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The Stone/Nekroza/Folter Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 28 août 2014 à 14:02

  The  Stone  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Nekroza"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A  very  dark  and  epic  sound  along  with  synths and  tribal  style  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars,  blast  beats  and  deep  yet  grim  screams  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  After  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  blackened  death  metal  being  mixed  in  with  the  bands  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  bring  in  a  melodic  Swedish  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  making  the  album  have  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  some  thrash  influences  being  mixed  in  with  the  bands  musical  style.

  All  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  while  they  all  retain  the  old  school  black  metal  feeling  which  is  a  very  dominant  part  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  few  long  and  epic  tracks  and  the  solos  after  awhile  start  incorporating  more  traditional  metal elements  into  the  leads  and  some  of  the  riffing  starts  bringing  in  an  early  90's  Morbid  Angel  influence  into  the  bands  musical  sound.

  The  Stone  remain  true  to  their  raw  and  melodic  black   metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  keeping  a  good  amount  of  thrash  and  death  metal  influences  in t heir  musical  sound,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  yet  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  nihilism,  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  the  Stone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kosmar"  "Lov  na  Vestice"  "Mrak"  and  "Prefgoblje".  8  out  of  10.
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-stonenekrozafolter-records2014-cd.html


Womit Angel Interview

jeudi 28 août 2014 à 00:27
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We finished recordings in may and for the summer we've planned some gigs and promotional stuff. Also we're shooting a music video at the end of this month.


2.You have a new album coming out in September, 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?

Sound is raw yet we have better mastering on the tracks than ever before. We're not really hi-fi kind of guys. I think sound is thicker but songs are more punk than before.

3,You got some lyrics that are really dark and violent  can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Child fucking dads. Necrophiliacs. Serial killers and mass murderers in the name of faith. Shit! Even the Pope is more fucked up than most of us!

4.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

I can only speak for myself (W.Horepreacher). In some ways I travel a Setian way when it comes to my beliefs of the Universe and nothingness. I believe in self development as an individual. Strong mind in a strong shell!


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Womit Angel'?

Band name was originally Lerva Enkeli (finnish) but we translated it  into english 'cus it sounded more suitable. We added ö instead of o because of Motörhead.


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

Come and see for yourself, haha!
We did a nice chaotic show with Barathrum last year. Memorable I'd say. Now we're not welcome to that night club because of total amount of blood we left behind, haha.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album once it is released?

We have a couple of gigs planned. Release party as usual. We don't do that many gigs. We go more by feeling when it comes to gigs.


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

Spain, Mexico, nice feedback. All in all good feedback. Our music not for them big masses, haha


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

I have no idea. Maybe more speed and filth. That always sounds nice!
Someday we might actually learn how to play.


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?

We exist because of Impaled Nazarene and that is our main influence!
We listen various music but to mention few: Carpathian Forest, Terveet Kädet, Viisikko.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Philatelia and Coprophilia
 


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

Thank you for the interest! If you feel a twist in your stomach then go and support the underground!
Thank you.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/womit-angel-interview.html


The End/White Lotus/Cvlminis/2014 EP Review

mardi 26 août 2014 à 23:57

  The  End  are  a  1  man  band  from  India  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  experimental,  and  rawgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "White  lotus"  which  will  be  released  on  vinyl  by  Astral  Gate  Productions  and  on  cd  by  Cvlminis.

  Clean  playing  and  melodic  chanting  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  before  adding  in  distorted  guitars  and  clean  singing  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with a  good  amount  of  male  and  female  spoken  words  being  utilized  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  on  the  recording  is  very  experimental  and  the  guitars  bring  a  more  raw  black  metal  vibe  to  the  music  and  on  the  second  track  high  pitched  screams  are  added  into t he  music  giving  the  album  more  of  a  dark  and  depressive  feeling  while  the  synths  and  post  rock  elements  dominate  most  of  the  tracks  on  the  album  which  also  leads  up  to  more  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  the  songs.

  The  End  continue  their  experimental  sound  adding  in  more  atmosphere  and  post  rock  elements  this  time  around  while  black  metal  is  still  a  very  huge  part  of  the  musical  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  poetic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  End  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  post  black  metal  and  rawgaze,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "UrbaNausea"  "Drown  With  A  Sunshine  Smile".  8  out  of  10.

   

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-endwhite-lotuscvlminis2014-cep.html


Malhkebere Interview

mardi 26 août 2014 à 18:37
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?

 Hails, here’s N. Kapalika, speaking on behalf of the Apostles.

There is not much to say about our activity since the release of ‘Revelation’. We all have been busy promoting this new gospel and we’re satisfied to see that the response is excellent. Things are going well, ‘Revelation’ gets positive reviews and feedbacks. Now we’re planning new live ceremonies for the upcoming months to celebrate our evangelium on stage. Be prepared.



