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Charming Timur/So Much, So Little, So Little, So Much/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 25 décembre 2015 à 02:30

  Finland's  solo  project  Charming  Timur  have  returned  with  a  new  recording t hat  continues  the  alternative,  nu,  experimental  and  post  black  metal  of  previous  recordings and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  album  "So  Much,  So  Little,  So  Little,  So  Much'  which  will  be  released  in  2016.

  Ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  melodic  alternative  rock  style  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  the  vocals  are  whispers  that  are  in  a  black  metal  direction  and  death metal  growls  and  clean  singing  can  be  heard  quite  a  lot  throughout  the  recording.

  A  lot  of  nu  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  riffs  also  have  a  melodic  yet  depressive  black  metal  tone  to  them  at  times  and  there  is  a  great  amount  of  experimentation  present  throughout  the  whole  recording  and  every  song  sounds  different  from  each  other  and  there  are  also  psychedelic  elements  being  utilized  at  times.

  There  are  plenty  of  mainstream  mid  90's  rock  and  metal  influences  mixing  in  with  the  more  extreme  genres  that  where  both  enemies  back  in  that  time  frame  and  there  is  also a  couple  of  instrumental  tracks  later  on during  the  recording  and  some  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  electronic  elements  and  more  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  later  songs  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  post  rock  feeling.

  With  this  recording  Charming  Timur  still  retains  a  black  metal  edge  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  death  metal  and  focusing  more  of  the  nu  metal,  alternative,  experimental  and  post  rock  influences  this  time  around  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  recording,   the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Charming  Timur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  alternative,  nu,  and  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Last"  "Gone  Blaze"  "Bad  Choice"  and  "Going  Insane".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/charming-timurso-much-so-little-so.html


Jarnvidr Interview

jeudi 24 décembre 2015 à 19:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
hails from France! Jarnvidr at the base, was born from the spirit of Vastara. It's a project of pagan black metal, which asserts its membership of Normandy.

2.A couple of years back you had released a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Vastara composed guitars and  drums, it sought first of all, somebody to make the bass lines, I proposed to him to record the vocals, by the same occasion.
We wanted songs effective, which could clearly translate, musically, our attraction for paganism.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Paganism?
My lyrics talk about pagan topics yes, particulary links between paganism and our country, normannia, and its history...our traditions come from northmen...i wanted to affirm my opposition to monotheism, to christiannity through these topics.

4.Both of the band members have been involved in other bands or musical projects, what is it that you bring out with this musical project that you are not able to do in your other groups or projects?
yes, we are both involved in others bands, Vastara wanted to experiment a black metal project. Personnaly, i already had a pagan black metal project called Asphodeles, my first one man band.
I found that the composition of Vastara, corresponded exactly so that I wanted to express. That enabled me to work differently, to have an external point of view.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Jarnvidr was born only for studio recording, so we prefer remaining a duo. in future, may be we could play live, it could be pleasant..but not for the moment.

6.Can you tell us a little bit about " Le rêve de Molasar"?
This collective was created, after suicide of Molasar (P.H.T.O, Suicidal Madness) in January 2011.
The purpose of it, is to honor his memory, and to make continue, the love which he had for the music!!!

bands of collective are:

P.H.T.O
ASPHODELES
SOMBRE CROISADE
BLUKOVLA
SUICIDAL MADNESS
LOUP NOIR
VILS SERPENTS
TEMPLE
DERNIER SOUFFLE SEPTEM


actually, we are 6 members in the collective:
Me (Alrinack), Saddy, Malsain, Psycho, Ogmios, Sekt.

7.One of the band members is involved with many different bands or musical projects, where do you find the time to be involved with all these different groups or projects?
Yes, i'm involved in many bands and projects, its for me a catarsis, by this way, i can express all feelings that cross my spirit and body...hate, nihilism, melancolia, depression...it represent some many work, but with an organisation, all is possible, i give some priorities, some projects don't have time pression...i do with labels, partneers...

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and pagan metal?
since two years, on worlwide, through reviews....feedbacks of "passeur des temps" are pleasant, and positive. they give to me, desire to do a pursuit to jarnvidr, if even, Vastara is ok to continue it.

9.What is going on with the other bands or musical projects these days?
These days, some work are in progress. We are composing new albums for P.H.T.O and Suicidal madness and Uluun. I'm finishing the third demo of Loup noir, and i'm looking labels to release opus of Temple and Asphodeles. Since one month, i'm working with Kim serrano (ex- perennial isolation) on an atmospheric/depressive black metal opus...
Many live projects are in work too (uluun tour, Ysengrin...)

