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Xothist/Simulacrum/Fallen Empire Records/2014 Full Length Review

mardi 12 août 2014 à 06:53

  Xothist  are  a  1  man  band  from  Grand  Junction,  Colorado  that has  been  featured before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Simulacrum"  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

 
  Dark  ambient  drones  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  using  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  guitar  leads  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  black  metal  guitar  riffing  has  a  harsh  noise  feeling  to  them  at  times  before  going  more into  an  ambient  noise  direction  for  a  few  minutes  until  the  album  returns  back  to  its  black  metal  roots  as  well  as  adding  more  rawness  into  the  music  while  the  recording  also  goes  back  to  ambient  at  times  to  create  a  very  diverse  sound  and  closer  to  the  end  of  the  album  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  is  added  into  the  music  and  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  experimental  feeling.

  Xothist  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  originality  and  creativity  to  create  a  very  diverse,  dark  and  evil  record,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  astral  projections  and  negative  energies.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Xothist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  or  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/xothistsimulacrumfallen-empire.html


Serpents Lair/Demo MMXIV/Fallen Empire Records

mardi 12 août 2014 à 05:22

  Serpents  Lair  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  dark,  occult  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

  A  very  dark,  slow  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  and  after  a  minute  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  angry  black  metal  vocals  that  have  a  sound  of  their  own  to  them  and  after  awhile  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  give  the  recording  a  French  black  metal  feeling.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  being  utilized  in  both  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  use  both  deep  and  high  pitched  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  band  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  ambient  sounds  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  displaying  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  with  their  musical  sound  while  also  having  the  rawness  of  black  metal.

  Serpents  Lair  creates  a  very  interesting  approach  to  black  metal  with  these  2  songs  and  they  also  show  they  know  their  musical  instruments  very  well,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Serpents  Lair  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Epistemology  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/serpents-lairdemo-mmxivfallen-empire.html


Endlichkeit/III-V/Fallen Empire Records/2014 Demo Review

mardi 12 août 2014 à 04:22

  Endlichkeit  are  a  band  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  demo  "II-V"  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

A  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  minute  later  high  pitched  screams  make  their  way  into  the  music  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  3  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  throughout  the  recording  and  they  are  one  of  the  major  highlights  of  the  demo  with  the  way  they  bring  in  a  dark  atmosphere  that  is  very  raw  and  the  band  sticks  to  a  very  pure  style  of  black  metal  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  emotion  into  their  music.

  Endlichkeit  remain  true  to  their  raw  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  as  well  as  bringing  the  atmosphere  out  with  the  guitars  to  create  3  very  interesting  songs,  the  production  has  a  very  dark and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  in  a  very  dark  vein.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Endlichkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  "V".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/endlichkeitiii-vfallen-empire.html


Misanthropic Might Interview

jeudi 7 août 2014 à 15:07
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Sic: We are working on new material and preparing for some shows.

Slavetrader: We worked for the release, did some interviews ;) worked on the shirt design, realized some shows and are writing new songs.


2.You have a new album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Sic: The new album is a brutal piece of black metal, raw and fast. but also melodic and straight songs. i think you don't need to hear the songs 10 times to say, hey, that is cool stuff. a good balance between old school and modern bm, and songs to move the people when we perform them on stage.
The difference between the old and new stuff is the production quality, more professional sound and songwriting.


3.The band has been around since 2000 but so far there has only been 2 demo's and 2 full lengths can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

Sic: We have waited for the right time, all of us have other bands and projects, so we spent the time in writing songs, working them out.

Slavetrader: We recorded one demo and 2 Albums. The first years, we were a 3 member act, with 1 guitar. We decided to fight with a second guitar player - worked out new songs and recorded an album in 2008 which was never releaseddue to some problems with the new guitarist... we found a new war brotherMachineon guitar and started up new... “Menschenhasseris the result and we actually working on new material.

4.Your lyrics cover misanthropy and war, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Sic: everyone is a misanthrope, and war is all over this planet. so these topics are always present. it is a mirror, i think everyone who has a mind has thought about the shit that happens every day. we process this in our songs.
the song War is about a fight between humans and demons, evil fight against evil.
Sunset in Hell about suicide.

