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Trembling Void/Demo I/Inferna Profundus Records/2022 Demo Review

jeudi 21 avril 2022 à 02:07

 


  Trembling  Void  are  a  solo  project  from  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  demo  which  will be  released  in  July  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.


  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  yet  melodic  direction  while  also  capturing  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  mixes  in  some  influences  from  the  2nd  and  3rd  wave  eras  of  the  genre.  When  the  music  speeds  up  ma  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be   heard  which  also  gives  the  demo  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  depressive  moments.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast,  along  with  the guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  demo.  The  production  sounds  very  dark, raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  negativity  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Trembling  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Harbinger  Of  Hurt"  "Choke  On  The  Blood"  and  "Death,  The  Only  Reprive".  8  out  of  10.


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trembling_void/
Bandcamp: https://tremblingvoid.bandcamp.com/album/demo-i

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/trembling-voiddemo-iinferna-profundus.html


Mitternacht Interview

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 05:19

 

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


Mitternacht was founded in 2020 with the idea of creating dark, primitive music that carries the torch of 80s/90s black and death metal.    


2.In 2021 you had released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


The musical style of the project that the Blasphemous Warfare demo reflects is aggressive black metal with atonal OSDM riffing mixed in. It came together from some old riffs and lyrics I had and I pieced it all together during the on-and-off recording process. 


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


So far the lyrics have been influenced by occult literature, nothing too deep at the moment.  


4.I know that the band's name means 'midnight' in German, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?


It relates to the frantic music and dark aesthetics of the overall project, as it is partly inspired by the instinct of heightened, evolution-driven fear of the unknown at night. The witching hour is also argued by some to start at midnight, but is commonly understood to occur some time after.   


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


I am a fan of classical art and stumbled across what I felt would be fitting for a cover. It is aggressive, relentless, and blasphemous which felt perfect for the spirit of the music. 


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?


No other musicians are necessary, especially since there will not be any live shows.


7.What part of the U.S.A is the solo project located at?


N/A   


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


I am not looking for a label currently as I am still in the process of (de)composing an album’s worth of songs. I have a couple independent labels that I am in contact with, but that is not a priority yet. 


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


The reactions have been positive for only a rough demo so far, which I am grateful for. Those who are fans of old school metal are able to recognize the direction this project comes from and seem to be entertained. 


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


A debut in the form of an EP or full length is the goal, but everything is still being written. I will probably be releasing a second demo before anything major.  


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?


I was influenced by Marduk and Dissection demos & EPs primarily and wanted to de-make that style of writing with the primitiveness of Darkthrone and Bathory. 


Regarding my current listening, for metal right now I have been listening to Witchcraft (Finland) and the Entombed + Nihilist demos. Although I have probably listened to more gabber/hardcore techno than metal in the past couple years for the same reasons….speed and aggression, but from another perspective.


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


Reject passive nihilism. 

https://mitternachtband.bandcamp.com/

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


Nagel/Hel op aarde/Nomad Snakepit Productions/2022 EP Review

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 05:12

 


  Nagel  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a very  raw,  old  school  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Hel  op  aarde"  which  was  released  by  Nomad  Snakepit  Productions.


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  All  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  2  or  3  minute  length  while  all  of  the  music  sticks  to either  a    fast  or  mid  tempo  direction.  Most  of  the  songs  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  along  with  the  recording  also  avoiding  any  use  of  solos  and  leads  and  always  sticking  to  a  heavier  direction.


  Nagel  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  misanthropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nagel  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Onttroning"  and  "Hel  op  aarde".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/ZiLsGi_LxYY        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/nagelhel-op-aardenomad-snakepit.html


Svartsyn/Live in Rotterdam 1997/Nomad Snakepit Productions/2022 Live Album Review

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 04:49

 


  Sweden's  Svartsyn  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  a  live  show  from  the  mid  90's  showing  their  earlier  style  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  live  album  "Live  In  Rotterdam  1997"  which  was  released  by  Nomad  Snakepit  Productions.


