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Snogg/Qivitoq/2016 EP Review

jeudi 1 décembre 2016 à 05:01

  Snogg  are a  duo from  Slovenia  that has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Qivitoq".

  Sci  fi  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  noise and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  violins  can  also be  heard  at  times.

  Some  of the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  the  music  can  also g et  very  experimental at  times  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and while  most  of  the  music  is  either  slow  or  mid  paced  one  of  the  songs  is done  in  more  of  a  fast  and  old  school  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Snogg  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases, t he  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  sci  fi  orientated  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Snogg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of experimental black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alien  Nation"  "In  Death,  Erection!".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/snoggqivitoq2016-ep-review.html


Ovnev/Cycle Of Survival/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review

mercredi 30 novembre 2016 à 04:49

  Ovnev  are  a  solo  project  from  Spring,  Texas  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Cycle  Of  Survival"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  a  folk  music  feeling  and  after  awhile  melodic  leads  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  nature  sounds  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  on  the  later  tracks  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers.

  Ovnev  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  touches  of  folk  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mountains,  forests,  nature,  consciousness,  death  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ovnev  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Observatory"  and  "Cycle  Of  Survival".  8  out  of  10.

  


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/ovnevcycle-of-survivalnaturmacht.html


Forlet Sires Interview

mardi 29 novembre 2016 à 12:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Pleased to do so. As of late (we've just picked up a bassist and it helps the live sound an awful lot), we're a five piece (black) metal band from Winterthur, which is located in the german part of Switzerland. The band was formed in late 2013, released a demo in early 2014, did some touring inside and outside of Switzerland, started recording an album in February 2016, which was finally released in October and here we are now, picking our noses.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
Some may say that our demo had even more doom-elements to it then the recently released full-length"Journey Towards Ruin", but I think, this is only because of the first song on the demo, which is the slowest and probably also most heavy-weighted piece we've written up to this point. Apart from that, I think you've captured our style pretty accurately in your review. Black metal with post and doom influences as well as some experimental aspects.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
You could say, most of the topics deal with typical subjects such as war, misanthropy, suicide and what not and that would probably wrap it up, but we try to deliver lyrics that actually add up and tell stories or points of view which the gentle listener can follow. It would certainly be interesting to hear, what others interpret into our words.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Forlet Sires'?
It's old english and roughly translates to "abandoned forefathers", which should express, that mankind has lost it's way (in various aspects). It was only later that we discovered, that the word "sire" is nowadays also used to describe an animal which is used for breeding purposes.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think, there is no "best show" in general, because it really comes down to the criteria. The shows we played with Forgotten Tomb in the baltics were the most packed, also it was the first time we've played outside of Switzerland, but the kickoff show of our most recent tour had probably the most people that specifically came to see us, which is a good feeling. Then there are shows, that simply take place in great venues, the organizers are cool and if on top of that the audience (independent of the numbers) is happy - that's also a candidate for "best show".

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Currently, there's a small probability for a tour in summer 2017, which would start off in Lithuania. Shows will happen either way, but we're also writing on new material.

7.The album was released on 'Cruel Bones', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Cruel Bones is a small label based in Zürich, Switzerland. We've already knew the guys personally and they've always supported us in various ways. It was a conscious decision, to release the album through Cruel Bones, because while being supportive, they also leave us all the freedom we need. Also, they don't limit themselves to a certain style of music but rather release what they like and what fits into their understanding of art.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Pretty good. We've received a couple of reviews from various countries and we're certainly happy with what they've had to say about the record. Also, people seem to like what we're doing, but I guess that we're the kind of band, that is hard to get if you're hearing our music for the first time while being at a concert.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes, most of them. Be it solo projects, or being involved in bands that deal with different styles of music - our members are pretty busy with music besides their jobs and studies, but I guess that's passion.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We haven't limited ourselves to a specific kind of music, but it seems like the next record will also be in the spirit of black metal. That's where our roots are, but in five years time we may as well release a drone/country album.

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?
Of course, with five people in the band, the musical tastes vary, but we also share some mutual interest in bands and artists such as Wolves In The Throne Room, Ash Borer, Townes Van Zandt, Young And In The Way, SUMAC or Ulcerate.
Right now, the new Tardigrada kicks some serious butt and we haven't yet decided what to think of "Rheia" from Oathbreaker.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Again, we're five people, so I'll just pick up the ones that worry me the most. Our drummer is alarmingly into football (the one with the round ball and the kicking) and one of our guitarists thinks, it's a good idea to ride a skateboard. So far, he's only injured his ankle.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview, thank you for reading it, consider listening to our new album (what a surprise, it's bandcamp: https://forletsires.bandcamp.c om/) and if you haven't already, remember to try out baby wipes, it helps a lot.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/forlet-sires-interview.html


FromHell/March On Gravitation/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review

mardi 29 novembre 2016 à 05:22

  FromHell  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  progressive  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016  album "March  On  Gravitation"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Sci  fi  orientated  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion and  after  awhile  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of a  progressive  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  melodic  death  metal.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together  in  a  lot  of  sections  of  the  songs  and  a  great  majority  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  folk  music  can  also  be heard  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

 FromHell  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from the  previous  recording  while  also  adding  in  more  folk  and  progressive  elments  this  time  around,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Myths  and  Legends  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  FromHell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  melodic,  atmospheric,  progressive  and  pagan  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hibernation  Sun"  and  "The  Abandoned  Stargate".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/fromhellmarch-on-gravitationnaturmacht.html


Sol Sistre Interview

mardi 29 novembre 2016 à 03:52
Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We’re writing material for our next full-length album. We actually have a lot of songs by now and we’re still trying to get the best out of our rough recordings to come up with great final result. We don’t have a date to start recording this on studio, but I guess there is no rush since our debut album has been on the market for less than six months, so we still have to promote that record for a while before releasing anything new. In fact, the vinyl version is about to be released.
On the other hand, we’re constantly playing live shows locally, and that’s part of our promotion for our first full-length.

