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Arckanum/Den Forstfode/Folter Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 5 août 2017 à 20:15

  Sweden's  solo project  Arckanum  have  returned  with  a  new recording  that  continues  the  anti  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Den  Forstfode"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Folter  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodies  and  demonic  yet  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  is  are  instrumental  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  sticking  the  style  that  was established  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  traditional  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  pagan  chanting.

  Arckanum  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  anti  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  are  a concept  album  deal  with  Jormungandr,  the  fir  son  of  Loki  and  Angrboda,  whose  giant  power  covers  the  earth  and  Thursian  Sorcey  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arckanum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Den  Forstfode"  "Ginnmors  Drott"  and  "Kittelns  Beska".  8/5  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/08/arckanumden-forstfodefolter-records2017.html


Sheidim/Infamata/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 EP Review

samedi 5 août 2017 à 04:30

  Sheidim  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Infamata"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Dark,  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  whispers a re  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  add  in  touches  of  first  wave  black  metal  along  with  some  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  clean  playing  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  also being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  throughout  most  of  the  tracks.

  Sheidim  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sheidim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Dying  Sun"  and  "Sister  Of  Sleep".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/08/sheidiminfamatai-voidhanger-records2017.html


Verge/The Process Of Self-Becoming/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 5 août 2017 à 03:53

  Verge  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Process  Of  Self-Becoming"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  pump  organs  in  the  background  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  style and  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  90's  era  second  wave  influences.

  Verge  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  philosopher  Soren  Kierkegaard's  theory  of  existence  stages  but  with  a  more  left  hand  path  and  Luciferian  touch.

  In  my  opinion  Verge  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aesthetic  II  _  The  Futility  Of  It  All"  "Moral  I   -  The  Decision  Behind  Calculation"  and  "Religious  II  -  Grounding  In  The  Unground".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/08/vergethe-process-of-self-becomingi.html


Ignominious Interview

vendredi 4 août 2017 à 17:34
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
After the release of the new album I began to write new songs for our next material. I have already finished two of them yet. Fortunately I'm inspired again and I'm full of ideas.

2.In April 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?
The throne and the altar spreads melancholy and decay through its fast-paced, cruel, melodic and aggressive way. I've written all music in the same vein as mid 90's northern black metal. It has more advanced song structures than the former releases. It has solos, the bass themes are more varied and the vocals are more wrathful than before.

3.This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We have done few gigs in 2012 and most of the songs from The throne and the altar were finished. I have done some gigs with other black metal bands as session bass guitarist in 2013. We started to record the drums on 23 July 2014. The recording process was very slow because my private life was very busy. I moved back to my hometown and I had to put the band to sleep. The recording process ended on 22 December 2015 with the vocal recordings. I have got the final mastered version on 16 August 2016 so it was a long journey...

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The main lyrical line is death and passing later on. The lyrical topics on our new album include the fall of royal and ecclesiastical power, too.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ignominious'?
I always wanted a name that has negative meaning and not reserved by other bands. It's in English but it looks like a Latin word. Perfect for the band.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I like every show we did. I only have good experience. We have done several shows from 2007 to 2012 in Hungary and Slovakia. Our every show was unique because we have never played the same setlist. You can view some of them on our youtube channel. There is one gig we always mention. Mortal Fest 7 in Martos, Slovakia back in 2008. That was mainly a gore/grindcore/death metal festival but we played there as a black metal band with two demos behind our back. The crowd was crazy and they liked what we have done. Great memories...

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We don't have any request at the moment but I want to play live soon. As a first step I want to organise an album release gig here in Hungary in autumn. And before I forget the band is 10 years old this year so it deserves a show too.

8.Currently the band is signed to 'Hidden Marly Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a Japanese label run by Shota Oishi. He is a really cool guy. When we finished our latest album I have sent him an email and I told him we are looking for label. I would like to mention here we haven't talked since the release of Death walks amongst mortals. He was listening to Sacrilege (first song of our new album) and he liked it and he said "I can release it in April". After that I sent him the entire material then he released it. Everything went really smoothly.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I don't remember any good worldwide feedback. I have read some foreign reviews of our demos but we had bad ratings. Our reputation is very low abroad. Not so many people know about the existence of the band. Here in Hungary we had moderate to good reviews. Nothing outstanding. We have never done any marketing before so that's why very few people know about us.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Later on my main goal is to writing music that has the perfect balance between melodic and devastating. Melodic but not soft, devastating but not boringly raw and monotonous.

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?
My major influences are 90's black metal albums. Without completeness, Gorgoroth's first three albums, Obtained Enslavement's first, Taake's first, Those of the unlight and Opus nocturne from Marduk, demo of Strid and so on. My minor influences are 80's thrash, speed, and heavy metal albums like Helloween - Walls of jericho, Viper - Soldiers of Sunrise, Cobra - Back from the dead, Dark Angel - Darkness descends, old German speed metal demos and so on. Nowadays I'm listening to old heavy metal like Tokyo Blade - Midnight rendezvous and some new bands who successfully revive the old school art. Satan's Hallow and Blade Killer for example.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
In my younger days I read several books about the topic. I have always been curious about the post-mortem life. It perfectly fits in the lyrical themes of Ignominious.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the opportunity! Keep the black art alive! Mephyriz / Ignominious - Heralds of passing since 2007.



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/08/ignominious-interview.html


AnKou/AnKourea/2017 Single Review

jeudi 3 août 2017 à 01:19

  This  is  a  review  of  another  single  from  France's  AnKou  which  which  shows  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  from  previous tracks  and  the  song  is  called  "AnKourea"  and  features  Skyggefigurrer.

  Nursery  rhyme  samples  start  off  the  track  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later as  well  a s some  death  metal  growls  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  track  is  6  minutes  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  playing.

  AnKou  goes  for  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  approach  on  this  track  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  AnKou  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  song.  8  out  of  10.

https://ankou1.bandcamp.com/track/ankourea-ft-skyggefigurrer



 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/08/ankouankourea2017-single-review.html