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Reflection Of Misery Interview

samedi 18 septembre 2021 à 01:54

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


We are a duo (Cuervo, Fornost) from Nicaragua which plays a mixture between Black Metal and some ambient details. 


2.In July you had released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


We wanted to make a dark, raw and minimalist essence. 


3.Both of the other members are also in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Reflection Of Misery', that you are not able to do with your other groups?


The mixture of noises on guitar riffs, dynamics on drums and dissonance. Other Black Metal bands in here don’t agree with that kind of style, long and dark songs, so we are practically the first band playing this style in this country. 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


The mental and moral decadence of mankind and insignificance of life. 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Reflection of Misery'?


Humankind is afraid of seeing themselves in a mirror, because they cannot deal with the reflection of being caged in their own miseries. 


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


It is an abstract interpretation of our lyrics, decadence and insignificance of existence. 


7.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 rather prefer to remain as a duo. 


8.The album was released on 'Exnihilo Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Cuervo owns Exnihilo Records (ENR), it’s a small label and mailorder focused on Black Metal and related genres, based in Managua, Nicaragua, aimed to allow releases to be available.


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

 

There’s a positive feedback on bandcamp. 


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?


We can talk just about Reflection of Misery and Veins (Cuervo’s OMB) which is about to release the second full length (By ENR). 


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


Reflection of Misery is a studio band, so, looking foward, we have to do at least one work more. 


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? 


Actually nowadays bands. Bands from the last decade. We are not influenced by first, second nor even a “Third” wave of Black Metal, against any common belief. 


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


Thanks for the support.

https://reflectionofmisery.bandcamp.com/album/total-scorn-of-life

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Reflection_of_Misery/3540491569

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/reflection-of-misery-interview.html


Feretrum/Sanctuarium/2021 FUll Length Review

vendredi 17 septembre 2021 à 05:35

 


  Feretrum  are  a b and  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  mid  tempo  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Sanctuarium"   


  A  very  dark  and  gloomy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while t he  vocals  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  deep  growls  and  grim  black  metal  screams.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  as  well  as  another  track  also  adding  in a  brief  use  of  choirs  and  war  samples  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Feretrum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Name  Of  Nabu-Kudurri-Usur"  and  "Sacrifice  The  Earth  in  Ashes".  8  out  of  10.


     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/feretrumsanctuarium2021-full-length.html


Odhin Runes/Novus Thesis Deus/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 17 septembre 2021 à 04:31

 


  Odhin  Runes  are  a  solo  project  from  Argentina  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  avnat  garde  and  symphonic  form  of   black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Novus  Thesis  Deus".


  Epic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tribal  style  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album.  The  heavier  sections  of t he  songs  also  add  in  more  of  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  symphonic  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  album  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  recording  progresses  a  brief  use  of  whispered  voices  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Egyptian  Spells  and  the  writings  of  E.A  Wallis  Budge.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Odhin  Runes  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw,  avant  garde  and  symphonic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Soul's  Rise  Into  Daylight"  "Balance  Of  Judgement  And  The  Great  Seer"  and  "Emerald  Talisman".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/uaPXWxLE8OU        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/odhin-runesnovus-thesis-deus2021-full.html


Sepulchre By The Sea/Ratiocination/2021 EP Review

vendredi 17 septembre 2021 à 01:00

 


  Sepulchre  By  The  Sea  are  a  solo  project  form  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  ep  "Ratiocination"  which  will  be  released  in  October.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Elements  of  post  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  adding  in  touches  of  folk  music.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  influences  of   shoegaze  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  some  of  the  growls  and  shouts  also  show  an  influence  of  death  metal  and  hardcore  when  they  are  utilized  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  Edgar  Allan  Poe.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sepulchre  By  The  Sea  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ghost  of  The  Departed".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/sepulchre-by-searatiocination2021-ep.html


Waldgefluster/Dahoam/AOP Records/2021 CD Review

jeudi 16 septembre 2021 à 06:35

 


  Germany's  Waldgefluster  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  melodic,  melancholic  and  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Dahoam"  which  will  be  released  on  September  24th  by  AOP  Records.


  Acoustic  guitars  which  also  return  on  later  songs  start  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  while  the  keyboards  also  gives the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can be  heard  which  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  High  pitched  black  metal  screams a re  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  black  metal  style  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing   along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  also  being  utilized  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  cello's  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  nature  and  humanity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from Waldegefluster  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Im  Ebersberger  Forst"  and  "Mim  Blick  aufn  Kaiser".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.waldgefluester.com/
https://www.facebook.com/BlackMetalWaldgefluester
https://twitter.com/_Waldgefluester

https://www.instagram.com/waldgefluester_official/  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/09/waldgeflusterdahoamaop-records2021-cd.html