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Nocrul/Eye Of Terror/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 17 février 2018 à 03:44

  Nocrul  are  a  duo  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Eye  of  Terror".

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  they  also  mix  synths  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  growls  can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Heaven  And  Hell's  "Atom  And  Evil".

  On  this  recording  Nocrul  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric  elements  of  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  on  Warhammer  40k.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nocrul  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Let  The  Ground  Be  The  Grave  Marker  Of  The  Heroes"  "Dark  Purpose  Of  Madness"  and  "Forces  of  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/nocruleye-of-terror2017-full-length.html


Lord Of Pagathorn Interview

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 22:07
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?



C: Our newest album “Daimono Philia” was released at the end of the January 2018 (regular CD & digipack CD) by Woodcut Records. Vinyl and cassette will be out at the end of the February. At this moment I am working with the new material for the third album with our bassist Skrubb. Next album will consist of eight songs and hopefully we can enter the studio at the beginning of the year 2019.



2.Recently you have 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?



C: Sometimes I have descripted our music with these next words (which are still valid in the newest album too): “We try to capture the northern feelings to the songs. It is amazing atmosphere when you spend your time in the wintry forest, daylight time is very short, snow is cracking under your shoes and cold air is almost freezing you to death. When you combine that idea with chainsaw guitars and bass, bounding barbaric drums and creeping vocals, then you get some idea how we are sounding. I hope we have managed to create our own heavy and pressuring soundscape which don´t give any remorse.”

In sound-wise the differences are coming from the guitar tunings. In early 90`s we used E tuned guitars and nowadays we are using lower tuning.

3.The band was broken up for a few years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?



C: Band was split up in 1995 and during that time it was quite impossible to find good and dedicated members for the band in the area where I was living. During these years I have had lots of ideas for the new material for Lord of Pagathorn. But it took many years to form a new line up…line up was completed in 2010 when Hellwind (drums) and Sedit (bass) joined the band.



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



C: In this new “Daimono Philia” album, lyrics are dealing about the evil itself, revenge and the crush
of the holy trinity.



5.I have read in the past the band has never done any live shows, is that going to changein 2018?



C: We are interested to do the gigs in the future but once again we have faced the line-up problems. It will take time to rehearsal all necessary songs from the past releases with the new drummer. Also we have to concentrate to rehearse songs for the next album.



6.Between 2014 and 2018 there was no new material, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?



C: In 2014 our first full-length album “Nekros Philia” was released. Our bass player Sedit decided to leave from the band and it took time to find new band member. Skrubb (ex-Taake live guitarist) decided to choose our ranks and took the bass guitar as his instrument of violence. In 2015 we started to rehearse the tracks for the second full-length album (Daimono Philia) and recordings started at the spring of 2016. Album was recorded, mixed and mastered finally in February 2017. Artwork and layouts for the album took also lots of time, so finally all the material was ready in summer 2017. Our drummer Hellwind decided to leave the band after the recording sessions for the “Daimono Philia” album. We already have an idea for the new drummer and we will release the information later this year.



7.The new album was released on 'Woodcut Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



C: We are very satisfied all the great work and support what Woodcut Records has done for our band and for the record releases.



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



C: Feedback has been surprisingly good release after release.



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



C: At this moment I am also playing in a band called Witchakal. We are working for the full length album at this moment. All the tracks are recorded except vocals because Mr. SELFDESECRATOR from Slaughtbbath haven´t visited in Finland for a while.



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



C:Lets keep that as a secret. You can hear the progress from the next album somewhere in 2019.



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/



C: OK, if I have to choose the influences for the music from the bands, then I can say we have been strongly influenced by early 90´s Finnish underground black and death metal bands. Also Drawing Down The Moon by Beherit and first two album by Master´s Hammer have been great inspirations. At this moment I can recommend “Henbane” album by Cultes Des Ghoules. That album sounds like it was made in 1991.



12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?



C: In short I can say; if you have chosen the way of the left hand path, you cannot hop off and hop on when you feel so.

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



C: Thank you for the good and interesting interview questions. Those who are interested to get our releases, take a look at Woodcut Records campsite.

