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Dyrnwyn/II Culto Del Fuoco/Cult Of Parthenope/2021 CD Review

mardi 27 avril 2021 à 03:58

 

 Dyrnwyn  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  started  out  with  a  more  melodic  folk  metal  style  and  on  this  recording  plays  an  epic  mixture  of  black,  pagan  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "II  Culto  Del  Fuoco"  which  will  be  released  in  April  30th  by  Cult  Of  Parthenope.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  epic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  keyboards  into  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  folk  instruments  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  tracks  at  times.


  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  adding  in  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feleing.


  One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  melodic  pagan chants  onto  the  album  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in some  symphonic  elements  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  a  later  track  also  adds  clean  playing  into  the  album  and  as  the  recording  progresses  a  brief  use  of  choirs  can  also  be  heard  and  an  instrumental  can  also b e  heard  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Roman  History  and  Paganism  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dyrnwyn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  pagan  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "II  Culto  Del  Fuoco"  "Le  Forche  Caudine"  and  "Armilustrium".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/dyrnwynii-culto-del-fuococult-of.html


Sombre Interview

mardi 27 avril 2021 à 02:48

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

 Sombre is my solo post-black metal project, I, like many others, had a lot of time on my hands during the lockdown and wanted to see if I was capable of writing music I don't normally write. I'm a fan of shoegaze, black metal and post-black metal so I mashed them together and Sombre is what came out!


2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

I wanted the EP to have blast beats, tremolo picking and black metal style vocals but combine with some acoustic interludes and more laid-back sections. I was really inspired by the band Dawn Ray'd and how they mixed some great riffs with some beautiful acoustic sections, and I wanted to do something similar.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

The EP's lyrics capture some of my thoughts and feelings about living with depression and the conflict of feelings that can come along with it. It's a horrible illness that often leaves me confused and miserable but it's cathartic to turn some of those thoughts into music that I and other people can enjoy. The second track reflects more of a view of optimism compared to the others, I felt like it was important to include that as a reminder that things are often more complicated than they appear.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sombre'?

I wanted something bleak sounding to reflect the music but I didn't want it to be a grim dark edgy generic black metal name (despite the logo!). I thought Sombre sounded pretty cool, it was either that or 'Solo Project #162315'.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

The cover is a photo from Solbjerg cemetery taken by Eve in Denmark (@sombreshots). I just thought it looked cool to be honest, I like how old statues have a kind of decrepit look to them, it makes for good album art in my opinion. I found her photos through Instagram and she was kind enough to let me use this one for the cover! I felt like it perfectly suited the aesthetic, it was already in black and white and the fact her handle is the same as the name I chose for this project seemed like a perfect coincidence. Also, that horn the angel is holding was giving me some Filosofem vibes.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

Yes definitely! I'd love to perform Sombre as a live band but trying to find a drummer is a nightmare. I also have a hard time convincing other people to play music that's already written, I often feel they'd rather be playing something that they helped create rather than just what I've written previously. Regardless I'd totally be up for turning Sombre into a full band


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

Realistically there's an endless supply of super high-quality bands and musicians who are far more talented than myself, so I don't see Sombre getting signed anytime soon. I wouldn't say no though!


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

I'm not sure in regards specifically to fans of post-black metal, it's a bit of a niche genre to begin with and I'm mostly relying on self-promotion at the moment, so reaching out to those fans is a challenge. But I got the seal of approval from my buddies Tom and James who like the same genre and bands I do and are far more talented musicians than I so that's good enough for me!


9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as musician during the future?

It depends if I feel inspired to write more, I have sludge band, Dreadbeggar, that performs live which is a much bigger motivation for me., playing on stage is my jam, especially once we're allowed to perform again. I suppose it depends if I manage to find anyone who wants to turn Sombre into a live act with me, that would probably give me motivation to do a full-length release. Otherwise, I'm sure I'll carry on writing and releasing stuff for Sombre as and when I feel the inspiration.


