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Apokathilosis/Where Angels Fear To Tread/2015 CD Review

mardi 12 janvier 2016 à 08:58

  Apokathilosis  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Where  Angels  Fear  To  Tread".

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  album  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  also  mix  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  shows  influences  from  the  more  melodic  side  of  90's  black  metal  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  adds  to  a  raw  edge  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  some  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  there  is  also  a  brif  use  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  on  one  of  the  songs.

  Apokathilosis  plays  a  style  of  black   metal  that  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  and  unlike  most  old  school  style  bands  that  go  for  the  Darkthrone  style  this  band  goes  for  the  more  melodic  and  atmospheric  side  of  the  genre  of  that  era  as  well  as  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Philosophy,  metaphysics  and  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apokathilosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where  Angels  Fear  To  Tread"  and  "The  Untameable  Human  Spirit".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/apokathilosiswhereangels-fear-to.html


Stillborn/Testimonio de Bautismo/Godz Of War Productions/2016 CD Review

mardi 12 janvier 2016 à 07:50

  Stillborn  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  elements  of  war  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Testimonio de Bautismo"  which  was  released  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  a  great  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  touch  of  war  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  riffs  are  also  heavily  influenced  by  thrash  and  also  add  morbid  sounding  melodies  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  style  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Sodom's  "Burst  Command  Till  War"  and  they  close  the  album with  an  instrumental  track.

 Stillborn  creates  another  recording  that  takes  the  heaviest  elements  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  raw  and  brutal  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity  and  Apotheosis  of  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Stillborn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancykryst"  "Odezwa"  "Modlitwa  Poganina"  and  "Burst  Command  Till  War".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/stillborntestimonio-de-bautismogodz-of.html


Serpents Lair/Circumambulating The Stillborn/Fallen Empire Records/Hellthrasher Productions/Duplicate Records/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 12 janvier 2016 à 05:38

  Serpent's  Lair  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  heavy,  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Circumambulating  The  Stillborn"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Fallen  Empire  Records,  Hellthrasher  Productions  and  Duplicate  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more heavy  going  for a  more  modern  black  metal  style  that  also  uses  melodic  riffs  and  leads  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre.

  A  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  and  hateful  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  melodies  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  throughout  the  recording  without  losing  any  of  the  raw  aggression  and  heaviness  of  the  genre  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  deep  growls   at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring   short  instrumental  before  closing  the  album with  another vocal  track.

  Serpent's  Lair  show  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  this  recording  creating  an  album  that  is  purely  black  metal  while  also  being  very  heavy,  raw  and  aggressive  and  they  also  mix  some  progressive  and  technical  parts  into  the  chaos  to  create  a  very  high  quality  album  that  will  take  the  genre  to  new  levels,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Serpent's  Lair  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dissonant,  kaleidoscopic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Epistomogy  Of  Death"  and  "Devouring  Wrathe".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/serpents-laircircumambulating.html


Persecutory Interview

mardi 12 janvier 2016 à 03:13
1.For those that have never heard of you of before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Tyrannic Profanator: Blasphemous hails! This is T.Profanator from the bastards. Persecutory emerged from the ashes of Sarinvomit (me and the drummer) and we joined the forces with the guitarist Infectious Torment so our common aim was to play sick, perverted and satanic black fucking metal with some thrash metal hints. We worship the death and endless chaos and destroying the humanity & universe and Persecutory focused on this totally. Our poisonous noise is an significant way for us to express it. Band formed one year ago and we recorded debut EP in the summer of 2015, soon you'll hear more unholy craziness, later live shows will increase in Turkey and other countries. We have played live one time yet.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Tyrannic Profanator: Black / thrash metal. People can define the influences of the sounds such as European black metal, and German thrash metal and some bestial black metal elements, don't know at all. The point we want to go as the band can create our own original sound as possible.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Tyrannic Profanator: Perversion, death, chaos, anti-religionism and satanism. In fact, we focused on intolerance against all the shitty believers but it's the first step of satanism in the result. So the universal chaos, parasitism called human life, being a slavery in an infinite void and rebellion against all the things are some of the constituting parts. We're humiliated forms, and we need to get rid of this error cycle. However we just follow the path of heresy in this process. Humanity is a bug, universe is a bug and all of these particles must be buried into the eternal darkness! Perhaps we are going to die without knowing many things and our rebelliance tells it, we're in an infinity of outgoing layers, this must end. Our lyrics are based on the subjects like these.


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

Tyrannic Profanator: Persecutory includes the meanings of these words such as "evil", "tyranny", "despotism". There's not any band named "Persecutory" in metal scene, and this was also enough for us.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Tyrannic Profanator: Yet once more we played, it was 4 months ago. Instead of playing frankly, right now we are focused on doing new and better products. In fact it was the first standard show of a metal band, there were about 100 people to watch and they went crazy enough for the first time they listened the tracks as live. We need to play more in the studio together and we need to find a permanent bass player. Because the bass player was the session in the first live show. We have not been leaving the studio every week until the record and first show, and we took a break because of i am focused on my another band (Sarinvomit), we will start the new Persecutory tracks soon.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Tyrannic Profanator: After we recorded 7-track of debut full-length in the end of 2016 we will speed up for the shows of course. Honestly we played in Istanbul one time and other shows can start in Europe if we can set.


