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Hetman/Sewn From The Ashes Book/Svarga Music/2017 Full Length Review

jeudi 26 octobre 2017 à 20:55

  Hetman  are  a  solo  project  from Ukraine  that  plays  a  folk  and  ethnic  influenced  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Sewn  From  The  Ashes  Book"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Svarga  Music.

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  angry  black  metal  screams  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  as  well  as  having  their  clean  and  melodic  moments  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts..

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  use  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  when  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  are  utilized  they  add  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  parts  of  songs add  in  touches  of  ethnic  music.

  Hetman  plays  a  style  of pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  epic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  and ethnic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover    Ukrainian,  Ethnic  and  Worldwide  Literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hetman  are  a  very  great  sounding  ethnic  and  folk  influenced  pagan/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Gateway"  "Remember  Who  We  Are"  and  "To  The  Heart  Of  Everyone".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/hetmansewn-from-ashes-booksvarga.html


Red Bible Black/Zulmet/Shitskin Baby Back Ribs For Satan/Merdumgiriz Records/2017 Split Cassette Review

jeudi 26 octobre 2017 à 06:13

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Italy,  United  Kingdom,  Turkey's  Red  Bible  Black  and  Turkey's  Zulmet  called  "Shitskin  Baby  Back  Ribs  For  Stan"  which  was  released buy  Merdumgiriz  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Red  Bible  Black  which  continues  their  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  grim  black  metal  screams  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  while  the  music  speeds  up  it  adds  in  elements  of  war  metal,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  evoking  a  bestial  mixture. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  an  old  school  black/death  metal  style  while  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  growls  also  getting  very  guttural  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Islam  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Red  Bible  Black  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Satanic  Monogamy".

  Next  up  is  Zulmet  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  grim  and  evil  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while t he  vocals  evolve  more  into  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  getting  more  heavier  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  involving  Enoch  and  his  mistress.

  In  my  opinion  Zulmet  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Enoch  And  His  Mistress".

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/red-bible-blackzulmetshitskin-baby-back.html


Christ Dismembered Interview

jeudi 26 octobre 2017 à 05:30
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

There is always something brewing behind the scenes! Currently we are preparing for a group
 of both local and away performances as well as writing for our second full length album which is already well on its way and is sounding (in my opinion) much more refined than the last.

2.So far you have released a full length and live album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings? We play relentless, brutal black metal. There are of course for anyone who has heard us, undeniable death metal influences but not in the traditional blackened death metal sense. We take the brutality and speed of death metal which is present throughout our whole repertoire, but we keep the guitars shrill and in your face with a very traditional black metal atmosphere. We have in the past been referred to as black metal with grind drumming which is not
 far from the truth in some respect, but if I had to give us a particular term it would be, as stated before, relentless, brutal black metal.

3.Your lyrics cover Satanism and Anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts? We are in no way Devil Worshippers or anything like that, but religion as a whole is such a macabre subject yet people don’t realize it. The history of most modern religions is war torn and vicious, even though many don’t wish to discuss it. We are all teaming with morbid fascination and an obsession with all things extreme, and by combining that with an interest in the darker parts of religion we can create something extremely confronting. Although we may not literally believe everything we sing word for word, there is always a certain honesty in the overall message of our songs, if you know what to look for. Of course that hardly happens, the average person thinks that our music and themes are sickening and wants nothing to do with any of it, but
 ah well, shit happens.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Christ Dismembered'? This is not a story we tell too often but the original band name was Christ Ablaze, and that worked well for a while but people began getting the wrong impression. A few folks we briefly knew thought that by Christ Ablaze we meant “The Light of Jesus” which, believe it or not, was not what we were trying to portray! So, we needed something similar but more straight to the point. Our drummer instantly suggested “Christ  Dismembered” in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek sense, and however blunt it was it grew on us and within a few weeks we adopted it as our official name. Some have stated that they think it is a little try hard or over the top, but it is what it is now, its brutal its memorable and with a name like that there’s no if, and's or buts to what you’re gonna hear!

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Recently we have opened for Angelcorpse (USA) and Grave Miasma (UK) which were both incredibly memorable nights. Of course with Angelcorpse’s status that show was naturally going to be a night to remember, but the Grave Miasma show was held at one of Adelaide’s most prolific heavy music venues which we had all seen some of the worlds best extreme metal acts, not to mention some of our favorite bands perform at, so that was a great experience. Earlier this year we also headlined Adelaide’s inaugural ‘Blastfest’ which was a brilliant night and I’d say one
 of our most statement making gigs to date. Other than that we have played many memorable small scale intimate/local shows which are always great to look back on. Our live show is non stop and chaotic. We fit as much music as we can into our time slot and always try to match it well with dim lighting and smoke, plus usual black metal stage props like barbed wire and animal heads. We feel that having a striking onstage presence is just as important as the live sound itself.

