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Primeval Mass/To Empryean Thrones/Katoptron IX Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 07:43

  Primeval  Mass  are  a  band from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "To  Empyrean  Thrones"  which  will  be  released  on  January  20th  by  Katoptron  IX  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  speeds  up  and  also  adds  in  a  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  influences  of  heavy,  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track  which  displays  how  talented  they  are  as  musicians  while  the  following  songs  use  vocals.

  Primeval  Mass  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  first  wave,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  elements  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult,  Darkness,  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Primeval  Mass  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  Astral  Triumphs"  "The  Grand  Ordeal"  and  "The Mansions  Of  the  night".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/primeval-massto-empryean.html


Cult Of Erinyes/Transcendence/Caverna Abismal Records/2016 EP Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 06:26

  Cult  Of  Erinyes  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Transcendence"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records.

  A very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  sounding  screams  and  melodies.

  Most  of  the  music  brings  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal  while also  keeping  the  rawness  and  grimness  that  is  a  very  important  part  of  the  genre  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  while  one  song  does  bring  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  playing  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Mayhem's  "Pagan  Fears".

  Cult  Of  Erinyes  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  ritualistic  but  done  with  a  more  raw  and  guitar  driven  approach,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  history  and  human  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cult  Of  Erinyes  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Transcendence".  8  out  of 10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/cult-of-erinyestranscendencecaverna.html


Apokathilosis Interview

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 05:44
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Apokathilosis is a sonic weapon aimed to awake humans from the deepest slumber through vibration, erratic chants and a ferocious intent. We aim to deconstruct reality and empower humans to reclaim their birth ­right of self­ sovereignty and freedom, in line with nature and cosmic harmony; in which we despise any forms of authority or hierarchy, be it physical or spiritual.

The band was formed in 2013 in Dublin, Ireland with two members: Felipe Roquini (based in Dublin) and Marttjn Rvbjn (based in São Paulo, Brazil). “Where Angels Fear to Tread” is our first opus composed by six songs, released independently in October 2015.


2.In October you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

“Where Angels Fear to Tread” is a black metal album deeply rooted in the 90s’ magical era; where rage, beauty and innocence coexisted side by side. The album compiles a list majestic tunes made to incite even the most dormant of souls. The guitar melodies explore a mix of knife ­edged tremolo riffs and downtrodden melodic processions, followed by heavy bass lines and hypnotic snare­ driven drum blasts. The lacerated vocals bring a layer of unsettling angst on the top of the songs, switching occasionally from furious screams to grievous whispers.

No down ­tuning, no dissonant riffs: just harmony and fury side by side.


3.The band was formed in 2013 but waited 2 years to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about this time period?

Apokathilosis was born when the title song’s main riff (“Where Angels Fear to Tread”) came to life. From then on wards, songs started to take shape slowly, arrangements falling into place, crowned by the lyrical concept at the end. I decided to record and produce this album entirely on my own which requires a steep learning curve: rehearse and record all instruments, mix and master the songs until I’m satisfied with the results. This of course took time.

But there was never any rush to speed up things, we released when it felt right. Now, with more experience, the path is clearer for any forthcoming work.



4.The lyrics cover philosophy, Metaphysics and Spirituality, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

The lyrical concept rose from an unsettling realization that life on planet Earth is a prison, where humans are chained to a set of negative beliefs which in turn create a self­ perpetuating reality of pain and disorder. Humans give their power away to authority figures instead of realizing their true origins and purpose in life. My interest is twofold: to understand the true origins of the conscious self and empower other beings to do the same.

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

Apokathilosis is a Greek word that means ‘de­nailing’, which depicts the moment that Christ is taken down from the cross. The name came from a 7­inch EP from the mighty Rotting Christ and I found it suitable to the concept I’m aiming for.

It represents a specific moment in time where an idol is killed and his followers are left behind ­ the moment of despair when there’s a realization that one can’t be saved.

This moment is special as one can simply look for the next idol or realize that there is no salvation. What I imply, in my art, is that humans have nothing to be saved from. It is a path of empowerment.

6.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?

Apokathilosis remains a studio project at present as we both live in different continents. We won’t discard any chances of playing live in the future if people want to see us perform. We’lljust need to assemble a live line­ up.

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

We’re not necessarily chasing labels but looking for more ways to distribute our art. It’s too soon to gauge interest as the CD has just been released independently, and I’m putting some efforts to make sure people know about its existence.

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

So far the feedback has been positive, but given the CD is only two months old and none heard of us before it’s too soon to tell.

