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Idolos/Naa/Non Posse Mori Records/2021 EP Review

jeudi 11 mars 2021 à 03:33

 


  Idolos  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Naa"  which  will  be  released  in may  by  Non  Posse  Mori  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can b e  heard.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


 Clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  spoken  word  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  briefly  as  well  as most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length. the  music  also  has  its  progressive  moments  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song. . The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Aztec  and  Mayan  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Idolos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Tricks  of  lady  Blood".  8  out  of  10.



http://www.facebook.com/cosmosidolos

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/idolosnaanon-posse-mori-records2021-ep.html


Funeral Requiem Interview

mercredi 10 mars 2021 à 06:23

 

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

Answer: First of all, I appreciate you have contacted me to develop this interview. So, Funeral Requiem is a one man Black Metal band from Colombia which saw the light of this world in 2019. Since years ago i wanted to (i wont say express myself as a being because that is not my goal) let the art within me go out, i was looking for letting my soul express by itself especially with the darkness i have embraced, the one that i have discovered one of our human nature, because from my perspective we all are like a yin yang. The band and it's roots have a lot to do with nature, not because it is a cliche in nowadays black metal themes, it is because i grew up surrounded by nature, i was raised in a town where, fortunately, i had lack of social contact, and my best friends were actual animals, plants, and trees, that way i learned that nature is above us, not the other way around. Also, darkness and occultism which years ago i was involved into, i won't go deeper into this last thing, but all i can say is that i was initiated in the left hand path, shamanism, and black sorcery years ago. Regarding the lyrics, most of them are about the other side, spiritualism, spiritism, death, darkness, and astral projection because as mentioned, i was -and still- submerged in the dark realms of human spirit and always been a psychonaut (at first with the use of entheogens, but nowadays without any substance). Musically, the first album has a mixture of Black Metal/Doom/DSBM and Black Gaze, and it was unplanned, i just let my soul came up with whatever it came, and that was the result. Once i mentioned to some partners that with Funeral Requiem i don't want to make something "different", i don't seek for innovating the Black Metal scene, as everything, i have always preferred being old school, traditional, said that, with the project and its music, all i want to achieve is transmit what i feel is good music, and if others consider the same, i am ok with it.


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

Answer: That first album "Negative Realms of the Spirit" i could say that has a mixture of traditional Black Metal, Doom, Black Gaze, and a bit of DSBM. The voices sometimes change from scream to growls giving that Death Metal/Doom flavor. I have a Dark Electro/Harsh EBM/Industrial side-project in which i mostly use synthesizers and digital sounds to create what i do there, however, with Funeral Requiem i didn't want to put any of those elements (having a lot in common both of them) because i wanted this project to be authentic, original and not having "futuristic" elements on it, i wanted it to be more analog, nevertheless, you can hear some choirs and piano sounds i put there to give the accurate atmosphere to it, not too much, not too little, just the perfect amount. Because I have listened to many other bands combining both elements, and that is good for them, I respect the way they create their music, and I like how they sound, but I wouldn't do it for my project. 


3.Some of your lyrics cover occult and left hand path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Answer: As some of you might know, being initiated on occultism, spiritualism, and black magic means that you didn't choose the path, the path chose you and even if you try to leave it, you won't be able to, because it is the will and that is how it has to be. Many years ago I met people who were active practitioners of the Black Arts, they taught me many things I learned, really deep knowledge, wisdom that is already forgotten. But then I was the one who took the steps towards the vast spheres of true spiritualism, like, they showed me the way, the door, but I made the decision to go through it. So, more than an interest, it is actually something i have been experiencing ever since then, which is interesting and it is something that i can only share through music.


4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored so far with the music?

Answer: Social avoidance, misanthropy, Death and related, ghosts, nature in its dark form, and universe and astral topics. Let me give you a brief recap of what the instrumental songs are all about. The intro song which has the same name of the album is about a 911 call of a girl who found a dead body so she called 911 to report it, i added some nature sounds at night and pad sounds to put that cold and macabre feeling on it. And Haunting After Dead is all about those souls that cannot rest in peace, they are angry and full of jealousy of the living because their consciousness is attached to the physical world so they cannot transcend, so they keep haunting the living forever. All the rest of the songs, you can read the lyrics so you will be able to understand the context of each one of them, but in general, they are inspired in death, mysticism, occultism, misanthropy and satanism.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Funeral Requiem'?

Answer: It is just an name that evokes the feeling of the true darkness of Death, i mean, Death is the end of the physical human existence, and most of the people are afraid of that, so basically Funeral is is the ritual that most of us get when we die, and that moment is fulfilled with sadness, darkness, and magic. And for Requiem we have two main meanings: First, you can describe it as the prayer that a deceased gets when he is in that state. And second, it'd be a musical composition sung that has as text the mass of the deceased or part of it. As you can see, everything is related to the great mystery of Death.


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

Answer: The cover art is a painting by the master Gustave Dore which is called "The Descent of the Spirit", it is part of his "La Grande Bible de Tours" wood engravings (issued in 1866), he is representing the passage of the Holy Bible Acts 2:2-3, Nevertheless, i am not a religious person, far from being christian or catholic, the painting is modified with the band's logo at the top which from my perspective, it seems like an ancient funeral ritual. I personally love Gustave Dore art.


7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Answer: By all means, actually i am working with my marvelous love and partner of life "Nix" for future releases, she is an amazing soprano and bass player. Also I have been talking with other people to get them in the band. However, so far, i prefer to create everything by myself, that way i can express everything through the music. So, hopefully soon or later you will see more entities involved in Funeral Requiem.


