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Plebeian Grandstand/Lowgazers/Lost Pilgrims Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 6 mars 2014 à 07:15

  Plebeian Grandstand  are  a  band  from  France  that  started  out  more  in  the  sludge  direction  but  have  evolved  into  black  metal  with  this  recording  while  also  having  elements of  experimental,  grind,  hardcore  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Lowgazers"  which  will  be  released  by  Lost  Pilgrims  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  distorted  sound  effects  before  adding  in  guitars  which  also  leads  to  a  faster  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  traces  of  post  hardcore  in  the  music  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  melody  in  the  recording  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts.

  As  the  album  continues  more  sludge  and  grindcore  elements  are  added  in  along  wit h the  music  getting  more  experimental  in  sound  while  basing  their  music  more  on  a  black  metal  foundation  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  we  got  more  into  the  album  they  band  brings  in  a  brief  experimental  drone  instrumental  which  also  brings  an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording  and  they  return  to  a  more  heavier  and  blackened  doom  metal  direction  on  the  following  track  before  returning  back  to  the  more  fast  black  metal parts  on  later  tracks.

  With  this  album  Plebeian Grandstand  go  into  a  different  direction  with  their  black  metal  influences  becoming  a  major  part  of  their  sound  while  they  still  have  enough  traces  of  hardcore,  sludge  and  grind  and  they  are  also  not  afraid  to  experiment  and  this  is  their  most  original  sounding  album.

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  grim  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Plebeian Grandstand  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  mixed  with  experimental,  hardcore,  sludge  and  grind,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thvrst"  "Lowlifer"  and  "Mvrk  Diving".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/plebeian-grandstandlowgazerslost.html


Burial Hordes Interview

mercredi 5 mars 2014 à 06:43
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
We feel strong and full inspired, so these period we are in the writing process of  new material. Our future plan for our next attack is to release a vinyl ep, but nothing is clear or verified yet.

2.When I listened to the album it seemed to cover the darkest elements of both black and death metal,  what was it that motivated you into going in this musical direction instead of the standard black metal sound most bands seem to be stuck on?
I don’t have many things to say about this. Our plan was to write a dark and evil Burial Hordes album and everything went out naturally. We let our negative emotions to guide us and “Incendium” is the result.

3.What are some of the topics the band brought lyrical wise with the new release and how would you describe your progress as song writers over the years?
Our philosophy remains the same since the beginning of our course, with totally antireligious and misanthropic messages. In our new album the lyrics are more realistic without many metaphors and symbolisms   than in our previous works. We dive in the madness of living where the hope no longer exists.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Burial Hordes'?
Burial Hordes referred against everything that tries to enslave our soul and mind.They are feeding our inner hate and Burial hordes is the perfect  weapon for us.

5.Over the years what are some of the best shows that the band has played, which tours did you enjoy doing the most and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Live shows it’s not our top priority. Over the years we gave some single selected shows and that is our thinking for the future.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album and 2014?
No such plans. We are not interest in touring and it’s not something that fits in the underground essence of Burial Hordes.

7.On a worldwide level how have extreme metal fans reacted to the musical sound of the new album?
Until now we have some great reviews and in general the reactions are very positive.

8.I know that the band members also have other musical projects going on, do you feel that music takes up a lot of your time and helps motivate you to be more creative?
It’s all about the need of creation and to cover different aspects.
It’s totally respectable and as long as we manage to arrange our “obligations” properly for each band  it’s not a problem.

9.Where do you see your musical sound evolving into on future releases?
Honestly we don’t know. Everything is possible to us. We never work on a specific plan and we never will. We are guided only by our negative energy and let our evil emotions to burst. The only sure fact is that day by day our hatred becomes stronger and that is always reflected on our sounds with the most perverse way.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence or impact on your musical sound and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We combine many elements from Black-Death metal, but we have the ability, the maturity and the experience to absorb our influences and to present something with personality and with strong identity.
Personally  this  period I’m listening and I am truly  impressed by the latest releases of Beyond, Vorum and Grave Miasma.

11.What are your views on Satanism and Occultism and also what kind of impact do they have on your view points and the way you look at the world?
I will not delve deeply to this subject and I will not start to preach here. Some things must remain concealed. Our view is declared through our albums with the clearest way.

12.Do you have any non musical interests?
I think no one from your readers is interest what the Burial Hordes members do beside music.

13.Before we close this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the opportunity to present our evil horde to your readers.Our new album was  officially released. One more nail upon the cross of mankind.

Bestial regards.
Cthonos & Burial Hordes

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/burial-hordes-interview.html


Helde Interview

lundi 3 mars 2014 à 05:00
1.For those that have never heard of you can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Helde is a project that started to grow in our minds (A and T) in middle 2000. Some riffs and songs were made but due to our involvement in other bands and projects, it took long time to finally made some songs we were proud of.  2011 was the year in which we finally decided to push the band in a stronger way; also in that time Az joined us on drums, so the circle was closed.
 
