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Thyrane/Black Harmony/Woodcut Records/2017 EP Re-issue Review

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 05:14




  Thyrane  are  a band  from  Finland  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  keyboard  orientated  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  1997  demo  "Black  Harmony" which  will  be  re-issued in  2017  by Woodcut  Records.

  A  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  awhile  keyboards  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly  and  the  songs  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  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  are  done  in  a  very  true  Nordic  tradition.

  Thyrane  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  melodic  and  keyboard  orientated  on  this  recording  while  also  having  a  more raw  edge  than  what  was  presented  on  later  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  demo  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christian  and  Misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Thyrane  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  keyboard  orientated satanic  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacrifices"  and  "Satanic  Ages  Overture".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/thyraneblack-harmonywoodcut-records2017.html


Arkhaeon/Beyond/BergStolz/2016 CD Review

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 03:23

  Arkhaeon  are  a  band  from  Switzerland that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Beyond"  which  was  relased  by  BergStolz.

  Atmospheric synths  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  vocals  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  spoken  word  parts  gives  the  music  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  the  song  which  is  also  over  30  minutes  in  length  also  brings  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and fast  parts  and  keyboards  along  with  melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.and  classical  guitars  are  also  used  in  some  parts  of  the  track  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times  and  whispers  are  also  used  briefly. 

  Arkhaeon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that h as  its  raw  moments  while  also  being  very  ritualistic  and  experimental  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult  and  Transcendence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arkhaeon  are  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/arkhaeonbeyondbergstolz2016-cd-review.html


Siberian Hell Sounds Interview

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 02:29
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We're a 3-piece from Brisbane, Australia, the sunniest, least stereotypical black metal location ever besides possibly Hawaii. We've been on-off as a band since early 2013 and have finally settled into a more solid lineup and are finally starting to get shit done.

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

The most oppressive, discordant racket we could muster. Like sleep paralysis in musical form. We aim to make you feel bad. 

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

All our lyrics are quite abstract, older material was generally inspired by Dante's Inferno and Milton's Paradise Lost. Lyrics for Svengali relate to the process whereby an external party can begin to manipulate a person. The Svengali in question is open to interpretation based on the listener's own beliefs but for me it represents media, religion and their affiliates.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Siberian Hell Sounds'?

It's taken from a radio hoax from the 80's. Basically someone convinced a Christian radio station that they had a recording of the sounds of Hell (supplied by a family member who had been part of a drilling team in Siberia) and the station bought it hook-line-and-sinker. Google 'Well to Hell hoax'.

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

We recently had the privilege of touring Australia with the Danish band Hexis, quite possibly the most intense band you'll ever have the pleasure of seeing live. I don't know how to describe our stage performance besides 'dark'. I never pay attention to what anyone else is doing onstage.

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

I hope so. Nothing locked in as yet but plenty in the works.

7.So far you have been a part of a couple of splits, can you tell us a little it more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?

Our first split was with a now defunct d-beat/crust band called NONE. The studio we recorded at had an EGC on hand, damn the guitars sound sick on that recording. Our second split was with an also now defunct hardcore band named Travels. I've been friends with all those guys since forever and although they're a completely different style to us we decided to try something a little different. Cool thing to note about this is that we play in very different tunings and wrote the songs independent of each other and they both came out in the same key so we decided to make it one long song. Played it live as such one time and it was fucking awesome.

8.The new album was released on 'Art Of Catharis Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The most enthusiastic, eclectic, awesome label in Australia. Lachlan loves music and seems to do everything he can to help the bands on his label and I'm very happy that he chooses to associate himself with us.

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

We're still very much in the dank basement of the underground but I've been sending a lot of packages lately to a lot of new places so that seems indicative that it's all going in the right direction. Thank you to anyone reading this who has bought shit off us.

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

Faster, darker, more intense. I don't know yet how we'll achieve this but I'm looking forward to it already.

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?

Bands that I feel directly inspired Svengali; Kriegsmaschine, Cursed, Darkthrone, Plebeian Grandstand, Hexis, Medico Peste, Amenra.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Food, dogs, nature, drugs, talking shit.

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

It is better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/siberian-hell-sounds-interview.html


Kerker/Ban All Lights/Nihilistsche KlangKunst/2016 CD Review

jeudi 8 décembre 2016 à 01:16

  Kerker  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  depressive  and  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review of  their  2016  album  "Ban  All  Lights"  which  was  released  by  Nihilistsche  KlangKunst.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  melodic  guitar  leads  add  a  modern  touch  to  a  sound  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  Most  of  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  depressive  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Kerker  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw,  depressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  poetic  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kerker  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Lizards  Waltz" "Eurydice"  and  "Bal  All  Lights".  8  out  of 10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/kerkerban-all-lightsnihilistsche.html


Diktatur/L, Agonie d' Un Monde/MELANCHOLIA RECORDS?2016 EP Review

mercredi 7 décembre 2016 à 20:23

  Diktatur  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays an  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  with  electronic  music  touches and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep "L,  Agonie  d'  Un  Monde"  which  was  released  by  MELANCHOLIA  RECORDS.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beasts  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while t he  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  synths  are utilized they  bring  in  elements  of  modern  electronic  music  while  the  heavier  riffs  also  bring  in  a  more  current  style  of  black  metal  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  their  is  also  a brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Diktatur  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  yet  raw  sounding  and  also  adds  in  eelments  of  electronic  music  to  make  the  genre  sound  different,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Diktatur  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  black  metal  band  with  electronic  music  touches  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Comme  Une  Ombre"  and  "L,  Agonie  d'  Un  Monde".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/diktaturl-agonie-d-un-mondemelencholia.html