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Total Hate/Lifecrusher-Contributions To The World In Ruins/Eisenwald/2016 CD Review

lundi 11 janvier 2016 à 10:02

  Total  Hate  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Lifecrusher-Contribution's To A  World  In Ruin"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Eisenwald.

  Sound  effects  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  noises  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  once  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim,  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  morbid  sounding  melodies  at  times  along  with  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  second  wave  style  while  the  production  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  modern  atmosphere.

   When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  yet  melodic  style  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording   and  all  of  the  songs  remain  true  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length while  there  is  a  hidden  bonus  song  that  brings  in  a  punk  rock  and  d  beat  approach  to  black  metal..

  Total  Hate  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  hateful,  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  as  well  as  avoiding  any  modern  trends  to  create  an  album  that  is  purely  rooted  in  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  misanthropic  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Total  Hate  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sinister  Reflections"  and  "Purification  By  Fire".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/total-hatelifecrusher-contributions-to.html


Krater/Urere/Eisenwald/2016 CD Review

lundi 11 janvier 2016 à 09:15

  Krater  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Urere"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  parts  in  the  background  as  well  as  the  sounds  of  water  which  also  leads  up  to  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  the  music  which  also  leads  to  the  music  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  angry  shouts  and  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  can  also  be  both  chaotic  and  melodic  all  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the sounds on  the  intro  also  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  

  At  times  the  vocals  get  semi  melodic  as  well  as  adding  in  spoken  shouts  briefly and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  songs  also  add  in  doom  and  death  metal  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  the  more  extreme  side  of  modern  black  metal  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  some  songs  also  have  an  atmospheric  feeling  to  them  and  there  is  also  a brief  use  of  whispered  vocals.

  Krater  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  raw,  and  aggressive  at times  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom  and  death  metal  to  create  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  heavy at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Misanthropic  and  Luciferian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krater  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Non  Serviam"  "Anti-Visits"  "Vexillum  Luciferi"  and  "Lust  To  Burn".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/kraterurereeisenwald2016-cd-review.html


Gorrch/Nera Estasi/Duplicate Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 11 janvier 2016 à 08:10

  Gorrch  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw,  technical,  and  chaotic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Nera  Estasi"  which  was  released  by  Duplicate  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  technical  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  You  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  some  of  the  riffing  can  also  be  very  melodic  at  times  and  the  music  is  mostly  done  in  a  modern  style  while  the  influence  of  the  second  wave  can  be  heard  in  the  rawer  sections  of  the  music  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  chants  present  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  some  of  the  songs  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  close the  album  with  an  instrumental.

  Gorrch  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  progressive  and  technical  at  times  while  also  still  having  a  very  dark  and  raw  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Latin  and  cover  existentialism,  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gorrch  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  technical  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cinico  Domino"  and  "Intima  Tenebra". 8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/gorrchnera-estasiduplicate-records2016.html


Nihil Kaos/Noxkult/Deathkneel Productions/2015 CD Review

vendredi 8 janvier 2016 à 04:03

  Nihil  Kaos  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Noxkult"  which  was  released  by  Deathknell  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  high pitched  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  music  brings  back  the  90's  ultra  fast  style  of  the  genre.

  You  can  hurt  a  bit  of  the  Swedish  style  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  very  dark  and  melodic  and  when  the  vocals  get deep  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  there  is  also  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  also bring  in  a  touch  of  thrash  and  on  one  track  the  vocals  get  semi  melodic  while  also  keeping  a  true  grim  style.

Nihil  Kaos  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  in  the 90's  Swedish  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nihil  Kaos  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spawn  Of Devastating  Chaos"  "Dreadful  Perdition"  and  "Katharsis  In  Ashes".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/nihil-kaosnoxkult2015-cd-review.html


Nocturne Interview

vendredi 8 janvier 2016 à 02:27
1.For those that have heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

NOCTURNE started back in 2006 as a project with me as sole member. Back then I tried to write first melodies that built up to the very first songs. After a break for some years due to various events I came back to write music in late 2009. In 2010 I became singer in UNHALLOWED, where also Tenebris was involed on battery.

So it happened that in 2012 the unholy alliance of NOCTURNE was born and a year later our demo 'Nahash' was unleashed upon mankind, which got rereleased as a remastered limitied digipak version by Austrian Talheim Records in December 2014.

