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Abkehr/In Asche/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 EP Review

mercredi 19 avril 2017 à 04:26

  Abkehr  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "In  Asche"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Ambient  style soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drones  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  synths  are  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of melody  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  both  clean  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  at  times while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  elements.

  Abkehr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  hopelessness,  evil  and  alienation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Abkehr  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II"  and  "IV".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/abkehrin-aschesentient-ruin.html


Funeral Baptism Interview

mercredi 19 avril 2017 à 03:45
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The Band was formed by Damian, guitarist and main composer back in 2014 in Argentina. After moving to Bucharest Romania we started jamming and decided to restart this project. We initially experimented with different concepts and sounds but eventually settled to what you can hear on the "Gate" ep.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
So far our sound is shaping ups quite traditional. Since we like many the old school back metal bands of the nineties , its no surprise that a large part of our sound will be inspired by such acts. We do however like to add a bit of influence from other genres and bands that we like which are unrelated to that musical genre. For the future we keep our options open, maybe the one ep or album will be more experimental while another will end being old school black metal worship.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Whatever dark things come to mind: religion and anti-religion, philosophy, literature, historical events, occultism.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Funeral Baptism'?
As far as I understood it just sounded right to Damian. I never honestly questioned its symbolism. It can conjure up some interesting mental pictures, now that you mentioned it.

5.The band members live in both Romania and Argentina, how does this workout in the recording process?
Right now we both live in Bucharest so the recording for our latest EP was pretty easy and straightforward. We managed to establish some strong ties with a producer with whom we keep in touch often. You could say there is a constant feedback between us, of which we are very pleased.

6.Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Actually we sought and got the attention of a local record label named Loud Rage Music. We were following their work and we plan to release our first full length album with their help. So far things are shaping up well, and we expect to release it later during the current year.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
The feedback was really pleasant, actually we were a little surprised of the such messages we received from black metal fans and general metal fans alike. 

8.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Later during this year (2017). The album will have a bit more variety, you can expect some more elaborate compositions but with the same raw black metal edge we enjoy.

9.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?
For Funeral Baptism as a band I think Marduk, Mayhem and Inquisition are the greatest influence. Bathory and Endstile come very close too.
Nowdays I listen to pretty much whatever I feel like, from Doomsword to Enslaved, Omega, Tribulation to bay area thrashers, Forbidden.
Both me and Damian have a varied playlist as far as I can say.

10.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
The Occult does play a role in what we do since I've been into this for some time. I still study religions, philosophies and magickal systems and practices and its really fascinating what the human mind can create.
When it comes to Satanism, it really depends what your personal definition of Satanism is. For a hard boiled fanatical Christian, everything that doesn't conform to religious dogma IS Satanism, some other of my self styled satanic acquaintances would have a very different opinion and most of the times they wouldn't agree to what is satanic and what isn't.
From an outsider's perspective, you could say that we have Satanic themes, maybe because we champion the development of the individual above all else. And sometimes in order to better yourself and to do what is right for yourself or for the ones you want to help, you have to embrace some of your demons in order to become stronger. As long as we do not step into the darkness we do not attain wisdom or true meaning to our existence.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
History, philosophy, literature. Good food and drink to feed the body on our journey into oblivion.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We thank you for checking us out and for giving us the opportunity of this interview and we promise to come back with some more dark music. Hails!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/funeral-baptism-interview.html


SXAP/Cathedral/Bloody Mountain Records/2017 Full Length Review

mardi 18 avril 2017 à 05:49
  SXAP  are  a  solo  project  of  Northern  California's  black/death  metal  project  Suxperion  and  with  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  ambient,  experimental  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Cathedral"  which  was  released  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.

  Harsh  soundscapes  along with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  mixing  into  the  more  experimental  side  of  the  music.

  All  of t he  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  evil  yet  distorted  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  elements  of  ambient  and  electronic  music  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  SXAP  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  ambient,  experimental  and  harsh  noise  to  create  something  very  original  and  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw. 

  In  my  opinion  SXAP  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  ambient  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "lacuum".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/sxapcathedralbloody-mountain.html


Todesstrafe Interview

mardi 18 avril 2017 à 03:41
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
To be honest, there's not that much to say about this band. Todesstrafe is our first serious band, a musical project that has been on our mind for a while and that we finally had the time to work on. We both come from a black metal underground, so it was kind of natural to develop in that direction, we just needed to find the right timing and the proper ideas. We started working on a demo of 4 songs, but then the ideas started flowing more fluently and we decided to go on for a full length. This is how “The Northern Hammer Returns” was born.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well, I would say Todesstrafe it's simply primitive raw black metal with Hardcore/RAC elements. We mostly focused on feelings instead of technical playing, we wanted the core of the album to be straight to the point, a fist in the face. Many Black Metal bands sometimes lost themselves in million small details, we wanted to create something in the opposite direction, so what you can find is straight to the core music, the old way

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with War, Europe and National Socialism, can tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?
I won't waste your time and mine saying the usual extreme things that lot of NSBM bands repeat to the infinite to impress their “musical target”, we don't care about being extreme on interviews because we are much more into the spiritual thing of this music and we mostly think music should speak itself. We are fascinated by war and what Third Reich represented to the story of humankind. War, discipline, courage, loyalty and what it is meant to be really extreme. Extreme in decisions, actions and the iron will of certain ideals, what is completely lost nowadays, like a primitive instinct of survival.

