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Aseneth Blake/Zoetic Songs/2021 EP Review

mercredi 7 avril 2021 à 05:49

 


  Aseneth  Blake  is  a  solo  artist  from  Wales  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  post  black  emtal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  self  released  2021  ep  "Zoetic  Songs"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  in  honor  of  Beltane,  Walpurgis  Night   Nod  Galon-Mal.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  takes  the  music  into a   heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  post  metal  elements  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  melody.


  When  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  also  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  synths  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  avoiding  the  use  of  any  power  chords  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.


  Aseneth  Blake  plays  a  style  of  occult  post  black  metal  that  is  very  different  from  most  bands  or  solo  artists  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  based  upon  the  life  and  work  of  British  occult  Austin  Osman  Spare,


  In  my  opinion  Aseneth  Blake  is  a  very  great  sounding  occult  post  black  metal  solo  artist  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different,  yuo  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOOMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Secret  Leitmotif  Of  Desire"  and  "A  Life  of  Poverty  And  Sorcery".  8  out  of  10.


Official Website | Bandcamp   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/aseneth-blakezoetic-songs2021-ep-review.html


Djevel/Tanker Som Rir Natten/Aftermath Music/2021 CD Review

mercredi 7 avril 2021 à 05:08

 


  Djevel  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Tanker  Som  Rir  Natten"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Aftermath  Music.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  melodic  vocals  also  being  utilized  on  a  few  songs  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  second  wave  Norwegian  tradition.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  on  some  of  the  tracks,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Satanism,  Death  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Djevel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Norwegian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maanen  skal  være  mine  øine,  den  skinnende  stierne  mine  ben,  og  her  skal  jeg vandre  til  evig  tid"  and  "Vinger  som  tok  oss  over  en  brennende  himmel,  vinger  som  tok  oss hjem.  8  out  of  10.


Website: www.djevel.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/djevelmakt
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2eEuZMHC3LdWsxogUqlI3y?si=LMctGxMUSfKCNNfrDsJ9gw
Instagram: www.instagram.com/djevel_norge

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Y2cA6n
Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/album/168202205
YouTube: https://youtu.be/n0vXncfgogk


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/djeveltanker-som-rir-nattenaftermath.html


Vetter/Av Sublim Natur/Duplicate Records/2021 CD Review

mercredi 7 avril 2021 à 03:35

 

Vetter  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  dissonant  and  original  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Av  Sublim  Natur"  which  will  be  released  on  April  16th  by  Duplicate  Records.


   A  very fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  dissonant  structures  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  crust  punk.


    The  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  second  wave  Norwegian  influences  along  with  some  of  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  showing  an  influence  of  early  70's  hard  occult  rock.  Psychedelic  style  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album  as  well  as  one  tracks  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classic  rock/old  school  metal  style  guitar  solos  and  leads  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  folklore  and  the  sublime  nature  of  Norway.      


  In  my  opinion  Vetter  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Av  Sublim  Natur"  and  "Kraken".  8/2  out  of  10/


  Bandcamp: https://duplicaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/av-sublim-natur

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vetterkult

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vetter_official/ 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/vetterav-sublim-naturduplicate.html


Corr Mhona Interview

mercredi 7 avril 2021 à 03:01

 

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

We are Corr Mhóna from West Cork, Ireland. We have been going since 2009, when two sets of brothers (the Farrows and the Quinns) decided to get together and form a band after years of playing and going to gigs. We like to combine all our skills and influences in the band, so we write riffs and sing in different styles depending on the mood of the song. Our lyrics are entirely in the Irish language (Gaeilge) and we write about natural and environmental themes, reflecting our current reality, heritage, and mythology.


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

The major difference with Abhainn over our last album (Dair) is the quality of the production - this album is far heavier and more substantial in tone and sound. We have gotten the metal sound we wanted for drums and guitar, with a live feel and lots of power. In other ways, the album is a continuation of our earlier recordings. We have a variety of moods and styles on the album, with choral sections, instrumentals, and a mixture of vocals, just like before.


3.This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Quite a lot! We began writing the material for Abhainn in the Summer of 2015, and we have been steadily working on the songs ever since. As our band members can often be living abroad, we have to time our trips to the studio to record the different elements of the album when people are back in Ireland. Some of us have lived in Canada in recent years, which obviously makes things more difficult! The album has been fully ready for the last couple of years, but then Covid has also gotten in the way. It made it more difficult to find a label as people were unsure whether to commit or not; but it all worked out in the end, and we are happy to finally release the album with Satanath Records in conjunction with Negra PlanY on April 16th.


