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Chrome Waves/Gridfailure/2020 Split Album Review

samedi 21 mars 2020 à 09:19

  This  is  a  review  of  a  self  released  split  album  between  Illinois's  Chrome  Waves  and  New  York's  Gridfailure  which  will  be  released  on  March  27th  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Chrome  Waves  a  duo  that  plays  a  mixture  of  blackened  rock  and  shoegaze.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  soundscapes   while  most  of  their  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  their  songs  along  with  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  elements  of  shoegaze.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  one  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  and  synths  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  they  close  their  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Joy  Division's "Th  Eternal".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  Chrome  Waves  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  blackened  rock  and  shoegaze  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Fair  Wind".

  Next  up  is  Gridfailure  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  dark  ambient,  power  electronics,  harsh  noise,  field  recordings  and  dark  hardcore.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  a  horror  movie  orientated  atmosphere  and  field  recordings  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  demonic  screams  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  some  drum  beats.

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  his  side  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a couple  of  tracks  also  bringing  in  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars.  All  of  the  songs  also  sound  very different  from  each  other  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  he  closes  his  side  of  the  split  with  a  cover  of  Today  Is  The  Day's  "Temple  Of  Morning  Star".  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  apocalyptic themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gridfailure  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  dark  ambient,  power  electronics,  harsh  noise,  field  recordings  and  dark  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Napalm  At  Zero  Gravity"  and  "Cascading  Failures".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  post  black  metal,  shoegaze,  experimental  and  noise.  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/chromewavesofficial
https://chromewaves.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/chromewavesofficial

http://www.facebook.com/gridfailure
http://www.gridfailure.bandcamp.com
https://twitter.com/GRIDFAILURE
https://www.instagram.com/gridfailure  

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/chrome-wavesgridfailure2020-split-album.html


Sarpa/Solivagus/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 mars 2020 à 20:09

  Sarpa  is  a  solo  project  from  Texas  that  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  mixes  in  elements  of  death,  thrash  metal,  progressive  rock,  acoustics  and  Afro/Latin  rhythms   and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Solivagus"  which  will  be  released  in  June.

  Tribal  sounding  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Death  metal  growls  and  angry  shouting  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  pasts  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  used  briefly.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  old  school  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  a  couple  of  tracks  as  well  as  some  Afro/Latin  rhythms  being  utilized  at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  Voodoo/Santeria  atmosphere.  Elements  of  thrash  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  moments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.   The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  audible  laws  of  physics.

  In  my  opinion  Sarpa  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Triad  Of  Might"  and  "Horizons  Worlds  Beyond".  8/3  out  of  10.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ sarpahorde

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ OfficialSarpa 

Bandcamp - https://sarpa6.bandcamp.com

Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/ channel/ UCKHwiEe7Kus0btsqPrpx1bg

Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/user- 463268924 



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/sarpasolivagus2020-full-length-review.html


Aara Interview

vendredi 20 mars 2020 à 10:01
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

We founded Aara in 2018. The project is run by two people who are responsible for the music, lyrics and concept. We create unconventional black metal with an epic classical component, but without using too many keyboards. The lyrics are influenced by the dark side of human existence and its manifestation in philosophy, psychology, literature and historical development of science, art and culture. Since 2018 we released our first album "So fallen alle Tempel" and a promotion track called "Anthropozän (I & II)". Since 2019 we are signed by Debemur Morti Productions.

2.In April you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The new album is the result of a different approach. On the one hand this has to do with the concept of the album, on the other hand we wanted to improve in terms of production. The lyrics of "En Ergô Einai" are inspired by the developments of humanism in the 18th century and their effects on the understanding of society, religion and culture as well as the negative admissions of this for the individual. This should also be transported in music. In addition to the feeling of a new beginning, a constant doubt should be perceived at the same time. A chaos of feelings, which carries the listener into this inner conflict. The melodies have become more complex, sometimes up to four different guitars were interwoven. This could already be heard from "Anthropozän (I&II)" on. On the new album the whole thing should be continued. With means of typical Black Metal the mood of chamber music should be created.

3.The lyrics on the new album are also inspired by the Age Of Enlightenment, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this era?

The inspiration for this came from the examination of various literary works, especially with regard to the awakening self-perception and idealization of the human mind and soul. The lyrical concept of the album deals with the fundamental nature of human existence and the discovery of the individual away from monarchistic or ecclesiastical class society, which in the epoch of Enlightenment fundamentally changed the world view of people and thus also culture.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have also covered with your music so far?

