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Grue/Casualty Of The Psychic Wars/Eternal Death Records/2013 CD Review

mardi 17 décembre 2013 à 07:33

  Grue  are  a  1  man  band  from  Boston,  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  i  would  describe  as  being  a  very  dark  and  raw  form  of  occult  black  emtal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2013  album  "Casualty  Of  The  Psychic  Wars"  which  was  released  by  Eternal  Death  Records.

  "Casualty Of The Psychic Wars"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  as  well  as  title  track  opens  up  with  fast,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  as  well  as  some  drums  and  high  pitched  screams  and  then  the  music  slows  down  a  bit  and  adds  in  melody  as  well  as  alternating  between  fast  and  slow  parts  which  also  leads  to  blast  beats  coming  in  and  out.

  "Calling  Down  the  Stars"  begins  with  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  before  adding  in  some  mid  paced  sections  and  you  can  also  hear t he  bass  guitars  before  the  screams  kick  in  along  with  some  slower  sections  and  deep  growls  which  leads  to  the  music  alternating  between  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  before  getting  heavy  again.

  "Lament  of  the  Spheres"  opens  up  with  slow  and  dark  sounding  guitar  riffs  which  also  utilize  some  melody  as  well  as  some  drums  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  avant  garde  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  towards  the  end  tribal  style  drum  beats  become  a  part  of  the  music.

  "In  the  House  Of  Nemesis"  starts  up  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  along  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  it  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  "They  Who  Walk  Behind  The  Skies"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  melodic  guitar  leads  and  a  minute  later  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  kick  in  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  which  leads  up  to  some  fast  and  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  from t he  drums  before  slowing  down  and  adding  in  grim  screams  and  then  the  song  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grue  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  melodic,  heavy  and  raw  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Casualty Of The Psychic Wars''  and  "In  the  House  Of  Nemesis".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.        

        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/gruecasualty-of-psychic-warseternal.html


Aypheros/Ascendant Novissma Tua/PRC Music/2014 CD Review

mardi 17 décembre 2013 à 05:09

  Aypheros  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  mixed  in  with  some  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ascendant  Novissma  Tua"  which  will be released  by  PRC  Music.

  "Shamhamphorash"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  dark  sound  effects  along  with  some  demonic  chanting  before  adding  in  fast  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  as  well  as  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  mixing  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  few  seconds  alter  a  mixture  of  death  metal growls  and  black  metal  screams  kick  in  and  a  couple  of  minutes  alter  guitar  solos  and  leads  come  in  for  a  few  seconds  and  you  can  hear  bass  guitars  in  the  background.

  "Occult  Manifesto"  begins  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  it  goes  into  a  more  faster  and  melodic  direction a long  with  some  blackened  metal  vocals  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  towards  the  end  you  can  also  hear  more  death  metal  elements  being  thrown  into the  music.

  "Ascension  To  Kether"  opens  up  with  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  before  adding  in  fast  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  as w ell  as  some  drums  before  adding  in  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  more  mid  paced  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melody  into the  guitar  riffing  and  towards  the  end  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.

  "When  The  Dark  Sea  Stirs"  starts  up  with  drum  beats  before  adding  in  heavy  and  fast  guitar  riffs  as  well  as  blast  beats  and  blackened  death  metal  vocals  and  a  minute  alter  guitar  solos  are  added  in  as  well  as  the  music  alternating between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "Odium  Prophetae'  kicks  in  with  clean  guitars  and  bass  being  adding  in  fast  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  drums  before  adding  in  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  which  also  leads  up  to  blast  beats  and  growls  and  the  song  closes  with  acoustic  guitars.

  "Taba'et  (Misterium  Mysteriorum)'  comes  in  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  alter  drums  are  added  in  and  a  minute  later  black  metal  screams  kick  in  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  melody  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  and  there  are  acoustic  guitars  added  in  towards  the  end  which  utilize  finger  picking.

  "Pert  Em  Hru"  breaks  in  with  black  metal  vocals  before  adding  in  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  also  leads  to  the  music  going  into  a  faster  direction  as  well  as  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  melody  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing.

  "To  The  Void  And  Transgression"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  drums  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  some  bass  guitars  before  adding  in  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  melody  and  death  metal  growls

  Song  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Left  hand  Path  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Aypheros  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Occult  Manifesto"  "Taba'et  (Misterium  Mysteriorum)'"  and  "  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/aypherosascendant-novissma-tuaprc.html


Syphilitic Lust Interview

lundi 16 décembre 2013 à 11:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well Syphilitic Lust is a band that started with Sardu (the drummer) and I (Inhaler) a few years ago. Originally the songs were going to be a solo record that I was gonna have Sardu play the drums on but as the songs started stacking up and we started to get other people involved and we decided to make it a actual band than just a record. Now we’ve been going strong since 2010 and have a bunch of different members mainly bassists come and leave. At one point we had another guitarist and a singer, but then later thought it would be better if I played and sang instead. While the other guitarist left on his own accord.

