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Torresian Call/Welldweller/Eternal Death/2020 Split Cassette Review

jeudi 28 janvier 2021 à 02:00

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Australia's  Toresian  Call  and  U.S.A's  Welldweller  which  will  be  released  in  February,  2021  by  Eternal  Death  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Toresian  Call  a  solo  project  that  plays a  traditional  style  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Most  of  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  old  school  American  style  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  the  90's  era  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  all  of  the  riffing  is  also  done  on  power  chords.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Toresian  Call  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "I'  and  "V".


  Next  up  is  Welldweller  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  track  is  also  over  10  minutes  in  length.


  The  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  repetitive  moments  as  well  as  the  track  also  adding  in  some   clean  playing  after  the  music  finally  slows  down.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  vocals  cover  witchcraft  themes.      


  In  my  opinion  Welldweller  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


    http://eternaldeath.bandcamp.com/album/split-5

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/torresian-callwelldwellereternal.html


Ævangelist/Dream An Evil Dream III/Dead Seed Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 27 janvier 2021 à 03:36

 


  U.S.A/France/Finland's Ævangelist  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  a  dark  and  esoteric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Dream  An  Evil  Dream  III"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Dead  Seed  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Dissonant  structures  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  sonly  track  present  on  this  recording  being  over  46  minutes  in  length.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  and  technical  moments. 


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  distorted  style  along  with  the  track  also  getting  very  experimental  sounding  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  the  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  raw  feeling  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  melancholic  and  esoteric  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ævangelist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/vangelistdream-evil-dream-iiidead-seed.html


Gravstenad Interview

mercredi 27 janvier 2021 à 02:19

 

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

We started the band in 2015. Vråhl and Darth found each other on a forum and connected over the wish to play harsh black metal and drink beer. Music that smells like a heart attack. Darth already knew Sargaroth so he came in pretty quick, and Kråkfar found us a few months later. He quit soon after we recorded the album and went on to his own musical projects as Kråkfar and soon after Nocturnotto, who laid down the solo on Rök och Svart Magi and already played with Onoskelis, joined.


2. So far you have released a demo and a full length. In your opinion, how do they differ from each other musically?

Well the demo was one day of rough recording in the rehearsal studio and the album took about two years to complete! We'd say the album is more focused, more refined in a way, even if that's not really reflected in the quality of the mix. After recording we noticed we had lost one mic for the guitars on half the songs and the overhead mics were completely missing, so the cymbals are all through tom mics. We spent a week in the studio, sleeping on the floor, getting pissed at each other and drinking copious amounts of beer while consuming a doomsday prepper’s basement stock of ravioli. We were a combination of drunk and hungover throughout the process, recording through the worst storm in modern Swedish history. It's all recorded live except for the vocals and the solos.


3. When I listen to the new album I can also hear some elements of doom and stoner, do you feel this makes your songs stand out a lot more?

It's aggressive and filthy. Not really doom or stoner on purpose. There is no specific marketing thinking going into it, we just found that it fit well with these large cavernous sections interspersed with hysterical chaos! And honestly, who's to say black metal has to be extremely fast all the time? Everybody's just listening to De Mysteriis the wrong way (except for us)! Our guitarist and drummer do play in stoner bands as well so that probably bleeds over a bit, but we have our roots pretty firmly placed in black metal.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

Well for me, Vråhl, when I write lyrics I have all these concepts in my head I want to express, but when it comes time to put it into words to a song, the most important part for me is that it vibes with the song itself. I like to go on long walks putting a recording from the rehearsal on repeat until I start getting the words that fit coming to me. So basically it's a whole jumble of concept and ideas distilled through the sound of the music and filtered through my sense of what the song wants to say in a way.


5.I know that the band's name means 'Tombstone' in Swedish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Hah, well it's actually "Tombstoned" or "Gravestoned". The idea that the music should feel like someone's throwing tombstones right in your face! Though you can also take it as someone smoking weed at a cemetary really. The music shifted but the band name just got more relevant with time.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

It kind of evolved over time. We took a picture of some woods at one point, which we used together with the logo for making a backdrop to use on stage. At some point Perra, of Sunny Sound who mastered the album, added our faces to it. We then put it through some filter for the hell of it and figured it looked pretty fucking cool, so we decided to use it as the artwork for the cover. It sticks out from the numerous black and white contrast images and religious iconography at least.


7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows or open to the idea?

Yes. Fucking hit us up! gravstenad@gmail.com


8.Currenly you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We haven't really been looking, but we're very open to the idea of having a distributor and some kind of booking agent to find us gigs! We have made contact with a distributor in Asia through which we might be printing some CD's. If anyone is interested, hit us up!


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

Well, the five people who have commented about our latest album have had positive things to say about it! I think our favourite so far is a guy describing it as "Bulldozers driven through a stone crusher being ripped apart by a black hole."


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

We'll be playing more, faster, and slower. More weird and more furious.


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?

Weed and black metal. The group has our root in nineties black metal, a lot of Mayhem, Darkthrone and Burzum. Our first rehearsal with Kråkfar was just jamming Jesus Tod and that's what brought the band together, but we all come from pretty different musical interests and I think it all bleeds over into the music. Skullwand by Serpent Omega was a song we listened to together at an early point and were all pretty floored by. That may have signaled a shift in the style of our music. It's about playing chaotic, raw and frenzied music, and we're very open to be influenced by whatever adds to that.


12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any rule in your music?

Hah, no, not at all really. We don't fuck with these Satanic LARP-witches. Lyrically we're more about human madness than anything religious.


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

Surf rock is just black metal before distortion pedals.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/gravstenad-interview.html


Vorkuta/Wandering Alone In The Forest Of Transcendence/Deathlike Noise Productions/Metal Or Die Records/2021 EP Review

mardi 26 janvier 2021 à 04:33

 


  Vorkuta  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Wandering  Alone  In  The  Forest  Of  Transcendence"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Deathlike  Noise  Productions  and  Metal  or  Die  Records.


  Ritualistic  and  nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  first  track  is  also  an  instrumental.  On  th e second  track  the  music  also  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  but  also  keeping  the  synths  which  where  introduced  on  the  beginning  song.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  On  this  recording  Vorkuta  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  metal  style  as  well  as  keeping  true  to  their  old  school  roots.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vorkuta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Incarnations  Churned  To  Charred  Flesh".  8  out  of  10.


https://vorkuta.bandcamp.com/album/wandering-alone-in-the-forest-of-transcendence      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/vorkutawandering-alone-in-forest-of.html


Silenced Minstrel/Volume 6 - An Ode To A Sickening Year/2020 Compilation Album Review

mardi 26 janvier 2021 à 03:56

 


  Malaysia's  Silenced  Minstrel  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  consists  of  re-mixed  versions of songs from his first 3 albums and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Volume  6-  An  Ode  To  A  Sickening  Year".


  A  very  heavy  sound  with  goth  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  also  show  an  influence  of  90's  era  doom/death  metal.  Vocals  are  done  in  a  very  aggressive  screaming  style  along  with  some  shouts  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  Black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  as  well  a  couple  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  Whispered  vocals  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  finally  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style,  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  immortality,  vampirism,  forbidden  love  and  depression  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Silenced  Minstrel  which  shows  a  completely  different  style  from  the  previous  recordings  I  have  reviewed  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  gothic  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chaos,  Revisited"  "Another  black  year"  "Black  Hearted  Mystic"  and  "In  Memoriam:  October  Skies".  8  out  of  10.


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/silenced-minstrelvolume-6-ode-to.html