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Bloodway/Mapping The Moment With The Logic Of Dreams/I Voidhanger Records/2015

mardi 7 juin 2016 à 21:30

  Bloodway  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  avant garde  form  of  dark/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016  album  "Mapping  The Moment  With  the  Logic  of  Dreams"  which  was  released  by  I  Voidhanger Records.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  few  seconds  later  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melodic  and  progressive  riffing.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  musical  direction  and  when  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  avant  garde  structures  into  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  bringing  in  some  90's  Norwegian  influences  of  the  previous  mentioned  genre  while  some  songs  bring in  a small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  one  song  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  courtesy  of  Dr.  Mikannibal  better  known  for  his work  in Sigh.

  Bloodway  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  avant  garde  black  metal  style  of  the  mid  90's  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  modern  depressive  style  to  created  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bloodway  are  a very  great  sounding  progressive  and  avant  garde  dark/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Transfinite  Castaway"  "Early  Glade  Test  Pilot"  and  "Mapping  the  Moment  With  The  Logic  Of  Dreams".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/bloodwaymapping-moment-with-logic-of.html


Vow Of Thorns Interview

mardi 7 juin 2016 à 04:56
www.vowofthrons.com


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


Hawthorne:The four of us live between London and Sarnia, Ontario. We play a sombre mix of metal emphasizing very dark themes, heavily rooted in black and doom metal, but definitely not limited to. 



2.You have your first full length coming out in July, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the ep you had released in 2013?


Hawthorne: Simply, 'Farewell to the Sun' is despairing. While not an unfamiliar element to the EP 'Forest Dweller', Farewell completely encircles the idea and we try to cultivate as much of the feeling as possible in the music. I guess it's really up to a listener to determine the exact 'sound' that is happening, as it tends to be fluid.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?


Hawthorne: The loss of, or lack of hope has been a very strong topic from the beginning until now. Whatever wretch that lay deep within humanity may find itself being touched upon sometime or another.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vow Of Thorns'?


Hawthorne: Originally, it was just a somewhat anagrammatic name for some solo material. With the aid of indecisiveness, it ended up sticking throughout the years. 


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?


Hawthorne: Our hometowns London and Sarnia always show us a tremendous amount of love, and have been energetic since day one. Our local London promoter Heathen Hammer has been a staple in bringing the community and scene together, and every show they have hosted has been nothing but enjoyable. As for the stage performance, we try to just focus on the songs. We don't tend to be too keen on any stage theatrics or conversation - we're mostly looking for tonal destruction and unanimous despair.


Richards: Our first time in Toronto was our biggest show. That was in July of 2014, opening for Agalloch and Jex Thoth. They brought in the crowd we just had to play, and it seemed to go well. Our first few performances were just about overcoming anxiety for me. Prior to that I had never really played live. Now it’s about a tight performance, drawing the crowd into the songs and projecting that despair that Kevin mentioned.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?


Hawthorne: Aside from the short Canadian tour we're doing with Minnesota's Ashbringer, there's only been brief discussion on future tours. Nothing planned.


Richards: We certainly want to get out and get playing more. It is really just a matter for finding the time and funding to do so.


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


Richards: Finding a label or releasing it ourselves was something we debated on for a long time. We sent stuff out to a few labels, talked to a couple, and had a couple others approach us. What we have ended up doing is a combination of both. We are taking this opportunity to start our own company/label Forest Dweller Inc. (something we’ve been thinking about doing for awhile) and we have partnered up with Neuropa Records who will be handling European distribution for ‘Farewell to the Sun’.


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


Hawthorne: The EP has popped up in places we'd never expected, and has reached a lot of people outside of the black and doom metal genres. Both in and out of the genre scenes, the response has been overwhelmingly and almost startlingly positive. We started playing music together because we wanted to do it for ourselves, as our own pastime or escape, and that we've received positive and supportive feedback is vastly encouraging.


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


Hawthorne: Not backwards, I hope. We've been toying with more trancing and psychedelic sounds, along with a more aggressive and prominent black metal feel. We've always felt that black metal has only been a small portion of the music, barely enough to even fall into the category. A lot of the response has come from the black metal realm, and we'd very much like to go in that direction for future releases.


Richards: We are somehow working faster than ever, so you may be hearing some of that in the not so distant future.


10.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?


