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Iku-Torso/Pakana/Wolfspell Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 6 mai 2020 à 21:27

  Finland/Netherlands's  Iku-Torso  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  old  school  pagan  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Pakana"  which  will  be  released  on  May  15th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  Tribal  style  drumming  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  and  grim  shamanistic  chants  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  synths  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  guitar  leads  also  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  modern  and  atmospheric  style.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  a  later  track  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  and  the  closing  track  also  introduces  flutes  onto  the  recording. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  pagan's  protagonist's  journey  at  the  unforgiving  wilderness of  ancient  Kainuu  in  the  days  of  the  old  gods.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Iku-Torso  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kuolemason"  "Ultionis"  and  "Solace".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/iku-torsopakanawolfspell-records2020-cd.html


Ad Infinitum/Tristitae/2020 EP Review

mercredi 6 mai 2020 à 10:28

  Ad  Infinitum  are  a  solo  project  from  Kentucky  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  Appalachian  and  atmospheric  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "Tristitae".

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  an  atmospheric  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  lot  of  the  music  also  shows  a  heavy  influence  of  the  early  2000's  usbm  style  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  also  an  instrumental  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Ad  Infinitum  sticks  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  of  ambient  black  metal  as  well  as  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ad  Infinitum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Aura"  and  "Void".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/ad-infinitumtristitae2020-ep-review.html


Abhorrot Interview

mercredi 6 mai 2020 à 09:16
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

ABHORROT was a Black/Death Metal band from Vienna/Austria. The band was founded in 2007 by Blackpriest (guitar, vocals), Goatvomit (bass) and Necrofister (drums) and released its first demo tape called “Death in Blasphemy” in spring 2008. A second demo called “The Sanctvary ov Darkness” was released in 2009, followed by an appearance on a 4-way split tape and a 7” EP called “Rites of prehistoric Darkness” in 2011. A monumental 12” MLP titled “Sacrificial Incarnations of Perpetual Death” was released in 2014 and an album was recorded in Summer 2015. It took until 2019 though until this album was released as “Abysmal Echoes” - the band is more or less inactive/on-hold since the beginning of 2016.

2. In 2019 you released your first full length, musically ow does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

As far as the band members are concerned, the album represents the natural continuation of all previous material. If anything, there’s a little more attention to detail in there when compared to previous releases. The songs on the album could also be considered a little more refined, but in the end, we believe that it’s up to the listener to come up with their own conclusion in terms of comparing it to our other releases.

3. This was also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

The years passed quickly indeed. ABHORROT’s last public appearance dates back to Nov. 2015 - a live video of that performance can be found here, it includes tracks from “Abysmal Echoes” as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKF8Lrl12k4

Since then, the band stayed inactive aside from working on the album recordings and finally getting it released in 2019.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

Many of the stories, ideas and concepts used for inspiration came from whatever recorded (human) history, religions, archeological excavations, ruins, tombs, cemeteries and so on. Another huge influence was H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos as a whole and we also got inspired by a bunch of occult/esoteric material that fit right in there. So overall, our main inspiration was basically a wild collection of all the darkness and evil we could find, written/recorded or transpired otherwise.

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

Initially, what we had in mind was ABHORRENT DECAY (which was later used for a short lived web/print magazine) and some other names, but none of them really convinced us. Eventually, we came across some old Latin scriptures that had mentioned the word ABHORROT in context with something gloomy and dark, suggesting some sort of romanticized imagination of Death. The final decision took us some weeks, but in the end that was what we settled for.

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

It’s an abstract piece by an artist called Paweł Czerwiński. We chose that one specifically, as it looks and feels like what the album title suggests – some sort of abyss the darkness we’d recorded could have crawled out of. In the words of Nietzsche: “[…] And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”

7. Currently there are only 2 members in the band but you also had a bass player in the past, are you open to expanding the line up again in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We had a 3 piece lineup for the first demo and the album, but everything else was done as a 2 piece. We always used whatever worked best at the time and if there’s ever going to be any further activities, we’d go for a 3 piece if possible. Especially live, the 3 piece lineup is preferable of course, simply for the intensity a real bass provides.

8. Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows in the past?

We did a bunch of shows over the years, yes. They ranged from little club shows to an appearance at a festival in Germany, so we really can’t complain about a lack of live engagements. We always preferred the intensity of smaller club shows though, especially if they were set up in a way that made the bands also match well. Most notable appearances were together with Proclamation, Inquisition or Bestial Raids. We also once had a spot to open for Dead Congregation in 2015, but we had to cancel that show last minute unfortunately.

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

I wouldn’t say that we became “famous” or anything like that, but the feedback we got was generally positive. We were never in it for the fame, but positive reviews, interview requests and live appearances certainly provided motivation to keep going. As of today, I guess we’re satisfied with what we achieved between 2007 and 2015.

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

Hard to say, as we don’t see any future for the band at the moment. It’s been dormant since 2015, so whatever we’d come up with (if anything at all) would certainly be interesting…

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?

Back then, our main influences were bands like ASPHYX, DEMONCY, TEITANBLOOD, ARCHGOAT, etc.

These days, music is not such an important part of our lives anymore I’d say, there’s mostly silence, ambient or synthwave playing.

12. Does Occultism play any role in your music?

It did, yes. Mostly as a concept and a source for inspiration though.

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

It’s more than unlikely for ABHORROT to come back as an active band. But we’d like to use this opportunity to thank everyone who’s been supportive of our doing over the years, making it possible for us to create an unleash a ton of Death Metal Darkness.

PS: there’s a demo collection available now and it includes some unreleased rehearsal and live material. Everything has been restored and remasterd based on the original MC sources. Check it out here: https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-demos-2007-2009


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/abhorrot-interview.html


Aeternus/...And The Seventh His Soul Detesteth/Witching Hour Productions/2020 Album Re-Issue Review

mercredi 6 mai 2020 à 08:55

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Norway''s  Aeternus  which  continues  their  dark  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2013  and  called  ...And  The  Seventh  His  Soul  Detesteth"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  June  of  2020 by  Witching  Hour  Productions.

  Dark  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Grim  black  emtal  style  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also showing  an  influence  of  groove  metal  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introducing  acoustic  and  Spanish  guitars  onto  the  album,  one  of  the  later  songs  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aeternus  which  shows  some  improvements  from  the  previous  re-issue  that  was  reviewed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "There  Will  Be  None"  "Ruin  And  Resurrect"  "Saligia"  and  "The  Spirit  Of  Illumination".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/aeternusand-seventh-his-soul.html


Aeternus/HeXaeon/Witching Hour Productions/2020 Album Re-Issue Review

mardi 5 mai 2020 à 21:13

  Aeternus  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  around  since  1993 and  plays  a  dark  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2006  album  "HeXaeon"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  June  on  vinyl  by  Witching  Hour  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  direction  which  also  uses a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  a  touch  of  groove  metal  which  was  never  utilized  on  their  older  material  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  album.

  When    screams  and  grim  spoken  word  parts are  utilized  they  also  the  songs  more  of  a  blackened  edge  when  they  are  utilized.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  doom  metal  elements  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  decent  sounding  recording  from  Aeternus  and  while  I  preferred  their  earlier  material  which  was  more  creative  and  innovative  as  well  as  being  different  from  what  was  going  on  in  Norway at  the  time  but  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Darkest  Of  Minds"  "In  The  3rd  Dwells  Oblivion" "Ageless  Void"  and  "What  I  Crave".  7/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/aeturnushexaeonwitching-hour.html