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Malum/Legion/Purity Through Fire/2019 CD Review

samedi 27 avril 2019 à 23:35

  Malum  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Legion"  which  will  be released  on  May  31st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  black  metal  style.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  demonic  growls  onto  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  while  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Luciferian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sun  Devouring  Dragon  -  Manifest  Malum"  and  "Luciferian  Legion".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM2CTWqgds0

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/malumlegionpurity-through-fire2019-cd.html


Gates To The Morning Interview

samedi 27 avril 2019 à 06:13
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


The band started out as a one man project back in 2008 or so.  I was recording an album at my home studio under the same name of Gates To The Morning, although is was much more pure second-wave black metal at the time.  Half way through the recording process the files somehow got corrupted, and I had to either start over or give up.  I chose to give up on it because I was preparing for jazz auditions for Colleges at the time, so there was no way I could divide my time.  Fast forward to late 2016 and I started accumulating material again and decided I had to do something with it.  It was only supposed to be a studio project but it has just kept growing and now we are getting ready to play live shows this coming July and finally release our debut album ‘Return To Earth"


2.You have your first full length coming out in June, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The record actually drops July 19th, 2019 but physical copies will be available at the shows we play during our east coast tour a week prior to that.  The musical style on the recording is really an amalgamation of everything I love, particularly within the realm of metal.  The idea was to create a really keyboard-driven black metal album, but I wisely kept my mind open and let the music be what it needed to be.  By the time the album was fully written, I needed other people to tell me what the genre or style was.  I just called it Progressive Metal but I knew that fell short of an accurate description.  It wasn’t until I started working with a guy named Matt Bacon who told me it was “Post-Black Metal.”  That was just a few months ago back in January 2019.  I had never really heard the term before so I just trusted him with it.  Hopefully the album is hard to categorize, I think that is a good thing as long as it is done in a cohesive way.


3.The lyrics on the new album are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you covered on the album?

The concept of the album is about being on a "spiritual path.”  I think often that term is very misconstrued and misunderstood.  For me personally, my “spiritual induction” , if you will, came at age 17 and it was very tumultuous and difficult.  I didn’t quite understand what was happening to me and I often felt like I was going insane.  However, the kind of wild part about it is I wouldn’t change anything from that. (Well, maybe a few things)  Part of the process was realizing that everything happening to me was necessary for the evolution of my soul, no matter how adverse it may seem.  I think most people go through this phase at some point, whether in this life-time or one of the next incarnations, because eventually your soul asks for it.  “Dark Night of the Soul” a phrase termed by St. John of the Cross describes very well what I have gone through, and am still going through.  “Chapel Perilous” is a term popularized by Robert Anton Wilson that also accurately conveys my experiences, as well as “Crossing the Abyss”, a term used by Kabbalists. The album is about my journey on this path, which has been crushing, confusing, beautiful and enlightening and just about everything in between.  This album encaptures all of that for me.  The idea of ‘Return To Earth” was a message I received along the way that told me to be here and be human.  At some point I basically wanted to astral project myself to the stars and get the fuck off this planet, but I realized that all my work was to be done here, and perhaps my greatest challenge is to simply be human for a while.


4.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?

I enjoyed doing the bulk of the work for the album, but I always had plans to include a few other musicians on the record.  They are musicians I have known for a long time and had played with in other musical outfits.  I deeply trusted all of them and they enhanced the music so greatly, it is safe to say this record would not be what it is without all of them.  The only musician I hadn’t known for at least some period of time was Meg Moyer, who was a recommendation of Kevin Antreassian, the engineer for the record.  I had a very particular vision of what I wanted the female vocals to sound like and she fit it perfectly, it was meant to be.  Ædan McEvoy was a friend that I attended college with, and we were both music majors.  All the other guys I have known since my early teenage years and are dear friends.  Then of course when we decided to put together a live band so I had completely left behind the idea of a solo project.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gates to The Morning'?

"Gates of Morning" is a J.R.R. Tolkien reference.  Not much is written of it, but from what we do know according to Tolkien, the sun re-enters the world through the Gates of Morning and exits through the Door of Night. This is all highly symbolic to me.  The Gates of Morning are the promise that there is hope, and though it is necessary to pass through that Door Of Night, the Gates of Morning always await us.  It is a necessary beacon of hope for me. It also symbolizes rebirth.  I can recall from a particularly difficult ayahuasca ceremony I had participated in, the “Shaman” or facilitator of the ceremony said something along the lines of “I know it’s dark, and feels like it may never end, but the sun will come up in the morning.”  I think that sums things up pretty well.  I changed the name slightly to Gates “To The” Morning because it represented a more ongoing process and a journey.

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

The artwork for “Return To Earth” was one of the last things to come together conceptually for the album.  I was struggling to come up with the artwork for some time and Mark Glaser, who plays lead guitars on the record, encouraged me not to settle for something I wasn’t in love with.

One night I was going through old photos I had saved on my computer and  I stumbled across this beautiful picture. I knew immediately it was going to be the album cover.  The album was already entitled “Return To Earth” and that theme is extremely apparent in the picture.  The winter time theme was important as we have a couple odes to winter on the album such as “Two Winters” and “Freezing The Sundials.”  Another song is titled “Rekindled” and we see the mother earth type figure (that Meg Moyer’s vocals on the record symbolize) decorated with fire as she returns to earth.  She is waking up after a long winter to return to earth.  All the music and song titles were already set in stone before I even found the picture. Of course, there are no coincidences.

