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Malakhim/Demo I/Iron Bonehead Productions/2017 Demo Re-Issue Review

samedi 2 décembre 2017 à 20:44

  Malakhim  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  which  was  re-issued  on  12  inch  mlp,  and  mcd  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Tremolo  picking  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  the  music  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  mixing  in  a  grim  yet  semi  melodic  tone  at  times  and  you  can  also h ear  some  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  more  modern  style  of  orthodox  black  metal  can  be  heard.

  Malakhim  plays  a  style  of  orthodox  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  dark  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  powers  of  The  Beyond.

  In  my  opinion  Malakhim  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Mass  Of  Flesh". 8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/malakhimdemo-iiron-bonehead.html


Ecos Postumos Interview

samedi 2 décembre 2017 à 19:26
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Before anything I would like to say that I appreciate very much the attention and support that you gave to Ecos Póstumos.
Recently I was hospitalized to treat depression and borderline mental disorder that struck me harder after the suicide of my uncle, who has killed himself in my parents' house, giving me the sad job to take him from the gallows. So I've decided to use the music to express my battle against this disease, and with it I try to externalize all the sadness and at the same

2. Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I describe it as a raw and gloomy music, with the muffled vocals to represent the despair of those who are suffering from mental disorders, chainsaw like hypnotic guitars with the 90s black metal feel (like Darkthrone and Burzum) and cold synthesizer lines. The bass and the drums are my first instruments and although in a modest way, they come with important details to enrich the compositions. The lo-fi style of the record was made with purpose and refers to the style of musical productions mades by names as ColdWorld, old Burzum and Mayhem, and the old Azaghal, one of my favorite black metal bands (mainly the album Mustamaa).

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The lyrics are poems that I've made to express the daily battle against the mental disorders, and to make people see that depression is most common disease than really the people think. We can consider it a conceptual work about the routine and the feelings of a depressed patient. If someone is interested I can send the translations of the lyrics to english, just ask me in the e-mail: ecospostumos@gmail.com

4. What are the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ecos Postumos'?

Echoes Póstumos meaning in English is "Posthumous Echoes", and refers to the memories that sometimes we have of those who had passed away. The name came in the year of 2012, and the first song that I've made are available on YouTube by the name "A Agonia da Mãe Morta" (The Agony of the Dead Mother).

5. With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer the solo route?

I've some friends that will help me with the live performances, including my older brother Diogo Nascimento (bass) and my great friend João Martioro (guitars from Christophobia), I will play drums and sing, and maybe have one of my best friends Alex Hulala on the Keyboards. Maybe someday Ecos Póstumos may turn to be a band, let's see after the release of the official album

6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
If someone has interest in release the stuff just give me a shout, I don't have a financial interest, just want to make my music being listened. Me and my friend from Christophobia are preparing some limited physical copies that will be available soon.

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

I have some friends in Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Japan and in the USA that support my work, and they seem to have enjoyed a lot the work. I'm very happy with the feedback till now.

8. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I've played and was the former member of Nephilim Horde, who have some works available on YouTube (Black Metal Blood - Demo 2011 and Failure EP), also had a project by the name "Forgotte Heaven", that have some stuff available on YouTube too, and have recorded the first EP of Christophobia, called "O Abismo", but have left the band to my mate João Martioro, because of the depression treatment. I'm a professional musician and have played guitar in an Iron Maiden tribute band, played bass in a Hard Rock tribute band, I'm an ex member of a Heavy Metal band called "Thunderlord" and in the present moment I play with a Crossover/Thrash Metal band called "Kaosfera", keeping the band in the name of a friend of mine and the former member, that have sadly died some years ago. But my main project is Ecos Póstumos, and I intend to spend a lot a time working on the debut album.

9. Where will you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I want to be a better musician and composer, and be able to explore even more sad and chaotic melodies, always with humility and simplicity, to me, the secrets to keep evolving in the musical scene.

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 listen to a variety of musical styles... but my favorite artists are Burzum, old Mayhem, Darkthrone, Azaghal, Old Enthroned, Cold World, Alcest, Limbonic Art, Dissection and something like that. Other bands that I like very much are Pink Floyd, Marillion, Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Iron Maiden, Grave Digger, Six Feet Under, Kreator and some random shit as old games soundtracks like Castlevania and electronic music like Kreftwerk.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to read about occultism, history and politics, also like poetry and sci-fi books. My favorite books are "The Satanic Bible" (Anton LaVey), "1984" (George Orwell) and Jules Verne books. Also like cats (my cat Crowley is with me all the time), spend time with my wife and play retro games.

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

I would like to thank you and Occult Black Metal zine for the important work that you made to the Black Metal and the music scene in general.
Also would like to invite anyone to listen and download Ecos Póstumos "Diário de um Suicida" in the band camp:
https://ecospstumos.bandcamp.com/releases
If anyone needs something just send me an e-mail to: ecospostumos@gmail.com
And to finish: Hail Satan!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/ecos-postumos-interview.html


Communion/The Communion/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review

samedi 2 décembre 2017 à 01:07

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Chile's  Communion  which  continues  the  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  the  album  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Hells  Headbangers  and  is  called  "The  Communion".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  death  metal  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to an  old  school  black/death  metal  style.

  A  great  amount  of  both  80's  and  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  demonic  growls.

  Communion  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Evil  and  Anti  Atheism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Communion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Glorify  The  Dark"  "Witching  Thrust"  and  "Bloody  Butcher".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/communionthe-communionhells.html


Communion/At The Announcement/The Sinister Flame/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review

samedi 2 décembre 2017 à 00:09

  Communion  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "At  The  Announcement"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  The  Sinister  Flame  and  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  a  very  first  wave  feeling  to  them  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  old  school  South  American  death  and  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  fashion,  intros  can  also  be  heard  before  each  track  and  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Communion  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  and  heaviest  elements  of  old  school  South  American  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Communion  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  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  "Impalement  To  Destroy"  "enthroned  Inquisition"  and  "Ultimate  ordeal".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/communionat-announcementthe-sinister.html


Ecos Postumos/Diano de um Suicida/2017 Demo Review

vendredi 1 décembre 2017 à 23:23

  Ecos  Postumos  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  depressive  and  suicidal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  demo  "Diano  de  um  Suicida".

  A  very  fast  lo-fi  and  raw  sound  starts  off t he  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  that  are  somewhat  buried  in  the  mix   while  the  slower  sections  bring  in  more  of  a  suicidal  atmosphere    andclean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording

     The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  and  depressive  melodies  as well  as  all  of  the musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  keyboards  and  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion..

  Ecos  Posthumos  plays  a  style  of  depressive,  suicidal  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  raw  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  Portuguese  and  cover  depression  and  borderline  mental  disorder  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Ecos  Posthumos  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  and  suicidal  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Detalhes  Sordidos"  and  "Por  do  Sol".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/ecos-postumosdiano-de-um-suicida2017.html