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Panphage/Storm/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

samedi 15 avril 2017 à 00:09

  Panpahge  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Storm"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  May  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Atmospheric  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  which  also  goes  back  to  the  pagan  era  of  the  Germanic  tribes  along  with  folk  instruments  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavy  and  melodic  side  of  the  songs  briefly  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams,

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  chants  and  singing  are  also  used  briefly  on  a couple  of  the  tracks  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some songs  being  instrumentals  while a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  are  also  added  on  a  later  song.


  On  this  recording  Panphage  displayed  a  more  raw  style  of  pagan/black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Anti  Cosmic  and  Dark  Germanic  Heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Panphage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Storm"  and  "Forfader".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/panphagestormnordvis-produktion2017-cd.html


Caina/Cara Neir/Broken Limbs/2017 Split 7 Inch Review

vendredi 14 avril 2017 à 21:13

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  United  Kingdom's  Caina  and  Texas's  Cara  Neir  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Broken  Limbs  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Caina  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  post  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  descent  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  along  with  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  growls  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  being  6  minutes  in  length  and  also  mixing  in  elements  of  post  metal  and  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  literary,  human  nature  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Caina  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Cara  Neir  another  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  avery  heavy  and  melodic  sound  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  split  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim y et  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  crust  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the lyrics cover  dark  and  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  influenced  black  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  post  black  metal  and  blackened  crust.  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/cainacara-neirbroken-limbs2017-split-7.html


Havukruunu/Kelle Surut Soi/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review

vendredi 14 avril 2017 à 00:41

  Havukruunu  are  a  duo  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Kelle  Surut  Soi"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

   Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  clean  singing  pagan vocals  are  also  utilized  in  some parts of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Havukruunu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sound s very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  covers  the  paganism  of  their  homeland  along  with  some  themes  of  darkness,  winter,  sadness  and  loneliness.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Havukruunu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vainovalkeat"  "Vaeltaja"  and  "Kelle  Surut  Soi".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/havukruunukelle-surut-soinaturmacht.html


Argus Megere/VEII/Loud Rage Music/2017 CD Review

jeudi 13 avril 2017 à 22:18

  Argus  Megere  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "VEII"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavier  and  melodic  sections  of  the  music  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams. 

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls  while  the  keyboards  also  go  back  to  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  the  90's  era  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  while  the  solos  and  leads  give  the  songs  a  more  up  to  date  style  and  clean  guitars  are  used  briefly  on  the  closing  track. 

  Argus  Megere  plays  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  this  is  very  much  dominated  by  keyboards  while  also  having  a  great  amount  of  heaviness,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Romanian  and  cover  nihilism,  misanthropy,  and  anti  Christianity  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Argus  Megere  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRAACKS  INCLUDE  "Carul  Ceruli"  and  "Tabla".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/argus-megereveiiloud-rage-music2017-cd.html


Sinlust Interview

jeudi 13 avril 2017 à 21:18

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We have been receiving really positive reviews from Archaic Triad and Terra Relicta so far. We will promote Sea Black at a release Party on May 12 in Brest, FR. We will also be playing live at Hellfest Off on June 14. The song “Sea Conquerors” will be aired on French “La Grosse Radio” on April 21 as a preview. The song “Stream Attraction” features on Imperative Music Compilation XIII distributed worldwide through Nuclear Blast, Season of Mist and Earrache Records.

How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The production is modern and massive. It's not raw or ear-fatigue like. We love black metal bands with a modern but aggressive sound like Abbath, Arkona (PL) or Batushka. Gwen Kerjan at Slab Sound Studio has done a really great job!

This is the first album to be released since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about? What has been going on during that time span?
We haven't toured a lot yet, we have focused on writing and recording new material. We have put a lot of effort into that record and we are thrilled about the result.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrics relates a story, it's a concept album. The story is based upon our singer Firefrost's dark Fantasy novel Noire Mer. Here is the pitch:
A cataclysm has devastated the island kingdom of Isulgaar.
Forty-four years later, the north of the island thrives thanks to its new king orchestrating the alliance between locals and exiles, while the South is being rebuilt after the investiture of former looters. Between them, the center of the island has been developing through peat harvesting.
While mysterious navigators with obscure motives dock in the South, a diabolical plot is brewing in a northern coastal seigneury. But neither the North nor the South suspects that the black sea visions of ​​the king son could reveal the future of Isulgaar ... or rather its disappearance.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sinlust'?
Back in 2008, the band name was very close to have been “Death Lust” but our first singer at that time wasn't so happy as “Death” was used in many band names. We wanted it to revolve around some dark sombre attraction that seduces you, that pulls you back. We wanted our music to be a potpourri of all our dark inspiration that would reflect our dark side so we went for Sinlust which means the lust of sin basically! The power of dark thoughts that will corrupt your soul, the temptation of evil that will always be part of the human condition. It reveals every human's weakness. But that weakness which is every human being's burden is turned into strength through music.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 We've done a lot of great shows but the one we specifically remember is a private show at  Möhrkvlth's HQ, a Black Metal band of friends of ours a few years ago. The sound was really  good and the crowd was amazing. Our stage performance is powerful and technically solid.  We have come to master long epic progressive songs that put out both a lot of energy and  tight precision of playing. We  work hard to make powerful and accomplished shows.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
We will be playing at Sea Black's release party in our hometown Brest, FR on May 12 and at Hellfest Off in Clisson, FR on June 14. From there we'll tour as much as we can in 2017, mainly in France.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far, reactions to Sea Black have all been extremely positive, stating its originality and novel riff ideas as well as its sincere Black Metal roots. I think both the reviews so far (Terra Relicta and Archaid Triad) have pointed to the “completeness” of it.
We have'nt had comments about having guest Tax Station's Gaëtan Fagot sing two clean parts (on Trilateral Conflict and on Sea of Tress). The fact that each of our albums comes with a Dark Fantasy novel written by our singer Firefrost, the concept album side of it, have been appreciated. Our first album “Snow Black” led to “Noire Neige” (“Snow Black” in French) novel, while our second album “Sea Black” led to “Noire Mer” (“Sea Black” in French) novel. Both novel are 400 page book published by a French publishing house, Nats Editions.

Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Our singer's one-man-band Black Metal project is called “Firefrost”. He's released the album “Inner Paradox” in 2016. Our drummer Infernh is currently “Strakelin”'s drummer (Metal). Our guitarist Chris in Lust and Infernh are working on a 3-song EP with “Silent Dawn”'s drummer Nuts on vocals, likely to be called “Phaeton Rain Scenario” (Melodic Heavy Black).

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will continue to affirm our style which is Epic Black Metal with a lot of powerful heavy melodic melancholic riffs and dark ambiances and a hint of viking-like vibes.

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?
We are fans of Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Immortal and Satyricon. We also love Anorexia Nervosa and Dimmu Borgir symphonic work, as well as Moonsorrow and Angatyr epic music. We think Anaal Nathrakh are amazing. Recently we've discovered ass-kicking Batushka. We also listen to classical music.

What are some of your non musical interests?
Singer Firefrost is a mechanical engineer who is also fond of working out, as well as a dark Fantasy novelist, as you would have understood. Guitarist Chris in Lust is into Victorian England and Sherlock Holmes and a dedicated English teacher. Bass player Rain Wolf is an independent brewer and movie enthusiast. Drummer Infernh is a photography aficionado.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts.
 Thank you to Occult Black Metal Zine for helping us spread our news and promote  our album Sea Black.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/sinlust-interview_13.html