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Astarium/Epoch Of Tyrants/More Hate Productions/2016 EP Review

mercredi 24 mai 2017 à 06:03

  Russia's  solo  project  Astarium  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  symphonic  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "Epoch  Of  Tyrants"  which  was  released  by  More  Hate  Productions.

  Ocean  sounds  along  with  some  synths  and  clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  programmed  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  symphonic  direction  as  well  as  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal screams  with  soem  grim  touches  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear   all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  war  samples  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  arevery  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  few instrumnetals.

  Astarium  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  symphonic  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releeaases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  War,  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Astarium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "SS (Satanic  Squadron)"  and  "In  The  Twilight  Of  The  Gods".  8  out  of  10.


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Void Ritual/Heretical Wisom/Throats Productions/Tridroid Records/2017 Full Length Review

mercredi 24 mai 2017 à 04:31

  Void  Ritual  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Mexico  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Heretical  Wisdom"  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Tridroid  Records  and  Throats  Productions.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  once  the  grim  black  metal  screams  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  at  times  and  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave influences  can  be  heard  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  riffing  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  melodic  chants  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Void  Ritual  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recordin  that  is  very  aw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  suffering,  hatred  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Void  Ritual  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  hateful  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Flood"  "Heretical  Wisdom"  and  "Nachzehrer".  8  out  of  10.

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Slaegt/Domnus Mysterium/Van Records/2017 CD Review

mardi 23 mai 2017 à 06:08

  Slaegt  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Domnus  Mysterium"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Van  Records.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  classic  metal  style  melodies  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  both  retro  and  modern  elements  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  a  great  amount  of  NWOBHM  elements  can  be  heard  at  times.

  All   of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  traks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast   parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  pianos  on  a  later  track.

  Slaegt  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  traditional  and  classic  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  individaulism,  isolation  and  magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slaegt  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Smell  Blood"  "The  Eye  Of  The  Devil"  and  "Remember  It's  A  Nightmare".  8  out  of  10.

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Irae Satanail Interview

mardi 23 mai 2017 à 04:28
Irae Satanail – Interview.
1. For those that have never heard of before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well,  Irae Satanail is a Black Metal band from South America,  Colombia,  the city of Pasto -  Nariño exactly,  we have been playing in the underground since 2005,  telling dark and antichristian stories in our lyrics in Spanish, we think and support that the bands sign in its nattive language,  and we have been influenced by many bands from the South American and Colombian Cult,  but for this upcoming album may be some lyrics in English too. 

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We grew up listening all of those black metal bands from the 90’s with those dark and supreme well done melodies, fast drums,  and atmospheric passages that let you  in at the realm of shadows, the black metal of the 90s reflected something epic and special.

3. The band has been around since 2005 but the first full length, is not scheduled to be released until 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
We were very young when start to play and It was an apprenticeship of several years  We record some songs with low quality and play live in many cities of our country with good support from black metal scene.  Now we have a solid spiritual philosophy at the left hand path,  and we have grown in all aspects.  We are ready to spread the flame now.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I. S.  Start writing satanic and antichristian lyrics, now we walk The Left Hand Path,  and its occult doctrines to shift the  conscience to self divinity and illumination,  we  write about that experiences.

5. Originally the band was known as 'Sucor Benoth' what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Irae Satanail'?
The evolution in the ideology of the band  and the need to have a unique and unrepeatable name make change it.

6.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 show we share with Inquisition in Cali – Colombia were magnificent. Our shows are full of strength, really a discharge of energy and a tribute to the light carrier.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yeah,  we expect  a tour would be possible next to the release of our album at 2018

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
If any label are interested can  contact us.  At the moment we have been auto sufficient.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Few black metal fans around the world know about I. S.  But this path is not made for crowds.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Life is about evolution,  we don't now what the future holds,  but we will be making our dark art till the end.
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?
As i said many South American  and Colombian bands were influenced our way,  also of course many of the Scandinavian scene too,  specially Swedish Black Metal. Nowadays are too many bands outside,  a few we listen are,  Ignis Haereticum,  Gexerott,  Dantalian,  Cabra Negra,  Azoth, from Colombia,  Morbosidad,  Yaocuicatl de Mexico,  Conceived By Hate from El Salvador,  Wisdom from Paraguay,  Patria from Brasil,  and worldwide,  Uada,  Nordjevel,  Bathushka,  Acrimonious,  Acherontas,  Inferno,  Nightbringer Etc..

