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Thus Defiled/An Unhollowed Legacy/Shadowflame Productions/2016 Compilation Review

vendredi 6 mai 2016 à 15:48

  Thus  Defiled  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  compilation  album  "An  Unhallowed  Legacy"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Shadowflame  Productions  and  contains  2000  and  2002  ep's  "A  Darker  Beauty"  and  "Fire  Serpent  Dawn".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  a  very  huge  part  of  both  recordings  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their presence  known  in  the  music  and  the  keyboards  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffs.

   When  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  at  times  the  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  the  riffs  start  utilizing  more tremolo  picking  and the  way  the  songs  where  produced  still  sounds  very  powerful  to  this  day  and  on  the  second  ep  the  guitar  leads  and  riffs  start  incorporating  more  traditional  metal  elements  while some  riffs  start  adding  in  more  thrash  influences  while  also  keeping  the  raw  aggression  that  was  presented  on  the  first  recording.

 
  Thus  Defiled  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  these  recordings  that  where  very  atmospheric  for  their  time  while  capturing  the  raw  and  melodic  vibe  of  that  era  and  also dding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  which  makes  the  music  stand  out a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Demonology  and  Occultism  themes.

   In  my  opinion  Thus  Defiled  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eden  Stands  Aflame"  and  "Beyond  The  Seventh  Circle  Of  Fire".  8  out  of  10. 
   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/thus-defiledan-unhollowed.html


Typhoeus/The Black Rivers Of The Serpent Dragon/2014 Demo Review

vendredi 6 mai 2016 à 14:37

  Typhoeus  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  majestic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo  "The  Black  Rivers  of  The  Serpent  Dragon".

  A  very  dark  keyboard  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  they  also  use  a  variety  many  many  different  sounding  keys  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  use  melodies  in  soem  parts  of  the  songs.

  When  the  riffs  use  tremolo  picking  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  mixing  of  both  heavy  and  keyboard  parts  takes  the  music  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  most  of  the  tracks  are very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  lot  of  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  they  add  more  of  a  dark  and melodic  style  to  the  songs  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  and  medieval  feeling  and  there  is  also  a brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  on  one  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  battle  samples  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  track  which  is  also  an  ambient  piece.

  Typhoeus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is very  raw, epic  and  atmospheric  sounding  in  the  90's  underground  European  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  and  Occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Typhoeus  are  a  very  great  sounding  majestic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Under  Fullmoon"  and  "Storm  Of  A  Thousand  Swords".  8/5  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/typhoeusthe-black-rivers-of-serpent.html


Shyy/Demo 2016 Review

vendredi 6 mai 2016 à 04:23

  Shyy  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  rock  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  demo.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  a  few  seconds  depressive  black metal  screams  and  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  bring  in  more  of  a  post  rock  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  along  with  soem  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  At  times  the  riffs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Shyy  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  modern  raw  and  atmospheric  style of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  post  rock  elements  to  create  2  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  while t he  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shyy  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  rock  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Desfalecer".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/shyydemo-2016-review.html


Harm Wulf Interview

jeudi 5 mai 2016 à 12:47
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
HW: Hails! HARM WULF was founded by Ansuz (guitars), Zephirist (vocals and lyrics) and Völz (bass) in mid-2015. All of us have been actively creating music for quite some time before, but there was a  common passion for raw, atmospheric Black Metal that we felt we wanted to channel into a distinct form - thus this band came to be. The aim was, from the beginning, to deliver this music and all it stands for in uncompromising, pure essence.

2.In January you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Ansuz: "Endzeitnächte" is a very dense album, with thick layers of sound that evoke a certain kind of arcane, or "transcendental", if you like, atmosphere we aim for. The songs are connected through instrumental interludes that, like an overture, introduce the musical themes presented in the following song(s). Everything has a purpose on this recording, it is not a random collection of songs.
Völz: Raw German Black metal with atmospheric influences.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Ansuz: I am not sure if our debut can be called a "conceptual album" in the classical sense. Zephirist writes most of the lyrics. I wrote lyrics for "Sintbrand" on our album, about the inevitable purge of modern, as well as judeo-christian values - one day mankind will learn by force that our mundane lives are just masks we wear, in order to function within a fragile concept of "reality".
Zephirist: Well, the lyrics on this album are indeed not based on a single concept. They reach from hateful misanthropic visions of death and destruction to descriptions of endtime-scenarios and mystic nights in the woods. Sure, these topics are typical for almost every black metal band out there but in combination with the raw sound of the songs they fit just fine. 

4.I know that the name 'Harm Wulf' comes out of novel 'Der Wehrwolf' by 'Hermann Lons', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
Ansuz: HARM WULF stands for the irrational, the archaic in man - hardened by and filtered through the life we lead. In the novel, Harm Wulf is a peasant during the Thirty-Years-War (during this conflict from 1618-1648 more than half of the population died in some areas of Germany). The brutal reality he and his kinsmen face as their village is pillaged forces them to shed their petty issues and earn their survival. This is knowledge of a reality, a natural law, that the last generations in Europe failed to pass on to their descendants.
Völz: Nothing to add.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and alos how would you describe your stage performance?
HW: Unfortunately, we haven't played any shows yet.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
HW: Yes we do. However, we live in different parts of Germany and it is taking us quite some time, effort and also logistic problems to rehearse frequently. Nothing certain can be said as of now.

