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Beorn's Hall/In His Granite Return/Naturmacht Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 05:18

  New  Hampshire's  Beorn's  Hall  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "In  His  Granite  Return"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Epic  pagan  battle  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  folk  music  influenced  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later.  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  A brief  use  of  psychedelic  sounds  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  One  track  also  introduces  flutes  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  spoken  words  when  they  are  utilized  giving  the  music  more  of  a  fantasy  type  of  atmosphere.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  album  closing  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Nature  and  Sorrow  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Beorn's  Hall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  pagan  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Old  Man  Of  The  Mountain"  and  "In  His  Granite  Realm".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/beorns-hallin-his-granite.html


Gardu Interview

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 04:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Gardù was conceived in winter 2016 as a solo project, after thinking it was impossible to develop the stuff I had in my mind with some other persons. The project is all about telling stories set in the woods and the mountains that are just outside my house. I live in a 70 people village in a valley (Valle Camonica) located in northern Italy within the Alps, a place not so easy to reach from the main cities and that is worldwide known for its mysterious prehistoric art, the stone carvings that covers thousands of rocks all along the valley. I wanted to create a project whose musical direction would have been a very raw black metal, open to experimental stuff which I've been always used to play with several bands and, as soon as this idea was clear, I started writing and recording the songs and the project was born.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
When I started to write the songs for "Gardeternalismo", it was obvious I wanted to play some real fast and raw black metal, mainly led by the guitar riffing and the blast beats and that was the starting point. Then I started to develop further arrangements in the direction to create different musical environments that would go together with the lyrical concept and would help to create a more diversified sound. I wanted the vocals to sound extreme too.

3.Your lyrics have a concept to them dealing with some stories from the valley where you are from, can you tell us a little bit more about what you covered lyrically with this ep?
I start from history or nature more then from stories, remembering for example the rites that were done in the prehistoric age while the stone carvings were made (it's quite sure people from central Europe too came into this valley for those rites, also because of the shape - masculine and feminine - of two mountains located in the middle of the valley, one on the left side and one on the right side, and what happens during equinoxes with sun light). Other ideas come from historical events like the witch burnings of the Middle Ages; WWII brought death and devastation too: I imagine the spirits of all these dead gather in the woods driven by the wind and hidden by the fog, telling themselves stories and looking for revenge or justice or whatever. I like to play with words too, Gardù would have no sense if the village's name wouldn't have been Garda (and that's also explained the title "Gardeternalismo"), which is under the municipality of Sonico, that means "sonic" in english and so on... Other lyrics are about my nihilistic and pessimistic view of the world or strongly anti-religious.

4.You also write the lyrics in both Italian, Gai and English, what was the decision behind using 3 different languages on the recording?
Well, italian is my language and english has always been first choice for songwriting. The decision of using Gaì is because this language is so forgotten that real few people can speak it nowadays and it's always been so mysterious, a kind of code-language just shepherds knew. The stone carvings too are so mysterious, no one really knows their meaning and so you can see there's a lot of interesting mysteries in this valley, and Gaì is meant to make Gardù's music even  darker.

5.I know the project was named after The Devil in 'Gai', do you have an interest in the occult?
Much more in blasphemy. I believe god is a lie and in history has been used only with the purpose to enslave people.  Satan too does not exist, but he can somehow represents a way to stand against religion and what it means to human life: he is the allegorical guide against all powers that affect people. Living in a catholic area then make it easy to use a name that means the maximum expression of evil... Another reason I choose that name is because I wanted to play with words once again and Gardù was the right name for a black metal project based in Garda!

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The cover artwork is a picture taken by a friend in the woods of Garda. I thought it was good for the artwork because it shows a side of the landscape in which the songs are set, while giving the feeling that something's going to happen...

7.With this project you recorded everything by yourself, are you open to work with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
As I said before, Gardù is a solo-project because I don't think I can find anyone around here who'd have the same musical idea and I think it'll stay like this in the future.

8.The ep was released on 'Tropo Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Tropo records is my personal music label. Born in 1997, it's always been the mark pressed on all the releases I ever played on or produced: it's the symbol of my way of doing things in a D.I.Y. way. I've been playing in lots of bands with lots of different music styles, so Tropo records' productions are really different from each other, mainly punk-hardcore or experimental. You can find more at these soundcloud pages: https://soundcloud.com/tropo-records - https://soundcloud.com/tropo-records-2

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I guess by now the project is like Gaì language, unknown to most people!

