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Krieg/Transient/Candlelight Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 6 août 2014 à 07:56

  Krieg  has  returned  with  a  new  album  which  shows  the  band  continuing  their  trademark  United  States  style  of  black  metal  while  also  continuing  to  experiment  and  try  new  things  with  their  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Transient"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  drone  style  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  darker  musical  direction  which  slowly  evolves  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts

  A  good  portion  of  the  music  on  this  recording  brings  back  and  old  school  feeling  to  black  metal  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  more  of  an  experimental  sound  at  times  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  go  into  a  deeper  direction  while  also  remaining  purely  in  a  blackened  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  the  energy  of  crust  punk  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  melodies  are  added  into  the  music  the  album  starts  evoking  more  of  a  dark  feeling  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  small  amounts  of  post  rock  and  shoegaze  which  do  not  water  down  the  bands  musical  sound,  on  the  7th  track  shouting  style  vocals  are  utilized  briefly  and  they  add  an  industrial  feeling  to  the  bands  raw  black  metal  sound  and  the  bass  guitars  also  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  this  song  while  some  of  the  later  songs  have  more  of  a  post  punk  vibe  to  them  and  on  the  10th  track  more  drones  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  while  the  last  track  sees  the  band  returning  back  to  their  black  metal  roots

  Krieg  remain  true  to  their  black  metal  sound  while  also  being  even  more  experimental  this  time  around  and  creating  an  album  that  is  very  different  from  the  stuff  they  have  done  in  the  past  and  once  again  they  prove  you  can  being  very  original  without  losing  their  dark  approach  to  black  metal,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  poetic  and  philosophical  themes.    

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Krieg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Order  Of  The  Solitary  World"  "To  Speak  With  Ghosts"  "Walk  With  Them  Unnoticed"  and  "Gospel  Hand".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/kriegtransientcandlelight-records2014.html


Throne Of Evil/Muerte Por Creencias/2013 CD Review

mercredi 6 août 2014 à 05:09

  Throne  Of  Evil  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  dark,  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Muerte  Por  Creencias".

  Water  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  melodic  pagan  vocals  which  are  also  use  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  and  chanting  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  that  are  also  used  later  on  during  the  album  which  also  leads  to  grim  screams  making  their  presence  on  this  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  good  amount  of  melody  in  the  bands  musical  sound.

  Once  the  music  starts  getting  fast  you  can  hear  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  in  the  songs  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  melodic  black  metal  influences  and  the  deeper  vocals  also  have  a  death  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  3rd  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  an  instrumental  and  ambient  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  folk  instruments  which  also  enhances  the  pagan  feeling  this  album   .

     After  the  instrumental  the  band  returns  back  to  a  more  rawer  black  metal  direction  which  also  sees  the  vocals  getting  more  hateful  and   misanthropic  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  thrash  metal  in  their  musical  sound  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  lines  and  old  school  style  guitar  solos  and  leads  while  the  following  song  sees  acoustic  guitars  and  more  folk  music  elements  being  added  into  the  track  and  after t he  song  the  music really  starts  getting  more  raw  and  grim  again.    

  Throne  Of  Evil  have  a  very  original  approach  to  black  metal  they  can  be  very  raw,  grim  and  evil  at  times  while  another  side  of  their  musical  style  shows  a  more  melodic  and  pagan  approach  to  this  genre  as  well  as  having  a  very  epic  and  ritualistic  like  quality  to  them,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  mostly  in  Spanish  while  a  couple  of  songs  are  written  in  English  and  they  cover  anti  catholic/christian,  occult,  pagan  and  and  ancient  cultures  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Throne  Of  Evil  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  dark  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Selknam"  "Wichan  Awe"  "Throne  Of  Evil"  and  "Take  This  Truth".  8/5  out of  10.

 

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/throne-of-evilmuerte-por-creencias2013.html


Capgrass Interview

mercredi 6 août 2014 à 04:02
For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Yes, we are a black metal band from Argentina (Buenos Aires) composed by four young members (around 20 years old), who are just a group of friends that got together to make the music that we love. Everything we do is absolutely independent, and comes out from our heads and our effort.

