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Heathe/Demo Tape/Danish Vaishyas/2016 Review

lundi 28 mars 2016 à 03:12

  Heathe  are  a  project  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  doom  and  experimental  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  which  was  released  by  Danish  Vaishyas.

  Drum  beats  and  heavy  guitars  start off  the  demo  along  with  some organs  in  the  background  and  after  awhile  tortured  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  slower  riffing  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  experimental  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounds  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  on  later  tracks  trombones  and  bowled  cymbals  are  brought  onto  the  recording  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  before  returning  back  to  a  slower  musical  direction  and  also  adding  in  drones  and  all  4  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different from  each  other.

  Heathe  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  sludge,  drone  and  experimental  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  dark  and  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  cover  dark and  depressive  themes.

  In my  opinion  Heathe  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom  and  experimental  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distant  Winds"  and  "Despair".  8  out of  10.  

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Isolert/No Hope No Light...Only Death/Ogmios Underground/2016 CD Review

samedi 26 mars 2016 à 11:29

  Isolert  are  a  band from Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "No  Hope,  No  Light...Only  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Ogmios   Underground.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts off  the  album  along with  some  synths  in  the  background  which  leads  up  to  a  heavier musical  direction  which  also  uses  dark  sounding  melodies  and  after  the  intro  spoken  word  parts  are  used  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having   a  very  powerful   sound  to  them.

  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  along  with  the  faster  sections  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  has  a  90's  second  wave  feeling  and  the  vocals  also  get  melodic at  times.and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  and  spoken word  samples  are  also used  on  the  other  songs  as  well  and  clean  playing  also  makes  e  return on  a  later track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  while synths  return  on the last  track  which  is  also very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Isolert  creates  another  raw  black  metal  recording  that  is  very  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  also  getting   more  melodic  this  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  metaphysical  and  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Isolert and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Your  Hypocrisy"  and  "The  Dance  Of  Tormented  Spirits".  8  out  of  10.

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WOM Interview

mercredi 23 mars 2016 à 13:36
   1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1.Winds of Mayhem, or simply "WOM" (both versions accepted) is a black metal musical project based in Cyprus, formed in the end of 2011. The name is obviously inspired from Bathory's classic "The Wind of Mayhem".
In the early years of existence, WOM released a various numbers of demos, the project being more an experiment, rather than something serious. What I mean with that is that the early releases were totally cave recorded, also in lack of any decent equipment, were 100% programming based songs, in times I knew nothing about programming and especially in times I was impatient (I use to complete one demo release in just a few hours) and the most important thing, I was in a never ending search for the so called desired sound.
Although the releases weren't solid at all, the early times (2011-2013), remains sacred on the path of this project because them made today's WOM sounds more like music than nonsense which also has its own cold and raw originality.

    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?
2. The "From Abyss, Thy Wrath" record differs a lot from any of my past releases and this fact was mentioned also on my label's official BandCamp site, on the album's description section.
Originally this record was meant to be very similar in aggressiveness with 2015's EP "Summoning the Black Moon", actually it was meant to be an album version of the EP,  but the composing process wasn't going at all in that direction, so I came up with more melodic and creepy musical themes in comparison, of course, with the other materials I made, and I could easily delete them and re-write everything, but, strange fact, I actually liked a lot the new instrumentals, I like them so much that I changed the whole album musical concept within a few days.

    3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
3. Well, first of all, the process I complete a song is the following: I compose and record a sketch of the instrumental in the beginning, I listen to it for a while and after follows the lyrics writing process, in a way to match the essence of the instrumental. I believe it was important to mention these facts first because my new record wasn't an exception for this rule.
As mentioned above, "From Abyss, Thy Wrath", musically speaking, differs a bit from any of my past releases, so implicitly the lyrical theme I found most befitting were a conceptual storyline about the classical transition from good to evil, acceptance and the way society destroys passion and individualism. A storyline dressed in a 15th, 16th century horror style.

