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Bezdan/Spirits Of The Past/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review

lundi 5 mars 2018 à 05:00


  Bezdan  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  furious  and  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Spirits  of  The  Past"  which  will  be  released  on  march  20th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

   A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  the  genre  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Goatmoon's  "Eclipsed  By  Raven  Wings".

  Bezdan  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  furious  and  traditional  sounding  in  the  true  old  school  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bezdan  are  a  very  great  sounding  furious  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a   fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirits   Of  The  Past"  and  "Iz-Crnila".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/bezdanspirits-of-pastwolfspell.html


Gyre Of Incandescents/Self Titled/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review

lundi 5 mars 2018 à 04:26

  Gyre  Of  Incandescents  are  a duo  with  members  from  Canada  and  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  ritualistic  form  of   black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2018  album  which  will  be  released  on  March  20th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  while  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  songs.

  Clean  female  vocals  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  some  synths  also  being  used  at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Akitsa's  "L'homme  Der  Fer".

  Gyre  Of Incandescents  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  ritualistic  in  the  early  90'a  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gyre Of  Incandescents  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  ritualistic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unseen"  and  "Final  Hours".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/gyre-of-incandescentsself.html


Existenz Dizaster Interview

lundi 5 mars 2018 à 03:30
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Existenz Dizaster is my solo project, which is in process of develoment, I experiment and specialize mostly in post-rock, post-black, ambient, shoegaze styles. All records and the subsequent processing I produce in my home studio and with some time  I will  try to improve the quality of sound. Each subsequent album will have its own concept and theme.


2.In December you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2.  The album "Dekadenz» was released on 07/07/17 to the network. Then I signed the contract for cooperation with Vacula Prod. After that in December the album was released on Vacula Production. I experiment a lot with sound and   different styles, trying to create my own non-trivial sound in order to have my own individual identity and authenticity among many other projects specializing in similar genres. And also I add avant-garde motives to my arrangements in order to have my progressive core. And this is not only because I want to stand out among the rest, but simply because I am  interested  in such  kind of mixing of musical styles that enriches my music andI feel comfortable in this way. I like to add all the components to the main skeleton of my compositions and make their sound more rich and interesting , each composition is unique. I can describe the sound of Existenz Dizaster something like deep atmospherical, spatial, penetrating, ghostly, melancholic, spiritual, sometimes cold and in some moments oppressive world. Through this  sound, I  can transmit colorful and at the same time gloomy  and dark images and pictures

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3.In the music of Existenz Dizaster, I strive to explore the dark aesthetics of being and the mysterious nature, as well as the desperation of existence in the meaningless realities of gray being.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Existenz Dizaster'?
4.The meaning of the name of my project shows detrimental effect to existence and in consequence forms the alienation from modern being. My inspiration was caused while I was studying some works of German philosophers.

5.On the album you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
5. I am open to work with other musical projects. (as it was in the case of North Black) . But the project Existenz Disaster will forever remain as one - man project band.

6.You have also done some session work on the 2018 'North Black' album, can you tell us a little bit more about your contributions to the recording?
6.We are friends with North Black and he invited me as a session vocalist to work together on his new album "Martyr". My contribution to "Martyr"  was in  recording vocals, as well as mixing and mastering the album.

7.On the album you had also done a 'Alcest' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?
7. In "Dekadenz" there is no cover on Alcest, but there is my own version for the track Les Discrets - "Apres L'Ombre". I decided to do my own version of "Apres L'Ombre" because its sound and atmosphere suits into my album "Dekadenz “ and the motive of this track is very lyric and it harmonized with my own songs I have recorded.  The own version for the song of Alcest "Apres L'Ombre"   - was recorded separately after the release of "Dekadenz". In some period of my life I was long time inspired by the band Alcest. On the first winter’s day it inspired me to record my instrumental version on "Sur l'Ocean Couleur de Fer".

