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Pale From Sunlight/Love Was Never An Option/2015 Full Length Review

mardi 19 mai 2015 à 06:46

  Pale  From  Sunlight  are  a  duo  from  South  Dakota  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Love  Was Never An  Option".

  Clean playing  starts  off the album  and  a  minute  later  the  music  starts  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  suicidal  screams  as  well  as  a  good  amount of  atmospheric  sounds  and  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Depressive  style  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  band  also  brings  in  dark ambient  style  synths  at  times  while some  of  the  guitar  leads  bring  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  when  they  are  utilized  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  start  addignmore  grimness  in  their  depressive  approach.

  Pale  From  Sunlight plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  raw,  atmospheric  and suicidal  sounding,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pale  From  Sunlight  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Till  Death  Does  His  Part" and  "Last  Sunrise".  8  out  of  10.  

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pale-from-sunlightlove-was-never.html


Krow Roda/Heimkehr/Northern Fog Productions/2015 CD Review

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 09:06

  Krow  Roda  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Heimkehr"  which  was  released by  Northern  Fog productions.

 A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  and  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction which  also  shows  blast  beats  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  After  awhile the vocals  get  more  high  pitched  while  also  retaining  a  grim  atmosphere  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long and  epic  in  length  and  the  later  tracks  also  start  incorporating more  melodies  and  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  while  also  keeping   around  the  rawer elements  and  you  can  also  hear  clean playing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  solos and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  in  a  very  melodic  and  modern  black metal  direction  while  the  faster  sections  stick  to  more  of  an  old school  style  and  when  clean  singing  vocals  are  utilized  briefly  they  add  a  touch  of  pagan  metal  onto  the  recording  and  the last  track  also  adds in a  small  amount  of  keyboards which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  ambient  and  epic  feeling  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental.

  Krow  Roda  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  takes  the  raw style  of  the  second  wave  and  mixes  it in  with  more  modern  and  melodic  atmospheric  style,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  yet  very  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  German  and  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krow  Roda  are  a  very  great sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Transzendez  des  Geistes' and  "Mjolnir".  8  out  of  10.              

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/krow-rodaheimkehrnorthern-fog.html


Lebenswinter/Carved In Wood And Stone/Northern Fog Records/2015 CD Review

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 08:04

  Lebenswinter  are a  band  from Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album "Carved  In  Wood  And  Stone"  which  was  released  by  Northern Fog  Promotions.

  Flutes  and synths  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a  medieval  and  epic  atmosphere  along  with  a  touch  of  ambient  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  that  also  introduces high pitched  grim screams  and  blast  beats  into  the  music  and  the  music  goes  for  a  mid  90's  Western  European  style  of  sound.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal and  on  some  of the  tracks  the  vocals  get deep  and  also  add  in a  small  amount  of  growls  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on the  recording  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing is added  onto  the  recording  and  the  last  track  also  bring s in  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  chants.     

  Lebenswinter  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  heavily  rooted  in the  mid  90's  era  of the  genre,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Vampirism,  Nature,  Death  and  Decay  themes. 

  In  my  opinion Lebenswinter  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carved  in  Wood  And  Stone"  "Bile  For  Satan"  and  "Vampiric  Crusader".  8  out  of 10.

   


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/lebenswintercarved-in-wood-and.html


Bane Of Radiance Interview

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 06:54
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

I'm currently promoting Bane Of Radiance's second full length, Celestial Extinction.   An EP and two more full lengths are in the works...



2.So far you have released a demo and 2 full lengths, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on all of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The demo, Folly, had a much more atmospheric and experimental approach, especially in terms of mixing.   Much more vast and cavernous than the average black metal album.  Anyone who's listened to Folly knows what I'm talking about...

The Invisible Man put more emphasis on the noise element that was introduced on Folly, and therefore has a much denser atmosphere.   The soundscape of being stranded in the desert of a powerless existence.   On this album, the real highlight is the riffs, however...

Celestial Extinction raised the ferocity of Bane Of Radiance to a whole new level.   While retaining the baleful guitar sound at its core, the music was heavily enhanced by all manner of depraved, hellish ambience and propelled by faster, more technical drumming.   The vocals on this album are also shockingly disturbing.   Listening back to them, it's hard to imagine what state of mind I was in to make such fucked up sounds...

Overall, Bane Of Radiance is raw black metal fused with atmospheric, depressive and noise influences.   But that description really doesn’t do it justice.   This band truly sounds like nothing anyone's ever heard before...



3.All of the releases have been released in a 6 month time span, do you put a great amount of time and effort in creating music?

