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Svartsyn/Live in Rotterdam 1997/Nomad Snakepit Productions/2022 Live Album Review

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 04:49

 


  Sweden's  Svartsyn  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  a  live  show  from  the  mid  90's  showing  their  earlier  style  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  live  album  "Live  In  Rotterdam  1997"  which  was  released  by  Nomad  Snakepit  Productions.


  A  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  audience  reaction  can  be  heard  between  each  song.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Svartson  played  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  was  also  very  traditional  sounding .  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  all  the  songs  being  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Darkness  and  Death  Worship  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Svartsyn  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  True  Legend"  and  "The  Great  Mysteries  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.


https://nomadsnakepit.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-rotterdam-1997    


  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/svartsynlive-in-rotterdam-1997nomad.html


Umbra Interview

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 02:30

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solo project?


Umbra was born from the ashes of another project called Glorification, with other members. Over time I felt that I wasn't doing what I really wanted to express through music, either by difference of opinions and musical tastes. This project lasted a few years and as expected I sent them to hell. As the saying goes, if you want to do something right, do it for yourself. And so in early 2021 Umbra was born, taking full control of all the instruments, compositions and lyrics of how I see myself, the reflection of my own darkness.


2.In February you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


As you say I released it on February 21, 2022, the only thing I want to express with Umbra is my own hell and darkness, my visions and aberrations that this dream called life gives me. It is clear that it could be defined as Black Metal, depending on who thinks and listens to it, nowadays there are many worms thinking this if not this if you know what I mean heh, heh. But in my opinion it is Satanic and Blasphemous Black Metal.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Satanism and Occultism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


It is something that awakened in me at a very early age, I have always felt attracted to the black arts, occultism, Luciferism, Satanism, and everything that has to do with what is on the other side of life. I always liked to read and document myself on this subject, for me the devotion to my black father is everything, without him I would not be doing this, it is the black flame that guides me through this dark path.


4.You also cover Anti Christianity themes lyrically, how would you describe your hatred for this religion?


I hate Christians as much as I hate Jews and Islamists, for me they are the same shit with different smell, copies of each other, but the result is always the same, to have people lobotomized to continue to endure in time thanks to so many sheep, I do not mean that I am not a spiritual person, which I am, but I choose my own way. Christianity has done a lot of damage all over the world, but much more in Europe, a lot of wisdom and traditions have been lost or adulterated thanks to them, many much older religions in connection with nature and mother earth were razed by them, imposing Christianity and destroying the true European roots. For this kind of things they will always have my contempt.


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


I want to express my own Darkness with my music, so the name of the band had to go hand in hand with my music. Umbra means shadow in Latin, it seemed like a good name to reflect my own Darkness and show my own hell.


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


The cover is a photo of my black altar, where I perform my rituals and take inspiration, I wanted it to be the cover of the EP because it symbolizes everything I want to express with my work, I was also lucky to have the help of Zare Inferno, a professional photographer who took the cover photos apart from my own, a great devotee of black arts and Black Metal.


7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have played with a full band before, do you feel you are able to accomplish more solo?


Yes, I record all the instruments and I also mix and master. I have been in several bands, but as I told you in a previous question, I didn't feel that we were doing things right, too many people giving their opinion and at the same time contributing very little, in the end the bands are of one or two people who are in charge of doing everything and that eventually wears out and frustrates, or at least me, apart from the fact that everyone has their own way of seeing things and doing them. Today I see myself capable of doing this job on my own and express 100% of my vision.


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


Yes, there are several proposals for the next work that I will soon have finished, I have spoken with several labels and there is interest in the next releases, at the moment I'm shuffling offers, we'll see what happens in the coming months. For now I want to keep promoting the EP and reach as many people as possible and spread my blasphemy.


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


Within the black circle it has been very well accepted, but I still have a lot of work ahead of me. It is not easy to move everything alone, but little by little the fruits are being harvested.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


At the moment the idea I have is to release a new EP and start working on my first full length, print some t-shirts, etc etc. In the future I would simply like to continue doing the same thing I do now, composing, writing, recording and continue shaping Umbra. The road is open for those who know how to find it.


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 still listen to the same bands from 30 years ago, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory and of course the explosion of Norwegian bands in the early 90s. Although I also listen to bands like Drowning the Light, Satanic Warmaster, Behexen ,Darvaza, Anti to name a few. My favorite genre has always been and will always be Black Metal although I must admit that classical music like Richard Wagner and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky inspire me a lot.


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


Thank you for the interview and the support received, they have been very interesting questions. Greetings to the readers and stay tuned for the next release that is coming soon. Thanks for your interest in UMBRA.

Hail Satan!!!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/umbra-interview.html


As Sahar Interview

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 02:23

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new split?

M. Hanael - Currently we are taking a short break as all pending job had settled. We will hit the stage again this coming September. And will start to write new material soon.


2.In the last year you have released a new full length and split, musically how do they differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

M. Hanael - Well I should say this time we go for a different style of song writing while preserving the essence of As Sahar trademark & lyrical theme.


