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Human Serpent/Human Parasites/Servants Of Extreme Misanthropy/Old Graves Productions/Mercyful Hell Productions/2015 Split Cassette Review

mardi 10 février 2015 à 06:35

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Greece's  Human  Serpent  and  Human  Parasites  called  "Servants  Of  Extreme  Misanthropy"  which  was  released  by  Old  Graves  Productions  and  Mercyful  Hell  productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Human  Serpent  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  before  adding  in  more  raw  aggression  and  grim  yet  hateful  screams  which  also  leads  up  to  the  music  bringing  in  more  blast  beats  as  well  as  using  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  the  music  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  Gregorian  chants  on  both  songs  and  the  second  track  is  8  minutes  in  length  and  also  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  the  bands  musical  style  while  also  utilizing  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  towards the  end,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent,  hateful  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Human  Serpent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Chapel  of  Bones".

  Next  up  is  Human  Parasites  another  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  classical  music  and  spoken  word  samples  before going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams  and  both  of  the  songs  are  in  a  90's  old  school  black  metal  direction  and  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  also  have  a  very  powerful  bass  guitar  sound  in  the  background  and  the  second  track  also  shows  the  music  getting  more  violent  and  also  having  a  small  amount  of  deep  demonic  growls  and  Gregorian  chants,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  Black  Death  Plague  and  Misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Human  Parasites  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  both  of  their  songs,  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Total Misanthropy".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  split.  8  out  of  10.         

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Idoltria/Breviarium Daemonicus Idolatrorum/Mater Tenebrarum Records/2015 CD Review

lundi 9 février 2015 à 14:46

  Idoltria  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  blasphemous  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Breviarium Daemonicus Idolatrorum"  which  was  released  by  Mater  Tenebrarum  Records.

  Grim  screams  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  music  going  for  a  very  fast,  raw  and  extreme  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  has  a  war  metal  feeling  at  times  as  well  as  the  music  adding  in  morbid  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  songs  also  have  a  brutal  approach  throughout  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  starts bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the main  focus  remains  more  on  a  fast  and  chaotic  style  of  black  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  Gregorian  chants  and  deep  growls  before returning  back  to  a  more  raw  and  aggressive  direction  which  also  shows  the  screams  getting more  high  pitched.

  Idoltria  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  extreme,  fast,  raw  and  generates  a  good  amount  of  chaos  from  beginning  to  end,  th e production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Anti  Christianity  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Idoltria  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  satanic  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sathanas  Cult  -  The  Redeemer"  "Reminsence  And  Folklire  Of  Lucifer"  and  "Resolution  Of  Vatican's  Head".  8  out  of  10.


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Kurhan/G _od/Arachnophobia Records/2015 CD Review

vendredi 6 février 2015 à 07:22

  Kurhan  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  extreme  mixture  of  black, death  and  thrash  metal   and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "G-od"  which  was  released  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  few  seconds  later  angry  shouting  style  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  giving  the music  more  of  a  thrash  metal  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  influences  from  both  the  first  and  second  waves  of  black  metal.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  brutal  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  an d  the  later  songs  show  a  very  heavy  death  metal  influence  to  them  which  they  mix  in  with  a  fast  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  heavy,  brutal  and  raw  sound  and  there  are  no  soft  or  clean  parts  present  anywhere  on  the  recording.

  Kurhan  takes  the  most  raw,  extreme  and  brutal  elements  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  combine  them  together  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording  that  is  non  stop  brutality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  darkness  and  death.

  In  my  opinion  Kurhan  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  extreme  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Porz_Dek"  "O_Tarze"  and  "Koniec".  8  out  of  10.


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Celestial Rite/Bearer Of Dawn/Old Graves Productions/2014 EP Review

vendredi 6 février 2015 à 03:23

  Celestial  Rite  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Bearer  Of  Dawn"  which  was  released  in  2014  by  Old  Graves  Productions.

  Gregorian  chanting,  thunder  and  rain  sounds  along  with  a  ritualistic  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  Greek  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  deep  screams  while  they  also  get  very  grim  and  high  pitched  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  atmospheric  sounds.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks  before  making  a  return  to  a  heavier  direction  which  also  shows  the  music  incorporating  more  melody  and  the  whispers  that  are  utilized  briefly  enhances  the  evil  atmosphere  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  synths  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  bass  guitars  having  more  of  a  powerful  presence  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  cover  of  Varathron's  "Unholy  Funeral".

  Celestial  Rite  plays  a  style  of  occult  Greek  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school  and  has  a  very  vintage  feeling  along  with  the  songs  sounding  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  in  the  90's,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft,  occultism,  Left  Hand  Path,  Satanism  and  Pagan  Religions.

