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Gaerea/Self Titled/Everlasting Spew Records/2016 EP Review

mercredi 19 octobre 2016 à 02:24

  Gaera  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  vast  and  tense  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  ep  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Everlasting  Spew  Records.

  A very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  synth  starts  off the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  get  very  high  pitched  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  yet  modern  and  melodic  atmospheric  black  metal  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Gaerea  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  heavy  while  also  having  its  raw,  dark  and  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gaerea  are  a  very  great  sounding  vast  and  tense  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Final  Call"  and  "Void  Of  Numbness".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/gaereaself-titledeverlasting-spew.html


Calligram/Demimonde/Cimmerian Shade Recoridngs/2016 EP Review

mercredi 19 octobre 2016 à 01:19

  Calligram  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  punk  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Demimonde"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  A  very  distorted  yet  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  melodies,  punk  influences  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  direction  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  last  track  briefly.

  Calligram  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Calligram  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  punk and  if  you  are  a  fan of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Red  Robe"  and  "Black  Velvet".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/calligramdemimondecimmerian-shade.html


Misanthropic Rage Interview

mercredi 19 octobre 2016 à 00:32

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We're about to release our debut full length album (18.11 is the premiere date), but we're already gathering ideas for next releases.

2.You have a new album coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released a few months back?

The sound and the atmosphere of the album doesn't differ much from the EP, simply because both were created and recorded at the same time. It is a little more straight-forward though, Qualia and it's title track were meant to be a journey for us, something different from the very beginning, that's why it became rather long track, we've just went with the flow. Full album has more traditional approach to the matter. The only difference is this time we've decided to hand recorded tracks for mastering to Serakos studio in Warsaw, while Qualia was done entirely by ourselves.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

Our lyrics almost always describes the way we see the world around us. Sometimes it's straight “in your face” type of message, sometimes it's more metaphorical, but it's always about our view on the world and diseases that devours it from it's core, whether it's religion, politics or just simply human stupidity.

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

It describes our approach to life. We've become really fed up with everything around, we've started to make music together and “Misanthropic Rage” perfectly describes both the music and attitude.

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?

If we can find similar minds that will fit to our vision, then sure, it'd be great to be able to take our music and spread it on live shows. From the creational point of view we'd rather stick to the absolutely minimum – the way we work together suits us well and saves us lots of unwanted obstacles, and it's obvious that the more people you have working on something, the harder it gets to have same goal and vision.

6.The new album is coming out on Godz Ov War Productions, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes, the atmosphere and dialogue between us goes great so far. It's always a pleasure to work with someone that's doing it for the music, not for fame or money.

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

I'd lie if I said that we don't care, we're happy when somebody likes what we're doing, but we're not doing it for fame, money or to please someone. We're do what we do with a goal to transform our vision and emotions into sounds, and if someone likes it, that's great.

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

We both have side projects, but our main focus is Misanthropic Rage for the time being.

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

That's too early to be sure, we like to evolve. We're not planning anything for the moment, we trust our instincts and do things when the time is right.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Obviously the main influence is Black Metal, especially the Icelandic scene lately, but we listen to a lot of different kinds of metal, and music in general. We don't want to limit ourselves, there's a lot of great sounds even (or maybe especially) in places you would never think of.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Well, let's just say that making our music is a very spiritual experience for us. We are interested in occultism, but we doesn't follow anyone. I'd rather say we're exploring ourselves in our way.

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

Thanks for having us and taking interest. There is a lot more to come from us, so stay tuned.

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


Aenaon/Hypnosophy/Code666/2016 CD Review

mardi 18 octobre 2016 à 04:38

  Aenaon  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Hyposophy"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Code666.

 Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  screams  along  with  some  clean  singing  and  saxophones  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  At  times  the  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  add  acoustic  guitars  into  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  when guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  lot  of  the  vocals  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  anger  and  hate  and  some parts  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  growls  and  progressive  structures  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  ethnic  music  and  the  last  track  brings  in  psychedelic  style  keyboards.

  Aenaon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  and  progressive  and  also  stands  out  with  saxophones  being  used  as  one  of  the  main  instruments  which  also  makes  the  songs  sound  a  lot  more  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  weaknesses,  paranoia,  death,  and  denial  of  ego  and  body  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aenaon  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire  Walk  With  Me"  "Tunnel"  and  "Phronesis-Psychomagic".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/aenaonhypnosophycode6662016-cd-review.html


N.K.V.D/Toltalitarian Industrial Oppression/Krucyator productions/2016 CD Compilation Review

mardi 18 octobre 2016 à 02:57

  N.K.V.D  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  had  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  industrial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  compilation  album  "Toltalitarian  Industrial  Oppression"  which  was  released  by  Krucyator  Productions  and  consists  of  2007  ep  "Diktatura"  and  2011  full  length  "Vlast".

  Distorted  spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  compilation  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  mixing  in  some  synths  at times  as  well  as  some  programmed  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black   metal  screams.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  are  also  all  heavily  influenced  by  industrial.

  N.K.V.D  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  industrial  and  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  movie  samples  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  cover  history,  dictatorship,  totalitarianism,  and  oppression  themes  while  some  samples  are  in  English.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  of  work  from  N.K.V.D  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  industrial  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kadyrovski  Klan"  "Incipit  SSR"  "Alkhan-Kala"  and  "Grozny".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/nkvdtoltalitarian-industrial.html