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Aura Mortis/Proclamation Of The Sardonic Flame/Zly Demiurg/2017 EP Review

vendredi 25 août 2017 à 04:04

  Aura  Mortis  are  a  duo  from Serbia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Proclamation OF  The  Sardonic  Flame"  which  was  released  by  Zly  Demiurg.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ritualistic  and  ambient  touches  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  deep  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  high  pitched  moments  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  are  also  used  briefly.
  Aura  Mortis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aura  Mortis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "In  Being  Engraved".  8  out  of 10.  

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Wormwitch Interview

jeudi 24 août 2017 à 04:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're a heavy metal band from Vancouver, BC, Canada. We started up about a year ago and we just put out our first record, Strike Mortal Soil.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo and single you have released in the past?
The sound of the album is really varied. We wanted to try everything out, stretch our legs and see where we were most comfortable. The end result was sort of a sum of our influences, lots of black metal, 70s-80s rock and roll, Swedish death metal, a bit of speed metal. It differs a lot from our previous stuff. We started out as more of a crust punk band with a lot of European death metal influence, and have moved more in the metal direction since then.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics on the album follow a loose theme, largely discussing the idea of finding strength in death and the brevity of life. It's a bit of a philosophical exploration of death's role in society and and the psyche. Modern people fear death and crave immortality, but mortality is what gives our experiences and accomplishments gravity and meaning.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wormwitch'?
No meaning, it's a little bit tongue-in-cheek. It started out as the name for a fantasy-themed d-beat band that our vocalist/bassist, Robin, and I planned on starting, but when it came time to name Wormwitch we thought it would fit. We initially came up with it while talking about how bands with "worm" or "witch" in the name always end up being cool.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our favorite show so far was probably our recent one in Salt Lake City, Utah. We were on tour with Numenorean from Calgary, it was a really nice venue with great sound and the crowd really seemed to dig us. We haven't played a whole ton of shows yet in the grand scheme of things.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We've got really exciting North American tour plans for the rest of the year and beyond, nothing I can announce just yet. We'd like to hit Europe before the next record as well.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's been really great so far, which is awesome. We weren't really sure what to expect, but so far so good.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
I've got a solo project called Old Graves, which is somewhat on hold right now as Wormwitch is mega busy. Robin is slowly piecing together a new project which I'll likely be involved in as well. There's nothing officially released yet, but I can tell you it's sounding really good.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We've already started writing the next album, and there's definitely a shift. The process of writing, recording and releasing Strike Mortal Soil really served its purpose in showing us where we want to be and what Wormwitch should sound like. The new music is less dark and dirty, but it rips just as hard, if not harder. It's more focused and intense, and objectively a huge step up for us. We feel that we've really hit our stride and that it'll be a bright new beginning for us.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Some bands that have really influenced our sound are Darkthrone, Entombed, Taake, Led Zeppelin, At The Gates, Kvelertak, Black Sabbath, Enslaved, Mastodon, tons more. Too many to name. Recently I've been listening to lot of the same stuff I always have, but a lot of Wardruna in particular.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We're love the outdoors; hiking, camping, hunting, just being in nature. We like to read, Robin plays the odd video game. We're big into history and fantasy if that tells you anything about how we are.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks a ton for the interview my friend, check us out on tour or online!

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Klingsor/Realm Of The Shades/Narbentage Produktionen2015 Demo Review

jeudi 24 août 2017 à 04:03

  Klingsor  are  a  solo  project  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  "Realm  Of  The  Shades"  which  was  released  by  Narbentge  Produktionen.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  and  they  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  along  with  some  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  are  also  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  that  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  without using  much  in  the  way  of  solos  and  as  the  demo  progresses  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  along  with  a  few  instrumentals  and  nature  sounds.

  Klingsor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  dreams  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Klingsor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Under  A  Million  Burning  Moons"  and  "Adversary".  8  out  of  10.

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Corpsehammer/Posesion/Morbid Skull Records/2017 EP Review

mercredi 23 août 2017 à 05:26

  Corpsehammer  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Sweden  and  Chile  that  plays  a  primitive  mixture of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Posession"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Skull  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  of  a  first  wave  black  metal  style  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  second w ave  influences.

  At  times  the  riffing  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  a lot of  death  metal  elements  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  both  the  80's  and  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  touches  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  Corpsehammer  plays  a  musical  style  style  that takes  a  raw  second  wave  black  metal  style  and  mixes  in  with  some  first  wave  influences  as  well  as  some  elements  of  war  and  old  school  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  death  and  doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Corpsehammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  primitive  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  "Beso  Inflame"  and  "Cataclismo".  8  out  of  10.    

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Chaos Moon/Origin Of Apparation And Languor Into Echoes, Beyond/Folkvangr Records/2017 Double Cassette Review

mardi 22 août 2017 à 07:57

  Chaos  Moon  are  a  solo  project  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  raw,  depressive  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  double  compilation  album  "Origin  Of  Apparation  And  Languor  Into  Echoes,  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Folkvangr  Records  on cassette  and  consists  of  2  albums  that  where  originally  released  in  2007.

  Blast  beats  and  fast  yet  raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful while  the  synths  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  ambient  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  very  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  2nd  wave  influences.

  At  times  the  riffs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also being  used  briefly add  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of  the  outro's  also  adds  in  a  small  amount of  Gregorian  chants  that  also  return  on  a  later  track  while  the  second  album  on  the  collection  expands  on  the  style  of  the  first  release  while  also  adding  in  more  melodic  riffing  which  also  added  in  the  guitar  leads  when  that  are  used briefly.

  Chaos  Moon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  depressive  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  ambient  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mental  illness,  plague,  and  obscure  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chaos  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  depressive  and  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aether Aurora"  "Origin  Of  Apparation"  "Abstract  Tongues"  and  "Countless  Reverie  In  Mare".  8  out  of  10.


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