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Withania/Blutenstaub und Weidenharz/2014 CD Review

mardi 2 décembre 2014 à 04:59

  Witnania  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  dark  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Blutenstaub und Weidenharz".

  A  very  slow,  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  along  with  blast  beats,  grim  black  metal  screams  and  raw  guitars  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  atmosphere  in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  bring  a  great  amount  of  melody  into  the  songs.

  Most of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  they  bring  in  a  more  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  small  amounts  of  clean  singing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  bring  in  90's  dark/goth  metal  feeling  on  some  of  the  tracks  that  they  are  utilized  on .

  In  some  of  the  cleaner  sections  whispers  and  slide guitars  are  brought  in  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  an  early  90's  melodic  doom/death  metal  feeling  at  times  while  the  faster  parts  also  bring  in  a  very  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  at  times  which  works  very  well  in  the  songs  with  all  of  the  music  being  very  dark  and  atmospheric  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  good  amount  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  while  the  last  song  brings  in  an  operatic  and  classical  music  feeling.

  Withanis  plays  a  style  of  metal  that  is  heavily  influenced  by  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  forms  of  black  metal  while  they  also  add  in  elements of  doom  metal,  progressive  and  folk  music  to  create  their  own  style  of  dark  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Withania  are  a  re  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  dark  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Weidenharz"  "Der  Winter  Nacht"  and  "Mit  der  Flut".  8  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/withaniablutenstaub-und-weidenharz2014.html


Precaria/Precaria Ex Humanitas/Desavenencia/CD Review

lundi 1 décembre 2014 à 07:08

  Precaria  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  extreme  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Precaria  Ex  Humanitas"  which  was  released  by  Desavenencia.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  being  used  in  the  songs  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  band  bringing  in  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  Melodic  chanting  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  chaotic  feeling  to  the  recording  while  they  also  have  their  melodic  moments  at  times  along  with  the  screams  getting  more  high  pitched  and  the  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars  on  some  of  the  track  add  in  some  atmospheric  elements.

  There  is  a  great  mixture  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  dark  and  desolate  while  also  keeping  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  touch  of  early  2000's  black  metal  and  when  clean  playing  is  added into  one  of  the  tracks  they  also  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  and  grim  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  sound.

  Precaria  plays  a  very  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  extreme  as  well  as  being  very  true  to  this  genre  and  avoiding  all  modern  trends  to  play  black  metal  the  way  it  is  meant  to  play,  the  production  is  very  dark, r aw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Illumination Of  Self,  Occultism,  hatred,  Mankind's  Misery  and  Chaos  Beyond  Order  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Precaria  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  extreme  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Esturpo  a  la  Conciencia"  and  "Violencia  Como  Pan  De  Cada  Dia".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/precariaex-humanitasdesavenenciacd.html


Exquisite Ending Interview

lundi 1 décembre 2014 à 06:06

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

Exquisite Ending are a three piece black metal group from the United Kingdom. We seek to take the many diverse sides of the Black Metal genre, and seek to combine them into one darkened sound that emanates the influences of old while embracing the new. While conveying an introspective self-loathing catastrophe of melodic movement and unrelenting rawness, combined with occult and ritualistic ideologies of "Misanthropism".

2.You have a new ep coming out in 2015, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous material?

"The Rite Of Misanthropism Psalms I-IV" is the first part of a long running conceptual work between us, based around the cult of "Misanthropism" which we practice.
It is a hate filled record, and 'audible tome' if you like to our misanthropic practices. They are the hymns of which we preach, towards the hatred of ourselves and mankind as a whole.

It differs significantly from "The Pain Of Passing I embrace" (our first record) as that album focuses much more deeply on self hated, suicide and depression. While "The Rite Of Misanthropism" is entirely extroverted hated, and a true awakening to the worthlessness of humanity.

Our music is equally as important as our message, we take great lengths to cultivate and refine our sound. We wish to take inspiration from the black metal groups that came before, but rather then imitate, we seek to add our own alterations. We are versed in musical theory, and use that to create our calculated dissonance and tension, coupled with technical ability in order to better convey this dark message we have set out to broadcast.

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

Our lyrical themes all stem from hatred, depression and isolation. However from our first record we have evolved, and the Misanthropism took hold of us, and now that hatred is turned outwards towards civilisation, and occult and ritualistic practices.

4.On the album cover you had quite a few occult symbols, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

As I have said, we are creating the foundations for the cult of "Misanthropism", which is a paradoxical religion that preaches the hatred and eradication of mankind. Like most religions we take influence from others, Thelema, Satanism, Solomon's works, while all being inherently human, and flawed, have important aspects that we wished to incorporate into Misanthropism.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name  "Exquisite  Ending'?

