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Echoes Of The Moon/Entropy/Avantgarde Music/2016 CD Review

mardi 23 février 2016 à 02:10




  Echoes  Of  The  Moon  are  a  solo  project  from  Indiana  that plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  post  black  metal with  a  touch  of  doom  and  psychedelia  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Entropy"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitar  leads  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  they  also give  the  music  more  of  a  post  metal  sound  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  some  blast  beats being utilized  while  also being  atmospheric  at  the  same  time.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  bring  in  a  lot  of  doom  metal  elements  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Psychedelic  sounds  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  diverse  and  different  from  each  other  and  some  of  the  songs  also  get  very  progressive  at  times  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Echoes  Of  The  Moon  plays  a  style  of  post  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  doom  metal,  psychedelia,  ambient,  and  experimental  music  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Echoes  Of  the  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  post  black  metal  project  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  psychedelia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entropy"  "The  Tower  Of  Babel"  and  "All  Is  Good".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/echoes-of-moonentropyavantgarde.html


Dead River Runs Dry Interview

mardi 23 février 2016 à 00:05
  Here’s our responses, from myself (Byron –
guitars) and Dan (drums). Thanks.

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Byron: Sure. We started in 2012 after knowing/playing together in various forms for a few years.
We’re strong personalities and I thought that the combination of those personalities as well as our experiences, musical interests and attitudes would make for an interesting outcome. So far, I think it
has.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
Byron: Energy expanding.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Byron: Mostly primal energies, totemic and unnameable. That’s some of it. Although, there’s a
weaving of less abstract concepts in there too – anger at the existence of boundaries from political,
social and personal perspectives.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dead River Runs Dry'?
Byron: I’d had it in my mind for a while and like how it sounds. It’s applicable to a lot of different
situations.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you
describe your stage performance?
Dan: Our best shows are when we are under a bit of pressure: the logistics are not quite right, the
venue is improvised, etc. My favourite show so far would be with Italian black/crust band
Hierophant. A Sunday night in December; a lousy turnout; but great bands and vibrant
performances. The people who were there that night got something special. Playing with Ulcerate
was also an honour. In terms of what we bring: savagery tempered by atavism.

Byron: We’ve had a few. Playing Evil Invaders a few years back was very memorable and a personal
highlight, getting to share stages with some of the best bands in Australia and NZ as well as
internationals like Archgoat and Sadistic Intent which was one of the most aggressive sets I’ve ever
seen. Being a small band in a small scene like Australia means we don’t get to play all that often but
when we’re having a good night we’re ferocious, I’ve been told. I like playing live, I like hearing our
music loud and just going for it. Like any band we’ve had some shows better than others but we’ll
always give it our all.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Byron: Absolutely. Check out facebook.com/DeadRiverRunsDry for updates.

7.In June 'Static tension Recordings' are re-issuing your 2015 album, can you tell us a little bit more
about how you came in contact with this label?
Byron: Kyle from ST contacted us and made an offer we couldn’t refuse, we accepted.

8.In 2014 you where a part of a split with 'Satyros' and 'Feared', what are your thoughts on the
other bands that you shared the split with?
Dan: Truthfully, we were part of a large artwork, Elemental Nightmares, featuring 28 bands across
seven 10" split releases.
I'd also like to make a broader point about the Elemental Nightmares series: we were struck by the
conviction and integrity needed to undertake a big project like this. It gave exposure to a lot of great
bands in a deeply respectful and daring way. We'd love to see more of this. Hail.
Byron: I liked their stuff. Feared especially was a surprise to end up on a split with – given the other
bands their members are involved with who I also like.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Byron: People have responded to our music favourably which is greatly appreciated and humbling. I
never expected some of the responses we’ve had, it’s a good feeling. It sounds clichéd, but you just
have to get out what you have to get out and having people go with you on that and relating to it is
very positive. Thanks.

