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Vrtra/My Bones Hold A Stillness/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2016 EP Review

lundi 8 août 2016 à 01:23
  Vrtra  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "My  Bones  Hold  A  Stillness"  which  was  released  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier direction  while  also  adding  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  on  the  recording  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams    and  melodic  vocals  along  with  elements  of  post  metal  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  slow  riffs  are  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  drone  and  experimental  music  can  be  heard  at  times  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vrtra  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  dark  and  modern form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom,  death  and  post  metal  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  heavy  and  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vrtra  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom,  death  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Perpetually  Hag  Ridden".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/vrtramy-bones-hold-stillnesssentient.html


Rotting Christ/Sleep Of The Angels/Sleazy Rider Records/2016 CD Review

dimanche 7 août 2016 à 23:36

  Rotting  Christ  are a  band  from  Greece  that  has  a  few  albums  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  played  a  gothic  influenced  form  of  black  metal  on this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1999  album  "Sleep  Of  The  Angels"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  by  Sleazy  Rider  Records.

Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  black  metal  screams  and  gothic  style  clean  singing.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  one  track  also  brings  in a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  whispers  while  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  fast  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  On  this  recording  Rotting  Christ  went  a  different  route  from earlier  releases  and  created  a  more  melodic  and  gothic  influenced  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a very  great  sounding  recording  from  Rotting  Christ  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  goth  influenced  black  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "After  Dark  I  Feel"  "You  My  Flesh"  "Delusions"  and  "Thine  Is  the  Kingdom".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/rotting-christsleep-of-angelssleazy.html


Horse Drawn Interview

dimanche 7 août 2016 à 05:42
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Jonny - Sure, Horse Drawn has been around in concept and physically on and off since around 2007 (then under the name Horse Drawn Death Machine). I started recording music on my own around that time. In 2010/2011 Bryce and I started to form it as a full band and that went on for a few years. We went on a brief hiatus in which time we both did some work with various other bands. We decided to reform as a 2 piece (for now) and make some new music. Since stylistically were going in a different direction, we took out the "Death Machine" from our name since its a new phase of this band. We used to incorporate elements of doom, rock and roll, psychedelic rock, and southern rock into our music, but we decided to take a straight forward Black Metal approach this time and we're both much happier with the outcome.

2.Currently you are working on an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Jonny - We really wanted to take a straight forward Black Metal approach this time. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here. We're not trying to be groundbreaking or genre defying. We just want to make some music in a genre we both love. No need for subgenres or any of that (although I'm sure once we release the EP, those will get thrown around haha).
Bryce - Very aggressive, faster than before and much more angry. There are melodic parts as well to me that feel very bleak but uplifting. It's really easy for me to tap into this music and bust out lyrics. Some of it is more unconventional at times which needs to happen so you stand out, instead of being repetitious.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Bryce - Good question. There isn't really a general theme from song to song on this EP. It varies. But if any of these songs have the same subject matter it's the first and last. They're both about how as a human being living in such a vast universe that's ever expanding, it makes me feel very small and insignificant. As if any of the dilemmas I've had in my life don't mean anything in the grand scheme of things. They also deal with how I feel as if I don't know where I belong sometimes. Feeling completely lost and out of touch with the person I've become. Wanting to just leave everything behind but realizing that this is where you belong. And anywhere else you go will become just like your home and you'll end up hating it. So they get very personal for me at times. The other lyrics have their own vibe. One is based heavily on my thoughts on religion. Just personal experiences with people that wear their crosses like a curse. Judgmental, hypocritical, everything you shouldent be. The other is about a satanic high priest who makes a sacrifice to conjure demons and release them into the world. kind of a dunwich vibe too it.

4.originally the band was known as 'Horse Drawn Death Machine', what was the decision behind shortening the name?
Jonny - Since its still technically the same band as long as Bryce and I are both involved, but we don't have the same members as before, and stylistically its different, we decided to shorten it. Most people ended up just calling us Horse Drawn anyway, and we got to a point where the "Death Machine" was just kind of cheesy.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you open to expaning the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Jonny - At our core it will always probably be a duo. We do intend on finding a bassist and drummer, but we want to make sure its the right fit. We're not always the easiest guys to deal with, and we need to make sure everyone gets along.

