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Theosophy/Eastland Tales- Part II/No Colours Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 4 janvier 2017 à 21:19

 Theosophy  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Eastland  Tales-  Part  II"  which  was  released  by  No  Colours  Records.

  Drums  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  thrash  influenced  guitar  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto t he  recording  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  90's  atmospheric  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  more  raw  black  metal  style  at  times and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Spoken  word  parts  along  with  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  while  the  music  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  90's  it  still  sounds very  modern  and  the  riffing  also  brings  in a  great  amount  of  cold  sounding  melodies  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Theosophy  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  more  influenced  by  the  raw  yet  cold,  atmospheric  and  melodic  side  of  the  second  wave  era  while  also  updating  this  approach  in  the  modern  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  north,  nature,  fear  and  social  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Theosophy  are  a  very  great  sounding  cold  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slaves Of  Destiny"  "My  Hatred  In  My  Hands"  "Up  To  The  Mountains"  and  "Route  to  Light(#21)".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/theosophyeastland-tales-part-iino.html


Kladovest/Ignitiate/No Colours Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 4 janvier 2017 à 20:26

  Kladovest  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016  album  "Ignitiate"  which  will  be  released  by  No  Colours  Records.

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of blast  beats  can  be  heard  along with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  being  added  onto  the  recording t hat  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Most  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  modern, melodic,  and  atmospheric  style  and  the  acoustic  sections  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Kladovest  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  mixing  in   a  decent  a1mount  of  acoustic  guitars,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  solitude,  coldness,  nature,  paganism  and  theosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kladovest  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hermit  Dungeons"  and  "Shore  Of  Ancient  Moons".  8  out  of  10.

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/kladovestignitiateno-colours.html


Kratornas 2017 Interview

mercredi 4 janvier 2017 à 18:47
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band in the past 7 years since the last interview?

Nothing happened after that except putting an end to Kratornas last 2010. I've been busy processing my papers at that time so cutting it all is the only logical thing to do.

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 your past material?

All previous releases was recorded with minimal instrument and zero knowledge. That's all I have right there. In this 3rd album, although I only bought what I need, I am still surrounded by unlimited resources. In terms of equipment, the difference is night and day. Aside from that, everything remains the same.

3.I have read in another interview that you refer to your music as 'barbaric death metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Perhaps a very old interview, but yes, because Death Metal to me means Deicide, Immolation, etc and not those who jumps around. Death Metal, in general, is very important in everything that we do so any 'word' prior to that is just an added literal description.

4.What are some of the things you have explored lyrically with the newer music?

Same thing as the first two albums - I haven't strayed. It's always about what's going on around. They're not written straightforward but twisted by metaphors and mostly inspired by Endtime Prophecies.

5.For years this band was a solo project and now you have a drummer, what was the decision behind adding in another member?

I've already spent a decade doing it all alone, not this time. As you age, it seems that there are not enough time on everything you do. Getting a real drummer is a leap in everything I've done in the past so this is it. I don't even think things will sound like this if I'm alone doing all things again.

6.Between 2012 and 2016 there was no new material, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

I've been really busy traveling and living from country to country. This is not 'work related' so all expenses were on me. Wasn't easy driving new routes in each of those, etc, but that's the reward of it. After getting used to it, everything was of great experience that will not happen again.

7.Between 2009 and 2016 are there any newer bands that you have discovered or do you feel that extreme metal has lost a lot of power over the years?

To be honest, I don't. When I'm about to left the Philippines, I ripped every album of bands that really matter to me and stored it on a portable drive. As technology sails, several phones went to copy those files and those were the only bands that I always listen to. I started buying music again after I have settled here in Canada in 2014. Of course, I have bought new bands during this time but it seems that every new band I've heard sounded very much alike, I don't know. That's just an opinion 'though...

8.The new album was released on 'Grathila Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's an own label taking care of Kratornas releases. There are other people involved so technically, it's not mine per se but I'm the one taking care of everything. The other guys just give extra funds, do couple mailings if needed and that's it.

9,On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of underground metal?

There are positive reviews around. There are good, there are those who really like it, and there are those who find it too chaotic and left it all hanging in there. If one is expecting mid-tempo stuff to have nice feelings then this is not it. These are new people receiving the promos. I haven't done so much promotion myself. Time runs short doing that.

