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Akhenaten/Incantations Through The Gates Of Irkalla/Satanath Records/Murdher Records/Darzamadicus Records/2015 CD Review

jeudi 3 décembre 2015 à 08:08

  Akhenaten  are  a  duo  from  Manitou  Springs,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  Middle  Eastern   folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Through The Gates Of Irkalla"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath Records,  Murdher  Records,  and  Darzamadicus Records.

  A  middle  eastern  folk  music  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and melodic  while  also  keeping  around  the  folk  elements  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  use  a  great  mixture  of  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 At  times  the  music  gets  very  tribal  and  shamanistic  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  fast  riffs  bring  in  raw  black  metal  elements  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small amount  of  acoustic  guitars while  a  couple  of  tracks  are  instrumental  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Septic  Flesh's  "Anubis"  which  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

  Akhenaten  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  black  and  death  metal  and  they  mix  in  Middle  Eastern  folk  and world  music  to  create  a  very  original  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Sumerian,  Reptilian,  Anunnakian, Canaan,  Vedic  and  Egyptian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Akhenaten  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  metal  and  Middle  Eastern  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enlil:  Lugal  Kurk  Ur  Ra"  "The  Passage  Through  Flames" "Golden  Palace  Of  The  Lamassu"  and  "Anubis".  8  out  of  10.

   
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/akhenatenincantations-through-gates-of.html


Abigorum/My Haemophilia/Satanath Records/2013 Single Review

jeudi 3 décembre 2015 à 05:34
   Abigorum  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013 single  "My  Haemophilia'  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  A  very  distorted  drone  starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  drum  beats,  raw  guitars  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams that  also  gives  the  song  a  depressive  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  ambient  and  industrial  elements  in  the  background  while  the  track  remains  true  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  that  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements.

  Abigorum  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  depressive  black  metal  which  they  also  mix  with  ambient  and  doom  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Abigorum  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom  and  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  band.  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/abigorummy-haemophiliasatanath.html


Baalberith/Loup Noir/Azoc/RAN/Vabodi/the Antichristian Symphonies/Satanath Records/2013 Double Album Split Review

jeudi 3 décembre 2015 à 05:20

  This  is  a  review  of  a  double  split  album  between  United  kingdom's  Baalberith,  France's  Loup  Noir,  Netherland's  RAN  and  Iceland's  Azoic  and  Vabadi  called  "The  Antichristian  Symphonies  which  was  released  in  2013  by  Satanath  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Baalberith  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in t his  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  mixture  of  blakc  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with   ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  and  evil  sounding  synths  and  after  the  intro  bells  start  to  kick  in  before  going  into  a  heavy  musical  direction  that also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  ans  they  also  mix  the  synths  in n with  the  heavier parts.

  Throughout   their  side  of  the recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  also  get  depressive at  times  and  the  riffs  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  along  with  some  growls  being  utilized  at  times  and  one  of  their  songs  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track  also brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  they close  their  side  of  the  split  with  Woods  of  Ypres  and  Mayhem  covers,  the production  sounds  very  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Baalberith  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Quest  For  Satan"  and  "God  Delusion".

  Next  up  is  Loup  Noir  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  raw  and  epic  pagan/black  metal  sound  along  with  some  depressive  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  grim  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

   When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  a  great  portion  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of the  riffs  also  use  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  clean  singing  chants,  clear  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  at  times  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times and  their  is also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Loup  Noir  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Errance"  and  "Requiem".

  Next  up  is  Azoic  a  band  that  plays  a  modern  style  of  occult  black/death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  technical  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  deep  growls  and  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  death  metal  influences  in  all  of  the  tracks  and  atmospheric  elements  in  the  music  at  times.

   Some  of  the  riffs  also  use  melodies  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  to them  and  the  music  also  gets  very  brutal  at  times  and  there  is  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  the  musicians  play  their  instruments,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Azoic  are  a  very  great sounding  atmospheric  occult  black/death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apeiron"  and  "Srirituphysics".

