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Fangsylvania/Blodtorstig/2019 Full Length Review

dimanche 17 février 2019 à 22:54

  Fangsylvania  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  vampiric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Blodtorstig".

  Ritualistic  and  tribal  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  early  90's  symphonic  style  at  times  which  also  reminds  me  of  some  of  Emperor's  material  of  that  era  while  also  having  more  of  his  own  sound  and  ukulele's  can  as  be  heard  briefly. 

 As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  while  a  later  track  is  an  instrumental  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars. The  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  vampirism  themes  with  a  romantic  or  gothic  touch.

  In  my  opinion  Fangsylvania  are  a  very  great  sounding  vampiric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Lamented  Flesh  And  Eternity"  "Bereft  Relection  Of  Existence"  and  "The  Forbidden  Tutelage  of  Immortality".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/fangsylvaniablodtorstig2019-full-length.html


Penance Stare Interview

dimanche 17 février 2019 à 20:17
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?



This year, I welcomed Graeme into the band on drum kit and electronics, and we have been writing together for a month or so. We expect to have another release together by the end of the year. The sound is changing, the live drums and increased volume pull the music closer to a “rock band”, but we’re still very interested in retaining the dark ambience and atmosphere of earlier work in this new set up.



2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



Solanaceae is heavier and sadder, but still very melodic. The songs are more succinct, too. I’m interested in song structures which aren’t overwrought and complex, but which move away from a typical verse/chorus/middle 8 template in interesting and subtle ways. The next releases will be different again, but I’m proud of the work I put into this album.



3.You refer to your music as 'blackened darkwave crawl', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?



PS was initially going to be a more traditional goth band. I was listening to a lot of Cocteau Twins, Cranes and especially Lycia. I was seeing a similarity in the melodies used by these bands, and those heard in black metal bands like Xasthur or Mutiilation or Velvet Cacoon. I’m very interested in black metal, and those records are some of my favourite music too, but I approach it as an outsider, and I don’t feel like PS is trying to be a metal band necessarily. So I think “blackened darkwave” is an apt term. I also want to differentiate our music from the “Blackgaze” genre, we don’t listen to those bands or take any influence from them, they seem to approach their music from a very different perspective.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the new album and also how would you describe your progress as a songwriter over the years?



I tend to write about my experiences of trauma, abuse, illness, regret, nostalgia, memory etc. It usually comes out in metaphors and symbols, but I try to be fairly direct in terms of mood. This album uses a lot of botanical themes, for instance. I like to leave things for people to look into themselves if they’re curious. What things mean to me are only part of it. At the start of Penance Stare, my confidence was very low, and so I think the songwriting wasn’t as strong as it could have been. I feel as though I’ve improved, each release feels closer to what I want to communicate, but I’m not satisfied yet, and I think that’s a good thing.



5.On the fb page you quoted Peter Carroll and have covered some occult themes on previous releases, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?



I study and dabble but I’m not that experienced. I am interested in chaos magick as the quote suggests. It’s not a devotional practice or a religion or anything like that, it’s more of a study that I take at my own, slow pace. It’s a solitary, personal thing for me, and I go through periods where I can barely engage with it at all, but I always return eventually. 



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



Some people might be aware that it’s a term from the comic book Ghost Rider. The Penance Stare is the ability to peer into a person’s soul and make them feel all the pain that they have ever inflicted upon others. It was also influenced by the character Penance from the comic Generation X, who is kept prisoner and mute with untouchable skin as a form of penance. These images reflect similar ideas found in my lyrics. I also used comic books as a reference to the nostalgic quality of the music.



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



The art and design were done by Andy from Crow Versus Crow, but it was a collaborative process. I sent Andy the photograph of a purple petunia, which I took near to my house. Petunias are one of the more harmless members of the Solanaceae family. We also used some floral net curtain, among other things. It’s really great to work with him on this, The tape is beautiful, it suits the music perfectly, and I’m really happy to be a part of creating things like that.



8.On the recordings you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?



PS was never intended to be a “solo project”, which is a term I think is cursed with negative connotations. I enjoyed the freedom, but found it increasingly difficult, it created a lot more work for me and my energy was spread thinner. Now I can really focus on my lyrics, my guitar and my singing, and those areas improve because I don’t have to think about everything else so much.



9.You have also done some live shows with this solo project, can you tell us a little bit more about your stage performance?



I spent a year playing shows with my laptop and guitar. A lot of the time, something would go wrong and it would sound really weird and off and be quite difficult, other times it would work and sound great. It was a gamble. I did a summer tour on the Megabus before the album came out, and lots of one-offs in Leeds & Newcastle. The more frustrating shows were definitely a factor in wanting to expand to a duo.



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



We’re taking a short break, probably until summer, to write new material, but we will be playing shows later this year.



11.The cassette version of the album was released on 'Crow Versus Crow', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Crow Versus Crow is an art project, radio show, record label, and a friend. Andy brings enthusiasm and empathy, as well as an attention to detail from his art background, to everything he puts out. The label release limited editions of underground, experimental musics, with a strong focus on the visual element too. His radio show and podcast is also a crucial listen, if you take an interest in unusual sounds and the soothing voice of a kind Yorkshire man. I urge anyone with an interest in the UK underground to investigate his output.



