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Ashbringer/Vacant/Avantgarde Music/2015 CD Review

jeudi 23 avril 2015 à 08:46

  Ashbringer  are  a  solo  project  from  Minnesota  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Vacant"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  which  also  appears  on  other  songs  as  well  and  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  while  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  post  black  metal  guitar  leads a re  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  after  the  intro  the  bass  guitars  start  having  more  of  a  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  at  times  and  the  music  can  get  very  atmospheric  when  synths  are  utilized  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  cascadian  black  metal  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  have  a  very  raw  feeling  to  them  and  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  an  ambient  instrumental  before  the   album  closes  with  another  heavy  track.

  Ashbringer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  modern,  melodic,  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding  and  also  seems  to  be  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  cascadian  style  and  there  is  also  a  touch  of  ambient,  folk  and  progressive  in  the  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ashbringer  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lucid"  and  "better".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/ashbringervacantavantgarde-music2015-cd.html


Upon Graves Interview

mercredi 22 avril 2015 à 08:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

-Well first and foremost, we’re from Tampa, Florida, USA, and I started this band in 2012 as a channel for my thoughts and beliefs, and it has been going strong ever since.

2.In 2014 alone you had put out 3 releases, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

-It’s Black Metal at the core, but there is a clear Death Metal influence in there as well, which I think is fine. I have no issues infusing the two.

3.Last year from April to December, you had released a demo, ep and a full length, do you put a lot of time and effort into creating and writing songs?

-We put an extreme amount of both time and effort into creating songs, both musically and lyrically. I have the utmost respect for this project and would never release something that I didn’t put my heart and soul into.

4.The lyrics cover Anti Cosmic Luciferianism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts and left hand path?

-I write from what comes inside, I just let it happen naturally. You must have that “divine spark” in order to truly grasp what is at hand.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Upon Graves'?

-I believe that one day everything within this plane of existence will end, and it will all return to nothingness. It is for that reason I always thought I was “upon graves”, so to speak.

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

-We played a show recently with a band called Hod from Texas. It was a mix of the old and new members in the band, as I’m working on a new lineup. I liked it a lot, for it shall only get better. When it comes to stage performance, I really think people can feel the intensity we emit, and I want that. Like I said before, this band is a channel for my beliefs, and performing these “rituals” on stage is a great outlet for me.

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

-Of course. We’ve talked about touring shortly in the future but as previously stated, I’m getting a new lineup together, so that’s what I’m focused on now. One particular show coming up in October of this year is the Black Kvlt Fest in Florida that we’ll be a part of.

8.The new album is being promoted through Occult Society Promotion? Can you tell us a little bit more about this company?

-The guy who created Occult Society Promotion is a buddy of mine from Italy (but they work in two), who plays in a great band himself. They promote Metal or Rock bands that, as the name suggests, have an occult theme. He fully stands behind what Upon Graves is doing.

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

-From what I’ve heard and/or seen, it’s been going well.

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

-It will always be Black Metal. Now within that spectrum, I can’t say.

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?

-Dissection has definitely been the biggest influence on the band, among others, such as Horna and Watain. Recently, I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Blasphemy, although I’d like to add that I’m a huge fan of the Finnish scene, whether it’s Black or Death Metal. Archgoat, Sotajumala, Satanic Warmaster, Black Sun Aeon, Insomnium, Behexen, etc. I love music as a whole; I’m not a metal elitist.

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

-Thanks for the interview, I appreciate it. Stay strong, never give in, and never give up. HDHM.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/upon-graves-interview.html


Goatblood Interview

mardi 21 avril 2015 à 01:53
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

In June 2014 we did the legendary Tour with Mystifier, Horrid and Satanize. That was an interesting and exciting time. After the concerts we began to write the Songs for the glorious “Nekro Rituals” and also we finished material for two further Split EP. As you can see: it`s going on.

2. You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Ritual Occult Goat Metal

3. You label your music as 'Ritual Occult Goat metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

We praise the Goat as a symbol of Evil and of Antichrist in the World. We don`t fit in these drawers for Death or Black Metal and so we create our own Ritual.

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

The lyrical content is almost an intellectual trademark of Goatblood and always special. Some contain topics of satanic, ritual, antihuman and war. Anyway, it is a pleasure for us to play with the “reputation” of believing Christ. For example, we turn or change excerpts of the bible into something weird. Essentially nothing else than what do religions - just in a serious way.

