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Trauer/A Walk Into The Twilight/Nihilistiche KlangKunst/War Against Yourself Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 21 décembre 2016 à 06:39

  Trauer  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric,  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "A  Walk  Into  the  Twilight"  which  was  released  as  a  joint effort  between  Nihilistiche  KlangKunst  and  War  Against  Yourself  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards start  off  the album and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  focuses  are  finally  brought  onto  the  recording  the  are  mostly  grim  with  a  touch  of  melody.

  Keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  at  times  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  riffing  also  gets  very  melodic  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a small  amount  of acoustic  guitars  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  diversity.

  Trauer  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  the  atmospheric,  raw  and  depressive  sides  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  along  with  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  resignation  and  Svarthem  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trauer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Invocation  Of  The  Parasites"  "Procession  In  The  Fog"  and  "Ending  At  The  Ground".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/trauera-walk-into-twilightnihilistiche.html


Lebenssucht/Fucking My Knife/Abstruce Eerie Radiance/2016 EP Review

mercredi 21 décembre 2016 à 04:57

  Lebenssucht  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Bulgaria,  Germany  and  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2016  ep  "Fucking  My  Knife"  which  was  released  by  Abstruce  Eerie  Radiance.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts off  the ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  the  background  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  fashion.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  get  somewhat  melodic  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  keyboards  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  last  track  brings  in  elements  of  harsh noise.

  Lebenssucht  plays  a  very  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  dark  while  also  having its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lebenssucht  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Beloved  Depression". 8  out  of  10.

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/lebenssuchtfucking-my-knifeabstruce.html


Hex Morbidity Interview

vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 21:33
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?



I’ve just released the ‘Hex Morbidity’ EP which is getting in some good reviews and is being enjoyed by other members of the British black metal scene. I’m currently composing a live line up too and will be making announcements for new members and hopefully gigs in the New Year.



2.Recently you have released a new ep, 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?



It is more emotion fuelled and impassioned. It is faster, more melodic, more varied, and a much more accomplished sounding work than the previously rough and dodgy demos (laughs).



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your new music?



My lyrics are kind of like a personal diary based off experiences, emotions and reflections. On this new EP two of the songs have romantic themes and one, ‘The Spirits of Aldwych’ is somewhat a tribute to those people who lost their lives during the Blitz on London in the Second World War.



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



The meaning is a reference to death’s ever constant presence and hold over our world. I honestly don’t remember where I got the original spark of inspiration from but the name just stuck and I quickly took to it.



5.Originally you had a fine line up and now are a solo project, what was the decision behind going into this direction and also are you open to working with other musicians again in the future?



The decision was purely based off not finding the right people in the first place- they weren’t technically talented enough and they weren’t fully behind the concept of the band so I played everything myself largely out of necessity. However, since moving to London I have already found a new guitarist, who I’ll be announcing shortly, and I will be looking to complete the line-up in the New Year.



6.When you had a full lineup did you ever do any shows?



No- in fact the line-up was only together long enough for a handful of rehearsals. With the new full line-up that’s coming up though I plan to gig and tour extensively with an elaborate stage show.



7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have any interest?



I am not actively searching for a label as my current aim is to play live and just write more material. If the right offer came along though I’d certainly been open to it.



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



Very good! The reception has been stronger in the UK where I target a lot of promotion but over the years I’ve been lucky to have people enjoy my music from all corners of the globe.



9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?



I think I will continue in the melodic direction but possibly strip things back and get a little more raw again. My focus is on writing songs that people will remember, and a catchy riff or chorus is invaluable to me



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?



On this EP the big influences were Genesis, Eastern Front, Hecate Enthroned, My Dying Bride- all English bands strangely. This year I’ve been disappointed by the black metal scene so I’ve been listening to Marissa Nadler, David Bowie, Thee Oh Sees, lots of classical (mainly romantic composers) but I go to a lot of underground metal gigs and I love watching the British black metal bands live, especially as I feel like they are what I have to compete with.



11.How would you describe your views on 'Occultism'?



Occultism is something I’ve explored and read about a fair bit over the last couple of years but it is not my path. I appreciate the dogma and the aesthetics but I prefer to revel in the power of nature, not demons or devils.



12. What are some of your non musical interests?



I’m a very heavy reader, mainly classic literature and poetry, and a very enthusiastic cook (laughs). I now live in London which is a place I find hard to bare so I love to escape humanity and just be alone in nature so I try to visit woods in the county of Essex a lot and also return to where I used to live to be by the beach and hear those natural sounds again.



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



Thanks very much for the interview. For all readers who think they might enjoy some melancholic black metal from England, I urge you to check out the Hex Morbidity Facebook page and to download the entire EP for FREE at Bandcamp.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/hex-morbidity-interview.html


The Furor/Cavalries Of The Occult/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 04:46

  The  Furor  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Cavalries  Of  The  Occult"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  in  the  background  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast and  chaotic  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  chaotic  style  and  the  music  also  has  elements  of  death  metal.

  At  times  the  riffs  get  very  melodic  and  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  an d  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  atmospheric  sounds  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  as  the  album  progresses.

  The  Furor creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  mixture  of  previous  releases, the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult,  war,  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Furor  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  war, black,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cavalries  Of  The  Occult" "Storm  Of  Swords" and  "Fomes  Peccati".  8  out  of  10.      

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-furorcavalries-of.html


Sunlight's Bane/The Blackest Volume: Like All The Earth Was Buried/Innserstrength Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 01:07

 Sunlight's  Bane  are  a  band  from  Michigan  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "The  Blackest  Volume:  Like  All  The  Earth  Was  Buried"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Innerstrength  Records.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction t hat  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  crust  style  growls  are  used  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  grindcore  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  elements  of  hardcore  in  the  mid  tempo  parts.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  at  times  the  riffs  can  get  very  melodic.

  You  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized  and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  for  a  few  seconds  and  they  also  have  a  touch  of  modern  metal/rock  to  them.

  Sunlight's  Bane  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  grindcore  and  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  angry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sunlight's  Bane  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Begrudging  Soul"  "I  Am  The  Cold  Harsh  Whispers  In  Hell"  "No  More  Taste  Better"  and  "To  Whom  I  Await".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/sunlights-banethe-blackest-volume-like.html