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Vanhelga/Angest/Folter Records/2015 CD Review

samedi 9 mai 2015 à 23:39

  Sweden's  Vanhelga  have returned  with  a  new  album that  continues  their  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  avant  garde  and  depressive  rock and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Angest"  which will  be  released  on  May  29th by  Folter  Records.

  Whispers  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  adds  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  can  also  get  very  raw,  and  melodic  as  well  as  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  addign  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  melodic  post  black  metal  sound  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound to  them  and  when  keyboards  are  added  into  the  recording they  bring  in  more  elements  of  avant  garde  and  depressive  rock  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along with  the  songs  also  being  very  diverse  in  sound  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the songs  also  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid paced  musical  direction  while  there  are also  some  fast  parts being used  at  times..  

  Vanhelga  brings  back  a  lot  of  the  depressive  black  metal  style  of  their  earlier  recordings  showing  a  more  grim  style  this  time  around  while  you  can still  hear  elements of  avant  garde  and post  rock,  the  production  sounds  very powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Vangela  and if  you  are a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pessimist"  and  "Suicide".  8  out  of  10. 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/vanhelgaangestfolter-records2015-cd.html


Slime In The Current/Pissed On Resurrectine/UW Records/Building Sound/2010 CD Review

samedi 9 mai 2015 à 08:40

 Slime  In  The  Current  are  a  band  from  Baton  Rouge,  Louisiana  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2009  album  "Pissed  On  Resurrectine"  which  was  re-released  as  a  joint  effort  between  UW  Records  and Building  Sound  in  2010.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  deep  growls  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount of  death  metal  elements  into their  musical  style and  at times  shouts  can  be heard in  some  parts of  the songs  and  they  have a first wave  black metal  feeling to  them.

 Some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  some  of  the  tracks  also  utilize  grim  screams  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound to  them  and  some  of  the  songs  also  get  very  experimental  while  also  staying  very heavy  at the same  time  and  there  are also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and as  the  album progresses some  of  the  slower  riffs  bring in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  on the  last  track  elements  of  harsh  noise  are  added  onto  the  recording.      

  Slime In  The Current  played  a style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  raw and  aggressive  and  also  mixed  in  experimental  and  death  metal  elements  and  there  is  not  a  soft  or  weak  moment  to  be  heard  anywhere  on  this  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  and  anti Christianity  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Slime  In  The  Current  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Swarm"  "The  Coil  That  Burns"  "Blastered  Salvation" and  "Retained  Hunger  To  Demoralize".  8  out  of  10.     
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/slime-in-currentpissed-on.html


Agonie Interview

vendredi 8 mai 2015 à 10:16
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We're Agonie a Black Metal band from Germany. Actually we're 4 guys, Skinrur on lead guitar, Hjalmar at the drums, Azaghal on rythm guitar and Cernunnos at the microphone.

2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
2. Well, our sound is a kind of black metal with some melodic influences. I don't like to sort or specify bands to genres but if I have to I would say that Agonie playes Black Metal, inspired and influenced by bands like Endstille, Dark Funeral, Inquisition, Forgotten Tomb, Shining, Totalselfhatred and Wolves In The Throne Room

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the bnd explores with the music?
3. The lyric themes are about pollution, the ignorance and insularity of human beings and the beauty and transience of nature. We don't treat typical Black Metal topics like satanism. The Black Metal genre is our way to tell the world about our opinions.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Agone'?
4. Agonie is the german word for agony (who would have thought...) and means that the whole world and life will fall into ruin if humanity will continue as before. Agonie describes the agony of the world.

5.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?
5. I don't started Agonie with the thought to take other musicians and expand the project into a full band. It was a coincidence. A drummer from Munich contact me early 2014 and means the drums need more power. I written with him and he said that Agonie's music has potential. So this was my point to decide to search for other musicians. Actually I'm very proud of the development of the band. Handmade - music sounds better than music from the box.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. We've never played live in this constellation.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. Nope. We first want to record a full length which will take very much time for us. Before that we have a little surprise for you.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a a label or have received any interest?
8. We want to stay unsigned. We're thinking about to looking for a label for releasing out first full-lengh but just for the release. We don't want to have any liabilities to labels. We can't live from the music so we all have to do a "normal" job. So we don't have so much time for Agonie and in that case we don't want to stress us.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. We get a very positive feedback for our music so far. We hope it stays that way by our releases in the future. And it would be great to reach more people with our music.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. First we wanted to release the full length in the end of this year. But in the last days we had some good ideas and you can expect some surprises. Actually I want to  reveal not too much.

