PROJET AUTOBLOG


OccultBlackMetalZine

Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Tassi/Northland I • II/Anesthetize Productions/2021 Double CD Review

vendredi 26 mars 2021 à 03:40

 


  Tassi  are  a  band  from  China  that  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  double  album  "Northland  I • II"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Anesthetize  Productions.


  Post  rock  style  clean  playing  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  songs  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Clean  vocals  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements.  High  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  album  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  being  introduced  on  one  song  and  they  also  give  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  whispered  vocals  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  samples,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  troubadour  named  Tassi  and  his  spiritual  and  esoteric  journey  to  paths  of  wisdom  and  the  songwriting  is  also  very  Buddhist  orientated.


  In  my  opinion  Tassi  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  blackgaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kita  no Kuni"  "Ancient  Dream  Book"  "Deva"  and  "Entropy  Vocatio".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/5Vo5nE3P_Hs      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/tassinorthland-i-iianesthetize.html


Vitrail Interview

vendredi 26 mars 2021 à 01:20

 

Vitrail – Interview – Occult Black Metalzine


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


Vitrail was originally founded by Simon Tremblay (guitars & vocals) in fall 2019 as a studio project. Simon wrote the 5 first tracks and then asked Richard-William Turcotte to add drums to them. Soon after, they both decided to form a band and we contacted Frederic Custeau (bass) to join the formation. From there, we promptly started to write our first album as a band.


2.So far you have released a single, ep and a full length, musically how do they differ from each other?


Musically, our first release ’’EP’’ (yeah, I know, pretty simple title!), was 100% composed by Simon, compared to our first full-length album ’’Les Pages Oubliées’’ where we all took part on the composition process. So I think we can feel more variety in the full album because everyone has put their touch to it and obviously we all listen to a lot of different musical styles, so it had an effect on the songs.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Simon draws his inspiration from sacred texts and art which has shaped our world for hundreds of past generations. We see our lyrics as a tribute to the lost wisdom one can find through these relics. Mostly, we use religious topics, since we are from Quebec, a province where religion has had a huge historical impact.


4.All of the band members are also in other bands, what is it that you bring into the music of 'Vitrail' that you are not able to do with your other groups?


With Vitrail, we can exploit different themes, a different imagery and mostly a different writing process. Simon’s inspiration has given the opportunity to make something different from our other bands.


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


Vitrail is stained glass in French. The inspiration comes right from all the stained glasses we can find in hundreds of churches in the Quebec province. The idea is that light and shadow always interlace together through these beautifully crafted sacred windows, like our music, always balancing between light and darkness.


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


The cover represents the icon of the Virgin Mary who watches over the location of the tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. His face and his hands are blackened and erased by age, heat and smoke from candles, as well as by the kisses of pilgrims.



7.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows or open to the idea?


Well, as you can imagine, there’s actually no live shows in our region due to the pandemic. As soon as everything will be back to normal, we surely plan to go on stage. Meanwhile, maybe we’ll go on a virtual show soon, we’ll see!


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


Like many bands, yes, we would like to get a label that suits our style, but we’re patient to get the right offer. 


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


Very positive and we’re very happy to read all the good messages and/or comments! We’ve put our best in our first album, so it’s always pleasing to see that our work is appreciated.


10.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?


So much to tell! Some new albums/singles will arrive soon, new projects are coming to life and some of our other bands are more listened to than ever. You can follow our personal pages to stay informed of all developments.


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


Due to Vitrail's broad range of influences, I think that the band will naturally keep on exploring and incorporating different genres into it's music. I think that the post-metal genre has fans that are open-minded and curious musically, which will allow us to be appreciated even though we might stray from the traditional black metal sound from time to time. 


12.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?


