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Horncrowned/Rex Exterminii(The Hand Of The Opposer/Ketzer Records/2020 CD Review

mardi 20 octobre 2020 à 00:28

 


  Horncrowned  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Rex  Exterminii(The  Hand  Of  The  Opposer)"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Ketzer  Records.


  A  very  dark,  evil  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  The  guitar  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Horncrowned  remains  true  to  the  fast  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  they  had  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Horncrowned  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Second  Death"  "Incedium"  "Confrontation"  and  "Crushing  the  Anointed  One".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/horncrownedrex-exterminiithe-hand-of.html


Hexis/Exstirpo/Exsorbeo/Wooaaargh/2020 EP Review

lundi 19 octobre 2020 à 23:13

 


  Denmark's  Hexis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  mixture  of  post  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Exstirpo/Exsorbeo"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Wooaaargh.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  Elements  of  hardcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  music  while  the  slower  sections  of  the music  also  mixes  in  the  heaviness  of  sludge  metal  and  both  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  post  metal  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Hexis  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  post  black, sludge  metal  and  hardcore  that  they  have  established  on  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  and  abstract  thought  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hexis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black,  sludge  metal  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Exstirpo".  8 out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/hexisexstirpoexsorbeowooaaargh2020-ep.html


Ymir Interview

lundi 19 octobre 2020 à 22:39

 


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


The first line-up of YMIR was at 1998, and it worked under the name "Tuonela" few years earlier. We changed style little bit from those days and  result was Trollsword demo at  1999. We soon moved to different cities, I joined Horna and also Baptism was created by my

brother, Lord S  approximately the same time. The second line-up was me and Lord S. in form of "Silvery Howling" demo on 2002, released by Werewolf recs at 2003. The line-up on the full-lenght is also added two new session members, Ghast from the first line-up and a session drummer. But the composition, lyrics and other responsibilities are always been done by me from the very beginning.


2.In November you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous demo's?


I would say musically not that much - its totally the same world, that I just wanted to bring back to life to the present moment. The certain mood and sound has been gone from Scandinavian BM, and I wanted to take both modern and somewhat retrospective look into it. To travel back to those times and create new beginnings.


3.The band released a demo in the mid 90's and another one in 2006 and disappearing before 2020, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?  


I wrote some material also after that, and some songs on the new album are from 2005 or so. So the first album its basically a collection of old and new material, done in the same methods than back in the days, old amps and gear, 

The concept of the whole recording was live takes, no corrections or mastering for the audio tracks and a fast wrap-up. That way, I believe,  more natural energy is preserved to the final result and that's the thing I'm always after. 




4.A lot of the lyrics and the band name come from Norse Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also do you have any interest in other forms of paganism?


I have always felt the most valuable things about Black Metal as artform or music relate to realistic and sometimes controversial ways of thinking, making it a reflection of life itself. Paganism, modern tribalism, stoicism, all were ideologically remained pieces of mental  and physical warrior cultures, starting from the pre-roman days and much further. The original purpose to me, at least here in Scandinavia was take a step aside from certain cultural patterns offered by society, religion being main opposer.

For the same reasons I find it hard to relate Hebrew mysticism mixed into Black Metal, it's just a commercial value for theatrical purposes as well as handling personal problems, like in suicidal BM movement, it's pretty pathetic.




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


  The artwork is framing the music in very simple terms, I just wanted things to remain as raw and natural as possible, and fit into the music instantly.


 

 

6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the opportunity? 


We never played live, but I have gathered a group of musicians from the old Finnish scene to make the next album and live shows possible in the future, hopefully next year.


7.Both of the band members also have a history going back to the 90's and also have played in some very well known Finnish black metal bands, what is it that motivates you to keep going after more than 20 years? 


 I just lost interest for BM for couple of years, mainly for the aforementioned bad musical and ideological, religious direction of the whole style. I worked with another bands for the time being, and it also gave a fresh distance to the band and other things, also to find this style of BM now more valuable than ever.



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

By all means, it's an old band but realistically a new one.

Of course people have been interested about it, but since this is just starting, everything is still building up slowly. I'm just curious how it will sound to the today's listeners. 




