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Aeora/Perseidema/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review

jeudi 29 décembre 2016 à 05:37

  Aeora  are  a solo  project  from  Carlinville,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Perseiderna"  which  was  released by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Ambient sounds  and  clean  guitars  start  off  and  also  mixes  in  with the  heavier  and  more  melodic  side  of  the  music  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Deep growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  some  songs  also bring  in  a  small  amount of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  music  also gets  very  progressive  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  short  keyboard  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Aeora  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic,  melodic,  progressive  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  A  Moment  In  Time,  Nature,  and  Quadrinitism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aeora  are  a very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Rainflower  Crest"  "Alpenglow"  and  "For  The  Long  Road  Home".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/aeoraperseidemanaturmacht.html


UR Interview

jeudi 29 décembre 2016 à 04:24
1.For those that have never heard f you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
UR is an absolutely new music project, created by three experienced guys inspired by different music genres! With no limits and totally relaxed we created our artistic concept. We started a year ago and for this time we have managed to make some solid tracks, record them and find the
label.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Correct, on 15th December our first record – MCD – “Hail Death” was released under the flag of Arachnophobia Records what makes me very proud! In my opinion it combines styles like Black, Thrash, Doom and even Hard Rock! Despite such a wide range the stuff is consistent and the tracks easily mix with each other what makes the atmosphere of this album unique. While creating I have focused on honest stylish riffs and natural, raw sound, not on technical tricks. It all was recorded perfectly, thanks to Marcin from Left Hand Sound Studio. The result is verysatisfying to me!

3.The band members have also played in other bands, what are some of the things you bring into the music with this group that you were not able to do in the past?
It’s about the way of creating music – there are no limits here! We’ve never worked like this before! First, at home, I prepare the frame, playing riffs I would like to listen to, without thinking if there’s not too much melody, if they’re not too simple etc. Then I come to the rehearsal and I play these riffs to our rhythm section, to do what they want with them. I never know the final effect and I love surprises (hehe). We’re power trio, so the communication is easy. UR is in fact a nice and creative way of spending time!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I admit, the lyrics are a hard thing for me. I haven’t written anything for a long time and apparently it became very difficult to me. I haven’t realised, that through all these years I withdrew into myself so I had to look deeply inside and bring it all out. Main subjects are death and loneliness and that would be all I want to say about it now.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'UR'?
UR in dead Sumerian language means a dog, an animal, large carnivore. Look for Assyrian reliefs and you’ll understand that it’s a beast you would never like to meet! (hehe)

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Till now we have only two gigs behind us but the debut in Poznan was very successful. The audience was very interested because before the gig we haven’t shared any tracks in the Internet. Of course, there were some leaks and gossips but in fact most people didn’t know what to expect! It was really exciting experience. It was perfect, though we were nervous like if we were teenagers again! (hehe)

7.Do you have any touring or show pans for the future?
We don’t plan any tour or gigs on festivals till our long play is released. By the end of June we want to play in major cities in Poland in small clubs where it is nice to play and where contact with the audience is the best. At this moment we have only one gig confirmed, in Gdansk, on 28th January but I’m in touch with the promoters so next gigs are just a matter of time. Of course, we’re open to any invitations!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I am surprised, but the feedback was great from the beginning. First were friends, who could listen to our rehearsals, then there were bosses of labels, all of them really liked our stuff. All the time we get very good reviews from journalists and metal fans from all over the world. It makes me happy, because nowadays, when there are so many great bands it’s really hard to make something that attracts attention!

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes. Together with Karol, drummer of UR we play in the band called Bloodstained, which is the ugly fusion of beatdown, hardcore and death metal. We also have a hard rock project, that’s not active at the moment. I also play in Polish black/thrash legend – Bloodthirst. In this year we’ve recorded an MCD “Glorious sinners” and got many good reviews. For our bass player Bony, UR is the only band.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We already have a picture of our close future, because more than half of our long play is ready! I don’t want to reveal too much but I think it will be a continuation of the path we chose on “Hail Death”, so it will be contrast and raw but some of the musical subjects will be definitely more developed.

