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Tyhja/Tasta kuolevasta maailmasta/Void Wanderer Productions/War Productions/2019 CD Review

mercredi 2 octobre 2019 à 10:40

  Tyhja  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Tasta  kuolevasta  maailmasta"  which was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Void  Wanderer  and  War  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  crust  and  d  beat  elements.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  one  track  also  adds  in  some  experimental  elements  and  spoken  word  parts  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

   Al  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  guitar  leads  when  they  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  dark  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tyhna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halkaisija"  "Maakshi  Palava"  and  "Pohja".  8  out  of  10.


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Xul Ov Kvlten/Entropic Increase From The Omega Aeon/ATMF/2019 CD Review

mercredi 2 octobre 2019 à 09:25

  Xul  Ov  Kvlten  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Entropic  Increase  From  The  Omega  Aeon"  which  will  be  released  on  October  4th  by  ATMF.

   Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  sounding  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  the  classic  European  black  metal  style  with  a  touch  of  old  school  American  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  bringing  in  a  vintage  90's  style  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  ancient  knowledge,  evil,  esoteric  and  anti  Christianity  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Xul  Of  Kvlten  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ascvend  Pathos  Signis  Domini"  "Quintessence"  "The  Primordial  Chaos  Synthesis"  and  "Iconoclastic  Nihilismus".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Nocturnal Interview

mercredi 2 octobre 2019 à 08:03
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Since the recording of the album the main focus has really been on working towards the release. There has been some work on material for the next release nothing complete yet though.

2.In October you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
It really doesn’t differ to much from previous material. It’s the next logical step. It’s been 19 years or so since the last release so we didn’t want to come back with something sounding very modern or vastly different. If you’re familiar with the old material you will definitely recognize the dark, miserable, hateful traits.

3. This is also your first album since 2000, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
There was never a moment I sat down and said that’s it I’m done with the band. After the release of ‘To the Far Horizons’, in 2000 I remember thinking that the scene being overly saturated and wanted to asses the next move to take with the band and here we are 19 years later.
As far ‘The Greater Emptiness’, goes it really sounds like it could have been recorded around the same time frame. I was discussing it with someone and they remarked how its as if no time has passed at all, it’s the type of album you really don’t get anymore with that mid 90’s feel to it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?
Darkness, hate, misery. Transcending this miserable world. I think this new album contains some of the darkest lyrics I’ve written.
Over the years the song writing process has remained the same, it’s basically me sitting in a room with my guitar and trying to come up with riffs and evolve those riffs into something special.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nocturnal'?
Of the night, of the darkness. To play and create this type of music with any type of sincerity you really have to embrace it somewhat. Nocturnal is an exploration and an acceptance of the darker aspects of the world and within myself so I wanted a name that reflected that.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The Artwork was created by the incredible Worthless Endeavours and really encapsulates the soul and the feel of the album. An empty, soulless creature. The darkness that resides in us all....

7.The band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?
It was really A. Frore that got the ball rolling on bringing Nocturnal back from the dead. He asked me if I had ever thought about doing another album. So the seed was planted but I told him I would only do it if he joined on drums. He was the only person I have ever considered letting in and it’s worked out amazing.

8.The new album is coming out on 'Seance Records' how would you compare them to other labels that you have worked with in the past?
Seance is the premier Black Metal label in Australia. Other labels I have dealt with although have been great haven’t really understood black metal and the scene exclusively. I’m really happy and honoured to have this album coming out through them.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
The reaction has been great thus far. I think there is a need for an album like this at the moment. You see release after release from supposed black metal bands but the essence of what it actually is and means seems to have been lost some what. Today’s bands they claim to be influenced by the likes of Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer etc. but you really don’t hear it in the music at all.
Someone mentioned to me it’s the type of album you really don’t hear anymore and I think the positive response the album has been receiving reflects that.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don’t think stylistically I can see the band changing too much at all. But there is definitely some areas of the sound I would like to expand upon and a few elements I would like to add. It’s only going to get darker.....

