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Fossaryu/Lament/Masked Dead Records/2016 Demo Review

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 16:42

  Fossaryu  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  form of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  "Lament"  which  was  released  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  brief  use  of  growls  before  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  death  metal  influences  and  the  solos  and  leads  sound  very  dark and  melodic.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  clean  playing  along  with  a  small  amount  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Fossaryu  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw  while  also  having  its  dark,  atmospheric  and  melodic  moments  as  well  as  a  touch  of  death  metal  which  also  makes  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  and  the  lyrics  are a  concept  of  a  man  battling  death  and  his  defeat.

  In  my  opinion  Fossaryu  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lament  II".  8  out  of  10.
    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/fossaryulamentmasked-dead-records2016.html


Tantanu/The Day I Die/Masked Dead Records/2016 EP Review

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 16:19

  Tantanu  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "The  Day  I  Die"  which  was  released  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the ep  along  with  some  progressive  style  synths  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  style  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Female  vocals  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  goth  influences  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful sound  to  them  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  give  the  music  more  of  a progressive  feeling  and  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  male  vocals.

  Tantanu  plays  a  style  of  dark/black  metal  that  goes  for  more  of  a  progressive  approach  to  the  genre  while  also  being  very  diverse  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my opinion  Tantanu  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Anger  And  Pain".            8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/tantanuthe-day-i-diemasked-dead.html


Noesis/Noctis Visio/Masked Dead Records/2016 EP Review

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 15:33

  Noesis  are  a  solo  project  that  plays an  atmospheric  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  ep  "Noctis  Visio"  which  was  released  by  Masked  Dead  Records.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  sound  along  with  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  few  seconds  melodic  guitar  leads  and  grim  black  metal  screams  which  are  mixed  in  the  background  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music starts  getting  more  atmospheric  along  with  nature  sounds  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  tracks  are  all  instrumental  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  programmed  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  last track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Noesis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  for  the  more  modern  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Noesis  are  a very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Noctis  Visio"  and  "Last  Prayer  Of  A  Sad  Spirit".  8  out  of  10.  



   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/noesisnoctis-visiomasked-dead.html


Eyelids Interview

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 14:18
1.Recently you have released a demo, 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?
1) Our sound includes a set of Depressive Black Metal, with moody streaks. We were looking for a very dark and dirty sound.
Our launch demo was done in 2015, it was released in April 2016 by "Masked Dead Records", and it was sould out in just four hours.

We didn't expect such a thing.

"Departure" has been our first release.

2.The band has been around since 2012 but waited until 2016 to release a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?
2) It has to be said that, at the beginning, Eyelids' (project) started as an ambient strumental project, but we didn't release anything. As time goes by, we decided to take the way of dsbm.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores wit the music?
3) Our lyrics talk only about desolation, melancholy and solitude, and this is  what we want to send out to those who listen to us.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eyelids'?
4) For us "eyelids" indicate a sense of weightlessness and abandonment, and eyes are the mirror of everything.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5) At the moment we do not perform, but in a second time, we could think about a formation to do that.
6.On a worldwide level how has he feedback been to our music by fans of depressive black metal?
6. DSBM is an elitist genre and not so popular, but the hit in the  underground, four our part, is positive.

7.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
7) Our sound is influencend by bands like Trist and Hypothermia. Our taste has always been projected in B.M.Our preferences are always focused on black metal. One of the album I've most listened in recent times is Futility of Mgla.

8.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?
8) In our free time we would rather escape from the daily routine, and we like losing ourselves into nature.

9.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
9) We take the opportunity to say that soon the reprint of "Departure" will be released in a cd jewelcase version with "Adimere Records". After that we will be ready for our first EP. Stay tuned and follow us.

Many thanks to all of you of occultblackmetalzine!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/eyelids-interview.html


Februus Interview

vendredi 15 juillet 2016 à 14:05
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1) Hello and thanks for the opportunity (and sorry for my english). My project is born as an attempt to make known the cultural pre-roman heritage of Italy, unfortunately often unknown. With my music I would like to spread the Etruscan culture, because it's not too much unknown as we think. In fact, Etruscans left important traces in our society (for example the name Lapo: it is a wrong transliteration did from the Romans of the Etruscan name Larth) or also of the incredible monuments that they left. Also, with this project I would like to make known the Etruscan language, that has been always surrounded by mystery, but today is almost reconstructed. (The only difficulty is that we have few documents, almost all on the funeral world, but they include the important Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis.)

2.In November you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on your recording?
 2) In my first demo “Sacnisa” (that means “consacration” in Etruscan language), the sound that I have tried to create is deliberately raw with riffs between atmospheric and aggressive. I had a very big help in this from the greek black metal scene, one of my favourites. Moreover, i would like to mention Nattens Madrigal of Ulver and Huldrafolk of Weyrd because they introduced me to this genre. The more difficult part was writing the texts (at that time I had just passionated to Etruscan language) and to rebuild phrases work only on few books and ceramic fragments, and it was a big limit. I took 4 months to do these 3 texts and I did some mistakes about the Etruscan pronunciation. "Il tramonto della Luna" was written by Heliogabus (Veia).