12.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal and darkwave?



The vast majority of what I have seen has been surprisingly positive. I wasn’t sure if people would like it, but so far only one person has made the effort to tell me they think it’s awful. But it’s not for everyone. Honestly the metal folks seem to have embraced it much more than the goth scene have, which I wasn't expecting at all.



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



Ideally we sustain ourselves making releases and playing live as much as we can. That’s all we’re really in this for. Hopefully I’ll get a passport and we can play in Europe, possibly. But sustainability is the goal. If we could put our records out on vinyl and do small tours, that would be enough, I think.



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?



I’m really into Avellie, a lo-fi blackened shoegaze band, their music really inspires me. I also absolutely love Lingua Ignota’s work. Velvet Cacoon’s Atropine is an influence on the new material too. Our new songs remind me of Clair Cassis at times as well. The new stuff will be rawer, heavier and darker, the electronics will provide droning textures rather than melodies, the vocals will be harsher. I’ve said it before, but most bands mellow out over time, and I want do the exact opposite.



15.What are some of your non musical interests?



I like cats a lot.



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



I appreciate your thoughtful questions and the opportunity to speak with you.

I’d just like to mention our projects outside of PS - Graeme also records and performs as Chlorine, and I have a noise project called 1727.



Esmé

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/penance-stare-interview.html


Dwell In Solitude/Doomed To Live Without A Reason/2019 EP Review

dimanche 17 février 2019 à 04:02

  Dwell  In  Solitude  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Doomed  To  Live  Without  A  Reason".

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  while  also  introducing  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  style  while  also  showing  some  influences  of  shoegaze.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  melancholic  sounding.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  Rain  and  thunder  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  isolation  and  alienation  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Dwell  In  Solitude  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Endless  Gray  Sky"  and  "Wounds".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/dwell-in-solitudedoomed-to-live-without.html


UTU/Omnipotentis/Depressive Illusions/2017 Cassette Compilation Review

samedi 16 février 2019 à 21:18

  UTU  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  cassette  compilation  "Omnipotentis"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  classical  and  war  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  cassette  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  incorporating  more  melody.

  UTU  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Misanthropy,  Anti  Christianity  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  UTU  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  misanthropic  and  old  school  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pater  Misanthropy"  and  "Possession  For  The  Utu's  Sigil".  8  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/utuomnipotentisdepressive-illusions2017.html


Ultio Interview

samedi 16 février 2019 à 04:45
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Ultio is an Italian one man band born in the late 2017. I released my first songs as a demo in 2018, then the remastered edition that will be released in March 2019. For now I consider it a side project, a “place” in which I can vomit negativity and violence in total freedom.

2.So far you have released one ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I wrote and recorded this EP in few weeks, it has been a sort of “one song a day”. It's an experiment from a certain point of view: I wanted to be more natural and instinctive possible trying to capture the moment, without rational thoughts about style, production or anything else but playing black metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
The lyrics follow the same approach. They speak about instinct, violence, pain… there is not a real concept, but I focused my attention on the human's bestial side. That’s why the title is “Fera” (“Beast”, in Latin).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ultio'?
Ultio means revenge in Latin. I think it’s perfect for this project: no mercy, no rationality, violence… and in my opinion the word sounds good and is consistent with this concept: concise, hard, sharp.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
As I said the EP is titled “Fera”: the artwork simply represent the mouth of a beast in a woodcut fashion. I think those primitive strokes fit very well with the concept, music and production. 

6.On the metal archives the project is listed as being from an unknown area, is that intentional for the time being?
I think it’s due to the fragmentary promotion of this EP. When I released it as a demo I just uploaded the songs on bandcamp with basic information, without caring about promotion or anything else. Only few months later I decided to remaster the EP to give it a better form and an appropriate promotion. No mystery, I'm from Genoa, Italy. 

7.On the ep you also recorded all the instruments by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
I think that the solo project formula helps to focus energies in a better way preserving spontaneity.

8.The EP is also going to be released through 'Brucia Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Brucia Records could be intended as a sort of collective. Some friends and me are involved in every aspect: the bands, design, production, promotion. For now is a container of the members' projects, in future I don’t know. We want just release our vision of black metal and similar music for attitude and aesthetic. Some releases are scheduled for this year, so follow us on bandcamp for updates. 

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's early to say, we just started promotion, but the first responses are pretty good.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Hard to say for now. I think the EP is a good format for Ultio because in a short time I can express only what is necessary without filler songs or useless repetitions. I don't exclude anything, but I don't care much about "formats", i think it's not a real problem in the current music world.

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?
I think about some Swedish bands like Setherial, Funeral Mist. Maybe some Norwegian as 1349, Carpathian Forest or Gorgoroth for some atmospheres, but it’s difficult to say only few bands. About my current listening I could mention the recent works by Vessel of Iniquity, Elixir of Distress, Svederna, The Order of Apollyon, Precaria to name a few.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Just thank you so much for this space on your great zine. Follow me on Bandcamp for updates: https://bruciarecords.bandcamp.com. Hail

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/02/ultio-interview.html