2.You had released your new album during the beginning of July, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound on ‘Revelation’ is clearly more powerful, with a far better production than in the past. This is due to the great work done at Drudenhaus studio with Neb Xort for the mastering.  It’s Malhkebre’s most professional recording thus far, but it was very important to maintain the traditional rawness in the band’s sound. Of course black metal has to be crude, raw and sinister, and it was some kind of challenge to preserve this audial cruelty despite a better production. Finally all elements fit well together, be it the vocals or the samples, and the overall production respects the original sound of Malhkebre while making it evolve to higher standards. We’re totally satisfied.



3.I have noticed when I listen to the album there was a great amount of originality without having to resort to keyboards or non metal elements do you feel your music stands out in the black metal genre?

 There are a lot of non metal elements on the album! Malhkebre gets its influences from the whole spectrum of the Arts Noirs, and blend it in its compositions. Samples of course, but you can even hear some saxophone on “Hystérie révélatrice”… we have absolutely no limits when it comes to expression. Every musical form can be an efficient tool when used properly and black metal should NOT limits itself to “basic” metal. We respect the bands who do things the traditional way, when they’re done with faith and talent, but we refuse to acknowledge this approach as something cast in stone. The only law is “there is no law”, faith above all other considerations.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album and also are they related to the Apostles Of Ignormity'?

Lyrics are completely related to the Apostles’ doctrine, as Malhkebre is one of the Apostles’ mouths. Everything done within Malhkebre is done by and for the Apostles, for Ignominy. We are a sectarian entity that propagates its own beliefs through arts, and Malhkebre is nothing but a tool in the name of religion.

As you can imagine the album’s lyrics deal with spirituality, self-humiliation and elevation. The Apostle’s philosophy is a philosophy of doubt: to refuse the established order, the common “truth”, to refuse the supposed superiority of man and every kind of self-deception. We all are worms, every fucking one of us on this shitty planet. There is no elite, there is no superior race. No religion holds the truth and no political system is the key to harmony. There is only the omnipotent vanity of man, who comforts himself with lies, and everything he builds is destined to fade and perish. Face your own self, pass trough the mirror, burn down what you believed in and accept your own mediocrity. Acknowledge that you are nothing, and that He is all. These are the first steps towards spiritual elevation. Relève toi, assume toi…



5.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

 The Left Hand Path -which can took a lot of shapes- is above all a long and painful one. It’s the work of a whole life. A life of studies, readings, rituals, experiences, failures… paradoxical as it may seem, failures are more important than successes, because they force you to put yourself into question and change. To accept you’re not perfect and to evolve, rejecting your ego. The cardinal virtues are humility, patience and will. Don’t brag too much about your practices or realizations, stay humble, discreet, and keep your rituals secret. Learn by yourself, from your own experiences and not from the other’s. Never consider something as a plain success, as something acquired. Our biggest adversary is not the world but ourselves. That’s why the practice of Occultism is demanding, difficult and unrewarding at short term. Such are His ways, and only the worthy and the sincere ones will tread this path till its end.



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?

 There are a lot of great memories associated with live ceremonies, too many to be detailed. Many bad ones too, of course. A satisfying stage performance is when we reach a point of transcendence, when we literally lose contact with reality and become subjected to His might. When we forget that we are on stage. Then everything can happen, even descending from the stage and beating up some fans. If you see Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk punching someone for free, then it means that it’s a good ceremony which is occurring. First time it happened was in Zürich during the tour with Christicide (RIP). It wasn’t planned at all, we just feel the urge to do so at that moment. And it was great.

Generally speaking, losing contact with reality is the purpose of every form of religious music, whatever tradition it belongs to. Transcendence, elevation, becoming close to a divine presence, are the goals of a musical ritual. That’s why we call our gigs “ceremonies”: it’s a form of magick. And the more powerful it is, the more unpredictable it can be. The best we can imagine would be to see people not just moshing but fighting each other of course. A black metal concert has to be somewhat dangerous and uncomfortable, because every form of violence is a gift in His Name.

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

 As I said previously, we’re currently working on booking ceremonies to support ‘Revelation’. We will play in France in October with Horna and Behexen, and at the Satan’s convention in Speyer (Germany) late December. Other appearances onstage will occur in the future, in several countries so you’ll have opportunities to share our liturgy, and maybe be a part of it yourself if you’re worthy enough… There are numerous souls we have to corrupt, numerous bodies we have to beat. The propaganda must be spread; the faith has to be celebrated.



