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Abigor/Leytmotif Lucifer/Avantgarde Music/2014 CD Review

lundi 8 septembre 2014 à 20:22

  Abigor  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20 years  and  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Leytmotif  Lucifer"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats,  grim  screams  and  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  clean  playing  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  in  a  very  melodic  and  extreme  musical  direction  and  they  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  you  can  also  hear  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  chanting  at  times  and  the  band  also  has  a  more  modern  approach  to  black  metal  which  also  shows  that  the band  has  moved  with  the  times  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  satanic  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  in  their  music  at  time s but  done  in  a  more  heavier  direction.

  When  deep  growls  are  added  into  the  music  they  give  the  album  more  of  an  evil  and  demonic  edge  and  each  track  sounds  very  different  from  each  other  while  you  can  still  tell  that  it  is  the  same  band  and  after  awhile  the  band  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chanting  which  enhances  the  occult  atmosphere  of  the  recording  and   some  of  the  fast  parts  that  are  added  into  the  music  bring  back  a  bit  of  the  rawness  they  had  in  the  90's  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  11  minute  track.

  Abigor  creates  a  very  different  sound  with  this  album  staying  away  from  the  electronic  elements  and  keyboards  of  previous  recordings  and  focuses  more  on  a  guitar  driven  musical  direction  while  still  adding  in  new  elements  and  remaining  true  to  black  metal  without  having  to  repeat  themselves,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  liturgic  form  dedicated  to  the  3rd  path  to  the  mysteries  of  Satan.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abigor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ego"  "Indulgence"  and  "Excessus".  8  out  of  10.
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/abigorleytmotif-luciferavantgarde.html


Dunnock/Intergalactic Holocaust/Temptations Of Resonance/2014 Split Album Review

dimanche 7 septembre 2014 à 05:02

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  San  Francisco's  Dunnock  and  Australia's  Intergalactic  Holocaust  which  will  be  released  by  Temptations  Of  Resonance  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Dunnock  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  some  atmospheric  drones  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  first  track  which  is  more  in  the  ambient  drone  direction  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  raw,  distorted  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  depressive  screams.

  Once  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  blast  beats  and  synths  are  added  into  the  music  as  well  as  keeping  around  the  spoken  word  parts  of  the  first  track  and  the  music  also  starts  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  ambient  sounds  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  and  the  second  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  third  track  starts  out  more  in  an  ambient  direction  before  going  back  to  a  raw  black  metal  direction  and  this  song  is  a  little  bit  shorter  than  the  previous  track  and  they  stick  to  mostly  slower  riffing  to  create  more  of  a  dark  and  grim  atmosphere  and  on  the  last  song  of  their  side  of  the  split  they  go  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  ambient  musical  direction  as  well  as  being  mostly  instrumental  while  you  can  still  hear  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  vocals.

  Dunnock  creates  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  at  the  same  time  as  well  as  adding  a  good  amount  of  ambient  in  their  musical  sound  to  make  every  song  sound  very  creative,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dunnock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  depressive,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Jan  28  (My  Harp  Is  Turned  To  Mourning)"  and  "Kudryavka".

  Next  up  is  Intergalactic  Holocaust  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  bringing  in  a  very  emotional  and  depressive  feeling  before  adding  in  some  grim  screams  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  after  a  few  minutes  atmospheric  synths  become  a  part  of  the  bands  musical  style.

  The  bands  mostly  sticks  to  more  of  a  slow  and  raw  black  metal  musical  direction  while  they  also  do  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  mid  paced  sections  at  times  and  they  also  keep  around  a  very  dark  and  depressive  atmosphere  to  all  of  the  songs  and  while  synths  are  used  the  guitars  are  the  most  powerful  force  in  their  style  of  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  ambient  elements  coming  out  of  the  songs,  once  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  enhance  the  melodic  side  of  the  music  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Intergalactic  Holocaust  creates  a  very  dark,  raw  and  atmospheric  sound  with  their  approach  to  black  metal   focusing  more  on  a  slower  direction  without  losing  the  heaviness  and  they  also  have  a  very  dark  and  ambient  approach  with  their  musical  style  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  a  very  dark  subject  matter.

  In  my  opinion  intergalactic  Holocaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  music.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  Stars".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/dunnockintergalactic.html


CAPA Interview

vendredi 5 septembre 2014 à 06:10
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

We're already knee-deep in writing for our next album, which will probably be a full-length. We've got a few songs already close to being finished, but we'll probably end up re-writing a lot of parts and adding/removing sections until we're completely happy with them. We usually take the year to write and then record in the summer. It gives us plenty of time to get every aspect exactly how we want it. Our other guitarist, Matt recently moved to Germany for the year so writing and communicating exclusively through email is going to be interesting.

2.At the end of August 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 released in the past?

I would describe The Droves as being more intricate, heavy, and detailed than our previous material. We made some big changes in the production department through working with a new engineer. The main characteristic that we wanted to display on this album that differed from our previous material was clarity. There were times on This is the Dead Land This is Cactus Land where I felt some instrumental sections got washed out. I think the change we made ended up working out.

