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Aegrus/Thy Numinous Darkness/Saturnal Records/2017 Full Length Review

mardi 8 août 2017 à 05:46

  Aegrus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Thy  Numinous  Darkness'  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  great  potion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  album  progresses  and    later  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing    along  with  the  vocals  also  utilizing  a  more  depressive  edge  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Aegrus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  while  also  having  a  modern  edge, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism.  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Transcendental Knowledge  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aegrus  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  "Call  Of  Lucifer"  "Psalms  Of  Satan"  and  "The  Black  Stream  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.

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Sutekh Hexen/Blsphm/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 Split 7 Inch Review

dimanche 6 août 2017 à 00:05

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  California's  Sutekh  Hexen  and  Washington's  Blsphm  which  was  originally  released  in  2014  but  re-issued  in  2017  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sutekh  Hexen  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  noise.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  harsh  noise  in  the  song.

  Deep  demonic  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Msticism,  Demons  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sutekh  Hexen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  their  song.

  Next  up  is  Blsphm  a  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  industrial.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  heavy  riffs,  drone  and  industrial  elements  while  the  drums  add in  blast  beats  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  the  songs  giving  the  song  a  very  dark  atmosphere  and  the  musical  is  all  instrumental  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Blsphm  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal,  noise  and  dark  industrial.  8  out  of  10.   

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At Dusk Interview

samedi 5 août 2017 à 23:37
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

While this has always been a recording project done in solitude, there have been moments in its history in which a live lineup has materialized.  I'm currently working with a new set of coconspirators to make the live band materialize again soon.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the most recent material?

More anger, more viscera.  My music has always reflected my own depressive states, and my personality is such that negativity turns inward.  I feel most At Dusk music expresses that theme by being more droning, mid-paced, and reflective.  The most recent material finally directs the negativity outward, and it's reflected in a much more aggressive sound.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Nature Worship, can you tell us what kind of spiritual meaning this has to you?

For the most part, my lyrics attempt to describe painful inner states and neuroses. The state of nature (and the state of musical creation) are the only places where those demons subside.  I find the most peace and inspiration among the trees.  It's not much more complicated than that.

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

The short version is this: I was inspired by the Emperor album "Anthems to the Welkins at Dusk" when I was a teenager just learning about the dark underground and beginning these workings in secret.

5.On the studio albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on the recordings or do you prefer to work solo?

At Dusk is my own catharsis.  It's difficult to imagine having anyone else contribute anything that wasn't of my own invention.  The closest I've had to this is the live album, and a single sample on Anhedonia in which I recorded a female friend of mine enunciating the phrase: "Sometimes I feel like I'm in a cage."  I had been to the local zoo with this person, which was and still is a foul and pathetic place that terribly mishandles their animal tenants, when she had said this to me and it sounded very appropriate.  So I suppose I may use the spoken words of acquaintances as samples, or possibly even a female vocalist at some point as that is a task I cannot complete myself, but beyond that, I don't work well with others in the composition and recording phase.

6.What are some of the best shows that the live line up has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Every live performance has been well-received.  We always put some effort into creating the appropriate atmosphere, with incense, candles, corpsepaint and the like.  Possibly my favorite so far was performing with Lluvia (then known as "The Rain In Endless Fall") at the top of a mountain in the woods locally.  It took a lot of effort to make it happen but the forest shows are always the best and most appropriate setting for this.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

The current live lineup is rehearsed and a few irons are in the fire for some California events. I can't say more beyond that as of yet, unfortunately.

8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Sacerdos', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

We live in a small rural coastal area of California about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, so the dark underground here is often nigh unto nothing.  Whenever I learn of another bedroom black metal project besides myself in the area I am immediately intrigued.  This is what led to my older split cassette with Procer Veneficus, and it is also what led to doing a split cassette with Sacerdos.  It is very honest and intellectual music and I think the track he contributed to this release is outstanding.

9.The ep was released on 'Pacific Threnodies', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Pacific Threnodies is obviously very new.  As the name suggests, it is focused on materializing the few high quality dark and extreme bands that are found in our local vicinity. I look forward to seeing more releases revealed and having these otherwise geographically obscure acts see the light of day.  I think California central coast heavy music has a number of idiosyncratic qualities drawing from common inspiration.

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

Very early on I was surprised to see my first split CD (with a band called Idolater) being shared heavily on Russian and eastern-bloc European blogs.  I have always loved receiving trades and correspondence with fans around the world, who communicate in an English that is broken but impassioned and earnest.  I had the pleasure of working with a Slovakian act called Korium thanks to this reputation, and have also done limited releases through Serbian and Russian labels.

11.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?

My current lineup shares a drummer with Nan Elmoth (who you may remember just had their full length released by PT last month) and our bass player has been collaborating with Sacerdos for a new traditional black metal project, called Ossomancer. I'm very excited to see what they do with that.

I personally make (industrial, neofolk, dark ambient, other metal) music under a number of other names that I prefer to keep separate as much as I can.

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

The next full-length will come eventually.  The problem with good "depressive" black metal is that real clinical depression makes it very hard to work, and when you're actually ok and can get out of bed to do things, the music is shit.

13.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?

Early on, Burzum, Xasthur, Leviathan, and Make a Change...Kill Yourself were my primary musical influences.  Lately I'm enjoying listening to Plasma Pool, digging through the Current 93 discography again, getting lost in the immense atmospheres of Earth & Pillars, Battle Dagorath, and the like... It's always tough to answer these kinds of questions.  I most frequently find myself revisiting Paysage d'Hiver and My Dying Bride when I'm not wading through the extravagant morass of new black metal albums I keep downloading.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Literature, especially English Romanticism and WWI poets and esotericists such as Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, W.B. Yeats, Vera Britain... I recently played through the Dark Souls series of games, which have a uniquely dark atmosphere and environmental storytelling that worked well for me. I'm also interested in finding the best natural swimming hole, in my partner's small daemonic black dog, and in fine Scotch whiskey.

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

Thank you for contacting me for this interview.  I hope these answers are satisfactory.

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Nyctophilia/Dwelling In The Fullmoon Light/2017 Full Length Review

samedi 5 août 2017 à 23:01

  Nyctophilia  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Dwelling  In  The  Fullmoon  Light".

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction while  also  introducing  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Nyctophilia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  coldness  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nyctophilia  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  Nothing  Remains  Here"  and  "Alone  Abandoned  In  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.  

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Arckanum/Den Forstfode/Folter Records/2017 CD Review

samedi 5 août 2017 à 20:15

  Sweden's  solo project  Arckanum  have  returned  with  a  new recording  that  continues  the  anti  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Den  Forstfode"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Folter  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodies  and  demonic  yet  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  is  are  instrumental  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  sticking  the  style  that  was established  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  traditional  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  pagan  chanting.

  Arckanum  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  anti  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  are  a concept  album  deal  with  Jormungandr,  the  fir  son  of  Loki  and  Angrboda,  whose  giant  power  covers  the  earth  and  Thursian  Sorcey  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arckanum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Den  Forstfode"  "Ginnmors  Drott"  and  "Kittelns  Beska".  8/5  out  of  10.


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