Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine
⇐ retour index

Kurhan/G _od/Arachnophobia Records/2015 CD Review

vendredi 6 février 2015 à 07:22

  Kurhan  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  extreme  mixture  of  black, death  and  thrash  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "G-od"  which  was  released  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  few  seconds  later  angry  shouting  style  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  giving  the music  more  of  a  thrash  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  influences  from  both  the  first  and  second  waves  of  black  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  an d  the  later  songs  show  a  very  heavy  death  metal  influence  to  them  which  they  mix  in  with  a  fast  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy,  brutal  and  raw  sound  and  there  are  no  soft  or  clean  parts  present  anywhere  on  the  recording.

  Kurhan  takes  the  most  raw,  extreme  and  brutal  elements  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  combine  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording  that  is  non  stop  brutality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  darkness  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  Kurhan  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  extreme  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Porz_Dek"  "O_Tarze"  and  "Koniec".  8  out  of  10.


Source :

Celestial Rite/Bearer Of Dawn/Old Graves Productions/2014 EP Review

vendredi 6 février 2015 à 03:23

  Celestial  Rite  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Bearer  Of  Dawn"  which  was  released  in  2014  by  Old  Graves  Productions.

  Gregorian  chanting,  thunder  and  rain  sounds  along  with  a  ritualistic  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  Greek  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  deep  screams  while  they  also  get  very  grim  and  high  pitched  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  atmospheric  sounds.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks  before  making  a  return  to  a  heavier  direction  which  also  shows  the  music  incorporating  more  melody  and  the  whispers  that  are  utilized  briefly  enhances  the  evil  atmosphere  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  synths  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  bass  guitars  having  more  of  a  powerful  presence  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of  Varathron's  "Unholy  Funeral".

  Celestial  Rite  plays  a  style  of  occult  Greek  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  has  a  very  vintage  feeling  along  with  the  songs  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  in  the  90's,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft,  occultism,  Left  Hand  Path,  Satanism  and  Pagan  Religions.

  In  my  opinion  Celestial  Rite  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  Greek  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rites  Of  The  Sea  God"  and  "Into  The  Gorge".  8/5  out  of  10.


Source :

Mystic Rites Interview

vendredi 6 février 2015 à 02:02
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?

I've been mostly trying to promote the last EP as much as possible, but it's been three months now so I'm starting to focus on riffs for the next Mystic Rites record. I have a rough concept for the next album in my head so it's time to get to work.

2.In November you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have done in the past?

It was very different from the previous work - the old stuff was pretty simple and it focussed on keyboards. It was very much in the old norwegian style, like the early 90's kind of stuff.
Grin as the Jewel Kingdom Falls, on the other hand, is a much faster and more vicious record. There is a lot of blast beats  and fast double bass parts on the EP and it's more uncompromising and "in your face". It's much more technical too - at least compared to the previous stuff.
The production is at a higher standard although still very raw.
I'm happy over all - it came out sounding very much like I wanted it to sound.

3.Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti christian topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

Mystic Rites has never been a satanic band, nor have I ever called myself a Satanist.
There is a difference between the lyrics being satanic and the lyrics being anti-christian. The concept going on in Mystic Rites is definitely the later option. I strongly disagree with the values promoted by Christianity and I like to manifest this through my music - and I have every right to do so because Christianity fucks around in the society... they don't seem to know their place.
The music and the lyrics - it's all a form of standing up against indoctrination.
As for the Occult, I have to say that these kind of topics do catch my interest a lot. I like to explore the unknown and the mysterious, stuff that cannot be explained by any physical laws.

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

Well I can link that to the previous question, it sounds mysterious... at least to me. Also I think that it reflects the music in a way. It's all very coherent.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians in the future or do you prefer to remain solo?

