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Artificum Nex/Desert Of Sins/Satanath Records/2013 EP Review

mercredi 23 décembre 2015 à 03:21

  Artificum  Nex  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  'Desert  Of  Sins"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  has  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  some  old  school  metal  elements  at  times while  also  having  a  more  modern  approach.

  Artificum  Nex  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this recording  that  is  very  raw  at  times  while  also  being  very  melodic  and  having  a  perfect  balance  between  modern  and  old  school  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Artificum  Nex  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Damnation"  and  "In  Abyss  Of  Empirical  Dreams".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/artificum-nexdesert-of-sinssatanath.html


Milicia Oscura/Anti-Christo/Satanath Records/2013 CD Review

mercredi 23 décembre 2015 à 02:48

  Milicia  Oscura  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Anti-Christo"  which  was  released  by Satanath  Records.

 Sytnhs  and  ritualistic  sounds  start off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  getting  more  dark  and  heavy  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  and  demonic  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  90's  influenced  raw  second  wave  style  along  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  dark  and  melodic  while  classical  guitars  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  can also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  synths  also  return  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  a  later  track  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  which  also gives  the  music  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere.

  Milicia  Oscura  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  blasphemous  sounding  and  also  has  a  90's  occult  atmosphere  at  times  and  also  avoids  sounding  modern,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  darkness,  blasphemy  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Milicia  Oscura  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  and  blasphemous,  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eterna  Crucifixion"  "Christo  Murio"  "El  Despertar  Del  Demono"  and  "El Anticristo".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/milicia-oscuraanti-christosatanath.html


Warginder/Hate Manifesto/As The Conquer Descended/The Gospel Of Extinction/Fistbang Records/2015 7 Inch Review

mardi 22 décembre 2015 à 21:18


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Greece's  Wargrinder  and  Hate  Manifesto  called  "As The Conquer Descended/The Gospel Of Extinction"  which  was released  by Fistbang  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Wargrinder a  band  that  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  chaotic  war  metal  sound  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  being  added  into the  music  a  few  seconds  later  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  the  song  is  very  fast  from  beginning  to  end,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy at  the same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  poetry  and  supreme  hat  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wargrinder  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Next  up  is  Hate  Manifesto  another  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black/war  metal  sound  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  growls being  added  into  the  music  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  hatred  and  genocide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hate  Manifesto  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split. 

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/warginderhate-manifestoas-conquer.html


Aornos Interview

mardi 22 décembre 2015 à 20:08
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
The brand new EP, Alea Iacta Est just came out recently, by HOD presents. So far it is only available in a digital format, but shortly it will be on the market as CD, though in a limited number only and of course it will be possible to order it. Besides two new songs (Alea Iacta Est, From The Nameless’ Pit) there are five covers (CARCHAROTH - Eredendő Bűn?, MORBID ANGEL - Eyes to see, Ears to hear, BONANZA BANZAI - A Halál dalol, SEAR BLISS - Far above the Trees, LAND OF CHARON - Az Első, az Utolsó, és az Egyetlen). Soon an AORNOS - DE PROFUNDIS (a Hungarian black metal formation) cassette split material will be out by Fekete Terror Productions. An own track (Into The Night), a new version of a song from the LP Orior (Gelum), and an ARCTURUS cover (To thou dwellest in the Night) are all on the tape. Subsequently, the works for the second LP are ongoing. Seven tracks are done. Only the song tracks need to be recorded for three of them, and then we can consider the musical aspect of it to be fairly complete. I think no more than one new song is possible at this point. Of course, the seven pieces contain the new songs out on the EP and the split (Alea Iacta Est, From The Nameless’ Pit, Into The Night). A while ago a couple of bands suggested that we make joined split materials, but I don’t want to scatter the songs of the 2nd LP bit by bit. But of course I am quite open to having further split material, and if such new tracks are born, I will be happy to have such possibilities.

