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Spiritwood/The Spiritwood/Wolfrune Worxx/2016 Demo Review

mercredi 30 mars 2016 à 20:09

  Spiritwood  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "The  Spiritwood"  which  was  released  by Wolfrune  Worxx.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mix  in  with  the  synths  to  create  more  of  an  atmospheric  sound  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  drum  beats  are  all  programmed  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  is  very  epic  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and blast  beats  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  slow,  heavy  and  dark  style  while  the  vocals  do  add  some  depressive  elements  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.

   Spiritwood  creates  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  raw,  depressive  and  grim  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Spiritwood  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if you are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Illustrations  Painted  On  The  Skin  Of  The  Mourning  Goddess".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/spiritwoodthe-spiritwoodwolfrune.html


Tormentium/Bound To The Depths/Exile Musick/2016 CD Review

mercredi 30 mars 2016 à 17:12

  Tormentium  are  a  band  from  Eugene,  Oregon  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Bound  To  the  Depths"  which  was  released  on  Exile  Musick.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  it  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  haunting  atmosphere  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of death  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  can be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with some  grim  yet  high pitched screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  progressive  feeling  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  singing  starts  to  be  utilized  more  and  the  last  3  tracks  have  a  concept  to  them.

  Tormentium  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw  at  times  while  also  being  very  progressive  and  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  very  diverse  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalypse,  demonology,  misanthropy  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my opinion  Tormentium  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Womb"  "Requiem  Within"  and  "Coils  2:  Plunging  Vast  Unknown".  8  out  of  10.  
        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/tormentiumbound-to-depthsexile.html


Ygfan Interview

mardi 29 mars 2016 à 19:04
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ygfan is a band from Hungary and I think it couldn’t be manifestated in any other place… At least in this form. There are lots of cultural roots that determined our creativity. It is not good or bad, just there is…


2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It is a very difficult question! We are coming from several genres and we believe that we are creating a unique thing, but I think I leave you to find the answer for this question.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The first material is a concept one. It is based on the symbol of fog and the feelings that awakes from me. It is a very impressive symptom and the lyrics have several layers. I don’t want to interpret them deeply...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ygfan'?

Our name, Ygfan has several aspects. First, it is a historical place in the ancient Hungarian Kingdom but for us it is much more interesting in the spiritual way what it holds for us. It is a holy secret place, a dense forest, which is in every human being…

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

I think we are playing better and better shows and we get better and better possibilites in these fields. There is nothing special, four mates playing music in an intense way. In the future we try to do our gigs much more special.

6.Do you have nay touring or show plans for the future?

It is depends on the possibilites. Most of us enjoy the concerts very much. I usually do not but if there is a good offer, then…

7.So far you have worked with 'Fekete Terror' and 'A Sad Sadness Song', do you feel these 2 labels have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Fekete Terror is a small Hungarian label, focus on tapes. They work very hard and I can recommend them courageously. We have just started to work with A Sad Sadness Song recently, so we are very exciting about the future!

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

It is hard to split our „fans”, that who is a black metal fan or who is not. These categories are not important for us. What we are playing is not black metal! We started something of those echoes are coming from everywhere…

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into  musically during the future?

It is very early to speak about our next materials. We have 5-6 new songs and a tons of themes… 

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?


As I already wrote, we are coming from several genres, so I can’t mention only one. We don’t want to build walls around us. Therefore the creative process could be very slow and difficult. The aim is that all of us could feel this creature as their own.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We are working in several fields in our civil lives and it is a hard to fight every day as many bands do all over the world. Most of us has families, children, so the priorities are different. The history of the human beings, the religions, believes in the transcendental and the nature are the common interests and the lyrics are based on them too.

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

Thank you for this interview. Look into the inner regions! It was Zsolt from Ygfan.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/ygfan-interview.html


Heathe Interview

mardi 29 mars 2016 à 18:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?



I see a lot of different things in it of course, but generally speaking I guess it is black/doom metal



The project was born in the beginning of 2016. During a recording session in my rehearsal space for another project of mine (a noise thing called Barad-Dûr), I got stuck in what I was trying to do. It felt wrong and forced in a way, so to clear my head I sat down and played the same rhythm on the drums for 30 minutes. 5 hours later I had written and recorded Despair. The 4-minute quiet intro to the song (-) was the waste product of the noise-recording I originally wanted to do that evening.



