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ReffuS/Eternal Misanthrope/2015 Demo Review

samedi 19 décembre 2015 à 05:06

  ReffuS  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  demo  "Eternal  Misanthrope".

  Clean  playing  and  depressive  cries  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  suicidal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Depressive  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  can  be  heard  and  they  also  go  back  to  the early  days  of  the  depressive  black  metal  genre  when  the  music  was  still  very  raw  and  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  the  second  wave  era  and  some  of  the  slower  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  doom  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  last  track. 

  ReffuS  creates  a  recording  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  mostly  guitar  driven  and  they  manage  to  keep  everything  thing  very  grim,  dark  and  heavy,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  ReffuS  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Sentence"  and  "Eternal  Misanthrope".  8  out  of  10.
   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/reffuseternal-misanthrope2015-demo.html


Maieutiste Interview

samedi 19 décembre 2015 à 02:37
http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.fr
DEADLINE : 23/10/2015
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hello ! We’re currently working on our second full length album, of which some songs were written as early as 2008. We’re also involved in several other musical projects, such as Caïnan Dawn, Barús, Deinmas, Jambalaya Window, etc.

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 inthe past?
Our first demo was very spontaneous. It was recorded a few weeks after the band started, and featured some early versions of songs that are featured in our first album. For the album we had much higher expectations, which is why we took a long time for the project to mature and for all our ideas to take form.

3.This is the first material to be released since 2007, can you tell us a little bit more about the 8 year gap in between releases?
We wanted to make sure we had full control of the creative and recording processes, so we did everything ourselves, staying clear of recording studios. We chose a difficult path, and had to learn a lot of things the hard way. Our sound engineer used traveling recording gear and we recorded in many locations and experimented a lot, and had a high standard of how we wanted things to be played and sound. It took us a long time, but the resulting album is, to our ears, quite singular.

4.You have labelled your music 'Socratic metal', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this Greek philosopher?
The term Socratic Black Metal was a way for us to oppose ourselves to the overclassification in genres, especially in metal. It is a bit of a provocative statement, as we don’t really define what we do, we let listeners make their own opinion. It was also a way to criticize the scene that is sometimes caricatured in its use of Satanism or opposition to any form of one track thinking. We think that evoking antic philosophy could bear this idea of opposing ourselves to dogmas and claiming that we are all beings of reason
and doubt. We were interested in philosophy in general, and wanted to transcribe the process of maïeutics into music and into emotions. It’s a poetic approach, not philosophical.

5.Your lyrics are very philosophical, besides Socrates what are some of the other philosopher's that you are inspired by?
Many thinkers influence in our different works in direct or indirect ways. As for Maïeutiste, we mention Socrates, and also refer indirectly to his disciples. Writing lyrics to this music aims to offer an abstract poetry of this idea.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Maieutiste'?
Maïeutics means the “art of giving birth to spirits”. It argues that certain truths lay innate inside of us, and they can be unveiled by undergoing a form of spiritual journey. We wanted to evoke he who discovers maïeutics and who, through this philosophy, questions his existence and sees the world through new eyes, where questioning is permanent and where knowledge is an endless means of inspiration.The name of the band encompasses this approach. It is very meaningful for us, to the point that we decided not to name the album, to illustrate both the simplicity and the complexity of this idea.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have great memories of the album release party, organised by Les Acteurs de l’Ombre in Nante, where we played with DELUGE, Moonreich and Regarde les Hommes Tomber. We got great feedback. Our stage performance is more of a collective energy where we, asindividuals, are at the service of a musical entity and atmosphere. It’s not a rock and roll attitude (even though we appreciate that in other bands we play in); we aspire to a more transcending experience. We are considering adding live video projections in future
concerts.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans planned for the future?
We’re preparing our next album and next concerts at the moment, so nothing is completely defined yet, but we’re considering a tour with Mournful Congregation, who are all huge influences of ours.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
We’ve been surprised with very good feedback from all over the world! We know that our music is sometimes difficult to apprehend, with it being very dense and lengthy, so we’re thrilled that people actually stuck with it and were curious enough to really dive into it. We like music that takes a certain effort to appreciate, as they are usually quite deep experiences once they are understood. As for fans of black and doom metal, we’re very happy that they have offered many different interpretations of our work.

10.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?
Barús (death metal band in which James and Keithan play) is currently preparing to record their first album, which in a way is the flipside to Maïeutiste: where the former is dense and quite luminous and elevating, Barús is oppressive, unforgiving and raw. Keithan also works in Caïnan Dawn, who are starting to write their third opus, and Deinmas a grunge band who are preparing their first album.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We think the next release will be a continuation of the first album. It will probably be more powerful and cohesive overall. Recording should be a lot easier also, as we have learned a lot since the first release.

