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Freiheit/Madness.Hatred.Death/Grimm Distribution/2017 CD Review

jeudi 4 mai 2017 à 05:27

  Freiheit  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Madness.Hatred.Death"  which  was  released  by  Grim   Distribution.

  A  very  dark,  distorted  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  both  the  riffs  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  he  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  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  old  school death  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  on  one  track the  guitar  leads  add  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  style

  Freiheit  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  old school  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own, t he  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Freiheit  are  a  very  great  sounding r aw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "C.C.C.K"  "The  Corps  Of  Death"  "Freedom"  and  "Burning  Earth".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/freiheitmadnesshatreddeathgrimm.html


Nagaarum/Homo Maleficus/Grimm Distribution/NGC Productions.2017 CD Review

jeudi 4 mai 2017 à 04:32

  Nagaarum  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  doom, dark  ambient  and  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Homo  Maleficus"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  Grimm  Distribution  and  NGC  Productions..

   Post  rock  style  melodic  guitar  leads  and  experimental  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  bass  guitars  also  sound  very  powerful  along  with  a  few  leads  and  after  awhile  heavy  guitar  riffing  is  added  onto  the recording  along  with  some  grim  black  metal s creams.

  A  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Clean  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also brings  in  acoustic  guitars  and  ethnic  music  elements  as  well  as  introducing  traces  of  ambient  into  certain  sections  of  the recording  while  a  later  song  also  adds  in  a  more  depressive  edge  to  the  vocals.

   Nagaarum  plays  a  musical style  that  takes  black  metal,  doom  and  post  metal a nd  mixes  it  with  some  experimental  and  ambient  elements  to  create  something  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science,  space  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nagaarum  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom,  post  metal,  experimental  and d ark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vassal  Nevelt"  and  "Kolantar".  8  out  of  10.

 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/nagaarumhomo-maleficusgrimm.html


Muka Interview

mercredi 3 mai 2017 à 06:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Muka is a blackened doom band from Zagreb, Croatia. We've been active since early 2012. The band started as a side-project but gained a lot of momentum when Boro brought
his intense lyrics and performance to the table, which lead us to decide that Muka needs our full attention. Since then Muka has self-released two albums:
'Svi Šute' in 2014 and our new album 'Sveta Stoka' in March of 2017.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
When we started Muka we really didn't have a clear vision of the style or the sound. We just wanted to explore different styles of extreme music and combine them in a way that would sound uncommon to us. During our first rehearsals and writing sessions, the sound was more in the style of 'doom meets dark psychedelia' and what was missing was an element of aggression and danger, a sort of pure force that would carry the music. We found that element in blast beats and more aggressive drumming styles and started to explore how this could be combined with the atmosphere and riffs that are more atmospheric than technical in their nature.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Muka deals with both universal and personal lyrical topics. The main topic is the feeling of anguish that is present in modern day society and how it evolved from a primitive, dark force to an omnipresent state of the mankind. Our motivation is to deal with this state, to tell stories from a personal point of view, to create a sort of media that will be used to purify all things that crush human will. Muka deals with sex, with heresy, with aggression, with opiates, and with lust.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Muka'?
The name Muka can be translated as Anguish or Torture ( the Greek myth of Tantalus is actually a good reference ). It perfectly fits our music and our lyrics. The credit for the name goes out to our singer Boro.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The strange thing is that we're not that keen on playing as many gigs as possible. Never were, never will be. We view our performance as a sort of personal and a group ritual and if it happens to often, in the same clubs or towns it looses its initial purpose. We want the crowd to feel all the specter of emotions that we're feeding them from the stage. This is what a vast majority of people who come to our gigs are seeing and experiencing and we have a reputation for playing really intense, aggressive and atmospheric concerts.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No touring or gigs for an undefined period of time. We're in search of a full-time drummer for the band. Our first drummer and good friend Debason got caught up in a lot of business and personal obligations and his really busy schedule prevented him from participating in the recording of 'Sveta Stoka'. We live in a small country, the extreme metal scene is also small and our standards are pretty high when talking about performance, commitment and dedication. Very few people even dare to contact us regarding this matter, and none have yet dared to enter our collective.
We'll see what the future brings.

