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Leda Spiridon/An Erratic Crusade/War Productions/2018 Cassette Review

jeudi 19 avril 2018 à 04:20

  Leda  Spiridon  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2018  album  "An  Erratic  Crusade"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song s a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  more  raw  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  tracks  also  mix  the  dark  ambient  synths  and  soundscapes  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  drum  betas  being  programmed  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  the  closing  track  briefly

  Leda  Spiridon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leda  Spiridon  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "An  Erratic  Crusade".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/leda-spiridonan-erratic-crusadewar.html


Abhor/Occulta religiO/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 18 avril 2018 à 23:18

  Abhor  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  esoteric  horror  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Occulta  religiO"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  organs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  classic  horror  movie  soundtrack  and  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  feeling.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Abhor  moves  away  from the  progressive  influences  of their  previous  release  while  keeping  the  organs  and  ritualistic  elements  but  adding  in  more  of  a  grim  black  metal  style,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  esotericism,  alchemy,  witchcraft,  satanism  and  dark  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abhor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  and  ritualistic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fons  Malorum"  "Demons  Forged  From  The  Smoke"  and  "Occulta  religiO".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/abhorocculta-religioiron-bonehead.html


Stupor Mundi Interview

mercredi 18 avril 2018 à 05:51
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1 The project is a one man band born in 2016  , i started with rehearsing various songs and i written various lyrics abouts politics and society .
Stupor Mundi is a political band and is born because i have various thing to talk about , especially political and i really enjoy to listen and play black metal music

2.So far you have released a demo and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
2 The sound is raw and it want to  give the atmosphere of the class struggle  and the revolution ,  things that are hard and violent .

3.Your lyrics cover Marxism, Communism, and Left Wing Politics, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?
3 It is a important thing for me , i started with communist history but i try to extend this to present because i want to talk about our society.
In "non è finita" from the split i tried to mix history and actuality: 30 years ago with the collapse of berlin wall the corporate business said to us that history is ended and the world will be more rich and developed but is a lie , and history is not ended : marxism for me is a response to this lie , because in europe the workers are losing their rights and unemployed are growing . in the whole word the rich became more rich and poor more poor so i think that is class struggle and a good response is to give power to the workers , against multinationals and great corporations that starve the world.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stupor Mundi'?
4 I like middle age history and i chose stupormundi because it is the second name of Federico II , an emperor who was a great enemy of the catholic church that divided a lot italian people

5.With this project you record veryting by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicains if they shared the same visions musically and politically?
5 yes , and not only to other musicians but other bands

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Red Star Kommando', what are your thoughts on the other project that was a part of the recording?
6 i think that is a very good project and it can gain a lot of support

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7 I have not received interests , i dont look for a particular label but im open to all labels.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8 I see  more support in Europe and Latin America , most of the positive feedbacks come from counties like Brazil , Italy , Russia

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
9 For the start of next year and in the future i see me in  this musical direction

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?
10 Bands like mayhem , xasthur , iskra and punaterrori and Voland are very important in the creation of my music , I listen also hardcore / anarcho punk  , Death   metal and skinhead music in general .
Other artist that i like are Summoning , Moloch , Imago Mortis , Marduk , Impaled Nazarene , Wasp , Motorhead ...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11 Sci fi , Politics , History ( especially middle Age and 20th century

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12 I think that we must support who play good music for a true passion













Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/stupor-mundi-interview.html


Trautonist/Ember/Wolves And Vibrancy Records/2018 Full Length Review

mercredi 18 avril 2018 à 05:35

  Trautonist  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ember"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Wolves  And  Vibrancy  Records.

  A  very  hard  shoegaze  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  style. 

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  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  feeling  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  clean  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.

  Trautonist  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  alienation,  drugs  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Trautonist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire And  Ember"  "The  Garden"  and  "Sunwalk".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/trautonistemberwolves-and-vibrancy.html


Skyborn Reveries/Winter Lights/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review

mercredi 18 avril 2018 à 01:54

  Skyborn  Reveries  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Winter  Lights"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

 Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  a  slower  direction  and as  the  album  progresses  an  ambient  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Skyborn  Reveries  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  an  idea  of  ascending  to  a  dreamlike  realm  and  becoming  one  with  the  natural  forces  of  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  Skyboarn  Reveries  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  Lights"  "The  Forgotten"  and  "Of  Mountains  And  Tranquil  Skies".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/04/skyborn-reverieswinter-lightsnaturmacht.html