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A Mournful Path/Upon Mounds Of Flesh And Ash/Desolate Kreation Records/2021 EP Review

lundi 5 juillet 2021 à 22:40

 


  A  Mournful  Path  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  blasphemous  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Upon  Mounds  Of  Flesh  And  Ash"  which  was  released  by  Desolate  Kreation  Records.


  A  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  influences  from  the  90's  era.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  also b eing  added  into  the  background  at  times  and  the  whole  recording  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  A  Mournful  Path  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  lo-fi  direction  that  is  very  different  from  the  atmospheric  style  of  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  A  Mournful  Path  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  blasphemous  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Upon  Mounds  Of  Flesh  And  Ash"  and  "A  Shroud  Covered  In  Blood  And  Dust".  8  out  of  10.


  https://open.spotify.com/album/2a3a4ahDD2Wwe1grF7gJrX?si=-f3TRy8dSeWO959eNp2PKw&dl_branch=1


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amournfulpath/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/amournfulpathofficial/  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-mournful-pathupon-mounds-of-flesh-and.html


Sgurr Mor Interview

lundi 5 juillet 2021 à 19:26

 




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


Sgurr Mor is an Atmospheric Hiking Black Metal project , it is an attempt to express certain landscapes and sceneries in a musical way. The music is written and recorded by me, RP Possessed, and Planicie Moribunda contributes with some of her amazing lyrics. Contrary to popular belief I wasn’t born in a cave in the highlands and live off the land, I was actually born in Lisbon and moved to Glasgow in 2003 where our headquarters are presently located.


2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


Well, I kind of miss those early Ulver albums so for this album I tried to resurrect  some of that raw energy with the relentless waves of non stop guitar melodies, I have obviously done it my own way, in a big cauldron of existence and experiences, also with my own folk influences of several different celtic music styles and an obscure hint of medieval and there you go.

   I don't think much about the technical side of it, I just grab a guitar, tune it, and hit the strings. It's about creating a soundscape not how many notes you can play in a second. I also decided not to use a metronome for recording the bagpipes, unless my neighbours' screams of agony count as one...


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


 Let's see…


1-The Mamores are a group of mountains in the western highlands, opposite to the Nevis Mountain range. There’s an ancient vitrified fort, Dun Deardail. Don’t go near the edge at night with a bottle of Jagger and a torch or a bird of prey might get angry… But the view in the morning to Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis is amazing.

2-Dappled Glen, it's about Glen Affric, one of the most beautiful Glens in Scotland.

3-Scandent Serenity,The vast majority of the forests in Scotland are norwegian spruce tree plantations. The trees are planted very close together and you barely have room to walk.They can be very intimidating at first but eventually you develop a taste for it, just be aware of the “Stabbing caress of whorled needle arms”.

4- Great Glen way, get your feet moving.

5- Light of the Macabre is about a certain place… An air of mystery should remain about that one. 



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


Sgurr Mor in Gaelic means Great Peak, curiously there are several mountains with this name in Scotland. You get kind of familiar with these names once you have looked long enough at a detailed map of the highlands trying to find your way. The old highlanders had their own names for different kinds of mountains and all the slightly different geographical wanders that to common eyes all look very similar.




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


It’s a picture of the five sisters of Kintail, a group of 5 Munros in the north west of Scotland. You can get there either by ascending from Morvich or just by walking the Affric Kintail way, on the last day you will have that view.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?


I never really liked the idea of working solo or being a one man band type of thing. I am working with several musicians in different bands and it works great , but Sgurr Mor just kind of happened, in between recordings of my other bands I started recording Sgurr Mor, and here it is! One of the good things about working solo is that things happen a lot faster. I have an idea, and I can record it straight away, and it's done!


7.You also run 'Rottenheart productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


It is an underground label mostly to release my own bands and close friends' bands. I can have a little bit more freedom this way, focus more on the creative side without censorship, reprint when I want, and spend a little bit more time with each release, it’s more personal.


