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L.A.C.K/The Fragile(Soundtrack For The Tormented)/Nostalgia Productions/2016 CD Review

mardi 8 décembre 2015 à 06:42

  L.A.C.K  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "The Fragile(Soundtrack For The Tormented)"  which  will  be  released  in  2016 by  Nostalgia  Productions.

  Post  rock  style  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  mixing  in  synths  at  times as  well  as  alternating  between both  clean and  heavy  parts  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  remain  true  to  a  very  dark  and  melodic style  of  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  and  a  great  portion of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up it  shows  more  of  a  raw  side  of  the  genre  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  vocals,   spoken  word  parts  and  female  singing  on  a  couple  of  the  songs  and  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  L.A.C.K  controls  the  melodic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  last  recording  while  also  expanding  on  the  post  metal  elements  to  create  a  very  dark  and  melancholic  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  L.A.C.K  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nothingness"  "Your  Reflection"  and  "The  Fragile".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/lackthe-fragilesoundtrack-for.html


X Pus/Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth/Metal Scrap Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 8 décembre 2015 à 04:22

  X  Pus  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015 album  "Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth"  which  was  rleeased  by  Metal  Scrap  Records.

  Ritualistic  bells  and  gongs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic choirs  and  evil  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  wart  metal  direction t hat  also  uitlizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  bestial  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Morbid  sounding  melodies  are  brought  into  the  music  at  times  while  some  of  the  slower  riffs  add  in  a  touch  of  90's  influenced  death/doom  metal  and  they  also  mix  in  the  ritualistic  parts  in  with  the  heavier  side  at  times  and  the  fast  riffs  also  display  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  few  high  pitched  screams  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs and  all  of  the  tracks  avoid  any  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  and  focus  more  on  a  raw,  heavy  and  blasphemous musical  style.

  X  Pus  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  darkest  and  rawest  elements  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very heavy,  evil  and  blasphemous  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christian,  Left  hand  Path,  Occultism,  Death  and  Destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  X  Pus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desecration  Of  The  Image  Of  God"  "LHP"  and  "Primordial  Evil  Essence".  8  out  of  10. 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/x-pussanctus-dominus-deus-sabaothmetal.html


Absolutus Interview

mardi 8 décembre 2015 à 01:37
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

I’ve been channeling my energy on the upcoming releases. An EP called “Our Hearts Dissolved” is recorded and is being mixed and mastered as we speak. The next album “PraevaricationeM” (working title) is almost finished as well. We’ve recruited fresh blood in order perform live rituals once or twice next year.

2.In August you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I’d say there’s quite an evolution with every record. The songs on the first album were pretty lengthy and had a passive listening in mind. This has changed since “Nihil Mali Non Inest”. The songs are now shorter and have a more complex structure.

3.This is the first release to have came out in the last 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

A.D., second guitarist at the time, was supposed to handle the mixing and mastering of PIIQONP as he’s a graduated sound engineer, unfortunately he’s also a fucking lazy ass. To illustrate what I just wrote - It took him two years to roughly mix about 2 tracks. So during that time, I focused on other musical projects, took care of my family, looked for inspiration in India and wrote new material. Long story short, it took him so long that he simply got fired. Unfortunately, I had to hit the studio again as nothing was even closely finished. It was for the greater good and I must say that Phorgaath (Enthroned/Emptiness) did a killer Job at the Blackout Studio. He immediately understood where this was going and also came up with very cool ideas.

Also, I’ve started my own label called Abstruse Eerie Radiance.

4.Originally the band had more of a pure style of black metal but have also incorporated more avant garde elements over the years, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

It’s just a logical step inherent to the concept behind Absolutus. Nevertheless, being curious and willing to experiment, along with improving skills as a musician led us to PIIQONP.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

We generally keep that to ourselves but we tend to focus on Nihilism (E.M. Cioran , F. Nietzsche), metaphysical journeys, eerie experiences, dissonance and psychology.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Absolutus'? The absolute has many meanings to us. The inner absolution, the abscission of divinity and reaching another level of consciousness.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band ha s played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance? As we have only performed twice in twelve years, it’s a pretty easy task. I’d say the first show was pretty good. We opened up for Inquisition and Merrimack in 2005. Sound was good, crowd was receptive and hardly any fuck up.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We’re playing a festival in The Netherlands in March with Dodheimsgard, Sear Bliss, Black Death and many more. It will be the only Pugnare In Iis Quae Obtinere Non Possis set ever. We don’t focuss too much on touring in the near future. Maybe in 2017.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black metal?
The feedback to PIIQONP has been astonishingly positive.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’ll continue to explore new musical soil with more experimentation and session musicians.

11.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’d say DSO and Orthodox Black Metal in general have had a huge influence on me when I was writing PUIIQONP. Nowadays, it’s more eclectic. I’m pretty much into Chelsea Wolfe, Urfaust, Ulcerate, Secrets of the Moon, Meshuggah, Sunn O))), Fullmoon Bongzai, Ulver, Extrawelt and many others.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Occultism is a pretty wide and open term if I dare say. I’d rather keep this personal.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the review and interview.

“ONCE EERIE RADIANCE AND MATERIAL PRESENCE ARE REQUIRED; CLOUD AND ABYSS WILL JOIN HANDS TO VOMIT UNCELESTIAL PARTICLES.”

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/absolutus-interview.html


Ende/The Rebirth Of I/Obscure Abhorrence Productions/2015 CD Review

samedi 5 décembre 2015 à 06:42

  Ende  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "The  Rebirth  Of  I"  which  was  released  bu  Obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  evil  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  faster  sections  of  the music  bring  in  a   raw  side  of  the  genre.

  Some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  instrumental  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  and  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  also  find  their  way  onto  one  of  the  songs.

  Ende  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy  and  raw  while  also  being  very  up  to  date  and  ritualistic  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw,  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  darkness,  evil,  occult  and  left  hand  path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ende  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Sorcery  Of  The  Great  Macabre"  "Channeling  Of  The  Howling  Witch"  and  "Quintessence  Of  Evil".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/endethe-rebirth-of-iobscure-abhorrence.html


Audn/Self Titled/SymbolOf Domination Productions/Metallic Media/Black Plague Records/2015 CD Re-Issue Review

samedi 5 décembre 2015 à 03:53

  Audn  are  a  band  from  Iceland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  album  which  will  be-issued  on  December  15th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  of  Domination  Productions,  Metallic  Media  and  Black  Plague  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  they  also mix  both  the  clean  and  heavy  parts together  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  also  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  sound.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  on  some  of t he  songs  the  guitar  riffing  starts  bringing  in  more  raw  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  speeding  up briefly  and  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  the  album  progresses  and  the  clean  playing  also  gives  the  music  a  progressive  feeling  when it  is  utilized  and  they  also  bring  in  one  track  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  closes  the  album  with  a  live  track.      

  Audn  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very modern  and  guitar  driven  while  also  having  its  raw  and  grim  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Icelandic  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Audn  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Undir  Blodmana"  "Landvaettur"  and  "Audn".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/audnself-titledsymbolof-domination.html