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Tristengrav/II - Nychavge/Caligari Records/2019 EP Review

vendredi 7 juin 2019 à 02:08

  Tristengrav  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  soem  elements  of  crust  punk,  gothic  and  death  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "II  -  Nychavge"  which  will  be  released  on  June  22nd  by  Caligari  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  they  also  add  elements  of  goth  and  death  rock  onto  the  recording  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  synths  also  being  used  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  d  beat  and  crust  punk  as  well  as  being  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  the  genre.  Melodic  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Dionysian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tristengrav  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  emtal  group  with  elements  of  crust  punk,  gothic  and  death  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Becoming"  and  "Pitch  Black  Catacombs".  8  out  of  10.

http://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/ii-nychavge   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/tristengravii-nychavgecaligari.html


Agon/Hollowed Lake/2018 Full Length Review

jeudi 6 juin 2019 à 06:28

  Agon  is  a  solo  project  from  Miami,  Florida  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  018  album  "Hollowed  Lake".

  Avant  garde  style  synths  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  and  whispered  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  psychedelic  and  progressive  moments,

 When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growling  vocals  can  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  some  dissonant  and  technical  style  riffing.The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  pain  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Agon  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  avant  garde  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original  sounding,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tunnel  Of  Desolation" and  "Blackened  Remains".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.instagram.com/ agonmusician/
https://www.facebook.com/ agonmusician/
https://agonmusician.bandcamp. com
https://youtu.be/j4UpvS_-rXU

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/agonhollowed-lake2018-full-length-review.html


Murk Rider/Exile Of Shadows/2019 Full Length Review

mercredi 5 juin 2019 à 05:23

  Murk  Rider  are  a  band  from  Northern  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  stoner  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Exile  Of  Shadows"  which  will  be  released  on  June  20th.

Sounds  of  fire  burning  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  soundscapes  and  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  sounds  of  nature.  Vocals are  mostly  aggressive  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  heavily  rooted  in  stoner  doom  metal.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of   the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  tribal  and  ritualistic  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of   clean  female  and  male  vocals  can  also  be  heard,  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  concept  of  Joseph  Campbell's  Heroic  Journey's  and  Shamanism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Murk  Rider  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  stoner  doom  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t hose  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Return".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/murk-riderexile-of-shadows2019-full.html


Ferenres Tenebris Interview

mercredi 5 juin 2019 à 03:23
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are based in Mexico City. The band’s current lineup consists of Mario (LG), Andrés “Huachi” (RG), Antonio (B), Natalia (V) and Oswaldo (D). It all began in mid 2014, because of the desire to play together and make our own music. At first, the band was planned to be a full on Black Metal act, but it was Mario who disagreed. His proposal was to have flexibility to incorporate various elements and sounds, so that our music making process could flow naturally without necessarily having to stick to a specific genre’s aesthetic. We are glad to have agreed collectively on this, because we have created material that has different colors, moods and swings. Over the years we’ve had various lineup changes due to personal or circumstantial reasons, until we came to the current one, which has been together since mid 2017.
2019 has definitely been our busiest year so far, and we want and are looking for more. Locally, audiences have enjoyed what we’ve presented to them and we hope you do too.



2.So far you have released one ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
We wanted a good production value in the quality of the sound but we also wanted to avoid that everything sounded over processed. Therefore, we decided to embark on the adventure of the DIY path. Our bassist, Antonio, was in charge of the recording and mixing; the attention to detail he showed in all 4 songs was quite admirable. He really wanted to accurately represent the sound that the band has developed over the years and we really think he nailed it. If anything, we had a fun but also emotional time while recording the EP and it shows…every song has an honest feel to it.



3.Your lyrics cover misanthropy, introspection and the darkness of the human condition, can you tell us a little bit about your interest in these topics?

We believe that our interest in these topics come very much as a consequence of the society that we currently live in. These are brutal, dark and senseless times where one’s hope and peace of mind one can easily be shattered. Be it by witnessing how most people, in a small or large scale, only care for their own interests and will step on anyone who gets in their way…be it by the self-abandonment in a world that favors technology over humanity and the inner conflicts that arise in one’s mind when being subject to that scenario. Be it by the constant overexposure to media, information of any kind, consumables, etc., that mire the mind and desensitizes us. It’s kind of inevitable not to talk about something that you are currently witnessing in the flesh. To sum things up, we are one sad bunch.



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

The band’s name comes from Latin and it stands for “Those who bring/carry the darkness/shadows”. As the name states it, the inspiration came from the dark reflections of our world, which we embrace and show, so that the darkness can be seen, felt and acknowledged. We also thought it sounded evil.



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

The artwork was created by our talented vocalist, Natalia. Her work in the band has been remarkable, not only as a musician, but as a designer as well. She’s also the responsible for the band’s logo and name design. She’s got a great eye for visuals and concepts. The aesthetic is based on the German Expressionism Movement because we thought that it’s exaggeration and/or mockery of real-life elements go well with the songs and the lyrics contained in them. We also have other surprises related to this concept which we’ll announce via social media. Stay tuned.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

So far, the best shows have been two. One we did in Puebla alongside Kai Flood, a Mexican Black Metal band that has opened for Mayhem, Gorgoroth, Sekhmet, etc. It was a small audience but a dedicated one, nonetheless. The reactions were amazingly positive, plus all the organization and staff did an excellent job the whole show.

