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Cepheide/Respire/2015 EP Review

vendredi 17 juillet 2015 à 08:07

  Cepheide  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015 ep   "Respire".

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  drums  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  style  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  depressive  screams  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  also  brings  in  elements  of  cascadian  and  post  black  metal  and  there  are  also  some  guitar  riffs  that  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  enhance  the  atmospheric  elements  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  last  track  starts  out  in  an  ambient  direction  before  making  a  return  back  to  more  of  a  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal.

  Cepheide  continue  the  modern  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal that  they  had  establish on  the  previous  recording  and  create  2  very  diverse  and  epic  tracks  that  combine  atmospheric,  post  and  cascadian  black  metal  together  while  another  song  goes  for  an  ambient  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cepheide  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal, you  should  check  out  the  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I  Le  Souffle  Brulant  de  I'llmmacule".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/cepheiderespire2015-ep-review.html


Gloam/Hex Of Nine Heads/Caligari Records/2015Cassette Review

vendredi 17 juillet 2015 à 07:20

  Gloam  are  a  band  from  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  dark  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  album  "Hex  Of  Nine  Heads"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  on  July  25th  by  Caligari  Records.

  the  album  starts  out  silently  before  adding  in  wind  sounds  along  with some  acoustic  guitar  playing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  after  awhile growls  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  a  very  grim  sounding  atmosphere.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark,  depressive  and  melodic sounding  adding  in  a  touch  of  early  90's  doom/death  metal  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  speeds  up  at  times  and  also adds in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  faster  sections  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  there  are  also  some  solos  and  leads  that  have  more  of  a  modern  and  progressive  black  metal  style  to  them  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  depressive  elements  at  times  and  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  vocal  tracks and  they  close  the  album  with  a  classical  guitar  outro.

  With  this  recording Gloam takes  a  very  modern  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  makes  it  more  guitar  based  than  most  band s of  that  genre  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  heavy  dose  of  doom  metal  elements to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  magic,  sorrow  and  hatred.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gloam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where Freezing  Winds  Forever  Blow"  "Execration  Trance"  and  "Hex  Of  Nine  Heads'.  8  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/gloamhex-of-nine-headscaligari.html


Vindkast Interview

jeudi 16 juillet 2015 à 08:00
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Vindkast is a project that has existed in various forms for some time  now, from studio project to full band and vice versa. However, until roughly two years ago, the circumstances for recording and releasing an album have somehow never been right.

2.In May you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The music on Archaic Collapse could be described as black metal with a strong hint to ambient and drone music. Atmosphere played a key role in the songwriting as well as creating a coherent soundscape that would run throughout the whole album.

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

The lyrical concept of the album is layered, however there are common metaphors and themes on every level of interpretation such as the process of overcoming, death and rebirth, the primal myth. These concepts can be interpreted on personal and spiritual levels. They can also simply be seen  as observations of the coherencies in this world and the consequences that one could draw from them.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vindkast'?

Vindkast means gust of wind in Norwegian and was chosen to reflect the sense that the music should evoke in the listener before any of the lyrical concepts of the album were developed. So there is no significant relation between the lyrics and the name. However, I find the name still to be very fitting to the sound and mood of the music.

5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

For now, Vindkast remains a studio project, but arrangements have already been made for it to transform into a band and to perform live sooner or later. Time will tell.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

The album will be released by the German label Urtod Void on tape later this year. Also, a self-released CD version is currently in production and will be available directly from the band sometime soon.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient and atmospheric black metal?

The feedback to the album has been great so far, a lot of people seem to enjoy the atmosphere of the album and cherish the work that has been put into it. Sure, the following of Vindkast is comparatively small, but you can't blame people when there is so much quality music out there.

