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Feral/For Those Who Live In Darkness/2014 CD Review

mercredi 31 décembre 2014 à 02:00

  Feral  are a  1  man  band  from  Tabusintac,  New  Brunswick,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "For  Those  Who  Live  In  Darkness".

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  also  times  when  deep  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  the  later  tracks  there  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  very  raw  black  metal  sound  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  tradition.

  The  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  which  also  makes  its  return  on  later  tracks  aw  well  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars,  nature  sounds  and  whispers  onto  one  of  the  tracks  before  making  a  return  to  more  of  an  aggressive  and  raw  black  metal  sound  while  the  songs  also  start  adding  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  into  some  of  the  tracks  while  one  of  the  later  songs  also  bring  in  more  of  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  while  the  last  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Feral  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  diverse  while  also  having  a  depressive  feeling  st  times  and  a  dent  amount  of  melodies,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Feral  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nocturnal  Queen"  "The  Curse"  and  "Dethroning  Your  King".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/feralfor-those-who-live-in-darkness2014.html


Torture Chamber Interview

lundi 29 décembre 2014 à 01:48
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Torture Chamber is a black metal band from the Bay Area, California. It was at one point a solo project of mine, and it became a full band about a year and a half ago. I play guitar and do vocals, Voldr is the other guitarist, Zack is on bass, and Gabriel is our drummer.

2. So far you have released 2 EP's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The first demo (EP, demo, whatever) is called “Into the Void.”. The sound on it is extremely lo-fi and a lot more melodic than our sound nowadays. The new EP, “Qayin,” was recorded at a studio in Oakland, California called The Secret Bathroom with the lineup we have now. While still having a raw production, the recording is much more clear and reflective of how the band sounds nowadays. With that said, Torture Chamber is a perpetually evolving entity. No release from us will ever sound identical to the previous. To follow this trend (which is unfortunately growing in popularity) is self-imposed stagnation.

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

Lyrical content is very personal to me. It almost exclusively includes topics regarding Gnostic Satanism and nihilism. Humanity is microscopic, acting only as a figurative (and possibly literal) tumor upon the Earth. The metaphorical and metaphysical aspects of Qliphoth and the Tree of Knowledge are discussed.


4.The name of the new EP is "Qayin" and on the FB page you had Goetic Magick listed as on your interests, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Occult?


In short, I believe that enlightenment can be obtained by pursuing the destructive force that lies dormant in all of us, and using it constructively. Illumination comes not from creating light within darkness, but from making the darkness your light, so to speak.




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

The name Torture Chamber, while not pertaining to the band’s lyrical content, stems from my interest in the history of the Spanish Inquisition and Crusades of the 11th and 12th centuries. Our music itself matches the harsh and desolate imagery of this time period.


6. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?

I felt that more could be achieved musically with the contributions and input of full-time members.



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

My favorite show was the one we played in San Luis Obispo a couple months ago. The people there are very passionate about this music and we were well-received. Our stage show has been described as violent and chaotic, with blood and carrion covering us and the stage.


8. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We plan to play farther away from Northern California in this coming year. It is likely that we’ll do a tour of the Western half of the U.S. this summer with a well-known band from the Pacific Northwest, who will be unnamed for now.


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

The feedback has been generally positive for Torture Chamber’s music. We’ve had complaints from certain venues regarding our live aesthetic, but that’s to be expected.

10. When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

A full length can be expected in mid/late 2015. The sound will only become more chaotic.

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’m influenced by many musical genres, everything from black metal to classic rock to trance. As a band, we share common influences such as Craft, 1349, Bathory, and Deathspell Omega. Lately, I’ve been listening to Earthless, which is instrumental psychedelic music, and a lot of black/death like Archgoat, Proclamation, and Demoncy.


12. What are some of your non musical interests?

Our non-musical interests are irrelevant.


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

Thank you very much for the interview. Expect new music from Torture Chamber very soon.

Ave.




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/torture-chamber-interview.html


Human Bodies/No Life/Caligari Records/2014 Cassette Review

vendredi 26 décembre 2014 à 04:59

  Human  Bodies  are  a  band  from  Massachusetts  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Noisy  reverb  starts  off  the  cassette  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  hear  a  heavy  punk  influence  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  at  time s you  can  hear  some  melody  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  You  can  hear  a  heavy  influence  from  the  more  punk  side  of  the  Norwegian  black  metal  scene  in  the  bands  musical  sound  and  the  songs  at  times  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  bass  guitar  also  brings  in  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  few  seconds  of  guitar  leads.

