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Heresiarch/Death Ordinance/Dark Descent Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 18 mai 2017 à 07:08

  Heresiarch  are  a  band  from  New  Zealand  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Death  Ordinance"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Dark  Descent  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  bestial  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  war  metal feeling.


  Black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  some  Australian  and  Boss  Bay  influences  in  the  bands  musical style  while the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  more  of  a  chaotic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  brutality  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 
  Heresiarch  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  future  ravaged  by  30  years  of  war.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Heresiarch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Consecrating  Fire"  "Ruination"    "lupine  Epoch"  and  "Desert  Of  Ash".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/heresiarchdeath-ordinancedark-descent.html


Shadowflag/The Delusion Machine/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 18 mai 2017 à 05:58

  Shadowflag  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  poetic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their self  released  2017  album  "The  Delusion  Machine"  which will  be  released  in  June.

  Soundscpaes,  drones,  and  spoken  word samples  start  off  the album  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  melody  in  the  solos  and  leads  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  grim  moments  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,

  A  lot  of t he  songs  mix  both  the  atmospheric and  heavy  parts  together  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  avant  garde  elements  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  experimental  feeling  along  with  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths  as  well  as  some  doom  and  thrash  metal  influences  and  a  couple  of  the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  Shadowflag  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  while  also  having  their  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  poetic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadowflag  are  a  very  great  sounding  poetic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking for  something  that  is  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Beasts  That  Perish"  "Kingdom  Of  Zero"  and  "Singularity  45".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/shadowflagthe-delusion-machine2017-full.html


Torc/Vzpominky Na Slunce/Murderous Music Production/2017 EP Review

jeudi 18 mai 2017 à 04:49

  Torc  are  a  band  from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  style  of  pagan  blackcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Vzpominky  Na Slunce"  which  was  released  by  Murderous  Production.

  A  very  heavy  hardcore  influenced  hardcore  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  that  are  also in the  same  genre  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording,

   When  guitar  leads are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  clear  singing  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  briefly  and  one  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.


  Torc  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  mixture  of  pagan/black  metal  and  hardcore  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  society  and  Celtic  Paganism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Torc  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  pagan/black  metal  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nakaza"  and  "Soumrak".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/torcvzpominky-na-sluncemurderous-music.html


Lucifer's Dungeon Interview

mercredi 17 mai 2017 à 13:01
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Lucifer's Dungeon is band with a strong ideology. Against occupation by Christianity covered by good things but doing shit
...here they act so aggressively. A few tracks are dedicated to one person (The Forest, Destruction, My Eyes)
For nearly 8 years It was my solo project called Dark Cellar (2008 - 2014). In 2014, I met with Cerberus from First Martyr
and he joined me right after I explained the idea. The he introduced me to Iscariot and we started he practice and did few gigs together.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I think the audience should judge. But first and second (up-coming) albums sound differently.
I like clear sound of guitars so me and listeners can easily hear what I play and maybe figure out how to play it)))

3.Some of your tracks are all black metal while some are all dark ambient, how would you compare the 2 different styles?
Both are dark. Metal track were written in one circumstances, feelings and mood while ambient in others.
I think ambient is darker by its feeling or at least my feelings when I wrote it.

4.The band has been around since 2008 but waited till 2017 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
As I said above, It was my solo project. I couldn't find proper musicians sharing same ideology. Well, there were some people tried to join me
but for them its just a having fun ones or twice a week. They didn't want anything more like touring and of course invest in it.
Finally I met with Cerberus and Iscariot from First Martyr. They have mostly the same view on things. Cerberus is a great man and drummer.

5.A lot of your lyrics leans towards the satanic and anti Christian side of things, can you tell us a little bit more about what this means to you?
Hmm...Difficult to believe but I was in christian school for 1 year lol....Now seriously, Church did inquisition, forced people to accept  its religion by "sword and fire", they completely destroy russian history before 8-9th centuries, so why do I have to like it?
Same things happened in Northern countries...but at lease they still know their original gods and their stories, history and so on.
What about us?? Nothing. There are few folk stories for elementary school and a little bit about gods. Didn't we exist before 8th century?
We did and thanks to archeologists for research.
Talking from christian perspective, what have Satan done bad? He gave people consciousness, so we became homosapiens. Instead of being just another animal.
Well, we actually are but you all get the idea, I think. Anything bad happens its Satans work...WTF? Poor Satan in christianity. He just wanted the equality.
Same thing with politics.

6.Originally the band was called 'Dark Cellar', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lucifer's Dungeon'?
Dark Cellar is my soul. No one knows what's in there, Its dark. But Lucifer's Dungeon suites more to lyrical themes. but still there was cellar, now dungeon.

