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Lichtblick Interview

mardi 12 février 2019 à 03:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are Lichtblick, a four headed depressive black metal band form Austria.

2.So far you have released an ep and a full lengh, musically how do they both differ from each other?
The main difference between the EP and the album is the band line-up. Currently we are four people and we recorded our album with this line-up. The music is also a little different because of the influence of the “new” members. We became a little more advanced in general and found our own sound.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Our lyrics are about depression, suicide, fear and anxiety as well as substance abuse.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lichtblick'?
The name “Lichtblick” has two meanings for us. The first one is the light you see at the end of the tunnel shortly before you die; the second meaning is the hope that life will always end no matter how dreadful it gets.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
We took the pictures ourselves and we wanted each image to reflect the atmosphere and the meaning of each song. The album cover should represent insanity and the edge of death and suicide.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The best show we played so far was a gig in Vienna with Urfaust and Schammasch. Our stage performance is very intense for us. We try to lose ourselves in the music and try to achieve a trance like and meditative state. We hope that our listeners feel the same

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, we have some upcoming shows in the pipeline and are working on plans for a tour at the end of the year.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We have received interest but currently we aren’t really looking for a label.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
We have sold copies of our album worldwide. The people who are into the genre seem to enjoy our music.

10.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 We are currently working on new stuff, but concentrate more on life performances right now. We will stick to DSBM.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are yuo listening to nowadays?
Classic depressive black metal bands like Austere, Nocturnal Depression, Psychonaut 4 and Total Selfhatred have a big influence on us. But bands like Agalloch, Fen, Alcest, Low, Lantlos and The XX also play a big role for us

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
 We all work and making music together is our passion. Every one of us tries to distract themselves from life.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Feel free to lose your life  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lichtblick-interview.html


Black Anvil/Miles/STB Records/2019 EP Review

mardi 12 février 2019 à 03:34

  New  York's  Black  Anvil  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  modern  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Miles"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  STB  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  an  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  yet  old  school  metal  style. One  of  the  tracks  also  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  modern  and  anthem  orientated  style  of  metal  and  as  the  ep  progresses  they  bring  in  The  Devil's  Blood  and  Mercyful  Fate  covers.

  On  this  recording  Black  Anvil  takes  their  modern  style  of  black  metal  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  darkness  and  reality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Anvil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iron  Sharpens  Iron"  and  "Everlasting  Solitude".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/black-anvilmilesstb-records2019-ep.html


Triste Terre/Grand Oeuvre/Les Acteurs de I'Ombre Productions/2019 CD Review

lundi 11 février 2019 à 05:17

  Triste  Terre  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Grand  Oeuvre"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  music  inspired  elements  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction..  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clean  vocals are also used  at times. When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  mount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a raw feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Some  of  the  guitar  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  while  the  riffs  are  more  rooted  in  the more  traditional  style  of  the  genre.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be heard  while  some  of  the  clean  vocals  also  brings  back  some  of  the  90's  avant  garde  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trisete  Terre  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corps  glorieux"  and  "Tribut  solennel".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/triste-terregrand-oeuvreles-acteurs-de.html


Perversor/Umbravorous/Pulverised Records/2019 CD Review

dimanche 10 février 2019 à 21:13

  Perversor  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Umbravorous"  which  will be  released  in  March  by  Pulverised  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  capturing  the  brutality  of  the  later  mentioned  genre.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  evil  sounding  melodies  into  the  music.  A  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  but  done  with  a  more  modern  and  brutal  approach.

  At  times  the  speeds  off  the  music  almost  borders  on  the  raw  aggression  of  war  metal  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  sound  along  with  only  a  few  seconds  of  mid  tempo  sections  being  utilized  throughout  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perversor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dwell"  "Military  Industry  Complex"  "Virtual  Antropophagy"  and  "DMT".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/perversorumbravorouspulverised.html


Gardbuk/Fantasy Of Dying Lights/Structured Disasters/2018 EP Review

dimanche 10 février 2019 à 20:22

  Gardbuk  is  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Fantasy  Of  Dying  Lights"  which  will  be  released  by  Structured  Disasters.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  vocals being  mostly  grim  black  metal screams.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed.  One  track  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  industrial  noise  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  experimental  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  riffing  is  power  chord  driven  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Gardbuk  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  diverse  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nightmares,  vampiric  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gardbuk  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Darkness  Ensues"  and  "Bleak  Realities".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/gardbukfantasy-of-dying.html