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Emit/Spectre Of An Antiquary/Crucial Blast/2014 CD Review

dimanche 5 octobre 2014 à 02:49

  Emit  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  a  review  of  their  2012  demo  "Spectre  Of  An  Antiquary"  which  will  be  re-issue  on  October  28th  by  Crucial  Blast.

  Clean  playing  and  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  drones  and  programmed  beats  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  in  the  background  and  there  is  also  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing  and  all  of  the  tracks  have  a  very  ritualistic  and  occult  feeling  to  them.

  As  the  album  progresses  depressive  black  metal  vocals  and  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great amount  of  darkwave  and  psychedelic  elements  in  the  songs  and  after  awhile  guitars  are  added into  the  music  and  they  enhance  the  black  metal  qualities  of  the  recording  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  a  very  slow  and  ritualistic  musical  direction  and  towards  the  end  of  the  album  they  do  a  song  that  is  all  field  recordings  and  the  last  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Emit  creates  some  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  music  that  is  more  focused  on  an  ambient  direction  while  adding  in  elements  of  psychedelia,  darkwave  and  black  metal  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  focus  more  on  the  occult  lore  and  hidden  history  of  the  British  Isles.

  In  my  opinion  Emit  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of black  metal,  ambient  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dusk  Gardens  Of  Translucent  Mansions"  "Trees  Once  Adornd  With  Severed  Heads"  "Beneath  Carvings  Linger"  and  "The  Meadow  Reapers".  8  out  of  10.    


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Aureole/Alunar/Fallen Empire Records/2014 Full length Review

samedi 4 octobre 2014 à 05:06

  Aureole  are  a  1  man  band  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  very  ambient  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Alunar"  which  was  released  by  Fallen  Empire  Records.

  Bells  and  a  very  atmospheric,  dark  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  before  going  into  a  very  slow,  raw  and  melodic  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  while  also  keeping  around  the  synths  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  creep  their  way  into  the  music  silently.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  bring  in  a  more  modern  and  melodic  approach  to  black  metal  and  the  ambient  elements  are  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  parts  throughout  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  present  on  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  more  of  a  slow  to  mid  paced  black  metal  and  one  of  the  alter  songs  is  a  pure  ambient  piece  where  the  synths  start  evoking  more  of  an  avant  garde  presence  and  the  later t racks  while  they  still  use  a  little bit  of  vocals  the  main  focus  is  more  on  creating an  ambient  black  metal  style.

  Aureole  creates  a  style  of  black  metal  that  focuses  more  an  the  ambient  side  while  also  keeping  the  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  qualities  of  the  genre  to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  dark  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  space,  cosmos,  medieval  and  solitude.

  In  my  opinion  Aureole  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient,  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Citadel  Alunar"  and  "Crusade  of  NGC  5128".  8  out  of  10. 

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Misericordia/Throne Of Existence/Deepsend Records/2014 CD Review

vendredi 3 octobre 2014 à 08:21

  Misericordia  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  heavy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Throne  of  Existence"  which  was  released  by  Deepsend  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  Swedish  style  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  some  deep  grim  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  using  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  You  can  the  Norwegian  and  Swedish  black  metal  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  continue  the  dark  and  melodic  tradition  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  the band  focuses  more  on  an  early  to  mid  2000's  era  of  black  metal  instead  of  copying  the  90's  style  while  that  element  is  still  used  at  times  and  they  manage  to  keep  everything  in  a  very  aggressive  musical  direction.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  the  band  approaches  their  musical  instruments  which  also  all  have  a  very powerful  presence  and  all  can  be  heard,  also  the  music  at  times  has  a  very  technical  felling  to  the  structures  while  still  having  enough  of  a  true  grim  black  metal  atmosphere,  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  some  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  being  presented  in  more  of  a  blackened  manner  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  small  amounts  of  clean  guitars  as  well  as  an  instrumental  before  going  back  to  vocals  on  the  later  tracks  which  also  sees  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  being  added  in  briefly  along  with  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing.      

  Misercordia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  takes  the  melody  of  the  Swedish  bands  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  speed  and  heaviness  of  the  newer  Norwegian  bands  to  create  some  very  dark,  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  that  also  has  more  structure  and  skill  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  powerful  and  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misercordia  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  aggressive and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Throne  of  Our  Existence"  "For  Our  Father"  "The  Righteous  Order"  and  "Followers".  8  out  of  10.      

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Full Moon Ritual/Emperor Of the Age Of Disorder/2014 CD Review

jeudi 2 octobre 2014 à 07:06

  Full  Moon  Ritual  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Emperor  Of  the  Age  of  Disorder".

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  powerful  bass  lines  and  grim  screams  and  the  band  sticks  to  a  slower  style  in  the  beginning  and  on the  later  tracks  the  band  starts  to  speed  up  and  add  in  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  true  to  the  90's  tradition  of  the  genre.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  kind  of  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  th e main  focus  remains  of  power  chords  and  fast  tremolo  picking.

  As  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  piece  as  well  as  each  song  sounding  different  from  each  other  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  pure  form  of  black  metal  at  all  times  and  the  band  also  ignores  all  of  the  modern  trends  that  have  watered  down  black  metal  over  the  years  creating  a  sound  that  is  very  raw  and  pure.

