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Goat Disciple/Wolfcult Domination/Blood Harvest Records/Helter Skelter Productions/2018 EP Review

vendredi 11 mai 2018 à 03:14

  Goat  Disciple  are  a  band  from  Salt  Lake  City,  Utah  that  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Wolfcult  Domination"  which  will  be  released  in  June  as  a  joint  effort  between  Blood  Harvest  Records  and  Helter  Skelter  Productions.

  Blast  beats  along  with  some  very  fast  and  heavy  war  metal  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  death  metal  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to  a  very  old  school  style  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Goat  Disciple  plays  a  style  of  war  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  era  of  the  genre  while  still  being  very  raw  and  brutal  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goat  Disciple  are  a  very  great  sounding  war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oreb  Zarag"  and  "Mammon".  8  out  of  10.  

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Djevelkult Interview

vendredi 11 mai 2018 à 00:45
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Currently we are finishing up in studio for a split. We've also been planning and preparing a minitour through Czech with one stop in Poland.

We had a couple of gigs in the winter, one with Sarkom and another in Oslo with Blodhemn.

2.You have a new album coming out in May, 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?

The musical sound on "Når Avgrunnen Åpnes" is more raw in its way, with a more necotic atmosphere around it. The riffing and composition of the music is much the same as on ''I Djevelens Tegn''.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

War, Death, Darkness, Blasphemy. The vision and black metal are and will always be about the darker side of life.

4.You have also written lyrics in both Norwegian and English, how would you compare the two different languages?

Norwegian is more personal, and easier to reach a deeper writting without it seeming to cliche or too similar like other bands lyrics. But with english you have another feeling around the lyrics again, so thats why I use both. Gives me the most posibilities of both languages.

5.Originally you were known as 'Skadefyrd' what was the cause of the name change and also what is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Djevelkult'?

Skadefryd, meaning ''Malice; the enjoyment of the suffering of man'' was a very misantrophic name in it self, the very reason why i started of with it. It stands for the whole philosophy behind the band; pure hatred for mankind.

But in norwegian it might sound a bit "punk-ish" the name of it, and since Djevelkult arent related to punk in any way i felt it wasnt all corect to go under that banner.

I was looking for a name more related to satanism and the name Djevelkult came up as the perfect name.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our performance is very direct and aggressive, which fit the music well. It's been a few gigs over the years, but maybe Hammmerslag and Under the Black Sun was the strongest ones.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We will do a 4 days tour together with Naurrakar in Czech Republic and Poland in the start of june, and hopefully be able to do more tourings and festival throught 2018/19.

8.The new album is coming out on 'Saturnal Records; how would you compare working with this label to your previous label 'Morbid Shrine Records'?

Both has been professional and doing their best for us. However, it seems Saturnal would be the next step in the right way.

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

The artwork turned out extremely well through the artist Jose Gabriel Sabogal. It represent the chaos on earth, as the abyss opens and men is enslaved by the beast.

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

All of our gigs has been in Europe, so most of the feedback comes from here. We've also had comments from Asia and South-America which has been good.

11.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?
Other bands that members of Djevelkult participate in are also having things happening.

Blodhemn is finishing their third full length album, with effort it will be released within 2018 if a suitable label should be interesting in releasing it.

Liktjern and Hovmod are close with their full length releases as well.

Likvann is a steady lair that always have something brewing up in the bunker.

12.Where do you see your music heading into musically during the future?

With same course as always, Djevelkult delivers the devil’s message and the message will always be preached in the way of black metal.

13.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?

The latest albums of the bands Dødsengel, Sjodogg, Deathcult, Svart Lotus, Taake, Svarttjern, Ad Hominem to name a few.

14.How would you describe your satanic, Luciferian or occult views?

Sort of a mix of them all, since our vision is something of our own making.

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

Thank you for setting up the interview. Follow our social media pages to keep up with our progress.

Support the underground and keep the black flame ablaze.

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Eigengrau/Sentence/Hammerkrieg Productions/2018 EP Review

jeudi 10 mai 2018 à 04:48

  Eigengrau  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  a  weird  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Sentence"  which  was  released  by  Hammerkrieg  Productions.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  crazy  black  metal  screams  and  schizophrenic  style  shouts.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  edge  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  track  adds  in  elements  of  harsh  noise.

  Eigengrau  plays  a  musical style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  some  death  metal  elements  along  with  some  weird  and  avant  garde  touches  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaos,  Crowley  and  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eigengrau  are  a  very  great  sounding  weird  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  "Sentence  (part  ii)"  and  "Blood  Milk".  8  out  of  10.