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?
If we had to mention our essentials in the metal scene, I would say the first Norwegian scene with Ulver, Emperor, Darkthrone and Enslaved, but also in Sweden with Bathory or Mörk Gryning. There’s also Bethlehem, Nehëmah, Mütiilation, Code, Deathspell Omega, Mournful Congregaton, Ataraxie, Hyadningar, who were all big influences. Pink Floyd, John Zorn, Thierry Escaich, Mike Oldfield, Bethoven, Dvořák, Vivaldi. .. are all names that have influenced us in various ways, in terms of composition, recording techniques and in appropriating a musical genre to make something of our own.Some of our current favourites are Lychgate, Misþyrming, Tim Hecker and the latest New Order.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We’re all interested in various forms of art, each of us being sensitive to one or several particular forms. Painting and cinema are a great source of inspiration. We’re also interested in science and new technologies, especially how they imbricate with modern artistic creative processes.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We hope that people will enjoy our album and offer their own personal interpretations.
Thanks for the interview and all the best!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/maieutiste-interview.html


Drama/Perdition Winds/Satanath Records/Black Plague Records/2015 Split CD Review

vendredi 18 décembre 2015 à 06:08

 This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Russia's  Drama  and  Finland's  Perdition  Winds  which  will  be  released  on  December  25th,  2015  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Black  Plague  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Drama  a  band  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  nihilstic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  melodic  and  heavy  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  also  add  a  progressive  touch  to  the  music  and on  the  second  track  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  adds  in  more  of  a  raw  sound  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  death  worship,  darkness  and  cold  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Drama  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  nihilistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Gloria  Mortis".

  Next  up  is  Perdition  Winds  a  band  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  that  gets  very  fast  and  adds  in  blast  beats  and  deep  yet  grim  screams  that  also  get  high  pitched  at  times  and  the  song  is  over  13  minutes  in  length  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos and  leads  have  a  very  dark,  melodic,  yet  catchy  feeling  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  bass  guitar  lead,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  while  the  lyrics  deal  Kain  which  is  the  Sumerian  spelling  for  the  biblical  Cain  and  the  cult  he  started.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Perdition  Winds  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,   satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/dramaperdition-windssatanath.html


Witcher/Csendes Domb/Neverheard Distro/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 18 décembre 2015 à 05:17

 Witcher  are  a  duo  from  Hungary  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Csendes  Domb"  which  was  released on  cassette  by  Neverheard  Distro.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  an  atmospheric  feeling  and after  the  intro  the  music  starts  mixing  in  a  more  dark  and  melodic  doom  metal  sound  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge part  of  the  tracks.

  Keyboards  and guitars mix  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  melodic  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  very  depressive  atmosphere  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

   The  music  also  brings  back  some  of  the  more  90's  orientated  keyboard  driven  black  metal  sound  at  times  and  one  song  also  brings  in a  brief   use  of  growls  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Ralph  Vaughn  Williams's  "The  Cloud  Capp's  Towers"  before  closing  with  a  bonus  track  that  is  present  only  on  the  cassette  which  also  shows  the  music  speeding  up a  bit  and  adding  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal   which  also  uses  a  few  seconds  of  blast  beats.  

  Witcher  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  bringing  back  some  of  the  keyboard  style  of  the  90's  while  also  mixing  in  doom  metal  influences  and  a  touch  of  the  more  more  depressive  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  pain,  solitude,  hate,  philosophy  and  paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witcher  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  and  keyboard  driven  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eltemettelek"  and  "Csendes  Domb".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/witchercsendes-dombneverheard.html


Atel/Cold Misanthropic Wilderness/Defiled Light/2015 Demo Review

vendredi 18 décembre 2015 à 02:58

  Atel  are  a  solo  project  from  California  that  has  been  recently  featured  in  my  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  "Cold  Misanthropic  Wilderness"  which  was  released  by  Defiledlight.  

A  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  black metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  primitive  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  some  grim,  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  lot  of  second  wave  90's  influences  along  with  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  depressive while  it  is mixed  in  with  a  more raw  style  of  black  metal  as  opposed  to  the  modern  day  dsbm  style  and  the  riffs  are  very  much  power  chord  driven  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  utilize  solos  and  leads  and  the  music  is  very  heavy,  grim  and  raw  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  while  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  briefly.

  Atel  creates  another  black  metal  recording  that  is  very  raw  in  the  second  wave  style  while  also  adding  in  a  more  modern  depressive  touch  and  the  music is  purely  black  metal  with  no  other  genres  ever  being  mixed  in,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  death,  nature,  misanthropy  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Atel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Torment"  "Anger"  "Judas"  and  "Soil".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/atelcold-misanthropic.html