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Nero Barlume/La Vita Fugge/Cvlminis/2014 EP Review

mardi 7 avril 2015 à 15:09

  Nero  Barlume  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "La  Vita  Fugge"  which  was  released  by  Cvlminis.

  Clean  guitars  start  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  before  adding  in  heavy  guitars  along  with  some  synths  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  and  brings  in  blast  beats  it  has  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  grim  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  gives  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  while  the  slow  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  atmosphere.

  Nero  Barlume  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw,  depressive  ant  atmospheric  while   also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Introspective  themes  and  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  Nero  Barlume  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "La  Vita  Fugge"  amd  "L'Estrema  Fragranza  del  male".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/nero-barlumela-vita-fuggecvlminis2014.html


Plage Interview

mardi 7 avril 2015 à 04:21
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Plage was founded by Blizzard and Exord in early 2011. We knew each other already a couple of years and were connected by our shared disgust for all this shitty, soulless so-called black metal bands, which are called ‚scene‘ or whatever. So we just created some aggressive and obscure tunes to fuck them up their asses. Fortunately Zorn joined us on bass and Vrede took over the vocals. Both guys are longtime comrades of us and we already did a couple of tours across Europe with them – in other band constellations with BlackShore and Angantyr. Now Plage is stronger than ever and ready to humiliate and burn women and childern all over the world, because it’s in our goddamn responsibility to do so.

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 demo you had released in 2013?

The style of DEN KRISTNE STANK is without compromises straight in your face. It’s old school black metal, but without being shitty or ridicolous. This is quiet mentionable. It’s just dark and obscure and ready to show stupid bands what kind of energy lives in true black metal. The style of DEN KRISTNE STANK doesn’t really differ from the demo we already released. It’s just as incredible brilliant as we always are. Hail to us!

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

The lyrics are written by Vrede and deal with his disgust and anger against christianity and christian people. Vrede is really pissed off and calls the ancient, heathen spirits to crush these motherfuckers. For example there was this girl - pregnant by a christian man. So of course Vrede had to punish her with his iron glove and then helped her with the abortion. Vrede is really into holding the hood clean.

4.On the demo all of the songs where written in your native language and on the new album while most of the songs are still written in that language you also added into a couple of songs in English, is this something that you plan on expanding more with in the future?

Even on the demo we mixed english, danish and low-german lyrics. There is no plan behind. It’s just caused by Vrede’s clouded brain. But we could imagine having the focus on the danish lyrics in future.


5.I know that the band names means 'plague', how does it fit in with the musical style that you play?

It’s a plague to play it and it’s an even bigger plague to listen to it, I guess.

6.One half of the band is from Denmark and the other half is from Germany, what kind of effect do you feel this has on your musical style?

The biggest effect on our music is, that we don’t rehearse as a full-band beside of live-gigs. But otherwise…no idea. I think we follow the same vision for Plage and it matters a shit where we come from.


7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Plage on stage is sickness on stage. Vrede always beats up some random people just to get the right mood for our show. It’s bloody, obscure and carries the stench of decomposition. We already had some great, violent shows like these...hard to pick one out.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Not yet. Maybe we gonna have a short tour in autumn, but that’s not for sure. We started writing new songs instead.

9.The new album was released on Alusia productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It’s an Underground Extreme Metal Label focused on black and passionate art, located in Cologne. The Plage album is their first release, so we are honored to be part of the beginning of something big.

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

We don’t really talk too much with people, but what we heard it was mostly enthusiastic towards our music.

11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?

They all kick ass of course. It’s good to be a part of this circle of great bands like BlackShore, Angantyr and Fyrnask.

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

We already did some new tracks and we still continue the same road of old school black metal. Fast and dark with obscure melodies. That’s the way our spirits wants us to do.

13.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?

Black metal bands we like are Leviathan, Baptism, Thorns, Craft…stuff like that and many influences aside the genre.

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

Support the plague! https://the-true-plage.bandcamp.com/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/plage-interview.html


Hellacaust/What Is Not/PRC Music/2015 CD Review

mardi 7 avril 2015 à 03:16

  Hellacaust  are  a  band  from  Nova  Scotia,  Canada  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  war  metal,  thrash  and  crust  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "What  Is  Not"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  PRC  Music.

  A  very  distorted  reverb  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  after  a  minute  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  war  metal  style  growls  and  the  music  also  brings  in  the  raw  energy  of  thrash  and  crust  punk  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  very  chaotic  sounding.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  which  can  also  be  very  brutal  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody   and  all  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  anger  and  hatred  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy  musical  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Sodom's  "Agent  Orange"..

