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Auld/...of Petrichor and I/Eschatonic Records/2021 EP Review

jeudi 6 mai 2021 à 05:27

 


  Auld  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  rp  "...of  Petrichor  and  I"  which  was  released  by  Eschatonic  Records.


  

Folk  instruments  and  atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  parts  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  lot  of  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them

 

   Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  Auld  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of  folk  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  melancholy  poetry  and  Scottish  folklore  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Auld  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  influenced  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hollow  Mews".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: auldau.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/auldAu
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/30e6rTkpakt9WXD0COkPq9
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/auldau/

  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/auldof-petrichor-and-ieschatonic.html


Winter Eternal/Land Of Darkness/Hells Headbangers/2021 CD Review

jeudi 6 mai 2021 à 04:42

 


  Winter  Eternal  are  a  solo  project  originally  from  Greece  but  now  located  in  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Land  Of  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Hells  Headbangers.  


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  90's  era  Swedish  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  bass  guitar  lines  also  show  an  influence  of  the  90's  Greek  style.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  epic  structures  of  the  mid  90's  Norwegian  pagan  black  metal  style  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars.


  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments,  a  later  song  is  also  an  instrumental  and  the  recording  also  closes  with  a  cover  of  Gates  of  Ishtar's  "Dawn  Of  Flames".  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  pain  and  sorrow  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Winter  Eternal  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crossing  The  Blackest  Skies"  "Crown  Of  Stars"  and  "Isolation".  8  out  of  10.


http://winter-eternal.bandcamp.com/album/land-of-darkness


https://youtu.be/O8IhjBP0xQI

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/winter-eternalland-of-darknesshells.html


Roraima Interview

jeudi 6 mai 2021 à 00:10

 

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

1  Roraima arose from an idea he had to fuse Black Metal with some melodies of Venezuelan music, It also includes the national instrument, the "Cuatro Venezolano." It was something experimental I started with themes instrumental until it took shape and style

2.In March you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

2  This WR album adds vocals, compositions are faster and with more Atmospheric essence of Black Metal, but keeping the Venezuelan folk lines. There are also more presence of acoustic guitars that provide a certain natural environment.


3.The musical project started out as being instrumental before adding lyrics on later releases, can you tell us a little bit more about going into this musical direction?

3  Yes, at first it started as an instrumental project, I thought I should add more energy to Roraima and I decided to include the vocalist "T. Rodríguez" and myself in the clean voices, so that we could express our art more.

4.A lot of your lyrics deal with the ancestral heritage and folklore of your homeland, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


4  The idea is to rescue traditions and make them known to the world, we have a large number of stories told by our aborigines and also popular among the peoples of the country, it is something that fills me a lot and they are worthy of representing those stories in poetry.

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

5  Roraima is one of the oldest geological formation places in the world, where it brings many mysteries and a lot of energy, I wanted to pay tribute to that beautiful place located in Venezuela and very close to Brazil and Guyana. Each Roraima album is dedicated to the nature of the country, its flora, fauna and landscapes.


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

6  This cover is an image of the mountain "Waraira Repano", so called by the aboriginal ancestors and Also called in the city as "El Avila". This album is dedicated to that great mountain that is in me city and that I have visited a lot.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

7  For now I work well as a duo, but I do not eliminate the possibility of including other members, whether national or international. Likewise, when the opportunity for a live event presents itself, I would look for musicians from session.

8.According to the facebook page you recently formed partnerships with 'Vacula' and 'Earth And Sky Productions', how did you get in contact with those labels?

8  I already knew them through the networks and they do an excellent production job on this new album that I wanted seek contact with them and they kindly accepted the proposal.


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

9  The reception has been very positive, in the first two albums that were instrumental there were obviously other types of fans who really liked that musical concept, after this new WR album, it has been more received, since its sound is more Atmospheric Black Metal and the integration of the voices gave a greater impulse. Something that draws a lot of attention from Roraima is the interpretation of the folk instrument of Venezuela.


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

10  I plan to further strengthen the folkcore of the compositions but keep the essence of Black Metal.Atmospheric, and will integrate more acoustic sounds. We will see how it will flow little by little since the ideas they come by surprise


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on the musical styles of 'Roraima'?

11  Of the musical styles it is mainly Venezuelan music as a base, its melodies open my mind to create some riffs and chords, artist from my country Vytas Brenner, foreign bands I like the essence of the Ulver's early albums, also Obtained Enslavement, Aeternus. They are bands that inspire their atmospheres.


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

12  Thanks for the interview to Occult Black Metal Zine, an honor for Roraima, you can listen to our albums at

www.roraima1.bandcamp.com

Let's keep the flame of Black Metal without religions.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/roraima-interview.html


Durthang Interview

jeudi 6 mai 2021 à 00:00

 

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


 


Hails. Durthang was created in 2005 by Ylghanon and me (Nhaarg). We are friends since we were childs and we share the same interests in music, life and philosophy. It is not very common here, because we raised in a small village. We started to write music and record some rehearsals till 2020 that we finished our first EP.


