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While They Sleep/La Nause/Symbol Of Domination Productions/2016 CD Review

mercredi 6 juillet 2016 à 05:11

  While  They  Sleep  are  a  solo  project from  Ukraine  that  plays  a very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "La  Nausea"  which  was  released  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  both  melodic  guitar  leads  and  riffs  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grim  black metal screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  perfectly  balanced  between  90's  second  wave  influences  and  2004  era  U.S  black  metal  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  sounds  along  with  clean  playing  can  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  album  closes  with an  instrumental  track..

  While  They  Sleep  plays  a  style  of  black  meta l that  is  very  raw  in  the  old  school  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  some  of  the  modern  atmospheric  and  depressive  elements  to  create  a  very  dark  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In my opinion  While  They  Sleep  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Harbor  Extinguished  Last  Lantern"  "Of  Village"  "Hermaphodite  Of  Being"  and  "Melencolia".  8 out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/while-they-sleepla-nausesymbol-of.html


Wormreich/Diabolus Amator/Gravespawn/Vesterian/Infirmos Vocat Deus Fidei/Symbol Of Domination productions/Black Plague Records/2016 4 Way Split Album Review

mardi 5 juillet 2016 à 15:17

  This  is  a  review  of  a  4  way  split  album  between  Alabama's  Wormreich,  Texas's  Diabolus  Amator,  and  California's  Gravespawn  and  Vesterian  called  "Infirmos  Vocat  Deus  Fidei"  which  was released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Symbol  of  Domination  Productions  and  Black  Plague  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Wormreich  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of t he  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the music  also  brings  in a   great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences.

  The  riffs  also  use  melodies  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  deep  growls  and  there  is  also a   brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  distorted  effects  can  also be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in a   small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  and  there  last  track  is  all  instrumental,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wormreich  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "To  Render  The Right  Hand".

  Next  up  is  Diabolus  Amator  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  sound  along  with  some  tortured  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  the  vocals  get  more  high  pitched  while  the  songs  also  start  using  more  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount of  melody  while  also  having  an  old  school  style  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diabolus  Amator  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sanity  And  Her  Daggers  Return".

  Next  up  is  Gravespawn  another  band  that  plays   a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  high  pitched  and  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  also  bringing  in  a  very  dark  atmosphere  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  clean  singing  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a ritualistic  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  live  track,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Religion,  Epic  Fantasy  battles  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gravespawn  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Beneath  The  Shadowed  Past".

  Closing  the  album  is  Vesterian  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  stat  also uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  more  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  start  using  more  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length, t he  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  black  metal,  satanism,  darkness  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vesterian  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Crushing  The  Mandate  Of  God".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  satanic  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

      

  

    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/wormreichdiabolus-amatorgravespawnveste.html


Dizziness/Lord Impaler/Hell Poemer/Carved By The Winds Eternal/Symbol Of Domination Productions/2016 3 Way Split Album Review

mardi 5 juillet 2016 à 10:42

  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Greece's  Dizziness,  Lord  Impaler  and  Hell  Poemer  called  "Carved  By  The  Winds  Eternal"  which  was  released  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Dizziness  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  traditional  form  of  Greek  black  metal.

  There  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  vocals  are  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Both  of  their  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced   and  fast parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  melodies  at  times   and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  some  session  work  from  Iapettos  666  of  Unholy  Archangel  on  the  second  song,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  at  the  same  time  while the  lyrics  cover  folklore,  ancient  lore  and  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sound  recording  from  Dizziness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Goddess  Of  the  Moon".

  Next  up  is  Lord  Impaler  a  band  that  plays  a  Hellenic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of   the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  split    and  both  of  their  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  There  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  the  second  song  is  a  cover  of  Bathory's  "Call  From  The  Grave"   which  also  has  more  rawness  than  the  original   version,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christian  and  Ancient  Hellenic  Pride  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lord  Impaler  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  Hellenic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Fire  That  Burns".