8.On the album you also did a 'Satanic Warmaster' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of his songs?

Answer: I like the band a lot, even tho I am south american, I feel deep connection with the NS black metal, specially with the Nazi part of it. I have to clarify and highlight that the part of Nazism that I am attracted to, is the fact they wanted to exterminate many people in order to install supremacy over others, exterminate the human decadence and be the best in pretty much all aspects were goals of the NS ideology and practices, so, as I am Misanthrope BIG TIME, I like that, I feel connection with it. There are many many reasons why I feel empathy with the NS ideology, but I guess this is not the time to dive deep into it. However, the band is out of NS Black metal scope and themes.


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

Answer: Actually it has surprised me. When I created Funeral Requiem and then the songs were released, I never ever was seeking to be listened the way Funeral Requiem is as of today, and I do have to say that the international support is greater and better than the local. I have to thank all supporters that are reading (or not) this interview, because as I make music just for joy, I appreciate that others enjoy it as well.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Answer: The style for Funeral Requiem I like to keep it raw, primitive, but interesting. As you might know, I have included the Dungeon Synth genre to the project, it is because that genre is extremely close to Black Metal, for me, it evokes the feeling of being in medieval times, or in a mystical gloomy environment, it depends on how it's executed. Thus, the project is going to have that touch of raw black metal, but also Dungeon Synth, and whatever it comes great for the sound of the project, not forgetting the roots and the north of it.


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?

Answer: Besides Black Metal, I love Dungeon Synth, I enjoy it a lot, also Dark Ambient, Horror movies OSTs (specially the modern ones), I also like to listen to classical music, especially Baroque music. Also Dark Electro/Harsh EBM/Industrial. That I would say that is what I listen to nowadays.


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

Answer: Yeah, thanks A LOT to you guys for this interview and to listeners for enjoying what I do from my soul, keep it real, keep it metal.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/funeral-requiem-interview.html


Sulpur/Embracing Hatred And Beckoning Darkness/Amor Fati/Ancient Records/2021 CD Review

mercredi 10 mars 2021 à 06:12

 


  Sulpur  are  a  solo  project  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Embracing  Hatred  and  Beckoning  Darkness"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Amor  Fati  and  Ancient  Records.


  A  very  dark  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  also  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  into  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  more  underground  side  of  the  90's.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Magick  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Sulpur  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  bandaband  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blessed  By  Foul  Magick"  and  "As  Stars  Line  The  Path  To  Glory".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/KhbojAeoR-Y  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/sulpurembracing-hatred-and-beckoning.html


Worship Of Eternal Darkness III'Morbid Bestial Invocations'/Askio Productions/2021 Compilation Album Review

mardi 9 mars 2021 à 05:48

 


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  called  "Worship  Of  eternal  Darkness  III  'Morbid  Bestial  Invocations'"  which  was  released  by  Askio  Productions  and  we  will  review  the  songs  one  by  one.


  Diabolical  brings  us  "Forza  Militant  Black  Metal  Militia"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  chaotic  sound  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in t he  90's  era  and  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  an  80's  shouting  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  enhance  the  chaos.


  Schizoparanoic  Platioon  brings  us  "Bestial  Slaughter  Platoon"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  which  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  powerful  bass  guitar  tone  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  more  of  an  angry  growling  style.


  Goat  brings  us  "Progression  To  Violence"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  bestial  growls  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats,  when  the  music  slows  down  briefly  it  brings  in  more  of  an  apocalyptic  atmosphere.


  Vermin  Scourge  brings  us  "Spears  of  Iron  Conquest"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  which  also  evolves  into  more  of  a  faster  war  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being a   mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  and  the  song  also  adds  in  some  slow  or  mid  tempo  sections.


  Wargrinder  brings  us  "Ironclad  Destroyer"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  death  metal  and  grindcore  influenced  sound  before  adding  in  some  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  Savage  Necromancy  brings  us  "Triumphant  Siege  Of  All  Christendom"  which  starts  out  with  some  raw  tremolo  picking  before  going  into  a  faster  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  bestial  growls  and  the  slower  sections  also  add  in  a  touch  of  armageddon.  


  Goatpreacher  brings  us  "On  The  Way  To  Death"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  evil  sounding  melodies,  synths,  slow  and  mid  tempo  sections  as  well  as  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  guitar   solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.   


  Indominator  closes  the  compilation  with  "Saturno  Renfam  ad  Nauseam"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  evolving  into  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  chaotic  guitar  leads.       


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal.


  https://askio-productions.bandcamp.com/album/worship-of-eternal-darkness-iiimorbid-bestial-invocations

      


        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/worship-of-eternal-darkness-iiimorbid.html


Carnal Misanthropy/Release The Wolf/Askio Productions/2020 EP Review

mardi 9 mars 2021 à 04:42

 


  Carnal  Misanthropy  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  nihilistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Release  the  Wolf"  which  was  released  by  Askio  Productions.


  Battle  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  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  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  deep  sounding  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  and  whispers  also  being  utilized  briefly  on a  couple  of  songs,.


  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  nature,  nihilism  and  misanthropy  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Carnal  Misanthropy  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  nihilistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Release  the  Wolf"  and  "Nocturnal  Visions  Of  The  Ancient  Monument".  8  out  of  10.


Askio Productions @ Bandcamp

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/carnal-misanthropyrelease-wolfaskio.html