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Hope Drone/Husk/Moment Of Collapse Records/2022 EP Review

vendredi 11 mars 2022 à 03:19

 


  Australia's  Hope  Drone  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  emtal  with  elements  of  sludge  metal  and  noise  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2022  ep  "Husk"  which  was  released  by  Moment  Of  Collapse  Records.


  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  and  noises  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast b eats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  that  also  show  an  influence  of  hardcore  and  elements  of  post  black  can  be  heard  at  times.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  showing  an  influence  of  sludge  metal.


  The  synths  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  vibe,  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.   All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  loss,  suffering  and  grief  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hope  Drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  and  sludge  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inexorable"  and  "Dwell".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/hope-dronehuskmoment-of-collapse.html


AlNamrood/Worship The Degenerate/Shaytan Productions/2022 CD Review

jeudi 10 mars 2022 à 01:13

 


  Saudi  Arabia's  AlNamrood  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black  metal  and oriental  music  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Worship  The  Degenerate"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Shaytan  Productions.


  Tribal  style  drumming  and  oriental  folk  instruments  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  an  instrumental  also  being  added  towards  the  end


  On  this  album  AlNamrood  remain  true  to  the  mixture  of  black  metal  and  oriental  folk  music  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  History,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Anti  Religion  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  AlNamrood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  with  touches  of  oriental  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Protector  Of  The  Herd"  and  "Free  Will".  8  out  of  10.


https://shaytanproductions.bandcamp.com/album/worship-the-degenerate 


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/alnamroodworship-degenerateshaytan.html


Tome Of The Unreplenished/Earthbound/Avantgarde Music/Xenoglossy Productions/2022 Full Length Review

jeudi 10 mars 2022 à 00:26

 


  Tome  Of  The  Unreplenished  are  a  band  from  Cyprus  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Earthbound"  which  will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Avantgarde  Music  and  Xenoglossy  Productions.


  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Cleat  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Acoustic  guitars  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  showing  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  experimental  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Earth  and  Space  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tome  Of  The  Unreplenished  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tellurian"  and  "Astraios  Ayr".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/tome-of-unreplenishedearthboundavantgar.html


Kouta Interview

mercredi 9 mars 2022 à 23:24

 

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


KOUTA is a 5-member blackened folk metal band from Finland. Our music tries to capture and communicate the aesthetic of the northern forests and their ethereal darkness. The story of a malevolent being, Kouta, is at the heart of the music aesthetically, musically and lyrically. We have an EP out, and another EP and a full-length album will be released later in the year of 2022.


Lineup of KOUTA:


Antti Mäki – lead vocals


Eemeli Haarala – rhythm guitar


Lauri Törmä – lead guitar


Arttu Pentikäinen – bass guitar


Ville Vitikka - drums


 


2. Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical styles that you went for on the recording?


As genres go, black metal was a starting point for the music, because it exposes the dark and rough character of metal in general to a hidden mystical beauty. The folkish elements come from the band members’ love for folk music and folk metal in particular. We wanted to hit hard with the first release, with an emphasis on the blackish elements; rough sounds, tight riffs and blasting drums.


3. A lot of lyrics are inspired by Nordic lore and myths, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Thematically the band revolves around the character of Kouta, who is a mythical being in the Lappish-Karelian mythology and folklore. We wanted to expand this tale and bring it back to life. Mythology and folklore have always been close to my heart. In life, we create and tell stories, and music is a great way to do this.


The lyrics of the songs create a world of their own and part-take a mythology that is not from this world. That is to say, that they are not meant as a criticism towards any particular events of today, nor are they to be taken as a strict allegory. That having been said, the thematic does have a strong bond and resonance in a larger scale hatred towards humanity and its selfishness towards itself and the surrounding world. Kouta is a malign being, with hatred in its heart. But that hatred is directed not towards mother-earth, but to man. So, in a way, which is the antagonist here?


4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Kouta”?


Kouta is a malevolent and powerful demigod in Lappish-Karelian mythology. In a poem by Eino Leino, Kouta roams to Lapland seeking the eternal. Having achieved all knowledge and skills of both men and gods, it is his destiny to seek that which is hidden from the mortal world: eternity, timelessness – death. Fascination on this particular tale was one of the birth-moments of the band. We wanted to build upon this myth and to explore and expand it more. In our first EP, the story introduces the pagan rituals and transformation in the rebirth of the Kouta-character.


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


The artwork used in the cover of the EP as well as the Maanviha -single are from a photographer Juuso Voutilainen (@j.voutilainen) . A collaboration with him was a natural choice since his photography and art portray a deep understanding of northern nature; there is a mythical sublimity hidden there. He has a keen eye for the dark aesthetic which KOUTA is after: his art captures some of the raw essence of Lapland and its wild forests, similar to what the music of KOUTA tries to communicate. A certain hidden malign beauty, rough and dark, yet enthralling. Juuso Voutilainen also designed the logo together with our singer Antti Mäki.


6. Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?


We started the band in early 2021 and will perform our first shows now in the spring of 2022. There was a great need and passion to make music from the start, so we worked our way backwards, in a way. Now, before our first gigs, we have already recorded two EP’s and an album. The first EP is out, the second EP will be released sometime this summer of 2022 and later that year, perhaps close to Christmas, the first full-length will be released.


