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UR/Obelga/Old Temple/2020 EP Review

vendredi 19 février 2021 à 03:06

 


  Poland's  UR  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black  and  heavy  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Obelga"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostyl  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  incorporated  elements  of  traditional  metal.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  On  this  recording  UR  remain  true  to  the  raw  style  of  blackened  heavy  metal  that  they  had  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  UR  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  and  blackened  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obelga"  and  "Nie  zmartwychwstaniemy".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/urobelgaold-temple2020-ep-review.html


Seide Interview

vendredi 19 février 2021 à 02:28

 

Occult Black Metal Zine / SEIDE (Count D / singer)


 


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


Hi Occult Black Metal Zine. We leave time for the new album Auakistla to live its own life, to be discovered and shared by those who wish to taste it… We are also trying to find a way to rehearse, as we need contact with the public. We already have a gig planned for November with Coroner, Candlemass, Nightfall, Seth, etc. for the Metallian Birthday Party 30 years next November, if it still confirmed.


 


2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?


It results from a chaotic creation process but in the end, it projects well the desired shadow. Dogma (2009) was a painful projection. Here Is No Truth (2011) was belligerent, and the audience had to savor Beyond The Fallacy (2017) for its wealth and decadence. This was what pleased our guests and friends, Niklas Kvarforth (Shining) and Blasphemer (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir). Auakistla is an immersive experience, a dense load as unhealthy as it is cheerful. We approached it without constraint, allowing ourselves the right to modify structures and intentions until the end. The participation of Zarc from Enemy Of The Enemy on the saxophone is a very interesting experience.


Being free in black metal is a crazy idea for some, while it was the will of its creators, it seems to me. Auakistla’s production is also dirtier and more organic, and therefore closer to the emotions it conveys.


 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


Dogma is an evil that gnaws at man from within. Reflecting our darkest and macabre representations, our music and our lyrics deconstruct in their own way the dogmas of the ego, family, religion, policy, and even music. On the other hand, no one is taught a lesson, because we are not much, like everyone else. Seide is just a garbage can for all we can vomit, reject, expel. We made this trash can, by our own hands, for music, visual paintings, lyrics, etc.


  


4.You also mentioned an interest in the Aztecs, can you tell us a little bit more about it?


I am personally committed to Mexican culture. The grandeur and the chaos, the fascination for life as much as this persistent impression that this same life is more fragile than elsewhere, all this is captivating. The pre-Columbian culture is profound, inspiring and should restore to the present peoples the humility with which they suffer terribly. We recall with the song "Noche Triste", this famous "sad night" of 1520, when Hernan Cortès tries to flee from Tenochtitlan (Mexico) and defeat in front of the Aztec people who do not let himself be controlled.


By the way, a thought for our Mexican friends from Throats Productions and Ascension Records who accompany us brilliantly.


 


5.When I looked at the band members names I noticed a Shub Niggurath and Wotan, does the band have any interest in Germanic Mythology and the writings of H.P Lovecraft?


Yes certainly, just as the lyrics of the song “The Outsider” from the EP Dogma refer to the universe of H.P. Lovecraft. I think the names we take as band members don't really matter. Today, many bands are anonymizing themselves. But it's a bit like a red button that shouldn't be pressed: the less they say, the more gossip-hungry audiences want to know. The effect is therefore missed.


 


6.I know that the bands name means 'a man with a blind and fanatical devotion', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?


He fully responds to the cause of the band. The minion (“séide”) is the blind follower of a cult or cause. The name of the band is therefore a cynical counterpoint to slave morality. Each song has a link with anti-dogmatism. Without sinking into the suicidal spirit, the painted picture is just a whirlwind of threads that pulls the individual from all sides, without really leaving space for free will.


 


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


Our music is our own, our image too. We don’t “order” our visuals elsewhere. This painting was made for itself, by our guitarist Shub Niggurath because it reflected the darkness of a moment, a form freely inspired by decadence but also anger, and it married our music. It is taken from a series of three nudes made with Indian ink for the band’s illustration purposes. The three nudes represent exquisite pain, anger and abandonment. Guess which one was chosen.


  


8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


Strangely, it is in Germany that we have great memories, with Under The Black Sun Fest 2013, with Horna, Von, Koldbrann, Funeral Winds, … but also at the Iron Eagle with our compatriots Mortis Mutilati in 2018. The German public is alive, focused… Also, a dry and penetrating memory in 2019 in Paris, with the TH-Fest. We need an audience made of free spirits, sensitive to emotions and decadence.


