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Bal Sagoth/Battle Magic/Cacophonous Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 7 septembre 2016 à 04:05

  Bal  Sagoth  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  album  "Battle  Magic"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  September  16th  by  Cacophonous  Records.

 Symphonic  and  epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off the  album  and  they  give  the  music  an  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  film  while  also  being  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  also  mixing in  classical  elements  at  times  and  they  also  mix  it  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  and  spoken  words  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs.

  A  lot  of  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  are  very  melodic  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  traditional  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  very  raw  black  metal  feeling and  a  couple  of the  tracks a re  instrumental  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  an  aggressive  stlye  of  vocals.

  On this  recording  Bal  Sagoth  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  aggressive  and  melodic  along  with  some  very  epic  and  symphonic  style  keyboards  to  create  an  album  that  was  very  different  and  groundbreaking  for  its  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Epic  Fantasy,  Shamanism,  Anglo  Saxon/Celtic  Paganism, Atlantis  and  Science  Fiction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Bal  Sagoth  and  while  most  of  their  fans  already  own  this  album,  modern  fans  of  epic  black  metal  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Tale  From  Deep  Woods"  Return  To  The  Praesidium  Of  Ys"  "When  Rides the  Scion  Of  Swords'  and  "Thwarted  by  the  Dark  (Blade  of  the  Vampire  Hunter)'.  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/bal-sagothbattle-magiccacophnous.html


Eastern Front/EmpirE/Cacaphonous Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 7 septembre 2016 à 03:03

  Eastern  Front  are  a  band  from  The  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their 2016  album  "EmpireE"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  by  Caciphonous  Records.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  album  before  going into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  keyboards  being  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grim  spoken  word  parts  which  also  evolve  into  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats.

  Both  the  riffs  and  leads  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  also  have  their  melodic  moments  and  throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  words  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  thrash.

  Some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  vocals  can  be  heard  along  with  some acoustic  guitars  being  used  briefly.

  Eastern  Front  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  raw  and  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  in  newer  elements  into  their  musical  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eastern  Front  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Veiled  By  Blood"  "Husks  Of  Kursk"  and  "Die  Reise  In  Den  Tod  Pt.  II".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/eastern-frontempirecacaphonous.html


Ze'oth Interview

mercredi 7 septembre 2016 à 00:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. It's actually quite simple. When I get sad, angry, stressed etc, I sit on my computer and start recording whatever feels right at that moment. I live in a house next to a mountain that got burnt quite a few times in the past. It just sits there, majestic, barren. That's how I feel my noise is. Cause it's a comforting noise, in my opinion.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. I would describe it as very moody. When you feel like nothing goes right, crack a beer open and listen to my music. It won't make you feel better, but it will take you places.

3.Most of your music is instrumental but you used vocals on one of the tracks, are you planning on expanding the vocals on future releases?
3. I wanted the songs to be repetitive as much as possible. This creates a numbing effect in the brain. The reason I used vocals in one of the songs was because I wanted to experiment with those. I wanted to see high pitched and low pitched vocals, if they would complete the song, make it better, or take importance off of the music. Whether or not I will expand on this in the future, depends on people wanting more vocals, as well as me wanting to make another EP.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ze'oth'?
4. Without saying too much, because it's a personal matter, "Ze'oth" is actually a deity, some sort of god, that I created for a story at some point in my life. He represented injustice, hope, evolution and power.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?
5. I don't think I would like to work with someone else for this project. It's something that I will always want to be 100% from my own soul.

6.Where is this musical project located at?
6. Everywhere and nowhere. It started in southern Europe, now it's moving to a more northern part..

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7. I wouldn't mind a label, but my main goal is for more and more people to listen to "Ze'oth". I could get 1 million people listening to my songs and never have a label, I'm ok with that.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and drone?
8. Taking under consideration that I uploaded the songs couple of months ago and didn't even care to invite people to like a Facebook page or spam the world with it, I could say pretty good. All I want is for these songs to reach the houses of everyone who feels depressed, alone. Everyone who feels like he had injustice imprinted on his flesh. Everyone who can listen to these songs on a cold winter evening and think "this is where I want to be".

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
9. I am actually. Frontman in a melodic death metal band with enough recognition in its country of origin, as well as northern Europe. And also guitarist in a horror rock band. But I didn't want people to know who I am, or mix these 2 different occasions.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10. I have no idea. Come what may.

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?

11. Wolves in the Throne Room. Burzum, Bathory, Sunn O)))) are some of the bands that influence my sound. Other than those, I listen to a very VERY wide range of metal and some non-metal bands.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Spending hours reading. Either books, or articles about the vast space and its wonders and secrets. Also, A LOT of movies!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. I would like to thank you for this interview, it's always nice when people take an interest in your work. It's also an honour to answer as many questions as possible. I hope my songs reach those who need them! Until we speak again....

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/zeoth-interview.html


Orewoet/Afrodisiacum Der Vroomheid/Heidens Hart Records/Amor Fati/2016 CD Review

mardi 6 septembre 2016 à 03:28

  Orewoet  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Afrodisiacum  Der  Vroomheid"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Heidens  Hart  Records  and  Amor  Fati.

  A  very  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  o0ld  school  and  Finnish  influences  into  their  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  very  heavy  and  raw  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Orewoet  plays  a style  of  black  metal that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  Finnish  tradition  and  also  ignores  all  of  the  modern  trends  and  also  takes  the  genre  back  to  its  roots, t he  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Dutch  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orewoet  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Feeding  the  Ocean  With  Blood"  and  "Earless  For  Divine  Intervention". 8  out  of  10.

https://heidenshart.bandcamp.com/album/afrodisiacum-der-vroomheid  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/orewoetafrodisiacum-der.html


Kashgar/Self Titled/2016 Full Length Review

dimanche 4 septembre 2016 à 23:50

  Kashgar  are a  band  from  Kyrgyzstan  that  plays  black  metal  with some  death  metal,  thrash  and  progressive  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  album.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  and  they also  give  the  music  more  of a  shamanistic  feeling  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  can  also  get  very  aggressive  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  when  vocals  are  added  onto  the  music  they  are  in  between  growling  and  singing  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  sections  of the  songs  also  bring  in  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  and  ritualistic chanting  and  thrash  influences  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  the  last  track  soundscpaes  are  added  into  the  music.

  Kashgar  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  mixing  it  with  thrash,  progressive  and  death  metal  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kashgar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  some  thrash  and  progressive  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scent  Of  your  blood"  and  "Come  Down".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/kashgarself-titled2016-full-length.html