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The Wakedead Gathering/Ecferus/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 Split CD Review

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 20:09

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Ohio's  The  Wakedead  Gathering  and  Indiana's  Ecferus  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  The  Wakedead  Gathering  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom  and  death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  sounding  doom  metal  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  along  with  the  songs  being  11  minutes in  length,  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  grim  black metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is   another  great  sounding  track  from  The  Wakedead  Gathering  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom/death  metal  with  a  touch  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Ecferus  a  solo project  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays more  of  a  raw  form of  black  metal  on  this  recording.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with a  very  raw  sound  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  sounds  of  battle  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a   very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  the  background,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  evolutionary  anthropology,  mythology  and  science  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ecferus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Author  of  Destruction".

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

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-wakedead-gatheringecferusi.html


Dreamshift Interview

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 18:55
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1) Hi there! Dreamshift is a Black Metal Project that arose in my homestudio in Bavaria, Germany. I started it in April/May this year and wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered the first album „Seconds“ within 2 Month. It’s a very experimental project and I’m trying to combine many different influences.

2.You have an album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2) It’s not this common black metal thing because there is much Dur-chords going on guitarwise. So, many friendly melodies are mixed up with hard blast beats and sorrowful screamed vocals. There are some aggressiv parts too of curse, otherwise it wouldn’t be black metal at all. I‘m trying to build up big atmospheric ambiences through much reverb and delay on the lead guitars. And I hope it kind of worked out!

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3) Thematically I tried to cover topics like the problems of getting older and not being able to fit this society, social criticism and some pretty personal themes. All in all it was all inspired by everyday life and my thoughts about it. What will be left when I‘m dead is the topic of the song „Remember“, the problem of always moving in a constant circle and not being able to go further is the topic of „Cricles“ and „Just Like Rain“ is about not wanting to be a party of this robotic life we live in sometimes just to show you some examples. I try to give the listener some space for own interpretation.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dreamshift'?
4) I came up with the name right after recording „Seconds“. It covered up the main topic of the album pretty good because many of the lyrics are written in the perspective human being that’s dreaming and some are like normal thoughts. So it’s a combination and sometimes you can’t decide what’s real and what’s not. So here you go. Sounds weird. It is.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
5) I prefer to work solo I guess, so I can just do what ever I want. No one complains, no one wants to change something. And it’s a pretty cool feeling to finish an album you did all the way on your self. The only thing I would like to do is working together with a producer, so I could have some experiences from someone else helping me for the recording and mixing itself. That would be awesome. But it’s pretty expensive...

6.The album is coming out on 'STF Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

6) STF is a label from Thüringen in Germany and it’s pretty close by where I live. We had a meeting and it was great, so I decided to work together with them. They aren’t a label that does provide metal only. And I think I am one of their most „underground genre“ client. But so far it’s pretty cool! They have a great Studio as well! Gary, the owner, is a great guy and a great musician! They all have so much experience in terms of music.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and post metal?
7) So far I only had great feedback and even better reviews for the album. Everything works out way better then I thought! People are messaging me on Facebook just to tell me how great my music is and that’s a huge honor! I‘m really glad people like it.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
8) Yeah for sure! I’ve played drums in many deathcore- and deathmetalbands. I left those because of the lack of time I’m having. At this moment I have my second one man project running called „Nemus“ which sticks to a way more traditional style of atmospheric black metal. And as well I‘m starting a black metal project with some friends of mine in Bamberg in which I play guitar and sing. So always busy!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9) Music is my biggest love but always will stay a hobby I guess. I love black metal. And I don’t want to do more commercial music, so I won’t be able to live from it. But that’s ok! I have a normal daytime job and use all the time that is left to make music. For me I think that’s the best way to do it. But for sure there will be many many more albums I will record or be involved in!

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?
10) I listen to every genre. Wait, no Volksmusic. I don’t really like that shit.
I like to listen to every style of metal, but most of the time Black Metal. I like techno, deephouse, EDM, classic music, some jazz and funk, indie, alternative and of curse German Battlerap, that stuff is just hilarious! But at least 70% of the music that comes out of my speakers is Black Metal.
For my own music for Dreamshift especially I’ve even been influenced by Minimal Techno a little bit! There are these long lasting guitarparts and some Synthesizers that really remind of minimal leads. Some classic influences, as you can hear on the piano based speech called „everything“. By the way the piano which I recorded was the one in my wintergarden. It is totally out of tune. I learned playing on this thing 17 years ago. But I think it has a cool vibe going on!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11) I love to cook. Good food and health is important to me. I do some Fitnessstuff and hit the gym at least 4 times a week. I like to travel and to get god damn wasted in clubs, bars and on festivals. Could not live without that!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12) I would like to thank you for the questions of curse! And to those guys spending some time to read this: thanks for your time, I hope it wasn’t wasted, support your underground and your local scene! It depends on you if there will be more great music or not!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/dreamshift-interview.html