    4.On some of your older releases you went more into depth on Norse Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
4. From most of the mythologies and cultures I came across in my life, the greatest respect I have for the Norse one, because of the simple fact that they never promoted blinded believing and Christianity-like allegiance, yet they were always putting a huge accent on a life as a warrior, filled with the greatest form of honour possible to exist. Okay, now I'm not a big expert on this topic, honestly, I'd never studied this properly in a special institution or something, so "Northern Sons" (my first full length and only material to have this theme) was more like a tribute album, than anything else, a tribute for their cultures and a trubute for the loss of my grandfather, a loss that actually pushed me to read hundreds of these Norse fairy-tales.

    5.I know that the band name means 'Winds Of Mayhem' and it came from a Bathory song, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
5. That's a good question, hahaha. I believe the only reasonable answer will be that my music is really chaotic, "mayhemic", hard to grasp for the majority of the audience, because most of the people who listens to Winds of Mayhem, listens in the same time to really demented stuff, and that's a good thing, I believe, open-mindness is important on this path.

    6.With this project you record everything by yourself, have you other thought of working with other musicians?
6. Yes, the answer is yes when comes about this project, from composing, recording, writing lyrics, mixing, mastering, even arranging the cover arts are all done by myself.
Well, it depends a bit what you meant with: "working with other musicians". If we're talking about WOM, to complete the line-up, to become a whole band, the answer would be no, because I want this project to be 100% me. Only, maybe, I'll consider the opposite in a special circumstances if I'll ever decide to go on live and this isn't very likely to happen, especially not in the near future, but nothing is excluded.
Now, when we're talking about me, being a part of a different band or project, the answer is yes. I already been part of another project called "Primitive Sludge", along with a friend of mine, a raw progressive black metal project, where I was performing lead vocals and also released a demo in 2014 entitled "Winter's Moon" and also I tried to recreate a long lost project from 2009, called "Poseidon" with two more friends and we released a demo entitled "Sacrifice" in January 2015, where I was performing guitars and vocals. For the time being, this two projects are on hold but isn't excluded at all to come back in the future, even as full line-up bands.

    7.A year back you where a part of a split with 'Whispersorrow', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7.Yes, it was exactly one year ago, more specifically 28th of March 2015, a split entitled simply "WW" (which stands for WhispersorrowWOM).
It was a 4-track of each project material, the main themes adopted being depression, inner imperfection, solitude etc. It was in my opinion a really cool matetial because of its diversity of styles and genre's adopted (from classic black metal, until electro ambient and stuff) and I truly enjoyed working along with Psithiros (the mastermind behind Whispersorrow) and the experience, hopefully, will repeat.
About Whispersorrow all I can say is that's a great project, based mostly on programming, but that guy knows how to make music even from the sound of an atomic bomb explosion combined with the sound of massacred pig, hahaha and implicitly working along, improved a bit my programming skills which until than, were kind of lame.

    8.The new album was released on Metal Mayhem Records, are you happy with the support that thy have given you so far?
8. Metal Mayhem Records is one of the best record label I ever worked with and I discovered them totally by chance on a primitive Facebook search last year when I craved for a CD release of my EP "Summoning the Black Moon" and they did a truly great job. Absolutely nothing to complain about!
They're are also from that side of the world (Belize) where metal music fans are more open minded for new unheard extreme things, than Europe, in my opinion, I mean 80% of my fans comes from South and Central America and that says a lot. No criticism or discrimination intended here, it's just a true observation of mine and nothing more.

    9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. In my early years not the best one, honestly, but I can't really blame them, for productions being also lame in the eyes of fans expectancy.
On the other hand, lately with each material I see a better and better maturity and implicitly a better feedback, which is perfect in my opinion, because with each record, there are improvements, improvements which will continue to come and blossom in the future. Even the world's biggest critic, if listens to my early demos and after to my latest album will notice huge differences.

