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Forodren/Of Mortal Decay/Depressive Illusions Records/2022 EP Review

vendredi 22 avril 2022 à 03:10

 


  Forodren  are  a  solo  project  from  Canada  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  melodic  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  ep  "Of  Mortal  Decay"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.


  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal screams  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  racks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  synths  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  Forodren  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  forms  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  with  melodic  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  depression  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Forodren  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  melodic  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Life  Isn't  Real"  and  "Enlightenment  Through  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.


https://forodren.bandcamp.com/album/of-mortal-decay     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/forodrenof-mortal-decaydepressive.html


Jure Grando/Archaic Moon Mysticism/Inferna Profundus Records/2022 Full Length Review

vendredi 22 avril 2022 à 02:10

 


  Jure  Grando  are  a  solo  project  form  Indonesia  that  plays  a  very  harsh,  bleak  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Archaic  Moon  Mysticism"  which  will be  released  in  July  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  lo-fi  sound  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  Most  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.


  Jure  Grando  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil,  mysticism  and  unholy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Jure  Grando  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Within  The  Night's  Veil"  and  "Throne  of  Illusion".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/jure-grandoarchaic-moon.html


Ophe/Somnium Nocte Mendaciis/My Kingdom Music/2022 CD Review

jeudi 21 avril 2022 à 05:52

 


  Ophe  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  goes  for  more  of  a  dissonant  style  of  post  black  metal  on  this  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Somnium  Nocte  Mendaciis"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  My  Kingdom  Music.


  A  very  apocalyptic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Cinematic  sounding  drones  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  along  with  the  album  also  having  its  dissonant  moments  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal  elements  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  utilizing  melodies  at  times,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  some  tracks  also  show  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  experimental  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and cover  apocalyptic  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ophe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dissonant  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Odalisk  Incursio  Sub  methaqualone"  "Decem  Vicibus  II"  and  "Flores  Vere  A  Peccatis".  8  out  of  10.


  http://facebook.com/OPHEBM    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/ophesomnium-nocte-mendaciismy-kingdom.html


DunkelNacht/Sombre Nuit/Non Serviam Records/2022 EP Review

jeudi 21 avril 2022 à 03:16

 


  France/Canada's  DunkelNacht  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Sombre  Nuit"  which  will b e  released  in  May  by  Non  Serviam  Records.


   A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  lot  of  melody  while  clear  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  organs  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  ep  also  closes  with  an  acoustic  instrumental.


  On  this  recording  DunkelNacht  remains  true  to  the  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  anti  Monotheism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DunkelNacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oligarchislamisme"  and  "Étau  chrétien".  8 out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/dunkelnachtband

https://dunkelnacht.bandcamp.com/

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/DunkelNacht/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/dunkelnachtsombre-nuitnon-serviam.html


Ljuska Interview

jeudi 21 avril 2022 à 02:20

 


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording of the new album?


As far as the situation for Ljuska goes, there are plans to slowly start manifesting and equipping Ljuska to appear at possible live shows in the future. Also, the concept for new musical material entered into the inspiration sphere, but it is too early to give any specific details about it. 


2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of April, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


The aim was to create more complex musical/lyrical structures i.e. to deepen the atmosphere in which the portals are to be nourished and opened even wider. When it comes to the artistic expression of all sonic vessels that we work with, one of the key postulate of Vox Umbra can be understood as an imperative that deems the need for strategic implementation of ever more purer elements into music in order to achieve specific goals. The lyrical aspect of the new album also follow this idea.


3.This is also your first release since 2018, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


The mentioned time frame was used to create a necessary inspirational vacuum that was then filled with energies in order to manifest that what you can hear on “Thanatanamnesis”. Ljuska was focused on finding and using more sophisticated approach while creating this release. One of the examples is that the recording, especially of the vocals, took place during winter in the cabin in the woods. There, the atmosphere of total darkness and harsh coldness added the element that otherwise would be hardly present in a more controlled environment.


4.A lot of your lyrics cover esoteric lore and rituals, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism and the dark arts?


Lyrics of Ljuska are dealing, above all else, with the alchemical processes of transmutation and transfiguration that are the result of the experience on an individual level. These processes demand a great deal of devotion, time and effort. Their real effect on a psychosomatic system can be glimpsed within the musical/lyrical atmosphere created by Ljuska and other sonic vessels/musical projects that are in use. When one Sun sets, another arises, and when the circle breaks, another starts. The burning desire of the Spirit to see and reach Beyond the wall of Today evaporates the ill-conceived meaning embedded within the All. The grand illusion is set ablaze, we collect the ashes. I do believe these few words may answer your question.   


