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Harrow/Fragments Of A Fallen Star/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review

samedi 19 novembre 2016 à 01:40

  Harrow  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  cascadian  style  of  black  metal  that  is  also  very heavily  influenced  by  folk  music  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2013  album  "Fragments  Of  A  Fallen  Star"which  was re-issued  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

 Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  ambient  and  psychedelic  touch  and  after  awhile  guitar  sounds  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  a  decent  amount  of  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  style  while  also  getting more  aggressive  at  times  and  the  heavy  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  heavier  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  tribal  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  tracks  also  mix  in  elements  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  they  also  mix  the  acoustic  parts  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the songs  as the  album  progresses  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Harrow  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording t hat  was  very atmospheric  in  the  cascadian  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  a  lot of  folk  music elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  conflict  and  atavism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  harrow  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  cascadian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fragments  Of  A  Fallen  Star"  and  "Song  Of  The  Seasons".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/harrowfragments-of-fallen-starhypnotic.html


Deathkin Interview

vendredi 18 novembre 2016 à 23:09
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Deathkin is a Finnish black metal band which purpose is to serve the majestic triarchy of death, chaos and immorality, formed in 2009. Regarding the purpose and main concept, key members of the band have always been very interested in death and chaos so the music is mainly written in honor of them both.

What comes to songwriting, musically and lyrically we never want to go the easy way because it would be really uninspiring. Especially lyrically our two latest recordings follow pretty much the same kind of view and the lyrics aren’t really your average “Praise the almighty Satan”-stuff. For example “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” is a concept album in which the lyrics are at least as important as the instrumentation. 

If you are interested in a small history – Our guitarist and drummer began playing together in winter 2003-2004. After various bands and many lineup changes Deathkin was officially formed somewhere around 2008-2010. We released our self-titled demo ep in 2010 and it got some nice feedback, including being named “demo of the month” in the biggest Finnish metal media, Imperiumi. Then we had some lineup changes since our original vocalist moved to Netherlands and at the same time we lost our so-far only long-term bassist. We had enough new material to record “Purged by Impurity” quite soon in 2011 and luckily our friend wanted to join us in vocals. Actually he would’ve become our original vocalist in 2008 but the time wasn’t right back then. “Purged by Impurity” got some really good reviews back then. Then we had a lineup change as our second guitarist quit the band and we had to find a replacement and fortunately found a really talented one. In 2015 we began recordings on “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta”. It took about one and a half year to get all pieces together. 

2. You have your first full length coming out in November, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your 2 previous demos?

The music on the album grows upon you. It is cold, raw and dark yet somehow strangely it draws you further and further towards its burning spiral. And the burning spiral is enormous like a gigantic black hole. You can listen the album many times a row and you still want more and every listen drags you further and deeper its sinister path. Guess it means that we have managed to capture at least some of the boundless power of the great cosmic chaos into the record which is quite a big thing to admit. Song structures and basics of the instrument tracks were composed on a way which gave a lot of space for music to breathe itself as well as plenty of room for vocals. Needless to say that we are really happy with the record and the feedback we have gotten of it so far.

Comparing album to previous releases is interesting and gives you a kind of view of the path we have more or less intentionally gone so far. “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” is actually quite easy to listen and not that complex comparing to “Purged by Impurity” which is a complex and inwards-bound recording like it was meant to be (for example there is no actual melodies at all, everything is written inside the guitar riffs). Where “Purged by Impurity” is pure blackness, “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” bursts with a great deal of cold and raw cosmic chaos. Our first release, the self-titled demo ep represents the era when we were still searching the way for our musical expression. In that time death metal was much more present in the picture even though we were already deep inside dark and black visions. Main goal was to express pure and aggressive hate and Chaos in fierce musical form. Music itself was intentionally stripped off of all but the real deal and turned out to be very striking and dynamic. We still play songs like “With the Host” and “Afar” from time to time.

What comes to how the recordings sound, “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” is a pure diamond. It sounds exactly how it should sound. Even though the music bases (theoretically speaking) on a quite simple ideas, it is really chaotic and even though every instrument and vocals are clear and audible yet it still sounds really chaotic. Guys in mixing and mastering did a really great job.

By the way, we still have few copies of “Purged” left. I believe nobody outside Finland has the physical copy. Our first release “Deathkin” is even harder to find. It is a plain handmade cd-r with a very simple cover. We have to make them one by one but it is still possible to get if anyone is interested. There actually aren’t very many copies made of it, maybe 20.

