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Arstidir Lifsons/Adolfodr ok munka drottin/Van Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 10 avril 2015 à 22:38

  Arstidir  Lifsons  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Germany  and  Iceland  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Adolfodr ok munka drottin"  which  was  released  by  Van  Records.

  Nature  sounds  and  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  viking  vocals  and  chants  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  once  the  music  gets  heavy  melodies  and  grim  black  metal  screams  become  a  huge  part  of  the  songs  on  the  recording.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  sections  displaying  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  acoustic  guitars  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  You  can  hear  the  influence  of  classical  music  quite  a  bit  on  all  of  the  tracks  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic sounding  and  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  Nordic  black  metal  elements  and  some  of  the  more  atmospheric  parts  bring  in  a  trace  of  ambient  music.

  Arstidir  Lifons  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Nordic  tradition  but  also adds  in  more  folk  and  ambient  music  elements  along  with  some  spoken  word  narrative's  that  gives  the  music more  of  an  epic  and  original  feeling,  the  production  sound s very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Old  Norse  Icelandic  and  cover  Old  Nose  Literature, History  and  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Arstidr  Lifons  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  direction,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kastar  Heljar  Brenna  Fjarri  Ofan  Onundardarfirdinu"  "Ulfs  Vedrit  Er  to  CMXCIX"  "Nordsaeta  Gaetis,  Herfingja  Ormsins  Langa"  and  "Sem  Lengsk  Vanar  Lopts  Ljosgimu  HVarfs".  8  out  of  10.

             

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/arstidir-lifsonsadolfodr-ok-munka.html


Goatblood/Adoration Of Blasphemy And War/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2015 CD Review

vendredi 10 avril 2015 à 03:34

  Goatblood  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Adoration  Of  Blasphemy  And  War"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  Sounds  of  war  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  chaotic  war  metal  direction  that  also  introduces  bestial  growls  and  blast  beats  into  the  music  and  the  music  also  bring s in  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  the  songs  have  a  90's  feeling  to  them  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  chaotic  sounding  and  remain  true  to  a  black  and  war  metal  style  and  grim  screams  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  raw  energy  and  brutality  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  war  samples  also  make  a  return  on  a  later  song

  Goatblood  takes  the  rawest  and  most  brutal  element s of  war,  black  and  death  metal  to  create  one  very  bestial  sounding  holocaust  induced  album,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  war,  alcohol,  blasphemous  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goatblood  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Animal  Anal  Acrobatic"  "Deluge  In  Heaven"  "Op  Vulva"  and  "Trumpets  Of  Baphomet".  8  out  of  10.




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/goatbloodadoration-of-blasphemy-and.html


Hanal Pixan Interview

mercredi 8 avril 2015 à 20:32
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Andy Chuc: Hanal Pixan is Maya Extreme metal/Black metal band of the country of Belize which consist of Richard Acosta AKA "Mayan Samurai" in all instruments and my self Andy Chuc AKA "Halach Uinik Chuc" in vocals/Lyrics. We have 2 releases Noh Mul EP and our full length In Lu'umil Belice.


2.So far this year you have released an ep and a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings

Andy Chuc: The sound of both releases are very experiment blending elements of Black metal,Symphonic Black metal,Death metal,Doom and folk metal. Wecalled it Maya extreme metal.

3.Your lyrics go very in depth with Mayan Culture, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also are you interested in the mythology or the ancient religion that the Mayans practiced?


Andy Chuc: The lyrics are written in English,Spanish and Mayan. They speak about Maya Heroes,History,Culture etc. For example The song Nachan Can Speaks about the Maya lord Nachan Can of Chactemal who was very feared during the Conquest of the Maya world. The song Cruzoob is a dedication to the  Cruzoob Maya rebels who fought in the Caste War. Also a dedication to my maya ancestors who were part of the Cruzoob like General Juan Bautista Chuc and my great grand father Juan Chuc. I'm interested in the Maya Mythology and Ancient Maya religion it's like a calling of my ancestors
especially when reading the books like Popol Voh and Chilam Balam.