The second was here in Mexico City alongside Nuclear Chaos, who have played in major metal festivals like WOA and Metaldays, and Healing Harm, who just recorded their second album at Studio Fredman. We played to a full venue and the audience were down right awesome.

Our live performance has been classified by fans of the band as hypnotic. The reasons they give is the atmosphere and power we create with our music and Natalia’s presence, which they call theatrical and raw. This makes us happy.



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

We do, at the moment we are booking several local shows ‘til the end of the year. We would love to play abroad someday.



8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We’re not actively looking for one, but we’ve received a couple of local invites as well as international invites, one of them being from Chicago.



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

We wouldn’t really know how to respond to that since worldwide fans rarely interact with us, but we’ve seen that we appear in various sites on the internet, mainly from US and Europe, as well as having a profile at Encyclopaedia Metallum that was created by a couple of people from Russia and China, so you could say it’s been positive.



10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We hope it can be soon. There’s more than enough material for a full length…regardless, we haven’t stop writing new music. We don’t really know what the future holds for us and the sounds we make, but we’ll make sure to keep growing and evolving.



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?

The answer can become so broad because we have different tastes overall. Influences range from Opeth, Immortal, Dissection, Black Sabbath, Bathory, Darkthrone, King Diamond, Katatonia, A Perfect Circle, Kent, Death, King Crimson, Camel, The Melvins to classical music such as Vivaldi, Rajmáninov, Schubert, Holst, Tárrega, Taméz…even jazz like Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Coltrane, etc. There are many other musical styles that we as band and as individuals listen to and are influenced by.



12.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Many things that go from programming, art in many of its manifestations, many forms of comedy, audio engineering, psychoanalysis, philosophy, nihilism, anarchy, coffee, beer, many kinds of food, cigarettes, etc.



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

To everyone who reads this, thank you for making it this far. Keep creating, keep resisting. Art is truth. If you would like to keep track of what we do, you can find us at Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Bandcamp. Our EP is available in all music streaming services. Thanks to OccultBlackMetalZine for taking the time to listen and rate us and also, for the space given for this fun interview. We greatly appreciate it. Fucking Methüüül!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/ferenres-tenebris-interview.html


Grimdor Interview

mercredi 5 juin 2019 à 02:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Yes, Hails! we are Grimdor we play a very Lofi and Raw style of Black Metal and Dungeon Synth music or "Dark Ambient music" for those that don't know, only influenced by the world of J.R.R Tolkien.

2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Our first EP [The Lonely Mountain] we had a few influences in mind but we wanted specially to sound like a mixture of Isengard, Burzum, and Mortiis and the early second wave of Black Metal, for the second EP [Stone of the Hapless] Due to a very tight schedule and personal reasons Narzug is absent on the album but I quickly recruited three very talented friends to fill in for the album's vocal duties and they are the masterminds behind Lord Einsamkeit, Coniferus Myst and Erythrite Throne, very influential and important musicians in the Dungeon Synth movement, musically this album had to be different from the first because I did not want to repeat the same album over again, this is a different album with a different story so I took it as a challenge to write very different type of songs, adding more influences while trying to keep the traditional sound alive, look out for it on early July on Akashic Envoy Records.

3.The lyrics are based upon the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work and also are there any other authors that have had an influence on your songwriting?

Me and Grimdor are big fans of Tolkien and well we want keep the lyrics influenced only on Tolkien's work because that was the original idea, we do not write about any other topics because we do not want to mix ourselves with other politics in this band, it is not important to us.

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

Grimdor are two words I [Grimdor] put together, it means Fierce Lord in Elvish tongue, nothing special.

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

Yes, the artwork features a very gloomy and broken Turin Turumbar done by Heraldo Mussolini a very talented artists who gave us permission to use it, we had a few album covers in mind but we are glad we went with this one, everyone seems to love it.

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?

We would like to remain a duo for now.

7.One member lives in Germany while the other one lives in the United States, what kind of impact does this have on your musical style?

We live in two very different places , different wheaters and all, Narzug lives in a very green and rainy area in Germany while I live in the hollow Arizona desert in the US so that also influences us. We do not care to play live so being far apart has no impact on our band but it doesn't mean one day we won't do it, you never know.

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

Both have been very welcoming, both Back Metal and Dungeon Synth fans seem to like the mixture and enjoy what we do.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

We would not like to discuss that.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Our next album might take a while but we keep writing constantly, A third full Dungeon Synth style only EP might drop before it. Who knows.. and musically we would like to keep our sound and original ideas.

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?

We listen to everything and share so much music with each other it would be impossible to name all the type of stuff we listen to, but for the most part we try to keep Grimdor with that old school early second wave of Black Metal and Dungeon Synth style, that is very important to us.

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

Yes long live Tolkien!, Black Metal! and hail the Dungeon Synth movement! and thanks to everyone who supports us.





Grimdor Official

grimdorofficial@gmail.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/06/grimdor-interview.html