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Lebenswinter/Carved In Wood And Stone/Northern Fog Records/2015 CD Review

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 08:04

  Lebenswinter  are a  band  from Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album "Carved  In  Wood  And  Stone"  which  was  released  by  Northern Fog  Promotions.

  Flutes  and synths  start  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a  medieval  and  epic  atmosphere  along  with  a  touch  of  ambient  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  that  also  introduces high pitched  grim screams  and  blast  beats  into  the  music  and  the  music  goes  for  a  mid  90's  Western  European  style  of  sound.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal and  on  some  of the  tracks  the  vocals  get deep  and  also  add  in a  small  amount  of  growls  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on the  recording  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing is added  onto  the  recording  and  the  last  track  also  bring s in  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  chants.     

  Lebenswinter  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  heavily  rooted  in the  mid  90's  era  of the  genre,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Vampirism,  Nature,  Death  and  Decay  themes. 

  In  my  opinion Lebenswinter  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carved  in  Wood  And  Stone"  "Bile  For  Satan"  and  "Vampiric  Crusader".  8  out  of 10.

   


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/lebenswintercarved-in-wood-and.html


Bane Of Radiance Interview

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 06:54
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

I'm currently promoting Bane Of Radiance's second full length, Celestial Extinction.   An EP and two more full lengths are in the works...



2.So far you have released a demo and 2 full lengths, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on all of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The demo, Folly, had a much more atmospheric and experimental approach, especially in terms of mixing.   Much more vast and cavernous than the average black metal album.  Anyone who's listened to Folly knows what I'm talking about...

The Invisible Man put more emphasis on the noise element that was introduced on Folly, and therefore has a much denser atmosphere.   The soundscape of being stranded in the desert of a powerless existence.   On this album, the real highlight is the riffs, however...

Celestial Extinction raised the ferocity of Bane Of Radiance to a whole new level.   While retaining the baleful guitar sound at its core, the music was heavily enhanced by all manner of depraved, hellish ambience and propelled by faster, more technical drumming.   The vocals on this album are also shockingly disturbing.   Listening back to them, it's hard to imagine what state of mind I was in to make such fucked up sounds...

Overall, Bane Of Radiance is raw black metal fused with atmospheric, depressive and noise influences.   But that description really doesn’t do it justice.   This band truly sounds like nothing anyone's ever heard before...



3.All of the releases have been released in a 6 month time span, do you put a great amount of time and effort in creating music?

Actually, I spend ridiculous amounts of time crafting, rehearsing and recording every song I put out.   I spend the vast majority of my time working on music, at the expense of everything else in my life.   In fact, all this Bane Of Radiance material that I've put out recently was written many years ago...



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

The lyrics are reflections on human perception.   They denounce the superficial ideals and preconceptions of our society, and galvanize the listener to look beyond them, to develop his or her own way of seeing life that is best adapted to his or her own situation...



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bane Of Radiance'?

Every human being has an intrinsic vitality, a natural ability to create and assert his or her creation upon the world.   This inner strength is radiance.   It can manifest itself as an endless plethora of things: inventions, philosophies, objects, children...

However, our modern society is so polluted and overcrowded with the billions of creations and accomplishments of thousands of past generations that there is little room left for creations of the present generation.   This oversaturated society suffocates our ability to express ourselves, to think for ourselves.   There are so many norms and beliefs already in existence that they form our ideologies before we can even consider forming our own.   Our phones are so smart that they think so we don't have to...

Not only are we in conflict with pre-existing ideas, but we are all in conflict with each other.   On a day to day basis, every human being tries to assert his or her own way of thinking, the way he or she wants things to be, only to find that everyone else is doing the same.   Everyone is only looking out for themselves.   Nobody else wants things to be the same way you do.   And hence, you are constantly competing with everyone else for space to be heard, for space to survive...



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel this gives you more freedom on creating the musical style that you want?

There are very specific soundscapes that Bane Of Radiance is meant to depict.   These visions arise from my mind and my mind alone.   The input of any other artist would dilute and perhaps even disrupt said visions.   Bane Of Radiance is a manifestation of raw negative emotion; I won't have that expression sullied by musical standards and expectations that other musicians might have.



7.Currently you are signed to Satanica Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with this label?

Satanica Productions offers so much freedom and acceptance to their artists.   There's really no restrictions on what a band can or cannot do.   The label manager, Xan, is a great guy who really helped promote my music and start me off in the music industry.



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

Reactions have been quite extreme actually.   Some people absolutely hate how I don't follow the norms and standards of music as we've known it.   On the other hand, some people seem to love hearing something completely different from what they're used to, or something that's just so unpredictable, violent and chaotic.



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

Though the next Bane Of Radiance albums are looming on the horizon, I'm actually starting another more important project.   It's even more innovative and conceptually deep than Bane Of Radiance.   It's safe to say that, musically, things are about to take a darker turn...



