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Funeral Baptism/Gate/2017 EP Review

mardi 11 avril 2017 à 05:42

  Funeral  Baptism  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Gate".

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffs  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  modern  influences  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  used  briefly  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Funeral  Baptism  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding  while  also  mixing  in a  modern  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Baptism  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Pact"  and "Legacy".  8  out  of  10. 

 
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/funeral-baptismgate2017-ep-review.html


In Articulo Mortis/Testament/Herbert West Productions/2017 Full Length Review

mardi 11 avril 2017 à 05:15

  In  Articulo  Mortis  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Testament"  which  was  released  by  Herbert  West  Productions.

A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are present on  the  recording  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  at  times.

  Keyboards  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  touches  of  classical  and orchestra  music  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted in  the  mid  90's  while  also  mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  avant  garde  elements  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  clean  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  progressive  feeling  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  Articulo  Mortis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  mixes  the  90's  raw,  melodic  and  avant  garde  forms  of t he  genre  together  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  are written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  Darkness  and  Melancholy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  In  Articulo  Mortis  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Succubus"  "My  Underwater  Queen"  and  "Lunar  State".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/in-articulo-mortistestamentherbert-west.html


Goat Christ/The Oath Of Martyrdom/2017 Demo Review

lundi 10 avril 2017 à 05:42

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Greece's  Goat  Christ  which  is  also  in t he  bestial  black/death/war  metal  direction  and  the  demo  was  self  released  in  2017  and  called  "The  oath  Of  martyrdom".

  Blast  beats,  war  metal  riffs  and  bestial  death  metal  growls  start  off  the  demo  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  go  back  to  the  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  era  of  the  black  and  war  metal  genre.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  riffs  being  done  mostly  on  power  chords  and  just  like  the  previous  demo  all  of  the  songs  avoid  using  any  melody  or  guitar  solos  while  also  always  remaining  raw  and  heavy  and  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  at  times.

  Goat  Christ  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  and  war  metal  style  of  black/death  sound  of  the  previous  demo,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  Goat  Christ  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Piss  The  Gates  Of  Mecca"  and  "Upon  The  Altar  Of  Golgotha".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/goat-christthe-oath-of-martyrdom2017.html


Goat Christ/The Temple Of Goat Christ/2015 Demo Review

lundi 10 avril 2017 à 05:30

  Goat  Christ  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  demo  "The  Temple  Of  Goat  Christ".

  Goat  sounds  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  war metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  bestial  growls  and  black   metal  screams  and  the  music  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences. 

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  all  of  the  riffs  are  done  on  power  chords  and  no  melodies  or  guitar  solos  are  ever  utilized  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  they  close  the  demo  with  a  cover  of  Von's  "Satanic  Blood".

Goat  Christ  plays  a  style  of  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  some  blasphemous  music,  the  production sounds  very  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goat  Christ  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Temple  Of  Goat  Christ"  and  "Descending  Into  Satan's  Throat".  8  out  of  10, 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/goat-christthe-temple-of-goat.html


Akouphenom Interview

dimanche 9 avril 2017 à 04:08
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Akoúphenom is a Black Death Metal Act formed during 2015 in Galicia, Spain, with the aim of evoke the darkness, the unknown, the morbid and the beyond within their music. From us, you will hear dissonant and chaos-inspired riffs between a massive wall of sounds and ambients.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
From a Black Death Metal basis, we play avant garde ideas on our music, always avoiding the common rules in extreme metal, but looking also for a musicality in every song. It's important for us take the listener to every state we want through a song. All the different ideas did in the rehearsal room were selfr ecorded and sel fproduced in the EP Flesh Sublimation between August and November of 2015.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The leitmotif in Akoúphenom lyrics is the main force that dominates all, which is the Chaos. Above our existence, above all our understanding, there is the chaos that leads everything up in a endless stream of different beings where mankind is just a stain, a mistake. Essentially, the lyrics describes the fascination in the facts that proves the upper force the chaos is: our death, our rottenness, our final destiny as stardusts, getting lost in the emptiness. A proper statement to conceive our lyrics would be say that our rotten guts and skulls are so real as the stars and infinite space.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Akouphenom'?
The essence behind is describing the wall of sound that makes the listener suffer from tinnitus, which in Spanish is translated as "Acúfeno", and there you can get our name. Also, the writting of Akoúphenom is incorrect, it actually has a symbol "phi" in the place of -ph-. The symbol "phi" is the representation of the perfection in classical arts, because there's a real musical order behind all the chaos we display.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Recently we have played as headliners at the SWR Barroselas Warm Up celebrated in Vigo, Spain, and we have to say we were truly satisfied with the live we did. What people saw was 4 devotees of the Black Death displaying his passion for the morbid and unknown, stained in dark and making a huge chaos over the stage. But you can prove for yourself looking at our live photos in our FB page. Works better an image than thousand of words.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No, the plans for now is preparing ourselves to start the recording sessions for our first LP, so we take a break on touring and playing live until next year.

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'La Hija del Carronero', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
La Hija Del Carroñero are great friends of us, and we shared many concerts together and supported between us more than with others band. They play an obsessive and sick death grind, in the vein of Machetazo, and after the first gig we played together, we unite forces to make an split after a very long party and worst hangover in the aparament of the bassist, Patillas, who also runs the label that owns the split, ChristFuckingChrist Records. We feel eternal gratitude with Patillas and CFC Records.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The real feedback was in the local scene, making us play a lot around here and taking a place for ourselves in the Galician Scene, which is taking a good evolution giving more good bands than before.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Once we publish the LP, plans are to expand ourselves and spread away our music outside our country. After that, and talking about musical future, our new songs will become more complex in everything, from harmonies to lyrics, from drumming to riffing. But actually we are open to collaborate with bands to unite forces and work together in new publications.

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?
Our influences are even open to non-metal influences, but we can point to some scenes that were important for us, like the French Black and Death metal scenes, with bands like Deathspell Omega or Arkhon Infaustus, the Polish Black Death Metal scene, specially Behemoth and Infernal War, the Australian Black Death Metal scene with Portal and Impetuous Ritual, Dead Congregation were also a very notorious influence for us, and in our national scene we have some bands from which we have learned some important things like Balmog, The Last Twilight, Andhord and Altarage. Nowadays we like so much the EP from Aversio Humanitatis that we have been talking about it in the rehearsals.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Prgich is illustrator and graphic designer, Pandemia is a sound technician and is playing guitars in the almighty Empty, Silvara is a surfer and Dragon only pays attention with the worst and bizarre. All this help in some way to make the group truly independent and with a real DIY philosophy.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to thank formerly OccultBlackMetalZine for this great interview, thank also to all the bands who played with us live, all the crew who stares us in every concert and all the people who experienced us, live or at home. For those who still doesn't know us, there are our links:
https://akouphenom.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/akouphenom/
See you all.
Ak.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/akouphenom-interview.html