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Ghast/Dread Doom Ruin/Todestrieb Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 19 août 2014 à 13:52

  Ghast  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Dread  Doom  Ruin"  which  was  released  by  Todestrieb  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  along  with  a  good  amount  of  reverb  and  distortion  starts  off  the  album  before  going  more  into  a  doom/sludge  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  At  time s you  can  hear  blast  beats  in  the  music  and  the  black  metal  side  of  the  bands  musical  style  is  more  in  the  early  90's  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  keeping  around  the  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  into  their  approach  to  black  metal.

  After  awhile  melody  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  have  a  crust  punk  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  album  and   towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  have  a  very  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times.

  Ghast  takes  a  very  dark  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  which  also  combines  a  bit  of  the  modern  depressive  sound  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  of  the  heaviest  styling's  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  a  bit  of  melody  in  the  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paranoia,  Dreams  and  Grimness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ghat  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  depressive  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Festival  Of  Serpents"  and  "Lost  In  Fog".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/ghastdread-doom-ruintodestrieb.html


Witches Sabbath Interview

lundi 18 août 2014 à 16:17
INTERVIEW “OCCULT BLACK METAL ZINE”

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band members since the split of the band?

Since 2004, WITCHES’ SABBATH has been freeze due to different reasons. The main three original members of the band have been involved in side musical projects and there were important changes in the personal lives of us. Anyhow, the band was never declared defunct. There was a meeting in 2008, when the EP of the DEAD was written and recorded. The project did not have enough time for promotion and again the band was stopped. We feel that our time have arrive again, and WITCHES’ SABBATH is again alive!

2. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer music and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released on the past?

All the works published by WITCHES’ SABBATH is different from the previous one. Since “New World Plague” (Necromance, 2004), we have introduced death metal influences in our music. The “EP of the DEAD” is an evolution of our previous work, and introduces a most “modern” sound with samples and electronic sequences. Anyhow, the essence of the music is extreme.

3. Your older material that I heard while the death metal influence was always there the music seemed to be more black metal influenced and had keyboards, what was the decision behind going for a more brutal death metal approach?

There was not a single reason. At that time we have influenced by bands as Myrkskog or Zyklon, and we decided to introduce this kind of spirit in our music.

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

Despite the evolution of our music, the lyrics have maintained the same essence: dark words, desperation, nonconformity, depression, anger…

5. This is going to be the last recording released, what was the decision behind the split?

Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez, the formed members of the band, now play together in other music projects. WITCHES’ SABBATH is always alive in our minds, and now we have the opportunity to make plans regarding to the band because we are in contact again after some years. We have talked several times about the rebirth of WITCHES’ SABBATH. Moreover, people ask us about the fate of WITCHES’ SABBATH, because the band was never dissolved. Nowadays, we have time and strengths for WITCHES’ SABBATH, and we will try to be in the extreme music scene again!


6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Witches’ Sabbath?

Eduardo Salazar named the band in 1997 absolutely influenced by the books we were reading at that time. We were 17 years old! Among several names, WITCHES’ SABBATH implied something dark, a meeting not permitted, regardless of the provisions of the common teachings. We liked it!

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?

It has to be taken into account that we live in a small island lost in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In 1997, there were not internet and was very hard listening this kind of music. Black Metal was absolutely unknown, and there were not much followers of this type of music. The voices caused a deep impression in the audience, together with the blast beats played by Jesús Ojeda. At that time, it was very difficult to find places for our performances. Anyhow, a lot of people still remember that shows and talk us about the impact caused. Thereafter, we introduced face-painting and other black metal concepts in our shows. We had the opportunity to play with Kreator, and maybe it was one of our more remember shows.

8. This was the first release to be put out in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

After the “New World Plague” album, there were deep changes into the band. Jesús Ojeda and Luis Henríquez left the band due to personal requirements. Although some efforts were made and new members entered the band, the spirit of WITCHES’ SABBATH was definitively lost. Although the band made some performances with alternative line-up, the project was finally stopped. In 2008, Eduardo Salazar and Eduardo Rodríguez (who was also part of the band from the beginning), contacted Luis Henríquez to record the “EP of the DEAD”. Some promotional pics were even taken, but we have no time to publish it. Thus, the years have passed and after 10 years, Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez play together in different music projects. The re-emerging of WITCHES’ SABBATH was only a matter of time.  

9. The new ep was self released but you have worked with labels, how would you compare the DIY approach to working with a label?

The “Darkness Kingdom Coming” album, initially self released, was re-edited later in a professional format by OAKEN SHIELD / ADIPOCERE RECORDS. The “New World Plague” album was edited by Necromace record in 2004. However, in both cases, the music was recorded by the band on produced by WITCHES’ SABBATH. Thus, we have absolute control of our own music and sound. It was a pleasure to work with Adipocere Records and Necromance, and we are very grateful for the support shown to the band!

10. On the ep you did a cover of Danzig's "Dirty Black Summer" what was the decision behind during a your own version of this song?

Glenn Danzig is one of our most important influences. The music and attitude of “The Misfits”, “Samhain” and “Danzig” has been very important for us. “Dirty Black Summer” is a well-know song of Danzig, and we decided to make a public acknowledgment of the role it has had on us. We took the song and changed it into death metal… And we liked it!!!

