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Australasia/Notturno/Apocalyptic Witchcraft/2015 CD Review

lundi 28 septembre 2015 à 04:41

  Australasia  are  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  metal,  post  rock,  shoegaze  and  ambient and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  "Notturno"  which  was  released  by  Apocalyptic Witchcraft.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  gets  heavy  it  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  also  adds  elements  of  post  rock  to  the  songs.

  Vocals  and  lyrics  are  absent  from  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of   clean  playing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  female  vocals  and  after  awhile  more  elements  of  shoegaze  can  be  heard  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Australasia  creates  another  recording  that  is  mostly  instrumental  and  takes  an  instrumental  approach  to  more  of  a  modern  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  is  also  very  melodic  and  mixes  in  elements  of  ambient,  shoegaze  and  post  rock  and  the  production  has  a  very  powerful  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Australasia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental,  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eden"  "Haxo"  "Amnesia"  and  "Notturno". 8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/australasianotturnoapocalyptic.html


Stagwounder Interview

dimanche 27 septembre 2015 à 21:59

For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Johannes: We are five guys hailing from the south of germany – more precise: the Heidelberg area – making music together for about two years now.

Timotheus: That is also how long most of us have known each other, our musical and personal relationship really started with forming the band. We gathered to start something different, more dark and more "serious" than the muscial endeavours we had been part of in the past and under really vague common interests and goals something concrete was quickly established: our first album, to which not much can be added at this point when it comes to communicating what the band is.


In June you had released the album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Johannes: Hmmm … to be honest, I think this question is better answered by others. I for myself am not a friend of musical pigeonholing or stereotypes but I think most people need to compare the sound of one band to another. In our band description we use the topics black, doom and death.That sums it up, I think, but the relation of this three genres varies from song to song. I would consider it to be heavy, athmospheric and aggressive, more doomed black metal than blackened doom metal. But that’s just my opinion.

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

Timotheus: The countless adventures of the Stagwounder. Bizarre situations that might make the Lord vomit.


What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stagwounder'?

Johannes: When it first came into my head, I thought it sounds pretty nasty and fitting for our sound. Wounding – not neccessary killing –a majestic animal, that’s pretty evil I guess. But there’s also a metaphorical  level: The stag appears in almost every culture, it’s one of the oldest figures you find in art and myths. It was seen as a synonyme for a god-like animal in earlier days: the king of the forest and so on. The celts had cernunnos, it stands for vitality and fertility. Even in early christian days there were legends of stags appearing to people as a divine symbol for nature.


Timotheus: For us personally -- and analogous to many cultural connotations -- the stag stands for the purity and sanctity of nature and life in general. "Stagwounder" is as much an outward allegation as an inner confession programmatically speaking, but as a name for a work of art it is just that, a name to an illustration, to describe what can be seen and of course heard.


Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Johannes: Definitely yes. In Germany it’s hard for a band like us. We are ready for take off, playing shows and tours but when you’re out there on your own, complete d.i.y. without al label or a booker in the back, this means a lot of hard work.


Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Johannes: By now we are working on new songs and we want to start to record them soon – at first on our own, later on we will see. We are proud that we have come to this point by ourselves, but if a label is interested is what we’re doing ... why not? As long as we are still able to do our thing in the way we want to, none of us would be unhappy about having some support.


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

Johannes: It was interesting for us to see how quickly we got feedback. Only one day after the release of Invisible Radiance we had requests from Brazil, a guy in Portugal wrote some really nice words about the record and few days later we were played in an US-radio-podcast. That was pretty awesome because we didn’t ask anyone to do so. We really like the spirit of the worldwide underground metal community and highly appreciate any feedback, whether it’s positive or not.


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

Johannes: As said before – we are working on new songs which will lead us (and you) on a loooong journey downwards into abysses far more lightless than the ones we have travelled so far. So be forewarned, it’s gonna be some heavy stuff comin‘ around. And some polka.

Timotheus: Since the relationship of the band has been a very new one making the first record, the next release is probably going to display a musical maturation in some aspects. It also looks like it is going to be a little bit faster and more melodic, you could say more "technical" or "diverse". As for the Doom- and Black- Label it might be a further digression but for sure it will be more and less Stagwounder.


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?

Timotheus: Invisible Radiance has been influenced by both classical and "post" Black-, Doom-, Deathmetal and Rock; regarding the guitars only  it sometimes seems to me like a minimalistic mixture of Satyricon, Shining, Ulcerate and I (the Band) next to the homemade wrath and sentimentality.
As with every band that consists of more than one person, our musical interests aren‘t uniform, but amongst other bands we have lately listened to Schammasch (the new album is curiously awaited) and Ahab (the new album is very much enjoyed) in our rehearsal room.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Timotheus: Looking at the sky; what is left in the refrigerator.



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

Johannes: To quote that Goethe-guy: More light! And antlers up to all the people out there supporting underground music.

And thank you

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/stagwounder-interview.html


Vried/Solverv/Indie Recordings/2015 CD Review

vendredi 25 septembre 2015 à 10:07

  Vreid  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  progressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Solverv"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

   A  very  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  and  adds  in  grim  screams  along  with  a  more  raw  style  of  the  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  hard  rock/heavy  metal  style  to  the  songs  while  still  having  melodic  black  metal  elements  to  them and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and   epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  regular  singing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Vreid  creates  another  album  that  remains  true  to  the  modern  Norwegian  black  metal  sound  while  also  adding  int  more  melody  and  progressive  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover ancestral  Nordic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vreid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Haust"  "Geitskadl"  and  "Fridom  Med  Daudens  Klang".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/vriedsolvervindie-recordings2015-cd.html


Aegorton/Plaguelord/2015 Demo Review

vendredi 25 septembre 2015 à 06:57

  Aegorton  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  demo  "Plaguelord".

