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Han/Breathing The Void/Northern Silence Productions/2021 CD Review

mercredi 30 décembre 2020 à 00:57

 


  Han  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  old  school,  raw,  melodic  and  Finnish  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Breathing  the  Void"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Northern  Silence  Productions.


  An  acoustic  guitar  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  voices  being  added  in  the  background  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  Finnish  and  90's  styles.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  the  closing  track  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  blasphemy  and  hatred  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Han  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  old  school  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Breathing  The  Void"  "Goatman"  and  "Salvation".  8  out  of  10.


www.hån.ch

thetruehohn.bandcamp.com  


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/hanbreathing-voidnorthern-silence.html


Triumph Interview

mardi 29 décembre 2020 à 21:20

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

1. Triumph is a one man band based out of Reno, NV that fuses a mixture of black, war, & death metal together. I create music because it is a huge part of who I am, it lives deep inside of me. It is normal for me, just like breathing air. It’s hard to picture my life without it. It’s a release of aggression from every day life for me and a creative outlet for what goes on in my head, it is a very personal thing and not intended for the masses but more for die hard extreme metal heads who are into harsh, violent music. I play music to stay sane & not go off the deep end so to speak. Of course I truly appreciate all the positive feedback I receive about the band and if you are into the music or it inspires you, that’s great. But It is certainly not my intention to be a rockstar by any means. Far too many people have that attitude in my opinion. I prefer to remain underground and cult. 


2.Recently you have released your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


2. The musical direction I took on the first album was definitely leaning towards a more aggressive and brutal approach with a small amount of traditional black metal incorporated into it. My aim is to make the music as chaotic and intense as possible. 


3.The album had all of the songs of the demo but not not include the single you had released prior to the full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the decision behind not including the single?

3. The single I released was for promotional use only. I was simply trying to get the band name out there so more people are aware of it since I do not have a social media page and do not plan on making one. A re-recorded version of this song will be included on the second full length album which is currently in the works. I have also upgraded my recording equipment since then. I’m constantly striving to achieve the best sound possible for all of the instruments


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album?

4. The lyrical themes include elitism, pride, victory, honor, will power, war, annihilation, hatred, disgust for humanity, and supremacy.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Triumph'?

5. I chose the name Triumph because it was the most fitting name musically and lyrically. I also noticed that there has never been another established extreme metal band with that name so I wanted to be the first to claim it, as it is a very powerful word to me. 


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

6. I wanted to keep the artwork Cult, simple, and strait to the point. It represents the conquering of ones self & the annihilation of weakness. The artwork was done by War-Korps and he really nailed it and brought the concept I gave him to life. He also did all the artwork for my previous band Ritual Genocide. 


7.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have plenty of experience playing in bands, how would you compare the two and what are some of the things you bring into your solo project that yuo where not able to do with current or previous bands?

7. Recording by yourself instead of with a band is definitely a lot more work, but also has a lot of really great benefits to it as well. Before in my previous bands, we had to drive 3 hours to California to record with our previous audio engineer Josh Williams. We had 2 days to get all the instruments/vocals tracked, then had to return to Reno and could not make any further changes to the recording after that. When you record by yourself, you have a lot more freedom to take your time with it and can go back and make further changes anytime you like, which is nice. 


8.The new album was released by 'Inhuman Assault Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

8. Inhuman Assault Productions is a very solid label. I have been in contact with the owner Patiwat Jackson for many years now and he has done quite a few releases for several bands I’ve been in, including Ritual Genocide & Ancient Malignity. It is a very hard working label who actually promotes the music and makes sure that the bands are well taken care of as well. I don’t know how much more you could expect from a label. They are a class act. I am honored to have them as my label. 


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of war, black and death metal?

9. I have received a lot of feedback and support from many people all over the world already regarding the album. It seems to have a big following in the Philippines, Asia, & the US & Canada. Hoping it spreads like the plague after the album is officially released. Any and all support is much appreciated. 


10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of these days?

10. Currently the only other project I am involved in besides Triumph is Ancient Malignity, which I do bass and backing vocals in. Ritual Genocide is on the back burner as for now. Since shows are not happening currently because of the pandemic, we have just been focused on writing for the next AM full length which is about halfway done. I also just finished tracking all the instruments for the second Triumph full length and am currently writing the lyrics. I plan to get a live lineup going for Triumph eventually as well, already have a few candidates in mind.


11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

 

11. I plan to keep releasing violent music and destroying the boundaries of extreme metal. Really the objective is just to push it and get the music out there as much as possible and hopefully get to tour/ play festivals some day. 


12.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?