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? 
Really my listening tastes haven’t changed too much over the years. Obviously there is Venom and Bathory early Slayer. The second wave of Black Metal had a huge impact on me stylistically with not just the Norwegian bands but a lot of the music that was happening around the world at the time like in Greece etc. There is also to a lot more ambient/ drone type music and even classical.
A lot of the more modern black metal really doesn’t do too much for me at all, but there is the occasional thing that grabs me and gives me that old feeling. The Ichor album which is also on Seance is killer really gave me that old school black metal vibe also I’ve been listening to Lantern a lot really has that dark feeling.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role on your music?
That’s a pretty loaded question as it really depends on how you define satanism. I mean in the early days I was very involved and read a lot of the occult literature but there was a conscious decision after the first demo not have the lyrics so literal. I mean every band and their dog were writing the same stuff “hail Satan” etc and it all seemed rather superfluous and shallow from a musical perspective.
So yeah it influences definitely but it’s much more from my experience and perception of it rather than pilfering old grimoires and witchcraft literature for very literal references. All lyrics are very personal but are very open for the listener to take what they will from it.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks OBM Zine for the interview and support, see you in the Great Emptiness of Death.....

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/nocturnal-interview.html


Acathexis/Self Titled/Amor Fati/Entropic/2019 CD Re_Issue Review

mardi 1 octobre 2019 à 21:26

  Acathexis  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Argentina,  Belgium  and  the  United  States  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  album  which  will  be  re-issued  on  October  9,  2019  as  a  joint  effort between  Amor  Fati  and  Entropic.

  Clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well as  mixing  both  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together,  in  some  parts  of  the  music  the  vocals  also  get  more  deeper  sounding.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  on  a  few  tracks  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  pain,  depression,  sadness  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion Acathexis  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  atmospheric  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Life Only  Festers"  and  "Stillborn_Isolate".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/10/acathexisself-titledamor.html


Die Kunst der Finsternis Interview

mardi 1 octobre 2019 à 20:26
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

This vision was born in need of making lugubrious and macabre art while my main band Hetroertzen was inactive for a certain period.
At the same time I wanted to resurrect old ideas and scriptures from some other old projects hat unfortunately never saw the light, but instead created a necessary frustration and a great wish to concentrate that vision in a more abstract form.
That is why Die Kunst der Finsternis took life; First as a bridge between Hetroertzen´s silence and then as a parallel manner of expressionism which was always something I fell for.


2.You have a new album coming out on Halloween, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The concept of Die Kunst der Finsternis is always circulating, changing, developing for some, withering for others… But still active and very much alive, because it was dead, so you know the dead can not be killed.
I refer to this path not as a new beginning, but as an old resurrection or as I would henceforth call it; an “Exhumation”.
Musically is about horror, true Goethean or Göthik horror mixed with rotten Metal of Death, Doom or Cave Rock for instances… It is all your heart might desire, it has no boundaries with any music styles and the answer to that is simple; There is no record label or a any singular person telling me what or not to write or compose. Art comes from dark magic and creativity enforces it, what it comes is a mere result of that formulae.


3.From 2013 to 2017 you also put this project on hiatus, what was the decision behind the return?

The sacred return of Hetroertzen was the main reason why Die Kunst der Finsternis reached “the sides of the earth” and the state of lethargy. Hetroertzen have prepared the Magnum Opus “Exaltation of Wisdom” and there was no reason to continue with this project whatsoever. The main focus was based upon important things, dealing with some real magic. Preparing the bridge for our future...
What happened next was a mixtures of feelings that eventually forced or better said, stimulated my persona to take back this cadaver from it´s very putrid hole. But if I was to take this back it should definitively not be the same as before but something else; Not new, but different. Something that carries the stench of a mouldering crypt to every single heart. So it came back to stay with the half dead. They who embrace the things beyond the crypt.


4.A lot of your lyrics deal with gothic horror and nightmares, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

That interest comes from long, long ago, since I was a child, hiding in dark rooms. Playing with toys, not afraid, but concerned of what would ever happen. As the years passed by, I grown up listening to rock and heavy metal and found myself that real friend everyone dreams about and never let go. In any case, that music influence was no more than a distraction or a bridge to create my link to the unknown and a way to express my feelings and thoughts. Later on when I was at the university, I found the ultimate climax in old cemeteries and mausoleums, Spending several hours and sometimes many nights there amongst the dead, studying, writing, thinking, creating… All coming.
The rest is just a mirror reflecting those moments of my “undead” life.


5.You also cover Vampirism and Occultism, how would you describe your views on the paranormal and dark arts?

