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Toska Interview

jeudi 12 mai 2016 à 06:18
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Toska is a black metal entity hailing from cold climes of Iceland.
We exist to transmit the whispers of spirits dwelling the night skies of frozen north.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Our intention is to make music interesting and engaging so we approach writing from different angles and incorporate various musical influences.
The basis of Toska's sound is definitely black metal but enhanced with unique guitar leads, atmospheric keyboards and ambient passages which brings new quality to the genre while not departing far away from what black metal is.

3.Some of your lyrics are inspired  by  the writings of the Polish Poet Tadeusz  Micinski, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?
Micinski's writings are imaginative and extremely atmospheric. His work is very much influenced by nature which we strongly relate to. We accidentally stumbled upon his work and found it to be perfect match for atmosphere we wanted to convey in our first material.
We need to note though, that our inspirations are not limited to Micinski's work and we will explore other lyrical influences on our upcoming material.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Toska'?
The best explanation is to cite Vladimir Nabokov:
"(Toska) is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause.(...) a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning".
This state is close to us and we find it very creative - it drives us to acknowledge intangible forces that drift around us and capture them as music. Therefore, in a way, Toska is a child of spiritual anguish that Nabokov described.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Toska is too intimate for us to play shows. We find ourselves appreciating music most when it is a solitary experience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
As per previous answer, we intend Toska to remain studio project.

7.Eihwaz Recordings are re-releasing your 2015 ep, what are your thoughts on the final product?
We didn't get our copies yet so we can't comment on physical product. However, we do very much appreciate how professional and efficient Jim and Marty are. We are getting good promotion and professional release of our first material. We can't ask for anything more.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As far as we know, feedback has been very positive.
Generally, we didn't expect anyone paying attention but instead, we've got good reviews and proper release offers from Eihwaz (CD) and Fragile Branch (Cassette).

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are working on full length just now. We have few songs ready and ideas for more floating around.
We keep writing process as natural as it can be - we don't force creativity. Instead, we wait for music to come to us. At the same time though, we aim to have full length ready later this year.

As for music, what we have so far builds on top of what you can hear on the EP but is packed with even more unexpected twists and turns.
We pay particular attention to arrangements and flow of material to make it interesting.
We are excited about the direction we are heading and looking forward to see where it takes us.


10.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?
There are too many artists that we appreciate to list them here.
Generally, black metal as a whole is our main influence and we draw ideas from various subgenres.
On top of that we appreciate classical music and you'll hear that in our next material.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Nature and poetry.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Many thanks for your interest.

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


Hungry Like Rakovitz/Nevermind The Light/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 11 mai 2016 à 06:10

  Hungry  Like  Rakovitz  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Nevermind  The  Light".

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier direction  along  with  some  growling  vocals  while  high  pitched  screams  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  slow  riffs  are  done  in  more  of  a  sludge  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  elements  of  raw  black  metal  and  grindcore  can  be  heard  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  samples  and  atmospheric  synths  are  utilized  on  the  last  track. 

  Hungry  Like  Rakovitz  creates  another  recording  that takes  raw  black  metal,  brutal  grindcore  and  mixes  them  in  with  sludge  to  create  a  style  that  stands  out,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hungry  Like  Rakovitz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge,  and  grindcore,  you  should  check out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  A  Wolf  Skin  We  Lurk"  "With  Death  In  Our  Hearts"  "Paganism  Terrorism  ( Obscuritate  III)"  and  "Bad  Rune  Rising".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/hungry-like-rakovitznevermind-light2016.html


Mistur/In Memoriam/Dark Essence Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 10 mai 2016 à 16:11

  Mistur  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  viking  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "In  Memoriam"  which  will be  released  on  May  27th  by  Dark  Essence  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  also  gives  the music  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  they  also  give  in  with  the  heavier  sound  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  clean  singing  pagan  vocals as  well  as  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  synths  also  mix  in  progressive  elements  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  giving  the  music  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  melodic  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  folk  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Mistur  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  viking  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy,  melodic  and  epic  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mistur  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  black/viking  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distant  Peaks"  and  "The  Sight".  8  out  of  10.    

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/misturin-memoriamdark-essence.html


Above Aurora/Onwards Desolation/Pagan Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 10 mai 2016 à 05:52

  Above  Aurora  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Onwards  Desolation"  which  will  be  released  on  May  27th  by  Pagan  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  growling  vocals  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  while  you  can  also  hear  the  influence  of  black  metal  in  the  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  elements  of  doom  metal  are  used  in  the  slower  guitar  riffs.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  some  of  the  fast  parts  utilize  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  most  of  the  music  while  it  has  its  mid  paced  and  fast  moments  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  closes  with  choir  vocals.

  Above  Aurora  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  more  guitar  driven  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  to  create  a  style  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Above  Aurora  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Open  The  Wounds"  and  "Non  Salva  Me".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/above-auroraonwards-desolationpagan.html


Gebrechlichkeit/Aphorismen Der Angst/Human To Dust/2016 CD Review

mardi 10 mai 2016 à 04:05

  Gebrechlichkeit  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  he  refers  to  as  'plague'n'roll'   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Aphorismen  Der  Angst"  which  was  released  by  Human  To  Dust  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  European  style  of  the  genre  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Keyboards  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  guitar  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  faster  riffs  use  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

   As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  can  be  heard  and  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  choirs  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion.

  Gebrechlichkeit  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  while  still  being  very  aggressive  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark,  misanthropic  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gebrechlichkeit  are  a  very  great  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Keger  der  Stille"  "Der  Hoffnung Aasfressor"  "Grausige  Melodien"  and  "Nekromantie".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/gebrechlichkeitaphorismen-der.html