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Negativa/01/Nebular Carcoma/2019 EP Re-Issue Review

mardi 26 novembre 2019 à 21:17

  Negativa  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that h as  had  some  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  avant  garde  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "01"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Nebular  Carcoma.

  Static  sounds  and  field  recordings  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  melodic  and  atmospheric  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Avant  garde  and  dissonant  elements  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Atrablis's  "Parte  Segunda",  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end. The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Atrablis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  lo-fi,  avant  garde  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "III"  and  "V".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/negativa01nebular-carcoma2019-ep-re.html


Kalt || Weiss Interview

mardi 26 novembre 2019 à 20:32


 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
KALT || WEISS is a mix of Deftones-Cleanvox and Deathspell Omega dissonances with long but concise songs. This of course is simplified but it describes pretty well whats going on.

2.Recently you have released your first ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
The main goal was to get a timeless sound and production that does not sound dated and old a few years down the line. This is why i oped for real drums, the subtle variations in the sound keep it fresh over the years, and chose a mixing engineer with a more subdued and less "over the top" style to keep the arrangements breathing. This maybe sounds less impressive on the first 10 seconds but it will hold up a few years down the line.

3.Your lyrics cover sex, drugs and existentialism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
Well, who isn't interested in those topics. The main focus is the themes interplay with coping mechanisms. Almost no one is a biological addict to substances, mostly it's a emotional dependency that later manifests as a biological addiction.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kalt  ||  Weiss'?
Literally translated it means "cold white". I got the name from the Placebo song "In the cold light of morning" and in german the adjective kaltweiss describes a cold blueish hue of white usually radiated by old neon tubes.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
I shot the picture myself. Sometimes there is not a lot of conscious solution finding behind what i do artistically, the setting and picture just had the right vibe. It is sexual but not in a exploitative way but more in a suggestive.

6.You recorded most of the album by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
Not on this project. In other projects i frequently collaborate with others but KALT || WEISS is definitly 99% my thing, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse.

7.The ep was released on Kvltstick 4000 Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Truth be told it's just a sham-name for myself. All the streaming services wanted a label name and leaving it empty seemed wrong so i just picked the most absurd name i could think of.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and avant garde metal?
If someone reacted it was very positive, but i have not been able to achieve significant reach.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
Well, i see Serotonin as a full length, it has a runtime of 35mins. It is maybe short for blackmetal terms but not for metal albums in this decade. I cannot say when or if album 2 will come out but a realistic guess would be in 2021 with maybe a few one off tracks through 2020.

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?
Chino Morenos cleanvox style was obviously a huge influence, others include Deathspell Omega and other "Dissoblack"-bands like Nightbringer. Der Weg Einer Freiheit are a huge inspiration too. Right now i am listening to Leeched, their new album should be out soon, and Fawn Limbs.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Visual Art mostly, of course this goes together with being a musician.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for taking the time. Maybe one thing: try to determine why you like what you like and be honest with yourself if you really like it or if it's just some sort of groupthink forcing you to like what you don't really like.

https://soundcloud.com/lon-4/whole_album/s-uUUGS
https://kaltweiss.com
https://www.instagram.com/kaltweisskult/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Njp7eXpkqAHFOfoQd1XQQ
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kalt-weiss/1477910253
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAT_aeZBmZvbzfq6vTaJO_w/
https://www.facebook.com/kaltweisskult/
https://kaltweiss.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/kalt-weiss-interview.html


Within Nostalgia Interview

mardi 26 novembre 2019 à 10:18
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



Within Nostalgia was formed in 2013 by Alyssa Broere under the name Nostalgia. We are a 3 piece Metal band based out of North Bay Ontario. Musically and lyrically we are inspired by nature and its atmosphere as well as emotions of the deepest subconscious. We want to write music that fans can relate to on a personal and deeper level.



Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2016?


Back in 2016 when our first EP ”Visions” was released, all of the music was written on an acoustic guitar but performed on electric, giving it a very dark folkish feel. The band was in its infancy at that point and had Kye on drums. Fast forward to today with the release of “Conjuring A New Reality” and you can hear a much more matured sound and writing style.



What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?



Our lyrics have always dealt with the dark side of the human mind in all its facets as well as nature and its relation to the human experience.




What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Within Nostalgia'?



The name Within Nostalgia basically means locked in a mental state of the past, always looking back in life when you should be looking toward a future



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



The artwork for CANR was done by our guitarist Kye Bell and is a heavily modified public domain image. We felt the deer represented our genre as a whole as well as a visual representation of our lyrics however, we chose to go with a more vibrant take on it to differentiate ourselves a bit more.




Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a trio?


The whole reasoning behind filling out the lineup was to perform live. While we do have a bass player Alyssa and Kye are the driving force behind the band but in order to play live, we needed more members.



