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Nailblack/Envied/Redefining Darkness Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 31 août 2017 à 22:46

  Nailblack  are  a  band  from  Ohio  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal,  punk  and  blackn'roll  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Envied"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  when  the  music  speeds  up  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  being  very  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  the  music also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  and  punk  elements  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  very  grim  sounding and  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Nailblack  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second w ave  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  black'n'roll  edge  along  with  a  touch  of  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nailblack  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  touches  of  black'n'roll  and  punk  and  if  you  re  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kingdoms  Crumble"  "Pig  Digger"  and  "Step  Into  Infinity".  8  out  of  10.

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Ancst/King Apathy/Supreme Chaos Records/Alerta Antifachista Records/2017 Split EP Review

jeudi 31 août 2017 à 20:51

 This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Germany's  Ancst  and  King  Apathy  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  by  Supreme  Chaos  Records  Alerta  Antifachista Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ancst  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal,  ambient,  and  crust  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out with  atmospheric  soundscapes  which  also  adds  in  elements  of  ambient  as  well  as  the  riffs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  when  they  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  screams.

  Elements  of  post  hardcore  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  elements  of  atmospheric  black  metal  while  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements  can  heard  in  the  music,  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  first  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Ancst  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t heir  black  metal  and  crust  punk  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  political  and  social  capitalism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Gehenna  Of  Fire.

  Next  up  is  King  Apathy  a  band  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  crust,  metalcore  and  hardcore  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  melodic  post  hardcore  style  guitar  leads  along  with  some  angry  screams  a  few  a  seconds  alter  that  mix  black  metal  and  metalcore  together  along  with  the  music  also  sounding  very  modern  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  punk.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  focus  being  more  on  a  mid  tempo  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anarchism  and   Environmentalism themes.  

  In  my  opinion  King  Apathy  don't  do  much  for  me  with  their  post  hardcore  and  black  metal  mixture but might  appeal  to  fans  of  this  genre.

  In  conclusion,  while  I  enjoyed  the  material  from  Ancst  I  could  not  get  into  the  following  band , so  I  can  only  recommend  the  first  side  of  the  split.  6/5  out  of  10. 

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Unru/Tongue/Supreme Chaos Records/Alerta Antifachista Records/2017 Split EP Review

jeudi 31 août 2017 à 20:04

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Germany's  Unru  and  Tongue  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  by  Supreme  Chaos  Records  Alerta  Antifachista  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Unru  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  sounding  drones  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Most  of  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  captures  the  raw  side  of  the  genre  and  mixing  it  with  crust  punk  and  death  metal  growls  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Unru  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.

  Next  up  is  Tongue  a  band  that  mixes  the  second  wave  and  Cascadian  styles  of  black  metal  together.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out with  some clean  playing  before  going into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal   screams  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  song  a  more  raw  feeling.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  music  mixes  both  the  old  school  and  modern  styles  of  black  metal  together  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and clean  playing  is  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  track  being  9  minutes  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tongue  are  a  very  great  sounding  Cascadian  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t he  crust  influenced  and  Cascadian  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  split.  8  out  of  10.    


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Novae Militiae Interview

jeudi 31 août 2017 à 18:14
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?

During this period, we began to think about the next works we could achieve. We wondered about the concepts we would like to work on, the messages we would like to convey and how best to achieve them. The feedbacks about "Gash'khalah" exceeded our expectations, this album has aroused interest in black metal underground and a craze among a devoted public. This reinforces our determination and gives us the urge to go much further.

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?

The sound is following on from our first demo album “Affliction of the Divine” to "Gash'khalah"the equipment used and the recording process are almost identical. However, we have made improvements: While keeping the same roots, "Gash'khalah" marks an evolution, it enjoys a more powerful and successful sound. We wanted to get closer to the sound of black metal productions of the 90's, the time of its greatest glories, while being able to compete, even surpass, the power of the current productions.

