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Vulturine/Tentaculos da Aberracao/Caverna Abismal Records/2015 CassetteRe-IssueReview

dimanche 10 mai 2015 à 04:04

  Vulturine  are  a band  from Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Tentaculos da Aberracao"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  by Caverna  Abismal  Records  in  the  year  of  2015.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metla  sound  that  alos  utilizes  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  that  can  also  get  very  grim  at  times  and  the  music  seems  to  be  equally  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  waves  of  the  black  metal  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts    and  the  music  also  brings  in  melody  and  atmospheric  elements  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  bit  of  the  modern Swedish  satanic/occult  black  metal  sound  at  times.  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  vocals  get  deep  and  demonic  they  give the  songs  more  of  a  blackened  death metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and the  last  track  also  brings  in  a brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars. 

  Vulturine  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  sounding  as  well  as  having  a  sound  that  would  appeal  to  both  modern  and  old school  fans  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Satanism,  Misanthropy  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vulturine  are  a very  great  sounding  raw,  grim  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Devotion"  and  "You  are  Cancelled".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/vulturinetentaculos-da-aberracaocaverna.html


Verlassen/Demo 2015 Review

dimanche 10 mai 2015 à 02:57

  Verlassen  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015 demo.

  Clean  yet somewhat  distorted  playing  starts  off  the  demo along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  and  dark  sounding synths  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music starts  going for  more  of  a  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  sound  which  also  brings  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  lo-fi feeling.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  melodic  yet  depressive  feeling to  the  recording  and  the  synths  at times  bring  an  ambient  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well as  a  couple  instrumentals with  the  second  one  being  an  ambient  piece  that  closes  the demo  and  the  songs  on  the  demo  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Verlassen  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  mid paced,  raw  and  depressive  while  also  mixing  in  atmospheric  and  ambient  elements  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  depressive  themes.    

  In  my  opinion  Verlassen  are a  very great  sounding  atmospheric,  depressive  black  metal  project  and  if  you  area  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sicht  Auf  Den  Schmerz"  and  "Weg  In  Die  Freiheit".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/verlassendemo-2015-review.html


Vanhelga/Angest/Folter Records/2015 CD Review

samedi 9 mai 2015 à 23:39

  Sweden's  Vanhelga  have returned  with  a  new  album that  continues  their  mixture  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  avant  garde  and  depressive  rock and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Angest"  which will  be  released  on  May  29th by  Folter  Records.

  Whispers  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  and  also  adds  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  the  music  can  also  get  very  raw,  and  melodic  as  well  as  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  addign  clean  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  melodic  post  black  metal  sound  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound to  them  and  when  keyboards  are  added  into  the  recording they  bring  in  more  elements  of  avant  garde  and  depressive  rock  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along with  the  songs  also  being  very  diverse  in  sound  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the songs  also  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid paced  musical  direction  while  there  are also  some  fast  parts being used  at  times..  

  Vanhelga  brings  back  a  lot  of  the  depressive  black  metal  style  of  their  earlier  recordings  showing  a  more  grim  style  this  time  around  while  you  can still  hear  elements of  avant  garde  and post  rock,  the  production  sounds  very powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

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


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/vanhelgaangestfolter-records2015-cd.html


Slime In The Current/Pissed On Resurrectine/UW Records/Building Sound/2010 CD Review

samedi 9 mai 2015 à 08:40

 Slime  In  The  Current  are  a  band  from  Baton  Rouge,  Louisiana  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2009  album  "Pissed  On  Resurrectine"  which  was  re-released  as  a  joint  effort  between  UW  Records  and Building  Sound  in  2010.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  deep  growls  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount of  death  metal  elements  into their  musical  style and  at times  shouts  can  be heard in  some  parts of  the songs  and  they  have a first wave  black metal  feeling to  them.

 Some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  some  of  the  tracks  also  utilize  grim  screams  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound to  them  and  some  of  the  songs  also  get  very  experimental  while  also  staying  very heavy  at the same  time  and  there  are also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and as  the  album progresses some  of  the  slower  riffs  bring in  elements  of  doom  metal  and  on the  last  track  elements  of  harsh  noise  are  added  onto  the  recording.      

  Slime In  The Current  played  a style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  raw and  aggressive  and  also  mixed  in  experimental  and  death  metal  elements  and  there  is  not  a  soft  or  weak  moment  to  be  heard  anywhere  on  this  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  and  anti Christianity  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Slime  In  The  Current  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Swarm"  "The  Coil  That  Burns"  "Blastered  Salvation" and  "Retained  Hunger  To  Demoralize".  8  out  of  10.     
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/slime-in-currentpissed-on.html


Agonie Interview

vendredi 8 mai 2015 à 10:16
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We're Agonie a Black Metal band from Germany. Actually we're 4 guys, Skinrur on lead guitar, Hjalmar at the drums, Azaghal on rythm guitar and Cernunnos at the microphone.

2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
2. Well, our sound is a kind of black metal with some melodic influences. I don't like to sort or specify bands to genres but if I have to I would say that Agonie playes Black Metal, inspired and influenced by bands like Endstille, Dark Funeral, Inquisition, Forgotten Tomb, Shining, Totalselfhatred and Wolves In The Throne Room

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the bnd explores with the music?
3. The lyric themes are about pollution, the ignorance and insularity of human beings and the beauty and transience of nature. We don't treat typical Black Metal topics like satanism. The Black Metal genre is our way to tell the world about our opinions.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Agone'?
4. Agonie is the german word for agony (who would have thought...) and means that the whole world and life will fall into ruin if humanity will continue as before. Agonie describes the agony of the world.

5.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind hiring a full line up?
5. I don't started Agonie with the thought to take other musicians and expand the project into a full band. It was a coincidence. A drummer from Munich contact me early 2014 and means the drums need more power. I written with him and he said that Agonie's music has potential. So this was my point to decide to search for other musicians. Actually I'm very proud of the development of the band. Handmade - music sounds better than music from the box.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. We've never played live in this constellation.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. Nope. We first want to record a full length which will take very much time for us. Before that we have a little surprise for you.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a a label or have received any interest?
8. We want to stay unsigned. We're thinking about to looking for a label for releasing out first full-lengh but just for the release. We don't want to have any liabilities to labels. We can't live from the music so we all have to do a "normal" job. So we don't have so much time for Agonie and in that case we don't want to stress us.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. We get a very positive feedback for our music so far. We hope it stays that way by our releases in the future. And it would be great to reach more people with our music.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. First we wanted to release the full length in the end of this year. But in the last days we had some good ideas and you can expect some surprises. Actually I want to  reveal not too much.

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?
11. For the riffing the guitarists are influenced by bands like Endstille, Dark Funeral, Inquisition, Forgotten Tomb, Shining, Totalselfhatred and Wolves In The Throne Room. When I write the tracks I'm also inspired by german punk rock bands like Alarmsignal.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
12. We don't treat the topic occultism in our tracks.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Thank you very much for doing this here and keep OccultBlackMetalZine alive. Our demo MAMMON and our EP NEMESIS are still available.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2015/05/agonie-interview.html