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Derkaz/23:58/2019 Demo Review

mardi 9 juillet 2019 à 02:37

  Derkaz  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  demo  "23:  58".

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  war  metal  feeling.

 At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  cavernous  sounding  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  demo  being  over  8  minutes  in  length.  The  song  also  brings  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads.

  Derkaz  plays  a  style  of  black/death  metal  that  is  very  cavernous  and  bestial  sounding  along  with  some  touches  of  war  metal. The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Derkaz  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black/death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  demo.  8  out  of  10.

https://derkazdeath.bandcamp.com/track/23-58-demo           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/derkaz23582019-demo-review.html


Burguli Interview

samedi 6 juillet 2019 à 20:18
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I recently release the album Ombres which I have to give thanks about the review you done and, well, not much. I’m trying to distribute Ombres and thinking about next. I have to fix ideas but probably next will be a and album made entirely on keyboard. Which was almost all made during my period living in Edinburgh (Scotland). And more in the future keep investigating with common instruments (guitar, bass…) moreover keyboard, and very probably traditional instruments from Iberian Peninsula, Where I am from.


2.Musically how do all of your releases differ from each other?
Actually, I think they don’t differ a lot. I try all of them have a common look. Although, it’s true that, if I made something no so common, is to introduce to the future works, we could say. One example of that could be, next solo keyboard album I told about in previous question.

3.Some of your lyrics deal with Satanism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
I became curious about black arts during my teenager, reading books like Satanic Bible, Magick of Alesteir Crowley, Sacret Magic of Abramelin… And, even though I haven’t read proper books for a while, I kept interested in it and downloading and buying some.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
Lyrical topics of Burgûli use to be Darkness, entities between realities and other worlds, occultism, and one topic that I like a lot, past. In particular, next work will talk about ancient gods of Iberian Peninsula.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Burguli'?
Reality is, that before I arrived to Burgûli, there was a complex process. I wanted something simple but that summarize the essence of Black Metal. So, first of all I though, obviously, in the word “darkness” but in some language, that can’t be Mordor Speech, as we all know that’s Burzum. So, I though in other tongues that could fit and like. I though in Spanish, German… try to find in some Celtic… But I realize none of them sound enough dark to me. Then I reflect on which was darkness tongue. That was Mordor Speech, of course, and I search through the one ring poem of “The Lord of the Rings” to find in the last verse the word “Burgûli”, that means Shadows. And I think that in some way, the world and humanity nowadays is a shadow of a more epic and greater past.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the recent album cover?
Darkness is a topic that is always in my mind, and that all albums must have in some way. So, for the cover I needed some that represents that, and that was, once again, Mordor, the dark country where there’s no light and all is covered by a perpetual darkness.
I looked for different artists and illustrators and found that illustration by Rod Mendez, that fits perfectly with my idea. A picture of Mordor that was easy to recognize, with Mount Doom and Lugburz.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the name you use 'Lord Gothaur'?
I’m a great fan of Tolkien’s work, and reading “The Silmarillion”, I found “Gorthaur” as a name with elves refer to “Sauron” during the firsts ages of The world. That means something like “The Bloodthirsty”. I like and I took it. But I added the “Lord” to make it more magnificence, importance, powerful.

8.On the albums you record everything by yourself, do you have any experience working with full bands or line ups?
In fact, I don’t. I have lot of friends who have their own band or play in bands, but I’ve never played in one. Is for that reason that it has been a hard work every step I’ve done. Beginning from a thing as simple as record myself, until, recently, master my own themes. Of course, I haven’t learned all by myself, it has been through tutorials on youtube, music forums, asking friends, friends of friends. And there’s a long a way to go down yet.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Nothing in particular. There are people who like a lot, people who don’t like. People who just think is a very personal project. Very different points of view. Can’t never like to everyone, moreover when you are doing a so particular work.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I can’t imagine in any definite way. And, I don’t think much about. I just do what I want and try to spread my darkness as much and as far as I can. I reflected about many times, and is not good to focus on a very definite idea, as its very common things doesn’t happen as you thank about.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I focus on the artists and on the way or vision that they give than just on the music. I like Bathory, Burzum, Taake, Darkthrone, Nargaroth, Drudkh Isengard...
Well, recently I’ve been listening Summoning and Moonsorrow, two very good bands in their respective epic sound.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, give thanks to you for your review and for this interview. Give thanks to whoever read this interview and listen Burgûli. And just say to get shroud by darkness and don’t allow the light consume you.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/burguli-interview.html


