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Drengskapur/Der Urgewalten Werk/2013 CD Review

dimanche 1 décembre 2013 à 01:38

  Drengskapur  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  album  "Der  Urgewaltern".

  "Ursprung"  which  is  the  intro  for  the  album  opens  up  with  soft  acoustic  guitar  playing  which  utilizes  finger  picking  and  is  under  2  minutes.

  "Erhaben  Erdengrund"  begins  with  raw  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  later  bass  and  drums  kick  in  along  with  some  blast   beats  which  also  leads  up  to  grim  black  metal  screams   and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  mid  paced  direction  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  alternating  between  fast  and  mid  paced  parts.

  "Wilde  Fluten"  opens  up  with  soft  acoustic  guitar  playing  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  and  then  the  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  grim  screams  kick  in  which  lead  to  the  music  going  into  a  mid  paced  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  bass  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  before  going  into  a  more  raw  and  fast  direction  and  then  it  starts  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  pagan  and  medieval  atmospheres  to  the  guitar  riffing.

  "Vom  Sturme  Gepeitscht"  starts  up  with  acoustic  guitars  which  utilize  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  along  with  some  drums  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  shortly  after  that  which  also  leads  up  to  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  a  minute  later  it  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  back  the  acoustic  guitars  for  awhile  and  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  the  background  before  the  music  gets  heavy  again  and  the  song  closes  with  the  acoustic  guitars.  

  'Entflammt"  kicks  in  with  old  school  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  a  few  seconds  alter  black  metal  screams  kick  in  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  then  the  music  starts  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  halfway  through  the  song  acoustic  guitars  make  a  return  for  a  few  second s and  then  getting  heavy  again.

  "Vereint"  which  is  an  instrumental  begins  with  soft  acoustic  guitar  playing  that  utilizes  finger  picking  and  the  song  is  very  short  and  under  2  minutes.

  "Barbarians"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  as  well  as  a  Maniac  Botcher  cover  opens  up  with  fast,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  which  also  utilize  some  blast  beats  before  adding  in  grim  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  riffs  as  well  as  adding  in  melody  to  the  guitar  riffing..

  Song  lyrics a re  written  in  German  and  cover  Paganism  and  Nature  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  old  school,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to it  with  most  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Drengskapur  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Erhaben  Erdengrund"  "Entflammt"  and  "Barbarians".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/drengskapurder-urgewalten-werk2013-cd.html


Teloch Vovin Interview

samedi 30 novembre 2013 à 08:35
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
 
G/ - We are a theistic black metal band. We do not follow any rules, laws or scene politics. Our music/lyrics are a reflection of our life experiences within the pathways we have decided to walk. Our songs are channels, gateways of communication. They are our attempt to explain thoughts and emotional responses from dealing with forces larger than ourselves, yet the essence of ourselves. This is the reason we make music - language itself fails as a tool to completely express these dealings, these states of consciousness (both elevated and altered) and their repercussions and echoes in our lives.
 
2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both recordings?
 
G/ - Our musical presentation is black metal unbound from any preconceived notions of what is acceptable and what is not. We just focus on listening to the voices which are speaking to us or through us. "I" is essentially a pre-production demo of songs from our first and second full length albums arranged in the order of our first live set with one song left in an instrumental version. "Through the Flesh... Into the Soul" is the first of many limited releases we are planning in which we will explore various pathways of madness which call to us. These will consist of various ideas be it electronic/ambient soundscapes, remixes or alternate versions of songs which we don't feel fit with the full length albums. The sound of the recording of "I" is due to the fact that it was recorded through an 8 track mixing board onto cassette tape after a computer failure the day of recording. The guitars and drums were recorded live simultaneously. The first three tracks were actually played straight through in one one take and then the last two were done the same way. The bass, vocals, bells and effects were then added later. The recordings were never planned to be released until we sat back with the finished demo and found that it was quite an accurate representation of what we intend to later fully unleash.
 
Proph - Like most modern extreme metal bands, we do have some elements of other subgenres - particularly death and doom - but overall I would have to label it point blank as black metal. I'm sure others would disagree, but I feel all of the elements are very much in place. Having said that, I do not feel it is one dimensional in any way and I certainly feel there will be even more variety, particularly in the rhythms, in the future. One of the things I do think further sets us apart is our willingness to incorporate electronic elements into what we do. This, as well, I'm sure will be intensified in the future without making it symphonic sounding. But make no mistake: this is intended to be a harsh sonic experience - not "pretty" in any way, shape or form.
 
