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Ars Moriendi/La Singuleriere Noirceur D' Un Astre/Archaic Sound/2014 CD Review

mardi 24 juin 2014 à 14:03

  Ars  Moriendi  are  a  1  man  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  dark  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "La  Singuleriere  Noirceur  D'  Un  Astre"  which  was  released  by  Archaic  Sound.

  Screams  and  sound  effects  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  also  leads  to  elements  of  trip  hop  making  their  way  into  the  music  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavier  and  atmospheric  along  with  some  synths  and  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodic  guitar  leads  being  utilized.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  sound  very  powerful  and  the  music  also  speeds  up  at  times  with  some  black  metal  guitar  riffing  and  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  guitar  leads  utilize  progressive  elements  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  leads  to  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  bands  musical  sound  while  the  main  focus is  on  the  more  heavier  parts.

  All  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  their  is  also  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  music  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric,  trip  hop  and  ambient  sounds  being  added into  the  music  in  the  parts  where  synths  are  added,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  diverse  and  every  song  sounds  different  from  each  other  as  well  as  all  of  them  standing  out  on  their  own  and  on a  couple  of  the  tracks  there  is  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  male  and  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Ars  Moriendi  create  a  very  original  style  of  black  metal  with  his  musical  sound  finding  a  perfect  balance  between  darkness,  atmosphere,  melody  and  heaviness  as  well  as adding  in  elements  of  trip  hop, progressive  and  dark  ambient  to  his  epic  structures,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  darkness  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ars  Moriendi  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  dark/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Verite"  and  "Ars  Moriendi".  8  out  of  10.

 



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/ars-moriendila-singuleriere-noirceur-d.html


Tragic Death Interview

lundi 23 juin 2014 à 17:53



1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the newer material?

We’re already writing some tracks for our follow up to our first album Apocalyptic Metal. We’re also re-arranging some pretty awesome 60’s and 70’s songs for a covers album we are thinking about doing. We would like to take old songs and pretty much “butcher” them, morphing them into our style. Ideas about going on tour to promote this release and our first album from 2012 has also been thrown around but things are very chaotic for us at the moment so we aren’t sure when that will happen.

2.Recently you have released a split album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction the band has taken with the newer music and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We are very excited about the split. The songs on our Apocalyptic Metal album were very melodic and more influence by Swedish Death Metal than Black Metal. We have always strived to be something very different since the beginning but on these 3 tracks we feel that we are finally getting to the sound the we “envisioned” for our band. These songs are much more darker, atmospheric, and surely more Black Metal inspired but done so in a style that we believe we can call our own.

3.The band calls it's musical style 'apocalyptic metal' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

The apocalypse to us is something more of an enlightenment than an end. It’s something that causes destruction and chaos through the drastic changes in the human psyche. When the boundaries of order are broken, both beautiful and demonic forces are discovered. We wanted our style to be something that represented all of that in an aural form, something that demonstrates the beauty and destruction in opening your mind. We create metal that is atmospheric, brutal, calm, and transcendental all in one. Our goal is to set your mind free and get it thinking about everything and anything. One minute you are enjoying a peaceful day and then all hell breaks loose… We aren’t sure if we have yet achieved it but we get closer and closer every release.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer material?

Our lyrics before were about cities crumbling, people dying, werewolves & vampires, anti-christianity and other really cliche metal themes. We still stay true to some of those ideas, especially the apocalypse, but we’ve expanded on the idea of what armageddon could be. Suffer the Salvation speaks of pedophile priests and fundamentalist christians bringing their own demise. ‘Withering Youth’ is actually based on the novel “The Children of Men” about a military police state world on the fringes of Armageddon, something we feel is right around the corner for us all. Finally, ‘The Dissolution of the Clay Children’ is about the ridding the world of organized religion, namely Christianity.

5.The band was originally known as Withering Youth, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Tragic Death'?

Withering Youth was formed with Steven, Cody and our old bassist Jake. Many of the songs written for Withering Youth appeared on Tragic Death’s Apocalyptic Metal album. As things didn’t work out with our old bassist we felt that it wouldn’t be right to continue Withering Youth without him so we changed the name when we recruited Joe. Both of the names have an apocalyptic idea to them but Tragic Death is a band name Steven has been using since he was 12 years old. When Withering Youth dissolved Cody and Steven had the realization that Tragic Death would be the perfect name to continue carrying our Apocalyptic Metal idea.

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?

