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Conjuro Nuclear/Self Titled/2014 EP Review

jeudi 27 mars 2014 à 05:18

  Conjuro  Nuclear  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  combines  black  metal  with  elements  of  crust,  doom,  ambient  and  psychedelia  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2014  ep.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  dark  sounding  ambient  synths which  they  use  heavily  on  the  first  2  tracks  while  the  second  track  also  brings  in  some  melodic  gothic  rock  sounds  on  the  guitars  as  well  as  adding  in  more  black  metal  influences  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  vocals  in  the  background.

  When  we  get  into  the  third  track  crust  and  old  school  punk  elements  are  introduced  in  the  music  and  mix  in  with  the  synths  and  black  metal  parts  and  they  also  bring  a  brief  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  following  tracks  as  well  as  bringing  in  grim  black  metal  vocals  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  along  with  some  programmed  blast  beats  and  they  also  do  another  synth  track  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  on  the  last  song  as  well  as  bringing  in  some  psych  elements.

  With  this  ep  Conjuro  Nuclear  continue  their  mixture  of  80's  orientated  synth  music  with  black  metal  and  crust  along  with  some  dark  lyrics  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  raw,  heavy  and  lo-fi  production.    

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Conjuro  Nuclear  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  crust  and  synth  music,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bosque  de  craneos"  "Oscura  lisergia"  and  "Divinorum".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/conjuro-nuclearself-titled2014-ep-review.html


Kaoskult Interview

mercredi 26 mars 2014 à 18:38
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hi. It is too soon to say what has been going on with Kaoskult since the release of „Secret Serpent”,
because the album’s been available only for a few weeks. After completing „SS”, we were
looking for a record label. Now we are promoting our music and this is the main task.
 
2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released a few years back?

I think that musically the Promo from 2009 and „Secret Serpent” are very close to each other, but the new album has better sound and some tracks have a taste of the 90’s avantgarde BM.
Of course it is not the Ved Buens Ende or Fleurety style, but I think that our music resembles that of Christ Agony or Triptykon and maybe old greek BM bands without synthesizers but with newer elements.
I would like to emphasize that this is only my opinion.


3.The band members are veterans in playing black metal, what are some of the things you are able to bring out with this band that you were not able to do with the previous groups?
I think that Kaoskult is a continuation of our early works in other bands, specially In The Depth Of Night. Both in that band and in Kaoskult I am/was the composer of music. Some similarity is inevitable, but Kaoskult has its own, new „spirit”.

4.According to the Metal Archives page the band has been around since 2006 but so far there has only been a demo and one full length released can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during those 8 years?


In the years 2006 – 2009 we were composing music for „Secret Serpent”. After that we recorded „Manifest - Promo 2009” and then „SS” in a few sessions between September 2009 r. – June  2011 r. We had some big problems with the producer of our record and that was the reason for this delay.
Next we were searching someone who could compass our music and could do a good job of mixing and mastering our music. This process lasted for six months.
Then we were looking for a record label. I think that’s all.

5.Your lyrics cover Chaos Magick and Occultism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Chaos Magic is the best system in today’s sick world.
It is like a good cocktail with psychedelic mushrooms.
We use it because we want to realize ourselves and understand the meaning of this cruel and soulless world.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kaoskult'?


Kaoskult is something like primal cosmic energy.
It is like a virus which we must force into the bloodstream, infect the system and reprogram ourselves.

7.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 played only one gig as Kaoskult and that was in 2009.
I think that our stage performance is „normal” - in the sense of BM culture.
This isn’t our strength today.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?

We don’t have any touring or show plans but who knows what will happen in this respect in the upcoming years.

9.The new album came out on Odium Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

I know Shadow – the leader of the Odium Records for fifteen years.
I sent him our album and he was interested in releasing it on Odium. He is a maniac of BM and extreme music in general and I think that he is doing a good job when it comes to promoting this kind of music.