In June you had released your first ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Well i would say that our sound in this ep, is just a precarious intent to sound rough and heavy, but also tight and structured. Let me be clear, we know that we didn't have the tools to achieve a professional sound, so the only thing we could make was to try to do our best with the things that we had. We were fortunate to work with Fernando Muiños, a young musician and music engineer that lend us his home recording studio and his knowledge to get the best from us, in terms of sound and production. So this ep worked as an instrument of learning, both to us and to Fernando, and the sound is just a reflection of that.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyric topics the band covers with their music?
At the time when we released our ep, we discovered that someone already created a metal archives page for the band, and we noticed that this person assigned us "Depression" as the lyrical theme of our music. Personally i don't agree a lot with that, because i think that is just a simplistic way to interpret our lyrics. I'm not saying that our lyrics are too complex or deep, but there is more than just depression in them. First of all, in this ep three of the band members wrote lyrics, so even from that, you can perceive the diversity. Yes, in a way the stories as they are told in the lyrics, are in fact depressive, but that is just a consequence of be dealing with psychological and psychopathological aspects of life, such as addictions, isolation, perversions, tortures etc. I think every song has its own point of view and deal with different situations, but if i have to include all of them in one category, i think it would be “Social Criticism" because all of them in a way tend to question some problematics of the postmodernist society in which we are all living.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Capgrass'?
The name came from a rare delusional syndrome named "Capgras”, which involves the misidentification of people, places, or objects that used to be familiar to the patient. Also the Capgras syndrome is named after Joseph Capgras a French psychiatrist who first described the disorder in 1923 as symptomatic of schizophrenia, but later in the 80's, the disorder was understood as a neurological disorder in which the delusion primarily results from organic brain lesions or degeneration. This whole thing was very interesting to me, and the name itself sounded cool, so I suggested it to the other members, with the "s" letter added at the end, because that makes it look more symmetrical (later when we decided to make an ambigram logo that change helped a lot).

According to the Metal Archives page the band has been around since 2010 but the first recording was not released until this year, can you tell us a little bit more about the delays in putting out the first release?
Since the beginning everything about this project was done very slowly, in fact there were only two of us when we started this whole thing. The first song we finished was "Shade" and back then, we didn't have a name for it, and we just called it "Song 2" (because there were a previous one, that we finished later and came to be "Dead In The Crowd") and even today we still called it that way in the rehearsals. So we knew that if we wanted to progress we needed more musicians, and that's where Gabriel and Isaias came to solve the problem. But even with them, the idea behind this project was to do things slowly but with a lot of effort to make it right. We made rehearsal recordings (demos) that really had an awful sound, we play some gigs that also were awful, but all of that is just an experience of learning, because everything was new to us. The ep was not an exception, It was very difficult and strenuous, It was very long (took us around a year to finally make it), but in the end all that remains is the satisfaction of having accomplished our goals.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I believe that our best shows were the ones that we played in "Speed King" a classic place here in Buenos Aires, were extreme metal bands play. Is not a big stage but it sounds good. We didn't played a lot really, but i would say that our stage performance is all about passion, we got on stage with no makeup, only ourselves with our instruments trying to give our best. You can see a great live video of our last show here: http://youtu.be/Gj5sDqpWmzk

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
No touring yet, but surely we will be playing this year. The thing is that we are currently adding one more member to the band, a second guitarist, this is not confirmed, but we hope that it can be done. So we will have some work to do with the new lineup in the rehearsals, so we can make better live shows in the future.

Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Not really, we are fine right now with doing all this things by our own. But about this, I can say that in Argentina there are only a few labels working with black metal or extreme metal bands, so the possibilities are diminished a lot. We will see what happens in the future.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I think that is very positive, we didn't reach a lot of people yet, but everyone who has listened this ep told us some positive feelings but also some constructive critics that i think are so important to keep getting better. If you don't listen to what the people say about your work, then you are lost.

When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Maybe next year, i hope we could make it happen as soon as possible, we will surely work a lot to accomplish it. About our music, i hope we can experiment more with this genre in the future, i have some crazy ideas that i need to work, but I can’t tell anything by now.

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?
Our main inspiration is Burzum, personally i think that Varg Vikernes is the person who most understand what black metal is all about (I’m not talking about his ideology, only the music and atmosphere he creates) and how it should sound, he is truly a music genius. But also we aim to achieve the level of music production and compositions from bands like Shining or Ascension who are of course superb. I think black metal is the best genre in metal, because is really open to experimentation, and we are heading to an era in which the limits of the music keeps getting pushed and so many fresh ideas are discovered that is difficult to keep the track from all of them. Some of the bands that i personally admire are the previously mentioned of course, and others like, Fäulnis, Fen, Alcest, Zuriaake, Entropia, Nachtmystium and so many more...

