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Akouphenom Interview

dimanche 9 avril 2017 à 04:08
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Akoúphenom is a Black Death Metal Act formed during 2015 in Galicia, Spain, with the aim of evoke the darkness, the unknown, the morbid and the beyond within their music. From us, you will hear dissonant and chaos-inspired riffs between a massive wall of sounds and ambients.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
From a Black Death Metal basis, we play avant garde ideas on our music, always avoiding the common rules in extreme metal, but looking also for a musicality in every song. It's important for us take the listener to every state we want through a song. All the different ideas did in the rehearsal room were selfr ecorded and sel fproduced in the EP Flesh Sublimation between August and November of 2015.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The leitmotif in Akoúphenom lyrics is the main force that dominates all, which is the Chaos. Above our existence, above all our understanding, there is the chaos that leads everything up in a endless stream of different beings where mankind is just a stain, a mistake. Essentially, the lyrics describes the fascination in the facts that proves the upper force the chaos is: our death, our rottenness, our final destiny as stardusts, getting lost in the emptiness. A proper statement to conceive our lyrics would be say that our rotten guts and skulls are so real as the stars and infinite space.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Akouphenom'?
The essence behind is describing the wall of sound that makes the listener suffer from tinnitus, which in Spanish is translated as "Acúfeno", and there you can get our name. Also, the writting of Akoúphenom is incorrect, it actually has a symbol "phi" in the place of -ph-. The symbol "phi" is the representation of the perfection in classical arts, because there's a real musical order behind all the chaos we display.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Recently we have played as headliners at the SWR Barroselas Warm Up celebrated in Vigo, Spain, and we have to say we were truly satisfied with the live we did. What people saw was 4 devotees of the Black Death displaying his passion for the morbid and unknown, stained in dark and making a huge chaos over the stage. But you can prove for yourself looking at our live photos in our FB page. Works better an image than thousand of words.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No, the plans for now is preparing ourselves to start the recording sessions for our first LP, so we take a break on touring and playing live until next year.

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'La Hija del Carronero', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
La Hija Del Carroñero are great friends of us, and we shared many concerts together and supported between us more than with others band. They play an obsessive and sick death grind, in the vein of Machetazo, and after the first gig we played together, we unite forces to make an split after a very long party and worst hangover in the aparament of the bassist, Patillas, who also runs the label that owns the split, ChristFuckingChrist Records. We feel eternal gratitude with Patillas and CFC Records.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The real feedback was in the local scene, making us play a lot around here and taking a place for ourselves in the Galician Scene, which is taking a good evolution giving more good bands than before.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Once we publish the LP, plans are to expand ourselves and spread away our music outside our country. After that, and talking about musical future, our new songs will become more complex in everything, from harmonies to lyrics, from drumming to riffing. But actually we are open to collaborate with bands to unite forces and work together in new publications.

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?
Our influences are even open to non-metal influences, but we can point to some scenes that were important for us, like the French Black and Death metal scenes, with bands like Deathspell Omega or Arkhon Infaustus, the Polish Black Death Metal scene, specially Behemoth and Infernal War, the Australian Black Death Metal scene with Portal and Impetuous Ritual, Dead Congregation were also a very notorious influence for us, and in our national scene we have some bands from which we have learned some important things like Balmog, The Last Twilight, Andhord and Altarage. Nowadays we like so much the EP from Aversio Humanitatis that we have been talking about it in the rehearsals.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Prgich is illustrator and graphic designer, Pandemia is a sound technician and is playing guitars in the almighty Empty, Silvara is a surfer and Dragon only pays attention with the worst and bizarre. All this help in some way to make the group truly independent and with a real DIY philosophy.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We would like to thank formerly OccultBlackMetalZine for this great interview, thank also to all the bands who played with us live, all the crew who stares us in every concert and all the people who experienced us, live or at home. For those who still doesn't know us, there are our links:
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Obscura Amentia/The Art Of The Human Decadence/Sliptrick Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 8 avril 2017 à 04:08

  Italy's  Obscura  AMentia  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  sees  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  and  doom  metal  mixture  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Art  Of  The Human  Decadence"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of  the  slower  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  more  melodic  side  of  doom  metal  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there is  also  a  brief  instrumental  track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  style.

  On  this  recording  Obscura  Amentia  take  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  mixes  it  with  doom  to  take  their  music  into  a  different  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Obscura  Amentia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric black  metal  mixed  with  doom,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ocean"  "Agony"  and  "King".  8  out  of  10  


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Heathen Beast/$cam/Transcending Obscurity India/2017 EP Review

samedi 8 avril 2017 à 02:42

  India's  Heathen  Beast  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  blackened  grindcore  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "$cam"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  grindcore  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  the  more  raw  side  of  the  genre  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Deep  growls  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also b ring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  along  with  spoken  word  samples also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  some  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length.  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  also  always  remains  heavy  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Heathen  Beast  creates  a  recording  that  goes  for  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  grindcore  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  corruption  of  the  government.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Heathen  Beast  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  grindcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Fuck  Poor  People,  I  Have Paymt"  "If  The  Army  Can  Do  It,  So  Can  Yoe"  and "My  Note  Has  GPS".  8  out  of  10.

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Hexis/Tando Ashanti/Halo Of Flies/2017 CD Review

vendredi 7 avril 2017 à 21:56

  Hexis  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  sludge,  crust  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tando  Ashanti"  which  will  be  released  on  April  14th  by Halo  Of  Flies.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  grim  whispers  are  added  onto  the  recording  before  evolving  into  more  of  a  screaming  style  that  is  in  between  black  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  slow  riffs  add  in  touches  of  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  post  black  metal  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  drones  can  be  heard.

  Hexis  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  post/depressive  black  metal,  sludge,  crust  and  hardcore  mixture  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  anti  christianity  and  abstract  thoughts  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hexis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  post  black  metal,  sludge,  crust  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tando"  "Ritualis"  "Resurrection"  and  "Presagium".  8  out  of  10.   

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Dodsritual/Under Sort Sol/lack Market Metal Label/2017 CD Review

jeudi 6 avril 2017 à 21:38

  Dodsritual  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album "Under  Sort  Sol"  which  will  be  released  on  April  25th  by Black  Market  Metal  Label.

  Ritualistic  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  and  more  melodic  side  of t he  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal s creams  and   you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  leads.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a more  raw  black  metal  feeling  while the  vocals  also  have  there  depressive  moments  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  melodic  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  a  more  avant  garde  touch  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Dodsritual  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw,  depressive,  melodic,  occult  and  avant  garde  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  diverse  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  ENglish  and  Norwegian  cover  Occultism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

In  my  opinion  Dodsritual  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lost  In  The  Remains"  "Venomtongue"  "The  Visitor"  and  "Dark  Hole".  8/5  out  of  10.


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