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Benthik Zone/Alienum A Daemonum Inferni Squali/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 23:26

  Benthik  Zone  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Alienum  A  Daemonum  Inferni  Squali".

  Clean  guitars  and  experimental  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  elements  and  didgeridoo's  are  also  utilized  at  times  which  also  gives  the  recording  an  ethnic  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  atmospheric  direction.

  Grim  black  metal  vocals  can  be  heard  quite  a bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  synths  give  the  music  a  very  atmospheric  sound  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of   programmed blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  riffs  can  also  be  very  melodic  while  some  of  the  songs  also  add  in  some  meditative  elements  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  also  mix  both  the  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Benthik  Zone  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  ambient  sounding  while  also  being  very  meditative  and  experimental  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English,  French,  German  and  Portuguese  and  have  a  concept  to  them  based  upon  the  ocean  and  its  creature  while  also  displaying  the  more  alien  and  demonic  side  of  underwater  creatures.

  In  my  opinion  Benthik  Zone  are  a  very  great  sounding   atmospheric  and  experimental,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chimaera  Monstrosa"  and  "Megachasma  Pelagios".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/benthik-zonealienum-daemonum-inferni.html


Hate Them All/Last Feast With The Beast/Old Temple/2016 CD Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 22:03

  Hate  Them  All  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Last  Feast  With  The  Beast"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.

  A  very  raw  and  heavy  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  Elements  of  black'nroll  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  mid  paced  direction  while  there  is  a  brief  use  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  while  some  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  the  first  wave  black  metal  style  to  add  in  more  primitive  aggression  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  only  the  last  track  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  solos  and  leads  while  some  of  the  riffs  do  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  thrash  influences  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  style.

  Hate  Them  All  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  second  wave  tradition  and  also  brings  in  the  energy  of  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Polish  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Evil,  Darkness,  Misanthropic,  Hateful,  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hate  Them  All  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fucking  Whore"  :Death  To  All"  "Beer And  Fist"  and  "Victim  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/hate-them-alllast-feast-with-beastold.html


Occultum/Towards Eternal Chaos/Old Temple/2016 CD Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 17:45

  Occultum  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Towards  Eternal  Chaos"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  deep  growls  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid   paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  sample  from  "The  Omen  Pt.#"  on  a  later  track  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  heavy  from  beginning to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Occultum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism,  Left  hand  Path  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Occultum  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "End  Of  the  Light"  "Satan's  Era"  and  "Gehinnom  Gate".  8  out  of  10.  

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/occultumtowards-eternal-chaosold.html


Deisdaemonia/Khthonian Hymns/Old Temple/2016 CD Review

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 15:45

  Deisdaemonia  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Khthonian  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  Old Temple.

  A  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  at  times  and  it  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  the  music also  evokes  a  very  ritualistic  atmosphere  at  times and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  synths  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  back  up  shouts.

  Deisidaemonia  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  diverse,  melodic,  raw  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while the  lyrics  cover  Luciferianism,  Greek  Mythology,  Lovecraft,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deisidaemonia  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hades  Awake"  "Khthonian  Hymns"  and  "Passing  the  Acheron".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/deisdaemoniakhthonian-hymnsold.html


Neoheresy Interview

vendredi 20 mai 2016 à 13:50
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Hello. Neoheresy was formed around the year 2012 after completing the work on the last album of Hellveto – ‘Damnarets’. It is still a solo project in which the whole instrumentation including the vocals and the drums is arranged and recorded by me. It is still music with a personal and emotional character and the changes have a stylistic nature.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
 ‘Potop’ was recorded in summer 2015 and after a year it was officially released on CD by the American Elegy Records. The lyrical aspect of the album is focused on the theme of destruction and the world’s end and the compositions make a consistent story which ends in the eponymous ‘Potop’. Regarding music the album contains a large amount of choral emphasis, multilayer vocals and fairly strongly underlined acoustic parts. In some arrangements the mix is formed of a few melodic lines demanding from the listener quite sharp focus. Personally, it is difficult for me to speak about my own work because I took part in its production, I know its targets and I cannot analyze it objectively. I have heard opinions that with every further listening to this stuff we begin to hear new sounds and arrangements which make the background of the keynote. To sum up, it is not for one-time listening. It requires from the listener focus and careful listening thanks to which he/she can map the richness of the sound palette.

3.This project was formed out of the ashes of 'Hellveto', what was the cause of disbanding your old project and starting out with a new one?
When I started my work on Hellveto I was a teenager. From that time a lot of things have changed. The way I perceived the world, music or ideology have undergone transformation what after some time motivated me to leave behind some things and start a new phase. I know that Hellveto established itself a position, it was a recognisable name on the music scene. However my inner need to start a new chapter was stronger than objective or sentimental considerations.

4.Since 2014, you have put out a total of 5 releases so far, do you put a great amount of time and effort into this project?
Music is my passion. I don’t count the amount of time I put into it, I don’t calculate. Creating a solo project demands great commitment, submission and giving up many things. Not to mention financial issues and equipment because it is obvious. I have chosen such a way, it gives me satisfaction and I am pleased in spite of many sacrifices. 

5.Your lyrics cover a lot of pagan topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Paganism?
Paganism is only one side of the lyrical aspect which is not treated literally as religion or faith. It’s a synonym of something that passed, of times veiled in mystery about which we know little from the official sources. The texts include everything that according to the Christian understanding of the world, culture and our past is regarded as heresy.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neoheresy'?
The name has a symbolic meaning. Partly it refers to the new opening of my work. It also relates to the message which is to be found in this music. Neoheresy was also the name of the Hellveto album recorded in 2007 which was a fairly important production in my discography.

7.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
Neoheresy is assumed to be a solo band. It reflects personal visions, emotions, it expresses my individual feelings and the perspective of the world transferred into sound. Generally I don’t negate cooperation with other musicians. I collaborated on different projects and probably it is going to continue in the future however Neoheresy will remain solo.

8.In 2015 you where a part of a split with 'Hegemoon', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
It was a spontaneous action without careful thought and plans. Hegemoon plays simple and plain music referring to good traditions of Black Metal so I didn’t have to think much. After some conversations and agreements, the mentioned CD was made in a couple of weeks.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of pagan and black metal?
As far as I know the opinions are positive. After so many years on the music scene the reviews and opinions don’t make an impression on me any longer and they don’t have an influence on my music performance. Once I was more emotional about the assessment of my work and it was a huge motivation. Nowadays I am desensitized about it and I particularly don’t care about considering this matter. I do what I like, it gives me satisfaction and the things that happen around are of little significance to me.

10. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician?
I don’t consider myself a musician because I associate this term with people who play professionally. I have no music education, I haven’t attended any music schools etc. On the one hand it is a disadvantage which in some situations can limit me. On the other hand it is an advantage – creating sounds beyond set patterns.

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?
At present I have little time for music consumption. The most often I listen to old stuff such as Accept, Bathory, Hellhammer the first albums of Burzum or the east music scene of the 90s. When it comes to inspiration it is mainly beyond music. I try not to get into someone’s stylistics or emulate someone’s work what is clearly heard in the sounds of Neoheresy. It is known that certain reference cannot be avoided playing within a certain genre however I think they occur occasionally.

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



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/neoheresy-interview.html