The name, like the band, has evolved. It began as a relishing in ones own demise, a beauty found in suicide. However it now has taken on a new form, in the appreciation of death as a whole, how Exquisite the Ending of ones life can be, be it our own or others. Because we will all return to the void eventually, and that will truly be exquisite.

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

Every performance is valuable, because it gains experience for us. And we are able to preach to a new group of people. The most recent show we undertook with Black Shoals in Worthing was extremely rewarding for us, as we had the pleasure to witness a very talented group and be able to express our creativity and message to a lot of willing people.

We wish our stage show to be striking, we have an old television playing clips that I have selected from various films/documentaries/snuff/etc. In an attempt to open up the audiences aural and visual pathways to achieve a higher understanding of the complete worthlessness and emptiness that is felt by all.

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

For shows we have a few big ones coming up; Eradication festival in April, Sermon of Underground Brutality in October. As well as other shows we cannot sadly announce yet. In terms of tours we have a few potential plans on the horizon, but nothing has been planned as of yet.

8.A few months back you where a part of a split with Written In Torment, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the album?

We admire the creative works of Written In Torment. It was good to collaborate on a release with him, and feedback on the various artwork ideas.

9.The band is signed to Hibernacula Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Hibernacula Records is a UK record label run by Danny Page. They wish to be a dwelling for artists to create and grow, as opposed to a harsh corporate system. They don't deal in contracts, and practice complete transparency with their artists. We find the label works well for us because they are artists themselves, and understand both the creative and business sides needed to help musicians grow. While the bands grow, the label grows, and visa versa, We're all together for the same common goal.

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

We have had positive feedback from the UK black metal scene, being that its our place of residence, we have also had a lot of positive praise from a black metal collective in Russia, Indonesia, and of course the Norwegian masters.

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

We are involved in other projects, however as to why we have chosen to go by other names, we also wish to not let those projects be judged unfairly or out of context with Exquisite Ending.

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

Darker, more complex, potentially more avant garde. We wish to let the void grip us, and we mould it to whatever shape we wish.

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?

I cannot speak for the others, but personally I listen to a large variety of music. In terms of black metal bands I have listened to the obvious choices. But I also indulge in the more outlandish bands. Urfaust, Acherontas, Satanic Warmaster, Taake, Blut Aus Nord, Shining etc.

In terms of other genres I indulge in, they are far too vast to list. I love jazz, classical music, the multitude of subgenres in metal music. Anything that has been created for a purpose.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Photography, particularly trees. I read very regularly, primarily occult literature, but also factual and fiction depending on where the mood takes me. Other then that I devote most of my life to music.

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

We hope this has been informative to anyone seeking answers, and that they wish to explore our music and our message. We are all worthless, and in that we are equal. We hope you die exquisitely.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/exquisite-ending-interview.html


Iubaris Interview

lundi 1 décembre 2014 à 05:49
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?

Antares: we have released Code on CD format. I took all the effort tomake the artwork 100% linked to the album. Each song has a special sigil created from key words, to match it's meaning. There are some more
surprises to discover, but I'll leave that to the purchaser.


2.In October 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?

A: The sound is just our own patented mixture of things we like. The best thing you can do, is try to create a record which you yourself would like to hear, but doesn't exist. You try to fill sort of a gap, so to speak. The more different stuff you listen to, the more original this mixture will be. How good you mix all the elements is key. This new record isn't that much different from the first two Eps at it's musicalroots. All the basic ideas were already there, we just expanded them.
Previously, especially on the first Ep, I was trying to limit some of our music so it could fit a raw particular style. This time there weren't any limits. We just pushed ourselves and our abilities to write and play. Some of the songs went a long way to their final version, since we started writing for this album in 2009. Almost all the songs from the Magnum Coeptum compilation were finished by 2008, maybe except the lyrics part. So we had a lot of time to focus on the new material.
This was way back, when Erthun was still our rhythm guitarist. As for the production and mixing, me and Mjolnir took things in our own hands.
After all the work we have done, I can't imagine any other way of producing records. It would be impossible using a hired stuido. We would be fucking broke. I walked in at 5pm on friday, and walked out saturday
7 am. Listened to the mix a couple of times on the way home, sleep for 3 hour, return for our rehearsal, then mix again. We were going ape shit to make the album sound exactly the way we wanted. At one point we just decided that we hit a wall when it comes to our possibilites with producing the album, and we decided it was time to unleash it into the world.


