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Illum Adora/Son Of Dawn/Kneel Before the Mater's Throne Records/2016 EP Review

samedi 17 septembre 2016 à 04:46

  Illum  Adora  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Son  Of  Dawn"  which was  released by  Kneel  Before  The  Master's  Throne  Records.

  A  very  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  ep  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  also  speeds  up  and  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  second  wave  influences.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  have  a  first  wave  feeling  at  times  along  with  a  slight  thrash  influence  while  the  riffing  is  always  power  chord  driven  and  there is also  a brief  use  of  night  sounds  and  all  of  the  tracks  remain  true  to  a  heavy  and  raw  musical  direction  and  Gregorian  chants  are  used  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Illum  Adora  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  power  chord  driven  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Blasphemy,  and  Philosophical  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Illum  Adora  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  satanic/occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Son  Of  Dawn"  and  "In  Hideous  Blasphemy".  8  out  of  10. 

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Caveman Cult/Savage War is Destiny/Wohrt Records/2016 Cassette Review

samedi 17 septembre 2016 à 02:55

  Caveman  Cult  are  a band  from  Miami,  Florida  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Savage  War  Is  Destiny"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Wohrt  Records.

 Electronic  noises  start  off the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences  along  with a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also h ear  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  throughout  the  recording  and  the  fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  one  of  the  songs  brings  in  a  brief use   of  guitar solos  or  leads  and  also  avoids  using  any  melodies  to  focus  more  on  a  very  raw  yet  brutal  style.

  Caveman  Cult  creates another  recording  that  remains  to  the  the  bestial  black/war  metal  sound  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  savagery,  barbarity,  and  warfare  themes.

  In  my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Caveman  Cult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  and  bestial  black/death metal,  you  should  check  out t his  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iron  Scourge"  "Altar Of  Crushed Enemies"  "Barbaric  Bloodlust"  and  "Caverns  Of  Atrocity".  8  out  of  10.    

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Tardigrada/Emotionale Odnis/Eisenwald/2016 Full Length Review

vendredi 16 septembre 2016 à 05:28

  Tardigrada  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of t heir  2016  album  "Emotionale Odnis"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by Eisenwald.

 Clean  guitars start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal screams  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion. 

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  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  black metal  feeling  and  there  is  an  intro  before  each  song  which  all  use  clean  playing  along  with  a  brief use  of  thunder  and rain  sounds  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Tardigrada  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  has its  raw  and  depressive,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swiss  and  cover  feelings  and  social  criticism themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tardigrada  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  Wand"  and  "Emotionale  Oedinis".  8  out  of  10.   

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Lord Agheros/Nothing At All/My Kingdom Music/2016 CD Review

vendredi 16 septembre 2016 à 02:09
 Lord  Agheros  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and originally played an  ambient  style  of  black  metal but  have  evolved  into a  post  metal  band  with  elements  of  goth,  industrial,  classical  and  avant  garde and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Nothing  At  All"  which  was  released  by  my  Kingdom  Music.

  Clock  sounds  and  keyboards  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  touches  of  classical  music  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  after  awhile  ambient  elements are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  great  amount  of  heavy  guitars  while  some  songs  are  also  very  industrial  and  avant garde  influenced.

  Male vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  some  songs  are  instrumental  and  also  bring  in  influences  of  ambient, goth  and  post  rock  and  their  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  violins  while  all  of  the  musical  isntruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other.

 Lord  Agheros  moves  away  from the  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  recordings  and  have  evolved  more  into  a  post  or  avant  garde  style  metal  project,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  political  and  real  life  themes.

 In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Lord Agheros  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like it,  I can  still  see  this  album  appealing  to  fans  of  avant  garde  and  post  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lake Water"  "Life  And  Death"  "On  the  Shore"  and  "Final  Death

  Male  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  traces  of  goth  and  post  rock  and  every  track  sounds  different  from  each  other  while  one song  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  along  with  the  riffing  getting  more  melodic  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful and  some  of t he songs  are  all  instrumental  and  towards  the  end  violins  are  also  utilized  briefly.  


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Nihilistic Pain Interview

jeudi 15 septembre 2016 à 14:07
1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

E: We are nothing more than a part of the never-ending cycle of corruption in this world. Life gave us corrupted minds and perverted desires and we choose to channel it in our music in hopes that some vulnerable people will absorb it and start living more destructive lives. The music is NOT intended for anyone's enjoyment.

