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Moon Oracle/Muse Of The Nightside/Signal Rex/Bestial Burst/2021 CD Review

mercredi 21 juillet 2021 à 04:39

 


  Moon  Oracle  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  archaic  and  eldritch  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  Muse  of  the  Nightside"  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Signal  Rex  and  Bestial  Burst.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts off  the  album  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  riffing.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  Elements  of  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  music  also  captures  the  rawness  of  the  classic  Finnish  era.


  A  later  track  also  adding  in  a brief  use  of  psychedelic  soundscapes  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  the  clean  sections  also  bringing  in  a  horror  movie  style atmosphere  when  it  is  utilized,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  battleground  between  the  Id  and  The  Ego.


  In  my  opinion  Moon  Oracle  are  a  very  great  sounding  archaic  and  eldritch  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Huntress  And  The  Hunted"  and  "The  10th  hour".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/moon-oraclemuse-of-nightsidesignal.html


Death Embrace Interview

mercredi 21 juillet 2021 à 03:52

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? For me it is a means to direct my energy, a process that just happens, I enter a trance like state & connect with a dark place, I become the gateway that manifests the sounds, the flow from the other place guides my hands, & really conducts what you hear. That is the simplest way to explain what Death Embrace is really.


 


2.A few months back you also had released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording? I have always been drawn to heavy music, pounding beats, tribal & ritualistic sounds, so those are aspects that naturally are part of the outcome.


I also think depth & space play a huge part in adding to the sound, like standing at the edge of the world, looking into the abyss & the sheer vastness.


 


3.The lyrics on the demo cover vampirism and left hand path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts/ The darker aspects of the world have always drawn my attention, at a young age I was able to enter into a deep state of disconnect & explore visions I had, it was like leaving my body & travelling, it always fascinated me how much “other” things are out there that everyday life does not pay attention to. This lead me to discover books on horror, magic, rituals etc as the minds that create those things are also channelling energy form the dark place.


Sound is vibration, words are sound, intention behind the manifestation of the sound is magic, so by creating sounds, chants, beats etc we can create a reaction in those that listen, as I said before I become the gateway – so by joining the flow & rhythm you get a glimpse into the other world this music comes from.


 


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Death Embrace'? It has a few meanings, On a physical level we will all enter into Deaths Embrace, on a spiritual level we can die each day & rebirth as a new person if we so choose.


From when we are born we are always in the Embrace of Death until we close our eyes at the end of our time, it is natural, it can be a cold thing or comforting.


 


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover? I think the art work plays an important part of the vibe of an album, as it is the visual representation of the work, it should show what is contained within, it should be almost like the sigil of the sound manifestation, I can meditate on the image of an album & get the connection, it can be a portal to that place, that world, dimension.


 


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo? I have played Guitars in various bands from a young age, but never found musicians that had the same drive as I do, never willing to devote the time & energy, sacrifice or give their blood to the process.


I always had material written & knew how things should be, but again the connection on the vision was never really in sync, so I got pissed off & impatient, then decided to learn all the instruments myself so I could create the music I was hearing in my being.


I did have two very good experiences of working with others, a Black Metal band & a Horrorpunk Band, a great creative time but the course of life takes people away & different directions change things.


 


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for label or have received any interest? I have no interest to sign over any of my creations to anyone else or give up creative control, I will not be dictated to or have someone else urge the creative process from me, it would not be genuine.


I do not understand the whole thing of getting “signed” a record deal etc, to me that is someone playing rock star, once that happens they become a parody of what they were.


Death Embrace is me, it is my energy, my beliefs, my visions, my creations.


 


8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal? Those that understand have received it very well, ofcourse everyone has differing tastes, so it will not be to everyones liking, that is fine, If it reaches just one person & inspires them to pick up a guitar, instrument or tool of their creative aspect then it has served its purpose, If someone can lose themselves in the record for a time, explore their mind, develop their connection with the spirit realm, meditate on the atmosphere of it then it is a success.


 


9.Do you also have any experience working with any other bands or musical projects? I have created artwork for the legendary US Black Metal band Ritual, the Epic Sagas album (Vinyl version) & also contributed a piece of art to Abamath (US Black Metal band) which I think he will use on an upcoming release, I enjoy the creative process, working with the artist to give them a piece that they feel they want to represent their work.


 


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future? Unholy Trinity II is complete, it goes deeper into the darkness, I am excited to let people hear it. I am unsure when I will release this, Halloween seems like a suitable date.


I am always working on something, be that musical, art, writing or most recently I started work on a low budget Horror movie – Gothic, Hammer Horror, Amicus, Tigon inspired.


I am in the process of re-recording the 1st Death Embrace album – it was originally in a more Dark Punk style & with a drum machine, it never sat right with me, so I learned drums & decided to drape the songs in Black Robes & pour more darkness into them, the updating is working very well because the core essence has always been dark.


 


11.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? Influence definitely comes from Danzig, Samhain, Misfits, Mayhem, Burzum, Black Funeral, Demoncy, early Immortal, Deathspell Omega, Dark Throne, Dissection, Marduk, The Revenants, Wrath Of Killenstein, Thuringwethill, Vampyric Blood, far too many to list.


Most recently I am listening to a lot of Immortal (Battles In The North & Pure Holocaust), Ignis, Judas Iscariot, Varcolacai, Watain, Dark Funeral.


 



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

Be true to yourself, to your belief, embrace the dark aspects.

The songs of Death Embrace are spells, magic, gateways, sigils – venture thru & I will see you on the other side.


Blessed Be Thy Blackness


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/death-embrace-interview.html


Noltem/Illusions In The Wake/Transcending Obscurity Records/2021 CD Review

mercredi 21 juillet 2021 à 03:29

 


  Noltem  are  a  band  from  Connecticut  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Illusions  In  The  Wake"  which  will be   released  in  October  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.


  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  tracks  also  have  their  atmospheric  moments  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.


 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  as  well  as  a  couple  of songs  also  being  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  paganism  and  mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Noltem  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Figment"  and  "Ruse".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/noltemillusions-in-waketranscending.html


Shuyet/Self Titled/Seance Records/2021 EP Review

mardi 20 juillet 2021 à 05:34

 


  Shuyet  are  a  band  originally  from  Egypt  but  now  resides  in  Germany  and  plays  an  arcane  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2021  ep  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Seance  Records.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  angry  black  metal  screams.


  Melodies  are  also added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  synths  are  also  added  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  some  shouts  at  times.


  Shuyet  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  sounding  and  mixes  in  influences  of  bo5th  the  modern  and  old  school  eras  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  ancient  spiritual  path  of  Egypt  and  its  sacred  traditions  concerning  death,  the  afterlife  and  the  nine  aspects  of  the  soul.


  In  my  opinion  Shuyet  are  a  very  great  sounding  arcane  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Herald  of  Serpentine  Truth".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/shuyetself-titledseance-records2021-ep.html


Disperser/Demo 2021 Review

mardi 20 juillet 2021 à 03:01

 


  Disperser  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  demo.


  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.


 All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them while  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  added  on  the  closing  track.


  Disperser  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  mid  tempo  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Disperser  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Splintered  ladders".  8  out  of  10.


https://thetrvedisperser.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2021

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/07/disperserdemo-2021-review.html