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Dim Aura/The Triumphant Age Of Death/Saturnal Records/2019 CD Review

vendredi 8 février 2019 à 05:07

  Dim  Aura  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Triumphant  Age  of  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Saturnal  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  a  touch  of  punk  also  being  used  at  times.

  All  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  brought  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  All  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  style  while  also  showing  more  diversity  as  the  album  progresses  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  is  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dim  Aura  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clockwork  Negativism"  "Blood  Boiling  Misanthropy"  "Antinomianism"  and  "Mors  Vincit  Omnia".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/dim-aurathe-triumphant-age-of.html


Katechon Interview

vendredi 8 février 2019 à 03:45
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



Yes, for sure. To be honest, not much has been going on other than getting everything ready for the release. Other than that, I guess we have been resting on our laurels, so to speak.



2.In March you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the material you have released in the past?



Our material is constantly evolving as our sources of inspiration change. Earlier material had a pinch more of death metal and a sprinkling of crust. The new material might be more technical perhaps. We have a new drummer who has a “stricter” style than our last drummer, that has influenced the songs for sure. Some people say its more black metal. Moog synthesizers will do that.



3.The lyrics on the new album are inspired by the writings of Paul Celan, T.S Elliot and beat poetry, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these works and also how do their writings fit in with the musical style you bring out on the new recording?



This question should really be answered by our singer. Personally, I only read sci-fi and comics. However, I can say that the lyrics, or at least the concept was ready before we even had our guitars plugged in and we worked from there. We were trying to make the songs as oppressive and uncomfortable as the lyrical theme demanded.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Katechon'?



It’s a biblical concept. It has been subject to much interpretation. It impedes the coming of the antichrist and the end of days, and so also the redemption that follows.



5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?



It’s by a Norwegian artist called Martin Schreiner. Looks amazing. Really dark and disturbing.



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?



This one is really hard. We really haven’t had much focus on playing live, and we really haven’t done any tours with Katechon. We have done a handful of concerts, some pretty good ones, but also some we would like to have back. Our live performances are stripped down affairs and you should not expect a show in the vein of Cult of Fire with robes and incense.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



We have nothing planned as of now. I guess we might have to play some shows, but I can’t really give anything solid right now.



8.Most of the band members also have experience playing in other metal or punk bands around Norway, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Katechon', that you are not or where not allowed to bring into your other bands?



I don’t know. We try not to limit ourselves in Katechon, but it’s not like it is some sort of crazy musical freakshow either. We listen to basically any musical genre between us, but we only integrate what we see as fitting. We like progressive elements like synths and mellotrons and odd time signatures these days. Odd time signatures are rare in punk bands.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?



It’s been really great. When we released the tape, we didn’t expect anything. We were basically making it for ourselves and our friends. Had a few drinks too.



10.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?



Our guitar player is a member of Gjendød and our drummer also works with Sarke. Other than that, I don’t think there is too much activity right now.



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



Difficult to say. We probably won’t know until we start the process of recording the next album. We will probably not change too radically.



12.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?



Guitar based music from the 70’s up to now, I would presume. As earlier mentioned, we listen to all kinds of different music between us.



13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?



It is a fascinating subject, but not a part of our daily lives in any meaningful way.



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



Nothing comes to mind. Thanks!


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/katechon-interview.html


Lustre/Another Time, Another Place(Chapter Two)/Morrowless Music/2019 Compilation Album Review

vendredi 8 février 2019 à 03:32

  This  is  a  review  of  the  second  compilation  from  Sweden's  solo  project  Lustre  which  is  also  in  the  atmospheric  direction  of  ambient  black  metal  and  the  album  will  be  released  in  March  by  Morrowless  Music  and  is  called  "Another  Time,  Another  Place(Chapter  Two"  which  consists  of  the  2008  ep  "Serenity"  and  the  2013  ep  "A  Spark  of  Times  Old".

  A  very  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  which  are  mostly  utilized  in  the  background  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  getting  very  repetitive  at  times.

  All  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  the  second  track  on  the  first  ep  is  an  ambient  instrumental.  Nature  orientated  field  recordings  start  off  the  song  on  the  second  ep  which  is  an  almost  20 minute  track  before  adding  in  some  ambient  style  synths  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  keeping  the  same  style  and  atmosphere  of  the  previous  recording.

  On  this  compilation  Lustre  takes  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  darkness,  mysticism  and  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  collection  from  Lustre  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  solo  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Spark  of  Times  Old".  8  out  of  10.

 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lustreanother-time-another-placechapter.html


Lustre/Another Time, Another Place (Chapter One)/Morrowless Music/2019 Compilation Album Review

jeudi 7 février 2019 à 05:27

  Lustre  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  has  had  a  few  albums  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  style  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  the  first  of  two  compilation albums  "Another  Time,  Another  (Chapter  One)"  which  will  be  released  in  March  of  2019  by  Morrowless  Music  and  consists  of  the  unreleased  2013  ep "The  Ardour  Of  Autumn"  and  the  2009  ep  "Welcome  Winter".

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  compilation  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  quite  a  bit  throughout  all  of  the  tracks.  All  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times.

  Programmed  drum  beats  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  compilation  while  some  of  the  keyboards  and  heavy  parts  remind  me  of  some  of  the  material  released  by  Summoning  and  Fear  Of  Eternity.  A  lot  of  the  vocals  are  only used  briefly  with  the  music  focusing  more  on  an  atmospheric  and  epic  style.

  A  lot  of  the  music  on  the  second  demo  keeps  the  same  style  of  later  material  while  showing  a  little  bit  more  rawness  than  the  recent  material  as  well as  keeping  everything  in  a  very  slow  musical  direction  which  was  also  very  common  on  the  more  recent  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  darkness,  mysticism  and  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Lustre  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  project,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ardour  Of  Autumn  Part  II"  and  "Welcome  Winter  II".  8  out  of  10.   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/lustreanother-time-another-place.html


Astarium/Fragments Of Nightmares/NitroAtmosfericum Records/2019 CD Review

jeudi 7 février 2019 à 02:34

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Russia's  solo  project  Astarium  which  shows  the  music  returning  back  to  a  symphonic  style  of  black  metal  and  the  album  is  called  "Fragments  Of  Nightmares" and  was  released  in  2019  by  NitroAtmosfericum  Records.

A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  and  programmed  beats  onto  the  recording. Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  symphonic  and  heavy  parts  together  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  era  of  symphonic  black  metal  capturing  an  early  Cradle  Of  Filth  meets  Bal  Sagoth  vibe  as  well  as  still  retaining  an  original  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Astarium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nocturnalism"  'King  In  Yellow"  "Hell's  Order"  and  "Blind  Beholder".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/astariumfragments-of.html