For now, our gigs are as follows:


26.3. Sykäräisen Pakanajuhla


2.4. Ilokivi, Jyväskylä. (The Backstabbers, Atomic Annie & Terromania)


9.4. Varjobaari, Tampere. (Vetten Äpärät & The Lifted Veil)


18.8. On The Rocks, Helsinki. (Black Crucifixion & Havukruunu)


20.8. Haukka Music Bar, Kotka. (Black Crucifixion & Havukruunu)


27.8. Solekko Fest, Kittilä


 


7. On a worldwide level, how has the reaction been to you music by fans of black and folk metal?


Nearly all the feedback has been encouraging and positive. What has stuck to me is a repeating comment, that our music is in a way rather different and that not a lot of similar music has been done. We combine things from different genres, hopefully to the advantage of the music. But as we are only at the start, we will hope to reach more and more people and hear evermore comments!


8. Currently the band is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have/received any interest?


Naturally a label would help in the process of taking the band forward. But let’s first get the second EP out and rock a few gigs!


9. When can we expect a full-length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Our full-length is planned to be out in late 2022. Before that our second EP will be published as well.


It is really hard to say where our music will go from here. On the second EP there is more of the folkish stuff, but some thrash metal elements as well. On the album, some tales take us into an even more epic direction with choirs singing decisive melodies, but similarly we go to a lighter and simpler direction. For example, the opening track is an acoustic lullaby, with a banjo used as the main element.


All of our five members write songs, so we are only starting to see where the music settles itself into. Music-wise, my personal love is in the alliance of black metal with strong choirs and folkish elements both entwined. Rough riffs softened by harmonious melodies and choirs.


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


As a young lad, I started my musical journey through bands like Sentenced, Ensiferum and Wintersun, but also rougher bands like Emperor and Behemoth. And, as it seems, I’m still there! I have to say that the whole northern European metal scene is an inspiration on its own. The darkness lives in all of us, it seems.


11. Final words or thoughts?


We will hope to see you live! Do come and tell us if you like the music, there is more to come.




- Arttu Pentikäinen, KOUTA


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/kouta-interview.html


Embraced By Darkness Interview

mercredi 9 mars 2022 à 23:19

 

For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Hail.

Schmerz here (guitarist)

Embraced by Darkness is a Dutch black metal band that started in 2013, when a few musicians that were already active in other metal bands, decided to form a black metal band.  


2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

The band plays an aggressive yet melodic form of black metal with some death metal influences. We want to play black metal without any constraints. So it doesn’t really matter whether the songs have a more traditional or more modern black metal feeling, or if doom or death influences are incoorporated.  


The band has been around since 2013 but waited until 2022 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

As it is often the case with bands, we searched a long time for a solid line-up. Due to long-term absences, dismissals, and such, it took forever to find a solid line-up. Since a few years we have crafted a line-up that is solid, so it was time to record and release music. But then came corona, which also caused delays. Apart from that, some of us are active in other bands and projects as well (which also consumes time).


A lot of your lyrics cover satanic and occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

There have been a lot of false prophets throughout our history, and all of them had the urge to enslave the masses. When you look at the history of the biblical tales, the so-called God didn’t want the people to be free; he demands people to serve under his command. Lucifer rejected this enslavement, and told God “Non Serviam”. It’s better to rule in Hell, than to serve in Heaven. This sort of defiance is something that strongly appeals to me.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Embraced By Darkness'?

We are all surrounded by Darkness, Accept the fact we are dark by nature, instead of playing to a so called God that isn’t true.


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

For our “MMXXII” EP we wanted the artwork to represent a feeling of mourning and emptiness. To me the artwork looks really cold, and that was what we were aiming for.


7.Has the band done any live shows or have any plans for gigs in the future?

Yes, we done several live shows, and are also planning new live shows. We think our live rituals will strengthen the darkness of our music. Our next album is scheduled for later this year, and for promotional purposes, live shows are key. We hope to visit a lot of venues throughout Europe (and beyond).


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

Since the release of “MMXXII” we received a lot of positive reactions from the Black Metal community.


What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Me and Schrat are, among other things, still active in Winter of Sin. Al lot of songs have been written, and we are working on the arrangements so we can record a new album, hopefully later also this year. Due to illnesses and other unforeseen circumstances, we have had to put this on hold for a while, but we will be back.


10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Our new album will be out in autumn this year. We are now working on shows in Sweden. Our new label is also working to arrange live shows. Venues can book us directly as well. Musically, we expect to gradually phase out the death metal influences a bit, and maybe even shift a bit in the DSBM direction. Things will get darker as time progresses. 


11.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?

We have a wide spectrum of bands we like. I personally have over 4000 albums. Most of us are really into black metal, others have a preference for doom and DSBM or death metal. 


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

Thanks for this interview (and great review)! 

To the Black Metal fans, support the scene, visit live shows, and buy music and merchandise.

Schmerz.

EMBRACED BY DARKNESS online:
Embraced.By.Darkness.Official
https://embracedbydarkness.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/embraced_by_darkness_official/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/embraced-by-darkness-interview.html