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Mortum/Ascending Calamity/Vanguard Productions/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 06:02

  Mortum  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Ascending  Calamity"  which  was  released  by  Vanguard  Productions.

  A  very  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  briefly  but  also  make  their  return  throughout  the  recording  and  when  vocals  are  added into  the  music  they  are  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  being  used  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  U.S  and  European  black  metal  influences  from  the  glory  days  of  the  genre.

  Mortum  creates  another  old  school  black  metal  recording  that  takes  the  raw,  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  structures  of  the  genre  and  also  ignores  all  of  the  trends  that  have  come  and  go  in  the  past  20  years,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  death,  darkness,  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  raw,  old  school  and  atmospheric  forms  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascending  Calamity"  and  "An  Elgiac  Hymn  To  Death".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/mortumascending-calamityvanguard.html


Hellbeast/Genocide Rituals/Vanguard Productions/2015 EP Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 05:29

  Hellbeast  are  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Genocide  Rituals"  which  was  released  by  Vanguard  Productions.

  Horror  movie  samples  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  an  early  90's  raw  black/war  metal  sound  and  there  is  also  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  darker  side  of  death  metal  in  the  melodies.

  A  great  amount  of  the  music  has  a  very  lo-fi  feeling  and  some  of t he  later  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  back  the  feeling  of  a  great  amount  of  early  90's  demos  that  where  very  under  produced  and  you  can  also  hear  a  bit  of  the  primitive  sloppiness  of  that  era  and  the  songs also  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  during  that  time  frame  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Hellbeast  creates  some  black/death/war  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  days  of  those  genres  and  also  bring  back  some  great  memories  from t hat  era,  the  production  sounds very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemous  themes  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  written  in  German.

  In    Hellbeast  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres ,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Drone  Strike  Baphomet"  and  "Ascend  Subterran  Hell".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/hellbeastgenocide-ritualsvanguard.html


Dizziness/Bound By Strength/Old Graves Productions/2015 Cassette Review

vendredi 20 mars 2015 à 04:38

  Dizziness  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  Hellenic  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Bound  By  Strength"  which  was  released  by  Old  Graves  Productions.

  Thunderstorm  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  are  also  used  on  other  songs  as  well  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  while  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  adding  in  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  All  of   the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  melodic direction  and  the  song s also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  melodic  chants  and  when  synths  are  used  briefly  they  add  more  of  an  epic  and  atmospheric  feeling  to  the  recording  and  they  close  the  album  with  Varathron's  "Deep  Beneath  An  Ancient  Dominion".

  Dizziness  creates  another  great  Hellenic  style  black  metal  album  that  is  a  perfect  balance  between  rawness,  melody  and  epic  atmospheres,   the  production  sound s very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  folklore,  ancient  heritage,   mysticism  and  Hellenic  Pride.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dizziness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legion"  "Myrmidons"  and  "Prometheus".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/dizzinessbound-by-strengthold-graves.html


Anal Vomit Interview

jeudi 19 mars 2015 à 04:22

ANSWERS BY: “POSSESSOR” (BASS/VOCALS).  BAJISTA/VOCAL
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?
POSSESSOR : WE HAVE WORKED HARD TO MAKE THE SAME SOUND RAW AND WILD DEMONS ALWAYS EXPECT FROM THE BAND ANAL VOMIT..IT IS NOT EASY MAKING NOISE BLACK AFTER MANY YEARS, AND MAINTAIN THE SAME DARK PATH, MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED, WE HAVE EXPANDED OUR VISION IN MANY THINGS, PERSONALLY AND MUSICALLY, BUT WE HAVE NOT LOST THE DIRT AND THE DARK SIDE..ALWAYS WITH PROBLEMS BUT ALWAYS STAND UP, OUR MUSIC IS MORE CHAOTIC AND BE A NIGHTMARE FOR CHRISTIANS AND GAY POSERS...
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?
POSSESSOR : THE NEW COVENANT IS A NEW WAY OF MAKING MUSIC FOR ME MORE RESPONSIBLE AND DELIVER TO OUR MANIACS THE WORLD DEPRAVITY AND DEATH WITHOUT LOSING THE OLD SOUND,..THIS IS BIG RESPONSIBILITY ALSO MAINTAIN A DARK SOUND,..SAME MESSAGE BLACK IN THE SONGS, A FATAL DESTINY IN A WORLD WHERE NO SOLUTION AND ALL WILL GO TO HELL,I BELIEVE THAT ALSO HAVE DONE GOOD JOBS (RECORDINGS) IN THE PAST, AND ME I'M GOOD WITH THAT, STAGES ARE NOTHING MORE...IT IS NOT BEST OR BAD, JUST DIFFERENT.
3.This is the first full length to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
POSSESSOR: IN THE SIX YEARS WE'VE BEEN TRAVELING AND PLAYING, GOING TO NIGHT CLUBS AND FINALLY WE FOUND A GOOD DRUMMER CALLED "HOYLE", AFTER MANY SPELLS AND BEERS WE ARE DEDICATED TO COMPOSE AND DECOMPOSE THE LAST TWO YEARS.....WE TRAVELED TO CHILE AND COLOMBIA WITH DIFFERENT DRUMMERS...BEFORE THIS HAD MANY TO GET A STABLE DRUMMER, WE ARE VERY CRAZY AND ALMOST NOBODY UNDERSTANDS WHAT WE WANT TO DO, FOR THAT AND MY POOR BRAIN EVERY TIME WITH FEW NEURONS HAVE DELAYED IN LAUNCHING THIS LAST SPELL OF DEATH.

