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Deathwomb/Moonless Night Sacraments/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review

mardi 12 mars 2019 à 04:04

  Deathwomb  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2019  album  "Moonless Night  Sacraments"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction. When  the  music  speeds up  it  brings  in  a  very  raw  war  metal  style  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  screams.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  music  also being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  styles  of  black  and  death  metal.All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.    The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deathwomb  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  old  school  black  and  bestial  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tablets  Of  Fire"  "The  Ancient  Serpent"  "Enochian  Keys"  and  "The  Cjhasm".  8/5out  of  10.


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Necrolust/Ancient Worship/Art Inferna/2019 Full Length Review

mardi 12 mars 2019 à 02:16

  Necrolust  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Ancient  Worship"  which  was  released  by  Art  Inferna.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  as  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  having  their  raw  moments  when  they  are  utilized  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  war  samples  can  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  and  more  aggressive  musical  direction  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity  and  Hatred  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Necrolust  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Summon  The  Horned  Goat"  "Master  of  Killing"  and  "Century  of  Sathanas".  8  out  of  10. . 


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Black Goat/Percussimus Foedus Cum Morte et Cum Inferno Fecimus Pactum/Subterranean Aftersounds/2018 Demo Review

lundi 11 mars 2019 à 04:18

  Black  Goat  are   solo  project  that  has  recently  had  an  album  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  ritualistic  and  old  school  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  demo  "Percussimus  Foedus  Cum  Morte  et  Cum  Inferno  Fecimus  Pactum"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Subterranean  Aftersounds.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in influences  from  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  black  emtal.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  along  with  some  demonic  growls  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  and  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  demo  also  bringing  in  covers  of  Rotting  Christ's  "Transform  All  Suffering  Into  Plagues"  and  Necromantia's  "Faceless  Gods".  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  guitars  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Theistic  Satanism,  Rituals,  Apocalyptic  themes  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft  and  the  cover  displays  Dr.  John  Dee  and  Edward  Kelley  doing  a  necromantic  ritual.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Goat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  ritualistic  and  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Omen  Perditionis"  and  "Serpentmessiah". 8/7  out  of  10.

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Grave Violator Interview

dimanche 10 mars 2019 à 20:28
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

GG: Well, in my opinion we're a good mix of neat guys and enjoy playing music and boozing together! We're close friends and share quite a similar view of metal styles we want to present in our music.Myself and Kife have been playing in a punk band around 2004 or so and after that band broke up, we wanted to create something cool as our playing ability developed during the years. So, as self-taught musicians our style developed hand in hand with our own abilities.

J.I: Grave Violator is for me something that keeps me sane by providing me the space to tell stories with my friends. We all like similar music, and we also all have different tastes so it creates a good dynamic. I do not think we fit into any one corner of heavy metal, and mostly what we do is write fast evil songs for Orvator Gali.

2.You have your first full length coming out towards the end of March, musically how does it differ from your previous ep and demo's?

GG: In our first full length album we are presenting many older songs that never got recorded or released. One might say it is a collection of good unreleased songs that fit together album wise. It also has 2 songs that are quite new. I don't want to say which one is old and which one is newer, so that people listening to our album would enjoy it as an actual album. We wanted to do an actual album instead of releasing another demo or an EP. 

J.I.: In my point of view, with this album we recorded the last or best of the unrecorded old era Grave Violator stuff, and hinted at the next step with some newer songs that sort of introduce a larger story. To be fair, this is the first release with all four of us in our rightful places and so of course it is perhaps the most wholistic so far. Not better or worse than the previous stuff just different.

3.The band has been around since 2007 and while there has been ep and demo releases you waited until 2019 to release the first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

GG: I think this is because only a bit over 2 years ago our band has existed with these current members. We have finally found our best line-up so far and I don't think it can even get better. Our 2 first demos and the Ghoul Call EP featured only myself, Kife and Slade and therefore we were stuck what comes to developing as a band. And only since from the end of 2016 I feel we have an actual line-up. Not to take anything away from our previous members.

J.I.: Well, ups and downs. For a while one of us was away living in the States, then Japan. At another point one of us was in Thailand for a period. At one point we were a five piece, bass player at that time did not really fit. Good bassist, but not for us. After he left we thought about finding someone else to play bass, but really did not want a fifth member. The band decided I would have to do it. So it is that we were only ready with this album when we were ready with it. I am personally very satisfied with it and look forward to the next.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with its music?