4.I known that the bands name means 'death penalty' in German, how does this name fit in with the
musical style that you play?
We chose “death penalty” as a band name because it represents a strong and drastic statement against traitors and spineless people infecting the world with their politically correctness. We are totally fed up of any kind of “correctness”. The world is not meant to be like this.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up in the future, or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We prefer to remain a duo, due to technical reasons. But also because Todesstrafe is a very personal thing we share, and personally I would like to keep it this way.

6.The album was released on 'We Are At War Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
When we recorded the album and we started to send out promos, it was Werewolf Promotion from Poland that suggested us “We Are At War Records”. Our album is their official first release, so no much to say. We as a band at our first release had not great expectations, but we liked the idea to start this “adventure” with someone that was starting too. “We Are At War Records” released our album in an elegant digipack edition with a special card, sticker and a paper with lyrics (in the limited edition only). The final result is outstanding and much more than what we expected, so we could not be happier than this. Hopefully we'll work together again in the future.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of national socialist black metal?
So far, so good. The album is out since about one month but we already got few orders and who got the cd, loved it. Our personal and strict friends too.

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We already started to work on a new album and the style is pretty much the same, I'm quiet sure the new stuff will sound exactly as our debut album. We like the music we made so far, so we'd like to keep it like “our style”. For sure we know we never invented something new, but we try anyway not to sound like a copycat band.

9.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?
We have to pay homage to bands such as Ad Hominem, Capricornus, Der Sturmer and Aryan Terrorism. About musical styles, obviously Black Metal, some Death Metal and Hardcore. Our current playlist lately is ruled by “The Crowning Horror” from Pest, absolutely a masterpiece!

10.Does Paganism play any role in your music?
Surely we are not Christians or followers of some desert religions, we pay respect to the ancient cults which defined the identity of European folks. We totally respect our roots and our heritage.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
As a major passion, I would define myself as a greedy reader. Then, we both enjoy to travel and visit new places properly, finding out about the local traditions, cultural roots and food. There is so much to see and to learn from travelling, it is a never-ending journey.

12,Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
If you are a fan of primitive “fist in the face” Black Metal, give Todesstrafe a chance. Don't waste your time on soulless Black Metal bands that have nothing interesting to say, support only activists, politically incorrect and sincere acts!usical style that you play?
We chose “death penalty” as a band name because it represents a strong and drastic statement against traitors and spineless people infecting the world with their politically correctness. We are totally fed up of any kind of “correctness”. The world is not meant to be like this.
5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up in the future, or do you prefer to remain a duo?
We prefer to remain a duo, due to technical reasons. But also because Todesstrafe is a very personal thing we share, and personally I would like to keep it this way.
6.The album was released on 'We Are At War Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
When we recorded the album and we started to send out promos, it was Werewolf Promotion from Poland that suggested us “We Are At War Records”. Our album is their official first release, so no much to say. We as a band at our first release had not great expectations, but we liked the idea to start this “adventure” with someone that was starting too. “We Are At War Records” released our album in an elegant digipack edition with a special card, sticker and a paper with lyrics (in the limited edition only). The final result is outstanding and much more than what we expected, so we could not be happier than this. Hopefully we'll work together again in the future.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of national socialist black metal?
So far, so good. The album is out since about one month but we already got few orders and who got the cd, loved it. Our personal and strict friends too.
8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We already started to work on a new album and the style is pretty much the same, I'm quiet sure the new stuff will sound exactly as our debut album. We like the music we made so far, so we'd like to keep it like “our style”. For sure we know we never invented something new, but we try anyway not to sound like a copycat band.
9.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?
We have to pay homage to bands such as Ad Hominem, Capricornus, Der Sturmer and Aryan Terrorism. About musical styles, obviously Black Metal, some Death Metal and Hardcore. Our current playlist lately is ruled by “The Crowning Horror” from Pest, absolutely a masterpiece!
10.Does Paganism play any role in your music?
Surely we are not Christians or followers of some desert religions, we pay respect to the ancient cults which defined the identity of European folks. We totally respect our roots and our heritage.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
As a major passion, I would define myself as a greedy reader. Then, we both enjoy to travel and visit new places properly, finding out about the local traditions, cultural roots and food. There is so much to see and to learn from travelling, it is a never-ending journey.
12,Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
If you are a fan of primitive “fist in the face” Black Metal, give Todesstrafe a chance. Don't waste your time on soulless Black Metal bands that have nothing interesting to say, support only activists, politically incorrect and sincere acts!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/todesstrafe-interview.html


Solbrud/Vemod/Indisciplinarian/Vendetta Records/2017 CD Review

lundi 17 avril 2017 à 05:28

   Solbrud  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vemod"  which  will  be  released  in  June  as  a  joint  effort  between  Indisciplinarian  and  Vendetta  Records.

  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  guitar  leads are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  along  with  the  bass  guitars  also  having  their  powerful  moments  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  an  a  couple  of  the  tracks.

  Solbrud  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  nature  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Solbrud  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  :Det  Sidste  Lys"  and  "Menneskev".  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/solbrudvemodindisciplinarianvendetta.html