10.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?
Byron: Between us, we’ve got a lot happening, past, present and future. Brad, our vocalist has
recently been focusing on his band Inclemency, which has similarities to Alcest, Silencer but is still
very unique. Dan our drummer is part of doom/death metallers Futility and is the main man behind
Bleakwood, as well as playing in The Veil and a few other projects like Dutch/Australian band
Remember That You Will Die. Kris, who used to play bass for us now drums in Graveir which is bleak,
cold, raw and fucking aggressive, along with playing in a noise/drone project called Transcendental
Warlords. Our new bass player Mat drums in a country/rock/punk band called The Delta Lions as
well as playing guitar in a hardcore band called HurtxUnit. I mostly focus on DRRD because I say most
of what I want to say musically in DRRD.



11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Byron: We’ve got a few things in the works which I think are expanding on our foundations and
exploring new areas but we’ll always remain entrenched in the original energies that sparked us –i.e.
raw, vicious metal.

12.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?
Dan: Everything from '70s punk and pub rock to the cutting edge of black/death metal. No limits. If it
speaks to the heart and the gut it is channeled back through what we do.
Right now I'm listening to Revenge (the new one is outstanding!), Mgła, Chelsea Wolfe, Lana Del Rey,
Mercyful Fate, Leviathan...
Byron: All the usual suspects have some part in DRRD’s sound.  I can’t start naming you bands
because I won’t stop. We’re big music fans in this band.
I try to listen to new stuff as much as possible – Bandcamp is good for that, as well as taking
recommendations from friends whose opinions I value. I like recent releases from Mgła, Lord Mantis,
Power Trip, Batushka, Macabre Omen, Horrendous, Revenge, Leviathan, SVARTIDAUDI, Oranssi
Pazuzu, most of the releases on Profound Lore…heaps of stuff. Too much music, not enough ears.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Dan: We appreciate the opportunity you are extending to us. In 2016 the blog is the lifeblood of the
underground and it's always great to be challenged to reflect on one's art. Cheers!
Byron: Thanks for the questions.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/dead-river-runs-dry-interview.html


Soul Dissolution/Pale Distant Light/Throats Productions/2016 CD Review

lundi 22 février 2016 à 05:15
 Soul  Dissolution  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Pale  Distant  Light"  which  was  released  by  Throats  Productions.

  Clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  after  awhile  heavy  riffing  makes  its  presence  known  on  the  recording  and violins  can  also  be  hard  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  post  rock  elements  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  sound and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  edge.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  acoustic  guitars  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  there  is  also  a  couple  of  short  instrumental  tracks  before  returning  back  to  vocals  on  the  rest  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  October  Tide's  "Sweetness  Dies".

  Soul  Dissolution  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  depressive,  and  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  apathy  and  inner  struggles.

  In  my  opinion  Soul  Dissolution  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waiting"  "Anchor"  and  "Sweetness  Dies".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/soul-dissolutionpale-distant.html


Abandoned By Light/The Angel Experiment/Black Lion Productions/2016 CD Review

lundi 22 février 2016 à 03:27




  United  Kingdom's  Abandoned  By Light  have  returned  with  a  new  album  that  continues  the  depressive  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "The  Angel  Experiment"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  evolves  into  more  of  a  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  and when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  used  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style  to  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  deep growls  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  songs  also  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  the  music  does  speed  up on  some  tracks  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  acoustic instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks  while  some  songs  also  mix  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Abandoned  By  Light  creates  another  album  that  remains  true  to  the  depressive  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skill  as  a  musician,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  genetically  engineered  angelic  creature  who  escapes  from  his  prison  only  to  discover  an  apocalypse  has  happened  and  his  struggles  with  loneliness  and  depression.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abandoned  By  Light  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire  Paved  Skies  Darken"  "Waking  To  A  World  Of  Deepening  Nightmares"  "Mine  Dying  Light"  and  "Paradise  Lost  As  Harmony  Breaks".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/abandoned-by-lightthe-angel.html


Sig:Ar:Tyr Interview

lundi 22 février 2016 à 00:02
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

I’ve been taking a break from music since the completion of the album because it is such a stressful process. With the band members some distance from each other, plus being in the middle of Canadian winter, it’s more difficult to get together. But we will be jamming soon to get the rust off and practice a new set and hopefully be ready for the occasional show to support the new album.

