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Askvald/Nachtschattenreich/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review

samedi 7 juillet 2018 à 22:35
   Askvald  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  aggressive,  emlodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Nachtschattenreich"  which  will  be  released  on  July  14th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  avant  garde  along  with  some  rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling

   Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads   are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  later  songs  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental. 

  Askvald  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  having  its  raw  and  avant  garde  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  covers  the  differences  between  modern  life  and  society  with  an  archaic,  natural  live  of  calm,  consciousness  and  environmental  awareness.

  In  my  opinion  Askvald  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morgenstund"  "Wolf"  "Gebeiene"  and  "Gespinste".  8 out  of  10. 

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Sarcofago/The Worst/Greyhaze Records/2018 Re-Issue Review

samedi 7 juillet 2018 à 20:18

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Sarcofago  with  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  and  the  album  was  originaly  released  in  1996  and  called  "The  Worst"  with  the  re-issue  coming  out  in  August  and  vinyl  and  cassette  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  Synths  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  a  couple  of  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as well  as  mixing  the  synths  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  the  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  thrash  and  groove  metal  along  with  the  riffs  also adding  in  some  melody,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  fast  moments  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  an  early  90's  extreme  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  more  of  a  thrash  style.

  On  this  recording  Sarcofago  only  kept  a  little  bit  of  the  black  metal  style  from  earlier  releases  while  adding  in  more  90's  era  thrash and  groove  metal  elements  to  create  an  album  that  was  very  different  from  what  they  have  done  before  in  the  past,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death,  Lust  and  anti  grunge  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  decent  sounding  recording  from  Sarcofago  and  while  i  can  see  it  disappoint  a  lot  of  people  but  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Worst"  "Plunged  In  Blood" and  "Shave  your  heads".  7  out  of  10. 

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Albionic Hermeticism Interview

samedi 7 juillet 2018 à 02:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

The project is something I started after I realised that I wanted to keep my Black Metal endeavours seperate from my Neo-Folk and experimental stuff,
after I had made that decision this album as well as another as of yet unreleased album came very spontaneously and quickly. People seemed to like the themes and ideas, so here I am.
The project is romantic over anything, a way to express my love for this island fortress that I am bound to.

2.You have your first full length coming out at the end of July what was the sound you where going for on this recording and also do you feel you achieved it?

I really can't say whether there even was a sound I had in mind, the album was recorded in a week in my downtime between working. I'd stop working at 4PM and by 7PM I'd have a finished song, after a few days I had an album. It was an "oh shit" moment,
I really liked what I had created and decided I wanted to do something a bit different with the themes/imagery of the project. As far as sound goes I think in the end it
ended up being fairly traditional Nordic Black Metal with some quirks that will inevitably come in when it's just one mind working on it.
I can definitely hear some Deathspell Omega on a couple of tracks as well as the usual Darkthrone worship. I love atmosphere in black metal, but I am a sucker for a good riff.

3.All of your lyrics deal with Hermeticism along with the band name, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this Western Occult Tradition?

Sure, well I remember first hearing about Hermeticism through reading a lot of Manly P Hall and instantly feeling a connection to it. I like the idea that every religion and tradition is perennial, in a sort of Evolian sense.
I get that from Hermeticism because the doctrine is very affirmative and stringent that knowledge has been passed from the divine to man. I find the prospect of an individuals spiritual journey from within being only guided by divine intervention and not so much a strict set of axioms one must live by.
My interest in Hermeticism is purely from an interpretive stand point. I like to take the aspects of Hermeticism that I like and relate it to my own North-western European history.
In saying that, there is a lot to learn from the teachings. This makes sense, as in the reign of Elizabeth I in England the Occult and Hermeticism played a huge role in what became the spiritual leige of England at that time.
In fact Elizabeths personal Astrologer was a hermeticist and also is responsible for translating the works of Euclid into English, greatly advancing the work of English Mathematicians at the time.
I feel a strong connection between the Hermetic tradition and England. Hence the project name.

4.You also have yourself down as a representitive of the Aryan Hermetic Order, can you tell us a little bit more about it and also how does the Aryan Philosophy fit in with Hermeticism is seen by most people of being of an Egyptian origina?

Well the Aryan Hermetic Order is a collective of Musicians from England that I have connection to, mostly Black Metal and Ambient. I guess you could say its a "circle" whatever that is.
And The Aryan part comes in because I see a relation between the Atlantean origins of the Aryans and the Egyptian origins of the red hair found in the British isles. hence "Aryan Hermetic" because the idea is a fusion of the hermetic traditions and the racial aspect with the native Pagan spirituality of the British isles and England. The egyptian origins of the tradition make it no less dinstinctly European in my eyes.
Considering the genetic makeup of the Egyptian aristocracy at the time.
It is also possible to relate nearly all Egyptian gods and godesses to the Nordic pagan gods as well as the gods of the East and the Celtic gods. We are one and the same in my eyes, united by blood as Europeans but united in spirit by our traditions.

5.You also talk of a red haired Egyptian aristocracy, do you also have an interest in the Aryan origins of such cultures of the Indian, Persian and Summerian races?

Yes, as I have already mentioned I have a huge interest in this. I am a big fan of the Perrenial philosophers and traditionalists such as Evola and Guenon.
As well as being English I am also of Norwegian descent too, and so I do feel a strong pull to the Hyperborean ideal and of Atlantis and of the origins of the Aryan races and how they contributed to what we could call Indo-European Paganism.
I should say that this interest is removed from the NSDAP though,
AH is not an NS project and it never will be. Not because I don't have sympathies for that ideology, but simple because that is not how I identify nowadays.