  A  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  audience  reaction  can  be  heard  between  each  song.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  all  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Svartson  played  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  was  also  very  traditional  sounding .  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  all  the  songs  being  recorded  live  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Darkness  and  Death  Worship  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Svartsyn  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  True  Legend"  and  "The  Great  Mysteries  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.


https://nomadsnakepit.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-rotterdam-1997    


  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/svartsynlive-in-rotterdam-1997nomad.html


Umbra Interview

mercredi 20 avril 2022 à 02:30

 

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


Umbra was born from the ashes of another project called Glorification, with other members. Over time I felt that I wasn't doing what I really wanted to express through music, either by difference of opinions and musical tastes. This project lasted a few years and as expected I sent them to hell. As the saying goes, if you want to do something right, do it for yourself. And so in early 2021 Umbra was born, taking full control of all the instruments, compositions and lyrics of how I see myself, the reflection of my own darkness.


2.In February you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


As you say I released it on February 21, 2022, the only thing I want to express with Umbra is my own hell and darkness, my visions and aberrations that this dream called life gives me. It is clear that it could be defined as Black Metal, depending on who thinks and listens to it, nowadays there are many worms thinking this if not this if you know what I mean heh, heh. But in my opinion it is Satanic and Blasphemous Black Metal.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Satanism and Occultism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?


It is something that awakened in me at a very early age, I have always felt attracted to the black arts, occultism, Luciferism, Satanism, and everything that has to do with what is on the other side of life. I always liked to read and document myself on this subject, for me the devotion to my black father is everything, without him I would not be doing this, it is the black flame that guides me through this dark path.


4.You also cover Anti Christianity themes lyrically, how would you describe your hatred for this religion?


I hate Christians as much as I hate Jews and Islamists, for me they are the same shit with different smell, copies of each other, but the result is always the same, to have people lobotomized to continue to endure in time thanks to so many sheep, I do not mean that I am not a spiritual person, which I am, but I choose my own way. Christianity has done a lot of damage all over the world, but much more in Europe, a lot of wisdom and traditions have been lost or adulterated thanks to them, many much older religions in connection with nature and mother earth were razed by them, imposing Christianity and destroying the true European roots. For this kind of things they will always have my contempt.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Umbra'?


I want to express my own Darkness with my music, so the name of the band had to go hand in hand with my music. Umbra means shadow in Latin, it seemed like a good name to reflect my own Darkness and show my own hell.


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


The cover is a photo of my black altar, where I perform my rituals and take inspiration, I wanted it to be the cover of the EP because it symbolizes everything I want to express with my work, I was also lucky to have the help of Zare Inferno, a professional photographer who took the cover photos apart from my own, a great devotee of black arts and Black Metal.


7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have played with a full band before, do you feel you are able to accomplish more solo?


Yes, I record all the instruments and I also mix and master. I have been in several bands, but as I told you in a previous question, I didn't feel that we were doing things right, too many people giving their opinion and at the same time contributing very little, in the end the bands are of one or two people who are in charge of doing everything and that eventually wears out and frustrates, or at least me, apart from the fact that everyone has their own way of seeing things and doing them. Today I see myself capable of doing this job on my own and express 100% of my vision.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looing for a label or have received any interest?


Yes, there are several proposals for the next work that I will soon have finished, I have spoken with several labels and there is interest in the next releases, at the moment I'm shuffling offers, we'll see what happens in the coming months. For now I want to keep promoting the EP and reach as many people as possible and spread my blasphemy.


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


Within the black circle it has been very well accepted, but I still have a lot of work ahead of me. It is not easy to move everything alone, but little by little the fruits are being harvested.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?


At the moment the idea I have is to release a new EP and start working on my first full length, print some t-shirts, etc etc. In the future I would simply like to continue doing the same thing I do now, composing, writing, recording and continue shaping Umbra. The road is open for those who know how to find it.


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?


I still listen to the same bands from 30 years ago, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory and of course the explosion of Norwegian bands in the early 90s. Although I also listen to bands like Drowning the Light, Satanic Warmaster, Behexen ,Darvaza, Anti to name a few. My favorite genre has always been and will always be Black Metal although I must admit that classical music like Richard Wagner and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky inspire me a lot.


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


Thank you for the interview and the support received, they have been very interesting questions. Greetings to the readers and stay tuned for the next release that is coming soon. Thanks for your interest in UMBRA.

Hail Satan!!!


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