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Life/Demo Two/Pacific Threnodies/2017 Cassette Compilation Review

samedi 20 octobre 2018 à 03:38

  Life  are  a  solo  project  from  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  compilation  album  "Demo  Two"  which  consists  of  both  of  his  demos  and  will  be  released  in  November  on cassette  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  A  very  dark,  lo-fi  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  post  metal.

  A  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  sued  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound,

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard on  some  of  the  songs  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  some  keyboards  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  all  instrumental.

  Life  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw,  depressive,  atmospheric  and  post  forms  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Life  is  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Travelling  Waters"  "Pathwalk"  and  "Twelve  Travel".  8  out  of  10.

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Tezcatlipoca Interview

samedi 20 octobre 2018 à 01:38
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We continue to be persistent, trying to improve through rehearsals, offering concerts and composing new songs.

2.In October you have a new album coming out, how does it differ musically from the album you had released in 2015?

As for essence, focus and ideology does not differ, however with the addition of a member to the band creates an atmosphere according to our interests, especially in live concerts.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but so far has only released 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Basically it was due to intrinsic and external factors, such as the incorporation of a new member to the band and the lack of opportunities for the release of the first album, as well as the delay that the last album had in terms of production and correction  of small details.

4.Both the bands name and lyrics are from the pre-hispanic era, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the ancient religion of your homeland?

We decided to incorporate the Mexica ideology in order to magnify our ancient gods and the traditions they represent, and whose greatness matches what we want to convey, that is why we chose a strong and representative name to reaffirm how proud we are of our roots.

5.In the last few years a lot of bands lyrically have moved towards the pre-Columbian roots of your home country, how would you say your culture differs from the European cultures that a lot of European black metal bands tend to include in their lyrics and stage shows?

The Aztecs had a perspective in which their deities remained in a constant struggle against the darkness and assumed that when the sun went out the world would end, for this reason and in order to help the gods to keep the light they made human sacrifices which consist in extracting the living heart and offering.

In the same way, his vision of life also contemplates aspects of life after death, specifying that those who died in battle would fight in the underworld against darkness.

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

The artwork refers to a nocturnal ritual in which Tezcatlipoca and his alter ego Quetzalcoatl appear, likewise, in spite of the influence of one or another deity, the relationship between nocturnality and the ideology that prevails where the cult to the night concludes with an offering.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our best shows have been performed at “El Bunker” in San Luis Potosi, also, we had an amazing show in Monterrey, we keep good memories about it.

In our shows we make rituals to our ancient gods and basically, we try to capture the ideology of the band and establish a certain connection between the people and the band.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Yes, we have contemplated doing several shows in Mexico and if the opportunity arises, offer concerts internationally.

9.So far you have worked with 'Diabolus' and 'Iron Bonehead Productions' on getting your albums released, do you feel both of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Definitely, both brands have given us a lot of support; nationally Diabolus has made an excellent dissemination of our proposal and ideology, meanwhile, Iron bonehead has given us the necessary facilities for the release of our second album as well as the dissemination of this internationally.

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

Fortunately we have received a good response from the public, from organizers as well as from magazines interested in our musical project. In general, we can say that there has been a lot of support.

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

We intend to remain focused on the same goal, improving music and professionally to always offer quality music and concerts.

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?

We like bands like Nocternity, Isvind, Nocturnal Mortum, Temnozor, Kroda, Peste Noire, and actually we like all about Pagan Black Metal.

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

We appreciate the interest and the opportunity and above all, for the space to transmit our ideals. Thank you very much on behalf of all the members of Tezcatlipoca.

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Unseen Abyss/Blackbird/Les Creations Underground/2018 EP Review

vendredi 19 octobre 2018 à 05:38

  Unseen  Abyss  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  France  and  Russia  that  plays  a  very  violent,  atmospheric  and  gothic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep "Blackbird"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Les  Creations  Underground.

  Rain, thunder  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  keyboards  add  in  atmospheric  and  gothic  elements.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  guitar  leads  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  at  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  as  the  ep  progresses  and  the  songs  also  stick  mostly  to  a  mid  tempo  style.

  Unseen  Abyss  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  violent  and  mid  tempo  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  some  gothic  and  atmospheric  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness,  hatred  and  sickness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unseen  Abyss  are  a  very  great  sounding  violent,  atmospheric  and  gothic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Here  Comes  the  Rain"  and  "Ultraviolent  Black  metal".  8  out  of  10.


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Burial Oath/Subjugation Of The Bastard Son/2018 Full Length Review

vendredi 19 octobre 2018 à 04:47

  Burial  Oath  are  a  band  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Subjugation  Of  The  Bastard  Son".

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  demonic  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  the  genre  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  melodic  gutiar  elads  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Burial  Oath  takes  their  style  of  occult  black  metal  into  more  of  a  traditional  old  school  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Burial  oath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Conjuring  Unholy  Light"  "Hail  To  The  Eternal  Flame"  and  "Serpent SLut".  8  out of  10.

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Gnosis Interview

vendredi 19 octobre 2018 à 01:25
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

-Gnosis was formed in 2013 following the split-up of Devastator (Fl), with the main idea of playing old school Hellenic Black/Death Metal while integrating our own ideas and influences into the genre. We have released two albums so far “The Third Eye Gate” by NUCLEAR WAR NOW!  and “The Offering of Seven” by Terror From Hell Records (Italy).

