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Død Håp/Black Sun/Darkwoods/2022 Full Length Review

dimanche 16 octobre 2022 à 05:46

 


  Død Håp  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Black  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Darkwoods.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  nature  sounds  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  also  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Elements  of  post  and  dark  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  also  goes  for  more  of  an  apocalyptic  direction.  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  melody  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  start  adding  in  more  of  an  angry  shouting  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  life-after-death  world. 


  In  my  opinion  Død Håp  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Sun"  "Tears  of  Dejection"  and  "Dead  Hope".  8  out  of  10.


  facebook: www.facebook.com/darkwoods.eu

instagram: www.instagram.com/darkwoods.eu
youtube: www.youtube.com/withinthedarkwoods

bandcamp: withinthedarkwoods.bandcamp.com   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/10/dd-hapblack-sundarkwoods2022-full.html


Schwermut/Gestalt im Wandel/Naturmacht Productions/2022 Full Length Review

samedi 15 octobre 2022 à 04:39

 


  Schwermut  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  old  school  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2022  album  "Gestalt  im  Wandel"  which  will  be  released  on  October  25th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album   along  with  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast b eats  can  also b e  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  added  into  the  faster  riffing  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feelin  while  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.  The  album  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  old  school  influences  as  well  as  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time.


 A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album  and  when  synths  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  they  also  take  the  music  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  the  hardships  of  being,  becoming  and  decay.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Schwermut  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sinn"  "Ritual  zum  Weg"  and  "Anru".  8 out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/10/schwermutgestalt-im-wandelnaturmacht.html


Eibon/The Garden Of Theophrastus/Rude Awakening Records/2022 Full Length Re-Issue Review

vendredi 14 octobre 2022 à 05:20

 


  Eibon  are  a  band  from  Singapore  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1995  album  "The  Garden  Of  Theophrastus"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  November,  2022  by  Rude  Awakening  Records  with  some  bonus  tracks  from  their  demo's  and  2003  ep.


  Middle  Eastern  style  musical  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  onto  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  keyboards  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  female  vocals  also  being  utilized  on  a  few  tracks  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  death  and  thrash  metal  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs.


 Whispered  vocals  can  also b e  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  demo  tracks  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  rawer  style  than  the full length  One  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental  as  well  as  the  ep  tracks  showing  the  band  also  improving  as  musicians  and  making  the  keyboards  also  sound  more  powerful,  touches  of  traditional  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil  and  occultism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Eibon  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Noctium  Phantasmata"  "The  Unholy  Ground  of  Darkened  Evil"  "Rites  Of  Profanity"  and  "Blind  Black  Obsession".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U4o6ghlQuk        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/10/eibonthe-garden-of-theophrastusrude.html


WitcheR/Lelekharang/Filosofem Records/2022 Full Length Review

vendredi 14 octobre 2022 à 03:17

 


  Hungary's  WitcheR  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  old  school  style  of  atmospheric  black  emtal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Lelekharang"  which  was  released  by  Filosofem  Records.


  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Female  vocals  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  drum  beats  also  being  programmed  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cove r of  Ludwig  Von  Beethoven's  "Moonlight  Sonota".


  On  this  recording  WitcheR  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  epic  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  keyboard  orientated  and  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  Folklore  and  Witchcraft  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  WitcheR  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  old  school,  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hamvak"  and  "Csendesen".  8  out  of  10.


  https://youtu.be/bNlHc60JElU

https://witcherband.hu/
https://www.facebook.com/witcherband/
https://www.instagram.com/witcherbandofficial/
https://twitter.com/witcherband
https://vk.com/witcherband
https://witcherband.bandcamp.com
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1C9ErpFV88XztoqUPESRRb
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEsJ0gvIp7gKv5SljsgJX4g


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/10/witcherlelekharangfilosofem-records2022.html


Aldaaron Interview

jeudi 13 octobre 2022 à 05:57

 


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

I have done some promotion for Arcane Mountain Cult and worked on some material for a new album.


2.In November you also have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ form the stuff you have released in the past?

I would say our new album "Arcane Mountain Cult" picks up right where we left off with the 2nd album "Supreme Silence". Nothing drastically different, more of a natural evolution, with maybe more progressive structures on some songs and the addition of a few great guitar solos from longtime friend and Aldaaron member Voldr.


3.This is your first release in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during this time frame?

Aldaaron somehow naturally went into a dormant phase after Suprême Silence, when the different members dispersed geographically according to life circumstances. 

For my part as the composer I had to reorganize my life and kind of went from a student life to an adult life, with more responsibilities and an environment less conducive to composing. Until then I had always composed in moments of solitude and these moments became more and more scarce, until they became almost non-existent. 

For several years I composed little touches here and there but without succeeding in entering the state of flow required to achieve the desired result. At the end of 2021, without knowing exactly why, I started composing again on a regular basis and was able to produce the new album in about 6 months. I guess I finally found enough motivation to adapt to this situation, although I'm not sure where that motivation came from.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Paganism and Mythology themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your pagan views? 

I am not a religious person so I do not consider myself a pagan strictly speaking. It's rather that my source of inspiration mainly comes from nature and in particular from the mountains and alpine forests that surround me, which possess a primordial quality and on which I project a dark, powerful and dramatic spiritual essence which heavily influences my worldview and artistic expression. If you define modern pagansim as « the belief in the divine character of the natural world », this is pretty close.

Overall I think the adjective « Pagan » evokes our music in a more appropriate way than other qualifiers like "Satanic", "True", "Orthodox", "Post", etc.


5.Lyrically you have also cover philosophy and fantasy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I was passionate about fantasy, especially the writings of Tolkien, during my teens and early adult years. But over time my interest shifted more and more towards non-fictional themes.

Although my level of interest varies over time, I read and listen to a lot of content related to the humanities and social sciences, with occasional momentary reappearances of fantasy and science-fiction.


6.Originally the band started out as 'Empires de Glace', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aldaaron'?

The name Empires de Glace was chosen in reference to the demo of the same name by the Quebec band Frozen Shadows, which is one of the bands that influenced me.

Aldaron is the Elvish name of Oromë and means in this language "The lord of trees". He is one of the Aratar, the most powerful of the Valar. 

I thought this name offered a better / more accurate perspective on the band's themes and music. I added an "a" to the original name as another band already used this name.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The artwork and album title speaks of a secret, hidden and forgotten religious order, whose members worship a mountain. I won't give more information so that the listeners can be free to project their own interpretation.


8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We played with a few big names like Mayhem or Nargaroth. I would say that in general our stage performance was brutal and introverted. 


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

Aldaaron is basically a one-man band at the moment, so no touring plans in the near future.


10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and pagan metal?

Difficult to tell as we only see the reaction of the few people that take the time to express themselves, which is a tiny fraction of listeners. The reaction has been very positive so far.


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

I hope I can go deeper into myself. 


12.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?

Not very original, but I suppose my main influences are classic bands from the 90's and early 2000's : Immortal, early Dimmu, Windir, Dark Funeral, Dissection, Summoning, Satyricon, Marduk, as well as some a bit lesser known bands like Enthroned, Dawn, Cirith Gorgor, Sargeist, Seth, Belenos, Frozen Shadows and I certainly forget some.

As for what I listen to today, apart for the aforementioned bands I really like the Finnish scene, for example Havukruunu, Vargrav, Behexen. Some other bands I regularly listen to include Akhlys, Deathspell Omega, Caladan Brood, Forteresse, Batushka. I also listen to a lot of dark / nordic / medieval ambient music and an ecclectic mix of other types of music.


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

Nothing to add. Thanks for your interest.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/10/aldaaron-interview.html