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Mustan Kuun Lapset/Saatto/Inverse Records/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 23 décembre 2016 à 23:53




  Mustan  Kuun  Lapset  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Saatto"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Inverse  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro the  music  gets  heavier  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  synths  mix  in  with  the  heavy  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  Finnish  90's  dark  metal  influences  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  all  most the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  There  is  also  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  on a  couple  of  songs  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  have  a  traditional  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  it  uses  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  song  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  one  track  also  introduces  female  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  the last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  and  clean  singing  male  vocals.

  Mustan  Kuun  Lapset  plays  a  musical  style that takes  dark  and  black  metal  to  create  a  melodic  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mustan  Kunn  Lapset  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Peikonmieli"  "Sudenima"  and  "Saatto".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/mustan-kaan-lapsetsaattoinverse.html


Ande/Het Gebeente/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 23 décembre 2016 à 08:29

  Ande  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  album  "Het  Gebeente"  which  will  be  released  in  2017.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  tracks  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  done  in  more  of  a  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  the  genre  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  mix  in  second  wave  black  metal  influences  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction and  synths  along  with  ambient  elements  are  added  onto  the  last  track  and  the  song  is  also  all  instrumental.

  Ande  creates  a  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  release  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  rawness  of  the  second  wave  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  musicians  native  tongue  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ande  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Argwaan"  and  "Leeg".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/andehet-gebeente2017-full-length-review.html


Infernal Angels/Ars Goetia/My Kingdom Music/2017 CD Review

vendredi 23 décembre 2016 à 07:10

  Infernal  Angels  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Ars  Goetia"  which will  be  released  in  2017  by  My  Kinddom  Music.

  Nature  sounds  and  bells  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  ritualistic  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  guitars  and  after  the intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  deep  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

 Some  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  session  work  form  members  of  Ecnephias,  Frostmoon  Eclipse  and  Black  Faith  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  traditional  black  metal  screams  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  and  tribal  style  drum  beats  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  some  of  the  guitar  leads  also  bring  in  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Infernal  Angels  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  with  every  song  paying  homage  to  a Goetic  demon.

  In  my  opinion  Infernal  Angels  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vine:  Destroyer  Of  The  World"  "Bael:  The  Fire  Devour Their  Flesh"  "Zagon:  The  Alchemist"  and  "Beleth:  Lord  Of  Chaos  And  Spirals".  8/5  out  of  10.  

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/infernal-angelsars-goetiamy-kingdom.html


Black Anvil/As Was/Relapse Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 23 décembre 2016 à 01:31

  Black  Anvil  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  ba  very  modern  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "As  Was"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  introduced  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  all  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  are  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  vocals  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing  along  with  a  few  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  post  hardcore  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and as  the  album  progresses  prog  rock  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  as well  as  some thrash  influenced  riffing  while  some  of  the  leads  add  in  more  classic  metal  touches  and  on  track  also  brings  in  slide  guitars  and  they  also  bring  in  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Black  Anvil  creates  a  recording  that  is  still  very heavily  rooted  in  a  modern  black  metal  style  while  also  getting  a  lot  more  melodic  and  progressive  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  reality,  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Anvil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "May  Her  Wrath  Be  Just"  "As  An  Elder  Learned  Anew"  and  "Ultra".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/black-anvilas-wasrelapse-records2017-cd.html


Derhead Interview

jeudi 22 décembre 2016 à 21:08
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Derhead is an avantgarde black metal band from Genoa, Italy. The project has born to express something personal, intimate and intense, beyond ties and compromises of a band, and for this reason it is a solo project in which I write, play and produce the whole material. Although Derhead actually started in 2001 I recorded just two demos and one EP “VIA” released this year for Via Nocturna. 

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

The form of my music is mainly black metal, but that you can hear different elements inside. Above all I like to find the balance between contrasting elements: melody and brutality, ambient moments and aggressive blast beats, and so on. I guess that the avantgarde side of the project is revealed in the freedom of the song's structure, in the melody's construction and in some not tipically black metal arrangement.

