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Pogavrenjen/Jedka Cekan Da Nikad Ne Umren/Arachnophobia Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 1 février 2016 à 21:11

  Pogavranjen  are  a  band  from  Croatia  that  plays  a  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Jedka Cekan Da Nikad Ne Umren"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Arachnophobia Records.

  A  very  dark  avant  garde  style  synth  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  heavier  sound  being  mixed  in  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times and   on  the  second  tracks  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  vocals  also  make  their  presence  known  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  the  music  speeds  up  a  little  bit  on  the  last  track  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use of  blast  beats  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Pogavranjen  plays  a  musical  style  that  while  it  has  its  roots in  black  metal  they  change  things  around  by  being  more  avant  garde  and  experimental  along  with  some  progressive  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Croatian  and  cover  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pogavranjen  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Maitreya"  and  "Kalpa".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/pogavrenjenjedka-cekan-da-nikad-ne.html


Vargafrost/Honour, Blood, Spirit, And Love/Naturmacht productions/2016 CD Review

lundi 1 février 2016 à 20:10

  Vargafrost  are  a  band  from  New  Zealand  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Honour,  Blood,  Spirit  And  Love"  which  will  be  released  on  February  20th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavier  guitar  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  are  done  in  more  of  a  black  metal  style  as  well  as  some  drums  also  kicking  in  which  also  sets  up  the  mood  for  grim  screams  to  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  second  wave  90's  style  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  more  of  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  bass  guitar  lead.

  Vargafrost  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  mostly  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  style  of  the  genre  while  also  bringing  back  some  aggression  that  is  rarely heard  in  this  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Germanic  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Vargafrost  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  pagan/black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Great  Cavern  Stones"  "The  Light  Of  baldr"  "Ask  And  Embla"  and  "The  Return".  8  out  of 10.
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/vargafrosthonour-blood-spirit-and.html


Lebensnacht/A Rging Storm Of Apocalypse/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review

lundi 1 février 2016 à 18:16

  Germany's  Lebensnacht  have  returned  with  a  new  album  continuing  the  atmospheric  black  metal  sounds  of  previous  recordings  with  the  album  being  called  "A  Raging  Storm  Of  Apocalypse"  which  will  be  released  on  February  20th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Rain  sounds  and  synths  which  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  keys  start  off  the  album  giving  the  recording  an  atmospheric feeling  and  once  the  music  gets  heavy  it  retains  the  atmosphere  while  also  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  while  also  taking  the  heavier  parts  into  more  of  a  darker  and  rawer  musical  direction. 

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  along  with  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  the music  at  times  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  and  melodic  atmospheric  sound  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  In  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  nature  sounds  also  start  making  a  return  at  times  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  that  stay  away  from  solos  while  one  song  also  adds  in  melodic  chants.

  Lebensnacht  creates  an  album  that  has  the  perfect  balance  between  rawness  and  atmosphere  while  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  to  create  a  very  dark  atmospheric  black  metal  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  humans,  life  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Lebensnacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  End  Is  Near"  "Frostbitten  Ashland's"  and  "Into  Cosmic  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/lebensnachta-rging-storm-of.html


Alastor/Wladmark/Winterblast Halls2016 12 Inch Review

lundi 1 février 2016 à 06:34

  Alastor  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  been  around  for  20  years  and  plays  a  very raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Waldmark"  which  was  released  by  Winterblast Halls.

 A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  grim  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  of  the  genre.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  classical  and  acoustic  guitars  which  also  use  a  great  amount  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords,  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  you  can  also  here  all  of  the  musical  instruments that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Alastor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  traditional  and old  school  without  sounding  out  of  date  and  also  adding  in  a  good  sense  of melody,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alastor  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Old  Glacial  Lakes"  "The  Battle   Of  Infernal  Hymns"  and  "Fellwood".  8  out  of  10.

http://winterblasthalls.bandcamp.com/album/waldmark

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/alastorwladmarkwinterblast-hails2016-12.html


Snogg Interview

lundi 1 février 2016 à 05:15
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Ulv: Snøgg is based on experimentation in improvisation within the dark genres such as black metal, drone, death metal, post metal… We are a duo and you never know what exactly to expect from us. We freeride through the wast musical fields not knowing the conditions of the weather and the snow, racing from the avalanches and jumping over cliffs. 


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the ep?

Ulv: As I have said Snøgg is an experiment. This EP was also created in this manner. Firstly we recorded the drums, without knowing what the exact melodies and arrangement would be. Than I composed and recorded the guitars and most of the synths and Køzhl composed and recorded the bass guitar. At the end I added additional synths and vocals. The melodies and arrangement kinda represented my personal feelings, or should I say I recorded the melodies that felt right at the time. I think the main influences on that EP are early Ulver, late Darkthrone and Myrkur. The production is kept dark and dirty as we believe our music should be.


3.What are some of the themes you bring out with your musical style?

Ulv: Our musical style is very open. On the concerts we mostly improvise, using the themes from our released songs, videos and EP-s but never in the same manner, so practically our every show is different. I also experiment with my onstage equipment. That way we have a lot of room to fill with our personal feelings and reflections on the momentary situations. I don’t have the lyrics for the shows. I only wrote lyrics for the released songs, but on stage I sing what comes into my mind. So I sing about mythology, troubles of the modern world (politics, religion, the direction where we as a society are heading), my private life or sometimes I don’t even bother and just scream in anger or chant like a monk. Practically you and even us don’t know what to expect from next show. But nevertheless we mainly stay in traditional black metal with a lot of jumping into other styles of extreme music particularly drone/noise which in my opinion represents the duality more and more witnessed in today’s world (poor-rich, good-evil, capitalism-socialism, etc).