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

I have a collection of riffs allocated to different projects ­ songs are slowly taking shape and we might hear some news by the end of the year. Marttjn Rvbjn is the founder of Dismal Gale which he formed in 1995 but I’m pretty sure the band is not active at present.

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

The musical aspects and lyrics have potential to be explored much further than the current CD, so I expect more songs on the same style for any forthcoming work.

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?

I grew up in the tape­ trading era so I have a deep respect for the pioneers (Bathory, Possessed, Sarcófago, Mystifier, Rotting Christ, Blasphemy, Burzum, Mayhem, Ulver, Morbid Angel, Entombed, Carcass, among many others). I always tend to listen to the older stuff but recent bands like Ascension, Genocide Shrines, Vallenfyre, Dead Congregation and Djevel really caught my ear.

Musically, Rotting Christ’s “Thy Mighty Contract” is a classic and a big influence in how we approach our sound.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have little interests outside music besides my full ­time job and my family. As Nietzsche said, “Without music, life would be a mistake”.

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

Deny any form of authority. Any beings who call themselves ‘God’ are nothing but impostors.
Human beings are much bigger and more powerful than the vessels they travel in.

Thanks for the support.

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


Fathomless Misery Interview

mardi 12 janvier 2016 à 13:33
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Fathomless Misery is a project that I started up around a year ago. Originally the band was due to be a more Blackened Death metal project under a different name, though due to not being able to find a full, reliable, lineup and that my personal life had taken some rather unexpected turns and generally left my general mind set in a very dark and negative place Fathomless Misery came to be. I am a UK based project, Cambridgeshire, England to be precise and the first full length, which you've reviewed, Descent Of Slow Suffering has just been released and there is already a second release in the works so there will be more music coming in the future. Even though I will hopefully continue working on this project for a long time I am highly doubting there will ever be any live shows from Fathomless Misery, for this project playing live doesn't interest me at all, this is a recording project only.

2.In December you had released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It was a very genuine recording for me, there was no deliberate attempt to make the music any certain way, just when I sat down and came up with the riffs and wrote the music etc this was just how it naturally came out sounding, the creative flow was very fluid and it all came together naturally. It was literally just how I personally felt at the time the music was created. The production on this recording is really raw, which was something I personally felt would work better, I wanted to music to come out and sound pretty much how I was feeling at this current point in my life so believe this could be how I managed to get such an incredibly dark atmosphere yet there is still a lot of aggression and hatred that follow the darker more ambient sections. It's a real chaotic mix of sounds and emotions in short....

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

The lyrics for this release cover many different dark topics, in the booklet for the album itself the lyrics are printed but deliberately are extremely faint to the point of being almost unreadable. This was done for a couple of different reasons, firstly a lot of the subject matter is actually quite personal and relates metaphorically to my own experiences and personal life so didn't want people reading into that too much. The second reason is that for me, this project isn't so much all about that, but I wanted the listener to focus on the music and hope that just by listening, that a person can feel the atmosphere and feel what was put into the creation of the music and maybe interpret things in their own way and get something out of it themselves whether it is positive or negative.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fathomless Misery'?

The name Fathomless Misery just came to me one day and just thought that this would be the perfect name for the project. It works well and gets the message of what this music is about pretty much immediately. There were a lot of other ideas for the project name but this was the one I settled with and thought it was most suitable.

5.On the album you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

Well, on Descent Of Slow Suffering, a drum machine was used which is something I am hoping to avoid having to use again in the future as this type of music I feel works a lot better with real drums. I am in another band with a very talented drummer who has agreed to help out with future releases. In the case of collaborations, I would be happy to work with other people/bands but they'd have to be artists I really enjoyed the work of and that would work with my project as well. I am generally very picky and specific when it comes to creating my own music so generally would rather work alone on that, except the drums as stated before, but i'd definitely welcome the idea of a split CD if the right band/label offer came up.

6.The album was released on 'Thantalogy Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Thanatology Productions are a really good label and I feel very lucky to have had the support of this label behind me on this release. The label generally seems to pick up new bands and pushes them which is something not enough labels are doing these days, usually they will only release bands that they know have a following and will sell records but in order to get a band to that point you need that push in the first place, there are a couple of other labels doing this but not enough. Thanatology are from China and as expected I believe mainly they pick up Chinese artists and they have a good variation of styles on the label, ranging from the harsh black metal, to death metal and thrash. One of the bands I really enjoyed listening to from this label is Troma Tumor who are a technical death metal band with a really unique style so I recommend them for sure amongst other releases from Thanatology Productions. I've had really good support from this label and the product itself has come out looking really nice and didn't have a single problem at all so can say it's been good working with Thanatology.

