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Antiquus Scriptum/In Pulverem Reverteris/Elegy Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 17 août 2016 à 03:58

 Antiquus  Scriptum  are  a  band  from Portugal  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  epic  form  of  black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2000  demo  "In  Pulverem  Reverteries"  which was  re-issued  on  gigi  pack  in  2016  by  Elegy Records.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  demo  and  they also  have  a symphonic  feeling  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  sounds  from the  intro  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  also  mixing  in  clean  vocals  at  times  and  folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  medieval  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  is very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  nature  sounds  are  added  onto  the  last song.

  Antiquus  Scriptum  played  a  style  of  black  metal  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  was  very  raw  and  aggressive  while  also  mixing  in  some  epic,  symphonic  and  pagan  elements  which  also  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  bygone  times  and  ancient  history.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Antiquus  Scriptum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  epic,  symphonic  or  pagan  black  metal  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bula  Ad  Exterpinda  (Innocentio)"  and  "A  Nightside  of  Eden".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/antiquus-scriptumin-pulverem.html


End Interview

mercredi 17 août 2016 à 00:34
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Nothing special really. After our latest split releases "Moerae" and "Swallow Matewan", we are not going to release something anytime soon. Yet there is some new material waiting to be rehearsed.

2.You have a split coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on your side of the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Each production evolves based on what we get on the recordings. We don't mind if we have different sound on each release. Yet i think that Swallow Matewan and Moerae are quite similar both on sound quality and musical style.

3.Between 2009 to 2015 there was no new music being released, can youtell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

There where always big intervals between releases. There is no need to rush. What we do is for personal expression. We do it when and if we feel it's necessary.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
5.Some of your lyrics deal with existentialism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

This philosophical theory it happens to coincide on many points with my worldview and consequently with the output of the lyrics. Existentialism is a theory in which the human existence is the first center and everything else comes after. Existence precedes essence. It supports individualism while personal action is all that matters. We are absolutely responsible for what we are and for how we are going to end up. We create our freedom and our boundaries. The responsibility of each individual binds all humanity.

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

End is a small word with many big meanings, explore it..

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has done over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We are not doing live shows.

9.You have a split coming out with 'Torrid Husk' what are your thoughts on the other band that will be a part of the split?

When i first heard "Mingo" (Torrid's first release) i instantly contacted the band to get it. In my surprise, Tyler told me he was a big fan of End's music too so the next step was easy. We decided to make the split. Torrid Husk is a great band and in my opinion one of the best newcomers from the US. 

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

The feedback is in accordance with what we do. Having 3 albums in 15 years of existence and without doing live shows, we get what we deserve. 

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

I have no idea really. Yet Nechochwen and Dephosphorus are bands that i truly like and respect.

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

I am thinking of some changes. Even to enrich the line-up. I would like to give more time on rehearsals and create the material in the studio more physically instead of preparing everything at home. This could lead us to different musical paths.

13.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?

On our latest releases many influences came from atmospheric and pagan bands. The list is huge. Nowadays i am listening mostly to non metal stuff such as electronic, classical and more folk music.


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

Consume less meat. Thanks for your interest and support.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/end-interview.html


Skogen/Svitjod/Nordnis Produktion/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 16 août 2016 à 01:57

  Skogen  are  a  band  from Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  nature  orientated  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album "Svitjod"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  October  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim yet  high  pitched black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  growls  can  also  be  heard at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  the recording  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

 At  times  the  music  can  be  very atmospheric  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  melodic  direction while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  classical  guitars  can also  be heard  in certain  sections  of  the recording  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  folk  felling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats can  be  heard and  the tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs more  of a  raw  feeling  while  most  of  the  music  sticks  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced direction.

  Skogen  played  a style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording t hat  was  very  epic,  melodic,  mid  paced  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  still  maintaining  a  grim  edge,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Skogen and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Dighra  Dodh"  "Bergraven"  "Storm" and  "Svitjod".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/skogensvitjodnordnis-produktion2016-cd.html


Burial Hordes/Extinction/Folter Records/2016 EP Review

dimanche 14 août 2016 à 04:22

  Burial  Hordes  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep "Extinction"  which  will  be  released in October  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  a  few  seconds  later death metal growls  are  added  into  the  music  and  at  times  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  the music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can be  heard  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording.

  A  lot  of  the  fast  riffs  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and the  tracks  go for  even  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  sound  than  previous  recordings  and  clean  playing  is  used  briefly  on  the last  track.

  Burial  Hordes  creates  a  recording  that  mixes  black  and  death  metal  together  and  also  goes  for  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanic  and  misanthropic  themes. 

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Burial  Hordes  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  World  Ablaze"  and  "Hatred".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/burial-hordesextinctionfolter.html


Void Omnia/Dying Light/Vendetta Records/2016 CD Review

dimanche 14 août 2016 à 00:11

  Void  Omnia  are  a  band from  Oakland,  California  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2016  album  "Dying  Light"  which  was  released  by  Vendetta  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  second w ave  of  the  genre  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing  and  the  album also remains  very  heavy  from beginning  to ending  of  the  recording.

  Void  Omnia  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw,  aggressive  and  tradition  sounding  in  the  second  wave  tradition  but  done  with  a  more  modern  twist,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  desolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Void  Omnia  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fallowed  Remembrance"  and  "Emplied  Heartless".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/void-omniadying-lightvendetta.html