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Fides Inversa/Historia Nocturna/W.T.C Productions/2020 CD Review

mardi 9 juin 2020 à 10:35

   Fides  Inversa  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Historia  Nocturna"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction,  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  very  modern  style  but  also  retaining  the  old  school  spirit  as  well  as  few  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  chants.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fides  Inversa  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Wanderer's  Call  And  Orison"  "I  Glance  You  With  A  Touch..."  and  "I  Am  The  Iconoclasm".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/fWK4ofaAvmQ

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/fides-inversahistoria-nocturnawtc.html


Hieros Interview

mardi 9 juin 2020 à 07:21

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?



Hieros was originally born from my desire to write aggressive, moody and visceral, riff-oriented metal. I have another project called Untamed Land which is much more in the epic/folk/symphonic metal vein. That’s great because I get to be as creative and “over-the-top” with the arrangements as I want, but I wanted to explore music that was a little more stripped down and straightforward. So Hieros is intended to be pretty traditional in a sense, just ass-kicking extreme metal with cool riffs. 



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



The main styles that I was drawing from for this EP are the Hellenic black metal scene and a certain sound being explored by different Eastern European bands. The Greek style of black metal is probably my favorite as far as the different regional variants go. All of those bands just seem to have a great sense of melody and a really unique atmosphere that is much different than the Scandinavian bands. Macabre Omen is one of my favorite acts from this scene, some of the best folk-infused and invigorating black metal riffs ever. For the Eastern European style, Cult of Fire is probably my main reference point, they’re pretty much the epitome of a certain “spiritual” melodic black metal sound that clearly runs throughout this release. Mention should also be made to Polish black metal bands like Mgla, Plaga, and Deus Mortem and American Sludge/Stoner metal bands like High on Fire and Om. 



3.Your lyrics cover spirituality, metaphysics and ancient religions, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?



I’ve always been captivated by ancient mythologies ever since I was very young. After a certain period of restlessness and confusion in my late teens, I had a bit of a moment of spiritual insight which led me down a path towards studying these ancient myths from a psychological perspective (basically I was reading as much Jung as I could haha). Eventually my thinking totally shifted towards a more symbolic way of looking at the world, which might be closer to how these ancient peoples conceived of human existence and its place in the cosmos. Since a lot of black or just generally extreme metal has to do with metaphysical ideas, it only seemed natural to incorporate some of this into the lyrics and imagery. 



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



Hieros is a Greek word meaning “holy, sacred, or sanctified.” I’m pretty sure it’s the root of the word “hierarchy” which is a helpful way to think of how reality is structured (or at least the way we perceive reality). I was actually going to use the name “Bythos” which is a Gnostic concept meaning “depth or profundity” but as I was finishing up the final mixes, I found out some well-known Finnish black metal musicians formed a band under that name late last year. That’s what I get for procrastinating though! 



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



The cover art was made by the amazing Mudhut Illustration who I had been a fan of for a few years before commissioning it. The overall design was mostly her idea, but we talked alot about the overall concept of the EP, the symbolic transformation that occurs in three stages, which she reflected in dividing the image into three distinct parts that flow into each other. It turned out awesome and was a great experience working with her!



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?



I would probably say I enjoy working by myself quite a bit, as I seem to be able to focus more and be as much as a control freak as needed since it’s only myself that I’m irritating. I do also play in a traditional heavy/power metal band called Emerald Rage and we play lots of local bar shows. It’s taken me a while to chill and not be so nit-picky with everything, because in a live show, it’s kinda supposed to be just complete mayhem. I would definitely like to collaborate with more session musicians both for Hieros and Untamed Land though, as having another voice added in the mix can really add a lot of character to a record.



7.The ep was released on 'Mourning Light Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?



They released my first album for Untamed Land. After hearing it on bandcamp a few days after I uploaded it, they decided they liked it enough to release it. I wasn’t sure if they were going to go for this more traditional black metal project, but I figured I would send it in and see what they thought. Turns out they liked it as well!



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



The EP still hasn’t been fully released to the public on bandcamp, but I’ve been hearing lots of good things from various websites and blogs such as yourself, so that gives me hope!



9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future/



There’s no concrete plans for a full-length as of yet; might happen though as I have a few ideas that could maybe be fleshed out to fit the LP format. I kind of like how succinct this release is as it seems there’s no wasted moment. Looking to the future in a general sense, I’m about to start work on the second Untamed Land album and have some ideas for a potential new project that I might start developing. Also I’m interested in potentially getting into doing some soundtrack work for games or films in the near future. Now I just need to find the time for all this!



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?



Besides the bands I listed above, some other bands that influence the music of Hieros are: Havukruunu, Kawir, Rotting Christ, Varathron, Misþyrming, Blut Aus Nord, The Ruins of Beverast, Dissection, Celtic Frost, Sleep, Electric Wizard and the almighty Bolt Thrower!



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



Reading, working out, hiking, and a little bit of drawing when I have time. Not a whole lot to be honest, seems like there’s too much music out there yet to be made.



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



Not really, thank you for this interview though, it was great to talk with you!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/hieros-interview.html


Entartung/Maleficae Artes/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2020 CD Review

lundi 8 juin 2020 à 21:29

  Entartung  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Malificae  Artes"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  but  still  having  a  modern  atmosphere  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clear  vocals  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  Eastern  European  style,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark and   raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  death,  the  Faustian  spirit,  ancient  rituals and traditions  and  the  darker  chapters  of  human  history.

  In  my  opinion  Entertung  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tower  Of  Silence"  and  "Circle  Of  Suffering".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blX3E8qt4cg

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/entartungmaleficae-artesdunkelheit.html


Daemon Of Oa/Corridors Of Seth/2020 EP Review

lundi 8 juin 2020 à 03:58

  Greece's  solo  project  Daemon  Of  Oa  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "Corridors  Of  Seth".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style.

  Some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  some  old  school  Greek  black  metal  structures  while  the songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Daemon  Of  Oa  has  remained  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  he  has  established  on  his  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Daemon  Of  Oa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spark  Of  Blinding  Light"  and  "Intense  Vacuum".  8  out  of  10.

https://daemonofoa.bandcamp.com/album/corridors-of-seth  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/daemon-of-oacorridors-of-seth2020-ep.html


Vaki/Kuolleen Maan Omaksi/Redefining Darkness Records/Saturnal Records/2020 CD Review

lundi 8 juin 2020 à 03:13

  Vaki  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  modern  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Kuolleen  Maan  Omaksi"  which  will  be  released  in  July  as  a  joint  effort  between  Redefining  Darkness  and  Saturnal  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  modern  style  of  black  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album.  Dark  soundscapes  also  make  a  brief  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  some  of  the  guitar  leads  also  utilizing  some  dissonant  structures.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vaki  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  modern  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vaisto"  "Ikiuni"  and  "Kylmyyden  ytimessa".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/-L6actS9tbE



        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/vakikuolleen-maan-omaksiredefining.html