  Next  up  is  RAN  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  heavy  thrash  sound  along  with  some  melodies  and  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

   You  can  hear  both  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  elements  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in even  more  of  an  old  school  metal  style  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  the  raw  energy  of  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  chaos,  war,  and  hell.

  In  my  opinion  RAN  are a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  thrash,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thrash  Black"  and  "Death  Divine".

  Closing  the  split  is  Vabodi  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  and  after  a  few  seconds  melodic  guitar  leads  and  a  raw  black  metal  sound  is  added  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  with  the  faster  sections  bringing  in  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  both  of  there  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  There is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  slower  sections  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  doom  metal  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  metal  in  the  music  at  times  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  all  instrumental  with  no  vocals  or  song  writing  ever  being  used  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same time.

  In  my  opinion  Vabodi  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of post  black  metal  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you should  check  out  this band.  RECOMMENDED TRACK  "Woe  bearer".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  and  covers  a  variety  of  many  different  black  metal  styles  from  black/death/,  post  black metal, pagan black metal, and  post  black  metal,  and  if  you a re  into  all  those  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album  set.  8  out  of  10.               

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/baalberithloup-noirazocranvabodithe.html


Insanity Cult Interview

mercredi 2 décembre 2015 à 18:16
 1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Greetings, after releasing the debut full length album, we are currenlty in search of a label while at the same time, working on a second full-length album.

2.So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The musical sound of Insanity Cult is structured around melancholic atmospheres and melodies with interferences by feelings of nihilism and hatred. The EP "Insanity Be My Kvlt" was released back in 2014 and it actually was a rehearsal recording with no mixing, thus capturing a more raw sound, while the full-length "As My End Unfolds..." (as a properly studio-recorded album), managed to satisfactorily formulate the essence of our music.

3.The band has been around since 2011 but waited until 2014 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 2 or 3 years?

When Insanity Cult was created back in 2011 by Sacrilegious and me, we wanted to incarnate all these personal feelings that words cannot express and that are so commonly suppressed by humans. We had to extensively experiment with the sound until we were satisfied. And as the time passed and the ideological composition of the band ripened, so did we and thus new elements were added and some others were removed. Apart from the pursuit of a sound that would sufficiently express both our feelings, we also needed to find the right members to join. So, when Beleth, Buer and Vohamon joined we were contented to find that they all had their own elements to add, which fitted perfectly. Once the line-up was complete, we recorded the EP and started working on the full-length album.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content that is presented on the new recording?

The lyrical theme of Insanity Cult, saunters into the fields of inner suffering, melancholy and the struggle to find a meaning within one's self. It speaks of the necessity and desire for self-destruction to the seeker of stars in the darkest night. The pain of everything falling apart on the inside and the strife to fill the emptiness, each one with his own darkest beam of light.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Insanity Cult'?

Insanity devours all reality. Insanity stands as an opposition to common sense and everything that is supposed to be reasonable in a world where reason and morality are but a mass-produced product. It tears your entire world apart, leaving you wandering among fragments like an orphan tear in an endless river. The cult around madness is to understand that everything around you is an illusion and to consiously live in this fragmented world. It is to willingly disintegrate what is percieved as reality and recreate it under your desire. It is to take the distillate of your former existence and to find the true potential of your psyche, within the infinite, cold void.

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?

Of all our live performances there is one that stands out. It was the last show of "Nihilism Upon Mankind Balkan Tour" in Lamia, Greece, where we performed along with Human Serpent, in a really small, underground area. It was an invitation-only live performance and the atmosphere was much more pleasant than in any live bar we have performed in the past. As for a general stage performance description, I do not think there is any; each live is different. We let ourselves be expressed in the way we feel at that moment.

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

There are no specific plans currently, however, it is a topic that we are discussing.

8.Has the band received any label interest yet?

We just recently contacted labels, so we have not yet recieved any answers.

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

Until now, we have only recieved positive feedback and the full-length is almost sold out. There are also several cases where someone contacts us to propose trading, so, taking into consideration that we haven't done any serious promoting, we are satisfied.

