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Fornicus/Ofstingan/Life After Death/Dark Horizon Records/2021 Split EP Review

mercredi 17 mars 2021 à 02:53

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  U.S.A's  Fornicus  and  Ofstingan  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Life  After  Death  and  Dark  Horizon  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Fornicus  who  returns  with  a  blasphemous  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  distorted  sound  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences  and  bestial  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.  


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal  also  being  utilized  times.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  with  the  solos  and  leads  also being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  when  they  are  used  briefly and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  slow  and  mid  tempo  sections,  clean  vocals  are  also  added  on  one  of  the  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  blasphemous  and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fornicus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  and  blasphemous  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Hellfucked".


  Next  up  is  Ofstingan  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Blasphemy  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ofstingan  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fallen  Revenge".  8  out  of  10.


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


https://fornicus.bandcamp.com 
https://www.facebook.com/fornicus666

https://www.instagram.com/fornicus666


Ofstingan:
https://ofstingan.bandcamp.com

https://instagram.com/ofstingan     


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/fornicusofstinganlife-after-deathdark.html


Eranthos/Eternal Decay/2021 EP Review

mercredi 17 mars 2021 à 02:06

 


  Eranthos  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Eternal  Decay".


  Dark  sounding  melodies  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples.  All  of  the  music  also  avoids  any  use  of  guitar  solos  or  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  brutal  style  which  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  faster  Swedish  bands  of  the  late  90's  mixed  in  with  the  more  modern  blackened  death  metal.


  Eranthos  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  the  fastest  and  most  aggressive  styles  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  more  blackened  vocal  approach  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  decay  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Eranthos  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Denial  of  Life"  and  "Into  The  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h05WM9XbEmM

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/eranthoseternal-decay2021-ep-review.html


Kõdu Interview

mercredi 17 mars 2021 à 01:23

 

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


Kõdu started out as a solo project by underground extreme metal artist Are “Kõdu” Kangus (Hymenotomy, Pime, ex-Deceitome, ex-Süngehel, ex-Nihilistikrypt, ex-Necro Strike and many others). Most material for “Unusta kõik” was written in 2018 and recorded in 2019 and 2020. All instruments were performed by Kõdu and vocals performed by Vincent. But in late 2020, Kõdu formed as a full band with members Count Vincent von Arckharum (Pime, Süngehel, ex-Bestia), Kõdu, Samantha Surmatalv (Ferum), KuradiSiim (Süngehel), Inferator (Pime, Süngehel).


You have a new album coming out this month, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


Musically this album is a combination of second wave roughness with a modern dissonant touch. It pays respect to old school masters and at the same time offers listeners an interesting approach to black metal. “Unusta kõik” - means “Forget everything”. Production wise this album was mixed on an analog desk without modern plugins, automation or other techniques. What you hear on the album is the raw performance of Kõdu on instruments and Vincent on vocals.


A lot of your lyrics come from Estonian poets of the 19th and 20th century, which poets have you brought into your lyrical content?


Poems used on “Unusta kõik” are from Juhan Liiv, Ilmar Särg, Peeter Ora rearranged for the music by Kõdu.


You have also mentioned an interest in the mythology of home country, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Yes, I (Kõdu) am personally fascinated by the life of my ancestors and the history of this land. Ancient estonians lived by a collection of wisdom and traditions known as “Earth religion”. It focuses centrally on the person itself and the connection of nature to humans. They believed that everything (lifeless or not) possessed a soul or power of some and rather lived by the law of nature.


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


On “Unusta kõik”, main lyrical topics are nature's connection to man, the philosophy of Northern tribes who lived in this region.


What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kõdu'?


Kõdu means “decay” in English. The process of decomposing is quite poetic if you think about it. All that is living once came from nothing and at some point returns to nothing. We Estonians say that “from soil you came and soil you will become”.


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


The artwork is titled “Coal burners” by Ernst Hermann Schlichting, an Estonian painter from the 19th century. It depicts three men producing coal for a mansion or a big building of some sort (as seen from the smoke in the distance). This job position was held by mostly peasants and lower class citizens in the 19th century, most likely local Estonians doing it for the Baltic-Germans living in the region.


Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


Kõdu did a live performance on 13th of December 2020 on “Satanic Winter”, an annual gig held in Black Magic Estonia, Tallinn. The lineup of that gig was: Count Vincent von Arckharum (Pime, Süngehel, ex-Bestia), Kõdu, Samantha Surmatalv (Ferum), KuradiSiim (Süngehel), Inferator (Pime, Süngehel). Kõdu is open for appearances in gigs.


The new album is coming out on 'Nigredo Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


Our rhythm guitarist Samantha Surmatalv had a contact in the label. In our opinion, Nigredo Records is the perfect platform to expose Kõdu’s music. Kõdu would like to thank Katia of Nigredo Records for the help with releasing “Unusta kõik”.


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


The album will be released very soon, but we have sent it for premier listening to promoters and zines. We have received positive feedback about the production and the approach we have to black metal. For example, moshpintnation.it called the album “mind-melting and forward thinking”.


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


We are in currently in the process of presenting “Unusta kõik” material in live concert form and also working quietly on new material for a future release. Musically speaking, we wish to head to a direction of a more straightforward and mesmerising listening experience while still having the experimental approach with elements of surprise, epic melodies and dissonant harmonics.


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?


Kõdu’s music has been most influenced by the early period of Gorgoroth, Taake, Pest (Sweden) and from the earlier creation of Deathspell Omega as well.


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


Kõdu would like to thank Occult Black Metal Zine for the interview opportunity, Samantha Surmatalv for help with releasing “Unusta kõik”, Nigredo Records for releasing “Unusta kõik” and Et In Arcadia Ego PR for help with exposure.

https://www.facebook.com/kodublackmetal

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/kodu-interview.html


Pando/Rites/Aesthetic Death/2021 CD Review

mardi 16 mars 2021 à 03:42

 


  Massachusetts's  pando  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  noise,  experimental,  ambient  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Rites"  which  will  be  released  on  March  26th  by  Aesthetic  Death.


  Record  player  sounds  and  operatic  vocals  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Once  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  added  into  the  music  and  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.


  Distorted  sounding  drones  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  at  times.  Dark  yet  dissonant  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  and  melodic  style.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  elements  of  ambient  and  noise 


Each  song  also  sounds  very  different  from  each  other  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  some  of  the  slower  sections  also  show  an  influence  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  couple  of  later  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  stringed ,  wind,   folk  instruments  and  acoustic  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  contemporary  society,  politics,  religion  and  culture  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Pando  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  noise,  experimental,  ambient  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.    RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Agape"  "Total  Station  Theodolite"  "Excarnation"  and  "On  The  Shores  Of  Hell".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/heaviestorganism/

https://thetremblinggiant.bandcamp.com/  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/pandoritesaesthetic-death2021-cd-review.html


Sothh/Bathe In Others Suffering/2021 Single Review

mardi 16 mars 2021 à 02:17

 


  Sothh  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  recently  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  "Bathe In  Others  Suffering".


  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  elements  of  harsh  noise  while  tortured  voices  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Vocals  are  mostyl  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  giving  the  track  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.


  On  this  song  Sothh  goes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  harsh  noise.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suffering  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sothh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  and  harsh  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.


https://sothh.bandcamp.com/track/bathe-in-others-suffering   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/sothhbathe-in-others-suffering2021.html