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Ecorche/Necrotic Minds/Merdumgiriz Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 4 août 2015 à 07:26

  Ecorche  are  a  duo  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  an  experimental  and  industrial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2015  album  "Necrotic  Minds"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz  Records.

 A  very heavy  industrial  influenced  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  that  also  takes  the  music  into  a  faster  direction  as  well  as  adding  grim  black  metal  screams  unto  the  recording  and  some  parts  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  when  guitar  solos  and leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  melody  onto  the  recording.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  also mix  in  more  of a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  experimental  and  noise.

  Ecorche  plays  a  musical  style  that  has  its roots in  black metal  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  experimental  and  industrial  to  create  an  original  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and raw while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion, nightmares  and  psychological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ecorche are  a  very great  sounding  mixture of  black  metal.  industrial  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Vast  Frozen  Hell"  and  "Nightmare".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/ecorchenecrotic-mindsmerdumgiriz.html


Har Interview

mardi 4 août 2015 à 05:58

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band



Har is a five piece band from Tel Aviv, Israhell. It started back a couple of years ago as a three piece with the intention of playing raw Black Metal written intuitively and live as opposed to a more calculated approach to writing. Yet as time went on it sort of grew on us and all sort of influences and approaches are creeping in to the process. So the next pieces will have their own twist.





2.A year ago you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?



It’s exactly as been said in the previous answer, raw and live black metal, straightforward, no build-ups and smartass bullshit to mitigate the attack. Yet there is a constant dimension of occultism to it that rule over the whole thing and set the mood. A dimension that grows larger as we work on new material.



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



It draws from various sceneries that all go back to the same theme of a desire to become one with void and purification from human reality through trance fueled rituals and sacrifice.



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



HAR means “mountain” in Hebrew, our mother language, which has all sorts of transcendental, mystical and ritual connotations in almost every culture. In itself a mountain’s sublime object: too big to grasp it visually in one shot, distanced and close to the sky. It’s the locus of demonic and spiritual rituals of sacrifice, whether in the Old Testament or in the ancient Mayan culture and it’s also the site for pilgrimage, so it is strongly linked to a desire for a higher state of being.





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



We hadn’t had more than few so far and it feels like every show is better. The best for us performance and mood wise is probably one we played in a tiny basement with crappy sound and no airco in Jerusalem in the middle of a strictly orthodox Jews neighborhood. The best way to describe our shows at the moment is probably as no bullshit plug and play that turns into an acoustic trancy ritual.



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



There are some shows coming up in Israel and we do plan on touring Europe sometime in 2016. We’ll update as soon as we have something concrete.



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



There’s a planned release on vinyl and cassette pretty soon if all goes by the plan, but we are still open to offers.



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



There’s some good feedback coming from all over the place, be it from people involved in the music or just metal fans, which is great and we hope to get more exposure toward the release.



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?



There are three bands that are played by HAR members, Mortus Umbra, SheenDaled and Kessef. You can check them on Facebook and Bandcamp.



10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



Right now we aim more towards another E.P to be recorded in the coming months. It has been a long time since writing the first one and the next one will be the product of re-alignment of our ideas and moods.



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?



We are five individuals so it is quite diverse but it also overlaps. There’s a lot of old school Darkthrone to Tangorodim, Hellhammer and also Von, abigor all the way to bands like Bestial Warlust. Virus and ved buens ende been played quite a lot but also bands like Negative Plane, Vomitor, Portal. Lots of stuff also non metal



12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?



A gateway out of an over rational, secular, skeptic and complex ridden Pathetic existence.



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



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/har-interview.html


Exquisite Ending/The Rires Of Misanthropism: Psalm V -IX/Hibernacula Records/2015 EP Review

vendredi 31 juillet 2015 à 09:12

  Exquisite  Ending  are  a  band  from  the United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015 ep  "The Rires Of  Misanthropism: Psalm V -IX"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Hibernacula  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken   word  parts  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  style  of black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  at  time s they  music  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls.

  All  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  songs  are  rooted  in  the  second  wave  90's  style  of  black  metal  and  they  also  mix  the  spoken  word  parts  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  all  of  the  tracks  avoid  using  any  solos  and  leads  to  focus  on  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic style  of  black  metal.

  Exquisite  Ending  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic style  of black  metal  from  the  previous  recording  as  well  as  continuing  the  concept  that  was  present  on  the  last  ep,  the  production  sound s very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic,  depressive,  hatred  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exquisite  Ending  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Banishment  Of  Noble  Coercion"  and  "Unbound  Bloodletting  Of  The  Orthodox".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/exquisite-endingthe-rires-of.html


Blliigghhtted/No Temple/Merdumgiriz/2015 CD Review

vendredi 31 juillet 2015 à 07:21

  Blliigghhtted  are  a  solo  project  from Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays an  raw  and  satnic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "No  Temple"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when the  music speeds up  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of  old  school  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  when  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  black  metal  style  and  some  of  the  vocals  bring  in a  small  amount  of  melodic  chanting  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.and  the y also  bring  in  a  few  instrumentals  and  the  last track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  is  an  ambient  track.
 