12.How would you describe your views on 'Satanism' and 'Occultism'?
Our view of Occultism are routed to the destruction and creation of our own gods and demons from the abyss of our dead egos.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Ordo ab Chao.

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Vulpus Interview

mardi 23 mai 2017 à 04:23
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We’re a blackened post-metal band from the northern city of Porto in Portugal! We’re four musicians (guitarist, drummer, bassist, vocalist), all from different academic backgrounds and who share musical tastes that can be completely opposite from each other. We formed in 2013, in early 2014 we released our first Demo that quickly sold out and we went on to do some shows between Portugal and Spain during that time. The formation of the band on the big picture stayed the same with some small changes that didn’t prove themselves fruitful and in 2016 we decided to enter the studio to release our first full length entitled ‘’Certitude’’!

2. So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
The demo is only that – a materialization of our roots as a band. We’ve re-recorded the best song for this album and dropped the other two. On the album our approach to black metal reflects our love for other music genres but we never forced anything onto the record, it flowed naturally. The most obvious influences are post-metal and drone/noise, which enhance the mood that’s present throughout the album, simultaneously giving space for contemplation and making the heavier parts stand out by contrast.

3. Your lyrics cover Existentialism and Anthropocentrism; can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
As much as everyone likes to think of themselves as individuals, we exist in relation to the society we live in. Western culture tells us we are above all other species and can do whatever we please with our environment, and our religions typically tell us that either God or the Universe has a plan for us. However, looking at the world through that point of view is bound to cause distress as what we’ve been told and what we see from our own experience does not match. Our lyrics reflect that uneasiness but we don’t try to make it too personal, it’s a way of coping with a problem that has affected Mankind for ages and which becomes increasingly obvious as our knowledge, lifespan and quality of life improve. Hopefully, it will work in the same way for the listeners as well – we want to share that uneasiness, but it’s up to each person to decide what to do with it.

4. I know that the band name represents the archetypal concepts between the fox and wolf in mythological beliefs, how does this fit in with the musical style that you play?
On the broad musical spectrum of what we play we try to put into our songs both the fierceness of the wolf and the ‘’footprint’’ of the fox which is known for its stealthiness. Ideologically speaking it doesn’t deviate that far from it. The wolf may be fearless, but it relies on his wolfpack. It’s both a symbol of individual and collective strength.
The fox, on the other hand, has always been seen as a trickster who sided with pre-classical Divinities and conveyed particular messages onto mankind. Thus, the name Vulpus (Vulpes + Lupus) is a symbiosis of concepts, of stories, and of behaviors that describe us as a group.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Mood setting is very important for us. We respect our audience but there is very little interaction as we try to make the songs flow into one another. As we gained more experience we started to improvise and use noise and drone passages to tie everything together, which ultimately affected the album as well.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
It will all depend on how the album is received. Nothing is planned so far, as we’re entering the season in which so many festivals happen that small shows are largely ignored. However, we won’t discard the possibility of touring in the future.

7. The new album is coming out on 'Pest Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
We’re very happy our music has struck a chord with such a reputable label, we share the same vision and it was very easy to come to an agreement regarding the release. They have a lot of bands that we admire so we take pride in seeing our name alongside them. Plus, we know that having Pest’s seal on ‘’Certitude’’ will for sure open some doors for us in the near future and at least give us more credibility in the genre.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Although some bands draw a line between traditional and post/atmospheric black metal, we believe our audience is diverse as we try to be eclectic as well – labeling ourselves as “blackened post metal” was a short and simple way of making that statement. We’re eager to see their reaction as soon as the album is released, but our single was very well received.

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have some songs left over that didn’t fit the mood of the album, so we might rework them for later use. We’re also interested in folk music – not the folk metal approach, but we are very impressed by what bands such as Wardruna are able to do, so we might write some non-black metal compositions as well if we feel we have something to say and aren’t simply copying other bands.

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?
We all listen to different styles and bands so any one of us would give you a different answer – from grindcore to stoner metal to electronics. However, all of us would surely mention Mayhem, Altar of Plagues, Neurosis and Amenra as bands that have had an impact in us as musicians.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?
Our interest in other arts and philosophy is also evident in the album cover art and lyrics. We all have different hobbies, but the passion for knowledge and discovery is common to all.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the support and your interest in our music as soon as we put it out there!

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