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Deviser/Howling Flames/Sleaszy Rider Records/2019 EP Review

vendredi 1 mars 2019 à 04:20

 
  Deviser  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  Greek  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Howling  Flames" which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  more  of  a  deep  black  metal  style  that  is  very  close  to  the  90's  style  without  sounding  outdated.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  grim  screams  also  being  used  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song.

  On  this  recording  Deviser  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  Greek  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deviser  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  Evil  Dwells".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/deviserhowling-flamessleaszy-rider.html


Aethyrick Interview

vendredi 1 mars 2019 à 02:02
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?

We have been working on new songs that will be the flesh and bones of our sophomore full-length which we'll start recording in the coming summer. Apart from that, nothing that significant has happened. Some interviews here and there but that's about it.

2.In December you had released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?

I don't think it differs that much from the demos to be honest. Praxis is a clear continuation of what we started on the demos and also a manifestation of what forms the very basis of Aethyrick's musical philosophy in the first place. The only difference, to my mind, is the fact that things are done a notch better on the album, which is the way it should be. So the blade is certainly the same one as before but it's a bit sharper now and cuts deeper.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Occultism and Witchcraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?

Once the siren song of the shadows is heard, it cannot be silenced ever again. With this in mind, I think using the word 'interest' is a bit inaccurate. In other words, it goes a lot deeper than being just curious about such matters. This calling, if you will, is something I cannot turn away from even if for some reason I wanted to try to do so. It defines me and I have come to recognize it as my most central attribute. My objective is to immerse myself in this Art as completely as possible and to harness my latent abilities to their fullest extent. Not an easy task, that's for sure, but meaningful things in life tend not to come without dedication and hardship anyway.

4.Can you tell us how long you have been a practitioner of the occult arts and are there any authors or esoteric orders that have had an influence on your thinking?

Without resorting to unnecessary name and term dropping, I can say that along the years my road has been paved with several sources of insight without which I wouldn't be the seeker I currently am. Even the publications and ideas I have felt to be completely alien to me have served their purpose in the sense that my focus has become clearer because of them and as a consequence knowing what to leave behind or what to skip altogether has been easier. The steps have been many, some of them sidesteps and some downright false even, but I have eventually come to find my spiritual haven under certain branches of the tree called Traditional Witchcraft.

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

Aethyric as an adjective is pretty self-explanatory, being basically anything that originates from or is related to aethyr, or the aethyrs for that matter, but also kind of vague as different people and traditions define the concept of aethyr itself with a bit of variation. In our use of the word it is best understood simply as something pertaining to the world of spirit or the more subtle planes of existence. I personally associate it also with dream-like sensations and such and this certainly matches perfectly what we do musically. The alternative spelling with the letter K at the end is lifted directly from a certain passage in Andrew Chumbley's writings which we hold in very high regard both language- and content-wise. Using this word and this spelling as our band's name is our way to pay tribute to this particular body of work which has had such a profound impact on us both.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?

The basic idea of the symbolism is to underline the continuously recurring murder of our clayborn self which we must perform time and time again if we wish to partake of the light of the sacred stars. In other words, the lower impulses and the poisonous influence of the ego and our everyday selves must be overcome in order for us to be able to awaken our senses to the world of spirit. This doesn't imply any kind of 'flesh is bad, spirit is good' dualism. On the contrary, it's about aligning one's whole being, both carnal and the more subtle one, with what truly matters.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

I don't see it very likely that we would be recruiting new members any time soon. After all, the whole thing came into existence because of very strongly aligned esoteric and musical preferences between the two of us, and as coming across such like-mindedness is in my experience rare indeed there aren't really any people we currently know that could bring that same thing to the table even if in theory we might be open to expand the line-up beyond this duo setting. And that's good for us because we don't have any need to look for new members. Possible live situations are of course a different matter, but even then we're talking about session members only.

8.You also have a compilation coming out this year with both of the demo's on it, can you tell us a little bit more about your decision to release the compilation?

The demos form a coherent whole both conceptually and musically so this idea of releasing them together works nicely in my opinion. They were released in rather limited numbers (81 and 93 respectively) so this way people get a chance to get the demos in a physical format in case they missed out on them for one reason or another back when they were initially released.

9.The new album was released on 'The Sinister Flame', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

TSF is a label with a very strong sense of Satanic conviction and vocation at its core. In addition to the philosophical side of things, TSF functions on a 'quality over quantity' basis and is definitely not another label that further saturates the market with a plethora of pointless releases. We are very pleased over the fact that this collaboration came to be as TSF was the number one option for us when we started thinking about possible labels we might want to work with. It was nice to see that Northwind was very enthusiastic about Aethyrick already when we sent him the first demo, and it seems he still is which is of course great. A perfect match between a band and a label, I would say.