  Human  Bodies  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  sound  and  also  mix  it  in  with  the  energy  of  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Human  Bodies  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Scapegoat"  and  "Bellicose  Throngs".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/human-bodiesno-lifecaligari-records2014.html


Beautality/Einfallen: A Tale ov Torment & Triumph/Nordavind Records/2015 CD Review

vendredi 26 décembre 2014 à 04:22

  Beautality  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their     album  "Einfallen:  A  Tale  ov  Torment  &  Triumph"  which  will  be  released  by  Nordavind  Records  in  2015.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  they  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  full  chords  and  open  note  finger  picking  and  a  few  second s later  clean  singing  vocals,  drums  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  music  before  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  post  rock  elements  throughout  the  tracks.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  guitars  start  bringing  in  a  more  heavy  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  to  the  recording.

  At  time s the  music  does  go  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  melodic  and  atmospheric  post  metal  sound  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  darkwave  and  dream  pop  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of melodic  chants  that  also  gives  the  music  a  pagan  metal  feeling  while  some  of  the  screams  bring  in  some  traces  of  depressive  black  metal  on  one  of  the  later  songs  and  on  the  last  track  you  can  also  hear  some  elements  of  doom  metal  in  the  slower  sections.

  Beautality  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  progressive  elements  and  influences  from  a  variety  of  many  different  genres  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  close  to  20  minutes  in  length,  the  production sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy  sounding  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  deals  with  both  the  mental  and  astral  planes.

  In  my  opinion  Beautality  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Devil's  Elixir"  and  "Messias".  8  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/beautalityeinfallen-tale-ov-torment.html


Apocryphal Voice Interview

vendredi 26 décembre 2014 à 01:51
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?

- We have finalised the release of Pain & Pleasure with Inverse, after going through lenghty negotiation rounds with lots of labels. Our priority was to keep the copyright of the work to ourselves, which in today's music industry climate requires bands themselves to take the financial risk of release. We were also busy creating the cover artwork, which the drummer Ville ended up doing three versions of, although even the first version looked good to me.

And there's all these other bands we are involved in, such as 0xist and Sata Kaskelottia. Both of which have been doing number of live shows, and are preparing releases for new albums.


2.So far you have released a demo and 2 full length's, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

- All releases have a different personality from one another. At least, that's our intention. When an album during its writing process reveals its direction it wants to head to, we explore that direction as far as we can. Of course, there will be unavoidable similarities between them. For example, in type of song structures, chords, and playing feel. But we have never chosen any particular "band concept" and stuck to it, perhaps a little to our detriment. Making music just for the sake of making music has never appealed to me.

Our first work, the demo/MiniCD The Sickening was all about unleashing all the musical weirdness I was getting into that time. The result is jagged uncomfortable oddball of an EP. The sound production, although done in a proper studio, ended up sounding very sterile digital and harsh, partly to my own blame. I nowadays get uncomfortable when anyone compliments the sound production on that release.

The full-lenght Stilltrapped is a bit easier on the ear on surface, but musically it's one of the most depressive albums ever made. That sounds like a big statement, but sitting through it really sucks the life force out of you. However, that was never the intention unto itself, but rather reflects the slow downward spiral I was personally trapped in. The sound production on it is somewhat interesting. We still didn't quite know what we were doing, but the sound ended up having this snow-storm-sweeping-over-desolate-field type of feel to it, which I have rarely heard in a non-black metal release.

Compared to Stilltrapped, this latest one, Pain & Pleasure, has a lot more energy and warmth to it. Both musically and sonically. There's some death metal influences which we previously didn't have, and all in all there's just more riffs going on. Sound is sought out to be earthy and muscular, although keeping the guitars tuned in standard E, as they were before. Still, the production sounds nicely different from the majority of modern metal production. Not so super clean and in-your-face, but more subtle and luring, letting the music do the talking.


3.The band has been around since 1999  but  so far only  has  a  demo  and  2  album's, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

- Like I said, I have never sought out activity just for the sake of activity, like so many other bands do. I want the musical ideas to be strong and timeless. For that, I have to allow them time, I cannot force them out.

