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Durthang/The Winter Woods/Crush The Desert Records/2021 Demo Review

dimanche 28 février 2021 à 00:55

 


  Durthang  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  a  folk  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  demo  "The  Winter  Woods"  which  was  released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  music  elements.


  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  instrumentals.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  brief  use  of  grim  pagan  style  vocals  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.


  Durthang  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  also  mixes  in  elements  of  folk  music  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  nature  and  the  writings  of  J.R.R  Tolkien.


  In  my  opinion  Durthang  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  orientated  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rise  From  Winter  Winds"  and  "Above  the  two  Towers".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/durthangthe-winter-woodscrush-desert.html


Coniferous Swamp/Dead Forests Burning Hatred/Death Monument/2020 Demo Review

dimanche 28 février 2021 à 00:19

 


  Coniferous  Swamp  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  raw,  misanthropic  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  demo  "Dead  Forests  Burning  Hatred"  which  was  released  by  Death  Monument.


  Female  vocals  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  soundscapes  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  faster  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  European  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  elements  of  noise  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.


  Coniferous  Swamp  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  misanthropic  and  hateful  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  melancholy,  lost  cultural  hatred  and  destroyed  old-growth  forests.


  In  my  opinion  Coniferous  Swamp  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  misanthropic  and  nature  orientated  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Birth  Of  Revenge  Wanderer"  and  "Echo  Of  Lost  Roots".  8  out  of  10.


https://deathmonument.wordpress.com/2020/12/05/coniferous-swamp/


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/coniferous-swampdead-forests-burning.html


Kaarmekristus/Venite ad Me, Satanas/Nebular Carcoma Records/2020 Demo Re-Issue Review

samedi 27 février 2021 à 23:48

 


  Kaarmekristus  is  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  demo  "Venite  ad  Me,  Satanas"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020  by  Nebular  Carcoma  Records.


  Distorted  reverbs  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  and  early  2000's  influences  while  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  instrumentals  and  all  of  the  riffing  is  done  on  power  chords,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  the  closing  track.


  Kaarmekristus  plays  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  polarities,  darkness,  light  and  the  path  to  spiritual  enlightenment.


  In  my  opinion  Kaarmekristus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pimeyden  syvyyksiin"  and  "Valon  kirkkauteen".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/kaarmekristusvenite-ad-me.html


Spider God Interview

samedi 27 février 2021 à 06:02

 

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


Spider God is a raw black metal project I started in October 2020, at the tail end of a pretty productive year for me, musically. I’ve been a recording artist for many years, working in a wide range of genres, and I actually dabbled in black metal back in 2010-ish, although nothing came of it. It was only last year that I hit upon a sound for this genre that I thought warranted a bit more exploration, and it’s kinda snowballed from there.




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


The first EP was written and recorded in a week. I had one riff from a previous project, which is the opening riff to Shipwreck’s Hull, and I built the sound around that. I wanted something that sounded strongly melodic, but that was offset by raw production and dissonant vocals, so that it didn’t become too saccharine. My influences are wide-ranging and people have mentioned nods to post-punk, hardcore and even Brit Rock in my songs, although none of this is intentional - I basically just try to write black metal and this is what comes out!




3.The lyrics are based upon Ingmar Bergman's classic film trilogy, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?


The lyrics are just as important as the music for me, and I knew I didn’t want to mine the same territory as other BM projects, so I thought about using films as reference points. Bergman’s films are so intense and full of despair that they seemed the perfect match for black metal, and the Faith Trilogy provided fertile ground for lyrical content, considering the themes of loneliness, psychological imbalance, and the silence of God. This first EP tells the story of the first film in the trilogy, Through a Glass Darkly, and each song is from a different character’s perspective. It’s liberating to write in the form of a dramatic monologue and lots of the lyrics are direct quotes from the screenplay.




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


The main character of Through a Glass Darkly is a schizophrenic young woman who fantasises about God appearing to her in an empty room. Near the end of the film her fantasy becomes a reality (at least in her own mind), but the form God takes is that of a spider, and she becomes terrified as it takes over her body. However you wish to interpret this scene (Bergman doesn’t make it easy), for me the symbol of the ‘spider god’ represents the lurking darkness that threatens to rule us if we succumb to it, which is something I wanted to explore and express with this project.




