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Black Cilice/Tomb Emanations/Iron Bonehead Producitons/2021 EP Review

samedi 6 novembre 2021 à 04:05

 


  Black  Cilice  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  ep  "Tomb  Emanations"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  old  school  influences  as  well  as  remaining  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  direction  when  they  are  utilized.


  On  this  recording  Black  Cilice  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  lo-fi  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Misanthropy  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Cilice  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Returning  From  Dimensions  Below".  8  out  of  10.


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/black-cilice-returning-from-dimensions-below


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/black-cilicetomb-emanationsiron.html


Skvm Interview

samedi 6 novembre 2021 à 02:50

 

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

1. My project is Skvm, a raw black metal (RABM if you want to be particular about it) project based out of Maine. I try to write a mix of music that can be fast and aggressive, or slow and haunting that is representative of the things I believe.


2.Since 2020 you have released a good amount of material, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


2. Generally speaking, I think Voidwailer is definitely different stylistically from say the demo. It's a lot faster, but also a bit cleaner production-wise. I still wanted to make something raw, but I switched up how I made it raw this time around. 



3.Previously you where a part of 'Morphine' what was the decision behind leaving that project and forming a new one?

3. Morphine was a very short-lived project. We really only put out one rehearsal demo and that was kind of it. It was just me and Moloch most of the time. I really don't want to get into specifics about why that project ended, because much of it is rather personal. All I'll really say is that I started Skvm because I became the only person I had to make music with at the time. 


4.A lot of your lyrics cover anarchy and anti fascist themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?

4. I was once told to "Write whatcha know". I hate nazis and systems that benefit off of the exploitation of people so I wrote songs about that stuff. It's hard to justify a world where you have people so rich and powerful they can literally get away with murder, while also having people being encouraged to plead guilty to crimes they didn't commit by overworked, underpaid public defenders because they couldn't afford a lawyer. That kind of stuff seriously angers me, so I write songs about it. 


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

5. Truth be told it started off kind of tongue and cheek. The name I used in Morphine was Skvm Fvck, because someone once called me that after mistaking me for someone else on the street. I thought that was funny, so I used it. The name basically started as a joke, but I think it does do a good job of representing the music. It's not uncommon to see folk on the far left called scum by those on the right. It's a pretty common insult we receive, and I think spelling it SKVM definitely lets you know what you're in for musically. 


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. Open and hoping to do so in the near future. I think Skvm is going to remain a solo project (with a session drummer or something here and there) but there are a number of really, REALLY fantastic musicians around here that I would love to collaborate with. 


7.In the last year, you have released a good amount of material, do you spend a great portion of your time writing and creating music?

7. I try to keep the releases frequent. If the people who like Skvm are anything like me, they listen to a lot of music, and like a pretty consistent flow of new stuff. I dedicate a pretty significant amount of my time when I'm not working a day job to trying to write new stuff. It keeps me sane and feeling like I'm doing something that I can actually care about. 


8.On the full length you also done a 'Sepultura' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

8. I fucking love Sepultura and decided I needed to pay homage, especially to that era of the band. Max and Iggor Cavalera are probably my biggest inspirations, and it's been really really cool seeing Iggor show some love to the RABM scene. I had originally wanted to do a cover of "Territory" but decided the riffing on "Antichrist/Anticop" was maybe a little more in line with the rest of the album.



9.A month ago you where a part of a split with 'Mortal', what are your thoughts on the other project that had participated on the recording?

9. Working with Mortal was fantastic. I'm incredibly happy with how that split came out. Mortal is a fantastic project that personally, scratches a similar itch to the likes of Old Nick. Mortal has been one of my longest-standing supporters, and to be able to collaborate was a genuine pleasure. Go listen to "Eternal Vengence". 


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

10. Wildly positive for the most part, especially from folks local around here. It's wild to me that the project has even reached an international audience. While most of my audience is in the US, there's also a pretty large following from the UK, Germany and Brazil which is wild.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

11. I see myself still continuing to make music as Skvm. This project has genuinely been the most fulfilling thing I have ever done and I am not slowing down.


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?


12. It kind of depends on what I'm listening to, but consistent inspirations include every wave of black metal, as well as thrash, and punk. Darkthrone, Immortal, Venom, Sepultura, Discharge, Institute, stuff like that.



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

13. This was my first interview so apologies if it was shit. 

Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/skvm-interview.html


Nocrul/The Apocalypse Of Mankind/NGC Productions/2020 Compilation Album Review

samedi 6 novembre 2021 à 02:40

 


  Nocrul  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  more  of  an  old  school  and  traditional  form  of  black  metal  on  these  recordings  before  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction  on later  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  compilation  album  "The  Apocalypse  Of  mankind"  which  was  released  by  NGC  Productions  and  consists  of  their  2013  and  2015  ep's  "The  Four  Rides  Of  The  Apocalypse"  and  "The  Darkness  of  Mankind".


  Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  faster  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a lot  of  old  school  influences.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  compilation  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  music  on  the  second  ep  also  sticks  to  the  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  style  of  the  first  release  as  well  as  also  introducing  some  more  atmospheric  elements  and  one  track  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording.


  On  this  compilation  Nocrul  show  2  different  sides  to  their  style  which  shoes  them  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  emtal  style  on  the  first  ep  and  going  into  a  more  atmospheric  direction  on  the  second  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  th e lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Nocrul  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "White  Horse"  "Pale  Horse"  "Children  of  Misrule"  and  "Planet  Of  The  Eternal  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.


https://ngcprod.bandcamp.com/.../the-apocalypse-of...    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/nocrulthe-apocalypse-of-mankindngc.html


Mustan Kuun Lapset/Ei Sävyjä Pimeässä - The Complete 90s Collection/Inverse Records/2021 Compilation Album Review

vendredi 5 novembre 2021 à 03:38

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation from  Finland's  Mustan  Kuun  Lapset  which  consists  of  their  90s  material  which  was  done  in  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  and  the  album  is  called  "Ei Sävyjä  Pimeässä  -  The  Complete 90s  Collection"  and  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.


  Drum  beats  and  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  compilation  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  adding  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals a r e mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  deep  sounding  at  times  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  adding  in  elements  of  dark  metal  which  also  became  more  dominant  on  later  releases  from  the  band,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  compilation.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity  and Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Mustan  Kuun  Lapset  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDEDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Taivas  ja  maa"  "I  Shall  Wither"  "Kuka  palvoo Saatanaa"  and  "Lilith".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/mustankuunlapset
https://mustankuunlapset.bandcamp.com  



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/mustan-kuun-lapsetei-savyja-pimeassa.html


Erzsebet/The Blasphemous Lady/Art Gates Records/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 5 novembre 2021 à 01:52

 


  Erzsebet  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Blasphemous  Lady"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Art  Gates  Records.


  Spoken  word  parts,  keyboards  and  symphonic  elements  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  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 r aw  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording,  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Erzsebet  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw  and  symphonic  forms  of  black  metal  from  the  mid  90's  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  covering  the  myth  of  Elisabeth  Bathory.


  In my  opinion  Erzsebet  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  and  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wraiths  Behind  The  Mirror"  and  "Darvulia's  Eye".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/erzsebetofficial
https://www.instagram.com/erzsebet_music


    


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/11/erzsebetthe-blasphemous-ladyart-gates.html