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Belenos/Argoat/Les Acteurs de L' Ombre Productions/Northern Silence Productions/2019 CD Review

vendredi 30 août 2019 à 08:39

  Belenos  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Argoat"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Les  Acteurs  de  L'  Ombre  and  Northern  Silence  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  Growls  and  clean  pagan  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in a  decent  amount  of  depressive  elements  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  one  track  also  introduces  whispered  vocals  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Celtic  Heathenism,  Nature  and  Sorrow  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Belenos  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Karvden"  "Nozweler"  "Duadenn"  and  "Arvestal".   8  out  of  10.

Belenos Facebook Page // Belenos Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/belenosargoatles-acteurs-de-l-ombre.html


Cemetery Lights/The Underworld/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2019 CD Review

jeudi 29 août 2019 à 21:00

  Cemetery  Lights  are  a  solo  project  from  Rhode  Island  that  has  been  featured  before  in t his  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  old  school  and  Mediterranean  influenced  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "The  Underworld"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  which  is  also  used  as  a  lead  instrument  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  raw  moments  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  tremolo  picking,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  and spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly

  On  this  recording  Cemetery  Lights  takes  hid  musical  style  into  more  of  Greek  influenced  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cemetery  Lights  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  and  Greek  influenced  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Erebos"  "Isles  of  the  Blessed"  and  "Fields  Of  Asphodel".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/the-underworld 



    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/cemetery-lightsthe-underworldnuclear.html


Imperial Cult/Spasm Of Light/Armor Fati Productions/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 CD Review

jeudi 29 août 2019 à 09:31

  Imperial  Cult  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  improvised  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  drone,  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Spasm  Of  Light"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Armor  Fati  Productions  and  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Distorted  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  the  whole  album  is  a  single  track  35  minute  song.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dissonant  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while the  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  getting  very  repetitive  and  minimalist  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  ambient  and  noise  elements. 

  Imperial  Cult  plays  a style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  minimalist,  repetitive  and  improvised  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  all  of  the  music  being  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  physical  violence  and  material  exploitation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Imperial  Cult  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  minimalist,  repetitive  and  improvised  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

http://amorfatiproductions.bandcamp.com/album/imperial-cult-spasm-of-light        

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/imperial-cultspasm-of-lightarmor-fati.html


Mosaic/Cloven Fires/Eisenwald/2019 EP Review

jeudi 29 août 2019 à 08:20

  Mosaic  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays a  mixture  of  black  and  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Cloven  Fires"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Eisenwald.

  Fire  burning  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  dark  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams. 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Spoken word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  sounding  and  clean  playing  and  folk  influences  are  also  added  onto  the  second  track.

  On  this  recording  Mosaic  goes  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  dark  and  black  metal  as  well  as getting  very  experimental  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  alchemy  and  mankind's  imminent  demise.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mosaic  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  black  and  dark  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cloven  Fires".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/mosaicofthefallenone
https://mosaicofthefallenone.bandcamp.com

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/mosaiccloven-fireseisenwald2019-ep.html


Sertraline Interview

jeudi 29 août 2019 à 07:14
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We began, conceptually at least, in 2015 but didn't fill out a full lineup until 2016. I'd say we are equal parts black metal and post rock thus creating a very big and atmospheric sound. That is what we aim for anyway.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's, musically how do they both differ from each other?
2. I think the two releases are fairly similar sound wise. Shade, our debut EP, is a good introduction to our sound. I think our latest, From Both Our Hands, is ultimately an extension of that. Our next release, which will actually be coming out fairly soon, will continue to show what we are about but with a natural evolution and better songwriting which is of course what you want as a band with each respective record. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
3. As the vocalist I write all the lyrics. I'd say, so far, it has been a mix of personal experiences as well as some storytelling. I've always taken writing very seriously and my themes are generally heavy. Some themes have been loss, grief, religion, poverty, and addiction. Though I must say within the dark subject matter there is, at times, some hope.

4.I know that the band was named after a generic name for Zoloft an anti depressant, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
4. Some people have been kind enough to tell us that our music can be very therapeutic and can feel like an escape while at the same time also being deemed depressing, lol. I think we are very proud with the combination of our sound and the name. It has worked out as it was intended. I myself am on that exact medication and it honestly has saved my life. So that just only adds to the profundity of everything.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
5. Our bassist, Jason, came across that painting while searching out some ideas. It was by a wonderful artist, John William Waterhouse, called Ophelia from 1889.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. I think we've been fortunate enough to have played many great shows. I wouldn't say any in particular stand out. We did just tour and definitely had some memorable ones. We played a show in Manchester, NH on a night where just a few blocks away Trump was giving a rally speech. So that was very interesting, lol. Quebec City and Pittsburgh were fantastic and we love playing in Portland, Maine. As for stage performance, for me personally, I am very physical and "in the moment." No matter how many people are watching I give it my all. As a band, especially with music of this ilk, I think the live aspect is very important. Perhaps even more so then a recording. We need to convey the power and emotions of our sound. I'm confident that we achieve that in every show thanks to the great talent around me. 

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. As I said, we did just get back from a tour. We have toured a couple times now. Would love to do it again but would definitely prefer next time to have some help by a label and/or booking agency as we've done everything ourselves. It would be much less stressful, lol. We will be taking a few months off from playing live to continue writing our full length record but before that we do have a show here in Buffalo opening up for a great band, Inter Arma, on Sept. 4th.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post black metal?
8. Responses have luckily been overwhelmingly positive. I think both with touring and releasing records all you can hope for is just for more people to hear your music and in turn more people to witness it live. It's a process and we will continue it. Having Hypnotic Dirge, a label we are all big fans of, release our current EP has only helped that process along. We hope the reactions will continue to grow and be positive.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
9. All but our drummer came from a band called Where She Wept which was a blackened doom band that actually existed for 15 years. As for currently, yes our bassist plays in a black metal band called Enthauptung which has music out there to find. One of our guitarists, Jay, is always involved in other projects, lol. One of which is in its infancy so I don't have any details to spread at the moment. But it will sure to be released to the masses at some point.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. We have a couple new songs now completed, that we've actually been playing live for a bit, and then will just continue writing for the rest of the year. Always tough to predict of course but would hope to have a full length ready to go by the end of next summer. I think musically we'll just continue to evolve and really just let things develop naturally. We already love the two new songs so we are excited to continue this direction and see where it takes us.

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?
11. I think a great thing about the six of us is that we are very much on the same page when it comes to our music but we also all bring a lot of diversity influence wise to the writing process. We are of course influenced by bands within the genres of post black and post rock. But those genres are very vast and then each individual musician can bring something completely out of the box but when integrated with everyone else it ends up working. I think no matter what sub-genre or band inspires us we just want our sound to be intense, powerful, impactful, and ideally memorable. As for what I am listening to at the moment? That's tough, always listening to a lot, lol. I'd say lately though I've been on kind of a noise, atmospheric, drone-pop type of kick. Bands like Drowse, Floating Room, and Midwife.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. I think a big interest, outside of music, not just for myself but a few others in the band are horror films. Been a massive fan for decades. I have a YouTube show and will be starting a podcast soon so that obsession takes up a lot of spare time.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Just want to say thanks for the interest and thanks for the questions.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/08/sertraline-interview.html