2.In September you had released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you were not able to do on your previous release?

-With this release we paid more attention to the melodic side of our work, even though it is quite a straightforward record each instrument plays the main role at some point during the album. At the same time, heavier use of keyboards is incorporated to create a more mystic atmosphere to go along the dense ambient created my the drums, bass, and guitar. You could summarize this by saying the Hellenic influences are heavier in ‘The Offering of Seven’, bands such as Varathron, Thou Art Lord, Rotting Christ, Mortuary Drape, Tiamat, and Mystifier are great influences on us and we didn’t mean to conceal it at all.

3.All of the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's, do you feel that modern black and death metal is missing a lot of the dark atmosphere of the older bands?

- I believe that a lot of times this ‘dark atmosphere’ is tied to the fact that back then there was very limited access to recording equipment, proper gear, studios, and professionals engineers producing these bands and records that later became iconic through the years. To this you can also add the living circumstances in different parts of the world, South America being an example, early 90s were brutal times in many places and definitely this has an impact on the artists/bands in one way or the other. But this wasn’t always the case, early death metal in America is a great example of darkness and evil while carrying a good production value to it. Nowadays there are a lot of great bands that are keeping the essence of the old school bands, but as many of the older bands they are not the most popular or more accessible bands. These are bands that are more underground with a rawer sound whose releases have not yet been massively available. But to answer your question… Yes, I believe that a good portion of modern black and death metal is missing a lot of the dark essence of the older bands, recording is easier and practically accessible to anybody, the music itself, its techniques, and recording/production process have “evolved” for a clearer and more polished sound, and to me, it can potentially affect negatively the sound if the intention is to have darker one.

4.Your lyrics go very deep into the occult, dark magick and mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?

-Our lyrics in ‘The Offering of Seven” are based mostly on our quest to commune with that which is beyond human reach, I wrote them with a heavy influence on Sumerian rituals and summoning. While listening to Metal, especially occult Metal, the listener gets exposed to different beliefs and mythologies. Some of those resonate with the listener, in my case it has been ancient Sumerian mythology. Which is why I find so shameful the destruction of sites and statues that originate from this era, by extreme religious groups.

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

- Gnosis is the Greek word for knowledge. More specifically, in the Hellenistic era, it was associated with hidden, or occult, knowledge and cults, which is a huge inspiration for, and influence on, us. For a deeper meaning, I'll allude to the lyrics of Gnosis, a piece from our debut album.

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

- For the artwork we wanted an illustration that kept with imagery of the first album. The enlightenment of the mind beyond the physical, and beyond good and Evil, to a place of self-discovery. The Third Eye it’s a great representation of this quest and one we strongly believe it ties with the music.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

-We have been lucky to share the stage with great bands such as Varathron, Masacre (Col), Abigail, Terrorizer, Profanatica, Uada, Imperial Triumphant, Koroidia, Caveman Cult, Kult Ov Azazel, amongst many others. Currently our performance starts with an intro playing in the background, and after a minute of it we go straight into the setlist with no dialogues of any kind in between songs. We discharge our energy through the instruments and we play them hard. There is quite a magic on stage hearing the songs coming out from the monitors and amps. We immerse ourselves in the music and hope for the audience to do the same.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

- We have been doing local shows and promoting the album on the local scene. We would love to play festivals or other cities like we have in the past. Because of life circumstances touring is not something we can do at the moment, but maybe one day.

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

- Running wild’s first two albums are a great inspiration and Heavy Metal masterpieces. We decided to make this cover to pay our respects to one of our favorite bands and genre as we are big followers of the traditional heavy metal sound.

10.The new album was released on 'Terror From Hell Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

-Terror From Hell is an Italian label, that from the beginning believed in the band and the ideas we had. It has been a great experience working with Stefano and their team, they have exceeded our plans and expectations for the album and we are proud to have released this album with them.

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

The reaction has been good, it is quite interesting reading people’s thoughts and opinions on the album. Fans of the Hellenic Scene have been very receptive to it and have given it great reviews while fans of a more modernized style of Black Metal whether faster or a more refined sound have been more critical of it. Our sound is not for everyone and it seems to appeal to fans of a darker era in Metal.

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

- We hope to keep the same line, while evolving musically. We are currently working on two splits with two bands that will be announced as soon as we close in on the details. We are constantly working on new music and new ideas while keeping true to the idea behind Gnosis to create solid Black/Death Metal.

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?

- As I mentioned both the Hellenic and extreme South American scenes are sounds that we draw heavily upon, but also the Italian scene with their darker gloomy sounds.

-Currently I have been listening to the new Varathron “Patriarchs of Evil”, Funeral Storm, the Greek scene is having a lot great bands coming out playing the old style of black metal of Varathron and old Rotting Christ. Other bands I am listening to are Moenen of Xezbeth, Faustcoven, and Evoken… recommended for fans of both Black and Doom genres.

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

-Thanks for the interview we appreciate all opportunities to spread our music to all fans of the old school metal scene. Keep your ears open for some upcoming Gnosis releases.

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