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OMITIR/Ode/Loudriver Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 10 juin 2020 à 10:24

  OMITIR  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Ode"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Loudriver  Records.

  Folk  music instruments  start  off  the  album  before  adding  some  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  onto  the  album.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  the  synths  also  bring  elements  of  ambient  onto  the  recording.  Clean  pagan  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the musical instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 One  song  is  an  instrumental  and  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  along  with  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard,   spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  paganism,  rural  tales  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  OMITIR  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  with  some  elements  of  folk  and  ambient  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ceiva"  and  "Vera  Busca".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/omitirodeloudriver-records2020-cd-review.html


Hellhole/Beyond Reasonable/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 9 juin 2020 à 21:10

  Australia's  solo  project  Hellhole  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  his  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Beyond  Reasonable".

  Bells  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  choir  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  post  metal  elements  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  briefly  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard,  a  couple  of songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Hellhole  takes  his  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  into  more  of  a  darker  and  more  aggressive  musical  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  war  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Hellhole  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Way  Back"  and  "Chaos  Of  War".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/X0qjZSnezOQ

 

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/hellholebeyond-reasonable2020-full.html


Fides Inversa/Historia Nocturna/W.T.C Productions/2020 CD Review

mardi 9 juin 2020 à 10:35

   Fides  Inversa  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Historia  Nocturna"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction,  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  very  modern  style  but  also  retaining  the  old  school  spirit  as  well  as  few  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  chants.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fides  Inversa  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Wanderer's  Call  And  Orison"  "I  Glance  You  With  A  Touch..."  and  "I  Am  The  Iconoclasm".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/fWK4ofaAvmQ

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/fides-inversahistoria-nocturnawtc.html


Hieros Interview

mardi 9 juin 2020 à 07:21

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



Hieros was originally born from my desire to write aggressive, moody and visceral, riff-oriented metal. I have another project called Untamed Land which is much more in the epic/folk/symphonic metal vein. That’s great because I get to be as creative and “over-the-top” with the arrangements as I want, but I wanted to explore music that was a little more stripped down and straightforward. So Hieros is intended to be pretty traditional in a sense, just ass-kicking extreme metal with cool riffs. 



2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?



The main styles that I was drawing from for this EP are the Hellenic black metal scene and a certain sound being explored by different Eastern European bands. The Greek style of black metal is probably my favorite as far as the different regional variants go. All of those bands just seem to have a great sense of melody and a really unique atmosphere that is much different than the Scandinavian bands. Macabre Omen is one of my favorite acts from this scene, some of the best folk-infused and invigorating black metal riffs ever. For the Eastern European style, Cult of Fire is probably my main reference point, they’re pretty much the epitome of a certain “spiritual” melodic black metal sound that clearly runs throughout this release. Mention should also be made to Polish black metal bands like Mgla, Plaga, and Deus Mortem and American Sludge/Stoner metal bands like High on Fire and Om. 



3.Your lyrics cover spirituality, metaphysics and ancient religions, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?



I’ve always been captivated by ancient mythologies ever since I was very young. After a certain period of restlessness and confusion in my late teens, I had a bit of a moment of spiritual insight which led me down a path towards studying these ancient myths from a psychological perspective (basically I was reading as much Jung as I could haha). Eventually my thinking totally shifted towards a more symbolic way of looking at the world, which might be closer to how these ancient peoples conceived of human existence and its place in the cosmos. Since a lot of black or just generally extreme metal has to do with metaphysical ideas, it only seemed natural to incorporate some of this into the lyrics and imagery. 



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



Hieros is a Greek word meaning “holy, sacred, or sanctified.” I’m pretty sure it’s the root of the word “hierarchy” which is a helpful way to think of how reality is structured (or at least the way we perceive reality). I was actually going to use the name “Bythos” which is a Gnostic concept meaning “depth or profundity” but as I was finishing up the final mixes, I found out some well-known Finnish black metal musicians formed a band under that name late last year. That’s what I get for procrastinating though! 



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



The cover art was made by the amazing Mudhut Illustration who I had been a fan of for a few years before commissioning it. The overall design was mostly her idea, but we talked alot about the overall concept of the EP, the symbolic transformation that occurs in three stages, which she reflected in dividing the image into three distinct parts that flow into each other. It turned out awesome and was a great experience working with her!



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 would probably say I enjoy working by myself quite a bit, as I seem to be able to focus more and be as much as a control freak as needed since it’s only myself that I’m irritating. I do also play in a traditional heavy/power metal band called Emerald Rage and we play lots of local bar shows. It’s taken me a while to chill and not be so nit-picky with everything, because in a live show, it’s kinda supposed to be just complete mayhem. I would definitely like to collaborate with more session musicians both for Hieros and Untamed Land though, as having another voice added in the mix can really add a lot of character to a record.



7.The ep was released on 'Mourning Light Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?



They released my first album for Untamed Land. After hearing it on bandcamp a few days after I uploaded it, they decided they liked it enough to release it. I wasn’t sure if they were going to go for this more traditional black metal project, but I figured I would send it in and see what they thought. Turns out they liked it as well!



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



The EP still hasn’t been fully released to the public on bandcamp, but I’ve been hearing lots of good things from various websites and blogs such as yourself, so that gives me hope!



9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future/



There’s no concrete plans for a full-length as of yet; might happen though as I have a few ideas that could maybe be fleshed out to fit the LP format. I kind of like how succinct this release is as it seems there’s no wasted moment. Looking to the future in a general sense, I’m about to start work on the second Untamed Land album and have some ideas for a potential new project that I might start developing. Also I’m interested in potentially getting into doing some soundtrack work for games or films in the near future. Now I just need to find the time for all this!



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?



Besides the bands I listed above, some other bands that influence the music of Hieros are: Havukruunu, Kawir, Rotting Christ, Varathron, Misþyrming, Blut Aus Nord, The Ruins of Beverast, Dissection, Celtic Frost, Sleep, Electric Wizard and the almighty Bolt Thrower!



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



Reading, working out, hiking, and a little bit of drawing when I have time. Not a whole lot to be honest, seems like there’s too much music out there yet to be made.



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



Not really, thank you for this interview though, it was great to talk with you!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/hieros-interview.html


Entartung/Maleficae Artes/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2020 CD Review

lundi 8 juin 2020 à 21:29

  Entartung  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Malificae  Artes"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  but  still  having  a  modern  atmosphere  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clear  vocals  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  Eastern  European  style,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark and   raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  death,  the  Faustian  spirit,  ancient  rituals and traditions  and  the  darker  chapters  of  human  history.

  In  my  opinion  Entertung  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tower  Of  Silence"  and  "Circle  Of  Suffering".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blX3E8qt4cg

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/entartungmaleficae-artesdunkelheit.html