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Tardigrada/Emotionale Odnis/Eisenwald/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 16 septembre 2016 à 05:28

  Tardigrada  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of t heir  2016  album  "Emotionale Odnis"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by Eisenwald.

 Clean  guitars start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal screams  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion. 

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the songs  more  of  a  raw  black metal  feeling  and  there  is  an  intro  before  each  song  which  all  use  clean  playing  along  with  a  brief use  of  thunder  and rain  sounds  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Tardigrada  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  has its  raw  and  depressive,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swiss  and  cover  feelings  and  social  criticism themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tardigrada  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  Wand"  and  "Emotionale  Oedinis".  8  out  of  10.   

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Lord Agheros/Nothing At All/My Kingdom Music/2016 CD Review

vendredi 16 septembre 2016 à 02:09
 Lord  Agheros  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and originally played an  ambient  style  of  black  metal but  have  evolved  into a  post  metal  band  with  elements  of  goth,  industrial,  classical  and  avant  garde and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Nothing  At  All"  which  was  released  by  my  Kingdom  Music.

  Clock  sounds  and  keyboards  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  touches  of  classical  music  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  after  awhile  ambient  elements are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  heavy  guitars  while  some  songs  are  also  very  industrial  and  avant garde  influenced.

  Male vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  some  songs  are  instrumental  and  also  bring  in  influences  of  ambient, goth  and  post  rock  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  violins  while  all  of  the  musical  isntruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other.

 Lord  Agheros  moves  away  from the  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  recordings  and  have  evolved  more  into  a  post  or  avant  garde  style  metal  project,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  political  and  real  life  themes.

 In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Lord Agheros  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like it,  I can  still  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  avant  garde  and  post  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lake Water"  "Life  And  Death"  "On  the  Shore"  and  "Final  Death

  Male  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  traces  of  goth  and  post  rock  and  every  track  sounds  different  from  each  other  while  one song  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffing  getting  more  melodic  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful and  some  of t he songs  are  all  instrumental  and  towards  the  end  violins  are  also  utilized  briefly.  


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Nihilistic Pain Interview

jeudi 15 septembre 2016 à 14:07
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

E: We are nothing more than a part of the never-ending cycle of corruption in this world. Life gave us corrupted minds and perverted desires and we choose to channel it in our music in hopes that some vulnerable people will absorb it and start living more destructive lives. The music is NOT intended for anyone's enjoyment.

Nihilisten: “E” told it good enough, i don’t have much more to say about that.

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

Nihilisten: When i first started the project and released the Paranoia EP, it was all improvised and in one take. While recording Reach The Purity, i only did the drums and also vocals on my 2 tracks. But the recording-style was the same. Mostly improvisation, we don’t write music. It’s just channeling emotions, so it can become anything or nothing.

E: I don't know, some kind of very noisy and depressive experimental black metal. We haven't really put much thought into how we should sound and that's why every release sounds very different. When we start recording, whatever happens happens. And since musicality is not in the focus at all we can just focus on sounding the worst possible. It's hard to focus on writing something technical and innovative when you're bleeding from multiple flesh wounds or having severe panic attacks. We feel horrible when writing and recording so of course it's going to sound horrible. Otherwise what would be the point?

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

E: Corruption, depression, melancholy, homicidal and suicidal thoughts, depravity, self harm, blood rituals and mental illness.

Nihilisten: Self-torture and madness, simply put.

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

Nihilisten: Actually, i was listening to Nihilistic Misanthropy way back before i started Nihilistic Pain and also before i even was a member of Nihilistic Misanthropy. I was thinking “Damn, i need a good fucking obscure DSBM band”. I played around a little with their name due to it being really great. So i ended up with Nihilistic Pain. I haven't put so much thought in the name itself after that.

5. 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?

E: Studio-wise we will always be a duo. But we are thinking about taking it to the next level by playing live. If we do, some live-members will probably be needed. But we have a lot of requirements and i believe it will be hard to find musicians willing to cope with what we're all about. The reason why we work so well together is that we always encourage sick behaviour from one another rather than try to prevent it. During the recording of "Nighttimes Torment" I was very close to attacking somebody (name left out) with an axe before recording the vocals. And it's not like Nihilisten tried to prevent it, at all.

Nihilisten: As “E” said, it will only be us two studiowise. We are the perfect storm when we work. Two fucking psychopaths who encourage everything. As he said, the “axe-attack” is a good example. I did not try to prevent it, and i don’t see any reason why i should have tried to prevent it.

