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Korgunthurus/Vuohen Siunaus/Woodcut Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 1 juin 2016 à 19:33




  Korgonthurus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Vuohen  Siunaus"  which  was  released  by  Woodcut  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction t hat  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  while  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  throughout t he  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  that  genre  also  being  an  influence  on  some  of  the  riffing  and  the  guitar  leads  also  bring  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  while  the  music  builds  mostly  on  a  Finnish  black  metal  style  and  some  of t he  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  shows  a  small amount  of  acoustic  guitars  being  mixed  in  with  some  of  the  heavy  riffing  and  on  some  songs  the  screams  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  tone.

  Korgonthurus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  true  to  the  raw  Finnish  tradition  of  the  genre  while  also  standing  out  a  little  bit  by  mixing  in  death  metal  influences  on  some  of  the  tracks, t he  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Korgonthurus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kaaos"  "Inho"  and  "L.U.X".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/korgunthurusvuohen-siunauswoodcut.html


Nogrod/Abstruce Dismal/2016 EP Review

mercredi 1 juin 2016 à 01:54

  Nogrod  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Abstruce  Dismal".

  Dark  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  along  with  soem  deep  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while the  black  metal  side  of  the  bands  musical  style  seems  to  be  very  heavily  Swedish  influenced  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  Nogrod  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a style  of  their  own,   the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  destruction  of  heaven,  anti  religion  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nogrod  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Powered  By  The  Black  Sun"  and  "Ageless  Mourning".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/nogrodabstruce-dismal2016-ep-review.html


Sojourner Interview

mardi 31 mai 2016 à 18:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Emilio: Hi, thanks for having us. Well, the band started with all of us being fantasy fans and also really loving nature. We wanted to make a style of black metal that suited this, and that's what we did.

2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is represented on the recording?

Emilio: Epic, atmospheric, sad, triumphant, angry at times, etc.

Mike L.: There is a very heavy dose of folk metal within the overall atmospheric black metal framework of our sound as well.

3.Your lyrics cover nature and fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Emilio: As I stated above, we started the band because of our love of fantasy and nature. Every time I write a song for this band I imagine battles, or maybe even made up sequences that just pop up in my head and expand upon those. We all love fantasy books (Tolkien, Kingkiller Chronicles, Malazan, and many more) along with fantasy games and movies. So we felt that this is exactly what we want to portray lyrically as well as musically.

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

Emilio: The word sojourner actually means someone who doesn't stay in one place for long periods of time. We felt this name was fitting since we are heavily fantasy based and in books, movies or games, the protagonist or other characters normally continue their journeys throughout various lands. Some of our songs actually depict this quite often.

5.The band members are from both New Zealand and Sweden, how does this work in the recording process?

Emilio: Easily. We send files back and forth until we reach a finished track and then vocals are recorded and sent back to Mike L. for him to put them into the song.

Mike L.: The music is all written by myself and Chloe who live together, and we’re currently based in St. Andrews in Scotland. So it’s very easy for us to write and record the music, then we send the finished song to both Emilio in Sweden and Mike W. back in New Zealand who lay down the vocals and bass before sending the files back to me to mix in. It’s quite a smooth and easy process, which works mainly because the music is all written in the one location which allows us to have a more organic flow.

6.Are there any plans for live shows or is this band strictly a studio project?

Emilio: We will become a live band one way or another. Maybe not so much touring but doing one-offs here and there. We don't discard maybe one day doing a tour but the logistics of it aren't exactly easy. In September I will be visiting Mike and Chloe in Scotland and we will most likely be playing live then.

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

Emilio: Overwhelming! Nothing we could have ever imagined. We are extremely happy with the support everyone is showing us, be it sales, messages, etc.

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?

Emilio: I have Nangilima, a death/doom band which you have covered here in the past. We are currently finishing up a two track EP to be released this year via Xtreem Music.

Mike L.: Mike W. and I have Lysithea, our Melodic Death/Doom band, which we’ll begin writing a new album for over the next while. My other project, Cailleach, is on hold for the foreseeable future. I’m starting a heavier sort of Progressive Metal band with some friends in Dundee, which will be fun, that’s more a live-focused thing. Other than that, for the next while I’ll just be helping Chloe produce a folk metal album she’s written for her project Aoroi. That's sounding absolutely fantastic, so keep an ear out for that.

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

Mike L.: The core of the sound that you hear on the album is basically what we’ll continue doing overall, however there will definitely be elements on the next album that might surprise people a bit. Overall the core of the band is very much solidified, but next time it will be bigger and better.

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?

