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Gallóglaigh Interview

mercredi 9 novembre 2022 à 04:56

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

 Black Metal in general has always been a passion of mine, but I could never find like minded musicians to write and play it with me, especially in southern Texas. We have quite a large death metal scene here, but very little black metal. That seems to be changing post COVID times though. Galloglaigh was born from an accidental riff I was writing for another project. I said to myself, “this riff has a very raw, sharp sound to it, I wonder if I did this or that with it” and before I knew it, I’d had about a 7 minute length track. I kept going and I had my first full length called “Sparth”. I’d hired a session vocalist as I can’t sing, but everything else you hear on that album is all me. I was ultimately unhappy with the end result. The vocalist put in his best, and I wrote some quality music but in the end it wasn’t the sound I was going for. That’s when inspiration for the second full length, “Luaith”, struck.


 2.So far this year you have released 2 full lengths, musically how do they both differ from each other?

 Sparth and Luaith are very different albums. Sparth walks a fine line between death metal and black metal, with a lyrical focus less on darker influences and more about war and the Galloglaigh warrior specific themes. I am proud of the release, but I am ultimately unhappy with the end result as it wasn’t really what I wanted to focus on. There are some quality tracks on the release, both with the vocal styles and musical compositions, but it isn’t what I wanted to represent the Galloglaigh name.

Luaith on the other hand takes the listener back through time, to the early 90s and the peak of the second wave of black metal. I don’t try to copy that sound, instead I use it as a foundation and sprinkle in new elements to produce my own vision. I wanted to, like so many others, pay tribute to early black metal groups like Mayhem, Dissection, Burzum, Von, Emperor, Immortal and so many more while harnessing the sounds they created to hone my own craft. I introduced extended ranges for my own personal tastes. I’m not in “djent”, metalcore, hardcore, or whatever you want to label those genres, but I appreciate the range of a 9 string guitar. Any and all writing I do for Galloglaigh is done on this instrument. 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

 As I write lyrics, I tend to focus on things that interest me. If I have little knowledge, I do research on it and I try to explore the darker side of whatever topic I may be focusing on. I feel the anti-religious/Satanic theme may be a little overdone in the black metal genre these days, but I also have absolutely nothing against these types of themes. I tend to focus on things such as medieval times, celestial beings, ancient times, etc.


4.One of the band members also goes by the name 'Beleth', do the band members also have some interest in occultism and demonology?

We may, or may not. We’ll leave that up to the listener’s imagination.


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

Galloglaigh literally translated means “foreign warrior”, specifically from the isle’s of Ireland and Scotland. I wanted to focus on themes from these areas as these warriors tend to be forgotten in favor of the Viking. Oddly enough, the Galloglaigh are extremely similar to the Vikings, so much so that they are considered to be norse-gaelics. I don’t claim to be an expert on the history of these warriors however, but what I do know interested me enough to start a musical project about them.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The album cover stems from an idea I drew on a napkin. It features a fallen soldier that is reaching out to a void. The idea stems from the aforementioned forgotten warrior themes. On the right horizon, we can see a castle tower. This tower is one of seven. The themes of these towers will unfold in future releases. I commissioned an artist on a website to draw the final product for me and I could not be happier with his work.


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Right now we’ll probably remain a duo. I was hesitant to expand to a duo initially because I sometimes find it harder to work with other people’s schedules. I like to write when inspiration strikes, which for 2022 seems to be all the time. When I commissioned Beleth for session vocals, I was completely blown away by his style. It really took no time for me to decide to ask him to become the permanent vocalist. I can do just about everything else but vocals, so it was a no brainer. 


8.On the new album you also had done a 'Behemoth' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

I’m a fan of Behemoth, come at me bro. In all seriousness, I am a big fan of theirs and their album “The Satanist” has been in a permanent rotation for me since its 2014 release. I’ve always wanted to play a song of theirs but I feel like a lot of people that do cover their tracks tend to cover the same ones. “At the left hand ov God”, “Ov Fire and The Void”, “Demigod”, etc. I chose “Blow your trumpets” because I just love the track, plus the end with the actual trumpets was fun to recreate with guitars. 


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

I do have some interest and I am keeping my options open, but so far any labels I’ve submitted to I have not heard back from yet.


