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Occasvs/Nocturnal Majestic Mysteria/Unspeakable Axe Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 15 juillet 2017 à 03:08

  Occasvs  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Nocturnal  Majestic  Mysteria"  which  will be  released  in  September  by  Unspeakable  Axe  Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  add  in  elements  of  classical  music  and  one  the  second  track  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few growls  while the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  a  very  ritualistic  and  shamanistic  track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  90's  while  still  maintaining  a  very  modern  atmosphere  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music.

  Occasvs  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  melodic  and r aw  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chthonic  Cult,  Occultism  and Shamanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Occasvs  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  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  "Triumphal  Defeat"  "Ritual  Death"  and  "Uninon".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Bezeha/The Era Of The Northern City/2017 Full Length Review

vendredi 14 juillet 2017 à 22:18

  Bezeha  are  a  band  from Greece that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "The  Era  Of  The  Northern  City".

 A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  A  lot  of  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  20 years  ago  while the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

  Some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  along  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  grim  at  times  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants.and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  operatic  feeling.

  Bezeha  plays  a  style  of   satanic  black  metal that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in  the  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Bezeha  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Era  Of  The  Northern  City"  "In  Nomine  Del  Nostra  Sathanas"  and  "Apocalypse".  8  out  of  10.  



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Arallu/Six/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 CD Review

vendredi 14 juillet 2017 à 19:37

  Arallu  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  middle  eastern music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Six"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Transcending Obscurity  Records.

  Ritualistic  beats  and  middle  eastern  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  retaining  the  elements  they  introduced  on  the  intro  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  thrash  influences  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and   all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  melodic  chants  and  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Arallu  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  with  middle  eastern  music  influences  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Mesoptamia,  Satanism,  Occultism,  War  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arallu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  middle  eastern  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Only  One  Truth"  "Subordinates  Of  The  Devil"  and  "Victims  Of  Despair"  and  "Soulless  Soldier".  8  out  of  10.    

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Vanum/Burning Arrow/Eisenwald/2017 EP Review

jeudi 13 juillet 2017 à 06:36

  Vanum  are  a  duo  with  the  members  being  from  New  York  and  New  Mexico  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Burning  Arrow"  which will  be  released  in  August  by Eisenwald.

  Nature  sounds  along  with  some  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  heavy  distortion  and  drums  a  few  seconds  alter  which  also  leads  up  to  some  melodic  post  metal  style  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  3 of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  clean  playing  is  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Vanum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  raw,  melodic  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes

  In  my  opinion  Vanum  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Watcher  In  The  Eastern  Sky".  8 out  of  10.  

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Godhead Machinery Interview

mardi 11 juillet 2017 à 06:57
Interview with Kail from Godhead Machinery

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
I created Godhead Machinery as a solo band during 2015 when my previous black metal band Misericordia were put on ice. I have been exploring the concept and behavior of religion and political structures that pollute our societies for several years now and wanted to focus on these kind of topics with Godhead Machinery.

I had written most of the songs until 2016 and then realized that I needed a drummer to be able to take this concept to the next level. I were lucky enough to come in contact with Marcus who's were known for his drum skills so we could realize the Ouroboros album. We then decided to create a full setup for this project after the recording of Ouroboros and I started to pinpoint good musicians that I wanted to work with to fill all empty positions in this band. This is the line-up for future live shows and recordings.

