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Pillorian/Obsidian Arc/Eisenwald/2017 CD Review

lundi 9 janvier 2017 à 04:53




 
  Pillorian  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  with  members from  Agalloch,  UADA  and  Maetus  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Obsidian  Arc"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Eisenwald.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  and  more  melodic  sections  of  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  guitar  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  add  in  touches  of  neo  folk  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  tremolo  picking  in the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

 The  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  whispers  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  a  more  depressive tone  and  also  add  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  atmospheric  style  and  some  songs  also  have  an  avant  garde  touch  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  vocal  track. 

  Pillorian  plays  a  style  of  dark/black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric, modern  and  melodic  while  also  adding  in  some  progressive  and  neo  elements  which  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pillorian  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Archaen  Divinity"  "A  Stygian  Pyre"  and  "Dark  Is  The  River  Of  Man".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/pillorianobsidian-arceisenwald2017-cd.html


Infernal Angels Interview

samedi 7 janvier 2017 à 19:45

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Apsychos: After the recordings we started working on the promotional and organizational parts, I worked on the graphics, we looked for a label and promotional gigs. We played only once in September, after that we shot our first video and we recorded the split album with our friends Catechon, Ad Noctem Funeriis and Athanor.



2.In 2017 you have a new album coming out, 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?

Apsychos: For me, Ars Goetia is the next step from Pestilentia, or rather the continue of that modern sound and, for some aspects, more death metal, that defined the unique sound of that album. Our last work is violent, obscure, epic and introspective, it's a product made by some different styles of the current line up. Therefore it has a personal touch for all of us.



3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon the 'Goetia', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Xes: Since I was young, I was always fascinated in the occult world, living in a very christian family, I grew up with a strong religious component always present, but as the years passed, my interest was increasingly turned to the discovery of the antithesis of all that was christianity. I also had some "strange" experience during the school ages, who has made me closer to occultism and esotericism.



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

Xes: The name it was inspired from Milton and his “Paradise Lost” In fact in the first two demos we had treated more closely his poem. Lucifer, the fallen angel is represented as the object of admiration of the story, to imitate and celebrate like a true hero. He fight hard  to overcome his own doubts and his own weaknesses, and completes his goal, that is corrupt the mankind. Satan is considered the most interesting and compelling characters of Milton's work, mainly because of his complexity and his cunning.



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?

Xes: I can not tell what was our best show, I always hope they are better any time. However, I have great memories of each one of them. Each show has helped us to grow and, hopefully, to improve. I hope our concert could be a kind of ritual and extracorporeal journey for those who listen to us.



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

Apsychos: Actually we have only a few shows confirmed around Italy, with the release party programmed for January 21. We want to spread our new creation around the world, the idea of a tour is amazing, but first we have to value some things.



7.On the new album you had some guests, can you tell us who they are and their contributions to the recording?

Xes: I know Mancan, Lorenzo and Snarl from over ten years. I respect them a lot as musicians and we grew a sincere friendship, that is a very difficult thing in this environment of envy and jealousy. In 2017 will be fifteen years since the birth of Infernal Angels and I wanted to include them because they have seen grow the band over the years. Mancan was perfect, with its warm, deep voice for the final part of Asmoday. Lorenzo and Snarl have a much more harsh scream than my vocal timbre so their performances are in a perfect contrasts with my voice. Each one of them have given something plus to the album and I am very grateful.



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

Apsychos: We know we have fans in Europe, I met people who follow Infernal Angels from the beginning, I also follow them from Shining Evil Light. But I don't know our fame overseas, as I don't  know their feedback to us.



9.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?

Apsychos: The same things that we're doing with Infernal Angels, we go on trying to produce and to promote our music. We often work simultaneously, in 2016 we focused much on our side/main projects, for Infernal Angels, Necandi Homines (we recorded our first full length in November), Haegen (they recorded their second full length) and Venders with electronic music, it has been a very productive year.



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

Apsychos: We don't know what we awaits in the future. Right now we aim to spread as much as possible our music and to take every single crumb of satisfaction that we gain and, we hope that this last as long as possible.



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?

Apsychos: We don't have styles or bands in particular that influence us on the composition of the album. When I, Gradig, Venders and then subsequently Hagen and Nekroshadow entered the band, Infernal Angels were already far along in their evolutionary path, we brought many songs of Pestilentia on stage, we got used to that sound, we made it ours and we brought forward. We belong to completely different background ranging from heavy metal to black metal, folk to post-rock and experimental, individually we have our own recognizable musical and compositional personality, Ars Goetia is a great mixture of styles that are well blended together.



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

Apsychos: We thank you for granted us this space. Stay tuned.




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/infernal-angels-interview.html


Fenris/...En Doodenakkers Tot Den Horizon/2016 Full Length Review

samedi 7 janvier 2017 à 01:51

  Fenris  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  viking  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "......En  Doodenakkers  Tot  Den  Horizon".

  Distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  spoken  word  parts  are  added  on  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  heavier  riffing  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beta  can  be  heard.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Fenris  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  viking,  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Mythology  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fenris  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  viking,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Ashes"  "834"  and  "Descend'.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/fenrisen-doodenakkers-tot-den.html


Kav/Chattering Medicine/2017 EP Review

samedi 7 janvier 2017 à 00:46

  Kav  are  a  band  originally  from  Germany  as  a  solo  project  but  now  re-located  to  Tampa,  Florida  with  a  full  line  up  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Chattering  Medicine".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  blast  beats  being  added onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metla  screams  make  their  presence  known.

   Deep  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  they  also  have  a  very  demonic  tone  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  influences  from  both  the  90's  eras  of  black  and  death  metal  while  also  giving  it  a  more  modern  touch  and  some  of  the  slower  riffing  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  very  dark  and  heavy  musical  direction.

  Kav  creates  another  recording  that  takes  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  darker  form  of  death  metal  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  occultism  and  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kav  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  or  evil  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Indecipherable  Scripts"  and  "The  Rajmata  And  The  Noose".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/kavchattering-medicine2017-ep-review.html


Obitus Interview

vendredi 6 janvier 2017 à 19:38
 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

JH: well since completing the recording we've been working on the remaining aspects of it, artwork, layout, and finding a label to work with.

> 2.You have a new album coming out in February, 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?

AA: Obitus has always sounded cold, chaotic and mechanical. The new release is no different. Though, compared to earlier releases, we have managed to incorporate both faster and more disharmonious passages at the same time as our strongest melodies yet (in my opinion, obviously...). In general, I think "Salves of the Vast Machine" sounds more dark and monumental. In any case, that was our goal. You be the judge.

> 3.Both of the band members came from a death/thrash metal band, what was the decision behind going into more of a black metal direction?

JH: At the time we needed an outlet for musical ideas which did not fit in our current band, so we started Obitus to channel that.

> 4.On the new album the only song was a 45 minute track, what was the decision behind creating a long song other than writing an album with 8-12 songs?

JH: Well this goes back to our previous album "The March of the Drones", it's also meant to be listened to as a single track, ultimately we decided to split it into tracks to make it easier on the listener and because it had three distinct parts it didn't feel forced. With the new album we went into it knowing we were producing an album length song, so splitting it into tracks really never entered our minds.

AA: From a composer perspective, we thought it to be an interesting challenge. Writing one set of music is on the one hand more free form but on the other requires more planning. It is easier to break free of the much overdone "verse, chorus, verse, chorus"-structure, but more challenging in building themes that can be reused in slightly changed ways and having a good idea of how the whole set should progress.

> 5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?

JH: The lyrics can be seen as a continuation of the themes we've been exploring over the past few releases: human fallibility, weakness and inclination to group-think. Luckily for us the world is the gift that keeps on giving.

> 6.This is your first full length since 2009 and other than a split in 2014 there has been no new material, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

JH: So there are several reasons why it's been fairly quiet since the last full length, first and foremost we're both busy people, we have families and day jobs, Obitus is a project we work on when we have time and inspiration. Working on compositions as long and complex as both "The March of the Drones" and "Slaves of the Vast Machine" were can be draining, so generally we need some downtime after each release to recharge and be able to produce quality work. The fact that I took a job on a different continent and we only meet up in person a few times a year obviously doesn't help the situation.

AA: Inspiration is indeed the key. Not feeling inspired? Don't write music, go play ping-pong instead.

> 7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Obitus'?

JH: It means death in Latin.

> 8.Since the beginning there has only been 2 members in the band, have you ever thought about expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

JH: We started Obitus deliberately as a two person band, we are two people with a clear vision of what we want to and can accomplish as such.

AA: On occasion we have had a couple of guys lending us their talents when it comes to background vocals and bass, something we will probably do in the future as well. But the core and brain of Obitus will always be the two of us.

> 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

JH: Generally we've had very positive feedback from everything we've recorded. I tried to keep a list of all reviews but as sites come and go many of them are now lost. Judging by those who purchase items from our own webshop we have fans everywhere in the world, think I've shipped items to most continents.

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

AA: Black metal is what Obitus is about and that will not change. We will, however, continue to carve out and further refine our own niche. And where that will take us, no one knows.

> 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?

JH: So as the previous year just ended, one ends up reading lots of best of lists, and every year I realize how little I manage to listen to. I try to browse a few choice blogs a day to stay abreast of new music but between the day job and other obligations it's just hard. That said currently listening a lot to the latest Black Funeral.

AA: There is no specific band that influences Obitus. We have been doing this long enough to have our own idea and vision of how we should sound. When it comes to my own appetite for new music, it varies, but I try to keep up. There was a period in the late 1990s and early 2000s where I constantly tried to find new and innovative black metal. Even though I'm far pickier these days, I still settle for anything 'good enough'. The main reason is that a period such as the 1990s with a steady stream of new interpretations of extreme metal will probably not be seen again. So, would I to continue search after those 'new' and 'unique' bands I would end up with a pretty slim playlist. With that said, I do enjoy seeing several interesting Icelandic black metal bands surface.


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


JH: Nothing really, thanks for the support and check out "Slaves of the Vast Machine" out on February 16th!

AA: What Johan said.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/obitus-interview.html