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Abhor/Abysmal Grief/Legione Occulta/Ministerium Diaboli/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 EP Review

vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 19:52


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Abhor  and  Abysmal  Grief  called  "Legione  Occulta/Ministerium  Diaboli"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Abhor  who return  with  their  occult  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  ritualistic  sounding  keyboards.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  horror  movie  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Esotericism,  Satanism  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abhor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Possession  Obsession".

  Next  up  is  Abysmal  Grief  a  band  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  doom  emtal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  horror  movie  style  keyboards  while  their  song  is  over  13  minutes  in  length.  Voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  after  awhile  slow  and  heavy  doom  metal  riffs  are  added  into the  music  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  stringed  instruments.

  Elements  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  song  while  the  music  focuses  more  of  a  ritualistic  style  as  well  as  always  sticking  to  a  slower  direction  and  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  track  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Abysmal  Grief  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  occult  black  and  doom  emtal.  8/5  out  of  10.

http://www.facebook.com/abhor666
http://www.abysmalgrief.com 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/abhorabysmal-grieflegione.html


Choronzonic Interview

vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 07:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Azatoth: Well, we started the band in 2002, in that time there was still some feeling in the underground, I was totally submerged in it, we exchanged a lot of letters, tapes and we used to go to abandoned places, enjoying the best of the night. When I joined the band, it was through an ad in a metal magazine. The band was already formed, but it did not have the name; Choronzonic was the best choice, in 2003 we released the demo "Living in Misanthropic Communion with the Darkness". After that we had problems in the line-up, it was a lot of confusion until we stabilized again. In the meantime there were three guitarists who passed through the Choronzonic until finally, with a more cohesive formation we released (2006) “A décima Chave Enoquiana” (The Tenth Enochian Key), a demo rehearsal, but it brought a more atmospheric sound, fruit of what we heard at the time, bands like Moonblood, Judas Iscariots, Vlad Tepes were essential for us. From 2006 to 2010 we did some shows, we participated in some compilations, after that, due to the damn changes of formation, we stopped again, until returning that year. Choronzonic is: A. Oculto (Drums/Vocal), Azatoth (Bass and sinths), Envenomed (Lead guitars).

2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Azatoth: I see more as a continuity of everything we have done in the past, there is an inspiring milestone and this is found in the obscure undergrounds of the 80's and early 90’s. We seek to evolve as musicians, but bring nothing new, just dust from the past.

3.This is also your first release since 2006, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
Azatoth: The band ended its activities in 2010, in the meantime I collaborated with some zines, among them Blasphemous Attack, exclusive to the Satanic Black and Death Metal. For a while I believed that my inspiration as a musician was over, fortunately I was wrong.


4.Some of your lyrics deal with Satanism, Occultism and Anti Christianity themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Azatoth: There are all over the world philosophies, beliefs, esoteric systems that converge on one point, which is the elimination of the status quo, the end of everything. The search for an understanding beyond common sense (the way of the lamb) has always been present in our lives. We see growth in the shadows; in the dark gods we see the light. For me, this is an essential issue, dealing with the "dark arts" is not turning your universe into a horizon of worship, but rather, dealing with the verticality of a path that will bring many wounds, enemies and finally: self-knowledge.

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
Azatoth: Our songs revolve in everything that emanates dissatisfaction, rebellion, negativity and aversion. In this world we are the adversary.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Choronzonic'?
Azatoth: Choronzon is the vibration that is present in the black nights of the soul, it is the reluctant entity that denies the demiurge. Through Him is uncreated knowledge, the abyss (dissolution of the cosmic barriers).

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
Azatoth: The art that made it was Lee Haney, an old comrade; the guy you can see in the photo is our drummer A. Oculto. I liked it a lot, sounded pretty primitive, just like the music.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Azatoth: Our best show was the first one, it was a restricted event and almost everything was improvised (in the act). The public was insane, had a similar feeling to ours, which provided a night of much blasphemy, something that always marked our performance.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Azatoth: Our difficulty is the distance between the members, our drummer lives 300 miles from our city, so performing live is not on our highest priorities.

10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Azatoth: Yes, as long the label is aligned with the obscure underground ideas, it’s welcome.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Azatoth: So far, most of the reviews have been positive

12.Are any of the other band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Azatoth: Our guitarist, Envenomed, is guitarist / lead singer of the Death Metal band Murder Worship. If you like an old school DM it is highly recommended.

13.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Azatoth: Recording a full length is our biggest pretension at the moment, we're wanting it to be cassette format. Musically? Total raw and grim till death!!

14.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?
Azatoth: Samael (old), Sarcofago, Sodom, Bathory, HellHammer, Poison (Germany), Venom, Bulldozer, Vulcano, Obscurity, Kaziklu Bey, Necrovore, Merciless, Abruptum, Mystifier, Goat Emperor, Sovereign, Darkthrone, Asaradel, Blasphemy, Moonblood etc.  Nowdays I have listen Revenge, Craft, Conqueror, Mausoleum, Grave Desecrator, Herege…


15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Azatoth: Keep the black flame alive, I enjoyed the interview. Ave Lucifer!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/choronzonic-interview.html


Toadeater/Codex/Fucking Kill Records/Kellerassel Records/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 05:03

  Toadeater  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Codex"  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Fucking  Kill  and  Kellerassel  Records.

  Atmospheric  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  angry  shouts  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  elements  of  crust  punk.

  Post  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  while  clean  playing  can  also  be heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  influences  of  hardcore  punk  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  interlude  and  one  song  also  adds  touches  of  shoegaze  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Toadeater  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  crust  and  hardcore  punk,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leviathan"  "Parasite"  and  "Codex".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/toadeatercodexfucking-kill.html


Chernota/When My Blood Runs Cold/Blasphemous Records/2019 CD Review

vendredi 5 juillet 2019 à 01:10

  Chernota  are  a  duo  from  Russia  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "When  My  Blood  Runs  Cold"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Blasphemous  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  deep  sounding  at  times.

  The  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  elements  of  post  black  metal  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Chernota  plays  a  style  that  of  black  metal  that  has  the aggression  of  the  more  traditional  style  while  also  mixing  in  some  of  the  more  modern  elements  from  the  post  side  of  the  genre  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  pagan  Finno-Ugric  people  who   believes  in  wood  goblins,  spirits  and  witches.

  In  my  opinion  Chenota  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cease The  Insanity"  "Makot  Mitzrayim"  "Maleficium"  and  "Samsara".  8  out  of  10.

        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/chernotawhen-my-blood-runs.html


Tableau Mort/Veil Of Stigmata Book I: Mark of Delusion/Loud Rage Music/2019 CD Review

jeudi 4 juillet 2019 à 23:30

  Tableau  Mort  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  brutal,  technical  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Veil  Of  Stigmata  BOOK  I:  Mark  Of  Delusion"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Horror  movie  orientated  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  The  music  also  mixes  both  the  heavier  and  atmospheric  parts  together  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard. 

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  music  also  mixes  in  some  elements  of  Romanian  Orthodox  church  music  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  technical  moments.  Choirs  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  doom  metal,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Romanian  Orthodoxy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tableau  Mort  are  a  very  great  sounding  brutal, technical  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fall  Of  Man"  "Tapestry  Sewn"  and  "Beyond  His  Gaze".  8  out  of  10.

 https://loudragemusic.bandcamp.com/album/tableau-mort-veil-of-stigma-book-i-mark-of-delusion   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/07/tableau-mortveil-of-stigmata-book-i.html