We’ve done some pre-show shows for Danzig and Dimmu Borgir. Those were pretty amazing even though we technically weren’t sharing the same stage as them. We’ve had some pretty amazing shows that we ourselves have set up. One of the craziest towns we have ever played in was Brooklyn, WI. Those guys are nuts and we had the place hopping every time we showed up. When we played with Macabre people were smashing beer bottles everywhere! We have that effect on our fans, making them go apeshit, and that is the best compliment we can get. As a 3-piece it’s hard to move around a lot on stage. We do keep the fans pretty active by getting them to mosh and screaming at them to go nuts. We have always prided ourselves on having a highly energetic stage performance.

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

Things are pretty chaotic for the band right now. We have huge goals of touring the West Coast, Midwest, and East Coast in the near future. We also have plans of getting out to Europe to support some bands we are huge fans of. Simply put, work, travel, and legal issues are clouding up some of those plans but we will definitely be playing a lot of shows in California and Wisconsin very soon.

8.Recently you where a part of a split album with Fiends At Feast' what are your thoughts on the other band that was a part of the album?

We are friends with some of the members of Fiends At Feast. We love their style. It’s brutal, organic, dark and compliments the atmospheric style we approached on this release. The guys are all awesome. We hope to eventually get out to Cali and play some shows with these guys. It’s been a pleasure and very easy to work with Fiends At Feast and we couldn’t have asked for a better band to work with on our first split release.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?

It’s actually pretty insane. Indonesia and Brazil love us for some reason!! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU GUYS SOMETIME! In the beginning we were kind of laughed at for calling ourselves Apocalyptic Metal but the response to that style is really positive lately. People seem to be taking us seriously and the feedback we have been receiving from the split so far is above what we expected.

10.What is going on with the other musical projects these days, that some of the band members are involved with?

Even though Tragic Death is the main focus for all our members, music is our lives and we all keep very busy that way. Joe plays in a local Madison band called Cast in Fire. Cody has been working very hard lately on Nexion (name may change soon). It’s an acoustic based metal project that is different from many others where there is focus on tremolo and power chords instead of finger picking and strumming. He uses the acoustic like a metal guitar! Steven does vocals in Lords of Discipline who will be releasing another album very soon. He also has a Black Metal project Chaosophy that focuses on Chaos-Gnostic themes. They will be recording their first album beginning in August.

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

Work has already begun on our next full length. We are always writing and we seem to churn stuff out fairly quickly but we are thinking of adding in many World music influences on this next one as well as upping the atmospheric synths and phrases of our music heard on Purgatory Rites so it is difficult to pinpoint when that will be complete.

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

Sun of the Blind has really effected us. That is a band that is definitely under-rated. Deathspell Omega also had a profound influence on us and, of course, Dissection and Rotting Christ will alway remain a huge influence to all in the band. Lately we’ve been listening to bands like Agalloch, Dordeduh, Blut aus Nord, and Woods of Desolation. We’re really loving the atmospheric black metal coming out recently.

13.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

Cody and Steven consider themselves Chaos Gnostic, which is a very vague definition. Basically chaos is a huge part of our lives and we live each day as chaotically as possible. We feel that this carries over into our music. The occult is something we are hugely interested in. We are constantly seeking out information about the forbidden unknown and that gives us new inspiration and insight. Modern Satanism can be ridiculous, especially LaVeyan Satanism. We feel that LaVeyanism is essentially another form of Christianity and just another means for an archaic, parasitic, religion to thrive in the times of knowledge and transcendence. When bands and people go to extremes to try and prove they are Satanic, then it’s obvious they are trying to hard and that automatically disproves any true Satanic outlook.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
The Occult and specifically Chaos Gnosticism. Crowley, Lovecraft, and other dark writers. RPG games like the Elder Scrolls series. World philosophies and anything relating to the “end-times”. We are knowledge seekers in this band so our interests are constantly drifting and being ‘updated’ so to speak.

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

Thank you so much for your time. We appreciate all our fans across the world and hope to eventually meet you all! We are very eager to spread our Apocalyptic Metal. Enjoy the new split and we’ll see you all soon enough. http://hpgd.bandcamp.com/album/purgatory-rites-split-cd 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/tragic-death-interview.html


Litanie/In Nomine Humana, Tenebris/Unlight Order Productions/2013 CD Review

samedi 21 juin 2014 à 15:55

  Litanie  are  a  duo  from  France  that  plays  a  raw,  misnathropic  and  occult  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "In  Nomine  Humana,  Tenebris"  which  was  released  by  Unlight  Order  Productions.