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

A: The album is continuing the story started by the first two Eps. A man finds himself at a turning point in his life, which leads him into isolation. This isolation results in a delusional state, where he can't quite distinguish fiction from reality, and enters an altered state of mind. Ars Sathanae I and II were about insanity, depression and maltheism, rejecting everything that could be described as a life in daylight. It marked the beginning of a search for forces and powers beyond this realm. Imagine you have two parallel streams of your own
self. Something happens, and your second self leaves somewhere. Then it returns, and you have to rebuild your own world with all the new knowledge the process brought. That's where Code comes in. It's the
Coagula part. It's also very personal for me in that it's linked with how I was writing our album.


4.On your past releases you had covered some satanic and anti christian themes, do any of the band members still  have any interest in those topics?

A: That's actually a really interesting and important question. All that satanic and anti christian stuff was good in the beginning, but it's something you have to process into something more. You can't keep negating something over and over without progressing, evolving. Negation is not a goal in itself, it's a tool for moving forward. The new record has nothing to do with demons or christianity, it covers an eniterily new level of problems. Once you cut yourself away from the herd, it's time to build your own temple, your own monolith. I consider this to be a much more important direction.


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?

A: In one word: ferocious. There were a lot of shows, especially here in Tricity area. We played the best ones when we traveled deeper into Poland though. Summer 2014 we played a small tour of 6 shows across the country to promote Code, one of them in Warsaw. That has to be the best one yet. I couldn't even say anything between songs, becuase the crowd was so fucking loud. We played as the main act. It was an amazing show.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

A: No tours planned at this moment. One release party for the physical release of Code, where we will play the album live in it's entirety.
We're not much of a touring band to be honest. Maybe it will change in the future.


7.The new album was self released, are you open to working with a label again in the future or do you prefer the DIY method?

A: We are only open to propositions if a label will still let us have full control of every single thing. And by that, I mean every single fucking thing. From the compositions, mixing and production, to the album artwork and control of the printing process. Everything has to be done right, no errors or mistakes allowed. We take our music extremely serious.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of black metal?

A: I have heard only positive things about the album from people that were into all sorts of different genres, thrash/progressive/black metal.
Which is pretty amazing. The general feedback has been overwhelmingly positive so far.


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

A: I'm still recording different solo stuff, which I don't plan releasing. Mjolnir is the guitarist in Cyanide Kiss, a band we made a whole tour with this summer. Vulpus plays in a band called Earthfall.
Check our website's band section for more details.


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

A: That's a really difficult thing for me to foresee now. We are all really satisfied with Code. I can't say which direction we will take in the future. This is the first time since I founded Iubaris, when I don't have any idea or plans for  further developing our music. When the time comes, I'll have to take all my new riffs, all the new riffs and beats the guys will send to me, and find a new formula. Then me and Mjolnir will have to sit and think about how we want to record everything. Music is a sort of alchemy for me, so I'll keep smithing that fucking metal till we'll a perfect alloy once again.


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?

A: I don't listen to 'regular' metal at all. 90% of it is too mechanical for me. Maybe except bands that really have their own flow and style, like Opeth for example. They had a big impact on this album. Some of the
other bands that had a heavy influence on Code, mainly in how we blended and mixed all the instruments together, were grunge bands from thenineties, like Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam. One of the amazing things
that I discovered, since I started using only open strings for all the main riffs and guitar parts in our music, was how classic rock guitar can easily blend with the black metal guitar style, and with folk.
Viking era Bathory was still a big influence, mainly for the sound.
Music wise not as much as for our first two Eps. Also the classic death metal Behemoth, from albums Zos Kia Cultus and Demigod, which was what got me into oriental scales. My personal guitar heroes are Billy
Howerdel and Lindsey Buckingham. You can hear a great A Perfect Circle inspiration on both clean and lead guitar on Code, mainly from their first album, Mer De Noms. There were a lot of vocal inspirations, too
many to count, though I still mark Quorthon and Fernando Ribeiro as the highest two on my list. Which again, isn't that black metal at all.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

A: Fishing. We are all maniacs of fishing.. just kidding. I'm involved with graphic design and writing lyrics, traveling, photography.
Also some of the more weirder topics, like spiritualism and occultism.
Mjolnir is interested in geocaching, hiking and road cycling. Vulpus likes classic pen and paper rpg games and martial arts. Hipnagog has similar interests to mine, besides that him and Vulpus are real party
animals.



