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Ordo Omagae Absolatae/Compendium Ordinis/Altare Productions/2016 Compilation Album Review

mardi 12 juillet 2016 à 14:38

  This  is  a  review  of  a compilation  of  black  metal  bands  from  Belgium  that  belong  to  a  collective  known  as  'Ordo  Omagae  Absolatae'  which  also consists  of  the  bands  Morkenatten,  De  Vermis  Mysterious,  Sepulchrum,  Odibilis  Signatus,  and  'Necrosophia',  and  the  album  will  be  released in  September  by  Altare  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Odibilis  Signatus  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  music  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  Finnish  influences  and  both  of  their  tracks  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as w ell  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  second  song  bringing  in  melodic  leads.

  Next  up  is  Morkenatten  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  music  starts  out  with  some  dark  guitar  riffing  which  gets  heavy  once  the  black  metal  screams  kick  in  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodies  in  the  musical  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  melodic  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  second  track  shoes  the  music  getting  more  atmospheric.

  Next  up  is  De  Vermis  Mysterious  a  band  that  plays  a  Lovecraftian  inspired  form  of  black  metal.   

  There  music  starts out  with  ambient  style  keyboards  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  and  after  a  minute  fast  tremolo  picking  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording as  well  as  some  blast  beats  that  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  both  songs  bring  in  a  perfect  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  the  clean  parts  also  make  a  return  at  times.

  Next  up  is  Sepulchrum  a  band  that  plays  an  anti  cosmic  form  of  satanic  black  metal.

  Their  music  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  very  deep  and  grim  screams  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  in  their  music  and  both  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Closing  the  compilation  is  Necrosophia  a  band  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  music  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  sounds  before  adding  in  dark and  melodic  riffs  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  occult  chanting  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  screams  into  the  music  and  both  of  their  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  both  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw,  atmospheric  and  occult  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.          

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/ordo-omagae-absolataecompendium.html


Drudkh/Grift/Betrayed By The Son/Hagringar/Nordvis Produktion/2016 Split EP Review

mardi 12 juillet 2016 à 10:00

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between Ukraine's  Drudkh  and  Sweden's  Grift  2  bands  that  have  had  albums  reviewed  before  by  this  zine  and  this  album  will  be  released  in  September  by  Nordvis  Produktion  and  is  called  "betrayed By  The  Sun/Hagriner"  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Drudkh  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  epic  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  you  can  also h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and both  of their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  atmospheric  elements  and  there  is  also  a  brif  use  of  melodic  chants,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Drudkh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "His  Twenty  Fourth-Spring".

  Next  up  is  Grift  a  solo  project  that  also  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  water  sounds  and  after  a  few  seconds  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  his  side  of  the  recording  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  vocals  and  both  of  his  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  and  melodic  atmospheric  black  metal  style  while  also  mixing  the  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  together  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and   blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  raw  edge  while  the  songs  stick  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  a  mans  struggle  to  find  his  path  in  a  primitive  world.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grift  and  is  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cirkeln".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  atmospheric  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.      

       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/drudkhgriftbetrayed-by.html


Velm/Orkan/Neverheard Distro/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 12 juillet 2016 à 09:09

  Velm  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  synth  orientated  form  of   pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Orkan"  which  was  released  by  Neverheard  Distro.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  guitar  leads  also  make  their  presence known  on  the  recording  as  well  as  bringing  in  grim  high  pitched  screams  and  epic  sounding synths.

  A  lot  of  90's  second  wave  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  synths  also  bring  in  ambient  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  synth  instrumental.

  Velm  plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  and  also  brings  in  epic  sounding  synths  without  ever  losing  any  of t he  raw  edge,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Hungarian  and  cover  Paganism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Velm  are  a  very  great  sounding  synth  orientated  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Yuggoth  On  the  Run"  and  "Orkan  -  Song  Of  Autumn".  8  out  of  10.

  

      

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/velmorkanneverheard-distro2016-full.html


Impure Ziggurat/Raping the Quantum Womb Of The Macrocosm/Magister Dixit/2015 Demo Review

lundi 11 juillet 2016 à 17:46





  Impure  Ziggurat  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  demo  "Raping  The  Quantum  Womb  of  the  Macrocosm"  which  was  released  by  Magister  Dixit.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  demo  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  bestial  death  metal  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  a  90's  war  metal  style  to  the  bands  musical  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments.

  A  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  morbid  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  get  very  melodic  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  return  briefly  on  a  later  track

  Impure  Ziggurat  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to  the  raw  sides  of  90's  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lost  Civilizations,  and  Occult  Astrosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Impure  Ziggurat  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Uranium Clouds  In  Antediluvian  Skies"  and  "Zeta  Orionis  Conspiracy".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/impure-zigguratraping-quantum-womb-of.html


Torc Interview

lundi 11 juillet 2016 à 16:49
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

    We are from the Czech Republic and our band was founded in 2013. Till 2013 three members played in the band called Sezarbil and leaving that band was the first step to start Torc. We are open to all styles from the genre and textual point of view and our music offers a whole range of moods and feelings.


