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Diablery/Shadowcraft/Entropy/Black Market Metal Label/2017 Split CD Review

vendredi 2 juin 2017 à 20:43

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Greece's  Diablery  and  Shadowcraft  called  'Entropy"  which  will  be  released  on  June  23  by  Black  Market  Metal  Label  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Diablery  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  keyboard  orientated  form  of black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very sci-fi  orientated  keyboard  intro  and  after  the  intro   the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and r aw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  90's  era  symphonic  black metal  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of t heir  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  melodic  chants  are  added  onto t he  last  track

  Diablery  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  keyboard  orientated  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  philosophy,  space,  science  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diablery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  keyboard  orientated  style  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mundus  Vult  Decipi".

  Next  up  is  Shadowcraft  a  band  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  keyboard  intro  which  also  utilizes  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  as  well  as  introducing  grim  black  metal  screams  onto the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  also  bringing  in  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Symphonic  and  heavy  parts  are  mixed  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  side  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Shadowcraft  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  is  more  close  to  the  90's  style of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Christianity,  solitude,  torment  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadowcraft  are  a  very  great sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I  Curse  Thee".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Greek  or  symphonic  black  metal.  8  out  of  190,

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/diableryshadowcraftentropyblack-market.html


Exmordium Interview

vendredi 2 juin 2017 à 04:15
Evan French- Drummer/Lyricist of Exmordium
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
A: Currently we are on a hiatus. Our guitarist Evan Page is in schooling for chemical engineering, and I was paralyzed from the ribcage down in a construction accident a year ago. In therapy and recovering. We are focusing more on our personal lives now- but still writing and practicing on our own.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
A: The earlier stuff was very much Amon Amarth and Immortal influenced black metal, but we have grown into our own recently with a more technical and progressive black metal, maybe in the vein of Dissection.

3.Some of your lyrics deal with Paganism, Vikings and Philosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
A: Very Amon Amarth influenced in the early days lyrically. It seemed as an interesting topic to write about- the Dark ages. And in also using that as a medium to question death and life. Philosophy wise- it's the questions that need asking.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
A:The earlier lyrics were more about Vikings and Paganism out of interest and our roots.
Now they more reflect philosophy, the human condition, and social commentary. I find it necessary to question and try to answer the BIG questions in life- and in how we exist and coexist.

5.I know that the band name is 'Exordium and 'Mord' combiened to mean the Dawn Of Darkness. how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
A: I feel the name if very liberating in which it's not a defined word, it can mean many things to many people- and in that comes the freedom to be able to breathe and write in any way seen fit. Of course a dark undertone in the music and lyrics that come into play as well.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
A: Many shows to name- just mainly the shows with good bands to play with and hang. Our stage presence is barely contained chaos, very balls to the wall.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A: None as of now...but sometime

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
A: Very mixed- our early recordings are shit, but our lives shows show and tell fantastically.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A:More of everything. You'll see...

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?
A:
Influences are scattered but metal wise is Dissection, Autopsy, Tsjuder, Darkthrone, Windir, Monstrosity, Deicide, Inquisition.
Nowadays for me is mainly Jazz- and all those great drummers you know, 60's psychedelic rock, early Death/Black metal, and 60's and 70's folk

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
A: Learning and exploring music and art, collecting music, writing poetry, hiking and traveling. Utilizing life.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Now everything is how it seems

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/exmordium-interview.html


The Nightstalker/A Journey In Hell/Wolfshade Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 1 juin 2017 à 16:16

  Belgium's  solo  project  The  Nightstalker  has returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "A  Journey  In  Hell"  which  was  released  by  Wolfshade  Records.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  which  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  heavy  riffs,  melodic  guitar  leads  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  symphonic  elements.

  Classical  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  touches  of  goth  along  with  the riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  fast  riffs  can  be  heard  while  the  main  focus  is  on   more  of  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental  track.

  The  Nightstalker  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  ambient  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  continue  the  concept  story  of  The  Nightstalker.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Nightstalker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Children  Of  The  Devil"  "Cerberus"  "The  Library"  and  "Red  Moon  Rises".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-nightstalkera-journey-in.html


Devourer/Across The Empty Plains/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 1 juin 2017 à 14:52

  Devourer  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Across  The  Empty  Plains".

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  the  music  is  heavily rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  mix in  elements  of  death  and doom  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of growls  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  on  one  of  later  tracks  also  introduces  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  into  the  music.

  Devourer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  which  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while t he lyrics cover  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devourer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  group  with  touches  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Insania"  "Nexus  Of  Evil"  "Extirpation"  and  "Omega".  8  out  of  10.
     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/devoureracross-empty-ruins2017-full.html


Ocram/Nasu/2017 EP Review

jeudi 1 juin 2017 à 04:24

  Ocram  are  a  solo project  from  Spain  that  has  been  reviewed before  by t his  zine  and plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Nasu".

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep along  with  some  clean  and  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  whispers can  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  melodic  male  and  female  chants  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in a  great  amount  of  90's second  wave  influences  and  both  the  riffs  and  solos  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  one of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

   Ocram  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  raw  black  metal  style  of  his  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Zoroastrianism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this   is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Ocram  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should c heck  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The Tower  Of  Silence". 8  out  of  10,

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/ocramnasu2017-ep-review.html