10.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 grew up listening to dark and freakish horror movie soundtracks, instead of all that Disney shit.  Those horror soundtracks are where the ambient, noise aspect and cinematic flair of my music comes from.   As for black metal, I've been heavily influenced by the USBM scene, notably the SF Bay Area.   Bane Of Radiance has strong roots in Leviathan, Xasthur, Krieg, Crebain, Draugar, Brown Jenkins and Weakling.   Nowadays, I'm still digging all of them, but also getting into more bands outside the US, such as Thantifaxath, Peste Noire, Myrkr, Striborg...



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Exercising so I don't die of muscle atrophy.   Public speaking in front of large crowds.   French Canadian girls.



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

To you, good sir, thanks very much for your time and interest.   To anyone else who's bothered reading this far, question everything.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/bane-of-radiance-interview.html


Mystifier/Goetia/Greyhaze Records/2015 C Re-Issue

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 02:34

  Mystifier  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  by  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1993  album  "Goetia"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  evil  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  giving  the  music  a ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  more of  a heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction as  well  as  introducing  grim  black  metal  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  once  the  music  speeds  up  the  vocals  start  adding  in growls  and  the  musical also  brings  in a  very  early  war  and  bestial  black  metal  sound.

  Blast  beats can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  bringing  in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and the  synths  also return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  playing  a  raw  style  that  is  influenced  by  their  fellow  country  mates  but  also  creating  a  style  that  would  be  a  huge  influence  on  the  second  wave  of  black  metal  and  the  last  3  songs  are  bonus  live  tracks  that  are only  a  part  of  the re-issue.

  Mystifier  played  a  style  of  occult  black/death  metal  on  this  recording that  went on  to  influence  plenty  of  bands  over  the  next  20  years  and they  where  very much  ahead of  their  time  with  the  music  on this  recording  while  the music  still  has  an  early  90's  sound,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Crowley,  Templars,  Faust, Demonology   and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Mystifier  and  if  you  are  interest  in hearing  some  of  the  roots  of  occult  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aleister  Crowley  And  Ordo  Temple  Orientis"  "Beelzebub"  "The  Realm  Of  Antichristus"  and  "The  Baphometic  Goats  Of  Knights  Templars".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/mystifiergoetiagreyhaze-records2015-c.html


The Negation/Meento Mori/Kaotoxin/2015 CD Review

lundi 18 mai 2015 à 00:52

  The  Negation  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  nihilistic  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Memento  Mori"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Kaotoxin.

  A  very  dark  soundscape  intro  starts off the  album  before  adding  in  high  pitched  screams,  fast  black  metal  riffs  and  brutal  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  soem  parts  that are  death  metal  influenced.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  raw  and  chaotic  sounding  while  also  being  melodic  at  the  same  time  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts while  other  tracks  also  show  the  vocals  getting  more  deep  and  grim  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  songs  start  incorporating  more  thrash  elements  while  the  main  focus remains  on  a  fast  style  of  black  metal  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in length  and  they close  the  album with  a  4  minute  outro  that  also  brings  atmospheric  sounds  onto  the  recording.

  The  Negation plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  and  also brings  back  a  heaviness  that  is  very  rarely  heard  in  this  genre  these  days,  the  production  sounds  very  professional while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  themes.       

  In  my opinion The  Negation  are  a very  great sounding  fast and  nihilistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  True  Enemy"  "A  Prayer  For  The  Ones I Have  To  Kill"  and  "Resistance".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-negationmeento-morikaotoxin2015-cd.html


Kolp/Leiru/Lost Horizon Productions/2015 Split CassetteReview

dimanche 17 mai 2015 à 05:28

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Hungary's  Kolp  and  Leiru  which  was  released  by  Lost  Horizon  Productions  on  cassette and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Kolp  a  band  that  plays  a  very  grim  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their side  of the  split starts  off  with  some  melodic  riffing  that  leads  up  to  more  of  an atmospheric  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  that  have  a  depressive  feeling to  them  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  that  also  utilizes  a decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  used  add  more  melodies  to their side  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  feeling  while  the lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kolp  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  grim  and  depressive  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I'll  Be  Buried,  I  Know".

  Next  up  is  Leiru  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  slow  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  a  few seconds  later  and  the  music  has  a mid 90's  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  more  of  an  old  school  yet  melodic  feeling  to  their  tracks  and  you can  also  hear  some  melody in  the  riffs  at  times  and  after  awhile  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  finds  its  way  into  a  few  songs  and  as  their  side of  the  split progresses the  music  starts  to  speed  up  briefly,  the  production sounds  very  raw  and  old school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in t heir  native  tonguue  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leiru are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  yet  raw  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kilepsz".

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/kolpleirulost-horizon-productions2015.html