8.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 am working on new released with both my apocaplyptic folk band Death Of Abel as well as my industrial noise project Blood Vault, one of them likely to be released later this year. Besides that, there are a couple of other things I am working on with different people at the moment, some of which will be unveiled fairly soon.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

There will definitely be a shift in the sound of Vindkast from ambient to a more full-on black metal vibe. The writing process for a new EP has almost been completed, and it already shows a lot of tendencies towards relentless blasts and beastly cold riffing.

10.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?

To name all the bands and artists that have had an influence on the music of Vindkast would probably take up a page or two, but bands such as Paysage D'hiver, Ulver, Krallice, Furia, Altar Of Plagues and Wolves In The Throne Room have, among others, definitely played a significant role in the development of this project. Currently I am listening to the debut albums of Wiegedood, Kjeld and Nahtrunar a lot. As far as I'm concerned, all three are probably among the best black metal releases of the past couple of years, but then again, one easily loses track of all the good releases out there. Nonetheless, highly recommended on my part!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides the occasional hike, I am interested a lot in films, literature and politics. However, most of my thoughts do revolve around music or end up in it.

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

Thank you a lot for you interest, time and patience!
And to anyone who enjoys the music of Vindkast, feel free to share if you think it is worth it!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/vindkast-interview.html


Black Empire Interview

mercredi 15 juillet 2015 à 10:45
 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?


-Audeath: We have been very busy trying to get the album in time for our show with Aversion, Hollow and SETH(France) in our hometown.. I get the Cds 1 day before our show! Lots of stress and work but finally the mission was successful! Was a great show and party!




2.In June 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?


-Audeath: We tried to capture the essence of what we are at the moment! Through all the process, from recording,mixing to mastering always focusing on the sound of the player.. In a raw attitude like Gorgoroth King's Era... People who know me will know in the first few seconds that this is me picking on those strings that way... The fury and unique drumming groove of Julius are real drum beats played by a real human with real dark energy to unleash... Not an edited, feeling-less over-compressed linear loop of samples that all sounds the same... We capture real human performance.. The bass presence of Morhatous is a big part of the sound too.. I think too many Black Metal bands don't cares about bass, for us it is a big part of the essence and energy! This is where reside power and darkness! The new stuff is the natural evolution of our first album 2000AD..




3.The band has been around since 2000 but waited until 2009 to release a demo and 2013 to release a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?


-Audeath: In the beginning, that was hard to get a stable line-up for doing shows and albums.. Being far in the north, far from any big city.. Its hard to find people in the same mood sharing a compatible philosophy. In 2004, I join Cryptik Howling as a bassist! Black Empire was on the ice for maybe 2 years.. We had some shits in our life acting like poison in our veins... Black Empire is our way to survive this chaotic existence.. Our rage is the Spark which naturally returned the flame in our soul.



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


-Audeath: Some specific elements like Death, War, fire and ice always have been driving us, inspiring us and pushing us... The subjects are about the real fails and weakness of human race... The fact that nobody cares about History, our leader are just marionettes, master in the art of manipulation. The people is enslaved to a ridiculous point, I cannot imagine how a system of slavery could be more productive, controlled and effective.. The funniest fact, the slaves don't even know they are used... This is what the lyrics are about! We fight for real freedom, humanity will face a wall very soon and its like no one consider mistakes of the past... We need to stop acting like we do or existence will just worth nothing in the end.




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


-Audeath: When we found that band name 15 years ago, we were inspired by the same actual thing that inspire us right now! Nothing has changed, this world is still a theater of misery... For me, Black Empire represent the black world we are living in, the blackness behind every civilizations, religions, dynasties, countries, companies.. All civilization becomes dust! All empire are black... Black Empire represent everything I need for inspiration.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


-Audeath: The Messe des Morts 2.5 in Montreal with Nargaroth was amazing for us! The release of the new album 3 weeks ago with Seth was also a very memorable one! But, in my heart, the most epic stage experience for me was to be a part of the last performance of Eclipse Eternal... They become very good friends over years of touring, the fact they absolutely wanted us on the bill for their last show ever, means a lot for us!


