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Temple Of Evil Interview

jeudi 11 février 2016 à 19:41
 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1) The Temple has been built during the mid-2008 by Arkhon Sakrificer and Angelwhore so as to express our personal thoughts and perceptions embodied with music. This vision of ours has been enhanced following the last year’s additions of Apethantos and Nekrocurse to the Temple and it is fully captured on the debut album ‘’The 7th Awakening’’.

    2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2) The musical sound that is presented on the album can be described as an obscure manifestation of our personal feelings and esoteric thoughts. The music must embrace the lyrics equally and the listener is allowed to express their own interpretation and to make them think by opening different dimensions and giving a different perception on anything either that could be the environment they are engaged to or their inner spirits.

    3.The band has been around since 2008 but waited until the end of 2015 and early 16, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?
3) The Temple has been struggling quite often with internal issues between its members because all previous members didn't share exactly the same vision as we did thus we had several line-up changes but we finally managed to find the right persons to embrace our unorthodox manifesto. Regarding the gap between the years of 2008-2015, however, the band was performing live and constantly worked on its own material.

    4.Your lyrics go very deep into the Occult, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
4) We wouldn’t say that the lyrics are going that deep into the occult. Actually the lyrics come from esoteric thoughts following their incarnations on various subjects. In the personal perspective of each member we believe in spiritual freedom. The lyrics, actually, talk about a lot of topics. The core meaning is that you have to be free and do what you want to do without following blindly the distractions of any organizations such as religion.

    5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Temple Of Evil'?
5) The name was actually suggested by a close person of ours. He was present during the very beginning of the Temple and the name came after the listening of some demo-versions of the songs. The name describes our personal spiritual Temple in which we act as preachers of our vision.

    6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6) The best live performance so far was without a doubt last December as we performed our debut album in its entirety and we had finally managed to present the quintessence of this Temple live. In our live performances you get what you hear on the album; An atmospheric experience so that you can drown in the dark mist of our personal ritual.

    7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7) Some shows have been already booked such as the Funeral Worship Festival and Power of the Night Festival which are both local fests and we have some other plans in mind but it’s too soon to mention any of these.

    8.The album was released on 'Deathhammer Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8) Deathhammer Records was formed recently, in 2014, with the aim to release and promote unholy and unadulterated music. ‘The 7th Awakening’ was its 4th release [DHR004] and its first on CD as the previous were all on vinyl. It is a label to check out for sure and keep an eye on their upcoming releases. We have had a great collaboration with the label and we are very pleased to work with Deathhammer Records as we have received all the support that we needed in the process of releasing this album.

    9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to yuor music by fans of black metal?
9) The feedback was really overwhelming and very encouraging. It is truly an honor to be able to witness that your music has that kind of impact on the listeners and we are certainly glad and appreciate the fact that the followers of this Temple embraced our vision.

    10.The band is from Cyprus, are there any other bands that you would recommend from your home country?
10) Well, the Cyprus Metal scene is growing bigger and bigger over the years and we are glad to observe that there’s a constant fire in this scene. There a lot of bands to check out so if anyone is interested in this scene they have to discover those bands by themselves.

    11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11) Being realistic, we don’t know what the future will bring to us; we are focusing on the present to become better, write more music and continue our vision.

    12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music?
12) The influences and inspiration come from anything we are able to experience. Regarding the musical influences it is quite obvious that we are highly influenced by the black metal scene in general.

    13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13) We’d like to express our appreciation towards to… and certainly every individual who supported the Temple in any way.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/temple-of-evil-interview.html


Kuu/Deus Est Mortuus/Medumgiriz/2016 CD Review

jeudi 11 février 2016 à 07:59


  Kuu  are  a  solo  project  from Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Deus  Est  Mortuus"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Evil  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  black/war  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  bestial  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of the  genre.

  When  the  music  slows  down  it  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  funeral  along  with  a  touch  of  doom/death  metal  and  the  music  also  has  a  very  ritualistic  and  minimalist  style  at  times  when  synths  are  used  in  the  background  of  the  heavier  parts  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  dark  ambient  elements  which  also  adds  in  more  of an  experimental  atmosphere  while  the music  also keeps  around  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal.     

