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Sun Worship/Elder Giants/2014 Cassette Review

dimanche 16 février 2014 à 00:18

  Sun  Worship are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  cascadian  style  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  cassette  "Elder  Giants".

  The  cassette  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  and  drones  before  going  into  a  more  raw  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  getting  faster  and  adding  in  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  which  also  use  grim  and  depressive  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  post  black  metal  traces  in  the  recording  but  they  are  done  in  a  more  aggressive  manner  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  band  continues  this  approach  throughout  the  recording  while  also  bringing  in  more  atmospheric  and  cascadian  black  metal  elements  and  they  also  bring  melody  into  the  music  in  certain  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  being  utilized  briefly  and  on  the  last  song  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  harsh  noise  sounds  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  synths  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental  and  also  has  a  more  dark  and  epic  ambient  sound  to  it.

  With  this  recording  Sun  Worship  continue  their  fast  and  raw  approach  to  the  cascadian and  atmospheric  forms  of  black  metal  and  they  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  aggression  to  their  music  and  stay  away  from  the  post  and  shoegaze  influences  some  of  the  newer  bands  and  this  really  shows  in  the  songs  while t hey  still  have  a  good  amount  of  diversity  to  them.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  along  with  the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sun  Worship  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  fast  atmospheric/cascadian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Sleep"  and  "Elder  Giants".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/sun-worshipelder-giants2014-cassette.html


Sol Negro/Dawn of A New Sun/Chaos Records/2013 CD Re-Issue Review

vendredi 14 février 2014 à 05:52
   Sol  Negro  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black,  dark  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Dawn  Of  A  New  Sun"  which  was  re-issued  by  Chaos  Records  in  the  year  of  2013.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  along  with  guitar  leads  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  all  of  the  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  before  heading  into  a  blackened  doom  metal  direction  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit  as  well  as  having  a  dark  atmosphere  in  the background  before  adding  in  NWOBHM  influences,  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of male  and  female  clean  singing.

   When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  the  early  Italian  and  Greek  masters  of  early  90's  occult  black  metal  as  well  as  mixing  in  ritualistic  sounding  synths  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  other  songs  they  bring  in  the  early  90's  British  doom/death  metal  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  thrash  and  death  metal  to  their  approach  of  occult  black  metal.

  With  every  song  that  is  present  on  this  recording  the  band  manage  to  bring  a  different  sound  to  every  track  which  always  keeps  the  music  sound  very  interesting  while  you  can  still  tell  it  is  the  same  band.

  On  this  album  Sol  Negro  creates  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  dark  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  songs  have  a  very  old  school  90s  feeling  and  there  is  a  very  dark  occult  atmosphere  to  the  music  which  really  makes  this  album  sound  very  interesting.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil  and  occultism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Sol  negro  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  mixture  of  black,  dark  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Fear  to  Die"  "Nuclear  Sentinel"  and  "Where  Flies  the  Raven".  8/5  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/sol-negrodawn-of-new-sunchaos.html


Frostland Darkness Interview

vendredi 14 février 2014 à 04:21

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the project since the recording and release of the new album?

Nothing much. I'm just spectating how everything goes with the latest album. I also decided to make some shirts for the band, so I've been working on them lately.

2.A few months back you put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from the album you released in 2010?

This was a different kind of project than the first album. It was easier to write and record the first album in Lapland, where I used to live, as I had all equipment and instruments in the same place. This time I had to schedule when and where I'm going to record the next instrument. I also hired someone else to do the mastering for the album. I don't believe that the musical direction has changed much.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release?

Main lyrical topics are, surprisingly, again about blasphemy, anti-religionism and satanism. I focused on pedophilia within the church, especially within Laestadianism, in a song called "Lestaroihu" which basically means a pile of burning Laestadians. There are also songs about the apocalypse and human sacrifice, as well as crucifixion.

4.I have noticed that with the first album the lyrics where all in English and on the new one they were all written in Finnish, what was the decision behind writing in a different language with the new recording?

There were a couple of songs written in Finnish on first album. It's a bit of a shame, that so many bands are writing their lyrics only in English, and forgetting their mother tongue. It wasn't an actual decision to write all lyrics in Finnish for the newest album, it just happened when I started to write. There will be songs in both languages in the future.

