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Arma Christi/Egocentric Oblivion/Wydawnictwo Muzyczne Psycho/2016 CD Review

mardi 19 juillet 2016 à 14:33

  Arma  Christi  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Egocentric  Oblivion"  which  was  released  by  Wydawnictwo Muzyczne  Psycho.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  mix  in  with  the  heavier  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  after  awhile  the  riffing starts  incorporating  more dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  are  very  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  can be  heard  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in a   small amount  of  clean  playing  and  some  of  the  faster  riffing  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times.

  Arma  Christi  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  in  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  to  create  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Polish  and  English and  cover  darkness  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arma  Christi  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dies  Irae  II"  "Evil  Transformation"  "Mizanthropia"  and  "Szron".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/arma-christiegocentric.html


Hissing/Self Titled/Southern Lord/2016 EP Review

lundi 18 juillet 2016 à 18:29

  Hissing  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  recently  had  an  ep  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a mixture  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  another  self  titled  ep  from  them  which  was  released  by  Southern  Lord.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  soem  beastial  death  metal  growls  while  the  slower  sections  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom metal  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  elments  of  sludge  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  When  the  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  the  songs  also b ring  in  elments  of  war  metal  and  both  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  sound  without  ever  having  a  soft  or  weak  moment.

  Hissing  creates  another  recording  that  mixes  black,  doom  and  death  together  while  also  adding  in  more  bestial  moments  this  time  around, t he  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  agoraphobia,  urban  decay  and  incarceration.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hissing  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black, death  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  yuo  should c heck  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Husk".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/hissingself-titledsouthern-lord2016-ep.html


Voodus Interview

lundi 18 juillet 2016 à 14:17
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Voodus is blackmetal, both musically and in spirit. Even though we have a little bit more "modern" sound than our "heroes from the old" (Bathory, Dissection, Nifelheim, Mayhem, Vulcano, Sodom, Malign, Ofermod, Mercyful Fate, Arckanum, Morbid Angel etc etc), we do pay 100% respect and devotion to the bands and individuals that once invited the dark, sinister spirits for real into the music of this world.

2.Almost a year ago you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It´s rough! Directly played from our amps and drums directly to the tape. Live. Just like a true demo is meant to be recorded. It was the first recording with Voodus, and just a few days ago we came home from the legendary "Necromorbus Studio" in Stockholm after the recording of our next coming single. That release will not be rough! Tore is a fucking master behind the wheels, and he made us reach new levels with our music! This will be the best release, both musically and by quality, this far. I cant wait to unleash this beast upon the surface of the earth!

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Occult and Left Hand Path topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?

Well, as far as i know it´s only me (Tobbe) who is devoted to the occult, or to "Satanism" if you so like, in the band. At least the only one who practice the magic, read, write and explore the dark side in all the ways and angles i can. I can´t speak for the others, but i´m quite sure that they are out there, seeking the truth, or the answers in the dark and consealed labyrinth of the lands beyond the bound!

4.For more than 10 years the band was known as 'Jormundgand', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Voodus'?

Jormundgand had lost it´s mystic sense, i guess. We didn´t get any strength or creative atmosphere from Jormundgand anymore. You can hear it very clear if you listen to the "Visions...." cd. The lack of dark atmosphere and to be honest, good music, good creations is just not there! We have struggled so fucking hard with Jormundgand during the past years with almost no response. And finally we decided to kill Jormundgand. Chop his fucking head off! We (me and Ingo) hooked up with Erik once again and we decided to do music like we did in the early days of Jormundgand. Straight from the hart and from the depths of our souls, just like it should be done.  I met Fredrik at the same time and we wanted him to play in the band as well, and he was right on it! We are now for the first time in 10 years a full band with active members who live for the band and is 100% devoted! That's the main reason why we sound so much better today, as Voodus.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

