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Grafvitnir/Keys To The Mysteries Beyond/Carnal Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 1 décembre 2017 à 04:39

  Grafvitnir  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Keys  To  The  Mysteries  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Carnal  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  direction  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in a   great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  along  with  the  songs  also bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a   couple  of  synth  instrumentals  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction. 

  Grafvitnir  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaosophy,  Occultism,  Luciferian,  Serpent  Wisdom  and  the  Gnosis  Of  Pleroma  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grafvitnir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nidhogg"  "Eternity's  Glistening  Black"  "Eye  Of  Lucifer"  and  "Glimpses  Of  The  Unseeable".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/grafvitnirkeys-to-mysteries.html


Mist Of Misery/Fields Of Isolation/Black Lion Records/2017 EP Review

vendredi 1 décembre 2017 à 03:16

  Sweden's  Mist  Of  Misery  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  symphonic  style  of  depressive  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Fields  Of  Isolation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  symphonic  elements  as  well  as  spoken word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  which  are  used  before  each  vocal  track.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Cold  World's  "Tortured  By  Solitude"  before  going  into  more  of  an  instrumental  and  classical  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.

  Mist  Of  Misery  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  symphonic  style  of  depressive  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mist  Of  Misery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fields  Of  Isolation"  and  "Tortured  By  Solitude".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/mist-of-miseryfields-of-isolationblack.html


Arkheth/12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew/Transcending Obscurity Records/2018 CD Review

jeudi 30 novembre 2017 à 07:01

  Arkheth  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  album  "!2  Winter  Moons  Comes  The  Witches  Brew"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  evil  soundscape  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  all  of t he  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  getting  very  progressive  at  times  along  with  some  saxophones  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow, mid  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts and  whispers  can  also be  heard  at  times  while  operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  keyboards  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  incorporating  more  melody  and  clean  vocals  when  they  are  utilized  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  on  one  track  while  getting  more  powerful  on  a  later  song  and  all  of t he  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other.

  Arketh  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  being  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  as  well  as  mixing  other  genres  in t heir  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  misanthropy  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arketh  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Energy  Equilibrium"  and  "The  Fool  Who  Persists  In  His  Folly".  8  out  of  10. 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/arkheth12-winter-moons-comes-witches.html


Solfernus Interview

jeudi 30 novembre 2017 à 06:04

Answers by Igor (guitar)

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Probably the same as other bands. Searching for that right label to release the album on CD and hopefully LP, there was one photo session and now we are promoting „Neoantichrist“ with interviews for ´zines and radios, as well as some videoclips to be made during 2018.

In October you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We recorded all songs at Moravian Ch-Records Studio with Engel + Marshall guitar amplifiers and boxes and the double bass drum-kit, of course. The same place was taken for vocals. Not so easy to compare the new album with that previous one ´cause it´s more like twelve years old studio experience. It´s sure that the actual record sounds more professional than the debut album but we still like „Hysteria in Coma“ sound too. I remember that the work at another great Shaark Studio was quite similar regarding to instruments and practice. There are also more special guests on the first album who were participating on the record.

This is your first album since 2005, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

SOLFERNUS played out a few great shows in Czech Republic and even one in Germany. We appeared also at famous Brutal Assault Open Air twice and the band made two videoclips to promote the debut album as much as possible. We started to record new songs back in 2008 but this pre-production was never finished because our drummer and frontman left the band one by one. I continued with my main act ROOT and the project SOLFERNUS slowly disappeared in a desert of oblivion…

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

You can find here a morbid fun in „That One Night“ song which is inspired by infamous doctor Hannibal Lecter or such a reflection about the awakening inside of a coffin put down in the grave – the thought which everybody had in mind at least once during a life – the song called „Between Two Deaths“. The album contains also some antichristian verses in tracks „Pray for Chaos!“ or „Neoantichrist“. The horror hit song that we would like to make also as the videoclip is „Mistresserpent“.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Solfernus'?

The main inspiration was the character of one devil from legendary Czech fairy tale. True killer man bearing this name;-)


What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Definitely shows at Brutal Assault when the band presented this kind of art in front of a few thousands people. Otherwise people can find some SOLFERNUS live appearances and both old official videclips for songs „Advent Massacra“ + „Hysteria in Coma“ online. We can describe all those ancient stage performances as Hell on Earth.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Not yet, perhaps in the future if there will appear a real interest from organizers and mainly fans.

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

First of all, we don´t get a feedback from black metal fans because there are also various metal genres listeners who like our new album. That was our goal – not to become a part of black metal community only – our music is for more maniacs. And yes, the feedback on the new album is above all expectations. The most of reviews are pretty positive and people support us personally or with messages about really good album.

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?

I´m still playing in ROOT along with our drummer. This band is active thirty years already, we play shows and plan the new album. I was used to be the guitarist of famous Czech death metal commando HYPNOS a few seasons too. 

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

In Metal!

What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Still many influences around ourselves, that´s sure. We cannot talk about specific names because these ones represent just a small touch of the influencing, you know. Maybe it is a part of the band´s know-how so I should not reveal such information;-)

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

I must praise the title of your webzine. We can be calm if SOLFERNUS´ interview will be online under this banner!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/solfernus-interview.html


Eternal Helcaraxe/In Times Of Desperation/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review

mercredi 29 novembre 2017 à 06:15

  Eternal  Helcaraxe  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "In  Times  Of  Desperation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very   fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  and  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  clean  female  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  while  another  track  also  adds  in  some  stringed  instruments as  well  as  being  all  instrumental.


  Eternal  Helcaraxe  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  pagan/black  metal  from t heir  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Mythology  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eternal  Helcaraxe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Our  Time  In  The  Sun"  "The  Healer  And  The  Cross"  and  "One  Journey'.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/eternal-helcaraxein-times-of.html