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Corpsehammer/Posesion/Morbid Skull Records/2017 EP Review

mercredi 23 août 2017 à 05:26

  Corpsehammer  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Sweden  and  Chile  that  plays  a  primitive  mixture of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Posession"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Skull  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  of  a  first  wave  black  metal  style  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  second w ave  influences.

  At  times  the  riffing  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  a lot of  death  metal  elements  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  both  the  80's  and  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  touches  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  Corpsehammer  plays  a  musical  style  style  that takes  a  raw  second  wave  black  metal  style  and  mixes  in  with  some  first  wave  influences  as  well  as  some  elements  of  war  and  old  school  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  death  and  doom  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Corpsehammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  primitive  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  "Beso  Inflame"  and  "Cataclismo".  8  out  of  10.    

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Chaos Moon/Origin Of Apparation And Languor Into Echoes, Beyond/Folkvangr Records/2017 Double Cassette Review

mardi 22 août 2017 à 07:57

  Chaos  Moon  are  a  solo  project  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  raw,  depressive  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  double  compilation  album  "Origin  Of  Apparation  And  Languor  Into  Echoes,  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Folkvangr  Records  on cassette  and  consists  of  2  albums  that  where  originally  released  in  2007.

  Blast  beats  and  fast  yet  raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful while  the  synths  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  ambient  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  very  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  2nd  wave  influences.

  At  times  the  riffs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also being  used  briefly add  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of  the  outro's  also  adds  in  a  small  amount of  Gregorian  chants  that  also  return  on  a  later  track  while  the  second  album  on  the  collection  expands  on  the  style  of  the  first  release  while  also  adding  in  more  melodic  riffing  which  also  added  in  the  guitar  leads  when  that  are  used briefly.

  Chaos  Moon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  depressive  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  ambient  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mental  illness,  plague,  and  obscure  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chaos  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  depressive  and  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aether Aurora"  "Origin  Of  Apparation"  "Abstract  Tongues"  and  "Countless  Reverie  In  Mare".  8  out  of  10.


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Svipdagr/To Torment The Men/War Productions 2017 CD Review

dimanche 20 août 2017 à 03:16

  Svipdagr  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album   "To  Torment  The  Men"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  grim  black  metal  screams  start  of  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  having  a  brief  intro  to  them  and  clean  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  along  with  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of t he  intros  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Svipdagr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  adding  in  classical  guitars  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  nature  orientated  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  anti  religion  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svipdagr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "The  Grace  Of  God"  "June  2nd  1358"  and  "Unfinished  Spirit"  and  "Hell  Dark  Workshop".  8  out  of  10.

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Nyctophilia Interview

jeudi 17 août 2017 à 20:43

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

1.Hails. Nyctophilia is the sound of  nature, death and darkness, i always try to create music that is sounds raw, dark and melancholic to reflect the thoughts that are inside me and pass on my message.

2.You have released a good amount of material so far this year, how would you describe the musical style of the current music?
2. Mainly i will always describe my music as Black Metal but i don’t want to limit myself. My music is atmospheric, depressive and melancholic and i always try to explore different approaches to Black Metal music. With that been said i keep myself away from modern sounding music which is nothing more then a piece of shit for me.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3.Death, Darkness, Pain, Nature and Satanism. I try to cross the borders of my mind and body to show people how pathetic their life can be and how blind they are in todays world.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nyctophilia'?
4.Nyctophilia is the cult of darkness and night, finding peace through darkness and embracing it. When i was thinking about the name for this project i new i need something that will truly reflect the sound and lyrical topics inspired by nature and death. That’s why i choose the name Nyctophilia.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with other musicians in your other projects, how would you compare the two?
5.It is very different. When i create music myself i have no boundaries and no restrictions of what i can do.  When i work with other people (which is very hard for me) there are lot’s of compromises to be carried but of course through that different and interesting music can be done.

6.This year alone you have been a part of a couple of splits with 'Nihil Invocation' and 'Nachteule', how would you compare you style to theirs?

6.First, both bands are great, otherwise i wouldn’t do a split with them. Nihil Invocation is very raw sounding and bleak and you can hear the nihilistic atmosphere within their music. Nachteule is very atmospheric focused on nature black metal. Both of them have some similarities to Nyctophilia in terms of sound and lyrics.

7.Since 2015 you have released a great amount of music with this project, does music take up a lot of your time?
7.I can’t propely answer this question because it all depends on a inspiration i get. Sometimes i can write and record very quick and sometimes that process can take couple of months. The process that definitely takes alot of time is mixing the records.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8.For me it has been very good, i never thought that my music will reach so many people and have such a good response.

9.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?
9.We try to record some music but nothing is certain. I can’t tell what the future will bring for other projects.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10.Definitely progressing and exploring different subjects of black metal music. I don’t really see myself playing for example live shows with Nyctophilia but who knows, maybe one day.

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?
11.It’s really wide range of anything that is dark sounding and melancholic but to name a few is The True Mayhem, Xasthur, Nyktalgia, Elysian Blaze, definetly 2nd wave of black metal as well as some classical music.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
12. I see Satanism as the path of enlightenment and knowledge. Satan is the true light and Satan is the truth.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.I would like to thank you for this interview and anyone who took time to read it and tried to understand my thoughts. Hail Darkness! Hail Death!

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Leucosis/Liminal/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 Full Length Review

mercredi 16 août 2017 à 04:13

  Leucosis  are  a  band  from  Santa  Cruz,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Liminal"  which  was  released  by Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  growls  also being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  utilized  on  some  of  the  songs  while  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as a  couple  of  the  songs  being  instrumental  with  the  second  one  being  done  on  synths  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Leucosis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding  bring  back  some  of  the  early  2000's  USBM  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leucosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bereft"  and  "Saturnal".  8  out  of  10.


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