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Malauriu/Semper Ad Mortem Cogitantes/War Kommand Productions/2017 CD Review

mardi 19 septembre 2017 à 04:46

  Italy's  Malauriu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording   that  continues  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Semper  Ad  Mortem  Cogitantes"  which  was  released  by  War  Kommand  Productions.

  A  very  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  spoken  word  parts  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounding  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  the  vocals  adding  in  more  aggression  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in t he  90's.

  At  times  the  vocals  utilize  a  semi  melodic  tone  along  with  some  whispers  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Malauriu  creates  another  recording that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  while  also  having  a  vocal  approach  that  is  more  different  than  most  bands  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Death,  Human  Misery  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malauriu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iusta  Funebria"  and  "Occulta  Ars".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/malauriusemper-ad-mortem-cogitanteswar.html


Nesseria/Cette Erosion De Nous Memes/Deadlight Entertainment/2017 CD Review

dimanche 17 septembre 2017 à 04:38

  France's  Nesseria  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  their  mixture  of  black,    grind,  sludge,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Cette  Erosion  De  Nous  Memes"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Deadlight  Entertainment.

  A  very  fast  post  hardcore  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  recording.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  fashion  along  with  some  touches  of  shoegaze  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  elements  of  folk  and  screamo  onto  the  recording  while  some  influences  of  grind  and  crust  can  also  be  heard  as  the  album  progresses  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.  

  Nesseria  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  grind,  crust  and  hardcore,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  social  disgust  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Nesseria  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  grind,  crust,  sludge  and  post  hardcore,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On Prenda  L  Habitude"  "St  Petersburg"  and  "Dans  L  Ombre  Et  Sans  Vesige".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/nesseriacette-erosion-de-nous.html


Prostitution Interview

dimanche 17 septembre 2017 à 02:33
1.Can you give s an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?

Heyo. Since recording this upcoming EP, which was so fun to do, we’ve been working on a lot of new material. We are constantly writing and getting ready for a return to the studio. Putting out quality material is what we do. Also, playing some real awesome shows in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and NYC. We’re out there working hard man!

2.In October you have a new ep coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

This is going to be our third release, the first recording we have with Jason, the fellow who replaced Ben on drums.  We feel this is a more mature recording compared to the previous EP’s. Those records are solid as well, but something about this one is special. The others are more conventional black metal. The sounds is us; there is a psychedelic bend.  This new one is straight fire. It’s our best effort to date for sure. The songs are masterpieces! We think at least, haha.

3.This is your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Writing, playing shows, making friends, going thru a line up change. We took a year off in 2014 and took us a minute to get back up to speed. With that being said, we are right back on track, much further along that we’ve ever been. We are a strong unit of musicians, not to mention best friends. Nothing better that that.

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

We mostly talk about the idea of deep space and human emotion or the lack there of. Space is cool as shit and since we know little to nothing about it, our imagination can take us anywhere.

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

First of all, in no way do we condone the act of Prostitution, sex trafficking, sex workers, or anything related to that. It’s important to us that people know that. We look at this band as more of an art project. In art there are no rules except the ones you make yourself. We came up with the name over 7 years ago and are committed to it. We, are Prostitution.

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?

Oh girl, do we have fun. Like, all the fun. We are there to preform for you, the audience. We tend to get weird, but still maintain our musicianship like real pros. We keep the show moving and usually leave the audience smiling, wanting more. Come see for yourself at our record release show on October 15th at Union Pool. That’s gonna be a doozy.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new ep is released?

We are looking into that as we speak. We have some regional shows set up, but are looking to branch out and make it out west. Got any contacts? Hit us up and let us show you what’s up.

8.According to the metal archives page the band is signed to 'PartyOwlProductions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Each EP we have release has been a self release.  Party Owl is an alias Jesse uses to independently put out all kids of music.   Prostitution has more material to record which is definitely distribution worthy. What up record label people?!  We’re willing to put in the work and dominate.

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

Most people really dig it. We just want our music to be heard. If people like it, great. We are honored. If they don’t that’s ok too (not really, haha) But yeah, on a whole we get a lot of praise and love.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

We all push each other to explore our talents as long as there is time and it doesn’t get in the way of what we are doing. Jesse plays in a mathy metal project called Beast Modulus and a skate punk band called Slashers. Russ has been jamming with a riff heavy bluesy metal project, and Jason loves grind and has been working with some rippers. We are all super supportive of each other and our musical endeavors. That being said, Prostitution comes first.

11.Are there any plans for a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

One day we will definitely do a full length, we have the material. We keep on exploring music in general trying to push the limits of what we can get away with. The newest song we’ve writing, called Magic Nunbers is about when you die. We all have a magic number, Feel me? I know you do.