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


Our best show to date is probably our CD release show this past October. We had an overwhelmingly great reaction from both fans and other bands on the bill. We would consider our stage performance to be a raw and open display of human emotion spanning from rage to the melancholic and many things in between.





Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?


At this moment we have a couple of gigs lined up with Toronto’s Astaroth Incarnate and are working out some dates with Morgan Rider of Deep Dark River/ Vesperia.




Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


We’ve never really cared to have a label though we’re sure it would have its many benefits, we feel it’s important to build our own name. If the offer came up we would probably say yes but again, we don’t feel it’s incredibly necessary.


On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post black metal and blackgaze?


The reaction from the Post Rock and Blackgaze community has actually been very well so far considering we’re something a little different than the typical band inside those genres.



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


We definitely see ourselves going in a more melodic yet black direction with the newest material while still keeping in touch with our unique sound. Both ‘Death Lifes’ Lover’ and ‘Heart In The Eye Of The Skull’ have a lot of the characteristics of some of the newer riffs we’ve been working on.


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?


As a band, we’re very inspired by the feeling of bands likes Alcest and Woods Of Ypres, especially when it comes to lyrics and bands like Agalloch or Fen that have a really great sounding atmosphere. These days our music rotation really has no preference but to name a few bands we have been listening to recently would be Pelican, Those Poor Bastards, Royal Thunder and definitely the new Alcest album.


What are some of your non musical interests?


We really enjoy being out in nature whether it’s camping or hiking etc. Painting is another big one for some of us as well as any kind of art form. We are all also huge animal lovers and each has pets of our own.


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


Just a big thank you from all of us at Within Nostalgia for all of your support!

Facebook.com/withinnostalgia/Instagram.com/withinnostalgiaofficial







Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/within-nostalgia-interview.html


Unreqvited/Mosaic II: la deteste et la detresse/Prophecy Productions/2020 CD Review

mardi 26 novembre 2019 à 09:46

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Canada's  Unreqvited  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  experimental  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Mosaic  II:  la  deteste  et  la  detresse"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  acoustic  guitars  and  programmed  beats  are  also a dded  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Orchestra  elements  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  also  returning  on  later  tracks.  One  song  also  introduces  some  electronic  music  touches  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments,  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals.  The  vocals  are  mostly  used  like  an  musical  instrument  with  no  actual  song  lyrics  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unreqvited  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient,  experimental,  post  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nightfall"  "Disorder"  and "Transience  III  _ The  Static".  8  out  of 10.

prophecy.lnk.to/unreqvited-disquiet-mosaic-sylvaine-split

https://youtu.be/CdX4quA2S6k      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/unreqvitedmosaic-ii-la-deteste-et-la.html


Sylvaine/Unreqvited/Time Without End/Prophecy Productions/2020 Split Album Review

mardi 26 novembre 2019 à 08:28

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Norway's  Sylvaine  and  Canada's  Unreqvited  called  "Time  Without  End"  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sylvaine  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  the  post  black  metal  of  her  previous  release  and goes  into  more  of  an  acoustic  post  rock  direction

  Her  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  tragic  sounding keyboards  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  on her  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  touches  of  post  rock  and  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  the  second  track  as  well  as  both  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  On  this  recording  Sylvaine  moves  away from  the  heavier  direction  of  her  previous  release  going  for  more  of  and  acoustic  direction  with  some  touches  of  post  rock  and  ambient.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  solitude  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sylvaine  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  songs  presented  on  the  split,  I  can  see  this  finding  an  audience  with  fans  of  ambient,  post  rock  and  acoustic  music.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Falling".

  Next  up  is  Unreqvited  a solo  project that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from t he  post  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  release  and  goes  more  into  an  orchestral  direction.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  nature  sounds  and  ambient  soundscapes  before  adding  in  some  acoustic  guitars.  Orchestra  elements  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  on  both  of  the  tracks  while  the  songs  also  use  a  good  amount  of  programmed  beats and  post  rock  influences,  operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  post  black  metal  guitar  riffing  and  melodic  blackgaze  leads  are  added  on  the  second  song.

  On  this  recording  Unreqvited  brings  in  more  of  a  mixture  of  post  black  emtal,  and  orchestra  music  while  also  having  more  of  a  traditional  post  rock  style  than  previous  releases  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unreqvited  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  shoegaze,  post  rock  and  orchestrated  music,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fields  Of  Elysium".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  post  black  emtal,  post  rock,  sheogaze  and  ambient.  8  out  of  10.

prophecy.lnk.to/unreqvited-disquiet-mosaic-sylvaine-split  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/11/sylvaineunreqvitedtime-without.html