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Spiritwood/Daemonia/Barbatos Productions/2017 Cassette Review

mercredi 10 mai 2017 à 04:40

 Finland's  Spiritwood  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  also  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases a nd  this  is  a  review of  his  2017  cassette  "Daemonia"  which  was  released  by  Barbatos  Productions.

  Sci fi  and  ambient  style  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  elements  also  mix  into  the  heavier  side  of  the  songs  while  a   great  portion  of t he  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are d one  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  synths  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  also  mixing  in  a  very  lo  fi  atmosphere  along  with  a  small  amount  of  avant  garde  elements  and  the  music  usually  sticks  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Spiritwood  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Spiritwood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Daemones"  "As  I  Reach  The  Grey  Silence"  and  "Decadent  Twisted  Mirage".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/spiritwooddaemoniabarbatos.html


Hexen Holocaust/Heretical Dreadful Orgies/Magister Dixit Records/2017 MCD Review

mardi 9 mai 2017 à 06:22

  Hexen  Holocaust  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  mini  album  "Heretical  Dreadful  Orgies"  which  was  released  by  Magister  Dixit  Records.

  A  very  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  mini  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  heavy  and  raw  war  metal  direction  while  also  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  blackened  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  throughout  the  recording  you can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  more  chaotic  war  metal  style  while  also  having  their  melodic  moments  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  they  close  the  recording  with  a  cover  of  Sarcofago's  "The  Black  Vomit".

  Hexen  Holocaust  plays  a  style of  war  metal  that  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  bestial  black/death  metal  elements  while  also  sounding  very  raw,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while the  lyrics  cover dark, blasphemous  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hexen  Holocaust  are  a  very  great  sounding bestial  mixture  of w at,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Syzygial  Deathmass"  and  "The  Black  Vomit".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/hexen-holocaustheretical-dreadful.html


Wreche Interview

mardi 9 mai 2017 à 05:27
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are an experimental piano/drum duo from Los Angeles. Wreche is a re-imagination of our 2008 project Architeuthis, which was piano/drums with no vocals. It was more along the lines of progressive/experimental jazz, but we threw that out in favor of a more relentless, fluid, and aggressive sound.

How would you describe the musical sound that is on the album?
Emotionally, it varies from agonizing and harsh, to despondent, and even beautiful. We both love all sorts of music, but share a passion for black metal. I’d say the sound is definitely black metal, but unlike any music within the genre. It is piano-driven and in some ways, has a colder, more staccato feel to it.

With your music you use pianos in the place of the guitars, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?
Pretty much out of necessity - I’m not a guitar player and wasn’t going to switch instruments at the ripe age of 27…BUT… I think my piano style developed because of what I was listening to early on – Pink Floyd, metal, jazz, and classical. I feel an emotional continuity between all of them and I love to play aggressively. The project that Barret and I started in 2008 verged on metal and over time, my development on the piano seemed to just make sense within the metal genre. With Wreche, we wanted to try something new and found our taste and playing styles a match for black metal – lengthy meditative songs, the shrieking vocals, and the form’s emotional capacity drew us in.  With that base, we wrote songs in our own way - employing both instruments’ rhythmic capabilities to carry the momentum forward, where the blast beats weave and interchange with two-hand rhythms on the piano. We like the emphasis on atmosphere and texture, especially over technical virtuosity - the main goal being to write upsetting music.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrical focus is on my interaction with, and generally as a society, our interaction with the reality that we’ve created for ourselves. They’re poems about living in a city, a desert, a barren wasteland – of love, passion, and our escapist fantasies to cope with it.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wreche'?
Wreche (Old English) – Affliction or calamity; deep distress, misery. (OED)
 I was just scrolling through the OED on my computer looking for a good word. Wreche resonated with my state of mind at the time.

Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you chose to remain a duo?
We have been playing together for something like 12 years now and are pretty dialed in with each other’s musical tendencies. We’ve thought about adding more to the mix, but the potential with piano/drums seems infinite and overwhelming. There’s no plans for adding personnel at the moment.


On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far the response has been enthusiastic. People are interested in the strange combination of instruments (especially within black metal) and the emotional candor running throughout the music/lyrics. The best review we have came from No Clean Singing, where “Angel City” was premiered. We haven’t quite reached the world market yet, but we shall see…we are definitely excited to share it.

Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Outside of Wreche, I write solo piano music. For a living, I score short films and perform my compositions by bringing a real piano onto street corners around LA and the Bay Area. Check my website.
Barret is a published writer. His book China Lake won the 2016 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Check out his website

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’ve started work on new material and it’s possible that we’ll record it within the year, it’s hard to say. Ideas always get bigger and there is a lot of potential with this instrumental arrangement. We hope to have some live dates booked as well.

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?
I have really been inspired by Pink Floyd, Ethan Iverson, Zack Hill, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Chopin, & Beethoven. For metal, Krallice, Ulcerate, Converge and WIITR are in constant rotation…I’ve lately been listening to Richter performing Scriabin Etudes, rehashing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas and digging a comp. album called The Roots of Chicha – really good Peruvian folk/psych from the 70s.
Barret is really keen on finding great new metal, electronic and post-punk. He listens to a lot of the opal tapes stuff.

What are some of your non-musical interests?
I love to cook. A roast chicken with potatoes and a salad w/ blue cheese dressing is my favorite meal. I also love to watch films and drink scotch.
Barret likes to read, write, drink beer, and pick fights at dive bars – usually with his friends.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We want to say thanks to our friends who helped us bring this album together - to Max Moriyama + Athena Wisotsky for their amazing art and design, to our folks for their support, to Mike V. for our upcoming website, Zack K. for the upcoming Wreche film, Jacob T., Curtis of Dewar, and of course, to Andy from Fragile Branch Records for putting this album out. Thank you, Occult Black Metal Zine, for your time. This record is special for us and we are very excited to share it.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/wreche-interview.html


Blaze Of Sorrow/Astri/Eisenwald/2017 CD Review

dimanche 7 mai 2017 à 06:04

  Blaze  Of  Sorrow  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  touches  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Astri"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  classic  metal  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  At  times  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  and  psychedelic  edge  while  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  add  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  accordions  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the recording  while  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  guitar  slides  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  track.

  Blaze  Of  Sorrow  plays   a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  having  some  progressive,  psychedelic  and  folk  music  touches,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  cover  nature  and  inner  self  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blaze  Of  Sorrow  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  touches  of  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oracolo"  "Empito"  and  "Io,  Nessuno".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/blaze-of-sorrowastrieisenwald2017-cd.html


Fellwarden/Oathbreaker/Eisenwald/2017 CD Review

dimanche 7 mai 2017 à 05:00

  Fellwarden  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Oathbreaker"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  atmospheric  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their presence  known  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  give  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion..

  Elements  of  post  black  metal  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into certain  sections of  the  recording  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  progressive  and  folk  music  feeling  and  whispered  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  is  also  all  instrumental  and  adds  in  elements  of  shoegaze. 

  Fellwarden  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  David  Gemmell,  Steven  Erikson,  J.R.R.R  Tolkien,  and  David  Hume.

  In  my  opinion  Fellwarden  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Guardian  Unbound"  and  "Sorrowborn".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/fellwardenoathbreakereisenwald2017-cd.html