  Hellacaust  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  and  most  extreme  forms  of  war,  black  metal,  thrash  and  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hellacaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  metal,  thrash  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Remove  the  Poison"  "Lament  Configuration"  "Belly  Of  The  Beast"  and  "Agent  orange".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/hellacaustwhat-is-notprc-music2015-cd.html


Adore/Wanderers Of Oblivion/2015 CD Review

lundi 6 avril 2015 à 02:46

  Adore  are a  1 woman  black  metal  from  Texas  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review   of  her  self  released  2015  album  Wanders  Of  Oblivion".

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  drum  beats  and  the  synths  also  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  some  deeper  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  while  the solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  are  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster sections  displaying more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  and  at  times the  songs  have  a  90's  feeling  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse.

  A  few  of  the  tracks  bring  in  Cernunnos  of  Haeresiarchs  Of  Dis  on  back  up  vocals  and  on  the  later  tracks  the  synths  start  getting  more  dark  and  haunting  sounding  as  well  as  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  on  some  of  the  songs  and  also  bring  in  a  touch  of ambient  while  the  vocals  and  guitars  still  dominate  most  of  the  tracks  and  there  are  also  some  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  being utilized  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  songs.  

  Adore  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic ,  depressive  and  atmospheric  sounding  and  there  is  a  lot  of  variety  in  the  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmos/galactic,  mythological,  mystical, paranormal  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adore  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Mystic,  Transcendent  Spirit"  "The  All-Deceiving"  "Cold  World"  and  "The  Hidden  Path".  8  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/adorewanderers-of-oblivion2015-cd-review.html


MRTVI Interview

samedi 4 avril 2015 à 18:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

MRTVI is a solo/one man project that I decided to start last year as a way to write some songs in a slightly different style to anything I had done before. I wanted to develop my guitar playing and song-writing, and my vocal style, basically to push myself into unfamiliar territory.

2.You have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The album is rooted in Black Metal I guess, although I'm trying to make it a bit more experimental, I don't want to make the same music that I listen to or that's already out there, because it already exists! The joy of music is that there are a lot of different flavours that you can play with and rearrange and have fun with. I really like the avant-garde aspect of black metal too, so I'm trying to go down that rabbit hole with this project.

3.According to the facebook page you refer your musical sound as 'Negative Atonal Dissonance', can you tell us a little bit more about the term?

Negative refers to the sound and aesthetic that some bands have that seems so nihilistic or 'anti' music, anti 'melody', that it kind of seems like it's not even music! Atonal and Dissonant is similar in that a lot of avant garde bands seem to be doing away with any sort of expectations in terms of structure, melody or any sort of rules that have been laid down before. I want to try and break away from anything that you might expect as a listener, and for this project specifically I want it to be as dark as possible. So I'm aiming to making negative atonal dissonant noise.

4.The lyrics on the new album have a concept involving suicide, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content that is presented on the new recording?

The lyrics were quite hard to write at first, I hadn't written any in about 2 years. The first few songs started dealing with themes of depression, existential nihilism and the real possibility that life is meaningless. The idea of the suicide is more hinted at rather than mentioned explicitly, the album opens with the sound of an oncoming train (I live near a train station where a few suicides have happened). I've been reading about and researching ideas of consciousness after death, the unified field in quantum physics, and eastern spirituality, and it seems like a lot of these topics have a lot in common, so I added idea's of rebirth and reincarnation based on the Buddhist ideas of learning from lessons and repeating mistakes etc. as well as the idea of having 'intermediate stages' between lives where you learn about your mistakes, something that's mentioned in a lot of ancient cultures.  Of course, it's also clear that life on this earth can be a struggle, so the idea of perpetual or never ending consciousness could seem like a never ending nightmare.....

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'MRTVI'?

Mrtvi is the Serbian word for the plural of the word 'Dead' (we are/they are dead, as opposed to I/He/she is dead). I decided on the band name before the album or song titles, and I think it fits quite well. You could say we are all in varying degrees of death, or that death itself is just a milestone rather than a definitive end or beginning, more like a road sign than a destination. I also think the word looks quite cool when written down, the only vowel is at teh end so it looks quite jagged and uncomfortable.

6.With this musical project you recorded everything by yourself, do you feel that you could accomplish more musically solo than what you could do with a full band?

