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Zalmoxis/A Nocturnal Emanation/Signal Rex/2020 EP Review

jeudi 9 janvier 2020 à 21:10

  Zalmoxis  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  storming  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep  "A  Nocturnal  Emanation"  which  will  be  released  on January  31st  by  Signal  Rex.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  only  track  that  is  presented  on  this  recording  is  over  25  minutes  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  some  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  vocals.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  dissonant  moments.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  style  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  black  emtal  screams  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  track  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  clean  playing  also  makes  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes. 

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

http://zalmoxis.bandcamp.com/album/a-nocturnal-emanation

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/zalmoxisa-nocturnal-emanationsignal.html


Teutouburg Forest Interview

jeudi 9 janvier 2020 à 20:39
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?

Teutoburg Forest is in the process of finding members to take the project live. We have been confirmed to perform at the ‘Legions ov Darkness’ festival in Cumbria (UK) on the 2/7/20 where we will be sharing the stage with great bands such as Horna and Winterfylleth. The aim is to use this as a spring board to establish Teutoburg Forest within the live circuit and grow from there.

There is also a music video booked in for the start of March for the song ‘Into Amenta’ from the upcoming album ‘Enantiodromia’. This will be done with the same film maker ‘Ben Powell films’ who did the promo video for Voltigeurs and so I’m very excited about how that will turn out.


 2.In July you had released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The original trident releases was an unconscious, undisciplined explosion of will. I was a vocalist who could not find a band and so made the music as the foundation so I could perform vocals. But in the process of creating the albums, I began to appreciate each element for what it was. And though I did not have the skill or experience to truly articulate each discipline, the scope of what I thought was possible with project expanded, and so I wanted to refine all elements to make a more holistic art form, rather than focusing on one element.

The difference then between the original releases and what came after, is that it became more about developing the whole rather than being limited to one angle. So I spent time developing how song structures build, ebb and flow and how each element has its time to shine but at all times serving the song.



3.This is also your first release since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

Teutoburg Forest is a reflection of me treading the left hand path which teaches you the lessons, even if you not ready for them. The music was put on hold whilst I explored the consequences of opening certain gates. It would be prudent not to explain in detail, but the consequence of truly flooding your life with chaos genuinely puts your sanity to the grind stone but in doing so I have gained much wisdom.


4.The lyrics on the new ep show an influence of the qabalah and the qliphoth and the writings of Kenneth Grant, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

Carl Jung “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” My interest in the dark arts is an attempt to consciously engage with the unconscious and reunite with the forgotten fragments to ‘know thyself’. It is only when you recognize your capacity for malevolence that you are no longer corrupted by ignorance. So by experiencing the darkness, you can acknowledge it and consciously applicate these forces in relation to your will.

But it also is an attempt to experience a timeless state. If you stand looking at the ocean, and just think. If someone stood at this spot, 10,50,1000 years ago, they would have seen that same horizon, felt the sand beneath them, heard the waves and tastes the salt in the air. If you expand through those senses it gives you a timeless connection with what it is to be conscious, and a sense of appreciation for existence.

I see the same with rituals. By Performing rituals, removing the hood of logical skepticism and engage with practices people have been doing for thousands of years, it gives you that timeless feeling of doing, being and connecting to something beyond yourself. And the reason I started to practice was to gain wisdom and knowledge, and the further down the path you realize by learning from others, you're learning about another fractal yourself.

5.On your older albums you had more of an anticosmic satanic approach to your songwriting, do you still walk that path or have you evolved into a different direction over the years?

With the trident releases, there was an uncontainable desire for change. The anti-cosmic satanic philosophy represented that all encompassing rage to the point of self nullification. And so a philosophy which represents both the desperate desire for change as well as destroying existing limited perceived self, was fit for purpose.

The 4th hermetic principle of polarity states that ‘’Everything is dual; Everything has poles; Everything has its pair of opposites; Like and unlike are the same; Opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; Extremes meet; All truths, are but half-truths; All paradoxes may be reconciled.’’ By pushing so far into the chaotic forces, I was also bringing my attention to it’s opposite. By becoming accustom to my rage, hate, suffering, pain etc I became calm around them. And so when these forces rise up, I am not put off balance by them.

