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Grimoire/A La Lumiere Des Cendres/Eisenwald/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 13 septembre 2016 à 04:49

  Grimoire  are  a solo project  from  Quebec, Canada  that  plats  an  atmospheric form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of his  2011  album  "A  La  Lumiere  Des  Cendres"  which  will  be re-issued in  October  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  heavy guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams and  melodic  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all of  the  musical instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  tracks and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  A great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard in the  fast  riffing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  main  focus  is  more  on  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  style  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  singing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  side  to  the  tracks  and  when  keyboards  are  utilized  on  the instrumental  and  one  of  the  vocal  tracks  as  well  as  the outro  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  ambient  and  a brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  almost  towards  the  end.

  Grimoire  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric,  the  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Fantasy,  Magick,  Occultism  and  Witchery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grimoire  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beriseil  I"  and  "Les  Flammes  de  I'  Ignorance". 8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/grimoirea-la-lumiere-des.html


Penitnce Onirique Interview

mardi 13 septembre 2016 à 00:35
Answers by : Diviciacos ( Lyrics, Voices ) For Pénitence Onirique .

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

P.O is a two-headed entity, composed of Bellovesos for everything related to music and Diviciacos for lyrics and voices We try to deliver a complex BlackMetal, radical and ambient.

2.You have an ep coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

You can definitely considered V.I.T.R.I.O.L as our first album. As I said above, we try to deliver a complex and ambient black metal, which leaves space to the interpretation of the listener. The goal is to provoke emotions in people and place them in an introspective mood. V.I.T.R.I.O.L consists of various initiatory journeys, which lead to an acceptance of death and the search for inner peace

3.Your lyrics cover a good amount of esoteric and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

The interest for esotericism, alchemy, religion is very personal for me it is mainly a way for the man I am to find peace and understands what I feel and think to a philosophical point of view. In this album I place the search for peace before death as a goal to be achieved, as the alchemist seeks the philosopher's stone, the gold, the inner light, that we begin to find by getting rid of suffering, the sulfur .

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

Like everything else, we wanted to leave room to interpretation. For me, Pénitence Onirique, something like "dream-like penance" is like a psychic path that we follow to forgive ourselves for what we missed, for our regrets, for what's eating us and our soul throughout life.

5.According to the metal archives page the band is a solo project but the fb has band members listed was this originally a solo project?

This project began as a solo and instrumental project only involving Bellovesos. But as we made music together for many years and I could relate to his work, I quickly came up with a background and lyrics, here’s the result.

6.The ep is coming out on 'Emanations', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Yes definitely. we're over the moon and it’s very pleasant .

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

Not too easy to measure it yet. but for now it’s rather positive and it makes us really happy .

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

NO

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

I can't answer that, but surely towards something more personal, without limits.

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?

In terms of music, mainly the 90’s European black metal scene ( particularly the Swedish like Dissection, Dawn, Sacramentum…) but also Doom, New wave, Drone ….  but Literature, cinema, alchemy, esoterism, history, human nature, religions is also a big part of our influences .

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Culture in general .

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

Above all, thank you for the interest. For the rest, follow us, listen to us and try as much as possible to know yourself.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/penitnce-onirique-interview.html


Brahmarakshas/Self Titled/2016 EP Review

lundi 12 septembre 2016 à 02:11

  Brahmarakshas  are  a  solo  project  originally  from  India  put  now  relocated  to  the  United  States  that plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  ep.

 Progressive  style  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  while  a  decent  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  the  music  is  very  experimental  at  times  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  spoken  words  give  the  songs  more  of  a  poetic  edge  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  more  melodic  style  to  the  music.

  Brahmarakshas plays a  musical  style that  is  very  experimental  while  also  mixing  it  with  atmospheric  black  metal  and  some  death  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  based upon  the  poem  "Brahmarakshas"  by  Gajanan  Madhov  Muktibodh.

  In  my  opinion  Brahmarakshas are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Superfluous  Quest  For  Absolute  perfection".  8  out  of 10.    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/brahmarakshasself-titled2016-ep-review.html


Sordide/Fuir La Lumiere/Avantgarde Music/2016 CD Review

lundi 12 septembre 2016 à 01:17

  Sordide  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Fuir  La  Lumiere"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  screams  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in a   touch  of  black'n'roll  and  the  vocals  also  have  a  punk  edge  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars,

  Sordide  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Sordide  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revolte"  and  "Sans  Regrets".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/sordidefuir-la-lumiereavantgarde.html


Solitvdo/Hierarkhes/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review

dimanche 11 septembre 2016 à 03:36

  Solitvdo  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Hierarkhes"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Atmospheric sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and they  also  give  the  music  a  very  epic feeling  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  heavier  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elments  and  during  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and f ast  parts and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  is  all  instrumental  and  also  brings  in  violins  while  the  later  songs  have  vocals.

Solitvdo  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  epic  style  of  black  metal  they  have  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Roman  culture  and  heritage.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Solitvdo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aristokratia"  and  "Fides,  Pietas,  Gravitas,  Virtus".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/solitvdohierarkhesnaturmacht.html