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Eurkuh/Noat At All/2021 EP Review

mercredi 24 mars 2021 à 03:07

 


  Eurkah  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  grim,  dark  and  doomy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "Not  At  All".


  Animal  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.


  Uurkah  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  grim  and  melodic  sounding  along  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Eurkah  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  grim  and  doomy  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stray"  and  "Recoiled  In  Horror".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/Eurkuh.Official/
https://eurkuh.bandcamp.com/

https://www.instagram.com/eurkuh/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4IkuquG7Gw&ab_channel=Eurkuh-Topic    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/eurkuhnoat-at-all2021-ep-review.html


Ande/Bos/Naturmacht Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 24 mars 2021 à 02:17

 


  Belgium's  Ande  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Bos"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  some  clean  playing.


  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  post  metal  elements.


  At  times  the  songs  also  capture  the  raw  aggression  of  the  second  wave  era  but  keeps  it  modern  at  same  time  as  well  as  the  album  closing  with  an  ambient  style  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  songwriters  native  tongue  and  cover  the  power  and  beauty  of  nature,  everyday  life  in  small  towns,  reminiscence  and  loss  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ande  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  Messentrekker"  "Ransuilen"  and  "Achter  De  Domen".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/SvbScDrrBlE

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/andebosnaturmacht-productions2021-cd.html


Malum/Devil's Creation/Purity Throgh Fire/2021 CD Review

mardi 23 mars 2021 à 04:50

 


  Finland's  Malum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  satanic  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Devil's  Creation"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them, the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  tradition.   


  On  this  recording  Malum  remains  true  to  the  satanic  black  metal  style  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release  as  well  as  utilizing  some  synths  to  take  their  sound  to  another  level.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Malum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devil's  Creation"  and  "Son  Of  the  Dracul".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/malumfinland

https://youtu.be/b8m20gRKljc 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/malumdevils-creationpurity-throgh.html


Old Forest/Mournfall/Death To Music Productions/2021 CD Review

mardi 23 mars 2021 à 03:45

 


  United  Kingdom's  Old  Forest  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  epic  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Mournfall"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Death  To  Music  Productions.


  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  clean  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  an  interlude  also  adding  in  touches  of  folk  music  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental  and  the  bonus  tracks  are  from  the  2001  'Sussex  Hell  Hound'  demo  and  display  a  more  raw  and  Nordic  influenced  style  than  the  current  music.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Melancholy,  Misery  Woe,  Sussex  Folklore  and  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Old  Forest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  old  school  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tyrant  Spell"  Red  Sky  In  Mourning"  "Shadows  Immemorial"  and  "Black  Alchemist".  8  out  of  10.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldforestofficial 

Website: https://oldforestofficial.co.uk/

https://youtu.be/M_l8tKou15o    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/old-forestmournfalldeath-to-music.html


Dødehender Interview

mardi 23 mars 2021 à 02:17

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? Dødehender is a black metal music project in a broad sense. There are no particular trends or reference bands. I had never written or played black metal and in the last few years I have played mostly in the punk and hardcore scene. Last year I came up with some things, black metal was the best expression to put them on music and so I wrote them, recorded the drums and asked friends I already had some projects with to play and record them together with me. 

2.Towards the end of 2020 you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording? As for the type of sound it all happened very naturally. I recorded the drums in a studio adjacent to my rehearsal room. The sound engineer is a friend of mine who, among other things, knows well the nuances of black metal being the drummer of bands within the genre [Common Grave, Storm Frost, IT], so we immediately understood each other. The overall sound was then edited by Nicolò [Svarthund] who also recorded the guitars. He too is a great black metal fan, as well as a friend, a great guitarist and a technically prepared person, so it took very little to define the kind of general sound we had in mind: raw and "acoustic" in the right and old school way, but not too much, as we’re talking about super-fast music with different melodies. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music? The lyrics are about a child, a dog and a man who ultimately turns out to be the narrator. The roles of these three entities often interchange within the story. The child is my baby. I cannot accurately describe the meaning of all the allegories, as they were written straight away in about twenty minutes. In short, they talk about the sense of responsibility and the love debt that one has towards the others, and about how this, in the end, gives the measure of how much we really are alone in the world, and how much the sense of guilt guides our decisions. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Dødehender'? Initially, it was supposed to be an unregistered project, done only on the computer, without "using the hands for the instruments", so, “dead hands”. Eventually, it was all recorded in the traditional way but the name sounded good and I kept it. 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover? This is very simple. I wanted something very old school, not overly elaborate or conceptual, at least for the front cover. Analog photo with color disposable camera that portrays me and Sebastiano [Desperat] and logo on top. The logo was edited by Christophe Szpajdel, a guru in this field and he immediately understood what it should have expressed. The conceptual part of the album is graphically explored only inside and on the back cover through the 'Boy with a dog’ paint. 

