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Deisdaemonia/Khthonian Hymns/Old Temple/2016 CD Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 15:45

  Deisdaemonia  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Khthonian  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  Old Temple.

  A  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  at  times  and  it  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  the  music also  evokes  a  very  ritualistic  atmosphere  at  times and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  synths  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  back  up  shouts.

  Deisidaemonia  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  diverse,  melodic,  raw  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  Luciferianism,  Greek  Mythology,  Lovecraft,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deisidaemonia  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hades  Awake"  "Khthonian  Hymns"  and  "Passing  the  Acheron".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/deisdaemoniakhthonian-hymnsold.html


Neoheresy Interview

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 13:50
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Hello. Neoheresy was formed around the year 2012 after completing the work on the last album of Hellveto – ‘Damnarets’. It is still a solo project in which the whole instrumentation including the vocals and the drums is arranged and recorded by me. It is still music with a personal and emotional character and the changes have a stylistic nature.

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?
 ‘Potop’ was recorded in summer 2015 and after a year it was officially released on CD by the American Elegy Records. The lyrical aspect of the album is focused on the theme of destruction and the world’s end and the compositions make a consistent story which ends in the eponymous ‘Potop’. Regarding music the album contains a large amount of choral emphasis, multilayer vocals and fairly strongly underlined acoustic parts. In some arrangements the mix is formed of a few melodic lines demanding from the listener quite sharp focus. Personally, it is difficult for me to speak about my own work because I took part in its production, I know its targets and I cannot analyze it objectively. I have heard opinions that with every further listening to this stuff we begin to hear new sounds and arrangements which make the background of the keynote. To sum up, it is not for one-time listening. It requires from the listener focus and careful listening thanks to which he/she can map the richness of the sound palette.

3.This project was formed out of the ashes of 'Hellveto', what was the cause of disbanding your old project and starting out with a new one?
When I started my work on Hellveto I was a teenager. From that time a lot of things have changed. The way I perceived the world, music or ideology have undergone transformation what after some time motivated me to leave behind some things and start a new phase. I know that Hellveto established itself a position, it was a recognisable name on the music scene. However my inner need to start a new chapter was stronger than objective or sentimental considerations.

4.Since 2014, you have put out a total of 5 releases so far, do you put a great amount of time and effort into this project?
Music is my passion. I don’t count the amount of time I put into it, I don’t calculate. Creating a solo project demands great commitment, submission and giving up many things. Not to mention financial issues and equipment because it is obvious. I have chosen such a way, it gives me satisfaction and I am pleased in spite of many sacrifices. 

5.Your lyrics cover a lot of pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Paganism?
Paganism is only one side of the lyrical aspect which is not treated literally as religion or faith. It’s a synonym of something that passed, of times veiled in mystery about which we know little from the official sources. The texts include everything that according to the Christian understanding of the world, culture and our past is regarded as heresy.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neoheresy'?
The name has a symbolic meaning. Partly it refers to the new opening of my work. It also relates to the message which is to be found in this music. Neoheresy was also the name of the Hellveto album recorded in 2007 which was a fairly important production in my discography.

7.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
Neoheresy is assumed to be a solo band. It reflects personal visions, emotions, it expresses my individual feelings and the perspective of the world transferred into sound. Generally I don’t negate cooperation with other musicians. I collaborated on different projects and probably it is going to continue in the future however Neoheresy will remain solo.

8.In 2015 you where a part of a split with 'Hegemoon', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
It was a spontaneous action without careful thought and plans. Hegemoon plays simple and plain music referring to good traditions of Black Metal so I didn’t have to think much. After some conversations and agreements, the mentioned CD was made in a couple of weeks.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of pagan and black metal?
As far as I know the opinions are positive. After so many years on the music scene the reviews and opinions don’t make an impression on me any longer and they don’t have an influence on my music performance. Once I was more emotional about the assessment of my work and it was a huge motivation. Nowadays I am desensitized about it and I particularly don’t care about considering this matter. I do what I like, it gives me satisfaction and the things that happen around are of little significance to me.

10. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician?
I don’t consider myself a musician because I associate this term with people who play professionally. I have no music education, I haven’t attended any music schools etc. On the one hand it is a disadvantage which in some situations can limit me. On the other hand it is an advantage – creating sounds beyond set patterns.

11. 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?
At present I have little time for music consumption. The most often I listen to old stuff such as Accept, Bathory, Hellhammer the first albums of Burzum or the east music scene of the 90s. When it comes to inspiration it is mainly beyond music. I try not to get into someone’s stylistics or emulate someone’s work what is clearly heard in the sounds of Neoheresy. It is known that certain reference cannot be avoided playing within a certain genre however I think they occur occasionally.

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



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/neoheresy-interview.html


A Constant Storm/Storm Alive/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 13:41

  A  Constant  Storm  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  and  darkwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Storm  Alive".

  A  very  dark  and  tragic  keyboard  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  mix  in  with  the  melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  riffs  that  make  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  use  a  good  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  guitar  riffing  while  a couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  keyboards  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  darkwave  elements.

   All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to them  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts  and  one  track  also  introduces  melodic  singing  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental. 

  A  Constant  Storm  expands  on  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  of  previous  recordings  and  adds  in  elements  of  melodic  death  metal,  doom  and  darkwave  to  create  a  style  that  is  more  closer  to  dark  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Constant  are  a  very  great  sounding  black/dark  metal  solo  project  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Labyrinth"  "Crushing  Skies"  and  "Storm  Alive".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-constant-stormstorm-alive2016-full.html


Shramana Interview

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 10:23
1.For those that have never heard of you before,can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Since we're from Montana, which is a very sparsely populated yet very large state in the US, not many people have heard of us. I (Reggie) started this band in 2009, mostly just for fun to teach myself how to play the guitar. As I improved, I became more serious about my creations, and as the sound evolved, so did the lineup. Nearly seven years later, I don't play three-chord punk anymore, and our current lineup has a great chemistry for the blackened crust/post metal music that we like to make.


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?

We've been influenced a lot by black metal for these songs, but because of the very closed nature of the genre as a whole, we certainly wouldn't venture so far as to call ourselves a black metal band. I would say that there are obvious crust/hardcore, black metal and post metal/atmosphereic sludge elements on this record. This album is building on the framework that "Toska," our previous release, laid for us. The song "Manufactured Essence" (the last track off of our new release, "Mythos: Logos") was written in the same time frame as the "Toska" songs but wasn't able to make it onto that record. You can hear the progression into the crust and black metal at the end of that song, which led us into the sounds you hear on the rest of "Mythos: Logos." Our earlier releases had more of a punk/grunge sound.


3.Originally the band started out in more of a punk direction, what was the decision behind going into the style that you play now?

There was really no decision made, it just evolved with time and ability. The lineup changed over the course of this evolution, and I (Reggie) found myself drawn more and more to heavier music, so that's what we wrote. It's not a huge jump from hardcore punk to doomy grunge (a la early Melvins), from that to sludge (a la Eyehategod,etc) and from that to post-metal (a la Neurosis). Unfortunately, most of this evolution is unrecorded, songs written between 2012-2014. With ensuing lineup changes and my interest in creating moving, dark yet melodic atmospheres, metal seemed to just naturally occur.


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

"Mythos: Logos" has its own artists statement, which encapsulates the meaning behind most of the songs:  "The humans of the world have lost sight of their belonging to the animal kingdom due to the myth of human superiority that has corrupted their ability to reason. This myth is now self-sustaining and has permeated the fabric of their self-identity. Not knowing they belong to the Mother, they now seek to destroy that which birthed them."


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

Shramanas were aesthetic monks in the evolution of the Hindu religion. They were the first to reject many of the teachings of the Vedas, as they fundamentally disagreed with the caste system and animal sacrifice. They led aesthetic lives in order to find their own enlightenment outside the structure of the religion that birthed them. We are not Hindu, nor do we claim to fully understand the etymology of this word. However, we identify with the rejection of the hegemonic nature of our mother culture and often, civilization in general, instead attempting to define our own moral and spiritual journey for ourselves. As a sidenote, Shramana (and the variant Sramana) now seems to be a popular woman's name in India. We often mistakenly get tagged in photos taken by teenage girls in India doing duckface poses on Facebook.


