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Saiva/Markena Bortom/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Review

vendredi 25 août 2017 à 21:36

  Saiva  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  folk  inspired  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Markena  Bottom"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  along  with  some  percussion's  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  few  minutes  melodic  pagan  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  on  the  second  track  clean  yet  distorted  playing  is  added  into  the  music.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  and  there  is  also  some  session  work  from  members  of  Tervahaat,  Panopticon  and  Grift.

  Saiva  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal,  pagan  and  folk  music  and  mixes them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  ancient  times  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Saiva  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  inspired  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for something  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nordmarkens  Alvar"  and  "Nordan".  8  out  of  10.    

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Holokauston/HOST/The Dark Thursday/2017 Demo Review

vendredi 25 août 2017 à 20:23

  Holokauston  are  a  solo  project  from  India  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  demo  "HOST"  which  was  released  by  The  Dark  Thursday.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  touches  of  classical  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  while  also  introducing  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  very  true  to  a  very  raw  and  old  school  tradition  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  demo  demo  progresses  the  riffs  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Darkthrone's  "Transylvanian  Hunger"  before  closing  the  demo  with  an  outro.

  Holokauston  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in t he  90's second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Tragedy,  Philosophy,  Nihilism  and  Omnicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Holokauston  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Creation,  An  Omnicide"  and  "Nyctophiliac  Blood  Of  The  Darker  Woods".  8  out  of  10.  

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Aura Mortis/Proclamation Of The Sardonic Flame/Zly Demiurg/2017 EP Review

vendredi 25 août 2017 à 04:04

  Aura  Mortis  are  a  duo  from Serbia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Proclamation OF  The  Sardonic  Flame"  which  was  released  by  Zly  Demiurg.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ritualistic  and  ambient  touches  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  deep  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  their  high  pitched  moments  while  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  are  also  used  briefly.
  Aura  Mortis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aura  Mortis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "In  Being  Engraved".  8  out  of 10.  

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Wormwitch Interview

jeudi 24 août 2017 à 04:09
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're a heavy metal band from Vancouver, BC, Canada. We started up about a year ago and we just put out our first record, Strike Mortal Soil.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo and single you have released in the past?
The sound of the album is really varied. We wanted to try everything out, stretch our legs and see where we were most comfortable. The end result was sort of a sum of our influences, lots of black metal, 70s-80s rock and roll, Swedish death metal, a bit of speed metal. It differs a lot from our previous stuff. We started out as more of a crust punk band with a lot of European death metal influence, and have moved more in the metal direction since then.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics on the album follow a loose theme, largely discussing the idea of finding strength in death and the brevity of life. It's a bit of a philosophical exploration of death's role in society and and the psyche. Modern people fear death and crave immortality, but mortality is what gives our experiences and accomplishments gravity and meaning.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wormwitch'?
No meaning, it's a little bit tongue-in-cheek. It started out as the name for a fantasy-themed d-beat band that our vocalist/bassist, Robin, and I planned on starting, but when it came time to name Wormwitch we thought it would fit. We initially came up with it while talking about how bands with "worm" or "witch" in the name always end up being cool.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our favorite show so far was probably our recent one in Salt Lake City, Utah. We were on tour with Numenorean from Calgary, it was a really nice venue with great sound and the crowd really seemed to dig us. We haven't played a whole ton of shows yet in the grand scheme of things.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We've got really exciting North American tour plans for the rest of the year and beyond, nothing I can announce just yet. We'd like to hit Europe before the next record as well.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's been really great so far, which is awesome. We weren't really sure what to expect, but so far so good.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
I've got a solo project called Old Graves, which is somewhat on hold right now as Wormwitch is mega busy. Robin is slowly piecing together a new project which I'll likely be involved in as well. There's nothing officially released yet, but I can tell you it's sounding really good.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We've already started writing the next album, and there's definitely a shift. The process of writing, recording and releasing Strike Mortal Soil really served its purpose in showing us where we want to be and what Wormwitch should sound like. The new music is less dark and dirty, but it rips just as hard, if not harder. It's more focused and intense, and objectively a huge step up for us. We feel that we've really hit our stride and that it'll be a bright new beginning for us.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Some bands that have really influenced our sound are Darkthrone, Entombed, Taake, Led Zeppelin, At The Gates, Kvelertak, Black Sabbath, Enslaved, Mastodon, tons more. Too many to name. Recently I've been listening to lot of the same stuff I always have, but a lot of Wardruna in particular.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We're love the outdoors; hiking, camping, hunting, just being in nature. We like to read, Robin plays the odd video game. We're big into history and fantasy if that tells you anything about how we are.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks a ton for the interview my friend, check us out on tour or online!

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Klingsor/Realm Of The Shades/Narbentage Produktionen2015 Demo Review

jeudi 24 août 2017 à 04:03

  Klingsor  are  a  solo  project  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  "Realm  Of  The  Shades"  which  was  released  by  Narbentge  Produktionen.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  and  they  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  along  with  some  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  are  also  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  that  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  without using  much  in  the  way  of  solos  and  as  the  demo  progresses  synths  also  make  a  brief  return  along  with  a  few  instrumentals  and  nature  sounds.

  Klingsor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  dreams  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Klingsor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Under  A  Million  Burning  Moons"  and  "Adversary".  8  out  of  10.

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