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WOM/Psychedelic Noir/2017 Full Length Review

dimanche 19 mars 2017 à 00:57

  WOM  are  a  solo  project  from  Cyprus  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  more  of  a  psychedelic  and  progressive  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Psychedelic  Noir".

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  thunder  and  rain  sounds  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  structures  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  psychedelic  elements  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  album  closes  with  a  keyboard  instrumental.

  WOM  moves  away  from  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  going  into  a  more  psychedelic  and  progressive  form of t he  genre  while  also  keeping  the  grim  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  melancholy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  WOM  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ides  Of  Death"  "Moonlight  Melancholia"  and  "The  Tempest  Of  Loss".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/wompsychedelic-noir2017-full-length.html


Well Of Night/The Crimson Hexagon/2017 EP Review

samedi 18 mars 2017 à 23:28

  Well  Of  Night  are  a  band  from  Dayton,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Crimson  Hexagon".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  modern  style  of  black  metal  while  a  touch of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Well  Of  Night  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  mixing  some Swedish  influences  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Well  Of  Night  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Crimson  Hexagon".  8  out  of 10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/well-of-nightthe-crimson-hexagon2017-ep.html


An Autumn For Crippled Children/Eternal/Wickerman Recordings/2016 CD Review

samedi 18 mars 2017 à 22:00

  An  Autumn  For  Crippled  Children  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  post  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Eternal" which  was  released  by  Wickerman  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  post  rock  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  style  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Clean  playing  along  with  elements  of  shoegaze  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion d  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  no  fast  parts  or  blast  beats  are  ever  utilized. 

  An  Autumn  For  Crippled  Children  plays a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  as  well  as  incorporating  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  anguish,  anger,  hate,  and  love  themes.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/an-autumn-for-crippled.html


A Mournful Path Interview

samedi 18 mars 2017 à 17:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

A Mournful Path was conceived in late July 2016. A Mournful Path is the product of a long standing collaboration between brothers David and Michael Romeo. We have been playing music for a long time. This entity has finally come to fruition.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Our sound is a unique coalescence of modern black, atmospheric and death metal.  We describe it as subterranic tri tonal augmented bone chilling hell.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

A Mournful Path offers an unsettling atmospheric nightmare soundscape into the dark recesses of a dark and tortured soul. Michael’s lyrics are deeply personal. They also offer an insight for his disdain hatred for hypocrisy and religion. We have no religious or political affiliation.

4.According to the fb page the band is also inspired by the writings of Sylvia Plath, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this poet?

She's an American author and poet. She committed suicide at the age of 30. Michaels words are references to her poetry.  A lot of her poetry is deeply personal, bitter, very very dark and painful. A lot of our lyrical content is based upon her work.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'A Mournful Path’?

 Everyone has their own path. I chose “A Mournful Path” because nothing is certain. Work hard and expect nothing.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you chose to remain a duo?

Michael and I will always control all aspects of production. We have no intention or plans to expand the line-up.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Inverse Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Inverse Records is the perfect choose because it allows to have total creative control. We are very pleased to be part of their roster.

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

This all relatively new. We have only been together for (9) months. The reaction has been great so far. “From the Wreckage of Humiliation” has been received very well. It was the first song that we collaborated together.

9.When can we expect either an ep or full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

October / November of this year (2017) exclusively on Inverse Records. We will make the decision on the length prior to the release. Our direction will remain the same, but our music will evolve. This promises to be more ferocious than our previous release.

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?

Svartidauði, Horna, Sargeist, 1349, Godflesh.


​11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Family.

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

We would like to thank everybody for their support and response to our music. We can’t wait to unleash our next release late in the year

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/a-mournful-path-interview.html


None/Self Titled/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 18 mars 2017 à 03:48

  None  are  a  band  from  the  Pacific  Northwest  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Atmospheric  and  tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavy  and  depressive  guitar  riffing  and  mournful  voices  can  also  hear  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence known.

  A  great  amount  of  cascadian  and  doom  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  depressive  musical  style  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  neo  folk  to  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  adds  in  a  more  progressive  touch.

  None  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  along  with  some  cascadian  and  doom  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  None  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  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Suffer".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/noneself-titledhypnotic-dirge.html