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Shagor/Sotteklugt/Babylon Doom Cult Records/2020 Full Length Review

mercredi 9 septembre 2020 à 05:04

  Shagor  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very atmospheric  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020 album  "Sotteklugt"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Babylon  Doom  Cult  Records.

  Bells  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.   All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  melodic  chants  and  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  thy  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  dissonant  structures  also  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  the  songs  also  having  their  atmospheric  moments and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Dutch  and  cover  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shagor  are  a  very  great sounding  atmospheric  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schemerzever"  and  "Dodendans".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/ShagorBlackMetal

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/shagorsotteklugtbabylon-doom-cult.html


Death Noize Interview

mercredi 9 septembre 2020 à 03:54
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Times: Death Nöize was formed in 2010 by NKF while me, Times joined to the rank in 2012 right before the recordings of the debut album. In that very same year, already as a 4 piece band we finished the composing of material and recorded our first album entitled ’Conquest War Famine Death’ which released by Metal Ör Die Records on CD format. Musically speaking this album was a fusion of Apocalyptic Crust and Black Metal. We were and still are heavily influenced by this two genres. In terms of our lyrics, from the very beginning they were always about dark foklore, occultism and death worship.
In 2017 we recorded our second album ’Fullmoon Fury Ritual’ for Finnish underground stronghold Bestial Burst, I did not handle the vocals on this one due to personal issues so NKF asked a session vocalist named D., who did a really great job. But I also took my part out of the creative work as I came up with the title, I did the cover artwork and I think I wrote a good part of the lyrics too, which were about the very same subject.
2020, the year of pandemia gave birth to our third opus ’Rites, Curses and Spells’ which will be out by our former labels (Metal Ör Die Records and Bestial Burst) and by our very own Deathlike Noise Productions, strictly limited to 250 copies on black vinyl. No fancy die-hard versions, no different colors, just as simple as it was in the glory days of the underground (just think of Sombre Records (RIP) and No Colours’ early releases).

NKF: Hails, Death Nöize formed in 2010 by NKF (guitars), KJ (drums) and Z (bass). The arrangements happened quite fast, and in a few rehearsals we composed the whole material. The recordings happened in 2011 just in 2 days, while the vocals have been recorded in 2012.
The second material have been recorded in 2013 also in 2 days. Times couldn’t handle the vocal duties due to his above mentioned personal issues, so I asked a friend of mine D. The album have been ready and released in 2017. The session musicians who helped us out on this album are D., Pestifer and Harald Mentor, hail to Them!
Our new drummer Speed Freak joined to us in 2015. The musical material of ’Rites, Curses and Spells’ written within the period 2015-2018, but again due to some serious issues we could work just very slowly. Finally in March 2020, during the lockdown, as a 3 piece band already, we had enough time to finish the recordings of ’Rites, Curses and Spells’!

2.Recently you have released a new album, musicallyhow does it differ from the stuff you havereleased in the past?

Times: Lyrical themes are still the very same, dark folklore (in a bigger dose now), occultism, rites and death worship. But some significant changes occured since the first two albums. This new album is more straightforward old sytle traditional Black Metal which was a concious decision of us. Good example to make it more significant we changed our logo as well. It doesn’t mean we won’t use different musical elements on our future releases but that is what we felt now straight out of our wretched black hearts. Vintage Black Magic Metal Devotion.

3.The lyrics on the new album cover deadly rites, curses and black magick spells, can you tellus a little bit more about your interest in occultism and the dark arts?

Times: The first 3 songs (Side Black) tells a fictive horror like story, inspired by Transylvanian tales and dark folk stories, the themes of last 4 songs (Side Magic) varies but still about Transylvanian/Hungarian (dark) folk tales, old values and stories about the Old Devil. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Death Nöize'?

Times: NKF came up with the name, he is a die-hard fan of Incriminated (the old band of our label boss Harald Mentor, you can see we have a long story together with him) and Incriminated had an MLP back then entitled ’Death Nöize’.

NKF: Actually it was the idea Lugosi of Siculicidium. He came up with the idea as he knew how huge fan of Incriminated I am and he thought this name would perfectly fit to this rotten black/crust style we played. 