GG: Haha, this is a good one. My favourite one is sex. Not in a fucking romantic way, but much in a very disrespectful, violent, desecrating and morbid way. I also like ghouls, grave robbing, spirits, alcohol, the infinity of space and its mysteries, sleazy acts, filth in general, violation of stuff and so on. Not so much satanic stuff, even though satan and jesus are a good source for lyrics. But if I would write lyrics for a song about christianity, it would most likely be about Vatican and choir boys and nuns getting raped. Political stuff does not have a place in our lyrics, I think only Bad Religion is allowed to sing about that shit.

Slade: There's three of us writing lyrics, so it's always cool to see what others have come up with. Sometimes its a collaborated effort. Topics vary a lot, truth is stranger than fiction so between living and unliving worlds is a cornucopia of inspiration.

J.I.: Lyrical elements that deal with the nasty nature of the human experience I guess. There is rarely any human pleasure that does not come without destroying or consuming a bit of someone or something else. All social acts are acts of consumption, and I think a lot of our lyrics have been built around that notion. Lately however the direction of our songs has changed lyrically speaking. I have vivid dreams every night and these days a lot of my writing comes from that place. However, before it was coming from the angle of what we thought Grave Violator should be, we were not wrong but it was a different approach. So, what ever the story is if Grave Violator talks about sexual perversions, violence, the cosmos, drugs, shitty people, incorporeal bog dwelling entities, etc whatever... I think we are talking about being human, trying to understand and deal with reality. Our stories are usually good if you know how to follow them.

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

GG: Yasuyuki Suzuki of Barbatos and his great contributions to metal world.

J.I.: Necro sodomy, necro slut. 

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

GG: The 3 black priests are the essence of our stories. You can see them standing by the river, watching the a person being doomed into everlasting suffering. What should be understood here, is that in the picture is being presented darkness, nature, Orvator Gali and mysterious spells. Like fragments from different lyrical topics being painted in one picture. I very much appreciate Malakias for the idea and Roni Ärling finishing the artwork. Thanks, dudes!

J.I.: What you see is the one known as 4 making a ritual sacrifice to the Necromancer Orvator Gali. The Three Black Priests are overseeing this Ritual of Sähköinen Kuun Shamaani, also called the summoning of the Diamond Organism a collective subservient to Orvator Gali. The cosmic winds sing his dreams, the stars the eyes of his secret watchers.

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

GG: I think our second gig in Russia in 2017 was a very good one. Seems we have a decent following there and I sure do appreciate that. What comes to stage performance, we don't play sober. I enjoy partying and so I wanna get boozed up before, during and after the gig. I doesn't affect our performance. Much, anyway, haha.

I also enjoyed very much one gig in Vantaa, when we had the smoke machine fill the venue totally just before our gig. I was still ordering a beer and rest of the guys waiting for me at the stage. I couldn't see them since it was all smoky. We didn't get much delayed. All in all, I don't think we have played a bad gig, I enjoy every moment on stage.

Slade: Shoutout to St. Petersburg people, always a treat to be there. RIP PRKL club.

J.I.: For me, since there ain't been many, I would say playing in Helsinki with Evil Angel and Korrozia Metalla stands out as a good one. But, my favourite show with Grave Violator was my first time playing in Russia. I really enjoyed the energy the crowd had there.  As far as stage performance goes, well I love to perform but I can not say are we good or bad or what. Playing live is my favourite part but playing sober is for posers and business men.

Kife: We also played at Puska Metal Festival in 2015 if if 'member correctly. It's a cool diy-style UG metal festival happening outdoors in a park/hill in Helsinki. Good crowd and a nice weather. Always fun with these guys!

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

GG: Hopefully a gig in Helsinki for celebration of the albums release. Then, there have been talk with our russian friend about a russian tour, but it's still on planning stage. I would love to do shows, or touring, in Europe. We are open for suggestions.

J.I.: I would love to play more shows more often. Playing shows in Helsinki is kind of hit and miss. Yeah, I would love to tour. That is the dream, but I do not think outside of St. Petersburg and Helsinki that too many folks have heard of us, a few friends back in the United States maybe. My dream would be to tour Europe and Japan, South America if we can get there.

