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Aksaya/Kepler/Satanath Records/More Hate Productions/The Ritual Productions/2016 CD Review

mercredi 21 décembre 2016 à 21:42

  Aksaya  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Kepler"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records,  More  Hate  Productions  and  The  Ritual  Productions.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals  bring  in  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  songs  also  mix  experimental  and  heavy  parts  together.

  Aksaya  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  modern  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  some  experimental  and  death  metal  elements  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  physical,  science  and  space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aksaya  are  a  very  great  experimental  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  "Kepler"  "Taut  Ceti  E"  and  "Non  Morietur".  8  out  of  10. 

https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat164-aksaya-kepler-2016?utm_source=Promo+List&utm_campaign=bf23c3935a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b7d3bffdfc-bf23c3935a-159719745

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/aksayakeplersatanath-recordsmore-hate.html


Daven/Gemini/2016 EP Review

mercredi 21 décembre 2016 à 20:17

  Daven  are  a  solo  project  from  Columbia,  Missouri  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of his  self  released 2016  ep  "Gemini".

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  electronic  music  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitar  leads  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  add  some  heaviness  to  the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Radio  samples  can  be  heard  briefly  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  and  symphonic  elements  are  also  used  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  last  track  is long  and  epic  in  length.

  Daven  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  the  previous release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  and  scientific  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Daven  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Transmission"  and  "Gemini".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/davengemini2016-ep-review.html


Trauer/A Walk Into The Twilight/Nihilistiche KlangKunst/War Against Yourself Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 21 décembre 2016 à 06:39

  Trauer  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric,  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "A  Walk  Into  the  Twilight"  which  was  released  as  a  joint effort  between  Nihilistiche  KlangKunst  and  War  Against  Yourself  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards start  off  the album and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  where  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  focuses  are  finally  brought  onto  the  recording  the  are  mostly  grim  with  a  touch  of  melody.

  Keyboards  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  clean  singing  is  also  used  at  times  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  riffing  also  gets  very  melodic  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a small  amount  of acoustic  guitars  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  diversity.

  Trauer  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  the  atmospheric,  raw  and  depressive  sides  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  along  with  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  resignation  and  Svarthem  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trauer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Invocation  Of  The  Parasites"  "Procession  In  The  Fog"  and  "Ending  At  The  Ground".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/trauera-walk-into-twilightnihilistiche.html


Lebenssucht/Fucking My Knife/Abstruce Eerie Radiance/2016 EP Review

mercredi 21 décembre 2016 à 04:57

  Lebenssucht  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Bulgaria,  Germany  and  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2016  ep  "Fucking  My  Knife"  which  was  released  by  Abstruce  Eerie  Radiance.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts off  the ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  the  background  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  fashion.

  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  black  metal  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  get  somewhat  melodic  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  keyboards  are  also  used  briefly  and  the  last  track  brings  in  elements  of  harsh noise.

  Lebenssucht  plays  a  very  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  dark  while  also  having its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lebenssucht  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Beloved  Depression". 8  out  of  10.

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/12/lebenssuchtfucking-my-knifeabstruce.html


Hex Morbidity Interview

vendredi 16 décembre 2016 à 21:33
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?



I’ve just released the ‘Hex Morbidity’ EP which is getting in some good reviews and is being enjoyed by other members of the British black metal scene. I’m currently composing a live line up too and will be making announcements for new members and hopefully gigs in the New Year.



2.Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



It is more emotion fuelled and impassioned. It is faster, more melodic, more varied, and a much more accomplished sounding work than the previously rough and dodgy demos (laughs).



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your new music?



My lyrics are kind of like a personal diary based off experiences, emotions and reflections. On this new EP two of the songs have romantic themes and one, ‘The Spirits of Aldwych’ is somewhat a tribute to those people who lost their lives during the Blitz on London in the Second World War.



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



The meaning is a reference to death’s ever constant presence and hold over our world. I honestly don’t remember where I got the original spark of inspiration from but the name just stuck and I quickly took to it.



5.Originally you had a fine line up and now are a solo project, what was the decision behind going into this direction and also are you open to working with other musicians again in the future?



The decision was purely based off not finding the right people in the first place- they weren’t technically talented enough and they weren’t fully behind the concept of the band so I played everything myself largely out of necessity. However, since moving to London I have already found a new guitarist, who I’ll be announcing shortly, and I will be looking to complete the line-up in the New Year.



6.When you had a full lineup did you ever do any shows?



No- in fact the line-up was only together long enough for a handful of rehearsals. With the new full line-up that’s coming up though I plan to gig and tour extensively with an elaborate stage show.



7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have any interest?



I am not actively searching for a label as my current aim is to play live and just write more material. If the right offer came along though I’d certainly been open to it.



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



Very good! The reception has been stronger in the UK where I target a lot of promotion but over the years I’ve been lucky to have people enjoy my music from all corners of the globe.



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



I think I will continue in the melodic direction but possibly strip things back and get a little more raw again. My focus is on writing songs that people will remember, and a catchy riff or chorus is invaluable to me



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?



On this EP the big influences were Genesis, Eastern Front, Hecate Enthroned, My Dying Bride- all English bands strangely. This year I’ve been disappointed by the black metal scene so I’ve been listening to Marissa Nadler, David Bowie, Thee Oh Sees, lots of classical (mainly romantic composers) but I go to a lot of underground metal gigs and I love watching the British black metal bands live, especially as I feel like they are what I have to compete with.



11.How would you describe your views on 'Occultism'?



Occultism is something I’ve explored and read about a fair bit over the last couple of years but it is not my path. I appreciate the dogma and the aesthetics but I prefer to revel in the power of nature, not demons or devils.



12. What are some of your non musical interests?



I’m a very heavy reader, mainly classic literature and poetry, and a very enthusiastic cook (laughs). I now live in London which is a place I find hard to bare so I love to escape humanity and just be alone in nature so I try to visit woods in the county of Essex a lot and also return to where I used to live to be by the beach and hear those natural sounds again.



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



Thanks very much for the interview. For all readers who think they might enjoy some melancholic black metal from England, I urge you to check out the Hex Morbidity Facebook page and to download the entire EP for FREE at Bandcamp.

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