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Balance Interruption/Door 218/Satanath Records/Abtruse Eeerie Radiance/2016 CD Review

dimanche 6 novembre 2016 à 00:52

  Balance  Interruption  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Door  218"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Abstruse  Eerie  Radiance.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  avant  garde  yet  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  done  they  bring  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  saxophones  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  industrial  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  off  the  songs.

  Spoken  word  samples  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  gets  more  experimental  as  the  album  progresses  while  the  riffing  also  starts  getting  very  technical and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  there  are  also  elements  of  drum'n'bass  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  Balance  Interruption  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  technical  and  they  also  mix  in  elements  of  avant  garde,  experimental  and  electronic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover Apocalypse  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Balance  Interruption  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Last  Sunset  Without  Sun"  "D.U.S.T"  and  "Hypnotik  Eye  Kvlt".  8  out  of  10.

 https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat159-balance-interruption-door-218-2016?utm_source=Promo+List&utm_campaign=9c9109dfe4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b7d3bffdfc-9c9109dfe4-159719745

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/balance-interruptiondoor-218satanath.html


Cancer/Terminal/2016 EP Review

samedi 5 novembre 2016 à 04:09

  Cancer  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Terminal".

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  getting  more  grim  at  times.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  post  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals.

  Cancer  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  also  has  its  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic  moments  while  also  having  a  modern  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cancer  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distant  Dreams"  and  "To  Taste  your  Contempt".

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/cancerterminal2016-ep-review.html


The Downspiral To Hell Interview

vendredi 4 novembre 2016 à 12:55
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Right now, our main purpose is to promote the music included in our new recording “Unusual methods…” because we think we have been working hard to get something great for us, to develop something that is the reflection of our lives. At the same time but slowly, we start thinking about the next step, a new period of time writing, composing and recording music.

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 band is trying to get high levels regarding sound quality and recording methods. It is not easy to mix and shape everything when you work with a complex and varied composition, but we are trying to improve it every day. We think about our music coming to a complex, direct and aggressive fusion of different sounds.

At present, our music differs from our previous “The advent of neurosis” in which we displayed our death/grind background, but is similar to our first recording “Thorn” in a black metal approach.

3.This is your first album in 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

It has been a very long period of time, always taking part in numerous artistic activities. Sometimes working to improve our sound as extreme band, sometimes recording music or just with our side project Odd. We are too busy; we can’t stop thinking about doing something involving creativity.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

It’s not easy at all when we try to talk about an specific way concerning the lyrics in our music. I could tell you it is something like automatic writing; about us, the ideas and feelings flow, driven by a very creative state of mind. Somehow, we let the subconscious to express itself, without any particular arrange about lyrics. Actually, there’s no conscious pattern.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Downspiral To Hell'?

To tell you the truth I must refer the previous answer, because our name is directly related to our way of composing and feel the music. We have an absolute freedom when we make it, when we compose everything. It’s powerful and you can feel it as if you were inside a spiral, descending and ascending from side to side, inside out, outside in…well, it’s crazy! No limits and no emotion restrained!

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

We have been working this way for a long period of time. Our experience with a three or four members band was not bad, but not perfect at all. The freedom we found working as duo, both composing and conceiving, was impossible in the past years when more people were involved. So, without any doubt, we’ll keep this way in the future!

7.The album was released on 'Base Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Well, Base Records is a small and independent Spanish label that showed a true interest in our music when we started the promotion of “Unusual methods…”. It was very important for us to knew a real purpose about working together with this Cd, so we got a quickly and nice agreement to release only 100 digipack copies. It’s the first step and we look forward a good deal towards the future.

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

Generally talking we think about a good feedback when our music is reviewed, the expectation caused is limited because we need time and a good work to promote the band. Of course, another way is to have money or a strong label, but is not the case. We keep on working hard to spread our band name, we think and we assume our special point of view when talking about the extreme music we show, but at the same time we know there is an open mind audience waiting for new challenges, and here we are!

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

Nowadays, our side project Odd is on hold because we are 100% focused on The downspiral to hell. However, it is as necessary as our main band in our life conception, another point of view about music, a different journey apart from extreme music. It is quiet, intimate as well, but alike satisfactory and persuasive for us. We hope to work out this way in the next few years.

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

It is so difficult to find out something concrete about this question, especially because we listen to a great variety of sounds, different kinds of music, bands and…well, almost opposite each other. We left everything seeping into our minds, into our souls. This time black metal prevails, but future time perhaps differs just a little because of another of our influences. When we compose a song or an entire album, we never think about the kind of music to create, never. Summarizing, my answer could be similar to automatic writing regarding lyrics.

11.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?

The range of all music which influences our work and moreover, that we listen to, is very extensive. We talk about classical & contemporary music, film music, jazz, alternative and art pop/rock, black metal, brutal death, classical death metal, doom, thrash, avant-garde, prog music. No limits at all expect the mainstream music. Concerning the bands, you can imagine we can mention the traditional bands but also new ones that, from time to time, we find out.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Our main interest has been always related to Art in a global concept. We can refer to painting, literature, cinema, but also some things such as feel surrounded by wild nature, travel as much as possible, science knowledge…

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

It has been a pleasure to answer your questions, we want to thank you for your time and we´d like to say hello to all fans of your Zine!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-downspiral-to-hell-interview.html


Kratornas/Devoured By Damnation/Grathilla Records/2016 CD Review

vendredi 4 novembre 2016 à 04:08

  Kratornas  are  a  solo  project  from  Philippines  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  brutal  black  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Devoured By  Damnation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Grathila  Records.

  A  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  fast  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  bestial  and  war  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style  and  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  and  old  school  death  metal  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Kratornas  creates  another  recording  that  takes  bestial  black  and  war  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  death  metal  and  grindcore  elements  to  create  a  very  brutal  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kratornas  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  influenced  bestial  war/black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spit  On  God"  "Blood  Of  The  Devil" "Cadavers  Of  Gods'  and  "World  Within  Demons".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/kratornasdevoured-by-damnationgrathilla.html


Koge/Demo IV/2016 Review

vendredi 4 novembre 2016 à 02:53

  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  demo  from  Germany's  Koge  which  continues  the  mystical  and  lunar  tradition  of  black  metal  and  was  also  self  released  in  2016.

  A  very  mid  tempo  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  a  few  seconds  later  atmospheric  keyboards  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a   very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  2  ambient  instrumental  in  between  the  heavier  tracks.

  Koge  creates  a  recording  that  mixes  in  some  of  the  more  raw  side  of  his  black  metal  style  with  some  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  philosophy  and  mysticism  themes.
 
  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Koge  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drought"  and "Sigh".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/kogedemo-iv2016-review.html