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Isebel/The Maleficent Correlation/2019 EP Review

samedi 2 mars 2019 à 03:03

  Isebel  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  fast,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  old  school  form  of  Swedish  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  ep  "The  Maleficent  Correlation".

  An  ambient  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  emtal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  synths  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavy  parts  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.    All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  esoteric,  anti  human  and  apotheosis  themes.

   In  my  opinion  Isebel  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  old  school  Swedish  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hosianna  -  Divination  Of  Cinders"  and  "Tricalyth Fulcrum".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/03/isebelthe-maleficent-correlation2019-ep.html


Drastus/La Croix de Sang/Norma Evangelium Diaboli/2019 CD Review

vendredi 1 mars 2019 à 06:22

  Drastus  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "La  Croix  de  Sang"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Norma  Evangelium  Diaboli.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  yet  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  dissonant  structures  at  times.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  being  added  onto  a  couple  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  an acoustic  instrumental  is  added  onto   the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Chaos,  Evil,  Cosmos  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Drastus  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashura"  "Hermetic  Silence"  and  "Constrictor  Torrents".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/drastusla-croix-de-sangnorma-evangelium.html


Aihos/Havityksen Maa/Helter Skelter Productions/2019 CD Review

vendredi 1 mars 2019 à 04:34

  Aihos  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Havityksen  Maa"  which  will  be  released  on  March  29th  by  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  All  of  the musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  songs  also  being  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  classical  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  air  raid  sirens  along  with  classical  guitars  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  songs,  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aihos  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hetki  Ennen  Kuolemaa"  "Ikuiset"  and  "Ancestors  Blood".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/aihoshavityksen-maahelter-skelter.html


Deviser/Howling Flames/Sleaszy Rider Records/2019 EP Review

vendredi 1 mars 2019 à 04:20

 
  Deviser  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  Greek  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Howling  Flames" which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  more  of  a  deep  black  metal  style  that  is  very  close  to  the  90's  style  without  sounding  outdated.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  grim  screams  also  being  used  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song.

  On  this  recording  Deviser  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  Greek  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deviser  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  Evil  Dwells".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/deviserhowling-flamessleaszy-rider.html


Aethyrick Interview

vendredi 1 mars 2019 à 02:02
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?

We have been working on new songs that will be the flesh and bones of our sophomore full-length which we'll start recording in the coming summer. Apart from that, nothing that significant has happened. Some interviews here and there but that's about it.

2.In December you had released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?

I don't think it differs that much from the demos to be honest. Praxis is a clear continuation of what we started on the demos and also a manifestation of what forms the very basis of Aethyrick's musical philosophy in the first place. The only difference, to my mind, is the fact that things are done a notch better on the album, which is the way it should be. So the blade is certainly the same one as before but it's a bit sharper now and cuts deeper.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Occultism and Witchcraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?

Once the siren song of the shadows is heard, it cannot be silenced ever again. With this in mind, I think using the word 'interest' is a bit inaccurate. In other words, it goes a lot deeper than being just curious about such matters. This calling, if you will, is something I cannot turn away from even if for some reason I wanted to try to do so. It defines me and I have come to recognize it as my most central attribute. My objective is to immerse myself in this Art as completely as possible and to harness my latent abilities to their fullest extent. Not an easy task, that's for sure, but meaningful things in life tend not to come without dedication and hardship anyway.

4.Can you tell us how long you have been a practitioner of the occult arts and are there any authors or esoteric orders that have had an influence on your thinking?

Without resorting to unnecessary name and term dropping, I can say that along the years my road has been paved with several sources of insight without which I wouldn't be the seeker I currently am. Even the publications and ideas I have felt to be completely alien to me have served their purpose in the sense that my focus has become clearer because of them and as a consequence knowing what to leave behind or what to skip altogether has been easier. The steps have been many, some of them sidesteps and some downright false even, but I have eventually come to find my spiritual haven under certain branches of the tree called Traditional Witchcraft.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aethyrick'?

