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Paths/In Lands Thought Lost/Bindrune Recordings/2018 CD Review

mercredi 4 juillet 2018 à 05:07

  Paths  are  a  band  from  Victoria  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  Scandinavian  inspired  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "In  Lands  Thought  Lost"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Bindrune  Recordings.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style. 

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing,  melodic  chants,  synths  and  psychedelic  elements  are  added  onto the  recording.

  Paths  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  cascadian  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  raw  energy  of  the  Scandinavian  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  society,  struggles,  spirituality  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Paths  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Brave  The  Storm"  and  "South  Ever  South".  8  out  of  10.

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Kalaallit Nunaat Interview

mercredi 4 juillet 2018 à 01:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Kalaallit Nunaat starts as a classic raw black metal project in 2012, during my University studies. I wrote many songs during last years of my career, but for some personal problems i wasn't able to record them as well. In 2016 i finally got some time to complete recordings of the song, but, making some remarkable changes to some of the songs i wrote, i turned them into a funeral doom/ ambient version of the original ones, and i published them with another moniker, Shine of Menelvagor, and i released the first full-lenght called “Walking the Icepath to the Wanderers' Plateau” through This Winter Will Last Forever Records”. In 2017, i decided to also records some of the original raw black metal tracks i composed in 2012, and so in april 2018 the split album “Memories from desolate battlefields” as been released.

2.So far you have released 2 demo's and have been a part of a split, how do all of the recordings differ from each other?
There is no difference among the releases. The 2 demos are just a promotional version of the tracks officially released on the split album.

3.Your lyrics cover Frost, Mythology, Fantasy and Cosmography themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
For me, frost is just a “meteorological” version of solitude, the only human condition that can leave us with our true emotions and feelings. Mythology is a great hobby since years, including from classic Roman and Greek, to Nordic one. Also fantasy is a great source of inspiration, expecially Tolkien's masterpieces, so much widespread in black metal. Cosmography is a personal interest that i will express in my next releases.

4. I know that the band was named after the name of Greenland in the indigenous Greenlandic langauge 'Kalaallisut', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this culture?
I really love the “Grœnlendinga saga”, so i decided to inspire the moniker of my project to this enchanting and desolate land. I have never visited Greenland until now, but i think it could really be the perfect place to isolate ourselves from this modern and overwhelming world we live in nowadays .

5.On the recording you play all of the instruments, are you open to bringing in other musicians on future releases?
I think i could bring some musicians in my projects only to improve some technical musical elements and, eventually, to bring Kalaallit Nunaat on stage. But i will never involve other musicians in this project, or in my other one Shine of Menelvagor, in songwriting, because i need these to keep very personal. However, i'm going to put on some other musical project with other musicians and friends.

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Au Revoir', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

A. of Au revoir, also involved in the project Talv, is a great pen pal for a long time, and i think he is one of the best italian musicians in atmospheric black metal. He is properly one of the musicians i hope to involve in a future two (or more) men black metal band! I think he has a perfect skill to turn solitude and despair in music.

7.So far you have worked with 'Depressive Illusions and 'This Winter Will last Forever' on getting your material released, do you feel both labels have been very supportive so far?
I think they're both great labels. Depressive Illusions records, including it's sublabels Vibrio Cholerae, Floppy Noise and Spirits of the Air records, is a very great label, always helpful to support a great number of underground musicians, from black metal to shoegaze to ambient to noise and so on. For its part, This Winter Will Last Forever is one of the greatest italian black metal label. Everything they released is always qualitatively high, and the phisical format of them is always well produced and packaged. Every black metal fan should discover their wonderful releases, including some historical projects such as Orcrist and Massemord.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The split album as been released only 2 months ago and the promotion until now, by my side, has been unfortunately slow, because of my personal and working problems. However, i have already received some good response from black metal fans who bought the phisical form of the split album, and some other good reactions including your great review.

