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Ode Vinter/Hyperion/2017 EP Review

mardi 4 avril 2017 à 06:24

  Ode  Vinter  are  a  band  from  Champaign,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  raw  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2017  ep  "Hyperion".

  Heavy  guitar  riffing  and  deep  yet  grim  black  metal s creams  start  off  the  ep  and  when t h e music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slwo,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  synths a re  utilized  they  are  very  atmospheric  and  also  adds  in a   touch  of  ambient  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  elements  of  noise  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Ode  Vinter  creates  a  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  raw  black  metal  style  while  also  getting  a  little  bit  more  experimental  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalypse,  nature,  darkness,  depression  and  drug  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ode  Vinter  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Scorched  Dreams  Of  The  Deceased".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/ode-vinterhyperion2017-ep-review.html


Axioma Interview

mardi 4 avril 2017 à 04:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Axioma was formed in Cleveland originally by Cyril and I, Jon joined soon after and after several vocalists Aaron joined on bass and vocals. From Cyril's original guitar ideas we started building a sound that we feel is unique but contains our individual musical views.

2.In July you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
"Opia" is a mixture of darker themed music. We defer to the listener on the sound. I don't think any of us are very concerned with labels, though I would think most compare us with death and post metal bands.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
"Opia" while not a concept album has some particular themes that run through the songs. `Opia' has been described as the intensity of emotion, even sorrow you receive from looking directly into someone's eyes. In general the songs deal with fear, mental confusion or illness and even the uniquely human weakness to create gods. I think many can relate to what we produce but they are not the most comfortable ideas nor do we want them to be.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Axioma'?
Axioma can mean a self-evident truth; we feel that the name works well with the lyrical themes.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We've had the chance to play with Primitive man, Dragged into Sunlight, Ringworm, Punching Moses, Scientist, Withered, Immortal Bird, Amorphis among others recently. As far as stage performance I like to think that we are direct in our delivery Axioma was not meant to stay in a studio or practice room.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Currently, we have some dates in Cleveland and Pittsburgh booked with Detroit black metal band Fell Ruin in May and a date with Gorguts at the Agora Cleveland in June. After those dates we are planning to play out of Cleveland more.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We have the `Opia' ep released on cassette format through Tartarus records in Europe as a limited pressing. We've have had some additional conversations with other parties and are deciding how we will proceed. Currently we are preparing another set of songs.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and dark metal?
We have had a good response to the material so far particularly from places, such as Europe, that seem to have an appreciation for our approach.

9.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?
Some of the Axioma's members play in Forged in Flame for whom we just finished recording a new record out this year. I have some rough plans for Aureae Crucis and a new project called Ose that should be available this year in physical formats. Jon Vinson will also be releasing an album with his grind band Jesus Egg. Aaron has some upcoming dates in support of Gwar with Brain Tentacles that are not to be missed along with their latest self-titled album. Most of us stay fairly active beyond Axioma.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Likely our next set of songs will be an entire album. I think you'll see some new themes but the approach will be the same direction; heavy, dark and aggressive music.

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?
Musically we've all played in multiple genres so we pull from those experiences including everything from movie soundtracks to experimental music. Right now I feel there is a much-needed fragmentation in music and the way people discover it, this has been giving musicians more room to challenge and push their sound. In a time when we are constantly monitored, marginalized by wealth and subjugated by a fear based media we have a unique opportunity to challenge that situation with opposing viewpoints. Lately, albums by Oranssi Pazuzu, Spectral Lore, Bloodiest, Lustmord and the excellent Throane from France come to mind.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Outside of music I also create graphic illustrations and help run a site called darartandcraft.com that mainly highlights dark themed painting and artwork.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We appreciate Occult Black Metal Zine for your time.

Thank you,

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/axiom-interview.html


The Projectionist/Exalted Solitude/Appalachian Noise Records/The True Plague Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 1 avril 2017 à 22:11

  The  Projectionist  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Canada  and  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  and depressive  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Exalted  Solitude"  which  will  be  released  on April  20th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Appalachian  Noise  and  The  true  Plague  Records.

 Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  riffing  and  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  getting  heavier  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of melody.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  decent amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  being  along  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  one  track  brings  in  classical  guitars  and  demonic  growls a re  also  used  briefly.

  The  Projectionist  plays  a  style of  black  metal that  is  very  raw  and  depressive  sounding  while  also  having  an  occult  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  hateful,  depressive,  satanic  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  sounding  from  The  Projectionist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw  and  depressive  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sucking  A  Most  Hateful Claustram"  "If  Erased,  So Fertile  Outright"  "Chapel  Of  Astaroth"  and  "Zarathustra".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-projectionistexalted.html


Sunken/Departure/Triton's ORbit/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 1 avril 2017 à 08:01

  Sunken  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Departure"  which  will  be  released  in  My  by  Triton's  Orbit.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  also  adds  in  a  a  touch  of  ambient  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  modern,  atmospheric  yet  melodic  style  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  synths  also  return  on  the  later  songs.

  Sunken  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  ocean,  nature  and  melancholy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sunken  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Void"  and  "Departure".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/sunkendeparturetritons-orbit2017-full.html


Ysengrin/Sartegos/Resvrrezionespiritval/Caverna Abismal Records/2017 Split LP Review

samedi 1 avril 2017 à 06:46

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  France's  Ysengrin  and  Spain's  Sartegos  called  "Resvrrezionespiritval"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ysengrin  a  band  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  keyboards  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  riffs  and   the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls,  black  metal  screams  and  clean  singing.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them while  the  keyboards  also  bring  in  a  very  occult  and  horror  movie  orientated  atmosphere  and  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  slow  and  epic  in  length  and  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  speeding  up  briefly  which  also  gives  the  song  a  raw  touch  along  with  a  few  blast  beats,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hermetic,  Esoteric,  and  Alchemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ysengrin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black/doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Solar  Birth".

  Next  up  is  Sartegos another  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  avant  garde  style  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  style  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  growls.

  Throughout  their  side  of  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sartegos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Umha  Danca  De  Estralas  Negras".

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/03/ysengrinsartegosresvrrezionespiritvalca.html