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

We started at a time in which the contacts and feedbacks were made by letters and the music was shared by cassette! We know that we were known in south America and east Europe. Moreover, even with the band into the hibernation chamber, we receive messages and likes in the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/witchessabbath) from people far away! We feel very fortunate for that.  

12. Are the band members going to be doing any other musical projects after the split?

Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez are involved in a horror punk project named CREEPY (https://www.facebook.com/creepypunk). Together with Ignacio G. Bonilla, who played guitar in WITCHES’ SABBATH during a long period, they are involved in a stoner-doom band named CRIMSON STONE (https://www.facebook.com/crimsonstoneofficial). Eduardo Rodríguez has a death and trash fucking metal project named The Hole (https://www.facebook.com/theholeofficial). As you can see, we do not get bored!

13. 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 are influenced by different styles of music, from 70 to nowadays. We listen a lot of music, and maybe for that reason, we have different side musical projects to unleash our tastes. Since Queen, The Beatles and Pink Floyd; KISS, Misfits and Black Sabbath; Metallica and Sepultura, to Emperor, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Darkthrone or Mayhem!!! All of them are listening nowadays!

14. Does Occultism play a role in your music?

To some extent, there is always some influence of occultism in our music. Maybe not directly in our lyrics; but definitively, there is an influence in our music.

15. What are some of your non musical interests?

We are not interested in all the commercial music played in the big radio stations. We think that is music without a soul or a real feeling. Although we respect, we not pay attention to it.

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

We feel very happy for being alive again! Thanks to you and all your readers for being interested in WITCHES’ SABBATH. We are preparing new material which will be a back to the roots and will be published soon!!! Do not hesitate to contact the band for anything you want to know about us. Support the underground and live your own way!

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


Arkona/Illness/Godz Of War Productions/Third Eye Temple/2014 7 Inch Review

lundi 18 août 2014 à 11:59

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Poland's  Arkona  and  Norway/Poland's  Illness  which will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  in  September  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions  and  Third  Eye  Temple  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Arkona  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  form  of  pagan  black  metal.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  their  song  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  leads  up  to  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  their  song  before  slowing  down  a  bit  and  adding  in  synths  to  make  their  music  sound  more  atmospheric  while  also  keeping  around  the  faster  sections  along  with  the  song  being  6  minutes  in  length  with  the  lyrics  being  written  in  Polish  and  covering  pagan  themes  and  the  production  on  their  track  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding.

  Next  up  is  Illness  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  their  track  before  getting  a  lot  more  heavy  along  with  some  thrash  elements  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  before  adding  in  mid  paced  sections  and  spoken  word  parts  while  the  song  focuses  more  on  a  faster  and  brutal  direction  as  well  as  addign  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  at  times,  the production  on  their  song  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  and  paranoia  themes.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Polish  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/arkonaillnessgodz-of-war.html


Dawn Of Ruin/Poco Da Infamia/2014 Demo Review

lundi 18 août 2014 à 05:23

  Dawn  Of  Ruin  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,   death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo  "Poco  Da  Infamia".

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  leads  up  to  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  as  well  as  utilizing  some  blast  beats  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  you  can  hear  death  metal  vocals  in  the  bands  musical  sound.

  After  awhile  elements  of  dark  metal  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  leads  bring  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  depressive  sound  to  the  music  along  with  a  doom  metal  feeling  and  the  melodies  the  band  uses  seem  to  be  influenced  by  both  the  Swedish  and  Greek  black  metal  scenes

The  rawer  side  of  the  bands  musical  sound  brings  in  elements  of  thrash  metal.  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  the  bass  guitars  start  evoking  more  of  a  powerful  sounding  presence  and  while  the  first  4  tracks  are  all  recorded  in  a  studio  the  last  4  are  recorded  live  and  display  more  of  a  vicious  and  raw  black  metal  side  of  their  musical  sound  while  still  being  very  melodic  all  at  the  same  time.

  Dawn  Of  Ruin  takes  the  raw  and  melodic  styles  of  black  metal  and  combine  them  with  elements  of  dark  metal,  death  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  this  demo  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of  underground  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  mostly  written  in  their  native  tongue  along  with  a  couple  being  written  in  English  and  they  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Of  Ruin  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Descanso  Eterno"  "Tetraplegic  God"  and  "Morte  Vermelha".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/dawn-of-ruinpoco-da-infamia2014-demo.html


Tetragrammaton/Descendere/2014 EP Review

lundi 18 août 2014 à 04:26

  Florida's  Tetragrammaton  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  them  continuing  their  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Descendere".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  going  more  into  a  slower  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  deep  screams  which  also  leads  to  the  band  mixing  doom  and  black  metal  together  along  with  some  elements  of  sludge  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  are  around  or  close  to  the  10  minute  mark.

    After  awhile  melodic  chanting  can  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  giving  the  music  more  of  an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  perfect  balance  between  fast  black  metal  parts  and  slow  doom  metal  parts  and  there  are  also  a  small  amount  of  psychedelic  noises  being  utilized   at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  and  avant  garde  feeling  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  concept  of  sorts  with  all  3  songs  with  the  title  tracks  all  being  called  sermons  and  the  last  track  has  almost  a  punk  rock  feeling  in  the  beginning  riff.

  Tetrgrammaton  remain  true  to  their  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  on  this  recording  creating  3  songs  that  are  very  dark  and  heavy,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tetragrammaton  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Third  Sermon".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/tetragrammatondescendere2014-ep-review.html