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Magister Dixit/Opus Astral/Scum Productions/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 25 janvier 2016 à 23:54

  Magister  Dixit  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  epic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Opus  Astral"  which  was  released  by  Scum  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats,  grim  screams  and  epic  keyboards  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music also  has  a  perfect  balance  between  the  symphonic  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  being  more  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Melodic  riffing  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recordings  while  the  keyboards  bring  in  a  classical  music  feeling  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly  and  towards  the  end  of  the  recording  they  bring  in  a  cover  of  Katyklysm's  "Elder  God"  which  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  elements.

  Magister  Dixit  creates  another  keyboard  dominated  black  metal  recording  that  is  as  epic  and  melodic  as  their  previous  recordings  while  never  losing  any  heaviness  or  raw  aggression,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  medieval,  hypocrisy,  past  and  future  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Magister  Dixit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Name  Is  Forbidden"  "Reaching  the  Throne  Of  Aeruul  the  Mighty"  and  "A  Deadly  Compass".  8  out  of  10.

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/magister-dixitopus-astralscum.html


Temple Of Evil/The 7th Awakening/Deathhammer Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 25 janvier 2016 à 22:48

  Temple  Of  Evil  are  a  band  from  Cyprus  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  7th  Awakening"  which  was  released  by  Deathhammer  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  and  evil  keyboards  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a dark  and  melodic  style  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere.

 Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  some  songs  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  a  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  ritualistic  sounds  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  epic  and  atmospheric  and  some  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  on  some  of  the  songs  while  the  last  track  introduces  violins  onto the  recording.

  Temple  Of  Evil  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic sounding  while  also  being very  ritualistic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Esotericism,  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Temple  Of  Evil  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "...On  Devil's  Wings"  "The  Book  Of  Shadows"  and  "The  7th  Awakening".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/temple-of-evilthe-7th.html


Ran/Solin Deyr/2015 EP Review

lundi 25 janvier 2016 à 16:26

  Ran  are  a  band with members  from  both  Iceland  and  the  Netherlands  that  has  been  recently  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "Solin  Deyr".

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  deep  growls  and  morbid sounding  melodies  that  also  gives  the  music  a  Greek  black  metal  feeling  and  the  faster  sections  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  fast  tremolo  picking  present  throughout  the  whole  recording  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  also  start  adding  in  more  of  a  grim black  metal  style  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  heavier  musical  style  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical instruments  that  are  present  on  the recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  distorted  melodies  into  the  songs  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ran  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  while  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  thrash,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology,  Chaos,  War  and  Hell  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ran  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  old  school  black  metal  with  thrash  elements,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fables  Of  Insanity".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/ransolin-deyr2015-ep-review.html


Bloodrain Interview

lundi 25 janvier 2016 à 11:49
«BLOODRAIN» interview for «OCCULT BLACK METAL ZINE», January 2016

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

-Hails! Jan and BLOODRAIN are here!. Thank you for your interest in my band. The news at the moment : we celebrated the twentieth anniversary last year, the rest of the time we worked in the studio on a fifth album, it's called «Adora Satanae” and will be released next month. Also we have a new drummer, whose name has been kept secret.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

-Well, about the demo(s) won't talk because its demo(s). The first album «De Vermis Mysteriis» has a raw classic black sound because of lack of experience and low budget. Second and third («Ultimatum» and «Nomen Nostrum Legio») were recorded in a professional studio with a competent engineer (R. I. P. , Ivan) and have better sound quality. On the fourth album «Hostis Humani Generis» we went back to the raw sound, partly due to the change of studio, partly because of insufficient competent production. I think the new album will be some kind of mix of these (conditional , of course) characteristics.

3.It has been since 2010 since the last full length was released, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

-Good question. We were not inactive, trust me. Fifth album could come sooner but we had four drummers over the years. One retired from music , one was killed, one was just fucking wimp, another one got serious health problems. We played 2-3 concerts a year and perfected the new material. Yes, much time has been lost, but the album is ready and we returned to the scene, full of power and hatred, so what to regret anything? All the will of Satan!

4.Your lyrics cover a great amount of satanic topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism?

-I came to Satanism in 13-14 years and it happened somehow by itself, i.e. was not associated with heavy music, it all happened very naturally. I read a lot, thought and experienced various experiences over the years. The perception of Satanism everyone in the group is different, we sometimes discussed it and debated about many things. For myself I will say this: Satanism is inner freedom.

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

-The name was taken from the SLAYER’s song – «Raining Blood» from the album «Reign In Blood», it is one of my favorite albums. Our band name is aggressive, catchy and well remembered.