4.The lyrics on the new recording are also a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting on the new release?

The album as a whole has one overarching concept and narrative journey, that of the Irish river or “abhainn”. We had some music already written when we came up with the idea and then began combining the songs into one musical flow. As the album represents the river’s life from source to sea, we placed each song where it would be relevant within that journey (e.g., heavier and faster music to represent rapids and falls). Each track has its own character from its place in the flow, as well as representing a particular Irish river and referencing the story and mythology of that river in the lyrics. We recorded natural sounds from locations in Ireland to embellish the soundscape. These can be heard on both instrumentals and heavier tracks, which include water noises and birdcall. As always, there is a broad spread of moods and styles within the music.


5.I know that the band’s name is the Irish word for 'heron', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Yes it does, Corr is the Irish word for heron-like birds and Corr Mhóna means the heron/crane of the bog. The ‘cor’ in the English bird name ‘Cormorant’ is a cognate. But a corr is also a twist or turn or twisted thing, so we liked the idea of the ‘twisted thing of the bog’. Herons are a common site on the rivers of West Cork and something of a symbol for the region. We also wanted a powerful Irish name as the band would be singing in Irish. As for the style, our music takes a lot of turns and changes and can seem a bit odd in contrast to more conventional stuff, just like the heron can seem strange or otherworldly in the wild.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

We would love to! The main piece at the centre of the cover was drawn by Mairéad Mc Guinness of ‘Mairéad Mc Guinness Art’. She is a fantastically gifted artist from Drogheda in Ireland, and we asked her to help with the new album as we thought her art would be a great match for our music; it has that combination of light and dark within it. We are old friends with Mairéad and were delighted when she said yet. She created several pieces for us, each one inspired by one of the rivers on the album. We finally chose Suláin for the cover and then Martin (guitarist and vocalist) created a variety of amazing backdrops for the album cover and booklet. There is plenty more art to show you yet!


7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Playing live is very important to Corr Mhóna’s identity as a band. We pride ourselves on putting everything into our live shows, and try to recreate as much as possible the changes in vocal and musical styles on stage. We try to bring a lot of power and precision to our shows, which we have built up through years of playing together. We also try to bring that sound to our albums, where we record without click tracks in a ‘live’ feel. Memorable gigs over the years would include the Dair album launch gig in Mister Bradley’s Cork (2014), playing the Siege of Limerick festival several times or a memorable mini-tour with Mael Mordha supporting them on their ‘Damned when Dead’ tour (2013).


8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of pagan, black, doom and death metal?

The reaction worldwide has been very good, and we really appreciate all the fans who have supported us over the years. We haven’t been very active in the last few years, so it was really heartening to see the reaction from fans to the news of the new album release. We have had fans across Europe, in the US and in South America in the past, but we are now seeing more fans from Eastern Europe and Russian due to our connection with Satanath Records. Though there is a mixture of all those genres in our music (among others) we tend to get a bigger reaction from fans of pagan, black metal due to our lyrical content, themes and imagery. We have a lot of doom fans too though, and we all love the stuff (check out An tSuláin on the new album)! The death influence isn’t as obvious so we would have less death metal fans, but it has always been there in our music, and is more evident in this album. 



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

There is a lot going on in the Cork scene, with plenty of new releases during lockdown. It is a close scene (possibly incestual!) and we all help each other out in different acts. Currently Stephen and Paul are in The Grief with John from For Ruin; this is a more traditional 90s doom band (debut album ‘Horizon’s Fall’, 2020). They are also in blackened filth Procession of Spectres with Marc and Liam from Soothsayer and Steve O’Connell from For Ruin (debut EP ‘Procession of Spectres’, 2020). We have all been involved in different acts in the past, and no doubt will be again in future!


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

We have always combined influences from whatever music we enjoy in our songwriting, and we will always write music this way. We feel it is the only way to keep the music vital and real, to avoid boxing ourselves in to a certain style or genre. We realise that this has been a problem for us in the past, as it is more difficult to promote something that’s hard to categorize! But we wouldn’t do it any other way.


11.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?

