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Neige Morte/Bicephaale/Consouling Sounds/2014 CD Review

mardi 21 janvier 2014 à 09:14

  Neige  Morte  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  hard  to  classify  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Bicephaale"  which  was  released  by  Consouling  Sounds.

  The  album  begins  with  ambient  style  drones  which  are  actually  done  by  guitars  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  it  goes  into  a  more  raw  and  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  demented  sounding  screams  as  well  as  slowing  down  and  adding  in  powerful  bass  and  post  metal  elements  which  also  leads  to  a  more  experimental  direction  while  also  remaining  heavy  all  at  the  same  time.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  experimental  and  tribal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  demonic  growls  but  it  remains  heavy  and  dark  as  well  as  adding  in  melody  and  when  solos  are  brought  onto  the  record  they  bring  in  a  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording  and  on  the  third  song  the  black  metal  elements  start  to  take  over  again.

  When  the  album  goes  into  the  4th  song  noise  elements  start  making  their  way  in  along  with  acoustic  guitars  and  on  the  following  song  you  can  also  hear  doom  metal  influences  being  mixed  in  with  depressive  black  metal  and  the  last  song  the  music  returns  to  a  faster  and  more  grim  direction  while  also  keeping  around  some  of  the  more  slow  and  experimental  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  avant  garde  style  acoustic  guitars.

  On  these  6  songs  Neige  Morte  bring  in  a  lot  of  elements  while  being  heavily  rooted  in  black  metal  and  they  also  show  they  are  no  afraid  to  be  experimental  and  original  as  well  as  making  each  song  song  very  different  from  each  other.

  Song  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  French  and  English  and  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  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  Neige  Morte  are  a  very  great  sounding  hard  to  classify  black  metal  band  and  if  are  looking  for  something  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Shall  have  No  Dominion"  and  "Eater  of  Soul".  8/5  out  of  10.              

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/neige-mortebicephaaleconsouling.html


Zinuum/Ambient Works Vol. 3/2014 EP Review

lundi 20 janvier 2014 à 03:20

  Zinuum  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  does  both  black  metal  and  ambient  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  the  third  volume  in  his  "Ambient  Works"  series  and  was  self  released  in  2014.

  The  ep  starts  out  very  silently  with  some  background  sounds  before  getting  louder  and  bringing  in  drones  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  a  few  minutes  later  drums  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  ep  also  gets  a  lot  more  diverse  during  its  short  11  minutes.

  Song  themes  cover  darkness  and  paganism,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  sound  with  the  only  song  present  on  this  recording  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  soundign  recording  from  Zinuum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  droen,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/zinuumambient-works-vol-32014-ep-review.html


Anomalie/Between The Light/Art Of Propaganda/2014 CD Review

lundi 20 janvier 2014 à 02:43

  Anomalie  are  a  1  man  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  post  metal  and  depressive  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Between  The  Light"  which  will  be  released  by  the  end  of  January  by  Art  Of  Propaganda.

  The  album  starts  out  with  post  rock  sounds  and  drum  programming  as  well  as  some  acoustic guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  black  metal  screams  and  post  metal  solos  as  well  as  adding  in  fast  and  raw  guitar  riffs  which  bring  in  some  old  school  elements  but  sticking  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  which  bring s in  a  very  dark  and  depressive  feeling  as  well  as  having  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  album  goes  into  the  next  song  there  is  some  violent  samples  from  a  news  broadcast  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  more  melodic  post  black  metal  direction  while  also  mixing  in  more  traditional  BM  elements  and  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  start  coming  in  bring  in  more  melancholy  to  the  recording  and  when t hey  go  into  other  songs  they  seem  to  find  the  perfect  balance  between  DSBM  and  post  rock  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts.

  When  the  album  goes  into  the  fourth  song  the  fast  old  school  parts  are  vanish  for  a  short  time and  the  music  starts  sticking  to  a  slower  yet  still  depressive  direction  as  well  as  having  a  more  modern  sound  as  well  as  adding  a  more  melodic  and  grim  approach  to  the  vocals  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  synths  on  the  5th  song  while  also  bringing  back  some  of  the  faster  riffing  and  on  the  last  song  they  take  a  Nine  Inch  Nails  cover  and  add  to  their  own  depressive  approach  to it.

  Anomalie  shows  a  lot  of  diversity  with  this  record  he  takes  influences  from  both  old  school  and  depressive  black  metal  and  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  influences  from  post  metal  and  depressive  rock  to  create  his  own  sound.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  dark  sound  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Anomalie  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal,  post  metal  and  depressive  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blinded"  and  "Recall  To  Life".  8/5  out  of  10.

