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Piarevaracein/Spadcyna/Heritage/Crush The Desert Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 14 juin 2016 à 23:55

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Belarus's  Piarevaracien  which  shows  them  moving  from  the  pagan/black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  going  for  more  of  a  traditional  folk  music  sound  with  the  album  being  called  "Spadcyna/Heritage"  and  released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.

  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  female  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  on  the  second  track  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  after  awhile  keyboard's  and  percussion's  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  You  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  traditional  Slavic  folk  music  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bot  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  while  also  adding in  some touches  of  modern  synth  music  which  also  adds  in a  touch  of  ambient  music  on  a couple  of  the  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  heavy  yet melodic  guitar  riffs  and  leads  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  flutes  and  fiddles  which  also  gives  the  music  a  shamanistic  atmosphere.

  Piarevarecien  moves  away  from black  metal  on  this  recording  they  create  an  album  that  takes  traditional  Slavic  pagan  folk  music  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  ambient  elements  and  a  touch  of  metal  to  create  something  very original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  times  and  seasons.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Piaravarecien  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  folk  music  with  more  of  a  modern  touch,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kalada"  "Oj  Kupala"  and  "Za  Tumanam".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/piarevaraceinespadcynaheritagecrush.html


Victim Path Interview

mardi 14 juin 2016 à 22:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? Dark way VICTIM PATH started in 2009. In April 2009 the world got the first demo-album "In life we trust". In the beginning of 2012 the first album "Surrounded by pain" was recorded. The band playing in depressive dark metal genre.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings? Our sound throughout all activities of the band varied from black metal sound to more melodic dark metal. We tried to music has been well perceived by in the record and in concerts. At the same time we don't want to get a crystal modern sound . It has to be dark and gloomy, with a sad atmosphere.


3.The last album was released in 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on the last 4 years? In 2013, we had problems with members in the band. Drummer and vocalist went from the band. For this reason we did not give live shows. But we have continued to engage in leisurely writing music and lyrics for the new album. At the moment, we have found new members and ready for live performances, as well as completing work on a new full-length album.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? The lyrics of the team are based on the theme of misanthropy, pain, loneliness of a human being who is deprived of a right to be god's creation. The denial of religious postulates, rules and dogmas of everyday life is the main idea of the music of the group.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vitim Path'? The name has a symbolic meaning. Every person throughout his life sacrificing anything or becomes a victim of anything or anyone. There are many different manifestations of the victims. This devoted to the group’s 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? Each show was special for us. Playing concerts we get a lot of experience. We really liked how we played the last show with Totalselfhatred in Minsk in May. Our concerts we can characterize as a projection of our thoughts and expressions of reality.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? We are currently completing work on a new album. In the near future we plan a concerts for the presentation of the finished work. Also, we are open for cooperation and will be happy to play our music live for all who are interested .


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive black metal? Differently ... No one is indifferent. Our music love and support, or causes misunderstanding.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? We do not think about it yet... But I think that everything will remain in the dark black metal way.


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? Each of the band members listen to different music. And the music affects differently on each of members. In our music most influenced depressive black metal and dark metal. Groups such as Shining, Lefelover, Bethlehem, Armagedda and etc.


11.On the album you did a Grob cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs? This group is a good reflection of its time and the atmosphere of the time. And this song is very good approached for the lyrics and the concept of the our album. Also in this way we would like to give tribute to Egor Letov.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Thanks for the interview! All fans of dark black music we want to send greetings and wishes of good luck in all your endeavors. Support the metal music in different ways and doesn't come out of the darkness.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/victim-path-interview.html


Mondfinsternis/Where The Heaven Ends/Crush The Desert Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 14 juin 2016 à 09:17

  Mondfinsternis  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  ambient  style  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Where  The  Heaven  Ends"  which  was  released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.

  A  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  bringing  in  elements  of  medieval  folk  music  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  finally  gets  heavy  it  mixes  in  with  the  dungeon  synth  style  while  also  bringing  in  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  growls and  some   of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  while  a  later  song  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  and  they  also bring  in  a  couple  of  instrumental  ambient  tracks and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  stick  to  more  of  a  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Mondfinsternis  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient  and dungeon  synth  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  paganism  and  heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion Mondfinsternis  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  ambient  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chosen  Of  The Gods"  "The  Warriors  Immortality"  and  "Your  Names".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/mondofinsterniswhere-heaven-endscrush.html


Wolfkrieg/Fatherland/Crush The Desert Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 14 juin 2016 à 06:39

  Wolfkrieg  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  national  socialist  form of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Fatherland"  which was released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.

  Thunder  sounds  start off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  nature  sounds  are  added  onto  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  as well  as  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  they  also  mix  the  epic  synths  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  epic  metal  style  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  playing can  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  an  old  school  second  wave  style  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time and  some  songs  also  bring  in  samples  from  Nazi  Germany  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  classical  music  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Temozer's  "Werewolf"  which  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  before  closing  the  album  with  an  original  song.

  Wolfkrieg  plays  a  very  diverse  form  of  national  socialist  black  metal  on  this  recording  bringing  in  some  songs  that  are  very  raw  while  others  that  are  more  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  national  socialism,  war  and  Paganism  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Wolfkrieg  are  a  very  great  sounding  national  socialist  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashes  of  Arkona"  "Runes  Of  A  New  Order"  "Blood  Against  Gold"  and  "Mara's  Sadness".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/wolfkriegfatherlandcrush-desert.html


Volkolak/Disappear/Crush The Desert Records/2012 CD Review

mardi 14 juin 2016 à 04:23

  Volkolak  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  started  out  as  more  of  a  national  socialist  pagan/black  metal  band  but  play  more  of  a  traditional  style  of  Slavic  folk  music  on  this  recording  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Disappear"  which  was  released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.

 Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  Slavic  style  folk  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  acoustic  guitars  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  medieval  feeling  and  after  awhile  flutes  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  soem  clean  singing  vocals.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  tracks a re  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  nature  sound  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  diversity  present  throughout  the  recording.

  Volkolak  took  a  different  route  on  this  recording  moving  away  from  the  more  black  metal  orientated  sound  of  earlier  releases  and  going  for  more  of  a  traditional  pagan  folk  music  direction  with  this  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  heathenism  and  Ancient  Traditions.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Volkolak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vikings"  "Among  Dogs"  "Raven,  Folk  &  Falcon"  and  "Disappear".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/volkolakdisappearcrust-desert.html