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Forgjord/Laulu kuolemasta/Werwolf Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 3 juin 2020 à 11:42

  Forgjord  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Laulu  kuolemasta"  which  will  be  released  on  June  26th  by  Werewolf  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  adding  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction.  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  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  making  a  return  on  a  couple  of  songs,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  tribal  drums  and  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Forgjord  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Laulu  murtuvan  niskan"  "Kylmyys"  and  "Veljessurma".  8  out  of  10.

http://werewolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/laulu-kuolemasta  

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Blasphemous Blessings Interview

mercredi 3 juin 2020 à 10:26
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band? We are a black metal band from a rural area of Ohio that also incorporates elements of thrash and death metal

2.So far you have released a demo, single and a couple of ep's, musically how do they both differ from each other?
During the time of the demo, we didn't take the band as serious and would get drunk at most practices. And we had much a much more crude recording setup. So musically, the demo is rather sloppy. By the time we released the "Screams of Agony" single, we had our second guitarist join the band and we quit getting drunk at practices. The single itself shows a tighter, meaner sound. The " Blood for Blood" EP had more mics and inputs to work with, so the mix came out slightly better. And our newest "Bringer of Light" EP introduces the use of a trigger for the kick drum. Only to get a better tone to help cut through the mix.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Death, war, heathendom, the occult, anti- Christianity, &revolting against corruption brought forth by its sickening ways.

4.According to the facebook page, the band rejoices all pagan and heathen t=roots and nationalities, can you tell us a little bit more about it?
It means we respect all pre- Christian ways of life. Further proving mankind never needed this plague of religion to survive.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blasphemous Blessings'?
It's a duality of light and dark, good and evil, etc. You can find evil in what people consider " good" and vice versa. It is up to the individual to see through the bullshit society constantly bombards you with and understand why things are the way they are.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
It is the ruins of an old church that had burned down and the reaper image of the previous EP superimposed in the rubble to show our praise of such happenings.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Some of the best I'd say have been a festival we played out of state, First Friday in Downtown Canton (the closest city to us), & at a meadery with other great bands. I'd describe our stage performance as dark and energetic.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far we've had nothing but positive feedback. Our metal- archives page was created and is curated by an international crowd, so obviously our music has done well on foreign soil.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're not too sure of when we'll have enough for a full length at this time. We have discussed going slightly more atmospheric, so that might happen on the future.

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?
Exodus, pre- Viking Bathory, 80's era Death, Sargeist, Goatmoon, Sodom,&Destruction.  Nowadays I've been checking out lesser known bands like Dawn (Swe), Swordmaster, Treblinka, and Ildjarn.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Skateboarding, retro gaming, reading mythology, history, horror, & classic literature, watching horror movies, sportsman activities I.e. fishing, hunting, and camping, drinking beer AT HOME & spending time with my friends and family.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Fuck ANTIFA! They are the REAL Nazis! Forcefully spreading their dogma while hiding behind front of "positivity". I do wish for peace, but when push comes to shove...

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/blasphemous-blessings-interview.html


Gravesend/Preparations For Human Disposal/Stygian Black Hand/2020 Demo Review

mercredi 3 juin 2020 à 09:42

  Gravesend  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black, death  metal  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  demo  "Preparations  For  Human  Disposal"  which  will  be  released on  June  5th  by  Stygian  Black  Hand.

  Horror  movie  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  while  tortured  voices  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  All  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  grindcore  elements.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  war  metal  influences,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  songs  also  being  very  short  in  length  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  psychedelic  sounds  as  the  demo  progresses  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  synths  also  return  briefly  on  a  later  track. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  filth  and  urban  disgust  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gravesend  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rats  Among  Us"  and  "From  Rikers  To  The  Grave".  8  out  of  10.

https://stygianblackhand.bandcamp.com/album/preparations-for-human-disposal

  