3. This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

In "Gash'khalah" we did not want to leave anything to chance. It took a lot of work and long periods of reflection. We wanted to release the most accomplished album possible. Sometimes, we put compositions aside for several years to come back with a new and more thoughtful look. We think it is better to release a very elaborate album rather than several unsuccessful ones that would leave us with the feeling of having released unfinished works. We wanted to mark the spirits with a more violent, darker black metal than the majority of the current groups, more involved in the way of the Left Hand Path. We want to distinguish ourselves from the current black metal bands, which tend to move towards an "opening" towards modern and original musical styles. Nowadays, more and more bands offer the listeners a simple distraction or pleasant sensations. It is not black metal as we perceive it. It must be absolutely dark, mighty, glorious, religious, rooted in death, and must encourage the listener in his spiritual enlightenment.

4. Your lyrical content is very heavily rooted in Occultism and the Left Hand Path, can you tell us a little bit more about you dedication to the dark arts?

I would say above all, that since very young, it was natural for us to orient ourselves towards the Left Hand Path. Whatever they say, I think it's natural for some people and we are definitely among them. In order to progress in our religious quest and in the treacherous path of knowledge, we studied a lot. First of all the religions: Christianity / Judaism in the broad sense, old Testament (Ezekiel, Joel, Zechariah, Daniel…), new Testament (Book of Revelation), texts, apocryphal gospels and apocalypses (Apocalypse of Ezra, First Apocalypse of James, the Book of Enoch…).

Other ancient religions inspire us like Zoroastrianism (1st millennium bc) with the character of Angra Mainyu, who incarnates the absolute evil, to whom we pledge allegiance. To define the absolute evil, I think of these words of the occultist French Eliphas Levi « The absolute affirmation of evil is the negation of God, since God is the supreme and absolute reason of good. Evil in the philosophical order is the negation of reason. In the social order, it is the negation of duty. In the physical order, it is the resistance to the inviolable laws of nature. » To quote this great master allows me to address other aspects of the Left Hand Path omnipresent in "Gash'khalah" and for which we have a great interest: That of occultism, Mysticism, Kabbalah and the Qliphoth. "Gash'khalah", the title of our album, means, according to the traditional death tree of the Golden Dawn referring to Aleister Crowley's 777, "The

Destroyer". To improve knowledge in all these areas is essential to understanding what theological Satanism can stem from.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Novae Militiae'?

The name is inspired by the title of a book by Bernard de Clairvaux (French monk of the 12th century, who seeks the hardest mortification, in order to progress in the spiritual realm). De Laude Novae Militiae / Praise of the new militia (Written with the aim to legitimizing the crusades). Using a band name in the sacred language of the occident was important to me. "Novae" means the renewal, the starting point and "Militiae" means fighting with the aim of extermination. Otherwise, in Novae Militiae, the use of Christian references like Bernard de Clairvaux, the Stabat Mater (some texts and some images in our artwork are inspired from it) and the YHWH in the logo allows me to make a parallel between God and Satan. For Satan has His dwelling in the religions, in the synagogue of Satan as stated in the Apocalypse of St. John 2:9 / 3:9, and He presents Himself as an angel of light as indicated in the 2nd epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthian apostles 11:14. The stained glass window of the Saint Pierre church in Montfort-L'amaury (Yvelines / France) can testify to that. An anonymous glassmaker paints here the scene the temptation of Christ in the desert. Satan manifests Himself under the guise of a saint, dressed as a monk. Only one detail betrays Him, His feet are forked and red.

6. Nobody know the musicain behind the albums, do you feel having a mysterious identity makes the music have more of a back to roots approach to black metal?

I think a lot of bands had a mysterious aura in the 90's but it was not intentional for most of them. This is mainly due to communication that was far less developed than nowadays; information about bands was hardly accessible. Today, everything is different. The mystery has gradually disappeared with the arrival of the internet. Bands and labels are today in mass communication, to the point that, overwhelmed by the flow of information, we are no longer able to obtain truly interesting information. As far as we are concerned, we prefer to remain anonymous, we do not see the interest of disclosing the identity of our members because we think that the most important for a black metal band is its Art and the message that he unveils.

7. How would you compare working with 'Goathorned Productions', to your previous label 'Nihilward Productions'?

It is difficult for me to compare them because I have a great respect for both labels. I prefer to talk about their similarities. First, the desire to remain underground and to produce groups with strong ideologies. The releases of the two labels are produced on thorough supports and very limited in quantity. Almost all of their productions are now sold-out. I think that many labels, including the most important ones, will soon be inspired by these methods. Nowadays, labels in mass production find themselves in difficulty because sales are underperforming. The listeners wish to invest in polished and limited items that will gain value once sold-out. The great return of the vinyl format is a good example.

