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Abandoned By Light/The Angel Experiment/Black Lion Productions/2016 CD Review

lundi 22 février 2016 à 03:27




  United  Kingdom's  Abandoned  By Light  have  returned  with  a  new  album  that  continues  the  depressive  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "The  Angel  Experiment"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  evolves  into  more  of  a  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  and when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  used  they  bring  in  even  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style  to  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  deep growls  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  songs  also  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  the  music  does  speed  up on  some  tracks  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  more  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  acoustic instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks  while  some  songs  also  mix  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Abandoned  By  Light  creates  another  album  that  remains  true  to  the  depressive  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  skill  as  a  musician,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  genetically  engineered  angelic  creature  who  escapes  from  his  prison  only  to  discover  an  apocalypse  has  happened  and  his  struggles  with  loneliness  and  depression.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abandoned  By  Light  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire  Paved  Skies  Darken"  "Waking  To  A  World  Of  Deepening  Nightmares"  "Mine  Dying  Light"  and  "Paradise  Lost  As  Harmony  Breaks".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/abandoned-by-lightthe-angel.html


Sig:Ar:Tyr Interview

lundi 22 février 2016 à 00:02
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

I’ve been taking a break from music since the completion of the album because it is such a stressful process. With the band members some distance from each other, plus being in the middle of Canadian winter, it’s more difficult to get together. But we will be jamming soon to get the rust off and practice a new set and hopefully be ready for the occasional show to support the new album.

2.You have a new album coming out in April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

This time I went for a more straight-ahead approach than before. I wanted to make the best nine songs I could to tell my story, and make them all essential and memorable to the album as a whole. I wanted every riff, every solo, every vocal verse to be focused and powerful. Another difference is that this time around there are no instrumentals on this album. While it has always been an important part of my past albums in terms of mood and pacing, nothing really came into mind regarding a new instrumental for this album... it just didn’t fit the mood and story I wanted to tell. This is also the first time I had other musicians help me in the process, so I have a drummer and bass player do their own parts, and my rhythm guitarist and drummer also helped me out with some songwriting and created the first song for my band that wasn’t initially created by me.

3.This is the first album to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

After “Godsaga" was released in 2010, I was totally burned out musically. That album is very important to me and took a lot out of me to create as I did it all by myself. Afterwards I basically did nothing music-wise for about a year and half. In the summer of 2012, I was offered to play a small festival in the US, and at the same time, my friends in other local bands, Nicholas Ireland and Mike Grund (Battlesoul) and Morgan Rider (Vesperia) really wanted to help me bring the music to the live stage. Believe it or not, I had never played live before in my life. So we took about 3-4 months to get up to speed with a small set, and we played live for the first time in the fall of 2012. We played about 5 shows between 2012 and 2013, just special shows here and there, then I stopped playing live so I could concentrate on creating the new album which was finished in late 2015.

4.The lyrical topics are a concept album about the Vikings voyages to America, can you tell us a little bit more about the song writing that is present on the new recording?

Another reason why I didn’t start a new album right away after “Godsaga" is that I always need a central theme to work from. I like having that in place to guide me in the writing process of the album. It wasn’t until late 2012 that I discovered my theme of the Norse in North America, and specifically in my own country of Canada.  From their settlements in Greenland, they arrived here approximately 1000 years ago on the east coast, first landing in Baffin Island, then making their way down the coast to Labrador, Newfoundland, and further on. More importantly, I also wanted to explore their spiritual friction as they transitioned from heathen ways to Christianity at the time.

5.The band name is named after 3 different runes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Norse Paganism and also do you have any interest in the Paganism or other cultures?

Yes the name is based on three runes from the old North European alphabet. I am also highly influenced by the fantasy author Michael Moorcock, and his universe is based on the relationships between chaos, balance, and order. I chose those three runes to best signify that relationship. I didn’t really become focused on North European mythology until later in life. Before I was a bit all over the place in terms of occult interests, whether it was Satanism, ancient Egypt, Aleister Crowley, all sorts of things. Then I began to focus on the spiritual aspects of my own culture, that of Northen Europe. I’m English in heritage, and in the Norse mythology we find the most complete memory of pre-Christian thought in Northern Europe because it was preserved. Unfortunately in England it was not preserved very well, but when you compare the myths of all North Europeans, they come from familiar roots in deep pre-history so it makes for a fascinating comparison. More recently I’ve become obsessed again with ancient civilizations going back 10,000+ years ago, for example, right now I’m reading a book about Göbekli Tepe in modern-day Turkey which is now the oldest known temple-like structure we’ve ever discovered and continues to wind back the date of the earliest known civilizations.

