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Solfernus/Neoantichrist/Satanath Records/Murdher Records/2017 CD Review

mercredi 8 novembre 2017 à 04:37

  Solfernus  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Neoantichrist"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  and  Murdher  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  whispers  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  riffs  also  add   in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  brief  return  as  the  album  progresses  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them ,  some  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  punk  and  thrash  as  well  as  a  few tracks  introducing  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  samples  onto  the  recording,  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and   the  closing  songs  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Solfernus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  as  well  as  adding  some  old  school  energy  into  a  more  modern  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  perdition,  anger  and  anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Solfernus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ignis  -  Dominion"  "Pray  For  Chaos!"  "Once  Upon  A  Time  In  The  East"  and  "Stone  In  A  River".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/solfernusneoantichristsatanath.html


Harmdaud Interview

mardi 7 novembre 2017 à 06:05

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Sure! I have had the idea of Harmdaud for quite some time but the band itself have only existed since mid 2016. By then I felt an urge to write a music in a different style than I normally do. So, in summer 2016 I decided to record some of the tunes that I had in the back of the head. I published the result on soundcloud under the name Harmdaud and got really good response. The tunes and ideas continued to flow so I decided to continue with the concept of the band.

After some months I had written and recorded the basis for like ten songs, and eight of them ended up on Blinda Dödens Barn.


2.How would you describe your musical sound?
I think you nailed it quite well in the review of Blinda Dödens Barn. It is like a dark, melodic and atmospheric mixture of black / death metal. With Harmdaud, I try not to get stuck in any musical label. If the idea that comes tend to the more metal, black metal style I go with that. If it is more to the doom/death style I go in that direction.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with the music?
It mainly revolves around life and death, loss and sorrow. But, also I try to explore what is happening with the world around us, mainly what seems to be some sort of collective collapse of faith and humanity.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Harmdaud'?
Harmdaud is an old fornnordic word that is found on runestones and scriptures, and such the translation is not exact. Though, it could translate to death in sorrow, or the death is in sorrow. But also sorrows death, and such the meaning could be dual, depending on the context. I liked that concept, and thought it to be fitting for the band and the lyrical concept.

Perhaps some professor in runescript now will tell me that I have got it all wrong and the translation is something totally different, but the name will stay.

5.On the album you record everything by yourself are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
I would put it this way, that to some extent HarmDaud is, and probably will be a one-man band. I write and create the songs by myself. Though, the album Blinda Dödens Barn, and the end result is a two-man effort. I had amazing help by Vintersorg who is the producer of the album. He is some sort of wizard of sounds and audio and we worked with the recording, and songs together during the spring of 2017. So, he helped with finalizing the vision of Blinda Dödens Barn. 

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I have had some contact with a couple of labels early in the process, but the band is still unsigned. The first album, Blinda Dödens Barn is a self release, but I would prefer to find a good label to work with in the future.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, dark and death metal?
I have received a lot of good feedback on the album. Both from metal fans around the globe, and from reviews. And, to all the fans out there I can promise that there will be more releases from HarmDaud!

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
Gravisphere, where Im the vocalist and Vintersorg is the musical composor is currently finalizing the first album. As for TME, we are gathering the forces to start to try out a couple of new thrash metal anthems which we have written lately

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Well, i´m not sure to be honest. But, that is the thing that makes it both a challenge, and an experience to be a musician. As I said earlier, I try not to label myself to any sort of genre or style, and I will continue to do my thing and see where it is headed! Though, one thing is sure! It will be metal in some form!


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?
I have grown up with the Nordic black metal / deathmetal scene in the late 80:s and 90:s, so I have gotten a lot of influence of such band as Bathory, Dissection, Emperor and Edge of Sanity to mention some. Summoning, Katatonia and My Dying Bride are three other bands which I still listen to a lot and get a lot of inspiration from. But, I listen to lots of stuff and it’s really nice to find new great band. A couple of months ago I discovered Panphage and their amazing album Drengskapr for example.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Family and friends!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Keep it metal and continue the support for the underground scene!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/harmdaud-interview.html


Aborym/Something For Nobody Vol. 1/Dead Deed Productions/2017 EP Review

mardi 7 novembre 2017 à 04:58

  Italy's  Aborym  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  moving  away  from  black  metal  and  adding  in  a  more  mainstream  industrial  metal/rock  style  that  they  are  known  for  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Something  For  Nobody  Vol.  1"  which  will  be  released  on  November  19th  by  Dead  Seed  Productions  and  consists  of  re-mixes,  live  tracks  and  unreleased  studio  recordings.

  Avant  garde  style keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  elements  of  industrial  and  electronic  music  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  first  track  is  over  20  minutes  in  length  along with  a  brief  use  of  samples  as  well as  one  track  introducing  clean  vocals  unto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  second  track  shows  the  music  going  into  more of  an  industrial  metal  direction  along  with  some  influences  from  the  more  mainstream  side  of  the  genre  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  re-mixes  and  most  of t he  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Aborym  continue  moving  away  from  black  metal  and  focusing  more  on  the  industrial  side  of  their  music  style  as  well  as  making  the  music  more  mainstream  friendly,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  decent  recording  from  Aborym  and  while a  lot  of  black  metal  fans  would  not  like  the  new  style,  I  can  see  this  recording  appealing  to  the  more  mainstream  friendly  industrial  metal  crowd.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  A  Better  past"  and  "Deathwish".  7/5  out  of  10. 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/aborymsomething-for-nobody-vol-1dead.html


The Reptilian Session/Self Titled/Dead Seed Productions/2017 Full length Review

dimanche 5 novembre 2017 à 04:47

  The  Reptilian  Session  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  violent  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  which  was  released  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.

  Sci  fi  orientated  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  drone  before going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  having  elements  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  styles.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of demonic  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  a  lter  track  also  adds  in  elements  of  industrial  and  electronic  music.

  The  Reptilian  Session  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  traditional  and  occult  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Reptilian  and  Anunakian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Reptilian  Session  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Matter  Of  Anti-Universe"  "Cosmic  Glorification  Of  Evil"  and  "The  Black  Exoplanet".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/the-reptilian-sessionself-titleddead.html


Barshasketh/Outre/Third Eye Temple/2017 Split EP Review

dimanche 5 novembre 2017 à 04:00

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  New  Zealand/United  Kingdom's  Barshasketh  and  Poland's  Outre  both  bands  which  also  have  had  their  previous  works  reviewed  in  this  blog  along  with  the  ep  being  released  on  November  20th  by  Third  Eye  Temple  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Barshasketh  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  synths  while  their  track  is  also  7  minutes  in  length  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  the philosophical  writings  of  Martin  Heidegger.

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

  Next  up is  Outre  which  shows  their  music  going  into  more  of  an  aggressive  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy,  raw  and  technical  sound  along  with  some  angry  black  metal  vocals  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  musical  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  as  well  with  the  previous  band  are  based  upon  the  philosophical  writings  of  Martin  Heidegger.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/barshaskethoutrethird-eye-temple2017.html