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Grauzeit/Antagonist/2015 EP Review

mercredi 11 novembre 2015 à 06:38

  Grauzeit  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been   featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  post  black  metal  and shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  rleeased  2015  ep  "Antagonist".

  Dark  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  very  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  some  melodic  shoegaze  style  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  post  rock  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  starts  getting  heavier  a  minute  into  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  music  alternates  between  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  heavier  side  leans  towards  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  sticks  to  either  a  very  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Grauzeit  creates  a  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  depressive  post  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  while also  mixing  more  shoegaze  elements  this  time  and  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grauzeit and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  shoegaze ,  post  and   depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED TRACK  "Antagonist".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/grauzeitantagonist2015-ep-review.html


Black Lord/Black Ritual Forest/Satanath Records/Tribulacion Productions/Rebellious Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 11 novembre 2015 à 05:42

  Black  Lord  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Black  Ritual  Forest"  which  was  released  as  a  joint effort  between  Satanath Records,  Tribulacion Productions  and  Rebellious Records.

    Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  sounding  ambient  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  musicla  direction  that  takes  the  guitar  riffng  of  first  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  second  wave  style  high  pitched  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  very  old school  tradition. 

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  spoken  word  parts  along  with  melodies can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album progresses  some  depressive  black  metal elements  are  added  into  some  of  the  slower  riffs  while  some  of  the  faster    and  mid  tempo  parts  add  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  synth  outro  that  evokes  the  atmosphere  of  a  black  and  white  horror  movie  soundtrack  while  also  still  having  guitars.

  Black  Lord  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw  style  of  second  wave  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  the  more  thrash  orientated  side  of  the  first  wave  to  create  a  style  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  destruction  and  chaos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Lord  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiritual  War'  "Dreaming  Into  the  Eternal  Forest"  and  "Spell  Of  Darkness".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/black-lordblack-ritual-forestsatanath.html


Chains Ov Beleth/Christeos Chaos/Satanath Records/Morbid Shrine Productions/2015 CD Review

mercredi 11 novembre 2015 à 03:08

  Chains  Ov  Beleth  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metla  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Christeos  Chaos"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Morbid  Shrine  Productions.

  A  very  dark and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  powerful  bass  lines  kicking  in  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  some  very  tortured  sounding  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the vocals  also  use  screams  at  times.

 A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  displays  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  start  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  melodic  singing  and  demonic  spoken  word  parts  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  some  of  the  slower  riffs  also  bring in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  Chains  Ov  Beleth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  mixes  both  modern  and  old  school  styles  together  along  with  some  ritualistic  elements  and  goth  style clean  singing  to  create  a  style  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Black  Magick  and  Ritualism  themes.

    In  my  opinion  Chains  Ov  Beleth  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breath  Of  Disease"  "Thrice  Name,  Thrice  Cursed"  and  "Transcending".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/chains-ov-belethchristeos-chaossatanath.html


Sacrilegious Impalement/First Three Nails/Satanath Records/Black Plague Records/Desert Of Death/2015 Compilation Review

mercredi 11 novembre 2015 à 02:08

  Sacrilegious  Impalement  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  satanic  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  compilation  album  "First  three  Nails"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath Records,  Black  Plague  Records  and  Desert  Of  Death.

  A  very  heavy,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  starts  heading  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  deep  grim  screams  that  also  gets  very  high  pitched  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  second  wave  style.

  Throughout the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  band  also  shows  a  great  amount  of  progression  as  musicians  on the  more  current  tracks  on  the  compilation  and one  songs  only  uses  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  while  also  remaining  heavy  throughout  the  whole  recording  with  no  soft  or  clean  parts  ever  being  utilized.

  Sacrilegious  Impalement  plays  a  very  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  throughout  this  compilation  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  while  also  showing  they  are  very  talented  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  destruction,  misanthropy,  Satanism  and  death  themes.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sacrilegious  Impalement  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  misanthropic  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Total  Annihilation"  'Sacrilegious  Impalement"  "Eternal  Agonies"  and  "Behead  the  Infants  Of  God".  8  out  of  10.      

