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Tujarot/Existencialista/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review

samedi 9 juin 2018 à 19:07

  Tujarot  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Existencialista"  which  was  originally  released as  a 3  cd set  and  now  being  put  on  a  single  format  in  2018  and  will  be  released in  July  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  grim  whispers  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  melodies  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  on  the  second  tracks  synths  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.  and  on  the  closing  song  the  music  gets  more  ritualistic  and  experimental  sounding

  Tujarot  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  ritualistic  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Occultism  and  Philosophy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Tujarot  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Uranos".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/tujarotexistencialistairon-bonehead.html


Barkasth/Decaying/Svarga Music/2018 Full Length Review

samedi 9 juin 2018 à 04:44

  Barkasth  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Decaying"  which  was  released  by  Svarga  Music.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  brought  into  some  of  the  songs.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Barkasth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Barkasth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Begging  By  Freaks"  "Soul  Away"  and  "...Where  Was  The  Son  Of  God".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/barkasthdecayingsvarga-music2018-full.html


Cosmic Church/Tayttymys/Kuunpalvelus/2018 Full Length Review

samedi 9 juin 2018 à 02:43

    Cosmic  Church  where  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that played  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Tayttymys"  which  was  released  by Kuuunpalvelus.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal s creams  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  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  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  Cosmic  Church  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  atmospheric  in  the  Finnish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Space,  Nature,  Occultism  and  Satanism  themes.

In  my  opinion  Cosmic  Church  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armolahja"  and  "Tayttymys".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/cosmic-churchtayttymyskuunpalvelus2018.html


Kuilu Interview

samedi 9 juin 2018 à 01:43
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


The band was started somewhere around 2010 by Särmälä and Sairanen. Kuilu makes melancholic, doomy black metal.


2.In May you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous split, ep and demo?


The sound is much more refined than on the previous releases, and so are the compositions. The ep “Haudalla/Virta” was recorded with quite bad equipment and even worse skill and vision and that’s why the sound is a bit dull. However, now when we’re thinking about it, if the EP sounded more crude and lofi it would have been much better!


The tape Demo 2014 had a better sound but again, it could’ve been harsher. Quite a good demo though, we think. The first song was used on the debut, re-arranged and re-recorded of course.


The split you’re referring to is not actually a split but a lofi live sampler on which we took part. That sampler had quite horrible sound when it comes to our part, hah. The John The Baptist part turned out the best. However, that sampler was mainly a relic for those who attended the event in 2015. Maybe that one’s more about the idea than the music itself.


“Monumentti” was recorded at Blackvox Studio, Tampere, Finland. We used no click track and recorded it live, so there’s a certain live feeling to the sound, and that was the aim of course. We like our music to sound alive. All band-members have gotten to know their own preferred equipment and sound preferences better, so it was easier to get the kind of sound we wanted, though it was a lot of work and testing before going to the studio. The sound is darker, more dynamic, more violent and more fragile at certain parts. We got quite close to the goal we were aiming for and our development as musicians and songwriters is really audible. The vocals have become more diverse year after year.


We didn’t aim to make a certain kind of black metal, but the riffs and the sound incorporate quite a lot of doom elements as well as other styles. The musical style of Kuilu was truly found when we were making the songs for “Monumentti” and the idea of what we want to achieve with our art became clearer.  When we make songs, we tend to try to forge them into drama-like coherent wholes. Since the songs have several “acts” they tend to be quite lengthy. It seems to be a natural way for us to make music at least for now.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Nihilism, emptiness, death, desolation and the beauty of these.


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


The name means chasm in Finnish. From the beginning, the name has represented a constant binding state or space. In the ouroborus symbol used on the demo and the album, the chasm is the mountain of Sisyphos, a mountain and a draining spiral at the same time.


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


We all might have our own favourite gigs, but some of the best must be the album release gig in Nordhausen, Germany in 2018 and the gig in Lepakkomies, Helsinki, Finland in 2016.


We’ve been using clay and smoke. The clay has been used to mask ourselves, thus creating an inconvenient and miserable feeling for us. This has enabled us to get into a different mood for the gigs, as we can put our soul into the gig much better. Covering our skins with clay can be quite meditative process and it helps us to get rid of our egos to some extent and become more like a channel between our music and this world.


The smoke has been used, many times excessively, to create a barrier between the audience members in order to force them to live the event, to concentrate on it. Of course these things also have a strong visual side.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?


We were on a tour in Eastern Europe with Asphodelus in March 2018. Then there was the album release show in Germany on 5.5.2018. We have two gigs booked for the autumn in Finland. Nothing else is planned for this year at the moment. We’re always open for requests, though.


7.The new album was released on 'Deviant Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


Sairanen had followed the label activities for some time and bought many releases from them, so we’ve been interested in Deviant Records for a long time. We sent him a demo version of the album on tape and were extremely delighted to get a positive reaction. We have met the label manager two times now and he’s a very honorable and nice guy. Hail Deviant Records!


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


We have heard only praising comments, but the amount of feedback isn’t that big, at least yet. We hope that people will love or hate our album.


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


We have other bands and projects of various styles, unrelated to Kuilu, some active, some just started.


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


At the moment, we’re composing the songs for a split release with another Finnish band. We’ve also been composing the songs for the second full-length for some time now. We don’t know when they’ll be ready. The split material is a bit more traditional and the second album material is, at least at the moment, quite well in line with the first album style. After these, we don’t know, time will tell.


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?


Black metal, doom metal, maybe some post-metal could be heard in the sound. For single bands, we don’t know, maybe Deathspell Omega and some others have been the inspiration for some riffs. Sometimes we remember clearly what sparked the flame that forced us to make a new riff etc., but usually it’s really difficult to see what has influenced us and what hasn’t. We all listen to diverse kinds of music and every member has their own preferences.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex.


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


Thank you for the interview.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/kuilu-interview.html


Raven Throne/Biaskoncy snieh Casu/Niazhasnaje/Possession Productions/2018 Compilation Review

jeudi 7 juin 2018 à 23:49

  Raven  Throne  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  has  been  recently  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  "Biaskoncy  snieh  Casu/Niazhasnaje"  which  was  released  by  Possession  Productions  and  consists  of  their  2015  single  and  2017  ep.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  keyboards  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  a  couple  of  the tracks  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  On  this  compilation  you  could  still  hear  the  pagan  metal  elements  in  Raven  Throne's  music  while  the  direction  was  heading  more  into  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belarusian  and  cover  the  dark  side  of  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  collection  from  Raven  Throne  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My- vosieni  vartauniku'  and  "II".  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2018/06/raven-thronebiaskoncy-snieh.html