 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? We will be supporting Funeral Moon on the Adelaide and Mount Gambier legs of their Utter Live Carnage 2017 national tour which we are looking forward to. As for headlining tours, there are many plans in the pipeline which we hope to set in stone within the next few months, but there is nothing announced just yet.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest? We have received some interest from several labels, but we have had an overwhelmingly positive response
 to our debut album so far which was released 100% independently. So, we are in no rush to be signed just for the sake of it as the DIY method has worked perfectly for us so far, but we have discussed the idea for when it comes time to release our sophomore album, so who knows what the future will hold.

 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? Very well actually, metal is the perfect genre in that respect. If you’re an aspiring pop star you would wanna be in the USA, if you’re playing Punk Rock you would wanna be in the USA or the UK, but Metal sells a little bit everywhere, so regardless of how extreme our sound may be we have never felt isolated in that respect. It was only a week or two ago I posted out several merch orders to Spain, and that says it all when an upcoming black metal band from Rural Australia can attract fans like that. Australia does have a fantastic metal scene, and in regards to musical quality I personally think its one of the worlds finest, but its so spread out and such a pain to travel 5-6 hours just to get a new crowd. So fingers crossed we can take the band overseas sometime in the near future.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical project these days that some of the band members are a part of? Well I have a solo black metal/dungeon synth project called Frostveil which I recently released the debut EP for which has been greeted with an excellent response so far and even more recently a single which is also doing quite well. It is still black metal but more of a Woods of Desolation/Drowning the Light vibe rather than the Dark Funeral/1349 vibe CDM aims for. Our other guitarist The Sadist also plays in a crusty grindcore/punk/powerviolence band called Wounded Pig who have released an extremely powerful full length album called A Permanent Mark and a split with Australian Doom band She Beast. They describe their sound as ‘Blast Beat Punk’ and put on a very chaotic live show, so if you’re into that kinda stuff make sure to check them out!

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? With our second album we will definitely be sticking with a very similar vibe to the first. However we are putting much more time and effort into the songwriting aspect, and being a four piece now we have two more brains to bring into the mix. We do of course really enjoy our first album and are quite proud of it, but when listening to our new material in comparison, we can definitely sense a more mature sound than before.

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? Christ Dismembered has been influenced by a lot of well known bands such as Dark Funeral, Belphegor, 1349, Naglfar, Gorgoroth, etc, but we are trying to
 let other bands influence us less and less and that has definitely helped us craft a signature sound which is prevalent in our live performances and will be much more noticeable in the second album than the first. When it comes to black metal I listen to a lot of Australian, Finnish and French bands. My favorites include Striborg, Drowning the Light, Woods of Desolation, Satanic Warmaster and the Les Legions Noires. Our tastes are not exclusive though, we all listen to a variety of genres. Some of my non black metal favorites include Joy Division, Rose Tattoo, GG Allin and Silverstein. I think it’s very important as a musician to appreciate a wide range of genres, although black metal will always be what I am most passionate about.

12.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts? Massive hails to everyone who has supported us so far, keep doing what you are doing for not only us but for up and coming independent bands worldwide, it’s anything but easy for original musicians to make it these
 days but it pays off when people worldwide begin to appreciate something you pour your all into. Expect more from Christ Dismembered in the near future, NEVER STOP THE MADNESS!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/christ-dismembered-interview.html


DunkelNacht/Anthropocenia/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 EP Review

mercredi 25 octobre 2017 à 20:41

  DunkelNacht  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Anthropocenia"  which  was  released by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic guitars  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  DunkelNacht  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  release  while  also  mixing  in  a  depressive  edge,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  atheism  and  mankind  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DunkelNacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anthropocenia"  and  "Ikonoklazt".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/dunkelnachtanthropoceniawormholedeath.html


Hyrgal Interview

mardi 24 octobre 2017 à 06:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


.Clement : Hi !  Hyrgal is a Black metal band that i've created in 2007 when i was living in Bordeaux (FR), At first it was meant to be a personal project butvwith the help of Quentin Aberne (Carcolh, Sweven, ex-Sun Preachers, ex-Marble Chariot) on bass and Thibault Meunier (ex-Otargos) behind the drums,we released our first Demo on a split album shared with Kairn (acoustic project of the former Otargos guitarist, Julien Savy).
We were soon to be opening for live performances of bands such as Wolves in the Throne Room, Year of No Light, Otargos...
In 2016, I've decided to relaunch the project with a new drummer with whom i got closer since 2012, Emmanuel Zuccaro (Oorthian, ex-Karne, ex-Sulphureign) and still Quentin on bass.  Emmanuel moved from the north of France to the south in order to work with me and have some other standards in his life.
The full length "Serpentine" was then recorded DIY at the Southern Ritual Studio during December 2016 and January 2017, and the mix and mastering was performed by Déhà at the HH studio during May 2017.