                           

                             -Corpselord. / Lord Of Pagathorn. II / 2018 A.S.-

                             www.lordofpagathorn.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/lord-of-pagathorn-interview.html


Wyrmwoods Interview

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 06:04
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Wyrmwoods is a one man atmospheric black metal band, with heavy influences from other genres like jazz, progressive rock and ambient.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the material that you have released so far?
Well the first release, Wyrmwoods EP, was pretty straight forward homage to bands like Burzum and early Ulver, I wasn't really trying to be innovative or original. With the new album Earth Made Flesh, I just did whatever I felt like. I think you can hear different influences in almost any of the songs, ranging from krautrock to noise to funeral doom metal and of course a variety of black metal bands that I like, for example Summoning, Paysage d'hiver/Darkspace, Mayhem, etc. There's also a lot of ambient soundscapes, but not the usual "dungeon synth" -type often heard in black metal, that can be fun too, but I usually prefer my ambient more layered, spacey and atmospheric like Steve Roach, who is one of my favorite artists.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored both on the full length and ep?
I didn't put up the lyrics of the EP to Bandcamp, but I think all of them were based on poems by Georg Trakl. The album has a lot of stuff based on Thomas Ligotti's writings and paganism. I didn't want to do the default Satanic lyrics almost mandatory in Black Metal, but more of an existential/medieval horror more suitable to Wyrmwoods' sound, especially on Earth Made Flesh.

4.On the new album you had some lyrics inspired by the Poetic Edda, does Paganism play a role in your music or  life?
Not really. I had read some books/essays on rune magic and Norse mythology, I think it's really interesting, but I don't believe it or anything.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wyrmwoods'?
It doesn't have any "special" meaning, I just really liked the sound of it. I wanted the name to be pretty simple and generic like "Darkthrone" or something, that conjures up a lot of fitting associations and sounds cool while doing it. "Wyrm" here works both as a mythological serpent/dragon (like Jörmungandr in Norse mythology) and the Old English word for worm.

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
At the moment it's a lot easier to work solo, since I also write the songs myself. Sometimes I don't even do that, for example "Primordial Waters / The Well of Urth" is almost completely improvised. Working with other musicians would require extra work and I think in this project I'd like to be in charge of everything, there's a certain charm to the concept of one man Black Metal bands.

7.The new album was released on 'Inverse Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
After I had released the album on Bandcamp, they soon contacted me through email.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
The feedback has been really great, I'm a bit surprised by all the very positive reviews. The sales haven't been quite on the same level, but the band's still so obscure.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I'd like to keep mixing in different kinds of influences, keep it varied, maybe a bit more experimental on the next album. I'd also like to have better playing skills, but I'm too lazy to practice.

10.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 already named some influences you can hear in Wyrmwoods in question 2. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but the past few weeks I've been mostly listening to Esoteric, Catacombs, Molly Nilsson and Charles Mingus.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
I like movies and literature at least as much as music. I also do power lifting.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hope you like the new album, go buy it if you already haven't!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/wyrmwoods-interview.html


Dark Archive Interview

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 06:01
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

-We Formed this band in summer 2016. At the Beginning we had a purpose to bring something fresh in the todays black metal scene. We had found more members and recorder one EP, but it didn’t work and those members had to leave for personal reasons.



At summer 2017 we decided with Niko to start doing what it all was about at start. To create dark, devastating black metal with no apologies. Full speed and fast sawing  guitar riffs. Off course the satanism is involved highly in our band because that influences much in lyrics for example. So now we currently are two members:

Joakim Lindholm (Composing, nstruments, recordings)

Niko Aromaa (vocals, lyrics.

We stand before Dark Archive with our real names and real faces. We believe in what we are doing



2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

-I have been listening black metal since 1994. In the 90’s there were my big favorites what i listened when i was teenager. Albums from those days have a lot of influence in our music. Maybe the most important band active since then have been Dark Funeral and Emperor. Our sounds and riff styles from those band are easily heard in our music





3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanism and Occultism topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

-We both share the same love for satanism. We think quite different about it still. I have been in dark arts since -96 i think? And i am the radical man in our band who supports also the violent ways to do things. I still admire those church burnings what created the wow factor back in the days, when those things happened in Norway and some in Finland also at those times. 