Robert Kail Karlsson - Guitar and Vocals
Fredrik Blomqvist - Guitar
Daniel Forsberg - Bass
Marcus Somliga Andersson - Drums

2.You have an album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
It's hard to describe but our main atmosphere and sound can absolutely be traced to both the old and new era of black and death metal. We have included a lot of harmonies, solos, dynamic and more advanced riffing in our music that can be associated with death metal and other metal genres. Some of the tracks has been written for seven string guitars and some only for six string guitars, which also gives a variety in our songs and feeling. The album were recorded in Milk Studio which is one of the finest and largest studios in my region, so the sound is professional but still unpolished, raw and aggressive. Ouroboros will contain seven tracks and four of them are more technical and the rest are more atmospheric if you categorize them very roughly.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Each song has their own topic on Ouroboros. We have our concept that circles around religion and politics. The song The Plague is for example based on how terrorism grow and behaves in our world. Most of the songs has been inspired by different part of the bible (NKJV). Revelation is for example based on the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation and is about economics. The song A House Divided is based on possession and exorcism and are among others inspired by the verse of Mark 3:20-27.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Godhead Machinery'?
Our name can be explained as a machinery of religion and politics and how that has stained all societies with different kind of superstitions, greed and cultures during our history.

The world is and has always been infected by egocentric leaders, mostly chosen in the name of a religion or directly by a invented God. These fools have during centuries formed the uneven economic structure that rule the world economy now. This is a un-empathic blind system who all too often only calculates on economic profit and rewards short-term investments without any thoughts of any social or environmental sustainability.

The stock-market is an uncontrolled growing tumor and greed has invented tons of tools for the elite to create and extract non existing funds from this human-made unreliable financial monster. The gap between the rich and poor are increasing each year which triggers hate within several groups and nations.

People kill and rape each other for power, money or in the name of their God or Gods. Morality has faded in general and states have problems to fulfill the basic need for their citizens. The elite empower themselves with lapdogs of mammon or shackles them as slaves if the nickels doesn’t bite on them. Governments and companies claimed to do good deeds but still support war and miserable living conditions as long as they’re not exposed. Knowledge and science must give in for superstition and religion to not offend uneducated leading character in numerous of societies.

Most of the human race has accepted to stay blind and numb, all to engage their lives to enrich their companies and superiors. The next generation of children are raised and schooled to do the same as soon as possible without any hesitance.

Religion is the first, strongest and the most central instrument to control mankind. Most societies are mainly based on religious laws. Corruption, war and short-term actions have fueled the fear and terror on the globe and all is claimed as a part of Gods grandeur plan if questioned. God has always been the largest cog in this machinery of today's wicked system.

The name Godhead Machinery summarizes this hell that wicked leadership and religions has caused this planet during centuries.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We haven't done any shows yet since Godhead Machinery were started as a solo project. We have and will rehearsal now when we finally are full lineup.

6.Do you have any touring show plans once the new album is released?
Live shows are not prioritized but we might do some performances if we will get the chance to play on the right arena and under the right circumstances for us.

7.The album is coming out on 'Inverse Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Absolutely! They are very quick in their response and easy to work with so far.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
We haven't reached out to so many people yet since we only have released one official single song so far. But the direct response to Inverse Records from zines and others who have had the privileges listen to the whole album looks very promising so far.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I have already started to write some new songs and we will still blend our songs with technical riffs and more calm atmospheric parts but probably focus more on the harmonies than on technical riffing on future songs. The next album will definitely have a lot of common elements with Ouroboros but might be heavier and darker.

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?
I listen to everything that I like today no matter what genre it is. I have very hard to appreciate joyful music though and really hate when especially black metal bands use happy melodies. I always tends to go back to the genres of black and death metal when I take the time to listen to music instead of creating music, since that genre is closest connected to my emotions and personality in general. Acts like for example Mayhem, Burzum, Dissection, Emperor, Morbid Angel and My Dying Bride still means a lot for me.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
It is hard to find any more spare time besides music since I have to manage a full day work also.
But I play lead guitar in one doom metal act called Warden Clyffe also that we hopefully will record a second full-length album with during this year. I also play and drink beer with some childhood friends in a band called Fallen Mankind sometimes. I besides that practice an martial art form called Te Shin Do a couple of days each week when I'm not spending my time with my guitars, family or friends.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Always criticism the sources of everything that seems to be too good to be true and feel free to follow us on our platforms we have on Internet.

I has been an honor for me to do this interview if you have read or listened so far.

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