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Woeful Echo/Dampering Existence/Share Your Pain Records/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 22 septembre 2020 à 04:39

 


  Woeful  Echo  are  a  solo  project  from  Cincinnati,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  depressive  and  suicidal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2020  album  "Dampering  Existence"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Share  Your  Pain  Records.


  A  very  fast and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  synth  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Throughout  the  album you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep  in  some  parts  of  the  recording,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be heard  in  the  closing  track. 


  Woeful  Echo   plays  a  style  of  social  and  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  depression  themes.      


  In  my  opinion  Woeful  Echo  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  depressive  and  suicidal  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apostles  Of Nihilism" "Dampening  Existence"  "Better  Layers  Of  Ether" and  "Dreaming  Of  Unrest".  8  out  of  10.


https://woefulecho.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WoefulEcho

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Woeful_Echo/3540440813 


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/woeful-echodampering-existenceshare.html


Mezereum Interview

lundi 21 septembre 2020 à 05:06

 


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


Mezereum is a black metal band from Vilnius, Lithuania, formed in 2018. Currently it consists of one member - Skir. The self-titled debut album is set to be released in September 2020. The album was recorded as a duo, with Skir on guitar, drums, and synth simulation, and former member Anisoptera on bass, and session vocals.


2.You have your first album coming out towards the end of September, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style  you went for on the recording?


It's rooted in classic 90s black metal, and the objective was to write interesting songs, which don't sound too alike, while also taking a musical approach to songwriting.


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


Mainly dark themes. Some based on certain negative aspects of life, some related to nature, and others fictional, based on fantasy and imagination.


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


Mezereum is a plant, found in forests, and it grows red berries which are fatally poisonous if consumed. The plant itself looks visually pretty though, and therefore possibly deceptive. So I like the word Mezereum itself, and what it may symbolize.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?


It's a desolate forest landscape, which fits the music.


6.Originally the project was a duo but now is only one person, are you open to working with other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to work solo?


I do like working solo, although I'm aware that I can't do everything all by myself properly. But I'm trying to make it work within the limitations on the upcoming second album, which should be released next year. And I'm open to playing live with a band someday. 


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


I'm not actively looking for a label, but I would definitely consider it if a label expressed interest in a proper physical release.


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


Mostly positive.


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


Hopefully just being able to create more albums.


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?


It's difficult to answer briefly, because I like a lot of very different music. In Lithuanian there is a word "melomanas", for which there is no direct translation to English, but it implies being a serious fan of music. When it comes to Mezereum in particular, I've been listening to black metal for over 10 years, so I've accumulated many influences. But my favorite black metal band has always been Darkthrone. And my favorite metal band in general is Katatonia. 

 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?


I've had an on-and-off fascination with the pro wrestling business since age 12. I find that it has many parallels with music, 


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


Thanks for reading, and thanks for the interview.


https://www.facebook.com/MezereumBand

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/mezereum-interview.html


Akheron Thodol/Rituals Of A Sovereign Heart/Naturmacht Productions/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 21 septembre 2020 à 04:51

 


  Akheron  Thodol  are  a  band  from  Bozeman,  Montana  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Rituals  Of  A  Sovereign Heart"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Clean  playing  and  ritualistic  chants  start  off  the  album  before going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high pitched  black  metal  screams. 


  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.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


   In  my  opinion  Akheron  Thodol  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Archonsbane  In  Bloom"  and  "Void  Secretion".8  out  of  10.


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  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  as  well  as  all of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  experimental  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Nature  themes. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/akheron-thodolrituals-of-sovereign.html


nether/Between Shades And Shadows/Art Gates Records/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 20 septembre 2020 à 05:17

 


  nether  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2020  album  "Between  Shades  And  Shadows"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Art  Gates  Records. 


  A  very  heavy  and  aggressive  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives the  music  more  of  a  raw feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  The  music  also  shows  a  touch  of  the Swedish style  along  with  some  more  modern  era  influences  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  nether  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  raw  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  carrying  the  tradition  set by the  Swedish  style  and  modern  bands  like  UADA.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  nether  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Hand  Of  The  Unspoken"  "To  The  Shores"  and  "So  All  Adoe  me".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/netherofficial

https://www.instagram.com/nether.official/     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/netherbetween-shades-and-shadowsart.html


The Kryptik/Behold Fortress inferno/Purity Through Fire/2020 EP Review

dimanche 20 septembre 2020 à 02:52

  The  Kryptik  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  synth  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Behold  Fortress  inferno"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Purity  Through  Fire.
 
   Sounds  of  wind  of  thunder  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  symphonic  feeling.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very long  and  epic  in  length  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  at  times  as  well  as  one  track  being  an  instrumental  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  battle  samples,.

  As  the  recording  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls,  clean  singing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  can  be  heard  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  Of  Mayhem's  "Funeral  Fog"  which  in  my  opinion  is  unneeded considering  there  are  too  many  cover  versions  of  this  song  and  their  whole  80's  to  90's  catalog.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Occultism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Kryptik  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  synth  orientated  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Behold  Fortress  Inferno"  and  "Paths  From  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/thekryptik 
https://youtu.be/ZNf1n7XCnkA




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-kryptikbehold-fortress.html