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Sabhankra/Death To Traitors/Saturnal Records/2021 CD Review

vendredi 23 avril 2021 à 05:51

 


  Sabhankra  are  a  band  from  Turkey  that  started  out  playing  more  of  a  mixture  of  folk,  melodic black  and  death  emtal  but  with  the  newer music  focuses  more  on  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Death  To  Traitors"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Saturnal  Records.


  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  raw  feeling.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.


  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  showing  some  influences  of  the  Swedish  style  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  war  samples,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Battles,  Legrends,  Hate  and  Blasphemy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sabhankra  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  to  traitors"  and  "Awakened  In  the  Dark".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/SabhankraBand


https://youtu.be/FUdZygjqBcA    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/sabhankradeath-to-traitorssaturnal.html


Coscradh/Mesradh Machae(The Heads Of The Men Who Have Been Slaughtered)/Invictus Productions/2021 EP Review

vendredi 23 avril 2021 à 04:49

 


  Coscradh  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Mesradh  Machae(The  Heads  Of  The  Men  Who  Have  Been  Slaughtered)"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  invictus  Productions.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats,  tremolo  picking  and  war  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a r aw  feeling.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  slower  sections  of  the  tracks  also  show  some  influences  of  doom/death  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  riffing  as well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized.


  Coscradh  plays  a  musical  style  that t akes  war,  black,  death  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  vey  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  cover  Irish  History/Folklore,  Violence  and  Death  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Coscradh  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Plagues  of  Knowth".  8  out  of  10.


www.facebook.com/coscradh 

https://youtu.be/0FikEN8KiCI


      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/coscradhmesradh-machaethe-heads-of-men.html


Volc Vermaledide/Nietig/Heidens Hart Records/2021 CD Review

vendredi 23 avril 2021 à 03:08

 


  Volc  Vermaledide  are  a  duo  originally  from  the  Netherlands  but  now  resides  in  Sweden  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  dungeon  synth  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Nietig"  which  was  released  by  heidens  Hart  Records.


  A  very  epic  and  dungeon  synth  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  angry  sounding  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  most  of  the  tracks  and  also  have  their  grim  moments.   Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  capturing  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  at  times,  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  grimness  and  loneliness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Volc  Vermaledide  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  black  metal  duo  with  elements  of  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Part.  II  Lost"  and  "We  Shall  Disappear".  8  out  of  10.


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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/volc-vermaledidenietigheidens-hart.html


Flammenkvlt Interview

vendredi 23 avril 2021 à 02:14

 


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


M.M.: Years ago, I had the Idea of a Black Metal Band. I already had some songs in a very abstract and I would say not used Style for that genre. I worked together with another guy, but I wasn´t satisfied, so I stopped that thing I had running. In 2020 the Black Metal thing came up again and I sat down and wrote some songs in a much better songwriting quality and “Flammenkvlt” was born. I sent the songs to my all-time session guitarist D.S. and he recorded them at home including his own guitar style. I was very happy with the product and were searching for a singer in 2021. Thanks to Wolfang Rothbauer who brought me to A.S. He is the one who really fits into the style and meaning of the Band “Flammenkvlt”. And as always: The Underground should help each other! 


2.You have an ep coming out in June, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


A.S.: 'Zeitenwende' is an amalgame of melodic black and death metal with a heavy emphasis on dynamics. For this, vocal samples, pianos and accoustic guitars were added.


M.M.: I wanted to create also a special Athmospheric on every song, where the vocal samples had the most influence on it. 



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


A.S.: When M.M. asked me to sing on 'Zeitenwende', he already had lyrics written for all the songs. Since I don't like to sing other people´s lyrics without at least contributing a little to the art, we agreed, that I take his lyrics as an inspiration and write own lyrics for the songs. Another advantage to this is, that I can adapt the lyrics, the choice of words and the rhythm, to my vocal style. In the end I just took the main theme of each song and wrote more abstract lyrics based on that. The underlying motive in the songs can be described as oppression and how to deal with it, how to carry a specific burden and move forth. Every song has a central spoken word sample, that makes the general direction of the lyrics quite obvious.