4.Your lyrics have covered a good amount of satanic and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
POSSESSOR : MY LIFE IS BE ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT,NOT BE HAPPY WITH SOME THINGS OF MY AROUND, ONE OF THEM IS THE CHRISTIAN WAY THAT HAVE IMPOSED ON US, MY COUNTRY HAS A RICH HISTORY ABOUT DEATHS BY THESE BASTARDS, IN OUR HISTORY THERE HAVE BEEN MANY THAT REFUSED TO BE CHRISTIANS AND THE HOLY CHURCH OF GOD KILL THESE PEOPLE, WITHOUT REASON AND WITHOUT KNOWING THEIR IDEAS,,,THIS NOT BE CHILD'S PLAY PAINTED WITH CHAINS AND NAILS...WE HAVE IN MY COUNTRY A REAL PAST FULL OF DEATHS BY THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH...I READ MANY BOOKS ON HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND COMPILED ANCIENT STORIES OF THE ANCESTORS OF MY COUNTRY, THEY HAD A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING ABOUT HUMANITY AND SOCIETY, THERE ARE VILLAGES WHICH TO DATE BE...ALSO I THINK THAT THERE IS MUCH TO INVESTIGATE IN THIS AREA'S HISTORY.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
POSSESSOR: HAVING PLAYED SO MUCH THAT YOU COULD NOT SAY WHICH WAS THE BEST IN COLOMBIA I LIKE SEEING SOME DEMONS WITH TATTOOS ANAL VOMIT, IN CHILE THE MANIACS KNOW THE LYRICS OF THE SONGS PERFECTLY, IN PERU HAVE SHOWS VERY GOOD UNDERGROUND, REALLY NOT BE ABLE TO SAY WHICH WILL BE THE BEST, OUR SHOWS HAVE MUCH LIQUOR AND WOMEN HEHE! ALWAYS LOVE A GOOD SOUND, BUT SOMETIMES CAN NOT GET GOOD...SO IS...BUT NEVER LEAVE THE STAGE...

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
POSSESSOR : YEAH! WE ARE GOING TO DO A PRESENTATION FOR SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN SOUTH-AMERICA, AND ALSO IN EUROPE AND USA (ALWAYS HAVE INVITED US), THIS YEAR WE HAVE SOME COUNTRIES BY TRIP AND BURN THEIR CHURCHES WITH THE PRIEST...THERE NO LIMITS TO EXPAND THE BLACK PLAGUE.

7.The new album was originally released on Icarus Music and well be issued again in May by gates Of hell Records, can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?
POSSESSOR: WE ONLY HAVE A PACT WITH ICARUS REC. , FOR NOW! THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONTRACTS WITH OTHER LABELS, THIS BEING EXCLUSIVELY FROM THEM ONLY FOR IS ULTIMATE SOUND ATTACK..,WE CONTINUE COMPOSING THEMES AND WORKING.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of underground metal?
POSSESSOR:WELL, IT'S A VERY RECENT WORK...ANAL VOMIT FANS BE EXCITED WITH THIS LUST, HOPE THAT IN THE COMING MONTHS THIS PLAGUE BE EXPANDED AND SEE HOW IT HAPPENS,,,WE HAVE THE BEST REVIEWS SO FAR...BUT ALSO MIGHT NOT LIKE SOME PEOPLE, I THINK THIS NORMAL.

