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Casket Huffer/Gospels Of Scum/Hibernation Release Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 23 mars 2017 à 21:16

  Casket  Huffer  are  a  band  from  Wyoming  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Gospels  Of  Scum"  which  was  released  by  Hibernation  Release  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  getting  very  bestial.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  slight  touches  of  first  wave  black  and  speed  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  sticking  to  a  very  chaotic  style  while the  album  also  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Casket  Huffer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heaviest  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Casket  Huffer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inertia'  "Stygian  Tongues"  "Cursed"  and  "Extol  Unholy  Adoration". 8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/casket-huffergospels-of-scumhibernation.html


Afar/Selfless/Folkvangr Records/2017 Cassette Review

jeudi 23 mars 2017 à 05:42

  Afar  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016 album  "Selfless"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2017  by  Folkvangr  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album and  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  post  rock  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  very  melodic  post  black  metal  style  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly 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  along  with  depressive  screams  also  being   added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing,  death  metal  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  and  the  last  track  adds  in  a  touch  of  ambient.

 Afar  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the r aw,  atmospheric,  depressive  and  post  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  tragic,  depressive,  loneliness  and  isolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Afar  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Healing"  "Endless  Path"  and  "Beckoned  Into  Fog".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/afarselflessfolkvangr-records2017.html


Corpus Diavolis/Atra Lumen/Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum/2017 CD Review

jeudi 23 mars 2017 à 04:20

  Corpus  Diavolis  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Atra  Lumen"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Aeternitas  Tenebrarum Musicae  Fundamentum.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffs  and  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow   mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  death  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  one  track  also  brings  in a   brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  along  with t he  synths  also  mixing  in  an  occult  atmosphere  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  shouts  and  avant  garde  elements  are  added  onto  the  closing  track..

  Corpus  Diavolis  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  and modern  sounding  while  also  having  its  raw  and  ritualistic moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ceremonial  Magick,  Tarot,  Shamanism,  Thelema,  Esoteric  Journey,  A.  Jodorowsky  films and  philosophical  transcendence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Corpus  Diavolis  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ardent  Jewel  of  His  Presence"  "Wine  Of  the  Beast"  and  "Sick  Waters".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/corpus-diavolisatra-lumenaeternitas.html


The Sarcophagus Interview

jeudi 23 mars 2017 à 03:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



When our previous vocali Niklas Kvarforth left the band for focusing Shining properly, Mørkbeast joined The Sarcophagus and hereby the vocal sound of the album had changed.The session drummer Oktay moved to Ireland after the drum recording session.After completing the recording we have started to look for a drummer for the gigs.Besides I have started to prepare material for the next album.I hope next album preparation will not be so long…



2.You have a new album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



Yes the new album will be out on the 4th of April.This one has a better quality sound and production. It is more agressive and dark but also has melodic parts.During the recording of Towards The Eternal Chaos we had the same drummer problem so we made it drum machine which hadn’t satisfied us.In this album you can hear the acoustic drum sound blasting with the guitars.The musical style is same as in the recent one but I can’t describe the new style in a word.I can say that it is a black metal inspired by the 90’s black metal and created it’s own style.



3.I have seen the band refer to its musical style as 'anatolian raw black metal' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?



Anatolia is the ancient name of Turkey where dozens of ancient civilizations have been living more than 5000 years.We are using it not to describe the music style but an idea and black metal music coming from this land without meaning the national borders…



4.This is your first album since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



Yes it has been very long time…Actually we never wanted to delay things such a long time but I moved to another city, other band guys had their own music projects so we were silent during that time.I started to prepare these songs around 2014 and the recording was completed in 2016 but you know things take time…





5.Your lyrics deal with Mythology, Ancient Cultures and Mysticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?



As I mentioned in the recent question, all these inspirations are coming from the Anatolian culture.All those civilizations had various legacies and we love to use it in the music.I had the chance of studying Archeology, Religions History, Anatolian Civilizations during the university period and all these had a great influence on me and so on the music of course.All these themes are living together with each other.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Sarcophagus'?



Sarcophagus means “flesh eater” in ancient Greek and this means stone tomb.For us, it is the symbol of death, end of everything, in other words a bridge between life and death and this word is living with us for more than 20 years.We added “the” in front of Sarcophagus because there are too many bands with the name Sarcophagus



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



We haven’t played live for a long time.Unfortunately we have had line up problems.The main line-up moved to another city/country and new line up was from different countries.You know it is not always easy to come together but now we are planning to play live very soon…Our old shows was great, we were playing with corpsepaint on the face, bulletbelts, nails, firebreathings etc…



8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



Yes we may play live if we deal with the drummer problem.Everyone is working 5-6 days in a week so touring is a bit hard thing to do.Actually this was one the reasons of the delayed album.It is very hard to work and making music together.













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



We have had lots of followers and friends since our recent works.When we released our new album track samples "Reign of Chaos" and "Ain Sof" had great feedbacks.Tracks also have killer reviews and scores All of these are very cool...



10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?



Mørkbeast is blasting with his main band Todestriebe in Moscow.Our bass player Ozan is about to complete his own music studio Dead House, it will be finished very soon and I think this will be the next album recording's adress.He will be recording a new album with his main band Raven woods coming months.I have also a side project in my mind but details are not clear yet...



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



Our first goal is to create new better albums and keep the black flame burning with The Sarcophagus.The thing what we are most satisfied with is spreading our music to the metal people all around the world.



12.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?



As I mentioned in previous question, the black metal The Sarcophagus plays inspired by the cult black metal band's of early 80-90's but what we are trying to do is creating our own style.I think with this album our sound  started to be a distinctive The Sarcophagus sound and we want to keep it.We are still listening these awesome albums such as old Emperor and Dissection albums.They will be always cult.I find Mgla very successful.They carry an old sound and combine it with the new sound.This is what we are doing now too.



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



Thanks to all the fans, friends and metal people all around the world who support The Sarcophagus.

We also would like to thank to our labels.Together we shall destroy the barriers of light!!!!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/ thesarcophagustr
https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat169-the-sarcophagus-beyond-this-worlds-illusion-2017

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-sarcophagus-interview.html


Digir Gidim/I Thought There Was A Sun Awaiting My Awakening/Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum/2017 CD Review

mercredi 22 mars 2017 à 04:48

  Digir  Gidim  are  a  duo  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "I  Thought  There  Was  A  Sun  Awaiting  My Awakening"  which  will  be  released  on  March  31st  by  Aeternitas  Tenebrarum  Musicae  Fundamentum.

 Avant  garde  sounds  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  bring  in a   decent  amount of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  at  times  while  clean  singing  avant  garde  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  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  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  make  the  music  more  experimental  and  ritualistic  along a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.

  Digir Gidim  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  mixes  the  occult  and  avant  garde  sides  of  the  genre  to  create  something  very different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  Mesopotamia,  esoteric  doctrines,  cosmology  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Digir  Gidim  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Revelation  Of  The  Wandering"  and  "The  Glow  Inside  The  Shell".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/digir-gidimi-thought-there-was-sun.html