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Palace Of Worms/The Ladder/Broken Limbs/2016 CD Review

mardi 23 février 2016 à 05:33

  Palace  Of  Worms  are  a  solo  project  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "The  Ladder"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Broken  Limbs.

  A  very  exotic  and melodic  yet  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  retaining  the  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording and  they  also  mix  in  elements  of  ambient  and  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals  at  times  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  style  and  you  can  also  hear  an  influence  of  doom metal in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also bring in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  songs  also  mix  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  plying  and  each  track  also  has  a  different  sound  to  them  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  session  work  from  members  of  Abstracter,  Pale  Chalice,  and  Lotus  Thief .

  Palace  Of  Worms  creates  an  album  that  keeps  the  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  roots  of  previous  recordings  while  also  getting  a  bit  more  experimental  and  adding  in  elements  of  death,  doom  metal,  dark  ambient,  goth,  progressive,  and  post  rock  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  and  a  hatred  for  humanity.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Palace  of  Worms  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  The  Twilight  Divide"  "Nightworld"  and  "Emphemeral  Blues".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/palace-of-wormsthe-ladderbroken.html


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