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Isgarde/Jag Enslig Skall Ga/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Black Plague Records/2016 CD Review

jeudi 30 juin 2016 à 08:57

  Isgarde  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw,  epic,  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album "Jag  Enslig  Skall  Ga"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination Productions  and  Black  Plague  Records.

  Thunder  and  wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  soundscapes  that  are  very  atmospheric  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  synths  and  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  heavier  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  flutes  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks.  while  on  later  songs  some  psychedelic  elements  and  clean  yet  distorted  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  medieval  atmosphere  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Isgarde  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the Nordic  tradition  of  the  genre  while  also  having  its  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Swedish  and  English  and  cover  darkness,  paganism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Isgarde  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Battle  of  Bornghom"  "Ancient  Forest  Of  Witchery"  "Dungeons  Of  the  Devil"  and  "At  Gettlinge  Gravalt".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/isgardejag-enslig-skall-gasymbol-of.html


Fortid/The Demo Sessions/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Electric Horizon Productions/Black Plague Records/2016 CD Compilation Review

jeudi 30 juin 2016 à 07:36

  Fortid  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  viking  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2016  compilation  album  "The  Demo  Sessions"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  of  Domination  Productions,  Electric  Horizon  Productions  and  Black  plague  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy,  atmospheric  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  clean  singing  pagan  vocals  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  cleaner  sections  bring  in  more  of  a  medieval  folk  music  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  have  a  very  raw  and  melodic edge  to them  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  synths.

  They  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Enslaved's  "Lifandi  Lifi  Undir  Harni"  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  of the  songs  bring  in  tremolo  picking  which  adds  in  more  of  an  old  school  90's  feeling  and  throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  war  samples.

  Throughout  this  compilation  Fortid  displays  a  lot  of  variety  with  some songs  going  for  a  raw  and  Nordic  style  while  others  focus  more  on  an  epic  viking  or  pagan  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  of  songs  from  Fortid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  or  viking/black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nornir"  "Pagan  Prophecies"  "Sun  Turns  Black"  and  "Framtid".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/fortidthe-demo-sessionssymbol-of.html


Azziard/Nirnaeth/Kaotxin Records/2016 Split 7 Inch Review

jeudi 30 juin 2016 à 05:11

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  France's  Azziard  and  Nirnaeth  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Kaotoxin  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Azziard  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  is  in  the  war/black  metal  style  and  there  song  "Unus  Mundus".

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  that  starts  evolving  into more  of  a  black  metal  style  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  war  metal  feeling  while some  mid  paced  and  slow  sections  are  also  utilized  which  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  into  the  song  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  while the  guitar  leads  are  also  very  chaotic,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  World  War  I  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Azziard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  war  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Nirnaeth  a  band  that  plays  an  orthodox  style  of  black  metal  with  some  thrash  elements  and  their  song  "Nihil  In  Me".

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  sounding  guitar  riff  and  all  of  the  other  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beasts  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nirneath  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  traditional  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

        

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/azziardnirnaethkaotxin-records2016.html


Ashaena Interview

mercredi 29 juin 2016 à 23:18
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

The band is steady and we already recorded some ideas for the next album. We do not want to rush with the releasing on the next one so we just want to focus on preparing for the upcoming gigs.

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?

“Calea” is an album that represents a bridge between the ‘old” Ashaena sound, which was more into pagan and the “new” Ashaena sound which is more into black, progressive, post rock sound. The first part of “Calea” is more into the old sound while the last 4 songs are into this new kind of sound.

3. Your lyrics cover the Paganism and Culture of Romania, can you tell us a little bit more about in your interest in these traditions?

I have studied the Romanian Mythology and ancient History for a long time now and together with a serious approach on the Romanian Folklore I have managed to catch several subtle conclusions which are more related to an ethical way of life.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind  the name “Ashaena”?

For the possible askers, Ashaena was one of the first names of the Black Sea. In the Scythian language, this word (Ashaena) used to mean dark blue.
"The Greeks, during their first wanderings, called it Axeinos (the inhospitable one), maybe trying in such a way a phonetic equivalence from the Scythian language into the Greek. Or, maybe, due to the storms which terribly shook and jolted them. But it seemed not to have shaken them terribly enough since they founded on its shores real (fortified or not) towns and trading warehouses. Shortly after it, the Sea received the name Pontus Euxinus, the Hospitable Sea." (Vasile Parvan - "Dacica")

5. 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 stage performance is not as explosive as other bands have. In the same time we are not reserved. We move how we feel, we do what we feel. We’ve played many gigs. Each of them has its own shine. I liked playing at Rock ‘n Iasi or in Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia, if I have to remember some specific ones…

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

We didn’t have any touring plans for now. We will see how the album is received by the audience and what opportunities we’ll be presented with,

7. The new album was released on 'Loud Rage Music', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

We are totally happy with our new label. Our communication level is very good and the label is really doing an amazingly well job in promoting and distributing the music of its roster.

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

We’ve received a positive feedback. We’ve got that for our first album and now we’ve started to get positive feedback for this new one. I am glad when our music reach what we seek. The soul, the heart of the listener.

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

As the years go by we are developing and refining our music. We are playing what we feel. It has never been a pattern for us to follow, either we talk about composing or live performances. The music becomes more subtle, the ideas, the concept behind it more spiritual.

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?

I have started this project 10 years ago by listening some crucial bands as Phoenix, the old Negura Bunget, Bucovina, from the Romanian bands and a lot of other worldwide known bands which would be too many to be mentioned here. First I have started the band based on pagan sounds and ideology and by time, we’ve filtered a lot our ideology. I have tried all the time to stay away of being associated as a band with the NS movement. We have nothing in common with that and if some folks would read our lyrics would understand this aspect.

11. What are some of your non-musical interests?

I am into the Occult studying and just for your knowledge I have a BA in Cultural Anthropology. I like to travel and see beautiful landscapes and places. I’ve planed a trip in Peru to visit Machu Picchu in the near future (maybe next year). Besides that, I like to read, do barbecues, drink Cuba Libre, do historical reenactment and play a lot of PC games.

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

I wish people would be more honest towards themselves. Nowadays we are living in a totally empty or lack of self-consciousness times. The common sense is almost gone and to be honest I consider that this one together with helping people (if you are able to) without expecting anything in return, the two most important pillars of any ethical way or system of life. Be well and do not forget to smile every day!

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


Vileness/Proclamation Of Wrath/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 29 juin 2016 à 04:17

  Vileness  are  a  duo  that  was  originally known  as  'Ctanic'  before  changing  their  name  with  members  from  both  the  United  States  and  Singapore  that  also  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2016  album  "Proclamation  Of  Wrath".

  

    A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album a long  with  a  great  amount  of   blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  and  a  few  seconds  high  pitched  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  elements  of  war  metal  and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  their  is  only  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  style  of  black  metal.

  Vileness  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  and  also  avoids  any  of  the  more  modern  trends  of  the  past  20  years,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vileness  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Impure  Salvation"  "Death  Shall  Come  To  You  All"  and  "God  Is  Dead".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/vilenessproclamation-of-wrath2016-full.html