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Valdur/Pathetic Scum/Bloody Mountain/2015 CD Review

mercredi 17 juin 2015 à 08:46

  Mammoth  Lakes,  California's  Valdur  have  returned  with  a  new recording that  continues  the  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  of  the  last  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Pathetic  Scum"  which  will  be  released  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records  on  June  30th.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  bestial  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  raw  aggression  and  after  awhile  demonic  death  metal  growls  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  slower  parts  bring  in  influences  of  early  90's  doom/death  metal  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  morbid  sounding  melodies,  fast  tremolo  picking  and  black  metal  screams  at  times  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  samples  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  sounds  can  be  heard  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and melodic  sounding.

  Valdur  creates  another  recording  that  takes  the  darkest  and  heaviest  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  to  create  some  very  unholy  and  blasphemous  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  yet  powerful at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Valdur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Impending  Doom"  and  "Morbid Emanations".  8  out  of  10.      


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/valdurpathetic-scumbloody-mountain2015.html


Klamm/Ernte/Seventh Star Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 17 juin 2015 à 07:57

  Klamm  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  they  refer  to  as  dark atmospheric  sophisticated  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Ernte"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Seventh  Star  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  giving  the  songs  a  progressive  and  folk  music  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  which  are  also  used  again  on  later  tracks  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  rock  into  the  bands  musical  style.

  When  the  music  gets  fast  it  has  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  vibe  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  also  very  rough  and  use  screams  while  also  having  melody  that  is  very  close  to  pagan  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

All of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  progressive  and  post  style  of  black  metal  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  acoustic  guitars  also  return  in  some parts  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  get  more  grimmer  and  the  music  also  starts  adding  in  more  experimental  elements  into  their  style  of  black  metal  and  some songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  and  keyboards.

  Klamm  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  modern  while  also  keeping  the  folk  elements  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  in  more  progressive, avant  garde  and  post metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  abstract  personal  experiences  and  socio-critical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from Klamm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  atmospheric,  post  and  avant  garde  forms  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Windsaat"  "Ernte"  and  "Zahltag".  8  out  of  10.  
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/klammernteseventh-star-records2015-cd.html


Mother Augusta/The Burning Sun Of Despair/2015 EP Review

lundi 15 juin 2015 à 04:57

  Mother  Augusta  are  a solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "The  Burning  Sun  Of  Despair".

  Clean  playing  and  atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  great  portion  of  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  melodic  and  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  music  captures  atmosphere  without  ever  having  to  resort  to  synths.

  Mother  Augusta  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  guitar  orientated,  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  solitude,  nihilism  and  love.    

  In  my  opinion  Mother  Augusta  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mother  Augusta"  and  "Cold  Sound  Of  Void".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/mother-augustathe-burning-sun-of.html


Belliciste/Sceadugenga/Todestrieb Records/2014

lundi 15 juin 2015 à 01:21

  Belliciste  are  a  solo  project  that is  originally  based  in  New  Zealand  formed  in  Scotland  and  know  is  re-located  to  Slovakia  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Sceadugenga"  which  was  released  by  Todestrieb Records.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  bass  lines  and  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  high  pitched  screams  are  added  into the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  while  you  can  still  hear  a  lot  of  second  wave  influences  in  the  music the  songs  still  have  a  modern  vibe to  them without  copying  any  of  the  current  trends  and  while  the  album  sticks  to  mostly  a  heavy style  the  last  song  closes  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths.

  Belliciste  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  while  also  having  a  good  sense  of  melody  and  also  having  an  identity  of  its  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Belliciste  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Throne  Of  Filth"  "Lamentations  Of  A  Miserable  Bastard"  and  "Winterplaque".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/bellicistesceadugengatodestrieb.html


Vicar Interview

dimanche 14 juin 2015 à 23:15

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Of course, Vicar is an expression of my path work and my way of continuing the occult tradition. I say an expression of path-work and what I mean is, on any path one embarks on whether it be luciferian, druidism, hermeticism, asceticism, etc. You start to rewire your perception of life and reality and it becomes quite frustrating to operate around those who do not understand. It is recommended one keep a "magickal diary" during The Great Work so one may have an actual record to compare progress and failure with. I think what they dont say in all that is what you need is an outlet for what your learning, so it does not overwhelm. I also said Vicar is my way of continuing "Occult tradition". As for that, throughout history esoteric knowledge, and truth about many things have been kept in tight circles. Those who broadcast into the realm of the norm in an attempt to spread a message, agenda, or simply for membership do so through a heavy amount of symbolism. I believe black metal is the perfect medium for spreading a message to those most susceptible and accepting of its message and symbology when speaking demographically. This is why I chose "Occult Black Metal" for this project, if it is to be labeled.

