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Thaw/Earth Ground/Witching Hour Productions/2014 CD Review

lundi 13 octobre 2014 à 08:27

  Thaw  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  sludge,  doom  metal,  noise  and  improv  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Earth  Ground"  which  was  released  by  Witching  Hour  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  avant  garde  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  more  more  of  a  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  and  grim,  high  pitched  screams  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melody  and  atmospheric  sounds.  

  After  awhile  elements  of  harsh  noise  start  mixing  in  with  the  more  black  metal  orientated  style  of  the  bands  musical  sound  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  few  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  which  also  shows  the  band  adding  in  some  angry  style  shouts  in  with  the  screams  as  well  as  adding  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  into  the  slower  side of  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  a  more  melodic  edge  to  the  album  and  they  also  start  adding  in  more  drones  as  time  goes  on by and  the  music  starts  going  more  more  of  an  experimental  musical  direction  while  also  remaining  very  heavy  at  the  same  time  and  towards  the  end  they  band  also  starts  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  electronic  music  elements  while  the  last  track  also  shows  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  being  utilized.

  Thaw  takes  a  sound  that  is  mostly  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal,  sludge,  noise  and  experimental  as  well  as  a  decent  amount  of  melody  to  create  some  very  dark,  heavy  and  original  sounding  music,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thaw  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  doom  metal,  noise  and  improv  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Afterkingdom"  "No  Light"  and  "last  Day".  8  out  of  10.
      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/thawearth-groundwitching-hour.html


Varituuk/I, Varituuk/2014 EP Review

lundi 13 octobre 2014 à 06:20

  Canada's  Varituuk  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  shows  him  playing  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  ep  "I,  Varituuk".

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  and  they  bring  a post  rock  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  slowly  starts  to  go  into  more  of  a  slow,  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  to  get  more  upbeat  and  starts  to  add  in  elements  of  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  as  the song  progresses  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.



  On  this  recording  Varituuk  brings  in  a  12  minute  track  that  is  also  the  only  song  on  the  ep  and  keeps  everything  instrumental  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  both  doom  and  black  metal  to  create  the  musical  sound  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  and  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Varituuk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  both  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/varituuki-varituuk2014-ep-review.html


Isenblast Interview

vendredi 10 octobre 2014 à 11:09
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?

We've been looking for a permanent bass player, and its been keeping us from playing any shows. We're taking the free time we have to write new material and discuss plans for future releases.


2.In August you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

It sounds murky, raw, and evil as shit. Kinda like your generic 2nd wave bm, but with more bass so it sounds more full and heavy, instead of weak and trebly. Its a step up from our self recorded demos we've put out before, just based on the consistency. We went elsewhere for this release as we've had some technical difficulties with our recording setup.


3.When I listened to the ep every track sounded different from each other and I could hear everything from second wave and melodic black metal but also some 1st wave BM, death and thrash metal, do you feel you stand out from other bands mixing all of these different genres together?

Yeah I mean we listen to it all. I can't pinpoint one single sub-genre to restrict my writing too, it just gets too boring for me. If I like a part, I use it. Theres no thoughts like "oh this parts a little bit too death/thrash/melodic to use" we're mainly black metal, but damn you can only write so much icy cold grim riffs. I do understand that some people may get annoyed with the way we jump around and the inconsistency in our style, but those people need to die because we simply don't give a shit.


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

The stuff off the Ep is all about demons, selling your soul, becoming one with darkness... that evil shit.


5.I have noticed in the logo you had a Necronomicon symbol, does both Satanism and Occultism play a huge role in your music?

Its been a huge lyrical influence for sure. I definitely feel it in the riffs as well. Everything just has such a dark aura about it, and we're pushing for the way black metal should be.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Its been great playing with the bigger bands (Rotting Christ, Nile, Wolves in the Throne Room, Incantation, Dark Funeral) But sometimes the local shows are a bit more fun. I try and project the same emotion I was feeling when I started getting into the more darker heavier forms of metal. Theres not much I can do though, playing technical riffs and screaming at the same time, except to look as angry and scary as possible while doing it haha. I would like to incorporate a more evil appearance on stage though.


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

No not currently, hopefully we can setup a tour in the future, maybe after another release and once we get a solid bass player.


8.The ep was released by both In Satan's Custody Records and Demon Breath, can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?

They are both labels ran by different members in the band. This is the 1st release for Demon Breathe, but there will be more in the future once I build on my home studio.


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

We get a lot of great support from local fans. I've been told numerous times from different people that we are the best black/death metal band around Detroit. As for worldwide, we've sent some promotional stuff around and gotten pretty much all positive feedback so far, so things are looking pretty good.


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

I'm getting everything ready to record for the release of a solo epic nordic metal act I've been working on, called Icewind. It will be the 2nd Demon Breathe release, I've been eagerly waiting to record for sometime now. Also been jamming with a thrash act called Euphoria, about to be recording soon. Lord Kaiser has his own heavy metal band as well, White Magician. They have their debut EP release coming out in the near future. Our old bassist has his own Heavy metal act as well, Demon Bitch, (featuring me and Lord Kaiser as well). They just put out their 2nd release as well. Its all great music.


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

We definitely have enough material in the works for another release, we are still trying to decide whether to put out another EP before a full length, or just go straight to the full length. Our writing just keeps getting heavier and more technical. Expect more experimental writing and composing. The new stuff is sounding sick.


12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Mostly just the black/death/thrash bands from the 80's and 90's. I haven't found anything past the 90's that's really had a impact on my writing.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like video games, disc golf, martial arts, skateboarding, and drinking. Music is the main one though, I do all that other stuff when I get bored of music.


