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Voices/London/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 3 décembre 2014 à 23:03

  Voices  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  extreme  form  of  progressive  black  metal  with  a  heavy  death  metal  influence  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "London"  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Candlelight  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  brings  in  depressing  sounding  keyboards  and  on  the  following  track  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  brutal  blackened  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams   and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

    Throughout  the  recording  the  band  also  mixes  the  keyboards  and  clean  singing  which  also  brings in  a  few  seconds  of  female  vocals  on  later  tracks  with  the  heavier  parts  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  along  with  the  guitars  being  very  technical,  melodic  and  progressive  all  at  the  same  time  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  clean  sections  present  throughout  the  recording  which  adds  in  more  of  an  experimental  feeling.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  used  on   the  recording  they  are  very  melodic  and  display  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  start  mixing  in  more  of  a  depressive  black metal  sound  while  also  making  the  deeper  vocals  have  more  of  a  grim  edge  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  good  portion  of  the  later  tracks  also  bring  in  more  acoustic  guitars  as  well  some  of t he  songs  mixing  in  a  depressive  black  metal  sound  with  technical death  metal.

  Voices  creates  a  very  original  sounding  album  this  time  around  adding  in  depressive  black  metal  with  brutal  death  metal,  progressive,  experimental  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  and  album  that  really  stands  out  and  take  extreme  metal  into  new  directions,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  the  more  darker  and  depressive  side  of  living  in  London.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Voices  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suicide  Note"  "Megan"  "Last  train  Victoria  Line"  and  "Cold  Harbour  Lane".  8/5  out  of  10.  




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Falloch/This Island, Our Funeral/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

mercredi 3 décembre 2014 à 08:28

  Falloch  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  post-black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "This  Island,  our  Funeral"  which  will  be  released  in  2015  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  more  distorted  guitar approach  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  throughout  the  recording  and  after  awhile  clean  singing  vocals  find  their  way into  the  music  and  become  a  huge  part  of  all  of  the  tracks.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  the  album  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  post  black  metal  style  sound  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  while  the  acoustic  guitars  have  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  at  times  depressive  sounding  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  will  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow,  melancholic  and  heavy  musical  direction  which  also  shows  that post-black  metal  does  not  always  needs  growls  and  screams  to  create  a  depressive  atmosphere  while  one  of  the  songs  bring  in  more  angry  sounding  suicidal  vocals  for  a  few  seconds  and  when  female  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  esoteric  dimension  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Falloch  bring  in  more  of  a  darker  style  this  time  around  while  their  music  still  remains  in  a  post  atmospheric  black  metal  and  shoegaze  direction  while  also  adding  in  more  progressive  elements  which  makes  their  songs  more  advance,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Falloch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Torradh"  "Brahan"  and  "Sanctuary".  8  out  of  10.            

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Rotting Bull/Beyond Ragnarok/2014 EP Review

mercredi 3 décembre 2014 à 06:13

  Rotting  Bull  are  a  band  from  the  United Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Beyond  Ragnarok"  which  is  also  the  first  part  of  a  trilogy  to  be  released  throughout  the  winter.

  Distorted  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  guitars  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  screams  a  minute  later  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  and  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  melodies  after  awhile.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  the  mid  90's  to  early  200's  black  metal  style  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  there  is  never  a  soft  or  weak  moment  present  on  this  recording  and  the  band  also  ignores  using  any  solos  and  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  true  style  of  black  metal.

  Rotting  Bull  plays  a  very  hateful  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  in  the  true  ways  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  hateful  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rotting  Bull  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  TRACK  "Strung  Up  With  Piano  Wire".  8  out  of  10.      

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Infestum/Monuments Of Exalted/Lacerated Enemy Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 3 décembre 2014 à 03:01

  Infestum  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  extreme  form  of  black  metal  that  also  brings  in  elements  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Monuments  Of  Exalted"  which  was  released  by  Lacerated  Enemy  Records.

