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Disharmonic/Carmini Mortis/Beyond Productions/Black tears/2016 Double CD Re-Issue Review

mardi 17 mai 2016 à 10:41

  Disharmonic  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  ritualistic  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Camini  Mortis"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  May  27th,  2016  as  a  joint  effort  between  Beyond  Productions  and  Black  Tears  and also  contains  their  2014  ep  "Il  Rituale  dei  Non  Morti"  which  has  already  been  reviewed  by t his  zine  so  I  will  focus  more  on  the  first  disc.

  Dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  tribal  beats  in  the  background  and  they  start  mixing  these  elements  in  with  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  yet depressive  doom  metal  rififng  on  the  second  track.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  movie  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  dark  and  melodic  direction  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length    and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  adds  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  touch  to  the  music.

   Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at times  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  incorporating  more  avant  garde  elements  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  the  vocals  also  start  incorporating  more  growls  on  the  later  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  concept  with  some  of  the  songs  that  are  divided  into 3 parts. 

  Disharmonic  creates  an  album  that  takes  occult  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  doom  and  ritualistic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Latin  and  cover  Occultism,  Witches,  Evil,  Spirits  and  Hell  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Disharmonic  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  doom,  occult  black  metal  and  ritualistic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Livor  Mortis"  "La  Litania  Del  Chiedo"  "Sotto  il  flusso  di  una  luna  malvagia'  and  "E'  giunta  la  fine".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/disharmoniccarmini-mortisbeyond.html


Mesarthim/Pillars/Avantgarde Music/2016 EP Review

vendredi 13 mai 2016 à 19:29

  Mesarthim  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Pillars"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  the  music  getting  heavier  a  few  seconds  later  and  mixing  it  in  with  ambient  style  synths  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

 Elements  of  electronic  music  can  be  heard quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  stick  to  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a   slow  musical direction  and  also  mixes  in  symphonic  elements  and  they  close  the  ep  with  an  instrumental  track.

  Mesarthim  creates  another  black  metal  recording  that  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in elements  of  ambient  and  electronic  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmos  and  existence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Meserthim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pillars"  and  "Constellation".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/mesarthimpillarsavantgarde-music2016-ep.html


Ashbringer/Yugen/Avantgarde Music/2016 CD Review

vendredi 13 mai 2016 à 18:35

  Ashbringer are  a  band  from  Minnesota  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  "Yugen"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  an  ambient  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitar  leads  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music.

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  they  also  mix  the  synths in  with  the  heavier  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  also  adding  in  post  rock  elements and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  singing  and  they  also  bring  in  some  clean  playing  and  female vocals  which  also  bring  in  touches  of  post rock  and  darkwave  while  one  track  brings  in  oboe's  on  a  short  instrumental  before  closing  with  a  heavier  song.

  Ashbringer  creates  another  black  metal  recording that  is  very  atmospheric  and  diverse  while  also  mixing  in  some  progressive  and  post  rock  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  nature,  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ashbringer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oceans  Apart"  "Celestial  Infancy"  and  "Glowing  Embers,  Dying  Fire".  8  out  of  10.  

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/ashbringeryugenavantgarde-music2016-cd.html


Shramana/Mythos: Logos/2016 CD Review

vendredi 13 mai 2016 à 08:58

  Shramana  are  a  band  from  Missoula,  Montana  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  post  black  metal  with  elements  of  sludge  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Mythos:  Logos".

  A  very  heavy  sludge  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with some  melodies  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  doom  metal  feeling  and  after  awhile t he  music  speeds  up  a  bit  and brings  in  a  style  that  is  more  close  to  melodic  death  metal  along with  some  growling  vocals  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  d  beat  and  crust.

  At  times  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  music  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  that  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  go  for  more  of the  post and  melodic  side  of  the  genre  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

  Clean  guitars  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  while  all  of  the  songs  are  very  diverse  and  sound  different  from  each  other  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  hardcore  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Shramana  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  while  also  having  influences  of  crust,  hardcore,  sludge  and  melodic  death  metal  which  also  makes  their  music  sound  a  lot  more  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recoridng  while  the  lyrics  cover  environmental  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shramana  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive,  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  night,  White  Sky"  and  "Terrible  Purpose".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/shramanamythos-logos2016-cd-review.html


Toska Interview

jeudi 12 mai 2016 à 06:18
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Toska is a black metal entity hailing from cold climes of Iceland.
We exist to transmit the whispers of spirits dwelling the night skies of frozen north.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Our intention is to make music interesting and engaging so we approach writing from different angles and incorporate various musical influences.
The basis of Toska's sound is definitely black metal but enhanced with unique guitar leads, atmospheric keyboards and ambient passages which brings new quality to the genre while not departing far away from what black metal is.

3.Some of your lyrics are inspired  by  the writings of the Polish Poet Tadeusz  Micinski, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?
Micinski's writings are imaginative and extremely atmospheric. His work is very much influenced by nature which we strongly relate to. We accidentally stumbled upon his work and found it to be perfect match for atmosphere we wanted to convey in our first material.
We need to note though, that our inspirations are not limited to Micinski's work and we will explore other lyrical influences on our upcoming material.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Toska'?
The best explanation is to cite Vladimir Nabokov:
"(Toska) is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause.(...) a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning".
This state is close to us and we find it very creative - it drives us to acknowledge intangible forces that drift around us and capture them as music. Therefore, in a way, Toska is a child of spiritual anguish that Nabokov described.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Toska is too intimate for us to play shows. We find ourselves appreciating music most when it is a solitary experience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
As per previous answer, we intend Toska to remain studio project.

7.Eihwaz Recordings are re-releasing your 2015 ep, what are your thoughts on the final product?
We didn't get our copies yet so we can't comment on physical product. However, we do very much appreciate how professional and efficient Jim and Marty are. We are getting good promotion and professional release of our first material. We can't ask for anything more.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As far as we know, feedback has been very positive.
Generally, we didn't expect anyone paying attention but instead, we've got good reviews and proper release offers from Eihwaz (CD) and Fragile Branch (Cassette).

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are working on full length just now. We have few songs ready and ideas for more floating around.
We keep writing process as natural as it can be - we don't force creativity. Instead, we wait for music to come to us. At the same time though, we aim to have full length ready later this year.

As for music, what we have so far builds on top of what you can hear on the EP but is packed with even more unexpected twists and turns.
We pay particular attention to arrangements and flow of material to make it interesting.
We are excited about the direction we are heading and looking forward to see where it takes us.


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?
There are too many artists that we appreciate to list them here.
Generally, black metal as a whole is our main influence and we draw ideas from various subgenres.
On top of that we appreciate classical music and you'll hear that in our next material.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Nature and poetry.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Many thanks for your interest.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/toska-interview.html