What are some of your non musical interests?
I love cinema, I think that is one the most perfect types of art, that combines a lot of inputs from others specialties, like music, photography, acting etc. I really want to work in the creation of a music video for a song from this ep (I will not say which one), but that is just an uncertain dream by now.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes, i want to thank you for taking your time to make this questions and showing interest in our band and our music, that's something amazing and i hope that your blog have much success, so you can keep writing about music from all over the world. Also i just want to tell the people that our music is available for free in our bandcamp site "http://capgrass.bandcamp.com" and you can also follow us on our facebook page "http://facebook.com/Capgrass". Thanks Again!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/capgrass-interview.html


Fornicus Interview

lundi 4 août 2014 à 02:14


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a black/death metal band hailing from KY. The band started as a just myself and our bassist Chris in late 2012 in whom I've known for several years having played with him in one of my earliest bands as a teen. We approached David sometime in early 2013 expecting him to not be interested and surprisingly he was more than eager to get involved...fucker lives nearly 2 hrs away and makes the drive over for practice every Friday night. Kelly is our latest addition to complete the lineup on lead guitar. We also play together in a death/grind band called Gorgy where I actually drum. Kelly and I had another project going before he joined Fornicus that was black metal called Storming Heaven and since the projects sounded so similar we just merged the two, hence why the debut album is titled Storming Heaven.


2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The album I think has a fairly wide range of sound. Some songs such as We Are Sin and Pallium Mali have a riffier, more old school sound, some have a darker edge such as Into Obscurity, and some have a pretty heavy death metal influence such as King of the Egoists and The Beckoning.


3.A couple of the band members also have a background in death metal, how would you compare playing black metal to death metal?
Black metal for me pulls deeper into the essence of who you are...it can represent a wider range of thought and emotion than I think death metal can. Death metal satisfies me on a more primal, pure aggression level. I love both genres however so it depends on my mood as to which I favor.


4.Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti christian topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
Having been raised as a christian as a child right in the heart of the bible belt, especially in a denomination that felt it was the only "right" one a lot of the anti-christian sentiment stems from my own rebellion from the religion and my views of its hypocritical and mentally abusive nature. The use of satan for me is more a literary and metaphorical reference as I do not believe in any deities. Satan of course represents rebellion and freedom from the binding chains that religion had on me when I was younger as he dared to defy god as well. Views vary a bit from member to member but at its core, we are very much anti-religion.


5.I know that the name 'Fornicus' comes out of the movie 'The Cabin In The Woods', what was the decision behind using it as a band name?
It was suggested by either David or Chris one night when we were trying to figure a name out. We're all horror fans, some more than others and we thought the name sounded good and wasn't overly complicated so it would be easy for people to remember. 

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
My favorite show thus far was our debut show last May. We opened it but the crowd was already there and they gave us some very enthusaistic and positive feedback. There aren't any stage theatrics that some use within the black metal world in our performance (not suggesting anything negative towards that, just not what we choose to do), its just straight forward, no bullshit thrashing black/death from beginning to end.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
Touring is probably not an option in the near future as well all have full time employment and a couple of us have families as well. We do however and will continue to play regionally in surrounding states on weekends.


8.According to the Metal Archives page the band is signed to Negative Earth Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Negative Earth is a DIY label Kelly used to have a few years ago that he revived to release our album. We had interest from a few established labels but we felt that we had the resources to achieve what we wanted to achieve ourselves and the offers weren't 100% to our liking.

9.On the album you also did a cover of Sepultura's "Antichrist", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this track?
I had always loved the raw, aggressive sound of early Sepultura and always had this song in mind as a good one to cover which the rest of the band agreed. Felt we could make it our own while preserving what the song originally was as well, to which I believe we did successfully.


10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We just released the album a week ago digitally and are currently taking pre-orders for the CD which will ship by the end of August so there hasn't been a lot feedback just yet but so far the bulk of our sales/pre-orders have been international from different European countries so I believe fans from abroad are finding us to their liking.


11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are already writing for the next album and are actually considering talking with some other bands about doing a split. So far the writing has been a little darker and some playing more on the aggressive side of black metal.


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?
Bands that have had an influence on myself include early Emperor, Marduk, Angelcorpse, Dissection, and Goatwhore to name a few. I've also taken a bit from local metal stalwarts Abominant as they've recorded their last three releases at my studio so I think they've rubbed off on me a little, ha! Bands I frequently listen to at the moment include Craven Idol, Vader, Prosanctus Inferi, Oubliette (a band from nearby that just released a fantastic album), Goatwhore, and Gorgasm as far as more recent shit goes and have been revisiting Emperor a lot lately from all the media attention for the reunion shows they're doing. 

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Don't have a lot of time for other interests between work and music but myself I do some gaming here and there, same for Chris. David is big into weight lifting and such and Kelly...I don't know where he finds time to breath, ha!

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We appreciate your time and the interview very much! Hails to all that support the underground and keep its flame burning, you are its spirit!

www.facebook.com/fornicus666
fornicus.bandcamp.com

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/08/fornicus-interview.html


Baalberith Interview

lundi 4 août 2014 à 02:00
 
 
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?
Hail! Yes...The Current status of Baalberith has changed in masses over the course of 2014.
Since we finished recording apparition of skulls we have had a massive shift in dynamics.
With disagreements and unreliability reaching an all-time high, I felt it best that we made the change towards becoming  a studio only project. This has resorted in the band reverting back to a studio project format.
The status of Valefar [Drums] is very much unknown at present date, so I have proceeded into the studio with only myself of the old line-up to represent the name of Baalberith. Although I do believe that the future will see the return of Valefar into action.
Now I can announce that I have aligned with Atticus from UK folk metal titans 'Andraste' to write the next full length Baalberith release. This release is being heavily crafted as we speak. More information on this will arise when necessity calls for it.