Aethyric as an adjective is pretty self-explanatory, being basically anything that originates from or is related to aethyr, or the aethyrs for that matter, but also kind of vague as different people and traditions define the concept of aethyr itself with a bit of variation. In our use of the word it is best understood simply as something pertaining to the world of spirit or the more subtle planes of existence. I personally associate it also with dream-like sensations and such and this certainly matches perfectly what we do musically. The alternative spelling with the letter K at the end is lifted directly from a certain passage in Andrew Chumbley's writings which we hold in very high regard both language- and content-wise. Using this word and this spelling as our band's name is our way to pay tribute to this particular body of work which has had such a profound impact on us both.

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

The basic idea of the symbolism is to underline the continuously recurring murder of our clayborn self which we must perform time and time again if we wish to partake of the light of the sacred stars. In other words, the lower impulses and the poisonous influence of the ego and our everyday selves must be overcome in order for us to be able to awaken our senses to the world of spirit. This doesn't imply any kind of 'flesh is bad, spirit is good' dualism. On the contrary, it's about aligning one's whole being, both carnal and the more subtle one, with what truly matters.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

I don't see it very likely that we would be recruiting new members any time soon. After all, the whole thing came into existence because of very strongly aligned esoteric and musical preferences between the two of us, and as coming across such like-mindedness is in my experience rare indeed there aren't really any people we currently know that could bring that same thing to the table even if in theory we might be open to expand the line-up beyond this duo setting. And that's good for us because we don't have any need to look for new members. Possible live situations are of course a different matter, but even then we're talking about session members only.

8.You also have a compilation coming out this year with both of the demo's on it, can you tell us a little bit more about your decision to release the compilation?

The demos form a coherent whole both conceptually and musically so this idea of releasing them together works nicely in my opinion. They were released in rather limited numbers (81 and 93 respectively) so this way people get a chance to get the demos in a physical format in case they missed out on them for one reason or another back when they were initially released.

9.The new album was released on 'The Sinister Flame', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

TSF is a label with a very strong sense of Satanic conviction and vocation at its core. In addition to the philosophical side of things, TSF functions on a 'quality over quantity' basis and is definitely not another label that further saturates the market with a plethora of pointless releases. We are very pleased over the fact that this collaboration came to be as TSF was the number one option for us when we started thinking about possible labels we might want to work with. It was nice to see that Northwind was very enthusiastic about Aethyrick already when we sent him the first demo, and it seems he still is which is of course great. A perfect match between a band and a label, I would say.

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

The feedback has been both positive and negative, but at least on the basis of what I've seen the latter is in the minority. Whatever the truth of the matter may be, I'm pleased to see so many positive comments out there. Naturally it's not the reason why we do this stuff but it's always great to hear if also other people can get something out of what you pour your heart and soul into, you know. Those who haven't liked the material tend to say it's too soft or it lacks edge and so on, and I kind of understand where they are coming from with this, but like with all opinions it simply boils down to personal preferences and taste really. Just like Black Metal in general, Aethyrick isn't meant for everyone.

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

I don't think there will be that many surprises awaiting around the corner in this respect. I'm sure there will be natural variation and evolution as we don't deliberately aim at repeating the same recipe over and over, but we're not exactly too keen on forced transformation either. We're not innovators, we're just honest artists doing what makes us tick the most.

12.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 believe everything we listen to influences us to different degrees, so I can't really point out any clear sources of inspiration. That said, we are very much into certain type of Black Metal that conjures up strong feelings of unexplainable nostalgia. It doesn't have to be a release from the nineties, it can be a very recent release too as it's about the atmosphere that has been created and not about the year when it was made. There is always room for the more violent and rawer variety too, but for the most part our hearts pound for the atmospheric and more melodic stuff such as In the Nightside Eclipse, early Gorgoroth and Gehenna, and so on. Of the more recent bands and releases than the above-mentioned, for example Sarath's  Siste Indre and everything by Nasheim deserve a mention in this context. Ideologically rather neutral stuff but the music on those releases is simply brilliant and can each time elevate the soul to considerable heights.

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

Not really. But thank you for doing this interview!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/aethyrick-interview.html