10.Where do you see 'Kratornas', in the future?

There is no future. Kratornas was long buried in 2010 so it is what it is. It continues to exist only because of my burning enthusiasm on Occultism, Unexplained Mysteries, and Metal. If I'm not writing something about it then I'm 'living it', so to speak. Since you already ask, I want to connect it to this: recently I got several emails asking if I can play live now since Guzzarin is here. I appreciate all the messages but the answer is no.

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

Thank you for having me here again.

WEBSITE * www.kratornas.com
PAGE * facebook.com/officialkratornas
BANDCAMP * kratornas.bandcamp.com
SOUNDCLOUD * soundcloud.com/officialkratornas
YOUTUBE * bit.ly/2gTP04P

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/kratornas-2017-interview.html


Miserist Interview

mercredi 4 janvier 2017 à 04:15
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Yeah, i've always written music, but after a break from it, a few things struck me and made me want to do something dark, something that feels natural, just whatever spews out of me. Which is what I did. All the music is written by me.


2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the ep?

The sound of misery. Dark, emotional, weird death metal. I didn't want it to directly sound like anything else, although Portal were very influential in the sound on this EP.


3.All of the music on the ep was instrumental, are you planning on using vocals in the future?

No I don't. I never intended this project to have vocals, so I think adding them now or in the future wouldn't make sense.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Miserist'?

Well, the music sort of came about when I watched a documentary about an asylum for children, which was really dark and struck me on an emotional level. And I created a whole concept in my head around it, from which the music came from. The "Miserist" was the head of the asylum, the monster in charge of spreading misery throughout this asylum, torturing the kids and making them live in that hell hole instead of actually helping them. All the songs and their names are related to this concept.


5.With this project you record everything by yourself, do you feel you had more freedom to be creative?

I've almost always written by myself. I definitely prefer it. I couldn't imagine anyone wanting to write the same as me, or me wanting to write the same as someone else.


6.The ep is going to be released on 'Krucyator Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Yes very happy. I sent Loic some songs a while ago and was very interested in releasing it, saying it had potential. Couldn't ask for more from Krucyator. It's going great. Thanks Loic. 


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

To be honest, I haven't had much feedback, because it's only just being released properly. But i'm excited to hear what people think of the release.


8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

I had a project or two, years ago. Nothing worth mentioning. This project started as "Headwar", which I released a demo for. It was more of a hardcore influenced deathmetal demo, but I ended up wanting to go more dark. Which became Miserist.


9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I don't know if I will release anything again soon. Maybe late this year. But I can really see it being darker and more straight death metal the next time around.


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?

The bands that inspire me musically are: Gorguts, Portal, Gnaw Their Tongues and Ulcerate. And that's mostly what I listen to when I do. (I don't listen to music much anymore)


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

When i'm not writing songs or working, i'm usually gaming or powerlifting.


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

Thanks for the interview, and I can't wait for everyone to hear this record. Make sure to drop by facebook and tell me what you think. Thanks

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/miserist-interview.html


Arrogant Destruktor/Wrang/Wolfspell Records/2016 Split CD Review

lundi 2 janvier 2017 à 02:18

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  United  Kingdom's  Arrogant  Destruktor  and  Netherlands's  Wrang  which  was  released  by  Wolfspell  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Arrogant  Destruktor  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal and  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  classical  guitars  are  added  onto  the  last  track

  Arrogant  Destruktor creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of black  metal  of  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythical,  celestial,  fantasy  and  paganism  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arrogant  Destruktor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seeds Of  The  Aeon"  and  "Invocations  And  Conjurations  In  The  Name  Of  Woden".

  Next up  is  Wrang  a  band  that  also  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their side  of the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  of  the  genre.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  deep  and  demonic  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most    of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  clean  playing  is  added  on  the  last  track  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads.

Wrang  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional,  dark,  heavy  and  raw  sounding  with  some  second  wave  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  dark themes.

  In  my opinion  Wrang  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Morbide  Delirium".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/01/arrogant-destruktorwrangwolfspell.html