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Depicting Abysm/Passage/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review

jeudi 31 mars 2016 à 00:32

  Depicting  Abysm  are  a  duo from Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Passage"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  and  wind  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and d rums  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  very  depressive  and  melodic  sound to  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  clan  playing  and  mournful  cries  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  using  more  depressive  screams  and  melodic  singing  and  most  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  expect  for  the  last  song  where  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  and  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  blast  beats  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  music  also  starts  getting  more  atmospheric  as  the  album  progresses  while  also  adding  in  synths  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  violins  on  one  of  the  later  tracks.   

  Depicting  Abysm  creates  an  atmospheric  black  metal  album  that  is  very  slow  and  depressive  while  also  expanding  on  the  style  that  was  established  on  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Depicting  Abysm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  slow,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadow"  and  "Unity".  8  out  of 10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/depicting-abysmpassagenaturmacht.html


Havukruunu/Rautaa ja Tulu/Naturmacht Productions/2016 EP Re-Issue Review

mercredi 30 mars 2016 à 23:18

  Havukruunu  a  duo  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Rautaa  ja  Tulu"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  April  by  Naturmacht  Productions  with  4  bonus  tracks.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  and when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  while t he  faster  riffing  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  direction  and  the  clean  singing  gives  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  bring  in  traditional  metal  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  short  instrumental  track  before  going  into  the  bonus  songs  which  are  in  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  while t he  last  track  is  more  of  a  pagan  folk  song.

  Havukruunu  displays  an  early  take  on  their  pagan/black  metal  sound  with  the  beginning  tracks  while  the  newer  songs  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  side  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  darkness,  winter,  loneliness,  sadness  and  the  Paganism  of  their  home  country.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording from  Havukruunu  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  pagan  and  black  metal,  you  should  enjoy  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pakanen"  "Ne  Salaperaiset"  "Verta  Ja  Tuhkaa"  and  "Joka  Puun  Taaka".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/havukruunurautaa-ja-tulunaturmacht.html


Spiritwood/The Spiritwood/Wolfrune Worxx/2016 Demo Review

mercredi 30 mars 2016 à 20:09

  Spiritwood  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "The  Spiritwood"  which  was  released  by Wolfrune  Worxx.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mix  in  with  the  synths  to  create  more  of  an  atmospheric  sound  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  drum  beats  are  all  programmed  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  is  very  epic  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and blast  beats  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  slow,  heavy  and  dark  style  while  the  vocals  do  add  some  depressive  elements  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.

   Spiritwood  creates  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  its  raw,  depressive  and  grim  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Spiritwood  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if you are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Illustrations  Painted  On  The  Skin  Of  The  Mourning  Goddess".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/spiritwoodthe-spiritwoodwolfrune.html


Tormentium/Bound To The Depths/Exile Musick/2016 CD Review

mercredi 30 mars 2016 à 17:12

  Tormentium  are  a  band  from  Eugene,  Oregon  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Bound  To  the  Depths"  which  was  released  on  Exile  Musick.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  it  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  haunting  atmosphere  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of death  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  parts  can be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with some  grim  yet  high pitched screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  progressive  feeling  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  singing  starts  to  be  utilized  more  and  the  last  3  tracks  have  a  concept  to  them.

  Tormentium  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw  at  times  while  also  being  very  progressive  and  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  very  diverse  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  apocalypse,  demonology,  misanthropy  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my opinion  Tormentium  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Womb"  "Requiem  Within"  and  "Coils  2:  Plunging  Vast  Unknown".  8  out  of  10.  
        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/tormentiumbound-to-depthsexile.html


Ygfan Interview

mardi 29 mars 2016 à 19:04
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ygfan is a band from Hungary and I think it couldn’t be manifestated in any other place… At least in this form. There are lots of cultural roots that determined our creativity. It is not good or bad, just there is…


2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It is a very difficult question! We are coming from several genres and we believe that we are creating a unique thing, but I think I leave you to find the answer for this question.

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

The first material is a concept one. It is based on the symbol of fog and the feelings that awakes from me. It is a very impressive symptom and the lyrics have several layers. I don’t want to interpret them deeply...

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

Our name, Ygfan has several aspects. First, it is a historical place in the ancient Hungarian Kingdom but for us it is much more interesting in the spiritual way what it holds for us. It is a holy secret place, a dense forest, which is in every human 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?

I think we are playing better and better shows and we get better and better possibilites in these fields. There is nothing special, four mates playing music in an intense way. In the future we try to do our gigs much more special.

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

It is depends on the possibilites. Most of us enjoy the concerts very much. I usually do not but if there is a good offer, then…

7.So far you have worked with 'Fekete Terror' and 'A Sad Sadness Song', do you feel these 2 labels have been very supportive when it comes to getting your music out there heard?

Fekete Terror is a small Hungarian label, focus on tapes. They work very hard and I can recommend them courageously. We have just started to work with A Sad Sadness Song recently, so we are very exciting about the future!

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

It is hard to split our „fans”, that who is a black metal fan or who is not. These categories are not important for us. What we are playing is not black metal! We started something of those echoes are coming from everywhere…

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

It is very early to speak about our next materials. We have 5-6 new songs and a tons of themes… 

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?


As I already wrote, we are coming from several genres, so I can’t mention only one. We don’t want to build walls around us. Therefore the creative process could be very slow and difficult. The aim is that all of us could feel this creature as their own.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

We are working in several fields in our civil lives and it is a hard to fight every day as many bands do all over the world. Most of us has families, children, so the priorities are different. The history of the human beings, the religions, believes in the transcendental and the nature are the common interests and the lyrics are based on them too.

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

Thank you for this interview. Look into the inner regions! It was Zsolt from Ygfan.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/ygfan-interview.html