Emilio: Personally, Summoning, Caladan Brood, Gallowbraid, Elderwind, and quite a few more bands but these are the main ones. I'm really listening to tons of Katatonia, Eldamar, Darkspace, Ashbringer, and Mesarthim the past couple weeks. I try to spin a lot of what I own and especially releases from the present year.

Mike L.: A lot of our influence musically on the album comes from things like Agalloch, Moonsorrow, Borknagar, Enslaved, The Morningside, Valkiria, Summoning, Caladan Brood, and Katatonia among many, many others. As well as a fair amount of influence from some of my favourite Doom bands like Mourning Beloveth, Draconian, Warning etc.

11.What are some of your non-musical interests?

Emilio: Going out and taking in all that nature has to offer. Forests and streams have to be my favourite.

Mike L.: Chloe and I travel quite a lot, whenever we can afford to really. I’m a huge Weird Fiction / Horror Fiction fan so I spend a lot of time reading that kind of thing. Other than that I just plenty of time gaming and watching TV shows and films.

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

Emilio: I would like to thank you for the interview and give thanks to all of you that support Sojourner. Also, our amazing label Avantgarde Music for being there every step of the way.

Mike L.: Thank you for the interview! and thanks so much to everyone for the support and kind words we've received since the album came out. It means a lot!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/sojourner-interview.html


Mort aux Gueux Interview

mardi 31 mai 2016 à 03:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1-At first, it was a solo project. I began to record Black Metal tracks alone in my basement because I felt the need. Luc ''le Damné'' joined the project to ensure drums on half of ''EP'' Vaurien's tracks. We could say that the result is raw and old school Black Metal.

2.So far you have released a single, ep and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2- I believe the sonority presented on recordings sounds like 90's Black Metal bands, Darkthrone and Profanatica for example. Everything was produced in my basement ; artwork, recording, duplication… This is what I call Lo-Fi production, and we can definitely hear it in Mort aux Gueux.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3- The lyrics is often about desolation and no future. They expose what could be a life of a convict, a wretched, a varmint, a punk or a deserter maybe. The rejected of society is a subject that speaks to me a lot.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mort aux Gueux'?
4-Once again, it refers to all the people we are trying to marginalized and to ''nipped in the bud'' in this sanitized society. Mort aux Gueux could be translated by ''Death to the Beggars''

5.Currently there are 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?
5- I like to see Mort aux Gueux  as a kind of one-man band in which people work together. Nothing is set in stone for the forming except me.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6-I'm interested in all aspects of the group, whether the artwork or distribution. Some labels have approached me but for now, I do not feel the need to look for one.

7.In February you where a part of a split with 'Horrenda', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7-It was a very nice experience to work with Horrenda. I liked the theme of the artwork, Grosse île, which was the bridge between our two nations, Quebec and Irish. Our Black metal combined very well, although Mort aux Gueux is more raw and Horrenda more experimental.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8-I believe the feedback is really good. Strangely, I have not had bad reviews. I guess it's because Mort aux Gueux is unpretentious.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9- Returning back to the basement to record a full-length album due out in autumn 2016. Maybe I'll release some stuff by then ... Eventually, I want to create a Black Metal always more crude or crust punk. I have collaborators planned either for album art or music. Let's say I have a long-term vision for Mort aux Gueux unlike other areas of my life.

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?
10-The albums that changed my life are certainly Morbid Visions of Sepultura, and later Transilvanian Hunger of Darkthrone. Now I listen to a lot of french Black Metal band as Caverne and Autarcie. Many quebecors bands, more thrash and crust punk, like Saccage are also part of my weekly plays.

11.Does Paganism or Occultism play any role in your music?
11- The albums cover's design may refer to it but it is not a huge part of our music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12- Let me conclude by thanking black metal fans for their interest in Mort aux Gueux and the people who work to make known the undeground bands as Occult Black Metalzine. Keep it up !

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/mort-aux-gueux-interview.html


Sojourner/Empires Of Ash/Avantgarde Music/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 30 mai 2016 à 23:51

  Sojourner  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  New  Zealand  and  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Empires  Of  Ash"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Nature  sounds  and  flutes  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  black  metal  screams  and  fast  tremolo  picking  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  blast  beats  that  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  and  they  also  mix  the  flutes  in  with  the  heavier  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  synths  and  pianos  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  atmospheric  black metal  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  on  some  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  one  of  the  tracks  and  they  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording.

  Sojourner  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  epic  bringing  in  a  modern  style  while  also  mixing  in  some  acoustic  guitars  and  pianos  along  with  flutes  to  create  a  recording  that  really  stands  out,, t he  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sojourner  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bound  By  Blood"  "The  Pale  Host"  and  "Empires  Of  Ash".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/sojournerempires-of-ashavantgarde.html