3.The song lyrics cover a lot of occult and left hand path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your views in these areas?
 
G/ - Our explorations and works within the left hand path are acts of transgression - pathways of transcendence. Those of us involved in the spiritual aspect of Teloch Vovin all have individualized views but have a common core with each other and each of us have a personal attachment to and an adoration of Death which unites the band as a whole.
 
4.I know that the name Teloch Vovin comes from Enochian, what was it that interested you about using this name for the band?
 
G/ - The name Teloch Vovin was chosen due to a recurring dream and has come to represent everything that I attain to, everything I worship and work towards. It represents the duality of the concept of Khaos which calls to me. "Teloch" meaning "Death" - "Vovin" meaning "Dragon". These are a synthesis that must be experienced to be understood as it is exceedingly personal and, unfortunately, could never be explained fully within the confines of an answer to a question in an interview.
 
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
 
G/ - We have only played four show so far - the last one was definitely the best of the four. We shared the stage with Black Witchery, Negative Plane, Forced and Coffin Birth and the show was sold out. A most strange night and an awesome show. Our first show was quite great, as well. It took place on the winter solstice (12/21/12), which for us is a very important date due to the working intertwined within our first two full length albums. The turn out was excellent and we performed along with Evoken and Black Anvil. Black Anvil are good friends of ours and both are great bands that everybody should check out if they haven't already. Our shows are an all out assault on the senses. We combine our music with an extremely intense stage show of smoke, incense, strobe lights, candles, blood, dirt and bone fetishes that we have created. We are currently reworking our stage set up to expand it. Opening up new avenues of madness to explore. Our goal is to overpower the senses of the crowd and alter their perceptions through our music and performance. To make them forget about this world, their flesh, their current manifestation, and to invoke new levels of consciousness in them as well as ourselves. All we can say is, it's only going to get worse. Much worse. We have already had some backlash against our live rituals - bands that refuse to play shows with us and venues that won't allow us to play there. It's rather funny how a lot of bands sing of death but then when confronted with true death and its worship they become upset and declare that for them it's only an image - part of their "act." Well, not for us. This is our adoration of Him for we are aimed towards Him, promised to Him from birth. Bound by oath and deed and freed of all burdens upon His touch.
 
Proph - We have only done a handful of shows and each have had their good and their bad points. I will state that the bands we have shared the stage with thus far have all been pretty respectable and professional to deal with.
 
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
 
G/ - We are currently finishing up material for our first full length album as well as a 12" along with another one of the aforementioned limited releases which is tentatively titled, "Further Down the Tunnel." When we finish up the 12" and the limited release we will play a few shows before heading into the studio to record the debut full length.
 
Proph - Touring is questionable if we will ever do and shows are intermittent. If a performance isn't for something unique I fail to see the point in doing one just for the sake of doing one. Personally, I don't find performing live very enjoyable at all.
 
7.Currently, you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
 
G/ - We are not even looking for a label yet. As previously stated, the "I" promo wasn't planned to be released to the public but after listening to it when we finished it and the fact we had people asking for some recorded material since our first performance we decided to self release it. We will be "shopping" the 12" and the tracks from the next limited release to labels. If we have a label pick us up then that would be great but if not it won't really change anything we have planned as we essentially provide for ourselves. Time after time, through faith and our will, all of our works will be accomplished.
 
Proph - Since I'm not expecting to make money through what we do I would tend to say no. However, in the fairy tale off chance a label were to throw millions of dollars our way to make a Teloch Vovin record I would welcome such a generous investment.
 
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of occult black metal?
 
G/ - The reviews have been divided. We have received some great reviews, some reviews that are favorable but complain about the recording/production values (or lack thereof) and some terrible ones all pointing towards the sound. Unfortunately, most reviewers did not or were not able to read the specific message on the layout for "I" regarding this as more of a demo than a traditional record as the promotion for it was done digitally and they didn't receive a hard copy. This is one of the many drawbacks of our digital age - some of the magick and message gets lost. As a result, most people have missed the point that this was more or less a glorified rehearsal recording. I won't even get into the fact that black metal has lost a lot of its dirty, disgusting malevolence. Or should I say a lot of what passes for black metal these days does not possess these qualities???
 