3.Some of your lyrics also cover Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark or esoteric arts?

A. Altrajalia - Every soul has its own darkness, either it is highlighted or protected by the owner. In my arts, I was dealing with pain in mental health. One of it I throw to the lyrics.

M. Hanael - It is important ant o understand our own cult & culture before understanding foreign ones. I've been exploring & studies our own but there is always more to learn & explore.


4.You also have a lot of lyrics that cover 'Nusantara Mythology', can you tell us a little bit more about this topic and also how does Eastern Mythology differ from the more well known Western Mythologies that is usually covered lyrically by black metal bands?

A. Altrajalia - There is reason why follower don't call us as Malaysian Black Metal or Singapore Black Metal etc. Our lyric represent the Archipelago Myth. A Black Metal follower in here do enjoy to listen Western Myth, but can't touch their soul. How do we want to enjoy the snow you told us if there is no snow in our place? As Sahar create a "snow" to Eastern Black Metal follower. If Western Europe got Celtic Black Metal, east euro got viking Black Metal and so go on to US, Latin etc. So in here, we proudly present Eastern Black Metal.



5.You also seem to have an interest in 'Nationalism', can you tell us a little bit more about what these means to you?

A.Altrajalia - Nationalism has been As Sahar controversy since 1996, the fist album released. The past vocalist has a lot of interest with that ideology. As a recent vocalist, I have no problem with that either satanic or nationalism . I just have problem with the discrimination pussies.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'As Sahar'?

M.Hanael - The edge of darkness meeting the point of light. Its is neither day of night. Its is the peak period of all occult activities.

 

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

M.Hanael - the album artwork was done by the labels. They showed to us before deciding on it, its look great & we agreed on it.



8.The band has been around since 1993, what is it that motivates you to keep going after almost 30 years?

M.Hanael - Well I have no intention to retired from playing music yet, hahahaha. Well I guest the fans & friends that motivate us to keep on going forward.


9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

M.Hanael - Most of our shows were great especially the smaller ones as the band crowd interaction were near & great. Most memorable were to play at the Philippines.


10.Recently the band was a part of a split with 'Warkvlt', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

M.Hanael - I have known the band front man for almost 20+ years now & we were close every since, Warkvlt were a great war black metal band that emerge from indonesia.



11.The split was released through both 'Vrykloblast Productions' and 'Sadist Records', can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?

M.Hanael - Vrykoblast I have known the owner for more that 30 years a great guys, as for Sadist Records I have done few trade with his & he is also a nice guy. Both the label are a very active labels with lots of great releases.


12.On a worldwide level how has the reaction bene to your newer music by fans of black metal?

M.Hanael - So far all responses & reviews have been great & positive. 


13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

M.Hanael - We will still keep on making songs & album, at the same time breaking any boundaries or trying new formula.


14.What are some of the bands or musical styles that the band members are currently listening to nowadays?

M.Hanael - As for me been listening to newer bands like Mgla,  Bathuskha, Uada & Misotheist.


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

M.Hanael - Thanks for this great interview, I hope there will be lots more for the Asian band being interview by you. Cheers dude, may the Eastern Flame Burns Forever .....




https://www.facebook.com/AS.SAHAR.OFFICIAL

https://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/primitively-eastern-winds-93

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/As_Sahar/3441

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/as-sahar-interview.html


Fonsadera/Macabre Dump/Inferna Profundus Records/2022 Full Length Review

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 02:12

 


  Fonsadera  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  subversive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Macabre  Dump"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  tortured  voices  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  You  can  also  hear  all  of  the  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Gregorian  chants  can  also be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  some  tortured  sounding  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  ritualistic  atmosphere  at  times,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  lo-fi  sounding.. 


  Fonsadera  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  different  yet  original  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  the  shedding  of  blood  and  anti  catholic  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  Fonsadera  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Versiculum  -  I'  and  "Versiculum  -  IV".  8  out  of  10.


https://apottrecords.bandcamp.com/album/macabre-damp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/fonsaderamacabre-dumpinferna-profundus.html


Obsidian Shrine/Bloodshed Under The Black Star.Negative Earth Records/2022 CD Review

mardi 19 avril 2022 à 05:51

 


  Obsidian  Shrine  are  a  duo  from  Tennessee  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Bloodshed  Under  The  Black  Star"  which  was  released  by  Negative  Earth  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar   riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  keyboards  can  also be  heard  on  one  of  the  songs


  Throughout  the  album you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  Military  style  drum  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  influences  from  both  the  classic  and  modern  eras  of  the  genre.  


 A  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Necrophobic's  "Nailing  The  Holy  One".  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Anti  Christianity  and  War  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Obsidian  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bloodshed  Under  The  Black  Star"  "Luciferian  Wrath"  "Indoctrintoxin"  and  "They  Who  Dwell  Within".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Obsidian_Shrine/3540423859


https://www.facebook.com/obsidianshrine


https://www.instagram.com/obsidianshrine/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/obsidian-shrinebloodshed-under-black.html