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The Graven Sign/Transmission #001/Hibernacula Records/2015 EP Review

dimanche 23 août 2015 à 00:56

  The  Graven  Sign  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Transmission #001"  which  will  be  released  on  August  28th  by  Hibernacula  Records.

  Emergency  alert  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  clean  and  acoustic  guitar  playing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  they  also  utilize  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  depressive  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  melodic  leads  and  leads.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  brings  in  grim  screams  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  without  losing  any  melody  and  all  3  of  the  tracks a re  long  and  epic  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  music  also  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced musical  direction  and  adds  in  touches  of  post  metal  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  modern  atmosphere.    

  The  Graven  Sign  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  atmospheric  and  post  genres  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  melodic  doom  metal  to  create  some  very  original  sounding  music,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  nuclear  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Graven  Sign  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Source".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-graven-signtransmission.html


Stagwounder/Invisible Radiance/2015 Full Length Review

samedi 22 août 2015 à 08:13
   Stagwounder  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  grim  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Invisible  Radiance".

  Static  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  and  melodic  guitar  riffing  and  a  few   seconds  later  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and epic  in  length.

  Clean  playing  and  clear  singing  can  be  heard  in  some  parts of  the songs  giving  the music  elements  of  stoner  rock  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  grim  at  times  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  speeds  up  at  times  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  it  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Stagwounder  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  grim  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  stoner  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Stagwounder  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Eos"  and  "Among  This  Place  Of  Skulls".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/stagwounderinvisible-radiance2015-full.html


Natanas/Music Distroyer/Spitting The Serpent's Tongue/2015 Split Album Review

samedi 22 août 2015 à 06:59

  This is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  between  Wyoming's  Natanas  and  Colorado's  Music  Distroyer  called  "Spitting  The  Serpent's  Tongue"  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Natanas  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  soundscapes  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  giving  the  songs  a  depressive  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical   instruments  have a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  nature sounds  can  be  heard  along  with  ambient  elements  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  when solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars,  the  production   sounds  very  dark  an  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Misanthropy,  Esotericism  and  Suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Natanas  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mercury  Haunting"  and  "Desperate  Hearts  Reside".

  Next  up  is  Music  Distroyer  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black and  doom  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  that  also  use  a  great  amount  of  finger  picking  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more  dark  and  heavy  and  also  adds  in  grim  black  metal  screams  as  will  as  mixing  in  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  deep  growls  can  be heard  at  times.

  Acoustic  guitars  also  make  their  return  at  times  and  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  the  riffs  also  get  raw  at  times  and  most  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  sticks  mostly  to  very  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  the  music  does  speed  up  a  bit  and  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats,  the  production   sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  human  emotion  and  religion  as  a  whole.

  In  my  opinion  Music  Distroyer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "War  Among  Us".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/natanasmusic-distroyerspitting-serpents.html


Funeral Art Interview

vendredi 21 août 2015 à 07:13
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I just released a new EP, it is instrumental, called Órenyall, is only for download.
I'm currently working on what would be my next album, under the name of 'La Belleza Oculta' which it translates as ' the hidden beauty', for now i still do not have an exact date for the release.

2.In June you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Órenyallo is an EP  which fuses many genres, it is difficult to describe the sound itself, the intro and outro it could take as a mixture of Ambient and New Age with a touch of classical music, while the main song (Órenyallo), covers many more genres, like Doom, Ambient, Black Metal, shoegaze and a guest saxophonist (Carlos Torre).
I think it would be more like a musical journey.

3.All of the musical on the new ep is all instrumental, what was the decision behind going into this direction and also would you use vocals again in the future?
It is instrumental, because i use to promote my new facebook page.
Yes, I will use voices again in the future.
Also to add, the songs from my last EP will be included with vocals on 'La Belleza Oculta'

4.When you had lyrics what where the topics and subjects that where explored?
In the beginning, occultism, magic, even included in my first full album, the complete Catholic mass in latin, later, the inspiration came from my former partner Witchy Hxryn and more human subjects were included in lyrics, love, sadness, melancholy, dreams, etc ...

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Funeral Art'?
Funeral is taken by the Funeral Doom genre and Art i take it because i personally believe that music is an art form.
That's why the Doom always been present in Funeral Art.

6.Originally the musical project was a duo but now is a solo project, are you open to working with other musicians again the future?
Funeral Art originally started as my solo project in 2006, Witchy Hxryn entered in 2011.Funeral Art will remain my solo project, but now i am coming to agreements, to have guest musicians.

