PROJET AUTOBLOG


OccultBlackMetalZine

Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Lifvsleda/Det Besegrade Lifvet/Shadow Records/Regain Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 29 juillet 2020 à 21:16

  Lifvsleda  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Det  Besegrade  Lifvet"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Shadow  and  Regain  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  as  well  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  chaotic  sounding  guitar  leads  onto  the  album  and  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.

  On  this  recording  Lifvsleda  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  ob  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  death  and  pestilence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lifvsleda  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Fjarran  Jord  Begrafvid"  "Afvgrundsande"  and  "Vederkvickelse".  8  out  of  10.

www.lifvsleda.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/lifvsleda

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/lifvsledadet-besegrade-lifvetshadow.html


Drunemeton/Return To Old Europe/Der Schwarze Tod/2019 CD Review

mercredi 29 juillet 2020 à 11:52

  Drunemeton  are  a  duo  from  Russia  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2019  album  "Return  To  Old  Europe"  which  was  released  by  Der  Schwarze  Tod.

  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction.  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  metal  while  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of   the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style   as  well  as some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  whispered  vocals  and  the  album  also closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Celtic,  Nordic  and  Slavic  Paganism 

  In  my  opinion  Drunemeton  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gates  Of  Antiquity"  "Over  the  Bivrost"and  "Return  To  Old  Europe".8/5 out  of  10.

Bandcamp
Blogspot
Facebook

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/drunemetonreturn-to-old-europeder.html


Yass-Waddah/This Reality Is Just A Deception/They Live We Sleep Recordings/2020 CD Review

mercredi 29 juillet 2020 à 09:48

 
  Yass-Waddah  are  a  band  from  Canary  islands,  Spain  that  plays  a   mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "This  Reality  Is  Just  A  Deception"  which  was  released  by  They  Live  We  Sleep  Recordings.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  on  a  couple  of  tracks  When  guitar  solos  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths,  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  touches  of  thrash  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back t o  a  heavier  musical  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Yass-Waddah  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness  Dimension"  "Inside  View"  and  "New  Generation  Of  Slaves".  8  out  of  10.

 https://yass-waddah.bandcamp.com/ 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/yass-waddahthis-reality-is-just.html


Unsilent Interview

mercredi 29 juillet 2020 à 08:39

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release the new album?

Since we finished recording, mastering and make all the cd art, we started working on the promotional material for the LP, we made a small spot and a videoclip for the track that gives the album its name. We also played quite often until the start of the pandemic, and of course write more music. In fact, Obscure & Profane was recorded between April and August 2019.



2.In June you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Actually the music by itself has not changed too much, the essence remains the same, we have only matured the sound and incorporated some elements that we did not consider before.



3.From 2010 to 2018 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

The truth is that after Black Spells Sessions LP was released, I decided to leave Unsilent in the background and focus on other bands that I participated in at the time. I dedicated myself first to learn and experiment in other styles and in other roles, and to compose and make new songs, but without a clear idea. In 2012 - 2013, while playing in another band, I met Francisco L. on drums, then we began to rehearse all the material that I had previously created, but without the purpose of recording or playing live. In 2018 Cristian P. joined the band and we started working under this new format. It was easy for us to move forward and decide to play a lot live and record an EP in 2018 mainly due to the good adaptation and discipline of the new guitarist.



4.Some of your lyrics cover magick themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

I think the interest in everything related to the dark arts is something typical of all of us who are in extreme music, personally I am not interested in Christian or Catholic religious beliefs and cults, shit that have been instilled in us for centuries, I think the hidden side of things is more interesting and complex and for some reason they are banned and censored.



5.What are some of the other topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

Over the years what I have learned the most is not to self-label or marry a particular musical style; It would be quite easy for us to enhance our music proposal using corpse paint or fashion paraphernalia but I think the most important thing to do is to have a clear identity; by my side, if for X person, Unsilent is black metal or death metal, doesn´t care for me, it is not for us to label ourselves.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Unsilent'?

The original idea was about make music that sounded loud and thunderous, but i was not really clear a particular name. One day, listening to Immortal's Pure Holocaust, I discovered that the indicated word was Unsilent.



7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

When I wrote every music for the album, I was still not sure what title to put it or what it would be, I just wanted the album to be as obscure and profane as possible. Based on that I started to put name and lyrics to each song, to finally represent the art. Obscure & Profane represents, through each of the songs on the album, a succession of invoking black spells, rituals of magic, terror and horror, dark arts and evil invocations in a fictional world mixed with a lot of fantasy and imagination,  which represent some a luciferian personal visions on life and death and our passage through an ethereal dimension, all this channeled by an evil monk and his two accomplices, who, in some way, represents the current lineup of the band.



8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We always enjoy playing live, I think it is the most motivating part of all, putting into practice all the time and dedication, rehearsals, compositions, etc .; Obviously we have had better presentations than others, but it goes more for technical than personal aspects. We really enjoy what we do, the only thing i know for sure is when we play, no one is indifferent!!!



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

It is too early to measure general reactions, since "Obscure & Profane" has only one month since it was published, however the things that are happening for Unsilent are quite proud of us, they are a product of the effort and dedication we have put into this new album. We have had an excellent reception in our country and Latin America, but we are spreading the seed throughout the world yet.



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

We are convinced to continue making extreme music, now we are in the stage of composing new tracks, reviewing hidden material for years, rehearsing them and playing them live when global and local situations allow; it is quite unlikely that we will change the musical direction, basically because it is not our search, on the contrary, this is what we came to, it would be dishonest with ourselves to make music to please someone.



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?