Vampirism is a sort of occult practice that can be performed with alchemical approaches and elemental astral knowledge. It is all about energy and circulation; "Take and give, give and take". The understanding of the rules of nature, stellar motion and above all… Mankind. The Occult is a major variety of this concept and the mother of Vampirism; Hence it protects this way and keeps it “safe” from the dirty hands of man. The occult acts and responses can be seen as paranormal by common people since they do not understand how such things really work. People are trained to obey and learn in order to serve, get a reward for it and be happy with it as the kind of life they got; meaning safety, security, a future, a status, a faith if, etc.
When you deny all this and serve the powers of nature and the infinite, you are automatically “serving the forces of darkness and evil” and that makes you an Heretic or a practicer of the Dark Arts. When someone embraces it, things are going to happen, much bigger that the wonders of the world.


6.I know that the music project was named after the German term for 'The Art Of Darkness', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

The answer is already there in the music. It was first taken from Johan Sebastian Bach masterwork “Die Kunst der Fuge” (The art of Fugue) But interpreted in the darkest ways, removing the sacral aura, altering and sickening the meaning to make it a somber and lugubrious version that serve the dead instead of the living and praise the graveyards instead of the church. Reaping your heart instead of warming it up.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

It is rare Art inspired by old German Expressionism and the Gothic (Goethean) Horror. Just like those forgotten books about the creatures of the night and the like.
It is repugnant elegance and deadly luxury. Not recommended for the ones who cannot see beyond. So much I can tell you.


8.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience playing in other bands, which one do you prefer solo or working with a band?

Obviously it is the easiest thing to work alone since it keep your mind developing further while not holding back any limits. Since this project is about mere expressionism, it is my own way to spit out feelings and emotions, that would most likely never work out with other individuals sitting around me, while in the writing or recording process. The “good” thing in this is the variety of un-compromised vibes along the music and poetry if you know what I mean.


9.You are also play a variety of many different instruments, which one do you feel you are the most skilled at?

Hard to say. I am not a talented musician but I try my best and believe me when I say I try hard to master every piece to make it fit in the whole composition and make it sound as good as it possibly can, when it comes to sound and emotions.
For instances, it feels sometimes like singing is the best way to reflect the aura that enriches the music. Thus I could never say it is “my thing”. No matter how; every instrument is a part of the entire concept as every effort make a result. A stair for the greater good.


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

It varies. Some like it and feel identified with it while some others keep it true and rooted to the old times… A more “conservative” tribe that prefers not to take any chance with new approaches whatsoever… They will surely stop at any point or not even care to give a shot to DKDF.
Full gratitude to the ones who understand my way of writing and making music while I respect those trying hard to keep that old flame alive. I am old too... I started playing BM in the beginning of the nineties. But you all shall know that this is not a facade, but another way to express real darkness as an individual that has experienced it in many ways. BM is not the only path to achieve darkness or approach the occult. Specially considering the ways BM music has taken nowadays.


11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

The only band I am officially playing in is Hetroertzen and right now, we are preparing some new stuff. In case anyone wonder why we have kept so silent this long.
Besides, I have been working hard in the studio helping other bands with their productions, but this does not make me a part of their bands as some people might believe.
Not mention my mysterious participation in “bands” I have no idea of their pathetic existence.



12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

Not much, I believe DKDF shall never see the lights of the stage and being honest, I will just be thankful enough to be able to continue expressing my art the way it should be, not following any statement, nor trend, neither false doctrines. Art comes from darkness and that is why Die kunst der Finsternis has been “exhumed” from the dead…


13.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?

Not so easy to answer…  I think the style of music I listen or take inspiration from, may vary depending on my mood, the weather, the circumstances, etc.
To try making it simple, I can say that classic music is always there while writing lyrics and poetry, Operas inspires me to prepare myself before singing or interpreting my songs. Of course there are plenty of old rock and heavy metal bands playing every time I take the guitar and plug it in. This same receipt has worked many times before.
I do not want to shock you but nowadays I listen from 80´s punk, cave rock, classic doom and classical composers indeed.


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

Of course not!. Just check out Die Kunst Der Finsternis. You might love it. Or hate it, who cares.

/D.

www.facebook.com/diekunstderfinsternis 
www.diekunstderfinsternis.bandcamp 
www.lamech-records.org/artists/artist-profiles/die-kunst-der-finsternis-22529661

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