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The True Werwolf/Devil Crisis/Werewolf records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 9 février 2020 à 04:56

  The  True  Werwolf  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  necromantical  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Devil  Crisis"  which  will  be  released  on  February  28th  by  Werewolf  Records.

  Tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  are  also  utilized  on  the  later  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  on  some  of  the  songs  and  the  closing  track  also  brings  in  more  of  a  first  wave  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  occultism,  vampyrism,  medieval  witchcraft  and  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  True  Werwolf  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Journeys  Under  the  Battlemoon"  'Chi  No  Namid"  and  "The  Witch  of  my  Heart".  8  out  of  10.

http://werewolfrecords.bandcamp.com/album/devil-crisis    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-true-werwolfdevil-crisiswerewolf.html


Idolos Interview

dimanche 9 février 2020 à 02:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



MgRcH : We’re not exactly a “band”. We are messengers from the sky who come to deliver kind of a musical warning to earthlings. We want them to reconnect with their galactic side, and the secret knowledge of their own past. The first signals were sent in 2017 but we managed to create a complete transmission between 2019 and 2020. Regarding the musical aspect of our message, i (MgRcH) emits 82Hz-1.174Hz/41Hz-97Hz strings frequencies (hu-man guitars and bass), and backing vocal emissions. I also do the harmonic and lyrical transcriptions. My partner NnK is the lead vocal teleprinter, he makes cosmic interpretations of the lyrical transcription. He is also in charge of the visual and graphic aspects.






2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?



MgRcH : The style we went for is what hu-mans call “Black Metal” or “Atmospheric Black Metal”. In our opinion, it must be considered as Alien Awareness Driven Music. We try to release an occult space opera in the depths of the Mayan underworld. “Black metal” is the language we chose to express our message because of its intensity. Tremolo-picking guitars, high-pitched and growling vocals, relentless blasting or throbbing drums are the perfect elements for the epic and tragic equation of IDOLOS.



3.The lyrics on the ep cover Mayan Mythology and you also made some references to Egypt and Atlantis in the bio, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?



MgRcH : We have planned to release 3 Ep towards the Mayan Mythology inspired by the Popol Vuh. As messengers from the skies, our goal is to reconnect hu-manity with the founding cosmogonic texts.

The presence of the IDOLOS (superior beings coming from Venus) was manifest in the Mayan world but you can also find their “footsteps” in Ancient Egypt and of course in Atlantis. Isis and Osiris were IDOLOS. There’s no doubt about this.



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



MgRcH : The “Idolos” is one of the several names hu-man gave to the sky visitors throughout history. Some called them “fairies”, or “mythological heroes”, some others in the peruvian world called them “Idolos”.

We are blue blooded beings, we’re the elite of distant times and heroes of days to come. Our ancestors also have blue skin but their skin turned to green when being exposed to the sun rays. That’s why Osiris and Thot had green face.



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



MgRcH : The artwork was made by NnK. He has a powerful mystic vision and the gift of second sight. In the background, you can see the faces of Ixbalanque and Hunahpu (the hero twins of the Mayan underworld) and a circular shape representing both a sun and a ball (because the twins bothered the lords of the underworld by playing with a ball). On the foreground, there’s a flute and a blowpipe made of bone which are ones of the attributes of the twins. NnK also used a photograph made by a close fellow (LKTM) to colorize and texturize the picture.



6.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?



MgRcH : There are only 2 members in IDOLOS : NnK and MgRcH. There are absolutely no plan for expanding the line up. We are IDOLOS and we create a message. But we have some serious correspondents on earth with alien awareness who help us to put this message into form. Lord Necron from Gergovia is one of those. He offered us brilliant rhythmic pulsations.



7.The location of the band is unknown, can you tell us a little bit more about it?



MgRcH : Actually, our spaceship landed in the french countryside, in a place called “Limousin”. It’s a really peaceful place, we can observe earthlings and create our message in a very calm environment. Moreover, this place is full of radioactive energy due to the massive presence of radon in the land. And this is ideal for our creativity.



8.The ep was released through both 'Anthrazit' and 'Wolfspell Records', do you feel bot of these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard/



MgRcH : We have an agreement with Anthrazit for releasing the Ep and spreading our message on the Internet (Bandcamp, Deezer, Amazon, Black Metal Promotion…). Andreas from Anthrazit is a real professional and he was one of the first person to get in contact with us. He’s really active on the social media. And furthermore, he has a strong Alien Awareness.

We have a second deal with Wolfmond for the release of a special edition of the Ep. This will be a digipak version with a different artwork (designed by NnK) and a bonus track. This will be out on April 2020.