7.The band split up briefly, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
It was for personal reasons, but then i realized how important it is to make music, of course, from my personal point of view.

8.I have read that you have also done one live show with this project, are you open to doing any shows again in the future?
Yes, i had the idea of ​​doing a live performance this year, but for now, i dedicate to finish my next album.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Previously Satanarsa Records () a Russian label relaunched my last three jobs, 'Susurros de una Noche', 'El reflejo de tu Ausencia' and 'Semper Altus'.
I am currently looking for a label who wants to release my next album, so i 'm open to proposals or invitations.


10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient, black and doom metal?
Really well, as always, much better than i expected.

11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see your music heading into musically during the future?
As i said earlier, I'm already working on a new album, but still i do not have a release date.
In the future i hope my music by released by a label, to reach more people and prevail, because it is my legacy .

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?
My first influences came from, Depressive, Doom, Ambient, Black Metal.
I hear today these genres, but added it, Post-Black Metal, Shoegaze, or Blackgaze.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for your time and the space on your page, visit my facebook page ((https://www.facebook.com/FuneralArtGTM) ) and listen to my new record (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWAe71aQ7R0)
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/funeral-art-interview.html


Fjorsvartnir Interview

vendredi 21 août 2015 à 06:11
1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
It’s only been 19 days since it was released. So nothing much..yet! I’ve just been relaxed and enjoyed that it finally got released.

2. Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
I think it all stands out a lot more clear and both more brutal and beautiful this time. Some parts at ‘Legions of the North’ were kind of muddy. It was hard to hear all the details in the riff’s, if you didn’t already knew them. So this time I’m closer than ever, to getting the sound that I’ve always been aiming for.

3.This musical project has been around since 2007 but so far has only released a demo and full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?
The demo are a full length album as well..so its 3 full length albums in 8 years? That’s plenty enough for me. The gaps have been filled with both the creative process of creating new tunes and ideas, and of course with whatever that has to get done in the studio. It takes time to build and create the perfect art, especially if you want to stand just a little bit out from all the other thousands of melodic black metal bands, from around the world these days.

4.The lyrics and the band name both come from Northern Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
I’m from Denmark, and my body is filled with Scandinavian blood, so it’s kind of natural to find this subject interesting I think. This time the lyrics are a combination of both a little northern mythology and my own world/mythology. It’s all in Danish, but I’m trying to translate it all into English and upload them somewhere, so people, who want, can go and read them. It’s one long story, .like a theme CD I think it’s called.

5. On the album you record mostly everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band in the studio or do you prefer working solo?
Hmm no. That’s never going to happen with Fjorsvartnir. There’s a reason why I choose to do it all by myself back then in 2007. It’s simply a lot easier that way, and the results are a lot better than with a full band. You know, other people cannot read nor listen to my mind. In other projects/bands it’s something else. Sometimes I choose to work with a guest musician though. I figured out that I didn’t have the best female vocals myself!!

6. What are some of the best shows that the live version of the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Fjorsvartnir really doesn’t play a lot live. There was one show 3..4? years ago that was really great. But most of them sucks. At least that’s what I think. The crowd always seems to like them. But I don’t get the ‘kick’ from live gigs, like many others do. It’s more like a job. Maybe playing at a huge festival/stadium/hall could change that. But small club shows aren’t fun at all anymore. I used to love playing live when I was 15-25. I like the free beers though! That’s nice..very nice!

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
No, not really.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer material by fans of black and pagan metal?

Until now, I’ve only gotten plenty of good feedback, and read really good reviews. So that’s pretty cool!

9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

Blodarv are going to play a few gigs next month (September), and maybe release the EP this winter I think. It’s really delayed. It seemed like there was a lot of problems with that release. But I don’t know..I’m just the drummer hehe.

10. Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I have no idea. The future will bring me and my music wherever it chooses.

11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Hmm..like always: Pink Floyd usually does the trick.
I listen to myself (of course!) and also this German band ‘Der Weg Einer Freiheit’ blew me away somehow, after I saw them live earlier in 2015.

12. What are some of your non musical interests?
I just got a garden, so I like gardening! Vegetables and stuff! I’ve gotten all geeky about it.
Cooking is fun as well. Hmm and as I’m an electrician, I like all powertools, electronics and their components. Gaming PS3 are great as well. And I also got a new good friend in that Netflix stuff!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yeah, thanks for listening to my stuff, and for reading this!



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/08/fjorsvartnir-interview.html