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Fjorsvartnir/Mzoraxc Forbandelse/Grom Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 5 août 2015 à 08:32

  Fjorsvartnir  are  a  solo  project  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  'Mzoraxc  Forbandelse"  which  was  released  by  Grom  Records.

  Nature  sounds  and  acoustic guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  guitars  a  minute  later  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  vocals  are  utilized  they are  done  in  more  of  a  grim  black  metal  style.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  used  on  the  recording  remain  true  to  melodic style  of  pagan  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  finds  its  way  onto  the  recording  along  with a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections of  the  recording.

  In  some  songs  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  instrumentals  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  operatic  female singing.

  Fjorsvartnir  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  atmospheric  side  of  pagan  metal  to  create  an  album t hat  is  very  grim  while  still  having a  great  amount  of  melodies,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  Northern  Mythology,  Vikings  and  Battle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fjorsvartnir  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  pagan/black metal  project  and  if you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ravniskrig  Og  Ulvehyl"  "Mzoraxc  -  Modet  Med  Underverdenden"  and  "Det  Sidste  Slag".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/fjorsvartnirmzoraxc-forbandelsegrom.html


Wolfbastard/Self Titled/UKEM Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 5 août 2015 à 06:47
Wolfbastard  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2015  album  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  UKEM  Records.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  which also  mixes  crust  and  raw  black  metal  together  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  deep  growls  that  are  brought  in  at  times  and  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  and  d  beats.

  Most  of  the  black  metal  elements  on  the  recording  are  rooted  in  the  early  90's  second  wave  Norwegian  style  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  thrash  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  mid  tempo  or  fast  paced  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  more  of  a  shouting  punk  approach  to  singing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  the  recording.

  Wolfbastard  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  hateful,  Satanism  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wolfbastard  are  a  very great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  these  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goat  Tyranny"  "Death  Filth  Disease"  "Lupine  bastards"  and  "Summoning  The  Antichrist".  8  out  of  10.  

  

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/wolfbastardself-titledukem-records2015.html


Dood/Liberating Self-Destruction/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 4 août 2015 à 08:37

  Dood  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  self  released  2015 album  "Liberating  Self  Destruction".

  A  very  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chanting  before  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  atmospheric  elements  with  the  synths  as  well  as  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  a  couple  of the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  depressive  and  the  riffs  also start  getting  more  balanced  between  the  melodic and  raw  aspects  of  the  recording.

  Dood  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  takes  the  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sides  of the  genre and  mixes  them  together to  bring  in  their  vision  of  the  genre,  the   production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occult  and  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dood  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Liberating-Self  Destruction"  "Luciferain Manifest"  and  "Silence".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/doodliberating-self-destruction2015.html


Ecorche/Necrotic Minds/Merdumgiriz Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 4 août 2015 à 07:26

  Ecorche  are  a  duo  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  an  experimental  and  industrial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2015  album  "Necrotic  Minds"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz  Records.

 A  very heavy  industrial  influenced  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  that  also  takes  the  music  into  a  faster  direction  as  well  as  adding  grim  black  metal  screams  unto  the  recording  and  some  parts  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  when  guitar  solos  and leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  melody  onto  the  recording.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  also mix  in  more  of a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  experimental  and  noise.

  Ecorche  plays  a  musical  style  that  has  its roots in  black metal  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  experimental  and  industrial  to  create  an  original  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and raw while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion, nightmares  and  psychological  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ecorche are  a  very great  sounding  mixture of  black  metal.  industrial  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Vast  Frozen  Hell"  and  "Nightmare".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/ecorchenecrotic-mindsmerdumgiriz.html


Har Interview

mardi 4 août 2015 à 05:58

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band



Har is a five piece band from Tel Aviv, Israhell. It started back a couple of years ago as a three piece with the intention of playing raw Black Metal written intuitively and live as opposed to a more calculated approach to writing. Yet as time went on it sort of grew on us and all sort of influences and approaches are creeping in to the process. So the next pieces will have their own twist.





2.A year ago you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?



It’s exactly as been said in the previous answer, raw and live black metal, straightforward, no build-ups and smartass bullshit to mitigate the attack. Yet there is a constant dimension of occultism to it that rule over the whole thing and set the mood. A dimension that grows larger as we work on new material.



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



It draws from various sceneries that all go back to the same theme of a desire to become one with void and purification from human reality through trance fueled rituals and sacrifice.



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



HAR means “mountain” in Hebrew, our mother language, which has all sorts of transcendental, mystical and ritual connotations in almost every culture. In itself a mountain’s sublime object: too big to grasp it visually in one shot, distanced and close to the sky. It’s the locus of demonic and spiritual rituals of sacrifice, whether in the Old Testament or in the ancient Mayan culture and it’s also the site for pilgrimage, so it is strongly linked to a desire for a higher state of being.





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



We hadn’t had more than few so far and it feels like every show is better. The best for us performance and mood wise is probably one we played in a tiny basement with crappy sound and no airco in Jerusalem in the middle of a strictly orthodox Jews neighborhood. The best way to describe our shows at the moment is probably as no bullshit plug and play that turns into an acoustic trancy ritual.



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



There are some shows coming up in Israel and we do plan on touring Europe sometime in 2016. We’ll update as soon as we have something concrete.



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



There’s a planned release on vinyl and cassette pretty soon if all goes by the plan, but we are still open to offers.



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



There’s some good feedback coming from all over the place, be it from people involved in the music or just metal fans, which is great and we hope to get more exposure toward the release.



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 off?



There are three bands that are played by HAR members, Mortus Umbra, SheenDaled and Kessef. You can check them on Facebook and Bandcamp.



10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



Right now we aim more towards another E.P to be recorded in the coming months. It has been a long time since writing the first one and the next one will be the product of re-alignment of our ideas and moods.



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?



We are five individuals so it is quite diverse but it also overlaps. There’s a lot of old school Darkthrone to Tangorodim, Hellhammer and also Von, abigor all the way to bands like Bestial Warlust. Virus and ved buens ende been played quite a lot but also bands like Negative Plane, Vomitor, Portal. Lots of stuff also non metal



12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?



A gateway out of an over rational, secular, skeptic and complex ridden Pathetic existence.



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



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/har-interview.html