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KZOHH/Trilogy: Burn Out The Remains/Ashen Dominion/2016 CD Review

mercredi 14 septembre 2016 à 04:46

  KZOHH  are  a  band f rom  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  they  describe  as  being  a  'pestilent  black  metal  ritual'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Trilogy:  Burn  out  the  Remains"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  Water  sounds  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  spoken  word  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  Gregorian  chants  as  well  as  some  ritualistic  beats  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto the  recording  and  the  vocals also  get  more  black  metal  orientated  while  also  mixing  in  a  melodic  edge.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  heavy  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  they  also  mix  in  epic  sounding  keyboards  into  the  heavier  sections  of the  tracks  along  with  some  orchestra  elements.

The  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  in  some  parts  of  the recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  last  track  brings  in  war  samples  and  all  3  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other..

  KZOHH  on  this  recording  takes  their  black  metal roots  and  gets  a  little  bit  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  Great  Pandemics.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  KZOHH  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Crom  Conail".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/kzohhtrilogy-burn-out-remainsashen.html


Eufori/Humorsvangningar/Black Lion Productions/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 14 septembre 2016 à 03:35

 Eufori  are  a  duo  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  depressive,  suicidal  black  metal  with  elements  of  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016 album  "Humorsvangningar"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  black  Lion  Productions.

  A very  distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  vocals are  mostly depressive black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  post  punk  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Most  of  the  songs  stick  either to  a  very  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  punk  elements  being  mixed  in  with  grim  screams  and  some  of  the  riffs  have  a  happy  edge  to  them  which  also  makes  the  depressive  side  of  the  songs  have  a  different  affect  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  regular  singing  is  utilized  briefly  it  adds  an  influence  of  goth  rock  onto  the  recording  and  one  song  also  brings  in  tragic  sounding  keyboards  while  a  later  track  also  uses  a  small  amount of  blast  beats  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Eufori  plays a   style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  depressive  and  melodic  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  goth  and  post  punk  which  makes  their  songs  sound  a  little  bit  more  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  suicidal  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eufori  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  post  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Avgrund"  "Inget  mer"  and  "Eufori".  8  out  of  10.

 https://euforilblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/hum-rsv-ngningar
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/euforihumorsvangningarblack-lion.html


Grimoire/A La Lumiere Des Cendres/Eisenwald/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 13 septembre 2016 à 04:49

  Grimoire  are  a solo project  from  Quebec, Canada  that  plats  an  atmospheric form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of his  2011  album  "A  La  Lumiere  Des  Cendres"  which  will  be re-issued in  October  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  heavy guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams and  melodic  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all of  the  musical instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  tracks and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  A great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard in the  fast  riffing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  main  focus  is  more  on  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  style  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  singing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  side  to  the  tracks  and  when  keyboards  are  utilized  on  the instrumental  and  one  of  the  vocal  tracks  as  well  as  the outro  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  ambient  and  a brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  almost  towards  the  end.

  Grimoire  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric,  the  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Fantasy,  Magick,  Occultism  and  Witchery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grimoire  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beriseil  I"  and  "Les  Flammes  de  I'  Ignorance". 8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/grimoirea-la-lumiere-des.html


Penitnce Onirique Interview

mardi 13 septembre 2016 à 00:35
Answers by : Diviciacos ( Lyrics, Voices ) For Pénitence Onirique .

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

P.O is a two-headed entity, composed of Bellovesos for everything related to music and Diviciacos for lyrics and voices We try to deliver a complex BlackMetal, radical and ambient.

2.You have an ep coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

You can definitely considered V.I.T.R.I.O.L as our first album. As I said above, we try to deliver a complex and ambient black metal, which leaves space to the interpretation of the listener. The goal is to provoke emotions in people and place them in an introspective mood. V.I.T.R.I.O.L consists of various initiatory journeys, which lead to an acceptance of death and the search for inner peace

3.Your lyrics cover a good amount of esoteric and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

The interest for esotericism, alchemy, religion is very personal for me it is mainly a way for the man I am to find peace and understands what I feel and think to a philosophical point of view. In this album I place the search for peace before death as a goal to be achieved, as the alchemist seeks the philosopher's stone, the gold, the inner light, that we begin to find by getting rid of suffering, the sulfur .

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

Like everything else, we wanted to leave room to interpretation. For me, Pénitence Onirique, something like "dream-like penance" is like a psychic path that we follow to forgive ourselves for what we missed, for our regrets, for what's eating us and our soul throughout life.

5.According to the metal archives page the band is a solo project but the fb has band members listed was this originally a solo project?

This project began as a solo and instrumental project only involving Bellovesos. But as we made music together for many years and I could relate to his work, I quickly came up with a background and lyrics, here’s the result.

6.The ep is coming out on 'Emanations', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

Yes definitely. we're over the moon and it’s very pleasant .

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

Not too easy to measure it yet. but for now it’s rather positive and it makes us really happy .

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

NO

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

I can't answer that, but surely towards something more personal, without limits.

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?

In terms of music, mainly the 90’s European black metal scene ( particularly the Swedish like Dissection, Dawn, Sacramentum…) but also Doom, New wave, Drone ….  but Literature, cinema, alchemy, esoterism, history, human nature, religions is also a big part of our influences .

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Culture in general .

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

Above all, thank you for the interest. For the rest, follow us, listen to us and try as much as possible to know yourself.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/penitnce-onirique-interview.html


Brahmarakshas/Self Titled/2016 EP Review

lundi 12 septembre 2016 à 02:11

  Brahmarakshas  are  a  solo  project  originally  from  India  put  now  relocated  to  the  United  States  that plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  and  self  titled  2016  ep.

 Progressive  style  guitars  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  while  a  decent  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  and  the  music  is  very  experimental  at  times  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  spoken  words  give  the  songs  more  of  a  poetic  edge  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  more  melodic  style  to  the  music.

  Brahmarakshas plays a  musical  style that  is  very  experimental  while  also  mixing  it  with  atmospheric  black  metal  and  some  death  metal  elements  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  based upon  the  poem  "Brahmarakshas"  by  Gajanan  Madhov  Muktibodh.

  In  my  opinion  Brahmarakshas are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Superfluous  Quest  For  Absolute  perfection".  8  out  of 10.    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/09/brahmarakshasself-titled2016-ep-review.html