5.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?


The themes that are following the main current of Ljuska’s lyrical expression are dealing mostly with Death. Seen through the spiritual prism, Death in its many assets represents the gate, the point of intersection. This topic is of a great interest when it comes to the spiritual praxis that is one of the foundations fueling the sonic vessels manifested within the shrine of The Temple of The Flame and led under the banner of Vox Umbra. Other themes that can be read about in past releases are asceticism, nihilism and inner destruction-transformation. There themes reflect the results of treading through the Night of the Soul in which the glorified Sun of the Night reveal the path towards the revelation of the Star above the stars. 


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?


The artwork is created by Katabasis Design, an artist from Serbia. It is oil on canvas painting. To understand the artwork, one needs to find the meaning behind the album’s title. “Thanatanamnesis” is formed from two Greek words: “Thanatos” and “Anamnesis”. The first one means “Death” (God of Death in Greek mythology, Death drive in psychology etc.) and the other one means “Remembrance” or “Recollection”. Together, they form the artistic expression based upon the spiritual concept and practice of the Remembrance of Death found in a number religions and spiritual paths. To remember death is to understand and use its inevitableness, to breathe and live it, and to carve its wisdom deep within the heart. The album is a result of the implementation of this concept.  

With this in mind, you will be able to sense the meaning behind the artwork. The hand, the broken frame, the shell-like person, the shadow figure behind… if you think you understood it, stare at it again.


7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience working with full line ups in other bands, which one do you prefer?


I would say it’s a different experience working on a solo project and playing in a band. Through my music carrier, I had a chance to be in both positions. If the right kind of people meet and are able to pour their energies into the music, that can become a very fertile ground for a band to grow. On the other hand, a solo project, driven by the inspiration of a single artist, can express what a band usually can’t. Which way is better depends on the musical goals.



8.You are also a part of 'Utvar' another solo project, how does the music of 'Ljuska' differ from the stuff you release under that name?


Utvar is a project that is currently in the state of hibernation. The old vessel has served its purpose and the new one is being crafted. In the future, it will manifest the new sonic body, form and name. 

Regarding the musical difference you’ve asked about, it is important to say that the projects of Vox Umbra are all of the same Essence. They are the products of a specific energy current, expressing its flow in different ways. Each sonic vessel is structured in accordance with its assigned purpose that is to be achieved during its artistic lifespan. Thus far, the visual or musical difference between them are of a secondary nature.


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


It’s going pretty well I would say. There is a large number of new people asking about the record. It is satisfying, I do hope it will continue in that direction.



10.What is going on with your other bands or musical projects these days?


Plamen Večnosti (The Flame of Eternity) dark ritual ambient project, will be releasing its fourth full-length album this year on CDs. A label will be kept as a secret for now. After that, we are playing live at Mount of Artan in July, a festival of alternative music held under the holy mountain Rtanj in Serbia. It is worth to mention that Plamen Večnosti is one of Vox Umbra projects/bands that channels the Current in its purest form. 

Order of the Black Skull – OTBS, raw black metal band is finishing its first full-length album. We are planning to reveal it soon. With OTBS we aim at transcending the barriers of recording music, as an example the last release was recorded in a rather unusual way and place. 

Darminosia Dispera, death drone/ritual black noise project is also preparing new material.

Fresh project h000pe, experimental death noise, has released its first EP entitled „DemonStration“ via Splitting Sounds Records.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during that future?


Towards the widening of the portals and transfiguration, enlargement and acumination of the sonic vessel born within the shrine of The Temple of The Flame and led under the banner of Vox Umbra.



12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that you are currently listening to nowadays?


I do prefer the music that is able to put you in a state where you can really sense, feel and even experience the devouring of its atmosphere and emotion. The genre styles are not playing an important role when it comes to good music if you ask me. It can be everything from classical music to harsh noise, metal, ambient, rock’n’roll etc. As long as the artist stays true to its inspiration and the music to its purpose, I find it pretty enjoyable.



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


I would like to thank you for this interview and to express the hope that people interested in what we do may find the answers that will feed their inner fire, enabling them to dive deeper and go further. Let us feast upon the remains of the world scorched by the Fire of the Otherness, let us heed the Word of Silence spoken under the Other Sun that ever shines through the Temple of The Flame. 

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/ljuska-interview.html