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Heimdallr/Molniya/Narcoleptica Productions/2015 Demo Review

lundi 9 mars 2015 à 03:34

  Heimdallr  are  a  1  man  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  "Molniya"  which  was  released  by  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  A  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  elements of  pagan  metal  being  mixed  in  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  synths  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  some  sections  of  some  songs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Most  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  slow  to  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  the  music  does  also  speed  up  at  times  and  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  raw  90's  black  metal  feeling  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  along  with  the  synths  getting  more  epic  and  as  the  demo  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times.    

  Heimdallr  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  all  at  the  same  time  while  also  being  a  bit  more  dark  and  grim  than  most  pagan  metal  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Norse  and  Slavic  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Heimdallr  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "North  Queen"  "Valkyrie"  and  "Flocks  Of  Proteins  Cry".  8  out  of  10.  

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Apocalyptic/Fierystorm And Time Of Apocalypse/Narcoleptica Productions/2015 Cassette Review

lundi 9 mars 2015 à 02:37

  Apocalyptic  where  a  1  man  project  from  Russia  that  played  a  very  fast,  diverse,  atmospheric  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  cassette  which  was  released  by  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  and  horror  soundtrack  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  get  a  lot  more  heavy  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  dark  and  raw  feeling  along  with  blast  beats  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  songs.

  Synths  also  make  their  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  thrash  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  riffs,  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  the  songs  which  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Some  of  the later  tracks  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  classical  guitars  also  make  their  return  on  some  songs  which  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  along  with  a  few  instrumentals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  synths  also  bring  in  psychedelic  elements  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  more  depressive  screams  towards  the  end.

  Apocalyptic  creates  a  very  diverse  black  metal  band  which  can  be  very  raw  and  thrash  influenced  at  times  while  also  getting  more  experimental  as  the  album  progresses,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apocalyptic  where  a  very  sounding  diverse  and  raw  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadows  And  Moon"  "Pure  hatred  To  The  Life"  "Dusk"  and  "Jezebel".  8  out  of  10.  


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Allumn/Ancient Funeral Cult/When Everything Was Gone/Narcoleptica Productions/2014 Split Cassette Review

lundi 9 mars 2015 à 01:37

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  California's  Allumn  and  Ukraine's  Ancient  Funeral  Cult  called  "When  Everything  Was  Gone"  which  was  released  by  Narcoleptica  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Allumn  a  1  man  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  guitars  and  after  a  few  minutes  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  songs  get  more  heavier  and  add  in  some  melodies  and  more  of  a  depressive  black  metal  sound  and  on  the  following  songs  some  of  the  riffs  start  adding  in  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  vocals  getting  more  deep  and  dark.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  synths  at  times  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts,  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark,  melodic  and  depressive  sounding  and  towards  the  end  clean  guitars  make  their  return  on  the  last  track,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Alumn  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  Everything  Was  Gone"  and  "Ov  Morrow".

  Next  up  is  Ancient  Funeral  Cult  a  band  that  plays  a  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  grim  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  all  of  the  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  also  remain  true  to  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental  and  uses some  clean  playing,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satan,  Death  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ancient  Funeral  Cult  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  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Will  Burn!!!"  and  "Faithbreaker".

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


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Nocturnal Art/Under Pokrovom Nights/Narcoleptica Productions/2015 Demo Review

lundi 9 mars 2015 à 00:45

  Nocturnal  Art  are  a  band  from  Kazakhstan  that  plays  a  dark  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  demo  "Under  Pokrovom  Nights"  which  was  released  by  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  Violent  nature  sounds  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  classical  guitars  which  also  return  in  some  of  the  later  songs  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  heavy  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  at  times  pianos  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  riffs  find  their  way  onto  the  recording.

  Half  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  death  metal  influences  in  the  songs  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  also  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  thrash  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  while  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Nocturnal  Art  takes  the  darkest  sides  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mix  them  together  to  create  some  very  dark  and  heavy  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Russian  and  cover  Mysticism,  Darkness  and  the  writings  Of  Edgar  Allan  Poe.

  In  my  opinion  Nocturnal  Art  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Videniya  Among  The  Ruins"  and  "Stroki  Of  the  Madonna  della  Lady".  8  out  of  10.


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Burnt Offering Interview

samedi 7 mars 2015 à 02:27
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Burnt offering was formed in winter 2013 by Nameless Enemy on vocals and guitars and Blind Idiot God on bass and backing vocals. The drummer Asbath joined in a couple of weeks later. From the very beginning we decided to play raw old-school Black Metal. Our first demo “Besnovanie” (“Daemonomania”) was recorded in summer 2013 but after that the band went on hiatus so the record was released only in 2015. Now the band is active again and we have a lot of plans for the future.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Burnt Offering stays for raw, grim and venomous primitive Black Metal in the vein of the early 90s Norwegian scene. We were recording all the instruments live during a rehearsal, so the output is really straight-to-the-face and unpolished. Also the demo is released on tape which makes the sound even more disturbing and filthy.

3.The band refers to it's musical style as 'old rite black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about the tag?
This moniker is wordplay, referring to both «Old-School Black Metal", a term that would be a good, though trivial, description of our musical output and to "Orthodox Old Rite Church". For those who don't know, "old-riters" or "old believers" are schismatic religious groups that didn't accept the religious reforms of 17th century and existed in isolation and secrecy ever since, adopting strange and macabre practices. The gloomy blend of archaic, almost inversed orthodox christianity, remnants of most dark and primordial pagan beliefs, alcohol-infused madness and the atmosphere of utter hopelessness, very typical for old rural Russia is one of the most important inspirations for our band. That is why we came to call our band "Old-Rite Black Metal".

