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K.F.R/Demonologue/Purity Through Fire/2019 Full Length Review

vendredi 3 mai 2019 à 04:38

  K.F.R  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  with  some  choirs  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "Demonologue"  which  will  be  released  on  May  31st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Ritualistic  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  whispered  incantations  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Synths  can  only  be  heard  briefly  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  choirs  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  elements  of  ambient  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi while  the  lyrics  cover  Demonology  along  with  some  inspirations  from  the  writings  of  Jacques  Collin  de  Plancy.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  K.F.R  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  lo-fi  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invocation"  "Azazel"  and  "Lucifer".  8/5  out  of  10.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOkrqOB-fso

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/kfrdemonologuepurity-through-fire2019.html


Blotgrop Interview

vendredi 3 mai 2019 à 02:35
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
Right now I am recording the second EP. The progress is going slow but steady, and for once I have more material to work with than I am going to use, which is quite pleasant.

2.So far you have released one demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
My goal was always to make somewhat mid-paced Black Metal with melodic influences. It was my first ever attempt to record music, and I basically learned to use the equipment as the recording went on. I think I remixed the first EP around 500 times. I think it came out pretty decent given the circumstances.

3.You lyrics deal with Asataru and Nordic Spirituality, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these ancient pagan practices?
I am a practicing heathen and have been so for nearly ten years. It means that you have a spiritual approach and relation to the Nordic myth, a circular and non-linear comprehension of time, and most heathens also have a shamanic practice to it. The myth, the Edda,  contains great knowledge on the human mind and existence that can be revealed to the one that is determined to dedicate himself to it, for sure.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blotgrop'?
The name is basically a pun, made out by the words Blot and Grop, Blot meaning the old Norse ceremonial offering and Grop meaning ground hole. It was made up by a friend of mine 15 years ago when neither of us had a clue of Asatru. But the name stays since it has got its own meaning now.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
The artwork is designed by me and consists of a bindrune with the letters of the band name. Every single letter in the name has a corresponding rune, which constitute the bindrune. The nine-pointed star has one point for every realm in the Nordic myth, but it is also a Walknut that has been broken out to a more symmetrical form. Walknut is an Odinic sign.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, if you found the right people would you be open to working with a full band or do you prefer to remain solo?
I would definitely like to cooperate with others. Though I am quite reluctant to release the hold of the creative reins, it is pretty exhausting to do everything myself. Also, it would make possible to perform live in the future.

7.The cassette version of the demo was released by 'Depressive Illsions Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
Pretty easily, I contacted them and told them about the release I were about to make and they were interested in putting it out. It is a tape that is limited to 66 copies, if I remember correctly.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, viking and pagan metal?
A little more than none, to be honest. This is a totally independent operation run all by me, and promotion has been done on a very small level. Hopefully that can be changed, though, because this project is here to stay for a while.

9.I have read that you are currently working on a new ep, what can we expect musically once it is released?
A bigger folky touch with more clean guitars, and a little more doom-influences. I am trying a few new tricks, and different, non-typical chord progressions. Candlemass and Solstice has always been a big inspiration for me, as has Opeth and psychadelic music and I think it can be heard.

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?
Now days it is much Svartidaudi, Bölzer and Mgla. These are good days for Black Metal, indeed! I of course listen to alot of different bands and styles, and I want to mention Örnatorpet, Kebnekajse and Tusen År Under Jord just to mention three...

11.In another interview you mentioned having an interest in politics, spirituality, philosophy and horror, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Black Metal is of course strictly differentiated from politics, and must remain so. Philosophy is an important topic to me since it is a way to regain the spirituality that was thrown out of the window along with the entrance of secularism. Our modern secular society is more or less devoid of metaphysics, and philosophy is a tool to regain it. Nietzsche, Zizek and Bard are cool reads. I read all the time, and horror is my favorite fiction genre. I recommend everyone to read Thomas Ligotti for instance, a total mind-bender of a horror author.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for giving me this space of attention, I totally appreciate it! Hopefully some people give Ödesrök a listen and like it. Hails!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/blotgrop-interview.html


Deletere/Theovorator : Babelis Testamentum/Sepulchral Productions/2019 EP Review

vendredi 3 mai 2019 à 02:06

  Deletere  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep "Theovorator  :  Babelis  Testamentum"  which  will  be  released  May  18th  by  Sepulchral  Productions.

  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  During  the  faster  sections   of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  melodic  chants  being  used  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  On  this  recording  Deletere  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  tale  of  Babel,  survivor  of  the  Great  Deluge  who  undertakes  the  construction  of  Babylon  and  the  Tower  of  Babel  with  his  minions.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Deletere  and   if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  if  you  are of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Babel  Insanifusor".  8  out  of  10.

www.facebook.com/inopiaetmorbo

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/deleteretheovorator-babelis.html


Laang/Haiyang/Talheim Records/2018 CD Review

jeudi 2 mai 2019 à 04:39

  Laang  are  a  solo  project  from  Taiwan  that  plays  a  musical  style  he  describes  as being  'terror  black  metal'  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Haiyang" which  was  released  by  Talheim  Records.

  Atmospheric soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  more  of  a  shouting  black  metal  style  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  misanthropic  atmosphere.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  section  of  the  music  at  times  adding  in  soem s ymphonic  touches  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  more  ambient  orientated  instrumentals  while  some  of  the  heavier  riffing  also  adds  in  some  melodies  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Taiwanese  and  cover  terror,  desolation,  emptiness  and  inhuman  madness.

  In  my  opinion  Laang  are  a  very  great  sounding  terror  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  different,  you  should  check  out  this album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shenyuan"  "Yan"  and  "Zidan  King".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/LaangOfficial
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3GOMPmE3jnaoh74rgsTTlI?si=jqXhssUfQm2el4afA00AcA
https://www.weibo.com/laangofficial
https://www.instagram.com/laangblackmetal/  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/laanghaiyangtalheim-records2018-cd.html


NightVermin/Internecine/2019 Demo Review

jeudi 2 mai 2019 à 03:16

  NightVermin  are  a  band  from  Dublin,  Ireland  that  plays  a  very  fast,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  demo  "Internecine".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  Swedish  influences  as  well  as  giving  the  music  more  of  a  modern  day  aggression,  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks. 

  NightVermin  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  fast  and  melodic  in  the  90's  old  school  Swedish  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  NightVermin  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Primeval  Wails"  and  "My  Grave,  A  Monument  Of  Pain".  8  out  of  10.

https://nightvermin.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/05/nightvermininternecine2019-demo-review.html