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Burials/Exhausted Prayer/Apes Who Look Up People/Rose Quarter Records/2017 Split Album Review

jeudi 17 novembre 2016 à 04:49
  This  is  a  review  of  a  split album  between  Oregon's  Burials  and  California's  Exhausted  Prayer  which  will  be  released  in  2017 as  a  joint  effort  between  Apes  Who  Look  Up  People  and  Rose  Quarter Records and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Burials  a  band  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  with  some  touches  of  thrash,  black metal and  grind.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  noise  and  melodic  riffs  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and  progressive direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  technical  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  hear  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  thrash, g rind,  and  post  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  human  failure  and  conformity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Burials  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  with  some  post,  thrash,  black  metal  and  grind  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ten  Peaks  and  Gulfoss".

  Next  up  is  Exhausted  Prayer  a  band  that  plays  a  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  very  slow  guitar  riffing  before  adding  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  making  their  presence  known  a  few seconds  later  and  the  riffing  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  death  metal can  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  a  few  growls  along  with  some  progressive  touches  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  melodic  vocals  are  used  on  the  last  track,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  pain,  sorrow,  and  fear  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exhausted  Prayer  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  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  "Garden"  and  "A  Grim  Homecoming".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  progressive,  black  and  death  metal.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/burialsexhausted-prayerapes-who-look-up.html


L'Homme Absurde Interview

lundi 14 novembre 2016 à 12:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



We play in a fusion genre – mix of black metal, post rock and even have some influences of hardcore/punk. I think that we do it in mostly “American” way, those bands are more “hardcore” instead of European bands that more “metal”. This kind of music, black metal without corpsepaint, often called post black metal. But I think that it’s modern black metal itself.



2.So far you have released one ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?



Sound on EP (I prefer to call it “demo”) was really raw.. Quick recording, quick production – the main idea was to show people what we actually can. Full length, on the other hand, contains all of this “production” tricks, that become industry-standard today. It shouldn’t have to sound worse than other recordings in genre. And it doesn’t, I think.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?



Main lyrical theme of the whole album is social isolation, personal feelings about it and an attempt to escape from this world of monsters that people can sometimes be. Shortly, all of this emo stuff that girls like. And we like girls, that’s the point.



Seriously, we are talking about the isolation of evil in a global sense, such as religious fanatics, totalitarian governments or consumer society.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'l' Homme Absurde'?



It is the philosophical therm by Albert Camus for a person who understands the absence of the meaning of life except his own. Most of the band members like all of these grim existential books of Fyodor Dostoyevsky or Jean-Paul Sartre.


5.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?



Yes! Now we are rehearsing actively and I hope that we will be ready in the beginning of the next year to start playing local shows and I would like to have the opportunity to visit other countries with shows too.


6.Some of the band members also play in other bands, what are some of the things you are able to bring out musically with this band that you are not able to do with your other groups?



I and our guitar player Georgiy also playing in doom metal band Mare Infinitum. We like this music too, but it’s so slow – and we always wanted to make more aggressive and fast one. Looks like we’ve got it.


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



There is not too much feedback for now, but I was pleasantly surprised with the positive reaction of black metal fans. I thought that they are more conservative.


8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future/



It’s difficult to plan something right now because we need to understand what people actually think about our music. I want it to be an active band with touring opportunity and fresh ideas for new recordings.


9.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



I’m a fan of both European and USA scenes, most important bands for me now is Thranenkind and Ancst from Germany and Oathbreaker from Belgium. I also like most famous bands, Alcest or Deafheaven. And there is many less known but still great bands, like Earthmother from USA or Tongue from Germany.



10.What are some of your non musical interests?



I haven’t enough time for non-musical interests, I’m fully in this media production – I like video, photo and visual arts. Also I’m sound engineer/producer in studio.



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



Thanks for your attention, I hope that people will find our music interesting.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/lhomme-absurde-interview.html


Necromorbid/El Dia de la Bestia/Caligari Records/2016 Cassette Review

lundi 14 novembre 2016 à 04:14

  Necromorbid  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  cassette  "El  Dia  de  la  Bestia"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  fast  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  mix  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  a  war  metal  style and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Black  Witchery's  "Desecration  Of  The  Holy Kingdom"  before  closing  the  recording  with  an  outro.

  Necromorbid  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  raw,  brutal  and  heavy  sounding  recording,  the production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Necromancy  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necromorbid  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Manifestation  Of  Demonic  Revenge"  "Supreme  Satanic  Redemption"  and  "Cathedral  Of  The  Black  Goat".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/necromorbidel-dia-de-la-bestiacaligari.html


Dekadent/Veritas/Graven Earth Records/2016 Cassette Review

dimanche 13 novembre 2016 à 00:32

  Dekadent  are  a  band  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Veritas"  with  the  cassette  version being released in 2016 by Graven Earth  Records. 

  Atmospheric sounding  keyboards start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  influences  of  death  metal.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  death metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  onto  the  recording.

  Dekadent  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  raw,  melodic  and  symphonic  moments  and  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  loss,  mourning  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dekadent  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  Mountain"  "Valburga"  and  "Keeper's  Encomium".  8  out  of  10.

  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/dekadentveritasgraven-earth-records2016.html


Wound/Engrained/FDA Rekotz/2017 CD Review

samedi 12 novembre 2016 à 03:18
  Wound  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Engrained"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  FDA  Rekotz.

  A  very  hard,  melodic  and  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  making  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  Elements  of  death  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  fast  riffing  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  clean  guitars  along  with  psychedelic  elements and  classic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some parts  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  bring  in  influences  from  both  the  black  and  death  metal  styles  of  Sweden and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Wound  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  Swedish  style  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wound  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "The  Gateway  To  Madness"  "Carrion"  and  "The  Plague".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/woundengrainedfda-rekotz2017-cd-review.html