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Nor/Octagon/Mosphanic/2019 Cassette Review

jeudi 11 juillet 2019 à 04:18

  Nor  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  instrumental  and  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Octagon"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Mosphanic.

  A  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Elements  of  soundtrack  and  post  rock  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  showing  some  doom  metal  influences,  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound along  with  all  of  the  songs  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  can  be  heard  and  the  production  sounds  very  professional. 

  In  my  opinion  Nor  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  and  atmospheric  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Qualcuno  combatte  in  una  battaglia"  "Of  What  Is  Past,  Or  passing,  or  To  Come"  and  "Festa  Pagana".  8  out  of  10.

https://normusic3.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NorProjects/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/noroctagonmosphanic2019-cassette-review.html


Moor/Impending Death/Acclaim Records/2018 Demo Review

jeudi 11 juillet 2019 à 02:54

  Moor  are  a  band  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  a  very  satanic  from  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  "Impending  Death"  which  was  released  by  Acclaim  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  also  getting  very  deep  sounding  at  times.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  most  of  the  tracks  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Moor  plays  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  professional.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Cosmic  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moor  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Impending  Death"  and  "Bestia  Sine  Nomine".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc1DKgTt3v8  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/moorimpending-deathacclaim-records2018.html


Rraaumm Interview

mercredi 10 juillet 2019 à 03:32
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Well, first of all, thanks for your interest. I’ve been recording music by myself ever since I came across – more or less- usable recording gear. The very first demo recordings I ever did were actually on one of those horrible 1-track mobile recorders. So, around two year ago, I started getting interested in modular Synthesizers and inevitably bought some and began to record sounds with them. I combined some of those recording with some guitar melodies, which I had lying around for year, and started writing songs. The final result is „The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time“.   2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The whole style is a bit more melodic and better produced compared to what I normally record. However, I didn’t really have any framework or anything else in mind. The only rule, I set myself, was to leave my own comfort zone. That’s why there are more guitar melodies, guitar solos, ambient parts and an overall better production. 

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

Lyric wise, the record is sort of a concept album. It describes the astral projection of an unknown individual who wants to wander beyond the stars and the known galaxies It ends at the centre of the universe, the ultimate chaos, where Azathoth, the Daemon Sultan, rules all time and space and is eternally encircled by a horde of dancers. The person basically ends up being part of that neverending circle of dancing figures and won’t make it back to his physical existence. Hence the title. A huge H.P. Lovecraft-worship. 

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

Weird name, isn’t it? It basically dates back to a lyric of a former band. The text passage was „Raum ohne Zeit ohne Raum“ and stuck with me ever since. When I had to find a name for this project, I couldn’t think of any better term to describe the indescribable. The infinite space and the relativity of time, the feeling of inner and outer void and basically not belonging anywhere. At least to me, the term „RAUM“ perfectly described all that. So, the name is some sort of a tribute to that band and especially a huge bow to that vocalist. 

 5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?   It’s an older drawing that Kamazid did two or three years ago. It perfectly describes the concept of the record: An astral projection getting dissolved in black spiral vortices of the universe. It’s way more simplistic than a lot of his album covers, but it really fits the album perfectly. Fun fact: The drawing wasn’t even intended for this record in the first place and I always wondered where to use it eventually. So, when I finished this whole record, everything fell into place.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, what is it that you feel makes you stand out a little bit more to the other solo black metal projects?

Probably nothing, haha. It is special for me, since I put a lot of work in it and am quite pleased with the way it turned out. Sure, in hindsight, I’d change some bits and bobs, but overall, I’m really satisfied. If it stands out among other solo black metal projects is a question, someone else has to answer.   7.There is very little information about the band other than the bandcamp, metal archives or 'Van Records' page, can you tell us a little bit more about the lack of media?

Yeah, that’s mainly due to the fact, that I don’t really believe it’s necessary for this project at all. The music should be in the foreground, not the people behind it. Then again, social media accounts are nearly inevitable nowadays, so I might change my opinion on that at one point in the future.   8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

I don’t really know, honestly. I haven’t read any reviews so far and right now, I am just glad, that it’s got released in such a great way. Apparently some people seem to enjoy it and some seem to dislike it, but that’s fine. You can’t please everyone.   9. What is going on with your other musical project 'Haxenzijrkel' these days?

I hope you don’t mind, that I‘d prefer not to speak too much about Häxenzijrkell in this context. We do have some plans for the future, but don’t want to spoil them anytime soon. Time will tell.   10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I’d kinda like to refer to „The Eternal Dance At The Nucleus Of Time“ as a full-length, anyways. But I am working on a few ideas, which might develop into a follow-up and a few people have already heard a more or less finished track and the reception has been pretty well. Musically it’s getting a bit more tightened in terms of songwriting, but everything else is way too early to conclude. The finished track is a bit more rockier, but some ideas will turn out pretty harsh. Let’s see if it takes me another year to finish it.   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?   Lately, I mostly listen to Iron Maiden, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, some older Black Metal bands such as old Samael or old Mayhem and some Noise/Drone/Ambient acts. The latter definitely sparked my interest in synthesizer, whereas Maiden is the sole reason for ever picking up a guitar in the first place. But I’m not sure, if those influences are actually hearable in the music, I make.

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

Thanks very much for the opportunity to do this interview and keep up the good work! .UPON THE NARROW PATH BEYOND THE STARS.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/rraaumm-interview.html


Poroniec/Demo/2019 Review

mercredi 10 juillet 2019 à 03:04

  Poroniec  are  a  duo  from  Poland  that  plays  a  classic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  avant  garde  structures  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  demo.

  Avant  garde  style  keyboards  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  deep  black  emtal  scene  as  well  as  some  growls.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  keyboards  are  also  used  on  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Poreniec  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional  sounding  while  also  adding  in  some  of  the  more  modern  avant  garde  and  dissonant  style  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  existential  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Porniec  are  a  very  great  sounding  classic  black  metal  duo  with  some  avant  garde  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Codziennosci".  8  out  of  10.

http://www.facebook.com/Poroniecofficial/
http://poroniec.bandcamp.com/
http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Poroniec       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/poroniecdemo2019-review.html


Derkaz/23:58/2019 Demo Review

mardi 9 juillet 2019 à 02:37

  Derkaz  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  demo  "23:  58".

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  war  metal  feeling.

 At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  cavernous  sounding  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  demo  being  over  8  minutes  in  length.  The  song  also  brings  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads.

  Derkaz  plays  a  style  of  black/death  metal  that  is  very  cavernous  and  bestial  sounding  along  with  some  touches  of  war  metal. The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Derkaz  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  black/death  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  demo.  8  out  of  10.

https://derkazdeath.bandcamp.com/track/23-58-demo           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/derkaz23582019-demo-review.html