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Reign/Rulum/The Occvlt/Repose Records/2020 Split Album Review

mardi 13 octobre 2020 à 03:05

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  United  Kingdom's  Reign  and  Rulum  called  "The  Occvlt"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Repose  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Reign  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  sounding  intro  which  also  adds  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  horror  movie  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  his  side  of  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  at  times  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  throughout  his  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Reign  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Subjugating  Darkness".


  Next  up  is  Rulum  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  emtal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  his  side  of  the  recording.  Hammond  organs  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.


  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  melodic  chants  also  being  utilized  briefly.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  his  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style,  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Rul".


In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  and  progressive  black  metal.  8out  of 10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/reignrulumthe-occvltrepose-records2020.html


Hegeroth Interview

mardi 13 octobre 2020 à 01:00

 


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?


Bene: First thank you for a great review of our newest album in occultblackmetalzine!


Bila: We were finishing the ‘Perfidia’ album when pandemia started in Poland. We were closed in our homes for one month. The album was not finished, we couldn’t imagine the future. Generally speaking, things got complicated.


Bene: Basically, we had to finish the vocal recording - one track remained without vocals and we had no way to finish it. As soon as it was possible we recorded the vocals to it, it was:  Raise Your Voice. 


Bila: We have been wondering for a long time how to plan the release of the album. Will something change or will we go back to playing live? Then all events were deleted and the bands moved their activities mainly to the network. 


Bene: It was then that we decided to take matters into our own hands and started to prepare the material for publication by ourselves. 


 


2.In November you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


Bene: First album ‘Three Emperors’ Triangle’ (2014) was recorded with keyboard lines. 


On the second album ‘Degenerate’ album we have decided to compose it and record it in classical guitar line up. The material recorded in this way turned out to be more dark, dense but not devoid of melody. While composing Perfidia, we decided to continue and expand the approach developed when creating Degenerate. 


Bila: Perfidia is IMHO more rich, more diversified, more dynamic and open. 


We realized that during the creation of the previous album a certain role was played by self-censorship. Composing Perfida we want to get rid of this. We thought this way: if in two tracks inserting the refrains would be a great solution for these particular places, why not try it?  And what's interesting is that you pointed out these two tracks as the recommended ones in the review of ‘Perfidia’.


 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with their music?


Edward: Over the years the lyrical sphere of the lyrics contained on our records has evolved, which is a natural phenomenon in music. 


From thrill stories on Ep ‘Spectral Fear’, through themes related to the cruelty of war on the ‘Three Emperors’ Triangle’. At ‘Degenerate’ I reached a very interesting for me sphere of spirituality and rebellion against religion which we have been suppressing us since childhood. ‘Perfidia’ is again a subject close to us, especially now in the current situation in the country and the ubiquity of the church. Maybe it is nothing special in the music we present and in metal in general, but we felt that we have to shout out, give vent to our emotions, and what if it is not the music that is best suited for this. Generally any form of extremism is bad and unacceptable and we are not rebels throwing stones, we have our years, we have children, so this form of expression seems to us most appropriate.


 


4.From 2014 to 2019 there was no new music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


Bene: Publishing of first album (2014) coincided with the departure of the Tailheg - keyboard player,  and Kele's (first drummer) move to Germany. We stopped rehearsing and at that time Bila and I decided to do something else. This is how HexHorn (thrash-death metal) was born.


Bila: After releasing the first album of HexHorn we started to miss the black metal riffs. And that is the reason why we started composing Hegeroth’s second album in 2017.


 


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


Bene: Simply, there is no meaning, we wanted to have a name which is fine sounding and unique. 


 


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


Bene: As always we had some problems with the album title and idea for cover art. 


Bila: I have problems with imagining how the cover will look like. I always need probes to see what it will look like. Of course, we had many ideas and discussions on this subject. But it is not easy to find a solution that will satisfy us all.. 


All elements of the cover art are connected with the lyrics and our feelings. 


Characters are symbolic and mean for us, in a nutshell, powerful, bad, unpunished persons in our reality. 


Bene: These people in the reality around us use the symbol of the cross to be above the rules, above the law.  


Edward: All those feelings are expressed in covert art created by Threadbare Artwork. 


Earlier we also considered other covers, a very interesting concept seemed to us to be the motif of the church, which on the basis of a kaleidoscope was drawn into a pentagram, but this cover does not last a test of time. You can see this idea in our latest clip for the song ‘Hand by hand’.


 


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?


Bene: Honestly, it's not easy for a band like Hegeroth to find an opportunity to play concerts. Few shows were organized by Mara Production (label publishing our second album). We wrote many emails to clubs and concert organizers and the response was weak. But we can say that the ROCK KLUB IRON replied and we played there with In Twilight Embrace just before the lockdown (22th of February 2020 - photo by L.Kozlowski attached). Great Club and great band!


