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Absolvtion/Obscure Catharsis/Atavism Records/2017 Demo Review

jeudi 15 décembre 2016 à 23:39

  Absolvtion  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  bestial  form  of  war/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Obscure  Catharsis"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Atavism  Records.

  War sound s start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  after  the  intro  grim  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  bestial  growls,  blast  beats  and  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  a  very  dark  atmosphere  to  the  tracks  and  some  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  demo  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly.

  Absolvtion  plays  a  bestial  style  of  black/war  metal  that  is  very  heavy and  raw  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  hateful,  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Absolvtion  are  a  very  great  sounding  war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hammer  To  Judgement"  and  "Ruins". 8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/absolvtionobscure-catharsisatavism.html


UR/Hail Death/Arachnophobia Records/2016 EP Review

jeudi 15 décembre 2016 à 20:21

  UR  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Hail  Death"  which  was  released  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  singing  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  and  have  an  avant  garde  touch.

  Black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  extreme  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  thrash  and  doom  metal  are  also  used  at  times.

  UR  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  mixing  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  together  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  doom  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own, t he  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  UR  are a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Let  the  Darkness  Come"  and  "Infinity".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/urhail-deatharachnophobia-records2016.html


Archaeos Interview

jeudi 15 décembre 2016 à 04:04
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Hails! I am Archaeos Arcon, former member of Archaeos. First of all I want to thank you for giving me the chance to talk about our ancient and apocryphal project.
I started the band  back in the September of 2015 by me (Archaeos Archon) as an one man project. I just wanted to express some inner thoughts and melodies that had stack in my head at the time. So, I took a microphone I put it on the amp and I started to record. That was the first demo named ‘’Iahes’’ which I dubbed it on tapes and copied 50 hand numbered covers. Later the underground label CELTIC FOG PRODUCTIONS released it on CD-R. The same year I recorded 4 more songs to put in the split with Karkinos named ‘’Archegono Miasma’’. CELTIC FOG PRODUCTIONS released this as well on CD-R. After this I said that I have to step forward, so I asked Geegor for a cooperation.  He took over the bass, the drums and also the mixing and the mastering. The result was incredible. With the new line we recorded an EP named ‘’Forgotten Art of Sacrifice’’ and we covered a song named ‘’Necranastasis’’ by Varathron(1989).

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
‘’Forgotten Art of Sacrifice’’ was a huge step from the last release (Archegono Miasma). Finally, I had a proper sound and the knowledge on how to record some riffs. Geegor helped a lot! He played the bass and the drums, also he did the mixing and the mastering. I wanted that old-school sound of the 90’s so, I just bought a microphone and put it in front of the amp again. But this time I recorded more channels and it took more time to compose the songs and to write the lyrics.  

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in 'Occultism'?
I think that the occult is the knowledge of the unknown, of the divine elements that we don’t see. Lets just say that occultism for me is the way I see the life.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Archaeos'?
This is a long story that it goes years before. It comes from the greek word Αρχαίος which means The Ancient One. To whom is reffering to… this is a different story. It may be a forbidden titan, god, or demon.

5.The album was released by both 'Lower Silesian Stronghold' and ‘War Productions’ are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?
LOWER SILESIAN STRONGHOLD released the cd on 500units which is a very promising amount for a band like Archaeos. All went well about this release and I am happy of course. At this time I am waiting for my copies by WAR PRODUCTIONS that will release the album on tape format.
 6.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I made a lot of friends after these releases from all over the world and I am glad that they care about my music and supporting me all the time in every release and I thank them for this! Hails comrades!
7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Karkinos', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
Wampyrion is a nice guy and good musician after all! He participated in many acts and with some very important persons of our scene. He has his own style. And that’s a good think because it is very difficult to achieve this. One word describe this band.. MISANTHROPY! 

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will always play black metal. That’s all I can say. I don’t know what we can do tomorrow.

9.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?
My main influence for this release were the first and second wave of black metal  bands (Bathory, Celtic Frost, Rotting Christ, Necromantia, Kawir, Varathron). Also the traditional music of Ancient Greece. The album is composed on these scales because I wanted to reach the pagan feeling and not just to make a ‘’pagan-like’’ album. All the lyrics and the music is based on Ancent Greece!
Although the genre that I have loved and listening to it all of my time is the bestial black/death metal. And bands like Archgoat, Beherit, Black Witchery, Revenge, Conqueror are huge influence for me.

10.What are some of your non musical interests?
At this time I do my studies on physiotherapy. I have a huge interest for the human nature, anatomy etc..

11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I want to thank you so much about this interview. Also thank the readers of your magazine. I wish all the best to you and your magazine! As much as we dream we stay alive! Keep the black flame alive! Black metal is out Cult! Fuck Trends! 
Regards, Archaeos Archon

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/archaeos-interview.html


Diktatur Interview

mercredi 14 décembre 2016 à 12:32
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

 Hi, we are a black metal band from the south-west of France. Diktatur started in 2008, we played a couples of shows in France and Spain. We have released our debut album entitled « La voie du sang » (trad. The Hard Way) in 2010 and the band signed to Melancholia Records to release more recently « L’agonie d’un monde » (trad. The World Agony). Thorgis plays the drums and I am Aizko, I play the guitar.