 Blliigghhtted goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  this  time  saving  all  the  ambient  elements  for  the  last  track  while  the  slower  sections  bring  in  a  touch of  sludge  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical,  chaos  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blliigghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chaos  Serpents  order"  "Lucifer's  Eyes"  "Slithering  Thoughts"  and  "Voyage".  8  out  of  10.
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/blliigghhttedno-templemerdumgiriz2015.html


Feanor Omega Interview

jeudi 30 juillet 2015 à 06:34

1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about your solo project?
First: Thank you very much for the Interview!
FEANOR OMEGA is a solo project from Austria, the first album (ANIMA) consists of songs which have accompanied me for many years. That's how it all started - I always loved to write and record songs for my other projects - at one point I wrote the 'title track' for the album (Epos: Anima) and immediately knew - I had to record an album.

2.Your album came out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I would describe the sound as 'hard to describe' - but foremost as 'honest'.  The album is self-recorded, therefore the sound represents my very own ability and that's the way I like it for a solo-project.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
I'd say that music has always been my most fluent language - therefore the album simply states what I am not able to put into words.

Without planning, the album has actually evolved into a concept-album. In my opinion the songs can as well stand for their own, but I think the album has its best effect when the listener goes on the journey to listen to it as a whole. In this regard the album is very similar to life. One song might punch you to the ground where the next song might help you up, only that the following track can hit you again ;-)

4.You use the name 'Feanor Omega' for the solo project and also other bands that you are a part off, is there a particular meaning for this name?
I think the addressed fact might lead to confusion! 'Feanor Omega' is simply my personal synonym as a musician, that is also the reason the solo project is called 'Feanor Omega'.
I used 'Omega' for a very long time but decided to add 'Feanor' in 2010 or 2011. Feanor derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's character 'Fëanor' (THE SILMARILLION), one of the most polarising and infamous characters and a personality who's story and destiny have always fascinated me.

5.While there were other musicians involved you did record a lot of the material by yourself, how would you compare working solo to being in a whole band?
I think that it differs completely. Recording solo does give you the agency of doing exactly what you want to do (...or at least like you're able to do it), where a whole band works (or should work) as a team. I like both and I would never want to miss any of it.
Still, I tend to turn solo-recording sessions into small personal rituals. I see them as recreation as well as self-therapy. Furthermore, the recording sessions with my valued guests have been very unique, productive and satisfying.

6.On the album you had a few guests, can you tell us a little bit more about them and their contributions to the recording?
Sure! ANIMA features 4 guest appearances.
All bass tracks were played by MIKE HELL. We composed and recorded the bass tracks together in some extremely productive sessions. I once stated that it seems that no one of us is able to have any kind of project where the other one is not involved. This still proofs to be correct. Mike also swings his bass at DISASTROUS MURMUR and GROTESKH who I manage with CURSED RECORDS as well as SAKRILEG and TONGUELESS CUNTKILLER, where we hit the stage together.

THOMAS contributed deep growls to the song RISEN. He is the man behind TONGUELESS CUNTKILLER, where Mike and I also play. It's not a black metal project, but a collective group of friends enjoying extreme music.

RICH who wrote and played the solo on RISEN was also passively involved in the project. He is a passionate sound engineer and had the tough job of mixing and mastering the whole album. Furthermore, we collaborate at many of my venues (EINE IN TEICH FESTIVAL or WINTERSCHLACHT) and he also plays guitar at the Austrian progressive metal band THYTOPIA.

MORBID FLORIST, who added the female vocals to the chorus of EPOS: ANIMA, is my sister. She also played in SAKRILEG and has an incredible talent for music of all sorts in my opinion.

7.When this is considered a solo project you had a whole band listed on facebook, is that done for more of a live setting?
I think we have a misunderstanding here. The whole band listed simply states all the guest appearances and their roles in the album. There are no live-gigs planned for 'Feanor Omega' at the moment, even though I don't exclude that thought and also have various ideas when the time comes.

8.You also run Cursed Records, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands that you promote on this label?
The principles of CURSED RECORDS have stayed very much the same since the beginning in 2011: support underground music. We are not specified on a specific genre - we promote honesty and passion.
We recently signed the insane GROTESKH - their second album "CODE: END" was released shortly after ANIMA.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your musical projects by fans of black metal?
That's a good question and in my opinion hard to answer.
I think the feedback is polarising. Some like it, some don't and many have probably never heard of it - which is fine too ;-)  maybe they will at some point!

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part off?
NEBELFRONT released their second album "ONLY IN MY DREAMS" earlier this year. I had the honour to contribute some guitars and backing vocals to  the release. Furthermore, I am the live-singer of the project.
It has been very silent around my main (and first) project SAKRILEG in the last year, but since the completion of ANIMA we've been working on new material again and will also resume to play live. The first show will be in the end of August in Upper Austria (Headbanger's Desaster).  Let's just say, there will be some sick shit coming up! 

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I hope I can continue to do what I love for as long as possible. This statement counts for the active side as well as the passive side. I love to record music and to tour around the globe with bands, but I also love the passive aspects like managing bands,  organizing concerts and of course CURSED RECORDS as a whole.

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 can honestly state that the people that I worked and played with have influenced me the most. I think nothing's more valuable for musicians than jamming among familiar faces.
Regarding the question what I listen to today: music.
I never turned away from my roots, black metal, but the older I get the less I care for genres. In my opinion music has to reach and touch the deepest parts of your soul. If it manages to do so, I don't care as what it might be labeled.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I love travelling even though most of my travel activity occurred BECAUSE of music. One more reason why I love what I do. I like to gather different influences, wherever I go.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for the interview and for your support!
Your review was the first review the album ANIMA received - thank you for that as well!
Final words.. support underground music!
People, go to concerts, buy albums and merchandise from bands you like!
 Support your local scenes!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/feanor-omega-interview.html