So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
I think both albums share the same principles and are settled on the same foundation. The music is quite melodic yet melancholic, crowned by atmospheric passages that slow down the machinery, which changes the focus from blast beats and powerful riffs to ethereal and insightful soundscapes. We plan our music to be a rollercoaster of emotions beyond simple darkness and grimness, but always inside the boundaries of black metal. There is always creative freedom to explore sounds beyond such boundaries, but we’re not interested in stepping completely out of them.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Our lyrics have always been involved with humanism and the eternal struggles and conflicts of human spirit and our existence, yet always under a ‘foggy’ and obscure point of view. They’re not made to be understood in a direct way, but interpreted under one’s own eyes.
Our new material will maintain these principles, but something is inevitably going to change since the singer, C., who wrote all of the lyrics for the past albums is not part of the band anymore. We are going to continue in the same path as these topics represent Sol Sistere’s main focus.

I know that the bands name means 'still sun' in Latin, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Though the direct translation is ‘still sun’, that whole concept is the name for solstice in Latin, and we praise the sun as a symbol for human spirit, with solstice being our maximum inner development, the point where the sun is higher and brighter than ever.
These ideas are directly related to our lyrics and the entire concept we want to transmit with our music. I think the name fits perfectly with the band as a whole artistic project.
Also, the sun is a powerful symbol for different cultures, and it can be seen as a metaphor for rebirth, as it dies and is resurrected every day; or a bringer of light (as in knowledge), necessary to all life. It is an interesting symbolic element, no doubt.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
One of our favorite shows was in the ARMA Open Air festival, which was carried out in the city of Antofagasta, Chile in December 2015. It was a big festival with a lot of people, and we got a very great feedback when we got out of the stage. Our sales were also quite good that day, and we didn’t even have our full-length back then.
Another one was in a small venue here in Santiago. We decided to do a gig just us, with no other bands, playing both the EP and the full-length from start to finish. We sold out that day and we did a very good show, the crowd was very responsive and, even though it was a small place and it wasn’t like the festival I just talked about, it was really special because all of those people were there just to see us, and no one else.

Our stage performance is quite sober, we try to take care of the way we look, but we don’t really have any gimmick, and we certainly don’t make it a ritual. We like to focus on playing in a way that shows a lot of energy, with a lot of movement and headbanging, but it also has to be solemn and trance-inducing for the atmospheric parts.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, we’re planning some European gigs for mid 2017, but it’s still too early to name countries and giving more details. Besides that, we plan to keep playing local shows all year, except maybe during the recording process, which still has no official date.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Well, it has been quite good, actually, and we’re very glad about it. The vast majority of the reviews by the specialized press has been pretty good, and we have had some really nice comments on our social media sites. Considering we’re a small band, our achievements in terms of feedback have been more than expected, and we’re very happy about it.

Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Right now, two members have other musical projects. Our bass player Juan Díaz also plays in a doom metal band called Mourning Sun, and he just returned home from a short but quite successful European tour. Also, our guitar player Luis Zapata is the founder of a death metal band called Knell, and he has also released a full-length and toured Europe with that project.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’d like to continue in the same path we have been, but there are always going to be some chances because of the life experiences of the moment, and the music we’re listening. We are still going to focus our objective in melodic, melancholic and insightful music with the ever present atmospheric elements.

What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We have been listening to Mgla, Batushka, Drudkh, Forteresse, Penitence Onirique, Au Dessus, Barshasketh, Saille, Lluvia, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, and some others. We’re also interested in new singles that come out from time to time, like the new GreyAblaze track called “IV”, which is honestly great.
All of these bands have been influencing our latest sounds, some bands more than others, but that’s basically what we’ve been listening to lately.

How would you describe your views on Occultism?
There are several trends in occultism, and I’m mostly familiar with Thelema, but what they all have in common, as part of the left hand path, is the focus on the practice of inner development, the search for knowledge, and individual enlightening. We, as a band, are not interested in preaching any form of occultism, but since we value humanistic topics and share many of these visions, it’s quite possible we cover several aspects which are relevant to occultists. We’re mostly interested in the philosophy behind it.

What are some of your non musical interests?
We like movies and books, especially sci-fi with an insightful message.
Also, Juan Díaz is a muay thai fighter, and honestly, he’s the only member of the band who practices any sport.
We like sightseeing too. We live in a beautiful country with a lot of nature and a very diverse fauna and flora, so even though we don’t really talk about that in our lyrics, it’s hard not to get influenced by the mountains and the sea when you have access to such majestic views.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this interview and for supporting us.
To the fans out there, look forward to the vinyl edition of Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum, soon to be released by Hammerheart Records. And also look for the tape edition of our debut EP I, which has just been released by Graven Earth Records.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/sol-sistre-interview.html