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Amezarak/Spring Non Veit/Satanath Records/2013 CD Review

mercredi 23 décembre 2015 à 23:43

  Amezarak  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Spring  Non  Veniet"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  Nature  and  tribal  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  an  epic  synth  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  which  also  introduce  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  more  heavy  and  also  goes  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  musical  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  the  vocals  start  getting  more  high  pitched  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  just  like  with  his  other  releases  the  music  brings  in  a  90's  Swedish  influenced  black  metal  sound  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  while  the  last  2  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  with  the  last  one  also  bringing  in  keyboards.   

  Amezarak  on  this  recording  displayed  some  of  his  earlier  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  style  that  he  expanded  upon  with  the  other  recordings  that  I  recently  reviewed  and  the  music  has  a  vintage  Swedish  sound  going  on  throughout  the  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Amezarak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Appeal  To  Evil"  "A  Different  Fate"  and  "Repay  Your  World".  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/amezarakspring-non-veitsatanath.html


Alasthor/Self Titled/Satanath Records/2013 EP Review

mercredi 23 décembre 2015 à 22:38

 Alasthor  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2013  ep  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  synth  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  heavy  and  atmospheric  starts  start  to  mix  them  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  riffing  also  adds  melodies  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "Lost  Wisdom".

  Alasthor  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  90's  and  depressive  styles  of  black  metal  and mixes  it with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old school  while  the  lyrics  cover death,  negativity,  and  grief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alasthor  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  "Cult  of  the  Dead"  and  "Into  the  Depths  Of  The  Universe".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/alasthorself-titledsatanath-records2013.html


Raventale/Memories/Satanath Records/Dark East productions/2013Compilation CD Review

mercredi 23 décembre 2015 à 21:59

  Raventale  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  blackened  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  his  2013  compilation  album  "Memories"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Dark  East  Productions.

  A  very  dark  synth  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  giving  the  music  and  epic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  while  also keeping  the  atmosphere  along  with  some grim  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements.

  A  lot  of  the  90's  style  of  dark  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  instrumental track  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  small  amnount  of  female  and  male  operatic  vocals.

  On  his  earlier  material  Raventale  played  a  musical  style  that  had  its  rooted  in  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  the  doom/death  metal  sound  into  some  of  the  riffing  and  vocals  to  create  some  very  dark and  melancholic,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  forest,  rain,  darkness  and  depression  themes  along  with  a  few  tracks  being  written  in  his  native  tongue.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  Raventale  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  dark  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Birds  Of  Misfortune"  "Nostalgia"  "Gone"  and  "Suicide  As  The  destined  End".  8  out  of  10.       

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/raventlememoriessatanath-recordsdark.html


Wulfheim/De Profundis/Satanath Records/2013CD Re-Issue Review

mercredi 23 décembre 2015 à 20:26

  Wulfiem  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  his  2009  album  "De  Profundis"  which  was  re-issued  by  Satanath  Records  in  the  year  of  2013.

  A  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw black  metal  sound  that   also  utilizes a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  add  more  to  the  darkness  and  chaos  that  comes  out  of  the music  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  melody  and  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  can  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  the  songs  go  to  more  of  a  raw  second  wave  of  black  metal  while  also  updating  it  for  2009  along  with   some  speed  that  almost  borders  on  war  metal  and  there  is  also a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  and  clean  singing  and  one  song  also  utilizes  growls for  a  short  period  and  towards  the  end  acoustic  guitars  find  their  away  in  a  song.

  Wulfheim  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  was  very  raw  and  chaotic  while  also  adding  in  epic  structures  at  times  and  the  music  also  ignored  all  of  the  modern  trends  of  that  era,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  betrayal,  depression,  spirits,  hate  and  rage  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Wulheim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Whispering  Sadness"  and  "The  Gravedigger".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/12/wulfheimde-profundissatanath.html


ReffuS Interview

mercredi 23 décembre 2015 à 19:18
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

ReffuS: ReffuS was created through Repktkor and Morth's hateful passion for their fellow human race, a cancerous blight upon this earth. Born into the cesspit to rot amongst the bile of society and all its constraints, a vile species born into an unknown cage, a sheep who stands on those among its flock and deems to be better than the others, forgetting. We are all the same to the dirt we are buried in.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Repktkor: I would have to say the musical sound that is presented on the ep, has come from my hatefulness towards humanity and all of life. It is a collaboration from two individuals who are so similar on views of life but yet so different. Furthermore I would say it is a combination of depressive and raw black metal.