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Uada/Cult Of A Dying Sun/Eisenwald/2018 CD Review

jeudi 10 mai 2018 à 01:40

  Uada  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Cult  of  A Dying  Sun"  which will  be  released  on  May  25th  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  most  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  almost  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  can  be  heard.

  Uada  creates  another  recording  that  expands  on  the  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  that  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Paganism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Uada  and  if  you  are  where  a  fan of  their  previous  release,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Purging  Fire"  "Blood  Sand  Ash"  and  "Mirrors".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Embarla Firgasto Interview

mardi 8 mai 2018 à 06:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Well, the project was spawned in December 2016 by me, LDB, as some of you might know. It was created in the depths of Pomerania, with a concept based on eternal darkness and Satanism mixed with misanthropic and philosophic values

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. To be honest, I think that the sound went out pretty raw and chaotic. At some point, that was something I wanted to accomplish, but there’s still much I must learn. Definitely, this material helped me with understanding music, the mixing/mastering process, the composing process and so forth. After some days of break, I would have changed the whole sound of guitars, as the guitars are not that heavy as I wanted and sometimes it is hard to hear the riffs. Worth mentioning that there’s no bass lines whatsoever. But in the first material created ever, the EP’s spirit is quite good. The mission has been completed. 

3.Your lyrics cover Satanism, Philosophy and Misanthropy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
. There’s not much to say, really. I’ve always had more philosophic view on the world, been interested in non-typical questions regarding existence and so forth. Hence it was a natural choice to me. Misanthropy and Satanism came later on, but it’s not something I want to talk about…

4.On the album cover you used a painting from Gustav Dore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works?
4. I was in search for a cover art which would describe the feelings of the songs and my current position in life. I kept looking for quite long time, as nothing persuaded me enough, and someday I found a cover art which completely blew me up. I am a bit interested in painting art, and knew who Gustave Doré was, but, like I’ve written above, nothing at that time convinced me that much to put it as an album cover, until I had a more intense look at his works. Therefore, Doré’s “The Night’s Plutonian Shore” was a natural choice.

5.I know that the bands name comes from the computer game 'Gothic II', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in computer games and also how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
5. I used to play a lot of video games back in the days. It was some form of escape from the routine or making life more shiny in this worthless society. As well as reading books, listening to music, watching movies, doing sport and so on. Contrary to appearances, the name does NOT have anything to do with my music and it’s not any “Gothic-based” black metal, as many people think/believe.

6.On the ep you had recorded eveything by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicians if they shared the same visions as you?

6. Hard question. Embarla Firgasto is my child, my complete vision, I do whatever I want. No force, no ban, no conflict. Just unity. Me and project. Honestly, I am not really interested in any cooperation regarding the project as I want to have everything captured as I wanted from start. In addition, I am literally fed up with people, their arrogance, stupidity and childishness. At the beginning, Embarla had to be…let’s name it „a band”, containing of band members, but after a while I realized that those people I had to work with were simple worms who were interested in being in a band just because of status and maybe some sort of hobby/free-time activity. I ended up with individuals who wanted to make some idiotic mix of black metal and punk (!), who could not even play to a metronome or who were interested but when it came to the money-topic or being devoted to death, they suddenly lost interest. I started to do everything on my own and learned playing several instruments since. There’s very few people you can count on. If you’re disappointed at someone…do it yourself.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a albel or have received any interest?
7. Yes, I am still looking for a label that would like to create CD format of “Inter Spem et Metum”. I sent several messages, but nobody was interested so far. So…if any black metal label would be interested in releasing it onto CD format, contact me.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. So far so good. The feedback is positive, what surprised me a bit, but what’s most important – this is a constructive feedback, what makes me better and better next time.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9. Oh…good question…I don’t know it myself. Creating EF material is always full of mental pain…but also naturality at the same time. For now, I need some rest due to mental problems and current life situation. In fact, I am giving you my word of honor, that the next material will be out sooner or later.

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 am mainly listening to music which could inspire me to write new material, but also music where I can feel heart and soul. Deathspell Omega, Aosoth, VI, Antaeus, Blut aus Nord, Elysian Blaze, Xasthur, Mgła are definitely the quick examples of bands which highly inspire me and have a big influence on me and my music. Besides black metal, I listen to classical music, ambient, a bit death metal, acoustic music and from time to time some rock like Pink Floyd or The Beatles. Many different inspirations, in brief.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. I read books, for example. At this moment, I read “” written by Dimitry Glukhovsky. Interesting concept of what our world would look like if we would be immortals. Not big fan of this science-fiction aura, but overall – highly recommend it. On the other hand, I spend time with my closest ones, search for inspiration, wonder about the sense of existence and…that’s it, basically. 90% of my life is music, actuall

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
“From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.” – Immanuel Kant

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