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Konflict/Reek Of The Unzen Gas Fumes/Conflict Is Control/Poisonous Gas Thrower Of Jigoku/Cyclopean Eye Productions/2015 Split CD Review

vendredi 11 mars 2016 à 07:40

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Sri  Lanka's  Konflict  and  Japan's  Reek  Of  the  Unzen  Gas  Fumes  called  "Conflict  Is  Control/Poisonous  Gas  Thrower  Of  Jigoku"  which  was  released  in  2015  by  Cyclopean  Eye  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Konflict  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  grindcore  and  harsh  power  electronics.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  and  you can  also  hear  voices  in  the  background  at  times  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  guttural  growls  that  gives  the  music  a  bestial/death  and  war  metal  feeling  while  also  having  a  touch  of  grindcore  to  them.

  They  also  mix  the  harsh  noises  in  with  the  heavier  parts    and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  being  more  brutal than  an  actual  drum  kit   and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  war  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Konflict  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal,  grindcore  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Conflict  Is  Control"  and  "In  Strife,  With  You  (Aryaputhru  Yatapatha)".

  Next  up  is  Reek  Of  the  Unzen  Gas  Fumes  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  a  few  seconds  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  grindcore  in  the  bands  musical  style.

   The  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  technical  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  as  their  side  of  the  split  progresses  distorted  spoken  word  parts  and  a  touch  of  noise  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  yet  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  radical  Japenese  nationalism,  anti  Buddhism  and  Sadism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Reek  Of  The  Unzen  Gas  Fumes  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  war,  black  metal  and  grindcore  with  a  touch  of  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doku"  and  "Reek  Of  the  Unzen  Gas  Fumes".  8  u8t  of  10.        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/konflictreek-of-unzen-gas-fumesconflict.html


Imperial Triumphant/Inceste/Redefining Darkness Records/2016 EP Review

vendredi 11 mars 2016 à 05:06

  New  York's  Imperial  Triumphant  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  experimental  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Inceste"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  which  are  done  with  some  old  fashioned  instruments  and  after  awhile  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  sound  while  also  remaining  experimental.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful sound  to them  and  the  vocals  use  both  black  metal;  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  structures  as  well  as  adding  clean  playing  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Imperial  Triumphant  creates  another  recording  that  takes  their  black  metal  roots  of  earlier  recordings  while  also  expanding  on  the  death  metal  elements  as  well  as  getting  more  experimental  and  progressive  with  this  newer  release  as  well  as  picking  up  where  they  left  off  on  their  last  full  length,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  works  of  Marquis  De  Sade.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imperial  Triumphant  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kaleidoscope  Orgies"  and  "Breath  Of  Innocence".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/imperial-triumphantincesteredefing.html


Alastor Interview

jeudi 10 mars 2016 à 11:25
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Waiting for the first copies of our new Album WALDMARK (CD/LP) and collecting ideas for new songs. In the near future there are no live activities planned. Maybe we will be strengthened by a further member.

2.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´s a kind of Black Metal which was celebrated in the glorious second era in the 1990`s. Dark, frozen yet melodic guitar riffing, which carries the atmosphere in the songs, combined with heavy cracking drums and northern howling voices. Concerning the Atmosphere, WALDMARK is similar to SILVA NORDICA. NOBLE NORTH, the second full-length album, is not that homogenous and more varied. The Album WALDMARK sounds sometimes like a mixture of “Ravenclaw” and “Serpent Times” from our last Split-Album “The forbidden fruit of purity”.

3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

We solely used the Time for the songwriting. Good music needs time. And we played one gig in a small club in Vienna.

4.The band has been around for 20 years, what is it that motivates you to keep going for 2 decades?

It´s a long process to find your own musical identity. It´s not just picking up the guitar and writing songs, feelings expressed through an instrument are good songs. The goal is to write the perfect song. Maybe this keeps the flame burning.

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

On WALDMARK acts Tales of the Bohemian Forest as reference. Stories of variszic rock formations in the dark forest or secrets of glacial lakes are combined with the freezing thunder noise of the music. WALKMARK is the soundtrack for a march in a snowstorm through the great vast forest.

