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Hecatomb/Horrid Invocations/Invictus Productions/2021 EP Review

mardi 6 avril 2021 à 05:25

 


  Hecatomb  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  an  old  school  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Horrid  Invocations"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Invictus  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Bestiral  growls  can  also b e  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  first  wave  black  and  thrash  metal  elements  and  the  vocals  are  mostyl  blackened  metal  screams.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  era  while  demonic  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  finally  utilized  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  fast  and  brutal  musical  direction.


  Hecatomb  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hecatomb  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Queen  Of  Perversion"  and  "Horrid  Invocations".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/hecatomb666 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/hecatombhorrid-invocationsinvictus.html


Lunar Mantra/Psychosomatika/Invictus Productions/2021 EP Review

mardi 6 avril 2021 à 04:13

 


  Lunar  Mantra  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Psychosomatika"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Invictus  Productions.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments and  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  deep  black  metal  style.


  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.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  some  chants  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  ep  also  closes  with  an  ambient  orientated  instrumental  which  also  adds  in  some  touches  of  Tibetan  music.


  Lunar  Mantra  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  touches  of  dark  ambient,  ritual  and  ethnic  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Esoteric  and  Illumination  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Lunar  Mantra  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  ambient  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Nexicthon".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/lunarmantraesoteria 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/lunar-mantrapsychosomatikainvictus.html


Aussichtslos Interview

mardi 6 avril 2021 à 03:14

 

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

Aussichtslos was formed in the year 2014 by GARST and NORSK. We are friends since our childhood. One day we decided to create music that we want to listen to. And here we are.


2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

We play some harsh but yet melodic style of black metal.


3.The band has been around since 2014 but waited until 2021 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?

Some private stuff let the band sleep for 6 years. We also couldn’t find a human drummer at that time. The first recordings have been done with a drum computer. In 2020 we finally found REST. A human drum machine, who had also mixed and mastered our album. A big thanks to REST for his work, passion and time.


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

Well, it’s about inner demons , self-struggle , the war in mind which everybody fights, but it’s not hopeless. Were you can find weakness inside you, you can always find strength too. Sometimes you win against your enemies and sometimes you loose the war. Beside that the lyrics are also about the beauty of the nature and the hate against the stupid masses . Also some criticism about religion in general.


5.I know the bands name is German for 'futile' and 'hopeless', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

I think the music speaks for itself. In combination with the lyrics it fits perfect. The music should give you the power to go on and on. In fact we thought the name sounds good. Your situation is hopeless, nevertheless you keep on fighting.


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

The artwork was created by Marlen Jachek, a very talented designer (contact: marlen.jachek@live.at). The picture should visualize one kind of the inner demons, which is a recurring part of our lyrical topics.


7.Has the band had any opportunities to do live shows or open to the idea?

NO!


8.So far very little is known about the band, do you prefer to keep a low profile?

We want to let the music speak for itself. There is no social media profile of Aussichtslos, and it’s not planned to be. For any musically news people should check the social media profiles of our label purity through fire. The only thing we have is a bandcamp profile, were you can support us.


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

So far it’s very good! Black Metal Promotion supported our full album on youtube, the views and comments are very positive! Also there are many supporters on bandcamp.


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

We have already record our second album and when it’s possible we are willing to record the third one this year. You will always get harsh melodic black metal, the one we prefer, from Aussichtslos.


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?

When you create music, i think everything you have ever heard before influences you subconsciously. There was no masterplan to sound like this or that. We simply made what we like to hear musically.

Nowadays there are still some bands i hear since years like Nargaroth, Burzum, Sargeist, Satanic Warmaster, Immortal, Gorgoroth, Belphegor ….

From the newer Bands there are Human Serpent, Sarkrista, Havukruunu, Totenwache, Spectral Wound, Faidra, Malum, Goats of Doom and so on.


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

Thanks to Purity Through Fire for the trust in our music. It was our Label of choice and we are glad to have such an professional support.  Thanks to Micha from No-Kvlt Magazin for introducing us to REST. A special thank goes out to everybody who bought our CD or had supported us on bandcamp!

Thanks for the Interview

https://youtu.be/DcrGJPUCJ0Q

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/aussichtslos-interview.html


The Black Mysteries/And The Opening Of Shadowy Sepulchre That Yawns Behind It/Kapmes Records/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 6 avril 2021 à 03:05

 


  The  Black  Mysteries  are  a  solo  project  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  ancient  and  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "And  The  Opening  Of Shadowy  Sepulchre  That  Yawns  Behind  It"  which  will  be  released  on  April  9th  by  Kapmes  Records.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  bass  guitars  are  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  on  the  recording.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  operatic  female  vocals  are  also  used  on  a  few  tracks.  When  whispered  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  when  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  on a   couple  of  tracks.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  music  also  has  its  avant  garde  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  deep  yet  demonic  sounding  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Chaldean  Lore,  Black  Magick,  Rituals  and  Qabalah  themes.


  In  my  opinion  The  Black  Mysteries  are  a  very  great  sounding  ancient  and  ritualistic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Robe  I  Made  From  Stars"  and  "All  Ancient  Hexes".  8/3  out  of  10.


Bandcamp

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/the-black-mysteriesand-opening-of.html


Pyriphlegethon/Gales Of Atrocious Whispeing/Kapmes Records/2021 Full Length Review

lundi 5 avril 2021 à 05:20

 


  Pyriphlegethon  are  a  solo  project  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Gates  Of  Atrocious  Whispering"  which  will  be  released  on  April  9th  by  Kapmes  Records.


 A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  synth  orientated  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  Finnish  and  Norwegian  influences.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  them  as  well  as a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  deep  yet  demonic  sounding  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  make  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Pyriphlegethon  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Defiling  Of  Altars"  "Bless  Us  Of  Father  Of  Death"  and  "Where  Fire  Licks  The  Nightly  Sins".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/pyriphlegethongales-of-atrocious.html