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Ramchat/Znelo Lesom/Slovak MetalArmy/2020 CD Review

dimanche 1 novembre 2020 à 02:18

 


  Ramchat  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Znelo  Lesom"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Slovak  Metal  Army.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in a   brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  and  female  vocals.


  Ramchat  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Slovakian  and  cover  Slavic  Gods,  Mythology,  Paganism,  Heritage  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ramchat  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "V  case  popadaje"  "Matka  ZEM"  "Jastrab"  and  "Bogyna".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/ramchatznelo-lesomslovak-metalarmy2020.html


Ajera/In Momentum/Cult Tape Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 1 novembre 2020 à 01:19

 


   Ajera  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "In  Momentum"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Cult  Tape  Productions.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  with  programmed  beats,  synths  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  Nordic  style  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  direction.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  mid  tempo  and  fast  sections.


  On  this  recording  Ajera  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of black  metal  that  he  had  established  on  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ajera  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alpha  Death  Commando"  and  "Sacrifice  Life,  Abaddon  Light". 8out  fo  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/ajeraself-titledcult-tape.html


Liminal Shroud/Through The False Narrows/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 1 novembre 2020 à 00:21

 


  Liminal  Shroud  are  a  band  from  Victoria  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Through  the  False  narrows"  which  will  be  released in  November  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records. 


  Angry  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Whispered  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well   as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  .and  a  later  song  also  introduces  piano's  and  nature  sounds  onto  the  album.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  futility,  passage,  individual  and  metaphysical  transformation  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Liminal  Shroud  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Hollow  Visage" "The  Grotto"  and  "Lucidity". 8out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/liminal-shroudthrough-false.html


Saarkoth/Cult Of Nature/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 31 octobre 2020 à 23:07

 


  Saarkoth  are  a  band  from  the  united  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "Cult  Of  Nature".


  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style. Vocals  are mostly  grim  sounding  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  chants  also  being  added  into  the  background  briefly.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a r aw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.


  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  growling  vocals  and  synths  onto  the  recording,  clean  playing also  makes  a return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  also  reappearing  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  humanity,  nature,  the  rapid  decaying  of  Earth  and  the  human  mind.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Saarkoth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rains  over  A  Dying  World"  "Sanctuaries  Of  Oak"  and  "Questions  For  The  Heavens".   8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/saarkothcult-of-nature2020-full-length.html


Varg Interview

samedi 31 octobre 2020 à 05:17

 

Answered by: FREKI (vocals)


1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

We are overwhelmed by the great reactions to the album and are looking forward to our upcoming tour when the pandemic is over.

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

Our new guitarists Morkai and Garm have improved our songwriting to a new level. The songs are heavy and melodic at the same time. Let's say this album is the grown up pagan rebirth of VARG. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the new album and also how would you describe your progress and songwriters over the years?

With the opening track 793 we draw the listener back to the official beginning of the era of vikings. The lyrics are a journey through paganism, the viking way of life, old gods, heathen values, bloody battles and norse mythology. Over the past 15 years many things have changed for me, I did not only grow older but gained a lot experiences that improve you as a person and hand-by-hand improves you as songwriter of course.

4.Some of your lyrics have also Paganism and Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

My interest in paganism and norse mythology began in 2005. I read books about these topics and was trying to dig deeper and deeper into it. While most publications only scratched the surface I was happy to find some rare books that described for example the blood eagle ritual which fascinated me a lot. Over the years I have never lost my interest in norse mythology but the real desire for it was reborn around the year 2017. Today I am more interested in these topics than every before.

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

The artwork is very plain and dark. It focuses on the wolfrune which is the new sign for VARG, like a second band logo. If you look closely you will find some more details.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


Our stage performance is more a ritual than a concert. We built a strong connection to the audience and let them dive into the raw era of vikings and the VARG universe we create. Surrounded by iron, runes and fire we feel comfortable and anyone who is willing to join our wolfpack will be rewarded with being part of this ritual. 


7.You have also mentioned being against fascism and racism in the past, can you tell us a little bit more about these views?

There's not much to tell. We are against facism and racism and any intelligent person should share this opinion.

8.The new album was released on Napalm Records a label you have worked with in the past, what was the decision behind returning back to this label?

We have never splitted ways with Napalm Records. We released “Wolfszeit II” on our own label Wolf Metal records because it was more a remake than a new album.

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

The reactions have been great. It seems that the pagan rebirth of VARG is exactly what fans were looking for and even some former haters have changed to fans with this new album. 

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Morkai is part of the power metal band Victorious who are also signed to Napalm Records. Garm is part of the melodic death metal band Deliver The Galaxy. Fenrier has his own streetwear label.

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

We will definitely follow the path we chose with the new album “Zeichen” and go even further into norse mythology and the viking era.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

A big influence for the pagan rebirth of VARG has definitely been Wardruna  who not only do great music but also have an extraordinary live show. Personally I don't listen to new music that often and focus on the good old albums that have been part of my life for many years.

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

Stay save and healthy and listen to the new VARG album “Zeichen” now!



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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/10/varg-interview.html