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Ghost Horizon/The Erotics Of Disgust/2017 EP Review

jeudi 2 mars 2017 à 05:35

  Ghost  Horizon  are  a  band  from  Phoenix,  Arizona  that  has  been  featured before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Erotics  Of  Disgust"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

 Melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  clean  singing  and  elements  of  post  rock  can  be  heard  on  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  there  is also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  fast  raw  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  added  on  the  last  track  briefly  and  also taking  the  music  into  a  more  black  metal  direction.

  On  this  recording  Ghost  Horizon  keeps  the  atmospheric  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  release  while  also  expanding  more  on  the  post  rock  style  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  loss  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ghost  Horizon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Radiant  Eyes"  and  "This  Forever  Flow". 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/ghost-horizonthe-erotics-of-disgust2017.html


Dynfari/The Four Days Of The Mind/Code666/2017 CD Review

jeudi 2 mars 2017 à 05:07

  Dynfari  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Four  Days  Of  The  Mind"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Code666.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with some  clean  playing  and  drum  beats  that  also  gives  the  recording  a  touch  of  post  rock  and  spoken  word  parts can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  i  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  that  are  also  very  different  for  the  genre  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  modern  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  parts  also  can  be  heard  returning  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  and  folk instruments  are  also  used  briefly  on    later  songs.

  Dynfari  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  post  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  more  acoustic  guitar  work  this time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Icelandic  and  English  and  cover  the  writings  of  fantasy  author  Patrick  Rothhuss  and  existential  poet  Johann  Sigurjonsson.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dynfari  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sleep"  "Sorg"  and  "Death".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/dynfarithe-four-days-of-mindcode6662017.html


Nemus/Wald-Mensch/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 2 mars 2017 à 03:09

  Nemus  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Wald-Mensch".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  and  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  after  awhile  spoken yet  grim  black  metal  style  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  edge  and  nature  sounds  are  also  mixed  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  briefly.

 A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  few  depressive  screams  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  one  track  is  an  acoustic  instrumental  and  folk  instruments  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Nemus  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  being  very  heavy  at the  same  time  as  well  as  having  its  depressive  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nemus  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nimm  Mich  Zu  Dur"  and  "Lass  Mich  Sterben".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/nemuswald-mensch2017-full-length-review.html


Hellfire/Goat Revenge/Iron County Records/2017 Cassette Review

jeudi 2 mars 2017 à 01:57

  Hellfire  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  heavy form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of   death and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  cassette  "Goat  Revenge"  which  was  released  by  Iron  County  Records.

  A  war  oriented  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  thrash  influenced  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the faster  sections  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Both  old  school  and  modern  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Hellfire  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  very  traditional  black  metal  sound  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Armageddon,  Occultism,  Satanism,  Darkness,  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hellfire  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hellmass  Attack"  "Unholy  Cult"  and  "Lord  Of  The  Mighty  Horns".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/hellfiregoat-revengeiron-county.html


Ilemauzar Interview

mardi 28 février 2017 à 12:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are from Singapore and we play black metal with a little element of death metal. We are formed in 1996 with members of now defunct bands. 

2.Recently the band released their first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demos you have released in the past?

The sound on the album… that’s a tough one. Basically, we are very inspired by bands like Behemoth, Dark Funeral, Belphegor and even bands like Naglfar. We have many mixed reviews for this album and some said we sound a little thrash. As for the old demo, Pit of Despair, that was probably more influenced by the Greek style black metal in the vein of old Rotting Christ and Varathron. So you can see probably feel how the styles differ between the 90s till now.

3.From 1998 to 2014 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

We did recorded a full length album in 1999 which was scheduled for released with the now defunct label, Dark Artz Releases. But the closure of the recording suite we were using caused us to loss all data done for the whole full length. No release and the band eventually split up in 2000 after 2 live shows supporting Chthonic (TW) and Sigh (JP). And that was during my (Bloodcurse) mandatory military service period. Right after I was done with the army, I decided to put the band back together but it wasn’t easy to get good musicians to commit. And we drifted for years till 2013. That’s the time we got a solid lineup to get things moving.   

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

Lyrical topics mainly involved with a little Goetic magic and anti-religion messages.

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

Ilemauzar is the name of a familiar of one of the witches during Matthew Hopkins (Witchfinder General) time. During the 1600s, Matthew Hopkins went around hunting for witches and many innocence died during that period as suspected witches. The cause of all these was because Christians think that they are heretics towards Christianity. It’s not really an inspiration as the name was given by one of our ex band member who used to play keyboard for the band before the Pit of Despair demo. And to honor that, we are continuing her legacy with the name. However, we might just write something on the next album regarding this old tale of the Witchfinder General. 


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and alsohow would you describe your stage performance?

I guess the best show we ever played was in Surakarta, Indonesia. That was in February 2016. We were invited by our friends from the band Down for Life (Indo Metalcore). It was their annual celebration festival. There were about 15 bands playing. The crowd was totally awesome. About 2000 people. As for our stage performance, I really don’t know how to describe ourselves. You might wanna check out some of our Youtube videos.

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

We just did our “The Ascension Asia Tour 2016” between October and December 2016. As for future plans, we definitely will be looking at Northern China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. But we’ll see whatever comes up in the near future.

8.The album was released on Sepsis Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The boss of Sepsis Records is a good friend of mine. They are a great label to work with and they own a recording suite which has pretty top notch amps and equipment. However, after discussing with the boss, we decided to move on with Transcending Obscurity after the launch of The Ascension to look for more distro opportunities and to reach out to wider audience. 

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

It’s been pretty mixed. There are always good and bad feedbacks. There is no way a band will be able to please all their audience at 100%

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

I never really thought about this but let’s hope we can achieve an EU and US tour in the future and of course with our music going beyond our creativity.

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?

Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Belphegor & Naglfar.

I mainly listen to bands like the above mentioned plus I’m going backward nowadays and listen to old albums from bands like Emperor, Throne of Ahaz, Mork Gryning, Zyklon and also Lord Belial.


12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

My views are always open towards both Satanism and occult. I do enjoy reading up on topics and books related to all these but I am definitely not a practitioner. Knowledge is gold.

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

Thanks for the interview and sorry for taking so long to answer them because we were on tour. Keep the flames of metal burning! Horns up! \m/



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/ilemauzar-interview.html