2.A year ago you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

 I would say « L’agonie d’un monde » is the best representation of the band today. A balance between cold riffs, atmospheres and brutality, that is the goal we are looking for.

3.This was your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

 Nothing special except line-up issues. Lots of songs were written but yet unreleased.

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

Diktatur explores various concepts about diktatorship in general. For exemple, death is a form of diktatorship. The concept of our first album was war, people trying to survive in the trenches, the oppressing violence and horror. We are not into political stuffs that is the main accusation from most of people in France ah ah ah !

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

 We choose that name because it sounds cold and strong and resumes perfectly our vision of black metal. The music has to beats and nothing more.

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 best show was in Spain late-2010, we shared the stage with the massive Profundis Tenebrarum and the great Bloodoline. Very good feedback from the audience, blast beats and headbangs, we enjoyed every minute! Our stage performance philosophy is simple : plug-and-play !

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

 No, we haven’t. For the moment, we choose to work with sessions members now so we need time.

8.Currently the band is signed to 'Melancholia Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Melancholia records is a french extreme metal label founded in the early 2000’s by Emperor Xaëlis. This label released some great underground french black metal bands such as Numenor, Maleficentia, Orakle, The Prisoner, and also european bands (Unholy Matrimony, Bonholm).
After some criminal fire in the label’s recording studio, the company paused his activity during a long time. Now they’re active again, coming back with new projects including collaborations with Diktatur.

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

 I really don’t know about that, until now, the feedback were too rare. We will have a lot more feedback now the band inked to Melancholia Records, the label is very involved into promoting the new release, we have reviews and interviews in metal magazines, fanzines, webzine, etc ... A song was recently presented and played in a french metal radio. It’s exciting ! Wish to have the time to focus on the live shows !

10.Wat is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Thorgis play in his old modern black metal band called Hretghir, we are recording the debut album to celebrate their return. I am working on a couples of projects that should be released in 2017.

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

 Time will say, we will see. Hope to play few lives shows and I guess we will focus on a brand new album next year.

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?

 We are pretty much open minded about musical styles but when we write songs we play exactly what we are excepting to hear as black metal band. Nowadays, we are all agree about the perfect new Profundis Tenebrarum album « Disciples of the venomous death ».

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

 Enjoying life until it is possible ah ah ! Seriously, I am always busy on musical interests.

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

Well, thank you for this interview. I would like to say that if you guys like our music, share our songs to people you know, we are on Spotify, Deezer, Tidal etc … The more you listen, sooner we will hit the stage !

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/diktator-interview.html


Avulsion Rupture Interview

mardi 13 décembre 2016 à 03:42

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

Avulsion Rupture is a Black/Death Metal band from the UK, combining raw and harsh Black Metal sound with heavy old school Death Metal.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

Stylistically, there isn't a huge departure from the previous material, but with the new album I was trying to inject a bit more aggression into the music and make the heavy parts heavier than before. I tried to give the guitars a caustic edge to them and make it sound as loud as I could. I’m not a fan of the modern over-produced sound that a lot a Metal bands seem to have today. It sounds very flat and sterile, to me at any rate.

3.Between 2001 and 2014 there was no material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

Very little to be honest, as the band wasn't active.

4.Your lyrics cover history, folklore and astronomy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

It's just things that have always interested me ever since I was young. One of my favourite things as a child (and still is, for that matter) was visiting historic sites such as castles and old ruins and the history that surrounds them. In recent years, I’ve taken part in various community based archaeological digs in the area and I’ve been able to learn a great deal about local history. I’ve done some astronomy courses too, as this has always fascinated me too. I still go out stargazing, when the weather permits that is!

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

It’s a medical term for when something is torn off. It seemed fitting for the band name.

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

I do prefer to work on my own, but I’m not going to say I’ll never work with others. You never know what the future will hold.

7.A year ago you had released a split with 'Kav', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

They have an excellent ominous sound, which I really like and the track they did for it was really good. Both bands tracks were recorded especially for the split.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

There has been some interest, but I’ve preferred to do things myself. I’d be open to working with right label if the terms were agreeable.

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

On the whole it’s been very positive. It’s great to hear when people have enjoyed what you do creatively.

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

I’ve got a couple of other musical projects in the pipeline, which will be very different to Avulsion Rupture. I also hope to start work on the third album sometime next year too. I hope I’ll keep on improving my song writing and creating some good riffs!

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’m a big fan of bands like Dissection and Dark Funeral, as well as old school Death Metal like old Morbid Angel and Grave. Recently, I’ve been enjoying bands like Shrine of Insanabilis, Thy Darkened Shade, Havukruunu and Oceans of Slumber. There’s some good local bands active too, like Underdark, Wolvencrown and Arx Atrata.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I do a lot of photography and I use it to do the artwork for all my releases. I find it immensely satisfying.

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

I’d like to thank you for the interview and the interest shown in the band. I’d also like to thank all those who have taken to the time to listen and enjoy what I do.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/avulsion-rupture-interview.html