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Emanation/Temple Sleep Crystalization/Bestiarie/2016 Vinyl Review

jeudi 1 septembre 2016 à 03:15

  Spain's  solo  project  Emanation  have  returned  with  a  new  album  which  continues  the  experimental and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Temple  Sleep  Crystallization"  which  was released  on  vinyl  by  Beastiarie.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  the  first  track  is  all  instrumental  and  on  the  second  track  more  experimental ,  industrial  and  noise  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and   you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  when  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  feeling.

  Most  of  the  tracks  still  sound  very  modern  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  that  also  sound  like  they  are  coming  out  of  an  AM  radio  which  also  gives  the  music  more of  an  avant  garde atmosphere  and  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  briefly  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  psychedelia.

  Emanation  creates  another  black  metal  recording t hat  is  very  atmospheric  and  experimental  as  well  as  adding  some  originality  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  focus  on  the  dangers of  spiritism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Emanation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obesession"  "Subjagation"  and  "Eremetic".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/emanationtemple-sleep.html


Taiga/Sky/Symbol Of Domination Productions/United by Chaos/2016 CD Review

mercredi 31 août 2016 à 02:06

  Taiga  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2016  album  "Sky"  which  will be released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and   United  By  Chaos.

  Acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  melodic  yet  distorted  leads  start  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  edge.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  a  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style and  some  of the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  ambient  elements  while  a  later  song  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  sticks  to  mostly a   slow or  mid  paced  direction.

  Taiga  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  guitar  driven,  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  darkness,  depressive  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Taiga  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  back  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Recognizing  The  Insignificance"  "The  Sky  Has  Not Died"  and  "Hope".  8 out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/taigaskysymbol-of-domination.html


Void Omnia Interview

mercredi 31 août 2016 à 00:33
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?



Jamison: We are working on new material and are waiting for our records to come in from Germany before we tour.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?


Jamison: Our first demo was recorded and mixed in two days. Mike and Tyler played the guitars, and Mike went in and did both bass and drums. I wrote the lyrics over the course of those two putting together the music in several months, but most of the vocal placement didn’t take place until the day of. Although we were happy with that as an initial representation of the band, it differs greatly from Dying Light – which is much more polished and features the musicianship of both Cody Stein and Justin Ennis. It was recorded at Earhammer Studios with Greg Wilkinson and he is a master of his craft. We spent a great deal more time on our first full length and I think it shows.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with your music so far?


Jamison: Phenomenology, metaphysics, nihilism, and depression.

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


Jamison: The absolute absence of everything.

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


Jamison: Although we have had the opportunity to open for Absu, Mgla, Barghest, Pale Chalice, etc. – and all of those shows were fantastic – my most memorable show was with Addaura and Isenordal at a Veteran’s Hall in Eureka, CA. There was just something in the air that night…



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



Jamison: Yes, we are planning to tour parts of the US and hopefully Europe within the next year.

7.The new album was released on 'Vendetta Records' are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?



Jamison: Yes, very. We are extremely pleased to have our first release as part of their growing and impressive roster.

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



Jamison: People who are fans of USBM have really latched onto the release, as well as people from Europe. Often it seems that European BM fans are not into a lot of USBM, but our response thus far has been the opposite.

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 of?



Jamison: Most of us are in several projects. Justin is in Ulthar (insert other projects here,) Cody plays with Tragic Death and does some solo darkwave/ambient music, and I play in both Infinite Waste (which is on an indefinite hiatus) and as of recent Wild Hunt.

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

Jamison: Our sound will most likely become more evolved and vicious. I cannot entirely know, but we are all looking forward to the next steps musically.



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

Jamison: We all listen to a lot of different music which has influenced us over the years. I have been listening to a lot of Sinmara, Irkallian Oracle, and Svartidauði. Also I’ve been listening to a lot of impressionist piano like Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Chopin, and Revel.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



Jamison: Being outdoors.

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/void-omnia-interview.html


Anguish Dimension/Children Of The Wolves/2016 Full Length Review

lundi 29 août 2016 à 04:23

  Anguish  Dimension  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Children  Of  The  Wolves".

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  guitars  which  also  leads  to  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  symphonic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  ambient  while  the  last  2  tracks  go back  to  a  heavier  black  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small amount  of  melody  in  the  songs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Anguish  Dimension  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  raw  and  symphonic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Anguish  Dimension  are  a  very  great  sounding atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Candles  In  The  Dark"  and  "Mountains".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/anguish-dimensionchildren-of-wolves2016.html


Seichtum/Hass Und Hingabe/Northern Fog Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 29 août 2016 à 02:18

  Siechtum  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Hass  Und  Hingabe"  which  was  released  by  Northern  Fog  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  after  grim  whispers  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  guitars  are  added into  the  music  they  take  the  album  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction along  with  some  tortured  screams.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  raw  second  wave  influences  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  The  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard on  the  second  track  and  there  is  also a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount of  melody  and  the  guitar  leads  also  go  for  more  of  a  melodic  direction. 

  Siechtum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  adding  something  different  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  ecocentrism,  wilderness,  anti  Monotheism,  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Siechtum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hingabe".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/08/seichtumhass-und-hingabenorthern-fog.html