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

Andy Chuc: Hanal Pixan means "Food for the souls"  and is a celebration done in Belize and the yucatan peninsula it's similar to "Day of the dead". I chose the name because I wanted something that would reflect our Maya  traditions that we still do today.


5.Originally the band started out as a solo project but are now a duo, what was the decision behind
adding other members and also are you planning on expanding the line up in the future?

Andy Chuc: The band original started as a raw Black metal one man band but I was busy with other musical projects. Once chatting with Richard Acosta he told me he wanted to experiment with Symphonic Black Metal. Since Richard is a multi intrumental musician I thought he would help me develop the sound of Hanal Pixan so I invited  him to the project. Yes we have taught of adding other members maybe a  drummer.

6.The album was released on Metal Mayhem Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Andy Chuc: Metal Mayhem records is a record label of the country of Belize founded in the 2015 by Romel Villanueva. This label is helping the Belizean Scene. We are so grateful with Mr. Romel Villanueva.

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

Andy Chuc: Well until now we have got good feedback better than what I thought.


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

Andy Chuc: Richard and I are also part of a melodic death metal band name Flames of apocalypse which we are recording our second full length. I'm also  part of a Goregrind band name Kill The Whore along with Thiago C. of Neverchrist we should start record this year our new album also.

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

Andy Chuc: Recording new music and trying to improve the sound,Composition and quality.


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?

Andy Chuc: There are so many which have influence us but to name a few Orisha Shakpana, Congrad, Xipe toltec Kapul,Emperor,Immortal,Sepultura,SoulFly.Lately I have been hearing a lot of Hacavitz.


11.Are there any other band from your home country of Belize worth checking out?

Andy Chuc: I would recommend Lasher Zombie,Kill The Whore, Death suppressor and Severity.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Andy Chuc: Apart from music, I am a member of a Belizean Cultural group name U Puksi'ik'al Maya(Maya heart) to preserve the language and traditions of the Yucatec Maya in Belize . I have a huge interests in Maya history which is not taught in Belizean Schools.


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

Andy Chuc: Thank you so much for this interview , want thank every body who have supported us , and just
be yourself and be real. In K'aaba'e Andy Halach Uinik Chuc yu'um Bo'otik Occult Black metal Zine.
(My name is Andy "Halach Uinik Chuc" thank you Occult Black metal Zine).

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/hanal-pixan-interview.html


Adore Interview

mercredi 8 avril 2015 à 04:29
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Adore is a one-woman black metal project. The majority of the music is very depressive in nature. Many of the songs lean towards the symphonic side. Adore is a peek into the reclusive, grim side of a brain that won't shut off.


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

The first offering “Infamy of the Black Legions” was a culmination of me dealing with deaths and being in a very dark place. Not very lyrical album, but 100% emotional. At the time the music was an outlet for my suffering, a way to unleash a lot of anger and pain I was holding in. Also, truly becoming a recluse and not wanting to deal with the outside world.

The second offering “Wanderers of Oblivion” is much more lyrical and deals with more external themes, namely how humanity's days are numbered, what will happen to the earth and our galaxy long after we have all died. As humans we tend to think we are the center of the universe. But when you start learning about the cosmos, and how tiny we truly are in the grand scheme of things, then that truly puts life in perspective. The earth will be no more. No matter how grim things are, we are truly lucky to be alive. Some won't have the opportunity to be born and enjoy this earth. Even so, I tend to remain a recluse and spend my time doing what I enjoy most. If I can change anything, it would be the health issues I'm currently dealing with. I'd like to travel the world more, but I think that's the goal of most people. Looking through telescopes and reading as many books possible will suffice for now.


3.The musical project has been around since 2004 but you waited until 2013 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

Well, besides being a musician, I have a professional career, a career that demanded a lot of very long hours both studying and working. A few of the songs actually date all the way back to the late 1990s. I was injured a few years ago and that eventually gave me time to take a breath and release these songs. So, yes, there has been some positive that came from a very negative situation. Otherwise, they may have never been released.