4.originally the band had a different name, what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Snogg'?

Ulv: The first few songs were released under the name Black Trail, which was written with 11 black boxes  - █████████████ .It was what you could see, a black trail. That was when I was still a one man band. Then I decided to make a multi person band out of it and during that process someone pointed to me that there already exist a black metal band representing itself with black boxes. To avoid being mistaken for that band and due to change in the functioning of Black Trail, we decided to change our name. Right at that time I went on a mountaineering trip in Norway, where I noticed a sign for a soccer club called Snøgg. The name immediately got my attention, because phonetically it sounds like slovenian word ‘sneg’ which means snow. When I googled it, I found out, this is a icelanding (and also, I believe old norsk) word for being swift. All the references seemed just right and when I came home I discussed about that name with Mørke and Køzhl (who was a full time member at the time) and they agreed with the idea, so we became Snøgg.


5.Currently the band is a duo, are open to bringing in other musicians again in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Ulv: After one-man-band period I wanted to have a full line-up band with 5, 6 members. I had problems with finding the right people, but I found Mørke and Køzhl, so we were functioning as a trio for a while. When Køzhl had to leave the band due to lack of available time, Mørke and I decided to remain a duo and that opened the doors to experimentation. For the time being we like it that way, because it is easier to improvise with less people. However new ideas are always coming and we are open for collaboration. We already had Bagot from Cvinger featured as a theatrical performer on some of our mutual concerts. We also had Køzhl rejoining the band to record the bass lines for the ep and in beginning wanted to have some featured vocals there, but in the end decided not to.


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

Ulv: I guess our best performance was at Vratolom festival in our hometown Velenje last june, which was actually our first open air show and it was a blast. The show in Postojna last february was also really good, as I was really satisfied with the keyboard settings I used. Of course I must also mention the tour of Snøgg & Cvinger in december 2014, where the last show in Belgrade where we joined forces with two serbian black metal groups in a packed underground club Blue Moon was really exceptional.
On the stage we are both pretty much on the same spot throughout the gig, Mørke behind the drums and I on my workstation, where I have keyboards, computer, pedals, microphones… But we use other theatrical things, such as corpse paintings, candles, featured theatrical performances etc.


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

Ulv: For now we have booked the ep presentation which will be held in club eMCe place in our hometown Velenje together with another local black metal band Kholn on february 27. and a spot on Noise festival in Trbovlje, Slovenia in beginning of June. We are looking for more shows to represent this ep, there is an option of a balkan tour in the summer. However Mørke is just before releasing an album with his death metal band Carnifliate and they are having and planning quite a lot of concerts and I am currently working on the new album of my industrial band The Stroj, beside that we both play in a punk band Mr. Van Punk, that also has some shows booked in the summer, so we will see how much time will be left for Snøgg.


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

Ulv: Yes we are looking but not really actively. In Slovenia most of the underground bands are unsigned or we have labels that put you on their list with all the work left for you to do it. All our work is available for free on the internet, although we appreciate donations if you like the music.


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

Ulv: I must say that it was better than I expected. I felt like many black metal listeners would find this mixing of genres not ‘trve’ because we are not a typical black metal band. I think in every city we have been to there were some people extremely excited with our music and the way we are performing it. The ep hasn’t had much of a feedback yet, but thus far it has been mainly positive, but I have heard criticism about quality of production, about which I don’t care much about, because dark, dirty production was what I was aiming at while producing this ep.


10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Ulv: Yes, of course. We are both in a punk band Mr. Van Punk which is special because we arrive with the van, we start the generator, guitarist and bassist get out of the van, drummer stays inside and we begin to play. We can pack in less than 5 minutes and move to another location. This is great for performing on various locations in the summer, not so great in the winter. :)
Beside that Mørke plays in a death metal band Carnifliate that are about to release their first full album. They have won Natečaj Botečaj, a competition for young bands last may and are performing heavily since.
I am working on a new album of my industrial band The Stroj. It has been a very good year for this band, we had quite a few shows and a video that stayed on the top of video charts called Točka, held by Slovenian national television. I am also active in a dark electro group of djs called Sikk.ru. As a matter of fact, today Mørke plays with Carnifliate in Postojna, I play with The Stroj in Ljubljana and other members of Sikk.ru perform in Velenje, so yeah, we are pretty active.


11.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Ulv: Maybe next year. With Snøgg it is always a mystery. We wanted this to be full album, but we created an ep due to lack of time. When the stars will be right and when we will have enough time, we will release our next thing but I cannot tell if it will be a full album or just another ep. I think the amount of genres we experiment with is quite huge already so I think we will stay in this improvising direction. But it might happen that the next thing will be something completely different.


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?

Ulv: As I mentioned before I guess early Ulver, late Darkthrone and Myrkur influenced the most on the ep. For the life performances, there are of course many other influences. Mørke has huge knowledge about death and black metal and I know a lot about experimental rock, sludge metal, drone, post rock/metal, so I guess our influences are somewhere around these boundaries. I am listening to many different genres not only in rock and metal but also in electronic music, hip-hop, ethno so it really depends on how I am feeling.


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

Ulv: Experimentation is a key to novelty.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/snogg-interview.html