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

Quite well, I’m actually very surprised. I didn’t expect anyone to ever listen to these tracks, but when Luaith was featured on a prominent black metal youtube channel it just kind of took off from there. I don’t have the recognition of similar up and coming black metal acts yet and that is completely ok, we’ll get there.


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

I want to grow the soundscape, I want to evolve where we need to. But I don't want to change. I wrote the sounds on Luaith with purpose, with reason. I don’t want to deviate from that too much, but I also don’t want to bore people.


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?

Influences on my style: So many to list, but primarily Mayhem, Dissection, Immortal, Morbid Angel (fight me), Death (Fight me again), Gorgoroth, Mgla, Marduk, Dark Funeral to begin with.


Listening to these days: Behemoth, Belphegor, Vermilia, Blackbraid, Dissection, Batushka (Derph’s version), Drudkh, Archgoat, Inquisition


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

I’d like to say thank you to all that support my music, well, our music going forward since I’ve brought Beleth onboard. It is great to know that there are people out there that care and actually want more. As long as you keep listening, we’ll keep writing. 


Keep black metal alive. Hails.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/galloglaigh-interview_8.html


Malkuth/Adoremus Lucifer Rex/Obskure Chaos Distro/2022 Full Length Review

mercredi 9 novembre 2022 à 04:38

 


  Malkuth  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Adoremus  Lucifer  Rex"  which  was  released  by  Obskure  Chaos  Distro.


 Synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  spoken  word  parts  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clear  male  and  female  vocals  into  the  music,  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Acoustic  guitars  and  percussion  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  towards  the  end  Sepultura,  Moonspell  and  Bathory  covers  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian,  Vampirism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Malkuth  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Seven  Greatest  Infernal  Regents"  "An  Epic  Journey  Through  The  Dark  Nosferatic  Woods"  "Naamah"  and  "Father  To  Son".  8/5  out  of  10.


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https://www.instagram.com/malkuth.band/
https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Malkuth/10852
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCloXETaVpeM2D-C--WKAU0A

https://sanguefrioproducoes.com/artistas/Malkuth/38  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/malkuthadoremus-lucifer-rexobskure.html


Ashen Horde/Antimony/Transcending Obscurity Records/2023 Full Length Review

mercredi 9 novembre 2022 à 03:23

 


 Hollywood,  California's  Ashen  Horde  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  progressive  and  technical  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their    album  "Antimony"  which  will  be  released  in  2023  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  while  the  riffing,  solos  and  leads  also  go  into  a  very  technical  direction  at  times.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clear  vocals  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  unsolved  murder  of  Charles  Bravo  committed  in  1876.  


 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ashen  Horde  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  technical  black  and  death  metal,   you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Throes  Of  Agony"  "The  Physician"  and  "The  Neophyte".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/ashen-hordeantimonytranscending.html


Deapscufa/Beyond A Dying Horizon/2022 Full Length Review

mardi 8 novembre 2022 à 05:38

 


  Deapscufa  are  a  solo  project  from  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  aggressive,  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with  some  symphonic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  album  "Beyond  A  Dying  Horizon"  which  will b e  released  on  November  16th.


  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  nature  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and r aw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  Symphonic  elements  and  synths  are  also  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  album  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences. 


  Deapscufa  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  symphonic  touches  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death,  sadness  and  paganism  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  Deapscufa  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  symphonic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sound  Of  The  Winds"  "Beyond  A  Dying  Horizon"  "Sword  Master"  and  "War  lords".  8  out  of  10.


 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/deapscufabeyond-dying-horizon2022-full.html


Devouring Famine/Contract From Below/2022 Demo Review

mardi 8 novembre 2022 à 04:35

 


  Devouring  Famine  are  a  solo  project  from  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plats  a  very  raw  and  depressive  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2022  demo  "Contract  From  Below".


  A  very  dark y et  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim y et  high  pitched  sounding b lack  metal  screams  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  elements  of  dsbm  and  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  demo  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.


  On  this  recording  Devouring  Famine  adds in  elements  of  dsbm  and  doom  metal  into  his  raw  style  of  black  metal  to  create  something  very  different  sounding  from  his  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Devouring  Famine  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw  and  depressive  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Contract  From  Below"  and  "Dread  presence".  8  out  of  10.


https://devouringfamine.bandcamp.com/album/contract-from-below-demo   


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/11/devouring-faminecontract-from-below2022.html