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Burial Oath/Beyond The Vale Of Shadowlands/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 9 mars 2017 à 22:47




  Burial  Oath  are  a  band  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Beyond  the  Vale  of  Shadowlands"  which  will  be  released  in  April.

  Nature  soundscapes  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  along  with  some  tremolo  picking that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  raw  energy  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  mixers  both  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  of  the  genre  together  while  focusing  more  on  the  raw  aspects  of  both  eras  and  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  also  brings  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  and  acoustic  guitars  also  returns  briefly  on  a  later  track  which  is  also  all  instrumental  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  which  are  also  utilized  on t he  closing  song.

  Burial  Oath  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavy  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Burial  Oath  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  Include  "A  Graven  Interlude"  "Transcendent  Void"  and  "Womb  Of  Cosmic  Bane".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/burial-oathbeyond-vale-of.html


Isolert/Self Titled/Liver Damage Records/Ogmios Underground/2017 EP Review

jeudi 9 mars 2017 à 19:05

  Greece's  Isolert  have  returned with  a  new  recording t hat  continues  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  titled  2017  ep  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  April  by  Liver  Damage  Records  and  on  cd  in  summer  time  from  Ogmios  Records.

   Distorted  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of t he  songs  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  ar e  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  always  remains  very  heavy  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Slayer's  "Evil  Has  No  Boundaries".

  Isolert  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark, r aw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  misanthropy,  death,  metaphysical  and  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Isolert  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Isolert"  "Depression  Crawls  In  Mankind's  Cage".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/isolertself-titledliver-damage.html


Pagan Megalith Interview

jeudi 9 mars 2017 à 03:39
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Tuhlv: Pagan Megalith was formed in the end of 2004, after going deeper in music and history of the Early Norwegian Black Metal scene. That genre seemed to be full of secrets and beyond our world. Listening to that was not enough, so it was a natural step forward to create an atmosphere on our own.
By watching back, our first release "From Hell to the Highest Peaks", a demo from 2006 had been born this way, using the simpliest forms. In 2007 we began doing concerts as well.
As a next chapter, the first LP entitled "Ólomharangok / Leadenbells" was written in 2008. At that point the previously used English language of lyrics has been switched to Hungarian. The message behind the band evolved, rooted deeply against existence.
The band planned to record its second album in 2010. After composing and rehearsals, right before entering the studio we decided to split up due to personal reasons.
After years of silence, when previous conditions shattered the group has returned in 2016, at first to finally make that yet unfinished album called "Viharjárás / Stormburst". After recordings it became available in digital form via Spiritside Productions. Besides this, Neverheard Distro from Hungary released it on Cassette on the final day of February 2017.


2. In October the band had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Ae: The lyrical concepts on our new album became even more straightforward then it was on the debut record. On the other hand the soundscape is much more raw as this time we did everything by ourselves thus the result is exactly what we wanted to hear.

Tuhlv: There was only a very little time between the writing and recording of our previous material in 2008. But at this time that preparation period has been extended because of the hiatus we had. We’ve given the chance to revise our thoughts once again with an elder approach. It means after our reunion I gathered my inspirations by taking walks in the mountains or among graves and I re-wrote some of the lyrics at night in an old empty attic in candlelight. I recognized that the right time and place is fundamental.


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

Tuhlv: The topics mentioned on "Viharjárás / Stormburst" may seem various, still Negation and Death Worship is a constant personal point of view. For example, the song "Mennykövek" is about superstitious beliefs, "Rex Saturnalis" and "A siralmas énekből" touches historical themes. Some like "Magvaszakadtak" or "Alakmás" are based on imaginations while some others are written from real experiences.


4. The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?

Ae: By 2011 the band didn’t want to coexist alongside with personal factors given that time.
As of 2016 all of these elements disappeared and made that possible to tell the words of Viharjárás that were untold before. Recording and releasing was an obvious point to continue from.


5. I know that the band name comes from a Gorgoroth song, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

Ae: The early works of Gorgoroth has always been a big impact on my musical taste. This fact in line with the primal intent - to use the legacy and aesthetics of the Second Wave of Black Metal - justifies the name of the band.