We all listen to a lot of different musical styles and they obviously all have an influence on our playing. For example, I (Richard), listen to a lot of modern jazz, new progressive bands and technical death metal. Fred listens to a wide range of metal and electronic music. As for Simon, he is mostly into post-black metal and country music


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


I know it sounds cliché, but I invite you to follow and/or subscribe to our social media pages to stay informed on what’s coming! We also have released our first physical copies of ’’Les Pages Oubliées’’ with our good friend Melogy Musicraft, go check this out on his website! Cheers!

https://www.melogymusicraft.com/vitrail


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/vitrail-interview.html


Спикер Interview

jeudi 25 mars 2021 à 05:00

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


1.    Спикер is a new band from members of Культура Курения, Eisflammen, Teach Me Violence and DURA.

 

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

2.    Our EP is melodic black metal with some elements of depressive rock, shoegaze, post-rock, post-metal

 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

3.    Our lyrics is all about dark sides of modern life. We’ve already added English translations at our bandcamp page. Just check it.

 

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

4.    Спикер («Speaker» in English) is very neutral and amorphous name and it allows us to fill it with any things and meanings we like. On the debut release our Speaker is the one who transmits a kind of sad poetry collage.

 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

5.    Our artwork was made by Andrey from Tøtskver https://www.instagram.com/totskver/. On the front cover is fake extrasensory man like a symbol of gloomy absurdism above all of us, our feelings and emotions, it’s strange at first sight and it’s the deepest darkness if you look inside.

 

6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows or open to the idea?

6.    Nowadays the band is just studio project because we live in different cities but I hope there will be live shows in future.

 

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

7.    Yes! Now we have self-released cds and and It would be perfect if some label helps us to release tapes and vinyl.

 

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

8.    We are not far popular yet but all the feedbacks we’ve got were positive!

 

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

9.    We can’t tell when our full-length will happen but we start making new songs and we think the new stuff will have much more interesting sound (more atmospheric, dark and raw maybe).

 

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?

10.    Such list could be ver very long! We like everything from punk and metal to synthpop and dark electro but the subject of our inspiration is not limited only by the music we like.

 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

11.    In general: photographing, tourism, collecting music (cds,tapes,vinyl)…

 

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

12.    Thank you! Thank everyone who supports rock & metal scene!

 

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/interview.html


Sleepwalker/Noc Na Krayu Sveta/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 25 mars 2021 à 04:50

 


  Sleepwalker  now  an  international  band  with  members  from  Japan,  Russia  and  the  United  States  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  experimental  and  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Noc  Na  Krayu  Sveta"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.


  Ritualistic  soundscapes  and  chants  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  drones.  Both  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  having  their  experimental  and  avant  garde  moments  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  Middle  Eastern  music  at  times.


  At  times  the  music  gets  psychedelic  sounding  while  jazz  style  saxophones  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  distorted  style  along  with  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  also  being  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  A  lot  of  the  music  also  sounds  improvised  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other,  touches  of  krautrock  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sleepwalker  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  ritualistic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Boundless  Love/Resilience".  8  out  of  10.


BANDCAMP RELEASE

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/sleepwalkernoc-na-krayu-svetasentient.html


Corr Mhona/Abhainn/Negre planY/2021 CD Review

jeudi 25 mars 2021 à 03:54

 


  Corr  Mhona  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  pagan  black,  doom,  death  metal  and  traditional  Irish  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Abhainn"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Negre  planY.


  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  horn  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  clean  vocals  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  traditional  Irish  music.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  heavier  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  elements  of  doom  metal  are  also  added  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  also  being  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.


  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Whispered  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  touches  of  folk  music,  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Irish  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  water  and  the  rivers  of  Ireland.


  In  my  opinion  Corr  Mhona  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  pagan  black,  doom,  death  metal  and  traditional  Irish  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "An  Laoi"  "Banda"  "An  tSlaine"  and  "An  tSulain".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/corrmhona
https://twitter.com/CorrMhonaBand
www.instagram.com/corrmhona

https://corrmhonaband.bandcamp.com  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/03/corr-mhonaabhainnnegre-plany2021-cd.html