 


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


Nice, I guess. The press is generally very complimentary. But none of us show our dicks, slit a fucking goat’s throat, or wield a nasty ten-foot-high inverted cross, so the buzz is less obvious. It doesn’t matter. We go in the shadows, sometimes alone, sometimes accompanied, but we are not lifted by any wave or fashion. Suffering and cynicism are timeless, my friend, when all of us, as we are, are going to die quickly.


 


10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


Yes, but that concerns them. Some of the projects are not even published or known. The most important is the music, not the band attitude.


 


11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


I don’t know, except it will never be brighter. We are already happy to launch Auakistla in the face of the world and hope that it will provoke, whether it is fanaticism or hatred, disgust or fascination. May it awaken in those who listen to an instinctive and violent vibration, a burst of freedom in this putrid epoch.


 


12.What are you currently listening to nowadays?


Lots of shit that smell good, just imagine.


 


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


We would like to express our thanks to Occult Black Metal Zine for offering us a spontaneous interview. Auakistla is an immersive experience, a dense load as unhealthy as it is cheerful. For the rest, it is only a little flamboyant music in a little flamboyant world. So we’re not gonna throw too many flowers, nobody cares. Just listen.

Bandcamp: https://seide.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seideband
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1YEF_skK5RIiWSHdAdo5eA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seidebm/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/seide-interview.html


Countess/Banners Of Blood/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 18 février 2021 à 05:54

 


  Netherlands's  Countess  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  old  school  style  of  black/heavy  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  album  "Banners  Of  Blood".


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  done  in  mostyl  a  shouting  black  metal  style  along  with  keyboards  also  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts  of  the music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  The  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  traditional  metal  elements  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  folk  music.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars,  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Dutch  and  cover  Occultism,  Demonology,  Paganism  and  European  History  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Countess  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal  or  blackened  heavy  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Below  The  Sky"  "Banners  Of  Blood"  "Fall  Of  The  Achaemenid  Empire"  and  "Sword  Symphony".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/countessbanners-of-blood2021-full.html


Cruel Life Inside Interview

jeudi 18 février 2021 à 02:10

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


First of all, thank you for your time. Cruel Life Inside (a.k.a. C.L.I.) was born in 2017 from an idea of Francesco Brisinda. The project was conceived as a one-man band at first, but then Giando Sestito and Angelo Pellicano have been involved. So, now the project is formed by Francesco, the project’s mastermind, on guitars and programming, Angelo on vocals and Giando on bass. In 2018 we started to record our first full length Eclipsis Vitae and in 2019 we released our first single Loricum. Now we are going to release our debut album and we are looking forward seeing the listeners' reactions. We've been working hard on Eclipsis Vitae and we really hope people will appreciate it. 



2.In March you have your first full length coming out, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


(Francesco Brisinda) We wanted to start a different kind of black metal project that could combine different music styles and genres, like Atmospheric Black Metal, Post-Black Metal and Blackened Doom Metal. It’s hard to say what metal genre our music belongs to, but it doesn’t matter. It’s our own music style and we don’t really care about tags.


(Angelo Pellicano) I think that it would be reductive to consider Eclipsis Vitae as an Atmospheric Black Metal album, or a Post-Black Metal album, or otherwise. In this album you may hear various and different nuances of black metal.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


(F.B.) The lyrics for each track are about a different stage of a journey through a dark time, which can be defined as a “Life Eclipse” (hence the name Eclipsis Vitae - "Life Eclipse" in Latin). This journey starts with pain and suffering and ends with a new hope, a new vision of life, like a rebirth. Also, the album has a sub-theme dedicated to the Calabrian inland and it’s intended to be a tribute to the mountainous plateau of Sila. In spite of that, there’s no direct reference to these Calabrian landscapes in the lyrics. You have to imagine these places as the context of the journey described in the album, like dreamscapes.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cruel Life Inside'?


(A.P.) Francesco could probably tell you more about this. I would, however, like to give my personal interpretation: our moniker sums up the struggle hidden within everyone’s daily life. We all have inner demons. 


(F.B.) Yes, Angelo is right. The name “Cruel Life Inside” comes from the awareness that we are fragile and weak. When we started this project, we were going through a bad time and music was an escape valve. This project contains our concerns, our sadness, our rage and the need of finding peace. So, in a few words, there’s a cruel life inside this project.