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/sacrilegious-impalamentfirst-three.html


Meneapneontes Interview

mardi 10 novembre 2015 à 11:19

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
- VASSILIS:First of all, thank you for the invitation and the chance to talk
about PROMACHOS and MENEAPNEONTES.Its an honor.
Well, to begin with, I must say that Takis and I, are playing together for almost 20
years, in several bands and several musical styles. Nothing serious, without any important discography. In 2010, we decided to form MENEAPNEONTES and till the end of the year we recorded 11 tracks under the name PROMACHOS.



2.In September you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

- VASSILIS: In September we released PROMACHOS and for that I must say a big thanks and respect to MURDHER RECORDS and SATANATH RECORDS , specifically
to Alessandro Nunziati and Aleksey Korolyov, cause without them we wouldn’t have this conversation.
As far as the musical sound, I say that PROMACHOS is definitely Hellenic black metal,
With a touch of n.w.o.s.d.m. from the 90’s.

3.The band was formed in 2011 but waited until 2015 to release and update, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 4 years?

- VASSILIS: At that time, we put aside the band, right after the end of the recordings, due to some personal projects that we both had the need to do. It lasted almost 2 years and after that we decided that the time had come to deal with MENEAPNEONTES in a serious level. So we started to send promo and waited for a label to answer.

4.Your lyrics go very much into depth with Greek Mythology and History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

- VASSILIS: I don’t want to be misunderstood here or sound cocky,
but I’m coming from a land that is full of legends, gods and heroes. In order to
honor all the above, having music as a chariot, the only duty, the only obligation we have is to sing for them. To tell their stories the way we see them.
We never talked about the lyrical themes of MENEAPNEONTES. It came up naturally.
And it seems to be the only thing for us to do. We never had a choice…

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

-VASSILIS: Very nice question , cause you give me the chance to explain the meaning of this name. No one asked us about it till now.
To be precise, MENEA PNEONTES consist of two words: MENEA+PNEONTES.
But since in ancient greek all the words were without space(in order to train the brain to separate the words and find the meanings), we decided to unite the two in one.
We read about MENEAPNEONTES in Homer at his epic universal masterpiece, Iliad.
The Trojans are marching, making a lot of noise by smashing their swords against their shield, yelling and cursing their enemies, Achaious. They on the other hand
are so possessed by fury that remain silent. That condition is called menea pneontes, in free translation, it means he who breathes fury.
How many times in our lives have we felt this way? The moment we read it, we knew that this was the name of the band...

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?

-VASSILIS: We started this project, trying to be a full member band,
but it is very difficult to find people who share the same dream with you.
The good news are, that recently a new member added in the band. Its Thomas(Archaios) who will be responsible for the rhythm guitar section and till now we are very pleased and satisfied to have him with us.

7.Has the band done any live shows or has this been strictly a studio project so far?

- VASSILIS: We have been a studio project since now, for the reasons i mentioned.
Its in our direct plans to play live and we focus on that direction.

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

- VASSILIS: Till now we haven't read negative reviews and the messages that we receive are positive. I think that metalheads are into PROMACHOS and those who are not, don't bother to write something awful about it.

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

- VASSILIS: We think that more or less we will move at the same direction, sometimes in darker ways, others more aggressively, maybe the traditional themes might be more obvious, but this is the base of our sound.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on yuor music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

- VASSILIS: I listen to a lot of n.w.o.s.d.m., the old stuff, many bands from the hellenic  scene and some other non metal styles like dark ambient and traditional music. For me, the diamond of 2015 and the album that i'm listening the most at the time, is Primordial "Where greater men have fallen".

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

- VASSILIS:  Much much reading and sports(martial arts,gym).

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
- VASSILIS: I will close the same way as i started: Once again, thank you for this interview and if i may i would like to say this: Don't forget your roots, your past in order to built a better future.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/1.html