The lyrics of the first two releases deal rather with the awareness of the nothingness and transience of man in this world, especially in "Anthropocene". The relationship between man and nature played an important role in the first two works. Here it was not the matter to convey a message to the outside world, rather that the lyrics are inspired by various, local historical events and to transport a certain mood. For example the lyrics of "Rote Trümmer" is inspired by the earthquake of 1356 in Basel, or "Monologue eines Berges" by the Elm landslide in 1881, which was caused by the mining of slate.


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

The name AARA comes from the combination of the name of the swiss river "Aare" with a Latin expression for altar "Ara". The river Aare is also called "Ara" in old maps. Ultimately the meaning of "AARA" could be formulated as "the river as altar" or more precise “nature as manifestation of a spiritual place”.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

The cover was painted by Michael Handt, a very talented young artist from Germany. It fit perfectly to the atmosphere we wanted to express. It gives a feeling of warmth and beauty. At the same time it expresses coldness, distance and loneliness. There is something mysterious and “long forgotten” about it. Michael will also be responsible for the design of the third album.

7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Aara are basically “Fluss” and “Berg” yes. But on the first album there was already guest vocals of another person “Wald” and on En Ergô Einai you can hear a new drummer "J". We will continue to work with different people in the future when it is appropriate.

8.You also had a quest appearance from V. Of 'Blut Aus Nord' and 'Yerusalem', can you tell us a little bit more about his contribution to the recording?

We connected with Vindsval shortly after we became part of Debemur Morti Productions. Blut aus Nord stands for the best of experimental Black Metal for years now and I'm especially fond of the guitar work on the albums. However, the decisive factor for the intro was the first Yeruselem album "The Sublime". The effects and playing of the instrumental "Sound over Matter" gave me the idea to ask for an intro. I sent him the first song in its demo-version and he came up with his ideas, which can be heard on the album as an intro to the first song.

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

So far, all reactions have been positive, but there are certainly people, especially from the underground scene, who can't do anything with Aara. We are aware that with our music we are breaking the conventions of traditional Black Metal. We are connected to the Black Metal scene through friendships with other musicians and bands, but we wanted to do our own stuff. For us, exploring new possibilities creatively is more important than repeating what has already been done better years ago.

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

We are not planning that long in advance, but the third album is already half composed. In the future we try to put even more emphasis on the elaboration of concepts. The songs will be faster and a bit darker. Everything else will be heard during the next years.

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?

Both of us have a “black metal-background”, so there is a lot of influence by various black metal bands of the last decades, but there is also a lot of ambient, electronic music and other genres that influence our approach. AARA is heavily influenced by classical music - from the Renaissance to the modern age – by all kinds of composers. However, it is not the structuring or playing style that we want to adopt but the mood and atmosphere that is created in these works. For “En Ergô Einai” I focused mostly on the works of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century like C.P.E Bach, Haydn, Boccherini, Telemann, Corelli, (…) .

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

Thanks for your interest in our music.

Bandcamp: https://aara.bandcamp.com/album/en-ergo-einai
https://www.facebook.com/Aara-941630312665011/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/aara-interview.html


Heathen Foray/Weltenwandel/Massacre Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 20 mars 2020 à 09:35

  Austria's  Heathen  Foray  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  melodic  viking  metal  style  of  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Weltenwandel"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  blackened  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording.  Death  metal  growls  also  have  a  very  dominant  presence  on  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  briefly  they  also  introduce  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  on  of  the  tracks also  adding  in  some  clean  pagan  vocals  onto  the  recording.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Norse/German  Mythology,  Paganism,  Fantasy  And  Battle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Heathen  Foray  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Essenz"  "Weg"  and  "Schlangengrube".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/heathen-forayweltenwandelmassacre.html


Nox Aeternum/The Reaction: A Higher From Of Killing/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 20 mars 2020 à 08:06

  Nox  Aeternum  is  a  solo  project  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "The  Reaction:  A  Higher  Form  Of  Killing"  which  will  be  released  on  March  27th.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing classical  guitars  which  also  return  on  later  tracks,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls   which  where  not  used  on  the  previous  album  I  reviewed  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.   When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.
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   One  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  is  also  added  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  violence  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nox  Aeternum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Departure  Of  The  Immaterial"  "Beg  To  Sickle  To  Which  She  Binds  (A  Hedgegrow  Against  The  Grain)"  "Homage  To  The  Mortuary  Effluvium"  and  "Truth  Is  Treason  In  An  Empire  Of  Lies".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/amC2ydISkVQ




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/nox-aeternumthe-reaction-higher-from-of.html