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Bloodway/A Fragile Riddle Crypting Clues/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 06:13

  Romania's  Bloodway  have  returned  with  a new  recording  that  is  more  in  a  progressive  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  "A  Fragile  Riddle  Crypting  Clues"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

   Avant  garde  elements  and  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  utilized  briefly  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are   mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  singing  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount of  melody  and  progressive  elements  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in   length,  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  psychedelic  influences  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto the  closing  track.

  Bloodway creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  progressive  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics are  a  concept  album  and  cover  disenchantment  and  melancholy  with  a  philosophical  touch.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Bloodway  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Startling  Grotesque"  "Prison  Paradise"  and  "A  Fragile  Riddle  Crypting  Clues".  8  out  of  10.      

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Inconcessus Lux Lucis/The Crowning Quietus/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

jeudi 28 septembre 2017 à 05:15

  United  Kingdom's  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  occult  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Crowning  Quietus"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams,  tortured  and  drum  beats  starts  off  the  album  as well  as  adding  in  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  both  chaotic  and  melodic  at  the  same  time.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffing  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  riffs  also  mix  in  elements  of  traditional  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  a  black'n'roll  vibe,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this  recording  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  remains  true  to  the  occult  style  of  previous  releases  while  also  adding  in  more  traditional  metal  influences  and  catchy  riffs,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Saturnian  Black  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Inconcessus  Lux  Lucis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armour  Rides  Upon  Midnight"  and  "Fever  Upon  The  Firmament".  8  out  of  10.

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Imperialist Interview

mercredi 27 septembre 2017 à 22:06
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Imperialist is a melodic black metal band from Los Angeles, California (Monrovia to be exact) formed in 2013. We initially started this band because we wanted to create Black metal that we would want to listen to; riff-driven with the ability to tell a story and maintain a dark, desolate atmosphere. Aesthetically, I have always been drawn to science fiction and outer space, so it was the perfect recipe to blend my love of black metal with the cold darkness of space.

2.You have an album coming out in November, 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?
It’s easy to compare our previous release with the new material. Cipher is presenting a much more serious approach and, by our standards, an evolved level of song writing and structuring. In addition to that, the production quality is far more improved in comparison.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
It varies in terms of underlying subjects, but generally the outer shell of my lyrics are sci-fi stories inspired by events and natural phenomena happening here on earth. I also lyrically explore the darkness and desolation of space like black holes, galactic collisions, etc.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Imperialist'?
The name was actually found in a videogame called Metroid Prime Hunters. There is a weapon in said game that is named Imperialist, and I thought it was perfect. I wanted the band to be one strong, impactful word. It was a no-brainer to go with Imperialist after seeing it displayed as a powerful weapon in the game.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your  stage performance?
Mostly local shows in which we have played for some great crowds. Our stage performance is intended to draw the viewer and demand their undivided attention. we are by no means a high-action, high-energy band that is running around and jumping on stage - we just prefer to let the music do the work. We maintain presence by letting our energy flow through us with the intensity that our music demands.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Not immediately, we hope to showcase our record locally and in surrounding areas. Id say a tour may or may not be in the near future, when the time is right.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Yes, we are. The focus is on generating awareness and we fully intend on having a larger following once the word spreads about Cipher.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It has been surprisingly positive. Initially, I did not think our EP would be well-received, but we are very humbled that people enjoy it. We hope to earn more followers with our debut.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Theres really no telling besides the fact that we want to keep pushing ourselves as musicians. We intend to keep playing our very own brand of black metal and push it as best as we can while staying true to our vision.

10.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?
The biggest influence on us is Emperor, Their compositions and approach to creating an atmosphere with their music is very inspirational to us. We are also heavily influenced by Dissection, Immortal, Windir, Moonsorrow and Necrophobic just to name a few. As well as the influence from legends like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Mercyful Fate/King Diamond.

Lately I have been listening to the New Wintersun album "the forest seasons" as well as new offerings from Belphegor, Leprous, and Limbonic art.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
It varies really; video games, movies, reading books, among many things.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just want to thank you for your support and interest in Imperialist. We truly are humbled at the fact that you're interested in our upcoming debut and we really hope you enjoy it. Thank you!

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Howling In The Fog/Evolve/Vacula Productions/2016 Full Length Review

mercredi 27 septembre 2017 à 04:36

  Howling  In  The  Fog  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Evolve"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  along  with  some  elements  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  start  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  singing  and  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  when  guitar  leads  and  solos  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  gets  heavier  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  keyboards  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  they  give  the  songs  a  more  raw feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in   a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  growls  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  On  this  recording  Howling  In  The  Fog  move  away  from  the  raw  depressive  side  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  goes  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  post  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Howling  In  The  Fog  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evolve"  "Goodbye"  "Rainbow"  and  "Eternal".  8  out  of  10.  

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Vehement/Ashes/Infernum Records/2017 CD Review

mardi 26 septembre 2017 à 05:24

  Vehement  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  extreme  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Ashes"  which  will  be  released  in  Octboer  by  Infernum  Records.

  Field  recordings  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  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  on  some  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  into  the  music  and  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times..

  Vehement  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding  but  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vehement  are  a  very  great  sounding  extreme  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Far  Below  Us"  "Burden's  Root"  and  "Tidal  Verse".  8  out  of  10.  

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