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Nan Elmoth/Void Serpent/Pacific Threnodies/Cassette Review

mardi 11 juillet 2017 à 04:45

  Nan  Elmoth  are  a  band  from  San  Luis  Obispo,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Void  Serpent"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  on  cassette  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while t he  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  second  wave  influences.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  start  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  only  used  briefly while  the  songs mix  in  a  perfect  balance  between  being  influenced  by  both  the  European  and  American  styles  of  black  metal  and  they  also  mange  to  capture  a  touch  of  folk  music  into  their  raw  style.

  Nan  Elmoth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  epic style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics cover  Earth Worship  and  Ancient  Wisdom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nan  Elmoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ravaged  By  War  And  Plague"  and  "To  Walk  The  Path".  8  out of  10.


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The Austrasian Goat/Cober Ord/Et Ils Franchirent Le Seuil/Steelwork Machine/2017 CD Review

lundi 10 juillet 2017 à 04:07

  This  is  a  review  of  a  collaboration  album  between  France's  Cober  Ord  and  The  Austrasian  Goat called  "Et  Ils  Franchirent  Le  Seuil"  which  was  released  by  Steelwork  Machine  and  the  music  is  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  experimental,  industrial, ambient  and  ritual  music.

  Ambient  soundscapes  along  with  some  field  recordings  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  percussion's  along  with  some  unnatural  sounding  instruments  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  and  a  great  portion  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Drones  can  also  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  touches  of  industrial  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  vocals  start  to  make  their  presence  known  while  also  evolving  into  depressive  screams  as  the  album  progresses  and  some  parts  of  the  tracks  also  mix  in  psychedelic  traces  while  later  songs  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodic  chants  and  folk  instruments.

  On  this  recording  Cober  Ord  takes  their  blackened  style  of  experimental  and  ritualistic  music  and  mixes  it  in  with  The  Austrasain  Goat's  black/funeral  doom  metal  style  while taking  away  traditional  metal  instruments  to  create  something original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  rituals  and  occultism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Cover  Ord  and  The  Austrasian  Goat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  industrial,  experimental  and  ritualistic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seul"  and  Hades,  Hades,  Hades!".  8  out  of  10.



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Hellgoat/Blasphemy From Serpent Tongues/Boris Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review

vendredi 7 juillet 2017 à 21:49

  Hellgoat  are  a  band  from  Georgia that h as  had  music  reviewed  by  this  zine  and  plays  a  very raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2005  album  "Blasphemy From  Serpent  Tongues"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Boris  Records.

  Ritualistic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  a  small  amount  of  bestial  growls  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  war  samples  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Hellgoat  played  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  was  very  raw  and also  mixed  in  elements  of  bestial  and  war  metal  to  create  a  very  blasphemous  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellgoat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemy  From  Serpent  Tongues"  "Reflection  Of  The  Morning  Star"  and  "Apocalyptic  Prophecy".  8/5  out  of  10. 

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Bitter Lake/Plagues/Old Lion Records/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 7 juillet 2017 à 21:02

  Scotland's  Bitter  Lake  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  but  also  mixes  it  with  electronic  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Plagues"  which  will  be  released  later  this  year  by  Old  Lion  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  electronic  music  and  programmed  beats  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  at  times  a  decent  amount  of melody  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  synths.

  On  the  second  track  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  elements  of  dub  step  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  the  3rd  tracks  the  guitar  riffing  starts  displaying  more  raw  aggression  along  with  the  music  also  speeding  up  briefly  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction.

  On  this  recording  Bitter  Lake  takes  his  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  electronic  music  to  create  something  original,  the production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bitter  Lake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  ambient  and  electronic music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Firmly  Rooted  To  The  Ground"  and  "Plagues".  8  out  of  10.

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Valle Crucis Interview

vendredi 7 juillet 2017 à 01:53
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 We are a black metal band based out of South Carolina. We began in May of 2016 after both Ashriel and I stepped away from our previous music projects. There's not much to say about us other than we're a couple of hateful people that like black metal and enjoy making music.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
 The sound can be described as raw with some melodic tendencies. We've gotten compared to bands such as Marduk, Mork Gryning, & Bathory

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
 A lot of the lyrics are of anti-religion (encompassing Christianity, Judaism & Islam), hate & history (coming with future songs).

4.I know that the bands name comes from the legend of the demon dog of Valle Crucis or North Carolina, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
 We have a song on the ep that is based around the legend. The name came out from liking to have names with some meaning. I don't like to just have a random name for something, like "this sounds cool/kvlt, let's name it that". I also wanted something that was, at least, somewhat local or in the area to be named after or about. A hellhound running amuck on church grounds is pretty cool, plus the actual Latin pronunciation is aweseome, though we combine the latin pronunciation and the way the town pronounces it to create the band name (Vah-lee Crew-sis) (first part is the latin, 2nd is the southern pronunciation)
So, in a sense, it gives the feel of black metal with a demonic presence in a religious establishment.
5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
 We are trying out a bassist currently. Beyond that, there will likely be no other members added. We find that with less people, the easier it is to work together

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 Our highlight show so far has been with Nordjevel & Imperial Triumphant back in May. We have several more dates coming soon including 3 fest appearances and a show with a major name in the genre.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
 No touring plans but our show schedule includes, Carolina Decimation, Communion of Darkness V, Opening for a national tour in our home venue & Wrath of the Goat VI

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
 We have received some interest, but have not signed yet. We are searching for a label and weighing options when offered anything

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We've had very good feedback on our music so far. I haven't heard anything negative from anyone who has heard our music.

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?
 Currently this band is the only one Ashriel & I (Skullcrusher) are active with. I'm formerly of Engulfed in Blackness from Tennessee & Ashriel is formerly of several bands including Adimiron Sphere & IV Nevermore. We do have a couple of projects we have been in talks with but to this date haven't done much with as of yet.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 We are currently writing for a full length release. We plan to head back to the studio in early 2018.

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?
 Our influences are Marduk, Dark Funeral, Sargeist, early Satyricon, Merrimack, Emperor, Behexen, among a few others.
We listen to a whole lot of black metal ranging from well known to really underground. We also dig into our local scene past and present for some great music.

13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Niether really play a role. There is one concept of Lucifer we are considering for a future song. Other than that, we have atheist views which is what is relflected in the music. Some may take it as Satanic, but blasphemy doesn't necessarily have to have a satanic connotation.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We just want to say thank you to everyone in our scene, to those that stand with us & support us. If any of you haven't checked out our music then you probably ought to!
Thanks for taking the time to write us!

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