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Svoid/Storming Voices Of Inner Devotion/Sun & Moon Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 12 avril 2016 à 22:44




  Svoid  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  an  anti  cosmic  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Storming  Voices  Of  Inner  Devotion"  which  will  be  released  on  April  18th  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  Grim  screams  and  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier bass  guitar sound  and  clean,  distorted  yet  melodic riffing  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  wahile t he  grim  screams  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  black  metal  approach.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  indie  rock  and  post  punk  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  riffing  and  solos  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  early  80's  death  and  goth  rock.

   As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  be  can  be  heard  while  tribal  elements  and  clean singing  male  vocals  can  be  heard  on  later  tracks  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the y also  bring  in  a  brief  ambient  track  which  still  has  a  ritualistic  feeling  while t he  following  songs  go  back to  more  of  a  guitar  orientated  sound  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  brief  return.

  Svoid  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  anti  cosmic  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  post  punk  and  indie  rock  to  create  a  very  original  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  void,  anti  cosmic  chaos  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svoid  are  a  very  great  sounding  anti  cosmic,  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crown  Of  Doom"  "Eternal"  "Forlorn  Heart"  and   "In  Damnation  Vast".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/svoidstorming-voices-of-inner.html


Tormentium Interview

mardi 12 avril 2016 à 20:01
Tormentium interview - April 2016
Sky (vocals, lyrics, visuals)
Wes (guitars, song writing, lyrics, vocals)

1.Can you give us an update as to what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Sky: Mainly just working on getting the album released, all the details and final touches. I know the guys have been diligent as always in writing new stuff, rehearsing and drinking beers.

2.You have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording, and how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
   
Wes: It's not a far cry from anything we've ever done. I think the production is the best we've had thus far. We've had several years to cut our teeth on some of these songs. So it was nice to finally record this material.

Sky: The production is definitely a major factor… We never really felt our songwriting had benefitted from an appropriate production in the end. Writing wise, I think we stepped up our game on all fronts. I feel like this chunk of music is more cohesive and well organized.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores in the newer music?

    Wes: There's definitely a range of subject matter. Our songs tend to have a common thread of misanthropy, depression, and hate. I'd say that the lyrics for "Requiem Within" are definitely the most overtly personal that I've gotten in this band.

    Sky: When I write lyrics for Tormentium, I definitely make an attempt to conceive of a narrative story structure, letting it lead me as it goes, and ultimately it represents feelings and situations that eat away at me internally. That way, hopefully the listener gets a compelling drama experience, fiction and nonfiction, depending how you look at it. That’s been my take on the lyrics on Bound To The Depths.

4.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us about what has been going on during that time frame?

    Wes: We practice on the regular. Sky is in Portland[, Oregon] now, and we're still in Eugene[, Oregon] but we're always cultivating new riffs and new songs. I've discarded far more songs for this band, guitar wise, than we've ever learned as a whole band. It's all part of the writing process. We jam at practice and come up with a lot of the most potent riffs from working together as a band. That's why practicing regularly is important to us. Also, this shit doesn't happen overnight. We recorded this album a year ago. The 2 or 3 years prior to that we were writing it. So although 4 years seems like a long time, in hindsight it was just a blink. Sometimes shit takes a while in the underground. We're trying to find our stride though.
    Sky: Yeah, we take our time with this band. Our older releases have all been smaller projects, like splits and demos. But in all honesty this is our most ambitious release to date, and towers in size and detail over our older efforts. So, it doesn't surprise me that it’s been a few years since our last, but we do this project for ourselves anyways.

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?

    Sky: We’ve mostly just played shows in our home state, and sparingly since 2008 or so. Every few years we get the honor of playing alongside a big name band, but I feel like our best performances have been smaller ones. It's hard to always predict when you’re gonna have an “on” night, crowd on your side, and sound great... But we try like hell. Describing our stage show is a tough question, being that we’re always on the wrong side of the stage. But I can tell you there’s lots of blood, spikes, and loud noises.

    Wes: We've had many good times, and been lucky enough to share the stage with many great bands. I was drunk for all of it. After the smoke clears I'll let you know. Ha ha

6.Do you have any touring or show plans now that the new album is released?

    Wes: We did the tape release in our home town of Eugene, OR, last month. We're doing a CD release in Portland on May 21st [with Gloam, Daemoniis Ad Noctum, and Hiding]. We don't have any tours booked, but we plan on it in the near future.

    Sky: We’re eager to tour, but we’re all broke-workin’-geezers, so the stars must align.

7.The new album is coming out on Exile Musick, can you tell us a little bit about this label?

    Sky: Exile Musick is a tape label that specializes in small batch, hand made DIY releases. Real old school, cult style. They’ve believed in us since day one and it's great to have that kind of support.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been by fans of black metal?
   
    Sky: Well, the honest answer is that's not really something we’ve ever investigated. Our international reach has always been shit. But our material tends to be appreciated by fans of all kinds of metal; black, death, thrash, etc. It tends to be quite varied genre-wise. We get some of the riffy-heads and the atmosphere-lovers. Depressive-hobbits and blast beat duders.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are a part of?

    Wes: My band Hiding just released our first offering, a self-titled EP. We're actually on a West Coast Tour as I'm writing this. Ha ha. Cheers!