Throughout the year 2014 the songs of our self titled debut album were recorded in various sessions, to be released on January 15th 2016 by Unlight Records, France


2.You have a new album coming out in January, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released a few years back?

Well.... we have taken our time to work on our ideas and to record it. I guess we have evolved in songwriting compared to our demo. Also the sound is a lot better on the album.

We also took our trademarks like epic melodies and clean vocals as well the blasting parts to a higher musical level and speeded it up. So I think on the whole this release is more mature without losing connection to 'Nahash'.


3.The band has been around since 2006 but so far has only released a demo and a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

As mentioned before NOCTURNE first was a solo project.

From 2006 to 2007 I already wrote some songs just for me... as an inner need you could say. But I was not satisfied with the outcome, so I stopped for two years. In this time also some events took influence on me that made it impossible to go on with songwriting. In 2009 I came back with with some lyrics and wrote the songs you can hear on 'Nahash'. Since Tenebris officially joined, NOCTURNE has enstreghtened to a force of the left hand path like I always wanted it to be. And with the release of our debut album the world shall tremble.


4.The lyrics go very into depth with the Occult, can you tell us a little bit more about the studies and practices that you have learned over the years?

Spiritual enightenment is a very individual process that never stops, so I will not talk in public about practices. I started to explore the nightside at the age of sixteen and had the possibility to learn about diverse approaches of the left hand path, spiritually as well as philosophically. Our lyrics reflect somehow the journey I have taken over the years.


5.How did you come across the name 'Nocturne' and also are you aware of the many other bands that have the same name?

I never was aware that there are other bands around also named NOCTURNE. But it doesn't bother me that much. Our name has a deeper meaning for me than just a word or trademark. The night (or darkness) is one of the primal fears of mankind and it´s the counterpart of light. For me NOCTURNE is the equivalent to the fight night versus day, darkness versus light, evil versus 'good', Satan/Lucifer versus god.

If you can overcome your inner fear of the unknown you can walk in darkness as well as in light. And you will see that real truth only can lie in the once hidden.


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

NOCTURNE was a long time a solo project of mine, we didn't play live yet. But now we have put together a strong live lineup and we hope to get the chance to cast our spells live to promote our debut album. Our first gig is already confirmed in March 2016.


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

There are no touring plans to the date, but we will do our first gig on March 26th, 2016 in Sachsenburg/Austria.


8.On the album you had done a cover of a De Infernali song, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

The main reason was that we liked the ideas and melodies in this song very much, but we thought that this one needs some more power. We didn't like this original 'techno' version of it very much. As the song originally was written by Jon Nödtveidt and Tenebris and I are DISSECTION worshippers, the decision to do it was easy. What really makes us proud is that the original vocalist Dan Swanö takes over vocals in this song.


9.The new album is coming out on Unlight Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Unlight Productions is a sublabel of french Drakkar Productions, which is well known in the underground. We hope that the distribution and promotion of Unlight/Drakkar can bring our music to the dedicated listener.


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

The press feedback was very positive. 'Nahash' got good reviews as well as our debut album to the point. I guess the variation in our songs is liked by most people I talked to.


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

No, for Tenebris and me NOCTURNE is the only band we are active in, but of course our live-musicians are involved in other projects, such as Irdorath, Groteskh and Ashes of Moon.


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

As we are already working on the follow up album to our debut I can see clearly what will happen. We will push all our trademarks once again to the next level. Also some new elements will be added to songwriting ,which will bring even more variety to our musical spells.

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?

Well, this is a question I cannot answer precisely. I am listening to a lot of music. In Metal I started off with Thrash Metal, later added Death and Black Metal. Bands I like are Dissection, Unanimated, Darkthrone, The (really) True Mayhem, Bathory, Marduk, Samael or Bolt Thrower, Deicide, Unleashed, Armoured Angel, Venom, Slayer, Kreator, Destructor or Hobb's Angel Of Death... I could go on like this for pages.
Before that the pop music of the 1980s had a big impact on me, bands like Ultravox or Depeche Mode with their dark and melancholic atmosphere in most of their songs showed me maybe the musically direction I evolved.


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

I want to say thank you for the interview and for supporting the underground. Keep the black flame burning, death to inertia! Hail Darkness

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/nocturne-interview.html