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?
11. For the riffing the guitarists are influenced by bands like Endstille, Dark Funeral, Inquisition, Forgotten Tomb, Shining, Totalselfhatred and Wolves In The Throne Room. When I write the tracks I'm also inspired by german punk rock bands like Alarmsignal.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
12. We don't treat the topic occultism in our tracks.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Thank you very much for doing this here and keep OccultBlackMetalZine alive. Our demo MAMMON and our EP NEMESIS are still available.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/agonie-interview.html


Profundae Libidines Interview

vendredi 8 mai 2015 à 10:03

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
“El Viaje Definitivo” was released 2 weeks ago by Emanations, but it was actually recorded in 2013. In the first place the album was supposed to be released by a Canadian label, but the label owner changed his mind after sending the contract… that was really weird. This whole thing wasted about 1 year of my time, and explains why it took so long to be released. But now I am glad Emanations handles this, because I know they are dedicated to their bands and 100% reliable.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Grossly, I would describe it as “unorthodox black metal”. The music sounds like black metal and a few other things, but the lyrics are not about Satanism at all. Musically, this latest album probably focuses more on the melodic aspects than the first 2 releases.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?
Every release focuses on one or several “themes”, all related to spirituality in general and human passions in particular. The first album was about religion, the tracks from the split with INSSECT were about drugs and perception, and this new album is about magic and shamanism in non-occidental cultures.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Profundae Libidines'?
The name was taken from a Cicero excerpt. It could be translated by “The Pit of Passions” and refers to the endless depth of human passions. Every Passion is a good opportunity to ask questions and Profundae Libidines is all about asking questions and laughing at the answers.

5.The current album was the first one to be released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time period?
As I said, I had issues with the label I had signed with, so I wasted a lot of time. To be honest, I also have older material that is not released yet which I want to rework before; a drummer friend of mine was interested in recording the drums for this future release, so we don’t have this crappy electronic drum sound anymore.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
I don’t know who you refer as a second member, because I have always been the only permanent member. I am not planning to change this yet unless I decide to try to setup a real lineup, which is not likely to happen for many reasons.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I guess most of them have never heard of Profundae Libidines. And among the ones who actually listened to the first album, there was a lot of misunderstanding because the lyrics were taken from the gospels which lead some people to think the band was christian. The second release was a split tape, so I guess very few people listened to it.

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Before starting composing and recording stuff, I never know where I am actually heading into. But since it is already recorded, I can tell you the next album will sound a bit different: with very little distortion and lyrics in old French.

9.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I think Castaneda is the most obvious influence of PL, because some of the lyrics directly refer to his works. Otherwise I cannot really say if any bands/styles had influence on PL music. Probably not directly. Recently I have been listening a lot to Urfaust and Varsovie. You probably already know Urfaust if you’re into atmospheric black metal, but please check Varsovie: this post punk band is really amazing, especially the lyrics.

10.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?
I am currently involved as a bass player in Eros Necropsique (goth music) and Tales of Blood (old school death metal). Both bands had gig(s) last year and Tales of Blood is working on a new album.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
If you refer to occultism as a practical way of understanding or even interacting with the mysteries of the universe, then NO. I may use occultism (in my case: shamanism), but only as an illustration of the weirdness of all things.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
My first interest is my wife and my daughter. Otherwise I am interested in reading, politics and in 1 video game (yes, only one of them).

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have nay final words or thoughts?
If you’re interested in listening to Profundae Libidines, please note the tracks are released under a creative commons license which allow you to copy them legally. Everything can be downloaded at http://profundae.libidines.free.fr/.
Thanks for your review and interview!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/profundae-libidines-interview.html


Dawn Of Azazel Interview

vendredi 8 mai 2015 à 09:47
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
 
We actually completed tracking it over a year ago now, The mastering and art took us through to May.  From there we were talking with unique leader about releasing through them, however they still owe us several thousand dollars and weren't going to work that out so we opted out.   We has some other offers from a few other labels, but nothing we felt was going to produce a significantly different result than if we released it ourselves and retained control of the music.  So the process of getting this all together and on track has pretty much been our focus from august onwards. 
 
 
2.You have a new album coming out in the end of April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
 
I think we all felt Relentless was a little too simple and stripped back for where we saw the future of the band.  Tides is alot more involved and has a few elements I don't think we have brought through since our first album.  I'm pretty happy that we have created something which is modern and precise but not super clean computerised sounding rubbish that tends to be a common feature in alot of modern death metal releases.  We wanted something that didn't sound out of place in 2015 but at the same time had a slightly more old school edge, but most importantly of all had its own sound and was unique.  I'm pretty happy we achieved that. 
 
3.This is the first album to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
 
Shortly after Relentless I had an offer to move into a covert area in the police force.  By this stage I had decided I would be leaving in the next 3-4 years so I wanted to make the most of the opportunity while I was still able to.  That took me through to mid 2012, and from there its just been a case of slowly getting this album and what Dawn of Azazel is in 2015 together. 
 
