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Kuoleman Galleria/Karsmys Kunnian/Inverse Records/2016 Full Length Review

samedi 27 février 2016 à 03:39




   Kuoleman Galleria  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Karsmys Kunnian"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Water  sounds  and  aggressive  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  black'n'roll  direction  that  also  uses  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  while  the  heavier  riffs  are  very  catchy  and  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  energy   and  the  music  for  the    most  part  sticks  to  a  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  some  songs  also  bring  in a  touch  of  punk   and  thrash  as  well  a s a   brief  use  of  back  up  gang  shouts  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Barathrum's  "Last  Day  In  Heaven".

  Kuoleman Galleria  plays  a  style  of  black'n'roll  that  is  very  catchy  with  a  lot  of  energy  in  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction  while  other  songs  also  display  more  of  a  melodic  side,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Sarcasm  and  Dark  Humour  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kuoleman Galleria  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Karsimys  Kunnian"  "Aivokuollut  jattelija"  "Elaman  Irvikuva"  and  "Last  Day  In  heaven".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/kuoleman-galleriakarsmys-kunnianinverse.html


Funeral Art/La Belleza Oculta/Weakie Discs/2015 Cassette Review

samedi 27 février 2016 à 01:06

  Funeral  Art  are  a  solo project  from  Guatemala  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays a  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "La Belleza Oculta"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Weakie  Discs.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  after  the  intro the  music retains  its  ambient  elements  while  also  adding  in  programmed  beats  along  with  some operatic  female  vocals  and  saxophones  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length. 

  After  awhile  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  start  out  using  clean  playing  while  also  getting  more  distorted  in  some  parts  of t he  songs  and  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  the  first  2  main  tracks  have  intros  before  them  while  the  later  closes  with  an  outro.

   As  the  album  progresses  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  while  also  being  very  melodic  at  the  same  time  to  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  slower  riffs  also  add  some  funeral  doom  influences  in  the  songs  when  they  are  utilized  and  there  are  2  bonus  tracks  with  the  first  one  being  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Funeral  Art  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  dark  ambient  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  along  with  some  soprano  vocals  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult,  and  witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Art  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  funeral  doom,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  Belleza  Oculta"  and  "Arcano  I".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/funeral-artla-belleza-ocultaweakie.html


Sarcalogos/Echoes Of Silence/2016 EP Review

vendredi 26 février 2016 à 23:25

  Sarcalogos  are  a  band  from  Oregon  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Echoes  Of  Silence".

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  tremolo  picking  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  Death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of t he  songs  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  some  elements  of  thrash  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  other  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Sarcalogos  creates  another  recording  that  is  still  very  much  rooted  in  the  raw  second  wave  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  along  with  more  clean  parts  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Suicide  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sarcalogos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Daybreak  Over  A  Sunken  Kingdom(Floods  II)"  and  "Soul  Terror".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/sarcologosechoes-of-silence2016-ep.html


Eldamar Interview

vendredi 26 février 2016 à 22:47

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

- Eldamar is an Atmospheric Black Metal project formed around summer of 2015. It is a solo project that focuses on fantasy, inner emotions and nature. The whole intentions with Eldamar is that the listener can use the music as a kind of "escape". You can drift away in your own dreams and follow a story that is being loosely told or make up your own. You can look upon it as a journey.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

- In the first half of the album you really get the feeling of northern nature. You know, the hard rough winter spirit. You have good and bad things happening, and you can really feel it in how the songs progress, you have quiet and calm parts and some more aggressive and epic. The last part of the album has a different sound to it. It is even more epic and solemn. More Elven like than the others. That is the change and the biggest part of the story, like you entered a different realm.

3.Some of your lyrics deal with Heathenism and Nature, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those subjects?