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


(F.B.) The artwork wants to represent the dreamscapes described above. There’s a central window that opens onto the space, with the Stars and the Moon, in contrast with the dark background. It’s the escape from our cruel reality, the border that has to be crossed to find peace. This artwork represents the end of the journey described in the album, the transition from the material dark earth to the ethereal starry sky. Also, all the photos used in the making of the artwork were taken in the plateau of Sila, so these pictures perfectly represent the dream landscapes that we wanted to depict.


6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?


(A.P.) I think that the Cruel Life Inside project works better in the recording studio. I can’t imagine a faithful reproduction of our tracks in a live context. Maybe in the future we will do some gigs, but, for now, it’s not in the cards. Anyway, never say never!



7.The album is coming out on Casus Belli Musica and Beverina, how did you get in contact with these labels?


(F.B.) Casus Belli Musica and Beverina Productions are two of my favourite black metal labels. When we were looking for a label for Eclipsis Vitae, Casus Belli Musica was the very first one that we reached out. They thought the album was worthwhile, so they agreed to work with us. I always thought that working with these labels was the best option for us and I will never regret this choice. It’s also a real pleasure to work with them. They’re very professional and reliable.



8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric and post black metal?


(A.P.) Our first single Loricum achieved a fair amount of acclaim in the ABM community. It was also enjoyed by people who usually listen to more extreme metal genres. That's comforting, considering some black metal lovers don’t really appreciate some “post” influences. 


(F.B.) Anyway, we expect more responses after the album release date. 



9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


(F.B.) I’m totally new to the metal scene as a musician. Instead, Giando Sestito (our bassist) has a long music experience in his current and past projects. He plays in some great bands, as Bretus (doom metal), Dripping Sin (thrash metal) and Deep Valley Blues (stoner rock/metal). Cruel Life Inside is the very first black metal project in which he has been involved. Despite this, he did a great job with the bass parts. It may be due to his influences from Bretus music.  


(A.P.) As for myself, I was part of a local gothic/death metal band called Forgotten Hope. After some years, I’ve started to sing in an acoustic songwriting project. Maybe this shift to a more atmospheric and calmer music style had a significant role in the composition of Eclipsis Vitae. 



10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


(F.B.) We don’t know what the future holds for us. We just want to leave our mark in the metal scene and reach our listeners’ heart. We have some ideas for our future works, but we cannot anticipate anything. Eclipsis Vitae won't be our last album, we promise that!



11.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.P.) A lot of people compared Cruel Life Inside to different bands, but I think that each one of us has his own music experiences and influences from the various subgenres of metal and other kinds of music. In fact, as we said before, in our music there are a lot of different shades.


(F.B.) Well, I agree with Angelo. Each of us has different favorite bands and metal subgenres. For example, I listen to several bands and projects, like Mesarthim, Woods of Desolation, Coldworld, Altars of Grief, Deadly Carnage, Ramihrdus, etc. and recently I discovered a really nice DSBM project called Worthless Life. Basically, we listen to a wide variety of music and Eclipsis Vitae could not but be a mix of different styles.



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


Thanks again for your time. We just want to dedicate this album to all those who are still fighting to bring light in their dark days. Keep fighting and never give up. The Moon and the Stars will shine again!

Digipak CD @ Casus Belli: https://casusbellimusica.bandcamp.com/album/eclipsis-vitae-2021
Digipak CD @ Beverina: https://beverina.bandcamp.com/album/c-l-i-eclipsis-vitae-12-mar-2021
Digital: https://cli-cruellifeinside.bandcamp.com/album/eclipsis-vitae

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/cruel-life-inside-interview.html


Zaratus/In The Days of Whore/Van Records/2021 CD Review

mercredi 17 février 2021 à 05:49

 


  Zaratus  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "In  The  Days  of  Whore"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Van  Records.


  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostyl  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  saxophones  can  also  be  heard  briefly.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a lot  of  90's  era  Greek  influences.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard,  ethnic  and  tribal  style  sounds  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Religions,  Occultism,  Spiritual,  Fantasy  and  Zoroastrian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Zaratus  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness  And  Decay"  "Chaos  And  Blood"  and  "Zoroastrian  Priests".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/zaratasin-days-of-whorevan-records2021.html