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Zebadiah Crowe Interview

mercredi 3 juin 2020 à 08:59
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
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> Hi, well... the album is still not quite out yet so myself and Forr have spent quite a bit of time trying to work out what our next move is. the world has changed pretty drastically since we first did Zeb. I mean, MySpace was a thing when we first started. the band was in ruins when I went back to it. So we are re-building almost from the ground up. also we had a tour organised for October but... that’s just not gonna happen now with the whole virus thing, but we have plans. Also we are trying to work out just how to do this stuff live. so there’s lots of choices we have to make. Good thing is... we’re beholden to no one. we’ve never rely played the game and done stuff others think we should do... it’s an open boom rite now, which is pretty exciting. I mean if I had my way a Zeb show would be an old tv on stage playing a VHS video of a decapitated head puppeteer-ed by piano wire and we would play behind a curtain... but I’ve been told I’m not aloud to do that! Hah!
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> 2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have re;eased in the past?
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> musically it’s less fussy, I wanted a more old school approach. more Motörhead get in the van kinda thing. that said the themes and atmosphere haven’t changed. it’s still all about fear and madness and telling horrible stories. I think and what I also hope, is that the production is much better which was important to me.
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> 3.This is also your first release since 2013, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
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> I won’t lie, throughout the years we’ve been away I’ve often been asked for stuff about Zeb and the answer is always been the same. “We’re not dead... just sleeping” and believe me, it needed to be out to bed as I was loosing my mind and me and Forr weren’t in the best place. we’ve been away doing other bands and started working together again a few years ago... it seemed like it was time to get back into the saddle.
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> 4.Your lyrics are based upon the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, H.P Lovecraft and Clive barker, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in their works?
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> Poe was the first, a reading of the black cat on tv I believe. My passion for lovecraft started very early in my life when I was gifted a huge leather book of his story’s when I was about 10 (a little too young to truly appreciate them rely) as I grew older I re found them. I seldom have one of his books not near me. as for mr Barker, it started with books of blood and Nightbreed the movie. I remember sneaking into the living room at 2am to watch it. since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him twice although I fear for his health these days. I find great comfort in the tales of darkness from these people and sometimes a bit of redemption. less alone in the world. although I’ll never be held in there same light, I like to think maybe some of my lyrics tap the same vein as they do and hopefully some day people will find them.
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> 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zebadiah Crowe'?
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> zebadiah means gift from god (or a god) crowe is often used in middle English to describe somthing dark or black so zebadiah crowe would be “a dark gift from the gods”
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> Zebadiah Crowe was also a thief, murder highwayman and generally all round bad guy in the late 16 hundreds. They hung him eventually.
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> 6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
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> We wanted something different. auto stand out. So we almost went completely against everything. I’m also a big fan of dystopia and cyberpunk so after some back and forth with the artist (all things rotten) we came up with our artwork. I’m very happy with it. It’s ugly but also quite beautiful and esoteric. There’s lots going on with it but it’s deceptively simple.
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> 7.Currently there are  only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up r do you prefer to remain a duo?
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> We do have a live drummer we use sometimes but... if I can be honest, I enjoy using drum machines. I’ve found we can use the sound and push it harder. so either works. Saying that sound guys have a fit when we show up with our own pa just for the drums and keyboards and look at us like we are mad. I’ve also found it makes us more mobile we can set up and play almost anywhere.
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> 8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
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> Hmm... a tough one. although I found very little in common with certain members of the band I think the small run of tours with gorgoroth to be very good. Gaahl was a pleasure to be around and I enjoyed our talks on the nature of things and the crowd was receptive.
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> 9.The new album was released on 'Lore breaker Records'. can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
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> there very new and still finding there feet a bit. I’m hoping they might become known for being a label that takes chances on bands that might not exactly fit the mold and are lauded for duality releases. I’m looking forward to seeing there evolution and hopefully being able to work with them and there other bands in the future.
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> 10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal and grindcore?
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> well dirge hammer came out to almost zero fanfare, which I think is a real shame. It was rely scary stuff and I love playing the tracks live. People seemed to like it though and for that I’m grateful. So far ghost rider has been quite warmly received which is gratifying I’m intrigued to  see ether happen next, although not being able to play live or organise shows is going to make things very hard... I’m looking forward to the work.
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> 11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
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> They continue to roll along. Both myself and Forr are pretty good at moderating our time these days so we’re set aside time for them. Hi n a non musical front I’m in the process of compiling lyrics into a book with artwork, which is quite exciting as I’ve not been published in years.
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> 12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
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> I would hope scarier and more atmospheric. Ideally. I’d like Zeb to be like ministry circa psalm 69 (when they were undoubtedly one of the heaviest bands on the planet) where it was a real headf^*k to see and hear. So I intend to write accordingly.
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> 13.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?
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> Believe it or not dark synthwave is a favourite of mine. the new priest is excellent, I’d love rob Halford to do another two album as well. it was rely interesting. Seriously! I’d love to be involved I’d happily write the music. I’d make it heavier I think. so Mr Halford if your reading this.... let’s talk. He he.
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> I was lucky enough to contribute some lyrics to dark fortresses “I am the jigsaw of a mad god” there album Ylem is often played late at night heee round my flickering lamp. I usually listen to black anvil, voivod and morgoth etc when I’m drinking etc but I don’t think they’ve had a new release for a while now. I’ve known Blake for a few years and I’m expecting big things from Him and the new nachmystium album now he’s put that stuff behind him. oh and leviathan/lurker of chalice. I could go on but... I’ll just bore everyone.
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> 14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
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> Ave dominus noctis
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> we appreciate your time. Thank you
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> Z.C.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/zebadiah-crowe-interview.html