Playing with other people is probably the most important part of learning music, other than listening to as much as you can and practicing of course. Writing and creating as a band can be very rewarding too when you join ideas together. I've always found the downside of working in bands is that everything takes 5 times as long because are relying on other people, I don't mean in a negative way, but sometimes your schedules just don't match up. Working solo you can really work as fast or slow on a project as you like, the next step is up to you, which is something I really enjoy because I constantly feel like I should already be working on the next thing! This can be very rewarding but it does mean you take on a lot more work (all of it!). Also if you have a specific idea that you want to use, or you have a vision for a song or sound, it's up to you alone how you do it and when you think it's finished. You're also more vulnerable because you can't blame anyone else for a bit that doesn't quite work hahaha! I like taking ideas or working methods that I've learned from working with bands and trying to develop them on my own, and vice-versa. Working solo is just another way of rearranging those flavours or ideas. Also it seems like these days most bands are started by one or two people who demo everything and then get other people involved to learn the instruments, rather than all getting together and jamming as much. At least for me a lot of projects recently seem to work like that.

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

Well it's still early days, we've got a review through and a couple of zines have announced the album release, but the real feedback is yet to come. Feedback from people already involved with the project and friends and bandmates has been positive so far though. Now I have to wait and see how the wider black metal community accepts it!

8.In the past you have worked with some very well known metal musicians and bands, can you tell us a little bit more about your contributions to their recordings?

I was a touring member of Sarah Jezebel Deva's solo band for about a year and a half. I recorded an EP with that band called Malediction (which is out digitally on Listenable Records) that featured keyboards by Martin Powell of Cradle Of Filth and guest vocals by Dani and also Bjorn from Soilwork. My contribution was mainly just drumming on the recordings. I wrote my own drum parts, which was nice, because if feel like I was able to add my own feel to the songs without having to just repeat programmed parts. Mainly though I was the touring drummer, we did some UK tours and a European tour a couple festivals. I'm very lucky to have been given the opportunity to join a working band and really learn about the industry first hand, seeing professional events put together, living like an animal in a van, and gigging on a daily basis really helped propel me as a musician. I was lucky that everyone in the band was cool too, and we met some really nice people on the way as well! I've also drummed in a band called Rong, which was a project put together by formed Akercocke Keyboardist Rob Archibald. That was a lot of fun, the music was nuts and we certainly had a lot of laughs haha!


9/Are you also currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

I recorded some drums for a band called Mek two weeks ago, it's really fast technical metal, with a lot of black/death flavours in there, as well as some really interesting melodies and rhythms. it was written by another member of that band Rong. The album's getting produced by Matt Hyde who's worked with Slipknot and Machine Head who I listened to a lot when I was younger which is quite cool. I'm looking forward to hearing how it comes out. I'm also working with my friend who mastered the MRTVI album on a psychedelic/prog/pop/rock album that is basically the exact opposite of MRTVI in terms of atmosphere and sound! We also have a hardcore punk band called The CockRockets that is currently on hiatus, we have an album out and will be putting a 3 track EP out too, when the time is right. Actually that album started out as a solo project where I then got other people involved to make it a live band.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I would like to play more with bands in styles of rock and metal that I haven't played before in order to learn some new chops. More session work would be great too! I've done some sessions in the past and among musicians that I've been playing with I think the idea of having real drums as opposed to programmed is really important, I would like to be able to track drums from my home then send people files, the internet could be a great tool for creativity once all the likeminded people find each other.

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?

I went from Beatles as a small kid to stuff like Zeppelin and Chili Peppers when I started drumming at 12. It slowly got heavier and heavier over the years. In my late teens I really got into old punk and hardcore, which I think in some ways is really similar to black metal. Now I'm really just trying to find the most experimental music I can. I've really had enough of the basic songs and melodies and rhythms we hear all the time. Recently I've been listening to The Mars Volta quiet a lot, Miles Davis Bitches Brew album is really unique too. I've been checking out some Mahavishnu Orchestra too. Also some Asian traditional music, like Mongolian throat singers, and Japanese Kabuki theatre music. As for metal, I recently discovered a band called Imperial Triumphant who are pretty odd sounding. Working on learning new albums and bands material means that I listen to a lot of those things on repeat too.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I studied film so arty world cinema is what i like to get stuck into when I'm not playing. I've just got through Nuri Bilge Ceylan's new film Winter Sleep which I can't wait to watch! Making movies is something I'd like to move into once I feel like the music is out of my system, but that won't be for a while yet! I'm also researching and looking into quantum physics and the spiritualities and mythologies of the world as I mentioned before. This 'life' thing is very strange, so I'm trying to learn as much as I can about it all.

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

Thank you for taking the time to send me this interview and feature my new album! A lot of work goes into making music and I'm really grateful that people are taking an interest!  Hopefully people will check out the album when it comes out at the end of May.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/04/mrtvi-interview.html