 


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


Bila: I’m surprised, our music had good reception on social media and the most difficult thing is to encourage people to push the play button of an unknown band. But I see the change on many FB groups that people try to find and choose just good music for themselves. I'm a member of over 150 groups classified as a pure BM, classic BM, extreme metal, melodic BM and in each there is someone who is discovering our music.


Edward: Generally I don't like dividing sub-genres into other sub-genres, black metal is always just black metal for me, if someone added keys, if they put samples, female vocals or other ornaments, it was always just a black metal for me. Whether the bands used it skillfully or not it's a matter of taste of the recipient of the material and especially most of all the artist. 


However, if we are perceived in this way, it is the feelings of fans, listeners, reviewers and we will do little with it. On the other hand, the fact that it is possible to catch a melody in our music and immerse our songs is an asset for us. I love records that are well recorded, the music is clear. I don't understand the last trend in BM where the bands try to get their sound dirty. Suddenly every band wants to sound like a Norwegian scene 20 or more years ago. I don't understand it, but as I mentioned, these are my individual feelings.


 


9.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?


Bene: All of us are members of HexHorn. 


Bila: Now we work on Hegeroth music and currently we have no conception for a new HexHorn’s tracks. But maybe in the future we will try to do something? We’ll see. 


Bene: I am sure that sooner or later we will come back to it.


 


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


Bene: Time shall tell… the most important thing for us is composing new music. 


Bila: Step by step, night after night we are looking for new riffs and that's the most important thing. 


Bene: We are unable to plan our future releases. Riffs that we create and then arrange them into songs start to set the course for next releases. Probably that is why each of our subsequent releases is somehow different.


 


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?


Bene: I have noticed that people who grew up in the 90's (golden era death and black metal) are open to practically all kinds of metal. I listen to thrash, detath and black. I think I was most influenced by bands like Old Man’s Child, which were not strictly limited to one genre. 


Bila: I’m a child of thrash metal and my first love was Metallica, later I began to listen to bands like Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir or Behemoth.These bands as well as classical music are my inspiration for creating music. 


Ed: I've been listening to metal since I was thirteen years old, I'm 41, so I've been sitting in this music for 28 years. I've never closed myself down on one subgenre of metal. It was never a problem for me to listen to the Master of Puppets after listening to the  Burzum album, for example.


Just because I listened to metal didn't mean I couldn't listen to Vivaldi 'Four Seasons' or good rock and roll. I love music and it has been in my life since I was a little kid. 


However,  black metal  has become the wind that blows in the sails of my ship, which I sail with most of my adult life, and bands like Emperor, Arcturus, Naglfar, Mercyful Fate or even Behemoth will always accompany me. There are so many inspirations that I am not able to name them all.


 


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


Bila: Thanks a lot for the opportunity to talk with you and we want to wish all of the metal community back to the old reality with live events and gigs. Stay with your metal fascinations and never surrender:)


Bene: Listen and share our music, support underground!


Edward: Just stay heavy and live with your eyes wide open.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/hegeroth-interview.html


Ihloosuhree/In De Fleur van de Sleet/Ratking Records/Breathe Plastic Records/2020 EP Review

mardi 13 octobre 2020 à 00:23

 


  Ihloosuhree  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  has  had  music reviewed  before  in  this  band  and  plays  a  very  dark  and  oppressive  form  of  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "In  Fleur  van  de  Sleet"  which  will  be  released  in  late  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Ratking  and  Breathe  Plastic  Records.


  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  dark  yet  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  deeper  vocals  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  elements.


  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length,  psychedelic  touches  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Belgian  and  cover  decay  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ihloosuhree  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  dissonant  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dubious  Upper  Hand  In  A  Burning  World"  and  "In  De  Fleur  van  de  Sleet".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/ihloosuhreein-de-fleur-van-de.html


Orcrypt Interview

lundi 12 octobre 2020 à 06:28

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


We are ORCRYPT. We are a three-headed beast from the depths of the British underground, driven by a need to spread our Dark Fantasy inspired Black Metal to the hordes. A decade ago, ORCRYPT formed to inflict droning black metal and goblin chants. Two years ago, ORCRYPT reformed, invigorated with fresh blood to assault with cutting riffs and undead shrieks. Now our new record is complete, ready to be birthed into the darkness.


 


2.You have a new album coming out on Halloween, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


​The writing process for ORCRYPT is built within and around limitations. We have rules that we follow both during the writing and recording processes. Mercenaries of Mordor was a very single-minded record, both in sound and concept, inspired by The Lord of the Rings and particularly Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation. This resulted in an unrelentingly bleak, droning, and deliberately lo-fi record as a result of this approach. While ORCRYPT continued to operate within our self-imposed rules, the tastes and preferences of the new line-up have resulted in a more varied record. When we started initial writing on Balrog & Roll there was a deliberate attempt to emulate the style of the original record, but this came felt insincere and false, once the new members started to write using their own styles and influences the songs improved organically. In short: less BURZUM & EMPEROR, and more DARKTHONE & MAYHEM, with some older inspirations as well.


