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Nocrul/Khorne/Neverheard Distro/2017 Cassette Review

jeudi 16 février 2017 à 05:23

  Nocrul  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric form  of  black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Khorne"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  on  February  28th  by  Neverheard  Distro.

  Demonic  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  guitar  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  atmospheric  synths  are  also  used  at  times  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  some  of  the  songs.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  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  black  metal  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  brief  use  of  ambient  elements  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Summoning's  "Hails  To  The  Sons  of  Lugberz".

  Nocrul  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic,  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  brutal  world  of  Warhammer  40k.

  In  my opinion  Nocrul  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Khornaete  Daemons"  "Greater  Feets  Of  Carnage"  and  "Cult  Of  Khorne".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/nocrolkhorneneverheard-distro2017.html


Neoheresy/Oblawa/Elegy Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 16 février 2017 à 03:17

  Neoheresy  are  a  solo  project  from Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  with  folk  and  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Oblawa"  which  was  released  by  Elegy  Records.

  Symphonic  and  epic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  yet  distorted  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  choirs  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  keeping  all  of  the elements  from  the  intro  and  the  guitar  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  elements  of  folk  music  into  the  songs  and  ethnic  instruments  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  used  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Neoheresy  creates  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  more  different  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  while  also  keeping  the  symphonic  and  folk  elements  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Neoheresy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan/black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Karzel"  and  "Dwa  Zywidy".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/neoheresyoblawaelegy-records2017-cd.html


Wormwood/Ghostlands - Wounds From A Bleeding Earth/Non Serviam Records/2017 CD Review

mercredi 15 février 2017 à 23:34

  Wormwood  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  grim,  melodic,  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this   is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ghostlands  -  Wounds  From  A  Bleeding  Earth"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  pagan  war  calls  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  spoken  word  parts  being  used  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  tradition  of  the  90's  an d the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  stringed  instruments  on  a  couple  of  songs  which  add  a  touch  of  folk  music  onto  the  album  and  some  of  the  heavy  riffing  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Wormwood  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  grim  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  adding  in a  touch  of  the  pagan  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover the  vast  and  mystical  space  of  the  Scandinavian  north  and  old  folk  tales.

  In  my  opinion Wormwood  are  a  very  grim  sounding  atmospheric,  grim  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Universe  Is  Dying"  "To  The  Oceans"  "The Windmall" and  "To  Worship".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/wormwoodghostlands-wounds-from-bleeding.html


Rosk/Miasma/2017 Full Length Review

mercredi 15 février 2017 à 22:16

  Rosk  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Miasma".

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  ambient  and  after  awhile  guitar  sounds  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  making  their  presence  known.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  clean  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  elements  of  post  rock  onto  the  album  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  adds  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style and  slide  guitars  are  added  onto  the  last  track  along  with  some  whispered  vocals.

  Rosk  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  ambient  elements  while  also  having  its  aggressive  moments,  the  production  has  a  very  professional  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics cover dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rosk  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Nomine  Pestis"  and  "Infected  II".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/roskmiasma2017-full-length-review.html


Rimthurs Interview

mercredi 15 février 2017 à 21:22
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?

The Ödemark cassette was recorded quite some while ago, so I've had it lying around for several years before Fila Sophiae picked it up. During the time between the recording and the release I also recorded a new full length album which will be released march 18 by German label Ketzer records.

2.In November you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The biggest difference is that two of the songs are purely acoustic and are very "folky" in sound. A friend plays key harp, a very old swedish folk instrument. I'm very satisfied with the result, as it still sounds very much like Rimthurs. Two songs are more regular black metal, but still with a very big influence from folk music.

Also, I did not write the lyrics for the three title songs, it's a poem by an old swedish poet named Ejnar Smith. The fourth song is an acoustic version of the song Köld from the Ur:Kaos Ep.

3.This is your first release since 2010, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

I always take my time with Rimthurs, as I do everything myself. I also don't want to rush it, I want everything do be as good as possible before recording and releasing. I wrote and recorded both the Ep and the new fullength during this time.

4.Your lyrics cover Nordic Mythology and Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

It ́s natural for me as being from Scandinavia to use the old nordic religion as base for my lyrics and concepts. I have always been interested in the old sagas. There is a completely different way of perceiving death that I like and identify with, it's more a natural part of existence and nothing to fear.

For me it's completely out of the question to use the abrahamitic mythology as inspiration for Rimthurs, as it has no part here in the cold north. No matter what name the prophet or god is called, he should be erased from the memory of mankind.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Rimthurs'?

Rimthurs literally translates into Frost Giant. I think it fits good with the overall concept of death and misanthropy, as they are the enemies of life and this world. One thing I really like with the nordic mythology is that there is no clear borders between what's "good" or "evil". Even the gods have their dark sides and Odin often seeks wisdom from the Giant races.

6.With the exception of a bass player you record everything by yourself, do you prefer working solo than working with a full band?

It both has it's advantages. It's easy to loose track of what you're doing when doing everything yourself, it can always be good to have some other input in what you're doing. The good thing is that you don't have to compromise because there are other wills involved. And as Rimthurs is a very personal part of me, it wouldn't be possible to have anyone else meddling with the songwriting or lyrics.

I'm lucky to know people with the right mindset who can help out with mixing, mastering and layout though, as my knowledge in some of these parts are somewhat limited.

7.The ep was released on cassette by 'Fila Sophae', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

I have had contact with the guy behind it for several years, he's been a fan of Rimthurs since a long time back. He started this label just last year, so the Ödemark cassette was one of the very first releases on this label. Everything's been going well with him despite him being totally new to this label thing. I also like the small scale he's working in, very limited editions.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

Planet Rain has had a pause for a couple of years, but is up and running again. We're rehearsing some new songs. We play progressive, melodic death with lyrics inspired by Lovecraft, philosophy and existence.

I started playing drums with black metal band Patronymicon a while back, we're about to book studio to record a third album. Fast, scandinavian black metal.

I also just started playing drums with cult band Sorcery, old school death with their roots in the eighties. At the moment I'm learning their songs and then we'll also be starting to put together another album.

Other than that, I'm working on a four track ep with a project called Blodsed. Also a one man project that I've been doing when not occupied with anything else.

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

Overall I've got really good feedback. But as I take several years between releases I think people tend to forget about Rimthurs in between. I did send a cassette to a guy in the U.S. though, so it's spreading I think.

10.When can we expect a hull length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

As I said earlier, the new full length titled Gravskrift will be released on march 18 by Ketzer records. It's dark and melodic with some folk influences, I'd say it's a pretty natural progression since Svartnar. I also have written two songs for another cassette, I'll try to record it before or during this summer. I will probably keep working with that concept, making an Ep of some kind in between every full length. These Ep's will be a bit more experimental one way or another.

The new stuff I've been working on lately for a new album is sounding a bit more aggressive, but usually it never ends up the way I thought. It's a very organic process for me to write music for Rimthurs, I just channel what comes to me and see where it takes me.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I listen to a lot of 70's music, like Hawkwind and Captain Beyond. I don't know how much impact that kind of music has on my writing, nothing overly obvious at least. At the moment I'm also slightly obsessed with Wardruna, the new album is amazing as always. Other than that, swedish folk music and black metal mostly.
But mostly my influences comes from things I read or experience one way or another.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Photography has been an interest for me for a long time. That's the biggest interest beside the music. I read a lot, both fiction and non-fiction. I also like hiking and being out in the nature.

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

Thanks for the interview. Look up the Ödemark cassette and the upcoming album Gravskrift!
Hail the old powers, Hail Death!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/02/rimthurs-interview.html