8.The new album was released on I, Voidhanger Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Eklezjas’tik BerZerK: I discovered this label through their works with some bands of their roaster. Their releases have all great packaging with big booklets and are of good quality. Their roaster is not a typical extreme metal roaster, and each band has its own identity. And Luciano has given us the best and respected all his engagements. He believes a lot in “Revelation” so we believe in him. I Voidhanger is maybe not what the Ignominy’s fanatics wanted, but we’re not here to please all, we don’t care to be a simple number on a big catalog or metal supermarket, we don’t care to be on a pseudo occult label. We want to work with devoted people that are transcended by our Art Noir and give their best to spread our doctrine. Nothing less nothing more at this time, fuck rumors.

9.I know that the vocalist also runs Battlesk'rs  Productions, are there any new releases coming out on that label in the next few months that black metal fans should be aware of?

Eklezjas’tik BerZerK: We are working on the next OSCULUM INFAME full-length opus, also a tape release of the last THOU SHALT FALL. We have currently less releases planned as we are more and more concentrate on The Apostles of Ignominy. Lots of releases will spread our anger in the coming months.

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

 The feedback is overall excellent. ‘Revelation’ gets positive reviews from everywhere. It seems that the album was awaited, or better to say that there is a demand from the audience for militant and uncompromising art. The black metal scene as a whole is nothing but a joke. That’s an old story, but now we can see that even the “religious” movement has become a trend. Superficial bands pops from everywhere and youngsters proclaim themselves as true practitioners of the kabbalah or whatever form of occultism they didn’t even know four years ago but of which they are now specialists. Bands with a traditional black metal imagery à la Marduk turning into tantric sorcerers in no more than two years, sure, credibility is at its best.
I’m repeating myself but I can’t stress enough how HARD and LONG is the way to the Left Hand Path. Studying, practicing, learning from the Black Arts, melting it into your everyday life to become someone else, is a lifetime task. People CAN’T understand His mysteries in a few months or years. Malhkebre has been here since more than twelve years and we know that we are just at the beginning of our journey. We take this spiritual path seriously and feel humble in front of Him. And so we focus on real devotion, instead of superficial yet impressive manifestations. That’s why Malhkebre records so few releases, why we never really tour or try to play at huge festivals. We do things slowly, because they have to be done in a proper mood, with proper rituals, at the right time, backed with the right occult knowledge that is so long to obtain. The result is a work of fanaticism that took its time but is completely uncompromising and full of its force. It sounds different than faint-hearted productions, it is different to experience on stage and I guess that a growing part of the fans understand that and -even unconsciously- want that, because they start to be fed up with fake bands. Thus the good response.



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 off?

 The Apostles are still active with their other projects. Mostly with Sektarism, with some new releases to come. The second album is already recorded, and there will be a split LP with Darvulia, each band offering a 15 minutes exclusive track. This said, it will be Darvulia’s last work. The band is definitively dead, and Crüxvheryn K. accepted to reactivate it only for this release. It’s the very last nail in the band’s coffin.



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?

 The Apostles’ influences have always been the same. Every talented and dedicated practitioners of the Black Arts, whatever musical style they choose: Antaeus, Diamanda Galas, Elend, SVEST, Grunt… be it black metal, harsh noise, drone or cryptic classical music, we take influences from everywhere.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?

 To witness the mediocrity of man and His grandeur in every aspects of life. Studying history, arts and esotericism, practicing martial arts, smoking powder made out of human bones… Black metal is just the tiny top of the iceberg. You can reach Him every time, everywhere, in every domain of your life.

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

Memento, homo, mors ultima ratio!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/malhkebere-interview.html


Ancst/In Turmoil/Wooaaargh/2014 CD Compilation Review

vendredi 22 août 2014 à 14:29

  Ancst  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  compilation  album  "In  Turmoil"  which  was  released  by  Wooaaargh.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  distorted  drones  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  which  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  sound  and  then  aggressive  crustcore  style  growls  start  to  kick  in  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  melodic  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  on  a  regular  basic  throughout  the  recording  and  after  awhile  more  raw  black  metal  elements  are  added into  the  music  along  with  a  more  crust  orientated  take  on  the  genre  and  the  band  also b rings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  giving  the  band  more  of  a  post  rock  feeling.

  On  some  of  the  tracks  ambient  drones  are  brought  in  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw,  fast  and  melodic  musical  style  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  elements  of  screamo  in  a  good  amount  of  the  tracks  and  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  melodic  black  metal  lead  finds  its  way  into  the  music.

  Ancst  takes  a  lot  of  songs  from  their  past  splits  and  ep's  and  create  a  compilation  that  displays  some  of  the  best  in  raw,  melodic  blackened  crust,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  racist,  anti  sexism,  and  anti  fascist  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  Ancst  and  of  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entropie"  "The  Faceless"  "Howl"  and  "Peripheral".  8  out  of  10.    

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/ancstin-turmoilwooaaargh2014-cd.html