 


2.A few months back you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


 


It is what we understand as Pagan Metal or Heathen Metal. Just Black Metal mixed with epic and folk influences, but not shitty happy Folk Metal as you can hear in the most bands of today. We do BLACK METAL. It is very easy to sound folkish using a whistle. A simple melody performed with an Irish whistle sounds like Celtic music. But we try to sound epic by using just Metal instruments and an old keyboard.


 


3.The music was written between 2005 and 2009 but you waited until 2020 to release the music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?


 


We have other projects and we have also jobs that force us to move outside for months and it is impossible for us to continue with all our projects from time to time.


 


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Paganism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


 


We have a different cosmovision of our environment. We are forced to live in this moment and society, but for sure we don’t take part of the nowadays of the typical citizen. I mean, we rarely use Internet. We hate social media, Facebook and other stupid things like that. We are not in the “Internet scene”. We hate it. We use to live in a small village and we try to continue with this life. It is hard, but we don’t care it.


Pesticum, Durthang, Thangorodrim or Nhaarg projects won’t have any social media. We only support old school scene.


 


5.Both of the band members are also involved with other bands or musical projects, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Durthang', that your are not able to do with your other groups?


 


I have a solo project simply called Nhaarg. Ylghanon has another solo project of Dark Dungeon Music and we both have another Black Metal band called Pesticum, with Xhaarm (Ylghanon’s brother) on drums.


 


Xhaarm (Pesticum drummer) lives in England from time to time. It makes very hard for us to try all our ideas with Pesticum. In fact, we wanted to play a mid tempo Epic Black Metal that doesn’t fit with Pesticum concept, which is raw and faster.


 


We both created Durthang due to this. I know there is some mistaken information in Encyclopaedia Metallum about the year of creation of the projects, but we cannot change this in this fucking web.


 


6.I know the bands name came from the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can  you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?


 


Of course, Tolkien saved my childhood. There is not much to do for a child in the area we raised so we were all the time reading books, playing to rol games, videogames and, after of this, drinking and playing the evil music we were hearing for years.


 


I love even the films of TLOTR. Something that much people hates. We don’t care.


 


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


 


It is just an idea I talked to the designer. All the art is made by him with the ideas we considered good for the project. It has the perfect mood.


 


7.The ep was released on 'Crush The Desert Records, how did you get in contact with this label?


 


They contacted us through our Bandcamp. We upload our music to this web to show it. We put it by free download. He heard it and he contacted us very fast, interested in all our projects. He works very fast and, in fact, he did a perfect work. He has supported us very much and it is very appreciated.


 


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


 


We have not much idea, really. We are not all the day watching videos in YouTube or looking for reviews. We don’t like to waste our time with it.


 


9.What is going on  with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


 


Well… we are working in a full album for Pesticum. I think it is the time, after a lot of demos and rehearsal recordings. It is hard to say something about it now, because all is stopped for the moment due to our jobs.


 


About Durthang, maybe we could work in another full album with some better songs and production.


 


I am writing some new stuff with Nhaarg also, my solo project. Not sure what will I record.


 


Xhaarm (Pesticum drummer) is working with a Death Metal band from England too. They are doing something in the vein of Incantation or something like that. Not much info I have, because I have not heard them more than a couple of songs in rehearsal.


 


Anyway, it seems that this year will see some other stuff out.


 


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


 


Maybe, we could record something new this year. We are working on it just now and we have renewed our energies thanks to the EP release.


 


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?


 


We just hear old school stuff and 90s Black Metal. The influences of Durthang comes from the very early stuff of Falkenbach to Isengard, Darkthrone or early Summoning stuff.


 


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


 


Thank you so much for your time and interest in Durthang. I hope some other true Metal maniacs can enjoy our epic darkness.


Hails!!!

The Winter Woods @ Bandcamp

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/durthang-interview.html


Blot Mine/Porphyrogenesis/Vic Records/2021 CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 5 mai 2021 à 06:15

 


  Blot  Mine  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  consists  of  members  from Setherial  and  played  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1998  album  "Porphyrogenesis"  which  also  consists  of  bonus  tracks  from  their  1997  demo  "Kill  For  Inner  Peace"  which  will  be  re-issued  as  a  single  album  in  June  of  2021  by  Vic  Records.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  style  melodies.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


 A  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  demo  tracks  starting  out  with  a  keyboard  orientated  intro  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  bonus  songs  also  bring  in  an  even  more  raw  style  but  also  maintaining  the  melodic  side,  classical  guitars  can  also be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song  along  with  the  keyboards  also  making  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death,  Darkness,  Sadness  and  Sumerian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Blot   Mine  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  Swedish  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Greater  than  Life"  "Fragmented  Red  Sun"  "Off  To  War"  and  "Cold,  Deserted  And  Dead".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/Blot-Mine-113023087505676  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/blot-mineporphyrogenesisvic-records2021.html