  In  my  opinion  Celestial  Rite  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  Greek  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rites  Of  The  Sea  God"  and  "Into  The  Gorge".  8/5  out  of  10.


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Mystic Rites Interview

vendredi 6 février 2015 à 02:02
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?

I've been mostly trying to promote the last EP as much as possible, but it's been three months now so I'm starting to focus on riffs for the next Mystic Rites record. I have a rough concept for the next album in my head so it's time to get to work.

2.In November you had released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have done in the past?

It was very different from the previous work - the old stuff was pretty simple and it focussed on keyboards. It was very much in the old norwegian style, like the early 90's kind of stuff.
Grin as the Jewel Kingdom Falls, on the other hand, is a much faster and more vicious record. There is a lot of blast beats  and fast double bass parts on the EP and it's more uncompromising and "in your face". It's much more technical too - at least compared to the previous stuff.
The production is at a higher standard although still very raw.
I'm happy over all - it came out sounding very much like I wanted it to sound.

3.Your lyrics cover some satanic, occult and anti christian topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

Mystic Rites has never been a satanic band, nor have I ever called myself a Satanist.
There is a difference between the lyrics being satanic and the lyrics being anti-christian. The concept going on in Mystic Rites is definitely the later option. I strongly disagree with the values promoted by Christianity and I like to manifest this through my music - and I have every right to do so because Christianity fucks around in the society... they don't seem to know their place.
The music and the lyrics - it's all a form of standing up against indoctrination.
As for the Occult, I have to say that these kind of topics do catch my interest a lot. I like to explore the unknown and the mysterious, stuff that cannot be explained by any physical laws.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Mystic Rites'?

Well I can link that to the previous question, it sounds mysterious... at least to me. Also I think that it reflects the music in a way. It's all very coherent.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians in the future or do you prefer to remain solo?

I write the music by myself, yes, and I do most of the recording, but I had a session musician doing bass for the last EP - "Likskrømt", who does bass and vocals in norwegian Kvesta as "Raaten".
As for the future, Dominik Brodnicki (Ishtar Gate, ex-Hegeroth, ex-Crayven) will take care of drums for the next record, so that will provide a lot of natural sound to Mystic Rites' music.
I will be looking for full-time members for gigs in the future, but that's still ahead of me. I want to focus on the next material for the time being.

6. I have read that this project was originally formed in England, do you feel Poland has a lot more to offer when it comes to black metal?

No, Mystic Rites was formed in Poland and about a year after forming it I moved to the UK for a few months and then came back. And yeah, Poland is an incomparably better place to run a Black Metal band. Poland has a strong BM scene and the whole thing is alive over here, where's the UK... well, that country doesn't have a scene at all. Even when you ask radnom people, they have never even heard of such a genre, while over here everyone is aware of this music, despite it being underground.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking fot a label or have recieved any interest?

I was trying to get a contract - it's pretty tough actually and also I don't want to sing up with any random label, but I'm one of two minds now whever to leave Mystic Rites unsigned and do everything with my own strength, all the promoting and stuff. At least for the time being. I think I still have some shit to record before looking for a label, especially that - as I said - I don't want to sign to any random label I come across.

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

I'm quite happy with the feedback overall. Obviously the whole thing is still kicking off, but considering Mystic Rites has only been alive for 2.5 years, it's all looking pretty damn good. It's cool recieveing messages from random people from around the world saying they enjoy the stuff you play.

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

Well the release of an LP depends on my tempo of writing and it's really hard to say at such an early stage, but I'd say you can expect a full-length in about 2 years or so. Maybe slightly less.
As for the musical direction - I don't want to give too much away but you can expect quite a significant change in sound and character. A change for the better? Time will tell...

10.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?

It used to be just Black Metal and nothing more. I even narrowed myself down to only 90's Norway. But for the past couple of years now I've been getting into all kinds of heavy shit. Death Metal has become almost as important to me as BM, especially the Blackened, Brutal and Tech side of it. I do also listen to quite a lot of Funeral Doom, some Grindcore, Blackened Thrash - I generally prefer the extreme side of metal music.
Recently I've been getting into stuff like alt-rock or indie rock - I need to add some variety to the shit I listen too, because that will highly influence my music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I have a lot of hobbies - I'm a great fan of Total War series and I do a lot of fishing in the season, but I havn't really had time for any of those recently, haha. Pissing on gravestones is cool too and it doesn't require much time and effort so I'll do that whenever I stumble over one.

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

Thanks for a set of great questions and for your support!

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