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I'm already working on new songs, too early to say if next release will be a full length. As a musician in general I don't know, 'cause I'm always working on different projects and different music styles, at the moment I'm also working on new songs for my experimental project Ustahiad and for my sci-fi garage-surf-punk band Superinvaders, which is also planning a tour to China... I'll probably be doing some music!

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?
In Gardù you may easily find influences from norwegian bands of the 90's (like Darkthrone or Mayhem) and that way of playing black metal in general, but Gardù is also influenced by bands like Fantômas or musician/composer John Zorn and punk-hardcore music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanx a lot for the interview (and the review)! At the moment I'm just hoping to reach more people with this music. Last but not least, italian blasphemy "Porco dio!".

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/gardu-interview.html


LeMarchand/Labirinto de Leviata (Leviathan's Maze)/2013 Demo Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 03:48

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Brazil's  LeMarchand  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw  and  mid  tempo  black  metal  direction  and  the  demo  was  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Labirinto  de  Leviata  (Leviathan's  Maze)".

  Spoken  word, movie  samples  and  epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  melody  at  times  along  with  most  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  musical  direction.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  displaying  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression.  Demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  you  can  also  hear  some  influences  of  death  and  thrash  metal  at  times  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  this  recording,  on  the  last  track  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  demo  LeMarchand  moved  away  from  the  ambient  elements  of  the  previous  recording  and  focused  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  The  Hellraiser  Series  and  Black  Metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  LeMarchand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Art  do  Infiel  (The  Infidal  Art)"  and  "Junte-se  a  Nos  (Join  Us)".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lemarchandlabirinto-de-leviata.html


LeMarchand/A Batalha Continua (The Battle Continues)/2012 Demo Review

mercredi 27 février 2019 à 02:56

 
  LeMarchand  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo  "A  Batalha  Continua  (The  Battle  Continues)".

  Dark  sounding  synths  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Deep  growling  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  an  epic  war  like  atmosphere.

  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  second  side  of  the  demo  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a   dark  ambient  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  War  and  Negativism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  LeMarchand  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A Batalha Continua (The Battle Continues)"  and  "Destrutivo  Sentimento  de  Negativismo (Destructive  Feeling  of  Negativism)".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lemarchanda-batalha-continua-battle.html


Graverose Interview

mardi 26 février 2019 à 06:13
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Gravröse is a project by myself, Axtherius. I wanted to do raw, primitive and vile black metal that stray away from the over produced emotionless mainstream black metal.

2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

I wanted to put emphasis on creating a brute force of hateful black metal. No more, no less. Aimed to connoisseurs of underground metal.

3.The lyrics on the recording are a concept album dealing with haunting's and ghostly creatures, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Yes you are right. Before I recorded the album I spent some nights in an isolated abandoned house with no food, just some to drink. It put me in a almost mad, hallucinating state. I started to see things and started to write down the lyrics. Then I went in the studio as soon as I left the house to record the material in one day. I was tired and frustrated and I really think it added that extra atmosphere of purity to the recording.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ’Gravrose'?

Gravröse means cairn. I thought it was a fitting name for the project and went with it. It has several meanings to me.

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

The artwork was made by Tim Nordstedt who also played session drums on the album. It is an abandoned house on Gotland, Sweden. I think the artwork turned out great and really fitted the albums material.

6.With the exception of a session drummer you recorded most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with a full line up or do you prefer to work solo?

No, not open to work with other musicians.

7.You also had a couple of quests on a couple of tracks providing some keyboards and lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about their contributions?

Tony Stark who runs Beastmaster Management is a friend of mine and since he is a keyboard player I asked him to put some extra touches on one song. I think it turned out well.

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

Actually the album will be released on Gate Of Horror Productions and perhaps another label as well. It should be out fairly soon I hope.

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

Just after the release on bandcamp I got contacted immediately by 3 labels plus interviews started to arrive so I think there are some interest out there for Gravröse.

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

I don’t see anything except continuing my quest of recording more albums. If its appreciated, its nice, if not, that’s fine too.

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?

Mainly underground black metal that probably no one has heard of. I listen very randomly these days. I can’t tell you any specific bands.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes for sure.

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

Thanks for the interview. Look out for the debut album of Gravröse to be released soon on CD but for now you can pick up the album on bandcamp if you are interested.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/graverose-interview.html