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Moloch/Gurthang/Give Praise Records/2016 SPlit EP Review

dimanche 3 juillet 2016 à 05:01

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Ukraine's  Moloch  and  Poland's  Gurthang  which  was  released  by  Give  Praise  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Moloch  a  solo  project  that  has   had  plenty  of  material  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  synths  and  on  the  second  track  the  ambient  eelments  start  mixing  in  with  a  heavier  guitar sound  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  some  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  the  song  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Ukrainian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Moloch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up is  Gurthang  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  funeral  doom  metal.

 Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodies  and  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  in  the  music  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  utilized  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  whole  song  also  sticks  to  a  slow  musical  production  while  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  song  from  Gurthang  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  funeral  doom,  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  depressive  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  metal.  8  out of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/molochgurthanggive-praise-records2016.html


Seltar Interview

dimanche 3 juillet 2016 à 01:31
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


Seltar is currently a one-man project. I started the project in order to bring some dormant musical ideas and urges to life and give them a voice. My intent is to create music that is atmospheric and epic, yet raw. Falling under the veil of black metal, there is also a mystical darkness that I naturally strive for with Seltar. It is my escape from modern existence.



2. So far you have released 1 EP and 1 full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?


The first release was intended to be a demo and the second an EP. The democratic powers of the Internet bumped the releases up to an EP and a full length. In the end, as long as the music is out that is all that matters. was recorded over a span of a few months; it was the first foray into this project, so I was writing as I was recording. In this process I was testing ideas and adjusting levels. was done in a shorter time frame. The priority with these recordings was to make the music atmospheric and ancient-sounding.


3.Your lyrics cover Iberian Heritage and Ancient Times, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


The themes I gravitate toward are those concerning my blood. I am fascinated by the ancient world and how little we, as a modern society, understand it. This project is a minuscule reminder of a past life and an urge to be transported to another time. It interests me to know more about where my ancestors came from. I would say that I look within for my influence for this project or anything I have ever undertaken. Looking within leads me to a distant world and an understanding, albeit abstract, of my ancient origins.


There is little we know about the Iberians, their language and Atlantean civilization, which is why the subject beckons me. If I could, I would pen the lyrics in the ancient language! There is genetic (and to an extent, cultural) evidence that supports that Iberians were the indigenous people of Western Europe. Dr. Stephen Oppenheimer has pioneered this theory in regards to the origins of the British.



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


In the little that is known about the ancient Iberians, Seltar is theorized to mean "tomb". I found that to be appealing as a name for this project and it stuck.


5. In what part of the United States is the musical project located at?


Seltar is based in the northeastern United States.



6. On the albums you have recorded everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?


Recording alone has many positive aspects. This is especially true since this is such a personal project for me. It is a cathartic experience being able to build this in solitude. However, I am open to having real drums in the future as well as some folk instruments-of which I play neither.



7. Heathen Tribes put both releases on a single album, what are your thoughts on the final product?


Heathen Tribes are a pleasure to work with. They decided it was best to combine the two short releases into one, which was a great idea. The physical copies look and sound amazing. I am delighted with the outcome. I look forward to our alliance as we continue.



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


Considering that this is a small project the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. It was interesting to find that folks took the liberty to spread the music throughout the Internet. However, I do not think many people have heard this yet.



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


This is currently a one-man project, but it would be interesting to take it live in the future. Right now that is not something I want to do because I still would like to explore within this solo framework.



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?


Bathory, Burzum, Summoning, and Windir are big influences. Lately, I have been listening to Forteresse, Gris, Nokturnal Mortum, Volahn, Kroda, Hordak, and hell of a lot more. The latest Forteresse and Hordak releases, especially.



11. What are some of your non musical interests?


I enjoy history and reading about how life was once lived. However, a lot of that ends up relating to music anyway. Walking is a big interest; I enjoy wandering without a destination in mind. If it is in the forest or a hike, even better, but I do not mind the city.



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


Do not succumb to the trappings of the modern world.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/seltar-interview.html


Verdorven/De Tijd Van Weeler/2016 Demo Review

vendredi 1 juillet 2016 à 12:53

  Verdorven  are a  solo  project  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released 2016 demo  "De  Tijd  Van  Weleer".

  A  very  distorted  riff  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very powerful  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  very  raw  sound  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  robotic  spoken words  being  utilized  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  experimental  at  times  while  also  mixing  in  some  atmospheric  elements  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  track  is  an  avant  garde  style  instrumental.

 Verdorven  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  has  its  raw  and  atmospheric  moments  while  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times  but  never  straying far  away  from  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Verdorven  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for something  different,  you  should  check  out this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Op Weg Naar  Het  Lot"  and  "Willoze  Weezens".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/verdorvende-tijd-van-weeler2016-demo.html


Blight/The Teachings/Heathen Tribes Records/2016 EP Review

vendredi 1 juillet 2016 à 11:49

  Blight  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  Luciferian  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "The  Teachings"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by heathen Tribes  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  are  very  powerful  sounding  while  demonic  vocals  can  be  heard  briefly  going  going  into  more  of  an  angry  and  high  pitched  black  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a grim  atmosphere  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of  the  music  has  a  more  modern  occult  black  metal  style  to  them  while  some  of  the  vocals  can  also  be  rough  and  melodic  at  both  the  same  time  while  also  bringing  in  some  clear  singing  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  edge  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  fast  riffs  that  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  most  of  the music  usually  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Blight  plays  a style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  done  in  a  more  modern  style  while  still  having a  very  dark  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferianism,  Left  Hand  Path,  Qliptoth  and  Drakonian  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blight  and  if you are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  the  Pact  To  Be  Writ"  and  "Magna  Arcana".  8  out  of  10.

   


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/blightthe-teachingsheathen-tribes.html


DunkelNacht/Ritualz Of The Occult/WormHoleDeath Records/2016 EP Review

vendredi 1 juillet 2016 à 11:01

  DunkelNacht  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Ritualz  Of  The  Occult"  which  was  released by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Avant  garde  drones  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  some  neo  classical  style  keyboards  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  and  the   vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  riffs.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  get  technical  at times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  elements  that  where  present  on  the  intro  also  get  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements of  modern  prog  metal  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  melodic  singing  while  ethnic  instruments  are  added  onto the  last  song  along  with  a  few  spoken  word  parts.

  DunkelNacht  plays  a  musical  style  takes  an  aggressive  black  metal  style  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  death  metal,  prog  and  experimental  elements  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Atheism,  Anti  Abrahamic  and  Mankind  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dunkelnacht  are  a  very  decent  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritualz  Of  The  Occult"  and  "Emblem  of  A  Diluted  Deism".  7out  of  10.  

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/dunkelnachtritualz-of.html