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?

We recently played a show in Bozeman, MT (our home state) with Woman Is the Earth from Rapid City, South Dakota that was one of our best performances. The crowd was great and we played well. In a different lineup, we played TotalFest, a larger regional festival to a standing-room only crowd and were received well there, too. We also had fun playing to the other bands in Reno last year.
Live, we're fast and punishing and don't really talk to the crowd much. I view our performances as spiritual experiences in which we commune with the divine, as music is the purest form of human expression and the closest humans can come to invoking the divine. I take our performances seriously, and often will burn sage or sweetgrass before playing. Because of this, we do not consume alcohol before or during our set, as this is holy medicine to many people and we do not wish to disrespect it. I'm severely visually impaired (I'm effectually blind) so I can't really look up from my guitar much and we must always bring additional lighting for me. I've been told we put on a good show.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
None nailed down. We'll probably play a few small mini-tours before the year is out, but our next multi-week long excursion will have to wait until 2017.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are looking for a label but we have not received any interest. We would be very interested in working with a label.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post black metal?
We're not really sure yet. We've been trying to reach a wider audience with limited success.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hopefully our song composition skills will continue to develop in conjunction with our technical skills. There will continue to be elements of crust, post metal and black metal, but which of these we lean on heavily will depend on the weather.


11.The band is from Montana a state that I barely got album or interview requests from and this is probably the first in 4 to 5 years, how was the metal scene in your home state evolved over the years?

Montana is very, very big. It's the fourth largest state in the US behind Alaska, Texas and California, so some bands on the other side of the state might have more ties to bands in Wyoming or Colorado while we have more ties to bands in Washington and Oregon. Bands in rural areas don't last as long, as people either move on with their lives, leaving music to the nostalgic angst of youth, or move away, hoping to find their music careers elsewhere. So, you've got your radio metal bands in every larger city, the ones who try and sound like Pantera and Machinehead or what have you, they're the ones with the fans. Then you've got a handful of DIY bands who have actually discovered underground music. There's a small deposit of them in every town with 10,000 people or more, often just one or two, but there's a stoner metal band and then either a thrash, doom, grind, death or black metal band as well. In the last year or so Montana metal bands have been working together a little bit more, mostly thanks to the guys in Arkheron Thodol (Bozeman), Rusty (formerly of BATTLEFIELDS) in Billings, Cory with Erosion Fest out of Great Falls, and me and the guys in Swamp Ritual here in Missoula.

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?
Some of the very most important bands in my life have been Fall of Efrafa, Neurosis, The Melvins, Skagos, Orwell, Isis and At the Gates.
I have a radio show on the University of Montana's college radio station, KBGA, called Dirty Flannel. It's two hours weekly so I have to continuously find new music to keep the playlist fresh. Because of this, my tastes evolve quickly. Currently, I really enjoy blackened crust, and I just found Ancst and Thranenkind (both from Germany, they're on tour together) and I'll be listening to them for some time, I'd imagine.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?
For me (Reggie), every moment I can be, I'm in the mountains hiking or camping. That's where I receive my inspiration, both good and bad. Good in the obvious ways, bad because I know that with human civilization continuing on with industry, the days in which this landscape will live and be viable are numbered. I am also an actor and enjoy working on screen and stage. Jeremy our guitarist enjoys exploring new recording techniques, music gear, micro-brews and Taco Bell. Austin our bassist is a video game enthusiast. Josh, our drummer, enjoys playing with his technical deathmetal band Arctodus and is a student working on his degree in entertainment management.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us. Our music is free, please download it and share it with the world and drop us a line anytime.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/shramana-interview.html


Cloak/Self Titled/Boris Records/2016 EP Review

mercredi 18 mai 2016 à 15:25
  Cloak  are  a  band  from  Georgia  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  ep  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Boris  Records.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  black'n'roll  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  grim  black  metal  screams  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  goth  rock  and  doom  and  both  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  second  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Cloak  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black'n'roll  with  some  elements  of  goth  and  doom  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  left  hand  path  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cloak  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "In  The  Darkness,  The  Path".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/cloakself-titledboris-records2016-ep.html