2. So far this year you have released both a full length and an ep. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
I’ve been polishing, forming the tracks of the introductory Orior LP for a very long time. They include some of my early ideas, when I had trouble even with playing the instrument, but it also contains themes from last year. The point is that the whole music went through a filtering even in its smallest details, and I only kept those element which really seemed to be worthwhile. The LP took a very long time to complete, and it was mainly due to technical reason; the recording was done in a home studio, not in a professional one, with the help of a sound engineer and a producer. The entire recording has been repeated many times. It was totally up to me to find out and work out everything, and in the case of such complex music this can give you really stressful moments... But the lessons learned at the Orior debut album came handy when creating the new tracks; I was able to work much more swiftly now, in the entire procedure. The line of sight for my own songs, the EP bears the same characteristics as Orior: many layered, fairly brutal, but still atmospheric, spiritual, cosmic black metal, not taking any trips into the realm of other, different styles. No mainstream post-hybrid-dissonant elements, only black metal. The opening Alea Iacta Est is a brand new song, an apocalyptic disaster, with misanthropic references in the Hungarian lyrics. Maybe it’s worth noting that in this song there is a part that takes on the crazy 300 BPM pace. This is where I fully gave up looking for suitable drummers. It would have been completely hopeless for this rhythm, but this way I took maximum advantage of the fact that I didn’t have to compromise...The second own song is From The Nameless’ Pit, which is the slowest AORNOS track so far (except for the short song Portentum from the 1st LP); even at the fastest part, it is only speeds up to a nodding mid-pace. The cosmic mythology of Lovecraft, the master of horror influenced the lyrics, but it also has other meanings...I have wanted to have a very sinister slow flow for a long time, for instance as a contrast to the tempest of the previous Alea Iacta Est. It has a curiosity; the role of the guitar solo is filled by a bass harmony, and in the faster parts a church organ is hear, in a discreet way. When talking about the covers, it was not my intention to bring tracks from strictly black or death metal areas. I wanted to choose songs that are important for me for some reason, and on which I can work well. This is how the songs on the EP were originally chosen; a synthesizer pops song (BONANZA BANZAI) and a cult-dark track (LAND OF CHARON). But of course it was an important aspect that the dark tone was a characteristic of the originals...

3. You consider your music 'noetic black metal’. Can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
In AORNOS, something deep, substantive, the dark and dramatic reflection of Existence is portrayed, but it doesn’t end in whining, decadent, suicidal introversion or hate-anger stewing in one’s own juices. This rather represents a contemplative, prominent viewpoint that openly sacrifices for wanting the power… It’s a journey deep into the vortex, but in a way where we dominate the Chaos and not the Chaos is the one, who dominates... at least that’s the aim. I think the lyrics help to understand what it is all about.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
What are the lyrics about? Well… about the Existence itself. From a dark aspect, of course. Beyond the mainstream, the clichés, the fake-evil, the fake-„true” black metal, infantile Satanism, the surface.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aornos'?
Formerly (around in: 1998), I wanted to use the Avernus name, but then I heard that there is a band by this name. In those years, without the Internet, these things were harder to find out. Then I wanted the Atritas and later the Arbitrium, but by using the Internet I saw that bands with these names already exist. Finally I chose the name AORNOS, which is the Greek equivalent of the Latin Avernus. Literally it means: “birdless”. Aornos is a lake which exhales sulphurous fumes, therefore the birds couldn’t fly over it; the drifting hell-fumes killed them. By the way, that is a real place, it exists; metaphorically it is the entrance to the Underworld.

6. On the albums you record everything by yourself but in a different interview you have also mentioned being open to work with other musicians. Are you still open to the idea? I didn’t find the right people yet. This kind of music also makes it harder. I’m done with the compromises. Yes, it’s pretty tough to get this together by myself, but it can be enjoyable. I would still be glad if the right people appeared, but generally it is typical that everyone only thinks of their own “shit” (same as me), and it is especially true to those who otherwise would be suitable.

7. On the full length you had done an Emperor cover. What was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs? It was because of EMPEROR that black metal became my favorite style, back whenever. It was mostly due to the album Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk. When listening to that LP, I felt that completeness that I’ve never felt before (or since) when listening to any other dark music... It is simply prevalent. For me, EMPEROR is just as credible in black metal as MORBID ANGEL in death metal. All else can come only after them...so this cover is nothing else but a bow in front of Their Majesty.