2.In May you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The demo was produced over a long period of time and unfortunately with many equipment errors. I would describe the sound on the demo as a bit harsh with a wall of ritualistic haze. I feel that as the demo progresses you are hearing the music shift from moments of clarity to complete madness. I am not as pleased with the demo as I would like, and released it to let it be for what it is, and everyone will have a different opinion on that.

3.The lyrics cover a great amount of occult and hermetic topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
I have studied the left path of spirituality since I was in my young teens. It is an interest that followed me and helped me throughout my life. When I was younger and quite a bit more rebellious I was rather intrigued by the "darker" side of religion. This interest led me into needing hard facts and more in depth answers to these deities and cultures I was learning about . Once you delve deep enough into any faith and look for truth it will lead you out of one faith and into another, and that is precisely what happened. I started reading holy texts of any faith I could learn about, from the mainstream to obscure grimoires half translated, trying to piece together a picture of hidden faith in history. To this day I still branch out and learn what I can. I cannot subscribe myself to a single faith for you, I take what I have learned and I use what works. I heavily borrow from the rituals of those who practice forms of hermeticism, kabbala, asceticism, thelema, and scientific illuminism. I have found in a lot of aspects almost all occult paths stem from a hermetic philosophy so that is what I focus on.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vicar'?
As I said Vicar is my way of spreading a message to those who are meant to come across it. A way of teaching as I learn. The name is derived from a dream I had of a clergy member breaking free of the church that imprisoned him with promises of salvation, and taking up the cloak to spread the message of the true origins of enlightenment, and the means to it through occult philosophy, principles, history, and application through ritual. A Vicar preaches.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are  you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
Yes, I am very open to working with other musicians. I am currently looking for another project with similar philosophy to release a split with. As for other musicians in the project, I have come to the conclusion that if Vicar ever becomes a live act I would need a full band. In that case, yes I would be fully open to continuing as a full act. I doubt that will happen though. I will probably find myself in an unrelated live act before Vicar ever manifests live.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I am not actively seeking a label but would not be opposed it. I would greatly prefer releases done in LP format for the most part, so if that ever became a possibility I would consider it. Because I released the demo so late in May and have only recently really spread the music around, and I didn't really do much promotion. I have not had any offers yet.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I have had constructive criticism but nothing negative. It seems to be enjoyed by those who have listened to it. I was actually quite surprised by the praise it has manage to muster so far. The Usbm scene as a whole is way to busy worrying about being "Kvlt" and accepted by the "Trve" that I don't think many American fans have heard it, let alone stop taking selfies long enough to look for new music. Most of the exposure and feedback has been from Europe.

8.This solo project is based in Oregon, do you feel your musical style stands out in your home state where most bands are playing a different style?
Actually, Oregon is not my home state, I was raised in New York. I relocated to Oregon and have not looked back since. This state allows for me to exist as off the grid as I feel like being. I feel as though my sound is very different from those who call this state home. In NY we don't not have a lot of the natural beauty or the culture Oregon has. It seems a bit surreal here for me. This project was thought of and brought into manifestation from that so I think not being a local separates my sound a bit.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
I have a few side projects that I have my foot in, although they span across states, and the status of a couple are unknown. I am hoping they still come together.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I am currently working on a mini album, with a full length to be released shortly after. I am simply waiting until I have my sound correct for a full length. As for my future, I can only hope that Vicar manifests into all I believe it can truly be, and I plan to keep making music as long as I still have something write.

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?
Some bands that I feel influence Vicar are: Abigor, Aosoth, Arckanum, Cult Of Fire, Inquisition, Merrimack, Nightbringer, Windir, to name a few. I listen to alot of different styles of black metal but always prefer bands with an occult theme. I feel as though it adds a degree of 'intelligence' and purpose to the music. Lately I have been listening to : Hic Iacet, Malthusian, Maveth, Alchemyst, Aethyvorous, Mitochondrion, Sonne Adam, Svartduadi, Gris, Peste Noir, Mgla. I am constantly looking for new music to draw inspiration from.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I would just like to say thank you for the review, and your time. Many hails to you and yours.
-Fr. Sanctis

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/06/vicar-interview.html