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Xaos Oblivion/Rituals From The Cold Grave/Lower Silesian Stronghold/2016 CD Review

vendredi 1 juillet 2016 à 01:48

  Xaos  Oblivion  are  a duo  from  Poland  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  'necro  ritual  carpathian  black  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Rituals  From  The  Cold  Grave"  which  was  released  by  Lower  Silesian  Stronghold.

  A  very  raw,  dark  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the songs also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of   black  metal  and  some  of  the  slower  riffs  bring  in  a touch  of  doom  metal  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while t he  vocals  also  sound  very  ritualistic  at  times  and  the  album  remains  very  heavy  and  raw  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and  only  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  or  leads  are  utilized  on  the  album.

  Xaos  Oblivion  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  grim,  raw  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  Occultism  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Xaos  Oblivion  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  necro  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cursed  Legend"  and  "Madness  From  The  Tombs".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/xaos-oblivionrituals-from-cold.html


Dusk Interview

jeudi 30 juin 2016 à 13:09
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

- At the moment I'm not working on Dusk. There is a break with this project. I'm more busy with TYMAH at the moment.


2.For those that have yet to hear the albums, how would you describe your musical sound?

- In the beginning it was a bit raw, then became a little bit more burnished. It was always old-school and quite dirty, but never too modern, too clear, too plastic. And of course the musical sound always depended on the circumstances. Book of Satan is a bit different, because it was not a Black Metal album. Concerning the content it was Black Metal, but musically it was not. This album was most of all not metal.  It was a dark ritual trance music with shamanic/throat singing. I think those of my albums which were Black Metal albums had avarage BM sound, not the popular one of course.


3.The last full length came out in 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

- In that time we started to work more on TYMAH, which from then on changed a little bit. In the beginning Dim was writing 100% of the music, but this changed, and I started to put more musical ideas into it as well. We tried to develop a system in which we can cooperate and work together with 100 % of efficiency. But this didn't start to work right away, it took some time of experiencing to establish and strengthen this system. The Past is Alive material has a lot of this experimental phase. Since then we have discovered how we should work together so that our ideas complement each other, and thus we can make something better than if we do this alone. This work totally takes my focus, so I give Dusk a little rest. I think I did quite a lot of Dusk albums, and tried to express most or even everything I wanted through Dusk. We'll see what happens, but at the moment I am not writing more Dusk stuff because I don't feel that I could make a better album than the previous ones.


4.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanic topics, what form of Satanism do you feel you connect with the most?

- I think there is only one Satanism. People who don't understand, who are outsiders regarding Satanism, are separating it into pieces. And when young people, with no experience, come they get lost among this huge amount of misleading information. Those who take it seriously and deepen themselves in this topic speak the same all around the world. Even if the way they express themselves is different sometimes, but the content, the essence is the same. Satanism doesn't have many forms, it is different just because the people who deal with Satanism are on different levels of understanding. And this gives the difference. But I don't think we should be as blind as the christians, who created so many types of christianity, and each leader of each group propogates its own truth and thinks this is the only truth. Everything is the same, there are only minor differences. My lyrics always were about Satanism. Black Metal was about Satanism, and I was doing Black Metal from the beginning. I think everyone has their own way towards enlightement, and you cannot dogmatically prescipe them to do this or that. Everyone has to find their way on their own. Everyone has to find their own method how to find the way back to themselves and the Darkness. The most important is that he or she should be really determined about that this is the most important for them and not just a hobby. They have to clarify that this is the most important, and it will remain like this forever. In a way this is natural, or should be natural, but I feel I have to emphasize this many times. I see in many young people that they are not fully determined and that is why they stop at some level. Simplifying: If someone really wants it he or she will experience Darkness. Spiritual development is one of our primary needs but the way how we reach it maybe totally different in each case. Some need rituals to get rid of the physical dimension, to ascend or descend in the proper spiritual estate, some need meditation. And some use LSD or Psylocibe C. For me the perfect way is to meditate in proper circumstances with the use of some stuff. The most important thing is that we must be able to step out  the physical dimension, to step out of the everyday life. everyone pulls down the walls of the ego and physical dimension in their own manner. And if you manage to break them you can experience and understand Darkness. This is of course not our total goal and final destination, but this is the first step which we can call Satanism. Not the method, the approach is important, but the devotion and dedication. Even Lavey with all his "funny" things can be mentioned here as an example, although I think he was quite at the beginning of this understanding. But he was building his theories on freedom and do agree with that it is primary. We need to be free and not being the crowd, the ego should not mislead us. Of course dedication is also needed, but we can also say that it is a smaller detail of the whole... Anyway, I would not draw strict borders. A Satanist is a person, in my eyes, whose goals and aims are identical with the goals of the Darkness. The rest will be solved by devotion and dedication, sooner or later.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dusk'?