The next dilemma was finding the artist. I had seen it used on a few different websites but none of them credited the artist.  It took me at least a month to find out it was from Jesper Alvermark, who is a visual artist from Sweden. The female was a picture of a model and then Jesper touched it up along with some other stock images.  I’m very grateful that he allowed me to use the artwork, it means a lot to me personally.

7.I heard that the band is planning to do their first live shows later this year, do you have any shows line up yet?

Yes we do!  We will be doing a couple shows in Brooklyn, one in Philadelphia and one in Northern New Jersey in July.  I am really excited to announce some of the bands we are playing with so stay tuned , that announcement is coming very soon.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are currently looking for a label.  The idea is that we have a very solid record that we feel great about, and now we just want to play a few live shows and once we do we will have a very complete press kit to send out to labels, so that process will begin soon.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post black metal that have heard it so far?

Once again, I am pretty new to the term “Post-Black Metal” and we have been compared to bands I’ve never even heard of before, but I am totally fine with that.  The overall reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, which is part of the reason I’ve been encouraged to pursue this further.  I have heard from people in the U.S. as well as internationally who really enjoy what they have heard so far, and that been very encouraging.  I am only just beginning to target the “Post-Black Metal” audience because I have just recently discovered it, but I am finding fans of all types of music are enjoying it.  We fit a lot of different sounds on the record and I am proud that it has been done in a cohesive way that is authentic and not forced.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
In the near future, I think the different sounds we have touched upon on “Return To Earth” still have a lot more depth to be explored.  I basically have the skeleton of the next album already written and it seems like a natural followup to our debut.  In the more distant future I can see this project going just about anywhere.  My musical tastes are very eclectic and so are the rest of the bands’, so I would say nothing would be surprising down the road, because we are capable of exploring so many avenues.  I could envision us doing a more folk/acoustic type of record at some point, as well a more pure 2nd wave black metal EP, or a perhaps a death metal EP in the vein of Nile and Decapitated, or a more progressive route and even paying homage to classics such as Yes and King Crimson.  The doors are wide open for the future, and I am not afraid to explore any and all avenues as long as it happens organically and authentically.


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?

It is hard to nail down exactly who has inspired me because I, and the rest of the band are all over the map with our influences.  But to give you something to work with I think some of the sounds that come through on “Return To Earth” are Novembre, Extol, Arcturus, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Yes, Old Man’s Child, Windir and Eucharist.  There is even one song on the record I think sounds like the Deftones.  Lately I have been listening to a lot of Post-Black Metal ever since I’ve been told we have that sound so I have been enjoying Alcest a lot.  Another band I have been grateful to stumble across is Eneferens, they are fantastic and I think everyone should check them out.  I’ve listened to their whole catalog recently.  Jazz is always in the rotation too, Brian Blade and The Fellowship band is among my favorites and I’ve been also listening to a lot of Bill Frisell lately.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Life experiences, the ebb and flow of life. Tolkien has always been and will always be a HUGE influence on me, and on a related note I am highly interested in doing research on Atlantis.  Yoga and meditation are very important practices to me and their teachings are an influence.  Mysticism and Occultism fall under that same umbrella as well.  Plant Medicines, Shamanic practices.  I have recently discovered how deeply important Norse mythology is to me, not just on a level of fascination and wonder, but on a practical and applied spiritual level. And of course, Nature.


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

Keep an eye out for us, we plan on doing a lot of interesting things.  Collectively as a band we all have a lot to say and a lot to offer, and we are excited to have it come to light.  You can check us out at www.gatestothemorning.com and from there we have links to all of our social media and bandcamp, etc.  July will be a big month for us, so stay tuned.  Thank you!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/gates-to-morning-interview.html


Sykelig Englen/This Hollow Land/AHPN Records/2019 EP Review

samedi 27 avril 2019 à 04:36

  Sykelig  Englen  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mid  tempo  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "This  Hollow  Land"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  AHPN  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  while  some  slow  sections  are  also  utilized  at  times.  In  some  parts  of  the  songs  the  music  gets  very  melancholic  sounding. When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in a   very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  on  the  closing  track  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.

  Svkelig  Englen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melancholic  sounding  while  mostly  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Scandinavian  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sykelig  Englen  are  a  very  great  sounding  mid  tempo  and  mid  paced  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unearthing  The  Hex"  and  "This  Hollow  Land".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/sykeligenglen7     

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/sykelig-englenthis-hollow-landahpn.html


Turin Turambar/Czas braku wojny/Pagan Records/2019 CD Review

samedi 27 avril 2019 à 02:54

  Poland's  Turin  Turambar  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Czas  braku  wojny"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Pgan  Records.

 Avant  garde  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  some  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  most  of the  vocals  are  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  classic  metal  while  a  lot  of  the  music  also  shows  the  more  avant  garde  era  of  black  metal  from  the  90's.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  snapshots  of  the  end,  abstractions  and  dream  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Turin  Turambar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Miejskie  legendy"  "Czas  braku  wojny"  "Smierci  szukam"  and  "Nie  ma  takiego  slowa  d****".  8  out  of  10.

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/turin-turambarczas-braku-wojnypagan.html


Suspiral/Chasm/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 26 avril 2019 à 01:23

  Suspiral  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  some  experimental,  psychedelic  and  krautrock  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Chasm"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  a  good  amount  of  war  metal  influences.

  Bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Experimental,  psychedelic  and  krautrock  elements  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  dissonant  structures  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suspiral  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crown  Of  Chaos"  and  "The  Crimson  Void".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/04/suspiralchasmsentient-ruin.html