I do rituals, prayers, i live for Lucifer, i see light there where others see darkness. All my religious life is based on satanism and occultism. I read a lot dark literature. I will not go too far about this because this is a very personal thing for my elf. But yeah, our difference with Niko is about radicalism. I am the one who thinks Satan will conquer the earth. Niko’s aspects are more individualistic, self-improvement, philosophical stuff.





4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dark Archive'?



Dark Archive is two things. First it refers to those many kilometers long bookshelf’s hidden under Vatican city. Hidden archives that is not visible for public. The censor Church tells us about the writings and books that fit for their purposes.



Second it is a big respect for those early scene bands, So that is why the name has Dark in the front. No need to list those bands what i mean.

It's also a metaphor for all the mystery and aspects how dark arts are something people don’t understand in our existence.



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?



Yes, we are going to expand as a full line up piece by piece. At now we have a drummer searching going next release must be done with real drums for labels etc. Also we both want to spread the darkness on stages. We want to see how far this will carry us!







6.The ep was released on 'Inverse Records', how did you get in contact with this label?



-One very very good person (better not to mention names without promise) told Joni at Inverse Records about out plan to do a full EP of the songs and hit the Spotify etc. So Joni Contacted and offered he would be willing to do that. He is great person and has been big help for us in these hard early days.



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

-That is something what has been a bit unexpected for us. We haven’t had not even one negative feedback. Band has spread all over the world and we have had reviews like 10/10, 5/5, we have been compared to Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Marduk etc, songs are playing in radio channels etc.



For me Black metal is two things. It’s very great music and its about satanic approach to life. Hope the days are over when bands couldn’t sound good, i mean the recordingwise. This is black metal! How do we conquer the world with our message of Lucifer if the music doesn’t fit for todays listeners ears. We are living now inquisition days in Black metal.



8.Are any of the band members currently involved or have been involved with any other bands or musical projects?



-Yes i play also bass and do some composing in William Blackswan (A horror core band), been playing guitar for ex in Murdershock which is now sadly dead. I have been playing over 20 year of guitar so Dark Archive is a many ways a spiritual child for both of us with Niko. What is important for me, i can do stuff that requires a lot from a guitar player and that’s nice. Also Niko has been practicing his BM screams a lot and now i can tell there are only few vocalists in the world who have the same skills and dynamic range from growls to screams that Niko has.

Niko is also vocalist and lyric writer in project Progeny of Sun.



9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



-Dark Archive now bow to anyone, won’t make any compromises. Will will stay fast, brutal, dark and we are just going to create even better material for full length. It will be come out this year. Yesterday i started to record new material. And what seems also sure, is that next release will have real drums. We have been in touch with killer pro players who can play Dark Archive songs as they should be played!



10.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 mostly listen classical music. It’s beautiful music and it inspires me a lot. And gives time to breathe. If you listen 240pbm blast beat 10 hours per day that will kill you. I think as a songwriter i can’t never have too much influences for composing music



On the BM scene i listen very much Naglfar at these days, also Havukruunu, Mgla, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Ragnarok. These i have now been listening a lot. I love and respect hundreds of BM bands, but these are the latest. Just to get the mood and influences to create the new material



Niko have been mostly listening Naglfar and Marduk lately. But he also listens a big variety of BM bands.

His out of the box relaxing happens thru 50's and 60's swing.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

-Family and nature and astral traveling for myself, for Niko it’s the same



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

-Darkness is beautiful, that is Dark Archives message to the world




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/dark-archive-interview.html


Soul Dissolution/Stardust/Black Lion Records/2018 CD Review

vendredi 16 février 2018 à 05:40

  Soul  Dissolution  are  a  duo  from  Belgium  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  play  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Stardust"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements,  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental  which  also  introduces  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Soul  Dissolution  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  apathy  and  inner  struggle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Soul  Dissolution  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Circle  of  Torment"  and  "Far  Above  The  Boiling  Sea  of  Life".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/02/soul-dissolutionstardustblack-lion.html