Tableau Mort Interview

vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 22:08
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Tableau Mort started in 2017, initially as a solo project. In November 2017 two other members joined and we started to rehearse the songs in the shape you can here on the album.
Tableau Mort current line-up is:
James Andrews – vocals
Cristian Giurgiu – guitars
George Topor – guitars, keys, backing vocals
Radu Vulpe - guitars
Marek Basista – bass
George Bratosin – Drums, backing vocals

Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
It’s difficult to talk about the musical style as we can’t be 100% objective. Most of the times the listeners hear other things and influences in the music than the artists themselves. In our opinion, our style is primarily black metal with touches and flavours from other sub-genres. Most of the riffs are tremolo picking black metal chord, some death and doom metal riffs here and there, deathcore-like bass drops, some progressive odd time signature parts… so, a bit of everything but still black metal.

The lyrics cover 'Romanian Orthodoxy' themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in that topic?
We find orthodoxy and everything related to it in general very sombre, gloomy and spiritual at the same time. Orthodox music is literally darker than most of metal and it is absolutely fascinating.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tableau Mort'?

Long story. In 2002, our guitarist, George, got as a present from his friends, Paul and Ana Maria Balan, one of their paintings. As a child, George’s son was terrified by that painting and he named it “the dead painting” (Tablou Mort, in Romanian). We French’d it a little bit to make it sound more exotic and we ended up with “Tableau Mort”

Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
After we finished recording the album, we started to look around for artists for the album cover, and one day we found this page “Nether Temple Design” belonging to Alex Shadrin and we fell in love with all his work. We picked a few artworks initially and finally we stopped at the original version of this one as we thought it was reflecting our music. We contacted Alex and he volunteered to add a few more touches to the original artwork so it suits our music better.
Our T-shirts are also designed by Alex

The pictures I have seen of the live performances look more like a ritual, can you tell us a little bit more about your stage performance? 
It took us almost two years to go out and play live. We discussed a lot about the live show and we invested a lot of money, time and energy to make sure our stage presence matches the music. To us, the visuals are as important as the music itself, we like to offer people a show, not just another average performance.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album cover?
We are currently discussing with a few promoters and festival organizers but we will only be seen live where we can bring our full production. We won’t compromise just for the sake of playing a lot of shows and tick boxes.

On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The reaction was 100% positive so far and that is really rewarding as we have put a lot of effort in this project and motivates us to go on.

Most of the band members also have experience playing in other bands, what is it that you are able to being into the music of 'Tableau Mort' that you were not allowed to do with your previous groups?
We all have played in different bands previously but not necessarily in a black metal one. Black metal is more creative, allows you to experiment more musically, lyrically and visually, gives you more freedom to express yourself.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hard to tell, we really don’t know. We write the music the way we feel, not necessarily having genres and templates in mind so we don’t really know how we will feel in 5 years’ time.

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?
Not sure if any bands had a direct influence on us but there are a few bands that everyone in our band likes: Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Batushka, Uada.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Listen to our album as it’s fresh and different. Some said it’s addictive too, haha!



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/tableau-mort-interview.html


Abhor/Abysmal Grief/Legione Occulta/Ministerium Diaboli/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 EP Review

vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 19:52


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Abhor  and  Abysmal  Grief  called  "Legione  Occulta/Ministerium  Diaboli"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Abhor  who return  with  their  occult  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  ritualistic  sounding  keyboards.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  horror  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Esotericism,  Satanism  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abhor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Possession  Obsession".

  Next  up  is  Abysmal  Grief  a  band  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  doom  emtal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  horror  movie  style  keyboards  while  their  song  is  over  13  minutes  in  length.  Voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  after  awhile  slow  and  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  are  added  into the  music  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  stringed  instruments.

