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Burial/Unholy Sedition/UKEM Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 9 mars 2016 à 06:02
  Burial  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  raw  form  of  black  metal  with a   touch  of  blakc  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Unholy  Sedition"  which  was  released  by  UKEM  Records.

  A very  distorted  drone  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  tremolo  picking  and  grim  screams  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  along  with  the  riffs  also incorporating  more  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  mid  90's  influences  while  also  being  heavy  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Burial  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  make  the  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Burial  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  old  school  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infernal  Spirit"  "Satanic  Immolation"  "Cast  To  The  Flames"  and  "nun  Fucking  Black  Metal".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/burialunholy-seditionukem-records2016.html


Nidhoggr/Ragnarok/Lake Of Fire Productions/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 9 mars 2016 à 04:32

  Nidhoggr  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ragnarok"  which  was  released  by  Lake  Of  Fire  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  and  ld  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  soem  grim   black  metal  screams  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  80's  second  wave  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  nature  sounds  and  viking  battles  while  the  riffs  also  start  going  more  melodic  on  later  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  always  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  sound.

  Nidhoggr  creates  another  black  metal  recording t hat  is  very  raw,  traditional  and  old  school  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nidhoggr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Malice  Striker"  "Turn  To  Ash"  "Ragnarok"  and  "Sacrificial  Bloodshed".  8  out  of  10.        

  

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/nidhoggrragnaroklake-of-fire.html


Wildernessking/Mystical Future/Les Acteurs de I'Ombere Productions/2016 CD Review

mercredi 9 mars 2016 à 02:15

  Wildernessking  are  a  band  from  South  Africa  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2016  album  "Mystical  Future"  which  was  released  by Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  while the  melodic  guitar  leads  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  post  rock  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard while  most  of  the  music  sticks  either  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction and  the  music  also brings  in  progressive  and  psychedelic  elements  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  last  song  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals.

  Wildernessking  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  guitar  driven  while  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  post  rock  to  create  some  heavy  yet  melodic  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dreams,  mystique,  death,  nature,  evil  in  men,  romance  and  night  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wildernessking  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Will  Go  To  Your  Tomb"  and  "If  You  Leave".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/wildernesskingmystical-futureles.html


Cold Raven Interview

mardi 8 mars 2016 à 12:13
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We are currently writing new songs and at the same time we’re still playing some live shows. Also we’ll release a couple of cover songs and a video later this year.


2.Last year you had released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording for those that have yet to hear it?

It’s a melodic yet obscure form of Black Metal, with a more clean production that gives a twisted feeling to the whole album, in my opinion.


3.Your music is labeled as 'doomed black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

We wouldn’t like people to expect a super fast Black Metal album, so our agency suggested to put the word “doomed”.

Of course in reality our music has little to do with the genre called “Doom”.


4.Your lyrics cover pre-christian religions, anti cosmos, and demonology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Apart from all the various kinds of “satanism” that exist today, we think the most important satanic rule is: do what you want, as soon as your liberty

doesn’t limit someone else’s liberty. With that said, it’s normal to find yourself fighting against the most common religions. Their main goal is to try to

control people’s lives with false commandments made by men and not by “god”. That would be enough to be really free. We are also interested in

reading books from various currents, it’s very important to keep an open mind.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cold Raven'?

As you may have heard, in some cultures the raven is believed to bring souls to the underworld. We imagine that raven to be lifeless, impassive, cold.


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

We try to entertain people visually, other than musically. Our goal is to make people totally entering our world, made of music, symbols and fire.

We’ve played with some important bands so far and it’s always been very interesting and satisfying. I’d say that the best shows have been the one

supporting Belphegor and Unleashed, one we played in Bjelovar, Croatia, and in Nowy Targ, Poland. Awesome people.


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

We’re planning two shows in Latvia and trying to arrange some shows in Germany and possibly Norway.


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

We’ve had a good response. Some black metallers prefer raw productions and so didn’t like our “clean” sound, but generally after we play live we talk to people

and they liked what they heard.