8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
In the greater part of 2015, there was no publishing support behind Orior, so I really had to work a lot on promoting the material, reaching the potential interested parties, and of course this was done only as my time allowed. But in September, the Black Plague Records and the Symbol Of Domination jointly threw the material on the market. Hopefully it will reach more places this way. Overall, the feedback on international level is not bad at all, there are actually a few very praising ones, so the reactions can be said to be fairly good. But of course interest could always be higher, and I would be glad if the rising tendency, typical so far, would continue.

9. Are you currently involved in any other bands or musical projects these days? I play guitar in FROST, one of Hungary’s oldest black metal formations. And just recently I stood in for the guitarist live in the band PARAGON ZERO, and it might happen again. But I mainly focus on AORNOS.

10. Where do you see yourself heading as a musician? Obviously, AORNOS won’t attract as much attention as it might have done 10 to 17 years ago, but in those days it would not have been possible to make the material in this form. There is a lot of music, easy to get lost in the stream, and people don’t listen to music like they used to. They are in a rush and impatient. They listen to music they don’t even know only in passing, and then they move on. But this music is exactly the kind that might be very complex at first (at least if you listen to the entire album at once). It reveals its secret values with time. There are a lot of musical delights hidden, which might only be heard when listening with earphones. In addition - as I said - AORNOS is not that kind of BM that is easy to identify, for example: orthodox, "true", raw, depressive, post, hybrid, folk, symphonic, dissonant or Satanist, etc. black metal ... My biggest dream, of course, is that the AORNOS will gain a certain level of respect around the world in the underground. And we could have concerts in conditions that are not so degrading with the right members. But of course this is largely a financial issue. If you are not a millionaire, forget the truly professional concerts. I mean in this kind of BM that AORNOS represents. I was really shocked when the EMPEROR's first official live material (Emperial Live Ceremony) came out. I was amazed how they could perform the hymns of the album so perfectly, but it had to be the EMPEROR for this…

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? Nowadays there is no music that would affect me so profoundly than there was when the first themes of Orior were born. Sometimes I am really fed up with all the new and newer music out there, especially that I rarely feel that genius that was present in the golden era of the 90s in many elite formations. It still happens sometimes that I feel fired up when reading a review, and I buy the music described in it, whether it is new or unknown to me, but my initial flare up usually subsides in 70 to 80 % of the cases. I have heard too many things already, an as a musician, I expect much more from music than a layman. So I usually listen to a couple of dozens of my evergreen favorite albums, these keep me inspired. It doesn’t mean that there are no good or outstanding BM records in the last 10 to 11 years, which are up to par from all aspects. Such are: INQUISITION - Obscure Verses for the Multiverse, BEHEMOTH - The Satanist, SONIC REIGN - Monument in Black, DARK FORTRESS - Stab Wounds, Séance, Eidolon, CODE - Nouveau Gloaming, STELLAR MASTER ELITE I-III, KEEP OF KALESSIN - Reclaim, Armada, MAYHEM - Chimera, Ordo Ad Chao, WATAIN - Sworn to the Dark, Lawless Darkness, The Wild Hunt, SKALDIC CURSE - World Suicide Machine, and maybe: NACHTMYSTIUM - Assassins, MGLA - With Hearts Toward None, Exercises Futility, MYSPYRMING - Söngvar elds, THY DARKENED SHADE - Liber Lvcifer, AVICHI – Catharsis Absolute…

12. Does occultism play any role in your music?
If we take occultism in its current shallow meaning, AOROS has nothing to do with it. There are no summoning, citing names of demons from the Necronomicon, from the Bible of the Satan, or from any “occult” grimoire or magic book. What is more, most expressions of modern esoterics, new age occult makes me sick. In our current world, even the deep and serious things are handled shabbily, as if the man of present had not grown up to them. Showing off expertise, yakking about them, this is the typical. Clearly, many would like to feel unique, insider...but no, I am not connected to any branches of the occult. But if we take occult in its original form, my music very much contain it. Since I also think that everything is interconnected and affects everything else. I believe that there is a sphere behind the physical world, and that the five senses are not enough to really know reality. There is an area where the clever snake of the mind and logic has to bite into its own tail, and I am attempting to explore it by my music...