Morth: Musical sound is derived and inspired from living with depression and anxiety, feeling detached from the world around us. Black metal being the strongest influence on the sound, from first wave of black metal to many of its sub genres that are present nowadays.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

ReffuS: Lyrical topics, if you want to call it that is misanthropy. We want this world to die with all of its inhabitants with it, the ultimate goal would be for humankind to do just that. Music is a powerful force.

4.I know that the band name is 'suffer' spelled backwards, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Repktkor: I hate all life, I want it to suffer and die. The music is hateful yet depressive as one. You will all suffer or are already suffering, no matter how blind to it you are. You are all a slave to life.

Morth: In this world we are born and expected to follow what generations have done before. Depending on where you're placed on this planet, there is always constraints on what you can do and how you can express yourself, whether it is cultural, social, family ect. What I always noticed in that no matter where you look, someone is suffering. Through life I had the suffers of life placed on my shoulders and expressing it through music was a way to vent it and spread a message/state of mind. What people interpret that mindset/message to be is for them to decide or pick up on. If you like it great, if you don't I don't care. Causes you to want a hug, great. Feel self destructive, go for it.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future?

ReffuS: Yes the line up will expand in future for live performances and recordings.

6.The band has been around only since November but has already got music released and have played live, do you put a great amount of time and effort into the music?

Repktkor: I always put a lot of time and effort into the music I create, it is an extension of my soul.

Morth: I will always find time for music. I have loved the music since I was young. As I progressed through life, my musical taste matured to what I would listen to now. The band and also the album was put together rather fast, but was a combination of ideas that I have wrote through my life and with my different influences. The ep was released on time for a gig, but we both had wanted to start a band from before the formation of ReffuS and the gig. Only when the supporting bands of the gig pulled out, we decided to form and get a setlist together for the short deadline. In that time there was many hours recording the different instruments and mixing the songs into the ep.

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

ReffuS: We have only had the one gig to date, and considering we didn't get to do a rehearsal together at all or sound check for ReffuS, we think our stage performance was good. All our work together had be previously online contact. So the gig was well performed considering.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

ReffuS: At the moment no new dates are planned for live performances. But there will be gigs for 2016.

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

Repktkor: You can expect a full length album in 2016 so you humanity can kill themselves while listening to it. It will remain hateful and depressive. Although you never know what might be drawn out from our dead hearts.

Morth: Hopefully in early-mid 2016 a release of a full album will be aimed for. May change. Progress on that has begun, song and sound ideas coming together.

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

Reffus: We are still very new. Although for the feedback we have had so far has been good, although we we do not care for the opinions of others.

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?

Repktkor: I personally mostly listen to raw black metal, bands like: Mutiilation, Seviss, Amystery, Vargsang and Belathuzur. I never listen to the newer band, they do not interest me.

Morth: For me I grew up listening through music of my father's. It would have been bands like Rainbow and Led Zeppelin ect. As my taste for music grew and I progressed through life, I found myself drawn to the darker and heavier and more extreme genres of rock and metal. I would say bands like Dark Fortress and Shining had the melodic smoothness that grasped me but still the harsh side of black metal, and obviously raw black metal would have its influence strongly on the music. There are too many bands to truly name a direct influence. Music has to have a sense of atmosphere and depth.

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

Repktkor: Kill yourselves. Don't be a slave to life and end your miserable existence.

Morth: Nobody wants to feel shit, but in this life it's a common mental state for many within this modern-day world/society. I find that the only limitations and barriers in life should be put there yourself. Only by choosing who you are among this shit world can you rise above it. We are all equal in the certainty of death, keep that in mind for the time you have left on this wretched world.

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