Proph - So far the response has been primarily revolving around the "production values" in front of the performances or the material itself so it is almost impossible to say. The fact that people who are familiar with this genre of music seem to find it difficult to get past the sound quality to even get to a position where they can actually appraise the music and have an actual opinion is most disappointing. I wouldn't feel this way if we were playing in a traditional rock band but when factoring in the production we have all heard on many other records that have circulated throughout the years, I would have imagined this to be a non-issue at this point. Considering this was not intended as a traditional "studio" release and essentially a glorified demo we are realistic about what we have presented to people but it seems to not be properly being understood as such. This isn't Bon Jovi.
 
9.Are the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
 
Proph - I create dark industrial for a "solo project" (despise that expression) but usually end up incorporating most of what is created into Teloch Vovin in some varying capacity which is the only reason why it is being noted here. Otherwise, most of us have other musical endeavors which won't be discussed here as within the context of anything relating to Teloch Vovin they are irrelevant.
 
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
 
G/ - In any and every direction in which we feel inspired. Remember: "The Law of Sin is Restriction. Our Law - No Laws." That being said, all avenues of musical exploration will be of an honest nature and there are certain roads which we have no interest of walking down. One thing I can say is we will progress and evolve our sound, as well as presentation for one, as we will be recording in a professional studio. Though we don't desire a "cleaner" sound, we do lust after a "clearer" mix.
 
Proph - Harsher, colder, more primal but somehow more... mechanical???
 
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
 
G/ - We all have a wide range of musical tastes from classical to metal, industrial to gothic, etc. ad infinitum....
 
Proph - The spectrum. Cliche but true.
 
12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
 
Proph - Our interests outside of the music and our beliefs/practices don't relate to Teloch Vovin and won't be discussed within an interview in regard to Teloch Vovin except that horror is incorporated into what we create as it is into life in general and incorporation of an actual visual medium of conveyance is a goal in the very near future. I prefer to let whatever I create represent me more than speak myself. Further, I have always valued privacy and anonymity above all else which can, unfortunately, be exceedingly difficult to maintain when creating any kind of art - particularly in the internet age.
 
13.Any final words or thoughts before wrap up this interview?
 
G/ - Thank you to Occultblackmetal.com and all whom have shown support so far. Check out Teloch Vovin at www.facebook.com/TelochVovin333 or you can email us at telochvovin333@hotmail.com or sataninmyveins@aol.com. We are raising a Temple in the East - join your voices with ours and sing forth in praise...
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/teloch-vovin-interview.html


Entfremdung Interview

vendredi 29 novembre 2013 à 08:09
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the musical project for those that have never heard of you before?
There isn’t much to tell.  It is a bedroom project.  I rarely play but when I do I record the results.  Mostly each track is written and recorded in the space of a couple of evenings.  If it sounds bad and fucked up I don’t care –it is just a cathartic exercise for me.  I found playing the guitar a good substitute for self-injury and substance abuse.  It has helped me get over those things.

2. I have seen the musical project being labeled as communist/occult black metal, can you tell as a little bit more about it and also how would you describe your views on Occultism and Communism?
I read some stuff on occult influences during the Russian Revolution.  There is also a book called ‘Marx and Satan’ written by a Romanian priest which gave me some good ideas.  He believed Marx was above all else a Satanist and sets out his evidence for it.  Of course I see this as a good thing.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored with both demo's?
I took the lyrics from poetry.  My sources were Mayakovsky, Valari Bruissov, Louis Aragon and Marx's early (Satanist) poetry.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Entfremdung?
Entfremdung means 'alienation' or 'estrangement' in German.  Marx used the term in a political sense but it has a wider meaning too.

5. Currently there is only 1 member in the project, is it hard for you to find people that have the same visions as you music wise?
I guess so.  I haven't tried.  It's quite a private process.  I don't feel like having other people involved.

6. Currently the musical project is unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
I've talked with one label but, to be honest, I can't see the point in releasing anything I've recorded so far through a label.  

