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Epoch/Sacrosanct/Lavadome Productions/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 12 janvier 2017 à 05:38

  Epoch  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Sacrosanct"  which  will  be  re-issued  by  Lavadome  roductions  on  January 31st.

  A  very  fast,  dark  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  evil  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  with  a  more  modern  feeling.

  Throughout  the recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  war  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and only  of  the  songs  brings  in  a brief  use  of  guitar  solos  or  leads  and  the  album  also  remains  heavy,  dark  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and  the  sounds  of  torture  are  also  used  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Epoch  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  death  metal  while  also  mixing  in  the  more  bestial  side  of  black  metal  to  create  their  own  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover dark  and  cold  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Epoch  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  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  "Vision  Absolute"  "Hangman  Paradox"  and  "Sacrosanct".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/epochsacrosanctlavadome-productions2017.html


Fenris Interview

mercredi 11 janvier 2017 à 05:51
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording  and release of the new album?
First of all we did a release show in The Baroeg (NL), one of the leading underground stages in the Netherlands. During  this show we played the new album in it’s entirety. We did a mini tour with Misanthropia (NL) and Nattas (SE) to promote the new album. Furthermore we are busy booking new gigs since we want to promote the new album as much as possible. This year we celebrate our 20th anniversary with a special show on may the 13th, during this show we will play songs w hich we haven’t played in a long time.

2.In September you  had released a new album, 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?
...en doodenakkers tot den horizon is a mixture of black, viking and death metal. With every record coming out you hear the band grow in maturity musically. What is different from earlier recordings is that we omitted keyboards, we wanted a more direct live feeling on this record. Also the album is  a bit less technical and leaning more towards death metal if you compare it to the older albums. The end result is a more tight and aggressive sound, much to our liking.

3.This is the first album to be released since 2005, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We had a few challenges in the line-up. In 2005 one of the co-founders and songwriters Vasco Lub left the band. He was the bass player and wrote most of the lyrics. Besides that he wrote most of the music together with Bas Westdorp. In the years that followed Fenris was busy creating a robust  lineup. We tried a lot of bass guitarists and failed, until 2010 when Chris joined the band. Then the process of writing songs went a lot faster. To give you an idea, in 2010 there was just one new song. Also in 2013 Joris Klaassen joined the band on guitars, he really completes the sound of Fenris and helps giving the live performance a boost. So most of the writing was in the past couple of years, also a day job doesn’t really help with the speed of releasing a new record.

4.With the name 'Fenris' and the song lyrics your music is rooted in Norse Paganism and
 Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
The basis in the name Fe
nris comes from the mythological creature Fenrir, who is the son of Loki and Angrboda. For us Fenris is also a link to the Norse band Enslaved, they have a song called Fenris. Furthermore the subject also has links to our own history. On “..en doodenakkers tot den horizon” you can see this in the songs 834 and Ruined which describe the attack from the vikings  on Dorestad in the year 834. With the song Fenris we tell the
story of Fenris trying to convince Tyr to release him so he can unleash Ragnarok.

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?
Shows we like to remember are the ones we played supporting great bands like Enslaved, Rotting Christ, Tyr, Einherjer and Sear Bliss. Also shows in our hometown are always a success and we played a successful shows in Berlin.

6.Do you have any  touring or show plans for the future?
We haven’t planned any  tours at the moment, it is a real challenge combining a day job and a tour. If there is a good opportunity we would take it of course. Currently busy planning separate shows mainly in  the Netherlands. We hope to play at least 20 shows this year, and we look hope to do some shows in Germany and Belgium.

7.Currently you are  unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We have a distribution deal with Snakebite records for the Benelux. They also dealt with the digital availability of the album worldwide. We have written to a number of small record labels but chances are slim in the musical genre. For the moment we are happy with the distribution we currently have. Anything can happen in the future.

8. On a worldwide le vel how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, viking and death metal?
We have had a number of great reviews from blogs and websites mainly in Europe, it takes time for people because there number of releases is enormous. So we are hoping more people pick up the album  in the coming months. This is why we try to play as much shows as possible, given the possibilities we have of course To give you a few examples of reviews:
http://aminoapps.com/page/black-metal/8200812/review-fenris-en-doodenakkers-tot-den-horizon
http://nekronospromotion.blogspot.nl/2016/08/fenris-en-doodenakkers-tot-den-horizon.html
http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/nl/reviews/view/id/32965

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?
Our drummer is a former member of The Darkest Red, also he is a session drummer for the band Cthuluminati. Our bass player is a former member of Brandhaard and Infestis. Joris also plays in Beyond our Ruins. Gilbert also did vocals for Infestis,
https://www.facebook.com/Thedarkestred/
https://www.facebook.com/Cthuluminati/
https://www.facebook.com/BeyondOurRuins/

10.Where do you se
e the band heading into musically during the future?
If you look at the current re
cord which is mainly a mixture of black and death metal and less
viking than the previous a
lbums, this is the direction we will be heading with a big wink to
viking. The sound in the f
uture will probably be more of “...en doodenakkers tot den horizon”,
powerful riffs, epic guitar
solos, lots of screams in a mixture of black and death metal.
Currently we are busy clea
ning jam material and making new riffs besides keeping the set at
a proper live level.
https://www.facebook.com
/Cthuluminati/
https://www.facebook.com
/BeyondOurRuins/

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
If you look at the current record which is mainly a mixture of black and death metal and less viking than the previous albums, this is the direction we will be heading with a big wink to viking. The sound in the future will probably be more of “...en doodenakkers tot den horizon”,powerful riffs, epic guitar solos, lots of screams in a mixture of black and death metal. Currently we are busy cleaning jam material and making new riffs besides keeping the set at a proper live level.

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?
When we grew up our musical taste was formed by bands like obituary, Morbid Angel, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Enslaved, Mayhem, Slayer and Suffocation. In the past few years the influence would be coming mostly from the following bands: Enslaved, Dark Funeral, Nile, Obituary, Nader Sadek, Shining (SE),Origin, Vektor, Mayhem, Behemoth, Cattle Decapitation, Marduk, Dissection, Deicide and Dying Fetus

12.What are some of your non musical interests? We like action movies in the eighties genre but also horror, and off course a good beer and a piece of meat!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We really appreciate you giving us the room to let the world know about our new album “...en doodenakkers tot den horizon” with a review and taking the time for this interview! Keep up the good work!
Hails!
Fenris

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


Nemesis Sopor/MMXL/Geisterasche Organization/2017 CD Review

mercredi 11 janvier 2017 à 05:26

  Nemesis  Sopor  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "MMXL" which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Geisterasche  Organization.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  they  mix  in  with  the  faster  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  modern  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals also  deep  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  lot  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  the  cascadian  influence  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  clean  singing  along  with  whispers  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a  later  track  is  another  instrumental  but  done  in  a  more  heavy  style.

  Nemesis  Sopor  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  an  mankind  themes.

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nemesis  Sopor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Untertan"  "Despot"  and  "Atarax". 8  out  of  10.

  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/nemesis-sopormmxlgeisterasche.html


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