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Bitter Lake/Firmly Rooted To The Ground/2017 Single Review

mardi 6 juin 2017 à 06:05

  United  Kingdom's  solo  project  Bitter  Lake  have  returned  with  a  new  track  that  is  also  in  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  single  "Firmly  Rooted  To  The  Ground".

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  track  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  faster  direction  along  with  some  programmed  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  also  mixing  in  experimental  elements  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  touches  of  electronic  music.

  Bitter  Lake  creates  a  track  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  drk  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Bitter  Lake  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  8  out  of  10.

  https://officialbitterlake.bandcamp.com/album/firmly-rooted-to-the-ground-s 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/bitter-lakefirmly-rooted-to-ground2017.html


Red Bible Black/Allah is Satan's Toy/Merdumgiriz/2017 EP Review

lundi 5 juin 2017 à 05:18

  Red  Bible  Black  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Turkey  and  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  ep  "Allah  Is  Satan's  Toy"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  war  metal  feeling  along  with  some  bestial  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording t here  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  used  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in a   great  amount  of  90's  influences  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  modern  feeling  and  samples  are  also  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  singing  and  spoken  words  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Red  Bible  Black  creates  another   recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  bestial  blackened  death/war  metal  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Islamic/Judeo,  Satanism  and  anti  poser  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Red  Bible  Black  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  war  metal  and  bestial  black/death,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Allah  Is  Satan's  Toy"  and  "Promote,  Support,  And  Glorify  Hatred".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/red-bible-blackallah-is-satans.html


Framheim/Polar Black Metal/2017 Demo Review

lundi 5 juin 2017 à 04:28

  Framheim  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  cold  and  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  released  2017  demo  "Polar Black  Metal".

  Ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo  before  adding  in  fast  tremolo  picking  that  also  gives  the  songs  a  very  lo-fi  and  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  leads  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  atmospheric  elements  also  get  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  experimental  elements  along  with  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  era  influences  being  mixed  in  with  a  more  modern  style.

  Ftramheim  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while  also  having its  melodic,  experimental  and  ambient  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  polar  explorations,  frozen  landscapes,,  desolation  and  loneliness  themes,

  In  my  opinion  Framheim  are  a  very  great  sounding  cold  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lu  Fredd".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/framheimpolar-black-metal2017-demo.html


Deathwinter Interview

lundi 5 juin 2017 à 03:52
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1: Scorn Wraith::: I started the band in 2007 when I was traveling Australia and had settled in a small town in the West of the country for a while...at that point Deathwinter had a full lineup of members, I was the song writer and the one that formed the band and it's concepts!!! Late 2008 Dw recorded a 3 track demo in titled Cold Black Eternity and we were very close to doing our first performance, then because of circumstances two of the members moved interstate and I couldn't find anyone to replace them...So the original Dw did not do a show and the demo was not released at that time!!! After that I moved from the small town to a major city near by and started working on more material with another guitarist and we found a session drummer to do some basic recordings with us that were the foundations for the sound Dw has now!!! The session drummer Mealstrom has recorded the drum tracks on all the current Dw material...At that time I decided to keep traveling and put Dw to rest as it had not worked out the way I had planned!!! Years later I finally returned back to my home area that is a very small country town with virtually no metal let alone Black Metal...A close brother of mine that I had met whilst I was moving around the country and had the honour of jamming with for a while, main man from devilish Aussie BM band Sanguinary Misanthropia/Sinister Essence Records encouraged me to keep going with Dw and bring it back from the dead with hellfires blazing...Even tho I couldn't find members in my area to perform live with or be part of a serious recording act...Now I was ready to immerse myself fully and commit to the Devils will and bring this beast to life!!! So I started jamming with a couple drummers that weren't into BM and did some rehearsal demos with them,this fueled the black flames within...That's when I new I had to ask session drummer Maelstrom if he would be able to help make this a reality!!!

2.So far you have released a full length and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2:Scorn Wraith:::Up to this point in time I have only released two releases in physical form...Before that early 2016 I released Dw's 1st demo Cold Black Eternity in digital format through Aussie label Sinister Essence Records and a bunch of shitty rehearsal demos,then later in 2016 Dw's raw demo ep Manifestations Of Death also in digital form!!!The split with Colombian 1 man BM act Perventor was the 1st CD release Dw had done!!! Then M.O.D was released on CD through Ukraine label Depresive Illusions Records!!! I would describe the sound on the M.O.D recordings and the early demo as raw and unforgiving...Devilish and dark, mainly a traditional BM sound with a hint of Death Metal...

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Satanic and Luciferian topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?
3:Scorn Wraith:::My interest in the Occult,Satanic/Luciferian beliefs and dark Paganism started when I was around 12 and was seriously getting into Metal...As most young people are searching for who they are and what they believe in the bands that I listened to back then were involving these topics and beliefs in there lyrical/musical themes!!! This helped lead me on a path of discovery and Diabolic evolution, I started to search for knowledge and understanding of these mysteries to experience Darkness and Khaos in the physical and spiritual realms, this bought me closer to eternal fires of the Devil and his Infernal will...that's when the black abyss that I had felt around me from a very young age began to open up and make sense couldn't close my eyes now they were open!!! Thus the inspiration behind Dw is the Devil,Death and Chaos as I feel all is the meaning of our existence on this earth!!!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deathwinter'?
4:Scorn Wraith::: Death and Winter was the original name for the band...Death as a symbol for the end of life and Winter representing the ever present lurking shadow of Death...I wanted the name to embody these elements and to mean something much more apocalyptic, I then made it one word that would be as a universal cataclysmic storm...Deathwinter!!!