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?

Deafheaven are one of my favourites and a big inspiration for Sombre. I was blown away listening to Sunbather for the first time and I loved how the album art and the interludes and the quieter sections all contrast with the blast beats and black metal vocals. I wanted to make something like that, I enjoy black metal but I tend to steer clear of the 'True Kvlt' elitism that surrounds the genre, because I just don't care. I enjoy bands like Mayhem and Burzum, but I also enjoy bands whose members are massive hipsters who want to talk to you about their poetry over a spiced latte at Starbucks, but with blast beats, ya know? Alcest were another big influence, I wrote The Plight of Life about a year or two ago after listening to a lot of Alcest, the rest of the tracks came recently after I decided I wanted it to be a full EP.


11.What are your non musical interests?

I'm a bit of a video game/tech nerd, here's a cheeky shout-out to my Twitch channel where I live stream! Twitch.tv/trace6x. I love movies as well, especially horror movies, go figure!


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

Thanks for taking the time to listen to my music, there's so much of it out there so it means a lot. I'll throw in my other sludge band Dreadbeggar whilst I'm here, and I play bass in Praetorian (sludge) and live bass in Lowen (doom), great bands check them out if you fancy!

Sombre2.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/sombre2

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/sombre-interview.html


Lord Of Pagathorn/Age of Curse/Woodcut Records/2021 CD Review

dimanche 25 avril 2021 à 00:47

 


  Finland's  Lord  Of  Pagathorn  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Age  of  Curse"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Woodcut  Records.


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  along  with  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  satanic  chants  and  whispers  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  old  school  Finnish  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  direction  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  touches  of  80's  metal  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  synths  also  returning  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Left  Han  Path,  Anti  Christianity  and  Revenge  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Lord  of  Pagathorn  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Baneful  Curse  to  Destroy  Them  All!!"  "Over  Throned"  and  "Dragging  Into  The  Dust".  8  out  of  10.


  lordofpagathorn@gmail.com

www.lordofpagathorn.com


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkcisFtjNzk


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/lord-of-pagathornage-of-cursewoodcut.html


One With The Riverbed/Absence/Snow Wave Records/2021 Full Length Review

samedi 24 avril 2021 à 20:00

 


  One  With  The  Riverbed  are  a  band  from  Kalamazoo,  Michigan  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  dissonant  form  of  post  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Snow  Wave  Records.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  clean  playing  also  brings  in  elements  of  post  rock.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  post  hardcore  style  shouting  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts.


  Influences  of  doom  metal  are  also  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dissonant  structures,  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  touches  of  ambient.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  loss  themes.


  In  my  opinion  One  With  the  Riverbed  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  dissonant  mixture  of  post  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Carcas"  and  ""Sanctuary".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/3sBUye6zovw

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/one-with-riverbedabsencesnow-wave.html


Hore/Siostry Wiedzmy/Witching Hour Productions/2021 CD Review

samedi 24 avril 2021 à 05:32

 


  Hore  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  emtal  with  some  elements  of  post  black  metal  and  avant  garde  jazz  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Siostry  Wiedzmy"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Witching  Hour  Productions.


  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  deep  yet  angry  black  metal  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  true  Polish  tradition.


  When  saxophones  are  utilized  they  also  introduce  elements  of  jazz  and  avant  garde  music  onto  the  recording.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  songs  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized  and  at  times  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  modern  post  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  the  writings  and  folklore  of  Goethe,  Slowacki,  Mickiewicz  and  Broniewski.


  In  my  opinion  Hore  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  Polish  black  metal  band  with  some  elements  of  post  black  metal  and  avant  garde  jazz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bije  raz,  dwa,  trzy.."  "W  crustach"  and  "Biesy".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/vTSc07l0m4U



https://www.facebook.com/horeofficial  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/horesiostry-wiedzmywitching-hour.html