    10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10. To be honest I don't think a lot about the future, what I mean is that I don't have huge plans as a musician except to make better and better music.
For me music is also that "something" I make for my own satisfaction rather than trying to impress somebody and I like it a lot here in the underground because I can do whatever I want without being dictated by someone else. Things like celebrity or fame are not and I don't believe will ever be in my mind. It's just bullsh*t.

    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?
11. My biggest influence comes from early 90's black metal scene and also from ambiental stuff. I still remeber when I was listening for the first time to classics like Mayhen, Darkthrone, Burzum, Bathory etc. and all the feelings they invoked in me with their dark stuff, it was one of the most "eargasmic" experience a man can have, in my opinion.
As a listener, obviously I listen to a lot of obscure black and death metal from the deepest plan of underground scene, but besides this, my musical tastes are kind of vast. I listen also to classical music, dark wave ambient, jazz, even blues, rock'n roll, 70's progressive rock and all that's good for my ears, here there's no such thing as a limit.

    12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. First of all, it's been a pleasure to give this interview and thanks OcultBlackMetalZine for all the interest on my project, secondly, a "Thanks" for all those who supported in any way WOM over the years and finally, don't forget to get the new album "From Abyss, Thy Wrath" on Metal Mayhem Records official BandCamp website. All hails!

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Aggressive Mutilator/Crushed By Tyranny/Iron County Records/2016 Cassette Review

mercredi 23 mars 2016 à 09:58

  Aggressive  Mutilator  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in t his  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  cassette  "Crushed  by  Tryanny"  which  was  released  by  Iron  County  Records  and  includes  their  demo  from  2012  of  the  same  name  along  with  their  first  demo  "Skull  Torture"  and  2012  ep  "Gutpuking  Satan's  Hammer"  as  bonus  tracks.

  A  very  heavy and  old  school  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  being  introduced  into  the  music  after  awhile  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot of  first  wave  influences  in  the  songs.

  Elements  of  thrash,  speed  metal  and  punk  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  giving  the  music  more  of  an  80's  feeling  while the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  raw  tremolo  picking  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into t he  music  the  remain  true  to  more  of  an  early  80's  underground  metal  style  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  from  the  beginning  to  ending  of  all of  the  songs.

  Aggressive  Mutilator  display  some  of  their  earlier  material  on  this  cassette  that  shows  them  mixing  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  with  speed  metal,  thrash  and  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Blasphemous  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from Aggressive Mutilator  and  if  you  are  a fan of  old  school  black  metal  mixed  with  thrash  and punk,  you  should  check  out t his  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemic  Lust"  "Evil  Child's Laughter"  "Stan's  Hammer"  and  "Flames  Of  Hell".  8  out  of  10.       

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Grimmdrasil/The Cold Haunting Loneliness Of Crushing Certainty/Merdumgiriz/2016 CD Review

mardi 22 mars 2016 à 16:22

  Grimmdrasil  are  a  solo  project  from  Oklahoma  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine and  plays  an  experimental  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2016  album  "The  Cold  Haunting  Loneliness  Of  Crushing  Certainty"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  the  music  more  of  a  goth  or  post  punk  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  heavy  yet  melodic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times.

  When  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  distorted  yet melodic sounding  and  most  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  melodic  singing  at  times  and  the  music  gets  more psychedelic as  the  album  progresses  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of female vocals  along  with  a small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  still  demonstrating a  great  amount  of  diversity  along  with  some  progressive  elements.

  Grimdrasil  creates  another  recording  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  keeping  the  progressive,  experimental  and  psychedelic  elements  of  previous  recordings  as  well  as  adding  in  post  punk  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Grimdrasil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Introspect  And  Disdain"  "Distorted  Human  Face"  and  "The  Cold  Haunting  Loneliness  Of  Crushing  Certain".  8  out  of  10. 

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