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

The feedback has been both positive and negative, but at least on the basis of what I've seen the latter is in the minority. Whatever the truth of the matter may be, I'm pleased to see so many positive comments out there. Naturally it's not the reason why we do this stuff but it's always great to hear if also other people can get something out of what you pour your heart and soul into, you know. Those who haven't liked the material tend to say it's too soft or it lacks edge and so on, and I kind of understand where they are coming from with this, but like with all opinions it simply boils down to personal preferences and taste really. Just like Black Metal in general, Aethyrick isn't meant for everyone.

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

I don't think there will be that many surprises awaiting around the corner in this respect. I'm sure there will be natural variation and evolution as we don't deliberately aim at repeating the same recipe over and over, but we're not exactly too keen on forced transformation either. We're not innovators, we're just honest artists doing what makes us tick the most.

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 believe everything we listen to influences us to different degrees, so I can't really point out any clear sources of inspiration. That said, we are very much into certain type of Black Metal that conjures up strong feelings of unexplainable nostalgia. It doesn't have to be a release from the nineties, it can be a very recent release too as it's about the atmosphere that has been created and not about the year when it was made. There is always room for the more violent and rawer variety too, but for the most part our hearts pound for the atmospheric and more melodic stuff such as In the Nightside Eclipse, early Gorgoroth and Gehenna, and so on. Of the more recent bands and releases than the above-mentioned, for example Sarath's  Siste Indre and everything by Nasheim deserve a mention in this context. Ideologically rather neutral stuff but the music on those releases is simply brilliant and can each time elevate the soul to considerable heights.

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

Not really. But thank you for doing this interview!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/aethyrick-interview.html


Andeis/Servants Of The Cold Night/Lunar Apparitions/Esfinge de la Calavera/2019 CD Review

jeudi 28 février 2019 à 05:44

  Andeis  are  a  band  from  an  unknown  area  that  plays  a  very  timeless  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Servants  Of  The  Cold  Night"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lunar  Apparitiona  and  Esfinge  de  la  Calavera.

  A  very  dark,  ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  recording  that  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time. Some  of  the  songs  also  capture  a  good  amount  of  hallucinating  passages  which  also  gives  the  music  a  lot  more  originality.

  All  of  the  heavy  riffs  stick  to  a  very  fast  direction  while  one  track  is  also  an  ambient  instrumental  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  track  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  death  and  sorcery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Andeis  are  a  very  great  sounding  timeless  and  primitive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hailag  leik"  and  "The  Black  Oath".  8/5  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/andeisservants-of-cold-nightlunar.html


UTU Interview

jeudi 28 février 2019 à 04:57

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

Necromaniac: The UTU is a band of Raw Black Metal from Brazil, we played the Black Metal style of the 90's and we are loved by them, the themes of our music is based on Christianity and Misanthropy, we have 4 eps released 2 compilations and now we are launching in May our first FULL with 8 Musicas, UTU is NECROMANIAC: Vocals and UHTRA: Instruments.

Uhtra: I decided to make some sounds after a period when I was listening to quite a few bands that I consider Black Metal classics like Immortal, Impaled Nazarene, Dark Throne, Marduk and other more underground like Horrid Cross, for example. In Brazil we have great bands of the style, but a lot ends up being restricted as well. Utu started as a personal project in 2013 with the release of the play "Imperivm" by the label Depressive Illusions. In 2017, Necromaniac came in and now we are what we are for all your commitment and dedication!

2.So far you have released demo's, compilations and singles, how would yo describe your musical progress from the first to recent recording?

Necromaniac: We have released Eps and compilations so far and since the beginning we have followed the same line of recording and production, all homemade by ourselves, I believe that our sound has never changed, we always maintain the same purposeful and ideal influences. The true Misanthropic Black Metal simple and raw.

Uhtra: The idea is to be as simple as possible. We do not seek virtuosity in our songs. We strive to remain true to style, but always seeking to implement different things that sound right to our ears.

3.From 2013 to 2017 there was no music being released can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?
Necromaniac: We are a band without pretensions and the initial ideal was to produce the first ep and play on the net ... The Depressive Illusions has released our first ep and I believe that as everything happens naturally in 2017 following the basis of doing something for simple motivation and pure and unpretentious we launched the Black Rituals vol 1, but it was to be released again in k7 but it took a slightly bigger and natural course that made us a little better known, and the band started producing more in the latter years.

Uhtra: I had several difficult periods between the years of 2013 and 2015 and during this time I decided to keep what was until then, a project, saved for a better time. It is worth mentioning that there was never any pretension whatsoever to make several releases just to do. We are sincere about what we are looking for and what we are doing with our band today.

4.Your lyrics also cover a lot of misanthropic and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about what these terms mean to you?

