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Heirdrain/Lonely Soul/Smeel The Stench/2011 CD Review

vendredi 27 janvier 2017 à 22:31

  Heirdrain  are  a  solo  project  from  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  done,  and  amvient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2011  album  "Lonely  Soul"  which  was  released  by  Smell  the  Stench.

 A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  evil  sounding  melodies  and  drones  and  depressive  black  metal  cries  are  added  onto  the  recording  after  awhile  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  doom  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  4  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements  and  on  the  track  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  screams  and  darker  voices  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a very  slow  musical  direction.

  Heirdrain  plays a   musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal,  drone  and  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound of  his  own,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  injustice  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Heirdrain  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal, d ark  ambient  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Judgement"  and  "injustice".  8  out  of  10.

  


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/heirdrainlonely-soulsmeel-stench2011-cd.html


Decadencia Funebre/Walk Through.../Depressive Illusions Records/2011 Demo Review

vendredi 27 janvier 2017 à 21:24

  Decadencia  Funebre  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Canada  and  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2011  demo  "Walk  Through..."  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  cries  a  few  seconds  later   and  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  riffing  and  th e music  brings  in  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  when  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style.

  Decadencia  Funebre  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  slow,  and  dark  while  also  having  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  a  touch  of  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  hatred,  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Decadenica  Funebre  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Avoid  The  Reality".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/decadencia-funebrewalk.html


Cold Fell/Irwell/Argento Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 27 janvier 2017 à 05:43

  Cold  Fell  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Irwell"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Argento  Records.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  melody.

  When  the music  speeds  up  a great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  riffing  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  more  of  a  modern  and  atmospheric  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  angry  shouts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal.

  Cold  Fell  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  modern  while  also  mixing  in  the  rawness  of  the  old  school  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  grim  and  unpleasant  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cold  Fell  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Skull  Crushed  Against  Salford  Cobblestone" "Folly  (Health  And  Glory)"  and  "Dream  Of  Seppuku".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/cold-fellirwellargento-records2017-cd.html


Aethyr Interview

jeudi 26 janvier 2017 à 18:24
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Of course. Aethyr is not actually a band, but more of a personal project with contributions from other musicians. There has never been a live gig or anything of the kind and there are no such plans at the moment. The project was initiated in 2007 chiefly to experiment with and make music that I find fulfilling, and since I mostly enjoyed listening to black metal at the time, naturally Aethyr got its foundations there.


    2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It sounds to me like some sort of atmospheric black metal with deep ambient elements and overwhelming vocals. There are no fast-paced tracks really, more like a constant flow of riffs, sounds and melodies with a trippy quality to them. That’s pretty much what I get when I’m listening to this album.


    3.This is your first release since your 2007 demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the 9 year wait?

Actually the material included in this album was recorded in 2009, and had been on my hard drive since then. In the meantime, at times I wanted to work with new material, at other times I was incapable of working at all due to a hearing issue that still makes things difficult every now and then.


    4.Your lyrics cover some philosophical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

The main idea behind both music and lyrics, is of death and rebirth, the destruction of illusions accompanied by echoes from a world of no real existence. However the lyrics are really nightmare-ish perspectives along the process, which is carried on by the music.


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

It’s the idea that the universe is not really a void with stuff in it, but a living body with all that is there being interconnected, a finer medium, and that Man as a self-developing organism has the potential to reach higher states of consciousness, higher worlds.


    6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to adding other musicians or do you prefer to remain a duo?

In fact at the moment there indeed are 2 members in the band, the second being a drummer with whom we are working on a new album. Generally I’m open to honest contributions from other musicians, but I like to work with what I’ve got and make the best out of it.


    7.The new album was released on 'Last Candle Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

This label started right after the release of EP back at 2007. The idea behind it is that all the work would be done in my studio, and that all releases will be freely available in all formats to anyone through any medium. The goal is to maintain a certain sonic and aesthetic cohesion. One can find all the releases at lastcandle.com


    8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient and black metal?

I’ve only come across a few comments and review, some showing appreciation and some showing indifference. It’s always nice to see that someone liked the album, but I would expect that it will not suit everyone’s taste.


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

Well, I know that Pyrphoros is working with his own band, Shadowcraft and his personal project, Enorasis. Personally I am working with some ambient material and I am planning a relevant release.



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

Having in mind the album that is currently being recorded, I’d say that the sound will get more intense and invigorating. Vocals will play a small part, if any, and ambient elements will still accompany the music.


    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?

I’ll just mention some that I can think of now. At the time of the recordings of Uncanny Valley, I remember mostly listening to Negura Bunget, Lycia, Krohm and Fields of the Nephilim. Lately I’m still listening to some black metal, but mostly exploring different genres,  like post rock and metal, drum and bass, ambient, dark jazz and psychedelic music.


    12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I quite like reading, chiefly non-fiction, and I enjoy spending quality time with decent people.


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

Not really, but I want to thank you for your interest in my project!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/aethyr-interview.html


Author/Lopon Alku/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review

samedi 21 janvier 2017 à 19:28

  Author  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Lopun  Alka"  which  will be  released  on  January  28th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  90's  Finnish  era  of  the   genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  been  recorded  and  released  20 years  ago with  its  vintage  second  wave style  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a  half  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief use  of  clean  guitars.

  Author  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  Finnish  style  of  the  genre, t he  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  death,  darkness,  pain,  and  hell  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Author  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lopun  Alku"  and  "Kadotus".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/authorlopon-alkunaturmacht.html