-  Darkness... The beginning of Darkness... but if I want to say it in a different way I could say it it the gate of Hell. Dusk is being inspired by Darkness. I try to express with music my experience with Darkness. I strongly believe in that it can lead me forward and maybe even may lead forward others.


6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band but there where ever musicians involved in the plan, would you consider 'Dusk' as being a solo project these days?

- At the moment I am creating Dusk on my own. In the beginning it was differently, because Akharu was playing an important tole in the band. And of course there had been some drummers as well in that period. Nowadays I think that in a way it is easier to be alone in a band, but in the other hand if several appropriately dark souls gather together they can make better music together. It is of course another issue that it is not easy to find appropriate mates. Average people make average music, and upon this I see that a good musicianship, talent, and creativity is needed also. There are several bands today, who are absolutely fine idealogically, but this does not come through their music. Because, they are not able to project their experience with Darkness well enough through their art. So in case of Black Metal, one-man band it is often a non-avoidable solution. This is how it is in case of Dusk.


7.What where some of the best shows that the band has played in the past and also how would you describe your stage performance?

- I'm not really of that concert-going and concert-doing type of person. And upon this it is of course quite difficult to make a concert in a case of a one-man band. But, there was a concert of Book of Satan, and I think it went on well.  My aim was to make that album more understandable, because many didn't understand what to do with it. It was not a Metal album, that you insert in your CD player and listen as you usually do with other Metal stuff. This is a ritual trance music which I tried to present on stage as well. The audience was not made of people walking in from the street by accident, however, I saw fear in the eyes of many when they had a little glance into this world of Darkness... There was maybe only one pair of eyes who could understand this, and I thought there is not point in doing concerts this way. Black Metal is not for concert stage in my opinion, as concerts are about party and fun. Black Metal is not about this. It is a very personal thing, which you rather understand listening in calm circumstances, at home for example. So there won't be any more concerts for sure.


8.On the compilation there was a 'Burzum' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

- Some years ago I had been asked to make a cover like this. A label wanted to make a Burzum tribute album with the participation of Hungarian bands. This cover was made because of this album. But after I heard who will be included in this album I cancelled my participation, because I didn't want to be listed together with fashion bands. I chose this song because Vikernes did Daudi Baldrs the way he did it because of his prison sentence and he had many years until his release that time. I though it would a good idea to chose this kind of song an make a Metal version of Moti Ragnarokum. I didn't want to chose a piece of music that he already did in perfection himself. And this track was not yet done in Metal version by him because of the prison, so I thought I try and imagined how it could sound in the old Burzum manner. Since it was never released, I put it on Satan's Laws material just as an interesting bonus.


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

- In the last few years I kind of lost most of my connections and aquaintances. Maybe it comes by age, I don't know. Anyway, I didn't read or hear any responses lately. Nowadays I more focus on myself, my faith. I've been Satanist for about 22 years and I have probably not more than this much until I reach my inner goals and finish my mission. I'm thinking mainly about this nowadays. What did I reach so far? Is it enough? What can I do, to be more successful with my inner goals an shorten another 22 years?


10.Are you still involved with 'Tymah', these days?