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


The reaction to Sgurr Mor’s album has been great so far, a lot of positive feedback and support from the underground Black Metal “community”. Taking into account that it is an unknown band released by an unknown label, I could hardly ask for more. Also in a digital era it's good to know that in the Black Metal world some people still care about physical  copies of albums, well the most hard core ones at least.


9.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other bands or musical projects that you are a part of?


I usually gather with HT Bastard for our weekly ritual like we have been for the past 13 years and play two sets, Rancor Profundo where I do the vocals and most of the songwriting, and Impenitent, where he composes and sings, basically his vision. 

  I also have a project with my brother, Karl malice, vocalist in Scrawl, where we both play guitar and sing, that should be interesting...and a couple of months ago I got a phone call from Jorman Chaos and we have decided to resurrect an old band we had back in 94, a fusion of old stuff and new, he is dealing with the instrumental side of it and I am doing vocals.Thats about it, I used to have a folk band but now I just play my Galician bagpipes on my own.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


Probably into an early grave.



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?


Mostly nineties Black Metal, the usual suspects. And you can blame Cruachan for getting me into celtic music with their first full length  “Tuatha na Gael”. These days I don’t have much free time to listen to music, a bit of Gordon Duncan , Clanadonia , Gaiteiros de Lisboa or Roncos do Diabo.


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


Well we are soon heading out to walk the Speyside way and the East Highland way, so for those interested that is definitely gonna be a source of inspiration for new Sgurr Mor material. I would like to thank Occult Black Metal Zine and also Black Metal Promotion for the support. And don’t forget to take an insect repellent with saltidin if you intend to do any long distance trails in Scotland, it might save your mental sanity. 

https://rottenheartproductions.bandcamp.com/album/through-ancient-woods-and-hidden-glens

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/sgurr-mor-interview.html


Baxaxaxa/Catacomb Cult/The Sinister Flame/2021 CD Review

lundi 5 juillet 2021 à 19:14

 


  Germany's  Baxaxaxa  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw,  old  school  and  occult  style  of  satanic  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Catacomb  Cult"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  The  Sinister  Flame.


  Ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Medieval  style  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  

  

  Some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  chants  can  also  be  heard  along  with  a  later  track  also  adding  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Baxaxaxa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  old  school,  occult  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  The  Moon  Inhaled  All  Sunrays"  "Walpurgis  Dancers"  and  "Temple  Of  The  Seven  Keys".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/UNGOD-Baxaxaxa-1037290856315377

https://youtu.be/-ELL0bTbx2k  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/baxaxaxacatacomb-cultthe-sinister.html


Onirica/Burn The Ashes/Vacula Productions/BMC Productions/2021 Full Length Review

lundi 5 juillet 2021 à 01:47

 


  Onirica  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  dark  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Burn  The  Ashes"  which  will be   released  on  July  12th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Vcula  and  BMC  Productions.


  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  influences  of  the  90's  second  wave  era  and  dark  metal  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  more  modern  and  atmospheric  side  of  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  post  rock  touches  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  subservience  to  forces  greater  than  any  one  person  can  restrain.


  In  my  opinion  Onirica  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  with  some  elements  of  dark  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Time  In  My  Hands"  "The  Violent  Bear  It  Away"  and "Songs  Of  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.


https://onirica.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/oniricaburn-ashesvacula-productionsbmc.html


Ravnkald/The Pagan Resistance/BlackHeavens Music/Sun Empire Productions/2021 Full Length Review

lundi 5 juillet 2021 à 00:53

 


  Ravnkald  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  U.S.A,  Mexico,  Norway  and  Switzerland that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "The  Pagan  Resistance"  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  BlackHeavensMusic  and  Sun  Empire  Productions.


  Keyboards,  clean  playing  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  Vocals are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Clear  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  spoken  words  and  clean  playing  also  returning  on  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  battle  sounds  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  Whispered  vocals  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Mythology  and  War  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ravnkald  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nerthus"  "As  Cold  As  Venom"  and  "Epicedio/Sage  And  Whispering  Ghosts".  8  out  of  10.


https://ravnkald.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/RAVNKALD/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/ravnkaldthe-pagan-resistanceblackheaven.html