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Mistur/In Memoriam/Dark Essence Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 10 mai 2016 à 16:11

  Mistur  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  viking  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "In  Memoriam"  which  will be  released  on  May  27th  by  Dark  Essence  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  also  gives  the music  more  of  an  epic  feeling  and  they  also  give  in  with  the  heavier  sound  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  clean  singing  pagan  vocals as  well  as  growls  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  synths  also  mix  in  progressive  elements  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  giving  the  music  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  and  leads  stick  to  a  very  melodic  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  folk  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Mistur  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  and  viking  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy,  melodic  and  epic  album,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mistur  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  black/viking  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distant  Peaks"  and  "The  Sight".  8  out  of  10.    

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/misturin-memoriamdark-essence.html


Above Aurora/Onwards Desolation/Pagan Records/2016 CD Review

mardi 10 mai 2016 à 05:52

  Above  Aurora  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Onwards  Desolation"  which  will  be  released  on  May  27th  by  Pagan  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  growling  vocals  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  while  you  can  also  hear  the  influence  of  black  metal  in  the  riffing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  elements  of  doom  metal  are  used  in  the  slower  guitar  riffs.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  some  of  the  fast  parts  utilize  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  most  of  the  music  while  it  has  its  mid  paced  and  fast  moments  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  closes  with  choir  vocals.

  Above  Aurora  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  more  guitar  driven  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  to  create  a  style  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Above  Aurora  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Open  The  Wounds"  and  "Non  Salva  Me".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/above-auroraonwards-desolationpagan.html


Gebrechlichkeit/Aphorismen Der Angst/Human To Dust/2016 CD Review

mardi 10 mai 2016 à 04:05

  Gebrechlichkeit  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  he  refers  to  as  'plague'n'roll'   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Aphorismen  Der  Angst"  which  was  released  by  Human  To  Dust  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  European  style  of  the  genre  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Keyboards  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  guitar  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  some  of  the  faster  riffs  use  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

   As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  can  be  heard  and  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  choirs  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion.

  Gebrechlichkeit  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion  while  still  being  very  aggressive  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark,  misanthropic  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gebrechlichkeit  are  a  very  great  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Keger  der  Stille"  "Der  Hoffnung Aasfressor"  "Grausige  Melodien"  and  "Nekromantie".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/gebrechlichkeitaphorismen-der.html


Sus Scrofa Interview

lundi 9 mai 2016 à 01:55

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?

I retired myself and during this time, I learned to play guitar bass, I tested a lot of different audio material, I am also interested in Budhism and I did punk music. Lafforgue continued to develop Stille Volk with Arexis. Then the latter changed direction on experimental music, he wrote two books and he makes plastic and graphic art. As you imagine, everyone is following various projects, and now the challenge will be not to spread ourselves.

2. In January 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?

It is very atmospheric, we can feel the Stille Volk’s experience. It differs from what we did in the latest 90’s. Indeed, Lafforgue instilled this atmospheric desire and low tempo. Arexis proposed an Ep concept by suggesting the entity of a forest, a forest cesspool whose he had the secret. I remained very aggressive in my singing to liven up the whole. Then, it was born a balance that I think we succeeded.

3. The band was playing 'pagan metal' in the early 90's when the style was not as big as it is now, do you feel that you were a huge influence on some of the earlier bands?

Yeah, I think that we have clearly mark the underground of the past years, but I think that 1996 is too far for touching new generations, I do not find myself in today Pagan. There is something that fallen asleep, I mean, the dark, aggressive, earthy, rural side, I would even say this authentic side of pagan metal. Paganism is serious, it is not a simple village festival where wine flows freely.

4. The band was broken up for 20 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform the band?

The Beginning of Stille Volk was an evidence for Lafforgue and Arexis, choices that belong to each other have been taken. But in the same vein the initial project of Sus scrofa wasn’t successful at this time, so get back together was also an evidence.

5. The lyrics cover 'Pyrean Paganism', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Paganism and also do you feel that the Paganism of your culture has been over looked compared to the more well-known Nordic or Celtic pagan cultures?

Yes, Arexis worked hard on it, we met in a rural land, We love mountains, earth, The Pyrenees, traditions, the mystical side of everything. In the early 90’s everyone was claiming its own culture, its belonging, its pantheon, we just did the same. I wouldn’t say that we were overlooked, or neglected, no, perhaps we were the only representatives and then you know, The Pyrenees is a very small chain of mountain across the world.


6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sus Scrofa'?

Sus Scrofa is the scientific name of the breed of the boar, a robust wild pig living in our French forests. The boar is both brutal confrontation and discretion, it is solitary and secret, and it is a lord in the forest, what better emblem as this one?

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

Yes, at the beginning, but I can’t answer to your question because we mostly worked on the recording, in studio, but the three of us have a stage experience.

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

The group is divided on the subject, but I hope that we will honor the opportunities.

9. The new ep was released on 'Nomos Dei Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

This is a Russian independent producer who produces what he likes. Furthermore, is an apolitical label contrary to received wisdom.

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

The Ep seems to really work, according to critics and fans.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Stille Volk (Lafforgue/Arexis) released their new album (Holy Rec). Antaoma (Lafforgue) will release very soon a second album. Labreiche (Lafforgue/Arexis) and Cober ord (Arexis) have released one. Arexis and Lafforgue are preparing lives for their Labreiche project. And I’m going to recording an Ep during August for my project of Black Death called Malobestio.

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

Always atmospheric, different from the Ep. A Lp is planned next year if everything goes well.

13. 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?

For me, a lot! I like progressive music for bass playing, I love King Crimson, who is for me the elite. In which concerns Black Metal I’m more inspired by Greek and Slav bands but I also like to listen the progression of Enslaved, the unhealthy side of Mayhem and the power of Marduk especially during live shows.

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

First, I would like to thank you for your interest in the band. For me Black Metal is a cry in the night, it is a mind that never really leaves you.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/sus-scrofa-interview.html


Seedna/Forlorn/Transcending Obscurity Records/2016 CD Review

samedi 7 mai 2016 à 04:53

   Seedna  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Forlorn"  which  will  be  released in  July  by Transcending  Obscurity.

 Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  getting  more  distorted  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  after  the  intro the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  guitars  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  stick  to  a  very  melodic  style.

  A  great  portion   of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  post  rock  in  the  music  and  clean playing  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  progressive  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  add  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere  to  the  music  while  also  being  very  tragic  at  times  and  the  black  metal  elements  are  closer  to  the  modern  style  of  the  genre  and  a  later  track  brings  in  a  small  amount of  classical  guitars  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  diverse  and  sound  different  from  each  other  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  drones  and  ambient  soundscapes  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  all  instrumental.

  Seedna  plays  a  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  also  being  very  experimental  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  original  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover d ark a nd  spiritual  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Seedna  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wander"  "Frozen"  and  "Abyssus".  8 out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/05/seednaforlorntranscending-obscurity.html