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

Times: I had this cover artwork in my mind since many years. We borrowed it from the 1922 Swedish cult silent film ’Haxan’. When I started to work on the lyrics I felt this is the right time to use this picture as a cover art. I think we made the right choice, perfectly fits to the evil, dark and occult aura of the album.

6.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

Times: No, not yet. There were talks about it but so far nothing serious happened on this field, but NKF knows this better than me. Actually I can imagine Death Nöize on stage in a form of a deathly ritual but we are living almost 1000 kilometers far from each other, so I don’t think it will happen anytime soon.

NKF: Well, we are living very far from each other, we never even had a rehearsal session with full line-up, so it would be quite difficult. I still do plan to summon the evil on stage with Death Nöize one day, maybe in the distant future…

7.On the new album you also had some session work from one of the members from 'Ride For Revenge', can you tell us a littlebit more about his contribution to the recording?

Times: As I told you we have a long story together. We borrowed our name from his old band, and he released our second album on his label Bestial Burst, he already played on that one as well as a session musician. And now he is playing again with us on our new album. We are a 3 piece band now, I can say he is our fourth member.

8.The new album was also released on many different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you have worked with on the new release?

Times: Metal Ör Die Records is a Hungarian label and an old comrade of us, we worked with him on our first album back in 2012 (along with many others), Bebu from Finalnd as you see above a kind of a home to us. Deathlike Noise Productions is our/my very own label, what we started to support this project, but I think we will come up with some more releases soon.

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

Times: I wouldn’t think that so many people knows about Death Nöize. We are an absolute anti-trend band, keeping ourselves anonymous, no concerts, no band photos until now, this is our second interview I think over the 8 years of our existence. So you can imagine our attitude. But now, again very conciously, we changed a bit on this matter. I think we did a very strong offer with this new one, and we would like to reach the people with it, so we will put more energy into the promotion of the material now. We will see how the people will react, but we are very proud of this dark art entitled ’Rites, Curses and Spells’.

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

Times: We are already working on something new in the very same style as this new album, more traditional Black Metal.

NKF: We already have some new ideas, some sketches. We will record something new for sure, but do not ask where and when. What is for sure we will deliver the same sinistrous grime as we did in the past.

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?

Times: Black Metal, Death Metal, No future and evil Thrash, Apocalyptic Crust, Rock n’ Roll.

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

Times: If anyone is interested after this conversation about our album they can order the vinyl from Death Nöize/Deathlike Noize Productions bandcamp: https://deathnoize.bandcamp.com/
Or feel free to email us: deathlikenoize@gmail.com
World Without End.
Times

NKF: Thanks!


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/death-noize-interview.html


Ventr/Numinous Negativity/Signal Rex/2020 EP Review

mercredi 9 septembre 2020 à 03:32

  Ventr  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Numinous  Negativity"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  tortured  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  small  amount  of  melody  is  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  a  synth  instrumental  which  is  utilized  before  closing  the  recording  with  a  heavier  track.

  Ventr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  mysteries  in  the  works  within  the  omnipresence  of  the  Devil.

  In  my  opinion  Ventr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Our  Altar  of  Murderous  Fanaticism"  and  "A  Dagger  to  Worship".  8  out  of  10.

http://ventr.bandcamp.com/album/numinous-negativity 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/ventrnuminous-negativitysignal-rex2020.html


Maahes Interview

lundi 7 septembre 2020 à 22:54

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hello and thank you for the interview! Since we finished working on our debut album, we've actually been busy working on the second one. The songwriting is already in full swing and the lyrics concept is also in place. We even had a few concerts coming up, but unfortunately they all had to be canceled due to the pandemic.


2.In September you have a new album coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous ep?
The style of MAAHES has basically remained the same, but “Reincarnation” will feel much more malicious because we experimented a lot with keys and generally gave the album an old-school aura. The colder style of Horus' singing is definitely worth mentioning, too.


3.This is also your first release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
To be honest, we haven't been able to invest as much time into MAAHES in recent years as we all would have liked, for private and, even more, for professional reasons. But despite everything I feel that we have made some remarkable achievements in retrospect. We played at well-known festivals like “Ragnarök” or “Wolfszeit”, perfected our debut album and last but not least gained a lot of experience in the business.


