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PIME/Akivasha/Lorebreaker Records/2019 EP Review

lundi 10 février 2020 à 21:06

  PIME  are  a  band  from  Estonia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2019  ep  "Akivasha"  which  was  released  by  Lorebreaker  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  At  times  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  balance  between  modern  and  old  school  influences,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  ep  progresses  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  PIME  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Estonian  and  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Dark  Fantasy  themes  that  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  J.R.R  Tolkien,  H.P  Lovecraft  and  Robert  Howard.

  In  my  opinion  PIME  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Avivasha"  and  "Tormitooja".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/pimeakivashalonebreaker-records2019-ep.html


Ruined Mind/Life Goes On After Me/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 10 février 2020 à 08:17

  Ruined  Mind  is  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Life  Goes  On  After  Me"  which  will  be  released  on  February  26th  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  Nature  and  digging  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also has  its  atmospheric  moments.  Keyboards  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  melodic  post  metal  style  and  all  of  the  songs  also  stick  to  a  slower  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Ruined  Mind  takes  the  atmospheric,  depressive  and  post  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ruined  Mind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Have  Never  Meant  Anything  To  You"  "My Time  has  Come  To  An  End"  and  "Naive".  8  out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/life-goes-on-after-me  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/ruined-mindlife-goes-on-after-menailed.html


Funeral Requiem/Negative Realms Of The Spirit/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 10 février 2020 à 06:36

  Funeral  Requiem  is  a  solo  project  from  Columbia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric,  depressive,  post  black  metal,  blackgaze  and  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Negative  Realms  Of  The  Spirit"  which  was  released  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  phone  call  samples  a  few  seconds  later  over  a  suicide  attempt  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  ambient  style  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  One  track  also  introduces  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts. 

All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  touches  of  blackgaze  and  post  black  metal  as  well  as  capturing  a  90's  second  wave  vibe  at  times,  spoken  word  and  movie  samples  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  As  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  album  also  closes  with  a  cover  of  Satanic  Warmaster's  "My  Dreams  Of  8".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death,  depression  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Reguim  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  the  atmospheric,  depressive,  post  and  ambient  black  metal  genres  with  some  elements  of  blackgaze,  funeral  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abysmal  Negative  Soul"  "Astral  Dark  Dimensions"  "Left  Hand  Path"  and  "Tormented  Spirit".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/negative-realms-of-the-spirit

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/funeral-requiemnegative-realms-of.html


Coprohammer/Rined Castle/Nailed Nazarene Industries/2020 Full Length Review

lundi 10 février 2020 à 04:58

  Coprohammer  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in t his  zine  and  on  this  recording  focuses  less  on  the  raw  side  of  black  metal  and  but  keeps  the  HNW  elements  and  goes  into  more  of  a  blackened  harsh  noise  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Ruined  Castle"  which  was  released  by  Nailed  Nazarene  Industries.

  Distorted  sounding  drones  and  slow  yet  heavy  unconventional  guitar  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  music  captures  an  improv  atmosphere.  The  only  track  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  is  also  over  40  minutes  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  track  while  the  song  also  has  its  repetitive  moments  along  with  the  album  sticking  to  a  very  same  slow  riff  and  guitar  orientated  harsh  noises  for  the  whole  40  minutes  as  well  as  all  of  the  recording  also  sticking  to  a  very  slow  and  instrumental  direction.

  On  this  recording  Coprohammer  brings  in  more  of  a  guitar  orientated  style  of  harsh  noise  that  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  black  metal  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark, r aw  and  lo-fi.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Coprohammer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

https://nailednazareneindustries.bandcamp.com/album/ruined-castle

 
    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/coprohammerrined-castlenailed-nazarene.html


Verminking Interview

lundi 10 février 2020 à 00:54
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?





Verminking was a Depressive black metal solo project from France which evolved towards rock and some atmospherics influences.





2.How would you describe the progress of your musical style from the first to current release?





The main goal of Verminking was Depressive black metal, but over the time I got a bit away from black metal and started to experiment.

if i would name the style of Verminking it would be Black depressive rock.





3.Since 2018 you have released a good amount of music, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?





I always had fun and I never regretted what I did, even if I didn't really take the time to record properly so stuffs from 2018’s era are not really "clean" . but as we say "we learn with our mistakes"





4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?





Personal experiences and issues, Self-Hatred, Loneliness and Melancholy.





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





Verminking can be interpreted in two different ways, "King of the vermin" but the initial name mean "Mutilation" in dutch, I choose dutch because my whole family are immigrants from Netherlands.





6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that was presented on the last release?





If you talk about the one from the single " ... " it was a photo I had taken very early in the morning from my street where I live, we see a hill lit by dwellings.

Really beautiful view.





7.The band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?





All Verminking releases except "Dekadenz" and "Utopian Perception" were recorded with a drum machine, and I was searching for a drummer for a very long time.

My very good friend Nick from russia were supporting Verminking, I told him if he was interested to do some vocals speech/Spoken words in Russian, i thought it would be very interesting to mix Russian speaking with some slow melancholic clear melody, and then he accepted.

and for the drummer Johan, we started talking together on instagram, he was interested to hear about my project (Verminking) he told me that if i was searching about a drummer or something he was interested, and the fact that he had a lot of experience (Played drums for Kall, (the band from the ashes of Lifelover),Mystruin) really excited me.

and yes that's how it worked.





8.The band members live in France, Sweden and Russia, how does this work out in the recording process?





I was in charge of writing the songs,I recorded (I still record like this) everything at home with my computer and a sound card through my computer. And then we shared the files via Dropbox and they were doing the same as me.

we never met each others.





9.Are there any plans to do any live shows with the band line up?





With the band lineup i don’t know but yes it is, in a while but it’s planned, i have a lot of contacts and friends in France that i can count on their help.





10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric, depressive and post black metal?



I have always had positive feedback, even if there were very few.





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



I can’t really answer to that question, but the thing I can tell you is that I will never stop to experiment.





12.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?





In 2018 i would say Sombres forêts or Xasthur. But nowadays I would say Lifelover and Apati, and Envy is also a big influence for me.



I listen to a lot of genres of music, I can switch to Harsh noise to Bluegrass.

but nowadays the styles i listen the most would be Coldwave, Post-punk, Rock, Rap, Experimental, Ambient, Shoegaze, Psytrance, Traditional music and many others.

The band i listen the most in black metal music is Woods of infinity. 





13.What are some of your non musical interests?





I love to read poem, to learn languages, Mysticism, psychology and play to Fallout game series haha.





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





Thank you for this interview.



Save the planet, kill yourself.

https://verminking.bandcamp.com/

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