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Saturnian Mist/Chaos Magick/Candlelight Records/2015 CD Review

mardi 26 mai 2015 à 09:51

  Saturnian  Mist  are  a  band  from Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Chaos  Magick"  which  was  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  Distorted  spoken  word  parts  and  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  and  after the  intro  the  music  starts going  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  solos  and  leads  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  use  both  percussion  and  drums   and  the  vocals  are  all  grim  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  leads  also  bring  in Middle  Eastern  style  scales  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  death  metal  growls  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks also  bring  in  ritualistic  and  avant  garde  elements.

  Spoken  word  parts  also  male  a  return  at  times  and  the  percussion  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  tribal  feeling  and  a  later song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of synths and  psychedelic  sounds  while  most  of  the  album  sticks  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  and  towards  the  end  the  band  also  bring  in  a  track  that  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  hav  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them..

  Saturnian  Mist  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  having  more catchy  riffs  than  most  bands  of  this  genre  and  also  hire  a  full  time  percussion  player  and  they  also  add  in  ritualistic  elements  at  times  to  create  some  very  original  sounding  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Chaos  Magick,  Mysticism,  Voodoo,  Vedic,  and Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Saturnian  Mist  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Heart  Of  Shiva"  "Third  Eye  Contemplation"  "Voodoo  Satan"  and  "White  Void  Of  All  Being".  8/5  out  of  10. 

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/saturnian-mistchaos-magickcandlelight.html


Khors/Night Falls Onto The Fronts Of Ours/Candlelight Records/2015CD Review

mardi 26 mai 2015 à 08:46

  Ukraine's  Khors  have  returned with  a  new  album  that  continues   in  the  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  tradition  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  release  "Night  Falls  Onto  The  Front  Of  Ours"  which  was  released by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very hard,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  use  a  great  amount of  melody,  talent  and  skill  and  keyboards are  also  a  huge  part  of  most  of  the songs  and  a  couple  of  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  a  bit  of  the  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  in  the  bands  musical  style  at  times.

  Clean  playing  can be  heard  in  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  the band  also  brings  in  an  instrumental  track  before  getting  heavy  and  using  vocals  again on the  later  tracks  and  the  vocals  also  get  more  grim and  high  pitched  and  the  keyboards  also  start  bringing  in more  of  an  epic  and  pagan atmosphere  to  the  recording  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.       

  Khors  remains  true  to  their  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Mysticism  and  Space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Khors  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dead  Birds  Valley"  "1664"  and  "My  Cossack  Way".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/khorsnight-falls-onto-fronts-of.html


Druzhina/Third Henosis/Gateway Music/Asgaard Hass/2015 CD Review

mardi 26 mai 2015 à 03:25
  Druzhina  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  both  Denmark  and  Switzerland  and  plays  a  raw  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  folk  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Third  Henosis"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Gateway  Music  and  Asgaard  Hass.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  in  the  background  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  very  hateful  and  grim  sounding  screams  and  some of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  A  great portion  of  the  tracks  are  very long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  synths  also  bring  in the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  at  times  and  the  band  also  adds  in tribal  beats  at  times  while  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  very  melodic  direction  and  the  back  up  shouts  also  adds  more  of  a  pagan  feeling  to  the  songs.

  Later  tracks  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  viking/folk  metal  sound but  done  with  guitars  instead  of  folk  instruments  and  they  also  bringing  in  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  vocals  on  the  following  tracks  which  also  shows  death metal  growls  being  added  onto  the  recording and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of whispered  vocals..  

  Druzhina  plays  mostly  a  raw,  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  also  brings  in  elements  of  death  and  folk  metal  at  times  to  create  a  sound  of  their own ,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  war,  glory  and  sadness.

  In  my  opinion  Druzhina  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  epic  pagan/black  metal  band  with  some  elements  of  folk  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breath  Of  Kronborg"  "Eclipse  Of  Mankind"  and  "Psalm  Of  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.

   

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/druzhinathird-henosisgateway.html


Cryptic Wanderings/In The Shade/Negra nit Distro/2015 Split 7 Inch Review

lundi 25 mai 2015 à 23:39

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split7  inch  between  Spain's  Cryptic  Wanderings  and  In The  Shade  which  was  released  by  Negra  Nit  Distro  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cryptic  Wanderings  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  their  song  "The  Black  Scaffolds  Of The Hangman".

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  demonic  growls  and  clean  playing  before  getting  more  heavy  and  going  for  a  very  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  small  amount  of  morbid  sounding  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  keep  the  demonic  elements  while  also  adding  in  more  grim  screams  and  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the   leads  also  remain  true  to  a  raw  and  chaotic  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cryptic  Wanderings   are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  raw  old  school  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split. 

  Next up  is  In  The  Shades  another band  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  with their  song  "Place  Of  Penance".

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  slow,  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  riff  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  the  background  and  a  few  seconds  alter  grim  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  after  awhile  the  songs  speeds  up  and  adds  in  blast  beats  while  with  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the song  is  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  In  The  Shade  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  In  my  opinion this  is  a  very  great  sounding  7  inch  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.

  

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/cryptic-wanderingsin-shadenegra-nit.html


Pale From Sunlight Interview

lundi 25 mai 2015 à 22:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? Pale From Sunlight is a depressive black metal band. We write very emotionally charged songs with lyrical content about dystopia, depression, suicide and other topics.

2.So far you have released one ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
Our first EP featured more aggression than emotion, but was necessary to write so that the band could get to the sound we have now. Once the EP was written and we had something concrete to work with the next logical step would be to refine our practice.

3.So far you have put out2 releases in less than a year,  does the band spend a great amount of time creating new music? Both of us are very passionate about writing music in general. We started righting “Love Was Never An Option” shortly after the release of the S/T EP because there was momentum in what we had started.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music? Most of our lyrical content is based on dystopian worlds, astral travel, heartbreak, and suicide.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Pale From Sunlight’? It pertains to Vemetrith in our story when he commits suicide, but is reincarnated with pale, glowing skin.

6.Currently there are only 2 members i the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future, or do you chose to remain a duo?
As far as the writing process goes, we have no desire to implement any members into the band. However, when we decide to play live we will bring on board members to play the material.

7.The band is from South Dakota a state that is not very well known for producing many metal bands, do you feel this adds to the depressive qualities of music since you are more isolated there? It certainly has had influence in our writing process. When wintertime arrives or it rains here it can sometimes aid in any lyrical or instrumental writing we may be doing.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest? Since our release of “Love Was Never An Option” we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback both from fans and labels. We have decided to continue our DIY mentality until we feel the right opportunity comes along.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive black metal? Very well. When we released our full length it got much more attention than we had ever thought it would. Fans from all different countries and continents have been giving us support.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
At this point it is tough to tell. We feel that we have found our niche and want to build on top of that. What that may sound like exactly, is hard to say.

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?
Our music has been heavily influenced by many of today’s DSBM and Black Metal bands. Some of these include Xasthur, Silencer, An Autumn For Crippled Children, Exiled From Light, Make A Change…Kill Yourself, and many other bands. We both enjoy different genres of music all the time. Regardless of genre, we enjoy music that has an emotional impact on the listener.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. We are always looking to keep our fans engaged so be on the lookout for some great stuff in the future.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/pale-from-sunlight-interview.html