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Cape Of Bats/Violent Occultism/Broken Limbs Recordings/2015 Full Length Review

lundi 28 septembre 2015 à 05:44

  Cape  Of  Bats  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  hardcore  punk  and  death  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Violent  Occultism"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Broken  Limbs  Recordings.

  Distorted  reverb's  start  off  the  album  before  getting  more  heavy,  dark  and  melodic  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  punk  and  death  rock  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  all  of  the  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  faster  sections  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  When vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  very  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  crust  and  d  beat  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  also  start  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  while a  later  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  album  closes  with  acoustic  guitars  and  atmospheric  sounds.

  Cape  Of  Bats  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  in  elements  of  hardcore  punk  and  death  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cape  Of  Bats  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  hardcore  punk  and  death  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kali  Yuga  (The  Lightning  And  The  Moon)"  "Death Kami"  "Buckets  Of  Blood"  and  "Hecatian  Nights".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/cape-of-batsviolent-occultismbroken.html


Australasia/Notturno/Apocalyptic Witchcraft/2015 CD Review

lundi 28 septembre 2015 à 04:41

  Australasia  are  a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  metal,  post  rock,  shoegaze  and  ambient and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  "Notturno"  which  was  released  by  Apocalyptic Witchcraft.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  gets  heavy  it  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  and  the  solos  and  leads  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  also  adds  elements  of  post  rock  to  the  songs.

  Vocals  and  lyrics  are  absent  from  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  music  being  instrumental  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of   clean  playing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  nature  sounds  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  female  vocals  and  after  awhile  more  elements  of  shoegaze  can  be  heard  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Australasia  creates  another  recording  that  is  mostly  instrumental  and  takes  an  instrumental  approach  to  more  of  a  modern  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  is  also  very  melodic  and  mixes  in  elements  of  ambient,  shoegaze  and  post  rock  and  the  production  has  a  very  powerful  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Australasia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental,  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eden"  "Haxo"  "Amnesia"  and  "Notturno". 8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/australasianotturnoapocalyptic.html


Stagwounder Interview

dimanche 27 septembre 2015 à 21:59

For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Johannes: We are five guys hailing from the south of germany – more precise: the Heidelberg area – making music together for about two years now.

Timotheus: That is also how long most of us have known each other, our musical and personal relationship really started with forming the band. We gathered to start something different, more dark and more "serious" than the muscial endeavours we had been part of in the past and under really vague common interests and goals something concrete was quickly established: our first album, to which not much can be added at this point when it comes to communicating what the band is.


In June you had released the album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Johannes: Hmmm … to be honest, I think this question is better answered by others. I for myself am not a friend of musical pigeonholing or stereotypes but I think most people need to compare the sound of one band to another. In our band description we use the topics black, doom and death.That sums it up, I think, but the relation of this three genres varies from song to song. I would consider it to be heavy, athmospheric and aggressive, more doomed black metal than blackened doom metal. But that’s just my opinion.

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

Timotheus: The countless adventures of the Stagwounder. Bizarre situations that might make the Lord vomit.


What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stagwounder'?

Johannes: When it first came into my head, I thought it sounds pretty nasty and fitting for our sound. Wounding – not neccessary killing –a majestic animal, that’s pretty evil I guess. But there’s also a metaphorical  level: The stag appears in almost every culture, it’s one of the oldest figures you find in art and myths. It was seen as a synonyme for a god-like animal in earlier days: the king of the forest and so on. The celts had cernunnos, it stands for vitality and fertility. Even in early christian days there were legends of stags appearing to people as a divine symbol for nature.


Timotheus: For us personally -- and analogous to many cultural connotations -- the stag stands for the purity and sanctity of nature and life in general. "Stagwounder" is as much an outward allegation as an inner confession programmatically speaking, but as a name for a work of art it is just that, a name to an illustration, to describe what can be seen and of course heard.


Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Johannes: Definitely yes. In Germany it’s hard for a band like us. We are ready for take off, playing shows and tours but when you’re out there on your own, complete d.i.y. without al label or a booker in the back, this means a lot of hard work.


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

Johannes: By now we are working on new songs and we want to start to record them soon – at first on our own, later on we will see. We are proud that we have come to this point by ourselves, but if a label is interested is what we’re doing ... why not? As long as we are still able to do our thing in the way we want to, none of us would be unhappy about having some support.


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

Johannes: It was interesting for us to see how quickly we got feedback. Only one day after the release of Invisible Radiance we had requests from Brazil, a guy in Portugal wrote some really nice words about the record and few days later we were played in an US-radio-podcast. That was pretty awesome because we didn’t ask anyone to do so. We really like the spirit of the worldwide underground metal community and highly appreciate any feedback, whether it’s positive or not.


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

Johannes: As said before – we are working on new songs which will lead us (and you) on a loooong journey downwards into abysses far more lightless than the ones we have travelled so far. So be forewarned, it’s gonna be some heavy stuff comin‘ around. And some polka.

Timotheus: Since the relationship of the band has been a very new one making the first record, the next release is probably going to display a musical maturation in some aspects. It also looks like it is going to be a little bit faster and more melodic, you could say more "technical" or "diverse". As for the Doom- and Black- Label it might be a further digression but for sure it will be more and less Stagwounder.


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?

Timotheus: Invisible Radiance has been influenced by both classical and "post" Black-, Doom-, Deathmetal and Rock; regarding the guitars only  it sometimes seems to me like a minimalistic mixture of Satyricon, Shining, Ulcerate and I (the Band) next to the homemade wrath and sentimentality.
As with every band that consists of more than one person, our musical interests aren‘t uniform, but amongst other bands we have lately listened to Schammasch (the new album is curiously awaited) and Ahab (the new album is very much enjoyed) in our rehearsal room.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Timotheus: Looking at the sky; what is left in the refrigerator.



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

Johannes: To quote that Goethe-guy: More light! And antlers up to all the people out there supporting underground music.

And thank you

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/stagwounder-interview.html


Vried/Solverv/Indie Recordings/2015 CD Review

vendredi 25 septembre 2015 à 10:07

  Vreid  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  progressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Solverv"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

   A  very  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  and  adds  in  grim  screams  along  with  a  more  raw  style  of  the  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  hard  rock/heavy  metal  style  to  the  songs  while  still  having  melodic  black  metal  elements  to  them and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  long  and   epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  regular  singing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Vreid  creates  another  album  that  remains  true  to  the  modern  Norwegian  black  metal  sound  while  also  adding  int  more  melody  and  progressive  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover ancestral  Nordic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Vreid  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Haust"  "Geitskadl"  and  "Fridom  Med  Daudens  Klang".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/vriedsolvervindie-recordings2015-cd.html


Aegorton/Plaguelord/2015 Demo Review

vendredi 25 septembre 2015 à 06:57

  Aegorton  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  demo  "Plaguelord".

  Distorted  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  depressive  black  metal  musical  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  atmosphere  along  with  the  tracks  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and  none  of  the  songs  ever  use  any  lyrics  and  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  the  background  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  slower  sections  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  there  is  also  a  brief   use  of  distorted  sound  effects  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Aegorton  plays  a  musical  style that  takes  depressive  black  metal and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  and  also  avoids  any  use  of  vocals  and  lyrics,  the  production  sounds  very  dark   and  raw  while  the  theme  focuses  on  the  plague  in  Europe  in  the  middle  ages.

  In my  opinion  Aegorton  are a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Plaguelord"  "Raised  To  The  Ground"  and  "March  Of   The  Pungent Reanimated".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/09/aegortonplaguelord2015-demo-review.html