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Hellfire/Goat Revenge/Iron County Records/2017 Cassette Review

jeudi 2 mars 2017 à 01:57

  Hellfire  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  heavy form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of   death and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  cassette  "Goat  Revenge"  which  was  released  by  Iron  County  Records.

  A  war  oriented  intro  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  thrash  influenced  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the faster  sections  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Both  old  school  and  modern  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Hellfire  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  very  traditional  black  metal  sound  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Armageddon,  Occultism,  Satanism,  Darkness,  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hellfire  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hellmass  Attack"  "Unholy  Cult"  and  "Lord  Of  The  Mighty  Horns".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/hellfiregoat-revengeiron-county.html


Ilemauzar Interview

mardi 28 février 2017 à 12:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are from Singapore and we play black metal with a little element of death metal. We are formed in 1996 with members of now defunct bands. 

2.Recently the band released their first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demos you have released in the past?

The sound on the album… that’s a tough one. Basically, we are very inspired by bands like Behemoth, Dark Funeral, Belphegor and even bands like Naglfar. We have many mixed reviews for this album and some said we sound a little thrash. As for the old demo, Pit of Despair, that was probably more influenced by the Greek style black metal in the vein of old Rotting Christ and Varathron. So you can see probably feel how the styles differ between the 90s till now.

3.From 1998 to 2014 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

We did recorded a full length album in 1999 which was scheduled for released with the now defunct label, Dark Artz Releases. But the closure of the recording suite we were using caused us to loss all data done for the whole full length. No release and the band eventually split up in 2000 after 2 live shows supporting Chthonic (TW) and Sigh (JP). And that was during my (Bloodcurse) mandatory military service period. Right after I was done with the army, I decided to put the band back together but it wasn’t easy to get good musicians to commit. And we drifted for years till 2013. That’s the time we got a solid lineup to get things moving.   

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

Lyrical topics mainly involved with a little Goetic magic and anti-religion messages.

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

Ilemauzar is the name of a familiar of one of the witches during Matthew Hopkins (Witchfinder General) time. During the 1600s, Matthew Hopkins went around hunting for witches and many innocence died during that period as suspected witches. The cause of all these was because Christians think that they are heretics towards Christianity. It’s not really an inspiration as the name was given by one of our ex band member who used to play keyboard for the band before the Pit of Despair demo. And to honor that, we are continuing her legacy with the name. However, we might just write something on the next album regarding this old tale of the Witchfinder General. 


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and alsohow would you describe your stage performance?

I guess the best show we ever played was in Surakarta, Indonesia. That was in February 2016. We were invited by our friends from the band Down for Life (Indo Metalcore). It was their annual celebration festival. There were about 15 bands playing. The crowd was totally awesome. About 2000 people. As for our stage performance, I really don’t know how to describe ourselves. You might wanna check out some of our Youtube videos.

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

We just did our “The Ascension Asia Tour 2016” between October and December 2016. As for future plans, we definitely will be looking at Northern China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Japan and Korea. But we’ll see whatever comes up in the near future.

8.The album was released on Sepsis Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The boss of Sepsis Records is a good friend of mine. They are a great label to work with and they own a recording suite which has pretty top notch amps and equipment. However, after discussing with the boss, we decided to move on with Transcending Obscurity after the launch of The Ascension to look for more distro opportunities and to reach out to wider audience. 

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

It’s been pretty mixed. There are always good and bad feedbacks. There is no way a band will be able to please all their audience at 100%

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

I never really thought about this but let’s hope we can achieve an EU and US tour in the future and of course with our music going beyond our creativity.

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?

Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Belphegor & Naglfar.

I mainly listen to bands like the above mentioned plus I’m going backward nowadays and listen to old albums from bands like Emperor, Throne of Ahaz, Mork Gryning, Zyklon and also Lord Belial.


12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

My views are always open towards both Satanism and occult. I do enjoy reading up on topics and books related to all these but I am definitely not a practitioner. Knowledge is gold.

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

Thanks for the interview and sorry for taking so long to answer them because we were on tour. Keep the flames of metal burning! Horns up! \m/



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/ilemauzar-interview.html


Buioingola/Il Nuovo Mare/Sentinet Ruin Laboratories/2017 CD Review

mardi 28 février 2017 à 05:38

  Buioingola  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  post  doom,  neocrust  and  darkwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Il  Nuovo  Mare'  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Sentinent  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  clean  post  rock  style  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  touches  of  darkwave  while  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  of  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  industrial  while  also  adding  growls  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  they  also  add  in  a touch  of  black  metal  while  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  while  also  mixing  in  influences  of  crust,  doom  and  sludge while  a  later  track  brings  in  ambient  style  synths  while  also  being  an  instrumental.