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


A: Cheers! Thanks for the interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/iubaris-interview.html


Hell Poemer Interview

lundi 1 décembre 2014 à 05:35
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band in the past year?

First of all, Hell Poemer is a black metal band from Ioannina, Northwest Greece. We have released 1 demo, 1 MCD, 1 split tape and a full-length CD.
Last year, we were focused on the promotion of our latest release with 2 live appearances, also the line-up changed once more with the departure of our longtime guitarist Neron. Nowadays, the line-up is: INFERNAL LORD: Vocals, synths, GRAGONITH: bass, KNAFOS :guitar, DARK ARCHON :drums and DEMONIOUS (Infected Blood, Obscene Evisceration) as session live guitarist.

2.A year ago 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?

Our latest release “Arcane mysteries of Dead Ancestors” can be described as an old-school melodic black metal album with minimalistic synths, primitive riffs and some epic atmospheres. Our previous MCD “worshipers of the apocryphal ages” released in 2010 was a typical sound of atmospheric Greek black metal with raw majestic influences and a little bit weak production, but it has good melodies. As for the first entitled demo of 2007, I would describe the music as a dedication to the early Greek scene of 90’s (Necromantia, Varathron, Rotting Christ), if you listen to it, the production reminds the dark atmospheres of the famous “storm studios”. Of course there is a Nordic touch everywhere in our music influenced by Dissection, Emperor and Old Man’s Child.

3.Your lyrics go very deep into Greek Paganism and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

You are right, our lyrics are inspired by the occult aspects of Ancient Greek and Medieval religious practices that are connected to the fertility of nature, and the mysteries of the Underworld. Also, I would like to mention that Homeric and Orphic Necromancy as well as the ruins of the Archaic Oracles are the main lyrical concepts behind our latest releases. Finally, there is always a deep meaning behind our lyrics that is inspired by the darkest emotions of human soul.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name "Hell Poemer"?

The name “Hell Poemer” was an inspiration of the moment back in 2004 – 2005 by our first bassist Fivos who was a maniac with strategy games and dark magical card games. Of course as teenagers we were impressed by words like “hell” and to tell you the truth the figures of these cards were similar to some Bal Sagoth’s artworks, so it is a little bit funny if you consider this. During the years, the word’s meaning became metaphorical for us, however “Hell Poemer” is a nocturnal poet or musician who lives in his own dark World, disgusted by the rules of the sick societies and the mediocrity of modern human.

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?

During our existence as a band since 2005, we made 10 live shows with bands like Septic Flesh, Rotting Christ, Varathron, Twilight and some other great underground bands.  Every show had its own atmosphere. Our stage performance is a normal live performance, nothing special or ritualistic apart from some background images and introductions.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? Not yet.

7.The last album was released on Tenebrd Music, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Tenebrd music is a new French label that specializes in black metal. It was found by Noktu (Mortifera, Celestia, Drakkar productions) among others in 2013 with the goal to promote small underground bands. We sent a promo and the label was interested in releasing our album.

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

Generally, we get encouraging comments about our music. I believe that a big amount of typical black metal listeners can listen to our music, because it is a true effort from our heart. Of course there are always people who don’t like keyboards in black metal.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?
We have been involved in some other bands  the last few years, like Varg Order (black metal in the vein of darkthrone/Carpathian forest), Chaotic Symmetry (raw majestic black metal in the vein of Mayhem/emperor/Drudkh) and Crowdance (industrial –electro).

10.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We have just recorded the keyboards/guitars for two new songs that will be a part of an upcoming split in 2015. More infos coming soon.

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?

We were always influenced by the Second wave of Greek and Scandinavian Black metal, along with some ambient  influences. Our main inspirations are bands like: Dissection, Varathron, Rotting Christ, Summoning, In the Woods, Emperor, Limbonic art, Immortal, Sorcier des Glaces and many others. Nowadays we are listening to many kinds of metal (thrash,death,epic) and music generally like ambient, folk music (like Loreena Makennit, Daemonia Nymphe),Classical Music, Traditional music of Greece and post-rock.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
 Mountain Climbing and hiking, beers, movies, literature, PC games, lake fishing and camping on isolated forests…

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

Thanks a lot for the interview! Infernal hails to Occult black metal zine and all supporters around the World! Support the Underground!
For more information about Hell Poemer:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hell-Poemer-Official/276164329161420?ref=hl

http://www.reverbnation.com/hellpoemerblackmetalgr

https://myspace.com/hellpoemerlegions

Infernal Lord besides of Hell Poemer

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/11/hell-poemer.html