9.The band has been around for almost 25 years and has always remained true to their style, what is it that motivates you to keep creating raw, blasphemous and extreme metal after all of these years?
POSSESSOR : PROBABLY THE LIFE WE HAVE, WE HAVE NEVER BE RICH KIDS THAT DAD SOLVES THEIR PROBLEMS...I LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE HAVING LOT OF VIOLENCE ON THE STREET, IS WHAT I SEE AND WHAT IS REFLECTED IN THE MUSIC THAT I DO, AND ME GUSTA VIVIR ASI, OTHERWISE COULD NOT MAKE METAL DEATH...IN OTHER PLACES I KNOW THAT THERE ARE WARS BUT HERE LIVES THE WAR TO SURVIVE ALL THE DAYS….

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are a apart off?
POSSESSOR : SURE...IN PERSONALLY HAVE A PRE-HISPANIC, NOT MUSIC PROJECT IS MIXED WITH METAL (NOT I LIKE MIXING THE METAL WITH OTHER THINGS) BUT HAVING LEFT FOR MANY REASONS.
NOIZER THE GUITAR PLAYER HAS (LEPROSY BITCH-BAND).
 BUT ANAL VOMIT TAKES US ALL THE TIME IN OUR LIVES.
11.I have read that one of the band members also does a side project that is more Native American and Inca style music, do you feel that a lot of rituals that have been performed by a lot of the tribes in the era have a great amount in common with Satanism or Luciferian practices?
POSSESSOR:  OF COURSE, I HAVE A LOT MY INTEREST WITH THE MUSIC AND THE TRADITION OF MY COUNTRY ALSO OF ITS ANCIENT CULTURE AND NATIVE LANGUAGE CALL "KECHUA" (I KNOW THIS LANGUAGE), BUT THIS NOT BE NATIONALISM AND THAT IS NOT GOOD, BECAUSE IS CONFUSED WITH SS AND ALL THAT SHIT FASCIST, I DON'T MAKE THESE COMMENTS IF YOU DON'T ASK FIRST...THIS FOR ME IS VERY PERSONAL, IS NO SECRET, I HAVE MUCH RESPECT AND BE A MEMBER ACTIVE IN MANY CEREMONIES, AND SURE IT IS ANTI-CHRISTIAN ANY FORM...REALLY ARE TRADITIONS THAT ARE LIVING VERY NATURALLY FOR MANY PEOPLE IN SOUTH AMERICA, I HAVE MUCH RESPECT FOR THIS.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
POSSESSOR : GOOD QUESTION! BECAUSE WE DO NOT KNOW HEHE! , WE HAVE BUT TO RECORD AND DO MANY TOURS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PERU...I BELIEVE THAT WE MUST BEGIN NEW THINGS IN ANAL VOMIT, WE HAVE MUCH TO LEARN FROM THE PAST AND THE MISTAKES NOT TO MAKE AGAIN.

13.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?
POSSESSOR: I HAVE NO PREFERENCES FOR NEW BANDS, I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST IT, I LIKE SOME NEW BANDS (METAL) BUT NOT FANATIC OR INFLUENCED, I HEAR ALL KINDS OF METAL MUSIC, BUT I LIKE MORE THE CLASSICS AND ANCIENT, COULD HEAR MUSIC MODERN BUT ALWAYS I HEAR THE OLD SOUND IN MODERN MUSIC...MAYBE I LIVE TRAPPED IN THE PAST, NOW I'M HEARING IN MY ROOM NILE AND I LIKE...
14.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts?

POSSESSOR: I COULD DIE TOMORROW...NOW JUST THINK OF DEATH METAL AND MAKE MUSIC WITH ANAL VOMIT TO DEATH...THANK YOU FOR THE INTERVIEW...VI VI VI.
ANAL VOMIT CONTACT: analvomit_shows_@hotmail.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/anal-vomit-interview.html


Feanor Omega/Anima/Cursed Productions/2015 CD Review

jeudi 19 mars 2015 à 03:43

  Feanor  Omega  are  a  solo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Anima"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Cursed  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  high  pitched  screams,  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  some  clean  singing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Solos  and  leads  are  used  on  a  regular  basis  throughout  the  recording  and  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  melodic  sound  to  all  of  the  songs  they  are  utilized  on  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  traces  of  both  the  modern  and  old  school  black  metal  genres  being  mixed  together  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  when  the  acoustic  guitars  are  used  they  add  a  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  some  of  the  alter  tracks  are  also  power  ballads  and  instrumentals  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  also  incorporate  elements  of  depressive  black  metal.

  Feanor  Omega  creates  a  black  metal  album  that  combines  a  lot  of  different  styles  of  the  genre  together  taking  the raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  styles  of  black  metal  and  adding  in  a  lot  of  progressive  elements  to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  epic  and  original,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Feanor  Omega  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waiting"  "Drowning"  and  "Epos  Anima".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/03/feanor-omegaanimacursed-productions2015.html