  Buioingola   creates  a  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  metal  mixture  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  in  more  crust  and  experimental  elements  to  take  their  style  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Buioingola   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  sludge,  and  post  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Latenza"  and  "Silenzio".  8  out  of  10.  

  

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/buioingolail-nuovo-maresentinet-ruin.html


Carpatus/Malus Ascendant/Black Lion Productions/2-17 CD Review

mardi 28 février 2017 à 04:37

  Carpatus  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Malus  Ascendant" which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  also  mixing  in  atmospheric  elements  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  and  when guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also bring  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  melodic  singing  and  chants.

  Carpatus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  mid  90's  tradition  along  with some  Swedish  and  Norwegian  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  desolation  and  pain  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Carpatus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cold  Autumn  Sunrise"  and  "From  A  Deadful  Past".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/carpatusmalus-ascendantblack-lion.html


Temple Of Nihil Interview

lundi 27 février 2017 à 03:37
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Our music will tell about us much better. In a few words Temple of Nihil is a black metal band from Kaluga (Russia) that was formed in 2015 by two musicians who had a long experience in other bands. At this moment we have released EP «Soul Extremist» and working on a full length album.



2.In December you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We represent EP «Soul Extremist» as our first declaration. For it we chose the most expressive and not very intricate songs. So the EP sounds heavy, flamingly and aggressive. That’s what we wanted in the very beginning as a result of our work.



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

The lyrics are grim and figurative. It affects the themes of nihilism and obsession by evil. In many ways it is inspired by philosophy and texts of Nietzsche. There are anti-religious and misanthropic statements and images in our texts. Special place in lyrics of EP is dedicated to Lucifer as the image of first rebel and eternal antagonist.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Temple Of Nihil'?

On a one hand it’s an ascertaining of nihilism as the basis of our life philosophy, world view and our main inspiration. We define nihilism as perception and understanding of a failure of all kinds of idealism whether it is religious, political or humanitarian; it is understanding of objective inanity of any life and denial of all absolute categories. On the other hand, there is some satire in this name, because for us all religions, cults and every object of worship is fiction. So every temple in the world is a temple of nihil, because «Nihil» it is absence and void.



5.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 are looking for musicians to play live shows. But we will be always the only leaders of the band, and all necessary decisions about the band and its music we will make as a duo.



6.The ep was released through both 'Symbol Of Domination' and 'Narcoleptica Productions', are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?

Yes, it is very nice. Hope to work with them in future.



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

In general we are satisfied with the reaction. We have received good reviews on EP from web-zines and ordinary bm fans from all over the world. It is a good start.



8.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Now we have a stuff for the LP and it is ready for recording on 90%. During this spring we are planning to make a record. So I hope it will be out this year. On LP there will be more space to express ourselves and it will be more deep and dark as in music so in lyrics. Also we have some experimental ideas which will be realized. You can check out it on LP.

 We have chosen the musical direction and will go on it as Temple of Nihil. But we will not stay at one place and our music will evolve with us.



9.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 listen to different music and it will be fairly to say that anything could inspire us and have influence on our music. But our aim is to create music in our unique sound. There is no reason and sense to copy the sound of other bands. Many young bands sound  like one of the famous bands and It is as funny as irritating.

 We are interested in different musical genres and black metal is about 30% of what we listen to. Our tastes spread wide out not only extreme metal but even rock music. There are no borders for interesting stuff and we don’t have any preconceptions about music genres. But in general it should be something dark, atmospheric and original. In black metal our favorites: Inquisition, Burzum, Behemoth, Peste Noire, Carpathian Forest, Gorgoroth… Besides there are many interesting bands on post soviet area such as: Sect, Stielas Storhett, Beyond the Grave, Pseudogod, Nocturnal Amentia, Balance Interruption, Drudkh etc.



10.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

We don’t do any occult practices. As I said before we don’t have any object of worship. But Lucifer for us is a very strong cultural and philosophical image that reflects our world view and direction of our creation. For us black metal is Darkness and Evil incarnated in music. The process of performing it or even creating new music is like a ritual in which we contact inner and outer darkness and channeling it in a music form. For us there is no objective darkness or evil. It is all just human perception. But if we live and create in space of human culture we should use images and concepts which will be understandable.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

There many. Different kinds of art, politics, history, science, traveling, some extreme sports and other joys of life))



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

Thanks for the interview! Follow the news about Temple of Nihil and be ready to check out our full length album soon.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/temple-of-nihil-interview.html