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Crowhurst/II/Broken Limb Recordings/2016 Full length Review

vendredi 27 mai 2016 à 03:53

  Crowhurst  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  their  newer  music  being  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  industrial  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "II"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  broken  Limbs  Recordings.

  Industrial  style  noises  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  guitar  drones  and  after  a  minute  drums  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  both  post  hardcore  and  sludge.

  Clean  singing  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording   and  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  industrial  metal  while  some  of  the  vocals  bring  in  a  touch  of  80's  post  punk/goth  and  you  can  also hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  coming  out  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  a  melodic  post  metal  style  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  also  being  all  instrumental.  

  Crowhurst  creates  a  recording  that  takes  a  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  industrial,  hardcore  and  post  punk  along  with  a  touch  of  sludge  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  desolate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crowhurst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  more  experimental  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Take  This  Pain  Away"  and  "Fractured  Lung".  8  out  of 10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/crowhurstiibroken-limb-recordings2016.html


Lament/Invocation/Ekhidna Records/2016 Demo Review

jeudi 26 mai 2016 à 15:38

  Lament  are  a  solo  project  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  necro  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Invocation"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Ekhidna  Records.

  Distorted  amb  sounds  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  being  added  onto  the  recording  along  with some  non  traditional  melodies  and  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  straight  forward  black  metal  style.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  melodic  in  a  more  darkened  approach  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  more  chaos  into  the  songs  when  they  are  utilized  while  also  having  a  melodic  tone  to  them  at  times  and  the  whole  demo  also  remains  very  heavy  and  grim  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Lament  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw,  and  necro  sounding  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  bringing  in  a  more  modern  touch  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lament  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  necro  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nuclear  Winds"  and  "Wicked  yet  Divine".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/lamentinvocationekhidna-records2016.html


Some Happy Thoughts Interview

jeudi 26 mai 2016 à 01:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1- Of course. We've been looking to do a black metal project about 12 years ago and it miserably failed... Recently, we re-opened the project, and it gave us Épitaphe as a first official product. We wanted to explore a different facet of what is usually considered as DSBM and we're confident we achieved it.

2.In April you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2- It's quite raw, but at the same time we managed to get a depressive feel throughout the demo. There's moments where it's quite calm, but others where it moves a lot - a balance between the living and the dead... We also opted for simplicity and doing so we noticed that it fits with our lyrics, where only life and death are absolutes, but if you can accept it, you'll die happy even if the world you see is dark and depressive.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3- We explored the topic of life and death through Stoicism, a school of thoughts that believes that life and death aren't good or bad, but indifferent. We all die, so why would it be a bad thing? Especially since no one knows what death is, except being an inanimated corpse. So as long as you experienced sadness, but also happiness, you can say that your life is full and decide to leave it of your own will. We also wrote a song about someone that is ready to shoot himself, but he misses and wakes up in the hospital, more depressed than ever...

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Some Happy Thoughts'?
4- There are happy thoughts in our lyrics, but there's also a will to end our own life. Why must suicide always be about hating life and the world? Why can't we kill ourselves happily knowing that we fullfilled our life and are satisfied with it? The crushing part is really about those that missed their suicide and must linger around longer than expected - that is depressive. So yes, there are happy thoughts, there is hope, there is life, but there's also the opposite...

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
5- No. We work really well together and the only instance where the band would be bigger is if one day there's a demand for live performances.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6- Yes, we've submitted our demo to a few labels and haven't received any feedback so far. We're thinking of releasing a few tapes eventually - of course, once again, if there's a demand for it.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?

7- Strangely, we've received a lot of support from other countries than our own mostly! It's great feedback, they seem to understand what we've achieved and we're satisfied with it. Knowing that a complete stranger is taking the time to write you and tell you that your music is good is an amazing feeling and I can't thank them enough!

8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
8- We received an offer for a side-project, but honestly we're already writing new material for Some Happy Thoughts, so we refused.

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9- Regarding a full-length, we're not at that stage yet. We were planning to do this project and move to something else, but there are people that really likes it, so we're looking to expand our repertoire. We're also looking at making something more personnal, smoother and sadder too...

10.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?
10- To name a few bands that inspired us, we'd say Anti, Silencer, Hypothermia, Life Neglected, Niflheim (now Gris), etc.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11- M.S. LeCri is a collector and 21 is a huge reader. We enjoy life like everyone else I guess.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12- Thanks to everyone that is supporting us and that took the time to listen to our demo entirelly! It's really appreciated and we never thought we'd be doing this today, so a big thank you to Occultblackmetalzine for reviewing us and giving us the opportunity to answer some questions. Hails!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/some-happy-thoughts-interview.html


Noire/The Tracks Of The Hunted/2016 EP Review

mercredi 25 mai 2016 à 23:04

  Noire  are  a  band  from  Winnepeg,  Manitoba,  Canada  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016 ep  'The  Tracks  Of  The  Hunted"  which  will  be  released  in  July.

  A  very  dark  and  tragic  sounding  piano  intro  starts  off  the  ep  and  on  the  second  track  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto t he  recording  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  with  the  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  tortured  voices  can  be  heard  in  the  background.

  One  of  the  tracks is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  the  first  2  songs  which  where  all  instrumental  the  music  goes  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  use  a  great  amount of  melody.

  Some  parts  of  the  tracks  mix  both  the  acoustic  and  heavy  parts together  and  clean  singing  vocals  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  bring  in  an  all  ambient  instrumental  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  neo  folk  feeling  and  only  one  song  is  black  metal.

  Noire  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  neo  folk  while  also  mixing  in  some  ambient  and  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  to  create  a  diverse  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  sorrow  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Noire  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Tracks  of  the  Hunted".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/noirethe-tracks-of-hunted2016-ep-review.html


VIII/Decathexis/Third I Rex/2016 CD Review

mercredi 25 mai 2016 à 19:13
  VIII  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of   avant  garde   black  metal  on  this  recoridng  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Decathexis"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Third  I  Rex.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  harsh  noises  before  going  into more  of  a  heavy  and  technical  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  album  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  saxophones  when  they  are  utilized  enhance  the  avant  garde  and  experimental  nature  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  in  the  slower  riffing  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  classical  guitars  along  with  traces  of  psychedelia  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  VIII  changes  their  musical  style  on  this  recording  and  goes  into  more  of  an  avant  garde  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  misanthropic,  philosophical  and  individualism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  VIII  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Diagnosis".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/viiidecathexisthird-i-rex2016-cd-review.html