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Khmer/Larga Sombra/WOOAAAARGH/2017 CD Review

jeudi 15 juin 2017 à 07:07

  Spain's  Khmer  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  black  metal  and crust  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Larga  Sombra"  which  will  be released  in  August  by  WOOAAAARGH.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  d  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  touches  of  post  hardcore  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on   the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  along  with  a  very  short  instrumental  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  influences.

  Khmer  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  black  metal  and  crust  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  angst,  rage,  corruption,  and  introspection  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Khmer  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  black metal  and crust,  you  should  check  out  this recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Larga  Sombra"  "El  Ardor  De  La  Luna"  and  "Soledad". 8  out  of  10. 

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Birkenwald/MDD/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 15 juin 2017 à 06:07

  Birkenwald are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "MDD"  which  will  be  released  on  June  22nd.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  along  with  some  melodic  post  rock  style  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  some  heavy riffs  that  also  use  a great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  at  times  and  clear  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

 Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are present  on  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental  while  a  later  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Birkenwald  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  depressive  post  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  ad  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Birkenwald  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMEMDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  Solitude  Shines  On  Its  Own"  and  "The  Ghosts  Left  Behind".  8  out  of  10.


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Necandi Homines/Da'at/Vacula Productions/2017 CD Review

mercredi 14 juin 2017 à 04:51

  Necandi  Homines  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Da'at"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

   Lo-fi soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times and  demonic  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  the  second  track  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  which  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction    few  minutes  later  along  with some  high  pitched black  metal  screams  making  their  presence  known  along  with  a  very  depressive  and  suicidal  edge  while  clean  avant  garde  vocals  are  also used  at  times  and  the slow  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  on  the  other  tracks  as  well  and  one  song  is  also  all  instrumental  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow   musical  direction  while  also  being  very  diverse  at  the  same  time.

  Necandi  Homines  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  experimental  and  hypnotic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  introspective  and  negative  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necandi  Homines  are  a  very  great  experimental  mixture of  black  and doom  metal  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "The  Faceless  Sculpture"  and  "Through  Deep  Waters".  8  out  of  10.  

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Devourer Interview

lundi 12 juin 2017 à 03:23
1. Can you give us an update on what has gone on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
F: I've put a lot of effort into promoting Devourer and the new album, something I didn't do for the album we released in 2013. It didn't get much attention at all because of that, which is a pity since I know a handful of people who hold it in very high regard and I think more would if they knew it existed at all.

2. Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound presented on the recording and how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
F: Reviewers usually describe Devourer better than I am able to, I am better at writing music than describing music in words, but I would like to call the album a Swedish Black Metal album with elements of Death Metal and Doom Metal presented in a way that is unique to Devourer. I don't think that naming genres says much about the music so I'd also like to say that it has a lot of anger, hate, horror, despair and an ambiance reeking of sorrow and dread. Devourer has always been a band where we create music freely and without limitations so I don't think much about how our earlier releases sounded when I write new songs and instead just let the new songs write themselves, then we keep the good stuff and throw away the bad.

3. This is your first album since 2013, can you tell us a bit more about what has gone on during that time span?
F: I was playing the drums in Sorcery in 2013 and put a lot of my time into that band at the time, writing songs, touring and rehearsing. In mid 2014 I had to leave Sorcery and stopped playing music altogether because my depressions and opiate addiction got really bad. I spent almost all 2015 in rehab and about three months of 2016 in a psyche ward. I recorded a three song EP on a four-track digital porta in rehab that I released as Nastrand. That EP is called Addicted to Death and can be found on YouTube, SoundCloud and so on. It doesn't sound like Devourer and that's why I came up with a new name for that project. While I was still in rehab I also recorded Devourer's single Pest, and that's why I did the vocals on that one instead of H. Now it's almost business as usual so our next release won't take that long to complete.

4. Some of your lyrics deal with Occultism and the Left hand Path, can you tell us a bit more about your interest in these topics?
H: You are somewhat correct that Devourer delve into aspects of the left hand path. I'm studying a lot of occult mythology, qlippothic aspects of the Kabbala and have a belief in chaos Gnosticism. But the main theme of Devourer is really about life and death and a journey into the human psyche. I find it interesting that we have the instinct of survival combined with the impulse to destroy ourselves and everything around us, that contradiction is intriguing and truly something to explore. Take dreams and nightmares for example, what is reality, is it our awakened state that is reality or is it in our dreams we are truly awake? I consider Devourer musical alchemy, the strive to merge social science with myths and religion.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Devourer'?
F: To me Devourer is the demonic equivalent of a black hole, devouring everything and leaving only horror and dread behind. I came up with the name back in 2002, 15 years ago, and can't really remember what I was thinking then, but I think it was something like that.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and how would you describe your stage performance?
F: Devourer has never played live, but we probably will sometime
7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
H: At the moment no. We are a two-man act at the moment, which we have been for over a decade. We have been talking about it though and have people who've expressed interest in working with us so it might happen at some point.

8. You are currently unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
F: We have received some offers, none of which has resulted in some sort of deal yet though.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
F: So far the feedback I have received has been very positive, but I haven't got that much of it. I'll continue working on promoting Devourer as best I can, so hopefully there will be more feedback coming.

10. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
H: I am working on a new album with Patronymicon at the moment but other than that it isn't much going on.
F: I'm probably going to join a blackened thrash metal band as their new drummer but we're just talking about it now so I won't mention which one it is just yet.

11. Where do you see the band heading into musically in the future?
H: You never know, not even us. That's the thing about Devourer. It has always been an experimental platform where we explore ourselves and the world around us.
F: Like H says, it's as much a surprise to us as to the people who're listening what will come next. We've started working on our next project and so far it's just starting to take form so I can't really tell yet.

12. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and what are you listening to nowadays?
H: Mgla, Deathspell Omega, Mayhem.
F: Right now I am listening to Taake's self-titled album from 2008 but other than Taake I have to mention Marduk, Gorgoroth and Thorns too. A band that sadly enough is both a bit underrated and are never going to play again is Abandon from Gothenburg. Their album The Dead End from 2009 is an absolute masterpiece so fans of funeral doom should check it out.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
H: Life is random, death is certain!
F: Our newest album is free to stream and download from our website so head over to and get it now!

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Evil Nerfal/Hail Black Metal...Vobiscum Buer.../Tribulacion Productions/2017 CD Review

dimanche 11 juin 2017 à 03:12

  Evil  Nerfal  are  a  band  from  Colombia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Hail  Black  Metal...Vobiscum  Buer..."  which  was  released  by  Tribulacion  Productions.

  Epic  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  both  first  and  second  wave  influences.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  are  also  used  at  times  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs also  mix  in  elements  of  thrash  and  they  close  with  a  synth  orientated  outro.

  Evil  Nerfal  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  mixing  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  together,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school while  the  lyrics  Occultism,  Luciferian,  Satanism,  Anti  Religion  and  Misanthropy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Evil  Nerfal  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Empire  Of  Fucking  Blackness"  "Lucifer's  Legacy"  and  "Satanic  Nerfal".  8  out  of  10.

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