 


3.The new album was based upon 'Dungeons & Dragons', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in role playing games?


Role-playing games, pen and paper games, and table-top games have always had an appeal to us. In different ways they allow the players to indulge in power fantasies and explore worlds similar to the one Tolkien created. For as rich as Tolkien's world is, we are relegated to being mere observers to these heroic actions, games like Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer allow us to be the heroes or the villains, and to command the armies ourselves. Further to this, it is often forgotten that for a time Dungeons & Dragons and Heavy Metal Music were demonised by the press, particularly in America during the "Satanic Panic" as corrupting influences being blamed for human sacrifices, murder and suicide. This was what inspired our song "Dice & Damnation". 


 


4.The earlier material covered the writings of j.R.R Tolkien, do you any other fantasy authors have an influence on your songwriting?


We are pretty transparent about our influences: Mercenaries of Mordor was inspired by Tolkien's Middle Earth; Balrog & Roll was inspired by Gary Gygax's Dungeons & Dragons, as well as the Satanic Panic and Games Workshop's Warhammer. However, that is not to say that there aren't other writers, worlds and media that we wish to explore in the future.


 


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


Simply put, the "ORCRYPT" is a crypt for Orcs, the dark and fantastical place from which our music and inspiration comes forth. 


 


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


​The artwork is simultaneously a representation of the album itself and the game in general. An all-powerful figure with a book that leads to a world of darkness, danger and adventure. Beyond this we wanted the style of the artwork to hail back to the style and atmosphere of the early Dungeons & Dragons books, magazines and cartoons.


 


7.Has the band doing any live shows or open to the idea?


We are yet to venture into the live arena. We were having discussions as to the possibilities and logistics of making ORCRYPT a live entity, and what we thought that should look like, when the worldwide plague came and put a stop to those plans. At the moment we cannot say much with any certainty, but we hope to be able to bring forth our audio assaults to a live setting in the future.


 


8.The new album is going to be released on 'Death To Music Productions, how would you compare working with this label to your older label 'Iron Pegasus Records'?


Working with Death To Music Productions has afforded us a remarkable level of freedom and independence. We have been able to do, what we wanted to do, at our own pace. That being said communication has always been open and honest between us, and they have been instrumental in allowing our vision come to fruition.


 


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


For a band that is yet to tour and has been inactive for large spans of its lifespan, it is encouraging to find we have fans in continental Europe and the Americas, and we hope over time we can lure more into the ORCRYPT.


 


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


We will always be Black Metal. That is the music that burns in our dark hearts. However, as we look to the future, exploring other concepts, our sound may evolve and warp in line with our inspirations. Put another way, there are other stories and worlds we want to explore, and we might have to shape our sound to fit that theme, but only ever within the boundaries of our rules. We do not see our rules as a limitation, but rather as a challenge to help focus our creativity.


 


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 obvious answer would be the Norwegian masters. For Mercenaries of Mordor there was a strong influence from the "demo tape" eras of BURZUM, EMPEROR, and DARKTHRONE. For Balrog & Roll we feel much more of a DARKTHRONE and MAYHEM influence, but also DISSECTION, BLACK SABBATH, MOTORHEAD, VENOM and JUDAS PRIEST, although not always that are obvious or expected. As for what we listen to now, that varies from member to member, day to day, but includes: modern Black Metal such as VOICES, ZEAL & ARDOR and HOTH, worshipers of the "old school" like DARKTHRONE, DEVASTATOR and our brothers in OLD FOREST, classic masters like JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN and MEGADETH, more progressive bands like ANATHEMA and IN THE WOODS, and film sound tracks by ENNIO MORRICONE, GOBLIN, BASIL POLEDOURIS and JOHN CARPENTER.


 


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

We will not be disappearing for years after this album! The next chapter is still being written! Until then: ROLL THE DICE; WORSHIP SATAN; ENTER THE ORCRYPT!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/orcrypt-interview.html


Hecate/In Nomine Artem Blackium/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 12 octobre 2020 à 06:16

 


  Hecate  are  a  band  from  Egypt  that  has had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  more  of  a  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "In  Nomine  Artem  Blackium"  which  consists  of  a  black  metal  album  and  a  classical  album  as  the  second  disc.


  Symphonic  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  times  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  mostly  a  grim  black  metal  style.  Choirs  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  death  metal  growls  also  being  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  When  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  some  clean  playing.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  songs  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  tribal  style  drumming. On  the  second  disc  they  take  the  songs  of  the  first  album  and  take  them  into  more  of  an  orchestral  and  classical  direction  but  also  retains  the  symphonic  elements.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Anti  Cosmic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording f rom  Hecate  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  blackened  death  emtal  and  neo-classical,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "King  Ov  the  Underworld"  "Sons  Ov  hecate"  and  "Oceams  ov  Hell".  8  out  of  10.



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/hecatein-nomine-artem-blackium2020-full.html