  A  very  raw  and  old  school black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  high  pitched  screams  and  after  a  minute  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  bands  musical  sound  and  the  band  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  dark  sounding  melodies  when  they  are  needed.

  All  of  the  songs  on  the  album  are  in  the  early  90's  style  of  black  metal  and  the  music  is  very  raw  from beginning  to  end  of  the  album  as  well  as  always  evoking  a  dark  and  evil  atmosphere  and  ignoring  all  of  the  modern  trends  and  there  are  also  a  few  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  on  the  album.
 
 On  the  4th  track  sound  effects  are  added  into  the  music  briefly  making  the  music  sound  a  lot  more  dark,  occult  and  ritualistic  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chanting  with  the  grim  vocals   and  the  following  song  sees  the  band  bringing  in  clean  playing  to  their  musical  sound  briefly  and  then  the  music  goes  back  to  a  more  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  direction  while  the  clean  playing  is  still  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Litanie  play  a  very  true  form  of  black  metal  in  the  90's  tradition  that  is  very  raw,  misanthropic  and  has  a  very  dark  occult  atmosphere  and  this  is  black  metal  in  its  purest  form  along  with  some  epic  structures,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Occultism,   Medieval  Times  and  Anti  Human  themes.

  in  my  opinion  Litanie  are  a  very  raw  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  occult  black  metal  band,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In Nomine Humana, Tenebris"  "Procession"  and  "Pulchritudinem  Hominis  Periti".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/litaniein-nomine-humana-tenebrisunlight.html


Stenho/Damnation Is Forever/Chains And Hell Productions/2014 EP Review

samedi 21 juin 2014 à 01:50

  Stenho  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Damnation  Is  Forever"  which  was  released  by  Chains  And  Hell  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  style  crust  sound  starts  off  the  ep   before  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  while  also  adding  in  more  crust  and  grindcore  elements  which  also  leads  to  blast  beats  and  growls  being  added into  the  bands  musical  sound  and  on  the  following  tracks  black  metal screams  find  their  way  into  the  songs.

  Blast  beats  on  the  ep  bring  a  very  brutal  sound  to  this  ep  and  the  black  metal  screams  mix  in  with  the  growls  very  well  and  all  of  the  songs  are  very  short   with  the  longest  one  being  a  little  over  2  minutes  and  the  band  avoids  any  guitar  solos  and  melodies  except  for  the  one  of  the  tracks  where  they  also  slow  down  for  a  few  seconds  and  sticks  mostly  to  a  very  fast,  raw,  heavy  and  brutal  sound  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  ep.

  Stenho  takes  the  rawest  elements  of  black  metal,  the  speed  of  crust  as  well  as  the  brutality  of  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Stenho  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black  metal,  crust  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wrong  Direction"  and  "Unaware".  8  out  of  10.


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/stenhodamnation-is-foreverchains-and.html


Atrabilis/Uno/Bestiare/2014 EP Review

vendredi 20 juin 2014 à 22:47

  Spain's  1  man  band  Atrabilis  returns  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  his  music  combining  chaotic  sounding  black  metal  with  improv,  industrial  and  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "Uno"  which  was  released  by  Bestiare.

  A  very  atmospheric,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  weird  sounding  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  that  evolve  into  high  pitched  screams  which  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  and  the  music  also  starts  to  get  a  lot  more  raw  and  incorporate  blast  beats  before  slowing  down  and  adding  in  natural  noise  sounds  and  it  stays  in  that  direction  for  a  few  minutes  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  slow  depressive  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  end  of  the  song  shows  an  experimental  side  being  added  into  the  music.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  starts  out  with  some  distorted  reverb before  adding  in  more  dark  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  some  blast beats  as  well  as  retaining  an  experimental  atmosphere  and  depressive  screams  are  added into  the  music  which  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced and  fast  parts,  as  the  song  progresses  the  music  starts  to  incorporate  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  saxophones  a  few  seconds  later  and   the last  minutes  of  the  song  use  more  ambient,  noise  and  industrial  style  sounds  to  close  the  ep.

  Atrabilis  once  again  creates  a  very  dark  style  of  black  metal  that  combines  the  raw  and  depressive  side  with  more  experimental  elements  as  well  as  continuing  the  creative  direction  of  his  past  work  onto  both  of  these  tracks  which  are  both  12  minutes  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  abstract  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Atrabilis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Undecima  Parte".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/06/atrabilisunobestiare2014-ep-review.html