Bloodway/A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 06:13

  Romania's  Bloodway  have  returned  with  a new  recording  that  is  more  in  a  progressive  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  "A  Fragile  Riddle  Crypting  Clues"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

   Avant  garde  elements  and  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are   mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  singing  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  progressive  elements  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in   length,  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  psychedelic  influences  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto the  closing  track.

  Bloodway creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  progressive  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics are  a  concept  album  and  cover  disenchantment  and  melancholy  with  a  philosophical  touch.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bloodway  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Startling  Grotesque"  "Prison  Paradise"  and  "A  Fragile  Riddle  Crypting  Clues".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/bloodwaya-fragile-riddle-crypting.html


Inconcessus Lux Lucis/The Crowning Quietus/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 05:15


  United  Kingdom's  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  occult  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Crowning  Quietus"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams,  tortured  and  drum  beats  starts  off  the  album  as well  as  adding  in  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  both  chaotic  and  melodic  at  the  same  time.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffing  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  traditional  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  a  black'n'roll  vibe,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  remains  true  to  the  occult  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  more  traditional  metal  influences  and  catchy  riffs,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Saturnian  Black  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armour  Rides  Upon  Midnight"  and  "Fever  Upon  The  Firmament".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/inconcessus-lux-lucisthe-crowning.html


Imperialist Interview

mercredi 27 septembre 2017 à 22:06
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Imperialist is a melodic black metal band from Los Angeles, California (Monrovia to be exact) formed in 2013. We initially started this band because we wanted to create Black metal that we would want to listen to; riff-driven with the ability to tell a story and maintain a dark, desolate atmosphere. Aesthetically, I have always been drawn to science fiction and outer space, so it was the perfect recipe to blend my love of black metal with the cold darkness of space.

2.You have an album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
It’s easy to compare our previous release with the new material. Cipher is presenting a much more serious approach and, by our standards, an evolved level of song writing and structuring. In addition to that, the production quality is far more improved in comparison.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
It varies in terms of underlying subjects, but generally the outer shell of my lyrics are sci-fi stories inspired by events and natural phenomena happening here on earth. I also lyrically explore the darkness and desolation of space like black holes, galactic collisions, etc.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Imperialist'?
The name was actually found in a videogame called Metroid Prime Hunters. There is a weapon in said game that is named Imperialist, and I thought it was perfect. I wanted the band to be one strong, impactful word. It was a no-brainer to go with Imperialist after seeing it displayed as a powerful weapon in the game.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your  stage performance?
Mostly local shows in which we have played for some great crowds. Our stage performance is intended to draw the viewer and demand their undivided attention. we are by no means a high-action, high-energy band that is running around and jumping on stage - we just prefer to let the music do the work. We maintain presence by letting our energy flow through us with the intensity that our music demands.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Not immediately, we hope to showcase our record locally and in surrounding areas. Id say a tour may or may not be in the near future, when the time is right.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we are. The focus is on generating awareness and we fully intend on having a larger following once the word spreads about Cipher.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It has been surprisingly positive. Initially, I did not think our EP would be well-received, but we are very humbled that people enjoy it. We hope to earn more followers with our debut.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Theres really no telling besides the fact that we want to keep pushing ourselves as musicians. We intend to keep playing our very own brand of black metal and push it as best as we can while staying true to our vision.

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?
The biggest influence on us is Emperor, Their compositions and approach to creating an atmosphere with their music is very inspirational to us. We are also heavily influenced by Dissection, Immortal, Windir, Moonsorrow and Necrophobic just to name a few. As well as the influence from legends like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Mercyful Fate/King Diamond.

Lately I have been listening to the New Wintersun album "the forest seasons" as well as new offerings from Belphegor, Leprous, and Limbonic art.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
No.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
It varies really; video games, movies, reading books, among many things.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to thank you for your support and interest in Imperialist. We truly are humbled at the fact that you're interested in our upcoming debut and we really hope you enjoy it. Thank you!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/imperialist-interview.html