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Pergale/Antropologija/Inferna Profundus Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 4 avril 2016 à 21:45

  Pergale  are  a band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  very  psycho  and  depressive  form  of  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Antropologija"  which  was  released  by  Inferna  Profundis  Records.

  A  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar and  melodic  solos  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more  of  an  old  school/punk  metal  sound  that  also  brings  in  rough  yet  melodic  vocals  and  the  music  bring s in  a  mid  70's  to  early  80's  vibe  while  the  production  gives  the  music  more  of  a  modern  day  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Psychedelic  sounds  can  be  heard  briefly  while  clean  playing  is  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  vocals  start  adding  in  growling  vocals  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  more  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffing  starts  adding  more  of  a  black'n'roll  vibe.

  Female  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  pianos  along  with  goth  style  male  vocals  are  also  added  in  the  music  briefly and  when the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  introduces  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  and  clean  guitars  are  also  used  at  times  and  a  later  track  also  introduces  traces  of  electronic  music  onto  the  recording  and  a  later  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  every  song  has  a  different  sound  to  them and  towards  the  end  elements  of  folk  music  can  be  heard.

  Pergale  plays  a  musical  style  that  has  its  roots  in  depressive  black  metal  and  they change  things  around  by  mixing  in  elements  of  rock,  punk,  goth,  alternative  and  jazz  to  create  a  musical  style  of their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  love,  alcohol,  sex  and  drugs  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pergale  are  a  very  great  sounding  victorious  psycho  black   rock  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Durnius"  and  "Gabriel  The  Norwegian". 8/2  out  of  10.  
       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/pergaleantropologijainferna-profundus.html


Idolatry/Visions From the Throne Of Eyes/Humanity's Plague Productions/2016 CD Review

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 22:38

 Idolatry  are  a  band  from  Alberta,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Visions  From  the  Throne  Of  Eyes"  which  was  released  by  Humanity's  Plague  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  into the  music  goes  into  a  very  heavy  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  words  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  at  times  and  the  screams  also  mix  in  some  depressive  elements  while  also  getting  very  deep  on  some  later  tracks  and  when  guitar  solos  and leads  are  brought  into  the  music  they  stick  mostly  to  very  melodic yet raw  musical  direction  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  melodic  singing  can  be  heard  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Idolatry  creates  another  black  metal  recording  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  second  wave  tradition  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  Insanity  and  Depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Idolatry  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satanas  Haxan"  "Tiamatic  Winds"  and  "Imperator  Nero  Murmurationis  Hotum".  8  out  of  10.    

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/idolatryvisions-from-throne-of.html


Zeit/Gram/2016 EP Review

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 21:01

  Zeit  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Gram".

  Drum  beats  and  a  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal s creams  make  their presence  known  on  the  recording  while  the  slow  riffing  mixes  in  a  lot  of  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal.

  Tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  while  the  music  does sound  very  modern  you  can  still  hear  a  lot  of 90's  second  wave  influences  being  mixed  in  throughout  the  recording  and  solos  and  leads  are  only  used  briefly  while  the  whole  ep  also  sticks  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Zeit  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  depressive,  raw  and  old  school  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  a  touch  of  sludge  to  create  a  very  dark  yet  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  urban  solitude  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Zeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  depressive  black  metal  and  sludge,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Verloren"  and  "Dort".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/zeitgram2016-ep-review.html


Armagh/Venomous Frost/Third Eye Temple/2016 EP Review

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 20:03

  Armagh  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016  ep  "Venomous  Frost"  which  was  released  by  Third  Eye  Temple.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  a  few  seconds  later  and drums a   few  seconds  later  and  after  a  couple of  minutes  elements  of  thrash  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  influence  from  that  genre  is  mostly  in  the  first  and  second  wave  traditions  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  also remain  true  to  a  melodic  and  old  school  style  of  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  some  of  the  riffing  and  solos  also  mixes  in  elements  of traditional  metal  and  the  whole  ep  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  sound  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Bathory's  "Witchcraft".  8  out  of  10.

  Armagh  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  first  and  second  wave  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  thrash  and  heavy  metal  to  create  a  very  raw  and  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  Satanism,  nihilism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my opinion  Armagh  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Awareness"  and  "Dark  Procession".  8  out  of 10.   

    

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/armaghvenomous-frostthird-eye.html


Wildernssking Interview

vendredi 1 avril 2016 à 17:51
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

After each major release, we actually take a few weeks to clear our heads and start organizing everything for the next phase. During this time, we managed to put the finishing touches to the LEVITATE EP, which is being released through Permanent Record and Breathe Plastic Records. Currently, we are preparing for the start of intense work on the next full-length album and are very pleased with how everything is sounding so far. Over the next while, we will really get stuck in to the process. A lot of time and energy will be spent.