7.On the band camp page you had a 'Nokturnal Mortum' cover and on the album you had a 'Dark fury' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own versions of these songs?
Ansuz: Both bands, especially NOKTURNAL MORTUM were great influences to me. The song we covered will appear on a CD compilation released by Azermedoth Records and this tribute was the main reason we decided to record the song.

8.According to the metal archives page you are signed to 'Werewolf Promotion', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Ansuz: Werewolf Promotion has been releasing quality music for a long time now, almost everything they release is guaranteed to be worth your time. It is a great honour to work with this label, and we plan to continue this cooperation. The quality of our album release on tape was absolutely flawless.
Völz: The cooperation with the label is working properly and they give us the necessary support we need. Moreover, Werewolf Promotion delivered perfect quality of the tapes!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Ansuz: The feedback I received so far has been from average to very positive. I think we  have made a first appearance, a starting point from which we hope to set ourselves apart from the flood of releases in Black Metal.
Völz: Far better than I expected.

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?
Ansuz: I have a band called NOXIA. Founded in 2010, we play Post-Punk infused with some elements of Gothic- and Black Metal. So far, there's been one EP, a Split release (to be reissued on CD soon) and we have almost finished recording our debut album at this point.
Völz: Since 2015 I'm also a member of NOXIA, which has already been introduced by Ansuz. Besides I play bass in CH'AHOM. Black/Death Metal with pre-hispanic themes in the vein of SADOGOAT, PROCLAMATION and VON. We just released our first demo via Penetrationhammer and are working on further material.
Zephirist: My own project is called FREMDREICH and could be described as black metal with a pretty punk-ish attitude. I am currently working on the second full length which will go back to the more radical and misantrophic style like my debut since the last two releases were based on some personal issues of mine. But I figured out that black metal wasn´t the best platform to handle these topics.


11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ansuz: I think we will continue the path we started. What I would like to do is broaden our lyrical themes and the musical depth to draw the listener further into our concept. Our inspiration is wide enough to realize this on future releases. Still, HW is - without compromise - dedicated to pure, traditional Black Metal and its values.
Völz: With our debut we created a distinctive sound. We'll try to pick up from this and develop our songwriting.

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?
Ansuz: Influential artists definitely are bands like BURZUM, early KATATONIA, LASCOWIEC, A. ART, ENSLAVED, NA RASPUTJE, SOMBRE CHEMIN... I also have a passion for 80's Post-Punk and Indie-music, like RED LORRY YELLOW LORRY, THE SMITHS, UK DECAY and contemporary bands of this style: HOLOGRAMS, VARSOVIE, LOVESILKPALEMILK, to name a few.
Völz:  As I started making music, I bought a shitty guitar and started learning DARKTHRONE and BURZUM songs. The greatest influence to me are primitive bands like BEHERIT, BLASPHEMY, ILDJARN, ØDELEGGER. The crude style is perfect to transport anger! Therefore, I'm also a huge fan of OHL, CHAOS Z and RASPBERRY BULBS. Other genres which I try to pick up are Ambient, Folk and Power Electronics.

13.Does Paganism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Ansuz: I am a pantheistic heathen and this is reflected in the aims I have with my musical creation - to evoke a sense for the irrational, archaic and untamed ways of nature.
Völz: Yes. HAIL SATAN!
Zephirist: I for myself do not believe in god or any other form of a “higher power”. People often use the excuse that religion gives them hope - but I don´t want them to have hope.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Ansuz: I would like to thank you for this interview and appeal to every reader and/or listener to treasure and develop BLACK METAL as a spiritual weapon against the modern world. Don't let it become part of the "regular" metal scene, which is full of troglodyte idiots raveling in ignorance. Support underground bands, labels and fanzines!
Völz: Thanks for the interview and keep supporting the underground!



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/harm-wulf-interview.html


Krigsgrav/Waves Of Degradation/Bindrune Recordings/2016 CD Review

jeudi 5 mai 2016 à 11:14

  Krigsgrav  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  melodic,  atmospheric  and  nature  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Waves  Of  Degradation"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some nature  sounds  in  the  background  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording. 

  Growls  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a raw  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they are  done  in  a  very  melodic direction.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  give  songs  more  of  a  folk  and  progressive  feeling  while  the  heavier  parts  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  violins,  mouth  harps,  post  rock  and  avant  garde  elements  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  track  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  song  which  also  introduces  spoken  word parts  onto the  recording.

  Krigsgrav  creates  another  recording  that  sticks  to  the  atmospheric,  melodic  and  nature  orientated  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  mixing  in  more  avant  garde,  progressive  and  folk  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  existentialism  and  the  downfall  of  man  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Krigsgrav  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Son  Of  The  Stones"  and  "As  The  Color  Fades  From  the  Earth".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/krigsgravwaves-of-degradationbindrune.html