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Prezir/Contempt/2017 EP Review

jeudi 8 juin 2017 à 06:08

  Prezir  are  a  band  from  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  Contempt".

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  classical  guitars  in  the  background  which  also  get  more  powerful  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  elements of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  tracks  and  one  track  also brings  in  melodic  chants.

  Prezir  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  melodic  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy  towards  the  Islamic  and  Christian  religions  along  with  some  Aztec  and  Egyptian  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Prezir  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  touches  of  death  and thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Holy  Men  Of  Putridity"  and  "Serpents  In  The  House  Of  Ra".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/prezircontempt2017-ep-review.html


Charming Timur/Focused Rage/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 8 juin 2017 à 04:54

  Finland's  Charming  Timur  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues the alternative,  nu  and  post  black  metal  mixtures  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Focused  Rage"  which  will  be  released  in  August.

  Melodic  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  along  with  some  drum b eats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clear  alternative  style  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  whispers  also  start  making  their  presence  known briefly.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  nu  metal  are  added  into  the  music  while  the  black  metal  screams  gives  the  songs  a  more  depressive  edge  and  when  slow  riffing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  touch  of  funeral  doom.

  Ambient  style  synths  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great amount  of diversity  along  with  most  of  the  songs  sounding  different  from  each  other  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Charming  Timur  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that takes  atmospheric  black metal,  post  rock  and  alternative  metal and  mixes them  together  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Charming  Timur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  alternative  and  post  black  metal,   you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rampage  Anthem"  "A  Bit  Clingy"  "Psychotic Depression"  and  "This  Morning  Meds".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/charming-timurfocused-rage2017-full.html


The Noctambulant Interview

mercredi 7 juin 2017 à 23:20
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are from Jacksonville, Florida originally with our guitarist Hoarfrost now living in Seattle,  Washington.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Melodic black metal with a healthy dose of death / goth / punk influence

3.A  lot  of  your lyrics  deal with Occultism and Death, can you tell us a little it more about your interest in those topics?
It's a personal interest of mine for many years now. Exploring belief,  the nature of man, how one energy feeds and consumes another.  All life is death.


4.I known that the bands name means 'Nightwalker', how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
We try to capture the feel of the darker side of nature.  Not unlike Wolves in the throne room , we try to draw from our surroundings and build a visceral, atmospheric feel.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The best shows have been in,  for the most part, smaller markets where the crowds are just as excited as we are.
And our stage performance is an ever changing and evolving thing. We progress with our stage show as our music progresses .

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are currently planning a fall tour and a European tour for early 2018.


7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Quite supportive.  We've shipped albums literally all over the world ,  the feed back has been positive.  Of course you have your elitists who say we aren't grim or kvlt enough , but fuck 'em.

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future.
We have been progressing more into what we truly feel, musically . I don't want to put out the same album over and over again, and I feel that out music grows as we do.


9.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?
Some of the major influences of the band members are the standards you'd expect - Bathory, Celtic Frost, Dissection, Emperor, Dark Funeral.
To bands you may not - The Cure, Voivod, Ratt, sisters of mercy ,  wasp, etc
As for what's on my listening rotation,
Behemoth , Uada, Shining (swe), Mgla, the newest Gary Numan album and Concrete Blonde.

10.What are some f your non musical interests?
We each have various hobbies .
D like graphic design and is starting a new recording studio , Teaberry House Records , Lars does carpentry , Hoarfrost has developed a love of photography.


11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We want to thank everyone who has expressed support on this journey, and we look forward to seeing everyone on tour

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-noctambulant-interview.html


Bitter Lake/Firmly Rooted To The Ground/2017 Single Review

mardi 6 juin 2017 à 06:05

  United  Kingdom's  solo  project  Bitter  Lake  have  returned  with  a  new  track  that  is  also  in  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  single  "Firmly  Rooted  To  The  Ground".

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  track  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  faster  direction  along  with  some  programmed  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  also  mixing  in  experimental  elements  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  electronic  music.

  Bitter  Lake  creates  a  track  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  drk  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Bitter  Lake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  8  out  of  10.

  https://officialbitterlake.bandcamp.com/album/firmly-rooted-to-the-ground-s 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/bitter-lakefirmly-rooted-to-ground2017.html


Red Bible Black/Allah is Satan's Toy/Merdumgiriz/2017 EP Review

lundi 5 juin 2017 à 05:18

  Red  Bible  Black  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Turkey  and  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  ep  "Allah  Is  Satan's  Toy"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  war  metal  feeling  along  with  some  bestial  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording t here  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in a   great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  feeling  and  samples  are  also  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  singing  and  spoken  words  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Red  Bible  Black  creates  another   recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  bestial  blackened  death/war  metal  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Islamic/Judeo,  Satanism  and  anti  poser  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Red  Bible  Black  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  war  metal  and  bestial  black/death,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Allah  Is  Satan's  Toy"  and  "Promote,  Support,  And  Glorify  Hatred".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/red-bible-blackallah-is-satans.html