Nihilisten: “E” told it good enough, i don’t have much more to say about that.

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

Nihilisten: When i first started the project and released the Paranoia EP, it was all improvised and in one take. While recording Reach The Purity, i only did the drums and also vocals on my 2 tracks. But the recording-style was the same. Mostly improvisation, we don’t write music. It’s just channeling emotions, so it can become anything or nothing.

E: I don't know, some kind of very noisy and depressive experimental black metal. We haven't really put much thought into how we should sound and that's why every release sounds very different. When we start recording, whatever happens happens. And since musicality is not in the focus at all we can just focus on sounding the worst possible. It's hard to focus on writing something technical and innovative when you're bleeding from multiple flesh wounds or having severe panic attacks. We feel horrible when writing and recording so of course it's going to sound horrible. Otherwise what would be the point?

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

E: Corruption, depression, melancholy, homicidal and suicidal thoughts, depravity, self harm, blood rituals and mental illness.

Nihilisten: Self-torture and madness, simply put.

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

Nihilisten: Actually, i was listening to Nihilistic Misanthropy way back before i started Nihilistic Pain and also before i even was a member of Nihilistic Misanthropy. I was thinking “Damn, i need a good fucking obscure DSBM band”. I played around a little with their name due to it being really great. So i ended up with Nihilistic Pain. I haven't put so much thought in the name itself after that.

5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

E: Studio-wise we will always be a duo. But we are thinking about taking it to the next level by playing live. If we do, some live-members will probably be needed. But we have a lot of requirements and i believe it will be hard to find musicians willing to cope with what we're all about. The reason why we work so well together is that we always encourage sick behaviour from one another rather than try to prevent it. During the recording of "Nighttimes Torment" I was very close to attacking somebody (name left out) with an axe before recording the vocals. And it's not like Nihilisten tried to prevent it, at all.

Nihilisten: As “E” said, it will only be us two studiowise. We are the perfect storm when we work. Two fucking psychopaths who encourage everything. As he said, the “axe-attack” is a good example. I did not try to prevent it, and i don’t see any reason why i should have tried to prevent it.

6. Currently the band is signed to 'obscure insanity Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

E: It is Nihilistens label. The tape version of our EP (which will be containing something special) will be released there but the CD version will probably be released somewhere else.

Nihilisten: Haha, it’s my own label. First named “Xanax Records” and i just released my own bands (Alfheim’s first EP was the first release on the label). The aim there is to focus on obscure bands that i myself find interesting, and also my own projects. The Reach The Purity CD will be released on Winterwolf Records while the tapes will be on Obscure Insanity Records.

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

E: Most tend to think it is very raw and extreme. Most probably think it's a little too much. A few fucking psychopaths seem to really enjoy it and even fewer seem to understand it and embrace the concept, which is our aim. Of course we always like to hear from people who enjoy it but it can't even compare to the feeling when people listen, understand and ACT. We have gotten a lot of personal self harm images from people letting us use it in different ways and we really like receiving this kind of support. It shows that we are getting somewhere with our visions.

Nihilisten: “E” told it good enough. Some understand it, others don’t. I showed one of my friends “The Life I Was Given”, she told me i was insane. That’s the kind of reactions i prefer recieving.

9. Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
(I have to send it in 2 parts)
E: Yes. I play in Nattkaos, Pandora and Vargtimma. I have releases with each and every one planned this year.

Nihilisten: Haha, too many. We both have had some different projects. My main band beside Nihilistic Pain is Dysfori, a dark atmospheric rock band. One of the side-projects i have is Corpsefuck, a rather fucked up “gore metal” band where E does some vocals now and then.
I also recently became the new guitarist and drummer in Nihilistic Misanthropy.

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

E: Whatever feels wrong.

Nihilisten: To the purity (death).

11. 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?

E: My main influences are Stalaggh, Abruptum, Gnaw their tongues, Noothgrush and Merzbow. That's also pretty much what I'm listening to currently. However, we try not to have any guidelines. Musical influences are almost inevitable I think. But that should never mean following any strict directions other than your own if you want to create something of real value.

Nihilisten: Abruptum, Silencer and some of the few pure DSBM bands that really shows the disgusting pain. What i listen to varies from day to day. But these are the musical inspirations.

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

E: Thanks for having us. Spread the message and let the corruption manifest!

Nihilisten: This is just the beginning.

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