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A Constant Storm/Storm Alive/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 13:41

  A  Constant  Storm  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  and  darkwave  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Storm  Alive".

  A  very  dark  and  tragic  keyboard  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  which  also  mix  in  with  the  melodic  guitar  leads  and  heavy  riffs  that  make  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  use  a  good  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  guitar  riffing  while  a couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  keyboards  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  darkwave  elements.

   All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to them  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  shouts  and  one  track  also  introduces  melodic  singing  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental. 

  A  Constant  Storm  expands  on  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  of  previous  recordings  and  adds  in  elements  of  melodic  death  metal,  doom  and  darkwave  to  create  a  style  that  is  more  closer  to  dark  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Constant  are  a  very  great  sounding  black/dark  metal  solo  project  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Labyrinth"  "Crushing  Skies"  and  "Storm  Alive".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-constant-stormstorm-alive2016-full.html


Shramana Interview

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 10:23
1.For those that have never heard of you before,can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Since we're from Montana, which is a very sparsely populated yet very large state in the US, not many people have heard of us. I (Reggie) started this band in 2009, mostly just for fun to teach myself how to play the guitar. As I improved, I became more serious about my creations, and as the sound evolved, so did the lineup. Nearly seven years later, I don't play three-chord punk anymore, and our current lineup has a great chemistry for the blackened crust/post metal music that we like to make.


2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?

We've been influenced a lot by black metal for these songs, but because of the very closed nature of the genre as a whole, we certainly wouldn't venture so far as to call ourselves a black metal band. I would say that there are obvious crust/hardcore, black metal and post metal/atmosphereic sludge elements on this record. This album is building on the framework that "Toska," our previous release, laid for us. The song "Manufactured Essence" (the last track off of our new release, "Mythos: Logos") was written in the same time frame as the "Toska" songs but wasn't able to make it onto that record. You can hear the progression into the crust and black metal at the end of that song, which led us into the sounds you hear on the rest of "Mythos: Logos." Our earlier releases had more of a punk/grunge sound.


3.Originally the band started out in more of a punk direction, what was the decision behind going into the style that you play now?

There was really no decision made, it just evolved with time and ability. The lineup changed over the course of this evolution, and I (Reggie) found myself drawn more and more to heavier music, so that's what we wrote. It's not a huge jump from hardcore punk to doomy grunge (a la early Melvins), from that to sludge (a la Eyehategod,etc) and from that to post-metal (a la Neurosis). Unfortunately, most of this evolution is unrecorded, songs written between 2012-2014. With ensuing lineup changes and my interest in creating moving, dark yet melodic atmospheres, metal seemed to just naturally occur.


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

"Mythos: Logos" has its own artists statement, which encapsulates the meaning behind most of the songs:  "The humans of the world have lost sight of their belonging to the animal kingdom due to the myth of human superiority that has corrupted their ability to reason. This myth is now self-sustaining and has permeated the fabric of their self-identity. Not knowing they belong to the Mother, they now seek to destroy that which birthed them."


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

Shramanas were aesthetic monks in the evolution of the Hindu religion. They were the first to reject many of the teachings of the Vedas, as they fundamentally disagreed with the caste system and animal sacrifice. They led aesthetic lives in order to find their own enlightenment outside the structure of the religion that birthed them. We are not Hindu, nor do we claim to fully understand the etymology of this word. However, we identify with the rejection of the hegemonic nature of our mother culture and often, civilization in general, instead attempting to define our own moral and spiritual journey for ourselves. As a sidenote, Shramana (and the variant Sramana) now seems to be a popular woman's name in India. We often mistakenly get tagged in photos taken by teenage girls in India doing duckface poses on Facebook.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We recently played a show in Bozeman, MT (our home state) with Woman Is the Earth from Rapid City, South Dakota that was one of our best performances. The crowd was great and we played well. In a different lineup, we played TotalFest, a larger regional festival to a standing-room only crowd and were received well there, too. We also had fun playing to the other bands in Reno last year.
Live, we're fast and punishing and don't really talk to the crowd much. I view our performances as spiritual experiences in which we commune with the divine, as music is the purest form of human expression and the closest humans can come to invoking the divine. I take our performances seriously, and often will burn sage or sweetgrass before playing. Because of this, we do not consume alcohol before or during our set, as this is holy medicine to many people and we do not wish to disrespect it. I'm severely visually impaired (I'm effectually blind) so I can't really look up from my guitar much and we must always bring additional lighting for me. I've been told we put on a good show.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
None nailed down. We'll probably play a few small mini-tours before the year is out, but our next multi-week long excursion will have to wait until 2017.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are looking for a label but we have not received any interest. We would be very interested in working with a label.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of post black metal?
We're not really sure yet. We've been trying to reach a wider audience with limited success.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hopefully our song composition skills will continue to develop in conjunction with our technical skills. There will continue to be elements of crust, post metal and black metal, but which of these we lean on heavily will depend on the weather.


11.The band is from Montana a state that I barely got album or interview requests from and this is probably the first in 4 to 5 years, how was the metal scene in your home state evolved over the years?

