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Groza/The Redemptive End/AOP Records/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 22 juin 2021 à 03:41

 


  Groza  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Redemptive  End"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  AOP  Records.


  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well   as  some  clean  playing  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  touches  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  numbing  isolation  and  desperation  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Groza  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sunken  In  Styx  Part  II_Descent"  and  "Homewards".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/grozaband/
https://groza-blackmetal.bandcamp.com/


https://youtu.be/hUhHKuAY2cE

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/grozathe-redemptive-endaop-records2021.html


Aralus Interview

mardi 22 juin 2021 à 02:39

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the solos project?



The Project was born from the need to express ideas and thoughts, images and scenes, through the use of music.



2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?



Yes, the EP explore a variety of sounds that went from more darkish to nostalgic feels


the style it's pretty a intuitive style, just writing what i feel with the song i'm making, without restriction of genres.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?



the topics and subjects are alike to a dream, they tend to be sometimes surreal and sometimes just a bunch of feeling that you cannot or able to express



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



Aralus meaning "Maple Tree" and there is no much inspiration about it, it's just my favourite tree



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



Yes, the artwork represent something that it's trapped in branches, an ancient house now gone...something that's hard to reach but visible to a distance like a light in a dark room, so this is why the title of the ep it's "There is a blurry light against the twisted branches" cause follows that direction i wanted to represent with the artwork.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with other musicians in your other project. do you prefer to work by yourself?



of course,i've had many bands in my past and i had many experience about it.


now i'm working in a new project with 4 members(included me) and of course Orquìlux that's is a duo with myself and my greatest friend so there is like a great connection together when we work.


but yes sometime i prefer to work by myself and sometimes i like to work with others to see what we can create!



7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



i'm not looking for a label, but i'm open to anything!



8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of blackgaze and post black metal?



I don't know if it went well or bad, i think is more like a good start, i had many positive comments and reaction about my songs!



9.What is going on with 'Orquilux', these days?



We are recording vocals for the new full length album compost by 13 songs entitled "Fernweh" after the vocals, i start mixing and mastering it, we can't wait to show you what we made!


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?



a full length? well very soon,now i'm working on a neoclassical ep, just need to finish that and i'm gonna start put something on paper for Aralus!


For the career of the musician I will not be able to know where I will be in the future,


but my plan and dream work, it's to be a Soundtrack Composer for videogames or anything relate to movie and animation!



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?



Pain of Salvation takes a really big role in my music influences and many many others band that's are hard to choice, but PoS it's the big one.


for musical style: latin, classical, folk, orchestral, electronic, jazz, pop, metal, rock, all the subgenres of the music i can say, i'm really dive into many styles with my mind, i don't like to limit myself, i like to explore a large world of music that expand everyday



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



nothing to say, just really grateful for this interview and the people that like my music! I can't wait to create more music for you all, Thank you so much!

 https://aralus.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.instagram.com/aralusarts/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/aralus-interview.html


Dodskold Interview

mardi 22 juin 2021 à 02:34

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Hail and first of all thanks for the interview opportunity! Dodskold was formed late in 2020, one might say by chance! Two members (M and L) of what now is Dodskold were just sharing some written material and decided to start this as a side project and see what happens. Later on T was recruited on vocals and recording started soon after with some demo versions of the songs. Material was shown to Pesttanz Klangschmiede who already had contact with M before with previous releases from another band, and it was decided that the debut Dodskold album would be released through Pesttanz.


2.So far you have released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

We wanted the sound to be as raw and as cold as possible, but still with a modern production. Dodskold is very much inspired by the early  years of Black Metal, and while of course not trying to copy any other artists, the inspiration I think is still heard throughout the songs. The musical style is very emotional and it is a cold, melancholic sound that takes the listener to a desolate soundscape of misery, anguish and coldness.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Lyrically the songs go hand in hand with the music. The writer is emanating forth desparate emotions of  solitude, abandonement, and desolation, alongside a couple of tracks which are inspired by a reknown author of a particular legendary book(s). Those who know, know. We shall leave it up to the listeners to decipher which songs they are and what they are about.


4.Most of the band members have also been involved with black metal over the years, how does this band differ from the stuff you have released with previous groups?

It differs completely. All of us are involved in other bands, for many years now. The thing is, when we wrote this material, they were intended for our other bands, but the style was way to different and did not fit the style of those bands. Thus was born Dodskold.