9.The album is coming out on 'Reaper Metal Promotions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

GG: For what I've understood, they have connections or/and worked with very cool bands including Nunslaughter, Midnight, Fastkill and others. I'm really impressed that they had an interest in us. Craig is a cool dude and very helpful. Good stuff. We'll be doing an interview with them later this week, I'm looking forward on talking to them!

J.I.: Rad shit, solid roster. Personally I am honoured to be label mates with Crucified Mortals and Nekrofilth. Also, Cist from Russia is on the label - a very solid band. Overall, it has been very helpful for us. Good label, good dudes.  We are here on Reaper Metal Productions, so I understand that Orvator Gali has willed it to be so.

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

GG: Haha, the reaction hasn't been worldwide yet, but I'm hoping all the promotion will do us good in the future. It is fair to say, that the reviews and fan reactions at gigs have been very flattering. It is also surprising to see that maybe we are not the worst band in the world. Even if it would be so, we would continue doing what we love to do.

J.I.: I have no perspective on this.

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

GG: I guess our style itself won't be heading anywhere. Although my personal goal is to develop our band into a point where we can play a heavy metal song or a thrash metal song and still be recognized as the same Grave Violator. I'm interested in making 2-minute songs or even 11-minute songs and having them sound interesting. Having the songs differ from one another in a structural way as well as tempo wise is a good thing and keeps playing interesting.

Slade: We enjoy listening and playing a wide variety of styles, so there isn't just one clear path. Anything goes when we chase new ideas.

J.I.: Next album will be completely different, fast and groovy and I hope folks will be very surprised. As long as the songs are good I do not want to genre fuck our stuff. A good part of it has already taken a hold of us four, like a possession. I hope we are ready for the studio by autumn.

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?

GG: Iron Maiden is the best of them all. My first love and still going. Other "all time favourites" include Bad Religion, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Anal Cunt and Scandinavian metal. I'm influenced mostly by great drummers. For example Nicko McBrain, Nicke Andersson, Mark Zonder, Bobby Schayer and Dave Lombardo, to name a few. I don't mind the technical capabilities of musicians, but the groove is important. Nowadays I listen mostly to old heavy metal, speed and thrash metal.

Slade: Chuck Schuldiner, Trey Azagthoth, Randy Rhoads... This list would go on, but gotta add that for me punk has always been a core influencer as well

J.I.: For me, there are so many influences. I have always loved music in all forms. I maybe got hung up on things when I was younger that I am not hung up on any more so now I just like what I like. Big influences for me are DIO, Thin Lizzy, Black Flag, NOFX, Death, Manilla Road, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, Dark Throne, Dissection, Bad Religion, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Marduk of course, Waylon Jennings, Carcass, Hank Williams, my list of influences could go on and on. Lately I have been listening to old heavy metal and black metal. I listen to a lot of outlaw country all the time and rock and roll.  Slade turned me on to UFO 2 last year which is an amazing record, thanks Slade.

Kife: I grew up listening stuff like Sepultura, Anthrax, Testament, Megadeth and Bad Religion for example. Guitar players like Andreas Kisser and Fast Eddie Clarke. And Roope Latvala from Stone. As my musical taste has been expanding, i've been more in to older rock from the late 60's and 70's.

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

GG: No. Yeah. Thanks for the interview, man.

Slade: Slade: Shub-gnoð-gnoð

J.I.: Thank you for speaking with us. I hope that folks give the whole record a listen start to finish and if they don't like it they can get out. 


Again, thank you for your interest in Grave Violator and for interviewing us.

Grave Violator 

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Deha/Cruel Words/Rain Without End Records/2019 CD Review

dimanche 10 mars 2019 à 05:33

  Deha  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Cruel  Words"  which  will  be  released  on  March  29th  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  Clean  post  rock  style  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Melodic  vocals  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  elements  of  doom  and  sludge  metal  can  also be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  heavier  riffing  as  well  as  some  elements  of  shoegaze  also  being  used  at  times.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  depressive  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  When  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of blast  beats  are  added  onto  the  recording  but  keeping  the  music  more  focused  on  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Deha  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  depressive  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  rock  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Deha  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  depressive  black  metal,  sludge  and  post  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pain Is  A  Wasteland" and  "Cruel  Words".  8  out  of  10.  

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