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Kommodus/Will To Dominate All Life/Lupine Lineage Records/2017 Demo Review

vendredi 17 novembre 2017 à 02:49

  Kommodus  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  demo  "Will  To  Dominate  All  Life"  which  was  released  by  Lupine  Lineage  Records.

  Werewolf  shapeshifting  along  with  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  demo while  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

 When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  noisy,  melodic  and  chaotic  fashion  while  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  of   the  black  metal  screams  bringing  in  a  more  depressive  and  suicidal  edge  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "War". 

  Kommodus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Roman  Paganism,  War  and  Suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kommodus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolves  Of  Rome"  and  "Spiritual  Sickness  And  The  Suffering  Soul".  8/5  out  of 10. 


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/kommoduswill-to-dominate-all-lifelupine.html


Sleepwalker/5772/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/AnnapurnA/2017 Full Length Re-Issue Review

mercredi 15 novembre 2017 à 05:15

 Sleepwalker  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  plays  an  abstract,  improvisational  and  experimental  form  of  psychedelic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "5772"   which  was  re-issued  in  2017  as  a  joint  effort  between  Sentient  Ruin  laboratories  and  AnnapurnA.

  A  very  heavy  and  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  while t he  riffs  also  bring  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  noise  rock  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  influences  of  psychedelia,  free  jazz,  improv,  drone  and  krautrock.

  Throughout the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted yet  melodic fashion,  when  whispers  are utilized  they  give  the  songs  a  more  evil  atmosphere.

  Sleepwalker  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  raw  black  metal,  noise  rock,  krautrock,  psychedelic,  experimental,  improv,  drone,  tribal  ritualism  and  free  jazz  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sleepwalker  are  a  very  great  sounding  abstract,  improvisational,  experimental  and  psychedelic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Plain  Wood"  and  "Only  Stones".  8  out  of  10.             

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/sleepwalker5772sentient-ruin.html


Zvijer/Vjecnost Trulezi/Werewolf Promotion/2017 CD Review

mercredi 15 novembre 2017 à 04:42
                                                                   

  Zvijer  are  a  band  from  Bosnia  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Vjecnost  Trulezi"  which  was  released  by  Werewolf  Promotion.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  Gregorian  chants  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  lot  of t he  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Zvijer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old school  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while t he  lyrics a re  written  in  a  mixture  Bosnian  and  English  and  cover  death  and  Balkanian  dark folklore. 

  In  my  opinion  Zvijer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  traditional black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heretical  Balkanian  Sabbathism"  "Rural  Watelands"  and  "...From  Black  Womb  Of  Earth".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/zvijervjecnost-truleziwerewolf.html


Rimfrost/A Clash Upon The Northern Wind/Non Serviam Records/2017 Single Review

lundi 13 novembre 2017 à 03:40

  Rimfrost  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  grim  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  single  "A  Clash  Upon  The  Northern Wind"  which  was  released  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  11  minutes  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  synths,  spoken  word  parts  can also be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  elements  of  thrash. 

  Rimfrost  creates  another  track  that  remains  true  to  the  grim  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  they  are  known  for,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  grimness  and  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/rimfrosta-clash-upon-northern-windnon.html


Deinonychus Interview

lundi 13 novembre 2017 à 03:18
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We’ve been busy with arranging the artwork for the album as well setting up things for the coming re-releases of the Deinonychus back catalogue…. I’m also within the process of finishing of a 2th album with my other project Nihil Novi Sub Sole. But other than that, things are quite silent here;)


You have a new album coming put in December, 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?
The new album is more vile and dirty and the atmosphere captured within is more violent, raw, and vengeful. The topics on the album deal mainly with vengeance, murder and suicide and all given thoughts with that…. It is just somehow different from all the other works, but surely has some ingredients in it which are typical Deinonychus alike….


This is your first album in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
I remember when I was composing “Warfare Machines” back in 2005-2006 I already felt completely weary of doing Deinonychus and it was quite a struggle for me to complete things in a justified manner… But in the end I did. After the release of the album in Autumn 2007 I realised that it was time to put things on a hold as I was completely done with it all, and so I did…. In between those 10 years I started a martial industrial outfit called Nihil Novi Sub Sole with whom I did 1 album so far and a couple gigs, that just kept me going until now;)



What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Vengeance, murder, suicide, fear, hate, paranoia, you name it…..


Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
That was just plain simple… In order to grow musically and keep progressing any quality I had to need other musicians beside me, as I’m simply not a virtuose…..



I have read that while the band has done a live show they are against doing another one, is that still the case these days?
Yes and no…… it comes basically all down on logistic matters….. All members having their own thing going on, albeit it work, family, other musical activities and such, plus  living quite far from each other…. I’m not sure if any investment will pay off with this kind of music;)


The band has been around for more than 20 years, do you feel you have had a huge influence on the modern suicidal and depressive black metal bands?
I reckon I’m far too humble to give you any answer on that….. it is upon others to decide if that is the case….


On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Actually Deinonychus belongs to a category of bands you either really like or hate…. There is no in-between!  Mainly due the vocals I guess…. However it of course pleases me more then to hear from people who really like it when they tell you, as you know that they really mean it, instead of “yeah it’s kinda okay…”. But on a larger scale as you say; worldwide…. The response overall is really good.


What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Well Steve Wolz at the moment is not doing anything else besides Deinonychus if I’m correct, and Markus is obviously busy with The Vision Bleak/ Empyrium and Sun Of The Sleepless and has his own recording studio, so the man is REALLY busyJ I myself are in the process of finishing of a 2th Nihil Novi Sub Sole album which should be out early 2018.


Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I reckon we just head straight forward from where we came…..


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?
Black metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Ambient. I listen to quite some wide range of styles, when it comes to music. I have no real preferences…. I just like anything which sounds dark, emotional and aggressive as well….


Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Be who you are, do what you want, and let no one fuck you up…… that’s it really;)


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/11/deinonychus-interview.html