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


The Idea of the Name and the goal of the Bands Name was and is very important to me. I had the idea when I was sitting together with my friends at Night around a fire. Flammen = Fire. And I always wanted to create some kind of Cult in a very deep and intense way! So, that was the beginning of “Flammenkvlt”. It sounds a bit hackneyed, but I for that my feelings are very intense. 


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


The Artwork is called “Dr. Death” from “A Book of Hours” printed in the 16th Century. I was searching for a Cover Art that could represent the Idea of “Zeitenwende”. Mankind leads somehow to illness, crime and death to nature and our world. 


6.After the pandemic ends, are there any plans for live shows?


M.M.: No, no really plans right now. But we hope to play live. 




7.The ep is going to be released on ‘Analog Death Squad’, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


The Tapes are released via Analog Death Squad. The Vinyl will be released via my own company AmazingOne Entertainment. Analog Death Squad is an American Sublabel from Mospharic Recording Limited, that is specialized on special Editions for extreme music in Cassettes and CD´s. Go on their site and buy their shit! 

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


Great! We are nearly sold out! Everyone who listened is convinced by the music and songwriting and love the vocals. People fucking love the Songs! 



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


We conduct negotiations with a bigger label. It depends how those negotiations will end. Besides I already work on new material for a full -length Record. The ones who know me can expect that there will be Differences to the EP. I always search for better, bigger, more interesting riffs. 



10.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?


A.S.:  I was inspired by 90ies death/black metal like Morbid Angel, Emperor, Enslaved, Death, Deicide, and Marduk for example, but more as a songwriter and in terms of singing technique. Emperor and Deathspell Omega inspired me in the way how to write lyrics. Nowadays, it depends on the situation and the mood I am in to what style of music I listen. There is a lot of stuff like Kristine, Fleetwood Mac, Toto, Havukruunu, old Sacramentum, Primordial, Amesoeurs and occasionally more brutal stuff like Distaste, Hail of Bullets, Deathcode Society or old Deicide and Marduk records.


M.M.: Since I listened to music, good, well done and opulent Songwriting Style make me happy and music listenable. So, it doesn´t matter if this is Metal in any kind, Pop, Rock… Nowadays it hasn´t really changed. It depends on my mood. So, it can happen that I listen to Brutal Death Metal, Old School Black Metal and Queen´s Bohemian Rhapsody nearly at the same time. 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?



A.S.: Besides family, I try to squeeze out as much time as I can for reading, writing, meditation and martial arts.

M.M.: Besides Family and work I nearly always write songs in many directions, I try to play tennis and I am an open-swimmer (The whole year round!) Meeting with my friends, whom I know for more than 30 years now is a must, but in the pandemic not always possible. 


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


A.S.: KONX OM PAX

M.M.: Take care and Rock on! 


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/flammenkvlt-interview.html


Angstskrig/Skyggespil/Despotz Records/2021 Full Length Review

jeudi 22 avril 2021 à 03:20

 


  Angstskrig  are  a  duo  form  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Skyggespil"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Despotz  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  half  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Elements  of  black'n'roll  can  also  be  heard  in  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  a  modern  Nordic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  and  keyboards.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  as  well  as  some  songs  also  adding  in  session  work  from  members  of  Soilwork,  Finntroll,  Kreator,  Hypocrisy,  DragonForce  and  Satyricon  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  heard,  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  is  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  Darkness,  Horror  and  Luciferian  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Angstskrig  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Uhygge"  and  "Knaefald".  8  out  of  10.


http://www.angstskrig.dk
http://www.facebook.com/angstskrig
http://twitter.com/angstskrig
http://www.instagram.com/angstskrigofficial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/04/angstskrigskyggespildespotz-records2021.html