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Eigengrau/Sentence/Hammerkrieg Productions/2018 EP Review

jeudi 10 mai 2018 à 04:48

  Eigengrau  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  a  weird  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Sentence"  which  was  released  by  Hammerkrieg  Productions.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  crazy  black  metal  screams  and  schizophrenic  style  shouts.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  edge  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  track  adds  in  elements  of  harsh  noise.

  Eigengrau  plays  a  musical style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  some  death  metal  elements  along  with  some  weird  and  avant  garde  touches  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaos,  Crowley  and  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eigengrau  are  a  very  great  sounding  weird  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sentence  (part  ii)"  and  "Blood  Milk".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/eigengrausentencehammerking.html


Uada/Cult Of A Dying Sun/Eisenwald/2018 CD Review

jeudi 10 mai 2018 à 01:40

  Uada  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Cult  of  A Dying  Sun"  which will  be  released  on  May  25th  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  most  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  almost  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  can  be  heard.

  Uada  creates  another  recording  that  expands  on  the  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  that  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Paganism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Uada  and  if  you  are  where  a  fan of  their  previous  release,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Purging  Fire"  "Blood  Sand  Ash"  and  "Mirrors".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/uadacult-of-dying-suneisenwald2018-cd.html


Embarla Firgasto Interview

mardi 8 mai 2018 à 06:22
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Well, the project was spawned in December 2016 by me, LDB, as some of you might know. It was created in the depths of Pomerania, with a concept based on eternal darkness and Satanism mixed with misanthropic and philosophic values

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. To be honest, I think that the sound went out pretty raw and chaotic. At some point, that was something I wanted to accomplish, but there’s still much I must learn. Definitely, this material helped me with understanding music, the mixing/mastering process, the composing process and so forth. After some days of break, I would have changed the whole sound of guitars, as the guitars are not that heavy as I wanted and sometimes it is hard to hear the riffs. Worth mentioning that there’s no bass lines whatsoever. But in general...as the first material created ever, the EP’s spirit is quite good. The mission has been completed. 

3.Your lyrics cover Satanism, Philosophy and Misanthropy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
. There’s not much to say, really. I’ve always had more philosophic view on the world, been interested in non-typical questions regarding existence and so forth. Hence it was a natural choice to me. Misanthropy and Satanism came later on, but it’s not something I want to talk about…

4.On the album cover you used a painting from Gustav Dore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his works?
4. I was in search for a cover art which would describe the feelings of the songs and my current position in life. I kept looking for quite long time, as nothing persuaded me enough, and someday I found a cover art which completely blew me up. I am a bit interested in painting art, and knew who Gustave Doré was, but, like I’ve written above, nothing at that time convinced me that much to put it as an album cover, until I had a more intense look at his works. Therefore, Doré’s “The Night’s Plutonian Shore” was a natural choice.

5.I know that the bands name comes from the computer game 'Gothic II', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in computer games and also how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
5. I used to play a lot of video games back in the days. It was some form of escape from the routine or making life more shiny in this worthless society. As well as reading books, listening to music, watching movies, doing sport and so on. Contrary to appearances, the name does NOT have anything to do with my music and it’s not any “Gothic-based” black metal, as many people think/believe.

6.On the ep you had recorded eveything by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicians if they shared the same visions as you?

6. Hard question. Embarla Firgasto is my child, my complete vision, I do whatever I want. No force, no ban, no conflict. Just unity. Me and project. Honestly, I am not really interested in any cooperation regarding the project as I want to have everything captured as I wanted from start. In addition, I am literally fed up with people, their arrogance, stupidity and childishness. At the beginning, Embarla had to be…let’s name it „a band”, containing of band members, but after a while I realized that those people I had to work with were simple worms who were interested in being in a band just because of status and maybe some sort of hobby/free-time activity. I ended up with individuals who wanted to make some idiotic mix of black metal and punk (!), who could not even play to a metronome or who were interested but when it came to the money-topic or being devoted to death, they suddenly lost interest. I started to do everything on my own and learned playing several instruments since. There’s very few people you can count on. If you’re disappointed at someone…do it yourself.


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a albel or have received any interest?
7. Yes, I am still looking for a label that would like to create CD format of “Inter Spem et Metum”. I sent several messages, but nobody was interested so far. So…if any black metal label would be interested in releasing it onto CD format, contact me.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. So far so good. The feedback is positive, what surprised me a bit, but what’s most important – this is a constructive feedback, what makes me better and better next time.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9. Oh…good question…I don’t know it myself. Creating EF material is always full of mental pain…but also naturality at the same time. For now, I need some rest due to mental problems and current life situation. In fact, I am giving you my word of honor, that the next material will be out sooner or later.

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?
10. I am mainly listening to music which could inspire me to write new material, but also music where I can feel heart and soul. Deathspell Omega, Aosoth, VI, Antaeus, Blut aus Nord, Elysian Blaze, Xasthur, Mgła are definitely the quick examples of bands which highly inspire me and have a big influence on me and my music. Besides black metal, I listen to classical music, ambient, a bit death metal, acoustic music and from time to time some rock like Pink Floyd or The Beatles. Many different inspirations, in brief.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. I read books, for example. At this moment, I read “Futu.re” written by Dimitry Glukhovsky. Interesting concept of what our world would look like if we would be immortals. Not big fan of this science-fiction aura, but overall – highly recommend it. On the other hand, I spend time with my closest ones, search for inspiration, wonder about the sense of existence and…that’s it, basically. 90% of my life is music, actuall

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
“From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.” – Immanuel Kant

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/embarla-firgasto-interview.html


The Shiva Hypothesis/Ouroboros Stirs/WormHoleDeath Records/2018 CD Review

mardi 8 mai 2018 à 06:04

  The  Shiva  Hypothesis  are  a  band  from t he  Netherlands  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  avant  garde  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ouroboros  Stirs"  which  was  released  by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds which  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  and  avant  garde  structures  which  are  also  added  into  the  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  A  lot  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  shamanistic  style  throat  singing  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  which  also  brings  in  acoustic  guitars  and  piano's  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  on  the closing  track  clean  vocals  can  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  The  Shiva  Hypothesis  expands  on  the  avant  garde  black  metal  style  they  established  on  the  previous  release  while  still  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism,  esotericism,  mythology  and  philosophy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Shiva  Hypothesis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ananda  Tandava"  "Build  Your  Cities  On  The  Slopes  Of  Mount  Vesuvius"  and  "Carrying  Of  The  Effigy".  8  out  of 10.   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-shiva-hypothesisouroboros.html


Wayfarer/World's Blood/Profound Lore Records/2018 CD Review

mardi 8 mai 2018 à 03:09

  Wayfarer  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  cascadian  influenced  form  of  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  folk  and  Americana  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "World's  Blood"  which  will  be  released  on  May  25th  by  profound  Lore  Records.

  Clean  yet  distorted  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  alter  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  deep  at  times  and when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can b e  heard.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  cleaner  sections  and  acoustic  guitars  also  mixing  in  elements  of  Americana  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  tremolo  picking  is  used  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  adds  in  touches  of  post  metal and  clean  vocals  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Wayfarer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  Americana  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  history  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wayfarer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  Americana  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  Horseback  They  Carried  Thunder"  and  "The  Dreaming  Plain".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/05/wayfarerworlds-bloodprofound-lore.html