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Duir/T.S.N.R.I - Impermanenza/2022 Full Length Review

mardi 12 avril 2022 à 03:49

 


  Duir  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  folk  influenced  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  album  "T.S.N.R.I  -  Impermanenza".


  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly before  going  into a  heavier  direction.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  album  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  When  acoustic  guitars  and  flutes  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  into  the  songs,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Existentialism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Duir  are  a  very  great  sounding  folk  influenced  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Essere  dio"  and  "Solitudine".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/duirtsnri-impermanenza2022-full-length.html


Dreariness Interview

mardi 12 avril 2022 à 02:48

 



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

After the end of the recording of the new album we took a short break to reorganize the ideas, the pandemic was still in progress and it was not easy to be able to plan what would happen in the year after the recordings due to the still very strong covid restrictions that we have, it was not possible also to plan a return to live shows. Fortunately we have found a strong ally in My Kingdom Music, which has given us a strong emotional boost this year. We have reorganized the lineup with new additions that you will also hear in the upcoming album, we are playing a lot to be ready for the next live season where we hope to play more than ever, and we have also shot an incredible video clip that will see the light soon.



2.You have a new album coming out later in April, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

“Before We Vanish” is an album born in a different way than what we have done before. Musically, to emphasize the concept behind the entire album, the hedgehog’s dilemma, we used alternations of songs that sound very different: for the songs that represent the more physical side, the approach, they sound more raw, with sounds close to post-metal or sludge; to represent the introspective and emotional songs we used softer sounds, closer to the blackgaze, similar to what we have done in previous works.



3.A lot of your lyrics are inspired by the philosophical writings of 'Schopenhauer', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work?

The subject of this album was chosen as it was felt in a very personal way by some of us. Summarizing, the more two individuals try to get closer to each other, the more this approach will hurt. So we tried to write this concept through our personal point of view. A relationship that drags us on a path of various phases, passing from attraction, pain, addictions, toxicity, but also romance, awareness and acceptance.



4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored over the years with your music?

We only relied on what were our moods and our personal experiences. As we matured we tried to write in an increasingly reasoned and less impulsive way, but always trying to be honest and sincere. We learned to route that violent whirlwind of emotions that initially swept everything away in a more disordered way.



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

“Dreariness” has multiple meanings and above all synonyms, our favorite is related to the "gray" color, "greyness". Gray is a color full of meaning, it is not bright like white but it is not dark like black, even though it is a seemingly very flat and neutral color, it offers so many shades that it completes itself. But at the same time it is a color without color. Perfect to represent the whirlwind of melancholy that we wanted to express with this project.



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

The whole artwork was created by Federico Rinaldi, who made an amazing work. Completely handmade, it was made after hearing our ideas for the album. The cover represents a coral. Corals, if isolated, become weak, die or grow with fragile structures. A perfect representative for our concept album.



7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

Over the last 10 years we played in Italy, we also shared the stage with big names like Deafheaven, Moonsorrow, Negura Bunget or Forgotten Tomb, plus we were also planning our first overseas tour which we had to cancel due to covid emergency. And it is also thanks to our live activity that we have been able to meet members of our current line-up. At the moment we are planning everything in the best possible way to be able to play as much as possible especially at an international level.



8.The new album is coming out on 'My Kingdom Music', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

We are delighted with the collaboration that has been established with My Kingdom Music, it has welcomed us warmly giving us renewed motivation, and also the work that is taking place is very professional, we consider it a great opportunity for us. We have known the label for some time, some of their releases have also been very formative for us in the past, it was a great honor to have this opportunity and we hope to be able to collaborate for a long time and reach great goals together.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post black metal and blackgaze?

Since the beginning of this project, born 10 years ago, we have always received a great support from the people who have followed us. Furthermore, many of them are very loyal to our project from the very beginning, and even if it is not possible to express our affection individually, we are really very affectionate to some of them. We have always tried to make clear the concept of not being related to a specific musical genre, we always try be ourselves and to put ourselves at the center of the work we want to propose, using the way we believe it is more appropriate. For this reason our works often differ from each other. "Closer" is the most obvious example of this concept. A small part of our old fans did not accept it as our work, distancing themselves from it simply for different sounds than in the past. But often after several listens they retrace their steps, because it is absolutely a work that embodies the soul of Dreariness. Except that sometimes we speak different languages in order to express better a certain concept at a certain time. “Before We Vanish” will be, once again, a change of course, there will be very strong contrasts, and we think it can satisfy everyone. But not because it is in our interest to create something that can please certain listeners rather than others. We think that whoever listens to us must fully undergo our creation. But rather because for the work we conceived this time it required multiple faces, so we went from post-metal to sludge without neglecting the blackgaze as well.



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

We don't know. And this is the key that drives us to always create new things. Based on what we want to express, we will try to use whatever means we deem appropriate to make sure that our feelings can flow as freely as possible into music. Up to now, our soul has always been present in each of our works, and we think that in each of them, however different from each other, we can always distinguish our entity. We will try again to enrich our music with new elements and to continue our evolution, remaining true to ourselves.



11.What are some of the bands or musically styles that you are currently listening to nowadays?

Surely each of us has their own preferences that often result in genres that are also very different from each other. We really listen to everything, and we often find inspiration from the most unlikely things.



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

Thank you so much for the time and space given to us! Listen to the new album “Before We Vanish” out on April 15th, we hope to see you all live soon!