Almost everything released in the early 90s! :) Obviously, the metal that was popular when we were growing up had an influence on us. We loved death metal (At the Gates, Dismember, Death, Bolt-Thrower, Napalm) black metal (Emperor, Thorns, Enslaved), doom (Anathema, My Dying Bride) … We grew up loving Thrash and traditional metal (Sabbath, Maiden) and were fans of grunge and indie as well as electronic and traditional music. We all love classical, soundtracks and instrumental music of any kind. Progressive music is another big influence, both in rock and in metal (Arcturus, Cynic, Age of Silence). These days we still listen to a big spread of styles, from trad music like The Gloaming to soundtracks from Max Richter and Jeremy Soule; from doom such as Ahab to old school Stockholm-sound death such as LIK.


12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

We respect everyone’s right to believe what they want, from once it doesn’t harm others. Whatever floats your boat! We have a deep respect and interest in heritage and the preservation of culture and diversity, both in society and the natural world. So we will obviously have an interest in the ancient cultures that believed in their pre-monotheistic pantheons of gods… We reference several heroes from Irish mythology in our lyrics which most definitely were Irish gods before Christianity arrived. It’s a deep question, but I suppose the beliefs of the band would be described more as atheistic than paganistic, though pagans are fecking cool! If we were to become pagans in a sense, we wouldn’t ascribe to one overarching pagan belief, but choose one of the pre-christian faith systems such as Celtic Gaelic Druidism.


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

Thanks a million for having us on for this interview! It is great to finally release Abhainn and to get feedback and contact with people in different countries from it, such as yourselves. We look forward to being able to get back out there on stage and play these songs for people around the world - see you at a gig somewhere in the future. Until then, take care and keep it metal!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/corr-mhona-interview_6.html