6. Currently there are only 2 member in the band, are you open to expanding your line up again or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Ae: Since the re-union we have this line-up. We can perfectly work together in this form and for live appearances we are assisted by Vick, a session member on drums. I don't think any additional individual would be needed to the creative core of the band.

Tuhlv: If we may wish to use other tones in our instrumentation in the future, that would take place by guest musicians. But indeed, we do not want to expand our current line-up permanently. In long term, the opposite is what we crave for. It is beyond words how the absence of ourselves is awaited.


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

Ae: Back in 2008-2009 the band organized it's own underground events under the name ’Allies of Pagans’. There were four events in total and my personal view is that these nights had that vibe we wanted to achieve.

Tuhlv: We enter the stage to invocate and spread Nothingness in present time. I admit in can cause controversies that we state Pagan Megalith calls for No One, and still performing concerts. But the might of Anti-Life Propaganda what we stand for must prevail. We are only the ones who BY and THROUGH all this manifests, not FOR.


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

Tuhlv: So far, during the past ten years we had a lot of shows with various projects. And although we occasionally do concerts with Pagan Megalith it can happen if conditions are suitable. It may cause that we keep our stage presence at a minimum level.
Nowadays, instead of touring, we rather search for other forms of art that allows us to stay away from direct human presence. Here I think of visual creations for example, I mean videos - in which we can contain ideological essence in a similarly intense way.


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

Ae: We create this music to channel our inner thoughts and beliefs into something tangible and not to entertain people. I do read the feedbacks for our music but I am impacted by my own criticism.


10. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Tuhlv: I do, but it is not intended to highlight our own selves with this interview. To keep it short, among others I was and/or will be in Svoid, Karst, Voltak and Gravel Shores.

Ae: I don't have any other active bands right now.


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

Ae: Backwards in time.

Tuhlv: Yes, but I feel it is yet early to speak about plans. By finishing our second album, it revealed for us where we do not wish to stay or proceed. Many years ago I have chosen Black Metal because of the atmosphere it had, the influences it contained as a heritage. I do not mean earlier ’metal music’ but fragments linked to far more ancient times. Think of it as if we stare to a map too close, so we should do a step back to see the whole…


12. 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?

Tuhlv: On our latest album "Viharjárás" our musical influences are quite obvious. Musically we followed the heritage of traditional Nordic, raw Black Metal.
Approaching this genre as a form of living, as a primary input for a very long time, a point must came when I felt I am utterly filled with it. I both instinctively and consciously keep on searching my sources.
Last year among many others I’ve been frequently listening to Aurora Aksnes’ debut album "All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend". What is inside it, in different levels, is hard to find words.

Ae: Since the earliest days of mankind music had its own magical role in people's life. Let that be a tribal chanting or a highly rated classical works of art. Everything that involves this magic is appealing to me, no matter the time of the recording or the style.


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

Ae: Embrace Death as an opportunity!

Tuhlv: 'What else could be our life than an incessant row of overtures to that unknown melody of which first solemn tune is sounded by Death?'

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/pagan-megalith-interview.html


Dakhma Interview

mercredi 8 mars 2017 à 12:45
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. dakhma was formed in 2014 and was a 3 piece but are currently adding another member to play guitar/bass. to describe our music we play mostly atmospheric black metal mixed with other genres such as crust, post rock, post metal, etc.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

2. our sound is a blend of a lot of different styles/genres which we think helps us create our own distinct style. we have a lot of clean melodic passages that are juxtaposed with raw distorted parts.  generally all of our music is very depressive but there is a hint of hopefulness underlying the majority of our songs that ideally is relate-able to most people's daily life or mental health.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. our lyrical themes vary from song to song, but some themes have been about frustration, environmentalism, and depression. East for instance is primarily about seasonal depessive disorder, looking to the east waiting for the sun to return. Living in Michigan and enduring harsh winters every year takes its toll on us, but at the same time enduring the gloom inspires us and helps us write/create musically.