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

No, apart from our drummer, M., which is a session musician.


10.When can we expect another album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We’ll keep our style, of course, but we’ll be adding some velocity to our songs and some other interesting melodic solutions.

We should be able to enter the studio in ten months, more or less.


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?

We really play what comes to our mind, so everything can be potentially influential…currently we’re listening a lot to Behemoth, Watain and Mgła.


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

We want to thank all the people who have supported us so far and all Black Metal fans worldwide. Keep the Black Flame burning!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/cold-raven-interview.html


Rimfrost Interview

mardi 8 mars 2016 à 01:57
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Hravn: Hi Occult Black Metal!! Rimfrost is now working hard on getting out the word of the new upcoming album, together with the releasing label Non Serviam Records. We are also active searching for gigs. Two coming up in Sweden within a couple of months. Then the aim is to get to Germany. For the moment we are rehearsing the live set but both me and Throllv has started composing new material for the next recording. The machine won´t rest this time!

2.You have a new album coming out at the end of March,how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Throllv: I would like to start to say hello people!
This album is probably the most brutal sounding record we have ever done, as it is beautiful, epic and artistic. I’m very proud of it. It differs from our previous releases in many ways. We have written much better songs this time, we have really worked hard with the overall sound and the band has developed a lot during our 13 years of existence.


3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit about the gap in between releases?

Hravn: Hey, I would like to know myself! Hahaha! No, the main thing has been problems with finding the right labels to work with, as well as the economic parts. Album recording isn´t free unfortunately. Some private matters as well, the music hasn´t been unhold from our side, even though it seemed like that for the audience. We have worked in our dungeon. Hahaha!

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

Hravn: I would say that, as the writer of most of the lyrics, I am taking my writing outside the BM-box more and more. I try to keep the theme of course, but also variate it. “Dark Prophecies” for example, that is an almost pure “King Diamond” way of writing a story (my thoughts though). With the twisted end in that song. Hehehe. I like to explore the different ways of doing things and I am open for new ways to work, I think it will keep the interest both for me as a composer and our fans.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Throllv: Our stage performance is very energetic and playful. The music is like a fat kick in your face. It’s very entertaining I promise you. Go and see us live, you won’t be disappointed!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Throllv: Yes, we have some clubs in Sweden so far and we are hoping to get to some big festivals next year. Connect with us on Facebook and you won’t miss a thing!

7.The new album is going to released on 'Non Serviam Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Hravn: Basicly NSR is one of the “real” labels still active. They work close with the bands and the dedication is at an high level. They even search for gigs and involves the bands in it, not many labels do that anymore. I personally think that NSR will grow fast the coming years, so have your eyes on them!

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

Throllv: Hard to say if our fans are fans of black metal or not. So I have no idea if black metal fans in general likes us or not. Haven’t heard anything about it.

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

Hravn: Rimfrost will always have one leg in the BM-scene and the other standing in the thrash/heavy metal zone. The third leg does other kinds of jobs. Hahaha! I couldn´t resist….
Seriously, both me and Throllv are very big fans of classic heavy metal such as Accept and Judas Priest, so don´t be surprised to hear influences from that camp!

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Hravn: Everything that has soul in it. But heavy metal is ALWAYS running in my presence. My house god is Udo Dirkschneider!! When it comes to BM Bathory is and will always still be the king!

11.Does Paganism play any role in your music?

Hravn: Yes. It is our roots and it reflects in our music. “Veraldar Nagli” were a pure Viking theme record. I will always still have that in me… I am not a believer in any form, but when I die I want to party in Valhalla and have a fight with the Norse gods for fun. He he! Who wants heaven or hell when you can eat Särimner and have mjöd?!

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

Hravn: Thank you for your questions! Support Rimfrost and we´ll see you out there!!!

Throllv: Thank you and don’t forget to check up the freezing, destroying and crushing machine RIMFROST. If you’re not scared to get knocked out that is. Then you should not check it out!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/rimfrost-interview.html