With Ofermod and Mephorash, no doubt about it. We did a mini-tour together last year and it was fucking awsome! The atmosfear around the "Holy Trinity Tour" was amazing! It´s very special to hang out with "legends" as Mika Belfegor and Jonas Nebiros. They have some kind of dark and sinister aura that surrounds them. And that force-field of dark currents contaminate everything around them! It´s a very creative and inspiring environment to be a part off!
  I guess that the best gig this far was in Stockholm at that tour, or in Gothenburg the first time we played at Belsepub along with Stormdeath.The crowd was fucking excellent, and the power i felt inside of me during those gigs was something extraordinary!
Our stage performance is nothing unique for the scene. With blood,incense,fire,candles,bones and sculls. But i guess that we stick out from the masses because we are for real. All the items brought to the scene is there for a reason, they are loaded with a strong force. And i think that you as a observer in the audience can feel that It´s not just cosmetics. And i´m pretty fucking sure that a big part of the "scene" do bring all their "cool" stuff up on the stage because they think it is - Yeah, you get the point, Cool...... They have no deeper meaning with it.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Just a few smaller things. We are searching for good and serious characters, with a true driving spirit to work with. Who can help us to get tours and gigs both in Sweden and in Europe. But we haven´t find anyone who feels right for us yet...

7.Heathen Tribes re-issued your demo on cd, what are your thoughts on the final product?

I think it was a perfect release for a demo. Not to "bling bling" if you know what i mean. And Nicolas and Teo is fantastic to work with so we are very pleased with Heathen Tribes!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

On a "worldwide underground level" it has been quite good! We have participated in like 100 fanzines (like Slayer Mag etc) from East to West and North to South, and a few more established mags and radio stations as well. So it´s quite good, i guess?

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Fredrik has been in a bunch of different bands, and Erik has been in Sadistic Grimness, Grond, Xul and Vornth. I think he still play in Vornth. Me and Ingo put all of our energy on Voodus.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Hopefully in the beginning of 2017. It depends on the studio, labels,money and time etc etc. If you buy our forth-coming single you will get a taste of what to come!

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?
Everything that touch our harts and ignite the fires of the spirit! But i guess that the one band that have had the biggest influence on all of us is - DISSECTION!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Listen to Voodus and get drunk. I dont know! I think the questions was very good and covered approximately everything that i wanted to say!
You can listen to Voodus at Spotify or at our bandcamp. If you want us to come and play send me a email at:voodus666@gmail.com
We are cheap, but good ;) Hahaha
Fuck Off!
///TF666


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/voodus-interview.html


Plecto Aliquem Capite/The End/Hammerking Productions/2016 EP Review

lundi 18 juillet 2016 à 11:49

  Plecto  Aliquem  Capite  are  a  band  from Sri  Lanka  that  has  had  a few  albums  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  influences  on  this  recording and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  'The  End".

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  the  sounds  of  torture  at  times  along  with  a  few  deep  growls  and  the  guitar  leads  also  sound  very  dark  and  one  track  brings  in  some  evil   sounding  laughter.

  A  lot  of  death  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  gets  technical  at  times  while one  song  also  brings  in a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Plecto  Aliquem  Capite  creates  a  recording  that  keeps  its  depressive  black  metal  roots  while  also  being  a  little  bit  less  experimental  and  also  adding  in  more  death  metal  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plecto  Aliquem  Capite  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hypersomia"  and  "Grief".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/plecto-aliquem-capitethe-endhammerking.html


Anthro Halaust/Shard Of Truth, Bleed Live/Hell's Hammer Music/2016 EP Review

dimanche 17 juillet 2016 à 22:44

  Anthro  Halaust  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Shard  of  truth,  Bleed  Live"  which  was  released  by  Hell  Hammer's  Music.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  that  genre  also  influences  the  riffing  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  90's  second  wave  influences.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Anthro  Halaust  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  atmospheric  days  of  95  and  96  with  their  approach  to  the  synths,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics cover  dark  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Anthro  Halaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school,  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hatred"  and  "Cry  Of  The  Soul".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/anthro-halaustshard-of-truth-bleed.html