  Distorted  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  depressive  black  metal  musical  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  atmosphere  along  with  the  tracks  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  lyrics  and  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  the  background  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  slower  sections  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  there  is  also  a  brief   use  of  distorted  sound  effects  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Aegorton  plays  a  musical  style that  takes  depressive  black  metal and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  and  also  avoids  any  use  of  vocals  and  lyrics,  the  production  sounds  very  dark   and  raw  while  the  theme  focuses  on  the  plague  in  Europe  in  the  middle  ages.

  In my  opinion  Aegorton  are a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Plaguelord"  "Raised  To  The  Ground"  and  "March  Of   The  Pungent Reanimated".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/aegortonplaguelord2015-demo-review.html


Bukavac Interview

jeudi 24 septembre 2015 à 06:47


1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
I am a one man black metal band form North Dakota. I wouldn’t call my music traditional black metal and I myself have trouble categorizing my style. I would say this album is more focused on mood and groove than blast beats or atmosphere, although both of those appear as well. 

2. Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Heavy and brooding at times. Melodic and melancholy at other times.
I have heard people say I sound like first wave and really early second wave black metal bands. I wouldn’t be so bold as to compare myself to legends and gods like Bathory, Venom, Black Sabbath, or early Mayhem, but those are some bands others have used to describe my sound. I am deeply honored by those comparisons.  

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
This album is all about nature, mythology, and what I view as the illusion of the human experience and my personal philosophies on humanity. Thus the title “All That Is of the Earth.” 

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bukavac'?
Actually there is a story behind the name. I joined a website called My Online Band a few years ago. On that web site I found a black metal vocalist named Arsenic. We formed an online band called Astral War and he started posting our songs on YouTube. Of course the credited members where Arsenic and SixStrings (my profile name) and that was just fucking ridiculous. So I needed a new name. We looked up demons and other appropriate names but one fit perfectly. A Slavic demon with six legs, gnarled horns, who makes a lot of noise. He hides in the swamps and strangles people to death who pass by. Who wouldn’t love such a creature?
And so Bukavac was born. Some Astral War songs are still online. They are not very good because I had no idea how to mix or master my music then... I still don’t really but I feel I have greatly improved. Arsenic was actually a solid vocalist and we had some really good ideas but, I didn’t have the knowhow to make it sound good. That and my DAW at the time kept shitting the bed. So guitars would be in the left channel and not the right, and all other kinds of problems. It was fun but I would consider it a learning experience for both Arsenic and myself. Hopefully Arsenic is still making music. 

5. On the album you recorded mostly everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you plan on keeping it a solo project?
I played and recorded everything but drums. I don’t know shit about drums and honestly have no desire to learn how to play them. So I use Beta Monkey drum loops.
Bukavac always has been and always will be a solo project. If I should work with others it would no longer be Bukavac. It would require a new band name. I Bukavac would just be a piece of the band rather than the entire band.

6. The album was released on Black Lion Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about how you had came in contact with this label?
My friend Karhmul from the band Abandoned by Light recommended them to me. Since signing with Black Lion I have been really happy. They have been more supportive and helpful than any other label I spoke with. That and the art work on the CDs and booklets look amazing. Black Lion does really good work.

7. On the album you had a quest appearance from a member of 'Abandoned by Light', can you tell us a little bit more about what he added to your musical style?
Karhmul is a great musician and an amazing artist. I was honored to have him appear on the album. He wrote the lyrics to “Into the Abyss Beyond” so the song doesn’t really fit the overall concept of the album but I really wanted to include it.
Karhmul is a much better vocalist than I am so it’s possible those are the best vocals on the album!

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
So far it’s been all positive. I am still amazed at how connected the world is now. I have heard from people in South America, the U.S., and I am signed to a label in Sweden. It means a lot to me to be accepted by Scandinavian black metal fans though. As a black metal artist and fan I know that it is the birth place of the genre and some of the greatest bands ever have come from that area.

9. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Currently no. The Legion of Black Blood is releasing a split at the end of the month. There are two or three collaboration songs between Jord, Nocturnal Toxin and Carnage, Abandoned by Light, and myself. 

10. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I plan to stop masturbating before I play fast tremolo picking… its exhausting. Haha no.. I have no idea what to do next as a musician. I would love to take guitar, bass, or vocal lessons but I know I don’t have time. I have also thought about ancient history college classes to help me write lyrics. But again time, money, and life all get in the way.

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?
I love all extreme metal music. Death metal, black metal, all that good shit. On this album I would say my influences are Behemoth, Watain, Marduk, Black Label Society, Danzig, Agalloch, High on Fire, Subrosa, The Well, Bloodbath, Coffinworm, Gorgoroth, Mastodon, Neurosis, and Kylessa.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?
Porn. Puppies. Puppy porn. Same as everyone else.
I enjoy art and alcohol… I don’t know. Other than music I just hang out with the wife. We don’t go out much. I am not big into sports or anything like that. I am pretty fucking boring.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you so much for the opportunity to appear in your magazine. All of what I have experienced so far with my music is way more than anything I expected when I just began learning Cannibal Corpse songs on a hand me down acoustic guitar back in high school.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/bukavac-interview.html