5.Currently there is only one member in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
5:Scorn Wraith::: I would say that no matter what happens in the future as regards to other members joining Dw I will always be the main writer of the music and lyrics, it is my vision and creation.. With Deathwinter I give honour to the Devil to Death and to Mother Khaos, so for anyone to be an active participant in the writing of the music and lyrical themes they would have the same convictions as I or else it would turn to one confused un inified pile of meaningless shit!!! Past lessons learned!!! I have collaborated on lyrics for a couple of tracks on the M.O.D ep and a small portion on the upcoming full length Aeonic Worship Of The Anticosmic Diabolos due out later in 2017 with my dark brethren...One of them will be doing the vocals on that album and might continue as Dw's vocalist on future albums!!!  It's looking very likely that I have a permanent drummer for Dw on the next album after Aeonic as I have started another project called Wraith with a drummer from the USA...He is very interested in being a member of Dw!!! So in answer to your question I do prefer to create mostly by myself!!!

6.So far you have worked with 'Depressive Illusions' and 'Iron, Blood & Death Corp'. are you happy with the support both labels have given you so far?
6:SW::: Definitely happy with the support all the labels I have worked with have given me...They have all been very helpful!!!

7.Last year you where a part of a split with 'Pervertor', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7:SW::: Yes working on the split with Perventor from Colombia was great, he is a very driven and passionate BM musician!!! We became friends on Facebook and after communicating for a while he asked if I was keen to do a split...I fucking really respect Colombian BM so when he asked me I was very happy bout being part of it!!! Perventor took care of all the artwork and got everything sorted out for the split, i only had to send him the Dw's music and he did the rest...It was an honour to work with him on it...He is also the front man for another band that is not a one man band Ritos De Muerte...We were talking about Ritos De Muerte and Dw doing a split aswell...

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8:SW::: to be be truthful I really don't know...I have had a little bit of feedback about the releases but I don't know how it all has been received, i think it is to early to tell yet!!! I am thinking Dw might have more of a response later this year after the two releases with Iron Blood happen...1st is the special edition re release of the Manifestations Of Death demo ep due out in the very near future and later this year the full length Aeonic Worship Of The Anticosmic Diabolos will be released...The music is all recorded on the full length, I am now only waiting  for the vocals to be done then send it off to be mastered...The full length will be a major step up for Dw in the sense of music and production!!!

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
9:SW::: Writing and recording more Dw albums and throwing myself right into my new project Wraith that has as a band two members from Australia and two members from the U.S!!! It has a totally different sound and feel to Dw...I have written and recorded 5 tracks for the 1st Wraith release so far and am about to start on more!!!

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?
10:SW::: Old Dissection definitely Bathory early Watain,old Morbid Angel, Destroyer 666,Sanguinary Misanthropia,Nightbringer....old school Death Metal and the list goes on ...I have been listening to a lot of Colombian BM...Ignis Haereticum,Horncrowned,Ritos De Muerte ECT..Lv Colombian BM...haha

11.Do you have any online links where people can hear your music?
11:SW::: Yes Sinister Essence Records on Bandcamp!!! You can stream the M.O.D ep the Cold Black Eternity demo and also some rehearsal demos...Deathwinter on Soundcloud...
https://sinisteressencerecords.bandcamp.com/album/manifestations-of-death

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12:SW::: Thanks for your time and support!!! All Glory To The Great Devil!!! Hails

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/deathwinter-interview.html


Diablery/Shadowcraft/Entropy/Black Market Metal Label/2017 Split CD Review

vendredi 2 juin 2017 à 20:43

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Greece's  Diablery  and  Shadowcraft  called  'Entropy"  which  will  be  released  on  June  23  by  Black  Market  Metal  Label  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Diablery  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  keyboard  orientated  form  of black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very sci-fi  orientated  keyboard  intro  and  after  the  intro   the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and r aw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  90's  era  symphonic  black metal  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  a  great  portion  of t heir  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  along  with  melodic  chants  are  added  onto t he  last  track

  Diablery  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  keyboard  orientated  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  philosophy,  space,  science  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Diablery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  keyboard  orientated  style  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mundus  Vult  Decipi".

  Next  up  is  Shadowcraft  a  band  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  keyboard  intro  which  also  utilizes  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals  as  well  as  introducing  grim  black  metal  screams  onto the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  also  bringing  in  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Symphonic  and  heavy  parts  are  mixed  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  side  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can be  heard  and  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  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Shadowcraft  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  is  more  close  to  the  90's  style of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Christianity,  solitude,  torment  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shadowcraft  are  a  very  great sounding  symphonic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I  Curse  Thee".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Greek  or  symphonic  black  metal.  8  out  of  190,

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/06/diableryshadowcraftentropyblack-market.html