4.In the beginning the band was more in a war metal direction then you went for more of a brutal death metal sound and the new album also shows a different musical style can you tell us a little bit about how your musical sound has evolved over the years?
 
In our demo days we were influenced by blasphemy, sarcofago, bestial warlust, conqueror, but also quite heavily by today is the day, dillinger escape plan and to a lesser extent gorguts.  Not many people at the time really got what we were about or that mixing some of the more mathy, discordant chaotic stuff was as important as the raw chaotic sound.  I think the change to a more death metal sound is largely due to Joe having more and more musical input, but I think our first European tour with Urgehal and Thunderbolt also made it pretty apparent to me that the mentality and scene politics of the more "necro" fans wasn't something that was well suited to our vision of where we wanted to take the band.  Since sedition we've really aimed to do something quite different with every release and the thing that I'm probably most happy with in regards to our musical legacy is that we've managed to avoid being clumped in with any scene or movement for 16 years now. 
 
 
5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
 
The Tides of Damocles is primarily about persistence in the face of adversity, toil, suffering and in a sense the futility of existence.  On all our albums I think The Will to Power has lyrically been the underlying narrative, and I've simply tried to reflect how that manifests in my life at the particular point in time I'm writing the lyrics. 
 
Compared with the content of Relentless, at the time of writing this one I'd purposely sought out some pretty testing experiences professionally and personally.  I wanted to cover the mentality behind that, the hardness, resolve, confidence and to a degree cynicism that comes from purposefully stepping into situations that are rather dangerous and outside your comfort zone. You could say it's a more mature and sober perspective than Relentless was, for a number of reasons haha. 
 
 
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn of Azazel'?
 
I came up with that name when I was quite young, 16 from memory, reading about demons and the occult.  I came across Azazel- known as both an angel that was cast out of heaven for sharing the art of war and beautification with mankind, and a demon that was ritually sent goats that bore the sins of the hebrew people as a form of atonement.  I thought it was a perfect symbol for what I the band being about.
 
 
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 
We try to avoid gimmicks and keep it focused on the music on stage, be in the moment and channel your anger and energy into the performance.  Too many shows to list haha, Touring Europe with immolation, one of our biggest influences was a definite stand out though. 
 
8.Do you have nay touring or show plans once the new album is released?
 
Beyond the New Zealand and Australian shows we have scheduled we're working on a few extra shows in Australia and the northern hemisphere right now.  We most certainly want to get out of the confines of our tiny little island again as much as is possible to promote this one. 
 
9.The new album is going to be self released, are the band members open to working with another record label again?
 
We'll have to see how this one pans out really, I am actually looking forward to seeing what the advantages to doing this one ourselves are.  I don't really feel that any of our past labels have done that much for us apart from connections that have helped us tour in the northern hemisphere.  I don't believe that a label is anything like the necessity that it was in 2009 when we last released our album, In fact I think good management is far more important at this stage of the game.  We wouldn't rule it out, it would just have to be for more than simply organising PR, pressing and distribution, all of which we are pretty capable of organising ourselves. 
 
 
10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer music by fans of extreme metal?
 
We'll its still pretty early days, but the reviews we have received so far have been really, really good, despite the fact its alot harder these days to get people take 3 minutes out of their life to listen to your music. 
 
 
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 
We'll we are already well into the writing process for the next album.  I think there will be a much stronger psychedelic influence on the next album, but not in the way that most people understand when that term is used in music.  We touched on it a little on Tides, but we've got some great ideas already on how to draw that out in a pretty unique and creative way. 
 
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 
A pretty wide range really.  Personally I'm quite enjoying Promulgation of the Fall by Dead Congregation at the moment, and Lazerhawks Skull and Shark. 
 
13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
 
The word "satanism" is loaded with so much misunderstanding, wankery and rubbish, particularly in the world of metal music.  Despite thus I would describe it as my spiritual outlook, but not in the way that most people would understand it to mean.  Furthermore I'd say it's a pretty strong undercurrent of all the lyrics and ideology that I have contributed to every release that we have done. I prefer subtle to overt and those that are going to get it will get it, the others won't. Doing otherwise is contrary to its underlying principals in my opinion. 
 
14.What are some of your non musical interests?
 
Since I have left my previous career I'm focusing pretty heavily on working in adult education and moving in the direction of public speaking.  I'm intensely interested in how conflict and disruption is a beneficial force in the world and in between turning that into a well paying career, music and the gym that's pretty much me. 
 
 
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 
Thank you for taking the time to compose this interview, I appreciate it.  Fans of original, imaginative and intense metal, check us out at https://dawnofazazel.bandcamp.com/album/the-tides-of-damocles
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/dawn-of-azazel-interview.html