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Uberchriist/Et Veniens/2021 EP Review

jeudi 25 février 2021 à 04:54

 


    Uberchriist  are  a  duo  form  Atlanta,  Georgia  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Et  Veniens".


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  aggressive  yet  melodic  style  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  elements  of  post  metal  and  the  vocals  are  mostyl  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  hard  rock  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 


  Uberchriist  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  focuses  more  on  the  aggressive  side  of  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  despair  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Uberchriist  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abysmal  Despair"  and  "Breaking  Ov  the  Light".  8  out  of  10.


www.uberchriistatl.bandcamp.com  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/uberchriistet-veniens2021-ep-review.html


Vixenta/A Dream In Darkness/2021 Single Review

jeudi 25 février 2021 à 03:45

 


  Australia's  Vixenta  have  returned  with  a  new  song  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  single  "A  Dream  In  Darkness".


  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  song  along  with  a  very  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  in  the  background.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  track  more  of  a  raw  feeling   while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  metal  style.


  Vocals  are  mostyl  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  song  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dreams,  loneliness  and  isolation  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Vixenta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/vixentaa-dream-in-darkness2021-single.html


Anguis Dei/Angeist/Darkkar Productions/2021 CD Review

jeudi 25 février 2021 à 03:17

 


  Anguis Dei  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  plays  a  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Angeist"  which  was  released  by  Drakkar  Productions.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times.  Symphonic  and  orchestra  elements  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  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  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  choirs  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  growls  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Demonology  and  Occultism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Angeist  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school,  symphonic,  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bortenfor  Grensen"  "Angeist"  and  "Wrestoration".  8  out  of  10.


https://anguisdei.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/anguis-dei/
https://www.facebook.com/anguisdei
https://www.instagram.com/anguisdei/
https://twitter.com/anguisdei

http://ordo-aaaa.org/anguis-dei/   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/anguis-deiangeistdarkkar.html


Sarkrista/Sworn To Profound Heresy/Purity Through Fire/2021 CD Review

mercredi 24 février 2021 à 23:10

 


  Sarkrista  are  a  band  from  Finland  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Sworn  To  Profound  Heresy"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Purity  Through  Fire.


  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  Gregorian chants  and  choirs  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  The  music  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  German  and  Finnish  influences  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic in  length.


  Some  of  the  music  also  goes  back  to  the  90's  second  wave  era  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  and  pianos  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  there  is  also  some  session work  with  members  of  Nocturnal  Depression,  Curse  Upon  A  Prayer  and  Atimateria.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sarkrista  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sworn  To  Profound  Heresy"  "The  Chosen  Ones  Of  Satan"  and  "A  Whisper  From  Forgotten  Coffins".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/sarkrista 


https://youtu.be/nzq5eDG1Bik  


  


    


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/sarkristasworn-to-profound-heresypurity.html


LuZi Interview

mercredi 24 février 2021 à 03:27

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? LuZi is a one man band project started in 2014 but the first release was only in 2019. The style can be included in the wide description of avantgarde or experimental, but at that time was mainly a mix of raw black metal, neo folk, dark punk and blues. In fact the aim of the project is to craft a mysterious and haunting sound to drive the listener through a land of castles, woods, fog and old palaces that characterize the area of the former Duchy of Parma and Piacenza (northern Italy). 

2.Recently you have released an ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? 

Without shedding any elements of the self titled debut album, this second release extends LuZi's experimentation to a more contemporary sound, more reminiscent of post- metal/post-rock and the trip hop rhythmics. Along with this sonic shift, lyrics moved from legends to personal life and philosophy. 

3.A lot of your lyrics deal with ancestral legends and folk lore themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics? 

I worked many years as professional tourist guide for the area of Parma, and in this period for about three years I was employed in the Castle of Compiano, built in the IX century between the woods of the Appennines mountains. So those kind of topics, along with art and literature in general, were always between my interests. 

4.A lot of your lyrics are written in a Parmesan dialect, what was the decision behind using this language?

 I choose Parmesan because of its sounds: undefinable for who is not used to it. So strange and somehow magic, it contributed to create the mysterious and unique sound I was looking for. As well it's the natural means of expression of the lyrics' topics, based on local tradition, history and landscapes. 

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

 My grandfather used to say that our family descend from the Middle Age's Luzignoli counts, later on fallen from grace. I don't know if to believe to this story or not, but it was fascinating me enough to give me the idea for the name for this music project. I did a contraction of Luzignoli, Luzi, that could be intended as a contraction of the assonant word Lucifer too. Lucifer is the angel of light and in parmesan dialect luzi means lights. Everything somehow match. 

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

It is the monument in Parma to Filippo Corridoni, martyr of the First World War, represented at the moment in which he is shot to death on the battlefield. In the Ep's cover the figure stand as if pierced by the sun on his back. Therefore completely disregarding the original meaning, for me it somehow represents the light that strikes and hurts, the "good" pain through which one can reach enlightenment, knowledge, awareness. In fact, "Fulminè" in parmesan means "stroke by lightning".

 7.With the exception of a drummer you record everything my yourself, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to work solo? 

I believe I'll go on to work as I did so far. Composing and recording are simultaneous parts in LuZi's creative process, so it's difficult to involve someone else in it. For sure I'll be pleased to collaborate again with Kyoo Nam Rossi on the drums, a good friend of mine and a great musician. He's a member - between many other projects - of Caronte and Forgotten Tomb. 

8.The new ep was released on 'Retro Vox Records', how did you get in contact with this label?

 Retro Vox Records is based in Parma, where I live. I knew that along garage punk and stoner doom - the kinds of music they are mostly focused on - they were open to everything new, especially if with some esoteric content. So trough the typical "friends of friends" way I got in touch with them and we start to work together on LuZi project. Also the previous album - the LuZi debut Lp - was therefore release with this label. 

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

The reaction has been good. The strange mix of elements that characterize LuZi's music - along with a peculiar image - has sounded interesting for many listeners. Counting that is an "underground" project, LuZi is having a good amount of views and streams on the internet platforms. 

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

 Of course I can't be sure of what my future direction as musician will be. But I can say that with LuZi I'll go on on the same experimental way I walk so far, trying to add always new elements. I am preparing as well a parallel project, more classic punk oriented, still with Retro Vox Records. It should be ready in few months. 

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?

 LuZi's music has a lot of different influences. The most important are the one from two Italian bands that have experimented mixing up what came from abroad with local traditions and sound: CCCP - Fedeli alla linea, an Emilian (as me) 80's punk/post punk and Inchiuvatu, a Sicilian Black Metal band. But I can quote the French movement "Les Légion Noires" and the contemporary bands that inspire themselves to that style. Anyway, as I said, the influences are many and really heterogeneous: Sonic Youth, Tiamat, Urfaust, Joy Division, Lifelover, Xasthur, Amesoeurs, Portishead, Tom Waits, Death In June, Crass, Germs, Ulver... and the list could go on. Nowadays I'm always listening to a lot of different kinds of music, but in this period I'm mainly into classical music, experimental electronic and crust punk. 

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

I am glad of the interest LuZi is getting, it is really a challenge to bring on a project like this, quite out of the grid. All the support I can get is really welcome, so I'd like to thank your zine for the interest in my work and of course all the listeners that want to give a chance to my music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aZSb_d2tQs

https://luzi.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LuZimusic 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/luzi-interview.html