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


This is a manipulated still from a scene in the film where Karin has an almost orgasmic experience as she imagines God climbing inside her. I liked the way the high contrast makes it look as if she’s been decapitated, when in fact it’s just her body contorting backwards.




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


Like any bedroom project, working alone has its benefits and drawbacks, but it’s important to be able to communicate your vision to someone else and trust that they will elevate the project beyond what you can achieve on your own. Through a recent collaboration (which is yet to be announced) I formed a friendship with an insanely-talented American musician, and he has recently recorded drums from another upcoming record, which I’m very excited about. His work on the songs took them to another level and the whole experience was a lot of fun. I hope I’m able to work with others in the future, whether that be vocal/instrumental contributions, or full-blown writing collaborations. There are a few ideas in the works, but I’m not ready to reveal them yet. Also, I recently recorded an ambient intro/outro for a Mnhma full length, which was very rewarding as I was able to respond to another artist’s vision for once. It’s a hell of a record - I can’t wait for that one to be unleashed!




7.The ep was released through a variety of many different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you worked with on this release?


I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to work with three of my favourite labels for this first EP. Death Kvlt Productions are handling the vinyl and Dan has been particularly instrumental in driving the project forward, giving me the confidence to release more material. Phantom Lure, who released the tape edition, were originally known as a comfy synth label (I’m a big fan of that genre), but it’s great that Jurgen took a chance and made this his first official black metal release. Repose Records is home to some of my favourite current artists, such as The Suns Journey Through the Night and The Oracle, and Tom is one of the friendliest guys in the scene (and a big movie buff!) so it’s been a pleasure to work with him on the CD version.




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


Mostly very positive! I’m so grateful that people seem to accept the Spider God sound, despite it deviating somewhat from the established formula. The black metal fan-base can be very opinionated, and I wouldn’t be surprised if my music rubs some people up the wrong way, but on the whole I’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response.




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


I’ve just finished up demoing the full length album, which will contain 10 new tracks. However, I have a lot of releases stacked up before that, including two more demo EPs (to round out the trilogy), two splits and a four-way collaboration, so the full-length will most likely come out in 2022. I vowed to myself that I’d make as much music as possible before the creative energy ran out, but it’s still going, so that bodes well for the future!




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?


I appreciate minimalism in black metal, so projects like Nihil Invocation, Carved Cross and Borda’s Rope are immediate sonic references, although I am a also a huge fan of the triumphant French BM sound, especially Véhémence, so that gets thrown into the mix too. I come from a punk and hardcore background, so the punky attitude of Kommodus and Lamp of Murmuur are also touchstones, although my song structures are less intricate than their work and focus more on pop sensibilities, I would say. Outside of black metal I’m sure there are a host of other influences from a wide range of genres, as I mentioned earlier, but it’s hard to put my finger on particular reference points - if there’s a resonance to another genre or band, then it’s worked its way in subliminally. 




11.What are some of your non musical interests?


I studied film at university and was an independent filmmaker for a number of years, so movies are a big part of my life - particularly the ‘slow cinema’ of Andrei Tarkovsky, Bruno Dumont, Bela Tarr and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. I also play a lot of Tomb Raider....!




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


Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk about my music - it’s much appreciated.


https://spider-god.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.youtube.com/watch?mc_cid=4f8b0f480d&mc_eid=09de20527c&v=F7BdPnXeJoY&feature=youtu.be

https://www.instagram.com/s.p.i.d.e.r.g.o.d/?mc_cid=4f8b0f480d&mc_eid=09de20527c

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/spider-god-interview.html


Gates Of Doom/Aquileia Mater Eterna/Cult Od Parthenope/2021 CD Review

samedi 27 février 2021 à 05:47

 


  Gates  Of  Doom  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  epix  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Aquileia  Mater  Eterna"  which  was  released  by  Cult  Of  Parthenope.


  Battle  sounds,  classical  guitars  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  adding  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  onto  the  album.  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.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostyl  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Elements  of  melodic  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  dark  ages,  medieval  and  historical  atmosphere  at  times  and  synths  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  deals  with  Frulian  History  and  Heritage.


  In  my  opinion  Gates  Of  Doom  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I,  The  Eagle,  The  Strength,  The  Power"  "Under  A  Treacherous    Domain"  and  "Aquileia  Mater  Eterna".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/gates-of-doomaquileia-mater-eternacult.html