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


I have actually composed the second album already, and we are building it together slowly with more variety, especially in vocals and keys and songwriting on general. I believe the main direction is the same with some new approaches. 


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?


For Ymir, the main influences have always been 93-97, or second wave Scandinavian BM, namely Satyricon, Ulver, early Dimmu Borgir and the likes as well as European bands like Katharsis, Moonblood, early Nargaroth, Blazebirth Hall bands, and so forth. 


For myself, I  basically listen almost all styles of metal music, 19th century classical music and all kinds of minimalist music, regardless of the genre. 


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


Check out the album from Hells Headbangers and Werewolf recs. Thank you for the interview. 



Werewolf Records @ Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/ymir-interview.html


Skorbvster Interview

lundi 19 octobre 2020 à 20:55

 

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


I primarily play in another band and Skorbvstr was a solo concept album I conceived. I wanted to create something without mine or my band's name attached to it and put it out into the world just to see what would happen. I wrote and recorded the entire thing over a weekend, most of it in one night. 

It's a raw as I could make it. 


2.In November you have an ep coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?


I wanted to capture all of the feelings this insane year has brought upon the world. Cold. Raw emotion. Tension. Isolation. Despair. Monotony. Darkness. Uncertainty. Sickness. The cold and raw emotion comes through pretty clearly in the overall sound. The isolation is represented in the solo environment it was recorded in. The monotony is represented by every song being structured the exact same. Each song starts out with the same tension before either going fast and then slow, or slow and then fast. It all needed a very powerful sound to translate the weight we have all felt this year.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?


Basically everything I stated above. A great mix of everything dark, raw, and heavy. 

 

4.You also translate the song titles into Norwegian, what was the decision behind using this language?


I wanted everything to have an authentic coldness to it. So I took descriptions that had a powerful sound to them and translated them to the mother tongue of second wave black metal. Most things are in English these days and you have an idea of the songs intentions and lyrics before you even hear it just by looking at the titles. I didn't want that. I wanted mystery. I wanted mood. I wanted the listener to decide for themselves.


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


It's an inside phrase among my circle that basically means breaking down the norms. Trying to topple the established prize at the end of everything and achieve something different. Busting the score.  


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


The artwork is a picture I took in the Netherlands earlier this year. It's taken from the middle of a bridge and you can see the river at the bottom in the middle. 


7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?


This is going to remain a solo outlet since I have a band already. The band works together when creating but I wanted something with total control. It can be a mixture of anything I want. Fast, slow, mid paced, powerful, raw, melodic, whatever the song calls for. As experimental as I'm feeling.


8.The physical version is coming out on 'Snow Wolf Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


I'm in Kentucky and that label is based here so it made sense. I reached out to some others and didn't have any luck. I wanted everything to be completely DIY with the packaging and not many labels would go for something like that. 


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


The jury is still out on that one. This is the first release. Hoping people will see something different in it and give it a unique rating or description. I look forward to a new reaction than what I've gotten with other projects, be it better or worse. 


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


I will keep playing with my band and keep Skorbvstr as a solo project for when I come up with other ideas for concept albums. I hope to eventually achieve something different. Bust the score, so to speak.   


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?


I tend to mostly listen to the classics with black metal but I also listen to a lot of other genres. Whatever is a good mix of mood and melody. 


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


Thank you for doing this and giving positive support to the black metal underground. People can count on you for consistent reviews that encourage readers to seek out the music and the specific things about it that you recommend and find enjoyable. Skorbvstr is an artistic and conceptual project that I hope your readers will take a chance on. 


https://skorbvstr.bandcamp.com/releases

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/skorbvster-interview.html


Earthly Form/Crushing The Wheel/2020 Demo Review

dimanche 18 octobre 2020 à 05:19

 


  Earthly  Form  are  a  duo  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  demo  "Crushing  The  Wheel".


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  second  wave  influences  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.


  Earthly  Form  plays a  style of  black  metal  that is  very  fast  and  raw  and  the  Finnish  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Earthly  Form  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Beauty  Of  The  World".  8  out  of  10.


https://earthlyform.bandcamp.com/             

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/earthly-formcrushing-wheel2020-ep-review.html