12.What are some of the band or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We listen to wide variety of music. Our biggest influences are Pink Floyd, Queen, and The Beatles. None of these are metal, but good music is good music. It’s all related. As far as metal goes, Megadeth, Anthrax, Gwar (which Jesse does not like, haha) and anything Hair Metal related. Oh yeah!

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Russ is like the worlds best chef and likes to read a lot. Jason loves hockey, and Jesse can’t stop skateboarding although his aging body says otherwise. We all like to be really active and take long bike rides. We’ve been known to have a few drinks as well, but most people enjoy that. We keep it cool tho.

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


If you don’t go to L&B pizzeria in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn before you die, you are really messing up. Order two square middle. Do it.

https://www.facebook.com/Prostitution666/

https://prostitution.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/prostitution-interview.html


Lloth/Athanti/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review

dimanche 17 septembre 2017 à 00:32

  Lloth  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  melodic  and  Hellenic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Athanti"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some powerful  sounding   bass  guitars  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can b e  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Greek  black  metal  style  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  Rotting  Christ  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  being  added  in  the  slow  riffing, one  of  the  tracks  is  all  acoustic  that  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  operatic  female  vocals  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  sound.


  Lloth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal that  is  very  true  to  the  Hellenic  style  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hatred,  Mourning  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lloth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  Hellenic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Athanti"  "Born  In  Sin"  "Emptiness"  and  "I  (Dead  Inside)".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/llothathantisleaszy-rider-records2017.html


Svipdagr Interview

samedi 16 septembre 2017 à 02:09

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

Svipdagr: Hello, thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to appear on your webzine. The band, more specifically, Funedëim and Volundr we were composing all the songs of the new album in the distance. When all the songs were finished, we passed them to Thanatos to compose and play and the batteries. After recording the new album, we were looking for labels and finally we had the opportunity to edit the new album with four labels.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from thr stuff you have released in the past?

Svipdagr: This new album, "To Torment the Men" is something more raw and at the same time melodic than "Black Verses". The sound remains similar, very raw and dirty, but this time Funedëim after the mix has given a better touch getting the album to continue sounding raw and dirty, but with more power. There is also some evolution in the songs if compared to "Black Verses", the songs are more elaborate and studied.

3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Svipdagr: During this period of time, each member of the band has been working on his other bands, Thanatos with CAULDRON, CENDRES, OLD BLOOD, Funedëim in BIZARRE, ITNUVETH, FAMISHGOD, MACHU LANU, DIS GOB, etc. and Volundr in ITNUVETH. Each member of the band belongs to other bands, so we are always busy.


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

Svipdagr: The band, although in this case more specifically Funedëim seeks to talk about death, darkness, destruction, and all kinds of issues, which have little to do with being happy and be happy ha ha ha ha


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

Svipdagr: Svipdag, meaning Sudden Day; Old English: Svæfdæg [2]) is a legendary Viking hero with berserker fame appearing in the stories of Hrólfr Kraki in the saga Hrólfs saga kraka, and as main character in Grógaldr and Fjölsvinnsmál, both included in Svipdagsmál.



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?

Svipdagr: Sorry the band not play live shows.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Svipdagr: No. The band in the beginning, we decided not to play live. Svipdagr has always been a study project mainly because of the distance between Funedëim, Thanatos and me, we are distancing 900 km.


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

Svipdagr: We have never had a great legacy of followers, which is true, is that there are people who follow us from our beginnings and we thank you very much. In our opinion, we believe that with our new album "To Torment the Men" will get more people to notice our music, at least we hope.


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Svipdagr: We each have recent things with our other bands. For example Thanatos with CAULDRON have just released their new album "Regnum Phobos" and are performing shows for this new album. Funedëim, for his part, is working on the next BIZARRE album, he also does the same with DISGOB, and recently finished his collaboration work in MACHU LANÚ. On the other hand, Volundr with ITNUVETH is about to publish his fourth work "Tales and Legends of Wolves". In this band, also participates Funedëim like singer of the band, which has been three years together with Volundr in the band.


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

Svipdagr: In the future, we intend to continue to evolve with our music without putting on any musical barriers. The only thing that we have in mind is to continue with our raw and dirty sound.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Svipdagr: We are influenced by the 90s of Norway, bands like the old SATYRICON, IMMORTAL, CARPHATIAN FOREST, EMPEROR, the earliest ENSLAVED, PRIMORDIAL, MAYHEM, BURZUM, etc, and to all this we impregnate our music with dark melodies.


12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Svipdagr: Occultism may have a role in our music, it is possible, but no more than darkness, anger, despair or hatred, may have some importance, but in conjunction with the rest.


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

Svipdagr: Well, we wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity of this interview and reaching out to more people. Tell our foreign fans that if they want to see our page they can go to https://www.facebook.com/2000svipdagr/. You can also write us a private message on this page and if you need a copy of our new album "To Torment the Men", and we will be delighted


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/svipdagr-interview.html