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Cara Neir/Part I/2009 EP Review

dimanche 9 mars 2014 à 09:38

 Cara  neir  are  a  band  from  Dallas,  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  mixes  raw  black  metal  with  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2009  ep  "Part  One".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  raw  crust  sound  along  with  some  growls  before  adding  in  more  black  metal  elements  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  which  leads  up  to  the  music  evolving  more  into  blackened  crust  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  melody  and  guitar  leads.

  As  the  ep progresses  the  black  metal  elements  take  over  a  bit  more  along  with  the  bass  guitars  having  a  more  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  some  thrash  and  post  metal  influences  being  utilized  at  times  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  you  can  also  hear  some  traces  of  depressive  black  metal  and  the  band  never  forgets  its  crust  roots  and  on  the  last  track  which  is  an  outro  they  bring  in  drones.

  On  this  ep  Cara  Neir  created  their  raw  blackened  crust  sound  that  they  are  known  for  while  their music  was  a  lot  more  closer  to  raw  black  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  only  the  start  of  what  was  to  come.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  horror  and  pissed  off  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Cara  Neir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  mixed  with  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "From  Dunwich"  "Dear  Dream"  "Antihuman  Plateau"  and  "Watered Down  Insomniac".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/cara-neirpart-i2009-ep-review.html


Cultfinder/Hell's Teeth/Eldritch Lunar Miasma/2014 CD Review

vendredi 7 mars 2014 à 07:43

  Cultfinder  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  mixes  raw  satanic  black  metal  with  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Hell's  Teeth"  which  was  released  by  Eldritch  Lunar  Miasma.

  The  album  starts  out  with  an  intro  that  has  the  feeling  of  a  black  and  white  horror  movie  soundtrack  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  raw  and  fast  black/thrash  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  blackened  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  melody  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  When  we  get  into  the  other  songs  the  black  metal  elements  start  getting  a  lot  more  powerful  sounding  while  also  keeping  around  the  thrash  influences  and  the  music  also  mixes  first  and  second  wave  black  metal  together  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  last  track  as  well  as  bringing  in  some  very  powerful  soundign  bass  guitars.

  Cultfinder  continue  their  raw  and  heavy  approach  to  satanic  black/thrash  metal  on  this  album  while  also  bringing  in  a  bit  more  melody  this  time  around  while  also  remaining  very  evil  and  blasphemous  sounding.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes,  while  the  production h as  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cultfinder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black/thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "All  Conquering  Death"  "Drink  To  The  Devil"  and  "The  Scourging  Angel".  8/5  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/cultfinderhells-teetheldritch-lunar.html


Cruelty's Heart/Frostwork/Beyond Bloodied Banners Far And Haunted Winters Graven/UKEM Records 2014 Split Album Review

jeudi 6 mars 2014 à 19:50

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  United  kingdom's  Cruelty's  Heart  and  Frostwork,  2  bands  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  album  being  released  in  2014  by  UKEM  Records  and  called  "Beyond  Bloodied  Banners  Far  And  haunted  Winters  Graven"  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cruelty's  heart  which  continues  their  pagan  black  metal  sound.

  Their  side  of  the  album  starts  up  with  tribal  drumming  and  fast  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  screams  and  blast  beats  which  also  leads  to  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in a  small  amount  of  melody  and  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitars  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  thrash  influences.

  As  their  side  of  the  split  continues  you  can  hear  some  traditional  metal  melodies  being  added  in  along  with  the  vocals  taking  a  more  grim  approach  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  clean  and  acoustic  guitar  playing  is  brought  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  pagan  choirs.

  Cruelty's  Heart  continue  their  raw  pagan  black  metal  sound  they  are  known  for  on  their  side  of  the  split  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  amount  of  melody,  thrash  and  traditional  elements  to  create  another  great  release.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon/Nordic  Paganism  and  Witchcraft,  while  the  production  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  powerful  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cruelty's  heart  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS   INCLUDE  "The  Witch's  Rune"  and  "The  Triumphant  Death  of  Tiw".

  Next  up  is  Frostwork  a  1  man  band  which  continues  his  raw  and  melodic  approach  to atmospheric  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  up  with  nature  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  which  bring  a  folk  music  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  whispers  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  more  raw  and  melodic  depressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  and  after  a  minute  melodic  pagan  vocals  become  a  part  of  the  music.

  As  the  music  continues  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  pagan  battle  samples  being  added  on  one  of  the  tracks  before  making  a  return  to  a  more  raw  and  melodic  sound  on  the  following  track  while  also  getting  a  bit  faster  along  with  blast  beats  and  an  atmospheric  background  and  after  awhile  acoustic  guitars  make  a  return  to  the  music.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  there  is  an  acoustic  song brought  in  which  also  uses  melodic  pagan  chanting  and  singing  and  the  music  gets  heavy  again  on  the  following  song  as  well  as  bringing  in  small  trace s of  noise  music  while  also  keeping  around  the  acoustic  guitars  along  with  the  last  track  being  all  acoustical.