Corr Mhona Interview

mercredi 7 avril 2021 à 02:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? We are Corr Mhóna from West Cork, Ireland. We have been going since 2009, when two sets of brothers (the Farrows and the Quinns) decided to get together and form a band after years of playing and going to gigs. We like to combine all our skills and influences in the band, so we write riffs and sing in different styles depending on the mood of the song. Our lyrics are entirely in the Irish language (Gaeilge) and we write about natural and environmental themes, reflecting our current reality, heritage, and mythology. 2.You have a new album coming out in April, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? The major difference with Abhainn over our last album (Dair) is the quality of the production - this album is far heavier and more substantial in tone and sound. We have gotten the metal sound we wanted for drums and guitar, with a live feel and lots of power. In other ways, the album is a continuation of our earlier recordings. We have a variety of moods and styles on the album, with choral sections, instrumentals, and a mixture of vocals, just like before. 3.This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame? Quite a lot! We began writing the material for Abhainn in the Summer of 2015, and we have been steadily working on the songs ever since. As our band members can often be living abroad, we have to time our trips to the studio to record the different elements of the album when people are back in Ireland. Some of us have lived in Canada in recent years, which obviously makes things more difficult! The album has been fully ready for the last couple of years, but then Covid has also gotten in the way. It made it more difficult to find a label as people were unsure whether to commit or not; but it all worked out in the end, and we are happy to finally release the album with Satanath Records in conjunction with Negra PlanY on April 16th. 4.The lyrics on the new recording are also a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting on the new release? The album as a whole has one overarching concept and narrative journey, that of the Irish river or “abhainn”. We had some music already written when we came up with the idea and then began combining the songs into one musical flow. As the album represents the river’s life from source to sea, we placed each song where it would be relevant within that journey (e.g., heavier and faster music to represent rapids and falls). Each track has its own character from its place in the flow, as well as representing a particular Irish river and referencing the story and mythology of that river in the lyrics. We recorded natural sounds from locations in Ireland to embellish the soundscape. These can be heard on both instrumentals and heavier tracks, which include water noises and birdcall. As always, there is a broad spread of moods and styles within the music. 5.I know that the band’s name is the Irish word for 'heron', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play? Yes it does, Corr is the Irish word for heron-like birds and Corr Mhóna means the heron/crane of the bog. The ‘cor’ in the English bird name ‘Cormorant’ is a cognate. But a corr is also a twist or turn or twisted thing, so we liked the idea of the ‘twisted thing of the bog’. Herons are a common site on the rivers of West Cork and something of a symbol for the region. We also wanted a powerful Irish name as the band would be singing in Irish. As for the style, our music takes a lot of turns and changes and can seem a bit odd in contrast to more conventional stuff, just like the heron can seem strange or otherworldly in the wild. 6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover? We would love to! The main piece at the centre of the cover was drawn by Mairéad Mc Guinness of ‘Mairéad Mc Guinness Art’. She is a fantastically gifted artist from Drogheda in Ireland, and we asked her to help with the new album as we thought her art would be a great match for our music; it has that combination of light and dark within it. We are old friends with Mairéad and were delighted when she said yet. She created several pieces for us, each one inspired by one of the rivers on the album. We finally chose Suláin for the cover and then Martin (guitarist and vocalist) created a variety of amazing backdrops for the album cover and booklet. There is plenty more art to show you yet! 7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Playing live is very important to Corr Mhóna’s identity as a band. We pride ourselves on putting everything into our live shows, and try to recreate as much as possible the changes in vocal and musical styles on stage. We try to bring a lot of power and precision to our shows, which we have built up through years of playing together. We also try to bring that sound to our albums, where we record without click tracks in a ‘live’ feel. Memorable gigs over the years would include the Dair album launch gig in Mister Bradley’s Cork (2014), playing the Siege of Limerick festival several times or a memorable mini-tour with Mael Mordha supporting them on their ‘Damned when Dead’ tour (2013).
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of pagan, black, doom and death metal? The reaction worldwide has been very good, and we really appreciate all the fans who have supported us over the years. We haven’t been very active in the last few years, so it was really heartening to see the reaction from fans to the news of the new album release. We have had fans across Europe, in the US and in South America in the past, but we are now seeing more fans from Eastern Europe and Russian due to our connection with Satanath Records. Though there is a mixture of all those genres in our music (among others) we tend to get a bigger reaction from fans of pagan, black metal due to our lyrical content, themes and imagery. We have a lot of doom fans too though, and we all love the stuff (check out An tSuláin on the new album)! The death influence isn’t as obvious so we would have less death metal fans, but it has always been there in our music, and is more evident in this album. 9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of? There is a lot going on in the Cork scene, with plenty of new releases during lockdown. It is a close scene (possibly incestual!) and we all help each other out in different acts. Currently Stephen and Paul are in The Grief with John from For Ruin; this is a more traditional 90s doom band (debut album ‘Horizon’s Fall’, 2020). They are also in blackened filth Procession of Spectres with Marc and Liam from Soothsayer and Steve O’Connell from For Ruin (debut EP ‘Procession of Spectres’, 2020). We have all been involved in different acts in the past, and no doubt will be again in future! 10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We have always combined influences from whatever music we enjoy in our songwriting, and we will always write music this way. We feel it is the only way to keep the music vital and real, to avoid boxing ourselves in to a certain style or genre. We realise that this has been a problem for us in the past, as it is more difficult to promote something that’s hard to categorize! But we wouldn’t do it any other way. 11.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? Almost everything released in the early 90s! :) Obviously, the metal that was popular when we were growing up had an influence on us. We loved death metal (At the Gates, Dismember, Death, Bolt-Thrower, Napalm) black metal (Emperor, Thorns, Enslaved), doom (Anathema, My Dying Bride) … We grew up loving Thrash and traditional metal (Sabbath, Maiden) and were fans of grunge and indie as well as electronic and traditional music. We all love classical, soundtracks and instrumental music of any kind. Progressive music is another big influence, both in rock and in metal (Arcturus, Cynic, Age of Silence). These days we still listen to a big spread of styles, from trad music like The Gloaming to soundtracks from Max Richter and Jeremy Soule; from doom such as Ahab to old school Stockholm-sound death such as LIK. 12.How would you describe your views on Paganism? We respect everyone’s right to believe what they want, from once it doesn’t harm others. Whatever floats your boat! We have a deep respect and interest in heritage and the preservation of culture and diversity, both in society and the natural world. So we will obviously have an interest in the ancient cultures that believed in their pre-monotheistic pantheons of gods… We reference several heroes from Irish mythology in our lyrics which most definitely were Irish gods before Christianity arrived. It’s a deep question, but I suppose the beliefs of the band would be described more as atheistic than paganistic, though pagans are fecking cool! If we were to become pagans in a sense, we wouldn’t ascribe to one overarching pagan belief, but choose one of the pre-christian faith systems such as Celtic Gaelic Druidism. 13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Thanks a million for having us on for this interview! It is great to finally release Abhainn and to get feedback and contact with people in different countries from it, such as yourselves. We look forward to being able to get back out there on stage and play these songs for people around the world - see you at a gig somewhere in the future. Until then, take care and keep it metal! com/-6osJqhzl9fk/YGz4Az0ieWI/AAAAAAAArqw/6KwWxnqgYxsp4t3eJtPoT4nvFT7N2YSBwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crr-band.jpg" style="display: block; padding: 1em 0; text-align: center; ">
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/corr-mhona-interview.html