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Altarage/Nihil/Sentinent Ruin Laboratories/2016 CD Review

mardi 1 mars 2016 à 00:18

  Altarage  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an avabt  garde  and  bestial  mixture  of  black  and death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  206  album  "Nihil"  which  was  released  by  Sentinent  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  harsh  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  heavy  and  fast  musical  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the fast  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  after  awhile  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   A  lot  of  war  and  bestial  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the music  is  still  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  darker  side  of  early  90's  death metal  and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of brutality  while  some  songs  add  in  a  small  amount  of distorted drones  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  some  of  the  riffing  along  with  some  of  the  vocals  using  more  of  a  growling  approach  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  touch  of  doom/death  and the  whole  album  also  remains  very  heavy  from  beginning  to ending  of  the  recording.

  Altarage  creates  an  album  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  doom  to  create  a  very  heavy  and  dark  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  old  school  yet  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Altarage  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  grade,  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wormborous"  "Vortex  Pyramid"  and  "Cultus".  8  out  of  10.
   

  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/altaragenihilsentinent-ruin.html


Diabolus Amator/Despotic Conjuring Of The Soulless/Luciferic Triumph Records/2016 CD Review

lundi 29 février 2016 à 08:11

  Diabolus  Amator  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Despotic  Conjuring  Of  The  Soulless"  which  was released  by  Luciferic  Truimph  Records.

  A  very  dark soundscape  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto the  recording and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  there  are  also  some  growling  vocals  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the songs  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodies  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and they  also  bring  in a  brief  ambient  instrumental  track  before  returning  back  to  a  black  metal  direction  on  the  remaining  songs  while  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  while  other  track  also  brings  in a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and thunder  and  rain  sounds  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  inquisition's  "Desolate  Funeral  Chant".

  Diabolus Amator plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  satanic  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occult  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Diabolus Amator  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pregnant  Virgin  Whore"  "Invocation  Of  the  Abyssic  Dragon"  and  "Glory  Unto  Lucifer".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/diabolus-arnatordespotic-conjuring-of.html


Aggressive Mutilator Interview

lundi 29 février 2016 à 06:31
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
A: Hello and thanks for doing this interview with us.  We are Aggressive Mutilator from Norrköping, Sweden. A two piece band started in 2012. Just right now we are planning to record 3 new songs plus a cover (the regulator by Bad Brains). If the recording goes well we will see if someone is interested in releasing this new opus, the title is gonna be "Monster decay”.

2. Your last demo came out in November, 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?

A: The earlier stuff are more standard primitive BM but on the latest one "Crude abomination” we have some strange elements added to the music. Some more melodic songs and not so primitive as before.


3. Since 2012 you have released a great amount of music, do you put a lot of time and effort into writing and creating music?

A: On an emotional level we put much effort in doing the songs but the songs are also very spontaneous sometimes. But always with a horror agenda and dark artwork.  I Always  has been a big fan of ghosts, goblins, dark places, horror tales, monsters and darkness. 

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

A: About sickness, alienation, racism, hate, the society that goes in the wrong direction and WILL collapse.





5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aggressive Mutilator'?

A: Actually I don’t remember, Maybe Jack the ripper? The ripper case is interesting because it is also the story of his victims. They must not be forgotten or the dreadful conditions they lived under. It is sad the he opened up the eyes to a world you would not have heard of if he did not committed his crimes. He did not inspire us to take this band name, but in a retrospective view the band name can refer to someone like him. A sick and twisted person who can’t handle the modern society.





 6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?

A: It is very hard to find member that are into this kind of music. But we have some friend that will fit if there will be a live performance one day.





 7. Over the years your music has been released on a decent amount of labels, can you tell us a little bit more about them?



A: They are Ljudkassett and Bifrost records in Sweden. Wm Psycho record in Poland, American line prod. in Mexico and Stygian shadows prod. in Poland. They have all done very fine pro releases. It is also fun to reach out to different parts of the world. Sweden is not the centre of the world. There are many other great bands out there too.