2.You have a new album coming out in April, 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?

This time I went for a more straight-ahead approach than before. I wanted to make the best nine songs I could to tell my story, and make them all essential and memorable to the album as a whole. I wanted every riff, every solo, every vocal verse to be focused and powerful. Another difference is that this time around there are no instrumentals on this album. While it has always been an important part of my past albums in terms of mood and pacing, nothing really came into mind regarding a new instrumental for this album... it just didn’t fit the mood and story I wanted to tell. This is also the first time I had other musicians help me in the process, so I have a drummer and bass player do their own parts, and my rhythm guitarist and drummer also helped me out with some songwriting and created the first song for my band that wasn’t initially created by me.

3.This is the first album to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

After “Godsaga" was released in 2010, I was totally burned out musically. That album is very important to me and took a lot out of me to create as I did it all by myself. Afterwards I basically did nothing music-wise for about a year and half. In the summer of 2012, I was offered to play a small festival in the US, and at the same time, my friends in other local bands, Nicholas Ireland and Mike Grund (Battlesoul) and Morgan Rider (Vesperia) really wanted to help me bring the music to the live stage. Believe it or not, I had never played live before in my life. So we took about 3-4 months to get up to speed with a small set, and we played live for the first time in the fall of 2012. We played about 5 shows between 2012 and 2013, just special shows here and there, then I stopped playing live so I could concentrate on creating the new album which was finished in late 2015.

4.The lyrical topics are a concept album about the Vikings voyages to America, can you tell us a little bit more about the song writing that is present on the new recording?

Another reason why I didn’t start a new album right away after “Godsaga" is that I always need a central theme to work from. I like having that in place to guide me in the writing process of the album. It wasn’t until late 2012 that I discovered my theme of the Norse in North America, and specifically in my own country of Canada.  From their settlements in Greenland, they arrived here approximately 1000 years ago on the east coast, first landing in Baffin Island, then making their way down the coast to Labrador, Newfoundland, and further on. More importantly, I also wanted to explore their spiritual friction as they transitioned from heathen ways to Christianity at the time.

5.The band name is named after 3 different runes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Norse Paganism and also do you have any interest in the Paganism or other cultures?

Yes the name is based on three runes from the old North European alphabet. I am also highly influenced by the fantasy author Michael Moorcock, and his universe is based on the relationships between chaos, balance, and order. I chose those three runes to best signify that relationship. I didn’t really become focused on North European mythology until later in life. Before I was a bit all over the place in terms of occult interests, whether it was Satanism, ancient Egypt, Aleister Crowley, all sorts of things. Then I began to focus on the spiritual aspects of my own culture, that of Northen Europe. I’m English in heritage, and in the Norse mythology we find the most complete memory of pre-Christian thought in Northern Europe because it was preserved. Unfortunately in England it was not preserved very well, but when you compare the myths of all North Europeans, they come from familiar roots in deep pre-history so it makes for a fascinating comparison. More recently I’ve become obsessed again with ancient civilizations going back 10,000+ years ago, for example, right now I’m reading a book about Göbekli Tepe in modern-day Turkey which is now the oldest known temple-like structure we’ve ever discovered and continues to wind back the date of the earliest known civilizations.

6.Originally the band started out as a solo project what was the decision behind hiring a full time line up?

Part of this was answered in the previous question, but I had friends in other local bands who wanted to help bring my music to the live stage. It was also an opportunity to have them involved in the new album, and perform their own parts, because my bass playing skills and drum programming skills were fairly limited so it really enhanced the album to have their expertise and own musical take on my ideas, contribute new riffs and so on. When you do everything yourself, you start to go in circles and your ideas can become stale. The last thing I wanted to do was make a “Godsaga II”, so I think their contributions really helped make the new album “Northen" what it is.

7.Has the band done any live shows with the line up yet?

