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Vananidr/Damnation/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

jeudi 16 janvier 2020 à 21:16


  Vananidr  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  Swedish  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  Damnation"  which  will  be  released  on  January  24th  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Dark  yet  distorted  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  along  with t he  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  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  decent  amount  of  melody.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  some  folk  music  melodies  but  done  in  more  of  a  heavier  approach  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  without  losing  it's  modern  edge. The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  war  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Vananidr  and  if  you  are  a f an  of  aggressive  and  melodic  Swedish  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Distilled"  "Tides  Of  Blood"  and  "Void".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/AqUCwTzLNyU

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/vananidrdamnationpurity-through.html


Tulus/Old Old Death/Soulseller Records/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 16 janvier 2020 à 08:24

  Tulus  are  a  band  from  Norway  that has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  dark  and  cold  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Old  Old  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Soulseller  Records.

 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  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  influences  from  both  the  first  and  second  wave  era's  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  black'n'roll  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  music  mostly  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover dark  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tulus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  and  cold  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hel"  "Folkefall"  "Grunn  Grav"  and  "In Memoriam".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/AeDBHOfZszo.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/tulusold-old-deathsoulseller.html


Hor Interview

mercredi 15 janvier 2020 à 21:13
 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?
Well since the release of the album we have given a couple of interviews to metal webzine, we’ve made a lot of new friends from everywhere in this planet and it’s amazing because the HOR friends becoming more and more and we have some new music ideas. Probably we will enter our own studio “HOR Dungeon” to write new music and when we feel OK we will record it in our close friend’s studio Dimon’s night.

 2.In November you had released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
We didn’t have any musical style in our minds when we enter the studio to record it. We adore the Norwegian black metal sound of 90s, so it was quite natural to express ourselves in this way.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music so far?
We read a lot as individuals. One of the main topics that enthuse us is the philosophy of death. So if you read our lyrics you will sense it. We talk about death, we are against of all organized religions and we endure people to do and live as they want and not as they told to do so. Live the best you can and when you feel that the time is right, choose your Exit from this world.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hor'?
The weird thing is that when we discuss for the band’s name, unanimously we said that we want a name that has to do with God Apollo. Each one of us for different reasons without having discuss it before. From my side the idea came when I was in one of my many visits in Delphi, in his temple. THRONE’s influence was from the temple of Apollo in Ancient Corinth where he resides and gets inspiration very often. Well in few words, we both love to this God that he was the brighter of all but at the same time he could be the evilest and revengeful as it gets. He was the God of Light, patron of arts and oracle and the very same time he was a god of punishment, a warrior, a god who clearly delineates the boundaries between the world of mortals and immortals. Some philosophers said that people even fear to call his name. All these strong contradictions in his character were something that we really like. He had many attributes and one of them was Horos (Ώρος) Apollo. From this attribute we took our name, HOR.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
The artwork is from a great artist with many collaborations with big bands in the past. His name is Nestor Avalos. When we first saw his artwork we said “this is it”. We wanted something that it’s evil, unholy and before you listen to this album you have a taste of what you’re going to listen. The “Unholy Virgin” was the best artwork that we saw at that time so we purchase it. We had a great collaboration with this artist, he is one of the best.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Yes, there are only two members and we are not going to add another permanent member in the band. We had bands in the past with three or four members and it sucked. It’s difficult to do your own thing or to try to convince people to be more professional, or to be at least consistent. I believe that in a band if there are a lot of voices …it can’t get far. I believe that two people with the same love for this music, eager to write music, passion to express themselves and similar goals and view for the band’s future, is the best thing that you can have in a band.

7.The band is from Greece but has a different style than most bands from the country, do you feel your music stands out a little bit more in your home country?
Well I don’t really know if the most bands now play the so called Hellenic metal of the 90s. I do not want to be disrespectful to any band but who wants to play like that? I mean there were some great Greek pioneer bands in the 90s that played like that but very few bands were descent or great. When I say few, I mean you can count them in your fingers of your one hand. Most of them of that era you cannot call them black metal. There was a habit in Greece in the 90s where the bands with brutal vocals, rock- power/heavy metal music and a pentagram in the album cover, they call them black metal. We should stop this shit. The true Black metal was played in Norway. I like very few albums of that era of Hellenic Black Metal. Nowadays there are a lot of bands in the Greek underground black metal scene that really play black metal, not that Heavy-rock shit with brutal vocals. We are not fans of that Greek black metal era of the 90s as you see, so even if we stand out from the rest Greek bands we don’t really care. We play what we feel is right for us and how we think black metal should sound.




8.The album was also released on 'Sanit Mils Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Sanit Mils is a French label and it was also its first black metal release. It released it in LP. Our friend Vangelis the owner of the label did great job and we are very happy with the final result of the whole LP package. We have good co-operation so far. We are happy and lucky I could say because with all the collaborations with all the label owners, we had perfect understanding each other, the same goals and it goes great so far.
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
We have great reviews so far from webzines and magazines and fans from all the continents have purchased our album. This is great feeling and we have make many friends from around the globe. We feel really happy because when you express yourself and there are people out there that can feel you, understand what you want to say…it’s a really great gift. You feel that you are not alone in this planet.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are not here with a tendency to “re-invent the wheel”. We play black metal because this is a way to express ourselves. No one knows what future will bring and what this Journey will offer to us. The only sure is that we will keep playing Black Metal as long as we feel honest with ourselves and our friends.

