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Daven/Crite: Charlie's Saga/2017 EP Review

mercredi 29 mars 2017 à 05:57

  Columbia,  Missouri's  solo  project  Daven  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Crite:  Charlie's  Saga".

  Sci  fi  sounds  along  with  heavy  guitars  and  black  metal   screams  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some atmospheric  synths  and  progressive  and  symphonic  elements  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  sections  of  the  recording.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  the  atmospheric,  heavy  and  melodic  parts  are  always  mixed  together.

  Daven  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  ambient  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  'Critters'  movies  of  the  80's.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Daven  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bounty  Hunter"  and  "The  Ultimate  Killer".  8 out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/davencrite-charlies-saga2017-ep-review.html


Lava Invocator/Mork/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/2017 CD Review

mercredi 29 mars 2017 à 05:07

  Lava  Invocator  are  a  duo  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Mork"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  More  Hate  Productions.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  to a   heavier  direction  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  going  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  and  the  guitar  leads a re  done  in a   very  melodic  fashion.

  A great  amount  of  90's  era  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some deep  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  some  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album progresses  keyboards  also  make  a  brief  return  on  a  couple  of  later  songs.

  Lava  Invocator  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  with  a  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lava  Invocator  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awaken"  "Black  Dawn"  and  "Mork".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/lava-invocatormorksatanath-recordsmore.html


Lascar Interview

lundi 27 mars 2017 à 12:51
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Lascar is a project that started around 2013-2014, I have been listening to Black Metal for years but it wasn’t until I came across a musical genre that for that time was known as Cascadian Black Metal that I decided to get involved in create this kind of music. I was mostly interested in the wall of sound  that’s the guitars generated and the theme of nature, so I put that as a base, but I always try to includes different ideas to that mix.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

 I think that for the albums my main focus is the feeling of everything. The sensation of being submerge in the sound, but I also try to put a melodic side into the mix, and some ideas that I consider peculiar for the genre, but always keeping the atmosphere as the most important.

3.The lyrical cover nature and mysticism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

It’s hard to explain an interest. I could say that for me, music as always been a thing associated with nature and individuality. My interest in music started probably in road trips, looking trough the windows at the trees, the clouds, the rain and listening songs. The mysticism, as you call it, is associated with the constant search of
answers I suppose. I really like science also, so when I work in the lyrics more than mysticism I think in “poetic science”.

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

Lascar is the name of a volcano in Chile. I wanted a name of something natural but not descriptive of the sound of the band. I ‘ve found out that means a lot of other things in other countries, and I’m okay with
all those others meanings, because it doesn’t matter for me at the end.

5.Currently there is only one member in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I’ve work in other bands with different people, and hasn’t been the most gratifying experiences. So for now, I prefer to remain solo. Also, I hope that this project last for a long time, so with that in mind, It’s better this way.

6.Currently you are signed to 'A Sad Sadness Song', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes, when I started to do this I didn’t expect the interest, so working with A Sad Sadness Song, a record who has some bands that I really like, have been a nice chapter in this process.

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

Excellent actually, I think that people that listen to this kind of music can see that the project try to make thing a little bit different, but still inside the genre. I’m always surprise by the interest because why I do is very individual, I just try to do the thing that I like to do.

8.Are you or have you ever been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I’ve been playing alone and in bands for about 15 years, so yeah. But none of those where popular or functioned for a long time, so Lascar is the only one that worth mentioning.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Keep working on this, and probably other musical projects. Also, being open to new thing that appear across the way, but  I don’t like to set gold, or dreams or anything.

10.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?

This is hard for me because music is my main interest in life, so there is a lot in different styles and bands, but just to name a few that directly influenced Lascar, I should mention Wolves in the Throne Room, Addaura, Lifelover, Ulver, also Moonspell, My Dying Bride and The Gathering, and probably Sigur Ros, Explosions in the sky and Mono.

Lately I been listening a lot a singer called Aurora, also Gillian Welch and the new Xiu Xiu album, and in metal, the last record of Immolation who’s is my favorite Death Metal band after Death, the new Violet Cold album, and I’ve been listening Keeper of the Seven Keys of Helloween, an album that I know since forever but that I started to enjoy just recently.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

After finding new music, finding good books probably.

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

Thanks for the support to all the people interested in Lascar, and stay tuned  because we are already working to release the new album the second semester of the year.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/lascar-interview.html


Haar Interview

lundi 27 mars 2017 à 12:45
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new split?


We're continuing to work on new material for our next full-length. We've got a few songs that we're slowly piecing together.


2.In October you had released a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


The split is a natural progression from the The Wayward Ceremony, and continues the dark, dissonant sound from that album. It's also a step up in terms of musicianship and production from the last album, keeping some continuity in terms of the production and artwork as we worked with the same people once again.


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


Our concept with this release was to explore the almost pathological need the human psyche has for faith, something which has been present throughout history and across cultures.


4.How does the name 'Haar' fit in with the musical style that you play?


Perfectly – Haar is a Scottish word for a dense, all-enveloping fog, and this suits the bleak, oppressive sound we've tried to create with our music.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


Our stage performance suits the music and the name – we play wreathed in fog in near-total darkness. Some of our best shows have been while touring with Wodensthrone and A Forest of Stars. Probably a Leeds gig in the now-closed Library was our best gig – perfect sound and atmosphere.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?


No plans for further live shows at the moment – we are focused on writing new material.


7.Currently the band is signed to 'Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum', can you tell us a little bit more about the label?


We've been fans of ATMF since the band started. They've always released interesting, experimental black metal like Sanctus Nex and Semen Datura.


8.Recently the band was a a part of a split with 'Ur Draugr', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?


Again, we've been fans of Ur Draugr since their first release on ATMF. Similar to us, their music is dark but progressive. We talked about a number of bands that we'd be interested in releasing this split with – in the end, Ur Draugr were the obvious choice.


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


We've had great press and merch sales from places all over the world. In the UK, we've had great feedback from fans, but press interest hasn't been as strong.


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


We're working another album just now – hopefully recording some time in 2018. Musically, it will be a continuation of what has come before, pushing ourselves to experiment further and reject more traditional black metal ideas.


11.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?


Bands like Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Abigor and Ved Buens Ende were huge influences and continue to be so. We all listen to wide variety of music, but some of the recent picks have been Sinmara, Glorior Belli, Zhrine, Spire, Krypts and Irkallian Oracle.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


Whisky, hillwalking, fishing, art, reading.


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


Thanks for taking the time to check out the split and interview us. We look forward to sending you our next release.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/haar-interview.html


K.L.L.K/Le Brasier des Mondes/Caligari Records/2017 EP Review

lundi 27 mars 2017 à 04:48

  K.L.L.K  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Le  Brasier  des  Mondes"  which was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

 Field  recordings  start  off  the  ep  along  with some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as some  drones  and  after  the  intro the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  a  few  of  the  tracks are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  At times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  the  elements  from  the  intro  also  being  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  angry  shouts and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  while  some  of  the  slower  riffs  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  as  the  ep  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples and  melodic  chanting  and  some  songs  also  bring  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals.

  K.K.L.K  creates  another  recording  that  is  also  in  the  experimental  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  with  this  ep,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Indo  Europeanism,  Celtic  Rituals,  Comologies  the  writings  of  Julius  Evola  and  Mithraism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  K.K.L.K  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of experimental  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  Souffle  Primordial"  "L'eveil  du  Ble  D'or"  and  "Le  Braiser  des  Mondes".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/kllkle-brasier-des-mondescaligari.html