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Cloak Interview

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 23:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Cloak: We starting playing together in the Fall of 2013 but we really came into fruition during the early months of 2015 after a brief hiatus. We are currently writing for a full length which should be out by next year. Our debut 7 inch EP is being released on June 20th by Boris Records.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Cloak: We could be described as having the spine of a powerful rock band with the essence of a black metal band. Our sound is haunting but alluring, vicious yet beautiful.

3.Your lyrics cover darkness and left hand path spirituality, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Cloak: We've always been attracted to the darker side of life and the boundless spirit that lives within our earthly bodies. This band has served as the perfect tool for working with these dark and powerful elements. I want people to be taken far away when they see or hear Cloak, just as we are every time we play.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cloak'?
Cloak: The word obviously means something that conceals or mystifies. We aim to explore the forbidden and hidden treasures of this world and of our minds. We want to delve deeper and deeper into what others may want to keep a mystery. 

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Cloak: Our stage show looks exactly how the music sounds. It's a celebration of death and rebirth of the spirit every time we perform. One of our more notable shows was with Taake this past March ('16). It was a great opportunity for us and we got an incredible response.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Cloak: We have an amazing record release show on July 1st in Atlanta, and then a show with Withered and Inter Arma later this summer. Touring will be planned in the not so distant future.

7.Boris Records are going to be releasing your ep in June, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
Cloak: Extremely. It will be an excellent debut release.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Cloak: Surprisingly very good. Not just from black metal fans either. I thought we would run into more pretentious and elitist assholes but for the most part people have been very impressed by our shows and sound. It's something different. Maybe it's what people have been waiting for in a sea of endless mediocrity.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Cloak: I am in a band called Paradox but currently no one else has any other projects.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Cloak: I have thought about this a lot and I wouldn't want to answer this question because creativity is ever changing. Who knows what the second album will sound like. I can tell you the first album will sound extremely powerful and I think it will leave a mark on people.

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?
Cloak: We have so many musical influences. Anything from Dissection to Rainbow, or Fields of the Nephilim to Pentagram. We don't like to keep our influences in a box, and we are almost to the point where we can look inwards for inspiration. We have developed our own sound, which is the goal of course. Recently I've been listening to Satyricon - Volcano, The Fog original movie soundtrack, John Carpenter - Lost Themes II, Iron Maiden - Seventh Son, Behemoth - The Satanist, Samhain - Initium, and Mortuary Drape - Tolling 13 Knell.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Cloak: It's hard to answer for everyone but mostly horror movies, those of the 70's and 80's. The atmosphere of these films has influenced the band as well. 

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Cloak: Be on the lookout for our debut EP! This is only the beginning.
Band photo credit: David Parham

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/cloak-interview.html


Benthik Zone/Alienum A Daemonum Inferni Squali/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 23:26

  Benthik  Zone  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Alienum  A  Daemonum  Inferni  Squali".

  Clean  guitars  and  experimental  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  elements  and  didgeridoo's  are  also  utilized  at  times  which  also  gives  the  recording  an  ethnic  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  atmospheric  direction.

  Grim  black  metal  vocals  can  be  heard  quite  a bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  synths  give  the  music  a  very  atmospheric  sound  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of   programmed blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  riffs  can  also  be  very  melodic  while  some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  some  meditative  elements  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  also  mix  both  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Benthik  Zone  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  sounding  while  also  being  very  meditative  and  experimental  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English,  French,  German  and  Portuguese  and  have  a  concept  to  them  based  upon  the  ocean  and  its  creature  while  also  displaying  the  more  alien  and  demonic  side  of  underwater  creatures.

  In  my  opinion  Benthik  Zone  are  a  very  great  sounding   atmospheric  and  experimental,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chimaera  Monstrosa"  and  "Megachasma  Pelagios".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/benthik-zonealienum-daemonum-inferni.html


Hate Them All/Last Feast With The Beast/Old Temple/2016 CD Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 22:03

  Hate  Them  All  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Last  Feast  With  The  Beast"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.

  A  very  raw  and  heavy  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  Elements  of  black'nroll  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction  while  there  is  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  while  some  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  the  first  wave  black  metal  style  to  add  in  more  primitive  aggression  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  only  the  last  track  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  while  some  of  the  riffs  do  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  thrash  influences  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style.

  Hate  Them  All  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  second  wave  tradition  and  also  brings  in  the  energy  of  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Polish  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Evil,  Darkness,  Misanthropic,  Hateful,  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hate  Them  All  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fucking  Whore"  :Death  To  All"  "Beer And  Fist"  and  "Victim  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/hate-them-alllast-feast-with-beastold.html


Occultum/Towards Eternal Chaos/Old Temple/2016 CD Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 17:45

  Occultum  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Towards  Eternal  Chaos"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  deep  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid   paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  sample  from  "The  Omen  Pt.#"  on  a  later  track  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  heavy  from  beginning to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Occultum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism,  Left  hand  Path  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Occultum  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "End  Of  the  Light"  "Satan's  Era"  and  "Gehinnom  Gate".  8  out  of  10.  

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/occultumtowards-eternal-chaosold.html


Deisdaemonia/Khthonian Hymns/Old Temple/2016 CD Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 15:45

  Deisdaemonia  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Khthonian  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  Old Temple.

  A  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  at  times  and  it  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  the  music also  evokes  a  very  ritualistic  atmosphere  at  times and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  synths  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  back  up  shouts.

  Deisidaemonia  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  diverse,  melodic,  raw  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  Luciferianism,  Greek  Mythology,  Lovecraft,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deisidaemonia  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hades  Awake"  "Khthonian  Hymns"  and  "Passing  the  Acheron".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/deisdaemoniakhthonian-hymnsold.html