2.In March you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
2. Right at the beginning of recording we had the idea about the form of the recordings, and how the sound should be added in order not to lose anything in the tracks. We needed a clear, concrete sound of guitars for which we needed to decrease gain to obtain a comprehensible and full guitar sound. And in view of the fact that there are several death/thrash/heavy passages which need a solid base made by the increase of guitar gain, we had to record the basic guitars on four tracks. Only then in their sum the track picked up the strength. The guitars are completed with a bass guitar, on which we didn´t add any effect, to support the readability of the guitars. Drums and vocals are also significant. We lowered the vocals a bit and gave the drums a bit unclean character. The result represents a readable, aggressive and dynamic album.

3.You label your music as 'black core', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?
3. Black core represents our designation which partly characterizes our genre frame of mind. Since the album is not of one genre only and we wanted to avoid the labelling like Black/Death/Thrash/HC metal band, we have chosen a universal designation of our work. Black core itself is definitely not a precise term and does not bring the idea about all genres which appear and blend on the album. As the ones of a few, we employed HC genre among Black metal passages so the idea of Black core designating appeared to be suitable for us. And I think that there is no band which would use this designation so we can offer the listeners all mentioned above and this is very important for us. The album Tóny Annwnu is very disunited one from the view of genre labelling.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4. The present view on the society which is oppressed by the incompetent politicians is reflected in the texts. The track Divize duchů (Ghosts´ division) remembers the war times. In the texts Co neslyšíme (What we don´t hear) and Ztraceni v sobě (Lost in ourselves) personal emotional confessions are reflected, and last but not least, our Celtic roots and its themes are also the part of the texts.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Torc?
5. Torc is a short form of the word Torques. Torques itself is a term that comes from the time of the Celts who called so a circular ornament that they wore around their neck. It was a symbol of power which was worn by rulers, or druids. In our Torc logo this torques is exactly drawn, too.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6. A very successful concert was the one with the bands Hecate Enthroned, Valkyrja, Ad Hominem etc. at Hell Fast Attack festival. Open festivals have their own unique atmosphere and we like to play at these events. The next successful event was the concert with Polish Arkona. The club was packed and the fans were great.

 
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. Of course, this year we will play four concerts with our brothers from the band Sekhmet. Then we are taking a break because this year we are visiting the recording studio again. We are in a period of re-composing and creating a new material for a split album which will be released later this year, but I´m not going to reveal more yet.

8.The album was released on 'Murderous Music Production', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. Murderous Production is a Czech label we´ve had a long experience with from the time of Sezarbil. They have been on the scene for many years and we have a good experience with them and friendly relations. The label itself has made such releases as Žrec – Paměti, or LP reissue debut album Inferno – Duch slovanské síly and they are also co-organizers of Hell Fast Attack festival.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. We´ve met only positive reactions from all sides so far. We´ve gained a lot of new fans and new contacts as well, and we are glad that we have filled the gap genre from a certain perspective, and offered something new. It is perceived in the same way by the people around judging from their reactions on our album.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
10. It's difficult to lead one band and even more difficult to engage in more bands in which we participate. It's much more difficult for us to plan everything, as you have mentioned right, Torc is not the only band for everyone involved. Everything needs to be planned well and we need to organize our free time in order to dedicate it to both bands. Our drummer Gulage plays in a grindcore band called Syphilitic Vaginal, which is heading into the studio, and I have been working with the band Inferno, which is also finding itself in the period of preparation and recording the new album. Everything works well, it's just about planning long in advance.


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

11. The current development continues at a similar pattern. Genre openness, emphasis on melody and energy. The newly prepared material is still and all different from our debut. It's more black metal and recently there have been added many guitar arrangements, layering of guitars, more technique elements and the scope for creating moods and emotions.

12.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?
12. Naming bands that are a source of inspiration to me would be a long writing. More important are the genres that I listen to and which affect me a lot. I love medieval choral music and I am a passionate listener of symphonies, flamencos and blues. I follow the development of rock music since its birth and together with this the start of metal music that I love in all its forms. All this represents a great inspiration for me, and I'm sure all of this is reflected in composing of my music.

13.How would you describe your views on Paganism?
13. Link to our pagan past is not only reflected in the very name of the band but partly also in our lyrics. But it is not the central theme of our lyrics and we can´t even say that any of us would be the "real" neo pagan in the true sense of the word. At least not certainly a practising one. Yet it is a part of our past that we carry in the blood. It can often influence our attitudes, thinking, and our relationship to it is therefore understandably entirely positive.


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Thank you for this interview. I am glad to have this opportunity to introduce the band Torc. Later this year we will release a split album and I believe that the boundaries set by the band's debut album will be moved a step forth. Finally, I would like to mention that the news about the band including the lyrics to each song can be found on our official website www.torc.cz which can be completely switched into English.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/07/torc-interview_11.html