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Kaeck/Stormkult/Folter Records/2015 CD Review

jeudi 9 juillet 2015 à 09:29

  Kaeck  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  is  a  super  group  of  some  sorts  consisting of  members  from Sammath,  Kjeld,  and  Noordelingen  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form of  black/war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Stormkult"  which  was  released  in  August  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  old  school  black/war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  also  brings  in  the  atmospheric  elements of  that  era  at  times  along  with  soem  of  the  riffing  adding  in  small  amounts  of  melody.

  All  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  20  years  ago  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a small  amount  of  synths  can  be  hear d  at  times  in  the  background  while  the  vocals,  drums  and  guitars  dominate  most  of  the music  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  almost  sound  melodic  while  still  being  grim  at  the  same  time and  some of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Kaeck  plays  a  style  of  black/war  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  atmospheric  and  has  more  in  common  with  the  90's  era  and  stays  away  from  any  type  of  modern  sounds,  the  production  sounds  very raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  darkness  and  war themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kaeck  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black/war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "De  Kult"  and  "Wormvloed".  8  out  of  10.

    

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/kaeckstormkultfolter-records2015-cd.html


Survival/Viranesir/Unity/Solaris/Merdumgiriz 2015 Split Album Review

jeudi 9 juillet 2015 à 07:20

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  U.S.A's  "Survival  and  Turkey's  Viranesir  called  "Unity/Solaris"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Survival  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  hardcore  and  thrash.

  Their  side  of  the split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  old  school  hardcore  sound  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  a  few  seconds  later  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  elements  of  thrash  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  more  melodic  metal  fashion  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  utilizing  more  aggression  along  with  some  back  up  gang  shouts  being  utilized  at  times  and a  couple  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing,  the  production  sounds  very  poweful w hile  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  real  life  themes.

  In  my opinion  Survival  are  a  very  mediocre  melodic  mixture  of  hardcore  and  thrash  and  sound  like  a  generic  one  hit  wonder  from  the  early 90's,  and  I  can  not  really recommend  them  to  anyone  unless  they  like  anything  good  or  bad  that  was  released  in  94.  5  out  of  10.

  Next  up  is  Viranesir  a  band  from  Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal.  

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  grim spoken  word  parts,  bass  guitars  and  dark  sounding synths  and clean  singing  vocals  are  also  used  on  a  regular  basis  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  the  heaviness  of  doom  metal  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  adding in  more  black  metal  elements  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark,  depressive  and  melodic  sounding  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  avant  garde  and  goth  elements  and  they  also do  a  cover  of  Peste  Noire's  "Night  Of  The  Mare",  the  production  sound s very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Viranesir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dream's  House"  and  "Night  Of  The  Nare".  8  out  of  10.

  In  conclusion  the  first  half  of  the  split  was  not  my  thing,  but  the  other  half  is  worth  checking  out  for  the  songs  Viranesir  bring  onto t he  split. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/survivalviranesirunitrysolarismerdumgir.html


Archemoron/Sulphur And Fire/Cryptica Productions/2013 CD Review

mercredi 8 juillet 2015 à 08:54

  Archemoron  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  album  "Sulphur  And  Fire"  which  was  released  by  Cryptica  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  speeds  up  and  adds  in  blast  beats  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  blackened  death  metal  style  guitar  solos  and  leads  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.
 
Sounds  of  nature  at  times  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  solos  and  leads  start  utilizing  more  melodies  while  some  of  the  faster  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  feeling  to  the  tracks  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  they  also  bring  in  a  short  instrumental  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier musical  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks. 

