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The Stone/Teatar Apsurda/Mizantropean Records/2017 CD Review

lundi 1 janvier 2018 à 03:15

  Serbia's  The  Stone  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  dark  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Teatar  Apsurda"  which  was  released  by  Mizantropean  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  acoustic  guitars,  melodic  chants  and  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  The  Stone  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  nihilism,  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Stone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gavranovo"  "Nuklearan"  and  "Teatar Apsurda".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-stoneteatar-apsurdamizantropean.html


Ecos Postumos/Janela Para a Loucura/2017 EP Review

lundi 1 janvier 2018 à 01:54

  Brazil's  Ecos  Postumos  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  depressive  and  suicidal  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Janela  Para  a  Loucara".

  A  very  depressive  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  suicidal  style  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  while  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well a s  a  brief  use  of  rain  sounds,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clear  vocals,  spoken  word  parts  and  synths.

  Ecos  Postumos  creates  another  recording  that  continues  the  suicidal  and  depressive  approach  to black  metal  from  his  previous  demo,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  suicidal  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ecos  Postumos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  suicidal  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hopocristia"  and  "Borderline".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/ecos-postumosjanela-para-loucura2017.html


Sacrilegious Rite Interview

vendredi 29 décembre 2017 à 20:45

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Actually we are restructuring the band. Renewing the line up to make it ready for events to come. After the album we played a lot of gigs and composed new material. Which is ging to be released in 2018.



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?

The sound differs a lot regarding earlier releases. I took the time and energy to work myself into recording matters and produced it all by myself. We got it mastered from by the “Eiszeit studio” in Saarbrücken what turned out to be a good decision.


3.Your lyrics cover some satanic and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

The dark arts cover most areas of my human existence. The goal is to discover magic and astral forces in every life situation. All can be mastered by willing to give in and being conscious about your weak and mortal shell.

I’ve been a member in two covens which names I don’t want to mention here. But as it is in mundane life it turned out to be nothing for me. The rogue and solitude way is the most promising. Never let other individuals decide and rule your decision and workings. No book on this earth contains the ultimate knowledge or truth. Only through your mastery and experience and for sure only through lucifer himself one is able to reach it all.....
and.... Memento mori! Consider that your shell is not constant! Spiritual death and the insight of it brings you further.


4.The band was formed after the break up of 'Capitas Damnare', is this band a continuation of the previous band?

It was called “Capitis Damnare”.... the band started with the same line up instead of the drummer but is renewing itself permanently. You know.... people get older and lazier.... hardly anyone is willing to invest time and energy to evolve and grow. That should be a rule number one when your band proclaims a luciferian doctrine of becoming!
Capitis Damnare was active from 1999-2010 and Sacrilegious Rite from that on. The music evolved and we went to our roots by finding Sacrilegious Rite. It went back from that kind of typical black metal to more old school Black Death metal. As youngsters we started out with thrash, death stuff. At that time there was only extreme metal.... there was no “label thinking”like it is today.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sacrilegious Rite'?

Sacrilegious Rite is like the name says a sacrilege towards the mundane world and life most of mankind lives. It inverts morality, mortality and the religion of the false light. For me it’s the crusade which I have to follow... a lot of people can’t understand that music can be more than just music. That man can be more than just man and even that death can be more than death. Kill your ego which makes you weak and follow the crusade..... that should be the only true agenda of a performing artist and musician. No exceptions and no compromise.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We played a lot of shows... I’m not sure I remember all.... I think the best shows we played at the beginning and short after the finding of the band. We where younger and we found better more motivated musicians to join in.

Our stage performance is quiet simple and more natural. We don’t perform any rituals on stage. That’s a fucking trend nowadays.... we just use blood sometimes and besides we are just ourselves. We also don’t paint our faces..... we are not faceless!

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

Yes, there are some events and touring planned but it would be too early to talk about it. A lot can change in this fast lived existence.

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

The feedback from South America and Asia was the best! As we have some old school Brazilian influences the South American guys have always been more into our music than the Europeans. Europe is more trend orientated and the market there changes permanently while we have been on our cause without changing much. For sure we never changed the concept.

9.You have also been a part of a few splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?

Oh yes, our first recordings are to find in the first two splits....with German gods Ungod and Bolivian desecrators of Bestial Holocaust. Sonia sepulchre and me are still allies and she performs on our recordings ever since. Even on the following.



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

As it seems now we are freeing ourselves from all elements in whatever way which hinder us giving one hundred percent. It’s important for a band to evolve and to grow and sometimes even members miss it to do the next step.

We got more technical and our songwriting is ore advanced but as always the concept remains the same.

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?

That’s a question... I’d say we are pretty much influenced by all black/death/thrash stuff.... say: Sarcofago, old Mayhem, Hellhammer and Grotesque. Just to name a few.

Today is listen to merely the same stuff more or less.... there are some great new discoveries from time to time.

I got sick of all that Blasphemy clones, lately. Bad tongues say we would be another one of them but we’ve never been influenced by Blasphemy. I like that band but as you can listen by yourself that our songwriting is pretty much structured.... only a fucking idiot with no clue at all would draw parallels to Blasphemy. I guess most people draw that lines automatically when they see a band labelled “black/death metal”. For us.... we combine the technical structures with the darkness of black metal. We play both! If you ask me .... I would label us as “old school Death Metal” because we are influenced by times when death metal was still dark and satanic and not dealing with topics like politics and gore! You know? But fuck all that.... we just play our stuff.

