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Mezereum/Self Titled/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 14 septembre 2020 à 04:25

  Mezereum  are  a  duo  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  very  diverse  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2020  album  which  will  be  released  on  September  25th.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Clean  playing  can  also  be heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  very  deep sounding  at  times and  adding  in  some  growls.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mezereum  are  a  very  great  sounding  diverse  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apocryphal"  "Supreme"  and  "Clearance".  8  out  of  10.


   

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/mezereumself-titled2020-full-length.html


Brzask Interview

samedi 12 septembre 2020 à 21:00

1. . For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are five-piece black metal band from Szklarska Poręba in Poland. We play black metal with roots lying deep in 90's.


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

All instruments and vocals were recorded in hut in the woods. We went for natural sounding recordings, so the drums were recorded in wooden room. Guitars were recorded as DI's and reamped in the same room as drums. It was nice lesson of engineering for us.

3.Your lyrics covering Sudetian Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

The Sudetes are unusual mountains. This mountains span across Germany, Poland and Czechia. There are many legends, old architectural masterpieces and complex ecosystem here, which creates really unique atmosphere. We were growing up here and it influenced us strongly.


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

"Brzask" means "Dawn" in Polish, and dawn seen from the mountainside can be breathtaking. So the name also fits our inspirations.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?

Artwork shows Śnieżka - it's the highest peak of all Sudeten Moutains. The buildings located on the peak are meteorological observatory and St. Lawrence's Chapel. It has its own atmosphere, you should check it out! Especially in the winter.

6.Has the band done any live shows or this strictly a studio project?

No, we had booked shows, but current situation with covid effectively closed all doors. Although we are still working on live production and there's still hope, that we will be able perform soon.


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

We are just underground band so it feels right to keep it that way.


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

It depends on what label can offer to us, and what we can offer to label.
We'll see what future brings.


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

It was much more positive than we could ever expected.


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

We have some tracks ready at this point it's just a draft. Still imperfect but judging by overall vibe of tracks our full length will be more
melodic and much more intense than the demo. Also we may release single or two in near future.


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?

Definitely Dissection! Also mighty Mayhem, some of us are really in love with Behmoth or more proggy stuff like Opeth.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview, and keep on blasting!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/brzask-interview.html


Misertus Interview

vendredi 11 septembre 2020 à 23:34

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Currently I've been working on a new album which should be coming out this year.

2.With this project you have released 3 full lengths and an ep, musically how do they all differ from each other?

All of these releases fall within the post-black metal genre with a few differences.

Daydream is probably the most conventional in terms of black metal, with a chaotic yet equally melodic cacophony of blistering catharsis, a heavy reliance on blastbeats and focus on contrasts between abrasive sections and moments of calm.

Coil would take this approach and amplify the post-metal/shoegazing aspects, experimenting with shimmering textures, clean vocals and further traces of melancholy, yet without diluting the aggression of the first release.
Outland is where the ferocity and speed take a step back, with a dark atmospheric shroud taking over instead. Quite possibly the most melodic of the three albums, lots of beautiful slow parts as well as sections making use of synths and jangly guitars.

A Shallow Constant is perhaps the most traditionally "blackgaze" of the releases with minimal guitar layering and less of an otherworldly, more organic sound in comparison to previous releases. Clean vocals return as well as some mild influences from post-punk and indie rock sneaking in to the calmer interludes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music?

Dreams, life, faith, inspiration and the catharsis that comes with it.

4.Since 2019 you have released a good amount of material with all of your musical projects, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?

Not a week goes by without me doing something musical, even when not working on a project. Sometimes I'm happy to just experiment.

5.With your projects you also record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I'm certainly open to the idea of working with other musicians on a studio basis (at least in this current climate), but generally I enjoy the flow and freedom that comes with being a solo musician.

6.Recently 'Onism Productions' released your first 3 full lengths as a triple album compilation, what was the decision behind releasing all of your albums together?

With all 3 albums released in the same year in such a short space of time, sharing similarities yet also contrasting in different ways both conceptually and musically, it made sense to release the three together as a package.
I have to thank Onism Productions for getting the release out there. they've personally been great to work with and we can only expect fantastic things from a label that clearly puts their full heart and passion into what they do.

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

Honestly the positive feedback was quite a surprise to me. It's a joy to see music that I've created resonate with people in the same way that music created by others resonates with me.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other musical projects that you are a part of?

I recently released a side project demo from Divinivm (https://divinivm.bandcamp.com/) - essentially the antithesis of Misertus with it's esoteric & abstract black/death metal sound.
There should be a new song on a compilation coming out soon.

Before Misertus I released two bandcamp projects known as Susceptive (https://susceptive.bandcamp.com/) and Touchlight (http://touchlight.bandcamp.com/) - essentially these were two precursors that dealt with neocrust/post-black and shoegazing metal respectively, that I guess you could say were melded together to create Misertus in the end.

At one point I was briefly part of a Manchester group known as Kvilla (https://www.facebook.com/kvillaband/), who play blackened hardcore with shoegaze elements.
Having heard a few teasers from their upcoming EP I can safely say they're one to watch out for.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Most likely creating more studio releases, and going where the current takes us.

10.What are your currently listening to nowadays?

This month has mostly been a mix of depressive black metal, melodic death metal, post-punk, post-hardcore, shoegaze, screamo & electronic to name a few...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Walking, hiking, climbing, writing.

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

Thanks to the fans, thanks to everyone who has supported Misertus - keep an eye out for the new release coming soon.

www.facebook.com/misertusbm

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/misertus.html


Invincible Force/Decomposed Sacramentum/Dark Descent Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 11 septembre 2020 à 00:50

  Invincible  Force  are  a  band  from  Chile  that has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  an d plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Decomposed  Sacramentum"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  thrash  metal  influenced  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  mid  80's  era  death  metal  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  when  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  old  school  yet  chaotic  style  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Invincible  Force  goes  back  to  the  mid  80's  and  early  90's  era  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Rituals  and  Sacrifice  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Invincible  Force  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Perpetual  Black  Mass"  "The  Shadow  Over  Canaan"  "Damned  By  Noise  &  Lust"  and  "Hopeless  Mortality".  8  out  of  10.

https://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/decomposed-sacramentum

https://www.facebook.com/Invincible666Force
https://invincibleforce.bandcamp.com/

https://youtu.be/hBEpUa1DB5M



      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/invincible-forcedecomposed.html


Dysylum/Cosmogonie/Signal Rex/2020 CD Review

jeudi 10 septembre 2020 à 20:17

  France's  Dysylum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  progressive  black  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Cosmogonie"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark sounding  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  arr  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  grim  moments  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  at  times  the  music  also gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  and  towards  the  end  touches  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  divided  into  4  different  chapters  and  cover  psychological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dysylum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apparition  I"  "Dispersion  II"  and  "Extinction  III". 8out  of  10.

http://dysylumn.bandcamp.com/album/cosmogonie 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/dysylumcosmogoniesignal-rex2020-cd.html