  Frostwork  show  a  good  amounr  of  variety  with  the  song s he  brings  to  the  recording  and  you  can  hear  depressive,  pagan,  fast,  raw  and  melodic  elements  throughout  these  songs  along  with  some  atmospheric,  noise  and  folk  music  elements  and  the  sound  is  very  original.

  Song  lyrics  coldness  and  northern  winter  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  his  side  of  the  recording.          

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Frostwork  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  Frozen  Winds  And  Roots  I  Spoke"  and  "Humanity  Is  Cold".

   In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  pagan  and  atmospheric  black  metal.  8/5  out  of  10.
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/crueltys-heartfrostworkbeyond-bloodied.html


Plebeian Grandstand/Lowgazers/Lost Pilgrims Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 6 mars 2014 à 07:15

  Plebeian Grandstand  are  a  band  from  France  that  started  out  more  in  the  sludge  direction  but  have  evolved  into  black  metal  with  this  recording  while  also  having  elements of  experimental,  grind,  hardcore  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Lowgazers"  which  will  be  released  by  Lost  Pilgrims  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  distorted  sound  effects  before  adding  in  guitars  which  also  leads  to  a  faster  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  post  hardcore  in  the  music  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  melody  in  the  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  As  the  album  continues  more  sludge  and  grindcore  elements  are  added  in  along  wit h the  music  getting  more  experimental  in  sound  while  basing  their  music  more  on  a  black  metal  foundation  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  we  got  more  into  the  album  they  band  brings  in  a  brief  experimental  drone  instrumental  which  also  brings  an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording  and  they  return  to  a  more  heavier  and  blackened  doom  metal  direction  on  the  following  track  before  returning  back  to  the  more  fast  black  metal parts  on  later  tracks.

  With  this  album  Plebeian Grandstand  go  into  a  different  direction  with  their  black  metal  influences  becoming  a  major  part  of  their  sound  while  they  still  have  enough  traces  of  hardcore,  sludge  and  grind  and  they  are  also  not  afraid  to  experiment  and  this  is  their  most  original  sounding  album.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  grim  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plebeian Grandstand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  mixed  with  experimental,  hardcore,  sludge  and  grind,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thvrst"  "Lowlifer"  and  "Mvrk  Diving".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/plebeian-grandstandlowgazerslost.html


Burial Hordes Interview

mercredi 5 mars 2014 à 06:43
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We feel strong and full inspired, so these period we are in the writing process of  new material. Our future plan for our next attack is to release a vinyl ep, but nothing is clear or verified yet.

2.When I listened to the album it seemed to cover the darkest elements of both black and death metal,  what was it that motivated you into going in this musical direction instead of the standard black metal sound most bands seem to be stuck on?
I don’t have many things to say about this. Our plan was to write a dark and evil Burial Hordes album and everything went out naturally. We let our negative emotions to guide us and “Incendium” is the result.

3.What are some of the topics the band brought lyrical wise with the new release and how would you describe your progress as song writers over the years?
Our philosophy remains the same since the beginning of our course, with totally antireligious and misanthropic messages. In our new album the lyrics are more realistic without many metaphors and symbolisms   than in our previous works. We dive in the madness of living where the hope no longer exists.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Burial Hordes'?
Burial Hordes referred against everything that tries to enslave our soul and mind.They are feeding our inner hate and Burial hordes is the perfect  weapon for us.

5.Over the years what are some of the best shows that the band has played, which tours did you enjoy doing the most and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Live shows it’s not our top priority. Over the years we gave some single selected shows and that is our thinking for the future.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album and 2014?
No such plans. We are not interest in touring and it’s not something that fits in the underground essence of Burial Hordes.

7.On a worldwide level how have extreme metal fans reacted to the musical sound of the new album?
Until now we have some great reviews and in general the reactions are very positive.

8.I know that the band members also have other musical projects going on, do you feel that music takes up a lot of your time and helps motivate you to be more creative?
It’s all about the need of creation and to cover different aspects.
It’s totally respectable and as long as we manage to arrange our “obligations” properly for each band  it’s not a problem.

9.Where do you see your musical sound evolving into on future releases?
Honestly we don’t know. Everything is possible to us. We never work on a specific plan and we never will. We are guided only by our negative energy and let our evil emotions to burst. The only sure fact is that day by day our hatred becomes stronger and that is always reflected on our sounds with the most perverse way.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence or impact on your musical sound and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We combine many elements from Black-Death metal, but we have the ability, the maturity and the experience to absorb our influences and to present something with personality and with strong identity.
Personally  this  period I’m listening and I am truly  impressed by the latest releases of Beyond, Vorum and Grave Miasma.

11.What are your views on Satanism and Occultism and also what kind of impact do they have on your view points and the way you look at the world?
I will not delve deeply to this subject and I will not start to preach here. Some things must remain concealed. Our view is declared through our albums with the clearest way.

12.Do you have any non musical interests?
I think no one from your readers is interest what the Burial Hordes members do beside music.

13.Before we close this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the opportunity to present our evil horde to your readers.Our new album was  officially released. One more nail upon the cross of mankind.

Bestial regards.
Cthonos & Burial Hordes

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/burial-hordes-interview.html