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Furia/Ksiezyc Milczy Luty/Pagan Records/2016 CD Review

samedi 15 octobre 2016 à 05:55

  Furia  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  they  talk  their  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  mix  it  with  folk  music  with  a  style  they  refer  to  as  'Nekrofolk'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ksiezyc  Milczy  Luty"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Pagan  Records.

 Militant  drum  beats  and  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album along  with  a  great  amount  of  full  chords  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  heavier  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  songs.

  When  guitar  leads are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  and  clean  singing  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  also  using  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  more  angry  shouting  style.

  You  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  heavier  riffing  and  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  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  alternating  between  both  metal  and  folk  sections. 

  Furia  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  folk  music  which  is  all  done  on  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  and  avoids  the  acoustic  guitar  approach  most  bands  use  when  they  mix  this  genre  with  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  poetic  themes  that  are  influenced  by  the  beauty  of  their  home  land  Silesia. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Furia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  with  a touch  of  folk,  you  should  check  out  this album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Cialo"  and  "Grzej".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/furiaksiezyc-milczy-lutypagan.html


Xalpen Interview

vendredi 14 octobre 2016 à 02:11



1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
XALPEN: We stand for true Black Metal, In total devotion to the Black Arts, Shamanism and the work within spiritual gnosis. Music is our bridge through dimensions and to the absolute nothing. All pieces were developed with the conviction of our Satanic will, searching no mundane approach to our cult, neither to our temple. Working through flesh and soul, invoking and evoking many damnations and guidance, time and physical obstacles were on the way, alongside work between the hemispheres of this globe but finally this pre phasic manifest is done and ready to be exposed to your senses. Here is our link between our beliefs and the great Chaos. Canalization of our inner work and outer development. You must listen to it with your bleeding black heart wide open!

2.You have a mini-album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
XALPEN : Raw, furious, honest, diabolic melodies, aggressive drums, a trip into our spiritual legacy  … you can listen that it was made from dark pieces of our souls, isn´t a big budget behind that, anyway the sound in this mini album it reaches the point we were standing at that moment and reflex our compromise with the self-production on it. We tried to make as better we could under the circumstances, distance and time. No wimp computer machinery or studio fakes shit.

3.A lot of the lyrics deal with the Black Arts and Left Hand Philosophies, can you tell usa little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
XALPEN: The Unknown lays there, everywhere, challenging reason and madness, in the unlimited and formless oceans of the great Chaos. We must dive into it, despite fears and pseudo-creation laws imposed by deceivers. We also must learn from our Spiritual development and re-open old portals and teachings legacies that destroy our corruption and the chains that enslave us to this demiurgic dungeon full of mortal illusions. With full wrath, with full convictions, with knowledge as a weapon. Fearless we must approach to the occultism with high respect of ancient traditions and let intoxicate the flesh with the poisons of forbidden gardens. Those Kingdoms of forgotten wisdom are the archetypes of magnificent forces, emanations of the dark spiritual realm, are the connection between soul and spirit using the flesh as tool for many magical operations that you must perform to understand the significance of devotional retributions, where sacrifices take places and the horrors of the weak minded foolish turns against himself.

4.I know that the band was named after a goddess from the Selknam Religion,can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
XALPEN: As correctly you mentioned the name was taken from an Ancient archetype of underworld´s goddess of Selk´nam´s tradition. A bloodthirsty manifestation that rules over the great Ceremony, demanding both blood and souls as sacrifices to her abominable and uncontrolled presence. Also its contents the secrets of the old times and the forces of the mystical era, the territory or place of strong Shamans and the portal to the world beneath. A bridge between dimensions.

5.Currently, there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
XALPEN: We started as a 2 members band and for now we must keep that way.

