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Raven Throne/Viartanni/Hell Frog Promotions/2020 CD Review

jeudi 23 juillet 2020 à 04:50

  Belarus's  Raven  Throne  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  black'n'roll  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Viartanni"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Hell  Frog  Promotions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  aggressive  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  programmed  beats  also  add  in  a  touch  of  industrial.

  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Atmospheric  sounds  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  The  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements  as  well  as  a  later  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  a  couple  of  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belarusian  and  cover  poetry  and  symbolism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Raven  throne  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  black'n'roll,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Zaklaccie"  "Niabacnyja  Nici  Zimy"  and  "U  daloniach  zimy".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/ngEMUzXig04    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/raven-throneviartannihell-fog.html


The Kingdom Of Peace Interview

jeudi 23 juillet 2020 à 02:00
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. The Kingdom of Peace is a one-man project from Warsaw, Poland, founded in 2017. I didn't like the musical effects that came with working with other people, so I decided to do everything myself. Even if the end results would be very bad. Today I returned to working with others in different projects, but The Kingdom of Peace is still a display of my individuality.

2.You have released a good amount of music with this project, how would you describe your ,musical progress over the years?
2. In fact, most of the songs that have been (and will be) released so far were written many years ago, before this project was even created. I was waiting for the right moment when I would feel that my skills and knowledge would be appropriate so that I could record all the music myself. Of course, my knowledge of computer sound processing has developed since the first demo and technically it is completely different - for me it is important to remain true to the original assumptions despite the continuous development. In my case, it was making raw, dirty music

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?

3. From the very beginning, the leitmotif of the lyric is misanthropy. These are most often my personal thoughts about mistakes made by humanity, and myself.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Kingdom of Peace'?
4. Here's all the credit of my older brother. He is a huge fan of the books by Jack Ketchum, who wrote the "Peaceable Kingdom" short story collection. I really liked this title, which after reflection turned out to be very relevant to the whole vision of my project. By the way, I highly recommend this book, it shows humanity in a very similar way to how I show it in my lyrics.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with other musicians, how would you compare the two?

5. As I mentioned before, I was never satisfied with the end result in the bands I played for. I hate compromise, and the moment I started creating everything myself, I started to be happy with what I heard. This year I have come back to playing with others, but these are only projects with people I can rely on and I know we have a similar view of music.

6.You also have a live line up for the project, what are some of the best shows that you have played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. There was a plan to play one concert in my city, but due to the pandemic, the show did not take place. I don't know if the desire to play a concert with this project will come back after this mess.

7.Since 2019 you have released a good amount of material with this project, do you spend a lot of your time writing and creating music?
7. As I mentioned, most of the music and lyrics were written before this project was created. Nevertheless, the whole creative process took me several years. I'm currently recording my second full-length. There will be a lot of ideas on it that I did not use on my debut.

8.You have also been a part of a couple of splits and a collaboration, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical projects you have shared these recordings with?
8. It all started with the Greek band Vintermorke, who wrote to me about a joint recording. In the meantime, I got in touch with Alex from Australia and we were working very well, thanks to which we released two splits together. I didn't want to record that many splits, but I liked the vision of each of the bands and couldn't resist.

9.You have also worked with 'Corpse Torture Records', 'Ars Ater Records', 'Depressive Illusions Records', 'Life End Records', and 'Nailed Nazarene Industries', do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
9. Let me start with the fact that Life End Records is my personal label where I record my music on cassettes for promotion purposes.  I wrote for the rest of the labels myself. I wanted to release with them, mainly because I like the music they release. Personally, I have very good memories of working with them and I highly recommend them.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
10. I don't really look at the opinions of others, I create music for myself and I should be satisfied. But sometimes I get different opinions, sometimes bad, sometimes good. I don't care.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?
11. We are currently preparing with Ścierwo to record an EP for a split. Forgotten Quests is most likely a closed chapter in my life. I plan to focus more on Thermal Annihilation as I have a need to create some noise music. The rest of the projects are just "fillers" of my free time. I would like to set up two more projects, but at the moment these are only plans that I will not talk about yet.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
12. I became very attached to The Kingdom of Peace. After all these years, it has become an important part of my life. Unfortunately, I currently have health problems that may one day prevent me from playing guitar for as long as I do now. I would be happy if everything turned out well and could continue the life of this project. However, if something goes wrong, I will have to close this project and focus on noise, drone and avant-garde music. Even though the music will be completely different then, the message will remain the same.

13.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?
13. I have always liked black metal in slow tempos and melodic riffs. My first inspiration was Mgła, which inspired me to create this type of music. Then came bands such as Human Serpent and Beherit. I wanted to create a slow, melodic metal that had raw production. Currently, I listen to music that has nothing to do with my inspirations. Recently, I returned to listening to grindcore, got into the blues from the 60-70s and I started listen Japanese noise music.

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

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-kingdom-of-peace-interview.html


Svnth/Spring In Blue/Transcending Records/2020 CD Review

jeudi 23 juillet 2020 à 00:22

  Svnth  formerly  known  as  Seventh  Genocide  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  90's  shoegaze  and  70's  classic  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Spring  In  Blue"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Transcending  Records.

  Melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  slide  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Elements  of  post  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  songs  also  mix  in  some  influences  of  70's  rock  and  shoegaze  to  give  the  music  more  diversity  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  growling  vocals  onto  the  album,.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  one  track  also  introduces  clean  singing  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  existential  philosophy  and  modern  technology's  consequences  on  men.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Svnth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Erasing  God's  Towers"  and  "Sons  of  Melancholia".  8  out  of  10.

http://seventhgenocide.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/pg/seventhgenocide
http://soundcloud.com/seventhgenocide
http://www.youtube.com/user/SeventhGenocide
http://www.instagram.com/svnth_band

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/svnthspring-in-bluetranscending.html


Unsilent/Obscure & Profane/Australis Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 22 juillet 2020 à 07:16

  Unsilent  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Obscure  &  Profane"  which  was  released  by Australis  Records.

 Dark  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  and  demonic  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  deep  sounding  at  times  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  guitar solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  as  well  a  later  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  Islamic  chants  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  thrash  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Black  Magick,  Hell's  Legions,  Evil,  Anti  Christianity,  Chaos  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unsilent  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Spells  Of  Death"  "Manifesto"  "I  Am  Holocaust"  and  "Morbid  Obsessions".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bvOXd1X2vI     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/unsilentobscure-profaneaustralis.html


The Kingdom Of Peace/Ground Of Hatred/Depressive Illusions Records/2020 CD Review

mardi 21 juillet 2020 à 10:08

  The  Kingdom  Of  Peace  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Ground  of  hatred"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  all  of  the musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  moments  along  with  some  influences  of  punk  also  being  added  into  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs.

  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  on  some  of  the  tracks.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed,  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  nihilism,  social  problems  and  pathology  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  The  Kingdom  Of Peace  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  raw  depressive  black  and  doom  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Last  Sip,  Last  Trip"  and  "Lament  I  -  In  The  Trees".  8  out  of  10.

https://thekingdomofpeace.bandcamp.com/album/ground-of-hatred       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/the-kingdom-of-peaceground-of.html