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Esipram/The Depressick/Isolation Among Urban Misery/Wolfmond Production/2020 SPlit CD Review

vendredi 20 novembre 2020 à 22:39

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Russia's  Esipram  and  Mexico's  The  Depressick  called  "Isolation  Among  Urban  Misery"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Esipram  a  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  while  the  clean  playing  and  synths  also  brings  in  elements  of  psychedelia  and  post  rock.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  adding  in  a  good  amount  of   grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams.


  The  synths  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling when  they  are  utilized  along  with  one  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  nature  sounds  as  well  as  all  of  the  drum  beats  being  programmed.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Esipram  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distanced"  and  "Lonely  Dance".


  Next  up  is  The  Depressick  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  tragic  sounding  keyboards  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording. The  music  also  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and melodic  direction  on  the  second  track  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  Depressive  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  clean  sections  also  adding  in  elements  of  post  rock,  programmed  beats  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track. The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  sorrow,  hate,  melancholy,  feelings  and  urban  life  themes  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  titles  are  also  in  Russian.  


  In  my  opinion  The  Depressick  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chronic  Condition"  and "Заглушая  боль внутри  II".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/esipram.band/


https://www.facebook.com/TheDepressick/   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/esipramthe-depressickisolation-among.html


Ravendust/Ultragod/Wofmond Production/2020 CD Review

vendredi 20 novembre 2020 à 06:04

 


  Ravendust  are  a  solo project  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Ultragod"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  along  with  one  of  the  songs  also  being  an   instrumental  track. 


 A  couple  of  interludes  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  which  also  return  on  a  couple  of  later  songs,  keyboards,  operatic  chants  and  ritualistic  drums  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  an  a  few  songs  towards  the  end   The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ravendust  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Soldier'  "Ancestors"  and  "Silence".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/ravendustultragodwofmond-production2020.html


Druon Antigon Interview

vendredi 20 novembre 2020 à 05:10

 


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


Druon Antigon is a project where I try to tie my musical tastes together and blend it into something I can call my own 'style.' I love experimentation in music, blending genres and presenting a narrative. I hope my music conveys that. 


2.You have an album coming out in December, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?  


Like before, Druon Antigon is really the project where I try to find a way where I can tie together my musical interests and influences. I've always been a fan of metal, predominantly black and doom, but listen to a plethora of other (non-metal) genres as well. I think the most dominating aspects outside of (black) metal, are IDM/glitch and ambient. 


For the 'feel' of the music, I tend to work with digital synthesizers a lot, resulting in a more cosmic or maybe even sci-fi feeling. 


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


This being the first project, I haven't done a lot of different lyrics. The one on this album though, are pretty much an exploration into cosmic nihilism. In the truly grand scheme of things, our lives are pretty meaningless. Whether humanity continues on or not, is rather meaningless on a cosmic scale. The narrative on the album is about someone realizing humanity's insignificance on a cosmic level and trying to overcome said meaninglessness. 


The first track 'Zinloos' (='Meaningless') is about the realization of our insignificance.


The second track 'Herrijzenis' (='Resurrection') is about trying to overcome that insignificance by trying to destroy ourselves so that our physical remains might be used as the building blocks for something greater. About breaking down our bodies, to become 'clay' for a greater creation. We destroy ourselves, so our remains might be more than what they once were. 


The third track is an instrumentel track, 'Like Gods.' It's meant to be the turning point. Like achieving said goal of transcending out of our limited significance and into godhood.


The last track 'Weavess' is about the folly of trying to transcend. In the end, it is useless and even more meaningless to try and be more than what we are. The universe/fate cares not for our human ideas. There is no ascending. There is no trying to reason with fate. We are what we are and we, as humans, just have to be content with that. We should find solace in that. The whole idea of transcending is flawed: there is no greater or lesser than what we are. Everything just is what it is. To try and transcend that meaninglessness and futility, is the most meaningless and futile act of all.


4.On the promo page you also made a reference to the Book Of Enoch, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this novel?  


I can't say the whole of it inspired me, but the specific passage used on the album definitely did. Everything on earth or in space, has its predetermined path. Nothing is more or less than it is nor does it have a desire to be. It keeps following its path like clockwork. We can resist, work against it, try to transcend our humanity, but in the end we just are what we are. Our insignificance on a cosmic scale will always be the same, no matter our actions. 


