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Persekutor/Permanent Winter/Svart Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 17 juillet 2020 à 21:29

  Persekutor  are  a  band  from  Romania  that has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Permanent  Winter"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by Svart  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clear  singing  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  the  genre  but  modern  at  the  same  time.  Some  of  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  elements  of  old  school  hard  rock/heavy  metal  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.

  On  this  recording  Persekutor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  mid  paced  sounding  and  heavily  rooted  in  both  the  80's  and  90's  era  of  the  genre  but  with  a  more  modern  atmosphere.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Winter  and  Metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Persekutor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Babylon  Of  The  Snows"  "Chained  To  The  Tundra"  "Permanent  Winter"  and  "Black  Death  Punk  Skins".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/persekutorpermanent-wintersvart.html


Begrafven Interview

vendredi 17 juillet 2020 à 20:27

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



Begrafven is a swedish black metal band and the idea of it started in 2011 and it should have been a project consisting of me (Maturz) on guitar, drums, vocals and S.L. on bass.

In 2012 I talked to Ursus about Begrafven and he really liked it and shared the same vision, so he joined on lead vocals and guitar. S.L. later had to leave the band for personal reasons and we have continued as a duo since.



2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?



They do not differ at all since all songs on ”Dödsriket” were written before the demo. We choose to record two of those songs as a demo. These two songs are on the album as well.


3.This is also your first release in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?



We have had a lot going on in our personal lifes that has taken up much time. We also waited for Tehom Studio to be finished since it’s been rebuilt with new equipment and that took longer than expected.

The recording sessions had some backlashes. For example, first day recording drums I kicked a chair in anger and nearly broke a toe. Stupid. So I couldn’t play drums for a couple of months.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?



All songs of this album, in one way or another, is about Death.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Begrafven'?



The name Begrafven translates to Buried. We thought it was very fitting to our music and lyrics.



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



Since the album is about Death, it felt obvious that Death himself would adorn the cover. Then I had the idea of having something from where we live, so we choose Nybro church for the background.

The artwork is drawned by S.L., former bass player of Begrafven. She took these classic themes and drew them in a less classic way. Which we liked.



7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?



We will probably always remain a duo, however, in the future we hope to find a drummer and bass player for live performances.



8.The new album was released on 'Unexploded Records', how did you get in contact with this label?



I came in contact with Unexploded Records when my other band Elimi had some problems with the release of the album ”Asylum”. The label who released it just disappeared so Unexploded re-released it.

When the ”Begrafven” demo was done we sent it and got signed.



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



The reactions we have received so far have been above our expectations.




10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?



I am involved in two other musical projects: Elimi and Blod Eld Död.

Ursus is working on material for another project.




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



We are rehearsing the material for our second album at the moment, which is in the same vein as ”Dödsriket”, so we will just continue to do what we do. And hopefully, it will not take another 7 years.



12.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?



We are not consciously influenced by any specific band when we write music for Begrafven, but of course we are inspired by black metal, but also heavy metal and progressive metal.

I am listening to a lot of music but at the moment there aren’t any specific. I always return to my all time favourites though, which is: Iron Maiden, King Diamond and Dream Theater.


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

If you’re into melodic black metal of the northern kind you should check out the track ”Frostfödd” on youtube. It’s taken from our upcoming album ”Dödsriket” which will be released in August.

https://www.facebook.com/begrafven
Cheers,

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/begrafven-interview.html


Vintermorke/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Demo Review

vendredi 17 juillet 2020 à 04:24

  Vintermorke  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece that  plays  a  very  raw,  depressive  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  demo  which  was  released  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  The  demo  starts  out  with  a  cover  of  Human  Serpent's  "The  Vacuity"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  hateful  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  first  track  is  also  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  demo  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  and  depressive  elements  also  being  added  on  the  second  track.

  Vintermorke  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  misanthropic  and  depressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  depression  and  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vintermorke  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  depressive  and  misanthropic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Paranoid  Symbiosis".  8 out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/demo-3

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/vintermorkenailed-nazarene.html


Blood Fog/Segregational Anticosmology/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Demo Review

vendredi 17 juillet 2020 à 03:54

  Blood  Fog  are  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  demo  "Segregational  Anticosmology"  which  was  released  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

 Blast  beats  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  harsh  noise  wall  elements  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  guitar  playing  is  done  in  a  more  noisy  style.  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  some  slow  and  mid  tempo  sections  at  times  as  well  as  all  3  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other..

  Blood  Fog  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  harsh  noise  wall  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Fog  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  harsh  noise  wall  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Purgatorial  Shrines".  8  out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/segregational-anticosmology

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/blood-fogsegregational.html


Seventh/Vacarme/2020 CD Review

vendredi 17 juillet 2020 à 02:32

  Seventh  are  a  band  from  Quebec  City,  Quebec, Canada  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Vacarme".

  Clock  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  lot  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  balance  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  also  being  added  on  a  couple  of  tracks.  Most  of  the  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  having  their  deep  and  grim  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  couple  of  brief  instrumentals  can  also  be  heard  and  towards  the  end  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  life,  misanthropy,  despair  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Seventh  are  a  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Echoes"  "Lust"  and  "Through  The  Flesh".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdhE5GGaO50 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/seventhvacarme2020-cd-review.html