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Aether/Anomalia/2016 Single Review

mercredi 24 février 2016 à 00:10

  Aether  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  mixes  electronica  and  black  metal  together  on  thi  song  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  "Anomalia".

  Distorted  and  electronic  sounds  start  off  the  track  and  you  can  also  hear  some  depressive  black metal  riffing  in  the  music  and  after  awhile melodic guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  song  is  also  9  minutes in  length  and  the  whole  song  is  also  all  instrumental  with  no  vocals  used  and  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction.

  Aether  plays  a  musical  style on  here  that  takes  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  instrumental  black  metal  and mixes  it  in with  electronica  music  to  create  an  original  style  of  there  own  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Aether  plays  a  very  interesting  mix  of  black  metal  and electronica  on  this  song  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/aetheranomalia2016-single-review.html


Krater Interview

mardi 23 février 2016 à 22:28
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?

While we write these answers there is one week to go until we will release our new record “Urere”.
Krater gone through a lot of changes since the recordings, that took place during 2013 and 2015.

We played a lot of gigs and toured with Endezzma, Total Hate and Thornesbreed.

We have also signed a record deal with Eisenwald.

In the recent past our guitarist Lupus left the band and was already replaced by an old friend of ours.

2. You have a new album coming out in February, 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?

With our last record “Nocebo” (2011) we have completely changed our sounds from the ground up.
You can hear the difference through the years from release to release. Influences have changed and so has the musical taste in general.

With “Nocebo” we tried to make a honest and aggressive record, in which we have absolutely succeeded.

With a similar approach as "Urere," we took a similar attitude in making it extreme, but this time with even more intensity.

Moreover we recorded the last two records on our own. Failures were made during the recording process of “Nocebo”.
We learned from that whole process, and that’s where “Urere” shines by comparison.

3.This is the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Read question number 1.

4.While the music on the new album is still very much rooted in black metal, you can also hear the influence of doom and death metal, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction?

We don’t follow a strict line. One motive always was to create something dark and aggressive. Since “Nocebo” our material became faster and more aggressive. We emphasized that on “Urere."

We try to let our intention speak. When creativity flows we capture it and keep the ideas over a certain time, expand them or let them go. But it’s always the first spark that counts. That spark still has to be there when it comes to recording stuff. Regardless if the idea exists only hours or years. The first song on our new record was written back in 2010 I think.

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

We try to bring our personal thoughts to paper. Sometimes you have no influence if they are sorted or not. So its up to every listener if they understand. If he made the same experiences we did, possibly then. It is a kind of presence that you try to give a voice with the combination of the music and lyrics.

You have to exploit the meaning of the lyrics for your own. If you can connect to the lyrics on a personal level than that’s a real artistic endeavor that has been undertaken.

6.On the new album you had a song entitled 'Vexillum Luciferi', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Luciferianism and Occultism?

When you read the lyrics of 'Vexillum Luciferi' you should recognize that this song is not only interspersed with occult motives.

Generally particular writings have no influences on us and we would never use already formulated doctrines. But you can use them to get the inspiration to form a personal path.

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Krater', and also are you aware of the many other bands that have used the same name?

Back in 2004 we choose the name referring to a part of a forest we frequented daily. That place looked like a crater which is Krater in german. There was a special kind of energy there. And we experienced some things we cannot clearly define.

Also Krater is a very strong word. It’s the ultimate place when it comes to destroy and purge. The Chicxulub-crater in Yucatán with a diameter of 200 km is the result of of a meteorite impact and is the monumental contemporary witness of the annihilation of the dinosaurs.

Also volcano craters can extinguish whole cities in just one moment.
Also you can see it as a place of resurrection. Something you have to go through due to all the chaos and annihilation to become strengthened yourself.

When we started the band back in 2004 we could find no other band with that name through the internet.

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?

It is kind of hard for us to put a value on concerts. The time you stand out there on the stage is fleeting and there are only a few moments you realize what you are doing.
The most of the time you put yourself into your own world and you see through the images you had when you were writing the songs. So its almost impossible to comment on your own concerts.