6. Currently the band is signed to 'obscure insanity Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

E: It is Nihilistens label. The tape version of our EP (which will be containing something special) will be released there but the CD version will probably be released somewhere else.

Nihilisten: Haha, it’s my own label. First named “Xanax Records” and i just released my own bands (Alfheim’s first EP was the first release on the label). The aim there is to focus on obscure bands that i myself find interesting, and also my own projects. The Reach The Purity CD will be released on Winterwolf Records while the tapes will be on Obscure Insanity Records.

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

E: Most tend to think it is very raw and extreme. Most probably think it's a little too much. A few fucking psychopaths seem to really enjoy it and even fewer seem to understand it and embrace the concept, which is our aim. Of course we always like to hear from people who enjoy it but it can't even compare to the feeling when people listen, understand and ACT. We have gotten a lot of personal self harm images from people letting us use it in different ways and we really like receiving this kind of support. It shows that we are getting somewhere with our visions.

Nihilisten: “E” told it good enough. Some understand it, others don’t. I showed one of my friends “The Life I Was Given”, she told me i was insane. That’s the kind of reactions i prefer recieving.

9. Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
(I have to send it in 2 parts)
E: Yes. I play in Nattkaos, Pandora and Vargtimma. I have releases with each and every one planned this year.

Nihilisten: Haha, too many. We both have had some different projects. My main band beside Nihilistic Pain is Dysfori, a dark atmospheric rock band. One of the side-projects i have is Corpsefuck, a rather fucked up “gore metal” band where E does some vocals now and then.
I also recently became the new guitarist and drummer in Nihilistic Misanthropy.

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

E: Whatever feels wrong.

Nihilisten: To the purity (death).

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?

E: My main influences are Stalaggh, Abruptum, Gnaw their tongues, Noothgrush and Merzbow. That's also pretty much what I'm listening to currently. However, we try not to have any guidelines. Musical influences are almost inevitable I think. But that should never mean following any strict directions other than your own if you want to create something of real value.

Nihilisten: Abruptum, Silencer and some of the few pure DSBM bands that really shows the disgusting pain. What i listen to varies from day to day. But these are the musical inspirations.

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

E: Thanks for having us. Spread the message and let the corruption manifest!

Nihilisten: This is just the beginning.

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Brahmarakshas Interview

mercredi 14 septembre 2016 à 14:03
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Hi  , firstly thank you for taking the time to listen to my EP and for your kind and honest review. Brahmarakshas is one of my many musical projects, one that focuses largely on the metal aspect of my musical interests, more so black/progressive metal. There are very little clean or harsh sung vocals - most vocals are either samples from old experimental films or my own voice reciting Hindi poetry by Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh, or Muktibodh for short.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. It is definitely black metal in terms of feel, but the songwriting is stylistically influenced by death metal, jazz fusion and ambient/dissonant music.

 3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the poem you had explored with your lyrics?

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

3/4.  A Brahmarakshas (according to Hindu mythology) is a Hindu priest (Brahmin) who has been cursed to roam the earth forever as a flesh eating demon (Rakshasa) who cannot die and must suffer eternally. Muktibodh's Brahmarakshas (a slight variation, he is also trapped in a well he cannot get out of) is also an intellectual and a philosopher - to better understand him you must better understand the poet, who was a Marxist poet and intellectual in a time where the Indian government was actively suppressing all such literature and thought. Most of his poetry was published posthumously. His version of the mythical demon was a surreal and dark satire on the intellectuals who meekly bowed down before the Government and sacrificed their ideals just to gain acceptance in society. In doing so, they let social inequality flourish, and it is doing so even today. My other two EPs (Arising From The Surface and Misshapen Lunar Apparition - both based on Muktibodh's poetry) also explore similar themes.

Muktibodh's Brahmarakshas can also be thought of as an intellectual creature who is consumed by its own ego and leads a dissatisfied life trapped in its own musings and excessive philosophization. When I created the project, I realized I was inadvertently guilty of being a Brahmarakshas in both of those ways - I was thinking too much, and I was thinking too much within the confines set by society.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicains or do you prefer to work solo?
5. I have done everything on this project myself (with a few minor exceptions, bandcamp has details) - I play guitar, keyboard/piano and flute, and do the spoken/harsh vocals. I program percussions, and produce my own albums. The EP prior to this (Misshapen Lunar Apparition) is completely electronic (as opposed to the rest in which all instruments save the drums are completely analog). It is not that I want to work solo - it is just easier to work solo than to work with other musicians who do not understand what you are trying to do instinctively. Working and playing with those that do get you, however, is sheer bliss and a great learning experience.

