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Bhleg/Odhin/Nordvis Produktion/2021 CD Review

vendredi 4 décembre 2020 à 01:32

 


  Sweden's  Bhleg  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  influenced  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Odhin"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Nordvis  Produktion.


  Nature  sounding  and  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  acoustic  guitars  also  add  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording. 


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.


  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  epic  feeling  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  adding  tribal  drums  and  folk  instruments  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Paganism,  Nature,  Existence  and  Cosmos  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bhleg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vyss"  and  "Drommen  on  vardtradet".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/bhlegodhinnordvis-produktion2021-cd.html


Lycopolis/The Procession/Azure Graal Records/Snow Wolf Records/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 3 décembre 2020 à 05:40

 


  Egypt's  Lycopolis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "The  Procession"  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Azure  Graal  and  Snow  Wolf  Records.


  A  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  Egyptian  and  Arabic  vibe  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high pitched  black  metal  screams.  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  exotic  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  bringing  in  an  instrumental  as  the  album  progresses.


  On  this  recording  Lycopolis  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Egyptian  Mythology  and  History  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lycopolis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tamarisk"  "Uraeus"  "Separate  The  Sky  from  the  Earth"  and  "Who  Goes  Up  From  the  Horizon".  8 out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/lycopolisthe-processionazure-graal.html


Spectres & Teeth/No Magick Spawns!/Into Endless Chaos Records/2020 EP Review

jeudi 3 décembre 2020 à 04:37

 


  Spectres  &  Teeth  are  a  duo  from  Austria  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "No  Magick  Spawns!"  which  was  released  by  Into  Endless  Chaos  Records.


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  vocals  are  also  in  between  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark,  chaotic  and  melodic  style.


The  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences,  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  later  song  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  and  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Spectres  &  Teeth  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation  Of  Abhorrent  Force"  and  "Beast  Of  Earth".  8  out  of  10.


https://spectresteeth-iec.bandcamp.com/      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/spectres-teethno-magick-spawnsinto.html


Nar Interview

jeudi 3 décembre 2020 à 01:44

 

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?


Although the album has only been released recently, Blood Moon Omen has been getting very positive reviews so far. As for NAR, I am hoping that in the not so distant future, I find the right mood and inspiration to start working on some new material.


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


It does and it doesn’t, in the sense that it is still on the same musical genre as the first two albums. Blood Moon Omen, however, has a much more distinctive and powerful sound in my opinion, as well as a darker atmosphere. Additionally, with this album, I decided to create more contrasts musically, with some aggressive tracks containing mellower and atmospheric sections in line with the lyrical state of the song.


3.The solo project has been around since 2013 but so far there has only been 3 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?


The way I write my music is through inspiration. As a solo artist, I am free to write whenever I feel that the moment is right. There are bands out there that release album after album in insane timeframes, but that is not something I see myself doing, especially not at the detriment of my music.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new music and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?


Again, my songwriting is an inspired process. So topics will pretty much vary according to what I feel I should write about at that moment in my life. However, the main lyrical themes I deal with are the human condition, be it emotional, spiritual or existential.


5.Some of your lyrics cover mythology themes, what are some of the mythologies you explore with your music?


Although most of the songs mention legendary symbols and creatures, there is one song in particular in this album, ‘Il-Ħakem ta’ Bufies’, which speaks about an old Maltese legend of a terrible place called ‘Bufies’. Not a lot is known about this legendary place, except that only a few have ever returned to tell the tale. For this album, I based my lyrics on this legend of Bufies and created a new character, the ruler (il-Ħakem) of the place in a way that merged my heritage and my music.


6.You also have mentioned an interest in poetry Tolkien, Poe and Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interested in these writings and also are there any other authors that you have an interest in?


Writing lyrics to me is as important as writing music. I take my lyrics very seriously and make sure that they tell a story every time. Great authors like Tolkien, Poe and Lovecraft seem to merge legends, mythology and fantasy seamlessly in a new medium altogether, and for this, they are my greatest literary inspiration.


7.I know that the bands name means 'fire' in Maltese, how does this name fit in with the musical styles that you play?


Yes, NAR means fire in Maltese. I have always been enthralled by fire—the elegance of a flame in contrast with the ferociousness of a wildfire. So in a sense, fire is somewhat representative of my music, from fast and aggressive songs to mellow and melodic sounds that create a unique atmosphere.


8.You also have written lyrics in Maltese and English, which language do you prefer?


Most of my songs are in English, being an international language and all that, but I make it a point to always include at least a few tracks in Maltese because at the end of the day that is part of who I am. If I had to choose, however, I would choose Maltese because it is after all my mother tongue.


9.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you interested in working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?


I think at this point in my life I prefer working by myself. The simple fact that I can work with my own pace, is something that I am not willing to trade away.


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


When I first released my music, I have to say that the reception was very positive. NAR is a small project from a very small country, so being acknowledged by the black metal community is great in its own respect.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


Honestly, I don’t plan ahead. Music is my art and I let it take me wherever it goes.


12.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 became a metalhead listening to black metal, and as a genre, it has always been my go-to place in the darkest days of my life. Some of the bands which I keep going back to are Watain, Immortal and Inferi (Fin). I am also appreciating a lot of other bands with a slightly more atmospheric sound like Winterfylleth and Wolves in the Throne Room.


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


First of all, let me thank you for allowing me to share my work with your readers. It’s been a blast! I would also like to extend my gratitude to all those who have supported my music from its inception. A big hail to all the brothers and sisters in metal worldwide! Keep those horns up!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/nar-interview.html


Apofolis/Heimkehr/Wolfmond Production/2020 CD Review

mercredi 2 décembre 2020 à 03:19

 


  Apofolis  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Heimkehr"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction. Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  done  in  an  instrumental  direction.  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  clean  playing  also  making  a  brief  return  as  the  album  progresses  as  well  as  the  two  closing  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.


  Apofolis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  in  a  more  guitar  driven  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  keeping  most  of  the  music  instrumental  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.


  In  my  opinion  Apofolis  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  and  atmospheric black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Meine  Heimkehr"  and  "Die  letzte  Reise". 8 out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Apofolis/3540343765  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/apofolisheimkehrwolfmond-production2020.html