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

The feedback is very good. Of course we know reality of today’s scene and we only do what we want to do. We do not expect a big success. Today’s BM newer fans are mostly gigabytes maniacs (of course not all of them) and this is very nasty.
They don’t feel the climate of this music because they only collect files.
If you want to go deeper and break on through to the other side you must focus on our music. This is the Secret (Serpent).

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

I don’t know. Maybe we will play space-ritual-industrial-dark metal J.
The subconscious (mind) tells us what we must do with Kaoskult music. We are unpredictable.

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

Nowadays I am listening to a lot of kinds of music, eg. BM, experimental and industrial, psychedelic music, doom etc. I think that early BM and doom metal scene have had an influence on our music. These are our roots.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

The kids and families – this is our today’s non musical interests and partly forced hobby.
Then the low emission economy, renewable energy and business.
In the 90’s this was mostly hot chicks J.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Be yourselves and change the reality.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/kaoskult-interview.html


Moloch/Verwustung/Human To Dust/2014 CD Review

mardi 25 mars 2014 à 20:36

  Moloch  are  a  one  man  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  ambient  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Verwustung"  which  was  released  by  Human  To  Dust.

  The  album  starts  out  with  ambient  drones  which  also  brings  a dark  and  atmospheric  feeling to  the  recording  and  after  the  first  track  the  music  goes  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  grim,  depressive  screams  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  melody  in  the  music  and  after  awhile  clean  playing  is  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  we  get  more  into  the  album  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  slower  parts  which  also  enhance  the  darkness  of  the  recording  as  well  as bringing  in  atmospheric  sounding synths  at  times  and  the  music  still  retains  a  great  amount  of  fast  parts  along  with the  vocals  having  a  more  suicidal  feeling to  them  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  old  school  black  metal  elements  while  always  having  a  dark  atmosphere.

   By  the  time  the  album  gets  into  the  seventh  track  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  is  brought  into  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  slow  and  depressive  suicidal  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  screams  and  cries  and  on  the  following  track  the  music  goes into  a  more  avant  garde  classical  direction  with  the  track  being  a  remake  of   a  Frederic  Chopin  piece  will  also  being  more  dark  and  modern  than  the  original  version  and  the  ambient  side  of  this  project  really  shines  through  on  this  song  and  the  following  track  is  a  demo  track  that  returns  the  music  back  to  black  metal  as  well  as  being  the  last  song  on  this  album.  

  With  this  album  Moloch  cut  back  on  the  dark  ambient  parts  of  the  previous  recordings  while  still  utilizing  them  in  some  parts  and  creates  a  more  straight  forward  depressive  black  metal  sound  with  this  recording  along  with  lyrics  covering  nature,  depression  and  individualism  and  having  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  production.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Moloch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Todestille"  "Negativitat"  "Die  Kalte  der  Ewigkeit"  and  "Nur  de  Tod  ist  wiklich".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/molochverwustunghuman-to-dust2014-cd.html


Malauriu Interview

lundi 24 mars 2014 à 18:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Malauriu was born in 2013 from an ideo of Asmodeus (guitars, bass, keyboards and songwriter)
The band was set up with the idea of playing raw black metal inspired by the scene of the early 90’s
We are from Western Sicily and at the moment we have just released of debut EP entitled “Presagi di Morte”

2.Recently you have released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction you have taken with this recording?
With this EP we have created and tested a sound withi are indeed still consolidating: raw and direct black metal with no innovation nor sound’s experimentation. To put it simple who is looking form technical and polished blackmeal should look elsewhere, on the contrary who is eager of old school black metal is welcome. We still have to work on defining our sound and on improving some things here and there, nevertheless the ep is getting positive review and is quite appreciated by the listeners.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
The lyrics  are mostly about death, hatred, sorrow and religion.

4.The band members named themselves  Asmodeus, Otis and Marbas all goetic demon names, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
I have been always fascinated by Occultism. Over the year I have broaden my knowledge on the matter through books and researches. I am still pretty much into the matter.