3.You recorded your first demo in 2003 and then waited 10 years later to record another one, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

The project started in 2001, when I played as bass player in a gothic metal band. In those years I missed some aggressive aspects in music and so I began this project. Then, due to the activity with other bands and several experiences in other kinds of genres, I had to suspend the project for a long period. In 2013 I felt the need to express myself in total freedom and for this reason Derhead has been resurrected... I think this pause and these experiences far away from black metal helped me to grew up as a musician and to find something fresh for this project.

4.Your lyrics are very philosophical, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in philosophy?

I didn't study Philosophy actually but Art and Design. But the obvious connections among these disciplines take me to reading books about philosophy, psychology, sociology and everything that, in different perspectives, tries to understand man and his universe. Maybe it is the desire to go beyond the image and try to reach the life that there's beyond the representation. So I’m just curious and I like to follow the connections among stories, personalities, thoughts, images… Everything is connected, but there are infinite points of views, often contrasting, there are a lot of answers for the same questions. Knowledge of these aspects is a way to know himself and to create your own scale of values for live with others.
In my lyrics I simply try to hold the thought of a moment with a phrase, a word, a symbolic image. My lyrics are a sort of personal diary in which I note ideas and considerations about my path. “VIA”, the title of the new EP, means indeed “path”.

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

It means “the head” with the article in German (just because it has a good sound for me!). Head, in sense of Mind, is our key for the comprehension of rational facts, but is also the element by which in some way you can get close to all irrational things, in every sense you intend this term, metaphysical or psychological. I’m fascinated by this themes, I believe that mind is the “real” world of every man.  

6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I prefer that Derhead remain a solo project, I live it as a sort of alter ego rather than a band. I have other two bands and I can interact and compare myself to other musicians. I bring all those experiences in Derhead. By the other side, this project gives me the freedom to study, experiment and face problems as a producer and musician without accepting compromises. Moreover, perform and recording by himself is a very interesting experience, you must have a wider vision of your music.

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

I released my demos on youtube just in January 2016, it is too few time to have a realistic perception of this. Anyway I generally received good feedbacks from who has found my project. So far it’s enough for me.

8.Have you ever worked with any other bands or musical projects?

Yes, I played in some metal bands in my city, nothing so important, to be honest. The main experience was in "The Void", a gothic metal band active in early years of 2000. Now I play as guitarist in an alternative/wave band named "Katiusha" and in an electro-acustic project named "Dual" produced by EVES Music. Every project is a way to express different sides of me and a stimulating way to share experience and learn from other guys. 

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

It’s difficult to say, this EP contains also the 2 demos as bonus tracks and you can hear that my style has changed in the years. What I have clear is that Derhead is the representation of just some sides of me, and this is what I want to express. Maybe the form can change, but I believe that could be in sense of an evolution rather than a revolution. The new material I wrote so far is quite similar, but a bit bolder, maybe more conceptual in a certain sense.

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?

I lived the black metal's years among the last ’90 and early 2000, and this is my background. They were years of great contamination: I loved bands like Aborym, Dodheimsgard, Anaal Nathrakh, Thorns and all those similar extreme experiences. I also loved all the bands who have gone beyond genres like Ulver, Manes, Solefald, Thee Maldoror Kollective just to name a few. Nowadays my inspiration comes from bands like Deathspell Omega, Diapsiquir, Peste noire, Nightbringer, Leviathan. Anyway I listen a lot of music, not only in metal scene, and everything can be an influence for me. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I work as a designer and it is also a great passion which has to be cultivated by reading, visiting exhibitions, museums etc. When it is possible I organize some travel, because I’m always in search of new inputs for my job, my music and my life and I think travelling is the best way.

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

I can just advice to check out my bandcamp: https://derhead.bandcamp.com to have an idea of my music and to thank you for this space.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/derhead-interview.html