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Druon Antigon'?  


I live in the Belgian region of Antwerp. There's a myth about the birth of Antwerp that has been around since around the middle ages. In said region lived a giant by name of Druon Antigoon. He would demand toll from whoever tried to pass the river Schelde. Those who could not pay the toll, would have their hand cut off and tossed into the Schelde. Until one day a Roman soldier called Brabo decided to take up arms against Druon Antigoon. He slayed the giant and, in turn, tossed his hand into the Schelde. 'Antwerp' in Dutch is 'Antwerpen', which sounds like 'Hand werpen', which translates to 'to throw a hand.'


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


For the artwork I wanted something alien, yet recognizable. It features a landscape that almost seems possible and plausible. It's supposed to be familiar, yet also strange. We see structures like a mountainside, for example. But at the same time there is a lot of alien unknowns in there. 


It's done by Pieter Coenjaerts, an acquintance I've had the pleasure of meeting during our student years. He did a phenomenal job and I very much thank him for it. 


7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?  


I hope to one day be able to perform live shows, but this project and its complexities likely isn't going to be it. 


8.The album is going to be released on 'Onism Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?  


The label was so kind as to contact me after hearing some music I had put online in a Facebookgroup, The Order ov the Black Arts. I'm honestly still very honored that they contacted me and liked my music enough to release it. 


I'd also like to give a shout out to said Facebookgroup. It's full of fantastic and knowledgeable people and has been a vast resource in finding new music. 


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


I think this question is exaggerating the impact of the music a bit, honestly. But anyway.. 


The general reaction was pretty positive, I guess. Black metal can be a pretty dogmatic genre though, with some fans having a very rigid view on what it should and shouldn't be. Since I like to experiment a lot, I guess it wouldn't appeal to that segment much. More power to them though. You like what you like, you know?  


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


Just in the home studio, where it has always been and probably always will be. I'll keep on making music, likely in the same style. I've been working on some tracks that follow the same idea of black metal with IDM/glitch influences, but it tends to be slightly more melodic. However, the future still remains to be seen. 


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 big deciding moment in my musical tastes came when I was 13. After hearing Windir, I was sold on the extremer side of metal. That said, I do enjoy a very large selection of genres. Ranging from metal to ambient, IDM, drum 'n bass, neurofunk, folk music, americana, new wave, techno.. I can't honestly imagine liking only one kind of music. Different genres have a different 'goal' when listening to it, achieve different things in the listener.


Lately, I have been enjoying Turia's 'Degen van Licht' a lot. Akhlys most recent release is absolutely killer as well. 


When it comes to non-metal, I'm still listening to a lot of Lorn and Access to Arasaka. 


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


Just a word of thanks I guess. To the people who've listened to my music, to those who have left my their thoughts on it. To Onism Productions for believing my music is good enough for release. To Order ov the Black Arts for being a fantastic community.

https://druonantigon.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/druonantigon/

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/druon-antigon-interview.html


Floating Black Prism/Under The Weight Of An Ominous Presence/Trepanation Recordings/2020 EP Review

vendredi 20 novembre 2020 à 01:37

 


  Floating  Black  Prism  are  a  solo  project  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  metal  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep  "Under  The  Weight  Of  An  Ominous  Presence"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Trepanation  Recordings.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  and  haunting  ye  atmospheric  synths  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments.


  When  guitar solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Floating  Black  Prism  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  metal  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "By  Night  By  Feel"  and  "A  Clearing".  8 out  of  10.


https://trepanationrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-weight-of-an-ominous-presence        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/floating-black-prismunder-weight-of.html


WinterMoonShade/Self Titled/Black Spark Records/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 19 novembre 2020 à 04:53

 


  WinterMoonShade  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Black  Spark  Records.


  A  nature  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  yet  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Most  of  the  vocals  are grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  track  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  At  times  the music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  90's  Swedish  era  but  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time,  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  the  album  closes  with  some  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  winter  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  WinterMoonShade  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Walking  Into  Dusk"  "Legends  &  Myst"  and  "Yellow  Eyes  Thunder".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/wintermoonshade

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/wintermoonshadeself-titledblack-spark.html