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Vedmin Krug/Totem/2019 Full Length Review

samedi 28 septembre 2019 à 09:27

  Vedmin  Krug  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "Totem".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  one  track  also  introduces  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism  and  the  Paganism  of  the  Northern  European  and  Slavic  people.   

  In  my  opinion  Vedmin  Krug  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Non  Serviam!"  "The Dawn  of  A  New  World"  and  "Father  North".  8/5  out  of  10.

Bandcamp band page: https://vedkrug.bandcamp.com
YouTube (full album): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeQWNHquS3E

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/vedmin-krugtotem2019-full-length-review.html


Eternal Abyss/iV/Dark Ritual/2019 Demo Review

samedi 28 septembre 2019 à 08:09

  This  is  a  review  of  another   recording  from  Paraguay's  Eternal  Abyss  which  was  recorded  as  a  solo  project  but  still  sticking  to  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  the  demo  is  called  "IV"  and  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  October  of  2019  by  Dark  Ritual.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  style  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  meal  screams  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  used  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  as  the  demo  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  brief  return  as  well   as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  depressive  sounding  melodies.

  On  this  recording  Eternal  Abyss  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  but  also  utilizing  synths  which  makes  the  demo  sound  a  little bit  different  from  the  full length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  misanthropy  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eternal  Abyss  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  And  Destruction  To  This  Fucking  Humanity"  and  "Waiting  For  The  End  Of  Our  Cursed  Existence".  8  out  of  10.

https://dosp.bandcamp.com/album/iv  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/eternal-abyssivdark-ritual2019-demo.html


Eternal Abyss/Doomed To Eternal Abyss/Void Wanderer Productions/War Productions/Desecration Of Souls Productions/2019 CD Review

vendredi 27 septembre 2019 à 20:59

  Eternal  Abyss  are  a  band  from  Paraguay  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Doomed  To  Eternal  Abyss"  which  will  be  released  in  October  as  a  joint  effort  between  Void  Wanderer, War  and  Desecration  of  Souls  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Eternal Abyss  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  misanthropy,  chaos,  darkness  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eternal  Abyss  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancestral  Forces"  "Old  Times  Of  Blasphemies"  and  "Night  Of  Blood  And  Death".  8  out  of  10.

https://dosp.bandcamp.com/album/doomed-to-eternal-abyss 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/eternal-abyssdoomed-to-eternal.html


Moon And Azure Shadow Interview

vendredi 27 septembre 2019 à 09:37

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

Thanks for taking the time to interview me!  It’s actually my first interview so I probably have a lot to say.  Moon and Azure Shadow was formed in 2012 - at the time my two biggest obsessions were Japanese soundtrack composers like Susumu Hirasawa and also Atmospheric Metal like Bathory, Summoning, Burzum, Masters Hammer, Ildjarn, Darkthrone, Isengard, etc.  I thought if I could combine these passions I could make some truly dark and ethereal immersive music. 



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

The first album was a complete work of desperation.  I was around 23 and felt I had absolutely nothing to show for my life.  It came to a point I couldn’t even enjoy other peoples films or music anymore as I was so depressed I had no creative accomplishments of my own.  In 2012 there was talk of the end of the world coming and I really felt as if I should just end my pathetic existence if I couldn’t at least accomplish something by that date - December 21st, 2012.  I had never tried to do any black metal vocals or record guitar or anythings like that before.  But that feeling of desperation got me through the obstacles and the self titled album was completed. 



For the new album “Age of Darkness and Frost’ I knew that I could finish an album so I decided I needed to go all out and try and create some kind of epic personal masterpiece.  Not in comparison to other peoples work but just to push myself and try to create something I could be proud of.  It turned out to be a complete nightmare.  I was working on a 2007 laptop that was completely messed up and overheated and rebooted every 10 minutes or so.  I worked on the album for years with blood streaming from my eyes.  The laptop died and I lost a ton of the work I did and had to save up for a new one.  I had given up on it so many times, its a complete miracle there is any final product at all



3.This is also your first album in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

It’s called failing at life.  After the first album I moved to Los Angeles and had to get used to adult challenges like having to constantly move to new apartments and find jobs.  I was just defeated by the instability of life.  When things started looking up and I got a car and a more steady job and living situation things would take a turn for the worse 



Some random felon decided to target me and try and steal my car and rob me.  Basically he slashed my tires and when I started trying to drive to the gym he started ramming his vehicle into my car over and over again.  I tried to drive away and flee the scene but he smashed his vehicle into me and I was caught between his car and a pole.  He got out and tried breaking my window with a wrench.  Luckily I was able to shift into reverse and push his vehicle back a bit and get away.  The police got him but my car was completely totaled



Also I was in a relationship with a really cool girl for about 4 years but pretty much nothing got accomplished musically.  After a while I had to realize at the end of the day I don’t have time to commute to work, be in a relationship, and create music.  I decided I wanted to have a higher purpose in life and went monk mode and completely cut off any social life, relationship  and quit a job to get the album completed.  Over time I’ve learned that in order to achieve dreams some sacrifices have to be made



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?



