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Valle Crucis Interview

vendredi 7 juillet 2017 à 01:53
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 We are a black metal band based out of South Carolina. We began in May of 2016 after both Ashriel and I stepped away from our previous music projects. There's not much to say about us other than we're a couple of hateful people that like black metal and enjoy making music.

2.So far you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
 The sound can be described as raw with some melodic tendencies. We've gotten compared to bands such as Marduk, Mork Gryning, & Bathory

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
 A lot of the lyrics are of anti-religion (encompassing Christianity, Judaism & Islam), hate & history (coming with future songs).

4.I know that the bands name comes from the legend of the demon dog of Valle Crucis or North Carolina, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
 We have a song on the ep that is based around the legend. The name came out from liking to have names with some meaning. I don't like to just have a random name for something, like "this sounds cool/kvlt, let's name it that". I also wanted something that was, at least, somewhat local or in the area to be named after or about. A hellhound running amuck on church grounds is pretty cool, plus the actual Latin pronunciation is aweseome, though we combine the latin pronunciation and the way the town pronounces it to create the band name (Vah-lee Crew-sis) (first part is the latin, 2nd is the southern pronunciation)
So, in a sense, it gives the feel of black metal with a demonic presence in a religious establishment.
5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
 We are trying out a bassist currently. Beyond that, there will likely be no other members added. We find that with less people, the easier it is to work together

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 Our highlight show so far has been with Nordjevel & Imperial Triumphant back in May. We have several more dates coming soon including 3 fest appearances and a show with a major name in the genre.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
 No touring plans but our show schedule includes, Carolina Decimation, Communion of Darkness V, Opening for a national tour in our home venue & Wrath of the Goat VI

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
 We have received some interest, but have not signed yet. We are searching for a label and weighing options when offered anything

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We've had very good feedback on our music so far. I haven't heard anything negative from anyone who has heard our music.

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?
 Currently this band is the only one Ashriel & I (Skullcrusher) are active with. I'm formerly of Engulfed in Blackness from Tennessee & Ashriel is formerly of several bands including Adimiron Sphere & IV Nevermore. We do have a couple of projects we have been in talks with but to this date haven't done much with as of yet.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 We are currently writing for a full length release. We plan to head back to the studio in early 2018.

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?
 Our influences are Marduk, Dark Funeral, Sargeist, early Satyricon, Merrimack, Emperor, Behexen, among a few others.
We listen to a whole lot of black metal ranging from well known to really underground. We also dig into our local scene past and present for some great music.

13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Niether really play a role. There is one concept of Lucifer we are considering for a future song. Other than that, we have atheist views which is what is relflected in the music. Some may take it as Satanic, but blasphemy doesn't necessarily have to have a satanic connotation.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We just want to say thank you to everyone in our scene, to those that stand with us & support us. If any of you haven't checked out our music then you probably ought to!
Thanks for taking the time to write us!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/07/valle-crucis-interview.html


Bereft Of Light/Hoinar/Loud Rage Music/2017 CD Review

vendredi 7 juillet 2017 à 00:09

  Bereft  Of  Light  are  a  solo  project from  Romania  that  plays  a  Cascadian  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Hoinar"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  fashion and  nature  sounds  are also  used  at  times  along  with most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  keeping  its  atmospheric  elements  as  well  as  adding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  that  also  have  their  depressive  moments  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  of  the  songs  is  all  instrumental  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  mid  paced direction.


  Bereft  Of  Light  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Cascadian  bands  of  the  northwestern  section  of  U.S.A  and  Canada,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  Romanian  and  cover  a  deep,  emotional,  and  very  personal  take  on life  and  it's  meaning.

  In  my  opinion  Bereft  Of  Light  are  a  very  great  sounding  Cascadian  influenced  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legament"  and  "Tarziu".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/07/bereft-of-lighthoinarloud-rage.html


Impiedoso/Reign In Darkness/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 6 juillet 2017 à 22:37

  Impiedoso  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  which  will  be  released  on  July  22nd.

  Ritualistic  whispers  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  melodic  chants  and  heavier  guitars  and  after  the  into  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  death metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  chants  along  with  acoustic  guitars  return  briefly  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Impiedoso  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  satanic  and  occult  in  the  early  90's  tradition   along  with  some  thrash  and  death  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Portuguese  and  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Impiedoso  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Pelas  Desgracas  de  Deus"  "Liberty  To  Satan"  "Fire'  and  "Under  The  Moon's  Domain".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/07/impiedosoreign-in-darkness2017-full.html


Funeral Art/Misanthropic Rituals/Todeswalzer/One Last Howling/2017 3 Way Split Review

jeudi 6 juillet 2017 à 20:31

  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Guatemala's  Funeral  Art,  U.S.A's  Misanthropic  Rites  and  Germany's  Todeswalzer  called  "One last  Howling"  which  was  also  self  released  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Funeral  Art  who  returns  with  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  raw  black  metal

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  soundscapes  along  with  some  ritualistic  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  second  track  is  very  long and  epic  while  also  bringing  in  atmospheric  sounding  synths  along  with  some   programmed  beats  and  when  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  tremolo  picking  in  the  riffing  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover darkness,  night  and  witchcraft  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Art  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Niebla  del  Ovido.

  Next  up  is  Misanthropic  Rituals  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  guitars  and  semi  melodic  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  before  evolving  into  a  heavier  style  which  uses  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  a  depressive  edge  to  them  at  times  and  one  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  and  fast  musical  direction.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  uses  more  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  getting  more  high  pitched  and  you  can  also  hear a  small  amount  of melodies  along  with  the music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Finnish  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misanthropic  Rituals  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Serenity  In  Death  Filled  Paradise".

  Next  up  is  Todeswalzer  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  drum  beats  and  dark  riffing  that  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  bears  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  second  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Todeswalzer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Let  The  Swords  Speak".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it to  all  fans  of  raw  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/07/funeral-artmisanthropic.html


Esoctrilihum/Mystic Echo From A Funeral Dimension/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

mardi 4 juillet 2017 à 03:52

  Esoctrilihum  are  a  solo  project from  France  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  majestic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Mystic  Echo  From  A Funeral  Dimension"  which  will  be  released  on  July  28th  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  musical  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  edge  while  the  music  also  mixes  both  the  heavy  and  synth  parts  together  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  death  metal  growls  are  also utilized  at  times  and  there  is  also  a brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Esoctrilihum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  majestic  while  also  having  its  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dreams,  death,  esoteric  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Esoctrilihum  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  majestic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancient  Ceremony  From  Astral  Land"  "Infernus  Spiritus"  and  "Mighty  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/07/esoctrilihummystic-echo-from-funeral.html