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo? Actually, the band is made up of three elements: me, Sebastiano [Desperat], who was already a singer in two other bands in which we played together and in some other projects of mine that will come out during 2021, and Nicolò [Svarthund] with whom I recorded three other projects and arranged this album in the last two years. Since we don't play live, at least for now, I don't know whether I will expand to other collaborators.

7.The ep was also released threw a variety of many different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you worked with on the new ep? They are all independent and underground labels that I have collaborated with for several years for my releases, mostly with what was my main band [ZEIT, chaotic post hardcore, IT]. They are all friends, and some other stuff connected with other side-projects will come out thanks to some of them in the coming months. Callisto records is actually my label, even if I don't feel like calling it a real label: it's a bit of the moniker with which I will release projects that I recorded in 2020/21. Since the internet is the fastest channel to get this type of output, I opted for this solution instead of having a lot of accounts, social web pages etc. and wasting a lot of time keeping up with it I'll get all the albums out through Callisto's accounts. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal? I would say it has been unexpectedly good for something so underground. I didn't care what true black metal fans might think. I did what I felt as “black metal”, and I did it to say things for which black metal seemed to me to be the most suitable music. The vinyls were very few and therefore they obviously sold out immediately. A reissue, always in a very limited edition, - a very kvlt approach I want to repeat - is coming and there are several people writing to me to keep the copies aside. I am continuing to sell a lot of cds, which I did not expect. Then there are the streaming channels, which is so not trve for an average old man like me but which still helps to spread the music I made. A fine day to die Records offered to take care of the printing of the cassettes released at the end of February. The reviews so far praise the album. I would say everything is ok then. But even if it wasn't like that, no problem, it's a record that I like and that I made for myself, I know it sounds trivial but that's the way it is. 

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects? Yes, Sebastiano played with me in some other projects: ZEIT, chaotic mathcore and Anbruch, fast core dark punk. He then recorded the voice for three other projects of mine that will be released within the year I hope: in April SEIN will be released, a record that is a bit of our tribute to the Gothenburg sound of the mid 90s. Then a crust d beat / heavy metal and an upcoming and short punk power violence project will follow. Nicolò has participated and played the guitar in all three of these last projects [except for SEIN in which he recorded only the bass and a guest-solo] and in many cases arranged the songs with me. In the next days, we will record a grind-core death metal album together with some other friends of the Venetian punk/metal scene. 

 10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? Actually, I don't know. Nicolò and Sebastiano actually proposed it to me in the past months. I had a particular flow when I thought about this record and that was the thing I enjoyed while writing and recording it, and I wouldn't want to force anything for a possible next album. I'm sure that kind of inspiration will come back to me but I don't know when. I would not want to risk pulling out other riffs in a forced way, as it often happens when a band or a project embarks on a path. Identity, - because this is what a long-term band or project translates into - is often something that becomes a slavery subject to habits and expectations. 

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? They are really many. I can tell you that, as far as black metal is concerned, surely Sargeist are among the things I have listened to the most along with Nargaroth, Darkthrone and the usual classics. It is true that I have played a lot of metal in recent years, and the Scandinavian sound, in particular the first Gothenburg sound, is what I grew up with and has influenced almost everything I have done even when I have played genres that do not seem to fit with those, like post hardcore, grind-core and crust. 

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Thanks for the space and for the interesting questions, for those interested in listening to the record and the next releases can find it on callistorecords.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/ddehender-interview.html