 2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the new recordings and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
  Yes, it’s called Apparition Of Skulls. The only way I can describe this release is a mix of all things metal with an overbearing black metal edge, For any long term fans of the band they will know that we have always crossed genre boundaries in order to make something unique for the listeners.
I like to think of this album almost as a part 2 of our 2010 full length release Abortion of Religious Futility. So much so we put a different spin on a couple of tracks and re-recorded them for the purpose of this release.
All our albums differ...yet are the same.  We have our own style of chaos and that goes from album to album, we do whatever it takes to make that work without sounding like a constant repetition.

 3.I have read that after this album the band is going to be a studio only project, what was the decision behind going into this direction?
  It is not a decision I will ever be truly happy with, but it was for the best due to previously mentioned reasons.
It was a matter of die as a band...or live on as a studio project.  I made my decision, who knows what the future will bring.

 4. Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your views on these topics?
 I write what inspires me. My hatred towards religion fuels the flames a lot of the time.
A prime example of this is our track 'God Delusion'. But by all means we are not limited to this aspect. I have no set direction, Whatever I feel, I write...

 5.I know that Baalberith is chief secretary of hell in demonology, what was it that interested you about this deity in order to name your band after him?
 The name was originally suggested by a previous guitarist 'Azhagoth'.
After many a discussion we all agreed this name was for the best. The idea of a demon that could tempt men to blasphemy and murder seemed fitting for our style, for our message.
Much like ourselves he tells things of the past and present, with truthful outlook of the future. 
This is the demon that that has given dignities to men throughout history. What better creature could summon inspiration for the black arts?

 6.What where some of the best shows the band played when they where a full time line up and also how would you describe your stage performance?
 EVERY show was a good show, regardless of how well we played or how big the crowd.
We have always gone out and put all our vehemence and anger into the live shows.
I have witnessed legs broken, noses smashed, eye sockets caved in, ribs broken and epileptic fits all whilst we have been onstage. And all that does is drive us to invoke more chaos. These people have gone through physical injury to show their appreciation for Baalberith.

 7.A few months back you had released a split with Hellvete, what are your thoughts on the band that had participated on this album?
Yes, although a very different style to ourselves I enjoyed this split. I myself am a fan of their music. And really like the direction they push for.

 8.The new album came out on SixSixSixMusic, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Yes, a new label for us....
But they sure as hell haven't disappointed, Steve goes above and beyond what's necessary to promote the bands he works with. And does a fantastic job of making sure the bands are happy and know what's going on at every step of the way.

 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans Of black metal?
 Surprisingly this album is going down well in the black metal community. Abortion of Religious Futility was a massive struggle against elitists in the genre. So I'm happy that this album can get full appreciation from those who matter, instead of smacked down by elitist pricks that can’t understand the concept of adding outside influences into a style of music.

 10.What is going on with some of your other musical projects these days?
My death metal band Born Undead released its first e.p early 2014 titled 'Violator of Humanity'. It was a very limited release so I will be looking for labels willing to put it out properly on a bigger scale in the coming months.
Skiddaw has released its debut e.p on Sixsixsix Music and is going down a storm, plans have been put in place to create a full length sometime this year.
And that's about it for now, a lot of my projects are currently on the back burner till I get time to write for them.

 11.Recently I have heard your other musical project 'Skiddaw' and the lyrics covered Cumbrian Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?
Quite honestly, Cumbrian Mythology is not something I had ever researched into until I joined Skiddaw. But as with everything, I am researching and educating myself on the subject.

 12.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
I really don't know, I'm hoping to get another band together to get me back on the live music scene. And contemplating experimenting with a few new styles. Only time will tell.

 13.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?
Black metal, Death metal, Doom, Thrash and Grindcore are my main musical tastes. And I guess have all had influence one place or another throughout my music writing.
I find myself listening things like Woods of Ypres, Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride lately. But it’s only a matter of time before that reverts back to Silencer, Lifelover and Life is Pain.

My musical tastes often reside in the sounds of negativity and sadness.

 14.What are some of your non musical interests?
  With very little time to spare now days all my interests are of a musical nature.
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thankful for interviewing me at this time. You can connect with us via Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Baalberithuk or via our label at: http://www.sixsixsixmusic.com/
  Both tape and cds version of Apparition Of Skulls will be out very soon

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