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

The name itself means Deathly Cold, or the Coldness of Death, and here I mention Death with the capital D, for those who understand.


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

The artwork was done by M. and the front cover is actually a photo that M took which happens to be just a few kilometers outside of this residence. The artwork also goes hand in hand with everything that Dodskold represents. The thought behind the artwork is that it represents all our music into one picture, an image of desolation and abandonment, loneliness and solitude.


7.While some of the band members are veterans very little is known about the group, do you prefer to keep a lower profile?

Yes we decided to keep a low profile on who the members are, for now anyway. There are a few actually know who we are of course but Dodskold is not about who the members are, but it is all about the music we do and how it affects the listeners. It is irrelevant at the end of the day who we are.


8.So far the band has worked with 'Pesttanz Klangschmiede' and 'War productions', do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Yes as you mentioned the album was released with two different labels. Pesstanz Klangschmiede who released the album on Vinyl and War Productions who released it on tape.  We are all grateful to have had such support from these 2 labels who took our interest at heart and helped us release this album. We shall hopefully work with them again in the future!


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

We must say, that we were not expecting this kind of reaction from the listeners. The album got way larger than we thought it would actually, so suddenly Dodskold took a turn to be a more serious band, other than just a side project. It was totally unexpected but a reaction which was most welcome. Very glad that our listeners managed to feel the songs the way we felt about them as well. Lots of people wrote to us privately as well and expressed their thoughts to us and how our music affected them in a positive way through our desolate passages! It is quite ironic but that is the way it is!


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

It is hard to say where we shall head on in the future but we have already some plans on the table now anyway. New music has actually also started to be written, so our listeners can surely expect another release in the future.


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?

There are way to many good bands out there that inspire our music, but as said we dont want to copy these other artists, but we want to create our own sound at the end of the day. Inspiration and influence shall of course always be there whether one likes it or not, but Dodskold shall strive to always have its own sound. A sound that has gone down very well with our listeners and fans now, and a sound that we shall continue to keep for future releases.


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

We would like to thank you again for this interview and show appreciation to all of you lost souls who showed their support to us from birth of this band. Surely all this positive feedback gave us the drive to decide that Dodskold shall continue through its path of desolation, down to the black abyss of the Nothingness.

Bandcamp: https://dodskold.bandcamp.com/releases
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dodskold
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5LjKh4fSQkHZwv106ArboL
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dodskold

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/dodskold-interview.html


Laracna/Nec Spe Nec Metu/2021 EP Review

dimanche 20 juin 2021 à 05:47

 


  Laracna  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "Nec  Spe  Nec  Metu".


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  in  between  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  dark  metal  elements  as  well  s  the  solos  and  leads  also  remaining  true  to  an  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a   heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Laracna  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  dark  and  death  metal  to  make  the  music  more  dark  and  aggressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  as  mixture  of  Portuguese  and  English  and  cover  Anti  Religion,  Philosophy  and  History  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  laracna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  dark  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cursed  God"  and  "Deo  Tacita".  8  out  of  10.


  

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/laracnanec-spe-nec-metu2021-ep-review.html


Aversio Humanitatis/Silent Dwellers Live MMXX/2021 Live Album Review

dimanche 20 juin 2021 à 05:18

 


  Spain's  Aversio  Humanitatis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  live  album  "Silent  Dwellers  Live  MMXX".


  Dark  soundscapes  and  synth  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  dissonant  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a v ery  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  melodic  choirs  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.


  On  this  recording  Aversio  Humanitas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  aggressive,  dissonant  and  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  humanity  and  nihilism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aversio  Humanitatis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Longing  For  The  Untold"  "The  Watcher  In  the  Walls"  "Spears  of  Unlight"  and  "The  Wanderer  Of  Abstract  Paths".  8  out  of  10.


-Bandcamp: https://aversiohumanitatis.bandcamp.com/album/silent-dwellers-live-mmxx

-Youtube (Full video): https://youtu.be/7BHW07iFLi4

-Other streaming platforms: https://backl.ink/147115593

https://www.aversiohumanitatis.com/
https://www.aversiohumanitatis.com/merch
https://aversiohumanitatis.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/aversiohumanitatis
https://www.instagram.com/aversiohumanitatisofficial/

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/aversio-humanitatissilent-dwellers-live.html