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Eterna Rovina/Metamorfosi/Silentium In Foresta Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 16:52

  Eterna  Rovina  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Metamorfsi"  which  was  released  by  Silentium  In Foresta  Records.

  Ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  field  recordings  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  are  doen  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  programmed  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  post  black  metal  elements  while  some  songs  also  mix  in  depressive  elements  and  there  are  also  3  different  ambient  instrumentals  and  that  genre  also  gets  in  in  with  some  of  the  heavier  material  as  the  recording  progresses  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  and  classical  music  touches  present  on  one  of  the  tracks  as  will  as  a  few  seconds  of  whispers  which  also  evolve  into  melodic  male  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Eterna  Rovina  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  some  raw,  depressive,  ambient  and  post  elements  of  the  genre  to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  diverse  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Latin  and  cover  nature,  cosmos  and  human  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eterna  Rovina  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Memorie  Del  Caos"  "Ombre  Di  Cenere"  and  "Solitarie  maree".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/eterna-rovinametamorfosisilentium-in.html


Acheronte/Ancient Furies/Satanath Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 15:50

  Acheronte  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Ancient  Furies"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Satanath  Records.

 A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  grim  screams.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  the  vocals  also  add  in  more  of  a  high  pitched  style  of  screaming  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples.

  While  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  the  way  the  songs  are  produced  makes  it  sound  more  modern  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard  on  the  last  track which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length

  Acheronite  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  raw,  fast  and  aggressive,  the  production  sound s very  professional  for  this  style  of  the  genre  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to t hem  about  some  of  the  most  vicious  and  blood  thirsty  dictators  that  have  ever  lived  along  with  a  very  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Acheronite  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Destroyer  For  the  Glory  (Alexander  The  Great)"  "Ancient  Persecutor  Of  Christianity  (Doicletian)'  and  "The  Lord  Impaler  (Vlad  Tepes)".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/acheronteancient-furiessatanath.html


A Constant Storm Interview

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 11:35

A Constant Storm – Interview


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

In mid-2013 I started to write some loose songs and by the end of the year I realized that the potential to create a more structured project was there. Soon I chose the name “A Constant Storm” and released an EP in March 2014, which I named “Storm Born”. Then I took some time off the project but returned to it in early 2016, when I started writing for the debut full length album, “Storm Alive”.


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?

It’s certainly different than the first EP, for a number of reasons. When it comes to production, that album was recorded with nothing but the most basic resources, which included a small soundboard, a guitar, a keyboard and my own room as a recording place. This time around I recorded with a real producer: My Moonshade bandmate Afonso Aguiar ( who made a brilliant job in this new album, I reckon). Lyric-wise “Storm Born” was also a very furious piece of art: I was going through some tough times in my life and ended up venting a lot of anger, whereas this new album was recorded with me going through a much more stable phase. Finally, about the music, I think “Storm Alive” is a more adventurous effort than the EP. I have a very wide taste in music, which makes me listen to a lot of different musical genres and I always wanted my solo work to reflect that. I feel, however, that in “Storm Born” I ended up being too stuck to a sometimes kinda janky fusion of black metal and darkwave that I tried to create, whereas “Storm Alive” brings a lot of new sounds to the table, from oriental folk music to classic rock, melodic death metal and even some structural ideas mostly found in pop or hip hop.


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

I tend to write about myself and my own problems, doubts and worries. I try to do so, however, in a metaphorical way, taking my own experiences and turning them into stories and allegories. I believe that’s the best way to proceed because it takes something very personal and translates it into a universal language, giving it the possibility to mean something to more people. On the new album I wrote about existencial questioning and all the different stages one goes through when thinking about why the world exists, when did it start, when will it end and so on. I write most of the lyrics myself but this time around Ricardo wrote a couple of them, and I feel his writing, which is different than mine, helped the final product sound more varied not only sound-wise, but also in the lyrical ground.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'A Constant Storm'?

I came up with “A Constant Storm” when I realized the original name I had for this project wasn’t as good as I first had thought (The name was “Vendaval”, which is a synonym for the word storm in portuguese). It also contains a reference to “Storm”, a black/folk project that existed in the mid 90’s and consisted of Fenriz (Darkthrone), Satyr (Satyricon) and Kari Rueslatten (The Sirens). It is one of my favorite bands of all time, albeit a sort of obscure one and they released their only album in 1995, which was the year I was born, so there’s also some symbology there.


5.While the music is mostly solo you did have some session musicians on the new album, are there any plans to make this project a full time band and start doing live shows?

I write all the music for A Constant Storm but the collaboration I had from my two friends and bandmates was absolutely essential for this record. Afonso, on the one hand, knew how to draw the full potential from my compositions and also make everything sound just the way I hoped it would, plus he made a great job with the drum programming, something he was also in charge of. And as for Ricardo, he’s obviously a very talented singer and one who’s not afraid to try different things, which was also quite interesting. As for live shows, all I can say is that there have been some talks about that. However it’s very hard for a new project/band to play shows without losing a lot of money, which is a pretty big problem, so I guess we will just have to wait and see.