Montana is very, very big. It's the fourth largest state in the US behind Alaska, Texas and California, so some bands on the other side of the state might have more ties to bands in Wyoming or Colorado while we have more ties to bands in Washington and Oregon. Bands in rural areas don't last as long, as people either move on with their lives, leaving music to the nostalgic angst of youth, or move away, hoping to find their music careers elsewhere. So, you've got your radio metal bands in every larger city, the ones who try and sound like Pantera and Machinehead or what have you, they're the ones with the fans. Then you've got a handful of DIY bands who have actually discovered underground music. There's a small deposit of them in every town with 10,000 people or more, often just one or two, but there's a stoner metal band and then either a thrash, doom, grind, death or black metal band as well. In the last year or so Montana metal bands have been working together a little bit more, mostly thanks to the guys in Arkheron Thodol (Bozeman), Rusty (formerly of BATTLEFIELDS) in Billings, Cory with Erosion Fest out of Great Falls, and me and the guys in Swamp Ritual here in Missoula.

12.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?
Some of the very most important bands in my life have been Fall of Efrafa, Neurosis, The Melvins, Skagos, Orwell, Isis and At the Gates.
I have a radio show on the University of Montana's college radio station, KBGA, called Dirty Flannel. It's two hours weekly so I have to continuously find new music to keep the playlist fresh. Because of this, my tastes evolve quickly. Currently, I really enjoy blackened crust, and I just found Ancst and Thranenkind (both from Germany, they're on tour together) and I'll be listening to them for some time, I'd imagine.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?
For me (Reggie), every moment I can be, I'm in the mountains hiking or camping. That's where I receive my inspiration, both good and bad. Good in the obvious ways, bad because I know that with human civilization continuing on with industry, the days in which this landscape will live and be viable are numbered. I am also an actor and enjoy working on screen and stage. Jeremy our guitarist enjoys exploring new recording techniques, music gear, micro-brews and Taco Bell. Austin our bassist is a video game enthusiast. Josh, our drummer, enjoys playing with his technical deathmetal band Arctodus and is a student working on his degree in entertainment management.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us. Our music is free, please download it and share it with the world and drop us a line anytime.

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


Cloak/Self Titled/Boris Records/2016 EP Review

mercredi 18 mai 2016 à 15:25
  Cloak  are  a  band  from  Georgia  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  ep  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Boris  Records.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  black'n'roll  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  grim  black  metal  screams  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  goth  rock  and  doom  and  both  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  the  second  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.

  Cloak  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black'n'roll  with  some  elements  of  goth  and  doom  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  left  hand  path  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cloak  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "In  The  Darkness,  The  Path".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/cloakself-titledboris-records2016-ep.html


Thy Worshiper/Klechdy/Arachnophobia Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 17 mai 2016 à 17:15

  Poland/Ireland's  Thy  Worshiper  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  tribal  style  of  pagan  black/death  metal  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Klechdy"  which  will  be  released  on  May  25th  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Clean  yet  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some tribal  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  sounds  very  esoteric  and  new  age  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metla  growls  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording.

  Female  vocals  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  shamanistic  feeling  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very   long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  a  great  amount  of  grim  black   metal screams  are  brought  into  the  songs.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  add  a  touch  of  folk  music  to  the  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  some  folk  instruments  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great amount  of  variety  and  diversity  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  whispers  and  chanting  melodic  male  vocals  onto  the  recording.    

  Thy  Worshiper  creates  another  recording  that  takes  black,  pagan  and death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  folk,  tribal  and  shamanistic  music  to  create  something  very  original  and  ritualistic,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Paganism,  Darkness,  War  Nature  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thy  Worshiper  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  pagan,  and  folk  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wila"  "Post  Cotium"  "Slonce"  and  "Anielski  Orszak".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/thy-worshiperklechdyarachnophobia.html


Disharmonic/Carmini Mortis/Beyond Productions/Black tears/2016 Double CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 17 mai 2016 à 10:41

  Disharmonic  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  ritualistic  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Camini  Mortis"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  May  27th,  2016  as  a  joint  effort  between  Beyond  Productions  and  Black  Tears  and also  contains  their  2014  ep  "Il  Rituale  dei  Non  Morti"  which  has  already  been  reviewed  by t his  zine  so  I  will  focus  more  on  the  first  disc.

  Dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  tribal  beats  in  the  background  and  they  start  mixing  these  elements  in  with  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  yet depressive  doom  metal  rififng  on  the  second  track.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  dark  and  melodic  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length    and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  adds  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  touch  to  the  music.

   Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  incorporating  more  avant  garde  elements  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  the  vocals  also  start  incorporating  more  growls  on  the  later  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  concept  with  some  of  the  songs  that  are  divided  into 3 parts. 

  Disharmonic  creates  an  album  that  takes  occult  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  doom  and  ritualistic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Latin  and  cover  Occultism,  Witches,  Evil,  Spirits  and  Hell  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Disharmonic  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom,  occult  black  metal  and  ritualistic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Livor  Mortis"  "La  Litania  Del  Chiedo"  "Sotto  il  flusso  di  una  luna  malvagia'  and  "E'  giunta  la  fine".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/disharmoniccarmini-mortisbeyond.html