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Malgöth/Glory Through Savegery/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 18 août 2021 à 04:20

 


  Malgöth  are  a  band  from  Toronto,  Ontario,  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Glory  Through  Savagery"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  Black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  touches  of  grindcore  at  times,  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  instruments  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.


  On  this  recording  Malgöth  remains  true  to  the  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  torture  and  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malgöth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Throne  Of  Infinite  Power"  "Unrelenting  Force"  "Destroyed  By  Savages"  and  "The  Eternal  Age  Of  Iron".  8  out  of  10.


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/malgoth-throne-of-infinite-power

http://malgoth.bandcamp.com  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/malgothglory-through-savegeryiron.html


Ortus/Aus der Tiefe/Schierling-Klangkunst/2021 CD Review

mercredi 18 août 2021 à 03:12

 


  Ortus  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Aus  der  Tiete"  which  was  released  by  Schierling-Klangkunst.


  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Both  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Clear  vocals  and  chants  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  second  track  also  adding  in  some rain,  thunder  sounds  and  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  darkness,  death,  depression  and  fear  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Ortus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  melodic  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Aus  der  Tiefe".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRUAenEW_xM

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/ortusaus-der-tiefeschierling.html


Dömd/I utkanten av Saturnus ringar/2021 Full Length Review

mardi 17 août 2021 à 06:19

 


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Sweden's  Dömd  which  continues  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  releases  and  the  album  was  self  released  in  2021  and  called  "I  utkanten  av  Saturnus  ringar".


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  tracks  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim y et  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls.


  On  this  recording  Dömd  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  straightforward  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  Darkness  and  Death  themes  and  one  of  the  song  titles  is  also  in  English.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dömd  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I det  oförglömdas  tempel"  and  "In  A  Forest  of  Ashes".  8  out  of  10.


https://dmdmusic3.bandcamp.com/album/i-utkanten-av-saturnus-ringar     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/domdi-utkanten-av-saturnus-ringar2021.html


Demiurge/Askvald/Where Spirits Dwell To Teach In Vain/Wolfmond Production/2021 Split CD Review

mardi 17 août 2021 à 04:17


 

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.S.A's  Demiurge  and  Germany's  Askvald  called  "Where  Spirits  Dwell  To  Teach  in  Vain"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Demiurge  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  ambient  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  most  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are e utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  style  and  the  vocals  bring  in a  mixture  of  deep  growls  and  grim  black  metal  screams.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times. When  the  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  synths  also  bringing  in  elements  of  ambient,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  his  side  of  the  split  closes  with  a  cover  of  Darkthrone's  "Dance  of  Eternal  Shadows".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Demiurge  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Axion".


  Next  up  is  Askvald  a  solo  project  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.


  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  nature  sounds  before  going  into a  heavier  direction.  When  synths  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  all  of  his  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in a  lot  of  melody  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in a   good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clear  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  his  side  of  the  split  closes  with  a  cover  of  Summoning's  "Land  Of  The  Dead".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  society,  personal  conflicts  and  experiences.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Askvald  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pale  White  Nothingness".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Askvald/3540399654#

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Demiurge/3540432486#


                 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/demiurgeaskvaldwhere-spirits-dwell-to.html


Vela Pulsar Interview

mardi 17 août 2021 à 02:42

 

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


 


Sure. Vela Pulsar is an internationally-based black metal band formed by myself (Ryan) and Samantha. We originally intended for it to be a casual project that would just be for fun; have programmed drums and whatnot. But when I told my brother about it, he tossed in the idea that he could do drums if it ever became a more serious thing, and when Sam proposed doing a more professional album, I decided to take Cam up on his offer, and here we are.


 


2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical styles that you went for on the recording?


 


When Sam and I formed the band, we originally wanted to write black and death metal on the darker side of the spectrum. She was/is super into Behemoth and I was foaming at the mouth over Aosoth. But it didn’t take us long to realize that that wasn’t working out, so we abandoned that idea and just decided to play to our strengths, write what sounded good and let the music take whatever shape and form it may, rather than try to force a style. That ended up being much easier, and way more fun.


 


I took some Alcest-inspired riffs that were originally intended for my other band A Flock Named Murder (but weren’t used as Flock is going in a darker direction), and Sam had her own ideas that were inspired by Caladan Brood. That band in particular was a source of inspiration for us when it came to our symphonic tendencies, as well as the fact that while she of course likes her share of extreme metal, Sam is very much a power metal and symphonic metal girl at heart, and adores old Nightwish, Epica, Blind Guardian, Rhapsody Of Fire, Within Temptation and the like. I’m also a massive fan of Emperor and knew I wanted to experiment with orchestrations at some point, so I guess all those combined factors led to Vela Pulsar being a good avenue to explore that side of black metal.


 


The irony in all that is how only 1 song on our record has symphonic throughout, one just has orchestral book-ends and another has no symphonic at all! At the same time though, we felt that “Levitations” and “Reverence Of Being” were fine as they were, and it wasn’t worth forcing something that didn’t fit. As for the rest of the music, all 3 of us are fans of the atmospheric side of black metal, so we wanted to highlight that with gripping melodies and cap it off with a hefty dose of guitar soloing where we could squeeze it in!


 


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


 


While none of the lyrics on ‘Memoirs…’ are “true stories” per se, they are inspired by true events that both Sam and I have experienced at separate points in our lives. They were challenging in the sense that they tested who we were at our core, and what kind of human beings we were deep down as opposed to what we show people on a surface level. The lyrics are at times dark and mournful, but also entail a sense of perseverance and hope. That’s largely where the album title comes from as well – the idea of ‘Unbecoming’ is in stripping away all that we are, and seeing what’s left in the moments that shape us. In that sense, these songs are indeed our “Memoirs of Unbecoming.” Credit to our drummer Cam for piecing that title together.