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

Between writing “Purged by Impurity” and releasing “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” happened a lot. We had some major personal issues, members moving to different cities, lineup changes and the actual writing and recording of the album and finding a suitable cover art for the concept, it took a while. It was actually as late as in 2014 when we decided that we are going to make a full-length album by ourselves. The drums were recorded in summer 2015 and by the end of the summer 2016 we had everything recorded. A friend of ours, Teemu Iso-Kulmala, mixed the album in great cooperation with us and the final mix was sent to Necromorbus Studios for mastering.. The cover art was also made in cooperation between the whole band and our friend Saila Leskinen, the band giving ideas and Saila mastering them in to the art form giving a great deal of her own ideas. The artwork sits seamlessly to the album concept and we’re very pleased with it.

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

As our vocalist put it this way, “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” preaches about an eternal crusade beyond all boundaries. Of a Journey across aeons that is trodded on the bones of your predecessors in order to witness the faces of Chaos. Of reaching out and longing towards entropy, home of the universe from which we were spat out as a cosmic joke to suffer in a prison of flesh and blood in the wheel of life. Guided by the ardor of darkness and awakened by the serpents venom we will return home.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deathkin'?

The will was to honor the almighty Death and its ultimate power over everything. The idea for the band name was to express our relation to Death. To say it simply, we are the kin of Death – Deathkin.

6. All of the band members are anonymous, do you feel this adds to the dark atmosphere of your music?

Well, yes. It builds a certain kind of veil of mysticism around the band especially when nowadays everything is so easy to reach. Being anonymous means you can’t link the musicians to the band via for example social media. At least that easily and with full certainty. Yet it isn’t actually the main reason behind being anonymous. One really good and maybe the main reason behind it is simply the fact that the identities behind the music is a very irrelevant matter, especially having as many lineup changes as we have had.  All of us stand strong behind the music so we have no need to hide ourselves though. 

7. Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

There has been some interest after releasing “Purged by Impurity” but we didn’t take the step back then. Don’t know how it will go now when we have a really great album with us, maybe it builds a bit bigger interest in some bigger labels. We decided to do this album on our own and so far it has turned out pretty well so we are not in a hurry finding a label. We are no longer teenagers either so we have no interest in jumping in with some minor label with no resources when we can do the same on our own without someone telling us what to do or making boundaries. Being honest, the label has to be able and interested to give us something more in return than just being a company releasing our record.

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

There has been a worldwide interest along the release of the new album from Europe to Far-East and South/North America. Internet and social media are powerful tools to reach global fan base. The feedback has been really good, we haven’t actually heard anything bad said about the album, mainly only praising words. Which, as you might predict, feels good since we have been really honest to ourselves with this record and not a single compromise was made.

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

Giving a little retrospective view on the releases so far it seems that the music has developed towards being more epic and atmospheric and less fast, in-your-face-kind of black metal. Guess that the development will continue more on that way than taking steps to ever-changing structural polyrhythmic atonality. Though you never know since we don’t have even a single new riff written yet. 

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 personally believe that anything that you listen will more or less influence the music you write so black, death and doom metal as well as classical music has had some influence on the music as a whole. As a main influence writing album “Kohti Kotiani Kaaosta” has probably been Primordial, Enslaved and Negura Bunget yet not forgetting Emperor, DHG, Arcturus, Deathspell Omega, 1349, Wagner and Urfaust. None of them may not be heard in the music that much but they’ve had some influence on the mainframe. We listen to a very broad variety of different kinds of music from black metal to industrial to classical music.

11. Does Occultism play any role in your music?

I guess you can say that occultism has its fair share in our music. For example the latest album deals a lot with aspects of chaos gnosticism combined to ancient mythologies, to gain knowledge, power, to grow and burn through it. Like I earlier told, it is a concept album which is very highly influenced by Tiamat – one of the most primordial embodiments of Chaos. 

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

Listen and buy our album. If you think you can offer some kind of collaboration, feel free to contact.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/deathkin-interview.html


Virium Interview

vendredi 18 novembre 2016 à 22:57
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?
DAGON V.:  Well...We were a little bit stopped cause during the recording we had some differences and problematics. I decided to quit for some months to think about it and have a little relax (there was lot of years fighting in the scene and here in Barcelona you can find a shitty/blockhead/childish competitive "musical scene"...so this is not what I want to have my projet involved in. I look for good people, good bands, good friendship, good trades and good gigs). Anyway I haven't stopped promoting the album till it was been published in CD format. Nowadays the differences and problematics were resolved and Virium is gathered another time to return with all its power and rage.

2.Your last album was released in 2015, 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?
DAGON V.: All people says it sounds great! I think the same, we've done a good work. But the price is not achieved without effort, constance and patience. Before this first LP we had recorded some garage demos ("Wolved" with the first formation, "Pure Hate from the Abyss" (a live demo) "The cruel winter" Tape RIP demo, "From the void" which was the last one before recording the LP and an EP by my hand as a one man band period during 2012 ("Beyond the gates of the Obsydian Kingdom"). The is a notorious difference in the sound. We finally have increased our quality!

