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Djevel/Ormer Til Armer, Maane Til Hode/Aftermath Music/2019 CD Review

mardi 8 octobre 2019 à 21:21

  Djevel  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  Norwegian  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ormer  Til  Armer,  Maane  Til  Hode"  which  will  be  released  on  October  18th  by  Aftermath  Music.

A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  era  Norwegian  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  At  times  the  music  also  evokes  a  very  epic  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  music  also  always  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Satanism,  Death  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Djevel  are  a  very  great  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Et  Menniskes  Hele  Korpus  Og  Legeme"  "Ved  Hildr's  Haand  For  Hel"  and  "Illoyed  Foedt  Som  Satans  Barn,  Paa  Ferd  Uten  Spor  Af  Menneskeverd".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OUWD0FdLgg
https://open.spotify.com/album/5nx6lLKoOFa6whn3hSHFrW?si=UMYp2jvfR5qhlrdqZ9BNxg
https://www.facebook.com/djevelmakt        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/djevelormer-til-armer-maane-til.html


Black Beast/Nocturnal Bloodlust/Primitive Reaction/2019 CD Review

mardi 8 octobre 2019 à 10:36

  Black  Beast  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Nocturnal  Bloodlust"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Primitive  Reaction.

  A  very  heavy  and  90's  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  chaotic  and  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals a re  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  bringing  in  more  atmosphere  without  losing  any  of  the  raw  aggression  and  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Black  Beast  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  satanic  and  old  school  in  the  classic  Finnish  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Blasphemy  and  Chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Beast  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  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Seremony"  "Words  Of  Leviathan"  and  "Symbol  For  My  Devotion".  8  out  of  10.

http://primitivereaction.bandcamp.com/track/your-cold-grave 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/black-beastnocturnal-bloodlustprimitive.html


Minenwerfer/Alpenpasse/Purity Through Fire/2019 CD Review

lundi 7 octobre 2019 à 21:18

  Minenwerfer  are  a  band  from  Sacramento.  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  more  into  a  war  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Alpenpasse"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Atmospheric  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with some  spoken  word  samples  from  World  War  I  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  utilized.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Most  of  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well as  the  second  track  also  showing  the  music  returning  to  the  raw  aggression  that  was  presented  on  previous  recordings  and  also  adds  in  some  chaotic  sounding  guitar  leads,

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  the  alum  progresses and  one  song  also  adds  in  samples of WWI  era  German  music  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  also  returns  on  a  later  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  World  War  I  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Minenwerfer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  atmospheric  war  themed  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dragging  The  Dead  Through  Mountain  Passes"  and  "Tiroler  Edelweiss".  8/5  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/minenwerfer

https://youtu.be/9Vs-LlFhMFM

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/minenwerferalpenpassepurity-through.html


Vedmin Krug Interview

lundi 7 octobre 2019 à 10:07
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Thanks that you’ve found the time for the interview.
Generally I’ve been taking up music for about 15 years, taken part in many bands of the most various styles.
I got the final conception of the project ‘Vedmin Krug’ in the early 2019. Before that I’d been keen on such a thing as dungeon synth and tried writing music in this style. Then I finally realized that I lacked live back instruments and the musical compositions were sort of incomplete. Also, I stored a sufficient amount of guitar riffs, and I didn’t have anything to apply them to.
When I gradually started recording the material, all the musical sequence began getting its wholeness, which was quite unexpected for me, and all I had to do was develop it.

2. Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The only thing I knew for sure was that it should have been old school black metal. I didn’t want to limit myself with some frame of styles and simply recorded the compositions as they were. I grew up on the black metal of the 90s and wanted to express the best things of that time, which influenced me musically, in my album. I was absolutely sure what kind of guitar sound I wanted and how I wanted the instruments to sound in the final mix.
Recently there have many different branches of black metal appeared. Things, that before were experimental, are becoming normal, there appeared some previously impossible hybrids of black metal and shoegaze, electronic, hip hop music. Perhaps all these have the right to exist, but not for me. I’m a conservative traditionalist.

3.A lot of your lyrics deal with mysticism and the paganism of the Northern European and Slavic people, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