 


On a different note, the song “Levitations” also incorporates astral projection, where a sleeper’s soul leaves their body and can see it from a bird’s eye view, and can enter the dreams of others. Hence, the stark change in mood in that lyric, a few choice lines and the title “Levitations” itself.


 


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


 


It’s actually a real phenomenon in space! In short, a pulsar is a highly-magnetized neutron star that emits radiation that looks like beams of light, similar to a lighthouse. They rotate very quickly and their radiowaves can be translated into sound recordings of pulses that can sound anywhere from a heartbeat to a helicopter to heavy machinery. There’s of course a lot more that can be said that’s too much for this interview, but the Vela Pulsar is a pulsar way out in the Vela constellation, associated with the Vela supernova remnant that exploded 11,000-12,300 years ago. It’s pretty fascinating to learn about; give it a read!


 


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?


 


The artwork is loosely tied into the lyrics of our closing track, “A Refuge Impassable” – a lone person wandering in desolate, icy caverns in a world they’d never known with no end or refuge in sight. It’s cold, dark, depressing and foreboding.


 


6.A couple of the band members live in Canada while another lives in the United States, what impact does this have on the musical style that you play?


 


It didn’t really have much of an impact on the musical style itself, but more how the band functioned as a result. With Cam and I being the primary writers in A Flock Named Murder, I’m used to coming up with many musical ideas myself and bringing them to the band, or working out arrangements organically during rehearsal. Cam and I still did that with a couple of parts of this record, but with Vela Pulsar being centered around myself in Toronto and Sam living all the way on the west coast, we had to adapt. Most of the time we were sharing ideas back and forth through the internet and would build off of what the other person did, with the odd occasion of meeting on a video call to flush out certain ideas in real-time. Then we would decide what parts of the songs need to be finished from there and set out to work on them. 


 


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


 


In general, we appreciate any offers from record labels who like what we do, want to help us put out music and spread the word of who we are, and there has been some interest already. At the same time, we also want to make sure that we’re a good fit for each other. So at the end of the day, we’re okay with taking a bit of extra time to weigh things out and think things through before making a commitment.


 


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


 


Our reception has been generally quite positive! We had some rather warmly written reviews, and had some people bugging us for physical copies of our album (which we now have, thankfully!). I was curious because aside from us being a rather new band overall (and as cliched as this is to say), I feel like the way we approach the symphonic side of the genre is different from what you’d expect from your Dimmus and Cradles, or your Summonings and Elffors. I’m struggling to think of other bands that brought symphonic elements into the post-black metal template, but overall people are liking it, and we like doing it!


 


9.What is going on with 'A Flock Named Murder' and 'Ixaxaar Nexia' these days which also shares a couple of the same members?


 


With the pandemic being what it is, the lockdowns in Ontario being as relentless as they were, and specific circumstances revolving around different individuals in either band at different points, a lot of plans for both A Flock Named Murder and Ixaxaar Nexia got turned upside down and put on hold. But with the restrictions over here starting to lift (hopefully for good), both bands are chomping at the bit to get things going again. 


 


Flock has plenty of music in the pipeline and is looking to do a single of a song from the upcoming second full length, and Ixaxaar Nexia has been hard at work prepping for a debut full length as well. Let’s just say they’re out for blood!


 


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


 


With the way this band functions along with the state of the world being what it is, it’s a little tough to put a timeline to a second Vela Pulsar release right now. Hopefully sooner rather than later. But there will definitely be new music, and we already have ideas that we want to play with. We’re just going to take our time, as the 3 of us are very much of the philosophy that “it’s not good when it’s done; it’s done when it’s good.” You’ll hear it when the time comes. Depending on how you look at it, you could arguably call “Memoirs Of Unbecoming” an album rather than an EP (I mean, it’s longer than Reign In Blood!). At the very least, we personally consider it as significant as one.


 


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?


 


Well aside from the aforementioned Alcest and Caladan Brood, some of our melodic black metal moments were inspired by Uada, and our post-black metal influence drew heavily from Altar Of Plagues for certain sections, as well as my favourite band of all time, Agalloch. We also drew from outside the black metal genre with one backing riff in “Reverence of Being” being inspired by Immolation, and particularly the call-and-response section in “A Refuge Impassable” is heavily inspired by Cult Of Luna, SubRosa and Draconian. Sam and I also LOVE the album “Griseus” by Aquilus, which was another band we idolized when it came to adding orchestrations to our music. I don’t know if we lived up to the grandeur of that magnificent record, but damn it, it doesn’t mean we can’t try!


 


As for what we’re listening to these days, it’s really all over the map. Black and death metal from all over the spectrum – old school, avant-garde, post-, you name it. Dark Descent and Profound Lore have tons of great releases coming out lately. I also love the new albums by The Ruins Of Beverast and Havukruunu, as well as recently discovering Atlantean Kodex and Paysage d’Hiver (I can’t believe I slept on PDH for so long!). Sam likely has another long list of music she’s been listening to that’s completely different. Really just too much to name everything.


 


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


 


“Memoirs Of Unbecoming” was a pretty challenging record to complete for a variety of reasons, some of which have already been stated and other external factors which I’m sure most can already guess and I’m sure we don’t need to lament about. But it’s done, we’re super proud of it and we’re absolutely thrilled that others are connecting with it the way they are. It’s truly meaningful music to us, and we’re happy that it’s meaningful for you too. There is more to come – this is just the beginning!


 


And thank you for the interview and the chance to share more about this endeavor.

Facebook.com/VelaPulsarBM
Instagram.com/velapulsarbm

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/08/vela-pulsar-interview.html