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

I'd just like to say its been a great journey so far, everything we've accomplished as a band, and it means a lot to us... all the positive feedback and interviews we've been getting. It gives us great motivation to continue what we've been doing.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/isenblast-interview.html


Perdition Winds/Aura Of Suffering/Woodcut Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 10 octobre 2014 à 08:40

  Perdition  Winds  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Aura  of  Suffering"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Woodcut  Records.

  A  very  distorted and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  before  speeding  up,  adding  in  blast  beats  and  grim  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  keep  everything  mostly  fast  and  raw  in  the  old  school  90's  tradition  as  well  as  evoking  a  very  evil  atmosphere  to  their  musical  style  and  at  time s they  add  a small  amount  of  melodies  into  their  musical  style  which  really  show  when  they  add  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  along  with  some  of  the  riffs  and  everything  second  and  minute  of  this  recording  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  and  there  is  never  a  soft  moment  present  anywhere  on  this  recording.  

  Perdition  Winds  creates  a  very  heavy  style  of  raw  black  metal  with  this recording  expanding  on  the  90's  influences  and  adding  in  some  melodies  and  epic  structures  to  create  an  album  that  is  true  to  the  darker  side  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Religion  and  Destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perdition  Winds  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  heavy  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Revelations  in  Blood"  and  "Temple  Within".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/perdition-windsaura-of-sufferinginverse.html


IardarMegin Interview

jeudi 9 octobre 2014 à 11:24
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
My name is Kevin and I am the mastermind behind the project called IardarMegin. I founded this project back when I had lived in Germany, Bavaria. I am living now in the West of the United States of America. I have always been interested in nature and paganism, linked to occult rites and the Otherworlds. Through my studies I have experienced these powers and forces in my own personal life and I needed a way to express these experiences in a way that relieves my mind and soul.
Of course I have been into metal music and black metal for many, many years.
Whenever I pick up my guitar and compose music, this is what it sounds like. IardarMegin is the final result.

2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Repetitive, Dark, Atmospheric - the lyrics of the songs are indeed Rites, taken from occult scripts or rites that I have written and practiced myself.

3.The lyrics cover Shamanism, Occultism, Heathenism and Nature, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I am into the Left Hand Path and old pagan knowledge and wisdom. Of course that means that I have certain values in my life that I hold very high; liberation of the mind and soul from ideologies, dualism and closed world views that separate the mind and soul from the unity with nature and the cosmos.
I have studied a lot of LHP doctrines over the years, from the Luciferian Workings of Michael W. Ford, Ea Koetting, Thomas Karlsson or Chaosgnosticism. But none of them were satisfying to me. They are too limited, too restricted to grasp the powers and, more importantly, the actual reality of the other worlds, their inhabitants and powers.
I strive to overcome manmade illusion that oppress the human mind, and I do not care if that is politics, religion, a certain subculture or genre. Therefore I also am not involved in any black metal scene at all. Mankind has tried over and over again to explain their mystery of life and the cosmos and they have created these thought prisons of absolute, definite answers.
There is too much group pressure going on in this world, too much oppression, lies, might and power over the minds of people. You can see it in religion, in small sects, you can see it in subcultures, even in the black metal scene… part of the LHP should be to get rid of this, and become the divine being that desires growth, expansion of the mind, and finally ascension of the spirit by understanding, wisdom and evolution…

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ' IardarMegin’?
Iardarmegin is a term connected to norse spirituality and rites. Megin is a term describing a force or power in a magical sense, iardarmegin is the force and power of the earth, the soil, the elements, connected to the unity, the essence that is beyond everything.  Take a look at the Iardarmegin Logo. It is not a logo but a magical symbol with astrological symbolism, it actively invokes the powers from beyond, the essence of pan and that of all nature spirits.
I have found that term while exploring Runosophy, especially the UTHARK, a infamous theory and initiation into the hidden realms of the Runes and Norse spirituality.

5.With this project you record everything solo, do you feel this makes your musical sound more creative?
Not necessarily. I just do not want to rely on anyone. The music may be raw and very primitive, but the experiences behind the music are sacred to me.

6.The project was formed in Germany but now you reside in the united States, what was the decision behind the move?
My US American wife and family. I have left Germany to be with my family.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
No.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I don’t know.

9.Are you also involved with any other musical projects these days?
I was, many years ago, back in Germany...

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the musical direction heading into during the future?
A full length is definitely planned and I will work on it as soon as I will find the time and equipment to do so. Iardarmegin is my tool, there are no limitations, from acoustic music to percussion with ritualistic throat singing you will find a lot of influences from all kinds of genres.

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?
A lot. When it comes to Black Metal I would have to mention ABIGOR, DEATHSPELL OMEGA, HORNA, SATANIC WARMASTER, FUNERAL WINDS, NEHEMAH, AASKEREIA, ARCKANUM, OFERMOD…
Apart from that, I listen to a lot of different styles; DISTURBED, JOHNNY CASH, REBEL SON,… I have discovered VOLBEAT lately, and I really admire the singers voice and passion.

12.What are some of your non musical interests/
My family.
I am heavily involved into self sufficient farming, permaculture, and gardening.
Which means growing your own food via permacultural principles, biodynamic gardening, generating your own power and electricity, having your own water supply, going hunting or fishing.
Off Grid Homesteading. Chopping firewood, heating and cooking on a woodstove.
I am a lot into herbalism, gardening, and Ive friends living that way of life, from all kinds of careers, even far away from the so called black metal world… Even though I am some kind of prepper, I guess to me it is not about being scared that the world will crumble and fall apart, no. It is rather about living that way of life because it fulfills me no matter whats happening around me.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for for your sincere interest. I appreciate it a lot!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/iardarmegin-interview.html