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any additional words or thoughts? As I mentioned, the 2nd LP is under construction, and by my guess, it will shortly see the moonlight...I hope that those who liked Orior will also like this new material that so far has not title yet. Of course, no one has to be afraid of a radical style change. Thank you for your attention and for the interview. All the bests.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/aornos-interview.html


Solus Interview

mardi 22 décembre 2015 à 20:02
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Hails! First of all, thanks for your interest in my musical activity. Well, I’m finishing the last release of Solus, which would be an EP and for sure promoting the first and the last full-length album.

2.In April you had 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 during the last few years my music evolved continuously into that atmospheric/ambiental form. My lyrics became more deeper and, the sound is better and the concept behind this act had more complexity too.

I used to have more primitive ideas during the first years –both in lyrics and music too-
more raw sound, less original composing etc…

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explored with the newer music?

Heathenism, old shamanic traditions and rituals. To be concrete, I wrote about the spiritual journey between feverdreams and cold dimensions. From the depths of darkness to the golden flames of light.

4.According to the Metal Archives page you changed the project's name from 'Solus' to 'Hamvak', what was the decision behind the name change?

It was a hard decision, but my new songs are simply can not be described as Solus songs.
I dropped some extra elements into my visions (dissonance, more variations …) and it has become Hamvak. Anyway, Hamvak means ashes in Hungarian.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel you are able to express yourself a lot more with this musical project?

Sure. I have to do everything by myself and it satisfies me because I hate to take compromises, or change anything which sounds good to me. I tried to play in bands with full line-up, but mostly it sucks to me (except Malediction, they are GREAT guys).
I hate to wait for other band members to learn the fucking new songs, to make some new riffs, to checking out the lyrics, I don’t really like to play too many gigs..etc It makes me sick and tired.

6.Originally the project was from Hungary but know located in Germany, what was the decision behind the move?

I moved because of financial reasons. I’ve got a new job with better salary.

7.A year ago you where a part of a split with 'Moonkult', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

I just discovered their music somewhere and it amazed me. I like that kind of storming Black Metal, and I decided the drop an email to them. They agreed with the cooperation and we recorded our songs.
The cover art was made by a very talented Russian guy (formerly known as Askold art, now Godlike Icons) who plays in a band called Pogost.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about 'Dark East Productions'?

It’s a label from Russia. They make mostly co-releases with other labels. They released Witcher and Vrag albums too (highly recommended to check out!!) and I decided to ask them about my stuff. Originally the Solus album planned to be released by another label, but in the middle of the manufacturing  process they denied to reply me for some  reason, and later on I changed to Dark East Prod. Now I see that was a good decision.

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

I get nice reviews from some zines so I think the feedback to my music is mostly positive.

10.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Yes, for sure! I have a band with Patrik (Evil Conqueror, Sign of Death, ex-Sinful Eternity) called Earth Plague. We make very simple, primitive, Punk influenced Black/Death/Thrash music in the spirit of the 80’s. We are working on our second full-length album.

We made another band too called Ghoultemple which is an Earth Plague side-project.
It’s a very primitive and barbaric Death Metal.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I don’t really know. My aim is to make my visions attainable in the right form.

12.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?

I listen to a very wide variety of music from simple blues/rock/hard rock to the Black/Death Thrash underground, and I like some types of electronic music too.
Nowadays I mostly listen to Bölzer, Sinmara and Portal. They are the best bands from the scene.

13.How would you describe your views on heathen Spiritualism?

Briefly to me and my culture, which is highly involved with Shamanism (Táltos to be precise), it can be represented  with transcendental experience and philosophycal acknowledgement. You can get answers for your questions during some type of journey and you can see something which is hidden in this modern world.

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

Thank you very much for this interview and for the attention! We will meet soon under the banner of Hamvak!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/solus-interview.html