Both are concept albums with a story.  The first album was set in a world of ruins and shadows.  It was more about isolation and depression.  The second album has a more epic dark ages type theme, this is because after the first album I discovered the music of Basque solo project “Elffor” and was completely blown away by it.  Back in Massachusetts I would drive home from work while it was snowing listening to “Heriotz Sustraiak” and was captivated, I felt I had to do my own take on a dark ages fantasy themed album.  I don’t like to say too much about lyrics or story because it’s best if the listener imagines what they want instead of me saying exactly what everything is about 



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Moon And Azure Shadow'?

The name Moon and Azure Shadow was taken from a Japanese Soundtrack by the composer Koh Ohtani who made the music for Shadow of the Colossus and Haibane Renmei among others. 



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

The artwork was created by M dot Strange, director of animated films such as “We are the Strange, Heart String Marionette, I am Nightmare”.  M dot was my creative hero after I graduated high school and was lost.  With his first film “We are the Strange” he realized and completed a massive dream.  The flame of this dream was so bright that it could be seen from afar by a lot of young creators just starting out.  And on his youtube channel he told everyone to pursue their passions, look down and start making small steps.  Even if you suck just keep going and do something cool.  Don’t be just another slave in the rat race wasting your life doing what the system tells you to.  Even though I am a complete failure most of the time, his message has guided me ever since



7.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, have you worked with musicians in other musical projects in the past or present?

If you have a vision for an album its like waking up from a beautiful dream and trying to remember and hold onto that dream.  Its easy to let the vision slip away.  I would be more open to collaborate these days but back then I felt like I needed to express something personal on my own



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

It’s been mixed as it should be.  I knew I was creating a rather inaccessible album.  When I hear most albums that have a cool atmospheric instrumental intro and then its just brutal metal for the rest of the time.  It kind of bores me.  I wanted to try and make a truly immersive experience where it was not just metal track, atmospheric intro track, but more interwoven together.  But I realize this is excruciatingly boring to some and just sounds like one intro after the next.  But at the end of the day, I made the album I wanted to make



9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I am 30 now and feel more woke than ever.  I feel like I made most of the obvious dumb mistakes in my 20’s but made it out on top and will be focused and dedicated now.  The future is bright 



10.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?

From Japanese soundtracks - Toru Takemitsu, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoshihiro Kanno - Angels Egg soundtrack, Susumu Hirasawa - Sim City album/Berserk, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Ico, Haibane Renmei, Akira, Vampire Hunter D, Testuo the Iron Man, Kenji Kawai, Koh Ohtani, Joe Hisaishi, Yasunori Mitsuda, Akira Yamaoka, Michiru Yamane, Masashi Hamauzu, Yoko Kanno, Nobuo Uematsu, etc.



From Atmospheric Metal - Bathory, Summoning, Darkthrone, Elffor, Paysage D’hiver, Ulver, Burzum, Celtic Frost, Master’s Hammer, Morrigan - Headcult album etc.



These days I’ve been obsessed with 60’s music, The Zombies, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Left Banke, Sagittarius, Donovan, Lots of garage rock.  I just found out about this new Los Angeles band called “The Premonitions”  I’m excited to try and catch them live



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Books, trying to check out more Yukio Mishima stuff.  Temple of the Golden Pavilion was super amazing



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

Thanks for letting me talk about the music.  I’ve always tried to let the music stand on its own and not say much so this is a first.  Your work is much appreciated!


Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/moon-and-azure-shadow-interview.html


Myronath/Into The Qliphoth/Non Serviam Records/2019 CD Review

vendredi 27 septembre 2019 à 08:23

  Myronath  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Into  The  Qliphoth"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  being  introduced  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later.  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.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  semi  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  and  clean  playing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling,  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Qliphoth,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Santa  Muerte  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Myronath  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ancient  Slumber"  "La  Santa  Muerte"  and  "Hymn  To  Lucifer".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/3VLaROG1enE  
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/09/myronathinto-qliphothnon-serviam.html