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Dakota Westbrook Interview

mardi 19 décembre 2017 à 04:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit more about this project?



DW: This project is basically me doing the music i like and being tired of trying to come up with a band name so i just used my name.



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



DW:  It's a mixture of all the sounds I liked as a metal head, from the Depressing tones of Xasthur, the atmosphere of Elderwind, the epic style of bands like bathory and immortal, and the more doom laden and post rock feel of Woods Of Ypres (R.I.P. David)



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?



DW: While worthless deals with more modern ideals and depression in my older works i talked about more sci fi naturalistic ideals and strait up nature. Now my lyrics also deal with some of the racial issues I have Dealt with through my whole life being half Native and Half White and German to top that (insert nazi joke here) and also how these problems will effect my son and his sons.



4.According to the bio you are of Native American descent,which  also has a rich mythology and culture, do you bring this into your musical projects or song writing?



DW: You know funny you ask, not a whole lot on the surface if you look just at the cover, BUT if you look at the way i set up my constant repetitive beats which even fast kinda pulsate ( really so if you are high) and just the mindset i have behind why my lyrics are depressive or how i talk about nature i talk about nature as if its my mother and depression as if its my brother which any person who has dealt with the shit schools and government has thrown at me for the "color" of my skin soul whatever you would get that.



5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or is this more of a personal project?



DW: It depends cause I do have plans for a bigger album that I want to have other musicians to help on but, I also have a thing with this music personal, Its like at points sexual, and even hateful its like I'm in a different zone when I got a riff going or a good drum line or screams that satan has blessed me with for the day. So in short yes if they can hang I would work with other people as long as they dont mind a loud foul mouthed cigarette smoking beer swilling maniac with a fender strat and a death wish.



6.The new album was released by 'The Apollyon  Entertainment Group, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



DW: Yes I am, funny story, When I got signed I wasn't even trying to get signed, but thanks to Craig Foreman, and Tom Budden (Blood Lubrikent) for calling my like 20 freakin' times letting me know Anthony saw a joke a made in a chat forum and took me up for it, I am now signed and liking it.



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



DW: Okay real talk I don't really get black metal dudes telling me its good its mostly death metal and metalcore guys, also people who dont even like metal or rock at all like my stuff which is weird to me but hey I'm not picky but at the same time a lot of black metal guys are quiet so I'm gonna go with good cause someone is buying this album.



8.What is going on with some of your other musical projects these days?



DW: Well my name sake stuff is taking up most of my time along with being a father and husband so yeah... Now my older band Hand Of Annihilation is working on something but that is hush hush and I will not and shall not speak to much on that subject so, NEXT!!!



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



DW: I don't really know, I don't like to look to far ahead cause then I make mistakes. The only thing I expect in the future is a lot more albums, a lot more riffs, and lung cancer if I keep having stress from this music haha but thats the thrill of it.



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?



DW: With bands the list is long and treacherous and at points confusing to people, but my short list for the " must know" people its Woods of Ypres, Bathory, Immortal, Elderwind, ect. oh and Savatage Jon Oliva's compositions give me a hard on. Nowadays its a lot of woods still but now its more Death Metal that has been adorning my earbuds and speakers like obituary and my all time favorite Extreme metal band Cannibal Corpse.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



DW: Being a dad, outside of that its hunting I love the outdoors, also Video games like the Elder scrolls Series and fallout series. Wrestling too been a long time wrestling fan. Pro wrestling may I be specific.



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



DW: Yes.... To kill the inner self makes it safe for the outer self. Also please pick up worthless on your digital platform of choice and all the Apollyon releases, the boys and myself put hard work into these albums. thank you.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/dakota-westbrook-interview.html


Siberian Hell Sounds/Convulsing/Art As Catharsis/2017 Split Album Review

samedi 16 décembre 2017 à 23:53

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Australia's  Siberian  Hell  Sounds  and  Convulsing  which  was  released  by  Art  As  Catharsis  and  we  will  start  off t he  review  with  Siberian  Hell  Sounds  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  guitar  amp  drones  before  adding  in  some  heavy,  melodic  and  dissonant  riffing  and  after  awhile  angry  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  which  also  leads  up  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Blast  beats  can  also b e  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  is  also  20  minutes  in  length  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  post  hardcore,  grind  and  crust  while  the  track  also  brings  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  playing  and  growls  are  also  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in a   very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  On  this  recording  Siberian  Hell  Sounds  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  dissonant  while t he  crust,  grind  and  post  hardcore  elements  gives  the  music  more originality,  the  production  sound s very  dark and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  anger  and  machinery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Siberian  Hell  Sounds  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  crust,  grind  and  post  hardcore,  you  should c heck  out  their  side  of  the  track.

  Next  up  is  Convulsing  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  musical  direction which  also  uses  a  great  amount  picking  and  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  music  being  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal

  The  track  is  over  20  minutes  in  length  while  the  song  also b rings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  after  awhile  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  are  also  added  into  the  song  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Convulsing  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  death  metal  and  takes  them  into  an  experimental  direction  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  blankness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Convulsing  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  the  more  modern  black  metal  style.  8  out  of  10.



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/siberian-hell-soundsconvulsingart-as.html


Beastiality/Worshippers Of Unearthly Perversions/Invictus Productions/2017 CD Review

samedi 16 décembre 2017 à 06:09

  Beastiality  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Worshippers  Of  Unearthly  Perversions"  which  was  released  by  Invictus  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  faster  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  thrash  elements  while  the  solos  and  lead  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  yet  old  school  fashion  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  war  metal  elements  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  th e music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  instrumental,  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks.

  Beastiality  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  the  rawest  elements  of  black,  death and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  past  but  capturing  a  modern  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death  and  Morbidity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Beastiality  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witchblood"  "Apocalyptic  Storm"  and  "Shadowside  Path".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/beastialityworshippers-of-unearthly.html


Dakota Westbrook/Worthless/The Apollyon Group/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 16 décembre 2017 à 03:41

  Dakota  Westbrook  is  a  solo  project from  Georgia  that  plays  a  depressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Worthless"  which  was  released  by  The  Apollyon  Group.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  sounding  melodies  and the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  very  deep  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding very  powerful.

  At  times  the  music  gets very  atmospheric  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  elements  of  thrash  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from each  other as well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  on  a  couple  of  tracks  blast  beats  and  fast  riffs  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Dakota  Westbrook  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  while  being  different  from  most  bands  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dakota  Westbrook  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Blood  Loss"  "This  World  Is  Cruel"  and "Worthless".  8  out  of  10.   

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/dakota-westbrookworthlessthe-apollyon.html


Grievance/Pilar, Pedra e Faca/War Productions/2018 CD Re-Issue Review

vendredi 15 décembre 2017 à 19:35

  Grievance  are  a  band  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  their  2016  album  "Pilar.  Pedra  e  Faca"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  2018  by  War  Productions.

  A  drone  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  the  vocals  also  throw  in  angry  shouts  at  times along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  get  deeper  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Grievance  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  traditional  and  old  school  sounding  while  the  folk  music  elements  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  struggles,  philosophical  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grievance  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mensagem  Secreta"  "Nausea"  and  "Agora  e  Sempre".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/grievancepilar-pedra-e-facawar.html