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?
There are many bands that inspired us for years. For me classic bands are the most important: Black Sabbath or Deep Purple have formed me as I was a young man and guitarist and because of that I’m so careful when I compose riffs. It doesn’t mean that for 20 years I’ve been listening to the same stuff (hehe), it’s the opposite. At the moment, in my player, you’ll find bands like Nightfell, Cloak, Vircolac or Okkultokrati and latest albums of Polish bands: Furia and Christ Agony – really strong and ambitious!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hail Death! Let the Darkness Come!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/ur-interview.html


Cardinal/Awierdedon/NRAE RECORDINGS/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 28 décembre 2016 à 04:43

  Cardinal  are  a  band  from  Bahamas,  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  lo-fi,  atmospheric,  psych  black  metal  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Awiergedon"  which  was  released  by  NRAE  RECORDINGS.

  Harsh  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  soem avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  and  clean  guitars  along  with  some  acoustics  can  be  heard  at  times  while  they  are  done  in  a  more  primitive  manner  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  static.

  A  great  amount  of  power  electronics  and  psychedelic  rock  influences  can  be  heard  throughout  the recording  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  demonic  at  times and  the  clean  guitars  also  try  to  bring  in  the  rawness  of  black  metal  without  the  heaviness  and  distortion  while  some  tracks  sees  the  music  get  heavier  and  add  in  more  tremolo  picking and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  most  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  a  great  amount  of  diversity can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  some  songs  are  also  all instrumental. 

  Cardinal  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  black  metal,  psychedelia,  experimental  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cardinal  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  lo-fi,  atmospheric,  psych  black  metal  and  noise  and  if  you  are looking  for  something  different  and  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Edsceaftum"  "Cascading  Will"  "Cryptograms  Of  Desecreation"  and  "Ethereal  Occultation  Of  The  Nine  Moons".  8 out  of  10.    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/cardinalawierdedonnrae-recordings2016.html


Viles Vitae Interview

mercredi 28 décembre 2016 à 03:46
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
BN: It was something I had kept for some time, some riffs, ideas, and invited some friends to participate after having everything aligned.

2.You have an ep coming out in 2017, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
BN: Completely within what i had in mind, raw, strong melodies and with a strong concept.

3.Your lyrics cover the 4 basic elements of ritual magick, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
BN: Is something that exists thousands of years ago, and occultism has always fascinated me.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Viles Vatae'?
BN: Is Latin and means meaningless life or insignificant life.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played and also how would you describe your stage performance?
BN: We have not performed live yet .

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?
BN: We do not have anything planned yet.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork on the album cover?
BN:There was nothing definite, just a few loose ideas, I asked Fabio to develop something of that kind and he did a good job, something that pleased everyone who was involved in the project.

8.The ep is going to be released on 'Caverna Abismal Records', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
BN: Definitely. I have been fortunate to work with excellent professionals in all my projects.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
BN: It's the first work with VV so I do not know .. I hope so, but it's something that does not worry me much.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
BN: Honestly, I do not know, I live the present without having great expectations in the future.

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?
BN: I hear so many bands, I do not even know where I got the influences, maybe a mix of everything.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
BN:Not really , cheers.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/viles-vitae-interview.html


Plasmodium/Entheognosis/Satanath Records/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2016 CD Review

samedi 24 décembre 2016 à 03:30

  Plasmodium  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Entheognosis"  which  will  be  released  on  December  29th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  avant  garde  sounds  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  drones  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  drums  and  deep  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  blast  beats  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  spoken  word  parts  also  are used  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  sounds  of  human  torture  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  instrumental  along with  some  parts  having  an  improv  style  to  them.

  Plasmodium  plays  a  musical  style  that  take  the  rawness  and  heaviness  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  improv,  psychedelic,  experimental  and  avant  garde  elments  to  create  something  original,  the   production  has  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  concept  of  the  music  seems  to  alchemy  themed.

  In  my  opinion  Plasmodium  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different  and  can  never  fit  in  with  the  mainstream,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Limbic  Disassociatian"  and  "Hermaphrodisac".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/plasmodiumentheognosissatanath.html