Impenetrable Darkness Interview

mercredi 3 juin 2020 à 08:09
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

The band has been working on new material which we are planning to release as a full length album. We are reaching a poisonous and toxic atmosphere of death and destruction required for this next endeavour. This is all we can say for now.

2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

'Cosmic Termination' is more direct musically, not only in playing style, but in atmosphere too. It has a more destructive and raw vibe to it. Thematically both releases have the same endpoint: total death. However, in 'Cosmic Termination', music and atmosphere go hand in hand, creating a better description of the end of everything.

3.This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

Our commitment to staying true to what we stand for and our choice not to compromise with mediocre results led us to various technical problems, which resulted in us staying away from the studio for so long. However, this silence was essentially “broken” a few days ago with the release of the EP 'Cosmic Termination', which we consider to be a successful step to a new full-length.

4.Some of your lyrics cover occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

The main thematological influence of the band is the apocalypse of the beast and the mystery behind its ritualistic rise. We call upon the seven irises and align ourselves with the great dragon and the two beasts in opposition to god and the false prophet. We express these signs in order to talk about anti-creation / anti-genesis and the destruction of man.

5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music?

The band first started talking about the mystery and ritual behind the rise of the beast in the first album. The 'Cosmic Termination' EP deals with various scenes of the revelation, which mark the end of the world. We use elements and symbolism based on the book of revelation to focus on the man’s rage to destroy himself, those around them and everything he finds in his path. Immortal death in the face of this delirium seems like the only solution.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Impenetrable Darkness'?

We believe that all definitions for describing darkness as an entity have failed or fall into the trap of missing the point. The reason we chose this name is because it is as blunt and clear as it can be in order to avoid any religious / theological references.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

It's an image that implies the countdown for the end of creation of the world and all mankind. The trumpets will sound to give the signal towards the final march towards death. All this was rendered in an old-school style image by the great Metastazis, who captured accurately what we had in mind.

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

As far as live performances are concerned, the right conditions have not been met yet, so we have again avoided compromising on something that does not fully satisfy us.

9.Recently the band signed to 'Morbid Chapel Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

We contacted 'Morbid Chapel Records a few months back and they were immediately interested in us as they were familiar with the first album and the whole spirit of the band. A cooperation just appeared ideal
for us.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?

We are playing in order to create and express what we think our music represents in terms of atmosphere. This deadly ritual surrounding the band's image speaks to the fans because it is direct and clear. There are indeed people that embrace the feeling and can see the picture as clearly as we do.

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

As we said, we are working on new tracks. So it is expected that our next release will be a full-length album soon, but we can't say for sure when. The new material is brimming with poisonous incantations and crafting fascinations of death.

12.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?

The band, since the very beginning, was primarily influenced by the earlier and later Swedish black metal scene. Legends such as Watain, Bathory, Craft and Dissection surprised us as listeners and influenced our musical development as artists. Apart from that, we think that more classic types of metal played a big role in the shaping of the band, with a great emphasis on the first wave of black metal as well as the heavy one. This is also the case nowadays. The purpose of the band has always been to create music capable of stimulating the ancient human instincts, which are violently free and uncontrollable. Music that speaks to the soul and results in musically expressing the pure form of eternal destruction, avoiding clichés and commercialization.

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

We would like to thank you for this interview and we hope we will do it again sometime. To all Black Metal worshipers: this music is about unrelenting darkness and everything that surrounds it. Nothing more and nothing less.


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