3.The lyrics on the album cover Vlad Tepes and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interests in these areas?
DAGON V.: I am very interested in the occult dimension, and I like a lot vampires. We wanted to describe Têpes as a human, as the real prince of Transylvania who fighted the enemy in a powerful and dynamic lyric.
As you can read in the lyrics, we talk too about feelings and things we live or we see in this putrid contemporary world and also about obscure beings like Cthulhu, a Wolfman, the Fallen Angel... We want to be accurate in our lyrics, to write lines full of magic and interest for our fans. Uruk, our singer is a great help in this area because lot of times we write the lyrics together and he has the grace to get the lyrics full finished, polished and well structurated.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Virium'?
DAGON V.: Virium is the latin word to describe Power, Strenght, Violence, Fury... this is the best word to describe our music.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Wow...since the beginnig, in 2009 we had lot of good gigs, we have a lot of good memories of them. I will remark the gigs with Inquisition and Negura Bunget, but it's not fair to forget the rest...We've played with lot of good artists of our country, as Kabal, Instinto Canibal, Human Carnage, Maleït, Into the Nethermost, Riot of Violence, Khaos Origin...Wow I can not remember now all the bands, all the good moments, all the fucking good music we all offered toghether in the stage. I just can say taht all tha gigs were amazing, magic and great.
About our stage performance? Well, we began as classic corpsepainting but, come on...Times are changing, we have to improve, to do what each one wants to do and to offer to the fans a show as personal as we can. We are what we are and we do this crazy raw music, we don't need all this obsolete paraphernalia to look like devils, cause we have our own devils inside. We are totally pissed off about "trve" blockheads.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
DAGON V.:You will be noticed soon ;)

7.The new album was released as a joint effort between Vertabrae, Humicide Records and Negra Nit Distro, are you happy with the support these labels have given you so far?
DAGON V.: I am very glad to have these great people at my side, moving my music, making it arrive as far as possible.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
DAGON V.: Everyone is very satisfied with our work. And it makes me be satisfied. I do music for the people, not for my own ego. I just want to say that social networks are a holly shit if you want to promote you work. Everyone wants you to pay for promote. Facebook is the big enemy for us, the underground, no matter the hours you spend promoting by your hand...If you don't pay, your lost...awww.fuck them all.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
DAGON V.: I really don't know...Time wil tell.

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?
DAGON V.: I like lots of different music styles, from Leonard Cohen to Enthroned. I think every music has its moment (but please, kill all the reggaeton followers...) Some of my favorite metal bands are Horna, Dark Throne, Black Sabbath, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Death Hammer, Urn, Witchhaven, Bethlehem, Aura Noir, Iron Maiden (yes, so what?), Cirith Ungol, Moonspell, The Gathering, Therion, Burzum, Fall of Effrafa, Gris, Mortiis, and a very big lot of other great metal bands...Nowadays I listen to all of them, as always.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
DAGON V.: Art, stop motion cinema (I do stop motion films, please look for facebook.com/pcmproductions ;D ), animals, magic, nature, martial arts, my wife and my dog.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
DAGON V.: I will thank you very much for your interest in my band and in our last work.
I invite you all to follow us in facebook, twitter, youtube, bandcamp, deezer, spotify and some other good musical networks.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/virium-interview.html


Nero Barlume/Abyssus/Winterwolf Records/2016 EP Review

vendredi 18 novembre 2016 à 04:27

  Nero  Barlume  are  a  solo  project from  Italy  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  2016 ep  "Abyssus"  which  was released  by Winterwolf  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  flutes  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  depressive  style  that  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  lot  of  times  the  music  is  very  atmospheric  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimentla  at  times  and  the  tremolo  picking  when  it  is  utilized  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  both  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  clean  guitars  can  be  heard  on  the  second  track.

  Nero  Barlume  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  style  of  his  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Introspective  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nero  Barlume  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Abyssus  II".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/nero-barlumeabyssuswinterwolf.html


ProFanatism/Hereticon/Under The Sign Of Garazel Productions/2016 CD Review

vendredi 18 novembre 2016 à 03:59

  ProFanatism  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Poland  and  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  heavy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Hereticon"  which  was  released  by  Under  The  Sign  Of  Garazel  Productions.

  Whispers  and  a  militant  style  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  dark  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  high  pitched  at  times  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the songs  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  spoken  word  parts  when  they  are  utilized  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  ProFanatism  creates  a  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  heavy  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release  while  also  getting  more  experimental  and  adding  in  new  things  to t heir  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Polish  and  cover  dark,  occult  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  ProFanatism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  heavy,  ritualistic,  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness  In  The  Eyes  Of  God"  "Dance  With  A  Serpents"  and  "Legion  In  My  Soul".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/profanatismhereticonunder-sign-of.html