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Wampyric Bloodlust/Reborn/Satanath Records/2012 CD Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 13:38

  Wampyric  Bloodlust  are  a  duo  form  Russia  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Reborn"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  adding  in  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and the  riffs  also  bring in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  black  metal  tradition  and  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  on  the  guitars  and  all  of  the  songs  avoid  using  any  type  of  guitar  solos  and  leads and  on  the  last  tracks  acoustic  guitars  and  flutes  are  brought  into  the  music  for  a  few  seconds. 

  Wampyric  Bloodlust  plays  a  style  of  black  metla  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  and  avoids  any  type  of  modern styles  to  get  their  point  across,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Vampirism,  and  Darkness.

  In  my  opinion  Wampyric  Bloodlust  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wampyric  Madness"  "Wolves"  "Satanic  War"  and  "Possessed  Of  A  Goat".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/wampyric-bloodlustrebornsatanath.html


Abigorum/Self Titled/Satanath Records/2012 Demo Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 11:19

  Abigorum  are  a  solo  project  from Russia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2012  demo  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  ambient  sounds  being  added into the  music  a  few  seconds  later  as well  as  adding  in  melodic  guitar  solos  which  also  adds  more  elements  of  metal  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  no  vocals  or  song  writing  are  ever  utilized  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  programmed  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  the  influence  of  black  and  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  songs  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  On  this  recording  Abigorum  played  a  style  of  instrumental  music  that  was  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  also  adding  in  the  darkness  and  heaviness  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  in  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abigorum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cadaver  Vomitoria"  and  "Altar  Of  No  Melody".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/abigorumself-titledsatanath-records2012.html


Primeval Mass/To Empryean Thrones/Katoptron IX Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 07:43

  Primeval  Mass  are  a  band from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "To  Empyrean  Thrones"  which  will  be  released  on  January  20th  by  Katoptron  IX  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  speeds  up  and  also  adds  in  a  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  influences  of  heavy,  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track  which  displays  how  talented  they  are  as  musicians  while  the  following  songs  use  vocals.

  Primeval  Mass  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  first  wave,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  elements  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult,  Darkness,  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Primeval  Mass  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  Astral  Triumphs"  "The  Grand  Ordeal"  and  "The Mansions  Of  the  night".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/primeval-massto-empryean.html


Cult Of Erinyes/Transcendence/Caverna Abismal Records/2016 EP Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 06:26

  Cult  Of  Erinyes  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Transcendence"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records.

  A very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  sounding  screams  and  melodies.

  Most  of  the  music  brings  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal  while also  keeping  the  rawness  and  grimness  that  is  a  very  important  part  of  the  genre  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  while  one  song  does  bring  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  playing  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Mayhem's  "Pagan  Fears".

  Cult  Of  Erinyes  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  ritualistic  but  done  with  a  more  raw  and  guitar  driven  approach,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  history  and  human  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cult  Of  Erinyes  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Transcendence".  8  out  of 10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/cult-of-erinyestranscendencecaverna.html


Apokathilosis Interview

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 05:44
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Apokathilosis is a sonic weapon aimed to awake humans from the deepest slumber through vibration, erratic chants and a ferocious intent. We aim to deconstruct reality and empower humans to reclaim their birth ­right of self­ sovereignty and freedom, in line with nature and cosmic harmony; in which we despise any forms of authority or hierarchy, be it physical or spiritual.

The band was formed in 2013 in Dublin, Ireland with two members: Felipe Roquini (based in Dublin) and Marttjn Rvbjn (based in São Paulo, Brazil). “Where Angels Fear to Tread” is our first opus composed by six songs, released independently in October 2015.


2.In October you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

“Where Angels Fear to Tread” is a black metal album deeply rooted in the 90s’ magical era; where rage, beauty and innocence coexisted side by side. The album compiles a list majestic tunes made to incite even the most dormant of souls. The guitar melodies explore a mix of knife ­edged tremolo riffs and downtrodden melodic processions, followed by heavy bass lines and hypnotic snare­ driven drum blasts. The lacerated vocals bring a layer of unsettling angst on the top of the songs, switching occasionally from furious screams to grievous whispers.

No down ­tuning, no dissonant riffs: just harmony and fury side by side.


3.The band was formed in 2013 but waited 2 years to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about this time period?

Apokathilosis was born when the title song’s main riff (“Where Angels Fear to Tread”) came to life. From then on wards, songs started to take shape slowly, arrangements falling into place, crowned by the lyrical concept at the end. I decided to record and produce this album entirely on my own which requires a steep learning curve: rehearse and record all instruments, mix and master the songs until I’m satisfied with the results. This of course took time.

But there was never any rush to speed up things, we released when it felt right. Now, with more experience, the path is clearer for any forthcoming work.



4.The lyrics cover philosophy, Metaphysics and Spirituality, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

The lyrical concept rose from an unsettling realization that life on planet Earth is a prison, where humans are chained to a set of negative beliefs which in turn create a self­ perpetuating reality of pain and disorder. Humans give their power away to authority figures instead of realizing their true origins and purpose in life. My interest is twofold: to understand the true origins of the conscious self and empower other beings to do the same.

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

Apokathilosis is a Greek word that means ‘de­nailing’, which depicts the moment that Christ is taken down from the cross. The name came from a 7­inch EP from the mighty Rotting Christ and I found it suitable to the concept I’m aiming for.

It represents a specific moment in time where an idol is killed and his followers are left behind ­ the moment of despair when there’s a realization that one can’t be saved.

This moment is special as one can simply look for the next idol or realize that there is no salvation. What I imply, in my art, is that humans have nothing to be saved from. It is a path of empowerment.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Apokathilosis remains a studio project at present as we both live in different continents. We won’t discard any chances of playing live in the future if people want to see us perform. We’lljust need to assemble a live line­ up.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We’re not necessarily chasing labels but looking for more ways to distribute our art. It’s too soon to gauge interest as the CD has just been released independently, and I’m putting some efforts to make sure people know about its existence.

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

So far the feedback has been positive, but given the CD is only two months old and none heard of us before it’s too soon to tell.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

I have a collection of riffs allocated to different projects ­ songs are slowly taking shape and we might hear some news by the end of the year. Marttjn Rvbjn is the founder of Dismal Gale which he formed in 1995 but I’m pretty sure the band is not active at present.

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

The musical aspects and lyrics have potential to be explored much further than the current CD, so I expect more songs on the same style for any forthcoming work.

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?

I grew up in the tape­ trading era so I have a deep respect for the pioneers (Bathory, Possessed, Sarcófago, Mystifier, Rotting Christ, Blasphemy, Burzum, Mayhem, Ulver, Morbid Angel, Entombed, Carcass, among many others). I always tend to listen to the older stuff but recent bands like Ascension, Genocide Shrines, Vallenfyre, Dead Congregation and Djevel really caught my ear.

Musically, Rotting Christ’s “Thy Mighty Contract” is a classic and a big influence in how we approach our sound.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have little interests outside music besides my full ­time job and my family. As Nietzsche said, “Without music, life would be a mistake”.

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

Deny any form of authority. Any beings who call themselves ‘God’ are nothing but impostors.
Human beings are much bigger and more powerful than the vessels they travel in.

Thanks for the support.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/apokathilosis-interview.html