On one hand, I’m interested in occultism and its symbolism. One part of the lyrics is an attempt to allegorically describe some rites, carried on to get sacred knowledge. Invocation is about a try to find a dark foundation inside myself, awake it, explore and unite with it, and to get the inner freedom through it. Blood into the soil describes a bloody sacrifice to Earth in order to make the dead in it talk.
On the other hand, and it’s the main thing, I’m interested in everything about pre-Christian traditional religious cults. The Slavic mythology is a huge part of it, unfortunately, underestimated in the West. In the sense of its variety, brightness, thoroughness of its worldview and meaningful vibrancy, the Slavic legacy is no way inferior to the Teutonic and Scandinavian one. As in other countries, a millennial existence of Christianity in Russia has done its best to eliminate the previous cultural legacy or to leave it for itself. Even though we don’t have such epic literature as Beowulf or The Poetic and Prose Eddas, the folk memory keeps its tradition, the memory of its gods and heroes in the forms of folk tales, clothes patterns, folk festivities, wooden figures, old children’s toys and pieces of everyday life, even in the decorations of the early Christian churches. Every year archeologists find more and more new artifacts, and I’m pleased with it!
Summer Solstice describes the eve before the Slavic festivity called ‘Koupala’ with all the specific symbols and attributes: grass wreaths, bathing, jumping over a fire, round dances, fern blooming, celebration of the Sun and the summer thriving of the Nature. In contrast, Father North brings us to the Russian north. This composition is about a shaman, who performs his ritual dance celebrating his home nature and everything around him – the North, the cold, the night, stars, Aurora Borealis. The North for him and all the northern inhabitants is the Great Father, and the polar night, the Darkness, is their Mother, and their eternal primordial alliance creates the whole world.
Up to the Celestial Halls, widely speaking, is dedicated to all killed with a sword in hands. In it there is described a feast for the greater glory of the killed warriors, who go to Heaven with the smoke of their funeral pyres, to the Celestial Halls of Perun (the same as Valhalla) in order to obtain an eternal life. They’ll also obtain immortality on Earth because their heroic deeds will be sung of in songs and legends for ever.

4. I know that the band’s name means 'witch circle' in Russian, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

And what other name to give to what I wrote and recorded but witches’ Sabbath?)
Actually, I’ve always been attracted by this word combination. It includes many meanings – there are both circles on fields, and stone calendar circles, and mushrooms rings in the forest, and a magical sign, and a bewitching ritual, and a round dance around the fire on Koupala. But I mean “circle” more as an organization, community, a union of people, powers, ideas. In Russian the word ‘witch’ (ved’-ma) is more a prophetess than a sorceress, this means “the woman who knows”, a woman that obtains sacred knowledge, hidden from common people. The name of the project should be written only in Latin transliteration and no other way. By the way, my DS project is called ‘Ordo Maleficarum’, what basically means the same

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

It’s a photo of one place of power in Eastern Siberia.

6. With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience playing with a full band, which one do you prefer?

Yes, the full band I participate in is called Rymr. Rymr is one of Thor’s names and means ‘noise’. We started it with a friend of mine, Darthfinist, in 2017. Our first album was more in the ways of DSBM, but we’re growing and our future sound and lyrics will be more up to the band’s name, I suppose.
I can’t prefer one project to another; they’re all the same important to me.
7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Right now we’re agreeing with the label ‘Der Schwartze Tod’ on releasing the album ‘Totem’ on CD. It’s a real honour for me to have the opportunity to work with these people and find myself among the other great bands that had their releases there.

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

Firstly, the most surprising was to have the reaction, and secondly, it was really worldwide. It was mostly positive. The most of positive feedback I got from Germany, France, Scandinavia and the US. People from South America and Japan also showed their interest. And it was traditionally vice versa in Russia, I don’t know why.

9. What is going on with 'Rymr' these days?

We’re working on our second album, which is supposed to be released in 2020. The vocals are still mine, but Darthfinist will be the main composer and guitarist. Probably we’ll make a couple of videos along with the release.  As for live gigs, at the moment they don’t make any sense for me, to be honest. But anything’s possible, we’ll see.

10. Do you also have an interest in other forms of Occultism?

I’m interested in the Left Hand Path and occultism of different forms and traditions; I study a lot of literature on this topic. Generally all the authors from Cornelius Agrippa to Aleister Crowley talk about the same way of self-discovery and the world around, even though they use different terms and tools.

11. Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

I live in the presence. I’d like to release at least two more albums with Vedmin Krug, I’ve got loads of ideas on developing of this project. If the interest grows, I may invite more musicians to join the project and we may give live performances, it’s not impossible.

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 grew up on such bands as Limbonic Art, Summoning, Immortal (early), Nocturnal Mortum, Burzum, Temnozor, Old Wainds, Der Gerwelt, Butterfly Temple. Nowadays I listen to really great amounts of music. If I start listing them, it’ll take some pages. Among local Russian bands I could highlight Grima, Ultar, Ruyan, Todestriebe, Drunemeton, Зарево (Zarevo), Asmund, Forest. And Thromos, Svikt, Mutiilation, Mgla and suchlikes among worldwide known. Also, I like so called Nordic Folk like Wardruna, Danheim, Heilung, Nytt Land and so on.

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

Once again I’d like to thank my family, friends and audience for their support, it would hard to carry on without it. Let’s keep the black flame of primordial fire burning!

Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/vedmin-krug-interview.html


Horrocious/Depleted Light And The Death Of Uniqueness/Osmose Productions/2019 Full Length Review

lundi 7 octobre 2019 à 09:38

  Horrocious  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Depleted  Light  And  The  Death  Of  Uniqueness"  which  will  be  released  on  October  25th  by  Osmose  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats,  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  some  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keep  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Horrocious  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  raw,  fast,  aggressive  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  Lucifer and  his  eternal  war  against  the  integrity  of  the  worlds.

  In  my  opinion  Horrocious  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Upon  The  Fallen  Worlds"  "Perceived  Integrity  Of  Lord"  and  "Reborn  From  Energy..Sublime  Demons".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/1D1FExRPOSM      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/horrociousdepleted-light-and-death-of.html