6.Originally the band started out as a solo project what was the decision behind hiring a full time line up?

Part of this was answered in the previous question, but I had friends in other local bands who wanted to help bring my music to the live stage. It was also an opportunity to have them involved in the new album, and perform their own parts, because my bass playing skills and drum programming skills were fairly limited so it really enhanced the album to have their expertise and own musical take on my ideas, contribute new riffs and so on. When you do everything yourself, you start to go in circles and your ideas can become stale. The last thing I wanted to do was make a “Godsaga II”, so I think their contributions really helped make the new album “Northen" what it is.

7.Has the band done any live shows with the line up yet?

Yes we have done about 5 shows, one in the US, and the rest in Ontario close to where we live. We’ve been lucky to be on some high-profile shows with bands like Absu, Einherjer, and Agalloch, and also had my first headlining show in my hometown which was great. I know it does not seem like much and our live record has been pretty spotty, but with everyone busy with their own projects, and me being the private person that I am, it’s not a priority. I’ve always been happy just making music at home and just leaving it at that. But my friends really helped push me to get out of my comfort zone and bring the music live because people really wanted to hear it, and being able to play for fans of your music and meet and talk with them is a great feeling and very rewarding.

8.The new album is coming out on Hammerheart Records, how did you get in contact with this legendary label?

Hammerheart was one of the first labels to contact me when I sent out my demo way back in 2003. The first album "Sailing the Seas of Fate” was supposed to be released with them, but with some business problems at the time it ended up not happening. We reconnected after many years of building up my discography in the underground scene. I really felt like “Northen” was a strong enough album with wider appeal that they would be interested so I thought it was worth a try to contact them again. They recently re-released my previous albums and we have high hopes for the new album. They've always been a label associated with classic pagan metal and in a way it was like completing a circle from the time they contacted me from my first demo.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of pagan and black metal?

The reactions to my last album “Godsaga” were very positive, and it started the momentum of breaking out of the niche genre I was in. There’s been a progression from the acoustic/ambient type of music in the beginning to more straight-ahead metal with each album. I think “Northen” is the culmination of that progression as this is the most complete metal album I have done. We’ve only just started the promotion for this album, but early reaction has been very positive, and I think it will appeal to the wider metal community compared to previous albums.

10.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?

My drummer Nich is hard at work with his band Battlesoul on their new album. I’ve heard a few clips from it in progress and it sounds really great. My rhythm guitarist Mike started his own band Hexenklad which is black/pagan metal and they are working in their first album, and Morgan is busy working on a new Vesperia album and doing another tour soon. They won last year’s Wacken Metal Battle in Germany which was a huge accomplishment.

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

I’ve already got some ideas for a new album, so I’m just at the early stages of setting the theme and overall mood for it. Style-wise, I’m sure it will be very similar to the past of course, but possibly in a faster black metal direction. I’m not quite sure yet. I’d like to tone down the Norse aspects, I think I’ve told enough Viking tales, and SIG:AR:TYR has always been about the greater ancient world, even though I mainly focus on Northern Europe. For example the “Beyond the North Winds” album had a variety of mythical and historical topics. My current fascination with what people were doing on Earth over 10,000 years ago may feed into that. I just hope it doesn’t take 5+ years for me to complete it this time!

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?

