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Malakhim/Theion/Iron Bonehead Productions/2021 CD Review

dimanche 29 novembre 2020 à 23:55

 


  Sweden's  Malakhim  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Theion"  which  will  be  released  in  2021  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  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.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard


  On  this  recording  Malakhim  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  aggressive,  melodic  and  traditional style  of  black  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malakhim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "There  Is  A  Beacon"  "Hammer  Of  Satan"  and  "Theion".  8  out  of  10.


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/malakhim-the-splendour-of-stillborn-stars



  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/malakhimtheioniron-bonehead.html


Steingrab/Malum Genesis/2020 Full Length Review

dimanche 29 novembre 2020 à 22:58

 


  Steingrab  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  album  "Malum  Genesis"  which  will  be  released  in  December.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  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  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

 

 Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  keyboards  are utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  tragic  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.


  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  the  guitar  solos  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  one  of  the  tracks  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.


  A  couple  of  the  songs  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  some  songs  also add  in  elements  of  ambient  and  classical  music,  the  album  also closes  with  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  a  different  interpretation  of  stories  from  the  old  testament. 


  In  my  opinion  Steingrab  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kain"  "Sintflut"  and  "Die  Abkehr  vom  Licht".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/steingrabmalum-genesis2020-full-length.html


Nebewind/Ruinen - der Verfall des Seins und die Angst vor dem Vergessen/Wolfmond Production/Schattenpfade/2020 CD Review

dimanche 29 novembre 2020 à 02:05

 


  Nebelwind  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  traditional from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their 2020  album "Ruinen  -  der  Verfall  des  Seins  und  die  Angst  vor  dem  Vergessen"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Wolfmond  Production  and  Schattenpfade.


   Synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  on  a  couple  of  songs while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  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.


  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  while  the  songs  also   add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  vocals  also  take  a  more  angry  shouting  approach  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  more   misanthropic  atmosphere  along  with  a  the  guitar  solos  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.   

  

Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  depressive  moments  as  well  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature,  darkness,  loneliness  sadness  and  solitude  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nebelwind  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Abbilder  in  schwarz  WeiB"  "wenn  der  Tod  das  Leben  kusst"  "Erinnerungen"  and  "derWeg  ins  Nichts".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/nebewindruinen-der-verfall-des-seins.html


Sicut Glacies/En reise gjennom kalde dimensjoner/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 28 novembre 2020 à 23:37

 


  Sicut  Glacies  are  an  international  duo  with  members  from  Norway  and  Italy  that plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  album  "En  reise  gjennom  kalde  dimensjoner".


  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  Vocals are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  while  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  a  brief  use  of  wolves  howling  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.


  As  the  album  progresses  they  bring  in  a  cover  of  Marduk's  "Opus  Nocturne"  which  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  along  with  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and  cover  Nature,  Winter  and  Luciferian  themes.


In  my  opinion  Sicut  Blacies  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mighty  Mountains  -  Witness  Of  Time"  and  "In  Nomine  Luciferi  Draconis".8  out  of  10.


https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Sicut_Glacies/3540470592

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/sicut-glaciesen-reise-gjennom-kalde.html


Taur-Im-Duinath Interview

samedi 28 novembre 2020 à 20:59

 

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


Imagine yourself at the threshold of a great, dark and unexplored forest. Imagine the sense of wonder, curiosity and awe assailing you. The feeling of wandering with no destination, lost among the trees, that's what Taur-Im-Duinath is about. It is a multilayered sonic endeavour, dense with melancholy and a sense of longing transpiring in the music.


 2.Recently you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? 


It differs in every way from my previous album. This release is a collection of two different sides of Taur-Im-Duinath, each taking a different path from “Del Flusso Eterno” (first album).

The black metal sides of the work is somewhat less refined and more savage, while the folk/neofolk side is different just by definition.


3.One half of the album is black metal while the other half is neo-folk, can you tell us a little bit more about making a double album that is divided into 2 different musical styles? 

 

“The Burning Bridges” consists of two parts, divided in two cds. It is a ceremony of opposites.

The first half, “Randir”, is a completely revisioned version of my first demo. It represents the most savage side of Taur-Im-Duinath, with its primordial and fierce black metal songs.

“Bare Boughs”, the other half, is a somewhat mellower , stripped down side of the project. I wanted to express myself in a more intimate and essential way. 

The two sections are not, as would appear, contraries, but “complementary opposites” as Blake would say. They ultimately concur to the same whole.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music? 


Taur-Im-Duinath is and always will be about the forces of Nature and its allure, taking inspiration from its beauty, from its magic and mysticism.



5.I know that the bands name comes from the writings of J.R.R Tolkien, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his writings? 


Yes, I took inspiration from the writings of the Professor regarding the name of the project. He is my favourite author, and not enough words would ever be sufficient to express how much beauty lies in his works. I instantly fell in love with “The Lord of the Rings” of course, but what got me enchanted was “The Silmarillion”, from which I took the name.

Although, the name is the only thing concerning Tolkien in this band, this was not an attempt of yet another “Tolkien Black Metal” project.


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


The cover is a photo taken by my dear friend Marco Alfieri, one of the most talented photographer I know. Fire is the red thread of the release. Fire cleanses, purifies, and reduces everything to its essence, leaving behind the superflous



7.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians in the studio or do you prefer to work solo? 


I record everything by myself, but in this instance I had the pleasure of having various guests, in the second cd, “Bare Boughs”, the afore mentioned Marco Alfieri also singed on “Clearing Path”, Dario Guarino (Aged Teen) on “Night Hymn”, and Chiara Minniti (Writ In Water) on “Hyades”. They contributed with their voice, taking the songs to another level completely.


8.What are some of the best shows that you have done with the live line up and also how would you describe your stage performance? 


We only started playing live for two years, but I can safely say that the best show was the very first one, held at Cult of Parthenope Black Metal Fest in Caserta. Opening for bands such as Cult of Fire, Sur Austru and Selvans was a huge honor. The venue was packed from the very beginning (and we were the very first band playing), and it was really liberating, and cathartic, to finally play those songs live. It is a moment I will always cherish, and hold close to my heart.


9.The new album was released on 'Cult Of Parthenope', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Dusktone'? 


Just to be clear : I have not signed for the label Cult Of Parthenope, but we arrenged to publish this particular double release (which is not an “album” in the literal term). I am still in the Dusktone roster, with which I will release my second album.


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


The reaction was good in general, I was and still am humbled by the response of the public.


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


Hopefully as I see myself in the present: devoted to music and its creation.


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? 


No straight answer here, as my tastes are various like my mood, but anyway, I could draw a line of the essential and most profound influences on me, the foremost being Agalloch, followed by Ulver, Mgla, Panopticon...

Right now I'm trying to follow all the beautiful releases of the year, but also discovering stuff from the past.

Right now I'm very into the new Wayfarer, Akhlys , Auðn and a couple new projects called Lure, from France, and the other called Silver Knife. Really good stuff.

I was driven crazy by the new Ulver, and also loved the new Sangre De Muerdago and Hexvessel, while I'm discovering new stuff like Lux Interna, Burial Hex or Western Skies Motel.

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


Thank you for the interesting questions, and thank you to all the reader. Keep wandering.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/11/taur-im-duinath-interview.html