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Euhom/Ealdfaeder/Mycellium Networks/2016 EP Review

samedi 13 août 2016 à 05:47

  Eohum  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Ealdfaeder"  which  was  released  by  Mycellium  Networks.

  Folk  music  instruments  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  heavier  sound  along  with some  melodic  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  death  metal  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  mix  folk  instruments  in  with  heavier  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  guitar  leads  also  use  a  decent  of  melody  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Eohum  plays  a musical style that  takes  Norwegian  influenced  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  doom  along  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Traditionalism  and  Environmental  Decay. 

  In  my  opinion  Eohum  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unmasking  A  World  Of  Deceit"  and  "Ode  To  A  Martyr".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/euhomealdfaedermycellium-networks2016.html


Sea Of Bones/Ramlord/Broken Limbs/2016 EP Review

samedi 13 août 2016 à 04:36

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between Connecticut's  Sea  Of  Bones  and  New  Hampshire's  Ramlord which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Broken  Limbs  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sea  Of  Bones  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  funeral  doom  metal,  sludge  and  drone.

  Their  side  of the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  doom  metal  side  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  their  track  is  over  10  minutes  in  length  and  also  mixes  in  some  of  sludge  heaviness  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  make their  presence  known  on  the  track.

  The  whole  song  also  remains  true  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  some  of  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  hardcore  along  with  a  small  amount  of  grim  screams  that  seem  to  be  influenced  by  black  metal  and  towards  the  end  melodic guitar  leads  are  utilized,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover d ark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  track  from  Sea  Of  Bones  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  doom  metal  and  sludge,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Ramlord  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  melodic  riffing  and  clean  playing  before  adding  in  a  doom  metal  influenced  sound  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as some  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  more  mid  paced  as  well  as  adding in  elements  of  crust  and d  beat  and  you  can also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  their  song  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Ramlord  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out their  song.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  sludge,  doom,  crust,  and  black  metal. 8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/sea-of-bonesramlordbroken-limbs2016-ep.html


Malphas Interview

samedi 13 août 2016 à 03:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

  Malphas is a black metal project from Canton, MI. I do all the instruments and vocals by myself. Other than that, you should listen to the EP and judge for yourself. Hopefully you’ll like it. 

2.So far this year you have released both a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

  While the demo was released in 2016, all of the songs except one were recorded last year. It has a simpler sound and most of the songs were not recorded the same way was the EP and because of that, they suffer from lower quality. When I started working on the EP I wanted to work with a two guitar sound, before it was only one. Having two guitars allows for a more dynamic and diverse sound as well as the opportunity for
harmonies to help make it sound bigger and more complete. I think overall the EP has better songwriting and better recording quality. I would have been embarrassed to release the demo songs as anything but a demo, but I am incredibly proud of how  the EP turned out. 

3.Some of your lyrics deal with demonology and the occult, how would you describe your views on the dark arts?

  I am a luciferian. I believe in being your own god and controlling your own life. Working towards enlightenment and being one with the morning star. I believe that you should take responsibility for your own actions and work to make yourself the best you can be. Try to educate yourself to the best of your ability and listen to what science tells us. Anyone who rejects science is on the wrong side of history. I reject the idea of a traditional god and I do my best to express my disgust for the evils of religion. There is no good deed that a religious person can do that a non-religious person would not be able to do. But inversely, there are plenty of evil deeds done in the name of religion and sanctioned by holy books that a non-religious person would never ever dream of doing.

4.You also have some lyrics that deal with fantasy and Warhammer 40k, can  you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

  I’ve been an avid Warhammer 40k fan since I was in middle school. I absolutely love the game and the lore. For those who don’t know, it is a tabletop sci-fi game where you build and paint your own army of soldiers to fight against other people’s armies. The lore is so expansive and diverse, it creates a setting where you are able to craft your own narratives within it. That makes it a great lyrical subject. I am also a big fan of fantasy literature and games. I love stories about dragons and wizards and orcs and such. I always
have been.

5.I know that the name 'Malphas' is a Goetic demon, what was it that interest you about this deity that made you name the band after him?

  I first came across the name in an encyclopedia of demon names. I loved the sound of it from the beginning and once I read about him I knew I needed it to be my band name. I love that he is a great prince and he commands legions of demons. I also think its interesting that he builds fortifications. I love the idea of a great demon commanding his legions to construct mighty structures of dark glory. Plus once I started playing around with logo ideas I really liked what I came up with and how I was able to make it legible but still contain an inverted cross and a pentagram.

6.Currently the project is all solo but you have said on your facebook that you are looking for whole band, have you had any luck in finding other musicians?