Slavetrader: We are dealing with topics that are strong and anti-human. There is no special concept in our music except mighty and misanthropic themes ;) No politics, no starry-eyed idealism and no post black metal... just Misanthropy!!!

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the Vienna Headfuck Crew'?
Sic: The Headfuckcrew is a cooperation of the band Misanthropic Might and Parental Advisory. Me, Purgatory and Machine are also involved to PA. The idea is to bring respective fans to the other band....its also possible to book the bands together for a special offer.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Misanthropic Might'?
Slavetrader: Humanity fears everything....it must be might!!!


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?

Slavetrader: The main support gigs for Setherial, Primordial, Skyforger, Endstille and some festival shows like Dunkelheit, Misanthropic Violence and Kaltenbach, but we also like the smaller gigs in czech republic and Slovakia ...the audience is crazy there!
Our shows are energetic, brutal and fast forward...we are not a depressive post-black metal act...haha


8. Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Sic: We are going to make a release show together with Nargaroth and one with Kult and Acherontas in autumn this year. There is no touring fixed at the moment.

Slavetrader: We love to play live, and we are looking forward to promote the album on stage. There are no offers for touring at the moment, and pay to play is not an option.


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

Slavetrader: We had some nice feedback and reviews from our 2003 albumMisanthropic Warand the shows we played...
the new album release is in september …..lets see!


10.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

Sic: We recorded a new album with PA this year and now searching for a deal to unleash this beast of brutal death metal.

Slavetrader: Im involved with the Black metal band Alastor whos new album is in progress at the moment. It will come out in 2015. Im also playing some live shows for Stormnatt and Azahels Fortress from time to time


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

Sic: Let´s see what happens the next months, but i think we go our natural way...writing new songs and play shows especially.

12.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?

Sic: we all listen to different kinds of metal. I like the old death and black metal, but also the new and modern. All i listen to give me some inspiration to write brutal and fast music.
Most of all the shit in the radio, dance and pop, this music let me know,“hey, we need more brutality“. Hahaha

Slavetrader: if i have to tell some names we are influenced i would say- old marduk, impaled nazarene, dissection and deicide...personally i like the stuff from deathspell omega, kriegsmaschine, immolation, mgla, infernal war, mayhem,.....hank 3, nick cave, danzig.....fuck so many i could tell till tomorrow

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Sic: spend some time with family and friends, watch movies, video games...
Slavetrader: My Family and my Cat, Whisky, Motorcycling, Weed and ähh Whisky...

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Sic: To all the metal heads, support our new album, visit concerts, support the underground.
Thanks for this interview!

Slavetrader: Keep alert, don't believe in what anyone gonna tell you, be your own king and let the flames burn...up the glasses and the horns!!!! Might is right...



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/misanthropic-might-interview.html


Throne Of Sacrilege Interview

jeudi 7 août 2014 à 06:27

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
A:  Throne of Sacrilege, formerly known as Impuritan came into existence a few years ago.  Rob contacted me about playing drums for some songs he had written and I offered to play session drums but explained that I was unable to play full time due to other things I had going on and location of members.  So I ended up playing session drums for and producing a 3 song demo for the project.  Shaun then completed all lyrical and vocal aspects for the 3 songs after all the instruments were tracked.  Since then the band has been inactive.

So far this has just been a studio project that I formed in 2011 so that I could record some of my material I wasn't using in my other bands at the time. Butt I'm currently looking for a serious lineup of dedicated people to take it further in the future.



2.Recently you have been a part of a new split album, how would you describe the musical sound of your side of the recording?
A:  I think TOS grabs from mostly 'old school' black and death metal influences.  I'd say it's primarily black metal with touches of death metal and even thrash here and there.  Mostly carrying faster, more pummeling tempos.  Dark Funeral, Satanic Warmaster, Angelcorpse, Asphyx, etc.  Nothing fancy, just a crushing, unrelenting onslaught of powerful, malevolent and epic sounds.

