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Prometheus/Resonant Echoes From Cosmos Of Old/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Full Length Review

jeudi 3 septembre 2020 à 06:58

  Prometheus  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Resonant  Echoes  From  Cosmos  of  Old"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  fast  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Evil  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  When  guitars  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  synths  also  enhancing  the  occult  atmosphere  of  the  song  that  are  present  on  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  some  symphonic  sounds.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  some  psychedelic  and  ambient  touches  at  times  and  elements  of  doom/death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized it  also  gives  the  album  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  H.P  Lovecraft  Chthulu  Mythos.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Prometheus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Azathoth"  and  "The  Crimson  Tower  Of  the  Headless God".  8/5  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/prometheusresonant-echoes-from-cosmos.html


Heteriik/A.T.R/2020 EP Review

jeudi 3 septembre 2020 à 05:14

  Heteriik  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep "A.T.R".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  only  track  that  is  presented  on  the  recording  is over  23  minutes  in  length.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  track  also  adds  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  synths  and  atmospheric  elements  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Heteriik  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  diverse  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  as  well as  having  a  concept  to  them.

  In  my  opinion  Heteriik  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

https://heteriik.bandcamp.com/releases    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/heteriikatr2020-ep-review.html


Animus Mortis/Exhibitions Of Devotion/Iron, Blood & Death Corp./2020 Live Album Review

jeudi 3 septembre 2020 à 04:40

  Chile's  Animus  Mortis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  done  in  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  live  2020 album  "Exhibitions  Of  Devotion"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Bllood  &  Death  Corp..

Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  live  audience  reaction  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction.  The  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  grim  yet  deep  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  distorted  sounding  melodies  and  clean  singing  is  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  having  its  atmospheric  and  dissonant  moments  which  is  also  present  on  some  of  the  guitar  leads  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  metaphysics  and  hermeticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Animus  Mortis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  live  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ambivalant  Aura"  "Thresholds  Of  Insanity"  "LVX"  and  "The  Pilgrimage".  8  out  of  10.

https://animusmortisbm.bandcamp.com/
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/animus-mortisexhibitions-of.html


Fullmoon Cult Interview

jeudi 3 septembre 2020 à 01:45
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band formed in 2013 in Ptolemaida,Greece from Chaos Kommando and Askalaphos after the death of Olethros and the uncertain future of
Dark Messiah.(The motive to handle Askalaphos the guitar was the death of Olethros.The songs that were written that period didn’t fit on D. M.,so Fullmoon Cult was created.)

2.Recently you where a apart of a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction you went for on your side of the recording?
As a band we are influenced from 90’s Black Metal and with D.M. we couldn’t play this style.It is something that expresses us.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
The lyrics are based on skepticism, mythology and animal instincts(that were hidden inside us)

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fullmoon Cult'?
The metaphorical transformation of man to animal(wolf) and animal instincts that human nature externalize.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
It is inspired from an old engraving that depict a werewolf.For us it symbolizes the man that oppose.

6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet?
No.We are not thinking live shows for the moment.

7.Very little information can be found about the band online, is this intentional?
We are not into social media.We are focus only on our music.

8.You also did an 'Impaled Nazarene'cover', what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?
It was a band that Olethros adored and we want it, to pay a tribute with the cover.


9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Doden Grotte', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
Honoured to share the split with a band like Doden Grotte.We liked their style.

10.The split was released on 'Askio Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Askio Prod. was created in order to promote the local bands.Despite the fact that  it’s a small underground label, it helps a lot the bands.

11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
We are not into social media and as far as we are informed by Askio Prod. the split got positive feedback from the black metal fans.

12.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have some tracks ready.Hope next year to recorded.We don’t like to planning things.We act from our inspiration.

13.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?
Alastor:Finnish B.M.,Sargeist,Gorgoroth,Funeral Mist.
Chaos Kommando:War Metal,and 90’s B.M.(Marduk,Blasphemy,Revenge)
Askalaphos:Satanic Warmaster,Marduk,Judas Iscariot,Sargeist,Windir and 90’s B.M.

14.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in the music?
Satanism does not play any role in our music because we do not believe in any religion or dogma that is created by human.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the opportunity to tell few things about the band…We hope everyone who will listen the split, to be satisfied by both bands.

https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Fullmoon_Cult/3540463290

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


Hiidenhauta/Riivin/Inverse Records/2020 CD Review

mercredi 2 septembre 2020 à 08:47

  Finland's  Hiidenhauta  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  inspired  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Riivin"  which  will  be  released  on  September  18th  by  Inverse  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very melodic  style  and  clean  male  and  female  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  One  track  also  introduces  folk  instruments  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  album.

  On  this  recording  Hiidenhauta  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  folk  inspired  style  of  black  metal  that  they  had  established  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  is  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  Devil  of  Finnish  Folklore.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hiidenhauta  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  inspired  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  the  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Riidenlieko"  "Petaja"  "Halava"  and  "Harmio".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/lW8fBqDconQ

https://youtu.be/qI5BtObFTnI

https://youtu.be/EuQF7SsRZRY   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/09/hiidenhautariivininverse-records2020-cd.html