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/dreariness-interview.html


Panzerkrieg 666 Interview

mardi 12 avril 2022 à 02:38

 

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?


Panzerkrieg 666: It´s quite obvious people haven´t heard of us before because Panzerkrieg 666 was formed in December 2021. So up to this date we just exist for nearly 4 months. We are all active for 20 plus years in the german extreme metal underground scene. During our holidays we decided to start a black metal project just to do something else.


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


Panzerkrieg 666: We didn´t even think about a musical orientation we just started doing our own thing spontaneously. HvS just sent me 4 songs right before Christmas and we said we are going to record vocals next week. At this time no lyrics were written yet. So the result sounds a little bit like older Marduk but we are quite satisfied with that. 


3. A lot of your lyrics cover war and historical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Panzerkrieg 666: In general this topic fits perfectly to our sound of music. The intention was to start an uncompromising project. You have to remember that one of the last taboos in the metal scene for a german black metal band is to sing about war and WWII because inevitably there are people who want to push you in the Nazi direction right away which is complete nonsense. What people fail to understand is that representation is criticism. To be honest, the music should also be provocative. Everything is just politically correct nowadays. People have forgotten to use their minds independently. So back to your question, there are tons of interesting topics concerning war we are going to use for our music in the future and we don´t give a fuck about what people think about us.  


4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name “Panzerkrieg 666''?


Panzerkrieg 666: The band name already existed before a single note was played. In the beginning we had a conversation about what band name to choose for our project which was a pretty funny conversation. Panzerkrieg is a german word which means “tank war”. To be honest we had to laugh out loud but we love the band name. 


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


Panzerkrieg 666: There was a guy from Indonesia who did the artwork. We just told him what the music is about and he did a great job. That´s all.



6. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?


Panzerkrieg 666: For the musical creative process we´ll definitely remain a duo. In real life we´re friends and we absolutely can rely on each other. But we would like to play live shows in the future. We can easily perform as a duo using a drumcomputer which works fine. If there is an opportunity to find a live drummer, it depends on his reliability. We don´t want to be dependent on anyone. So let´s see.



7. The EP was released on 'Human Noise Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Panzerkrieg 666: It´s a new formed indielabel from Germany. We sent some applications to labels and got some positive feedback but we decided to release on Human Noise Records. We had a zoom session with Nicolai from Human Noise Records and had a positive and humorous connection with him. 



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


Panzerkrieg 666: At the time we are doing this interview we are still in the process of waiting for getting reviews. But the feedback we already got was very positive. Even labels that don´t have capacities left to release it told us the music is quite good. In general the feedback was quite positive so far. We think it´s well crafted and if you´re into blast beat black metal you should check it out. 



9. Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


Panzerkrieg 666: Yes we are but we won´t tell you.



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


Panzerkrieg 666: A second EP is already recorded and is in the stage of mix and mastering. Music for a third EP is also in the making already. So there are definitely things to come in the future soon. 

Music-wise the songs on the 2nd EP will have a slightly more modern edge to it and while still being black metal also incorporate some Death and Thrash Metal influences here and there. 


11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that the band members are influenced by and also what are you currently listening to nowadays?


Panzerkrieg 666: Suffice to say we are playing together in another Death-Thrash band but we both listen to many different metal styles. You can say we are quite open minded concerning different styles. I listened last to the latest records of Ministry, Exodus and Hypocrisy for example.



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


Panzerkrieg 666: Thank you very much for the interview. Would be very nice if you people check out our selftitled EP on the streaming platforms, released April 22nd 2022. A digipack cd is available via Human Noise Records. Feel free to follow us on social media. Also feel free to get in touch with us for playing live shows.  


Check us out here:


Web:

http://www.panzerkrieg666.de


Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/panzerkrieg666


Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/panzerkrieg666


Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3DRoaL6PukxRQGQyZ9K9yA


Human Noise Records:

https://www.human-noise-records.com



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/panzerkrieg-666-interview.html


Swazond/Cursed Inheritance/Zero Dimensional Records/2022 CD Review

lundi 11 avril 2022 à 05:26

 


  Swazond  are  a  band  from  Tokyo,  Japan  that  plays  a  crust  influenced  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  album  "Cursed  Inheritance"  which  was  released  by  Zero  Dimensional  Records.


  A  very  heavy  crust  punk  influenced  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  deep  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.   


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  faster   tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  a  synth  orientated  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  on  later tracks  as  well  as  the  mid  tempo  sections  also  adding  in  d  beats  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.       


  Swazond  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  crust  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Swazond  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goddess  Annihilation"  "Too  Late"  and  "Hereditary".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp album link: https://swazond.bandcamp.com/album/cursed-inheritance Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swazondInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/swazond

https://youtu.be/KoE58qoseZM

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/swazondcursed-inheritancezero.html


Ljuska/Thanatanamnesis/Vargheist Records/2022 CD Review

lundi 11 avril 2022 à 04:25

 


  Ljuska  are  a  solo  project  from  Serbia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  dissonant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2022  album  "Thanatamnesis"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Vargheist  Records.


  Apocalyptic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  a  great  portion  of the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  chaotic  yet  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks.


  Dissonant  structures  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffs  and  leads  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are  utilized,  melodic  chants  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  esoteric  lore  and  rituals.


  In  my  opinion  Ljuska  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  dissonant  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Abysmal  Ingression"  "Seeds  On  Stones"  and  "Exertion  of  The  Strife".  8  out  of  10.


        

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/04/ljuskathanatonamnesisvargheist.html