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 played over 100 shows over the years, some were better, some worse. Good impressions from concerts with BLACKDEATH and URGEHAL in Moscow, with finnish GRAMARY  in St. Petersburg and from many concerts with local colleagues in Tver. We usually play 40-50 minutes. We try not to do the routine and boring show, actively moving and headbanging, dressed in black leather and spikes, like true metalheads in the late 80s - early 90s.... The truth is that much easier to play if not to get drunk in shit before the show , not to mention the quality of performance. Howewer , not always possible…


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

- At the moment we have cancelled all the winter concerts, although there were tempting offers to act in Arkhangelsk and Moscow. Now everything depends on a new drummer. We plan to return to the stage in the spring.

8.At one time the band was a part of 'Tver Legions',  can you tell us a little bit more about this movement?

-It was in the late 90s, we had a small circle of black metal fans, we exchanged information, recordings (at that time we had no internet), held joint concerts. First there were BLOODRAIN , ISCARIOT and NIGHT REICH, then, in the early 2000s, joined IN DEATHS EMBRACE and THALARION LATI. At the moment «Tver Legions»  does not exist. Still active only BLOODRAIN and IN DEATHS EMBRACE, we often perform together.

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

-A larger number of reviews we received from Russia, probably because we live here and sing in Russian. Occasionally receive letters and feedback from other countries, but not many. Mostly the reviews are positive, though negative reviews also come in.

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

-New album due out next month, it's called «Adora Satanae» (Worship Satan). About 35 minutes of Black Metal with some thrash influences (as usual). It includes: intro, 7 new tracks and a cover of SLAYER – «Evil Has No Boundaries». It will be released jointly by Metal Race Records and Possession Productions. Well, I'm working on new ideas, at the moment I have 4-5 songs in progress. Our war with this rotten world continues!

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?

Mostly I listen to old bands from 80s – 90s. Heavy, Thrash, Death and of course Black Metal. In addition to the classics of metal, I prefer high-speed material with a non-commercial sound.
 The best albums of last year for me : IRON MAIDEN –«The Book Of Souls», SLAYER – «Repentless», OSCULUM INFAME -- «Axis Of Blood», BLACKDEATH – «Gift», POGOST –«Messiah»…
This year I expect new albums from DESASTER, CIRITH GORGOR, DESTROYER666, SEAR BLISS, FROSTMOON ECLIPSE...

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

-Thank you for the interview. Wait for our fifth album in the nearest future. Good luck and stay dark!



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/bloodrain-interview.html


Ghost Horizon Interview

lundi 25 janvier 2016 à 03:02
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We're an atmospheric black metal band based in Phoenix, AZ. I'm from Phoenix, and Uraeus is from the northern part of the country. We draw heavily from European black metal influences, so you may be able to hear that in our music.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the ep?

If I had to describe the sound of the Astral Possessions, I'd say it's very up and down. It explores the extremes of human emotion, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.Very moody, and somewhat cinematic in that regard.

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

Uraeus explained to me his meaning behind the lyrics, and I found it to be quite profound. All of the songs are very personal to him, but also have that aspect to them that resonates with nearly anyone that listens to it and reads the lyrics. In his own words, it's "The loss of love, the loss of self, and the loss of self-worth. In the end we are all just flesh and thought."

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ghost Horizon'?

The meaning behind the name isn't extremely "deep" or anything, but I wanted the word "Ghost" in it because I thought it sounded cool, and "Horizon" sounded good alongside that, because I often like to think what's beyond the horizon--for me, and for my music.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Well, in the beginning, Ghost Horizon had a full lineup and had demos recorded for 5 songs. We even played one show with this lineup, opening for Abigail Williams. After a lot of thought, I decided to go a slightly different route and got Uraeus for vocals and drums because I thought he would be a perfect fit for what I wanted to do. We don't have any plans to expand the lineup or do live performances, but I suppose anything is possible.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I'm indifferent on the matter, but if we were approached with an interesting offer I would definitely consider it. I'm always excited at the prospect of more people hearing our creation.

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

So far, feedback has been very positive all over the place. Most of the feedback so far has been local musicians, and it's been very positive.

8.Are any of the band members also in any other bands or musical projects these days?

Uraeus has his own project called Spekralaeon that should be taking off very soon, but prior to Ghost Horizon I ended any other projects I was involved with.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

My goal is to get my music into the ears of as many metal fans as possible. Maybe live shows? Uraeus and I will definitely begin working on a full length album very soon. As a matter of fact, we already have some ideas recorded...

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?

I'd have to say that Agalloch was a huge early influence for me, and almost single-handedly got me into this type of black metal. At that time I was in the Chicago-based band, Empyreus, and those guys got me into lots of different bands. After that everything Neige-related caught my eye (Alcest, Lantlos, Amesoeurs, etc) and really got me interested in writing songs similar in style.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Yes and no. I'd say it's a more of a background influence that helps with the creative aspect of the music writing process, but it isn't so apparent in our lyrical themes.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Dark movies, documentaries, hiking, MTG, and beer!

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

We hope that you enjoy Astral Possessions as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/ghost-horizon-interview.html