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Sol Sistere/Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum/Hammerheart Records/2016 CD Review

samedi 22 octobre 2016 à 02:30

  Sol  Sistere  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Unfading  Incorporeal  Vacuum"  which  was  released  by  by  Hammerheart  Records.

  Acoustic  and  clean  guitar playing  starts  off  the  album  and  the  solos  and  leads  are done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  once  the  music  gets  heavy  and  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking which also gives the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the recording  have  a  very powerful  sound to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also h ear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make a  return  on  some  of  the  other  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  a brief  instrumental  that  introduces  violins  onto  the  recording  before  closing  the album  with  2 heavy  vocal  tracks.

  Sol  Sistre  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  raw  and  aggressive  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mysticism,  Occultism,  Life,  Death,  Dimensions,  Feelings  and  Reincarnation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sol  Sistre  are  a  very  great sounding  atmospheric  and melodic black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Kneel"  "Degraded  Soul"  and  "Seeker Of  Souls".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/sol-sistereunfading-incorporeal.html


Deus Ignotus Interview

vendredi 21 octobre 2016 à 13:57
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We have a deal with III Damnation productions for our new album Hexapterygon which will be released on CD, Vinyl and Cassette in November.

2.You have a new album coming out in November, 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?
We have further refined our sound as a mixture of Black and Death Metal and also added some elements from the American BM scene and the contemporary Occult Black Metal sound. This musical direction has started with Chrismation and has been evolving ever since.

3.Your lyrics deal with a lot of anti christian and occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
We are interested in the black arts as observers and not as practitioners and our lyrics are mostly anti-religious and about secret and occult brotherhoods. We think modern religion is the greatest plague of mankind and that man should begin his own quest for Theosis.

4.In the past you have had some lyrics inspired by H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
This happened in our second demo "Slavery of the Cosmic Knowledge". We are fascinated by the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft and he has always been an inspiration for us.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deus Ignotus'?
Deus Ignotus or "Unknown God" is about mankind's constant search for the supreme being and how it affects as emotionally and psychologically. The "Deus Ignotus" is the ultimate ideal but doesn't actually exist. Nevertheless it's the force that has been driving mankind, since it's beginning, towards self-improvement and perfection, but also towards hatred and destruction. It has a fascinating ambiguity.

6.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?
Deus Ignotus is comprised of Reshep and Xolferoth. Spoon has been something more than just a session member for the past years. We would be interested in more session members only if they share our musical direction and our ideals.

7.While the band is from Greece you don't really sound like the traditional sound that comes out of the country, do you feel you stand out quite a bit in your home country?
We respect and we are also fans of the Hellenic black metal sound but we, as a band, like to experiment with different sounds and create our own musical direction.

8.The new album is coming out on 'III Damnation Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
III Damnation is a very well respected label here in Greece and has on its ranks many accomplished Greek bands. Also it is responsible for organizing many black metal live shows in Athens with well known bands from Greece and the rest of the world. We are pleased to cooperate with them.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We have received a lot of interest from worldwide and of course our country, and it is growing over time. There's a strange balance between black and death metal in out music, so it takes the listener some time to become a fan. Some people who have caught the vibe stuck with it.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We do not plan on altering our musical direction, only evolving it. From day to day we become better musicians and composers so it will be possible for us to create better stuff in the future.

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?
We are influenced by the Black-Death metal scene in general, old school Brutal Death Metal and also the nowadays occult scene and the burst of Orthodox Black Metal. We have also influences from the original Black Metal sound and especially USBM. Some of our influences are: Demoncy, Deathspell Omega, Katharsis, Archgoat, Inquisition, Marduk etc. These days we are listening to Batushka, Profanatica, Mispyrming, Dead Congregation, Teitanblood and of course the classic Black and Death metal bands.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Give Hexapterygon a few spins and you will realize that we are not a fucking copy-paste band, we have some original ideas and we would like to spread them out.
Abdicamus Fictum Salvatorem.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/deus-ignotus-interview.html


Invertia/The Biddings Of Tyrants/2016 Full Lngth Review

vendredi 21 octobre 2016 à 04:11

   Invertia  are  a  duo  form  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  industrial  form  of  black  metal  while  also  introducing  death  metal  and  hardcore  punk  elments  onto  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016 album  "The  Biddings  of  Tyrants"  which  will  be  released  in  December.

  Electro  industrial  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  side  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording t here  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  the  rawness  of  hardcore  punk  and throughout  the  recording  you  can hear  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  mixes  in  the  more  technical  side  of  death  metal.

  Invertia  creates  a  recording  that  still  has  some  black  metal  roots  while  evolving  more  into  an  industrial  influenced  blackened  death  metal  style  with  this  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  world  around  us  and  its  effect  on  the  human  psyche.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Invertia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  industrial  or  blackened  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dystopiate"  "Thetan  Hop"  "Scatter"  and  "Trapped  &  Tilored".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/invertiathe-biddings-of-tyrants2016.html


Vermin Womb/Decline/Trnslation Loss Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 20 octobre 2016 à 04:49
   Vermin  Womb  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Decline"  which  will  be  released  on  October  28th  by  Translation  Loss  Records.

  Distorted  reverb  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  elements  of  grindcore  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  war  and  bestial  black  metal at  times.

  Black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  crust  and  hardcore punk  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  album  always  remains  true  to  a very h eavy  and  raw  musical  direction.

  Vermin  Womb  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  bestial  war  metal  and  mixes  it  with  grindcore,  brutal  death  metal,  doom,  sludge,  hardcore  punk  and  crust  to  create  some  very  heavy  and  chaotic  music,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vermin  Womb  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal,  doom,  sludge  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entomb"  "Present  Day"  "Inner  World"  and  "Cancer".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/vermin-wombdeclinetrnslation-loss.html


Virium/Mortui Resurgent/Negra Nit Distro/Vertabrae/Humicide Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 20 octobre 2016 à 04:14





  Virium are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  punk,  crust,  heavy,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2016  album  "Mortui  Resurgent"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Vertabrae,  Humincide  Records  and  Negra  Nit  Distro.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  mixing  in  the  raw  energy  of  punk  and  crust  and  after awhile  the  riffs  start  incorporating  more  elements  of  thrash  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  as  the  album  progresses  influences  of  doom,  death  and  heavy  metal  are  incorporate  into  the  songs  on  a  regular  basis  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use of  clean  guitars  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavier  style

  Virium  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  while  also  mixing  the  genre  with  thrash  and  some  touches  of  punk,  crust,  heavy,  doom  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Black  Magick,  Vlad  Tepes,  Soplitude,  Spiritualism,  Introspection,  Creatures  Of  Dusk  and  Lovecraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Virium  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  punk,  crust, heavy,  death  and  doom metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "A  Path  Of  Evil  Thoughts"  "Vlad  Tepes"  "Wolved(By  The  Moonlight"  and  "Rise  Of  Cthulu".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/viriummortui-resurgentnegra-nit.html