3.You call your musical style 'tragic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Tragic black metal is a term we use simply because we feel it captures the tone that we hope to capture in our music.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores in the music?

Our previous 3 albums (The Road is a Grey Tape, Shallow Towers, TITDLTICL) formed a conceptual trilogy that told the story of a character leaving society to survive in solitude only to return to the society after it had burned to the ground. Conceptually it explored topics such as nihilism, technology and ego centrism, and the relationship to the natural world. The Droves is a concept album about religion, specifically it focuses on one person who learns to reject religion and find meaning and beauty in the world. We wanted the mood of the album to transition musically, lyrically, and emotionally from crushing oppression to ambiguity, and finally to acceptance.

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

The name CAPA was chosen by our guitarist Matt while the project was still my solo ambient music outlet. We got the name from a character named Robert Capa from the Danny Boyle film "Sunshine".  Slowly as the band transitioned in style the name stuck.

6.In your pictures you wear masks, can you tell us a little bit more about what these masks represent?

The masks we used in promos were meant to represent the character from our conceptual trilogy of albums while fitting the tone of the music and shifting attention away from the actual members' appearance. It also came about because we hate posing for pictures haha. In our album art we used the mask to represent the character. In Shallow Towers the album art is almost a portrait of the character while in TITDLTICL the mask can be seen resting on a pile of rubble. We're not planning on using the masks forever. Now that the trilogy is over we stopped wearing them in promos, and when we play live we definitely don't wear them.

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

The best show we've played was also our first show. It was with Rivers of Nihil and Scorned Deity at Kungfu Necktie in Philadelphia. We're definitely looking to play live more in the future, but with our other guitarist in Germany we'll have to find a replacement which could be hard.

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

Sadly not at the moment. We're still looking to fill out our lineup. We had some member shifts over the last year.

9.The last few releases have been self released, do you feel this gives you more freedom to do what you want musically with the DIY approach instead of having to work with a record label?

Self-releasing our material has been mostly due to practical concerns rather than any reason concerning creativity. Ivory Antler put out our first album, The Road is a Grey Tape, and was wonderful. We are actually currently looking for a label who would be interested in releasing a physical version of The Droves. I already have some alternative artwork that I think would work well for a vinyl release.

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

Feedback seems to be positive. It's hard to gauge response outside of reading reviews. But overall I'm happy with the response it's gotten so far.

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

Our new material seems to be expanding on the intricate and heavy elements present on The Droves. But we're still about a year away from any kind of announcement on our part and a lot can change in that 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?

I've been listening to Ulcerate's new album, Vermis nonstop which I'm sure will show up in some shape or form in the material we're writing now. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes has been on repeat also. As for direct influences on our music I would say Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice, American Football, and probably hundreds of others.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I am also a visual artist. I do paintings, photography, and digital editing as well as creating all of CAPA's artwork. I'm looking to get into creating album art for other bands as well. Other than art, I recently graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree and our other guitarist Matt just got his Master's.

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

Thank you so much for the opportunity! 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/capa-interview.html


Creptum/The Age of Darkness/2014 EP Review

jeudi 4 septembre 2014 à 21:22

  Creptum  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "The  Age  of  Darkness"  which  is  also  a  re-recorded  version  of  a  2004  ep  with  the  same  name.

  A  very  fast,  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  after  a  minute  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  which  are  only  used  for  a  few  seconds  on  a  few  songs  that  bring  a  very  dark  and  melodic  atmosphere  to  the  bands  musical  style.

  Most  of  the  bands  musical  style  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  true  90's  black  metal  tradition  and   the  band  also  adds  in  a  bit  of  melody  with  their  raw  black  metal  sound  at  times  and  they  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  speed  and  aggression  with  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  nothing  having  a  soft  moment  and  they  make  each  track  sound  very  evil  and  blasphemous.

  Creptum  plays  a  very  true  style  of  black  metal with  their  music bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  aggression  in  the  true  old  school  and  blasphemous  tradition  as  well  as  demonstrating  how  black  metal  is  meant  to  be  played,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Creptum  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Fall  Of  The  Nazarene  Whore"  and  "Disciple  Of  Evil".  8/5  out  of  10.    
       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/creptumthe-age-of-darkness2014-ep-review.html


CAPA/The Droves/2014 EP Review

jeudi 4 septembre 2014 à 02:52

  CAPA  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  tragic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "The  Droves"/

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  element s of  sludge  and  doom  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  vocals.

  There  are  a  lot  of  post  metal  traces  being  presented  in  all  of  the  tracks  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  parts/acoustic  guitars  which  make  the  ep  have  more  of  a  progressive  edge  as  well  as  speeding  up  and  adding  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  some  melodic  guitar  leads  at  times  and  the  last  song  is  almost  11  minutes  in  length  and  shows  a  great  amount  of  variety  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  towards  the  end.

  CAPA  plays  mostly  a  post  style  of  black  metal  which  also  adds  in  elements  of  doom,  sludge,  ambient  and  progressive  music  which  makes  the  bands  musical  style  have  more  originality  as  well  as  being  very  diverse,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  CAPA  are  a  very  great  sounding  tragic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cull  The  Living  Flower".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/09/capathe-droves2014-ep-review.html