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Dark Fury/This Story Happened Before/Lower Silesian Stronghold/2016 CD Review

vendredi 1 juillet 2016 à 04:20

  Dark  Fury  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  national  socialist  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2016  album  "This  Story  happened  Before"  which  was  released  by  Lower  Silesian  Stronghold.

  A  very  distorted, d ark  yet  melodic sound  starts off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  throughout the  recording  you can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  another  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants  and  the  last  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Dark Fury  plays  a  style  of  national  socialist  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  epic  in  the  Slavic  tradition,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  national  socialism,  darkness,  anti  Christianity/Islam  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dark  Fury  are  a  very  great  sounding  national  socialist  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goatfuckers"  and  "This  Story  Happened  Before".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/dark-furythis-story-happened.html


Celtic Dance/Regressus Ad Uterum/Lower Silesian Stronghold/2016 CD Re-issue Review

vendredi 1 juillet 2016 à 03:30

  Celtic  Dance  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  national  socialist  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  some  material  they  recorded  in  2004  and  released  on  a  split  album  with  Spain's  Wolfthrone  but  decided  12  years  later  to  release  it  as  it's  own  album  called  "Regresses  Ad  Uterum"  which  was  released  by  Lower  Silesian  Stronghold.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  starts  off  the  album  along with  some  spoken  word  samples  and  harsh  sounds  while  also  adding  in  epic  sounding  synths  and  after  the  into  they  mix  in  the  atmospheric  elements  in  with  a  more  dark  and  heavy  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  riffs  can  be  very  melodic  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring   in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls.

  Most  of  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  of  the  genre  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  when  they  are  utilized  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  brings  in a  brief  use  of  chanting  pagan  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  also make  a  return  on  a  later  track.

  Celtic  Dance  played  a  style  of  national  socialist  pagan/black  metal  on  this  recording  that  was  very  raw  and  epic  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Celtic  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Celtic  Dance  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  epic  national  socialist  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "One  Sword,  One  Voice"  and  "A  battle  To  be  Won".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/celtic-danceregressus-ad-uterumlower.html


Aryman/Czarne Rytualy Otchlani/Lower Silesian Stronghold/Hass Weg Productions/2016 CD Review

vendredi 1 juillet 2016 à 02:55

  Aryman  area  band  from Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016 album  "Czarne  Rytualy  Otchlani"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between Lower  Silesian  Stronghold  and  Hass  Weg  Productions.

   Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes into  a  very  fast  and r aw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  grim  vocals  and  the music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  of  the  genre.

  At times  the  music  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  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  at  times  the  vocals  mix  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  with  the  grimness  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  ritualistic  chants  are  added  onto  the  last  track  briefly.

  Aryman  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal t hat  is  very  dark,  heavy,  and  raw  in  the  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark, r aw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Satanism, Anti Christianity, Apocalypse  and  Hatred  themes.

  In  my opinion  Aryman  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "W  Grobowyn  Transie"  "Diabelska  Swiatynia  Umarlych"  "Ceremonia"  and  "Z  Czelusci  Nocnych  Koszmarow".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/arymanczarne-rytualy-otchlanilower.html


Xaos Oblivion/Rituals From The Cold Grave/Lower Silesian Stronghold/2016 CD Review

vendredi 1 juillet 2016 à 01:48

  Xaos  Oblivion  are  a duo  from  Poland  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  'necro  ritual  carpathian  black  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Rituals  From  The  Cold  Grave"  which  was  released  by  Lower  Silesian  Stronghold.

  A  very  raw,  dark  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the songs also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of   black  metal  and  some  of  the  slower  riffs  bring  in  a touch  of  doom  metal  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while t he  vocals  also  sound  very  ritualistic  at  times  and  the  album  remains  very  heavy  and  raw  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and  only  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  or  leads  are  utilized  on  the  album.

  Xaos  Oblivion  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  grim,  raw  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  Occultism  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Xaos  Oblivion  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  necro  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cursed  Legend"  and  "Madness  From  The  Tombs".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/xaos-oblivionrituals-from-cold.html


Dusk Interview

jeudi 30 juin 2016 à 13:09
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

- At the moment I'm not working on Dusk. There is a break with this project. I'm more busy with TYMAH at the moment.


