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Suicide Forest/Descend Into Despair/Folkvangr Records/2017 Cassette Review

mardi 30 mai 2017 à 06:04

  Suicide  Forest  are  a  solo project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Descend  Into  Despair"  which  will  be  released  in  July  on  cassette  by  Folkvangr  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  drones  start  off  the  album  while  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  in  the  background  and  blast  beats a re  used  during t he  faster sections  of the  songs.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  depressive  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are also  a  couple  of  brief  instrumentals  along  with  one  of  them  being  an  ambient  track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  album  closes with  another  instrumental.

  Suicide  Forest  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding  with  some  ambient  touches,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyric  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suicide  Forest  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Embrace  Of  Solitude"  "A  Sobeing  Reflection"  and  "Words  Of  Indifference".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/suicide-forestdescend-into.html


Deathwinter/Manifestations Of Death/Iron, Blood & Death Corp/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 30 mai 2017 à 02:33

  Deathwinter  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Manifestations  Of  Death"  which  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Iron,  Blood  &  Death  Corp.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  and  melodic  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  the  riffing  also  using  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  A  great  amount  of  90's  second  weave  influences  can  be  heard  in the  bands  musical  style  while  the  melodies  bring  in  the  darkness  of  the  anti  cosmic  Swedish  style  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  war  samples   and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken word  parts  along  with  nature  sounds  can  be  heard briefly.

  Deathwinter  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding  in  the  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Darkness  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deathwinter  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album,  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sword  Of  Lucifer"  "Cold  Tarnished  Metal"  and  "Blessed  Satan,  Storm  Of  Fire"  8  out  of  10.



   
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/deathwintermanifestations-of-deathiron.html


Deathcult/Tyrant Of All Tyrants/Do Or Die Reocrds/2017 CD Review

dimanche 28 mai 2017 à 03:21

  Deathcult  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  dark  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tyrant  Of  All  Tyrants"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Do  Or  Die  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  thrash  influenced  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  also b ring  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  80's  and  90's  influences  while  also  adding  in  a  more  modern  atmosphere  and  when  tremolo  picking is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  album  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Deathcult  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  dark  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Violence  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deathcult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nectar  Of  The  Gods"  "Kamikaze  Warriors"  and  "Junkers".  8  out   of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/deathculttyrant-of-all-tyrantsdo-or-die.html


Exmordium/Into The Sepulchral Spectrum/Tridroid Records/2017 EP Re-Issue Review

dimanche 28 mai 2017 à 02:32

  Exmordium  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Canada  and  the  United  States  with  Wisconsin   and  Ontario  being  their  home  bases and  they  play  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Into  The  Sepulchral  Spectrum"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  July,  2017  by  Tridroid  Records.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into more  of  a  heavier,  darker  yet  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  fast  sections  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  classical  guitars  are  also  mixed  in  on  some  of  the  other  tracks  as  well  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  thrash  are  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Exmordium  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  and  old  school  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics cover  war,  death,  Paganism,  Vikings,  Anti  Religion  and  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Exmordium  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Portals  Beyond  The  Imprisonment  Of  Time"  and  "Severing  The  Roots Of  Yggdrasil".  8  out  of  10. 


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/exmordiuminto-sepulchral.html


Nekrokraft Interview

samedi 27 mai 2017 à 06:33
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band was formed in 2012 by Angst, DOC & Blaster with the ambition to play fast, aggressive blackened thrash metal. A couple of years have past and the lineup changed over the years, Blaster was replaced by Moloch and Iron & Ghol joined the band.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Nekrokraft is, and will always be an extreme metal band, the strength in our sound is the mix between black metal`s mysticism, the velocity of thrash metal and the brutality of death metal. Different personalities and different musical preferences is a part of what creates that strength mentioned above, we all have our addictions in life.

3.Between 2012 to 2016 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
Well, we had some member changes, wrote a bunch of new songs, and played some live gigs. And of course we planned and recorded Will O` Wisp.  

4.Your lyrics deal with Folklore and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Sweden/Scandinavia has a history rich in folklore, and we draw inspiration from those stories of old,
it’s our way of holding on to our legacy. The album title and song Will ‘o’ Wisp deals with the “Irrbloss” from swedish folklore, a glowing orb that lures unsuspecting people of the road, where they get lost and  follow the light towards a watery grave. There is a problem with certain religions, and that is their need to control people and the lack of free will. Occultism, in different forms, have provided somewhat of an antipole towards the backward pious kind. We embrace the so called “dark path” towards enlightenment, because knowledge and wisdom lies within curiosity, independence and creativity.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nekrokraft'?
We came up with the name under the influence of alcohol, discussing occult themes in the rehearsal space one late night in april 2012. Nekro stands for death, and kraft in swedish means power/force.
Power of the dead, maybe something occult, magical comes to mind, we leave it free for one's mind to interpret.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has done so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
That's a tough question, we have done quite a few gigs since the beginning but we can mention some of the gigs. The Black Christmas festival had a great lineup (Mayhem, Marduk, Venom, Vader) and was also a great gig for us, and the show we played with God Dethroned amongst others in Stockholm the fall of 2016 was a really good gig. Otherwise there has been some really intense clashes in our hometown Linköping that turned out great. Our stage performance is intensive and full of energy, a real headbanging feast, the inspiration comes from the death & thrash metal scene rather than the black metal scene when it comes to the live show, high energy on stage, intensive crowd!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Gefle metal festival is the next stop for us, great lineup this year by the way! We are hopefully heading out in europe this fall for some long weekend runs if everything works out the way we are planning.

8.'The Sign Records' are re-issuing your 2016 album, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
The Sign Records is an expansive record label composed of some of the most driven people here in Linköping. It consist of three formations that each carries its own essence. The Sign Records is managed by the Almost Religious label group based in Linköping, Sweden. We are pleased that we got the opportunity to work with people that are great, driven and has high ambitions for the music scene in Sweden.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and extreme metal?
Overall it has been great, we have people listening from almost all over the world and people reaching out showing their appreciation. We look forward to spread the Nekrokraft disease even further during 2017.

10.On the 2012 ep you had done a 'Bathory' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
You can consider it to be a celebration to the swedish old school metal. We wanted to do something raw, something extra, fitting in with the already rugged sound of the EP, and we all are big Bathory fans so we chose that path after a couple of beers.

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?
Angst our vocalist is a hard working man and is currently preparing for summer & fall gigs with Witchery. When it comes to the other band members there is some projects going on, but if those projects will see the light of day, we don't know, time will tell.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As mentioned before Nekrokraft is an extreme metal band and will always be. Musically we will continue to blend the black, thrash and the death metal to create our sound. We don't play by any rules when it comes to the creating of Nekrokraft material. This group of people is very versatile when it comes to music and creating, and that in particular is a great quality for us as a band.

13.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?
It's very broadly spread across the different members but of course we have a lot of bands in common, some of the good classic extreme metal bands like Bathory, Dissection, Entombed, Morbid Angel and Slayer to name a few. Nowadays it's a bit more of thrash metal i would say as the summer approaches, summer, thrash metal and beer blends perfectly, and of course you got to listen to some good ole guitar oriented blues.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thank you for the interview! Keep supporting your local and national scenes, help to spread the art of extreme metal. Check out Nekrokraft, drink a lot of beer and hopefully we will meet in the dead of night.
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/05/nekrokraft-interview.html