12. I was mainly influenced by bands such as Revenge, Conqueror, Axis of Advance, Diocletian, Death Worship, Ouroboros, Rites of thy Degringolade etc... I am always looking for extreme bands that bring forth something new and exciting to the table and stand out amongst the vast majority. Being truly unique is a rare gem nowadays but there are still bands popping up all the time that are crushing boundaries of what’s been done before. If you look deep enough, you will seek out these bands. Some other honorable mentions of my musical taste would be Proclamation, Black Witchery, Angelcorpse, Kerasphorus, Order From Chaos, Sxuperion, Wargrinder, Phosphore Blanc, Blasphemy, Sadistik Execution, Bestial Warlust, Archgoat, Sarcofago, Zygoatsis, Heresiarch, Sect Pig, Abysmal Lord, Caveman Cult, Truppensturm, Teitanblood, Antichrist, Blood Division, Goatpenis, Perdition Temple, Nocturnal Blood, Lihhamon, Konflict & many more. 


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?  

13. Thank you for the interview. I will close by saying always stay true to yourself and listen to your inner voice. The world is a cruel, unforgiving place and it will lead you to oblivion if you are not prepared for it. Your mind is your most powerful weapon. Hail victory, keep metal harsh & violent.



https://triumph2.bandcamp.com/track/sigil-conflagration

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/triumph-interview.html


Suicidal Forest/Nocturn/Tierra Ignota/Australis Records/2020 Split CD Review

mardi 29 décembre 2020 à 02:53

  


  This  is  a  review  o0f  a  split  album  between  Chile's  Nocturn  and  Suicide  Forest  called  "Tierra  Ignota"  which  was  released  by  Australis  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Suicidal  Forest  a  band  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitars  and  flutes  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  atmospheric  direction.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  growls  also  being utilized  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  towards  the  end  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  suicidal  and  depressive  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Suicide  Forest  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  Include  "Calbuco"  and  "Agonia  y  Decadencia".


  Next  up  is  Nocturn  a  band  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  heavy  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  melodic  chants  and  vocals  also being  utilized  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  depressive  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nocturn  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Oscuras  Voces".


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


Bandcamp


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/suicidal-forestnocturntierra.html


Asgard/Transzendenz/Leuchtenstadt/Schrele aus dem Winterwald/Wolfmond Production/2020 Split EP Review

dimanche 27 décembre 2020 à 02:22

 


  This   is  a  review  of a  split   ep  between   Switzerland's  Asgard  and  Germany's  Transzendenz  called  "Leuchtenstadt/Schrele aus  dem  Winterwald"  which  was  released   by  Wolfmond  Production  and  we will  start  off  the  review  with  Asgard  who  returns  with  their  raw  and  old   school  style  of  black   metal.  


 Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  track  also  adds  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly.,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swiss   and  cover  war,  death,  dark  side  of  life  and  myths.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Asgard  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.


  Next  up  ids  Transzendenz  who  return  with  their  occult  style  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Their  track  is  also  over  8  minutes  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


   The  song  also  shows  some  influences  of  the  90's  era  but  modern  at  the  same  time  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being   done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized   it  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  and  when   the  music   speeds  up  blast  beats  can  be  heard.  The  production   sounds  very   raw  and   heavy  while   the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Occultism  and  Mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion   this  is  another   great  sounding   track  from Transzendenz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black   metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should   check  out  there  side  of  the  split.


  In  conclusions   this  is  a  very  great  sounding split  and  I  would  recommend  to  all  fans  of  raw, old school  and  occult  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


       https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Asgard/110372

      https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Transzendenz/

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/asgardtranszendenzleuchtenstadtschrele.html


Eriphion/Thanatographia/EP Review

samedi 26 décembre 2020 à 23:52

 


  Greece's  solo  project  Eriphon  have   returned   with  a  new  recording   which   shows   the  music   going   for  more  of  an  experimental  style  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  oh  his  2020  ep "Thanatographia".


  Dark   soundscapes  start   off  the  ep  along   with   some  drum  beats  a  few   seconds   later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction .  Keyboards   can  also  be  heard   at  times  while  the  faster   sections of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also   gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic   in  length.  At  times  the  music    also  gets   very  experimental  sounding  along   with   the  songs  also  adding   in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  vocals  getting   deeper  on  later  songs,  elements  of  post  metal   can   also be   heard   in  some   parts   of  the  music  and  clean  vocals  can  also   be  heard  on  a  few  songs.


  On  this  recording   Eriphon  takes  his   music   into    more  of  an  experimental  post  black  metal  direction   which  is  different   from  previous year  releases .  The  production  sounds   very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics   cover  darkness , death   and  anti  religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion   this  is  another   great   sounding   recording  from  Eriphon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  post  black   metal,  you  should  check   out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  ''Destined   For  Asine"  and  "EmptyGrave".  8  out  of  10.


  https://www.facebook.com/eriphionband
  https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Eriphion/3540442136


     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/12/eriphionthanatographiaep-review.html