4.Your lyrics cover Satanism and Slavonic chthonic deities, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

We consider ourselves Satanists from rather early age. We feel ourselves inspired by and committed to dark and destructive sides of spirituality and that is what we sing about.
As for the Slavonic deities, we have to say that we have nothing in common with the so called “neo-pagans” who grew in numbers in the Slavonic regions in the 90s. Their pastoral new age nature worship often combined with idiotic political ideas is of no interest to us.
We are interested in primordial chthonic sides of traditional Slavonic beliefs and celebrate the gloomy deities of deadly swamps and rotten pines, of starless nights and spilled blood. We see Slavonic paganism as being akin to Dionysian cults of insanity, drunkenness and of the irrational. Since all Indo-European religions come from the same root we think that such a point of view is more than sound. Even more, seeing the Slavonic reality of the present it is very unlikely that our ancestors were worshiping the Spring and the Warmth.

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

Burnt offering is a sacrificial ritual described in the Old Testament. It is called "Vsesozhzhénije" in Russian, and this is how our logo reads. Some of our songs deal with obliteration of life and personality for the sake of higher spiritual revelation, a kind of self-sacrifice. So a sacrificial rite was a good choice for the band name.

6.The band members where originally from Russia, Ukraine and Kyrgystan but now reside in Germany, how would you compare living in Western Europe to Eastern Europe?

We live in Leipzig and this city, let’s say, doesn’t belong completely to the Western Europe. Leipzig has Slavonic name and it’s early history is connected to the history of Slavonic tribes. The Sorbs, a Slavonic folk that populated the eastern parts of modern Germany in the early Middle Ages are still living nearby, and still speak their archaic languages. Also in the recent past Leipzig and the whole Saxony was a part of GDR, a socialist country that came to life after a part of Germany was occupied by the Commies after the WWII. All this has left a deep trace. Leipzig is a gloomy and uncomfortable place and a lot of people who live here have the “fuck you all and die” attitude very common to ex-socialist mentality.
One of our songs is a Hymn to Mokosh’, the Goddess of underground waters and divination, similar to Hecate. The idea of the song came to us when we’ve found out that her sanctuary was located on the territory of nowadays Leipzig’s neighborhood called Mockau. Since the level of underground waters is very high in Leipzig, this seems to be appropriate.

7.Has the band been able to do any live shows or has this been strictly a studio project so far?

We never played live as Burnt Offering up until now, but this can change in the future. In general we have no objections against live performances.

8.The demo was released on Narcoleptica Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Narcoleptica Prod. is an underground label from Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia. The guy who runs it is a real underground fanatic! He still works with tapes, and we goddamn love the tape sound! To produce the tapes he uses the records of sermons and Christian music from some neo-protestant sect and records his bands over them, a great idea! It was our dream to release "Deamonomania" on tape, so Narcoleptica was the best choice. We are really glad to work with this label.

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

Well, there were positive reviews and personal feedback from all over the world, from USA to Indonesia. We didn’t expect the coverage area to be that wide. On other hand, since “Daemonomania” is not a major release, it surely didn’t attract the attention of the broad masses. But it is good that way. We are definitely not planning to become the idols of the silent majority.
Some of the comparisons were really strange, for example with the early Absurd, the band we don’t really take seriously…

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

Asbath is founding member of Epic Shamanic Metal band Darkestrah, a band that started in Kyrgyzstan, then relocated to Germany and is focused on a combination of traditional Central Asian music and Black/Doom Metal. B.I.G. plays bass for Darkestrah since 2013. A new album of Darkestrah will be recorded this month and will be released through Osomose Prod.
N.E.(on guitars) and B.I.G.(on vocals and bass) play in a Post-Punk/Psychedelic Rock band Nietzsche and the Wagners and also work on an album now. The band was inspired by European modernist culture and also explored such topics as insanity in the time of Eurpoe’s lethargic sleep. But then Europe was broken out of the sleep by the Revolution and war in Ukraine, the land where Nameless Enemy comes from, and where B.I.G.’s ancestors hail from. This fact has really influenced the band and it’s concept.

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

We do have some new stuff and surely Burnt Offering won't stop at this point. However we are not yet sure about the exact format and dates of our future releases.

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?

We were mostly inspired by Norwegian Black Metal scene of the early 90es, early Mayhem, Darkthrone, Isengard, Burzum and such. Also early Eastern European scene had an impact on our music, demo-era Graveland or Ukarine's Astrofaes to name the few. Other important inspiration would be 80s-90s soviet/post-soviet Punk and Hardcore, such as Grazhdanskaja Oborona, Kooperativ Nishtjak or Orgazm Nostradamusa.
In the beginning we considered Burnt Offering more a tribute project than a band. We've started to play our own songs from the day one, but were more focused on recreating the atmosphere of the 90s underground. With the time, however, we've managed to create our own. At least we hope so.
As for our musical tastes, we are surely not concentrated on the aforementioned music, even though it definitely formed us as musicians and personalities. Our musical interests vary from extreme metal to Post-Punk, Coldwave and Neofolk.

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

Thank you for the interview! Stay tuned! And to everyone in the world, who is interested in the events in Eastern Europe, remember that Putin is a dickhead! Don’t get caught by the bullshit!

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