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Tsar Stangra/Celestial Forger/2017 CD Review

samedi 6 mai 2017 à 00:02

  Tsar  Stangra  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  pagan  black  metal  and  Bulgarian  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Celestial  Forger"  which  will  be  released  on  May  26th.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  also  mix  orchestra  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  music  influences  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  while  aggressive  pagan  singing  is  utilized  on  the  closing  track.

  Tsar  Stangra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  Eastern  European  influenced  style  of  pagan  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  Bulgarian  folk  music  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Bulgarian  and  cover  the  Paganism  of  that  country  along  with  themes  of  Slavic  History  and  Pride.

  In  my  opinion  Tsar  Stangra  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  pagan/black  metal  and  Bulgarian  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obesvaneto  Na  Geroya"  and  "Opulchentsite  Na  Shipka".  8/5  out  of  10.    

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/tsar-stangracelestial-forger2017-cd.html


Serpentshrine Interview

vendredi 5 mai 2017 à 17:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Serpentshrine was founded in 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA, USA by Connor Randlett(guitars/backing vocals) and myself, Bryan Bosch(lead vocals/bass). The project began as an outlet for us to be able to take the parts of our favorite subgenres of metal, death metal and black metal, and make a sound that was truly unique. Our goal was to combine the minor harmonies and rawness of black metal, and combine it with the heavy and catchy riffs of death metal.

2.In January you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Our first album, "Besetting the Altar", came out with a clear black/death metal sound. The songs are interspersed with guitar and drum elements from death metal, black metal, and even thrash. As far as the vocals go, we do high pitch screams which are occasionally layered with death metal growls. Both myself and Connor have our roots in death metal, which lead to this album having a slightly heavier death metal sound. It was definitely a learning experience that went into getting the sound right, and we expect that as we continue to play and write music together, that it will evolve as our influences do.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics which we write, tend to focus on our discontent with organized religion and that part of society as a whole. We use dark imagery in our lyrics to try and paint this picture, whether its by referencing Satan and demons, or by telling stories of people that have been mislead and therefore damned by their faith and belief in god.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Serpentshrine'?
Honestly, the name Serpentshrine actually came from Connor playing World of Warcraft. There is a location in the game called Serpentshrine Cavern, and the name Serpentshrine just stuck with him until we started this project. We both liked that name though because of the role that the snake plays in Christian mythology.

5.While there was a session drummer on the album the band is a duo, are you open to expanding the line up in the future?
We are for sure open to expanding our line up, and only stayed a duo on the first album because we could not find someone that shared the same vision on what they wanted the band to be. We have recently begun to practice with a prospective drummer to add to the lineup. So far, he seems to mesh very well with our vision and is getting up to speed very quickly. We are excited to continue to work with him, and look forward to the possibility of adding him to our lineup.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Unfortunately, we have not been able to play any shows since we lack a full time drummer. However, if things continue in a good direction with the drummer we have recently been playing with, we should be starting to play shows this upcoming summer.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We have been looking for a label to take us on their roster and still are, however we have put more precedence on the writing on recording process than this search. Currently, we have received a few offers, but those offers haven't been exactly what we are looking for. So if an offer does come around that is closer to what we are looking for in a label, we are very open to it.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We have gotten very good feedback on a worldwide level to our first album, with a lot of fans living in South America. For the most part, black metal and death metal fans seem to grasp the approach we took in our music. There are outliers to that good feedback, but there always will be regardless. The group we have not received good feedback from is the true black metal scene, or "black metal elitists". They tend to not like Serpentshrine because we put ourselves in the black metal genre by being a black/death metal band. They don't see us as "true" black metal, and we admit that we aren't. We were never trying to be a solely black metal project, and we have far too many other influences to ever be a "true" black metal band.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are currently working on an EP that is slotted for release at some point in 2018. This will be a much more atmospheric take on our sound. In addition to this, we have also been writing songs for our next full length album, which so far has a slightly blacker sound.

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?
As stated before, death and black metal are the biggest genres that influence us. The particular bands that have influenced us though are Dissection, Watain, Immortal, Gorgoroth, and Necrophobic. Recently, we have been listening to a lot of atmospheric black metal bands such as Wolves In the Throne Room and Agalloch. We have also been listening to a lot of rawer black metal such as Tsjuder, Taake, and Craft.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
Both of us have always been really intrigued and fascinated by occult topics and the use of dark symbolism and imagery, this includes Satanism. Personally though, both of us are atheists and dislike the entire concept of religion.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We both have very busy day to day schedules, however when we aren't busy working, playing music, or going to shows, we enjoy spending time with our families and being out in nature. Connor personally is interested in artwork, whether that is creating art or exploring and finding art that he likes.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First off, thank you for the interview, we appreciate the opportunity to share a little about ourselves with fans. To anyone that reads this and hasn't checked us out yet, feel free to find us and give us a listen on Bandcamp, ITunes, Youtube, or Spotify. Feel free to follow us on Facebook to hear any news and anything else going on with the band.
ALL HAIL THE SNAKE!!!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/serpentshrine-interview.html


Kolp/Cured But Not Healed/Lost Horizon Productions/2017 CD Review

vendredi 5 mai 2017 à 06:54

  Kolp  are a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  grim  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Cured  but  Not  Healed"  which  was  released  by  Lost  Horizon  Productions.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  riffing  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  and  the  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  and  old  school  feeling  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  90's  influences.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  and  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  at  present  on  the  recording.

  Kolp  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw,  grim  and  depressive  black  metal  style  from  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Kolp and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Air  Decrease"  "Pitch-Dark  Circles"  and  "Decompose(Till  Only  Skin  Remains)'.  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/kolpcured-but-not-healedlost-horizon.html


Pure/J'auris Du/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Obscure Abhorrence Productions/2017 CD Review

vendredi 5 mai 2017 à 05:58

  Pure  are  a  solo  project  from  Switzerland  that  plays a   very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "J'auris  Du"  which  will  be  released as  a  joint  effort  on  My  13th  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  and  Obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.

  A  very  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when t he  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second wave  tradition.

  Modern  influences  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  being  more  closer  to  the  traditional  side  of  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  having  an  atmospheric  touch  at  times  along  with  the vocals  also  mixing  in  a  semi  melodic  tone  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of spoken  word  parts and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  depressive  elements  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.


  Pure  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  taking  both  the  old  school  and  modern  sides  of  the  genre  and  mixing  them  together,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swiss  and  cover  pain,  darkness,  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pure  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TACKS  INCLUDE  "le  Silence  Motel"  and  "Solitude".  8  out  of  10.
 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/purejauris-dusymbol-of-domination.html


Pimeydentuoja/Hellcrowned/Symbol Of Domination Productions/More Hate Productions/Black Plague Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 5 mai 2017 à 04:27

  Pimeydentuoja   are  a  band  from  Finland  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Hellcrowned'  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination,  More  Hate  Productions  and  Black  Plague  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  yet  ritualistic  voices  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  a  small  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies.

  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  along  with  a  few  black  metal screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  still  having  a  modern  touch  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  be  heard. 

  Pimeydentuoja   creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  black/death  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  demons,  satanic  rites  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Pimeydentuoja  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hellcrowned"  "Invocations  Of  Wrath  And  Fire"  and "Altar  Of  The  Vilde  God".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/pimeydentuojahellcrownedsymbol-of.html