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Impenetrable Darkness/Cosmic Termination/2020 EP Review

mardi 5 mai 2020 à 10:14

  Impenetrable  Darkness  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  ep  "Cosmic  Termination".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams. 

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  80's  metal  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  also  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Impenetrable  Darkness  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  destruction,  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Impenetrable  Darkness  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Infinite  Of  Black  Destruction".  8  out  of  10.

https://impenetrabledarkness.bandcamp.com/album/cosmic-termination-ep-2020  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/impenetrable-darknesscosmic.html


Apolion/Soundtrack For Empty World/2020 EP Review

mardi 5 mai 2020 à 08:24

  Apolion  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  harsh  and  instrumental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020 ep  "Soundtrack  For  Empty  World".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a decent  amount  of  90's  and  2000's  influences  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  whole  ep  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  On  this  recording  Apolion  removes  the  vocals  from  earlier  releases  to  create  something  different  while  also  keeping  everything  in  a  very  harsh,  raw  and  old  school  direction  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Apolion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  harsh  and  instrumental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mass  Murder  Fever"  and  "Perpetual  Bloodlust".  8out  of  10.

https://apolionhorde.bandcamp.com/album/soundtrack-for-empty-world-2020

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Apolion/ 

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/apolionsoundtrack-for-empty-world2020.html


Ilathar Interview

mardi 5 mai 2020 à 07:20
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Ilathar is a one-man project from Austria. I started it as a folk side project because I was playing with another band at the time. When the band broke up, I made Ilathar my main project. It combines elements of folk, ambient and black metal.

2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, musically how do they differ from each other?

2. The biggest difference is that the demo consists of only two acoustic guitars. The EP "A Vessel Of Echoes" is more complex. I added lyrics, heavier guitars, bass, drums and a more versatile style overall. It shows the way I want to go with this project.

3.What are some of  the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
3. The lyrics are very personal and tell a lot about the state I was in when I wrote them. It's about inner demons, hatred, death, nature, spirituality. I want the listener to interpret it in their own way, so it is not always clear what the lyrics mean. I know what they mean to me. What they mean to others could be something completely different.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ilathar'?

4. It is a self made name, without a real translation or meaning for others. For me it stands for a journey into my mind.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
5. It's about thoughts, instincts and the mind. The skull represents that, its "A Vessel Of Echoes".

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
6. Most of the time I like to keep it to myself, for the simple reason that I have to be 100% behind the music. This makes it difficult to work with other musicians, but not impossible.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7. I am currently not very interested in signing a label.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. There is little reaction, but the reaction I get is positive and I am very grateful for that.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
9. I am working on new material, but I have no firm plans. I like to take my time, broaden my horizons, learn some new things. A full length album will probably not be released this year.

10.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?
10. The biggest influence is probably Agalloch. Others are Darkthrone, Nocturnal Depression, Ulver, Uada ...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Mostly things in nature like hiking and other sports.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Don't let anyone or anything stand in your way and thank you for listening.

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4. Youtube

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/ilathar-interview.html


Front/Antichrist Militia/Iron Bonehead Productions/2020 EP Review

lundi 4 mai 2020 à 21:23

  Front  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Antichrist  Militia"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  apocalyptic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  while  elements  of  war  metal  are  also  added  into  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  some  influences  of  thrash  metal, back  up  shouts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  and  war  samples  can  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferianism,  Anti  Christianity,  War,  Conquest  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Front  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Antichrist  Militia"  and  "Machinegun  Blasphemy".  8  out  of  10.

http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/front-antichrist-militia/s-1Nr3I


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/frontantichrist-militiairon-bonehead.html


Thecodontion/Supercontinent/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 CD Review

lundi 4 mai 2020 à 08:55

  Thecodontion  are  a  duo  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  prehistoric  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  with  some  elements  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Supercontinent"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  is  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument,  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements.

  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and    bestial  death  metal  growls  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Atmospheric  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  session  work  from  members  of  Seventh  Genocide  and  Urdan  along  with  some  songs  also  capturing  the  raw  aggression  of  grindcore.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording   as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  being  instrumentals,  some  of  the  drumming  also  captures  a  very  tribal  and  shamanistic  atmosphere  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  various  stages  of  Earth's  continental  drift  phase.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Thecondontin  that  shows  the  band  taking  their  prehistoric  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vaalbara"  "Nuna"  and  "Pangaea".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/05/thecodontionsupercontinenti-voidhanger.html