It is a rather difficult question, because the answer would be quite broad. All of us have similar musical preferences, but at the same time too different, it would be quite complicated and pretentious to mix everything in one style. My favorite sidewalk is Black Metal, Cristian's sidewalk I still don't know very well hahaha, and Francisco walks through death and black metal; We are focused on making extreme music, and if Unsilent looks like this or that, it is not up to us to judge.
My current playlist includes Acheontas, MGLA, Unlight, The Cult, (yes, The Cult), etc.



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

We want to thank Occult Black Metal Zine for this interview and for taking the time to listen to our music and spread the seed. We really appreciate and value it!!!

https://www.facebook.com/UnsilentLegion

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/unsilent-interview.html


Mountain Hermit Interview

mardi 28 juillet 2020 à 11:33

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


Mountain Hermit is a Black Metal project officially born in 2012, when I lived in Lazio  countryside, before moving to Rome. The project was born as a one-man band, a personal and intimate attempt to give birth and spit out my dark side, something that has characterized me since I was a child.


2.So far you have released 3 demo's and a collaboration, musically how do they differ from each other?


Every Mountain Hermit work embodies one of the facets composing my personality, that is why they are all different. When you will listen to the new work, "Parapsychedelic Eye" (out next July 29th July), a single episode of experimentation, outside the typical canons of black metal orthodoxy, you will realize how Mountain Hermit can be interpreted and plays in several different ways.


3.The project started out in 2012 but waited until 2019 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier days?


I actually have a longer musical history. I started to play the guitar when I was 12 but I started to listen metal when I was about only 10 years old! I played in a couple of underground bands in my hometown in Sicily, between mid 90's and early 2000's, but unfortunately we never released any recorded stuff. We played various lives but nothing more. After those years, for a long time I just played for myself and never published anything. In 2011 I started a solo project of atmospheric and experimental music, “Woods at Dusk” and in the meantime I started to play in a really natural way some black metal riff… I waited a couple of years more to release my music (both Woods at Dusk and Mountain Hermit saw the light in 2019). After the first release, with Mountain Hermit I started to feel the artistic need to play and release my music.


4.So far all of the music has been instrumental, are you open to using any vocals or lyrics in the future?


Yes, I actually do. After the collaboration with Vintermørke I decided I would like to partner with a singer, but I do not think I will get myself to writing lyrics in the very next future. However it is something I consider for the future.


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


Mountain Hermit is my very deep essence, my soul.

The mountain is the place that I love with the woods acting as a temple and altar and representing the closest place to transcendence.

The Hermit is the priest who guides souls along this journey through music. To reach certain levels of gnosis and wisdom he passes through isolation and solitude and strict contact with nature, he feels very distant from the corrupted human nature and he is not strictly interested in human contacts.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have worked with other musicians in the past, how would you compare the two?


I compose every song that I play and I usually want total control on everything because I compose for all the instruments involved (in the past, lyrics and vocals too). In my opinion also mix and mastering are part of art creation so I chose to perform them myself.

With bands, in the past, I had the luck to work with good musicians so explaining and communicating certain concepts was easy, but when you are on your own it means that you undertake total control on everything. As I said, now I found a singer and I chose to leave him total artistic freedom and we merge our ideas.


7.Recently you have done a collaboration with 'Vintermørke', how would you compare your musical style to his?


Mountain Hermit and Vintermørke are totally different concepts of black metal but we discovered something great in our collaboration… we like playing together to combine the raw souls of both projects and the atmospheric and experimental side of Mountain Hermit. We both have issues with mankind so there are good common extra musical roots too.



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


Mountain Hermit is actually a pure underground project and it has been appreciated by a small niche of people from various parts of the globe. Generally, I received positive vibes and support but I also met fans of the black metal scene who do not appreciate my musical proposal.


9.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


Yes, I am. My project “Woods at Dusk” is actually quite lively. I received a proposal by a label to release all the singles in an album.

Maybe I will start something new with this project in the next future.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?


As I said, I am releasing a work called "Parapsychedelic Eye" in these days. It is over 40 minutes and composed by five songs. This will be the latest instrumental work of Mountain Hermit. Also the collaboration EP with Vintermørke is coming and after this there is a project for a split work with a black metal band from Asia.

I do not know the future of the project yet but I am sure about one thing: I am an artist and I still need to express myself by releasing a lot of music.


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?


I have been and still am (despite the age) one of those kids crazy about heavy metal in all its forms (although I remain tied exclusively 80s and 90s metal) but I also listen to classical music, jazz, blues, punk/hardcore, psychedelic music, lots of ambient/drone music, industrial and much more.


12.According to the website page you also have an interest spiritual, mystic, dark, extreme, esoteric and paranormal related issues, can you tell us a little bit more about these interests?


As a child I started to develop an interest for paranormal and mystic/esoteric/spiritual topics but also for extreme and sick themes, like gore, serial killers and similar. I grew up reading with curiosity the books of authors like H. P. Lovecraft and about the most disparate things like parapsychology, demonology or black arts like goetia or necromancy ecc. ecc. In the mature age, I started to study also various religions, sacred texts and the esoteric paths behind them so I can say that my life is characterized by a contact between me and the metaphysical world and black metal is another personal instrument to communicate with it.


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


I would like to thank you once again for both the reviews of "Lucus" and "Gnostic Isolation", for this interview and for all the support that every day you give to the underground black metal scene, forgotten by the mainstream channels.

Amazon
Apple Music
Bandcamp
Deezer
Facebook
Homepage
Instagram
SoundCloud
Spotify
Twitter
YouTube

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/mountain-hermit-interview.html