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Lesath/Sacred Ashes/Casus Belli Musica/Beverina/2010 CD Review

mardi 7 janvier 2020 à 21:31

  Lesath  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Sacred  Ashes"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Casus  Belli  Musica  and  Beverina.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Nature  sounds  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  while  elements  of  post  rock  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  but  done  with  a  more  different  approach,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lesath  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sacred  Ashes"  and  "Eternal  Malaise".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9x0gJEjIZ0&feature=youtu.be   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/lesathsacred-ashescasus-belli.html


Drivdal Interview

mardi 7 janvier 2020 à 10:44
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Well, this was never intended to be released actually. Ive always wanted to make an album that consists of metal and punk, as the two music styles have been a big influence of mine. I felt i had to get out some aggression, and i just wanted to be alone, so it started out like that-Needing an outlet, and also needing time alone.



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

As said, its (for me) a hybrid of punk and metal, but also rocknroll, folk metal and whatever sounds catchy to me really. I just wanted it to be aggressive, and all the songs started out like that- Having an outlet for My aggression.



3.You refer toy your music as being 'anarchist black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Well, it is James Fogarty (In The Woods..., Ewigkeit, Jaldaboath etc) who came up with that term i think, and i just really liked it. I mean, im pretty much an anarchist, and intended this to be a black metal album, so hey-Its accurate i think.Also i think you should have an anarchist mind when you make music. Do your own thing, for yourself, dont be bound to rules.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the solo project?

Well, id have so say it like this- Art is made to make the viewer make up their own reaction to the painting, or whatever art it is. And then you get a reaction. It would be kind of boring for me to know what lyrics meant, so i like to not spoil that. What i think is not necessarily what you think. Thats just how it is with metaphores and lyrics. Its your mental painting, its your art, you see what you see.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Drivdal'?

Drivdal is my last name, and its also where my family come from, and so its a name i want to honour. Its my roots. Inspiration wise it makes me remember that i write for My own therapeutic reasons, i try not to let my ego get to much involved.



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

Its made by James, and it is a picture of the norwegian resistance movement during ww2, where they honor the norwegian king Kong Haakon the 7th. They say "Long live Kong Haakon.", wich is in Norwegian, so "Leve" means "to live", or also it means "long live". My grandfather was a part of the norwegian resistance movement, so the fact that i can honor him means a lot to me. James couldnt have come up with a better cover, and it means a lot to me. Very grateful for that one...



7.With this project you record everything by yourself but have experience playing with bands, how would you compare the 2?

Hmm. I love to make music alone, but i love to make music with people too. There are pros and cons with both. Im both a very introvert and extrovert person, so i mean, what can i say- i love to do both! But i must say that getting to play with In The Woods... is a dream come true for me. Its a fucking great band, and the guys are fucking great. For me, i get to do the old saying "living the dream", and nothing can top that really.



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

Well, different reactions, but all in all good. Some like it very much, and say that this is some of the best they heard, while others say its boring and not their type of music. Both is cool i think. I mean, not everybodys boat can be rocked, so i appreciate people being honest.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you a part of?

With In The Woods... we will play festivals in the future, and hopefully record a new record as well. Just have fun basiclly!

Tranqidiots have a new record done, wich will be mastered asap. We have a break atm, but we hope to get together soon and have fun too...

I record as much as i can, and i have new ideas, and want to explore more atmospheric stuff for my next album, or whatever it will become.



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

I honestly dont know, but i would really like to put this (Drivdal) on vinyl. That some people want it on vinyl doesent mean i can sell a couple of hundered, so we will see... its a wet dream atm, haha. But- I have recorded the whole album, so that is done. But i want it mixed properly first. So yes, its hard to say when. Nowadays i just enjoy playing with ITW..., and i hope we will play a lot of festivals this year...

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?

Wich ones who has had an influence is hard to know really. I have a very diverse music taste. I listen to everything, as long as its cool. So when i make music i just try to make something i really like. The bands that made me wanna start with music when i was as young as three was Kizz and Pink Floyd actually. And i loved Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Pantera, Metallica and stuff like that. But i mean as i said i listen to so much different. Like right now for example, i listen to The Wildhearts. I think Ginger is a fucking amazing songwriter. Nowadays i listen to...Where to start, haha. I have listened a lot to Tribulation and Wormwood, two swedish metal bands, fucking amazing bands..And The Clowns and The Bronx. Energetic punk rock, wich i like...Ive also started driving into Ewigkeit more and more wich is fantastic i think-I like the hybrid he does, doesent seem bound to a certain recipe. As mentioned earlier, that is something i really appreciate...

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I run, try to train, meditate, and im a proud dad. A really fucking proud one too. I also like to draw, but rearly get time for it...Other than that i hang out with friends really, or stay home alone watching a good documentary about some fucked up serial killer, haha.

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

Support musicians, buy their merch and music as direct as you can.

Other than that, id just like to say thanks for wanting to speak to me!



 https://www.facebook.com/DrivdalMetal/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/drivdal-interview.html


Throne Ov Blood/Corrupted By Darkness/American Line Productions/2017 Full Length Review

mardi 7 janvier 2020 à 10:14

  Throne  Ov  Blood  are  a  band  with  members  from  the  United  States  and  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  violent  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Corrupted  by  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  American  Line  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  and  throat  singing  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  fleeing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.

  Ritualistic  sounds  also  make  a  brief  return  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  at  times  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil,  occultism  and  satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Throne  Ov  Blood  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  violent  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invokation  of  Evil"  "Kvlt  Ov  The  Goat"  "Screams  From  Abyss"  and  "Goat  Nation  666".  8  out  of  10.

https://throneovblood666.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/ThroneOvBlood/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4JrIeUUYdpBTmmv1uCOFAI?si=ywc2PCmWRs-1Sc6OgLJRzg
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRnSdNROdhbiy9-2fJ-kQ6g

 

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/throne-ov-bloodcorrupted-by.html


Muvitium/Evighetens Cirkel/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

mardi 7 janvier 2020 à 08:45

  Muvitium  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  ancient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Evighetens  Cirkel"  which  will  be  released  on  January  31st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  Keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.   The  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in a  lot  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  before  closing  with  an  ambient  style  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  magick  and  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Muvitium  are  a  very  great  sounding  ancient  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Evig  vandring  till  gamla  riken"  and  "I  nattsvart  dunkel".  8 out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/9VPzEkAy1FI

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/muvitiumevighetens-cirkelpurity-through.html


Sargeist/Death Veneration/W.T.C Productions/2019 EP Review

lundi 6 janvier 2020 à 21:14

  Finland's  Sargeist  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  style  of  Finnish  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Death  Veneration"  which  was  released  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  keeping  the  Finnish  style  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  very  fast,  raw  and  heavy  musical  direction  along  with  only  a  small  amount  of  mid  tempo  sections  being  utilized.

  On  this  recording  Sargeist  remains  true  to  the  fast  and  raw  Finnish  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanism,  death,  depression,  misanthropy,  nihilism,  evil  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sargeist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Make  Wolves  Of  Men"  and  "Lunar  Curse".  8  out  of  10.

Sargeist @ Facebook    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/01/sargeistdeath-venerationwtc.html