9.Currently you are working on your first full length, what can we expect musically once it is released?
First Kalallit Nunaat full-length will be characterized by a perfect mix of dark ambient, acoustical elements and raw black metal madness. It will consist in some long suites, just like the split album ones, to create a challenging and involving musical journey. As the split, it also will be matched with a wonderful artwork by italian artist (and personal friend) Valerio Paolucci.

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?
My musical interests and influences are very wide. They include all metal styles (from symphonic epic power to slam brutal death metal), also grindcore, gorenoise, dungeon synth, some 80s bands like Tears for Fears and Spandau Ballet, and also i really love the american songwriter James Taylor, i listen to him for over twenty years. Limited to metal music, my favourite artists are Blind Guardian, Burzum, Taake, Wolves in the Throne Room, Xasthur, Vomitory, Rhapsody, Kreator, Opeth, Dying Fetus, just to mention a few of them. Nowadays, i'm listening, besides the classic masterpieces of the aforementioned bands, some brutal death metal stuff (for example Human Barbecue, Decapitate Hatred, Gravitational Distorion and many more), last Dragonforce full-lenght and some underground dungeon synth and black metal releases, just like Acheulean Forest and Drapsnatt.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
My non musical interests include reading (from classic Tolkien and Martin fantasy masterpieces, to Tom Clancy's novels, to some sci-fi stuff), sport (football, as player and as supporter of my city's team) and travels.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all, I want to thank you for this interview and for the great review you wrote about the split album. Furthermore, I want to thank everyone who have read this words, and i hope they will try to discover my black metal project Kalalllit Nunaat, my other funeral doom project Shine of Menelvagor, and enjoy them. Let me know every comment about them!

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Pestlegion Interview

mardi 3 juillet 2018 à 02:17
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

We have been busy rehearsing and writing new material. There are some shows coming up and PESTLEGION is ready to crush some stages in the near future!

2.Recently you have released a new ep, what are some of the things you feel you have done musically on this recording that you where not able to do with your previous releases?

First of all I have to say that without our DEATH CHOIR Management (DCM) and Bleeding Heart Nihilist Prod. (BHN) the EP would not exist. When we first presented the Song "Entsage Gott" to Dietrich of DCM he was flashed and loved it immediately. It was his idea to release a vinyl EP and so he contacted BHN who felt the same way. It is our first release on vinyl and we wanted the EP to sound a little bit more raw than our previous releases without losing power and dynamics. I think we succeeded and that's what is different to our "March to War" EP or the "Dominus Profundum" Album.

3.Your music is very heavily rooted in the 90's, do you feel black metal was at its best during that time frame?

From our personal point of view the answer to your question is "Yes". I mean there are still some bands out there who produce awesome music in the modern vein but our inspiration is definitely (and will always be) the second wave of Black Metal.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?

Our lyrics vary topic-wise. If you read our lyrics you will find themes like Satanism, Occultism, Misanthropy, Demonology, Mythology and of course War. We usually write the lyrics after the song itself and we arrange the topics to whatever mood the song transports. 

5.Some of your lyrics also touch on Satanism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?

Our lyrics and the topics involved mean a lot to us. We try to keep traditions alive and the second Wave of Black Metal dealt heavily with the above-mentioned themes. Aside from that we hate and despise all religion of the modern world. Religion has always been full of lies, fear, suppression and is always intended to get rich at the expense of others.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pestlegion'?

Nowadays it's kind of hard to find a name which is not already in use. But we thought of a good name to represent our lyrical themes and PESTLEGION came up. A mixture of a Disease and War.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the 7 inch cover?