  Elements  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  song  while  the  music  focuses  more  of  a  ritualistic  style  as  well  as  always  sticking  to  a  slower  direction  and  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  track  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Abysmal  Grief  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  black  and  doom  emtal.  8/5  out  of  10.

http://www.facebook.com/abhor666
http://www.abysmalgrief.com 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/abhorabysmal-grieflegione.html


Choronzonic Interview

vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 07:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Azatoth: Well, we started the band in 2002, in that time there was still some feeling in the underground, I was totally submerged in it, we exchanged a lot of letters, tapes and we used to go to abandoned places, enjoying the best of the night. When I joined the band, it was through an ad in a metal magazine. The band was already formed, but it did not have the name; Choronzonic was the best choice, in 2003 we released the demo "Living in Misanthropic Communion with the Darkness". After that we had problems in the line-up, it was a lot of confusion until we stabilized again. In the meantime there were three guitarists who passed through the Choronzonic until finally, with a more cohesive formation we released (2006) “A décima Chave Enoquiana” (The Tenth Enochian Key), a demo rehearsal, but it brought a more atmospheric sound, fruit of what we heard at the time, bands like Moonblood, Judas Iscariots, Vlad Tepes were essential for us. From 2006 to 2010 we did some shows, we participated in some compilations, after that, due to the damn changes of formation, we stopped again, until returning that year. Choronzonic is: A. Oculto (Drums/Vocal), Azatoth (Bass and sinths), Envenomed (Lead guitars).

2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Azatoth: I see more as a continuity of everything we have done in the past, there is an inspiring milestone and this is found in the obscure undergrounds of the 80's and early 90’s. We seek to evolve as musicians, but bring nothing new, just dust from the past.

3.This is also your first release since 2006, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
Azatoth: The band ended its activities in 2010, in the meantime I collaborated with some zines, among them Blasphemous Attack, exclusive to the Satanic Black and Death Metal. For a while I believed that my inspiration as a musician was over, fortunately I was wrong.


4.Some of your lyrics deal with Satanism, Occultism and Anti Christianity themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Azatoth: There are all over the world philosophies, beliefs, esoteric systems that converge on one point, which is the elimination of the status quo, the end of everything. The search for an understanding beyond common sense (the way of the lamb) has always been present in our lives. We see growth in the shadows; in the dark gods we see the light. For me, this is an essential issue, dealing with the "dark arts" is not turning your universe into a horizon of worship, but rather, dealing with the verticality of a path that will bring many wounds, enemies and finally: self-knowledge.

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
Azatoth: Our songs revolve in everything that emanates dissatisfaction, rebellion, negativity and aversion. In this world we are the adversary.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Choronzonic'?
Azatoth: Choronzon is the vibration that is present in the black nights of the soul, it is the reluctant entity that denies the demiurge. Through Him is uncreated knowledge, the abyss (dissolution of the cosmic barriers).

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
Azatoth: The art that made it was Lee Haney, an old comrade; the guy you can see in the photo is our drummer A. Oculto. I liked it a lot, sounded pretty primitive, just like the music.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Azatoth: Our best show was the first one, it was a restricted event and almost everything was improvised (in the act). The public was insane, had a similar feeling to ours, which provided a night of much blasphemy, something that always marked our performance.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Azatoth: Our difficulty is the distance between the members, our drummer lives 300 miles from our city, so performing live is not on our highest priorities.

10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Azatoth: Yes, as long the label is aligned with the obscure underground ideas, it’s welcome.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Azatoth: So far, most of the reviews have been positive

12.Are any of the other band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Azatoth: Our guitarist, Envenomed, is guitarist / lead singer of the Death Metal band Murder Worship. If you like an old school DM it is highly recommended.

13.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Azatoth: Recording a full length is our biggest pretension at the moment, we're wanting it to be cassette format. Musically? Total raw and grim till death!!

14.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?
Azatoth: Samael (old), Sarcofago, Sodom, Bathory, HellHammer, Poison (Germany), Venom, Bulldozer, Vulcano, Obscurity, Kaziklu Bey, Necrovore, Merciless, Abruptum, Mystifier, Goat Emperor, Sovereign, Darkthrone, Asaradel, Blasphemy, Moonblood etc.  Nowdays I have listen Revenge, Craft, Conqueror, Mausoleum, Grave Desecrator, Herege…


15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Azatoth: Keep the black flame alive, I enjoyed the interview. Ave Lucifer!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/choronzonic-interview.html