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?
It’s obvious that the sound of Norwegian Black metal sound has a huge influence to us but I really cannot name one specific band. As a person I do not want to imitate a band. The truth is that we cannot do it…If we try to imitate a band we will not be honest with ourselves. We play what it came out from our souls naturally. We love Norwegian Black Metal sound of 90s but I cannot name any specific influence from a specific band.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I really want to thank you for this interview and all the people who have support us so far. Thank you.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/hor-interview.html


Ossaert Interview

mercredi 15 janvier 2020 à 10:03
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
I’ve always had a love for Black Metal, but i never had the opportunity in my previous bands/projects to create such music. I founded Ossaert last year to make the music that i really wanted to make. People ask me where I get my inspiration from, but i find that hard to define. I listen to a lot of different genres of metal, but mostly black, death and some heavy metal. I think all these genres are included in Ossaert but a specific sound compared to other bands is hard for me to say. I’ve heard people say that is kind of similar to Bölzer but it has also elements of the second wave Norwegian black metal.

2.You have your first album coming out in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I didnt go for a specific style. I just created the sound that i always wanted to make. At first, I tried to make really raw black metal but after a while i realized that focusing on one specific music genre didn’t work for me, writing-wise but also personally. I realized that I can’t think in boxes. That was the moment this album was created.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
The music is focused mainly on hopelessness and the decay of human kind as a species. It touches on topics such as life after death or the absence thereof, existential crisis, and that humanity is no more than beasts.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ossaert'?
The Ossaert is a nature spirit/demon from old folktales. Mainly in Zeeland but also in other regions in the Netherlands, like the Veluwe, where I’m from. I chose this name because of my fascination with old folklore and the supernatural.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
First of, “Bedehuis” means a house of prayer. I chose this name because the 4 tracks of this album almost are a desperate prayer to one of the possibly existing gods. Prayer is more than talking to gods, it also seems like a relief to the people who have faith in something and pray. So they can leave their burdens by placing them in the hands of the gods. In that sense my album was my bedehuis, a place for me to let go of all my negative thoughts. On the cover you see some kind of pulpit broken down, with the alchemic symbol for Arsenic above it. I chose it to represent the poison in not just organised religion, but also people in general when they group together. It seems there’s always a tendency to corrupt.

6.With the exception of a session drummer you record most of the music by yourself, are you open to expanding from a solo project to a whole band?

At this point, not yet. This project is very near to my heart and I want to keep it that way for the time being. Maybe in the future, I will explore using a live band but I will always be the writer. Also I enjoy not having to consult with anyone or compromise on what I want to create. I have always had to compromise in previous bands and that’s fine because it’s not just me in the band. But with Ossaert, it is just me. 

7.The new album is going to be released on Argento Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
Through Wessel, the session drummer and producer of my album. After he recorded drums for Bedehuis and mixed and mastered it, he asked me what my plans were for the album. Originally I had no real plans and I wanted to release it by myself for my friends to listen to. Wessel said he knew some labels that might be interested and after some thought I decided to see who would be interested in my music. So I contacted them and here we are.

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I honestly don’t know. So far, the response I have gotten has been positive and it has reached more people than I thought it would. The first single has only just been released, so a lot of people have yet to hear it. But so far the response has been very great.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Yes, I have another band called “Shagor”. We will be playing our first show at the end of February. It’s a black metal band, kind of similar to “Ossaert” but more atmospheric.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
Debt. No, just kidding. I hope to release more albums. As a matter of fact, I have almost completed my second “Ossaert” album.

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?
Like i said before, black metal, death metal and heavy metal are the genres that inspired me to make music. Bands like: Burzum, Mgla, Trelldom, Taake, Cattle Decapitation and Bölzer, but also Dutch Black Metal bands like: Laster, Fluisteraars, Verwoed, Turia and Iskandr. Those are also the bands I listen to alot.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I’m thankful for the opportunity Argento Records gave me to release my noise upon the world. One year ago I could have never guessed I would be releasing my solo debut.

https://www.facebook.com/Ossaert/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/ossaert-interview.html


Artach/Shimmer/2020 Single Review

mercredi 15 janvier 2020 à 09:55

  Newfoundland,  Canada's Artach  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the raw,  epic  and  melodic  style  of  black  emtal  from t heir  previous  tracks  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  single  "Shimmer".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  song  which  is  also  over  6  minutes  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  track  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  done  in  an  angry  black  metal  style  along  with  the  song  also  adding  in a   decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also being  used  briefly,  the  spoken  word  parts  are  quoted  from  a  poem  written  by  David  Vedder  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Artach  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  epic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  song.  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2-WCGS0twc 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/artachshimmer2020-single-review.html