound almost in every song for bringing the different atmosphere and mood.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

As I said, the new album is a follower of the previous one in lyrical theme, too. My actual lyrical conception is turning around the modern reality, absolutely stoopid and full of shit. The main topics are the internet/smartphone addiction (people like zombies, that don't see anything except "like", "repost", "messages" etc.), money that I call the only real "god" for the human creatures., islamic terror around the whole world, especially in Europe, something personal is "The Holy Land", the lyrics are about Israel, and all the shit that happens here, with nothing "holy" in it. What else? "Not For Devil Anymore" - about the honest true Rock/Metal movement's end, there were the days when the rockers and metalheads were the cause of nightmares for many parents, when this music was really scary and was called "Devil's music". Now the old musicians are finishing their ways, and the actual scene is just boring, open facebook of some Black Metal band or Thrash, Punk, no matter what - they just ask for people's "like", comment something... It's not the Devil's music anymore.

4.I know that the projects name means 'The Desecration' in Germany, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

That's right, when I started this project in 2007, it was started as True Black Metal music, and I decided that "The Desecration" would be the best title for me, as that's Black Metal for me - this music in its right way brought the truth about all the dirt (mainly religious) of this world... It desecrated all the (so called) holiness. WIth the time, my music's gone from Black Metal, but the spirit's the same, and in my new lyrics I am continuing to "desecrate", haha. So I've been never regret about this name. You could ask, why it's in german - the simple story, I have found some more bands around the world with the same title "Desecration". So I moved to the language I learnt in my childhood - german. I have found fine option - Die Entweihung.

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

It's probably what the time will bring to us - Apocalypse soon or later, there's no any hidden meaning, it just symbolizing the title of the album - "The Worst Is Yet To Come". The cover picture was made by the guy from French BM project Tcherv, which in the beginning was planning to release this album on his own label. All the other design (booklet and cd itself) was made by my friend from Belarus - Konstantin (old Thrash/Death band V.E.L.D. co-founder and ex-guitar player).

6.Originally you are from Belarus but the project is based in Israel, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?

I moved to Israel, in 2004, because of the serious trouble with my left eye, the medicine in Belarus for that time (actually since there almost nohing's changed, hehe) was really bad, and what I've got in the hospital there - wasn't helped me really. There was a chance to get a better treatment in Israel - my family got the decision to move and... well, I started Die Entweihung in 2007, 3 years after my moving to Israel. I remember I read many comments about that "Israeli black metal" is non sense, different jokes about it etc. What can I say to all these guys - f*ck off! I am not religious at all, and my moving to Israel is just what's happened because of some not funny events in my life - not because I wanted to be closer to my god or bullshit like that. I'm sure, if my project was started in any other country, nobody would told anything. 

7.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical style?

Sure, when I was a kid and just started to listen to Hard and Heavy music, I was dreaming about my own band, cool shows, long hair, but with the time, specially after my entering the Black Metal world, especially DSBM and True BM (Burzum, Abyssic Hate, Nargaroth and many more), I realized that I want to play that music and I don't need actually any other musicians. To play shows with this music - and it's just my opinion - is meaningless. This music is really intimate, for private listening and not for headbanging in the crowd with 2 liters of beer inside your body, haha! With the years, I have never thought to get some additional musicians, I have enough of knowledge in making the tracks for the instruments, I am satisfied with the production I have and with every new album I am getting better both in music and sound production. In addition, I can say, when the band is not the main job for its members, it will only headache with all these repetitions, preparing the new music etc. I saw many bands here in Israel and some bands in Belarus from the time I lived there - it's almost every year changing in line-up, the repetitions are often turning to another drinking party etc.. I think, you understand what I mean. Many bands split up after 3-5 years and not always they leave the one album although, and as for me, I think, that recorded stuff is the main goal of the musician. You can play as many shows as you can - but as your band's finished - who will remember about you if you even haven't recorded the EP or album?

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

I guess, the reaction was more or less positive, I haven't heard someting really negative yet, of course there are different opinions, and not all the reviews are super positive, some critics are useful as well, hehe. However, as I said in the beginning, the album was released just a couple of months ago and it's a lot of work to do to promote it, ask me, please, once again in the next year, hahaha!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I only hope to continue to write and record more good music, I'm sure, there will be more experiments in the next albums as well. I have some plans for the next album but won't be telling about them right now, as all this is just the ideas and nothing's confirmed yet.

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?

In the beginning I was influenced a lot by Black Metal bands and projects, it was the time when DSBM style was raised, many great projects were playing. Last years I'm listening to Black Metal less than before, mainly some old stuff, as the new things aren't impressive for me. Now you can find absolutely different music in my CD player, I guess, as almost every music fan, I had a lot of periods when I was deeply diving into one style or another, nowadays I am just a musical fan, listening everything, from, let's say, 60's Rock stuff, like Beatles, Doors, Simon & Garfunkel etc, and untill some really heavy music - Black, Doom, Gothic, Folk Metal, 70-80's pop and rock, 90's electronic etc. Music is the ocean, haha! 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

The only one non musical interest I can call - the movies, mainly horror and thrillers, but I like the movies in general as well. Almost all the time I have outside my daily job, I give to the music. Except my own project, I write the reviews and interviews for ukrainian "Atmosfear" magazine, helping to translate the different interviews etc. There's one more fanzine I take part in - russian "Hellz Zine", but it's releasing very irregularly unfortunately. I collect CDs, vinyls, tapes as well.

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

I would like to thank you for this interview, it was pleasure to answer your questions! Usually the normal bands talk something like "We would really like to play in your country, wait for us, we will meet some day!". Well, I will not play in your country, don't wait for me, hahahaha! If you would like to write me something, feel free to do it via:, thanks again, have a good winter, regards! - Denis

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