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

Unfortunately, nowadays it seems that there are increasingly fewer labels that are interested in offering fair deals to artists, something that’s fundamental for both parties to succeed. The risk absolutely has to be taken by both sides of the deal so I can’t conceive accepting any deal that involves me paying high ammounts of money for a label to do some editing and promotional work for me. So basically, until a fair deal comes along I will be doing stuff the independent way.


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

The first few reviews and opinions have been pretty positive, which is very gratifying to me. I feel that music these days, and specially the metal scene, is in need of different sounds and artists that try to push boundaries and blur lines between musical genres. That’s what I try to do and it’s always great to receive feedback from people who like this kind of thing. There are bound to be some negative opinions on this way of doing things aswell, but that just comes with the business.


8.What is going on with 'Moonshade' these days, another band that you are a a part of?

We have been writing our new album for about a year, and right now we’re almost ready to start recording, so it’s a pretty exciting time to be a Moonshade fan! We are also playing some dates in our home country, and the band is growing each day in terms of popularity, something that’s reflected in the increasing number of people that keep coming to our live shows.


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Both Moonshade and A Constant Storm are projects I dedicate all my heart to, and as such they will definitely be around for a long time. As for myself, I hope to keep refining my writing and playing style, whilst trying to create music that’s exciting enough for music fans overall to enjoy it. What I can promise is that I’ll never be satisfied with doing the same thing over and over again. It’s way more fun to create music outside of confort zones!


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?

As I mentioned earlier I am a big music fan and I listen to a lot of different things. Ulver are probably my favorite band, so that alone shows I like things to be varied and unpredictable. In fact, it’s pretty normal for me to be in my room listening to black metal, then switch to a hip hop song and then put on some gothic stuff. So, essentially, everything from Dead Can Dance to Rotting Christ, from Eminem to Nile, King Crimson, Soror Dolorosa, Volbeat, Baroness, Emilie Autumn, Metallica, and the list is endless. Lately I have been listening to A LOT of Queen.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have a degree in audiovisuals so photography is a big interest of mine and it’s an area I may end up working professionally on. I also enjoy sports and card games like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone.


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


Thank you very much for the opportunity to talk to OccultBlackMetalZine and for helping publicize the project, I really appreciate it. A big thanks to every reader as well and you can follow A Constant Storm on Facebook, Youtube and Bancamp, where “Storm Alive” is available for purchase and streaming!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/a-constant-storm-interview.html


Glorior Belli/Sundown(The Flock That Welcomes)/Agonia Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 24 mai 2016 à 00:27

  France's  solo  project  Glorior Belli  has  returned  with  a  new  album  that  shows  him  returning  back  to  the  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  but  with  a  more  modern  take and  this  is a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Sundown  (The  Flock  That  Welcomes)"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  introduces  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  and  the  riffs  and  solos  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments.

  Glorior  Belli  goes  back  to  the  more  straght  forward  black  metal  style  of  his  earlier  material  but  done  with  a  better  recording  budget  and  technology  that  was  not  available  back  then  while  also  bringing  in  an  avant  garde  touch,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism,  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Glorior  Belli  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "World  So  Spurious"  "Satanists  Out  Of  Cosmic  Jail"  and  "We  Whose  Glory  Was  Despised".  8  out  of  10.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  goes  for  mostly  a  more  straight  forward  approach  to  black  metal  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time along  with  some  catchy  riffing  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  one  song  goes  back  to  the  more  Americanized  style  of t he  last  2  albums  alo0ng  with  some  avant  garde  elements  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  the  blackened  side  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  chanting. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/glorior-bellisundownthe-flock-that.html


ThrOes/This Vipper Womb/Aesthetic Death/2016 CD Review

lundi 23 mai 2016 à 22:22

  ThrOes  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Australia,  United  Kingdom  and  the  united  States  that  plays  a  dissident  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "This  Viper  Room"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  and  after  awhile  clean  guitars  and whispered  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  start  evolving  into  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitars  getting  heavier  while  still  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  black'n'roll  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout t he  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  distorted  and  melodic  sounding  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  growls and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of the  recording.

  At  times  the  vocals  can  also  get  very  depressive  and  one  track  also  adds  ebow's  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  speeding  up  briefly  on  one  tracks  and  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  80's  post  punk  in  the  bands  musical style  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  back  up  vocals.  

  ThrOes  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  modern  styles  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  avant  garde  and  post  punk  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  ThrOes  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissident  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different  and  original,  you  should  check  out t his  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shock  to  the  Guts"  "Nothing  Left  For  Vultures"  "This  Viper  Room"  and  "Feed  it".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/throesthis-vipper-wombaesthetic.html