It was a weird coincidental thing. The track kind of composed itself it felt like. I liked it and had a few more recording sessions where I would follow the same “jammy” approach to composing and something like three months later the demo was there. 





2.Recently you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?



Repetitive and massive yet fragile. There is a lot of anger in it, but other people might hear it differently.





3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?



The lyrics revolve around the fragility of the human sanity. How easy people break and turn to inhumane acts, purposely hurting others, even the ones they care about. Whether it is to be understood on a personal or a global level I will not dictate.



The lyrics for White Lies I did not write myself, but are the words of Cristian Kiko.





4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Heathe'?



It is a mixture of the Danish and English word for Heath. I added the E of aesthetical reasons. I’m sure I and anyone else could put a lot of meanings into it, but really it’s just what I think of when I hear the music. A big, bare and dead landscape.





5.On the recordings you record everything by yourself, are you open to bringing other musicians onto your recordings or do you prefer to remain solo?



I am definitely open for collaborations and to expand the project to involve more people, but it can be difficult when living in a city with 100.000 inhabitants, where the majority of the musicians simply doesn’t have the patience to play this kind of stuff. I am very happy to do it by myself until someone who likes it the same way I do comes along.





6.What are some of the best shows that you have played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



No shows played yet, but it will be chaotic and loud. Loads of people on stage.







7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?



Touring is highly unlikely at this point. I am not a big fan of playing multiple concerts in a row. It gets exhausting and I miss my home, but concerts near local soil will definitely happen within short time.





8.The demo was released on Danish Vaishyas, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Danish Vaishyas is a label and concert-organizer from Aalborg, who promote experimental music like noise and free-improvisation and has a small label connected that do cd-r’s and cassettes with music from Aalborg. I’m involved in the organization and it seemed obvious to release it through there rather than to search for a label. We have the equipment to produce the tapes ourselves pretty cheap and with internet and all, it couldn’t get easier.






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



I highly doubt that more than a few people out of my circle of friends heard it yet. I received nothing but positive words, but then again how often do you even care enough about crappy music, to tell the musician.

If I take a look at my insights on bandcamp, it shows that most plays are partial, which means the listener skipped the songs. So I guess it demands a kind of patience most music listeners do not have to this day where everything is going so fast. Generally I don’t care that much, but I get happy when people that I admire artistically say positive things about the music.




10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?



I constantly jump from one thing to another. I would like to be more focused on one or a few things, instead of getting involved in a bunch of projects where I always end out with only contributing half-hearted. I feel like working with sound on my own is therapeutic I a different way. I get closer to the output and I identify with the stuff on the recording way more than when I do stuff with the groups I play with. I want to trust myself more and to work with a starting point in my intuition instead of thinking to much.




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?



Without over analyzing anything and from the top of my head: Swans, Sunn o))), Gaia, Sol, Myrrh, Slint, Corrupted, Earth, Kollapse, Fushitsusha.



Really I did not go after one specific thing, but I can hear some obvious connections between those bands and the Demo Tape.



I constantly seek new stuff to listen to. The last five records I bought were

Rachel’s – Handwriting LP

The Rolling Stones – Out of our Heads

Antti Tolvi – Aamu/Ilta

Crank Sturgeon – Our New Bower

Urr – No life no love no death






12.What are some of your non musical interests?



I don’t really have any that doesn’t involve music. I try to do some reading. I also like to go for a walk and to ride. I think about music in one way or another almost constantly.



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

 Thank you for doing this blog. Stuff like this keeps the underground alive.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/heathe-interview.html


Arkaik Excruciation/Cursed Blood Of Doom/Duplicate Records/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 28 mars 2016 à 20:26

  Arkiak  Excruciation  are  a  band  from  Spain  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Cursed  Blood  Of  Doom"  which  was  released  by  Duplicate  Records.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  death  metal  style  melodies  before  adding  in  bestial  growls  and  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  bring  in  a  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  sound  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  80's  thrash  influences  while  the  vocals  at  times  mix  in  the  more  grim  side  of  black  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  an  avant  garde  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  the  guitars  also  start  utilizing  more  tremolo  picking  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  intro before  the  last  track.

  Arkaik  Excruciation  creates  another  recording  that  takes  the  heaviest  and  rawest  forms  of  war,black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  and  extreme  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arkaik  Excrciation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  and  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Night  Of  Sodom"  "Anesthesic  Ritual  of  Silence"  and  "Sadistic  Scourge".  8/2  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/arkaik-excruciationcursed-blood-of.html