In summation though the materiel and subject matter has expanded, but the intrinsic intent is the same. Before it was an unconscious desire for power to control the exterior events.  Now it’s a conscious effort to control oneself, producing balance and true power.

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

The ep cover is a photo of my temple which is the result of 10 years of refining in relation to my understanding of the craft. The ep is entitled ‘voltigeurs’ which means leaper upon the dark path and so I thought it perfectly fitting to represent my journey. My hands are extended to receive the wisdom of the Dark Gods and to embrace the experience.

7.On the albums you record everything by yourself, how would you compare that to working with other musicians?

I’ve not had much experience working with other musicians other than doing vocals. So I can’t really compare.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2020?

We have the festival slot at ‘Legions ov Darkness’ in July and we will be looking for other shows. Though no tour is organised as of yet.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Teutoburg Forest is currently unsigned and would be interested in finding a label.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal?

So far the response has been positive. I am interested to hear see how it moves forward.

11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

There is already an album waiting to be released entitled ‘Enantiodromia’. 7 tracks spanning 53 minutes of Teutoburg Forest at its peak. I don’t want to go too much into the details now as that would be saved for the interviews concerning that album. Though the upcoming live shows will have songs from the new album, I am excited for that.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The most influential bands were those who seemed to focus on the lyrical content equally as much as the music. Bands such as Behemoth, Watain, Absu, Ofermod to name but a few. I have always been interested in history, mythology, spirituality. And these people made it cool to be interested in academia, and used it to add another layer of interest within the project.

My taste spreads from Urgehal to crystal castles, sigh to capsule, Alina Baraz to Darkspace. There’s a lot of great music out there if you just listen to it for what it is.

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

These have been interesting questions to answer, suggesting that you were genuinely intrigued about the project and so I thank you for your time and effort. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBqBnhewROQ

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/teutouburg-forest-interview.html


Loits/Vere kutse kohustab/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2020 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 9 janvier 2020 à 20:32

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from Estonia's  Loits  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  black'n'roll  direction  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2004  and  called  "Vere  kutse  kohustab"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Folk  instruments  and  keyboards  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  clean  pagan  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  tracks  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  WWII music  samples  but  keeping  the  focus  more  on  a  heavier  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Estonian  and  cover  the  spirit  for  fallen  warriors  fighting  for t heir  homeland  in  WWII.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Loits  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black'n'roll,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Soomepoiss"  "Tuleristsed"  "Kodu"  and  "Raiugem  ruunideks".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/loitsvere-kutse-kohustabnuclear-war-now.html


Loits/Ei kahetse midagi/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2020 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 9 janvier 2020 à 09:42


  Loits  are  a  band  from  Estonia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  eccentric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2001  album  "Ei  kahetse  midagi"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  War  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  elements  of  folk  music  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  when  they  are  utilized.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  a  brief  instrumental  along  with  one  song  also  introducing  classical  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  being  added  onto  a  couple  of  the  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Estonian  and  cover  'the  Forest  Brother's  that  struggled  against  Soviet  occupation  during  and  after  WWII.

  In  my  opinion  Loits  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  eccentric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tulisilma  sund"  "Valge  nagu"  and  "Sinu  mees,  sinu  vend,  sinu  poeg".  8  out  of  10.

http://nuclearwarnowproductions.bandcamp.com/album/ei-kahetse-midagi

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/loitsei-kahetse-midaginuclear-war-now.html


Hor/Exitium/Sanit Mils Records/2019 Full Length Review

jeudi 9 janvier 2020 à 08:27


  Hor  are a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Exitium"which  was  released  by  Sanit  Mils  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  music  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Hor  plays  a  style  of  black  emtal  that  is  very  raw,  traditional  and  misanthropic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hor  are  a  very  great  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Birth  Of  Tragedy"  and  "Time(A  Cold  Shadow  of  Death)".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/hZkCV7kd4ow  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/horexitiumsanit-mils-records2019-full.html