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

A: We received a lot of feedback from many places. That is really great and fun. It also shows that people are not interested in us as persons but interested in the music. Mostly metal fans have appreciated the music, not so many punk people have written us.





9. When can we expect some new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

A: Don’t know. We start with the Bad brains cover and then we will start play Reggae ;). Seriously speaking, we don´t like when you mix too many element in the music. It can work sometimes. But most of the times it gets strange. The most important thing is of course great songs, and then the production or the music style doesn’t matter.





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?

A: Influences are Bathory, Nifelheim, Venom, Tribulation, Rush, Hellhammer, Master´s Hamer, Malokarpatan, Imperiet. Listening a lot to Blasphemy, Mystifier, Neil young, Chuck Berry, Grand belial´s key, Abcession (album: Grave offering)`, The Infamous Gehenna, Broken Cross and Queen these days.





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

A: We are not Satanist but like to flirt with the occult aesthetic.  We don’t see a problem having a satanic aura around the music. We can also have a Nazi aura even though we are not Nazis.





 12. What are some of your non musical interests?

A: Video-Games, art, movies, books, the Swedish nature.





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

A: Thank for doing the interview. Please visit our bandcamp (www.aggresivemutilattorbandcamp.com) to see and listen to all our recordings, If you are in to under produced and ugly Black Metal this maybe is something for you. Feel free to email us if u have any questions. We have new output coming april 2016 "Crushed by tyranny" is the name of the recording. It will be a pro-tape on Iron county record in Hungary.  https://aggressivemutilator.bandcamp.com/album/crushed-by-tyranny

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/aggressive-mutilator-interview.html


Kuoleman Galleria/Karsmys Kunnian/Inverse Records/2016 Full Length Review

samedi 27 février 2016 à 03:39




   Kuoleman Galleria  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Karsmys Kunnian"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Water  sounds  and  aggressive  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  black'n'roll  direction  that  also  uses  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  while  the  heavier  riffs  are  very  catchy  and  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  energy   and  the  music  for  the    most  part  sticks  to  a  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  some  songs  also  bring  in a  touch  of  punk   and  thrash  as  well  a s a   brief  use  of  back  up  gang  shouts  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Barathrum's  "Last  Day  In  Heaven".

  Kuoleman Galleria  plays  a  style  of  black'n'roll  that  is  very  catchy  with  a  lot  of  energy  in  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction  while  other  songs  also  display  more  of  a  melodic  side,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Sarcasm  and  Dark  Humour  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kuoleman Galleria  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Karsimys  Kunnian"  "Aivokuollut  jattelija"  "Elaman  Irvikuva"  and  "Last  Day  In  heaven".  8  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/kuoleman-galleriakarsmys-kunnianinverse.html


Funeral Art/La Belleza Oculta/Weakie Discs/2015 Cassette Review

samedi 27 février 2016 à 01:06

  Funeral  Art  are  a  solo project  from  Guatemala  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays a  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "La Belleza Oculta"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Weakie  Discs.

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  after  the  intro the  music retains  its  ambient  elements  while  also  adding  in  programmed  beats  along  with  some operatic  female  vocals  and  saxophones  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length. 

  After  awhile  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  start  out  using  clean  playing  while  also  getting  more  distorted  in  some  parts  of t he  songs  and  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  programmed  beats  and  the  first  2  main  tracks  have  intros  before  them  while  the  later  closes  with  an  outro.

   As  the  album  progresses  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  while  also  being  very  melodic  at  the  same  time  to  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  slower  riffs  also  add  some  funeral  doom  influences  in  the  songs  when  they  are  utilized  and  there  are  2  bonus  tracks  with  the  first  one  being  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Funeral  Art  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  dark  ambient  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  along  with  some  soprano  vocals  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult,  and  witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Art  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  dark  ambient  and  funeral  doom,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  Belleza  Oculta"  and  "Arcano  I".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/funeral-artla-belleza-ocultaweakie.html