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Nazghor Interview

lundi 18 avril 2016 à 20:00
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?



Nazghor: We focused on live shows and our upcoming tour.



2.Recently you have 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?



Nazghor: This sound is more clear and less aggressive. It felt like we needed this sound since it has so many melodies and thus we summoned sound technician Jaime to lend a touch on it. Even thou this album is different in a way from its predecessors, still has that Nazghor ingredients that is necessary for a record of this band. We are very satisfied with the final product



3. In 3 years you have put out 5 albums, do you put a great amount of time and effort into the band?



Nazghor: Yes! When we decide that a Nazghor period is upon us, then it’s the priority of every singe one of us. We always set that goal necessary before writing new albums and we always achieve that goal.



4.The lyrics deal with anti cosmic satanism and devil worship and the band name is also associated with Satan, can you tell us a little bit more about your dedication to the left hand path?



Nazghor: This band and its ideology is a liberation of the free mind from the poisoned religious world. But we are only students of the dark arts so we seek guidance through our music and lyrics.



5. I have heard that the live show is almost like a ritual, can you tell us a little bit more about your stage performance?



Nazghor: It is a ritual indeed. Since we play this melodies along with Nekhrids beseeching for that darkest answer, a mass is produce and the people around it are its witness.



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



Nazghor: We are heading for a mini tour in Poland and to play at *Kings of Black Metal 2016’ as we speak. This is to promote *Death’s Withered Chants*



7.On the new album you had a quest, can you tell us who he is and also his contribution to the recording?



Nazghor: We summoned Anders Strokirk of mighty Necrophobic. That we did to give *Craft of the Nihilist* a different feeling and a more evil aura.

His vocals on that song are new element on our temple.



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



Nazghor: We have heard great things about this one and there are some really great reviews with too. Even the local Uppsala newspaper worship it.



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that share some of the same band members?



Nazghor: Some of us has some bands or projects besides Nazghor, however there is nothing new to say about  this.



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



Nazghor: We will do what we are good at and that is making music. We will see of other elements to add to future releases but nothing is decided and nothing is impossible



11.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?



Nazghor: Some of us listen to all kinds of black metal including the depressive kind, while others listen to death and thrash metal. We combine that power with the sound of Nazghor to create our own tones.



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

Nazghor: We would like to invite new followers to listen to all our previous releases to get a grip of the whole Nazghor experience.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/nazghor-interview.html


Ragnarok/Psychopathology/Agonia Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 18 avril 2016 à 03:05

  Ragnarok  are  a  band  from  Norway  that h as  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  traditional  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Psychopathology"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  heavy and  fast  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  tremolo  picking  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  melodies  at  times  while  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Nordic  style and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  also g wet  very  grim  at  times  along  with  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the riffs  also  get  technical a t  times  and  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  the  songs  remain  true  to  a  90's  style  without sounding  out  of  date.

  Ragnarok  creates  an  album  that  is  very  true  to  the  nordic  style  of  black  metal  and  stay  away  from t he  keyboards  of  earlier  material  and  go  for  more  of  an  aggressive  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the dark  sie  of  the  human  mind  along  with  a  touch  of  Satanism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ragnarok  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Hate"  "Infernal  majesty"  " 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/ragnarokpsychopathologyagonia.html


Mur/Heartworn/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 18 avril 2016 à 01:42

  Mur  are  a  solo  project  from  Minnesota  that  has  been  featured  before  in t his  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and this  is  a  review  of  his self  released  2016  album  "Heartworn".

  Nature  orientated  drones  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  heavy  funeral  doom  sound  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard in  some songs.

  Elements  of neo  folk  and  americana  can  be  heard  in  the  acoustic  sections  while  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  brings  in  depressive  sounding  melodies  and  on  later  tracks  the  music  speeds  up  and  brings  in  blast  beats  that also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  raw  yet  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  and  grim  black metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quit  a  bit.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  being  very  diverse  and  having  a  great  amount  of  songs  that  sound  different  from  each  other  while  the  black  metal  side  has  more  of  an  American  and  Cascadian  feeling  and  the  fast  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  On  this  recording  Mur  retain  a  lot  of t he  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  while  also  experimenting  more  with  funeral  doom,  folk  and  americana  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  care  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  ancient  ecological  rhythms  of  North  American  migration  and  its  related  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk,  funeral  doom  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hollow  Bones  In  The  Milestone"  "Migration  Incantation  (As  Fog,  As  Gold)"  and  "Go  Beyond  The  Sea  And  Still  Bring  Light  To  the  Underworld  (You  Overrich  Star!)".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/murheartworn2016-full-length-review.html


Woe Is The Accursed Earth/Salute Records/2015 Cassette Review

lundi 18 avril 2016 à 00:28

  Woe  Is  the  Accursed  Earth  are  an  international  duo  with  one  member  from  Sweden  and  another  member  from  the  U.S  residing  in  Mississippi  and  they  play  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Awakening"  which  was  released  by  Salute  Records.

  A  very  and  atmospheric  sound  along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the riffs  also bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean   playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  and  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also  speeding  up  briefly  and  bringing  in tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats which   also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  keyboards  which  are  mostly  in  the  background  have  an  atmospheric 90's  feeling  to  them  while  they  get  more  powerful  as  the  album  progresses  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  thunder  and  rain  samples  and  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word parts.   

  Woe  Is  The  Accursed  Earth  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  90's  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  old  school  style  keyboards  and  elements  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  mystery,  darkness,  sadness,  horror,  injustice  and self  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Woe  is  the  Accursed  Earth  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "The  Awakening"  "like  thick  Sand  And  Sucked  into  the  Soil"  "Visions  Of  Utopian  Seed"  and  "A  Warriors  Tale".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/woe-is-accursed-earthsalute-records2015.html


Lustravi/Cult Of the Blackened Veil/Obscure Musick/2016 CD Review

dimanche 17 avril 2016 à 02:08

  Lustravi  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  ceremonial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2016  album  "Cult  of  the  Blackened  Veil"  which  was  released  by  Obscure  Musick.

  Ritualistic  sounds  along  with  some  choir  vocals  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into a   heavier  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a raw  and  old  school  style  of  the  genre  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of the  riffs  also  bring  in a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  deep  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  some  riffs  also bring  in  a  touch  of  death  metal.

  As the  album progresses  they  also  bring  in  another  ritualistic  interlude  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  doom  and  there  is also  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  on a  later  song  and  the  bonus  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  closes  with  a  piano.

  Lustravi  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  can  also  be  very  ritualistic  at  times  creating  a  musical  style  they  call  'ceremonial  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  will  the  lyrics  cover  the occult,  satanism,  anti  christianity,  orgies  and  sins.

  In  my  opinion Lustravi  are a  very  great  sounding  ceremonial  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evil  Incarnate"  "Salute  To  the  Angels"  "The  Rites  Of  the  Goatchrist"  and  "Sabrina".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/lustravicult-of-blackened-veilobscure.html