2.For those that have yet to hear the albums, how would you describe your musical sound?

- In the beginning it was a bit raw, then became a little bit more burnished. It was always old-school and quite dirty, but never too modern, too clear, too plastic. And of course the musical sound always depended on the circumstances. Book of Satan is a bit different, because it was not a Black Metal album. Concerning the content it was Black Metal, but musically it was not. This album was most of all not metal.  It was a dark ritual trance music with shamanic/throat singing. I think those of my albums which were Black Metal albums had avarage BM sound, not the popular one of course.


3.The last full length came out in 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

- In that time we started to work more on TYMAH, which from then on changed a little bit. In the beginning Dim was writing 100% of the music, but this changed, and I started to put more musical ideas into it as well. We tried to develop a system in which we can cooperate and work together with 100 % of efficiency. But this didn't start to work right away, it took some time of experiencing to establish and strengthen this system. The Past is Alive material has a lot of this experimental phase. Since then we have discovered how we should work together so that our ideas complement each other, and thus we can make something better than if we do this alone. This work totally takes my focus, so I give Dusk a little rest. I think I did quite a lot of Dusk albums, and tried to express most or even everything I wanted through Dusk. We'll see what happens, but at the moment I am not writing more Dusk stuff because I don't feel that I could make a better album than the previous ones.


4.Your lyrics cover a lot of Satanic topics, what form of Satanism do you feel you connect with the most?

- I think there is only one Satanism. People who don't understand, who are outsiders regarding Satanism, are separating it into pieces. And when young people, with no experience, come they get lost among this huge amount of misleading information. Those who take it seriously and deepen themselves in this topic speak the same all around the world. Even if the way they express themselves is different sometimes, but the content, the essence is the same. Satanism doesn't have many forms, it is different just because the people who deal with Satanism are on different levels of understanding. And this gives the difference. But I don't think we should be as blind as the christians, who created so many types of christianity, and each leader of each group propogates its own truth and thinks this is the only truth. Everything is the same, there are only minor differences. My lyrics always were about Satanism. Black Metal was about Satanism, and I was doing Black Metal from the beginning. I think everyone has their own way towards enlightement, and you cannot dogmatically prescipe them to do this or that. Everyone has to find their way on their own. Everyone has to find their own method how to find the way back to themselves and the Darkness. The most important is that he or she should be really determined about that this is the most important for them and not just a hobby. They have to clarify that this is the most important, and it will remain like this forever. In a way this is natural, or should be natural, but I feel I have to emphasize this many times. I see in many young people that they are not fully determined and that is why they stop at some level. Simplifying: If someone really wants it he or she will experience Darkness. Spiritual development is one of our primary needs but the way how we reach it maybe totally different in each case. Some need rituals to get rid of the physical dimension, to ascend or descend in the proper spiritual estate, some need meditation. And some use LSD or Psylocibe C. For me the perfect way is to meditate in proper circumstances with the use of some stuff. The most important thing is that we must be able to step out  the physical dimension, to step out of the everyday life. everyone pulls down the walls of the ego and physical dimension in their own manner. And if you manage to break them you can experience and understand Darkness. This is of course not our total goal and final destination, but this is the first step which we can call Satanism. Not the method, the approach is important, but the devotion and dedication. Even Lavey with all his "funny" things can be mentioned here as an example, although I think he was quite at the beginning of this understanding. But he was building his theories on freedom and do agree with that it is primary. We need to be free and not being the crowd, the ego should not mislead us. Of course dedication is also needed, but we can also say that it is a smaller detail of the whole... Anyway, I would not draw strict borders. A Satanist is a person, in my eyes, whose goals and aims are identical with the goals of the Darkness. The rest will be solved by devotion and dedication, sooner or later.


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

-  Darkness... The beginning of Darkness... but if I want to say it in a different way I could say it it the gate of Hell. Dusk is being inspired by Darkness. I try to express with music my experience with Darkness. I strongly believe in that it can lead me forward and maybe even may lead forward others.


6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band but there where ever musicians involved in the plan, would you consider 'Dusk' as being a solo project these days?