I write the music by myself, yes, and I do most of the recording, but I had a session musician doing bass for the last EP - "Likskrømt", who does bass and vocals in norwegian Kvesta as "Raaten".
As for the future, Dominik Brodnicki (Ishtar Gate, ex-Hegeroth, ex-Crayven) will take care of drums for the next record, so that will provide a lot of natural sound to Mystic Rites' music.
I will be looking for full-time members for gigs in the future, but that's still ahead of me. I want to focus on the next material for the time being.

6. I have read that this project was originally formed in England, do you feel Poland has a lot more to offer when it comes to black metal?

No, Mystic Rites was formed in Poland and about a year after forming it I moved to the UK for a few months and then came back. And yeah, Poland is an incomparably better place to run a Black Metal band. Poland has a strong BM scene and the whole thing is alive over here, where's the UK... well, that country doesn't have a scene at all. Even when you ask radnom people, they have never even heard of such a genre, while over here everyone is aware of this music, despite it being underground.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking fot a label or have recieved any interest?

I was trying to get a contract - it's pretty tough actually and also I don't want to sing up with any random label, but I'm one of two minds now whever to leave Mystic Rites unsigned and do everything with my own strength, all the promoting and stuff. At least for the time being. I think I still have some shit to record before looking for a label, especially that - as I said - I don't want to sign to any random label I come across.

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

I'm quite happy with the feedback overall. Obviously the whole thing is still kicking off, but considering Mystic Rites has only been alive for 2.5 years, it's all looking pretty damn good. It's cool recieveing messages from random people from around the world saying they enjoy the stuff you play.

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

Well the release of an LP depends on my tempo of writing and it's really hard to say at such an early stage, but I'd say you can expect a full-length in about 2 years or so. Maybe slightly less.
As for the musical direction - I don't want to give too much away but you can expect quite a significant change in sound and character. A change for the better? Time will tell...

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?

It used to be just Black Metal and nothing more. I even narrowed myself down to only 90's Norway. But for the past couple of years now I've been getting into all kinds of heavy shit. Death Metal has become almost as important to me as BM, especially the Blackened, Brutal and Tech side of it. I do also listen to quite a lot of Funeral Doom, some Grindcore, Blackened Thrash - I generally prefer the extreme side of metal music.
Recently I've been getting into stuff like alt-rock or indie rock - I need to add some variety to the shit I listen too, because that will highly influence my music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have a lot of hobbies - I'm a great fan of Total War series and I do a lot of fishing in the season, but I havn't really had time for any of those recently, haha. Pissing on gravestones is cool too and it doesn't require much time and effort so I'll do that whenever I stumble over one.

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

Thanks for a set of great questions and for your support!

Source :

Kav Interview

vendredi 6 février 2015 à 01:56
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Kav is a one-man project currently located in Germany which plays raw, atmospheric black death metal. The project existed as an idea in my mind several years ago but only began to write and record as of the last few days of 2014. The overall sound tends to stay pretty oldschool, mostly in the vein of Von, Profanatica, or Havohej, but there's plenty of room for experimentation as well. It's a labor of love and a strictly underground and DIY entity.

2.So far you have released an ep and 2 split's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

So far, these first few releases have mostly been the project finding its legs, so to speak. The exact musical direction hasn't been firmly established, so someone who listens to the first few releases will hear me poking around with a lot of different ideas. The self-titled first release is a good example of Kav at its most primitive: raw, downtuned Von worship with repetitive riffing and a very direct form of songwriting. The split with Ovin Taravlon is much more experimental; both of the original tracks are actually rewritten versions of songs originally composed years ago and the material is much more melodic. Finally, the split with Amargo is an elaboration from what was heard on the first demo, with a greater focus on short, compact songs as well as oldschool doom/death influence.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

This depends on the release. For more experimental works, I tend to just play with whatever imagery strikes me when I listen to the song. They tend to just be short stories brought to mind by the melodies.