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

There is a lot of material for future releases that we are working on. We have plans for a second full-length, as mentioned above, and other releases as well.

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?

Sargeist, Noenum, Gratzug, Owl's Blood, Csejthe... and generally bands with melancholic melodies. Each member of Insanity Cult has his own music preferences, we all, however, enjoy dark, melancholic atmospheres be it in black metal, neoclassical, ambient, blackgaze or folk music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nothing and everything exists within Chaos, and madness is the chaos of existence.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/insanity-cult-interview.html


Marchosias Interview

mercredi 2 décembre 2015 à 18:12

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

First of all I would like to say "Hello!" to you and all your readers and to thank you for your interest in Marchosias.
I have to say we are pretty busy lately. We launched 2 split CD's, we are working on the design for two t-shirts and we have to prepare for our anniversary concert. We had to rescheduled because of the tragic recent events for the metal scena in Romania, the Colectiv fire. We would like to send our regrets and prayers to our brothers and sisters that are no longer with us and to the ones that are still fighting for their lives in hospital beds and to their families.
We are also working writing new music and lyrics for our upcoming full length that we wish to launch at the end of 2016.

2.Recently you where a part of a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on your side of the recording?
Yes we were. Actually we recorded 6 songs for two split CD-s. Metal United 2015, the 10th anniversay of polish metalcore band Lostbone (Lostbone / Marchosias / Decease / Implant Pentru Refuz / Targ3t) and (inter)SECTION a split cd with fellow black metal band Akral Necrosis. The music presented on our side of the (inter)SECTION split is what Marchosias feels like these days. powerfull riffs combined with melodic intersections, strong lyrics and a deep message! It represents the maturity the band has reached after a period of 5 years of existence and development.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrical topics we try to reach is dark spirituality, luciferianism and self awareness through religious concepts. We try to rise a question mark above what religion is serving to the masses and to open the eyes of the masses and to help them see that not everything is what it seems and that we should use our brains more often. Blind following and worship is not ok in the times we live!

4.I know that the name 'Marchosias' comes from a Goetic demon, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Left Hand Path philosophies and the Occult?
Yes the name comes from a demon, commander of 30 demonic legions, but it also means "marquis" in greek. I can only speek about my interest in the left hand path and the occult here as faith is a very personal thing. I am very interested in placing the HUMAN in the center of it`s exitence as we are all responsible for our decisions and our actions. That is all I have to say about this topic.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We had some very good shows laetly, lot`s of people, ver good and strong reactions from the crows. Our live performances I would describe as strong and balanced. we try to provide an energic show for our fans and make them feel our energy on stage. We try to geve everything at every show!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We would like to support (inter)SECTION with a couple of live performances in different citiesin Romania and hopefully abroad.

7.Recently you shared a split with Akral Necrosis and also covered one of their songs, can you tell us a little bit more about your cover version?
We tried to add a touch of us to the cover...add some melodic parts to the songs wich is a great song. I think we managed to add our personal touch to the cover. We hope that both our fans and Akral Necrosis fans will apreciate our effort.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I can`t really say what the feedback is on a worldwide level. We haven`t reached so many ears and sould. Nut in romania we received positive reviews and feedbacks at shows and from the press. Hopefully we would reach some black metal fans with the hellp of your site :).

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
The only Marchosias band that is involved in a side project is our main guitarist Edward, he plays bass for Necrovile. The other members don`t have the spare time , we have jobs and families and Marchosias takes all our free time.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
At the end of 2016. The full lenght willl have everything from black metal to death metal, sreams growls and clean vocals, it`s gonna be a big surprise! We hope it will have a great inpact on our fanbase.

11.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?
Some of the bands we enjoy: Marduk, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Dissection, Anathema, Sear Bliss, Watain, Nile, Faceless, Lake of tears etc. I personally enjoy the latest Gorgoroth album Instinctus Bestialis.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you the great questions and don`t forget to give darkness a change, keep the hons up!
The xxx legion, Marchosias!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/marchosias-interview.html