My main influences are 80’s metal, as that is the era I grew up in... Iron Maiden, Dio, Ozzy, Ratt, Savatage, King Diamond, and also my favorite guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Criss Oliva, Jake E Lee, Warren Demartini, and Andy LaRocque. In the early 90’s Hammerheart from Bathory was a major influence of course. In the mid-90s like most people I was really taken with black metal, primarily Burzum and early Emperor. I think there was a long break there was I wasn’t much into metal for awhile, but that changed again in the early 2000’s when I got into pagan metal bands like Primordial and Drudkh. Just great epic music with a lot of heart, and it really got me excited about making music. When I first started out, I wanted SIG:AR:TYR to blend three things: Viking-era Bathory, Yngwie Malmsteen, with a bit of Burzum atmosphere. That’s it! As time went on and I added more and more metal aspects, I followed the path of the pagan metal bands.
Nowadays I’ve gone backwards and I’m mostly listening to 70’s rock… UFO, Scorpions, Uriah Heep, Alice Cooper, Kiss, that sort of stuff.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I read a lot, and I like to write fiction when I can, but I’ve had a lot things sit idle while I’ve been working on music for so long. I have some unfinished fantasy type stuff, and also a children’s ghost story I want to get back to. Otherwise, I just have a regular life, I have a full-time career, house, wife, and a dog that takes up most of my time as well! My favorite part of my days are long trail walks with my dog.

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

Thank you for the interview, and I hope everyone enjoys the new album when it arrives. SIG:AR:TYR marches on, even if at a slow pace!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/sigartyr-interview.html


Uada/Devoid Of Light/Eisenwald/2016 CD Review

samedi 20 février 2016 à 00:26

  Uada  are  a  band from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  very raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  'Devoid  Of  Light"  which  will  be  released  in  April by  Eisenwald.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  mixing  it  in  with  a  more  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  90's  Swedish  black  metal  influences  in t he  bands  musical  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  very  melodic  musical  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  All  of  the  songs  have  a  very  vintage  Swedish  style  to  them  and  the  band  plays  it  so  perfectly  that  most  people  would  assume  this  is  a  veteran  band  from  that  country  and  would  be  surprised  to  find  out  there  are  from  the  northwestern  region  of the  United  States  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  at  times  bring  in  a  slight  death  metal  influence  while  also  adding  depressive  screams  into some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  a  bit  more  atmospheric  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Uada  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  spectral  melodies  that  gives  the  music  a  very  vintage  Swedish  sound  and  this  is  probably  when  off  the  most  creative  albums  and  American  band  has  released  over  the  years,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Uada  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Natus  Eclipsim"  and  "Our  Pale  Departure".  8/5  out  of  10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/uadadevoid-of-lighteisenwald2016-cd.html


Rorcal/Creon/Halo Of Flies/2016 CD Review

vendredi 19 février 2016 à 05:52

  Switzerland's  Rorcal  have  returned  with  a  new  album  which  shows  them  continuing  the  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  of  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Creon"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Halo  Of  Flies.

   Tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  very  slow  doom/sludge  metal  riffing  and  drums  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  mixing  in  dark  sounding  melodies  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  depressive  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  being  utilized.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  vocals  also  throw  in grim  growls  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  metal  and  hardcore  in  the  slower  doom  and  sludge  sections  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  singing  and  spoken  word  parts.

  With  this  recording  Rorcal  continues  their  mixture  of  black  metal,  doom  and  sludge  from  previous  recordings  while  also  speeding  up  a  bit  and  getting  more  raw  and  aggressive,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  on  the  deaths  of  Polynices,  Antigone,  Haemon,  and  Eurydice  from  Greek  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Rorcal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Polynices"  and  "Eurydice".  8  out  of  10.

       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/rorcalcreonhalo-of-flies2016-cd-review.html


Cold Raven/Equilibrium And Chaos/Sliptrick Records/2015 CD Review

vendredi 19 février 2016 à 04:37
 Cold  Raven  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Equilibrium And Chaos"  which  was  released  by  Sliptrick  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  even  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Death  metal  growls  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  slower  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  clean  playing  along  with  some  whispers  make  a  return  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Cold  Raven  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  melodic  in  the  90's  style  which  they  also  mix  in  with  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Religions,  Inner  Enlightenment,  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cold  Raven  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "No  Mercy"  "Trapped  In  A  Cult"  and  "The  World  Is  Doomed".  8  out  of  10.  

 

   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/02/cold-ravenequilibrium-and.html