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. If you consider my music among fans of Black metal genre, so they loved it and were very interested in it.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9. In the future, I plan to create a common project with North Black where we will play grim and raw black metal. Also for Existenz Dizaster I have many ideas and concepts for the next full-length 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?
10. I listen to a lot of Black Metal and Post-Rock artists, but the writing of "Dekadenz" was influenced by the period when I listened to Alcest, Les Discrets, Netra, North Black. These artists impressed me much and had directly contributed to my inspiration during recording of "Dekadenz". In my present time I listen a lot to the artists of DSBM, Darkwave and Ambient music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. At this time, I'm very much interested in practical veterinary medicine because I spend a lot of time with my pet. In my present time I have no one hobby which was not related to music so now I completely give myself to the music and for the recordings of the next album. I can only say that before my musical activity, one of my hobbies was game-design and I was keen on developing a horror game, and also for myself was engaged in photographing landscapes and video editing on an amateur level.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. I express my gratitude to my listeners and for the label Vacula Prod. for promotion and special thanks to Occult Black Metal Zine for their interest on my project.  So best greetings to everyone!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/existenz-dizaster-interview.html


Black Mass Pervertor/Life Beyond The Walls Of Flesh/Blood Harvest/2018 CD Review

dimanche 4 mars 2018 à 02:51

  Black  Mass  Pervertor  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Life  Beyond  The  Walls  Of  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Blood  Harvest.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  evil  laughter  being  used  at  times  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  era  Finnish  influences  along  with  the  energy  of punk  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the music  always  remains  heavy.

  Black  Mass  Pervertor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  along  with  a  touch  of  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  as w ell  as  giving  the  music  a  more  modern  feeling  while t he  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  and  Death  Worship  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Mass  Pervertor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Imbibing  The  Seas  Of  Darkness"  "Unorthodox  Methods  of  Magick"  and  "The  Forbidden  Zone".  8  out  of  10.




  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/black-mass-pervertorlife-beyond-walls.html


The Proprietor Interview

dimanche 4 mars 2018 à 01:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

            S. I’m Sean and I am half of The Proprietor.  I’m responsible for the vocals and a portion of the guitars. Frank does everything. We are from two of the five boroughs of NYC, respectively. The Proprietor began as a side project for Frank and myself while we were both playing in other bands. We had discussed working together on a project for years before it actually came about. The direction of our project before we even had a name or anything was that it was always going to be black metal.

            F. I’m Frank. Sean and I have always been fans of heavy music since our youth and it showed in the metal bands we performed in for years.  When I first met Sean, we realized pretty quickly that we were on the same wavelength creatively.  We wanted our music to be our brutal raw expression without any constrictions to our artistic outlook.  Thus, The Proprietor was born.



2.So far you have released one ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other/

            S. When we started working on the EP, I was excited about the collaboration and that it was different from what I was already doing in a previous band. The Proprietor has a more straight forward approach. I think “From Nowhere And Worthless” was more about riffs and the arrangement of those said riffs. I believe our process has matured as The Proprietor became more of our main focus. I feel “For Nothing Is My Own” is a more cohesive and prepared record. I love both but there is definitely an evolution that is apparent to anyone who listens to them in succession.

            F. “From Nowhere and Worthless” we hit the ground running.  We had 3 tracks that we have been working on and quickly recorded them.  Each track on the EP is very different in style and Direction. The Musical style ranges from Melodic Death Metal/thrash/Black Metal.  We were still trying to find our direction.  “For Nothing is my Own” was more thought out musically.  We set out with the goal of making it a complete album from beginning to end.  The type of album that you would listen to in your room while following along reading the lyrics.

3.Some of your lyrics have a poetic and prose feeling as well as being inspired by Shakespeare, can you tell us a little bit more about those lyrics?

     S. Lyrics are just as important to us as the riffs and song structures and art direction is. Lyrics have to have a narrative, whether straight forward or cryptic or metaphorical. There has to be a certain quality in the words. They have to convey something while fitting precisely within the music. it’s a balancing act. Thematically, most things can be categorized as Shakespearian. In regards to the conflicts we as humans deal with on a daily basis. Those themes vary from deception, hatred, good vs. evil, suffering and transformation, the list goes on. For the title track, “For Nothing Is My Own” it is really about being unhappy with life, with people and the ways of the world but finding comfort that it will end, it touches on an ideology that nothing is yours and nothing lasts. It is open to interpretation. I love the notion behind it. That ideally nothing is yours. You are not special. It’s all been done before sort of tone. That song may be more Bukowski than Shakespeare. 