  Kuu  creates  an  album  that  has  a  very  raw  and  bestial  style  of  black/death  metal  but  also  has  a  different  approach  by  also  taking  the  genre  into  more  of  an  experimental,  ritualistic  and  dark  ambient  direction  in  some  songs  which  also  makes  the  music  more  original as  well  as  standing  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism, Evil  and  Hatred  themes.

  In  my opinion  Kuu  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  mixture  of  bestial  black/death  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Deus  Est  Mortuus"  "A  Rebirth  Of  Evil"  and  "Temple  Of  the  Goat".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/kuudeus-est-mortuusmedumgiriz2016-cd.html


Cantique Lépreux/Cendres/Eisenwald/2016 Full Length Review

jeudi 11 février 2016 à 00:29

  Cantique  Lepraux  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Cedres  Celestes"  which  will  be released  by  Eisenwald  in  March.

  A very  dark,  distorted  and  droning  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  album  goes  into  its  first  track  bringing  in  a  very  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  grim  screams  making  there  presence  known  on  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later.

  Most  of  the  fast  parts  are  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  of  black  metal  and  when  the  music  slows  down  it  brings  in  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  more  related  to  the  modern style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

   Some  of  the  screams  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  track  that  is  very  and  fast  while also  adding  more  atmosphere  to  the  recording  and  one  song  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  more  heavier  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  they  also  bring  back  the  acoustic  guitars  for  the  closing  of  the  album.  

  Cantique  Lepraux  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw  at  times  while  also  being  atmospheric  at the  same  time  in  more  of  a  guitar  driven  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  the  occult,  death  and  fear.

  In  my  opinion  Cantique  Lepraux  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  occult  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Le  froid  lepreux"  "Tourments  des  limbes  glacials"  and  "Le  mangeur  d'  oss".  8  out  of  10.  

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/cantique-lepreuxcendreseisenwald2016.html


Nekrasov/Negative Temple/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 10 février 2016 à 07:22

  Nekrasov  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Negative  Temple".

  Ambient  soundscapes  and  evil  synths  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  some  harsh  noise  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  recording  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  it  speeds  up  and  goes  fro  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  harsh  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  there  is  also  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  some  of  the  songs  also  mix  harsh  noise  with  the  heavier  guitars  and  drums  and  one  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  and  the  album  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  experimental  and  metal  tracks.

  Nekrasov  creates  an  album  that h as  its  very  raw,  harsh  and  atmospheric  black metal  moments  with  a  few  songs  being  very  true  to t he  genre  while  other  songs  see  the  music  bring  more  in  the  experimental,  ambient  and  harsh  noise  direction  while  he  does  mix  his  2  different  styles  at  times  to create  a  very  original  yet  also  dark  and  underground  sound, the  productions  sounds  very  dark  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive,  philosophical  and  shamanistic  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album from  Nekrasov  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  mixed  with  dark  ambient,  harsh  noise  and  experimental  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seeing  Of  the  Mountain  Covered  In  Spirits"  and  "Clarity  And  Nonvision".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/nekrasovnegative-temple2016-full-length.html


Ashen Horde/Nine Plagues/Mandol Records/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 9 février 2016 à 21:59

  Ashen  Horde  are  a  solo  project  from  California  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Nine  Plagues"  which  was  released  on  Mandol  Records.

  Thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and   you can  also  hear  melodies  in  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Progressive  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit throughout  the  recording  and  a  few  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  death  metal  and  thrash  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  the w hole  album  also remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to end.

  Ashen  Horde  plays  a  style  of  progressive  black  metal  that is  a  lot  more  heavier,  rawer  and  guitar  driven  than  most  bands  of  the  genre  and  the  thrash  and  death  metal  take  the  songs  into  even  more  of  a  heavy  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ashen  Horde  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desecration  Of  The  Sanctuary"  "Famine's  Feast"  "Dissension"  and  "A  Reversal  Of  Misfortune".  8  out  of  10.   

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/aghen-hordenine-plaguesmandol.html