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

Honestly, when I was working on this music, I didn't think anybody would really be interested in it or like it at all but the feedback so far has been really good, a lot of people who have heard the album so far have said they have really enjoyed it and my music seems to often be compared to Xasthur or early Burzum. The main negative feedback I get is about the drum machine, this seems to put a few people off and i'll admit I would prefer real drums and will be making that happen for future releases hopefully, but this time it just wasn't feasible. So I can say so far the feedback has been really good and it's nice to know other people out there understand what the project is about and are able to get something from it.

8.What is going on with your other musical project these days?

I am playing in two other projects at the moment. Firstly is a project I birthed many years ago Malignant Germ Infestation which I have been doing for around ten years on and off now. This is a comedy gore/porn extreme metal band and nowadays we are a settled two piece. I write and record all the music myself pretty much but I have a vocalist on this project who writes the majority of lyrics and performs most of the vocals and we both contribute equally in terms of ideas. We have a new album called Exquisite Servings Of Excrement which is almost completed so hopefully that will be released later on this year. I do play live with this project as well, due to only being a two piece, I do live guitars and backing vocals, the vocalist does his vocals and we have a backing track that plays the drum tracks, samples, synths and basslines, this is just most convenient and flexible for us these days.

The other band I play is called Obscene Entity, I only joined the band recently (as the bass player) and have my first live shows with them this month which I am looking forward to. Obscene Entity is a four piece band which features members of other UK bands Terra (Black Metal) and Shrines (Progressive Black/Death Metal). I believe the style of this band is a unique style of death metal, however in the newer material it's sounding like black metal is having an influence on the sound a bit so "extreme metal" is the easiest label to give the band. As well as starting up gigging after a break they have just released their debut full length album (Which I wasn't involved in the writing or recording of.) so be sure to check that out as well if anyone reading this is a fan of in your face brutal metal.

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

Currently as well as working on writing the new Fathomless Misery material I am working with Obscene Entity who have a few shows lined up already this year so a lot of time is going into performing with them at the moment. But as for the future Fathomless Misery material, I think the newer tracks will continue with raw, harsh black metal with the atmospheric element to it as well. I will just be letting things flow naturally and what the end product sounds like will be a result of that.

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 lot of different music in general so it's hard to pin point any specific bands. I am a big fan of Xasthur so am not too surprised people have been able to hear some influence drawn from there come out in my music even though it isn't completely obvious to me and wasn't intentional at all. The majority of influence for me as I said earlier comes from things that have actually happened in my life and things I have felt at various points, if when writing/creating the songs it needs to make me feel a certain way, if I don't feel anything for the music I will forget those parts. That is the main influence for Fathomless Misery without going into too much detail. As for music I have been listening to lately I can't even begin to list artists, I am always listening to music pretty much of all kinds of styles by all different bands, this can range from Grime (English Hip Hop), Psy Trance and Industrial to Black and Death metal of course.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Music is of course my main interest and takes up the majority of my free time. However I am dedicating a lot of time at the minute to learning Japanese Language which is very challenging but I feel that is progressing quite well. I go to a lot of gigs, mainly metal shows, which is always cool, it's a great way to discover new bands as well as see the bands you are a fan of and generally show support for these bands and the metal scene in general. Other than that I don't do anything too out the ordinary.

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

I would like to say thank you to yourself for putting this interview together and giving my album a very positive review! Of course I would like to thank anybody out there who is interested in this project and has helped support it in any way, whether you have brought a CD, helped promote the project or even just posted to your friends on facebook about it or whatever. Without support a band is nothing. In any case, keep updated with the project as new things will be coming. Cheers!

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


Devilgroth/Landschaft/Narcoleptica Productions/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 12 janvier 2016 à 11:25

  Devilgroth  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Landschaft"  which  was  released  by  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  elements  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  style  that also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  while  also  remianing  atmospheric  at  the  same  time.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  grim  at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

   As  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  and  brings  in  elements  that  are  very  uncommon  for  the  genre  without  losing  any  of  the  raw  aggression  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  while  later  songs  bring  in  a  more  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  bass  guitar  leads.

  Devilgroth  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  ambient  and  a touch  of  experimental  to  create  a  recording  that  has  an  original  sound  of  its  own, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devilgroth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you   should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Das  Tor  In  Die  Reich  Der  Kalte" and  "Nordlicht". 8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/devilgrothlandschaftnarcoleptica.html