    Sky: I’ve been doing vocals for an older gore band named Splatterhouse, and we played Maryland Deathfest in 2015, but I’m waiting to hear new tunes from them. I’m also really looking forward to contributing lyrics and vocals on a secret new DSBM project.

10.Where do you see the band heading musically in the future?

    Wes: I think it's detrimental to the integrity of our music to overthink it. We have a wealth of material for the next album that we're currently cultivating. I know that as a guitarist I always want to keep progressing. So we'll see where it goes.

    Sky: I couldn’t say for certain. But I’d like to see our music keep getting darker, honest, and realized. The kind of stuff we wanna play, our own way, and rad as fuck.

11.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?

    Wes: I'm very heavily influenced by some of the Swedish black metal greats like Dawn, Dissection, Dark Funeral, Lord Belial, and Shining. They are staples of my listening diet. There are so many good bands these days. Honestly, I just try to stay away from that hipster, bullshit scene mentality. There is no time for that shit. Stay true, and stay metal!

    Sky: Vocally, the kind of stuff that influenced me on the “Bound…” was odd, passionate shit. Shining was a big influence, as well as Dark Fortress - “Ylem”, Primordial, Maniac era Mayhem, Blood of Kingu, and Behexen. Lately, I’ve been listening to all sorts of random shit… obscure black metal, hip hop, classical, darkjazz… My mood decides.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

    Wes: I prefer to observe the clandestine forces of this world in my own personal way. Occult philosophy is just one of many tools to help one come to terms with their existence and inevitable death. You can become a slave to your own absolutes. It doesn't matter what forces you pray to. They probably don't give a shit.

    Sky: It’s neat, but I invest 0% into all belief systems, even the cool ones.

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

    Wes:  HAIL!
    Sky: Art only justifies life.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/tormentium-interview.html


Eufori/Vardelos/Black Lion Productions/2016 EP Review

mardi 12 avril 2016 à 04:59

  Eufori  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  ep  "Vardelos"  which  was  re;eased  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  mix  in  with  a  heavier  sound  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  angry  and  spoken  screams  making  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  of  a  depressive  edge.

  At  times  the  guitar  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  and  the  music  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts  while  also  sticking  mostly  to  a  more  modern  and  dark  side  of  the  depressive  black  metal  genre  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  they  also  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Vanhelga's  "Lat  Son  Falla"  which  also  has  tremolo  picking,  melodic  guitar  leads  and  keyboards  being  introduced  to  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats.

  Eufori  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  melodic  while  also  focusing  more  on the  slower  and  mid  paced  style  of   the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eufori  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Inget  mer".  8  out  of  10.  

  
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/euforivardelosblack-lion.html


Sun Worship/Pale Dawn/Golden Antenna Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 11 avril 2016 à 23:39

  Sun  Worship  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays  a  cascadian  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Pale  Dawn"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Golden  Antenna  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  start  out  with  a  more  of  a  chanting  style  and  you  can  also  hear    great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile t he  vocals  start  getting  more  aggressive  while  being  somewhat  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  as  the  album  progresses  they  evolve  more  into  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  more  of  a  raw  yet  melodic  style  to  the  songs  they  are  utilized  on  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  very  dark  and  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  while  clean  singing  is  used  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Sun  Worship  creates  another  recording  that  is  still  influenced  by  the  atmospheric  and  cascadian  styles  of  black  metal  while  also  having  more  of  a  raw  and  heavy  approach  to t he  genre  that  is  very  guitar  driven,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes  along  with  some  songs  being  written  in  German.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sun  Worship  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  more  raw,  atmospheric  and  cascadian  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pale  Dawn"  and  "Perihilion".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/sun-worshippale-dawngolden-antenna.html


Malamorte Interview

lundi 11 avril 2016 à 18:00
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band is born as side-project, for the purpose to play something more extreme of that music sound normally with my main band.

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?
The past release have a raw sound and inspired by bands like Deathspell Omega, Lunar Aurora and so on. The past album was made with no special claims or objectives, but the songs are varied and with good ideas

3.The band has been around since 2009 but so far has only put out 2 releases, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 5 years?
My main band is Lord Vampyr, in the meantime i realized 3 albums with 3 tour in Mexico. Actually I'm working in some projects and i think back to work on the new album of Malamorte after summer.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
In this release I'm focused on satanic emotions, mental health and the lies of christianity and bible

5.The band labels it's music as 'Satanic-Horror black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this term and your interest in Satanism and Occultism?
In the past i was more interested in Occultism and modern Satanism (Crowley, Dion Fortune....).  Now the word "Satanic" is only a way to define something against Christian religion, lyrics, attitude...

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Malamorte'?
Malmorte is one of the names by which was called the plague, in the logo you will notice that there are two doctors of the plague.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We are a not a live band, cause that is my project and i play some instruments, i don't know if i will play in the future some songs of malamorte in my shows

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
No, for the moment

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I don't know, it is early to say, the CD was released a few day ago, but the first reviews are all positive

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?
Actually we are working on the new album of Lord Vampyr and I'm working on two projects that will be announced in the coming months

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think there will always be a black metal component in the bottom, but with an eye toward an occult metal very close to Mercyful Fate/Kind Diamond

12.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?
Mercyful Fate, Metal Church, Savatage (old), Iron Maiden, Slayer and so on...I listen several bands but in this moment I'm back to hear old school death metal.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Take a look at our first video and listen our album, will reserve you many surprises and Support the  Underground!!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/malamorte-interview.html