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

C : It's my personal vision of the black metal. Something natural, primitive, dedicated to the roots and against the modern world, codes, and new social behaviors.





3.The band was broken up for 6 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
C : I've decided to split the band because i was having some troubles with the drummer at this time. For me, it's really important to have a perfect synergy between bandvmates and I can't work otherwise !! Hyrgal is far too much important for me to let parasites interfere with the band !!!
At the same time, I've joined Svart Crown as full time guitarist. I've moved from Bordeaux and fully dedicated myself to Svart Crown (new releases, gigs, tours...).
It took me a lot of time and focus, so Hyrgal was therefore put on hold.
This is my personal way of expressing myself, it is far too much important and valuable to me, it's not just a simple side-project : it does need time and dedication.
After i've decided to leave Svart Crown, I realized that it was the time for me to get Hyrgal back on tracks, and then i've started working on the composition of the new album !!
   



   
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

C. As I said earlier, it's a total dedication to the roots, against the modern world, or at the very least what humans do wrong in my point of view !!!
 I'm merging my personal anger of this world with the admiration of my birth place, the French alps and its folklore.




5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hyrgal'?
C. Hyrgal comes from the merging of two runes : Tyr and Hagal.
At the beginning I was really in touch with the scandinavian folklore and spirituality.
The runes representing something old and true, and with a massive spiritual meaning.
 So it was something appropriate for my project at this time !!




6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
C: Hyrgal didn't perform a lot of gigs, so for us, each one was pretty intense and emotionally important !
But I think the show with Year of no light and Wolves in the throne room was the most important and the most intense.
  Our last show in Bordeaux at the Interceptor Fest was important too, as it sealed something strong between us and it was the very first gig with the new line-up.




7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

C: Not actually. We have some plans for playing in our country... We will see what we can do in the future and after the album releases.  The most important thing for Hyrgal is composing, recording and be focused on our artistic expression, not necessarily playing live. We just want to play shows with bands, promoters, venues or concepts we are sensible to : we're more into quality than quantity.




8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
C. It's a little early to have a proper feedback, yet the first comments are really encouraging and positive... We gave the record to some brothers in the scene and people that we're in touch with.
Their reception is pretty good and they give us lots of support.



9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
C. It's quite complicated, lots of things are happening. We work on many projects actually.
The bassist, Quentin is still in Bordeaux, we work with the distance cause i've never found a better bass player for Hyrgal, this man is insane. He has his own projects, a Heavy/doom band call Carcolh
 and he also works with a Psyché / rock band call Sweven (you should check, these are really good bands).
The drummer, who lives in my town now, works with me on many common projects; he's a fucking genius and talented man, he is a multi-instrumentalist, and, since 4 years, is my right arms in my musical experience.
He's playing guitars in my other band Oorthian, and he's working on a soon-to-be-released project called Verfallen (kind of extreme black metal) where he's playing all the instruments.
For myself, after leaving SC, I've passed an audition for a doom band called Pillars as singer, really challenging... I've recorded the first EP, and after many live performances, I'm entering the studio next week to record our first album...
At the same time, I was working on the Hyrgal album and i've decided to form another Doom band call Oorthian with Emmanuel.
I'm also working on some other projects that i prefer to keep secret for the moment....    




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

C: The same that we are actually, playing and recording something honest, personal and dedicated to our spiritual path.
Always black metal for sure !!!  I listen to a lot of different kind of music, so I think it will have some influence on my way of composing, but it will be the same roots.
   




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?
C. I'm listening to a lot of different kind of music, from ambient to extreme metal, so it's a wide and eclectic panel of inspirations and it's difficult to list them all...
 I find my influence in everything around me; the music is still the main medium but i find some inspiration into nature, the pathetic observation of our evolution and existence, the folklore of my country, the old legacies. Everything which is a vessel for emotions.
For example, I'm really into Corrupted, Bolzer, Furia, Mizmor, lots of black metal, doom stuff and various things in extreme metal, and at the same time I listen to Bohren & der Club of Gore, Tim Hecker, Sean Price, Marin Marais...




12,How would you describe your views on Paganism?

C. I think all people into it have their own views and explanations of what Paganism truly is.
 And many people do not agree with each other... So it's completely different from a person to another, from my point of view.
For me, paganism is a return to the roots, a respect and transmission of our past and history.
A communion with the natural environment, and a spiritual path through this new era, guided by many forces and radiating from everything around us.
I thinks it's definitely against monotheism. It's also something really personal, as faith itself, the very quest to spiritual elevation...
It's a path toward truth and knowledge.




13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
C. Thank you for this interview and for permitting us to describe our work and music.
   



     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2017/10/hyrgal-interview.html