7. Are there any other musical projects besides this band?
No.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's hardly been noticed at all.  A few people have contacted me and given good feedback.  I am glad those people can access and relate to what I have created.  That is enough for me.  I expect everyone else would hate what I do.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I don't know.  Hopefully just... better.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Some of my favourite black metal bands at the moment are Sentimen Beltza and Mourning Forest.  I really like the Quebecois scene too.  Akitsa and Forteresse especially.  Also the Black Twilight Circle and raw underground French bands like Breizh Occult.  Outside of black metal, I listen to lots of other genres. Especially Finnish and Japanese punk.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I like to read.  I'm interested in history, philosophy, politics and literature.  Other than that... sex, nature, travel, food.  Everything else bores the shit out of me. 

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 
Thanks for the interest.  Cheers.
 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/entfremdung-interview.html


Sadiztik Impaler/Decimathor Thriumphant/ Iron, Blood & Death Corporation/2013 EP Review

vendredi 29 novembre 2013 à 07:04

  Sadiztik  Impaler  are  a  band  from  Singapore  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  barbaric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  ep  "Decimathor  Thriumphant"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood  &  Death  Corporation.

  "March  Ov  Equestrians  4"  opens  up  with  some  epic  movie  war  samples  and  a  minute  later  fast  war  metal  guitar  riffs  and  blast  beats  from  the  drums  kick  in  along  with  some  bestial  black  metal  growls  and  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  adds  in  mid  paced  sections  but  mostly  focusing  on  the  faster  elements  of  the  song  and  you  can  also hear  death  metal  influences  being  utilized  at  times.  

  "Thy  Kingdom  Singa  Falls"  begins  with  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  fast  war/black  metal  guitar  riffs  which  also  leads  up  to  some  bestial  screams  and  growls  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  utilized  in  the  guitar  riffing  for  a  few  seconds.

  Song  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  War  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sadiztik  Impaler  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  barbaric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "March  Ov  Equestrians  4".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/sadiztik-impalerdecimathor-thriumphant.html


Excruciate 666/Rites of Tortures/Iron, Blood & Death Corporation/2013 CD Review

vendredi 29 novembre 2013 à 06:30

  Excruciate  666  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Rites  Of  Tortures"  which  was  released  by  Iron,  Blood  &  Death  Corporation.

  "The  Awakening  Of  The  Tyrant"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  black  metal  screams  before  adding  in  raw  and  primitive  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  melody  into  the  guitar  riffing.

  "Sing  Of  Disaster"  begins  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  drums  that  evolve  into  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  alter  grim  black  metal  vocals  make  their  way  into  the  song  and  after  a couple  of  minutes  the  guitar  riffing  gets  a  little  faster.

  "Rites  Of  Tortures"  which  is  also  the  title  track  of  the  album  starts  up  with  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  guitar  riffs  that  go  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  drums  and  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  drums  utilizing  some  blast  beats  and  then t he  music  starts  to  alternate  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "Sons  of  Warfare"  opens  up  with  drums  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  and  leads  and  a  few  seconds  later  black  metal  vocals  make  their  way  into  the  song  and  then  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  for  awhile  and  then  returning  to  the  faster  parts.

  "Tramp  To  Slaughter"  starts  up  with  fast  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  before  adding  in  drums,  bass  and  grim  black  metal  screams   and  then  the  music  slows  down  a  bit  before  getting  fast  again  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  thrash  influences  being  thrown  into  the  guitar  riffing  and  towards  the  end  the  music  goes  into  a  mid  paced  direction  after  a  few  seconds  of  growls.

  "Warblood"  kicks  in  with  fast,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  guitar  riffs,  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  getting  more  melodic.

  "A  Call  To  Destruction"  comes  in  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  a  few  seconds  later  drums  kick  in  as  well  as  some  bass  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  blast  beats.

  "Obscene  Perversion  In  Genocide"  which  is  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  before  going  into  a  fast  direction  along  with  blast  beats  from   the  drums  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Song  lyrics  cover  war,  history  and  paganism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  to  it  in  the  old  school  direction.

  In  my  opinion  Excruciate  666  are  a  very  great  sounding  war/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Awakening  Of  The  Tyrant"  "Sons  of  Warfare"  "Tramp  To  Slaughter"  and  "Obscene  Perversion  In  Genocide".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/11/excruciate-666rites-of-torturesiron.html