- At the moment I am creating Dusk on my own. In the beginning it was differently, because Akharu was playing an important tole in the band. And of course there had been some drummers as well in that period. Nowadays I think that in a way it is easier to be alone in a band, but in the other hand if several appropriately dark souls gather together they can make better music together. It is of course another issue that it is not easy to find appropriate mates. Average people make average music, and upon this I see that a good musicianship, talent, and creativity is needed also. There are several bands today, who are absolutely fine idealogically, but this does not come through their music. Because, they are not able to project their experience with Darkness well enough through their art. So in case of Black Metal, one-man band it is often a non-avoidable solution. This is how it is in case of Dusk.


7.What where some of the best shows that the band has played in the past and also how would you describe your stage performance?

- I'm not really of that concert-going and concert-doing type of person. And upon this it is of course quite difficult to make a concert in a case of a one-man band. But, there was a concert of Book of Satan, and I think it went on well.  My aim was to make that album more understandable, because many didn't understand what to do with it. It was not a Metal album, that you insert in your CD player and listen as you usually do with other Metal stuff. This is a ritual trance music which I tried to present on stage as well. The audience was not made of people walking in from the street by accident, however, I saw fear in the eyes of many when they had a little glance into this world of Darkness... There was maybe only one pair of eyes who could understand this, and I thought there is not point in doing concerts this way. Black Metal is not for concert stage in my opinion, as concerts are about party and fun. Black Metal is not about this. It is a very personal thing, which you rather understand listening in calm circumstances, at home for example. So there won't be any more concerts for sure.


8.On the compilation there was a 'Burzum' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

- Some years ago I had been asked to make a cover like this. A label wanted to make a Burzum tribute album with the participation of Hungarian bands. This cover was made because of this album. But after I heard who will be included in this album I cancelled my participation, because I didn't want to be listed together with fashion bands. I chose this song because Vikernes did Daudi Baldrs the way he did it because of his prison sentence and he had many years until his release that time. I though it would a good idea to chose this kind of song an make a Metal version of Moti Ragnarokum. I didn't want to chose a piece of music that he already did in perfection himself. And this track was not yet done in Metal version by him because of the prison, so I thought I try and imagined how it could sound in the old Burzum manner. Since it was never released, I put it on Satan's Laws material just as an interesting bonus.


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

- In the last few years I kind of lost most of my connections and aquaintances. Maybe it comes by age, I don't know. Anyway, I didn't read or hear any responses lately. Nowadays I more focus on myself, my faith. I've been Satanist for about 22 years and I have probably not more than this much until I reach my inner goals and finish my mission. I'm thinking mainly about this nowadays. What did I reach so far? Is it enough? What can I do, to be more successful with my inner goals an shorten another 22 years?


10.Are you still involved with 'Tymah', these days?

- Yes. As I told above, I am involved in TYMAH much more than before. Compared to previous years it is much more interesting for me nowadays. I feel that now we have a chance to create something really special, that could be an honourable continuation of the old great bands. The 4th album's release is in process at the moment. It will be titled "Zuhanás", and I think it is the best material of the band so far. It developed musically quite a lot since we now we work much more together than before, and the sound has been also polished quite a lot. It did not become modern sounding of course. We just managed to collect all the appropriate instruments, so the quality became much better. However, it was not easy in the country we live in.


11.When can we expect newer music and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

- I can't answer this question at the moment. There is no plans for a new material now.


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?

- I don't really know what was influencing my music, but I was influenced a lot by these bands: Pokolgép (old), Bahtory, Burzum, Mayhem, Emperor, Vond, Mortiis. These bands had a big affect on my life. 

What do I listen today? Mainly the same as I listed above. But I also listen sometimes to Judas Priest, Motorhead. And since many years I listen to Forest also, the first three albums are very good in my opinion.


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

- Thank you for the interview.

Don't accept the existence!

Remember yourself!

Don't ever compromise!

Fight for your aim and not for the reward!

Question everything!

Find the answer to everything yourself!

Rise over the human existence!

Find the most inner knowledge!

Let your faith and aim be always the first!

Become your most inner will itself!

See the truth behind the illusion!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/06/dusk-interview.html