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Volkolak/My Blacky/Crush The Desert Records/2021 CD Review

mercredi 5 mai 2021 à 04:53

 


  Russia's  Volkolak  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  band  moving  even  more  far  away  from  their  earlier  black  metal  style  and  focusing  more  of  an  pagan  folk  music  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "My  Blacky"  which  was  released  by  Crush  The  Desert  Records.


  Field  recordings  and  winds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  a  few  seconds  later  before  adding  in  some  percussion.  Folk  instruments  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  while  5the  vocals  are  also  done  in  a  very  rough  yet  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  pre  Christian  Russia.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  Slavic  style  instruments  are  also  added  on  most  of  the  songs  along  with  each  track  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  ritualistic  and  tribal  moments.


  On  this  recording  Voolkolak  continue  to  expand  on  the  Slavic  pagan  folk  music  style  of  their  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Heathenism  and  Ancient  Traditions  with  some  reference  to  both  Nordic  and  Slavic  Pagan  Gods.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  VOlkolak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Freedom  Or  Death"  "Valley  Of  Witches"  and  "Raven  Calling  to  The  Sky".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/volkolakmy-blackycrush-desert.html


Taakeferd/Mitt septer for et tusenårsrike/Apocalyptic Empire Records/2021 CD Review

mercredi 5 mai 2021 à 03:31

 


  Taakeferd  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Mitt  septer  for  et  tusenårsrike"  which  was  released  by  Apocalyptic  Empire  Records.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  nordic  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  80's  hard  rock/metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  semi  melodic  yet  rough  style.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  and  on  later  tracks  go  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  raw  energy  of  punk  rock  at  times.  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  elements  of  thrash  metal, throat  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs.


  All  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  death  and  vanity,  the  ethical  and  categorical  limits  of  human  existence,  and  the  boundaries  of  truth  and  knowledge.


  In  my  opinion  Taakeferd  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mitt  septer  for  et  tusenårsrike"  "Ørkenfødsel"  "Sminket  i  aske"  and  "Sørger  over  sine".  8  out  of  10.


Website: http://www.taakeferd.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TAAKEFERDofficial
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialTaakeferd
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7zVnMnj2b0cfWcfYtQObFj
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/APOCALYPTICEMPIRE/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/apocalypticempirerecords
Other: https://www.facebook.com/AER666
 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/taakeferdmitt-septer-for-et.html


Sylvan Interview

mercredi 5 mai 2021 à 02:34

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We are a group of three from New York. We have played music together in various forms for quite a long time. Sylvan is our first public project.

 

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

  With “Nótt” we sought to emulate the aesthetic of the second wave of black metal.


3.On the ep you did one song that was black metal and one that was dark ambient,  are you also going to expand on both styles on future releases?

  Future releases will certainly expand on both sounds.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

  While I’m not particularly interested in discussing lyrical themes in depth, “Abysm” generally relates to death and dissatisfaction with Being.

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

The essential muse for us is the hidden presence in the woods, the unseen Other between the bough, literal or imaginal. “Sylvan” is connotative of this.

 

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

  The artwork is a photo of a barred owl that lived in a forest near me. It appeared nearly every night while  “Nótt” was being written and recorded. I was lucky enough to capture a decent photo and it seemed the obvious choice for artwork.

7.Is the band open to doing any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

We absolutely plan to play shows, once it is safe to do so.

 

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

“Nótt” will be released through Witchcult Records in the coming months.

 

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

I can not speak to any kind of worldwide perception of our music, but the reception we have received has been positive.

 

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We are not exactly sure when the full length will be ready for release. We are currently writing material for it. We are also working on another ep set for release prior to a full length. There isn’t any prescriptive musical direction. Right now we play music that may be regarded as black metal. Who knows what we will be doing in the future. 

 

11.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?

We have had numerous influences over the years. Our earliest influences included Agalloch, Darkthrone, Wolves in the Throne Room. Today we are really inspired by and listen heavily to Djevel. The Devil’s Blood is also a huge influence. In fact, fans of The Devil’s Blood should keep an eye out for our next ep. 

 

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

It’s not an intrinsic influence. I am interested in Sabbatic Witchcraft and Traditional Witchcraft more broadly. I wouldn’t properly call myself a practitioner of either Craft. I’m more interested in the Craft as a mode of relating to the external world. In this sense the Occult influences my role in the music. I can’t speak to the influence of the Occult for the other members. 

 

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

Thank you for the interview. Our next ep should be released by the end of this Summer. Keep an eye out for it.

https://sylvanian.bandcamp.com/album/n-tt

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/sylvan-interview.html


Todesfall Interview

mardi 4 mai 2021 à 02:18

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


- Deimos : I had a lot of ideas and music which I wanted to make into something coherent, so when I met D.(Joys of Life), who shared similar ideological and musical views, we joined forces and around 2019 created Todesfall.


- D. : Somewhere back in 2017 I met Deimos in person, we had a rather short conversation about our musical workings and caught up later many times, discussing and sharing ideas about art and other philosophical topics. After a while I brought up the thought of working together, since I already had a set up studio in Temerin where I was recording by myself, as he had musical ideas of his own, sharing many points with my past workings. Once the details were discussed, the musical project was formed. He delivered on the songwriting side, while I worked on the rhythm section and wrote and recorded the vocals. Now the debut ist released, and we intend on continuing in this way in the future, building upon what we have learned and experienced thus far.


