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Arkhon Infaustus/Passing The Nekromanteion/Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions/2017 CD Review

jeudi 14 septembre 2017 à 00:15

  Arkhon  Infaustus  are  a  band  from  France t hat  has  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Passing  The  Nekromanteion"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Les  Acteurs  de l'Ombre  Productions.

  Dark  yet  melodic  riffing  starts   off  the  album  while  also  being  very  heavy  at  the  same  time  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  as  well  as some  ritualistic  chanting  starts  to  make  their  presence  known  and  psychedelic  touches  are  also  used  briefly.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  tormented  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Arkhon  Infaustus  remain  true  to  a  satanic  and  occult  style  of  black/death  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases  while  also  updating  their  sound  for  a  more  modern  era  as  well  as displaying  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skill  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Arkhon  Infaustus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Precipice  Where  Souls  Wither"  and  "Corrupted  Epignosis".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/arkhon-infaustuspassing.html


Snakebearer/Throes/2017 EP Review

mercredi 13 septembre 2017 à 22:15

  Snakebearer  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  and  plays  a  musical  style  he  describes  as  being  'blackened  pop  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Throes".

  A  hard  rock  style  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  all  of  the  musical instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  also incorporates  a  great  amount  of  pop  elements  but  with  a  more  heavier  style.

  At  times  the  music  has  a  style  that  is  very  close  to  the  music  Tormentor  and  Sigh  where  doing  in  the  early  200's  without  sounding  like  any  of  the  bands  mentioned  along  with  some  touches  of  goth  rock  while  blast  beats  are  also  used  briefly  and  all  of the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  and  acoustic  guitars a re  used  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Snakebearer  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  pop  and  rock  musical  to  crate  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Snakebearer  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  pop  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED TRACK  "Churning  Of  The  Cosmic  Waters".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/snakebearerthroes2017-ep-review.html


Pando/(in)human(e)/2017 Full Length Review

mardi 12 septembre 2017 à 05:05

  Pando  are  a  band  from  Easthampton,  Massachusetts  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album "(in)human(e)".

  Gospel  style  singing  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  spoken  word  parts  and  dark  industrial  elements  onto  the  recording  while  also  mixing  in  touches  of  noise  music  at  times  and  after  awhile  harsh  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  the music  is  very  experimental.

  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  in  elements  of  neo-folk  while  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  at  times  and  demonic  growls  are  also  added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  when  heavy  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  more  of  a  drone  and  doom  metal  feeling, atmospheric  synths  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  stringed  instruments  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  harmonica's  are  also  used  briefly .

    As  the  album  progresses  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  tribal  drums  are  utilized  they  give  the  song  the  atmosphere  of  a voodoo  ritual  and  one  track  also  introduces  saxophones  onto  the  recording,  clean  singing  and  blues  style  slide  guitars  are  also  added  onto  a  track.

  Pando  plays  a  musical  style  that is  very rooted  in  black  metal  but  also  mixes  in  elements  of  experimental,  avant  garde,  noie,  country,  blues  and  folk  to  create  something  that  cant  be  categorized,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  African  American  slavery  and  the  injustices  they  have  faced  in  past  times..

  In  my  opinion  Pando  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking for  something  original  or  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "State  Schooled"  ""Van  11"  "Caveman"  and  "This  Fucking  World  Will  Never  Change".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/pandoinhumane2017-full-length-review.html


Heart Of The Serpent Interview

lundi 11 septembre 2017 à 03:06
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a two-person black metal band. We began writing and rehearsing in 2016, but the recent announcement of our album release has been the first public mention of our existence.


2.You have an album coming out on Halloween, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I think your review described our sound quite the same as I would; it's a very raw modern take on the 90s style of black metal. That said, there isn't really any one "sound" we're trying to emulate. We write what sounds good to us and if it gets categorized in the same area as older black metal that's fine. Many bands today feel a need to "rebel" against the traditional black metal sound and end up making music that sounds disingenuous and weak.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Some of the songs are fictitious narratives, two of which are expanded into full stories and will be included with the album. Without taking up too much space here, the subjects include the origins of human decomposition and a different take on cryptozoology.
Other lyrics deal with my opinions on the human race in general. This album's title "Contempt" can be taken as a one-word summary of those feelings.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heart Of The Serpent'?

I like to leave meanings of lyrics/names/etc. somewhat open to interpretation, but one of the more interesting interpretations that has been presented to me is that the Biblical "Serpent" was the first example of a creature thinking for itself, so "Heart of the Serpent" could be interpreted as the embodiment of individuality -- the opposite of a herd mentality.


5.What part of the mid west is the band located in?

This is not important at this time.


6.Has the band done any live shows or has this been only a studio project so far?

Only a studio project. I would like to play live but I don't believe in playing to a backing tape so with only two members it's currently not feasible. Trying to find enough useful members to flesh out a full band has proven in the past to be an exercise in futility.


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

I'd be interested in finding a record label on which to release physical copies of the album; at present it's digital-only. We haven't had any offers yet but then no one knew we existed until about a week ago.


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

It's still early, so we'll see how it turns out. Basically I write the sort of black metal that I would like to listen to, so anyone with similar taste to mine should enjoy this.


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

I have started writing some of the songs that will be on the next album, and while it won't be a major departure from this first album I think the biggest difference will be more extremes in tempo. This album was largely mid-to-fast paced; the newer material tends to either be faster or slower.


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?

My favorites of the genre aren't anything too surprising; I'd say Burzum, Arckanum, and Mayhem are my top three. I also enjoy folk/pagan metal, especially bands like Arkona and Primordial which occasionally blend darker elements into their music. Outside of the metal realm I've been listening to big band jazz and classical music such as Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich.


11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

I suppose you could say the lyrics of "To Repay What Has Been Given" have an occult element to them, but that's a story rather than an expression of belief. I find Occultism and other beliefs or religions interesting but do not personally involve myself with any of them.


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

Thank you for your interest in us and thank you to everyone reading this.
Our album is currently available for pre-order at www.heartoftheserpent.com.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/heart-of-serpent-interview.html


Parodos/Catharsis/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review

dimanche 10 septembre 2017 à 06:51

 Parodos  are  a band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  avant  garde  and  progressive  form of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Catharsis"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also used  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  melodic  post  rock  fashion  and  keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Avant  garde  style  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  death  metal  growls  can  also be  heard  at  times  along  with a  brief  instrumental  that  introduces  stringed  instruments  onto  the  recording  before  returning back  to  vocal  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals
  Parodos  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  the  avant  garde,  progressive  and  post  rock  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  journey  through  human  tragedy

  In  my  opinion  Parodos  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  progressive  post  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Space  Omega"  "Stasima"  and  "Metamorphosis".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/09/parodoscatharsisinverse-records2017-cd.html