6.One member lives in Chile while another one lives in Germany, how does this work out in the recording process?
XALPEN: Isn´t really a big deal. We are very focused on what we are doing from the beginning and in our philosophy and under our perspective things are moving well. The recording process itself was a challenge for us, we didn’t have a single rehearsal before this recording. We have canalized as much we could the whole work we were standing at. When we decided to enter the studio, P. Gatica was our drum session demon in Chile, after he learned the songs he just infamous recorded it. With the drums, ready J.P. Nunez continued with guitars and vocals, also in Chile at Necrotic Studio. The physical distance between us it was an uncomfortable factor for the recording time process but we didn´t take it as negatively as it looked and we just continue with it. A. Lillo recorded bass and vocals in Germany. Piano suite was created and recorded in the Patagonia, a very South of Chilean soil by N. Varas. After that, we continue with the process of mix and mastering of our first material just here in Hamburg/Germany.

7.The demo is getting released through 'Morbid Skull Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
XALPEN: So far yes! Absolutely. 

8.On a worldwide level, how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
XALPEN: First of all this we are doing is not for creating a fan base or something like that, is something very personal and with a high spiritual meaning and we will continue as it is, respectful as always in this true work. We really feel honored with approaches of true people by our side, night worshippers, Black Metal maniacs, those who have and understand the respect for what this music is about. 

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that the members are a part of?
 XALPEN: Are all going well, in every different band or musical project we are working separately it has our efforts and energy and that shows simply the consequence and respect that we already mention. Is the way we see the music we create, the art we support and the energies we worship.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
XALPEN: Where we have born and we will continue: Black Metal.

11.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?
XALPEN: Through the years, many bands. Influences at this age of life I can call simply “life remembrances” or sadistic pieces of this bloody puzzle. All bands what have being transgressing time with honesty and savage manifestations of sabbatical tunes has been an inspiration and a way of teachings since every one of us started listening metal. List of names is long but if we focus on today we will find few authentic acts around the planet. 

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

XALPEN: Walk the path of the Snakes, among the Dragon´s hordes and deep into the Realms of Death.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/xalpen-interview.html


Goat Funeral/Luzifer Spricht...10 Years in The Name Of The Goat/2016 Compilation Album Review

vendredi 14 octobre 2016 à 01:56

  Goat  Funeral  are  a  band  from  Germany t hat  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  compilation  album  "Luzifer  Spricht...10  Years  In  The  Name  Of  The Goat'  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Massacre  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  compilation  before   going  into  more  of  a  dark  and  heavier  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the songs  the  riffs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  and  melodic  chanting  and  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  be  heard  on  some  tracks.

  Goat  Funeral  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional while  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  atmospheric  synths  on  some  tracks  which  also  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more  and  the  songs  all  come  from  their  only  full  length  and  2  splits,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Goats  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goat  Funeral  are a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bastian  Lucifer"  "Church Of  Genosuicide"  "Goat  Genocide"  and  "Scars  Of  A  Nation".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/goat-funeralluzifer-spricht10-years-in.html


Deus Ignotus/Hexapterygon/III Damnation Productions/2016 CD Review

jeudi 13 octobre 2016 à 04:25

  Deus  Ignotus  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some touches  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Hexapterygon"  which was  released  by  III  Damnation  Records.

  Ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  direction  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  bestial  growls  and  the  songs  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  black/death  metal  style  while  also  adding  melodies  in  some  of  the  songs and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  influences and  grim  black  metal  vocals  along  with  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction.

  Deus  Ignotus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw  and  bestial  at  times  while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  a  decent  amount  of  melody  which  makes  their  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Occultism,  Mysticism,  Darkness  and Pessimism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deus  Ignotus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  with  a  touch of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Symbol"  "Despotic  Heresy"  and  "URban  Messiah  Lynched".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/deus-ignotushexapterygoniii-damnation.html


Ctulu/Self Titled/MDD Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 13 octobre 2016 à 03:35

  Ctulu  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  album  which  will  be  released  by  MDD  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffing and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal screams  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  at  times  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  decent amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  and  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  whispers  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  adds  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  be  heard.

  Ctulu  creates  another  album  that  remains  true  to  the  fast,  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Nightmares  and  Lovecraftian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ctulu  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Treibjagd"  "Dammerung"  and  "Die  Arkaden  von  R'yleh".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/ctuluself-titledmdd-records2016-cd.html