We are currently looking for a deal to release the Ep on vinyl. IDOLOS also need some celluloid to spread its message. So Label managers, if you read this, feel free to contact us cosmosidolos@gmail.com



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



MgRcH : The reaction seems quite good regarding the views, likes and comments on Black Metal Promotion and Bandcamp. I think the world is finally ready to hear our message. But we don’t only want to address our message to “black metal fans” we want to talk to humanity in its entirety.  That’s why we want everyone to relay our music. Keep supporting the Idolos by following our facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/cosmosidolos/



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



MgRcH : We don’t plan to release a full length for the moment. We have planned to record 2 other Eps, each one containing 3 long songs. The purpose is to create a Mayan trilogy starting with “Ahi Cab” which means “At the beginning of the world”. We will record the second Ep in spring. Everything is already composed. The whole trilogy must be seen as a cosmic trinity. Maybe we will release a full length by compiling the three Ep.

When this trilogy will be finished we will start another journey to another cosmogonic theme.

But for the moment, this is just the beginning...



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?



MgRcH : On our planet we caught some subsonic waves from Earth that we really enjoyed. Scandinavian black metal (Burzum, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Mayhem…), Mediterranean Black Metal (Rotting Christ, Mortuary Drape, Necromantia...), as well as Czech Maestros Master’s Hammer took a significant part in the making of our style. We’re also into Occult-Space-Kraut-Rock Music (Paul Chain, Goblin, Popol Vuh, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze…). Personally, I also really enjoy the trippy guitar soundscapes created by Robin Guthrie and Vinnie Reilly. In 2019, I enjoyed Darkthrone’s “Old Star”, Blut Aus Nord’s “Hallucinogens”, Mayhem’s “Daemon”, Mork’s “Det Svarte Juv”, and Misþyrming’s “Algleymi”.



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



MgRcH : Thanks a lot for your support John. Long live Occult Black Metal Zine. Tula is the twin sister of Thulee.



Relearn and preserve. 



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/idolos-interview.html


Ævangelist/Nightmarecatcher/Hells Headbangers/2020 CD Review

samedi 8 février 2020 à 09:00

  Ævangelist  are  a  duo  with  members  from  France  and  Finland  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Nightmarecatcher"  which  will  be  released  on  February  28th  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  in  the  background  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly   while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  grim  sounding  screams.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  sounding  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Elements  of  death  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  blast  beats  onto  the  recording,.

 At  times  the  music  also  captures  an  improv  atmosphere  as  well as  the music  also  having  its  psychedelic  moments,  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  most  of  the music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nightmares  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Ævangelist  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  psychedelic  black  and  death metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Origin  And  End  Of  All:  Pain  Of  The  Fallen".  8  out  of  10.

http://aevangelist-finland.bandcamp.com/album/nightmarecatcher  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/vangelistnightmarecatcherhells.html


Diespnea/Pneuma/Naturmacht Productions/2020 CD Review

vendredi 7 février 2020 à 20:41

  Diespnea  are  a  duo  from Italy  that  plays  a  very  experimental  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Pneuma"  which  was  released  on  February  24th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic guitars  a  very  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  lot  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  clean  avant  garde  vocals,  The  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  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  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times,  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  some  off  the  later  tracks.,  water  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  mankind,  philosophy  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Diespnea  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental,  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Immortale"  and  "Gorgoneion".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZmRgyd4qCA

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/diespneapneumanaturmacht.html


Antiquus Scriptum/Imaginarium/Vegvisir Distribution/2017 CD Review

vendredi 7 février 2020 à 10:35

  This  is  a  review  of  an  album  from  Antiquus  Scriptum  a  music  project  from  Portugal  that  has  been  featured  in  this  zine  that  was  released  in  2017  and  brought in  a  mixture  of  black,  viking,  pagan  and  folk  metal  with  some  progressive   touches  and  the  recording  is  called  "Imaginarium" and  was  released  by  Vegvisir  Distribution.

  A  very  epic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  keyboards  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard   during  the  faster  parts  of  the  songs.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great amount  of  melody.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  folk  instruments  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  back  up  shouts.  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  expand  on  the  folk  music  elements  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  old  school  metal  style,  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  and  a  decent  portion  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals  and  interludes  along  with  some  battle  sounds  also  being  utilized  at  times. 

Some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  thrash  metal  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  and  classical  music  influenced  sounding,  there  are  also  some  Darkthrone,  Rotting  Christ  and  Running  Wild  covers  as  the  album  progresses  and  when  black  metal  screams  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  grim  style,  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in a  mixture  of  Portuguese  and  English  and  cover  bygone  times.  ancient  history,  iniquity  and  existence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Antiquus  Scriptum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  black,  pagan,  viking  and  folk  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aljubarrota  1385"  "A  Sea  of  Doubts"  "The  Fifth  Illusion" and  "Raise  Your  Fists".8out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/antiquus-scriptumimaginariumvegvisir.html