On the stage you can feel the exact same raw essence we focus in the studio! We are old school and intense, the more important is the unique energy of me, Julius and Morhatous together... Our music is simple so its easy to catch for first listeners... We are headbangers! We hold the flag of black metal as true descendant of the 2nd wave...





7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?


-Audeath: Yes! Some dates are not official yet so I can't talk about the tour.. We'll play in our area and few main city here in Canada... We are working on shows/festival outside Canada but those thing take time and money! This is not for 2015 but this is what we try to plans right now! Most of our supporters comes from other country and this is something we are aware of.



8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


-Audeath: Actually, I don't feel the need of a label.. We record in my garage and sound like we want to... We print all our shirt ourself in my basement and its useful for special models or keeping the merch inventory up to date.. We do self promotions and its going very well for now... Of course the idea to add a team in the works with more tools and visibility catch my attentions, but the offers we get are far... far away from our needs.. I have more interest into booking agency right now!



9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

-Audeath: Yes, I am recording the next Cryptik Howling album right now and I am also doing some shows with Abitabyss!( Rural death metal ). Morhatous is playing in a band called Sarkazm.. I am involved in many other studio project that would be too long to explain & talk about...



10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


-Audeath: We don't make the same thing twice, I think the evolution will be natural. The next album will be more dynamic and old school with more primal riff and beats. The new stuff we are already working on is a concentrate of Black Empire, more pure, evil and dark.. We can feel a war, you will be able to feel it too... through the songs and visual of we are actually in the works.



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?


-Audeath: We are black metal music fans! We tolerate lots of metal styles but we prefer black and old death metal to anything else.. Band that had the biggest influence on us are: Dissection, Marduk, Satyricon, Mayhem, A canorous Quintet, Immortal, Dark Funeral and Gorgoroth... Recently, band like Watain, Angantyr, Make a change, Kill yourself, Satanic Warmaster and God seeds makes us fist the god of wind multiple times...




12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?


-Audeath: Satan is the name of my dog... We are interested in spiritual essence.. Satan and God, Heaven and Hell, they don't exist like you and me... We use them for what they represent as good and evil... We praise the North!! If there is to be a omniscient giant kind of living entity somewhere, It is the Earth itself... If you get out of your noisy city to connect with the remains of nature still alive and open your eyes, you'll see your planet saying: HELP!

Our view about Occultism or Spirituality are too complex to explain in few words.. We reflect the dark face of Man! We don't play the game of ''Who is the more evil''... In that case, George Bush, Steve Jobs and Justin Bieber are way more evil than anyone else.




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



-Audeath: We are working on lots of stuff coming soon! We invite all your readers to visit us on any of those platforms.. Keep working for the metal scene! you rock! Thx for the interview!


Cheers from the North!

-Audeath


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/black-empire-interview.html


Skialykon/Vestigio/Naturmacht Productions/2015CD Review

mercredi 15 juillet 2015 à 09:00

  Skialykon  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  "Vesigio"  which  will  be  released  on  July  24th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  remains  atmospheric  while  also  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  sound  along  with  soem  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  and  a  great  portion  of t he  tracks a re  also  very  long  and   epic  in  length.

   Clean  signing  and  chanting  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  modern  and  melodic  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  some  of  the  grim  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times and  all  of  the  musicla  instruments  have  a  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  are  brought  onto  the  recording  in  some  songs  as  the  album  progresses  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  the  sounds  of  nature  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction while  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  fast  playing  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Skialykon  creates  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  more  of  a  guitar  driven  sound  and  some  structures  that  where  more  common  with  some  of  the  mid  90's  epic  black  metal  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  paganism,  old  beliefs  and  representations  of  nature.

  In  my  opinion Skialykon  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suanator  Celeste"  "Skotadi"  and  "Katharsis".  8 out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/07/skialykonvestigionaturmacht.html