Actually, I spend ridiculous amounts of time crafting, rehearsing and recording every song I put out.   I spend the vast majority of my time working on music, at the expense of everything else in my life.   In fact, all this Bane Of Radiance material that I've put out recently was written many years ago...



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

The lyrics are reflections on human perception.   They denounce the superficial ideals and preconceptions of our society, and galvanize the listener to look beyond them, to develop his or her own way of seeing life that is best adapted to his or her own situation...



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bane Of Radiance'?

Every human being has an intrinsic vitality, a natural ability to create and assert his or her creation upon the world.   This inner strength is radiance.   It can manifest itself as an endless plethora of things: inventions, philosophies, objects, children...

However, our modern society is so polluted and overcrowded with the billions of creations and accomplishments of thousands of past generations that there is little room left for creations of the present generation.   This oversaturated society suffocates our ability to express ourselves, to think for ourselves.   There are so many norms and beliefs already in existence that they form our ideologies before we can even consider forming our own.   Our phones are so smart that they think so we don't have to...

Not only are we in conflict with pre-existing ideas, but we are all in conflict with each other.   On a day to day basis, every human being tries to assert his or her own way of thinking, the way he or she wants things to be, only to find that everyone else is doing the same.   Everyone is only looking out for themselves.   Nobody else wants things to be the same way you do.   And hence, you are constantly competing with everyone else for space to be heard, for space to survive...



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more freedom on creating the musical style that you want?

There are very specific soundscapes that Bane Of Radiance is meant to depict.   These visions arise from my mind and my mind alone.   The input of any other artist would dilute and perhaps even disrupt said visions.   Bane Of Radiance is a manifestation of raw negative emotion; I won't have that expression sullied by musical standards and expectations that other musicians might have.



7.Currently you are signed to Satanica Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with this label?

Satanica Productions offers so much freedom and acceptance to their artists.   There's really no restrictions on what a band can or cannot do.   The label manager, Xan, is a great guy who really helped promote my music and start me off in the music industry.



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

Reactions have been quite extreme actually.   Some people absolutely hate how I don't follow the norms and standards of music as we've known it.   On the other hand, some people seem to love hearing something completely different from what they're used to, or something that's just so unpredictable, violent and chaotic.



9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

Though the next Bane Of Radiance albums are looming on the horizon, I'm actually starting another more important project.   It's even more innovative and conceptually deep than Bane Of Radiance.   It's safe to say that, musically, things are about to take a darker turn...



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 grew up listening to dark and freakish horror movie soundtracks, instead of all that Disney shit.  Those horror soundtracks are where the ambient, noise aspect and cinematic flair of my music comes from.   As for black metal, I've been heavily influenced by the USBM scene, notably the SF Bay Area.   Bane Of Radiance has strong roots in Leviathan, Xasthur, Krieg, Crebain, Draugar, Brown Jenkins and Weakling.   Nowadays, I'm still digging all of them, but also getting into more bands outside the US, such as Thantifaxath, Peste Noire, Myrkr, Striborg...



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Exercising so I don't die of muscle atrophy.   Public speaking in front of large crowds.   French Canadian girls.



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

To you, good sir, thanks very much for your time and interest.   To anyone else who's bothered reading this far, question everything.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/bane-of-radiance-interview.html


Mystifier/Goetia/Greyhaze Records/2015 C Re-Issue

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 02:34

  Mystifier  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  by  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1993  album  "Goetia"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  more of  a heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction as  well  as  introducing  grim  black  metal  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  once  the  music  speeds  up  the  vocals  start  adding  in growls  and  the  musical also  brings  in a  very  early  war  and  bestial  black  metal  sound.

  Blast  beats can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and the  synths  also return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  playing  a  raw  style  that  is  influenced  by  their  fellow  country  mates  but  also  creating  a  style  that  would  be  a  huge  influence  on  the  second  wave  of  black  metal  and  the  last  3  songs  are  bonus  live  tracks  that  are only  a  part  of  the re-issue.

  Mystifier  played  a  style  of  occult  black/death  metal  on  this  recording that  went on  to  influence  plenty  of  bands  over  the  next  20  years  and they  where  very much  ahead of  their  time  with  the  music  on this  recording  while  the music  still  has  an  early  90's  sound,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Crowley,  Templars,  Faust, Demonology   and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Mystifier  and  if  you  are  interest  in hearing  some  of  the  roots  of  occult  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aleister  Crowley  And  Ordo  Temple  Orientis"  "Beelzebub"  "The  Realm  Of  Antichristus"  and  "The  Baphometic  Goats  Of  Knights  Templars".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/mystifiergoetiagreyhaze-records2015-c.html