On the more traditional works, though, the case is different. All of Kav's lyrics center around an otherworldly occult concept of my own imagination. I try to keep things nonspecific and write very quickly; on nearly every release, the lyrics are all written in one long stream with very little revision or examination after writing. This results in a lot of repeated images and themes cropping up over and over again from song to song. This is intentional. It's something I like to play with in my music and has a lot of room to grow and develop.

To get into too much detail would I think spoil the mysterious and haunting feeling I try to cultivate in my music, and I don't have a very well defined sense of exactly what it is myself. But in short: imagine Buddhism in reverse, where knowledge and transcendence doesn't bring tranquility, but access to a realm of shadow and fire. Wisdom is a curse.

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

Kav actually has no meaning beyond what I've given it. It was mostly inspired by Von; I appreciated how that band created their own occult mythos, much in the way I try to do with my own music. The name Von has only personal meaning to them; the name Kav has only personal meaning to me. I like to think of it as the closest human approximation of a word we can neither speak nor understand that communicates the nature of the things I attempt to describe in my lyrics. In my own mind, I imagine that it is a word which means some combination of "terror," "darkness," and "underneath."

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

This is a tough question. On one hand, I've been in full bands before and enjoyed the experience greatly. On the other hand, Kav is a very specific sort of project that I wouldn't necessarily want to compromise. In an ideal world, I would have a drummer to collaborate with, but various moving pieces in my life prevent that from being something I can do at the moment. Even then, I would really rather have a friend that I connect with musically learn the drums for Kav rather than bring someone into Kav that doesn't understand it.

That being said, I will collaborate with others in one-off or guest arrangements. In an upcoming EP, a friend and fellow musician is providing drone and noise textures for my own musical compositions. I look forward to doing more things like that in the future.

6.On one of the releases you did a cover of Crowbar's  "The Lasting Dose", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this track?

In truth, it just seemed like a fun experiment. I've loved Crowbar for a long time and wanted to try my hand at covering one of their tracks in a very different style. When it comes to covers, they're mostly a fun experiment, not something I take very seriously. And when it comes to selecting a track to cover, I'd prefer to do something unexpected and experimental that shows off music I love that isn't necessarily an influence to Kav directly. I don't have any interest in doing another cover of Transilvanian Hunger or Funeral Fog; those are both great songs by great bands, but I'm sure everyone would expect I enjoy them and they've been done enough. Crowbar, though? I think that's more interesting.

I have a cover of a somewhat forgotten oldschool grind band planned for an upcoming split, so that might be something to look forward to. I don't plan on making covers a very frequent thing, but I'd like for them to be a cool little surprise when I do them./

7.Recently you where a part of a couple of split's with Ovin Taravlon and Amargo, what are your thoughts on the other bands or projects that have participated on those recordings?

I enjoy both of them; I wouldn't have worked with them if I didn't respect them as artists. Ovin Taravlon's first material was rough and had an amateur quality to it, but it also had a unique atmosphere and a stark thinness to it that I really enjoyed, and I think their side of our split is their best work yet. Amargo is a very cool project; I'm a big fan of black/noise projects, and as soon as I heard how bleak and strange his music was I knew I wanted to work work with him.

8.Both of the splits where released on Wolfmond Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

They actually haven't been released yet; both splits were published digitally and only after were arranged for release by the label. Wolfmond Productions is an underground DIY label also located in Germany. They release a wide variety of music; mostly black metal, but often with an experimental edge and a willingness to try something out regardless of genre. They've been very supportive and cool to work with, and I hope to collaborate with them on more underground releases in the future.

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

Kav is still a very new and underground project, but so far the reaction from the scene has been very positive. I started Kav as a creative outlet after a few years of not really playing music, so I didn't really expect much but my own satisfaction, but the reaction from others has been really enthusiastic. It seems like a lot of people have been inspired by what I've put out so far, and that's more than I could ever ask for.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I'm not sure about the first question. I'm not particularly invested in the full-length as a musical format; I like short songs, short releases, compact ideas. A full-length is kind of a daunting idea. That being said, I imagine I'll probably produce one sometime this year, though only the very vaguest ideas are in place for what it would be like. If or when it happens, I'll be taking my time with it and working slowly. I like the spontaneity and immediacy of my releases so far, but a full-length would be a very different thing. We'll see what happens.