On that note, I have collaborated with musicians before - I have a band called "Vetal" - we have released an album in 2014 and are currently working on our second release. I'm also working with another musician on some soundtrack-like piano based electronic music, and plan to work with a few more.

6.Originally you where from India but now re-located to the United States, what was the cause of the move and also what part of the country do you live in?
6. I moved here for my graduate degree, and live on the east coast, close to NYC.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7. I actually started a label back in January with my collaborator in Vetal - we are called Death/Cable Records - feel free to look up our bandcamp. Currently we're just a digital label and still in nascent stages of development, and since our inception we have been busy with our own things, so the legal aspects are yet to be clearly defined - right now we just pay the artists whatever they earn and do everything else for free. We are looking to promote artists with a unique and/or dark sound - doesn't matter what genre. Our current roster is small but diverse - Ravana (dub/dnb) Tulsiraakh (ambient black metal/free jazz), Benji M (nu jazz/darkjazz), Omega Oblivion (experimental/melancholic electroacoustic music), Vetal (experimental rock with industrial influences), Brahmarakshas and my other projects - Sesha (atmospheric black metal), unkitsch (soundtrack/electronic) and Drona (drone black metal).

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
8. Honestly, you are one of the first journalists to notice this project, in spite of the three releases that preceded this one. I've only been featured by one other publication in the past, and I am not very good with the PR aspect - I only know how to make music sitting in my room and send it across to people, hoping they might listen. The ones who have bothered to listen have given some very encouraging comments though, as well as some constructive criticism, for which I am thankful.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9. I think I will continue to play black metal in some form or the other, because that's the music which is closest to me. However with the release of this EP I plan to put the project Brahmarakshas on hold and focus more on collaborations and studying music in a more systematic fashion. I do plan to finish the Sesha album, which will again be ambient/atmospheric black metal, but with a very different sound as compared to Brahmarakshas - you can listen to some demos on my soundcloud page. The new Vetal album is being recorded as we speak as well.

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?
10. Influences are too many to mention, though when I am actually making music I don't try to angle my sound towards a particular artist, though I will borrow techniques and approaches as required. Soundwise my major influences are black metal, jazz and hindustani/western classical music. Rest are just modes of expression - be it electronica or death metal. These days I'm listening to a lot of jazz (Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Mingus, Holdsworth, Coltrane, Dolphy etc) and diving deeper into old favorites like Spawn of Possession, Blut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega - Bryssling, Vindsval, Hasjarl are fantastic guitarists and musicians, studying their compositions is an endless treat, especially on MoRT/Codex, Noctambulant and Paracletus.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. I like to read and write - my other project Sesha will feature my own poetry as lyrics. Besides that I'm interested in films - I feel like cinema is a very fertile place for all kinds of audiovisual as well as literary art to flourish - a great movie is the best of all three. Would love to score a good movie or a game some day.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. I would like to thank you once again for reviewing my music and for this interview, and a shoutout to my friends who have supported my music. To everyone reading, please continue supporting the artists you like in any way you can - first and foremost by listening to them. Cheers.


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KZOHH/Trilogy: Burn Out The Remains/Ashen Dominion/2016 CD Review

mercredi 14 septembre 2016 à 04:46

  KZOHH  are  a  band f rom  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  they  describe  as  being  a  'pestilent  black  metal  ritual'  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Trilogy:  Burn  out  the  Remains"  which  will  be  released  on  September  30th  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  Water  sounds  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  spoken  word  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  Gregorian  chants  as  well  as  some  ritualistic  beats  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto the  recording  and  the  vocals also  get  more  black  metal  orientated  while  also  mixing  in  a  melodic  edge.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  heavy  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  they  also  mix  in  epic  sounding  keyboards  into  the  heavier  sections  of the  tracks  along  with  some  orchestra  elements.

The  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  in  some  parts  of  the recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  last  track  brings  in  war  samples  and  all  3  of  the  songs  sound  very  different  from  each  other..

  KZOHH  on  this  recording  takes  their  black  metal roots  and  gets  a  little  bit  more  experimental  and  avant  garde  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  Great  Pandemics.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  KZOHH  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Crom  Conail".  8  out  of  10.   

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