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Amezarak/Daemonolatreia/Satanath Records/Metallic Media/Metal Throne Productions/2014 CD Review

mardi 24 novembre 2015 à 08:53

  Amezarak  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  recently  had  his  current  album  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  this  is  a  review  of  an  older album  from  2014  called  "Daemonolatreia"  which  was  also  in  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  satanic  black  metal  and  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Metallic  Media  and  Metal  Throne  Productions.

  Nature sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with some  blast  beats  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  bring  in  a  Swedish  vibe.

  Some  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  very  dark  atmosphere  with  guitars  alone  and  the  whole  album  remains  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  With  this recording  Amezarak  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  early  to  mid  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Amezarak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Start  Of  Emptiness"  "Ten  Substance"  "Become  Evil"  and "Exodus".  8  out  of  10.     

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


Black Cult/Neo Satanism/Satanath Records/black Plague Records/metallic Media/2014 CD Review

mardi 24 novembre 2015 à 06:34

  Black  Cult  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Neo  Satanism"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Black  Plague  Records,  and  Metallic  Media.

  A  very  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  screams  and  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  has  a  very  heavy  Swedish  vibe.

   Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  thrash  and  heavy  metal  and  some  of  the  deeper  vocals  bring  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  some  songs  bring  in  atmospheric  elements  and  spoken  word  parts  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  clean  playing  and  a  great  amount  of  the  riffs  are  very  catchy  and  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  black'n'roll  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "Jesus  Tod".

  Black  Cult  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  this  is  very  satanic,  raw  and  melodic  while  also  being  very  catchy  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my opinion  Black  Cult  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Demon-stration"  "In  Satan  We  Trust"  "Neo  Satanism"  and  "Sacrificial  Pentagram".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/black-cultneo-satanismsatanath.html


Taiga/Ashen Light/Satanath Records/Metallic Media/Le Crepuscle Du Soir Productions/2014 CD Review

mardi 24 novembre 2015 à 04:25

  This  is  another  review  of  an  album  from  Russia's  Taiga  with t his  one  being  released  before  the  current  one  I  reviewed  and  also  being  in  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  direction  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ashen  Light"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  Metallic  Media  and  Le  Crepuscle  Du  Soir  Productions.

  Am  radio  sounds  and  depressive  cries  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitar  playing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  modern,  heavy  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  suicidal  screams  and  melodies  in  both  of  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing  can  be  heard  and  the  whole  album  sticks  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  brief  use  of  ambient  elements.

  Taiga  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  was  very  atmospheric,  slow,  depressive  and  melodic,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taiga  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternity  In  The  Empty  Skies"  "Among  The  Gray  Walls"  and  "Earthshine".  8  out  of  10.         

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/taigaashen-lightsatanath.html


Morkesagn Interview

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 19:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hail everyone! Farn and Ekvil from Morkesagn are here!
Ekvil: The band was formed in Kyiv (Ukraine) in 2013. I am the founder of the band and author of music/lyrics, but all band members play an important role in our creative process. Our music is closest to Melodic Black Metal with a little influence of Death/Doom Metal.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Farn: It is the amalgamation of classical black metal sound with characteristic fast blastbeats and solid aggressive guitar riffs and melodic solos with smooth, delayed sound, sometimes with synth in background, acoustic breakdowns, and atmospheric sound.
Ekvil:  We have been looking for the "golden ratio" between powerful legible sound and rawness. I hope we got it.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Ekvil: We tried to create a dark mystic atmosphere of Underworld with its rivers of lava, gloomy vaults of caverns and hordes of daemonic creatures inside.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Morkesagn'?
Ekvil: It can be translated from Norwegian as "Dark Legends". The legends which we provide to our listeners by our music.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Farn: We mostly performed in small Kiev clubs. Took part in a couple of Ukrainian open-air festivals. The release of our first album stimulated us to work more on this.
Ekvil: I think our best live shows are in future. We really like to interact with fans on concerts; it is an inseparable part of our creative process. We always try to do our best to see more headbanging, slamming and circlepits under the stage.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Farn: We are planning to visit several European countries as a part of Merdumgiriz label tour during the next summer. Nothing concrete for now, it is still very much a work in progress.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Merdumgiriz'?
Farn: Merdumgiriz is a small ‘guerilla’ label that contacted us after I started the promotion campaign for our first album and had a release plan. We signed a deal and all our stuff will be produced and signed by two separate labels: Merdumgiriz label and my own Farn Black Productions label. Everything made by Merdumgiriz is handmade, they do handpainted discs and cassettes, custom t-shirt art etc. I think this partnership is going to turn into something interesting.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Farn: We get a lot of messages on FB; many people like our music and waiting for the physical release to buy a CD. The most active fans are from India, South America….

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Ekvil: Currently, bassist Heydvald also plays in thrash/black band Stormride, Farn plays in thrash band Sichgart and our drummer plays in sympho-black band Ungoliantha.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ekvil: We are going to play more Black Metal for you! More grim streams of darkness flowing into your hearts.

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?
Ekvil: I listen to different metal styles from heavy to brutal death metal. In black metal I prefer bands like Emperor, Watain, Satyricon, Dark Fortress, Dissection, Valkyrja and a lot of others. Legion of them!
Farn: Ekvil told that he was inspired by the soundtrack for “Conan the Barbarian” and took one melody from it XD. Actually, metal is not the only music we listen to and are inspired by. As for me, besides black, I like slow and evil music that makes a feeling of cold pure darkness erupting from you. I also like eastern influence in metal music and some styles of eastern music. Like ambient music a lot. Some random bands from my playlist: Nahemoth, Narjahanam, Septic Flesh, Behemoth, Hate, Cryobiosis, Wardruna…

12.Does Satanism and Occultism play any role in your music?
Farn: No -isms in our music. Our lyrics is based on mythology and Ekvil’s own vision of other worlds…
Ekvil: …Our mind is a really great powerful thing, that can create and destroy whole Universes and make you a Godlike Master of them!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Think, create, listen to Black Metal and let your souls forever burn!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/morkesagn-interview.html


Briargh/Eboros/Morbid Shrine Productions/2015 Full Length Review

lundi 23 novembre 2015 à 11:15




  Briargh  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Eboros"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Shrine  Productions.

  Tribal  beats  and  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  very  grim  and  high  pitched  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  riffs  also  use  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  all  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  pagan  folk  music  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  male  and  female  clean  singing  vocals while  some  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Briargh  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  while  also  having  its  melodic,  epic,  medieval  and  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover Paganism,  Cantebria,  Mythology,  History  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Briargh  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Silum  Sego"  "Sun  Of  The  Dead"  and  "El  Nubero  de  Samhain".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/11/briargheborosmorbid-shrine.html