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Dark Archive/Cultivate Our Blood in Aeon/Inverse Records/2018 EP Review

vendredi 9 février 2018 à 04:55

  Dark  Archive  are  a  duo  from  Finland  that  plays  a  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Cultivate  Our  Blood  In  Aeon"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  music  getting  more  heavier  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  acoustic  guitars  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  song  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  recording.

  Dark  Archive  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dark  Archive  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Closure  Of  Empyrean  Delirium"  and  "Essence  Of  Death".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/dark-archivecultivate-our-blood-in.html


Chaos Invocation/Reaping Season, Bloodshed Beyond/W.T.C Productions/2018 CD Review

vendredi 9 février 2018 à 00:31

  Chaos  Invocation  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Reaping  Season,  Bloodshed  Beyond" which  will  be  released  in  March  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  Ritualistic  chanting  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean playing,  synths  and  bells  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also using  a melodic  and  clean style  at  times,  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  The  ritualistic  elements  also  making  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  the  album  progresses  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  being  added  into  the  music  briefly  and  when  growls  are utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  demonic  fashion  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard.

  Chaos  Invocation  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  style  of  occult black  metal  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Chaos  Invocation  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Calling  From  Dudail"  "The  Search  Of  Keys  And  Gates"  "Luciferian  Terror  Chorale"  and  "Ajna  Assassins  Absolute".  8/5  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/chaos-invocationreaping-season.html


Goatkraft Interview

jeudi 8 février 2018 à 04:54

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



We created Goatkraft in the beginning of 2017. We had a plan to start It long time a go but there was always a lack of time. There is not much history behind Goatkraft, apart from that we had rehearse for few months and recorded songs that later on appeared on “War Metal – Promo 2017” and “Angel Slaughter “ mini album. We got the the deal with Iron Bonehead Productions in september.



2.So far you have released a demo and have an ep, coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?



Its War Metal. They are not so different appart from that we have used different tunning in “Demoniac”



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?



Death hatred and destruction.



4.The band is from Norway that has a huge history with black metal but does not seem to have many war or bestial black metal bands, do you feel you are a lot more different than most bands from your home country?



You are right. It doesnt. As far as I know we are the only War Metal band from Norway. If we would be the same as other bands, we would be making Norsk Black Metal I guess. Hard to say. We dont think so much about other bands. We concentrate mainly on Goatkraft. Beside the best days of Norwegian scene have passed long time ago, unfortunately.



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



Its really simple. Its a mix of two words. In which word GOAT is an acronim made from the first spells of our names. Word KRAFT means “force” in Norwegian. We were looking for “classic” name which would be a reflection of our music and of ourselves in the same time.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



Goatkraft havent played live yet.



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



Yes, we are thinking about gigs, but no plans has been made yet. We will surely consider every proposition.



8.On the recordings you have also done 'Blasphemy' and 'Black Witchery' covers, what was the decision behind doing your own versions of these songs?



We did Blasphemy because its the oldest and most honoroured War Metal band. When it comes to Black Witchery, I’ ve choosed it, cause their “Hellstorm of Evil Vengeance” had a huge impact on me when it was released. European scene were overflooded with symphonic bands at that time so when this split was released I was like: Fuck Yeah, now we ‘re talking. Until now its one of the best splits ever released though it was almost 20 years ago.



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



It was good so far. I belive we will get some more after “Angel Slaughter” release, when maniacs will be able to hear more of our music.



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



We are not planning to change our style. I can tell you now, that Goatkraft full lenght album, which we will begin to record in few days from now on, will be more intense and faster then “Angel Slaughter”, so there is more brutal stuff to come.



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?



Blasphemy, Beherit, Black Witchery, Conqueror, Bestial Warlust... had the bigest influence on Goatkraft I think. We like also some other stuff like ritual ambient or horror soundtracks as well as tones of other music... Nowadays I was listening to new albums of Tetragrammacide and Vassafor and like them a lot. Also Necrobode demo was really good.