- Yes. As I told above, I am involved in TYMAH much more than before. Compared to previous years it is much more interesting for me nowadays. I feel that now we have a chance to create something really special, that could be an honourable continuation of the old great bands. The 4th album's release is in process at the moment. It will be titled "Zuhanás", and I think it is the best material of the band so far. It developed musically quite a lot since we now we work much more together than before, and the sound has been also polished quite a lot. It did not become modern sounding of course. We just managed to collect all the appropriate instruments, so the quality became much better. However, it was not easy in the country we live in.


11.When can we expect newer music and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

- I can't answer this question at the moment. There is no plans for a new material now.


12.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?

- I don't really know what was influencing my music, but I was influenced a lot by these bands: Pokolgép (old), Bahtory, Burzum, Mayhem, Emperor, Vond, Mortiis. These bands had a big affect on my life. 

What do I listen today? Mainly the same as I listed above. But I also listen sometimes to Judas Priest, Motorhead. And since many years I listen to Forest also, the first three albums are very good in my opinion.


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

- Thank you for the interview.

Don't accept the existence!

Remember yourself!

Don't ever compromise!

Fight for your aim and not for the reward!

Question everything!

Find the answer to everything yourself!

Rise over the human existence!

Find the most inner knowledge!

Let your faith and aim be always the first!

Become your most inner will itself!

See the truth behind the illusion!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/dusk-interview.html


Demonic Slaughter/Dark Paths To Catharsis/Has Weg Productions/Lower Silensien Stronghold/2015 CD Review

jeudi 30 juin 2016 à 12:40

  Demonic  Slaughter  are  a band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  with  their  current  material  they go  for  more  of  an  ambient  style  of  raw  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Dark  paths  To  Catharsis"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Hass  Weg  Productions  and  Lower  Silensian  Stronghold.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  keyboards  which  also  gives  the  music  a  very  atmospheric feeling  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  darker  yet  heavier musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  bringing  in  grim  black  metal  screams.

  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  black  metal  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  keyboards  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of the  recording  and  some  songs  are  all  instrumental  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  touch  of  melody  at  times  without  losing  their  aggressive  edge  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Demonic  Slaughter  plays  a style  of  black  metal  that  is  still  very  raw  while also  bringing  in  some  of  the  atmospheric  and  epic  structures  of  90's  Polish  black  metal  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  ambient  to  take  their  musical  style  to t he  next  level, t he  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  occultism  themes.

   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Demonic  Slaughter  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Paths  To  Catharsis"  "Black  Rain"  "Rituals  Of  Honour  And  Revenge"  and  "Into  the  Cold  Mountains".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/demonic-slaughterdark-paths-to.html


Blakulla/The Immortal Cult/Lower Silensien Stronghold/2015 CD Review

jeudi 30 juin 2016 à 11:20

  Blakulla  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  heathen,  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "The  Immortal  Cult"  which  was  released by  Lower Silensien  Stronghold.

  Military  marching  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  of  the  genre.

  At  times  the  vocals  sound  very  angry  while  also  getting  more  grim  as  the  album  progresses  and  the  songs  are  very  power  chord  driven  while  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  over  20  years  ago  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  started  utilizing  more  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  and  on  the  last  track  spoken  word  parts  and  guitar  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  briefly.

  Blakulla  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Aryan,  Paganism,  Occultism  and  Anti Religion  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Blackulla  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  pagan/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pagan  Baptism"  and  "Endless  Lunar  Night".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/blakullathe-immortal-cultlower.html


Isgarde/Jag Enslig Skall Ga/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Black Plague Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 30 juin 2016 à 08:57

  Isgarde  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw,  epic,  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album "Jag  Enslig  Skall  Ga"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination Productions  and  Black  Plague  Records.

  Thunder  and  wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  that  are  very  atmospheric  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  synths  and  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  heavier  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  flutes  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks.  while  on  later  songs  some  psychedelic  elements  and  clean  yet  distorted  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  medieval  atmosphere  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Isgarde  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the Nordic  tradition  of  the  genre  while  also  having  its  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  darkness,  paganism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Isgarde  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Battle  of  Bornghom"  "Ancient  Forest  Of  Witchery"  "Dungeons  Of  the  Devil"  and  "At  Gettlinge  Gravalt".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/isgardejag-enslig-skall-gasymbol-of.html