5.I know that the band name means 'bad/ill omen' in Sicilian, what was the decision behind using it as a band name?
I (Asmodeus) am really attached to my homeland so I decided to use this term which is part of the Sicilian culture.
I did not really want to use the usual and trite Englishe names. Maybe Malauriu is a name quite difficult to grab outside of Sicily as there is not direct/simple translation but I don’t quite care about that.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have never performed live so far and yet we don’t have a live line up. Despite that we have got some offers to play live and we are evaluating them.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
For now live shows are not a priority of ours

8.The new ep came out on Melqart productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Melqart Productions is a tiny label of ours through which we publish our material until the time we find a better label seriously interested into our music.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
On a worldwide level we have received very positive reviews, every day we get mails from every corner of the globe of people that show interest in our EP. We are happy about it and we do hope that in future we will be producing material released by a label that will make our discs circulate abroad as much as possibile

10.What is going on with the other musical project these days that the guitar player is involved with?
Urlo Nero is currently on stand by as we are fully dedicated to Malauriu. Maybe we will release another already recorded work under the name Urlo Nero, but it’s not sure yet-
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I see a frutiful future ahead of us, we already have many new ideas to record!.

12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I have been influenced by so many bands, so many that I won’t be listing them. Let’s say that I have great respect for the pillars of black metal, especially those which contributed to create  the very first scene in Norway. Also the  first wave of Italia black metal was a remarkable influence for me. Currently I have been listening a lot to Peste Noire and Inquisition. Furthermore I do listen to some other genres that have a certain degree of influence on my music.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides music I do like reading and watching movies

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

I just would like to thank Occult Black Metal Zine, all those who follow us and in general all those who support the black metal scene


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/malauriu-interview.html


Forgotten Deity Interview

dimanche 23 mars 2014 à 00:43
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the project?

Forgotten Deity is my one-man band. It's mainly instrumental music, depicting the beauty of nature. It takes listener into forgotten forests among pure mountains. My music is full of ambient synths, black metal guitars and slow tempo drums. Vocals (black metal screams or whispering) appear very rarely up to this moment.

2.A few months back you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Sound is clean and atmospheric.  Something in between Lustre, Basarabian Hills and Evergreen Refuge if comparing to other projects. 

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

Some lyrics are about nature, other are fantasy, some are patriotic - about love to homeland, native forests and mountains. Some of them are inspired by ancient myths. But most of my tracks have no lyrics at all. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Forgotten Deity'?

It's a tribute to a memory of  forgotten "pagan" Gods.

5.Currently there is only 1 member involved with this project, do you feel this gives you a lot more room to be creative with your musical sound?

Yes, making music only by myself let's me do it really efficiently and I can feel free to do whatever I like with my compostions. Nobody tells me what to do. It's a complete creative freedom.

6.The new album came out on Le Crepuscule du Soir, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

To be honest I just e-mailed the label with links to my music. It's a great label releasing great music and I'm very glad they answered. They released my CD perfectly just as I wanted it to be.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?

People comment on youtube and facebook. Those comments are mostly positive, but I'm still awaiting for the moment when my music will be really well known and noticed like Lustre is.

8.Are you currently involved with any other musical projects besides this one?

At this particular moment no, but in the past I made few amateur projects. None of them is worth mentioning.

9.Where do you see the project heading into musically during the future?

I think the tracks will be much longer, and more progressive, with more samples of nature sounds.

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

I'm inspired by such bands as Evergreen Refuge, Basarabian Hills, Lustre or Summoning. I listen to various types of music from atmospheric black metal to classical music and ambient. For example I like Hyperborea ambient project. I like listening to new and not well-known things as well.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love fantasy literature like for example Tolkien, Sapkowski or Ursula K. Le Guin. Another one of my passions is the history of European Antiquity and early Middle Ages. I like European mythologies, esp. my own native Slavonic myths.

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

I would like to invite everybody to my youtube channel, where I upload my newest trackshttps://www.youtube.com/user/forgottendeityband

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/03/forgotten-deity-interview.html