The artwork is a photograph which shows the grave statue at the grave of Jean Catherineau at the Cimetière de la Chartreuse in Bordeaux, France. It was taken by our friends in Cacophonia Photography. With the Layout done by D. von Junzt it turned out to be pretty old-school. Just the way we like it.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

One of the highlights has surely been our visit to Agger in Denmark. It was our first show ever in Denmark at the Heavy Agger Festival. We met some awesome people and had a great time. We shared the stage with bands like Soulburn, Evil Invaders or Abbath's Bömbers. Our stage performance is pretty old-school. You won’t find us doing any fancy stuff on stage but you will always see us wearing spikes and corpse paint just like in the good old days. We let the music do the talking.

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

This year we will be doing three more shows: We will play at the mighty Stonehenge Festival in the Netherlands on 28.07.. Then on 22.09. we will head to the South of Germany for the first time to play a show in Mannheim at the Black Cult Doctrine and on 24.11. we will play in our hometown Marl together with Eternal Dirge on their way "Back from the Eons". If anybody wants to book us for shows: feel free to contact DEATH CHOIR Management under

10.The new ep was released on 'Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Bret Hard Records'?

Working with Bleeding Heart Nihilist has been a real pleasure so far. Alex, the guy in charge, is an honest and reliable person who runs everything DIY and does an awesome job in my honest opinion. I can say nothing bad about Bret Hard Records either. Thorsten of BHR is also a cool guy who made our first releases possible.

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

Due to the social media nowadays we reach more people than we did in the past with former bands. It is amazing to get reactions to our dedication for the black arts from all over the world. We really appreciate the support!

12.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?

Tyyn and Caladrius are also playing in a Death Metal Band called Sabiendas and Tenebriz plays in a Folk/Pagan Metal Band called Tiwaz Borealis. Both Bands are planning to release some new material soon.

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

At the moment we do not have enough material for a new full length. We focused on the 7” in the last few months. We will use the concert free time to rehearse and write some new tunes. Musically you can be sure that we write some old-school Black Metal tunes again – because that is what we like and want to do.

14.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Actually our main influences nowadays are still the same as in the past. Just to mention a few: old Marduk, old Immortal, old Mayhem, Impaled Nazarene, Bathory or Dark Funeral for example really had a huge impact on our music. Of course we still listen to the Black and Death Metal music of today and there are a lot of really good bands out there but the old-school stuff is where we get our inspiration from.

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

Thank you very much for this interview! Keep supporting the underground and let the black flame burn!

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Wolfbastard/Graveyard Sessions/UKEM Records/2018 CD Review

dimanche 1 juillet 2018 à 21:58

  Wolfbastard  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zien  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  and  this  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Graveyard  Sessions"  which  will  be  released  on  July  13th  by  UKEM  Records.

  A  very  fast  crust  and  d  beat  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  of  the  songs  introducing  guitar  leads  and  melodies  onto the recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  bass  guitars  are  used  more  as  a  lead  instrument  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length.

  Wolfbastard  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Booze,  Violence  and  Nuclear  War  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wolfbastard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drink  Fucking  Beer,  Hail  Fucking  Satan"  "Khold  Death"  "Kill  Yourself"  and  "Whiskey  Militia".  8  out  of  10.

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Siete Lagunas/I + II/La Caverna Records/2018 Demo Compilation Review

dimanche 1 juillet 2018 à 19:49

  Siete  Lagunas  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depresiive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  both  of  their  demo's  which  where  released  onto  a  single  compilation  by  La  Caverna  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  which  also introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  crazy  sounding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  bestial  growls  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  screams  getting  very  depressive  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  acoustic guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks, some  of  the  songs  are  also  very  short  in  length  and  at  times  the  music gets  very  experimental  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  spoken  word  parts.

  Siet  Algunas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  dark  themes  along  with  one  song  being  based  upon  the  poetry  of  W.B  Yeats.

  In  my  opinion  Siete  Lagunas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  lo-fi  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Llegando  a  la  primera  laguna  /Carco"  "Los  bosques  de  Arcadia"La  reinade  las  moscas"  and  "Oscurece  en  la  segunda  laguna".  8  out  of  10.


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