4.I know that the bands name comes from from the Zoroastrians, do the band members have any interest in Persian Mythology.
4.I guess you could say we have a mild interest in persian mythology. Zoroastrianism is an interesting religion, but apart from our name we don't really take away anything else (for the band) from the mythology. The concept of a Dakhma has always been interesting to us, its a very unique way to dispose of dead bodies. Its about keeping the earth pure or clean which is something that is very relate-able to us personally.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. all of our shows have been great and we appreciate everyone who has ever booked us, let us crash, fed us. we don't want to single out any specific show as being the best because we have legitimately enjoyed the vast majority of all the shows we have been apart of. we've honestly never put too much thought into our stage presence; we mostly are just trying our hardest to play the songs as best we can. we've been toying around with a couple ideas to improve/change up our stage presence, but haven't actually tried them live yet.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. We are currently planning a tour for may/june that we are very excited about, we will be touring with a band called Dawn Ray'd from the UK. It will mostly be east coast dates, then cutting through the south and back to the midwest again. Also closer towards the end of the year we will hopefully be setting up a west coast tour which we haven't done as a band yet.

7.Your 2016 recording is getting released on vinyl by 'Halo Of Flies', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
7.Yes we are very happy with the support we've received from halo of flies. cory runs a great label and has released a lot of music that has definitely helped influence our sound.

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

8. Its been humbling at the ammount of feedback we've received for suna kulto from people all around the world. We primarily do this for ourselves (because we wouldn't know what to do if we weren't) but we're happy that our music has reached so many people in a positive way.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. Musically our sound won't change too much in the future, but adding a fourth member has definitely opened up a lot of new ideas for songs that we are very excited about. We've been experimenting with some new ideas, mostly making our songs more atmospheric and abrasive in certain parts, but overall i think we still maintain the same style/sound. We are working on two new songs at the moment, for two splits coming later this year, and are happy to be getting back into the studio to record.

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. We're influenced mostly from black metal bands such as wolves in the throne room, leech, ash borer, mgla, etc but that's not the only style of music that we listen to. We're also influenced by a lot of post rock, post metal, crust, grind, punk, and sludge bands. we even find inspiration in mainstream pop and rap.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Music is definitely one of the biggest parts of our lives, but aside from that we enjoy good friends, good hangs, DIY culture, coffee, bikes, dogs, beer, weed etc.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/dakhma-interview.html


Malvm Interview

mardi 7 mars 2017 à 03:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We originated Malvm for create an atmosphere which completely change our previously evolved picture about darkness and infinite unknown. Music is the key what we can raise with to levels where we are going to be able to coalesce with darkness.


2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

The Demo demonstrates a very raw atmosphere. Mid tempo stamping and nordic melodies are presented on it. Sound and tempo are the same on the whole record. We didn’t care about diversity. This is a demo disc. Raw, rough and simple. On Cvltvs Diaboli we focused more on the sound and improved the dynamics as well.


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

The lyrics are the spread of hateful and misanthropical aloud and total negativity, continuous inner advancement, projections and figurative interpretations of satanism in the process of different influences and cognition.


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

It comes from a former member HL, who has quit since then. I would quote his words: In Az okkult tudományok kézikönyve* it is the comprehensive definition in one diagram(?) of Alsó áramlások and according to our lyrics we could hardly find a better name.


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

The first three concerts were perfect for gaining experience, but I wouldn’t call them performances. We needed some time at the start of the road to find out what we want from ourselves exactly. Unfolding went better at the following show. Now the fix long time stage performance is getting outlined. We try to pay attention for every little particulars to transmit the mood we’d like to suggest with our music


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

We”re gonna have a gig with Sekhmet (CZ) in May and don’t have any further plans.


7.Neverheard Distro are re-issuing your ep, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Of coure we’re glad and thakful for the helpful work to NHD.


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

I think we got a lot of positive criticisms, reflections and requests.


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

The new songs are different in structure and mood from the old ones, however in some points persists to them.We’d like to suggest a darker and more elevated atmosphere. The new album will be created according to this. Some of them could be heard in our concerts.

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?

I think there are a lot of excellent bands in Hungary and I’m glad that in our country an incredibly strong Black Metal scene has been evolved. It’s important to mention the nordic (Icelandic, Finnish and Norwegian) and Czech tends which have a great effect on us.


11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?   
The internal liberation, the key to true freedom, that opens the forbidden truth of mysterious doors reveals the gloom repelled worlds cosmic lies. An endless internal development along the path of chaos. Eternal inner advancement heading on the path of chaos.


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

With persistence, true faith and to dematerialize confident advancement will be reached time after time.Keep the Black Flame burning!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/malvm-interview.html