5.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, are you planning on adding other members in the future or do you chose to remain solo?

Perhaps there could be a full line-up at some point in the future, if I can find the right people for this project. Anyway there will be somebody else playing drums for the third album.

6. the new album came out on Inverse Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Mr. Vuorma, the gentleman who made the cover art for the album, asked me if I had any intention to try to make a deal with some label instead of publishing it on my own again. I thought about it for a while and decided to contact Inverse, if they would be interested. I'm very satisfied with the job that they have done.

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

There has been many kinds of feedback, of course.

8.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Time will tell, but I don't believe it's going to change radically in one way or another. I'd like to keep it this way for now.

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

It's very hard to say, which bands have really influenced my music. Bands such Venom, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Windir, Gorgorth etc., were the source of inspiration when I first started to write music, but I'm not sure how much can you really hear them. I listen to many bands nowadays.

10.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

Let's put it this way. I rather not to call myself a satanist, I just think like one. When I'm talking about satanism, I'm talking about atheistic satanism. For me it's a way of life and way to view the world. It's also kind of a private matter for me, and I don't see any point in preaching about how it has changed my life. Everyone who wants to read satanic literature will discover if it's suitable for them or not.

11.Do you have any non-musical interests?

Of course, but nothing worth mentioning.

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

Thank you for this and for the review. Hail Satan!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/frostland-darkness-interview.html


Paramesia/UNRU/Fragile Bunch Recordings/2014 Split Album Review

vendredi 14 février 2014 à 00:30

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  France's  Paramesia  and  Germany's  UNRU  2  bands  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  recording  being  released  by  Fragile  Bunch  Recordings  in  the  year  of  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  recording  with  Paramesia  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  clean  playing  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  gets  heavier  and  goes  into  a  more  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  grim  vocals  as  well  as  having  a  depressive  tone  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  After  awhile  the  clean  parts  make  a  return  to  the  music  and  their  song  goes into  a  slower  direction  which  also  leads  up  to  a  more  depressive  black  metal  sound  before  returning  to  a  faster  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  mixing  slow  and  fast  parts  together.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  with  their  only  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Paramesia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  UNRU  with  their  mixture  of  black metal  and  crust.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  an  atmospheric  sound  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  goes  into  a  more  faster  depressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  suicidal  vocals  as  well  as  bringing  in  more  crust  influences  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  melody  and  they  also  brign  in  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  and  towards  the  end  they  bring  in  some  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  to  it  with  their  only  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  UNRU  which  shows  them  going  into  a  more  black  metal direction  than  there  blackened  crust  of  previous  releases  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  the  song  they  brought  to  the  split.

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/paramesiaunrufragile-bunch.html


Helde/The Somberlain/ La Humanidad es La Plag/2014 Split EP Review

mercredi 12 février 2014 à 20:23

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Spain's  Helde  And  The  Somberlain  which  was  released  by  La  Humanidad es  La  Plag  in  2014  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Helde  which  plays  a  very  cold  and  raw  form  of  old  school  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  mid  paced  old  school  black  metal  sound  along  with  high  pitched  screams  and  then  the music  starts  to  speed  up  along  with  blast  beats  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  bring  this  out  as  well  in  their  second  song  which  goes  for  an  even  more  heavy  and  brutal  sound.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  90s  style  black  metal  sound  to  it

  In  my  opinion  Helde  are  a  very  great  sounding cold  and  raw  old  school  style  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Azken  Hatsa".

  Next  up  is  The  Somberlain  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  melodic,  old  school  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  a  dark  and  melodic  sound  before  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  grim  vocals  and  blast  beats  and  on  the  following  song  they  start  off  with  a  more  slower  direction  before  going  back  to  their  fast  and  aggressive  sound  while  also  mixing  in  the  slow  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  song.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  Armageddon  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Somberlain  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  blasphemous  and  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  the  2  songs  which  they  bring  to  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  From  the  Tomb".  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Black  From  The  Tomb".

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

 

           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/heldethe-somberlain-la-humanidad-es-la.html