6.I know that the band name comes from Greek Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

This topic is not more of interest. In the past there were some lyrical expressions on “MORBID RITES OF DARKNESS” but since SILVA NORDICA the direction is clear.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Maybe the opening-gig for Ancient from Norway in 2001. True Norwegian Black Metal was in the Air, it was a great pleasure at that time. Another nice fact is that our blood-brothers from Eschaton (AUT) were performing too. Concerning our stage performance a few words are needed: spikes, nites, black shining leather.

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

There were some inquiry´s but at the moment we are thinking of a follower to “WALDMARK”.

9.The album is going to be released by 'Winterblast Halls' and 'Wrath Of The Tyrant Records', do you feel these 2 labels have been very supportive so far?

Winterblast was very supportive so far. Wrath, I think, will become more active when the CD is out, 11th march.

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

Very positive, maybe they like our not trendy style.

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

In the future I will do some songs just on classic guitars. Much atmosphere gets lost through amplifier and distortion. Maybe I can reactivate e member from the past on guitar, a bohemian original. One or two songs will be in the vein of “Longing for the Winter Kingdom” from WALDMARK. The Rest of the new material will be like Best of 20 years ALASTOR.

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?

Our singer listens to islandic music like Solstafir, the drummer likes east-european bands like mgla. At the moment, my ears are tortured by Cruelty and the Beast from Cradle of Filth. WALDMARK is influenced by bands from the early 90´s. Everyone knows it´s names.

13.Can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Nordic Nature, Mysticism and Sumava History?

The Fascination in mystic nature results from our origin. I grew up in the woodlands near the Bohemian Forest. We loved this mystic places in the woods, for example rock formations “built by the devil”. There are many tales around like that. They are the influence on our music.

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

Thank´s for your support. Release Date of WALDMARK  on CD: 11th march 2016,
Release Date of WALDMARK on LP: 1st may 2016.
You can order at: www.alastor.at, rambeer@gmx.at

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/alastor-interview.html


Rajam Interview

jeudi 10 mars 2016 à 06:27
  1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
1. To present after the album's release we do live stage tour to several cities in Indonesia and also preparing new material for the next album together with our new drummer now is the biological child of my own.

    2.In December you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff your ave released in the past?
2. In the same liric is still the theme of war and the musicality of the new album is more melodic and atmospheric little touches.

    3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
3. In this new album are clearly distinguishable from our album's ago.


    4.With your earlier music you covered 'Nusantara Mythology' a subject that while it does fit in black metal it is your rarely covered, can you tell us a little bit more about this subject?
4.nusantara mythology I do not think so more to the theme of war in the archipelago during the colonial era which in my opinion in line with the concept that we played Bestial war metal.

    5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Rajam'?
5.arti in Arabic culture is a death sentence but du here we prefer to sense the king of Madura is an island where we live and work today.

    6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6.ciptakan the best and maximum in each performance on stage and our album in the future.

    7.Do you have nay touring or show plans for the future?
7.masa this tour we only town on the island of Java.

   8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and war metal?
8.respon very nice of scene here and abroad and here the concept that we brought a lot of inspiration to be made in other black metal bands.

    9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. ya make my expectations to become better in the future ...

    10.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?
10. yaa no Megadeath metallica slayer Impiety and immortal

    11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
11.harapan good in the future our work can be received by music lovers of black metal in the entire universe and we could do a tour in several countries and major international events ....
ok thanks for all these occasions greetings from R.A.J.A.M MADURA INDONESIA

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/rajam-interview.html


Hissing/Self Titled/Disorder Records/2016 EP Review

jeudi 10 mars 2016 à 02:55

  Hissing  are  a  band from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  ep  which  was  released  by  Disorder  Records.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction  while  also  adding  in  old school  death  metal  melodies  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  some  modern  elements  are  also  added  into  the  songs.

  Hissing  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  the  darkest  styles  of  90's  black,  doom  and  death  metal  together  with  some  more  modern  influences  to  create  a  style  of t heir  own, t he  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hissing  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Callow  Congress"  and  "Granero's  Eye".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/03/hissingself-titleddisorder-records2016.html