  I haven’t really been actively looking. I like the freedom I get from doing everything by myself. I’ve had to deal with some awful people in past bands. I’ve met incredible guitar players who would rather party, do drugs, get into drama, and stroke their egos than write good music. People who care more about playing a show with a boring band than put



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

  So far I’ve heard only positive reviews. I had a friend give me some pointers on things I can do to improve in the future, but he still enjoyed it. I’ve had songs on the radio and reviews on metal blogs and everyone seems to like the old school sound of it. I’ve been invited to do interviews and a live performance, so I must have done something right.

8.What is going on with your other musical project these days?

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

  I plan on continuing with Malphas. Currently I’m looking into getting some better gear so I can put out an album with better quality. I’m also practicing guitar and working on writing new songs. I would definitely be open to working with other musicians and even being part of another band. I just want to make music that I enjoy  work on bettering myself as a player.

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?

  Well my favorite band of all time is Inquisition. If you haven’t listened to them you need to. They’re by far the best black metal band of all time. Some other favorites are Dark Fortress, Darkspace, Dantalion, Istapp, Lord Belial, Gorgoroth, Immortal, etc. I recently discovered Imperium Dekadenz from Germany and they’re becoming one of my favorites. As far as non black metal goes, Inferi is one of my all time favorites.Amiensus,
Be’lakor, Ne Obliviscaris, and Oak Pantheon are also some that I’ve been listening to a ton lately. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

  Well you already know that I’m big into Warhammer 40k. I also play a ton of video games. Assassin’s Creed games are among my favorites. I’m also a huge Transformers fan. Not the awful Michael Bay movies, but the original G1 transformers. I have a large collection that is constantly growing. I usually spend most of my time with my incredibly girlfriend going on fun dates and just hanging out. She’s always supportive
of my music and I wouldn’t have been able to finish the EP without her support. 

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

Not really, I just want to thank you for this opportunity. I can’t believe people want to interview me. I really hope you like my music, and if you haven’t heard it, check it out and let me know what you think. I always respond to people’s messages on my Facebook page.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/malphas-interview.html


Cara Neir/Wildspeaker/Guilt And His Reflection/Broken Limbs/2016 Split Cassette Review

vendredi 12 août 2016 à 04:44

This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Texas's  Cara  Neir  and  Wildspeaker  called  "Guilt  And  His  Reflection"  which  will  be  released  in  September  on  cassette  by  broken  Limbs  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cara  Neir  a  band  that  has  had  plenty  of  material  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  grind,  post  rock,  screamo  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  distorted  amp  sound  before  adding  in  growling  vocals  and  aggressive  yet  clean  guitars  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  along  with  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  on  their  side  of  the  split.

  Elements  of  screamo  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  at  times  and  also  brings  in  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Cara  Neir  creates  another  recording t hat  has  a  lot  of  black  metal  roots while  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  screamo,  grind,  post  rock  and  punk  elements  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while the  lyrics  cover  post  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  screamo  influenced  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  View  Through This  Fog"  and  "Ego  Eats  Man".

  Next  up  is  Wildspeaker  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  crust  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also h ear  a  lot  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  after  awhile  some  of  the  riffing  starts  incorporating  more  melody  and  some  of  the  faster  riffing  brings  in  a  touch  of  crust  punk  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  there  side  of  the  recording  sound  very  powerful  and  all  of  their  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  brings  in  a  little  bit  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Wildspeaker  plays  a musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust,  sludge  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  resilience  of  nature  and  the  downfalls  of human  civilization.

  In  my  opinion  Wildspeaker  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  doom  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sins  Of  Desperation"  and  "First  Taste  Of  Flesh".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  post  and  crust  influenced  black  metal.  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/cara-neirwildspeakerguilt-and-his.html


Penitence Onirique/V.I.T.R.I.O.L/Emanations/2016 CD Review

vendredi 12 août 2016 à 03:33

  Pentitence  Onrique  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  esoteric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  V.I.T.R.I.O.L"  which will  be  released in  September  by  Emanations.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  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.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that are  present  on  the  recording  and  a  great  portions  of  the  tracks a re  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  also  perfectly  balance  between  both  old  school  and  modern  black  metal  influences  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount of  growls  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  start  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  nature  sounds.

  Penitence  Onirique  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding  and  also  perfectly  balance  between  both  the  old  school  and  modern  forms  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Alchemy,  Occultism  and  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Penitence  Onirique  are  a  very  great  sounding  esoteric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  Soufre"  and  "V.I.T.R.I.O.L".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/penitence-oniriquevitriolemanations2016.html