4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you have covered with the music?
The story of “Reincarnation” is all about the “Master of the Black Arts”. After his death, he was transported to the Egyptian underworld, but now he is trying to return and continue his malice – by all means! The texts tell of the rites enacted to enable his rebirth, but also of his future plans. Furthermore, the sorcerer himself and his characteristics are described in detail in the song "Master of the Black Arts". The story will of course be continued on the next album, where the Egyptian mythology will be featured even more prominently.


5.A lot of your lyrics cover Egyptian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and what are some of the other mythologies that you have an interest in?
I wouldn‘t say that the Egyptian concept appeals to us just because of the mythology. Rather, it‘s the whole of ancient Egypt. It's the mysterious, the puzzling, the incredible knowledge of the Egyptians (just think of the building of the pyramids), the cult of the dead, and a lot more. The Egyptian concept offers an almost endless space for interpretation to our creativity. Other mythologies, for example the Greek one, on which our EP “Ancient Force” is based, are also interesting. However, after we discovered the previously mentioned advantage due to the unbelievable number of possibilities, we decided to pursue the Egyptian concept.


6.I know that the band is derived from the lion-headed god of war in ancient Egyptian mythology, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Maahes is a sun god, he is the gatekeeper of the holy place. And if someone gets in his way, he becomes a bloodthirsty predator and causes carnage. Re, light, fire and flame. The flashing lightning and rolling thunder. The lord of darkness and wind. This god is the epitome of our “Ancient Metal”.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork for “Reincarnation” was designed by the Brazilian artist Caio Caldas. At this point I would like to thank Caio once again for his excellent work and his absolute reliability. The art is intended to illustrate the dark atmosphere of the album: shortly after his reincarnation, the “Master of the Black Arts” is standing in front of the pyramid where he was interred and is conjuring up chaos again. It‘s also worth mentioning the hourglass with the skull, which represents the transience of life and the passing of time. On closer inspection, even more details can be discovered that allude to death or reincarnation, respectively.


8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
It's hard to say but I think one of the best shows was in our local city of Passau in September 2019. We hadn't played there for a year and a half, and many people were keen to see us live again after a long time. We did a really great show there, played our songs to perfection and received lots of compliments that we had developed amazingly! For MAAHES, of course, “Ragnarök 2018” was a really big thing when we stood on a big stage for the first time and had a large audience in front of us. But I wouldn't say that it was the best show in terms of our performance, we‘d been much too nervous for that back then. Now more than ever, our stage performance is confident and exciting. We want to play shows and inspire people with our Egyptian concept, and I think the audience does really notice our dedication. The unmistakable stage design and our unusual appearance play a big part in the presentation, too.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Our international expansion is currently underway, and there have been some very positive signals from distant countries already, which got us into sending merchandise to the USA or Mexico, for example.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will of course stay true to ourselves and continue MAAHES in the same fashion we have done so far. In addition to the classic riffs, we like to use elements from other sub-genres in order to produce our very own kind of Black Metal. This fact makes our music so varied and it should stay that way – that's us. So you can definitely look forward to the “Reincarnation” successor!


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?
Some of the artists that influenced our music with MAAHES are Immortal, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral and Venom. We heard these bands around the clock back then, just as we still do today.



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
On behalf of all MAAHES members, I would like to thank you again for interviewing me, and I hope we‘ll get the opportunity to take you all on an unforgettable trip to ancient Egypt at one of our live shows! Have a nice evening, ! Metal regards, Anubis


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/maahes-interview.html


Eregore/Thought Form/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2020 Compilation EP Review

lundi 7 septembre 2020 à 22:40

  Eregore  are  a  solo  project  from  Ogden,  Utah  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  meta;  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  compilation  ep  "Thought  Form"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  consists  of  unreleased  and  demo  tracks.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  also  mixing  in  some  elements  of  mid  80's  to  early  90's  era  grindcore  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  mixture  of  black  emtal  screams  and  death  emtal  growls. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  experimental  soundscapes  and  the  main  focus  is  on  a  very  raw,  brutal  and  heavy  style,  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  Eregore  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black, death  metal  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eregore  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Astrotheology"  and  "Thought  Form".  8  out  of  10.

BANDCAMP RELEASE 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/eregorethought-formsentient-ruin.html