Necromaniac: We talk about what we live, I'm basically a misanthrope, I do not know any hope I have in mankind within me, so I deal with UTU issues, and that's very true. About anti-Christianity, I do not believe in religions and I do not like them despite being a student of the subject, I believe it is created by humans to enslave them being a hypocritical excuse to be a loser with others. Religion is the cancer of the earth and the church is the largest representative of that cancer.

Uhtra: Until our second release, I tackled themes against society as a whole. After the entry of Necromaniac, I chose not to write more and leave the letters at their own risk.


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

Necromaniac: UTU is a Sumerian god, is that of the sun god, justice, law enforcement, and the dispensation of the fate of the dead. It symbolizes the pagan, it is all that the Judeo-Christian culture tried to erase with the times, to fear and to be arrogant, UTU symbolizes for us the strength and the proof of the weakness of the Christianity. Proof that the Church has failed in her domain.

Uhtra: I have always enjoyed studying different cultures, especially distant (or not so distant) cultures of Western culture. After some research I found UTU and that's exactly what Necromaniac said. And as I came across the story, I decided that it fit perfectly into what was being created at that time.

 6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Necromaniac: We work very well in a duo and we do not have the idea to increase or change it, inside the UTU the two heads work together with each other, besides we have similar ideas, musical tastes and influences, we would hardly find someone who fit.

Uhtra: True, we perform very well as a duo and we have no pretension to become a band to do tours,
or even a performance.

7.Would the band members be interested in doing live shows if the opportunity ever came?
Necromaniac: We thought, but very difficult to find musicians invited to play with us in the places we want to spend, very difficult today we find also committed people, but who knows in the future?

Uhtra: I agree.

 8.So far you have worked with Depressive Illusions, Pagan Hammer Zine and "Balrogh Records' on the physical versions of your releases, do you feel these labels have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Necromaniac: We had our first work released by Depressive Illusions, Ep Imperivm, then we released the Black rituals vol 1 on 7ep by Demon Productions and in k7 by Ballrogh, there came the 2013-13 by Balrogh and compilation by Pagan Hammer, we released Black Rituals 2 in 7ep by Demon and in k7 by Balrogh, we launched a 7ep split by Balrogh and we came back with the Depressive Illusions with the Omnipotents UTU k7, and now we will launch our FULL by Wolfblasphemer and Balrogh, we only have to thank all those stamps by the support given to us, were all very important in this journey, as we said from the beginning we did not and did not know that we would do so many things ..

Uhtra: Certainly, thanks to these people we had the chance to spread our work in an honest and sincere way.

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

Necromaniac: We have the support of the Depressive Illusions that spread to us from the beginning in foreign lands, and I get sometimes contacts from people from other countries and this one being very good, some bands wanting to do split and some releases, we are open to new proposals ... and we thank you for your support.

Uhtra: All contacts are made and cared for by Necromaniac.
 10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during th future?

Necromaniac: As I said earlier we are now launching our FULL in May, and we are quite anxious, and we will work hard to publicize this work and distribute it, this is what my mind has been busy at that moment in what it is about our future.

Uhtra: Some full songs were made at different times, retrieved from old files (from 2014 onwards) and reworked for this release. It was an intense work to give textures and the way I had in mind (I mixed and mastered the album).

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?

Necromaniac: Basically what influenced me is the classic Black Metal, Mayhem, Dark throne, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Marduk ... I have listened a lot this as always, but I also listen to some of the new bands that are coming up. Mgla, listen and I really like old bands like Mortuary Drape, Tribulation, Sarcófago, Amen Corner, Azaghal, Taake, Tjuder among others.

Uhtra: Impaled Nazarene, Dark Throne, Gorgoroth, Immortal, Marduk, MGLA, Carpathian Forest…

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Necromaniac: The Occult yes, Satanism itself, but the satanic yes, everything that opposes the church is satanic, so in a more comprehensive way our music is satanic!


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

Necromaniac: Thank you  for the interview and the support given to us by UTU. Keep yourself true to yourself, trust only yourself and expect only you, no more be in the insight and your mind will be unshakable. See you.

Uhtra: Thank you so much for the space and for your work with zine! Cheers!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/utu-interview.html


Ultra Silvam/The Spearwound Salvation/Shadow Records/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 28 février 2019 à 04:40

  Ultra  Silvam  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The Spearwound  Salvation  which  will  be released  in  March  by  Shadow  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Elements  of  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  more  of  a  different  style  than  most  of  the  Swedish  bands.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  while  the  mostly  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  the  music  always  sticking  to  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  style  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  drones.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  submission,  worship  and  devilry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ultra  Silvam  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spearwound  Salvation"  "Wings  Of  Burial"  and  "The  First  Wound".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/ultra-silvamthe-spearwound.html