4.Your lyrics cover cosmos, galactic, mythological, paranormal and historical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

My spiritual beliefs are always shifting and my mind is always expanding. At this point, I'm more of an evolutionist, but I have had paranormal experiences. After my mother and close friend both passed away, I truly wanted to know if there was another dimension out there where the dead continues to exist. Of course, scientifically, there isn't proof of that, but I think it's our nature to think there is a forever. So, many of the lyrics deal with that. The cosmic/galactic lyrics came about because recently I've become a little obsessed with space and the universe. I find it very fascinating. I always say, “If you are looking for beauty and mystery, just look up.” So the origins of our existence weighs very heavily on my mind and also our destiny and the destiny of our earth. The historical themes deal with those who have suffered gravely in the past so many of us can have the freedoms and existence that we have nowadays. So, the music is a bundle of what goes on in my head daily. A brain that won't shut off and gets even more active when I'm asleep. Some of the mystical, mythological themes are actually dreams that I've had and remembered vividly.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Adore'?
There are several reasons I chose that name. Most names in black metal are very kvlt. I wanted a name that reflected feminine energy in such a dark genre. And also, Adore is basically a nickname that an ex-lover gave me that stuck. That simple.


6.With this project you record mostly everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to working with a full band?

Working alone is very tedious! My injuries makes the process even more tedious. I'll record a few riffs here and there until it all comes together. Sometimes, I truly miss being in bands where there are so many different ideas to work with. I also miss playing live. But the great thing about being the only person involved in a project is that I am solely responsible for the final product. It's my vision and I didn't have to compromise. I love having that freedom and control.


7.On the album you had Cernunnos of Haeresiarchs Of Dis on a couple of tracks, can you tell us a little bit more about his participation on the recording?

I met Cernunnos through my longtime friend Chad Kelly (of the  bands Catholicon & Excommunicated). Chad had mastered a split album that Cernunnos of Haeresiarchs of Dis was a part of. Like Chad, I found another kindred spirit in Cernunnos. Both he and Chad are very brilliant guys and are both a true wealth of knowledge and experience. I love it when I can learn from friends and I've learned so much from both guys. Haeresiarchs of Dis' music is truly incredible. I refer to Cernunnos as a one-man symphony. One of his opuses “Circle of Sodomy” is definitely one of my favorite black metal tracks ever. I was even more impressed that he also created the video for “Circle of Sodomy”. So, it was natural that I wanted to work with him musically. I had a few songs that were told from a male's perspective. So, I asked Cernunnos and he was more than willing. We worked together through file sharing. Chad Kelly was supposed to be involved as well, but he is extremely busy with his job, moving, and so many other projects. But maybe in the future, the three of us will create a song together. Cernunnos and I are planning an ep together in the very near future.


8.Originally the  music project was based in Louisiana but now is based in Texas, what was the cause of the re-location and also how would you compare the 2 states?

I moved from Louisiana to Texas with my ex-husband because of career opportunities and also because we had visited Texas a lot to attend metal shows out here (that usually completely skipped over Louisiana) and basically fell in love with the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At the time of our move, we were so relieved to get out of Louisiana because hurricane Katrina had just hit and our area was truly in chaos. Louisiana will always be home though. When I think of New Orleans, I automatically hear Acid Bath, Crowbar, and so many others in my head and that instantly brings a smile to my face. I grew up around a lot of those bands and so much music. I have great memories of attending Goatwhore practices when they were first starting up and being on the very front row of many Acid Bath shows singing every word.

Louisiana compared to Texas...that's a tough question. If I were completely honest, I definitely prefer Texas to Louisiana. But each place has their pros and cons. Texas definitely has more career opportunities, a better educational system, less corruption, less "good old boy" mentality (at least from my experiences). The quality of life is so much better here in Texas.

Louisiana is so deep-rooted in music though. It also has incredible food, culture, and alcohol readily available pretty much anywhere.  When I moved to Texas, I lived in a dry county. That was like a culture shock coming from a place like southeastern Louisiana where alcohol is everywhere. The motto in New Orleans is "laissez les bon temps rouler" which roughly translates to "let the good times rolls". Louisianians party like no other.