Also we have full-time jobs in order to survive. And as there's only 2 members in the band, there's a lot of aspects of band activity to be learned and maintained just for the two of us. And every now and then life throws a curveball that forces the band on a short hiatus. The list goes on. Someone might view these as excuses, but in this world of metal where there's clearly an overabundance of just-another-releases, I want every Apocryphal Voice release to something special and substantial. So I feel no guilt over our apparent slowness, even though it might make us get lost in the noise.


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

- They can be anything that speaks to me. Venting inner daemons to achieve catharsis and to get some weight off my shoulders, texts open and fertile to different interpretations whether it originally meant something to me and I then hid the original meaning or or just being stream of thoughts, symbolic, even fictional stories... et cetera.

It's really easier to answer which kind of lyrics I'm not interested in writing. Those include anything mundane everyday life stuff, gore just for the sake of gore, anything overtly political or current day topical, urban topics, partying, chest puffing, anything materialistic, and so on.


5.On your last album you had a song about Kali, are the band members interested in Occultism or Eastern Mysticism?

- We have always been interested in anything underneath the surface, more than meets the eye. Though I try to keep a critical approach and not swallow anything unchewed. A lot of esotericism is highly symbolic anyway, and once you study a bit of everything from all over the world you start recognising underlying common truths and archetypes that reoccurr in different sources.

Kali also can, and should, be taken symbolically as a force of perpetual flux of change and renewal. She is the goddess of chaos after all, and you can't have creation without chaos, without dying of all things stagnated thus giving room for something new and progression.


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Apocryphal Voice'?

- A voice that isn't recognised as a part of canonical mainstream "truth" by the established powers that be. A voice of dissent. The name can apply to pretty much any musical direction we might take, although it has proven not to roll off your tongue very nicely, unfortunately.


7.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?

- We are planning to add a third member for possible live shows. Most likely a bassist, since I have developed very unique style of guitar playing. The bass has always been an important instrument in our music, very melodic and thus should be fun to play. The main core of the band as far as the delicate process of creating and recording new music will still be us two.


8.Recently Inverse Records, re-issued your 2013 album, what are your thoughts on the final product?

- It always was the intention to have a physical release, not just a Bandcamp release. We view that the streamable release was just a showcase for the proper album.


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

- From the day one it's always been love-it-or-hate-it by those who have encountered our music. The exposure itself has been quite limited. It's very difficult get a word out there unless your band has a marketable "story", or rather an extramusical gimmick. We on the other hand, are just interested in exploring fresh angles to metal music itself.


10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

- I play second guitar in 0xist (a.k.a. Zero Exist). It's very much a vehicle of Jani Koskela, formerly from Let Me Dream, and plays a bit in the vein of Triptykon

http://www.zeroexist.net/

Ville has been involved in number of bands, most famously Black Crucifixion, but nowadays plays drums in Sata Kaskelottia, metal/rock a bit in the vein of Mastodon in finnish language. I helped the guys record their upcoming album with the same equipment as with Apocryphal Voice's Pain & Pleasure. The equipment itself is nothing fancy, but I'm pleased with the result which proves that if you're unafraid of the learning curve you can these days have a nice enough production without renting time from a big studio.

http://satakaskelottia.fi/?page_id=49

Also throughout all these years I have had a number of personal side projects recorded in demo quality just for the fun of it. I don't know yet if I'm going to release any of it. But if I do, they will be free downloads.


11.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

- Let's let the dust from the release of Pain & Pleasure settle down first. I'm entertaining the ideas of someday making a not so extreme album with a deep in the pine forest feel to it, and a more prog death metal album with an interstellar space feel to it, but I can't tell which will be made sooner. All in all, I always have very large recorded riff library as pool to draw ideas for further development from. Right now I think it contains literally hundreds of riffs in varying styles, and simply going through them will be a lot of work unto itself.


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?

- It's difficult to self-analyse, which bands have been how much influence. I have always listened to widely varying styles of artists. But there are a couple of important musical revelations that have blown my mind and charged me with "I've got to something like that too!" -feeling. Emperor when I was about 16, Ved Buens Ende when I was about 20, and Gorguts around the age of 28-30.


13.What are some of your non musical interests?

- I'm very much into latest scientific discoveries in cosmology, particle physics, biology... The more mind-boggling, the better! I also enjoy nature documentaries, especially on big cats such as tigers and leopards, etc.


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

- Not really. I hope everyone reading this had a nice Yule (I'm finishing this interview on the Christmas Day).

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/apocryphal-voice-interview.html