2.In February you also released an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


- Deimos : The musical style you could say is more or less a primitive version of bands like Dissection, etc. We stayed away from the raw necro sound, and took a quasi modern approach to the music and production, which also serves very well as a musical foundation on which we can build upon with next releases.


- D. : In our minds, once the songs came together one by one, we have agreed without words that the sound is going to go in a more melodic and dynamic direction, pulling each others visions and thoughts higher as all became now the finished work. From my standpoint, I wanted to take a step forward regarding the production, being cleaner and less lo-fi than my earlier work. Perhaps the biggest change for me,was my decision to write the lyrics in english instead of german as in all my earlier musical work.


3.Your main lyrical topics are Chaosophy, Death Worship., Alchemy and Gnosticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the esoteric arts?


- Deimos : It is less of an interest,and more of a way of living.


- D. : As if it was always there as a seed longing to blossom or a tumor becoming malignant. As many times, it was in the end always solitary, guided by intuition and the bottomless inspiration of the Current. The One, whose embrace we are growing to welcome in ever openness.


4.When i read the lyrics I could see that you have studied both Eastern and Western Occultism, how would you compare these two different cultures?


- D. : I believe that eclecticism is very important in our Work, for He who goes by many names, yet cannot be described by any, is experienced in infinite ways, shaded by the limited minds of the individuals or groups through and to which is spoken. As every occultists encounters differ, so are no paths to be followed blindly, for the true occultist learns from their wisdom and practice and incorporates it in his own Work. Of course there are the differences in translations and applications of insights, because of the above mentioned points, yet when distilled and channeled properly, they guide to the same one essence.


5.You also have some gnostic and qabalistic orientated topics, do you go for more of the darker side of these paths instead of the more right hand path that some of these tend to follow at times?


- Deimos : Of course, for where there is thesis,there also must be an antithesis. Even in those paths that are leaning more to the RHP, you can still find the "other", the antinomy, and exactly from that shadow that infests, we draw inspiration.


- D. : As mentioned in an earlier answer, one has to open himself fully to the limitlessness, undergoing the necessary changes in oneself to rise as one with it. Without delving too deep into details, these limits, often manifesting in personal and transpersonal realms are indeed to be broken in accordance with the Will of the practitioner for its own furthering, being therefore committed without borders and restrictions until all is nothing and nothing is all. Therefore, the former would better describe our approach.


6.What is it that you feel separates you from other occult black metal bands?


- Deimos : Our belief is everything to us, therefore, music (art) as a tool for expressing our ideas has great importance. Our devotion surpasses everyday banalities and our faith is true.


- D. : Todesfall is our shared vision which breathes our impressions and experiences into a musical body. Every pair of eyes sees differently. If a listener is able to connect with these vibrations and become open to them, this vision has succeeded.


7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Todesfall'?


- D. : We were contemplating some time on the name. One day Deimos mentioned Todesfall in a conversation, which stuck for the both of us out of many reasons. Being a compound word in german which is to be translated primarily as death, as in ,,case of death”, but also more freely as ,, the Fall of death”, it has been decided to continue under this name.   


8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?


- Deimos : The idea for the artwork came spontaneously, and was done by hand by me and my girlfriend, it represents an illustrative culmination of all the 9 songs, and the goal we try to achieve with this album.


9.In the promo pics you are also wearing some masks, do these have more of a ritualistic meaning to them?


- Deimos : For us it does. Masks have been part of ritualistic traditions for a long time, and for a good reason.


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


- Deimos : I guess it's positive,we didn't really get that much "worldwide" feedback for our music.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on 'Todesfall"?


- Deimos : As mentioned above,bands like Dissection and Watain were a major influence. The Polish, Swedish, Icelandic scenes played also a big role in shaping my musical vision. That said, all the black metal I consume and enjoy has been a great influence on me.


- D. : While the writing process still was in work, I listened mostly to contemporary, rather dissonant black metal acts, so I would say that perhaps those had the biggest influence on me, although musically different. I would also have to mention the various dungeon synth projects I listen to.


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


- Deimos : Thank you OccultBlackMetal zine.


You can listen to us at : https://todesfall.bandcamp.com/releases


- D. : Thank you for the opportunity to be heard and keep up the good Work! ! !

HS! ! ! 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/todesfall-interview.html


Roraima/WR/2021 Full Length Review

lundi 3 mai 2021 à 05:47

 


  Rorima  are  a  duo  from  Venezuela  that  plays  a  folk  inspired  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "WR".


  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can b e  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  some  clean  vocals  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  nature  sounds  onto  the  album,  they  also  bring  in  a  few  instrumentals  which  also  adds  in  some  touches  of  pre  Hispanic  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  ancestral  nature  and  the  shamanism,  history  and  mythology  of  the  aboriginal  people  of  their  homeland.    


  In  my  opinion  Rorima  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  inspired  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waraira  Repano"  "La  Bruja  Del  Avila"  "Ecos  Lejanos"  and  "Eclipse".  8  out  of  10.

https://roraima1.bandcamp.com/album/wr


https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Roraima/WR/933620

 www.facebook.com/roraimabanda

 www.instagram.com/roraima_bm

www.youtube.com/channel/UCnq6Hizs-rtMsEi0iALvE5A  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/05/roraimawr2021-full-length-review.html