  Archemoron  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  heavy and  epic  sounding  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  and  also  brings in  a  touch  of  blackened  death  metal  to  their  musical  style  as  will  as  being  heavily  influenced  by  the  Nordic  style  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  occultism  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Archemoron  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Across  The Seven  Seas  of  My  Soul"  "Ancient  Callings"  "Preachers  Of  Heaven,  Maggots  Of  Earth"  and  "Lacerate  the  Mind'.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/archemoronsulphur-and-firecryptica.html


Unearthly/U.S Canada Record Deal Promo/Redifining Darkness Records/2015 EP Review

mardi 7 juillet 2015 à 07:55

  Unearthly  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  started  out in  a  pure  black  metal  direction  but  have evolved  into  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  band  over  the  years  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  U.S/Canada  Record  Deal  promo  which  was  released  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records  and  consists  of  4  songs  from  last  years  self  titled  full  length  and  a  Sepultura  cover.

  Drum  beats  and  a  very  heavy  blackened  death  metal  sound  starts  off  the  promo  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  brings  in  a  lot  of  elements  of  the  Polish  extreme  metal  sound  into  their  musical  style.

  At  times  the  music  brings  in  a  tribal  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  more  of  a  chaotic  death  metal  direction  while  also  being  very  melodic  in  certain  sections  of  the  tracks  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  elements  of  voodoo  music  as  well  as  a  few  spoken  word  parts  and  they  also  close  the  promo  with  a  cover  of  Sepultura's  "We  Who  Are  Not  As  Others".

  Unearthly  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black   and  death  metal  with  the  focus  more  on  the  later  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  Brazilian  tribal  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity  and  Quimanda  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Unearthly  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  promo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sin  Offering"  and  "Eshu".  8  out  of  10.

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/unearthlyus-canada-record-deal.html


Old Graves Interview

mardi 7 juillet 2015 à 07:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

That's a big question, and kind of hard to answer. I'll just be blunt and say that Old Graves is me trying to shed the distractions of a "full band" and make music as free and purely as I possibly can.


2.So far you have released 2 ep's and have also been a part of a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on those recordings?

I don't really strive for a particular sound, but I've always liked more melodic music and that definitely shines through in my recordings. I like to think that the music is colored by an equal amount of everything I listen to. I do listen to a lot of black metal.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

In the past, a lot of the lyrics have been based on whatever sets off an emotional response with me. A lot of it has been depictions of nature, exploring sadness and anxiety, dying and rotting, that sort of stuff. A few songs have been more story-like, dwelling on memories or ficticious situations. I'm going in a more instrumental direction for the future though, so I'm not sure how big a role lyrics will play.



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

No deep meaning, really. It was inspired by the way I've always liked visiting graveyards and finding the oldest graves.



5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I'm definitely open to collaborating on a temporary kind of basis. I can't see anyone else ever being a permanent writing member, but I'd love to have other musicians (particularily vocalists) feature on some songs.



6.A year ago you where also a part of a split with 'Paths', what are your thoughts on this solo project that was a part of the recording?

Paths is awesome, I think I messaged Michael about a split the first night I listened to it. Super trancy, phychadelic sound. There's something about Victoria that seems to breed great bands, it's weird.



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

Pretty positive, I think. There's been some good healthy criticism here and there, which is good, but yeah generally positive.


8.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?

Yup, I play guitar in a hardcore band called Dead Hand. We take a lot of influence from old-school death metal, it might appeal to some metal fans. We're actually setting out on a short Canadian tour in a couple of weeks now.


9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I've been working on a full length for a little while now. A couple of songs are getting close to done, but I definitely don't want to rush it. This coming Winter, maybe. As for my direction as a musician, who knows. As it stands, I still
like the same dark, brooding, cold shit that I've always been into. As I said earlier though, less vocals.



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?

Another big question, hahah. I really dig the good old "classic" black metal, as well as more contemporary depressive/atmospheric stuff. I'm just a sucker for metal in general, I'm listening to Entombed (a favorite) as I write this.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I'm trying to save up for another round of University, so I've been working a lot- not leaving a ton of spare time for much other than music and getting to the woods whenever I can. I'm just getting into making knives, got a shipment of steel on the way as we speak.


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

Thanks for the interview, death to nazi metal.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/old-graves-interview.html