- I wrote some kind of poem before uploading on SoundCloud to fit together with the music and my thoughts. It is simply that you should be grateful with your heritage. Take great pride inn the force that makes you alive. Have respect for everything that grows in nature. You do not harm a tree unless you have to. Honor your ancestors for what they have done. Keep with you their wisdom. Keep your soul clean and free until it gets chosen to rest, then get passed on... that is the way of things.

4.The bands name came from the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this writer and also do you have any interest in any other fantasy writers?

- Lord of the Rings is prety much the whole reason I did Eldamar. It is a very good story. It includes a lot of epic stuff on topp of the story. It was something I was fan of even before I saw the movies or read any of the books. You know when you are a little kid and are fighting with sticks in the forest. And when I finally saw it i fell in love with the whole atmosphere. What moved me the most was the music, and the Elves. I started to write in elvish and all that good stuff. I even took an elvish tattoo :P when I discovered that Heathenism had elves, it opened a big door. And I was combining it together. Alfheimr in Norse Mythology means Elvenhome witch again means Eldamar in elvish (Quenya). Another writer i like is JK Rowling.

5.With this musical project you record mostly everything by yourself, are you open to turning the project into a full time band or do you prefer to remain solo?

- Not a full time band no. The music is not much of a live thing either. And I don't think I want it in other hands than mine. Things i can't record myself, I will just sample.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

- I have got a lot of request about signing Eldamar from a lot of labels. I have to go for my feeling in this matter. I asked about making a deal with Northern Silence Productions. They have a lot of followers, they sign bands that I enjoy and the idea seemed good. And they wanted to take me on. Just have to change the album art. Thats all.

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

- It has been very good. You know, the fans are enthusiastic. They like and sharing the music to others. There is a lot of great people who want you to get the right contacts and really want you to succeed. And i'm very grateful for that. I didn't think it would grow as fast as it is doing.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

- I just started to work on a new project with a good mate of mine. The project is called Askheimr. The old name for Askim, the town we are living in. This will be a live thing as soon we find members and have the songs done. And i will of course continue with Eldamar.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

- I believe it will be the same thing as now. I will se how far I can get Eldamar, at the same time I am working with Askheimr.

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?

- Prety much most black metal bands. But i was introduced to Lustre by my friend. I fell in love with his music and the genere. Then I started to listening to more atmospheric black metal like Elderwind, Caladan Brood and I wanted to take it further. So that's another reason for Eldamar.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

- Haha, that's not much. At the moment i am a welding apprentice. But it is mostly  stuff like art, history, filosofi and a good party ;)

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

- Well, I have to thank everyone for supporting me and help me through. I am really grateful. And I must say thanks for a nice interview.
Hi Mathias

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/eldamar-interview.html


Nocturnal Degrade/The Dying Beuaty/Self Mutilation Services/2015 CD Review

vendredi 26 février 2016 à 02:06

  Nocturnal  Degrade  are  a  band  from  Italy that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  from  of   black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Dying  Beauty"  which  was  released  by  Self  Mutilation  Services.

  A  very  slow,  raw,  heavy  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  drums  get  more  aggressive  and  high  pitched  suicidal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  while  the  guitars  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  half  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  depressive  sounding  melodies  while the  faster  sections  of  the  music  use  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  bringing  back  a  bit  of  the  old  school  style  and  when  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  recording  it  gives  the  music  a  touch  of  goth  and  dark  wave.

  Whispers  can  also  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  some  of the  songs  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  melody  onto  the recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  atmospheric  and  ambient  elements  are  brought  into  the  music  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  before  the  songs  make  a  return  back  to  vocal  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  last  song  is  an  instrumental  ambient  piece.

  Nocturnal  Degrade  creates  another  depressive  black  metal  album  that  is  a  lot  more  raw  and  less  ambient  influenced  than  the  previous  recording  while  still  keeping  around  some  atmospheric  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  life,  decay,  apathy,  death  and  anti  human  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nocturnal  Degrade  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "In  December" and  "The  Dying  Beauty".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/nocturnal-degradethe-dying-beuatyself.html