10.When can we expect another album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Like i said before, i esper that we'll record another album for Jarnvidr.

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'm musician since many years, and so, i listen various musics, not only metal and black metal...i listen so much atmospheric black metal, many ambient projects, always old school black metal, but also  folkorics, shamanics sounds...all are influences, in my conception of musical expression!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
to conclude, thank you for giving me this space of expression! support to underground black metal scene, like yours, is very important! continue your work!!
Hails to black metal, war is near!!
Alrinack

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


Cryostassium/Thor Maillet/CTM3/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Metropolitan State Productions/2015 CD Collaboration Review

jeudi 24 décembre 2015 à 06:17

  Boston,  Massachusetts's  Cryostasium  and  Thor Maillet  team  up  on  this  recording  to  create  an  album t hat  mixes  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  black  metal  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "CMT3"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Metropolitan  State  Productions.   

  Programmed  beats  start  off the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  also  starts  getting  heavier  and  also  brings  more  of  a  black  metal  sound  to  the  recording.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  brief  use  of  baby  cries  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  drones  and  nature  sounds and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  experimental  while  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  the  close  the  album  with  a  live  17  minute  track  which  also brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Cryostasium  and  Thor  Maillet  create  a  musical  style  together  that  takes  experimental,  dark  and  ambient  and  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  musical  style  that  is  very  hard  to  classify  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Cryostaium  and  Thor  Maillet  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/cryostassiumthor-mailletctm3symbol-of.html


Old Pagan/Ogdran Jarhar/Symbol Of Domination Productions/Narbentage Produktionen/2015 CD Review

jeudi 24 décembre 2015 à 05:22

  Old  Pagan  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  before  and  plays  a  very  raw,  epic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Ogdran Jarhar"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  Narbentage  Produktionen.

  A  very  dark,  melodic,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  utilize  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  also  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t heir  side  of  the  recording.  

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,id  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  a  more  modern  production  to  a  90's  influenced  style  while  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  and  when  guitar  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  add  more  of  a  melodic  sound  to  the  music  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Secrets  Of  the  Moon  "Leichengott".

  Old  Pagan  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and epic  and  also  uses  some  of  the  modern  technology  to  update  their  sound  a  bit,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christina,  occult  and  Darkness  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Old  Pagan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Amon  Ramah"  "Christ  Termination"  and  "Seven  Gods  Of  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/old-paganogdran-jarharsymbol-of.html


Curse/Styggelse/WAN/Necroholic/Satanath Records/Black Plague Records/The True Plague

jeudi 24 décembre 2015 à 04:05

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Iceland/Norway's  Curse  and  Sweden's  Styggelse  and  WAN  called  Necroholic"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Black  Plague  Records  and The  True  Plague  and  we  will  start  off  the  album  with  Curse  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  thrash  influenced  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  old  school  black metal  sound  that  uses  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  punk  and  thrash  in  both  the  riffs  and  vocals  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   The  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  some  of  the  vocals  have  a  very  different  yet  grim  approach  to  the  genre  with  its  semi  melodic  tone  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Motorhead's  "Ace  Of  Spades",  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.     

  In  my  opinion  Curse  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  yet  melodic  thrash  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED   TRACK  "War  Of  One".

  Next  up  is  Styggelse  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drum  beats  and  noisy  distortion  that  evolves  into  a  raw  black  metal  style  that  is  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  rock'n'roll  and  punk  to  the  bands  musical  style.

  Some  of  the  faster  riffs  also  mix  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  back  up  gang  shouts  and  some  thrash  influences  and  while  the  music  has  an  old  school  feeling  the  way  it  is  produced  sounds  more  modern,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful,  satanic  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Styggelse  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Stay  true  To  Satan  For  Eternity".

  Closing  the split  is  WAN  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  raw  and  old  school  90's  influenced  black  metal  sound  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  in  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  that  almost  has  a  first  wave  feeling  at  times.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  utilize  any  guitar  solos  and  leads  while  their  side  of  the  split  remains  very  heavy  from  first  to  last  track  which  also  sees  spoken  word  parts  and  back  up  shouts  being  added  into  the  music,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  yet  powerful  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  darkness  and  hateful  themes.

   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  WAN  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dirty  Bastards".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  fans  of  old  and  school  black  metal  that  like  hearing  this  genre  with  a  more  modern  production.  8  out  of  10.            

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/cursestyggelsewannecroholicsatanath.html