7.In the beginning the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?
Spread the word by gigs. I love gigs. At the time of Dark Cellar, I played a bit with some cover band...We played Iron Maiden, for example.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The last one I think. In local rock club. Its the only place where you can listen metal bands live.
First few concerts Iscariot was a vocalist and bassist. But from last show I'm vocalist and a guitarist.
I liked that show because everything went great and we did it with DSBM band Akari (I love their material).
Their leader, KoNo, did vocal on Destruction in first
album. Now, he is about to join Lucifer's Dungeon as solo-guitarist.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We plan to set few gigs writhing state but welcome for invitations to other places. Call us and we will make you raise horns up!

10.The album was released on 'Grimm Distribution;, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
They are simply great. Do their job well. Whatever they promised was done and on time. Im happy with this cooperation.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and dark ambient?
We are not something sweet to be liked by everyone. Actually, I don't follow such info.
I just do my job and label does its own. But locally, I have a good feedback after concerts.

12.Where do you see the band heading into music
ally during the future?
Tours, fests, recording new albums (I write a lot).

13.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?
Influences, When I wrote the first song The Forest I didn't even know about Black Metal. My first inspiration in metal was Iron Maiden when I was 13. But then, a month after I wrote The Forest, a friend of mine showed me Satyricon. Then it was DarkThrone, Gorgoroth, Taake, Dark Funeral and so on. Later I was amazed by Moevot.
Now I listen mostly Arckanum (I have all his LP), Gorgoroth, Taake, Carpathian Forest.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just wish people to stop being fakes and followers. Be yourself. Open up your eyes.
Look for Knowledge and Freedom.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/lucifers-dungeon-interview.html


Varmia Interview

mercredi 17 mai 2017 à 06:34
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Slava! Well we are working to put together a promo tour in the fall. This is not an easy thing for the new name on the scene. However i's looking very promising at the moment. We started cooperation with Raven Music promotion booking agency. In general we're doing our best to play "Z mar twych" live as often as we can.

2.This year you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
We were trying to achieve as organic sound as it was possible. I had this idea of recording in a village barn so it will be dirty production also. So basically what we did was that we found a proper barn in a silent and natural neighborhood somewhere in Warmia. It was near the forest and at the beautiful lake. We took some audio gear and set up a studio there. Then we recorded the whole thing playing live. It took about one week. I've mixed and mastered the recordings myself afterwards.

3.You refer to your music as 'Polish Root Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
Well I created it myself. I have a problem with labeling music and really don't see the point of it. But since the market laws require such divisions I came to conclusion that this music is not really a true black metal. It's not a straight folk or pagan music either. But it definitely was born from the fascination and deep love to our cultural heritage and an old school extreme metal. So there you have it. Roots from Poland.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics are in Polish and it will stay that way in the future. I sing a lot about connection (or lack of thereof) between mankind and primal forces of nature. I sing about death, hate, the past. I sing about a deep communion between oneself and the mother soil. Some of the lyrics are also about the clash of cultures that took place on our lands in general.

5.I know that the band name comes from a historical region in northern Poland, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
It does come from Warmia district name. They say it fits perfectly. It's a beautiful name to spread all around the world also.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our stage time is a spiritual experience. I wouldn't call it a ritual but it is something deeper than playing the notes only. I think our best gig so far was in our hometown Olsztyn on Szymon Czech and Doc Festival this year. But it's not really up to me to judge this. As for the performance itself we have a tree that we use as a mic stand, our regional shirts and a couple of "weird" traditional instruments. Piotr plays them and he has his own style of doing it. Raw I would say. Our shows are organic cause we don't use click track. We let the music flow through us and the audience.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
As I mention earlier we're trying to work out a tour in the fall with Raven Music Promotion. If everything turns as we plan then we will bring "Z mar twych" to a couple of European countries.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Very promising I must say. This music seems to speak to people. One thing I noticed that the audience appreciate the mixture with folk elements. They like that those elements are not overused or overwhelming. We tried hard to maintain this good proportions between black metal and traditional parts.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't want to reveal too much but I think that we will establish our own style even more in the future. Maybe a bit more diverse natural instruments, maybe heavier riffs. Maybe both.

10.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?
Lots of them. We like to listen to the old school stuff mostly. Extreme metal was really extreme back in the days in my opinion. We like classics like Emperor, Enslaved, Opeth, Vader (from our home town!), Darkthrone, etc. I also like listening to traditional music but it's not easy to find the good one. Kapela Ze Wsi Warszawa is a good example of very good folk. We also enjoy classics like Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin and that kind of stuff. I think our main division of music is on one that's good and one that's bad. Our listening tastes exceed metal genre.
11.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

I view this as a cultural heritage mostly. Very important one though cause this was the foundation of who we are today. However there is something about the relation between man and nature that speaks to me. Some kind of communion but also distance, absence and sense abandonment... I think it's a very individual thing though. I will never tell people how they should live their lives. I'm only an artist.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yest, thank you all for supporting Varmia, we need that! Special thanks to Mark from Folkvangr Records for helping us out with promoting our music! Slava brothers!
On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 8:40 AM, Fólkvangr Records wrote:
 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/varmia-interview.html