  Full  Moon  Ritual  remain  true  to  a  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  throughout  the  recording  creating  an  album  that  has  a  lot  of  the  best  element s of  the  90's  side  of  the  genre,  the production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Full  Moon  Ritual  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Of  Truth"  "Frozen  Ground"  and  "Spirits  Lurk  in  Darkness  For  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.    

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Curse Upon A Prayer Interview

jeudi 2 octobre 2014 à 01:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

A: Curse Upon A Prayer was born in 2010 in Finland & our hymns embrace the dark side.

2.In January you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

A: Obviously the sound is quite harsh because we didn't have an actual studio to record it. But on the other hand, it creates a certain feeling that brings the essence of this band in its purest & rawest form.  So after all its pretty much what we wanted at the time.

3.The band has been around since 2010 and so far this is the first release, can you tell us a little bit more about the delay?

A: One of the most common problems that many new bands seem to do, who are just getting started, is to put out a physical release as soon as possible without even questioning their own work. I don't see that delay you mentioned, because things happen when it's the right time. And we don't release anything that is "almost there". It has to be a full piece of art that we are proud of.

M.V.: Actually we have more songs than what we put on the first album. We just didn't release them because they didn't fit there at the time, or because we can work those songs more.

4.The band is labeled as 'apocalyptic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about the tag?
A: It deals pretty much with the idea of ending. The end of the world & the end of life as we know it. The ending creates something new that this band is trying to reach for. Everything ends & dies, and we cherish that fact. Death should be celebrated so much more.

M.V.: The term "apocalyptic" means indeed apocalyptic in every way: The end of the world, but also closer to the normal people, collapse of society, fall of authority, death of god, raping of faith and not killing the sheep that have lost their shepard, but to leave the sheep at the grave of their saviour so they can watch the end in its unforgiving eyes. I quess some men really want to see the world burn. We're here to light up the gasoline.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

M.V.: The lyrics are pretty much metaphorical figurative and different words tell different stories, views and philosophies. Many ways of expression. Topics are a bit hard to name out, since all the writings are a mix of different things. I think I answered this one at the last question already.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Curse Upon A Prayer'?

A: The name is a symbol. A symbol for everything that we stand for.
Growth & evolving through pain & suffering. Celebration for the cold truth that can't be denied.

M.V.: It is the cold feeling of truth inside a man who is praying for a lie. Also by the sound of the third trumpet, a star called Wormwood falls to the earth and poisons a third of the planet's freshwater sources and men will die by drinking it. The name Wormwood is translated from the Hebrew term "la'anah", which means "curse" in Arabic & Hebrew. The name Curse Upon A Prayer explains itself pretty well through symbolism.

7.Has the band done any live shows yet or has this been a studio project so far?

A: We haven't done any live shows yet, because this has originally been just a two-man-band. But there has been some serious plans about the first live show, since we now have two members more. They joined the band recently.

8.The new album was released on Nihil Interit Records, can you tell us a little bit more about the label?

A: It's an underground label from France that is specialised in Black metal, Death metal, Dark ambient etc.
The parent label is Le Crepuscule Du Soir Productions.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?

A: Surprisingly good, even though we are not a traditional Black metal band. We have sold our albums to USA & UK. And we have received good feedback from Mexico, Poland & Russia as well. But I'm sure there are some people who don't really understand our vision. And I think that's a good thing because there would be something wrong if everyone would accept our way of making these things.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

A: That remains to be seen. Or heard.

M.V.: I'm only guessing, but I smell massive walls of sounds.

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?

A: Musically, to name a few, I would say Sargeist & Enochian Crescent.
Also soundtracks & gothic music, for example Sopor Aeternus, Dead Can Dance etc. And I strongly recommend the latest Behemoth album "The Satanist". It's definetly a peak moment in modern Black metal in my opinion.

When it comes to writing process, it's more about some certain feeling than some other band's influence. But of course there are some artists that have had an impact on me. The ones who are truly devoted to their message & art. The ones who aren't affected by those fat, drunken, Black metal elitists who still over use the same irrelevant subjects that don't even cause any turbulence.
They should just stay in their basements masturbating.

M.V.: One big influence is anything that sounds massive, huge. Belphegor, Behemoth, Sargeist, Behexen, Horna, SepticFlesh... These are bands that inspire with the powerful and uncompromising, yet creating factors. Of course I listen to the true old school black metal from time to time, but I like to keep in touch with time and what is going on this day. The concept of extreme changes with times. Just like madness. You can't really define it and that's only great, because these days there are those "know-it-all-elitists" that love to define and categorise everything. When they can't, their balls would explode. Now that's not going to happen since they have no testicles. But yes, I listen to anything that pleases my ears, not only metal and such.

12.What role does Satanism or Occultism play in your music?

M.V.: Satanism is involved strongly on the philosophical side.

A:  You can find plenty of references to these subjects in our art for sure.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

M.V.: My interests go with martial arts, lifting heavy, reading psychology and philosophy, mental growth etc. Questioning everything, people don't like that.

A: I'm very much into art. Painting & photography art are my main interests among music.
And I also like to draw pictures of Muhammad & beat nuns.

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

"The noose is set & growing tighter"

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