3.You refer to your music as 'Etruscan black metal' and your lyrics also go into the Paganism, and Rituals of that culture, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the topic?
3) My interest in Etruscan people was born at about the age of 7. As soon as I began to study Etruscan people I appreciated and loved their culture and traditions. Since when I began to study history at University I'm continuing with this passion also if I don't have the way to make a careful study of Etruscan people because unfortunately in Florence University doesn't work very well. Moreover this allowed me to known better my land (for example only few people know that on Calvana mountain in Prato is situated a big Etruscan necropolis or on the top of Monte Morello was situated a temple, or maybe a little fortress, unfortunately we don't have archaeological remains, except for some ceramic fragments).
While I was exploring the Chiusi area, I also found a little tumulus with the grave goods still visible. Hope that after my report to the Surveillance, they'll make it visitable to everyone.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Februus'?
4) The name “Februus” comes from the name of an Etruscan divinity that was after integrated in the Roman Pantheon. Probabily, it was the God of disease and of rebirth.The month of February tooks the name from this divinity and in the ancient world people organizated “parties of rebirth” with rites survived for many years and readapted in christian era.
The most important day of this festivity was the 14 th of february after handed down in the useless San Valentine's day. I think it is an appropriate name because this project was born when i was 16 years old and it was abandoned several times with many changes of name, themes and riffs writing.It accompained me for a lot of time and it has symbolized the “rebirth” of my interest for Etruscan culture.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but have worked with other musicians in other bands and projects, do you feel you have a lot more room to be creative with this project?
5) My projects with other people are almost finished bad because people often change their ideas or lose their interest. First, I played drum in the band Valhalla HC, a project did just for fun, after we created Guazzabuglio HC but at the end when things became more serious no one wants to play anymore, and we split up.
I had also others projects of various genre but no one worked well
I put aside Sonnenrad, my second black metal project, because of problems and conflicts in the band line up. Now I'm trying to rebuild the project with Eterna Rovina at the voice.
I usually write the music and so I can do what I want with riff compositions.

6.'Masked Dead Productions' released your demo onto cd, so far have you been happy with the support they gave given you so far?
6) Matteo of Masked Dead always supported me in my projects and I hope I'll have him soon as guest in one of my projects. Thanks to their propaganda I was able to make myself known and so I thanks them really much.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7) I think that people know me much better abroad that here in Italy and this is fun. With Defiled Light records I republished the demo and it make sold out really soon. Then, here in Italy I had many conflicts with the "black metal scene" because there if you want to be supported you have to make friend the "bosses" of scene, kinda like a "mafia". I don't care about these idiots. My music is born with an "educative" purpose, because I think that black metal is an excellent way to spread knowledge, as my experience in greek scene teached me. I would like also cite the project “Selvans” that with his sonority and his tematics I think that it is able to do this. Same thing for Haive, Skyforger and many others bands (we notice that they are all abroad)

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
8) In this period I recorded the bass for Veia's album, another etruscan black metal project from Rome. The riff composition of this album (written by Heliogabalus, bases of the project) is awesome, the lyrics are beautiful and the atmosphere is unique. I'm honored to work with him, because this project inspired me for Februus. I recommend you to follow this band that can do so much. Moreover, I'm recording also an EP for Sonnenrad ("Estinzione Volontaria") that should be with violents, ripetitives,unhealthy riffs as for example Craft, Noia, Darkthrone etc..Also, I'm recording an acoustic neofolk release with Aisna, my project based on in-nature field recordings in some of Etruscan places that I visited. Maybe in the future it will be a return of Stige, my other raw black metal side project.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
) I can't describe me as a musician. I think that there is a big difference between who plays instruments and who's a true musician. I think that the last one is a person who creates artistics, sentimentals and creatives masterpieces. Nowadays there are a lot of people who tries to be musician with bad results. Maybe the fault is the diffusion of recording methods, because to recording today is very simple and there are a lot of people that they sucks playing instruments but they name themselves “musician”.  Anyway, I'll continue recording, because create music is something that relax me and it allow to reorganize thoughts.
Most of my songs are improvisations, I never write music and I never try to do it. Hope I'll continue to improve myself because in  life we never stop learning.


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) I could stay hours to list all the bands that influenced me: Darkthrone, Noia, Veia, Bacchia Neraida, Uranus, Wyrd, Häive, Skyforger, La caruta di li Dei, Selvans, Wederganger, Solefald, Taake, Ulver, Balds Draumar, Tengger Cavalry, Call me Loretta, Xasthur, Musk Ox, October Falls, Dråpsnatt, Bunker 66, Barbarian, Burzum, Valì, Sol Invictus, Agalloch etc..
I listen and play several musical genres, but lately I listen so much neofolk and classical music but I love stoner rock // sludge // doom (I could pass hours to talk about how many fantastics bands are in these genres, like Kyuss, Truckfighters, Blacklight Barbarian, Om, Ufomammut, Gum, Robanera, Eyehategod, El Thule etc.) obviously black metal, death (as Baphomet, Massacre, Repulsion etc..) thrash (as my friends Collapse), thrashcore, punk hc, electronics ( it has many subgenres, and I love especially sample based music as Oneothrix Point Never, Avalanches etc..), screamo, (as La Quiete, Age Sixteen, Fealacèva etc.) and experimental things or prog//avantgarde, like Buon Vecchio Charlie etc.. I listen also masterpieces like Nick Drake, De André, Guccini, Claudio Lolli, Piero Ciampi, etc.., they changed my life and influenced a lot some of my works.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

11) Study and research are parts of my life. I work in an archeological association, the “Mula d'Oro”, that tries to discover and safeguard the cultural heritage in my territory. I really like visit archeological areas especially in forests. I always do many escursions and trekking and I love to spend more time in forests than at home.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12) I would like to remember to the readers the importance of safeguarding our cultural heritage. In a society like ours, which wastes money to enrich privates and entrepreneurs , the only way we have to defend our culture is with the commitment of each of us. Anyway, Februus is my contribution to spread love for our history and our beautiful country. Thanks again for this interview.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/februus-interview.html