  Closing  the  split  is  Hell  Poemer  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  style  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  melodic  guitar  leads  and  atmospheric  synths  while  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

  All  of   the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  second  track  has  a  more  tragic  approach  with  the  synths  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  whispers,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Ancient  Pride,  Philosophy  and  the  Dark  Side  Of  Nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  very  great sounding  recording  from  Hell  Poemer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  raw  Greek  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Sacral  Knot  Of  The  Hierophant".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Greek  black  metal.  8  out  of  10. 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/dizzinesslord-impalerhell-poemercarved.html


Moloch/Gurthang/Give Praise Records/2016 SPlit EP Review

dimanche 3 juillet 2016 à 05:01

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Ukraine's  Moloch  and  Poland's  Gurthang  which  was  released  by  Give  Praise  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Moloch  a  solo  project  that  has   had  plenty  of  material  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  synths  and  on  the  second  track  the  ambient  eelments  start  mixing  in  with  a  heavier  guitar sound  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  some  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  the  song  also  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Ukrainian  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Moloch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up is  Gurthang  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  funeral  doom  metal.

 Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodies  and  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  in  the  music  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  utilized  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  whole  song  also  sticks  to  a  slow  musical  production  while  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  song  from  Gurthang  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  funeral  doom,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  depressive  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  metal.  8  out of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/molochgurthanggive-praise-records2016.html


Seltar Interview

dimanche 3 juillet 2016 à 01:31
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


Seltar is currently a one-man project. I started the project in order to bring some dormant musical ideas and urges to life and give them a voice. My intent is to create music that is atmospheric and epic, yet raw. Falling under the veil of black metal, there is also a mystical darkness that I naturally strive for with Seltar. It is my escape from modern existence.



2. So far you have released 1 EP and 1 full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?


The first release was intended to be a demo and the second an EP. The democratic powers of the Internet bumped the releases up to an EP and a full length. In the end, as long as the music is out that is all that matters. was recorded over a span of a few months; it was the first foray into this project, so I was writing as I was recording. In this process I was testing ideas and adjusting levels. was done in a shorter time frame. The priority with these recordings was to make the music atmospheric and ancient-sounding.


3.Your lyrics cover Iberian Heritage and Ancient Times, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


The themes I gravitate toward are those concerning my blood. I am fascinated by the ancient world and how little we, as a modern society, understand it. This project is a minuscule reminder of a past life and an urge to be transported to another time. It interests me to know more about where my ancestors came from. I would say that I look within for my influence for this project or anything I have ever undertaken. Looking within leads me to a distant world and an understanding, albeit abstract, of my ancient origins.


There is little we know about the Iberians, their language and Atlantean civilization, which is why the subject beckons me. If I could, I would pen the lyrics in the ancient language! There is genetic (and to an extent, cultural) evidence that supports that Iberians were the indigenous people of Western Europe. Dr. Stephen Oppenheimer has pioneered this theory in regards to the origins of the British.



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


In the little that is known about the ancient Iberians, Seltar is theorized to mean "tomb". I found that to be appealing as a name for this project and it stuck.


5. In what part of the United States is the musical project located at?


Seltar is based in the northeastern United States.



6. On the albums you have recorded everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians?


Recording alone has many positive aspects. This is especially true since this is such a personal project for me. It is a cathartic experience being able to build this in solitude. However, I am open to having real drums in the future as well as some folk instruments-of which I play neither.



7. Heathen Tribes put both releases on a single album, what are your thoughts on the final product?


Heathen Tribes are a pleasure to work with. They decided it was best to combine the two short releases into one, which was a great idea. The physical copies look and sound amazing. I am delighted with the outcome. I look forward to our alliance as we continue.



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


Considering that this is a small project the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. It was interesting to find that folks took the liberty to spread the music throughout the Internet. However, I do not think many people have heard this yet.



9. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?


This is currently a one-man project, but it would be interesting to take it live in the future. Right now that is not something I want to do because I still would like to explore within this solo framework.



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?


Bathory, Burzum, Summoning, and Windir are big influences. Lately, I have been listening to Forteresse, Gris, Nokturnal Mortum, Volahn, Kroda, Hordak, and hell of a lot more. The latest Forteresse and Hordak releases, especially.



11. What are some of your non musical interests?


I enjoy history and reading about how life was once lived. However, a lot of that ends up relating to music anyway. Walking is a big interest; I enjoy wandering without a destination in mind. If it is in the forest or a hike, even better, but I do not mind the city.



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


Do not succumb to the trappings of the modern world.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/seltar-interview.html