Hawthorne: Collectively and individually, the late Agalloch has to be the strongest influence for us. Musically, they were one of the elements that brought us together. In the recent years, they have been very helpful in the process of the full-length, so we have to give them some extra credit for that as well. Style influence spans across all forms of dark and doomy music; from metal and rock, to folk and ambient.  Other band influences include; Drudkh, Krallice, Ulver, and Woods of Ypres. As for records we're currently spinning.. I just grabbed a copy of the Faun Fables promo 'A Table Forgotten', in anticipation for their upcoming Born of the Sun.

Richards: I have a affection for dark music in general. From stuff like Loss to Keaton Henson. Recently I’ve been revisiting a lot of classic Bathory and Mayhem. As for newer stuff, Cobalt’s Slow Forever and Mgla’s Exercises in Futility have been constants on my playlist.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


Hawthorne: Complaining, self-despair, having a general lack of motivation, contemplating the pointlessness of existence - you know, all the fun stuff.


Richards: Well I’m not quite as nihilistic nowadays. Outside of work and music all my energy is focused on my daughter. I don't have time for much else.


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


Hawthorne: If any of you decide to take the time to listen to any of the records or songs, we thank you, I hope you can find something in there for yourself.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/vow-of-thorns-interview.html


Benthik Zone Interview

mardi 7 juin 2016 à 04:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a two-man project from Porto. Both of us have a strong connection with the ocean since our childhood, and that is a very affirmative cause to what Benthik Zone came to be. Also we both grew up listening to most types of metal and trance/techno music, and that had also a major role in the foundation of this this project. The project itself aims to transcend those who listen to it, into their deepest fears and demons, where you learn to face them head on.

2.In May you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The album has a strong underwater vibe, and to us, and others who listened to it, we can ascribe the feeling of taking a journey, mostly because we normally don't tend to repeat music segments that often, to give a sense of progression throughout the whole experience. The quality of the recordings it's not the best, and that is so in order to enhance the shivering feeling of one being crushed by the immense pressure of swimming in the ocean's depths.

3.On the album you had written the songs in a variety of many different languages, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?

The concept came from the analogy of the way surface creatures communicate through sound, movement, smells,... (specifically humans, and their languages), with the way deep fish interact with one another, through the huge variety of bio-luminescence, and electrical impulses. And so, as each song passes, it's as like you're having a life lecture from each shark.

4.Also on the recording you cover the ocean with some demonic and alien concepts, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

Each song represents a shark, and each shark represents a "demon" derived from the gift of our consciousness, which according to some theories and scientific evidence, was bid to us by a superior alien race as a way to herd the human race. And so, we are trying to help the listener detach itself from those commandments in order to live a life based on free will. It's very similar to the message in early BM bands, against religions of sheep such as Catholicism, in fact we are against the same people behind the mess of this planet, but we go above the religious idea of god, since to us those religions were made by that alien superior race as a way to control the minds of the sheep. Since now they've recurred to other methods of sheep herding such as controlling the economy and politics, by giving a false sense of freedom of choice, we call out to everyone to open their eyes, and to make a change for the better of our planet.

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

The name came from the scientific designation given to the deepest parts of our ocean, and it's supposed to mean that we address and cut the problems of our planet and our race, by their deep roots, and not by the leaves in the branches.


6.Currently there is only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

We plan on continuing to be a duo, but wont stop us from maybe inviting some friends to play in a song or a EP. We don't know, only time will tell.

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

No to both of the questions, we don't plan to make this a huge project, and so we are in charge of every single aspect of it, from the recordings to the distribution.

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

The best feedback we had came from a share in the YouTube channel "Atmospheric Black Metal Albums", which was a great help for our disclosure. Some people got impressed by the innovation the project aims to be, in both thematic and sound levels.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Bragadast had another project named "Afogado" which is in stand-by for now, and both of us played in a very raw and atmospheric project, named "Druser", which was a great and fulfilling experience.

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

We hope to always be doing and playing stuff that we like, otherwise there is no point to continue.

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?

Yes, such as Burzum, Darkthrone, Summoning, Coldworld, Battle Dagorath, The Ruins of Beverast, Blut Aus Nord... Nowadays we try to listen to every music that doesn't feel empty, which can go from underground hip-hop, psy-trance, deep jazz, trip-pop, indie rock, to the grimmest wonders of black metal.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We both like to paint and draw, photograph, read (Tolkien, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky), go on trips away from the main city, and hit the bong near the ocean, or wherever.

