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Sundrowned/Become Ethereal/Fysisk Format/2021 Full Length Review

mercredi 16 juin 2021 à 05:55

 


  Sundrowned  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Become  Ethereal"  which  will  be  released  on June  18th  by  Fysisk  Format.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  post  metal  style  along  with  some  elements  of  sludge  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  ethereal  atmosphere,  one  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  the  different  facets  of  humanity,  classical  alchemy  and  the  search  for  perfection.


  In  my  opinion  Sundrowned  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Babel"  "La  Tristesse"  and  "monarch".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/SundrownedBand    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/sundrownedbecome-etherealfysisk.html


Eden/The First Circle/Brucia Records/2021 FUll Length Review

mercredi 16 juin 2021 à 04:38

 


  Eden  are  a  musical  project  from  an  unknown  area  that  consists  of  underground  metal  veterans  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  hardcore,  industrial  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  First  Circle"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Brucia  Records.


  Clean  playing  and  harsh  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  industrial  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  touches  of  hardcore  and  post  metal.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  chanting  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  gets  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding.   When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  also  utilized  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling,    clean  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song,.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  lunacy,  terror  and  fear  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Eden  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  hardcore,  industrial  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gehenna"  and  "Your  Void  Is  Mine".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.instagram.com/edenischaos/


The track "Gehenna" is already available HERE.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/edenthe-first-circlebrucia-records2021.html


Eisregen/Goat Funeral/bitterböse/Massacre Records/2021 Split Album Review

mercredi 16 juin 2021 à 03:30

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Eisregen  and  Goat  Funeral  called  "bitterböse"  which  will  be  released  on  June  18th,  2021  by  Massacre  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Eisregen  who  return  with  their  dark  mixture  of  black  and  gothic  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  horror  movie  style  keyboards  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  having  their  gothic  moments.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


 Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death,  gore,  cannibalism,  necrophilia  and  murder  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Eisregen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bitterböse"  and  "Nur  eine  weitere  Leiche  im  Wald".


  Next  up  is  Goat  Funeral  who  return  with t heir  satanic  and  occult  style  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  ritualistic  sounding  synths,  drum  beats  and  whispered  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  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  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  synths  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  German  and  cover  Goats,  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Goat  Funeral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Spoon  Full  Of  Peace"  and  "Satan  Calls".  


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


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Eisregen/2392#


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Goat_Funeral/3540259697

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/eisregengoat-funeralbitterbosemassacre.html


Botgörelsen/Att Kuva det Upproriska Köttet/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 15 juin 2021 à 04:58

 


  Botgörelsen  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Att  Kuva  det  Upproriska Köttet".


  Dark  yet  melodic  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  deep  and  angry  moments  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  without  losing  any  aggression  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving t he  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  some  angry  sounding  spoken  words  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  a  very  depressive  atmosphere  at  times,  when  synths  are  utilized  briefly  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  darkness,  evil,  death  and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Botgörelsen  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  Fallfärdigas  Vallfärd"  and  "Skänklåt  till  Solen".  8  out  of  10.


https://botgorelsen.bandcamp.com/album/att-kuva-det-upproriska-k-ttet-2


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwZHmNXom2w

https://www.facebook.com/botgorelsen/    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/botgorelsenatt-kuva-det-upproriska.html


Phraxathon Interview

mardi 15 juin 2021 à 02:14

 

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

Phraxathon was born as a project for a "compilation" of old songs. I started playing them again, incorporating some riff and finally a handful of songs emerged that I decided to record

 2.A few months you you also released a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

Well, it has always been a very old school style, note that I have grown up with Sepultura, with Maiden, Hypocrisy, Immortal ... in the end it gets stuck in your DNA. Some riffs are more Heavy, others more Thrash, but always with that Death-Black Metal backdrop

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Like old themes, most already had lyrics assigned to them, or at least the main concept. But with age there are subjects that particularly fascinate me, such as the human capacity to build gods around religions and to chain oneself to their false prophets. Follow The Black Bird talks about it, and how when you follow the black bird (the one that goes outside the pattern), you grow as a person

4.After you old band 'Asepsia' you disappeared from the music scene for more than 20 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

The main problem when you are in a band is focusing in one direction for everyone. During 20 years you mature a lot, you have a greater perspective on things ... and now you have many more tools to develop and publish your ideas! There were some projects that didn't quite get started, so I've basically been playing at home and listening to music.

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

Remembering more than 20 years ago is complicated, because that was when it came up and I saw that it would be perfect (then and now). It's a play on words, a contraction, from Romanized Thai and Ancient Egypt. A rough definition could be "the divine god of everything"; we are this divinity only we need to find it

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

 It is a place with a lot of mysticism, walking in that grove made me connect with myself, feeling that there is something beyond the path of life and death that we all travel (and that it is up to us how to do it) 

7.With this project you recorde everything by yourself but also have experience working with musicians, how would you compare the two?

It is impossible to compare it! Being alone, you will not have anyone who gives you contrary opinions and it is easy to fall into egotism. Although the compositions and ideas are more focused, it is always positive to have other points of view and that is what gives you to play with more people 

 

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

 I have no interest in signing anything, the album is free on Bandcamp and the like ... there has been some approach but I have not really paid attention to it 

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

It has been curious because it has moved a lot on platforms such as Torrent and similar (when the work is free for download on bandcamp). Being a personal project I did not expect anything, but there has been quite a lot of acceptance, especially in Eastern Europe and Central & South America

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

 I am composing, calmly, some new songs, something more conceptual. With the pandemic crisis, I have seen how people have related to their spirituality, many thinking that they have been punished, others that they have been used by their religion and preachers. I hope I don't have to wait another 20 years! 

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 keep listening to a lot of the 90-00s, european Black-Death especially, but also metal and rock. As bands I have been surprised by the return of Immortal (Northern ..) and more current for example Spectral Wound or the compatriots Daemonic (from Jaen, very raw black metal with their lastest demo, Demon's Genocide)

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


listen, think, but never lose yourself under anything or anyone. Thank you very much for your time and review.

Bandcamp: https://phraxathon.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Phraxathon/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh4oYddBi7Y0MmFCjjsaSLw
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4PlSpIFacs3sRvgb9Cu934
Other: https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Phraxathon/The_Path_Beyond_the_Cycle_of_Birth_and_Death/835839

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/06/phraxathon-interview.html