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Trautonist/Self Titled/Wolves & Vibrancy Records/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 23 mai 2016 à 18:53

  Trautonist  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  album  which  was  released  by  Wolves  &  Vibrancy  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  post  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  being  introduced onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  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  feeling  and  the  vocals  start  out  being  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  clean  singing  female  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  songs  and  element s of  shoegaze  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  when  synths  are utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  feeling.

  Trautonist  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock and  shoegaze  elements  to  create  a  musical  style  that  is  closer  to  post  black  metal  or  blackgaze,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trautonist  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal/blackgaze  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fragile"  and  "Downgaze".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/trautonistself-titledwolves-vibrancy.html


Some Happy Thoughts/Epitaphe/2016 Demo Review

lundi 23 mai 2016 à 13:50

  Some  Happy  Thoughts  are  a  duo from  Montreal,  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  demo  "Epitaphe".

  Natural  sounding  noises  start  off  the  demo  and  after  a  few  seconds  clean  playing  and  mournful  cries  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  drum  beats  are  added  into  the  music  and  on  the  second  track t he  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction t hat  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  melodies  can  also  be  hear d in  the  music  at  times  while  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  last  2  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  last  song.

  Some  Happy  Thoughts  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  depressive  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Some  Happy  Thoughts  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Espoir"  and  "Enfin".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/some-happy-thoughtsepitaphe2016demo.html


Infernal Diatribe/Videha Mukti/Transcending Obscurity Distribution/2016 EP Review

lundi 23 mai 2016 à 12:38

  Infernal  Diatribe  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  very  spiritual  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Videha  Mukti"  which  will  be  released  in June  by  transcending  Obscurity  Distribution.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  very  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffs and  bring  in  a  Swedish  influence  to  the  bands  musical  style.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t he  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  some  death  metal  influences  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Infernal  Diatribe  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal t hat  is  very  raw  and  melodic  while  also  adding  in  a  slight  touch  of death  metal  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover the  left  hand  path  and  the  Aghori  path  of  Moksha.

  In  my  opinion  Infernal  Diatribe  are  a  very  great  sounding spiritual,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demonic  Gasping  Mortal  Nightmare(Wisdom)"  and  "Morbidd  Evocation".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/infernal-diatribevideha.html


Cloak Interview

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 23:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Cloak: We starting playing together in the Fall of 2013 but we really came into fruition during the early months of 2015 after a brief hiatus. We are currently writing for a full length which should be out by next year. Our debut 7 inch EP is being released on June 20th by Boris Records.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Cloak: We could be described as having the spine of a powerful rock band with the essence of a black metal band. Our sound is haunting but alluring, vicious yet beautiful.

3.Your lyrics cover darkness and left hand path spirituality, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Cloak: We've always been attracted to the darker side of life and the boundless spirit that lives within our earthly bodies. This band has served as the perfect tool for working with these dark and powerful elements. I want people to be taken far away when they see or hear Cloak, just as we are every time we play.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cloak'?
Cloak: The word obviously means something that conceals or mystifies. We aim to explore the forbidden and hidden treasures of this world and of our minds. We want to delve deeper and deeper into what others may want to keep a mystery. 

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Cloak: Our stage show looks exactly how the music sounds. It's a celebration of death and rebirth of the spirit every time we perform. One of our more notable shows was with Taake this past March ('16). It was a great opportunity for us and we got an incredible response.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Cloak: We have an amazing record release show on July 1st in Atlanta, and then a show with Withered and Inter Arma later this summer. Touring will be planned in the not so distant future.

7.Boris Records are going to be releasing your ep in June, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
Cloak: Extremely. It will be an excellent debut release.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Cloak: Surprisingly very good. Not just from black metal fans either. I thought we would run into more pretentious and elitist assholes but for the most part people have been very impressed by our shows and sound. It's something different. Maybe it's what people have been waiting for in a sea of endless mediocrity.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Cloak: I am in a band called Paradox but currently no one else has any other projects.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Cloak: I have thought about this a lot and I wouldn't want to answer this question because creativity is ever changing. Who knows what the second album will sound like. I can tell you the first album will sound extremely powerful and I think it will leave a mark on people.

11.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?
Cloak: We have so many musical influences. Anything from Dissection to Rainbow, or Fields of the Nephilim to Pentagram. We don't like to keep our influences in a box, and we are almost to the point where we can look inwards for inspiration. We have developed our own sound, which is the goal of course. Recently I've been listening to Satyricon - Volcano, The Fog original movie soundtrack, John Carpenter - Lost Themes II, Iron Maiden - Seventh Son, Behemoth - The Satanist, Samhain - Initium, and Mortuary Drape - Tolling 13 Knell.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Cloak: It's hard to answer for everyone but mostly horror movies, those of the 70's and 80's. The atmosphere of these films has influenced the band as well. 

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Cloak: Be on the lookout for our debut EP! This is only the beginning.
Band photo credit: David Parham

www.facebook.com/cloakofficial

http://www.boris-records.com/

http://borisrecords.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/cloak-interview.html


Benthik Zone/Alienum A Daemonum Inferni Squali/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 23:26

  Benthik  Zone  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Alienum  A  Daemonum  Inferni  Squali".

  Clean  guitars  and  experimental  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  elements  and  didgeridoo's  are  also  utilized  at  times  which  also  gives  the  recording  an  ethnic  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  atmospheric  direction.

  Grim  black  metal  vocals  can  be  heard  quite  a bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  synths  give  the  music  a  very  atmospheric  sound  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of   programmed blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  riffs  can  also  be  very  melodic  while  some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  some  meditative  elements  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  also  mix  both  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Benthik  Zone  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  sounding  while  also  being  very  meditative  and  experimental  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English,  French,  German  and  Portuguese  and  have  a  concept  to  them  based  upon  the  ocean  and  its  creature  while  also  displaying  the  more  alien  and  demonic  side  of  underwater  creatures.

  In  my  opinion  Benthik  Zone  are  a  very  great  sounding   atmospheric  and  experimental,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chimaera  Monstrosa"  and  "Megachasma  Pelagios".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/benthik-zonealienum-daemonum-inferni.html