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

We had good feedbacks from "Gash'khalah" from around the world. As I said earlier, this album has aroused real craze among an initiated and devoted public. I think that today there is an expectation of black metal bands conveying strong ideologies to reappear, which partly explains the interest of groups like ours today.

9 .What do you feel makes you different from most bands in the modern occult black metal style?

I think that what differentiates us from other bands is the constant violence that emerges from Novae Militiae. From the first few seconds of listening, the listener understands that he is dealing with a band playing black metal that is more extreme and devoted than the majority of previous and present bands.

He won’t get any respite. Each title is worked in such a way that there is no positive moment. Each passage leads to an even darker passage. Today, I think that many bands are sincere in their art but few groups have an aura as black, mystical and striking as Novae Militiae. It is a total allegiance to evil.

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

I want Novae Militiae to go further in transcendence. I want the listener to be more troubled. We want to reveal and exploit his deep feelings buried deep within his soul to take him into black and total enlightenment.

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

Our first influence is undoubtedly the Scandinavian black metal scene of the 90s, years during which we discovered black metal. Memories with time fade but some will never disappear, but I remember it was a new style of music that looked like nothing we had ever known before. The bands of black metal conveyed a very strong image and black metal, as we said before, released a mysterious aura and violence without limit... Being very young at that time, all this has impressed me tremendously. I try to incorporate these elements in Novae Militiae which are for me indispensable to the Black Metal Art.

Then I would say that we define ourselves as an orthodox black metal band. Therefore, some bands inspire us. I think of the album "Si Monvmentvm Reqvires, Circvmspice" of Deathspell Omega and the band Ofermod from which we enjoy all the albums.

Otherwise, I listen a lot to Acherontas's latest album ''Amarta अमर्त (Formulas of Reptilian Unification Part II)'', a band that I appreciate and have been listening for a long time (Stutthof period). I am very attentive to its evolution. My last discovery is LvxCælis with his latest album ''The Watchers'', this band really impressed me.

All of these bands influence us more or less directly. When we compose, we never tell ourselves that we want one of our titles to resemble that of such and such band but the spirit of these bands is in Novae Militiae without a doubt.

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

All my words and thoughts go to Him... A.M.S.G.

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Arallu Interview

mercredi 30 août 2017 à 07:17
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

B: hello from Jerusalem , I'm Butchered the main member of the band .
We recorded our new album around January to march of this year. When we finished all including the album cover art we sent all to our label to start work for this new release and we out for our new tour around Czech republic, Slovakia and Germany of 9 shows with some songs from this upcoming album, now we're just waiting to see if people will like the album and we hope for invitations to perform from europe, the US and asia.

2.In September you have a new album coming out, 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?

B:  Musically, we describe our style as Middle Eastern black metal. We're inspired by the old school black metal roots mix with our special Middle Eastern elements. So I believe it's coming naturally inside our style because we live it since we was born.