7.The ep is coming out on 'Hell's Hammer', can you tell you a little bit about this label?

Tyrannic Profanator: Hell's Hammer Music is a new label under UKEM Records (United Kingdom), and i've heard many times UKEM Records that has released the products of extreme metal bands for years, so when we recorded the debut EP, they were one of the labels i wanted to contact. And Chris replied us to release the debut EP as digipak CD format through his new label Hell's Hammer Music. However EP will be released as tape through Polish label Kampf Records, but there's more time for tape.


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

Tyrannic Profanator: I sure there is not many people who knows Persecutory now, we mention about one year band. It will take time as it should be. Releasing new records and doing more shows shall provide this. But the only real audience must get our sick music. We got some positive reviews of course, and people sometimes sent mail about they liked our music too much and some of them ask where they can get their copies. After the 7-track new full-length i can discuss that as detailed. 


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

Tyrannic Profanator: Honestly i'm not one who likes a lot of touring, but i want to play in some important extreme metal festivals and keep going as producing new releases every year in black metal scene. We have to be one of the solid and unique black-thrash bands of the time, otherwise there's no exit. Being a concept band and it's important to reflect all our morbid ideas to our music and lyrics. If true black metal fans have some trouble and disease when they are listening to us then we're on the right way.


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?

Tyrannic Profanator: Motörhead, Venom, Sodom, Mayhem, Possessed, Bathory, Dark Angel, Onslaught, Sarcofago, Beherit, Bestial Mockery, Black Witchery, Urgehal, Katharsis, Tsjuder, Antaeus, Impaled Nazarene, Nifelheim, Toxic Holocaust and many others. Nowadays i'm listening the new releases such as Revenge "Behold.Total.Rejection", Kvltist "Catechesis", Mgla "Exercises in futility", Adversarial "Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of Nihilism", Temple Of Baal "Mysterium", Division Speed "s/t", Embrace Of Thorns "Darkness Impenetrable". I bought some of these releases. Apart from these, nowadays i mostly listen Sodom, Dark Angel, Black Witchery, Onslaught, Tank, Acid, Morbid Angel, Antaeus, Tsjuder, Zerstörer, Abhorer, Deathspell Omega, Pseudogod, Armagedda, Swallowed, Inferno, Tortorum, Thunderbolt and the others i can not remember now.


11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

Tyrannic Profanator: First it should not be considered as a tangible asset, if you worship it as an asset, it won't be different from religion. The extinction of all fucking religions is just the first aim. We all live in an infinite loop and we do not know where we're going, our beginning and end is ambiguous, perhaps there is a strong pent-up energy and vigor. Our only salvation may be absolute chaos of eternal sovereignty. Because the human is parasite and we do not know if we are the products of how a project or not, can we understand the satanism with this low intelligence in full form? Who knows? We have to go beyond the mind, and extinction shall start forever. The ultimate aim is the destruction of the entire universe for me now, but this is even a small target when you think the eternity. An utopia of eternity outside of time and space exists, and i still think we could not still go beyond the material. Think about the microscopic organisms that you cannot see with naked eyes, perhaps we are microscopic alives for others. Why do we have to comply with it and accept it? Now satanism rises at the point where this rebellion began.


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

Tyrannic Profanator: Thank you for the interview, you'll hear new malignant sounds of Persecutory in the end of 2016.

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


Fathomless Misery/Descent Of Slow Suffering/Thantology Productions/2015 CD Review

lundi 11 janvier 2016 à 13:43

 Fathomless  Misery  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  harsh,  misanthropic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015 album  "Descent  of  Slow  Suffering"  which  was  released  by  Thantalogy  Productions.

  Sounds  of  darkness  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  yet  distorted  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  for  a  awhile  the  music  is  very  repetitive  before  slowly  building  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  that  are  very  grim,  high  pitched  and  depressive  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  can be  heard  while the  synths  in  the  background  gives  the  music  more  of  a  haunting  and  dark  atmosphere  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  very  modern  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain  sections of  the  recording.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  elements  of  ambient  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  as  the  album  progresses  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  are  brought  in  for  a  brief  period  and  their  is  also  an  acoustic  instrumental  halfway through  the  recording  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks.

  Fathomless  Misery  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw,  misanthropic  and  depressive  at  times  while  also  remaining  very  atmospheric  as  well  as  mixing  in  ambient  and  experimental  elements  to  create  a  very  dark  sounding  recording  that  stands  out  on  its  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fathomless  Misery  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Absence  Of  Soul"  and  "Descent  Of  Slow  Suffering".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/fathomless-miserydescent-of-slow.html