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

I thank you a lot in your interest in Sacrilegious Rite! It’s good to deal with fanzines who also concentrate on the the religious and idealistic part of a band instead of the music only. I appreciate that. I think it’s important to see both sides of the coin! All hails and fortune for your future work!

All Hails lucifer for we are his spawn on earth!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/sacrilegious-rite-interview.html


Minneriket/Anima Sola/Akslen Black Art Records/2018 CD Review

jeudi 28 décembre 2017 à 04:35

  Norway's  solo  project  Minneriket  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  is also  in t he  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Anima  Sola"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Akslen  Black  Art  Records.

  Bass  playing  and  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album before  adding  in  heavier  riffing  and  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  a  depressive  and  suicidal  edge  at  times  while  the  synths  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along with the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

 The  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  while all  the  drum  beats  are  all  programmed,  when  melodic  vocals  are  used  briefly  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  goth  rock  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  guitars  on  a  few  of  the  later  tracks.

  Minneriket  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  his  ambient  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  a  romantic  and  gothic  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  Paganism,  Existentialism,  and  Melancholy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Minneriket  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "An  All  Too  Human  Heart"  "I  AM  The  Serpent  Son"  and  "Time  For  Suicide".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/minneriketanima-solaakslen-black-art.html


Exterior Palnet Interview

mercredi 27 décembre 2017 à 06:40
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Exterior Palnet started on December the 5th 2015. when Vladić and I had our first rehearsal. After that rehearsal we had the first 9 minutes of album done. It was basically his riffs that we rearranged a bit and gave them new aesthetics since he's primarily a drummer and had them recorded pretty raw. Our goal was to blend my guitar-oriented pieces with some more basic, classical black metal stuff, while maintaining the flow of record which ended up as one 32 minute song. We didn't cut it to pieces until the mastering. We continued with rehearsals throughout the December and January, and the basic skeleton of 'Dorsia' was done sometime in February 2016. I met Hrastovec on some random gig sometime in January 2016. I think, and soon he joined on vocals. We started recording in April 2016, when we recorded drums. Recording sessions ended around January 2017. and then came the mixing process which turned out to be one of the crucial things about the record since Rao Brlečić sprayed his magic all over it and launched it into some other spheres. Mastering was done in Portland, Oregon by Brad Boatright in Audiosiege studio and on December the 17th 2017. 'Dorsia' was ready for launching.



2.Recently you have rleeased your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It's our innitial take on black metal representing the 32 minute evolution from pretty basic and raw beginning to a bit detailed and layered parts in other half which will be continued from that point on our next record we're currently working on. 

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

Hrastovec says 'Lyrics follow a path of individuals afterlife. In first three chapters individual cannot leave its human shell after death (killed in occult ritual), as his concious still floats right beside him after burial. He is eagar to transcend to afterlife but instead gets trapped in cosmic void (IV, V, VI,VII).

Esoteric mysticism developed in form of narrative poetry, inspired by sci-fi culture.'




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

It's mainly inspired by our producer Rao Brlečić and croatian singer/songwriter Mladen Grdović. If there wasn't for that duo, there probably wouldn't be Exterior Palnet. I'm surprised some think 'Palnet' is not on purpose, I'm always overrating humans. Anyhow, it's kind of a long story if you don't know the circumstances, I don't think anyone wants to read that. 




5.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Currently, no. At some point I would definitely like to do at least one-off show where we would play Dorsia in full, and we'll have to wait to see when will the right circumstances come. Our primary focus at this moment is working on sophomore album, and trying to release it in 2018 or early 2019.



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

Few days after the digital release we were contacted by a certain Russian label and I'm glad to say we reached an agreement, Dorsia will soon be out on CD. 



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

It's been mostly positive feedback, but whatever.




8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the drummer is a part of, and alsoare any of the other band members involved with any other musical projects?


As far as I know, Celephais is a thing of past for quite some time, while Pogavranjen has just awakened and heading in a new direction with Niko Potočnjak and some other Seven That Spells members. He's also in other 3 or 4 bands, we'll see if anything good comes from that. Hrastovec is currently busy with noise/grind project Bagmans and probably many others that I'm failing to keep track on. I've recently released debut album with Deuel (with Vladić also playing there), while ThroaTTwisteR is gearing up with new drummer after Nikola Pešut moved to Ireland. 



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


Our starting point will be blending Deathspell Omega and Liturgy influences with the atmosphere of 'The Void' album by The Flying Luttenbachers, which is really something special. That said, final product will probably sound completely different, but we like to think it's our direction. We'll see where it goes from there.





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?

I've recently discovered 'Screams and Whispers' album by Anacrusis which blew me away, so I'm diving into their discography a bit more. I couldn't believe how underrated they are. Other than that I'm going all the way from Aphex Twin beginnings to Muse or Vektor, which is orgasming my ears with their debut at the moment. Regarding the other guys in band, I'd say our main influences are Krallice, Emperor, Liturgy, Gorguts, Deathspell Omega, Wolves In The Throne Room, Vektor and all that good stuff. 



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

No... we're basically not doing that other stuff. It's taking me 5 minutes to remember something, which probably means there isn't anything. 


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

I've always wanted to touch Mikael Åkerfeldt's hair.
Bruno Čavara

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/12/exterior-palnet-interview.html