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Vvilderness/Devour The Sun/Beverina/Casus Belli Musica/2018 Vinyl Review

vendredi 22 décembre 2017 à 21:46

  Vvilderness  are  a  solo  project  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black metal  and  blackgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Devour  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  Beverina  and  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  ambient  elements  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  a s some  synths  and  stringed  instruments  and  after  awhile  heavy  guitar  riffs  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  tremolo  picking is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  deep  growls  and  black  metal screams  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  the  music  mixing  in  elements  of  shoegaze.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length.  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  track  as  the  album  progresses.

  Vvilderness  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  cosmos,  science  and  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vvilderness  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sol"  and  "Aftershine".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/vvildernessdevour-sunbeverinacasus.html


Summoning/With Doom We Come/Napalm Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 22 décembre 2017 à 06:44

  Austria's  Summoning  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "With  Doom  We  Come"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Napalm  Records.

  Epic  sounding  drum  programming  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  keyboards  give  the  music  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  or  video  game  as  well  as  evoking  a  medieval  feeling.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  keyboards  also  add  in  a  touch  of  dungeon  synth  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  some  songs  also  being  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  and  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  choir  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  Summoning  creates  another  recording  that  remains  very  true  to  the  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  covers  Tolkien's  Middle  Earth  Universe.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Summing  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tar-Calion"  "Night  Fell  Behind"  and  "With  Doom  We  Come".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/summoningwith-doom-we-comenapalm.html


The Parasite Paradise/His Only Begotten Son/2017 Single Review

vendredi 22 décembre 2017 à 04:01

  The  Parasite  Paradise  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  satanic  black  metal  and  dark  blues  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  single  "His  Only  Begotten  Son".

  Blues  influenced  riffing  starts  off  the  single  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  second  track  which  also  continues  the  dark  blues  style  of  the  first  song  as  well  as  keeping  the  black  metal  elements  around  and  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.

  The  Parasite  Paradise  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  blues  and  satanic  black  metal  mixture  of  the  previous  demo,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Parasite  Paradise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  blues  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "His  Only  Begotten  Son".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-parasite-paradisehis-only-begotten.html


Exterior Palnet/Dorsia/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 22 décembre 2017 à 03:00

  Exterior  Palnet  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Dorsia".

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  post  rock  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  hateful  black  metal  screams.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  a  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  on  some  songs  the  music  also  brings  in  progressive  and  experimental  elements.

  Exterior  Palnet  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  the  post,  progressive  and  experimental  elements  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exterior  Palnet  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  "II"  "IV"  and  "VII".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/exterior-palnetdorsia2017-full-length.html


Kuoleman Galleria Interview

jeudi 21 décembre 2017 à 06:19
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Kuoleman Galleria was founded 2012. The first steps were slow because for the first two years the concept was almost only in my head. I made couple of demo songs during 2012-2014 and recorded them in my home studio. In 2014 I told about this project to my musician friends and we decided to form a band. We made couple of songs more and in 2015 we decided to go to an actual studio to record the debut album.

2. So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Basically the first album is a compilation of demo songs. This second album we just released has been composed in shorter time and the songs are more connected to each other. And also there are more layers in it. The sound is “bigger” although we wanted to maintain the certain roughness in the music. And we used more time to pre-production phase which affected mainly on arrangements. If we talk about lyrics, this second album is much darker than the first one.

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

There is kind of a background story on the new album. The journey starts from the point when autumn leaves fall to the ground and darkness descends over north (Pimeys Saapuu Pohjoiseen). Then there are songs telling stories of fucked up people (Hännystelijät Helvettiin, Nuorallatanssija, Vahtikoira), material obsession (Materian Omistama), mortality and longing for death (Ajan Hammas, Jalopuinen Makuupaikka), inner demons (Sadattaja, Piru on Irti, Mieleen Haudattu), greed (Antava Osapuoli), oblivion (Vainajan Virsi) and really bad hangover and alcohol madness (Täsmäisku, Kurjuuden Kierteessä).

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kuoleman Galleria'?

In English it means Gallery of Death. Basically the name reflects the shadow of death that’s hanging upon us all. Human beings are the gallery of death. We live for a brief moment. Then we die. End of story.

5. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?

My previous band Ruinside was still very active during 2012-2015 and I had simply no time to push Kuoleman Galleria forward back then. But couple of my old friends were excited about this project and we decided to make the debut album as a band. The first album was more like solo album though. This second one was made with the band and Matinlompolo who plays guitar contributed in composing.


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

For me four best shows have been Bar Bäkkäri in Helsinki (November 2016), 3Ushi in Sofia (April 2017), Rockstar’s in Tallinn (November 2017) and Bar Rock Bear in Vantaa (November 2017). All these shows have been turning points somehow and after these shows I have understood where we are going and what we are capable to do. Of course if you ask some other band member they could answer differently. I think Kuoleman Galleria’s stage performance could be described with words dirty, angry and mad but with a pinch of very very dark humor. But that side is hidden in lyrics so I think it will not show outside so much.

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

We just made couple of shows to promote our new album in Baltic countries and in Finland. And of course we are looking for more gigs constantly. Nothing confirmed yet though. If you want to see Kuoleman Galleria, we are open for suggestions. Just ask and also tell your local clubs that you want to see our show.





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

We have been saying all the time that we are not black metal, because we don’t share the lyrical themes and the outfit that people usually think black metal bands should have. But we thought that black’n’roll is the nearest term that we could use to describe our music. But in songs we have influences from thrash metal, pagan metal, death metal and even rock music. Only the vocals sounds like black metal but we also use clean vocals in some songs, so it’s not that simple. I have said this to people who try to put us in a box: listen our albums and if you like them, good, if you don’t like them, you don’t have to listen them. We are not trying to be any specific genre… we just do music that we enjoy to play.

9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Our drummer plays currently in a thrash metal band called Neferion. And my former band Ruinside was never really buried. It’s just in a deep ice. I don’t see problem with these as long as everyone has the same goals.

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

Too early to say. I have written lyrics already for the third album but the musical side is still in process. Normally the musical direction will be found after couple of first songs have been composed.

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?

Those artists are numerous. It varies time to time. Back in the days I have listened lot of melodic death metal (old In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Edge of Sanity, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Hypocrisy, My Dying Bride, Amon Amarth), symphonic black metal (Covenant, Samael, Agathodaimon, Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Satyricon, Old Man’s Child, Rotting Christ, Behemoth, Shining, Watain), some thrash metal bands (Sodom, Anthrax, Megadeth, old Metallica, old Sepultura, Kreator, Machine Head, Testament, Rage), and then Finnish bands like Ajattara, Amorphis, Barathrum, Diablo, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, Finntroll, Insomnium, Kalmah, Korpiklaani, Kuolemanlaakso, Moonsorrow, Mokoma, Sentenced, Swallow The Sun, Turisas and of course hundreds of smaller bands.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Movies and series. The darker the better. And if there is good music involved, it’s even better.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Buy albums and go to see the gigs. I’m not against streaming but I still buy the albums I like. Streaming is a good  way to discover new bands though.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/kuoleman-galleria-interview.html