2. In January 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?

With Mystical Future, there was definitely a clear shift from the releases of the past. It seems as if the latest album was easier to conceptualise, or - it was easier to aim all of the musical elements towards a central theme. For example, we were able to use the guitars in a new way, to fulfill a different purpose in the general flow of a song. We wanted to explore a less ‘riff-driven’ arrangement, and write from the perspective of the emotive theme. Perhaps this somewhat melancholic album would not have translated as well if we had to approach it with the same mindset as the older releases. In saying this, most of our observations actually happen after the fact. Looking back, it’s possible for one (or more) of the songs on The Writing of Gods in the Sand to be a precursor to a theme on Mystical Future, but ultimately we always try to leave behind old sounds, and therefore expect our music to constantly deviate from our beaten path.

In terms of production, we strive to work with different people in the making of our albums. We enjoy the new approaches and perspectives, and are always surprised at how well the sound is interpreted by the people we work with.

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

With the latest album (and Levitate), the lyrical themes definitely touch on nostalgia, relationships and loss. Mystical Future tackles the idea of looking ahead while acknowledging one’s past. This is a general approximation however, as all four of us look at the themes in a more personal and intimate way. As a whole, we’ve noticed an uplifting yet melancholic atmosphere both musically and lyrically – but ultimately it is up to the listener to interpret in their own way.




4. Originally the band was called 'Heathens', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wildernessking'?

While writing under the name Heathens, we began to notice a shift in our sound and felt the name to be somewhat limiting. In a way, we decided to re-form the band, and use the concatenation of ‘Wilderness’ and ‘King’ as our new name. The interplay between the two words create a theme that allows for more innovation and exploration, both conceptually and musically. We certainly feel that the name will follow us for as long as we are all making music together.

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?

We have had so many wonderful experiences on stage. If we had to answer the question a few years ago, we would have probably said the same thing – and perhaps that illustrates how unique and special we find each live performance to be. A few weekends ago, we had the pleasure of sharing the stage with God Mother (SWE) while they were on tour here in South Africa, and that was a fantastic show. It’s difficult to single out any particular shows as the crowd and the atmosphere on the night really make each experience memorable and unique. We are conscious about this fact, so we try to make our stage performances as relaxed and intimate as possible.

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

Yes, we are actually just about to leave for a tour of South Africa, to play a couple of shows up north. We have been touring the country every year for a short while now, and we really enjoy the sights, the people and just being able to play our music to new audiences. We are definitely working on doing a European tour soon, possibly with the release of our next album.

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

We are blown away by the feedback we’ve received and continue to receive from the international community. Because of the digital age that we find ourselves in, we’re privileged to be in close contact with our supporters, and truly appreciate all forms of correspondence we have with them. This is also one of the main reasons why we are excited to tour, as most of our fans are in Europe and the States. In terms of feedback from fans of a sub-genre, it would be difficult to say. Just like all music, some people enjoy it and some people don’t. We are thrilled to be making new fans with the release of Mystical Future, and that’s all we can really ask for. This is very inspiring and we are highly appreciative of it. The fact that someone else far away notices our passion in a particular part of a song, or a subtlety in a certain theme, that really means the world to us.




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

Yes, Keenan and Jason are currently involved in ‘Sakawa Boys’ and ‘Wargrave’ respectively. We are all very passionate about music in all of its forms, and enjoy making it a large part of our lives, by collaborating with other people etc.

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

This is probably one of the most difficult questions to answer, because when we look back at the path we’ve shared over the years, we really couldn’t have predicted nothing like this. We’ve all experienced a lot during the making of Mystical Future and the years that lead up to it. All we can say with assurance is that the phase we find ourselves in has prepared the groundwork to delve deep into the writing of the new record. Many factors have helped to define the ‘Wildernessking’ sound, for both us and our fans, and we are only eager to discover more.

10. 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?

When starting out, we obviously focused on the metal bands we had in common and tried to write music that we would enjoy listening to... As the years pass, we find that other metal bands actually tend to influence us less and less – or perhaps in a more subconscious way. We are influenced by human relationships, art, movies and anything else which affect our outlook in a particular way. That leaves our individual music taste as members to be a much more personal part of our lives. What we listen to is often a reflection of where we are and what we are feeling – something we hope Wildernessking is to the listener. At the moment, we are enjoying The Besnard Lakes, Jessica Pratt, Mgla, Flatbush Zombies, Mastodon, Perfume Genius etc.

11. Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Not really. There has definitely been no drive to include occultism in the writing and music, or more specifically in the way we approach our music in general - especially when placed in relation to other bands out there. It would be an interesting thing to discuss actually, because if we treat occultism to an exploration of supernatural forces, then much of our work would certainly focus on these forces, amongst others. We have always deeply respected the natural world, and we feel that the ‘supernatural’ is surely included within that particular framework.

12. What are some of your non-musical interests?

We enjoy the outdoors, relaxing, hiking and spending time with friends. We especially enjoy traveling to the countryside for a few days, when taking a break from our personal careers outside of Wildernessking.

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

Thank you for the interview! We really enjoyed your diverse questions and look forward to visiting our Italian fans soon. A big show of appreciation to everyone who listens to our music… We are truly grateful for the support you have shown us.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/04/wildernssking-interview.html