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Funerary Bell/Undead Revelations/Saturnal Records/2018 CD Review

jeudi 11 janvier 2018 à 04:12

  Funerary  Bell  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Undead  Revelations"  which  will  be  released  inn  February  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Powerful sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  melodic  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing in  grim  black  metal  screams  which also  bring  in  ritualistic  whispers  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  When  the  music speeds up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  as  well  as  some  keyboards  in  the  background  which  also  gives the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling.

  Elements  if  thrash  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  music  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  shows  more  of  an  influence  of  classic  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Funerary  Bell  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  occult  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  death,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hermeticism,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funerary  Bell  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goat  Of  Mendes"  "Hermetica"  "Anima  Eterna"  and  "Spectral  Moonchild".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/funerary-bellundead-revelationssaturnal.html


Labyrinth Entrance Interview

mercredi 10 janvier 2018 à 05:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Labyrinth Entrance this is everything what I esteem in metal music. Emotions, expression, message, honesty - without any frames, no pigeonholing, no compromises.



2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It's hard to say and answer this question, because this album has been very personal to me and I created it during the hard and black period of my life. While recording this album, I practically didn't have any assumptions concerning the sound. When I entered Studio I had only skeletons of songs which have been composed for single guitar. Then I tried to guide Darek Grabowski to my visions and his task was mainly to find the most appropriate sound. I was just recording individual parts seeking for the moment when the certain passage has already sounded properly. Darek is a genius, so at the end of a day it turned out fuckin' great for me.



3.According to the fb page you label your music as 'passive black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

The definition "Passive Black Metal" went up spontaneously and that's my answer to the currently trendy 'hipsters' approach to the music. Black Metal was created in very specific atmosphere and was one of  the most mysterious species of metal music. Today, youths from so called good homes set up a band, play jazz passages, dress face-covering-hoods, light incenses and invent crazy articles: post-, new-, etc. Therefore, I decided to use this definition deliberately with contrariness, in order to show that I am totally in opposition to all this naming etc. which I assume as complete bullshit. I am aware that in my music you will find evenly black, death, grind and heavy metal, but I do not surround myself with the aura of fictional mystery and I do not pose that I am a visionary.



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

I wanted to create a specific climate that would reflect my attitude to the subject of death. Anxiety and helplessness that accompany the feeling of transience.All lyrics are based on Dante's "Hell". When creating music I wanted to keep consistent concept, and although the pieces differ significantly from each other, both the lyrics and the entire cover-art create a certain vision of the  Hell's description contained in the Divine Comedy. Also the sound of the album is very consistent and gives uniform character to the whole.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Labyrinth Entrance'?

Labyrinth Entrance - My music is just the Labyrinth - you enter on your own and I do not promise that you will leave it.. You will find surprise, pain, fear, suffering.. but also many beautiful and real sensations await you inside.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience playing in other bands , how would you compare the two?

In each of the bands I play I find other emotions and I express myself differently. Stillborn is kind of concert Legion of Death, we enter the arena in three and play fuckin' show for the Devil! we do not take prisoners.  In Horror Of Naatu I pay homage to the school of  Death Metal from Florida. Typical old school scum. Right now we are preparing with the drummer to record a new album. At LE, I release all the black thoughts swirling in my head, I have not defined any frames or genre boundaries, so I compose only that stuff which I am convinced in 100%. I never make music by forcing things. I have to feel music all by myself.



7.The new album was released by 'Godz Of War Productions' which also has your other band 'Stillborn' on the same label, do you feel this label has been very helpful to you and your other musical project?

GOW is currently No. 1 among publishing stables in Poland, at least when it comes to the relation of really good music and commitment. Greg is a veteran and professional: he exactly knows what he wants, esteems his value, carefully selects team members and releases only what he is 100% convinced of. He was the first person who listen to the material and it stayed that way. I am aware that my record differs significantly from the mainstream of GOW, but in our life we have to move forward, so I think that both, Greg and me will get the good experiences coming out of this cooperation.



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

I do not address my album only to BM fans. I welcome everyone who draws energy from the music. When we are limited to only one species we will not drive too far. Despite the fact that metal is my whole life, I am not an orthodox and I listen to many other genres.



9.What is going on with some of your other musical projects and bands these days?

Answer point 6



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



I do not think about the future. The world is slowly dying out and human life becomes less and less steady, less predictable. I make only short plans - up to a year ahead. In 2018 I would like to record 2 albums - Horror and Labyrinth.

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?



I grew up in very musical family, where the music was always high in the range of priorities. I started listening to metal at the age of eight, so generally it's been with me all my life. The most beautiful in music is that despite the fact that practically everything in music has already been recorded, new unexplored spaces are still being created and every few years we notice this wonderful renaissance of one of the genres. I would not write nonsense as many artists do and would not say that every day I hardly listen to metal and would not mention some avant-garde musicians being my inspiration... because it is always the opposite. I listen a lot metal - because without metal it is impossible to live.  The new things that I value for example: Khthoniik Cerviiks, Ensnared, Cruciamentum or Blood Incantation. We do not talk about classic ones.

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

I invite everybody to listen to Monumental Bitternes and hope that you will find your way out of the labyrinth. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/labyrinth-entrance-interview.html


Phendrana/Sanctum Sic Transit Gloria Mundi/Sickness Records/2018 Full Length Review

mercredi 10 janvier 2018 à 04:29

  Phendrana  are  a  solo  project  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Sanctum  Sic  Transit  Gloria  Mundi"  which  was  released  by  Sickness  Records.

  Atmospheric soundscapes  along  with  some  clean  post  rock  style  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  leads  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  heavy  riffs  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  tragic  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  being    brief  instrumentals  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  female  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard..

  Phendrana  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  along  with  some  progressive  and  post  rock  elements  which  makes  the  songs  stand  out  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  death,  yore,  abstract  and  surreal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Phendrana  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  post  black  metal  solo  project and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sanctum"  and "Where  Ages Meet".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/phendranasanctum-sic-transit-gloria.html


Harakiri For The Sky/Arson/AOP Records/2018 CD Review

mardi 9 janvier 2018 à 04:28

  Harakiri  For  The  Sky  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Arson"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  AOP  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black metal  screams  as  well  a s all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  tracks  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements along  with  the  songs also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well as  the songs  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Graveyard  Lover's  "Manifesto"  which  also  brings  in  female  vocals.

  Harakiri For  The  Sky  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  and  suicide  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Harakiri  For  The  Sky  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire,  Walk  With  Me" "Heroin  Waltz"  and  "Voidgazer".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/harakiri-for-skyarsonaop-records2018-cd.html


Mood/Marks On The Black Moon/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 5 janvier 2018 à 06:11

  Mood  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album "Marks  On  The  Black  Moon".

   Atmospheric  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  acoustic  guitars  and spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  black  metal  screams  are  more  in  the  background.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric,  avant  garde  and  ritualistic  sound  while  the  faster sections  of  the  songs  use  a great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  potion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  the later tracks  the  high  pitched  screams  start  making  a  more  powerful  presence  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  experimental  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic vocals.

  Mood  plays  a  style  of  black  metal that  is  very  ritualistic,  atmospheric  and  experimental  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  influenced  by  the  films of  Zulawiski, ancient  witchcraft  and  the  writings  of   Bergier  and  Pauwels.

  In  my  opinion  Mood  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ritualistic  and  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ice  Sheet"  "After...The  Curse"  "Marks  Of  The  Black  Moon"  and  "Lunatic  Dimension".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/01/moodmarks-on-black-moon2017-full-length.html