As for where I'll be going personally, I imagine I'll be staying the course. Many more small releases: demos, splits, EPs. Experimentation. Finding Kav's voice and seeing what works along the way. Kav is something I want to exist on its own terms; instead of trying to fit it into a narrow concept of what the project "should be" like I tended to in the past with over musical endeavors, I'm just setting it loose to grow and evolve on its own. It's a liberating feeling and I'm very excited to see what will happen with it.

11.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?

Well, as I mentioned earlier, the basic influences to Kav are pretty obvious: Von, Profanatica, Havohej, maybe some war metal like Revenge or Conqueror. While those are the root inspirations, I don't really think Kav sounds much like any of them. You get a little closer with more modern bands in those styles such as Prosanctus Inferi or Grave Upheaval, both of which I love. But there's other stuff, too: Mortician, Blood, Winter, Coffins, Bolt Thrower, and many others, mostly oldschool bands. I don't think Kav sounds immediately like any of those; if you know any bands that do sound like Kav, let me know- I'm sure they're out there. I like to think it's a fairly unique combination of sounds though.

In my own listening, it varies a lot. A lot of Slavic black metal, slam death, and grind as far as metal goes, but apart from that, a lot of hip-hop, power electronics, and various little things I take a liking to. Instead of going on and on, I'll just provide a random sampling of artists I listen to a lot lately: Sargeist, Defeated Sanity, Revenge, Goemagot, Whitehouse, Runzelstirn & Gurglestock, Deniro Farrar, and Big K.R.I.T. I also listen to my own music a lot, but that's mostly to just study what I would like to change or expand upon on my next work.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

I suppose it does in a way, since I think of the lyrics as rather occult in nature, and the music as sort of "occult sounding" in a way, if that makes sense. But it's not connected to any occult tradition in particular; all the dark, ritualistic themes in the music are mine alone, though undoubtedly unconsciously influenced by reading I've done in the past. On a personal level? No. I'm an atheist. I simply write about themes I enjoy and find interesting.

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

Thanks to everyone so far who has taken the time to listen to my music. Kav is intended to be strictly DIY and underground, which means that releases will always be available for free download, opportunities to collaborate will always be available, and the barriers between myself and any fans will always be minimal. I don't want to be a rock star; I want to make music I love and share it with others. Plenty of new releases are planned for the near future, and you can keep appraised of what's going on with the project on its Facebook page or download any past or future releases on the Bandcamp. Keep the underground spirit alive.

Source :

Winterdemons/The Darkest Storm/Night Birds Records/2014 Cassette Re-Issue Review

jeudi 5 février 2015 à 15:11

  Winterdemons  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2006  album  "The  Darkest  Storm"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  by  Night  Birds  Records  in  the  year  of  2014.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  black  metal sound  starts  off  the  cassette  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  are  added into  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  can  be  heard in  certain  sections of  the  recording.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  Nordic  black  metal  influences  from  the  mid  90's  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  being  very  melodic  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  deep  death  metal  growls  while  the  rest  of  the  music  remains  black  metal  influenced  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  and  while  the  music  is  dominated  by  guitars,  bass,  and  drums  you  can  still  heat  a  natural  yet  dark  atmosphere  present  in  all  of  the  tracks  and  at  times  melodic guitar  leads  can  be  heard  on  occasion  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  incorporates  a  small  amount  of  keyboards.    

  Winterdemons  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sounding  with  a  decent  amount  of  atmosphere  and  unlike  most  bands  from  the  home  country  they  go  more  for  a  Nordic  style  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil,  coldness  and  satanic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  WInterdemons  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Sorrow" "Night  Of  Doom"  and  "Immortal".  8  out  of  10.

Source :