Maybe you get an own impression when you search to pictures of our past concerts you can find all over the internet.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

There are some local concerts planed in 2016. Also we will enter the stage at Phantoms of Pilsen which will take place in October in the Czech Republic.

You can find all dates on www.facebook.com/abstrusekrater.

Since we have a new strong lineup in 2016, we want to play more show in the next years.

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

Nocebo got overwhelmingly positive critiques back in 2011. Some magazines said it was the black metal record of the year for them.

We previewed two new songs of “Urere” in early 2016 that were also recognized with high interest.

11. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Every member is involved in other projects. They don’t play any role in the context of Krater.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Krater has developed in a more clear direction with the last album. So the main concept will be aggressive and furious Black Metal. With our new guitarist there will also be new influences. We will see where this leads us.

13.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?

We cannot name that single musical influence from the last years because we don't concentrate that much on other bands or try to copy them.

We are all shaped by the bands that were our first contact through extreme metal.
So we also hear extreme metal nowadays, and other musical genres are also acknowledged by the band.

Every member has his own preferences. Sometimes they coincide. Our record collections exist of records from the 50s to present releases. From Archgoat to Zeppelin.

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

On 26 of February we release our third full length record „URERE“ through Eisenwald. URERE (lat.) means „burning“.
A blazing torch that starts as a smoldering ember and ends in a raging fire taking everything away. The honest fury that becomes an inner madness, burning you from inside. That’s what the lyrics and the musical directions means to us.

Organizers and promoters that want to book us can contact us through krater_blackmetal@mail.de.
Also we will release our second record “Nocebo” on tape in 2016.
Thank you for your attention.

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


Mesarthim/Isolate/Avantgarde Music/2016 CD Review

mardi 23 février 2016 à 09:58




  Mesarthim  are  a duo  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Isolate"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Ambient  and  space  music  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  atmospheric  music  direction  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  sees  high pitched  black  metal  screams  making  their  presence  known  on  the recording  and  they  also  have  a  very  depressive  tone  to  them  and  they  also  mix  in  tragic  sounding  keyboards.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  melodic  edge  and  they  also  mix  in  elements  of  synth  pop  and  electronic  music  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of spoken  word  parts  and  they close  the  album  with  a  couple  of  instrumental  songs.

  Mesarthem  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  keyboard  driven,  atmospheric  and  depressive  while  also  mixing  in elements  of  ambient  and  space  music  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics cover  cosmos  and  Existence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mesarthem  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  area  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Declaration"  and "Abyss". 8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/mesarthimisolateavantgarde-music2016-cd.html


Angelcide/Hunting Astral Prey/Elegy Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 23 février 2016 à 07:52

  Angelcide  are  a  solo  project  from  New  York  that  originally  started  out  playing  depressive  black  metal  but  has  evolved  into  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  sound  over  the  years  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Hunting  Astral  prey"  which  was  released  on Elegy  Records.

  A very  fast,  raw  and  chaotic  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats,  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  death metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  parts  of  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording    and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  along  with  one  track  being  instrumental  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  songs  with  vocals  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  last  track  brings  in  ambient  style  sounds.

  Angelcide  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  takes  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  death  metal  and  a  touch  of  war  metal  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  supernatural,  evil  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Angelcide  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lurker"  and  "Raped  Celestial  Body". 8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/angelcidehunting-astral-preyelegy.html


Wode/Self Titled/Broken Limbs/2016 CD Review

mardi 23 février 2016 à 06:42

  Wode  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  apocalyptic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Broken  Limbs.

  Atmsopheric  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  once  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  fast  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  90's  and  Swedish  influences  while  still  also  sounding  very  modern  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Wode  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw  and  melodic  while  also  being  very  modern  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover the  apocalypse,  cosmos  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wode  are  a  very  great  sounding  apocalyptic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Trails  Of  Smoke"  and  "Black  Belief".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/wodeself-titledbroken-limbs2016-cd.html