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

The Name was come to mind by Satanic Death Vulva. In principle it doesn`t mean something special. We just looking for a laconic Name in the vein of old 80/90ies Death/Black Metal combos. That`s what we did and it is felicitous.


6. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Actually there are no plans to expand Goatblood. Formed by Satanic Death Vulva and Reverend Slayer only. Maybe we could add some personal – and so we do on Live Gigs – but in the end we`re still a duo.


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

Hm… not so many gigs like you expected. On the set we`re covered in cattleblood, some black corpsepaint or wear ski or gas masks. Wherever it`s possible we place huge anti-crosses and start with a Intro. The light should to be monochrome.


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

Expect some rituals within Germany soon... !

9. In March you where a apart of a split with 'Nuclear Perversions', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Nuclear Perversions is a great Band that has their own vision to tell about downfall of our nice place called Earth. There is never too much radiation absorbed dose. We appreciate this way of variety. Hail.


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

Most sales and fans come from outside of Germany, the interest in GOATBLOOD is more than we expected!

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

Satanic Death Vulva plays in sporadic ways by “Decibel Rebels” (Thrash/Black Metal) by “Ad Arma” (War Metal) and “Nacht” (atmospheric Doom Metal). All these Bands released some material in recent times. Reverend Slayer was one of the former members by the local Black Metal Band “Morannon”. But for several reasons actually were put to ice after nearly 15 years. Maybe it will be unleash a last Demo with old unreleased Songs but when it really does – I can`t say. Wait and see!

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

So long as we doing this kind of music – we do. And there is no doubt for future that it could change because we can`t something else.

12. 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?

It is really difficult to mention some Band who affected us in a special way. There are just too many great and uncountable Bands out there. Above all we do music since back the mid of the nineties. To tell you some influences: „Beherit“, „Sadomator“, „Darkthrone“ or „Blaspherian“… and many others. These are indeed good names and we still listen them.

13. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

Satanism is a big part in Goatbloods live and a sign against feelings, traditions or other awkward rites of Christ. Broadly speaking: we deny every religion – and therefore Baphomet is our vehicle to trumpet out blasphemy.


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

I hope that all life on Earth ends soon!!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/goatblood-interview.html


Veer/27/Caverna Abismal Records/2015 CD Review

dimanche 19 avril 2015 à 06:03

  Veer  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "27"  which  was  released  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  yet  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  adds  in  blast  beats  and  also  adds  more  of  an  old  school  feeling  to  the  songs  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  feeling  and  the  vocals  at  time s also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording.

  On  this  album  Veer  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  still  very  raw  but  done  with  a  more  modern  style,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  decadence  of  human  nature  and  the  world  wit  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Veer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  modern  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Son  of  Hate"  "27"  and  "Streets  Without  Light".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/veer27caverna-abismal-records2015-cd.html


Forgotten Tomb/Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love/Agonia Records/2015 CD Review

dimanche 19 avril 2015 à 00:12

  Forgotten  Tomb  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  bee n featured  before  in  this  zine  and  are  also  very well  known  in  depressive  black  metal  circles  and  on  this  album  they   go  for  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  sound  instead  of  the  gothic  black/doom  style  that  they  have  established  on  the  last  few  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Hurt  Yourself  And  the  Ones  You  Love"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  as  well  as  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  melodies  coming  out  of  the  riffs  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  spoken  word  samples  can  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  lot  of  the  songs  go  for  more  of  a  modern  style  of  black  metal.

  Element s of  groove  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffs  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  some  of  the  slower  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  doom  while  the  band  focuses  more  on  a  blackened  style  this  time  around  while  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  black'n'roll  vibe  and  the  whole  album  is  very  diverse  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  track.

  Forgotten  Tomb  changes  their  musical  style  on  this  album  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  modern  black  metal  direction  and  while  it  still  is  not  on  par  with  their  earlier  depressive  albums  the  music  is  more  straight  forward  and  less  experimental  than  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  Suicide,  negativity,  solitude  and  nihilism.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  great  return  to  form  album  from  Forgotten  Tomb  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Soulless  Upheaval"  "Hurt  Yourself  And  The  Ones  You  Love"  and  "Swallow  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/forgotten-tombhurt-yourself-and-ones.html