Yes we have done about 5 shows, one in the US, and the rest in Ontario close to where we live. We’ve been lucky to be on some high-profile shows with bands like Absu, Einherjer, and Agalloch, and also had my first headlining show in my hometown which was great. I know it does not seem like much and our live record has been pretty spotty, but with everyone busy with their own projects, and me being the private person that I am, it’s not a priority. I’ve always been happy just making music at home and just leaving it at that. But my friends really helped push me to get out of my comfort zone and bring the music live because people really wanted to hear it, and being able to play for fans of your music and meet and talk with them is a great feeling and very rewarding.

8.The new album is coming out on Hammerheart Records, how did you get in contact with this legendary label?

Hammerheart was one of the first labels to contact me when I sent out my demo way back in 2003. The first album "Sailing the Seas of Fate” was supposed to be released with them, but with some business problems at the time it ended up not happening. We reconnected after many years of building up my discography in the underground scene. I really felt like “Northen” was a strong enough album with wider appeal that they would be interested so I thought it was worth a try to contact them again. They recently re-released my previous albums and we have high hopes for the new album. They've always been a label associated with classic pagan metal and in a way it was like completing a circle from the time they contacted me from my first demo.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of pagan and black metal?

The reactions to my last album “Godsaga” were very positive, and it started the momentum of breaking out of the niche genre I was in. There’s been a progression from the acoustic/ambient type of music in the beginning to more straight-ahead metal with each album. I think “Northen” is the culmination of that progression as this is the most complete metal album I have done. We’ve only just started the promotion for this album, but early reaction has been very positive, and I think it will appeal to the wider metal community compared to previous albums.

10.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?

My drummer Nich is hard at work with his band Battlesoul on their new album. I’ve heard a few clips from it in progress and it sounds really great. My rhythm guitarist Mike started his own band Hexenklad which is black/pagan metal and they are working in their first album, and Morgan is busy working on a new Vesperia album and doing another tour soon. They won last year’s Wacken Metal Battle in Germany which was a huge accomplishment.

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

I’ve already got some ideas for a new album, so I’m just at the early stages of setting the theme and overall mood for it. Style-wise, I’m sure it will be very similar to the past of course, but possibly in a faster black metal direction. I’m not quite sure yet. I’d like to tone down the Norse aspects, I think I’ve told enough Viking tales, and SIG:AR:TYR has always been about the greater ancient world, even though I mainly focus on Northern Europe. For example the “Beyond the North Winds” album had a variety of mythical and historical topics. My current fascination with what people were doing on Earth over 10,000 years ago may feed into that. I just hope it doesn’t take 5+ years for me to complete it this time!

12.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?

My main influences are 80’s metal, as that is the era I grew up in... Iron Maiden, Dio, Ozzy, Ratt, Savatage, King Diamond, and also my favorite guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Criss Oliva, Jake E Lee, Warren Demartini, and Andy LaRocque. In the early 90’s Hammerheart from Bathory was a major influence of course. In the mid-90s like most people I was really taken with black metal, primarily Burzum and early Emperor. I think there was a long break there was I wasn’t much into metal for awhile, but that changed again in the early 2000’s when I got into pagan metal bands like Primordial and Drudkh. Just great epic music with a lot of heart, and it really got me excited about making music. When I first started out, I wanted SIG:AR:TYR to blend three things: Viking-era Bathory, Yngwie Malmsteen, with a bit of Burzum atmosphere. That’s it! As time went on and I added more and more metal aspects, I followed the path of the pagan metal bands.
Nowadays I’ve gone backwards and I’m mostly listening to 70’s rock… UFO, Scorpions, Uriah Heep, Alice Cooper, Kiss, that sort of stuff.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I read a lot, and I like to write fiction when I can, but I’ve had a lot things sit idle while I’ve been working on music for so long. I have some unfinished fantasy type stuff, and also a children’s ghost story I want to get back to. Otherwise, I just have a regular life, I have a full-time career, house, wife, and a dog that takes up most of my time as well! My favorite part of my days are long trail walks with my dog.

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

Thank you for the interview, and I hope everyone enjoys the new album when it arrives. SIG:AR:TYR marches on, even if at a slow pace!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/sigartyr-interview.html