2.How would you describe your musical sound for those that have yet to hear the music?
Well if you have to categorize us we are basically a street metal band with a lot of influences from 80’s black metal. We like to call it Sleaze Metal cause of the we try not only to have fast parts but also like some mid-tempo parts that emphasize the sleaze aspect.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the song lyrics?
Our Lyrics have to deal with a number of things mainly fucking and hunting pussy. Also about living in New York City on the seeder side.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Syphilitic Lust?
Well Originally we were calling ourselves Hot Jizz. This was when we had our original line up when we just two guitars and a drummer. Then one day Sardu came up with the name Syphilitic Lust I was for it but the other guitarist wasn’t into it. So when he left for his own reasons we were then called Syphilitic Lust.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe
your stage performance?
That’s hard to say cause we’ve played some small show in the past that were amazing cause of the vibe and how on point we were, mainly cause someone had pissed us off prior to going on stage. I’d have to say one of best ones we ever played was almost a year ago with Church Whip and Skullshitter. Which actually was recorded and we  put out as a live tape (Alive Sleaze).

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Very good question.. At them moment no, but we have had some tours in the past that fell through for one reason or another. Most likely down the line we’ll be hitting the road. Currently we’re going through another line-up change and we’ve been mostly focusing on that as well trying to record a mini LP.

7.According to the fb page the band works with both Challenge the Throne and Banana Hammock Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Well Challenge the Throne is  the label that we are on, run by a good friend of ours Matty Kelly out of CA. We plan on them putting out our mini LP and currently we have a Single for our song Sleaze Patrol coming out early 2014.
Banana Hammock Records is my Label which I started years ago and mainly just put out vinyl and the two SL cassettes(the s/t Demo and Alive Sleaze).

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and underground metal?
We’ve gotten some good responses for not having toured. A lot of people in America (NY and other places). We seem to have some fans in Russia and the Chec Republic that have seemed to have some responses to our recordings over the internet. Eventually we hope to one day go to Europe and all that good stuff.

9.Are there any other musical projects going on these days?
Another interesting question… Well I have a Power-Electronics project called VISHANTI and I’m currently working on another project with a close friend of mine. Sardu is another band called SHOXX, which he was in with our last bassist Silkwood. Our current bassist (Genital Reaper) also does time in Harvey Milk.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I possibly see us getting more sleazier and more weirder, but we’ll always try and keep everything primitive.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
This is kinda of a tough one..
I like a lot of different kinds of music and so do the other members. We’re mainly influenced by Venom, Bathory,Bulldozer, Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost. Also a big influence on us is stuff like  Voivod, Mercyful Fate, Morbid Angel and Paul Chain, but were also big fans of stuff like KISS, Thin Lizzy, UFO and ZZ-Top.
As of lately I’ve been into like southern Rock like Black Oak Arkansas and some 80’s glam stuff. I know Sardu is into a lot of the newer hardcore bands coming out.
Like I said we’re kind of all over the map.

12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Somewhat.  Some of my lyrics touch on these subjects.

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I’m really into movies mostly Foreign horror. So are the other members. Some people have compared our music to this subject and I would definitely say that is a influence on our music and lyrics.  we’re also big fans of the Trailer Park Boys.

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
I like to say be true to yourself and stick to your beliefs and your values. Whatever they are.
and Keep it Sleazy.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Love is the law, love under will.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/syphilitic-lust-interview.html


No Prayer Of the Dying Interview

lundi 16 décembre 2013 à 11:21
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Hails to you and all the readers first of all.I just released the new Prayer of the Dying album 'God's Failed Creation' and at the moment I am recording some new tracks for a split with Dying Messiah.I am also working 
on some new ideas for a new album maybe next year.But the main thing on my mind is to promote the new album and that means a lot of work, when you do everything by yourself.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how does it differ from previous releases?

I would describe this album as being more mature maybe.But the old Prayer ideas are still there basically.This time I haven't produced the album,Daniel Bezzina did and I would like to say that i am really satisfied with 
the final result.I have never wanted anybody to touch my production but finally I have found someone who understands what I want.The diffirence from the previous albums is that the new album is not as raw as the 
others. But I still tried to keep the same atmosphere the other ones have.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the song lyrics of the new album?

The lyrics are very simple.They speak about the shitty world that god,whichever you believe in, liked to offer us.These things effect everyone of us, in our miserable lives.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Prayer Of the Dying'?

As soon as we take our first breath,we start dying, so we are all in the process of dying.Sooner or later each one of us will implore his god to have mercy and to not let him suffer in this punishing life or die.So one way 
or another,the prayer is in everyone of us,because we will all die.

5.With this musical project, you work solo, do you feel you are allowed to be a little bit more creative with this project, then you are with your other bands?

Yes,definitely. Prayer of the Dying is meant to be just me.I have all the freedom I want.At times you are more creative,at other you get stuck, because these are just one person's ideas.But a lot of guests are featured 
in this album, so i am not alone on this one.With my other bands, it's more relaxed and fun to just be the drummer .

6.The new album was self released, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Well, yes of course.I am open to working with another label in the future. If any label is interested in my work, feel free to contact me...

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black, death and doom metal?

