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Jzovce/Kezdet/Distant Voices/2022 Full Length Review

dimanche 10 avril 2022 à 06:09

 


  Jzovce  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Kezdet"  which  was  released  by  Distant  Voices.


  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  and  experimental  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  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  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Elements  of  post  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  deep  and  angry  moments  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  movie  samples  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  being  an  instrumental,  clean  plying  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  based  upon  "The  Blair  Witch  Project".


  In  my  opinion  Jzovce  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  raw  and  depressive  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dorko"  "Fosses"  and  "Retour  de  cendres".  8  out  of  10.


distantvoices.bandcamp.com/album/jzovce-kezdet    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/jzovcekezdetdistant-voices2022-full.html


Draept/Children Of Thunder/Entartee Muzak Productions/2022 EP Review

dimanche 10 avril 2022 à 04:00

 


  Sweden's  duo  Draept  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  experimental style  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Children  Of  Thunder"  which  was  released  by  Entartee  Muzak  Productions.


  Distorted  noises  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  while  the  music  also  has  its  experimental  moments.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  very  tortured  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  drum b eats  being  programmed.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  add  in  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  second  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  


  On  this  recording  Draept  brings  in  one  experimental  track  and goes  into  more  of  a  traditional  black  metal  direction  on  the  second  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Draept  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  raw  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Children  Of  Thunder".  8  out  of  10.


https://entartetemuzakproductions.bandcamp.com/album/children-of-thunder 
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https://www.facebook.com/draept   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/draeptchildren-of-thunderentartee-muzak.html


Valley Of Hades/Almighty Emperor/Humanity's Plague Productions/2022 CD Review

dimanche 10 avril 2022 à 02:37

 


  Valley  Of  Hades  are  a  solo  project  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Almighty  Emperor"  which  will  be  released  on  physical  format  by  Humanity's  Plague  Productions.


  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Synths  can  also be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Melodies  are  also added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in a  very  melodic  style  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.   


  Valley  of  Hades  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  transitional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  covers  darkness,  pain  and  suffering  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Valley  Of  Hades  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Banner  Of  Hate  And  Revenge"  and  "Night  of  The  Possessed".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/valley-of-hadesalmighty.html


Hellige Interview

dimanche 10 avril 2022 à 01:15

 

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

    1. Hand all readers of Occult Black Metal Zine. I'm G, the main singer and eventual writer in Hellige, a duo playing Black/Doom Metal based in Argentina.


2.In October you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

  2. To begin with, this is the album that took us the longest to compose due to a variety of factors. I don't believe that it's a far cry from the previous two demos, the difference being rather on how its writing is more deliberate.

        On the previous albums, we used pretty much all of the material we came up with; here, we took the time to iterate and revise thoroughly. Just as much —if not even more— music got discarded as there is recorded on the album.

This is also the first release presented entirely in Spanish. The lyrics and the unifying concept behind them are much more developed and have gone through intense revision as well.


3.This was also your first release in 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


    3. Jobs, career, life… Both of us had been working full-time while attending university during that time frame. Add conflicting time schedules, and the result is that sometimes we didn't get any time to put into the album for months.

This turned out for the better, though, since it allowed our ideas to mature, as well as our expectations for quality. Even the album itself got recorded twice, the result being a much clearer interpretation of the same music.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress  as songwriters over the years?

    4. Lyrically, the main theme I've explored over the last releases has been existentialism and its interpretation from varied perspectives. In “Camino de agua”, the idea develops through the entirety of the album rather than on a by-song basis, and I've worked the poetry so that not only the content, but the techniques by which it's represented, reflect these concepts as well.


    The main indicator of our progress as years went by —at least when referring to us as a duo, as opposed to on a personal level—, has been mainly how comfortable we've grown in developing and improving upon each other's ideas. As time goes on, I believe it's easier to mold all the parts that make the whole into a more cohesive unit.


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


    5. Everything boils down to a misplaced wordplay that stuck with time; I find the explanation itself quite funny, but we'll let the curious reader figure it out.


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

   6. It's a waterfall located in the province of Tucumán, Argentina. All the pictures included on the album (one for each track, reflecting its concept) were taken by me during a long trip I made through the Argentinian North-West. There's no deep or hidden meaning behind it, it's merely a fitting illustration for the album.


7.The band had started out as a solo project but over the years evolved into a duo what was the decision behind bringing in a newer member?

    7. We met while looking for musicians to form another project on itself (if I recall correctly, at the time Gabriel was looking to join a band as a bassist), but we hit it off and felt that we had enough in common to work together on our own. He showed me the stuff he had done with Hellige and invited me to come over as a vocalist. It was an interesting process to go through since he had to adapt the stuff he had written for the next demo to make space for my voice. We liked the result and have been working together ever since.



8.The new album was released on 'Dying Sun Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

    8. It's a specialized label that has edited our stuff in the past, and whom we're all too glad to be working with once more; the prints have always been of top-notch quality. I feel our music fits well with a catalog that features bands I personally enjoy a lot, like The Funeral Orchestra, or Carma.


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

  9. We perform a niche genre between niche genres, so, naturally, the reach our music has is limited. But for whatever there is, we've found our music well-received by fans of the style and are thankful for the appreciation they've shown.


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


    10. We're again at a point in our lives where personal projects take precedence. I've recently moved across the world and am working on editorial projects with classical and folk music that eat up all of my free time, while Gabriel is getting ready to release the third album with his main band Psicósfera.

So plans for the immediate future are unclear. But music aside, we've become very good friends, and I believe the call to create music together keeps beckoning, so we will be coming back to Hellige in due time. I've got lots of concepts in my mind of what and how I'd like to work on, we'll see what comes out 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?

    11. I can only answer for myself here: my tastes in extreme metal verge more towards the traditional bands, my biggest influences being the likes of Bathory, Root, Bethlehem, or Dystopia.

Nowadays, I'm listening to stuff directly tied to my projects, so my playlist comprises mostly Argentinean or Andean folk music, and classical guitar composers.


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

  12. Keep your eyes peeled for Psicósfera's next album! And if you missed it, go get Botgörelsen's release from last year, it was the metal album I listened to most in 2021.

Thank you very much for your time. All the best,


    — G, from Hellige

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/hellige-interview.html


Chamber Of Mirrors/Apocalyptic Dream/Humanity's Plague Productions/2022 Demo Review

samedi 9 avril 2022 à 05:33

 


  Chamber  Of  Mirrors  are  a  solo  project  from  Searles  Valley  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  demo  "Apocalyptic  Dream"  which  will  be  released  on  April  15th  by  Humanity's  Plague  Productions.


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  introducing  raw  tremolo  picking  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  and  synths  also  make  a  return  return  on  the  later  songs.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  showing  influences  from  both  the  old  school  and  modern  era's  of  the  genre.


  Chamber  of  Mirrors  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  mythology  and  anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Chamber  Of  Mirrors  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bed  Of  Thorns"  and  "Voice  From  The  Distant  Winds".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/chamber-of-mirrorsapocalyptic.html