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/anomaliebetween-lightart-of.html


Legions Of War Interview

samedi 18 janvier 2014 à 02:44
Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hello OccultBlackMetalZine!! Thanks for showing interest in Legions of war! Well, it just been out for some weeks so we have just have done a few rehearsals since the release and will now start to make up some new songs. Hopefully there will be a few  gigs to promote the record too.

2.Recently you have released 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 previous releases?

Well, “Forced to the ground” is much more melodic, heavier and got a better sound then our debut album “Towards death”. I think you can say that we have developed the sound from the single which showed a more melodic side. It also contains some acoustic parts as well as some piano which is a new side of Legions of war. Besides from that I think we are true to our sound. Blackened thrashing war metal!

3.It has been 4 years since the release of a full album, can you tell us what was going on during those years other than the single you put out in 2011?

Gang banging all our groupies! No, seriously, the usual things which means, beer drinking, rehearsals, songwriting, a few gigs and such stuff.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content of the new album and also how would you describe your progress as song writers over the years?

The theme is about war as well as on our previous releases. All quiet on the western front......The songs Forced to the ground and Pile of corpse are a short “story” about a pilot who´s plane got shut down behind enemy lines and the pilot been forced to hide away from the enemy troops which search for him. The front cover is also supposed to describe that story. We put together our songs in the rehearsal room together with a few beers. I write the lyrics and then the other show the riff they have come up with and together we emerge the songs.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Legions Of War?

It’s just a name which suites what we write about. It´s no higher purposes behind it.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Well, there hasn´t been so many shows. We play live about two times a year often because of lack of time. We got families, full time jobs and such stuff. But when we do we put in a lot of energy! It´s really fun to be at stage! We also use to decorate with stuff like gas masks, camouflage net, chains to get a nice feeling while being at stage. Some shows has started with alot of smoke so the audience can`t see the band and then some of us wear gas masks during the first songs. Our last gig at a little bar in our neighborhoods together with Grief of emerald was real cool!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?

Nope, not yet.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the newer material by fans of black, war and thrash metal?

Those reviews that Fabien from Inferno records has sent us from the magazines he´s been in touch with has been very good so far. Some interviews had also start to coming in and that’s always nice! A big thanks to you and other metalheads/reporters who keep the Metal underground alive!!


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

I think we will keep on follow the path we started with. Personally I like band that try to keep their sound and style intact but with some slightly different from album to album. Hopefully our listeners will hear a development between our releases but still recognize us as Legions of war.

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

I guess all of us in the band still are influenced by the old music and bands that we´re always have listen to. I don’t think it have changed to our last album “Forced to the ground”. From my personal view I´m into old eighties metal like Motorhead, Manowar, Accept, King Diamond, Heavy load, Venom, Kreator, Sodom, Slayer and those great old heroes! But also some “blackier and deathier” stuff like Dissection, Lord Belial, Pagan Rites, Arch Enemy, Witchery, Children of Bodom too mention a few. Sometimes I can be in mood for some punk stuff like Cocksparrer and Anticimex. The last records I bought are Grief of Emeralds last album as well as Protectors comeback record. Well, I could go on forever!

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

Hehe, Is there a life besides from music, concerts and records? Well, I like to take a walk in the forests and sometimes hunting with my rifle, reading books…ordinary stuff….

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

Thanks for the interview and showing interest in LEGIONS OF WAR!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/legions-of-war-interview.html


The Committee/Power Through Unity/Folter Records/2014 CD Review

samedi 18 janvier 2014 à 02:26

 The  Committee  are  an  international  band  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Power  Through  Unity"  which  was  released  by  Folter  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  protest  sounds  and  a  few  seconds  alter  clean  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  black  metal  vocals  and  then  the  album  starts  mixing  in  fast  and  mid  paced  parts  along  with  some  old  school  elements.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  bring  in  a  very  epic  approach  to  old  school  black  metal  while  also  having  some  doom  metal  influences  which  also really  show  up  in  the  bass  guitars  and  they  can  create  a  dark  atmosphere  without  having  to  resort  to  synths  or  keyboards  and  they  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  when  they  bring  in  acoustic  guitars  it  reminds  me  of  the  early  90's  Polish  black  metal  sound  while  not  being  a  copy  of  them  and  bringing  in  other  elements.

  The  Committee  demonstrate  a  good  amount  of  skill  with  their  ability  to  take  an  old  school  black  metal  sound  and  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  very  epic  sound  and  while  this  is  not  the  most  original  sounding  recording  out  there  this  band  make  up  for  it  by  putting  a  lot  of  thought  and  emotion  in  their  music  to  create  an  epic  album  which  remains  true  to  the  black  metal  tradition.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Occult,  Philosophical  and  Conspiracy  Theory  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  old  school  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  The  Committee  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Man  Of  Steel"  and  "Power  Through  Unity".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-committeepower-through-unityfolter.html