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



Thanks for interview. Support Goatkraft by buying “Angel Slaughter” mini album which will be  released by mighty Iron Bonehead Productions on CD and LP formats 09.03.2018. Death and Destruction.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/goatkraft-interview.html


Amnutseba/Demo II/Caligari Records/2018 Cassette Review

jeudi 8 février 2018 à 04:50

  Amnutseba  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  ziene  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  second  demo  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Distorted  yet  somewhat  clean  playing  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  while  the  tremolo  picking gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  deep  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  growls.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in   very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  second  song  the  music  gets  more  experimental.

  On  this  recording  Amnutseba  goes  for  more  of  an  occult  black  metal  style  while  still  retaining  an  eerie  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Amnutseba  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "VI".  8 out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/amnutsebademo-iicaligari-records2018.html


Mimorium Interview

mercredi 7 février 2018 à 03:20
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



Mimorium is a Finnish black metal band. We come from a town called Pieksämäki (our translate Spankihill) Mimorium was first my personal music project. I composed the first demo songs in 2008-2009 but then forgot it in the drawer. In 2016, I got the inspiration to start composing new songs and that's where I started to go. I was supposed to make all the instruments and vocals myself, but I noticed that I did not get vocals to work. After a small search, I found Vox Malum to handle vocals. Now the album has been released and the one man band has become a whole band. Our line-up is Lord Mimorium guitar, Kurimus guitar, Cavus bass, Vilthor drums and Vox Malum vocals.



2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recoridng?

I think it's a mix of a bit different types of metal music. So there is a death metal and thrash metal style guitar riffs and black metal style tremolo leads.  It’s brutal but melodic music.



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

Most of the lyrics are based on a book titled Liber Azerate and Chaosophy beliefs. The album also has a strong message against religions where blind sheep follows their leaders. Which one you want to be, lion or lamb?



4.You also have a song called 'Fimbulwinter', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Norse Mythology'?

Northern mythology has always fascinated me, I have read a lot about. In mythology, talking about Fimbulwinter is a harsh winter that sets out to the end of the world. There is coming the last war that destroys everything. It is very possible that we will see the new Fimbulwinter and the ragnarok in today's world. It's good to think about Odin's question, who of mankind will survive the Fimbulwinter. Nature has always been strongly present in Nordic myths. We have applied for the forces and have honored nature.



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

 The name Mimorium does not, as far as I know, mean nothing.

Mimorium involves my personal things, it's kind of my fantasy empire or kingdom like the world I would like to appear.   Mimorium is my memorial in musical form


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

It's hard to say because we have not played any gigs yet. We are on tour in Finland in March.
Upcoming gigs will be spectacular and brutal. We have a lot of great ideas for stage performance.


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

As I said earlier, we will start the tour in Finland. The aim is to make as many gigs as possible during the spring.
We also have the desire to go on a tour abroad, such as Europe.

8.The new album came out on 'Heathen Tribes', how did you get in contact with this label?

I sent demos to some record companies to we could get a publisher on the album. Heathen Tribes was immediately willing to cooperate. We reached the agreement and that's how we got the album released, thanks to them!



9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Mainly we have received only good feedback. It feels crazy, a year ago I composed songs for myself hoping to get them published sometime.
Now the album is out and besides all this, people have liked it very much. The most common opinion about the album has been its brutality.
The album has dynamics, not just blasting drums and screaming guitars.



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

We want to take our place in the black metal genre and play our music around the world. I already have some material for the next album.
Depending on the number of gigs but the intention would be to start working on a new album in the fall. Now we have five people in the band who are all
supposed to contribute to the making of the album.
The all material will be written by me but the arrangement will be handled together.
 

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 like to listen to a many kind of music. My all-time favorite band is Slayer (of course!)
but for example the music I have done has been influenced by, for example,Dissection,Mayhem and Finnish legends as Horna,Satanic Warmaster and Barathrum
(otherwise we are going to do some gig together.)
Black metal genre seems to be strong at this moment. New bands will be added more and more. New bands that I have listened lot of recently is Nordjevel, Kadaverdisciplin and I can’t wait Alghazanth’s new album. It is a sad that they are going to bury the band after the this album.


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

Be strong and do not let the weak lead you! Be a lion do not be a lamb. Incipit Chaos!


-Lord Mimorium-

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/mimorium-interview_6.html