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
It´s hard to talk about the sound of your own band, but in my opinion we play fast and cold noise with some gloomy slower/midtempo parts.  

3.Can you tell us a little bit about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Almost all the lyrics use the ancient mythological symbols and characters from our area, but looking deeper you can see our hate for Mankind due to different issues, but mainly because of the disrespectfully way in which we are destroying Mother Nature. Also we express our repulse for religions which stole old rituals and places in order to try to control our minds, instincts and acts.  

4.The lyrics are written in Basque, what was the decision behind using this ancient language instead of the regular language of your home country?
Because it´s our language and we feel more comfortable writing our lyrics in Basque. We think that we can express ourselves better in this way and also it is a question of phonetics; Euskera sounds stronger than Spanisgh or English  

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Helde'?
Helde is an old word for "Plague" in Basque. It is inspired by the plague we are.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future, or do you choose to remain a duo?
The band started as a duo, A on bass and T on guitars and vocals, but Az joined us for drums and he also recorded our split with The Somberlain

7.Recently you have released a split with The Somberlain, what are your thoughts on the other band that participated on this recording?
Talking about music, we really like the band. They play fast and aggressive Black Metal in the Old School way, but the reason for this split was the old friendship between A, T and the guy playing drums in The Somberlain. We know each other since more than 10 years and we felt that we have to share this piece of plastic.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about La Humanidad Es La Plaga?
La Humanidad Es La Plaga is the name of the label and distro runned by me (T) The project started in 2005 and since then I´ve released around 30 references of Doom, Crust, Hardcore and Black Metal mainly. The main idea is try to help some bands which are friends and which want to stay underround in a true way

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We don´t pay much attention to opinions flying around, specially on Internet. We prefer to focus ourselves in making new songs, recording and playing live rituals, but the records are selling quite well, so maybe this indicates a good acceptance.  

10.When can we expect a full length album, and also what musical direction do you see the band heading into during the future?
We have already recorded a full length and we are in the middle of the mixing and mastering process, so it should be released in a few months. About our musical direction, we keep our passion for the raw and fast sounds, so you can expect something pretty similar to our songs included in the split with The Somberlain  


11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I think that the most important musical influence in Helde is the Black Metal bands that were born during the 90´s in Scandinavia. Personally, I always listen to a lot of different music styles, from Black Metal to Crust or Folk   

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Go to the mountains and try to live as much as I can outside this shitty society.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
Thank you very much for your time and interest; we really appreciate it and wish you the best with your great project. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/helde-interview.html


Terra Deep/Inamorta/2014 Full Length Review

dimanche 2 mars 2014 à 16:24

  Terra  Deep  are  a  1  man  band  from  Springfield,  Oregon  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  cascadian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "Inamorta".

  The  album  starts  out  with  tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  distortion  before  going  into  a  more  fast  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  and  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  melodies  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  melodic  vocals  become  a  part  of  the  mix  and  as  time  goes on  by  acoustic  guitars  are  added  in  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  progressive  along  with  traces  of  melodic  black  metal  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  and  after  awhile  solos  and  leads  are  brought  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  vocals  getting  deeper  at  times  and  there  are  still  a  good  amount  of  fast  parts  and  blast  beats  present  on  this  recording  and  on  the  last  tack  a  small  amount  of  synths  are  added  into  the  song.

  On  this  album  Terra  Deep  retain  the  atmospheric  cascadian  black  metal  sound  while  also  taking  the  music  into  a  more  progressive  direction  and  fusing  both  genres  together  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  recording.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  present  on  this  album  as  well  as  all  3  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Terra  Deep  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  progressive  black  metal  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Winterwall".  8  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/terra-deepinamorta2014-full-length.html


Odem/The Valley Of Cut Tongues/Daemon Worship/2013 EP Review

samedi 1 mars 2014 à 05:58

  Odem  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  satanic  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "The  Valley  of  Cut  Tongues"  which  was  released  by  Daemon  Worship.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  black/death  metal  sound  along  with  blast  beats  and  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  sections  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  melody  in the  music  and  after  awhile  solos  are  added  into  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  and  avant  garde  soundscapes  are  added  into  certain sections  of  the  recording  and  the  band  also  bring  in  a  more  brutal  and  technical  death  metal  sound  which  is  different  than  their  early  material  which  was  in  a  more  black  metal  direction.

  With  this  recording  Odem  move  away  from  the  more  traditional  sounding  black  metal  of  their  earlier  material  and  go  into  a  more  brutal  blackened  death  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  a  dark  occult  atmosphere.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes,  while  the  production h as  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  dark  and  brutal  sound  along  wit h the  bass  guitars  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.  

  In  my  opinion  Odem a re  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cult  Of  Flesh"  and  "Satanskin".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/02/odemthe-valley-of-cut-tonguedaemon.html