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

B: The full concept of Arallu is around the ultimate war over the Middle East because we living it "SIX" like the other albums of the band is talking about the situation around the Middle East as it crawls to Europe and the US, and some personal issues we deal with our everyday life.
Like the song "Adonay" is talking about a simple man from Jerusalem killed by terrorist attack and left behind him a huge world of people who loved him, but actually this song was talking about the last days of my grandfather who really suffered before he died a few months ago…. He was my model and I really admired him. The song "Possessed by Sleep" that's about the murder of a little girl named Hilel Yafe Ariel while she was sleeping and the terrorist killed her in bed. When you live around Jerusalem and you have 3 children all you're thinking about is how to keep them safe in this horrible world. From the other aspect we have the song "Soulless Soldier" is about a soldier in the army service that is fighting the wars around Israel and when he killed a terrorist who tried to kill soldiers the government put him to trail for that. Its absurd. Arallu is the horn of the situation in the Middle East and specially the horn of the wars all around the years in Jerusalem. We don't look for paper news Headlines. We play and live black metal from the 90's.  Its more than a decade that Arallu screaming about the global terror. "Satanic War In Jerusalem" our second album from 2002 ,talking about the situation in Jerusalem that spread to the all-world. I write this album in 2001 when the Islamic terror attack everywhere in Israel and especially in Jerusalem. Unfortunately "Satanic War In Jerusalem become a self-fulfilling prophecy and today we all know it. "The War On The Wailing Wall" our debut album from 1999,was the mixed between our day life and extreme black metal Against religions. We play a risky music. Those who understand the main idea behind our music will like it but not every magazine really listens for what he received from bands all around the world. When I writing my music and  my lyrics I'm not looking for some victories.  This album talking about  the wars of today as ISIS are trying to destroy and kill anyone who doesn’t agree with their religious views. Like in the song "Only One Truth". Arallu concept is the mirror of the human race, hypocrisy of the governments all around the world including Israel, and the unwillingness and fear to fight against the extreme religion leaders. We live in the Middle East as u know. the situations here are not easy here in Jerusalem and Israel. We live in days of war religions, and religions hatred that inspired our music and lyrics. i mean I'm looking for something fresh ,something no one touched before.  Because our music is a mix with extremely black metal music and Arabian / Middle Eastern music is very hard to understand it in the first listening. Usually people who like extreme black metal don’t like the Middle Eastern parts and vise versa, when we wrote this album we knew its risky and we know it from the debut album from 1999, but Arallu always looks to bring something different to the global metal scene and we are doing it in a small steps…

4.I know that the bands name comes from Mesopotamian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

B: The name Arallu comes from the ancient  world in the Middle Eastern culture of Mesopotamia. He is one of the strongest demons that live inside the wailing wall under the golden dome and shocking the ground from Jerusalem to the entire world. The ground of Mesopotamia is Soaked with blood from ancient times until the battles of today. This  area is cursed by  the ancient demons and  peace will never see here. Arallu talk about exactly this, and the link between the ancient world and the modern world, that very much resembles each other. We wake up every day to new horror in our life, and we are explore the reasons why, and the religions process from then to today.
We come from Jerusalem and there's never been stability in the area, and I think never will be, but let's hope for good.

5.On the earlier albums a lot of the lyrics leaned more towards the occult and satanic side, do any of these practices still play a role in your life?

B: Arallu concepts never change. we are artist. to use always the word Satan or Lucifer is Meaningless, we trying  to describe the situation around the middle east . we  like to  use a big Vocabulary to explain the situation and not ro repeat ourselves.

6.In the beginning the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?

B: to write the music was not a problem, I didn’t want to play alone. The human binges live as a society u knows. In groups. To play with more people is more fun.

7.In the mid 90's when you formed the band there was not many middle eastern black metal bands or many from Israel except for you and a few more famous ones, do you feel you have had a huge influence on the later black metal bands from your part of the world?

B: I think you're right .even if the bands don’t tell it they know it…

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

B: one of the best shows of Arallu for my opinion is the show with Behemoth in Israel of 2014, our show in "Metalgate fest" in Cz was great as well, and our release album show from "GENIEWAR" album as well. When the people react like a maniacs in your show u can know that is a good one. We bring 666% from ourselves every show . we play from our heart and u can see it in our YouTube channel. I think Arallu as a band give really cool shows.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

B: for now we have nothing for sure . we are in contact with a few metal festivals and Europe tour and its will be a honor for us to come play in your great country as well!

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

B: some people like our music and some other hate it. When you're  working for a special sound its normally that u split the listeners into two groups. But I follow after the album reviews, and like our lasts album "GENIEWAR"  SIX touched people and we recieve great reviews all around the world so we are all happy.

11.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

B: Omri and Assaf are involved in an Israeli alternative rock band name "fixed Stars" and Gal play guitar in the Israeli death metal band name "Lehavoth".

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

B: we hope to keep with full force of creating unique music, and we really hope to play on the main stage of Brutal Assault and Hell Fest…. Who knows maybe we finally will do it….

13.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?

B: Arallu main roots inspired by the old school black metal band as ,Venom, old Slayer, Bathory, Celtic frost .I'm inspired a lot from King Diamond, deicide, morbid Angel, I really liked the new Satyricon, the last album by Paradise Lost, Abbath, and Watain. The last Mayhem is great as well.

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

B: thank u for your great interview , and for your great review and I hope to come play for u in the near future.

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