9.Both the album and demo have been distributed by Red Stream, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal?  

My good friend Tony Costanza (former drummer for Crisis, Crowbar, Machine Head, etc.) is great friends with Patrick at Red Stream. After hearing “Infamy of the Black Legions”, Tony told me he would pass it along to Patrick because Patrick loves weird, obscure, raw black metal similar to that on my demo. And he was right. Patrick heard the demo and was interested in distributing the album and I was happy about that. Patrick is a true joy to work with. Very cool guy.


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

The majority of the feedback from fans of black metal has been excellent. Of course, raw black metal is not everyone's cup of tea. There are some out there who think women shouldn't be involved in the genre at all. Some don't respect or get what I'm doing and that's fine. Some outside the genre think I'm a blasphemer. I never really expect anyone else to like or understand my music, but fortunately for me, many do. And that is definitely an incredible feeling when someone enjoys your passion and your work. I think of myself as a medium through which the music passes through. Sometimes the songs truly seem to write themselves. Also, My buddy Scott Conner of Xasthur posted “Infamy of the Black Legions” on his Facebook wall, and that led to many others discovering the music. So, I'm eternally grateful to Mr. Malefic. He is truly an incredible guy and musician. I will forever be a Xasthur fan.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Well, I''m very limited to what I can do physically because of my injuries. So there definitely won't be any live shows or touring. But I always see myself releasing dark music. Of course, there is a part of me that wants to experiment more (maybe with spacey, electronic music). I'll continue to put out very dark music and hopefully it will connect with someone out there.


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?

So many. I am definitely influenced by the second wave of black metal bands out of Norway... Emperor, Enslaved, Mayhem, Darkthrone, old Satyricon, old Ulver. I remember hearing Nemesis Divina for the first time and getting chills. It was like nothing I had ever heard. Same goes for Emperor's "In the Nightside Eclipse" and even Opeth's "Orchid". I'm also influenced by some of the local bands from the New Orleans area (past and present) ...Acid Bath, Crowbar, Soilent Green, Goatwhore, Somber, Psychon Vex, Ritual Killer, Luthian, Catholicon, Excommunicated. Nowadays, my favorites are Absu, Xasthur, Summoning, Haeresiarchs of Dis, Hakuja, Arcturus, Akercocke, Master's Hammer, Poccolus, Mutiilation, Gorgoroth/God Seed, Vorkreist, Darkspace, Skyforest, Crisis, Membaris, Sargeist, Horna, Behexen, Celestia, Quinta Essentia, Throne of Ahaz, Nergal, Secrets of the Moon, Antaeus, Hell Militia (all of LSK's old bands, R.I.P.). ColdWorld, Aaskereia, Nex De Omnis. I really love that cold, depressive shit. One album that I'm really enjoying lately is Astarium “Atenvx” album. If you are into that dark, symphonic stuff, I highly recommend it. Voices “London” album has been on repeat lately as well. So many. I can go on and on about all the bands I'm into and love. It's endless.


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

Thank you so much for your interest and/or support of Adore. Hope you all are living the lives you want to live. Please keep purchasing black metal albums and merchandise, attending shows, and supporting the bands. Best wishes always. Hailz! \m/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/adore-interview.html


Nero Barlume/La Vita Fugge/Cvlminis/2014 EP Review

mardi 7 avril 2015 à 15:09

  Nero  Barlume  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "La  Vita  Fugge"  which  was  released  by  Cvlminis.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  before  adding  in  heavy  guitars  along  with  some  synths  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  brings  in  blast  beats  it  has  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  grim  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  the  slow  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  atmosphere.

  Nero  Barlume  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw,  depressive  ant  atmospheric  while   also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Introspective  themes  and  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  Nero  Barlume  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  Vita  Fugge"  amd  "L'Estrema  Fragranza  del  male".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/nero-barlumela-vita-fuggecvlminis2014.html