7.Currently, you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We had some offers from labels, but we chose to be independent for now. Most of the labels nowadays don't offer much ( if anything ), some even ask you for money, some have ABC lists of bands and only As get any support - not the way we feel we deserve to be treated. Our music is in our control and that is important for us. We have plans to collaborate with a Croatian label 'No Profit Recordings' for a vinyl release of 'Sveta Stoka' later this year.

8.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
The feedback is beyond our expectations, it really was a surprise. Since our lyrics are sung in the native language, we really didn't feel that a lot of people outside Croatia would be interested. But we have been proved wrong, especially with the release of 'Sveta Stoka' where a lot of people bought the download or send us a message, or did a review or shared something and they don't know any Croatian at all.
We wish to thank all of those people for their support!

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Edin is finishing a record with his other band 'Duskburn' ( a post metal/sludge style ), Goran and I are currently finishing the writing process for our doom band '(drama)'. We're
always busy with something, but sometimes life just happens and postpones your plans. Both '(drama)' and 'Duskburn' albums are long overdue.

10.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As I said earlier, we're in search of a full-time drummer. We already talked about doing the 3rd album, we believe that it will happen but for now we don't know how, when or with whom. The plan is to keep writing songs and explore our writing and performing styles more intensively, in a way that will guide us forward into even more extreme and more atmospheric style.

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?
Well, I guess black and doom is something everyone in the band agrees on. As far as influences on 'Muka' I can't really point in any direction since the music is always written and finished as a group effort.  My personal taste in metal is in the doom, death and black genres. Too many bands to mention, but lately I've been listening mostly to Immolation, Dying Fetus, Ulcerate, Archgoat, Death Worship and Blut Aus Nord.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
This was the hardest question to answer personally because some answers could get me in trouble. I guess that I am a pretty dull person if you take away all of the music related interest. Don't expect to read something like:'I like swimming, organic food, modern art, and literature', more like:'I like outdoors, knives, cannabis, my cats and my woman - now fuck off!'. :) haha

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Check out muka.bandcamp.com, keep your eye on our facebook page for more information and news about Muka. Thank you for your attention!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/muka-interview.html


Totalitarian/De Arte Tragoediae Divanae/Barren Void Records/2017 CD Review

lundi 1 mai 2017 à 05:17


  Totalitarian  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  dissonant  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "De  Arte  Tragoediae  Divanae"  which  was  released  by  barren  Void  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier,  melodic  and  dissonant  direction  and  after  awhile  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  music  also  sounds  very  modern.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  along  with  some  synths  and  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  tracks  a  more  raw  feeling  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  some  growls  that  also  gives  the  album  a  bestial  touch  and  as  the  album progresses  angry  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.   

  Totalitarian  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dissonant  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  worship,  darkness  and  occultism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Totalitarian  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  f  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Supreme  Death  Worship"  and  "The  Flames  Of  Sempiternal  Regret",  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/totalitariande-arte-tragoediae.html


Endless Voyage X Interview

lundi 1 mai 2017 à 03:48
1.For those that have enver heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Well I started this project because I really was wanting to write something I really liked. Something that sounded very much metal but also used other elements too.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well my last ep I would describe the sound as Atmospheric doom metal with some heavier black metal moments!

3.You have also been involved with other musical projects, what are some of the things you have been able to express yourself with musically that you where not able to do in the other ones?
Well this project is a bit more personal. I got tired of writing about space. I'm way more interested in nature and history.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this project?
My lyrical themes talk about anything from society, the ocean(of course) to darker topics such as darkness and Insanity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Endless Voyage X'?
It's. It too deep of a meaning really. Thought it fit well with an ocean theme.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
I wouldn't be opposed to working with others.

7.Fragile Branch Recordings are re-issuing your ep, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Oh yeah! Fragile Branch is incredible! Andy is a great dude! I'm super thankful for all the support from Fragile Branch so far!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
It's been great!

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
I'm going to be working on a full length starting this fall or 2018!

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?
Well anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Bathory and Celtic Frost amongst a few others haha. Lately I'd say I'm listening to A bit of everything. I can go from listening  to Chuck Berry to Dark Angel with no problem!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I love to hike and spend time with friends and family. I'm also a huge supporter of local breweries. I love finding new ones all the time.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Check out my new ep Those Whom Time Forgot by Fragile Branch! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/endless-voyage-x-interview.html