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

Don't let yourself be taken down by the problems that appear in your life, take them as challenges, and find the best path for a better enjoyment in sailing the ocean of life, not offending anyone who doesn't deserve it, and always use your comprehension and empathy to understand the problems of others, and help them understand those problems if you think you can, but if you can't don't be upset. You can't change the world, you can only change yourself, and maybe by doing that, others will look upon you and change themselves as well, and eventually changing the world. Be aware of your actions and their consequences. And above all respect mother earth, who gave you the gift of life, and is now being destroyed by the ego and greed of humanity. Still, have hope for the best, live and let live!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/benthik-zone-interview.html


Thokkian Vortex/Into The Nagual/Unexploded Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 6 juin 2016 à 23:10

  Thokkian  Vortex  are  a  band  originally  from  the  United  States  but  now  re-located  to  Israel  that  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2016  album  "Into  the  Nagual"  which  was  released  by  Unexploded  Records.

  Ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction  and  elements  of  classical  music  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  mix  the  classical  and  ambient  elements  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  spoken  word  parts  and  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  some  of t he  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  tribal  sounds,  on  one  of  the  tracks  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of "Jesus  Must  Die"  from  the  Jesus  Christ  Superstar  soundtrack.

  Thokkian  Vortex  plats  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  black  metal  of  the  90's  while  also  standing  out  with  the  ritualistic,  ambient  and  classical  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christian  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thokkian  Vortex  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Funearel  Winds  Beckon  My  Return"  "Choronzon  Conjured"  "Evil  Sluts  Of  Satan"  "This  Jesus  Must  Die".  8  out  of  10.   

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/thokkian-vortexinto-nagualunexploded.html


Korgonthurus Interview

lundi 6 juin 2016 à 00:25
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Necron: After the recording, we have been mostly been updating and keeping up our live condition. Also composing new material.

2.In May you had released a new album, 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?

Necron:What we wanted for "Vuohen Siunaus" was a clear but still raw sound. How it differs from the earlier works is that it was recorded by mr. Lius. All the other releases were recorded by our drummer Kryth. Because of lack of time we decided to outsource the recordings to mr. Lius.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

Necron: Lyrics are made by Corvus. Topics vary from misanthropy to satanism. Always has, always will.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Korgunthurus'?

Necron: First of all, it is KORGONTHURUS ! To us Korgonthurus is a channel to express our satanic views.

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

Necron: We haven't done that much shows. One to remember is Under the Black Sun Festival in Germany. Surprisingly a lot of people came to see the show. Also our last show in Tampere, Finland was totally awesome experience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Necron: None whatsoever

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer album by fans of black metal?

Necron: So far so good. Quite positive. What is the most important that we are satisfied with the end result, i personally couldn't care less what everyone else thinks about it.

8.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?

Necron: Three of the members also play in Totalselfhatred and we ( TSH ) have been recording the third album for a quite a long time now. Also we have done several shows all around Europe. Kryth has been busy with his own projects during these months ,if i remember correctly MUSTA KAPPELI should release or has already released their latest album. Kryth is also involved with ANAL BLASPHEMY, so keep your eyes and ears open, 'cus they'll be releasing a new album.

9.The band started in 2000, do you feel black metal has changed for the better or the worse since then?

Necron: All a matter of opinion. How i feel is that there is too much hype on NSBM. Black metal is SATAN ! It has nothing to do with political views or any related. But back into your question, i wouldn't say that it has gone worse, it is good that the flame is kept alive but still there is too many bands that should not exist.

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

Necron: Hard to say. We do what we want. We don't like to limit our music.

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?

Necron: There isn't any specific musical styles where we get our influences. Influence can come from anything basically. I personally listen to all kinds of music, boring to limit yourself into something specific. But my roots are in Black Metal. I guess i'm getting old since almost everything what i listen is recorded in the nineties and i get the kicks from it. Not that many bands has made an impact on me.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

Necron: For me this is a very personal thing. I don't want to share my views on that matter.

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

Necron: Thank you for the interview. Listen to the "Vuohen Siunaus", love it or hate it.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/korgonthurus-interview.html