More old school and to the point

3.The lyrics cover some satanic and blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
A:  Shaun and probably Rob as well could tell you more than I could regarding the lyrical content.  As far as Satanic lyrics and ideology go I do not claim to be a satanist or satanic in any way really.  I was hired to play drums for the music, which I am honored to be a part of and proud of in that respect.  I think the Satanic and or blasphemous ideology behind the 'band' came mostly from Rob's vision of what he wanted it to be and Shaun wrote lyrics based on that.

Shaun Albro, the vocalist on the recording, wrote a lot of the lyrics. I left that part up to his own creative interpatation.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Throne Of Sacrilege'?
A:  You would have to ask Rob about that.  He changed it to Throne of Sacrilege from Impuritan, which I believe to be a better name for the record.

I was shuffling around a lot of names at the time and this one seemed to make the most sense to me at the time. Throne Of Sacrilege to me just means darkness and evil. As far as inspiration goes I was just looking for a name that stood out and hasn't been used a thousand times before.


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
A:  We have played no shows and have none scheduled.  As of now TOS does not have a live lineup.  So far TOS has only existed as a recording project.

The band hasn't preformed live as of yet it is still just a studio project.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
A: Not that I am aware of haha.

Yes we would very much like to tour in the future. But first I have to form a solid line up of dedicated people and I'm kind of limited in my resources in my area.


7.Recently you where a part of a split album with Impurium, what are your thoughts on the other band that participated on this recording?
A:  I like Impurium.  Good, heavy old school sounding Death/Black metal.  Interesting listen for sure, doesn't get boring with the nicely blended death and black metal sounds.  I like the production too, sounds raw, evil and heavy.

What they released on the recording was brutal I was impressed.

8.The album was released on Orchestrated Misery Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
A:  Honestly I don't know much about this label besides them being a fledgling label just getting started.  Based out of the midwest, USA.

They have been really helpful with the release and we are apreciative for the oppurtunity to get our music out there.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of war, black and death metal?
A:  As far as I know most people who like fast, evil music definitely dig the sound.  Not sure exactly how much 'worldwide' exposure we've actually gotten at this point though.

So far most responces have been very positive there have been a few boos from the gallery but that was to be expected.

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are involved with?
A:  I am currently playing drums in RELENTLESS (doom/heavy metal from Chicago), FIN (black metal from Chicago) and DISFIGUREMENT (death metal from Atlanta).  All 3 bands are currently full steam ahead with writing, gigging and recording.  New full length records in the works for all 3 bands.

I'm involved with another band called Pitch Fork, an old school death metal band. We are currently preparing for our first show soon.


11.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
A:  That's a good question haha.  Not sure about that considering how many other bands all the members are involved with currently.  I would definitely be behind it 100% if Rob came to me with more songs to record though.  I would imagine new material would sound not too different from the material on the demo although I'm honestly not sure where Rob's head is at with writing these days.

As soon as I can find dedicated musicians. As far as the future goes hopefully we will be louder , faster , and more brutal


12.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?
A:  Like I said earlier; Dark Funeral, Satanic Warmaster, Angelcorpse, Asphyx and the like.  As far as my drumming goes I'd say Pete Sandoval, John Longstreth, Derek Roddy, Tony Laureano for this demo.  Just really fast, extreme drumming.  Recently I have been listening to the new Dead Congregation, Solstafir, Bloodbath, Sargeist, mostly just records I am currently mixing though to reference in my car haha.  They Die Screaming, Psychomancer, Spare Change, Cryptic Fog.

Belphegor, Incantation, Black Witchery those are just to name a few

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
A:  Sex, food and partying haha.  Besides those I like good movies, TV shows and the great outdoors whenever I get the chance.

I tend to be a very single minded creature I really try to only focus on my music in my spare time

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A:  Buy stuff from the bands you like! Make sure they know that you love, support and appreciate them! http://orchestratedmiseryrecordings.bigcartel.com/

Nothing else to add would just like to say thanks for the interview.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/throne-of-sacrilege-interview.html