6.On your facebook page you also talk about the Roman and Nordic tradtions, do you feel a lot of what these ancient traditions wear teaching in the past got lost over the years when Europe got Chrisitianized?

Yes, I think a heck of a lot was lost in that time. A lot of it unsalvagable. Especially with regards to the Eastern european paganism and Celtic traditions. What you are referring to is a quote from Evolas "Pagan Imperialism", one of his first works and one of my favourites of his. I like the idea of Europe under a unified spirituality, and I think this is needed in order to overcome the dark times ahead of us. In saying that I am a lot less anti Christian than a lot of Black Metal artists, its not my spirituality of choice, but I can find sympathies with Catholics from for example Hungary. I just wish that the Christians weren't so destructive in their conversion of especially Northern Europe. I have memories
of a time that England was nothing but a mighty Oak forest, vast and natural. I long for this time again, thats all I ask. And I do believe that my descendants will live in this environment once again, we just need to awaken it within ourselves. It takes time. As Varg likes to say "We must starve the beast, not try to fight it"

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

It is a painting by Ludwig Carl Wilhelm Fahrenkrog, I'm not entirely sure what its depicting in terms of the characters involved, but the full image appears to me like a divine offering,
A Man of warrior nobility standing at the foot of a divine being granting him a display of power. It is a Germanic Pagan depiction, removed from the Hermetic side of the project, but no less relevant.
the Fylfot on the beings belt signifying the universal truth.

8.On the album you recorded everything by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicians if they shared the same visions that you have?

I have no problem working with other musicians, and I have done frequently in the past for previous projects. The main reason I didnt have any
contributors here is because I had no reason to, I usually only ask for guest musicians if they can do something better than I can on a recording.

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

Honestly I have no idea, people seem to like it though at some level. I mainly just like it a lot myself and I sent it to some close friends that also enjoyed it, and that was enough for me to have confidence in the project.
It's a cliché to say I don't care what people think, because I do hope people like it. But it doesn't bother me overly.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Well I have another AH album completed, In style it is a lot more out there than this upcoming first album. It's still very much a Black Metal album but it takes chances, put it that way. Im really happy with everything
Ive done for AH so far and i'm feeling very spiritually satisfied by this art and I will continue to create in this way for this project I imagine. In saying that I am moving to Norway soon and my living conditions will likely not allow for much recording, and so
after this second AH is eventually released I doubt there will be much from the project or my other projects for a while.

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?

I've had a pretty huge musical journey over the years. I mostly started with Post-Punk, and I still listen to that occassionally. I don't think that influences much of the black metal but its still something I enjoy.
As for what I currently listen to its mostly all Black Metal and Neo-Folk. Those styles just seem to satisfy me in ways nothing else can. To name specific artists I have been obsessed with the Dutch band Faceless Entity for a while now
Specifically "In Via Ad Nusquam". They create a uniquely harrowing atmosphere on that album and I cannot get enough of it. Also some of the Bosnian stuff I like a lot. Especially Void Prayer/Cave Ritual. I love the LLN so anyone trying to recreate that sound is a tick in my book.
And then as far as Neo-Folk goes I almost always have Death in June, Fire + Ice or Forseti playing.

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

I'd just like to say thanks for showing an interest in the project. It means a lot. I am proud to represent Britain and England by making Black Metal Noise with pride,
and I do hope that more artists come to realise that this beautiful island is the home to some amazing black metal and some of northern Europes most inspirational landscapes.

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Nachash/Phantasmal Trinunity/Shadow Kingdom Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 6 juillet 2018 à 06:08

  Nachash  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Phantasmal  Trinunity"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Shadow  Kingdom  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  demonic  growls  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  a  lot  of  death  metal  elements.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  80's  and  90's  influences  but  done  in  a  more  modern  style  along  with  some  clean  guitars  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  use  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  but  the  music  focuses  more  on  a  mid  tempo  style  for  most of the  time  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  slow  parts.

  Nachash  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  mid  tempo  while  also  adding  in  influences  of  death metal  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nachash  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  music.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Astral  Sacrifices"  and  "Elder  Night  (Arcane  Fires)'.  8  out  of  10.    

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Destroyer Attack/Solve Et Coagula/Morbid Skull Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 6 juillet 2018 à 04:44

  Destroyer  Attack  are  a  band  from  Ecuador  that  plays  a  primitive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Solve  Et  Coagula"  which  will  be  released  on  July  13th  by  Morbid  Skull  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  also  bring  in  black  metal s creams along  with the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  80's  and  90's  South  American  black  and  death  metal  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  utilizing  a  lot  of  old  school  black/death  metal  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  but  also  having  their  chaotic  moments  as  well  as  some  of  the  fast  riffing  also adding  in  elements  of  war  metal and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Destroyer  Attack  plays  a  musical  style that  mixes  the  most  primitive  elements  of  80's  and  90's  black  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  satanism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Destroyer  Attack  are  a  very  great  sounding  primitive  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  "Burying  The  Name  Of  The  Messiah"  "In  The  Darkness  Of  My  Mind"  "Supremacy  of  The  Evil  And  Chaos"  and  "Evoking  The  Hidden  Forces".  8  out  of  10.  

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