6.Has the band done any live shows?
Jonny - In older versions of this band, yes. We've played many shows and have done a couple small tours together. This time around, we have some shows coming up in September, and plan to book more after the new year. Our focus right now is recording.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Bryce - Yes we have received interest from a few people. Which neither of us expected at all to be honest. We are working with a few labels on this release. Obviously I'm not gonna give away all of that information just yet. But we are very grateful to work with people that are understanding and supportive of us. I wouldn't say that we are a "signed" band by any means. I think if you have the funds (which not everyone does) being self reliant is the best way to go.
Jonny - I agree completely with Bryce. Labels are becoming more and more unneccesary as time goes on. Thats not to say I'm not eternally grateful for the labels who are working with us. I would prefer to work with smaller labels. They tend to care more, and work harder. Bryce and I are broke as hell, so when it comes time to cough up the money for pressing and PR, it's awesome to have some people on our side who are also invested in what we're doing. We have friends in some bands on some various big name labels, as well as some experience ourselves, and honestly, I feel like the smaller guys care more and are easier to deal with.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Bryce - Honestly I don't think to many people have heard this new track yet. But everyone that has listened has shared nothing but positivity. Which is really cool. I don't think anyone that I've talked to has complained about it. Haha.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Bryce - I'm not sure to be honest. This band now is a lot different than it used to be. It's visceral and aggressive. It almost has some sort of a grind influence too me as well. So it can only go up from here. I don't personally think about what I want to write or anything. I just play and eventually It just happens. The riffs find you.

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?
Bryce - For black metal I'd have to say the few big ones for me are Nachtmystium, Twilight, Kreig, Levaithan, Wolvhammer, Darkthrone (the cult is alive) Midnight. Shining. Naglafar, Xasthur, tribulation, I also like sludge a lot. Eyehategod, superjoint ritual, lord mantis, I've been listening to Time by Mercyful Fate on repeat. And besides that it's country. Hank Williams, Hank Jr. Hank 3, Always listening to this album straight to hell. Joebuck yourself. I also do like some pop music. It is what it is man. There isn't any shame in the shit you like. If some fuck tries to tell you other wise fuck them. I also enjoy old nu metal that I used to listen to when I was like 14. Slipknot, korn, mudvayne. No fucks given.

Jonny - As far as black metal goes, to this day Abigail Williams is hands down my favorite. Ken has been a big influence on me musically. Nachtmystium is also a big one for me as well. Assassins and Addicts changed how I approach Black Metal. Twilight was fantastic. I'm also really into Falls of Rauros lately. Wodensthrone has been a regular one for me lately too. Wolves In The Throne Room, Alcest, Taake, Shining, and the list goes on. Beyond that, outside of black metal, I'm also into doom and get nostalgic for early 2000's metalcore haha. Maybe I shouldn't admit that, but who cares! I'm also just as into The Allman Brothers, Country Music, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and tons of other shit. It doesnt always have to be metal!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Jonny - I work in a Tattoo shop, so that's a big part of my life. I also enjoy working on and repairing guitars. I don't really like a lot of things, so outside of making music, I don't have a ton of hobbies. If it wasn't for my girlfriend, I probably wouldn't leave my house much.

Bryce - I cook at a restaurant. I guess I like cooking sometimes. (Shrugs) I more or less like to cook for my girlfriend and Myself more than anything. Other than that I enjoying hanging out with her. I'm a home body and I don't like to be away for too long. Smoking buds. Haha. I don't really have many interests outside of music. Haha We are very simple people. Don't like to go out much at all. I'd rather sit at home than go to bars or anything.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Smoke Weed and Hail Satan



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/horse-drawn-interview.html


Ordo Obsidium/A Crooked Path to Desolation/Eisenwald//2016 CD Review

dimanche 7 août 2016 à 01:10

  Ordo  Obsidium  are  a  band  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  funeral doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016 album  "A  Crooked  Path  To  Desolation"  which  will  be  released in  September  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  and  female  vocals  and  after  awhile  grim  whispers  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  and  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Clean  singing  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  after  awhile  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  you can  also  hear  some  death  metal  elements  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  avant  garde  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  funeral  doom  metal  elements  and  as  the  album progresses  the  faster  riffs start  utilizing  more  tremolo  picking  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  demonstrate  a  more  progressive  side  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ordo  Obsidium  created  a  very  diverse  style  on  this  recording  taking  some  raw  and  melodic  elements  of  black  metal  and  mixing  it  with  funeral  doom,  death  metal  style  growls  and  some  avant  garde  and  progressive  traces  which all  make  the album  sound  very original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness,  fear  and  hatred  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ordo Obsidium  and if   you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  funeral  doom,  you  should  check out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Crooked  Path  To  Desolation"  "The  Warping  Palace"  and  "Doom  Herald".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/ordo-obsidiuma-crooked-path-to.html


Karmanjaka/I Tomrosdalen/Black Lion Productions/2016 EP Review

samedi 6 août 2016 à 23:51

  Karmanjaka  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "I  Tornrosdalen"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Military  style  drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds later  which  are  also  utilized  on  the  later  songs  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  chants  and  after  the  into  the  music  gets  heavier  while  still  utilizing  melody  and  also  adding  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  the  last  track  the  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and  also  adds  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  feeling.

  Karmanjaka  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  cold,  melancholic,  melodic  and  raw  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  with  an  old  school  feeling  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  cold  and  desolate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Karmanjaka  are a   very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Katla".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/karmanjakai-tomrosdalenblack-lion.html