Well, I must say that the feedback was great. People who liked the rawness in my previous albums, were not disappointed even if my newer music is not so raw now.

8.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

My other band Luciferian Blood has just released a 3-track demo and I must say that is doing really great. I am also recording the drums for the new Black Vulture album.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I don't really know. When I write music it's relevant to that moment or period.It's spontanous and real. I can't plan ahead. So, I have no idea...I let the music carry me.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I have always been influenced by the early 90's Death,Black,Doom.I still listen to these musical styles and that's what still influences my newer music.
What am I listening to nowdays? Mmm, let me think...Catacumba, Ouija, TheTrue Endless, Thy Legion, Majestic Downfall, Grotesque Communion, Anachronaeon and the new Roger Taylor Album...

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Well no.Like i said, this is all about my relationship with life and god.

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Good question.I really don't know.I collect Lps but that has to do with music too, right?.Well, I can say that I am a bit of a gamer and also like to watch some horror films.

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

I would like to thank you, and the people out there reading this...Keep supporting the underderground!.....Cheers

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/no-prayer-for-dying-interview.html


Faded Grave Interview

lundi 16 décembre 2013 à 10:47
  •  1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
  • 1. I always wanted to have a music project but never got anywhere with it. I finally ended up being serious about it in late 2007 when I created Faded Grave. The main focus was to write black metal music and stay "underground" in opposition to all of the so-called "metal" bands that were spawning, the numbers of trend metal bands continue to grow in Rhode Island.
2.How would you describe your current musical sound and also how has it evolved over the years?
2. It is always tough to explain the project's current sound, as it changes from album to album. The aim was always to be a raw black metal band, and to this day I like to incorporate the raw black metal roots into my music. I'm a big fan of the raw sound and also ambience and synths. Listening to my first demo I wrote, the audio quality was terrible which was the way I wanted it. The more I played and wrote music the more technical the riffs/songs got. Over time, the music quality got better and decipherable, but I tried my best not to break the routine of black./speed metal.

3.The newer material was all instrumental while the earlier stuff had vocals, what was the decision behind the musical change?
3. I have mixed feelings when it comes to vocals in my music. I am not completely sold on my ability to do vocals/lyrics for some reason. My intentions were to add vocals to the newest material but just could not find the time or think of anything. What it comes down to is time and ability. Though I plan to return to doing vocals on a future release.

4.What where some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explored with the past releases?
4. On past releases the lyrics seemed to focused on religion, war, myth, death, suicide, depression and the occult. It was a wide variety of topics that obviously was not set in stone going album to album either.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Faded Grave?
5. I live in a town that's famous for it's cemeteries and 'vampire graves'. I actually live right near a family cemetery that supposedly included a vampire. Whether it is true or not it makes for a real interesting story. The woman's name was Sarah Tillinghast. I visited the gravesite among other known graves around Rhode Island and eventually the name came to me.

6.Currently this musical project is all solo, do you have any plans on using other musicians for this project in the future?
6. I like the advantage of having a one man band. I can do all of the work at my own pace and involves no consulting so the material doesn't get 'watered' down. I do plan to collaborate with other musicians and also feature them in tracks for albums but I think Faded Grave will always be a solo project

7.According to the bandcamp page the project is on hold, can you tell us a little bit more about yet?
7. Every now and then I put the project on hiatus, not because of loss of interest, it's more of responsibility matters. It's tough balancing college, work and trying to maintain a consistent schedule for writing music. Usually when semesters end I'll start back up writing material.

8.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?
8. Unfortunately when one project gets put on hold they all do. At times I feel bad for the other musicians because I feel like I burden the project with my lack of availability during semesters. Some projects fizzled out, but I have three good projects going that I would enjoy continuing (Faded Grave, Euporie, Caillte Agus Marbh)

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. Overall the feedback on written material has been pretty good. The reviews have been beneficial as they highlight my strengths and weaknesses as a musician. Music truly is a staple in my life and it is inspiring I am able to write material that others enjoy.

10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
10. I'll probably stick to the raw side of black metal. The treble and grit of the riffs appeal to me so I'll probably stay with that style. I don't rule out experimenting with acoustic and ambience however.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. The earlier albums of Darkthrone, Mayhem, Bathory and similar bands left a mark on me and inspired me to write fast and chaotic riffs. I was attached to Mayhem's 'Deathcrush' release, how the songs could be slow but still heavy and effective – but also have the speed riffs as well.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
12. Occultism has always fascinated me. I've had a number of experiences that I believe I can relate back to the occult so it happened to have a profound impact on my music content. It is the unknown things that are the most interesting and mystifying.

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
13. Aside from writing music, I am a huge sports fan. I'll be watching NFL and NHL on a regular basis during the seasons. Spending time with like-minded musicians is another thing I am fond of. It's great bouncing ideas off of each other and give advice on how to improve. Can't forget the beer(s) and the tokes

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
14. First I appreciate the reviewing of my demos and for the opportunity of the interview. I'd also like to thank those who continue to support me through the years and enjoy the music. As for everyone else, look for future releases from my bands Faded Grave, Euporie and Caillte Agus Marbh

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/faded-grave-interview.html