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Bannwald/Uruk-Hai/Druadan Forest/Kingdoms Long Gone/Antiq/2020 3 Way Split Album Review

jeudi 2 janvier 2020 à 00:47


  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  France's  Bannwald,  Austria's  Uruk-Hai  and  Finland's  Druadan  Forest  called  "Kingdoms  Long  Gone"  which  will  be  released  in  February,  2020  by  Antiq  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Bannwald  a  solo  project  that  plays  dungeon  synth.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  a  very  medieval  dungeon  synth  style  while  all  of  his  tracks  are  also  instrumentals.  The  synths  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  also  adding  in  some  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  neo-classical  as  well  as  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  programmed  beats.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  sound  very  different  from  each  other  along  with  the  music  also  sounding  very  tribal  at  times  as  well  as  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack.  The  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Bannwald  are  a  very  great  sounding  dungeon  synth  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Kingdom  Long  Gone".

  Next  up  is  Uruk-Hai  who  moves  away  from  the  ambient  style  of  black  metal  of  previous  releases  to  focus  more  on  a  dungeon  synth  style.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  programmed  yet  militant  beats  while  all  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.At  times  his  music  also  gets  a  little  bit  more  experimental  than  most  artists  of  this  genre  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dungeon  synth  elements.

  The  synths  also  add  in  touches  of  dark  ambient  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.  Both  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  sound  very  different  from  each  other  while  also  both  of  them  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  instrumental,  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  guitars  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  Uruk-Hai  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dungeon synth,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Orkish  Hymn".

  Next  up  is  Druadan  Forest  who  also  moves  away  from  an  ambient  style  of  black  emtal  to  focus  more  on  a  dungeon  synth  style.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  drones  while  his  track  is  over  19  minutes  in  length.  Spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  track  along  with  the  song  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dungeon  synth  elements  and  the  synths  also  add  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.

  At  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  along  with  the  synths  also  adding  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  programmed  beats.  The  music  also  captures  a  very  medieval  atmosphere   while  the  production  also  sounds  very  professional

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Druadan  Forest  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dungeon  synth,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of t he  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  ambient  black  metal  and  dungeon s ynth.  8  out  of  10.

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Druadan_Forest/3540416153
https://www.spirit-of-metal.com/en/band/Uruk-Hai_(AUT)




Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/bannwalduruk-haidruadan-forestkingdoms.html


Grimah/Intricacies Of Bowed Wisdom/Vertebrae/2020 CD Review

mercredi 1 janvier 2020 à 01:09

  Grimah  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  nihilistic  and  triumphant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Intricacies  Of  Bowed  Wisdom"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Vertebrae.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off t he  album  while  the  faster  sections  of   the  music  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  vocals  are  also  done  in  a  very  deep  black  metal  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  crazy  sounding  screams  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences   as  well  as  one  track as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  existentialism,  misanthropy  and  nihilism  themes  and  the  closing  track  is  written  in  Spanish.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grimah  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  nihilistic  and  triumphant  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thus  Spake  The  Stone"  and  "Facade  Of  Futile  Reflections".  8  out  of  10.

https://grimah.bandcamp.com/   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/grimahintricacies-of-bowed.html


Malignament/Demo 1/Purity Through Fire/2020 Demo Review

mercredi 1 janvier 2020 à 00:06

  Malignament  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  demo  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  done  in  a  very  angry  black  metal  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  old  school  influences  but  still  captures  a  modern  atmosphere.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  the  closing  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Malignament  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw   while the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malignament  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  emtal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Bloodlust".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/QL4sphCUE6M

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/malignamentdemo-1purity-through.html


Yoth Iria/Under His Sway/Repulsive Echo Records/2020 EP Review

mardi 31 décembre 2019 à 23:26

  Yoth  Iria  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  mystical  form  of  occult  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "Under  His  Sway"  which  will  be  released  in  2020  by  Repulsive  Echo  Records.

  Dark  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  added  into  the  background  briefly.

  Vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  chants  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling,  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  Greek  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Yoth  Iria  are  a  very  great  sounding  mystical  occult  black  metal b and  with  some  touches  of  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Sid-Ed-Djinn".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IocuCW47DBk

 

 

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/yoth-iriaunder-his-swayrepulsive-echo.html


Into Pandemonium Interview

lundi 30 décembre 2019 à 10:26
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Saga: Our name is Into Pandemonium and we are a local 6 piece metal band from Dayton Ohio. The genre's that we play vary from Atmospheric metal to Technical Death metal and Melodic metal, we prefer to call Extreme metal for short.

2.You have an ep coming out during the beginning of 2020, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Ethan:  For the ep Darkest Rise we wanted to try and go for something unique. We took elements and influences from other subgenres, each member is influenced by different things that we were able to blend cohesively. When a lot of the songs were made we intended to imbue what we were feeling into the progression of the songs.

3.Your lyrics cover transcendental themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Saga: I read a lot of Sci-Fi books and think more than a person should about their own existence and the construct of what makes everything real. So lyrically I'm drawn toward topics that view the universe from multiple perspectives, sometimes these views are from creatures that I've made up for the sake of storytelling or from the views of beings I've read about in books that exist on a different plane or dimension. I enjoy the thoughts of what it would be like to exist as some conglomerate of fathomless beings to see the events of our universe in a way that I cannot as human.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Into Pandemonium'?

Saga: The idea behind Into Pandemoniums' name is the way we write our music and how it sounds. The music is unpredictable, we don't really fit a specific genre besides the title of metal one song can be black metal then the other one can almost pass a folk metal song. It also is a pretty good way to describe our personal lives, none of us come from a great place we're all a mess and anytime it's time for us to gather as a band, it usually is incredibly chaotic. We have this saying in our band "When something goes horribly wrong, welcome to into pandemonium"

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?

Saga: So the artwork was done by Heather Van Hoose, she actually came up with the design of the creature on the cover which we called The Colossus, which exist in the majority of the songs as Darkest Rise is mostly a concept album. The Colossus, in our lyrics, is apart of a race of other celestial beings like itself which are all chaotic in nature and composed of stars which is why he is floating in space. The circles around him represent Time, Space and Fire. Elements that "Colossus" is born from.

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

Saga: Summer Slaughter Tour 2019 Cleveland Ohio was definitely one of our best shows to date in my personal opinion we also had a show at the beginning of 2019 in Lima Ohio at Harry's Hideaway when we were without a bassist for that show. It was still pretty fun even with a member missing. It's hard to compete with the Slaughter Tour shows they are on a whole different level than what we're used to.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?

Saga: At the moment we do not, we would love to though. We do plan on playing some shows out of town though.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Saga: Currently, we are looking to build ourselves up more before go label hunting. We also have not received any interest at this time.

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

Saga: We've received some pretty good responses from fans of both genres that have heard our music. We've also had some negative responses usually people who just don't like the music genre overall or some who just don't like us musically.

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

Saga: I think that we're heading into a different sound from what is going to be on this ep. I think we'll probably go more melodic than we will be heavy sound wise that isn't to say that we'll be dropping the heaviness. We expect our next production will be better constructed and recorded than what we've done with this record. Hopefully, our sound will have matured will be much more definable for us.

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?

Saga: A lot of different influences go into our writing, there's some Marty Friedman, Watain, Leviathan, Emperor, Mayhem, Jeff Loomis, Shadow of Intent. There is a large variety of influences in the band and writing that goes into our music. As for what everyone is listening to I can't speak for them but I personally have been listening to some of the new releases that came out this year like Cattle Decapitation's Death Atlas, a little Mayhem, Hate. I've been pretty stuck on Dir En Grey's album The Insulated World.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Saga: Tough question as we all don't speak much outside of the band, I do know that some of us are big on literature, some of us do tattoos and art, some of us are gamers and history buffs. I personally enjoy fashion and video editing.

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

Saga: Thank you to occult Black Metal tomorrow for speaking with us! 

https://www.facebook.com/IntoPandemoniumOfficial/ 
https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/intopandemonium/darkest-rise 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2019/12/into-pandemonium-interview.html