  A  very  dark  electro  industrial  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  a  few  second s later  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  technical  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  and  they  also  mix  in  both  the  atmospheric  elements  and  industrial  influences  in  with  black  metal.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  Norwegian  black  metal  influences  throughout  the recording  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  the  more  melodic  industrial  style  vocals  briefly  for  a  few  seconds  and  on  some  the  alter  later  tracks  acoustic  guitars  and  epic  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  spoken  word  samples.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  some  melody  unto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  incorporate  more  melody  at  times  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  brutal  style  of  death  metal  and  adding  it  into  their  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  and  as  the  album  progresses  they  bring  in  an  avant  garde  keyboard  instrumental  and  a  cover  of  Venom's  "The  Evil  one"  before  making  a  return  back  to  an  industrial  black  metal  sound  on  the  later  tracks  and  all  of  the  musicla  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Infestum  takes  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  heavily  influenced  by  the  Norwegian  black  metal  bands  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  and  electro  industrial  to  create  a  very  original,  heavy  and  extreme  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dystopian  and  philosophical  themes  while  also  bringing  in  some  of  the  writings  of  Cark  Gustav  Jung  and  Fredrich  Nietzsche.

  In  my  opinion  Infestum  are  a  very  great  sounding  extreme  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ordo  Infestum"  "The  Evil  One"  and  "Monuments  Of  Exalted".  8  out  of  10.    

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Ctulu Interview

mardi 2 décembre 2014 à 07:12
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
Good evening, Lars!
We’re busy working on our fourth album that we aim to record by the end of 2015. After ten years of the band’s history, we finally rehearse on a regular basis and I think this will have a huge impact on the new album.

2.A year back you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
„Seelenpiegelsplitter“  is a very diverse album with a big focus on the atmosphere. We had a lot of guest appearances and obscure instruments on this album (nyckelharpa, violin, harp…) and there are a lot of intermezzi and intros. We literally put everything into this album, something that critics may find exaggerated. The previous albums were a lot straighter and we aim for a straighter sound again these days.

3.With the newer music the main focus lyric wise deals with The Esoteric Order Of Dagon, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?
On “Sarkomand”, the lyrical focus were the Dreamlands and nightmares and following the lyrics of “Arckanum der Tiefen”, we focused on the EOD on “Seelenspiegelsplitter”. The Esoteric Order Of Dagon praises the Deep Ones and their highest deity Dagon. The devotees slowly become underwater beings as they slip into the maelstrom of the Order.

4. I know that the band’s name and a good amount of the lyrics are based on the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
H.P. Lovecraft invented visual horror before horror movies were invented. I think this alone justifies this interest. Lovecraft delivers lyrical background on a vast variety of different levels.

5.The band originally started out as a studio project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
The band wanted to play live shows, that’s what initiated the full lineup back in 2006.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We held a live ritual in an abandoned vault in June. This was a very special evening for us and some pictures can be seen on our website. Besides that, Cyprus 2013 with Rotting Christ was a great evening in a sold out venue with a great headliner. People like Sakis Tolis always remind me of what is really important as they just focus on their music and don’t give a fuck about allures. I really respect this band.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We rather concentrate on our upcoming album, as we really want to take our time for this full length.

8.Recently your 2011 album was issued on vinyl to celebrate the bands 10th anniversary, can you tell us a little bit more about this release?
The record will come with a ritual poster from the “Lost Secrets” show that I described above. The posters are hand signed and the LP will be limited to 300 copies.

9.The band is currently signed to Black Blood Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It’s a small label from Eastern Germany, with great bands like Waldgeflüster and ad-hoc.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
At the moment, the main focus is on Ctulu, though there are some yet nameless projects.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We want to create the hardest, fastest and most brutal album of our career and I think we got extremely strong material.

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?
For me, it can’t be brutal or hard enough at the moment. Bands like Inquisition, Deströyer666 or Totenmond have an influence on me, though I wouldn’t say the music directly inspires the sound. It’s more the idea and the concept behind these bands that influence me.

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

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