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Master Of Cruelty/Archaic Visions of the Underworld/Blood harvest/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 4 octobre 2016 à 02:41

 Master Of  Cruelty  are  a  band  from  Paraguay  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Archaic  Visions  Of  The  Underworld"  which  will  be  released in  November  by  Blood  Harvest.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  evil  sounding  violins  start  off the album  along  with  some  whispers  in  the background  which  also  use  a  very grim  atmosphere  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  direction  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are    present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  and  you  can  also h ear  some  80's  thrash  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  more of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  South  American  death  metal  influences  and  while  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  feeling  and  the  music  also  gets  very  bestial  at  times  as  will  as  adding  in  a  touch  of  war  metal.

  Master  Of  Cruelty  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  raw  styles  of  black  and  war  metal  and  mixes  it  with  old  school  South  American  death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Master  Of  Cruelty  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Archaic  Visions  Of  The  Underworld"  "Our  Endless  Wrath"  and  "Mythological  Creatures".  8/5  out  of  10.
   http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/archaic-visions-of-the-underworld-12lp

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/mater-of-crueltyarchaic-visions-of.html


Irillion Interview

lundi 3 octobre 2016 à 14:01
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Irillion was founded in January 2015 as a way for me to reconnect with the folklore and history surrounding the region I was born in. I'm from Venezuela and currently living in Mexico.


2.Recently you have released an EP, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I've been told by the few that have listened to the EP that it sounds somewhat melancholic, dynamic and even heroic/epic. I'd rather listen to the impressions it makes on people than describe it myself. Some ideas that made it on the EP are quite old; I tried giving them a coherent structure and turn them into full songs, and take the chance to experiment and learn while recording. Vocals were originally going to be included but due to time constraints and not being able to find a proper vocalist it ended up being fully instrumental.


3.All of the music is instrumental, are you open to using any vocals or lyrics in the future?

Yes. I was never opposed to working with vocals, plus it'd be a good learning experience if I ever decide to do it myself for future releases.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Irillion'?

I took the name from a fantasy short story called "Idle Days On The Yann" by Lord Dunsany.


5.With the exception of a drummer you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band in the future?

I'm open to live shows, though currently it's unlikely to happen. But it'd be nice to start playing live before this year's end.


6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Not currently, but perhaps in the near future. No label has contacted us yet but the EP has only been out for a little about a week.


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

The select few who have listened to it have enjoyed it and keep a good impression of the EP. One major suggestion people have made is that it'd carry a more complete texture if it had vocals, which is something I can agree with. I don't really agree with the 'atmospheric black metal' tag, but whatever works for people.


8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

No. At the moment Irillion is my only 'active' project.


9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

I expect to keep learning and experimenting. There's still many ideas that I'd like to include on a future release.


10.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?

There's some obvious inluence from bands like Beherit and Burzum, both of which I listen to regularly. But not everything I listen to influences the music I make. I enjoy black metal, doom metal (most particularly funeral doom), some electronic music, ambient, academic composers like Lauro, Bruckner, Ravel and Beethoven, Slayer (their first five albums should be their own fucking genre), and I also have my own share of personal guilty pleasures.


11.What are some of your non-musical interests?

Going to shows, watching horror films or cheesy Japanese kaiju films, video games, reading, drinking and swearing.


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

 Anyone willing to support the project can do so by buying the EP on Bandcamp, physical copies are a possibility in the future. Thank you for the interview. Hail the Catatumbo!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/irillion-interview.html


Volkolak/Ice Hike & Tales Of The Old Wolf/Crush The Desert Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 3 octobre 2016 à 05:17

  Russia's  Volkolak  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  once  again  moving  away  from the  ns  black  metal  style  and  focusing  more  on  a  pagan  folk  music  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ice  Hike  &  Tales  Of  The  Old  Wolf"  which  was  released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.

  Slavic  style  folk  instruments  along  with  acoustic  guitars  which  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  full  chords  and  finger  picking  start  off  the  album  and  on  the  second  track  clean  singing vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  medieval  and  pagan  atmosphere  and  back  up  chants  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  flutes,  mandolins,  and  harps  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  bag  pipes  and  one  track  brings  in  female  vocals  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  while  no  heavy  parts  are  ever  utilized  a  lot  of  the  music  does  capture  the  atmosphere  of  folk  and  pagan  metal.

  Volkolak  creates  another  recording  that  continues  the  pagan/folk  music  style  they  had  established on  the  last  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Slavic  and  Norse  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Volkolak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan/folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Borned  By  Volkolak"  "I  Remember"  "Winter's  Time"  and  "From  Brother  To  Enemy".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/volkolakice-hike-tales-of-old-wolfcrush.html


Crystal Moors/The Mountain Will Forgive Us/Casus belli Musica/2016 Double Album Review

lundi 3 octobre 2016 à 02:58

  CrystalMoors  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  Celtic form  of  pagan/black  metal  with  touches  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  double  album  "The  Mountain  Will  Forgive  Us"  which  was  released  by  Casus  Belli  Musica.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  recording  a  folk  music  feeling  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  vocals.

  Black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  they  also  get  very  deep  at  times  along  with  a  few  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Throughout  the  recording  they  also  alternate  between  both  the  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  on  a  regular  basis  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  and  there is  also  a  brief use  of  keyboards  and  the  second  half  of  the  album  is  all  folk  versions  of  both  their  newer  and  older  material  and  whispers  along  with  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  they  also  bring  the  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  into  the  acoustic  tracks.  

  CrystalMoors  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  raw,  melodic  and  epic  style  of  pagan/black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  folk  music  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Heathenism,  North  Iberian  and  Celtic  Paganism  and  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  CrystalMoors  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  band  with  touches  of  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Over  the  Same  Land"  "The  Oldest  One"  "A  Man  under  Wolfskin"  and  "Crown  of  Wolves".  8  out  of  10. 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/crystal-moorsthe-mountain-will-forgive.html


Bornholm/Primaevel Pantheons/Massacre Records/2016 CD Review

dimanche 2 octobre 2016 à 06:39

  Bornholm  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black/pagan  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2016  album  "Primaevel  Pantheons"  which  will  be  released  in  December by  massacre  Records.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sound  of  the  recording  which  also  uses a   great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of blast  beats  can  be  heard which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal screams.

  Clean  singing  pagan  vocals  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  Bornholm  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Heathenism,  Occultism,  Philosophy  and  History  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bornholm  are  a  very great  sounding  occult  black/pagan  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eye  of  Knowledge"  "Runes  Of  Power"  "Iron  Crown"  and  "Imperium  (Divus  Rex)'.  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/10/bornholmprimaevel-pantheonsmassacre.html