4.You also explore with the occult with your songwriting, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

       S. There are so many things that I find fascinating especially cults and the occult. I mean I don’t subscribe to any one faith but I’ve always been attracted to anything supernatural. From a small child I loved hearing ghost stories, and watching horror movies. I loved reading about Vlad Tepes or Satan, or serial killers. I still do. I have a obsessive impulse to learn more if something catches my curiosity. I enjoy learning. So when I go down those wormholes its difficult to climb out. “Suffolk Pink” is about the Boleskine House in Scotland, which is amazing to me, it housed Aleister Crowley as he performed certain rituals. it was said to have been haunted prior to his ownership which adds to the allure of the mythology. The song is basically a cliff notes on the history of the abode. “Book Of Thoth” meshes Crowley’s interpretation of the Tarot with Thoth’s roots in Egyptian mythology. My interest continues to grow.



5.I know that the band was named after a character from an old Amicus horror anthology called "From  Beyond  The  Grave", how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

     S. I’m not sure if the name entirely fits within a genre, but I kind of enjoy that. I preferred a name that wasn’t so blatantly metal. Peter Cushing, is the proprietor of an antique shop in the film, he is a bit mysterious. Each segment revolves a person receiving an item from the shop which always ends poorly for the customer. It’s creepy and cheesy by today’s norms. The Proprietor is sinister in the sense he dishes out twisted fates to shit people. That is kind of fitting.


6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you chose to remain a duo?

     S. I think we are in agreement that The Proprietor will remain a two piece. although, we are looking to enlist some friends to accompany us for some live performances, hopefully as early as summer. I wouldn’t mind having Infernus do a lead on a song or having Nicholas Barker track drums on an album. Highly unlikely, it would be awesome nonetheless.

            F. Creatively, The Proprietor will always be myself and Sean.  We feed off of each other’s energy well.  And as we continue to learn and grow stronger, our artistic vision becomes enlightened.  The Proprietor is our first born, and we are bit over protective of it, haha.


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

     S. We are not looking to sign with a label. We are not opposed to the idea. We enjoy doing everything ourselves and we definitely want full control of our art. It would take understanding and full accordance of all parties for us to sign with anyone.

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

     S. We are still pretty unknown to most. But the feedback we have received has been good, surprisingly.

            F. As a group starting from the ground up, it may seem hard at first to gauge where people are listening to your music.  We have a lot to thank to social music communities, online Metal Magazines and blogs such as yours. Bandcamp, Etc.  They really do great things to help bring artists/fans from around the world together.  Coming from an age group where all of our new music was learned of through word of mouth, local mags and cd stores. To now, where I can have a conversation online with someone from Australia, Norway, Indonesia, Germany, Anywhere in the world! And share musical taste.  It’s truly inspiring.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

     S. We are already writing songs for another EP. As I mentioned before we are plotting to make playing shows a reality. We really want to create, so that is what we’re going to do.

            F. With every track we write, we are progressively finding ourselves.  As Sean mentioned we are already in the early stages of writing our next EP.  This one will be a very aggressive.

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?

     S. Gorgoroth. Gorgoroth is incredibly influential on me and the music I want to make. I listen to all different types. I just listened to the new Necrophobic album, Mark Of The Necrogram” and I enjoyed that. Watain, The Wild Hunt. Anathema, The Silent Enigma. Pallbearer, Heartless. Cobalt, War Metal. Ghostface KIllah. Some 70’s soul stuff. Vattnet Viskar, Settler. Emperor, IX Equilibrium. I looked through my most recent played on my Spotify and that was most recent.

            F.  I came from more of a melodic black/death metal and Swedish Death Metal background.  At the Gates being one of my most influential bands since the early 90’s as well as many others that are definitely present in my writing style. Abyss, Arcturus, Old man’s Child, Eucharist, Dark Tranquility, Katatonia, Thy Primordial, Borknagar.  Recently, I have been very much enjoying Batushka, Mgla, Der Weg einer Freihet, Cor Scorpii, Avslut.  The list goes on.  There is a lot of great bands out there.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

     S. My wife and kids. Writing. Whiskey. Mets. Films. Books.

     F. Forest trails and hiking.  I love nature photography.  Definitely good coffee and whiskey.



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

      S. I’d like to say thank you to Occultblackmetalzine for the interview. Thank you to anyone who supports The Proprietor, we are humbled.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-proprietor-interview.html