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Akoman/Ahriman And The Whore Of Darkness/Satanath Records/2012 CD Review

jeudi 14 janvier 2016 à 11:16

  Akoman  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Ahriman  And  The  Whore  Of  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  a  few  seconds  later  black  metal  vocals  are  brought  into  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  The  vocal  approach  on  this  album  is  a  bit  different  than  most  bands  of  the  genre  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  while  some  of  the  later  tracks  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length   and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  as  the  album  progresses  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   while  the  last  song  sees  the  music  getting  more  ritualistic,  tribal,  and  occult

  Akoman  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  ritualistic  yet  still  grim  approach  to  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferianism,  Ahrimanism,  and  Occultism  themes  and  also  seem  to  be  very  inspired  by  the  writings  of  Michael  W.  Ford.

  In  my  opinion  Akoman  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ode  To  Ahriman"  "Zohak  (Devil's  Pact)"  and  "Yatuk  Dinoih".  8/5  out  of  10.     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/akomanahriman-and-whore-of.html


Amezarak/Angelus/Satanath Records/2012 CD Review

jeudi 14 janvier 2016 à 10:08

  This  is  another  review  of  an  album  from  Amezarak  displaying  his  early  melodic  satanic  black  metal  sound  with  the  album  being  released  in  2012  by  Satanath  Records  and  called  "Angelus".

  A very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  of the  genre  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of morbid  yet  cold  sounding  melodies  and  halfway  through  the  recording  melodic  guitar  leads  are  brought  in  briefly  and on  the  last  track  classical  guitars  a  brought into  the  music. 

  On  this  recording  Amezarak  played  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  still  having  a  good  sense  of  melody  and  this  was  probably  the  most  fast  and  primal  music  he  has  released  so  far,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Amezarak  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Acts  Of  Evil"  "Angel  Of  Mercy"  "I-Anger"  and  "Despair".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/amezarakangelussatanath-records2012-cd.html


Emptiness Soul/Without You/Satanath Records/2012 CD Re-Issue Review

jeudi 14 janvier 2016 à 07:38

  Emptiness  Soul  where  a  band  from  Russia  that  played  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2011  album  "Without  you"  which  was  re-issued  in  2012  by  Satanath  Records.

  Depressive  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  keys  and  the  music  can  also  get  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavier  as  well  as  adding  in  depressive  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  coming  the  atmosphere  of  the  intro.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  vocals  also  get  deep  and  grim  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  distorted  and  melodic  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  melodies  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  bring  in  a  few  instrumental  tracks  towards  the  end.

  Emptiness  Soul  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  while  also  sticking  mostly  to  a  slow  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Emptiness  Soul  where  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Last  Morning"  "I  For  Ever  Ashes"  "Old  Age" and  "Moonlight".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/emptiness-soulwithout-yousatanath.html


Schattenfang/Abgrunde/Satanath Records/2012 Demo Review

jeudi 14 janvier 2016 à 05:37

  Schattenfang  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  demo  "Abgrunde"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  demo along  with  some  rain  and  thunder sounds  as  well  as  having  drum  beats  added  in  before  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  sound  which  also  shows  guitar  leads  being  introduced  into  the  music  and  there  is  also  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  samples and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  darker  and  heavier.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  and  high  pitched black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  depressive  melodies  and  solos  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  on  the  last  track.

  Schattenfang  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  adding  in  more  of  a  modern  and  depressive  style  to  update  the  sound  for  the  modern  day,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Schattenfang  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Kalt"  and  "Vom  Grabentod".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/schattenfangabgrundesatanath.html


Wargrinder Interview

jeudi 14 janvier 2016 à 03:20
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I released a split cd with Americans Iconoclast Contra called Advancing Into Ceaseless Victory in December of '14, then a split 7" vinyl with Greeks Hate Manifeto and now I'm releasing the second full length album in spring on this year, titled 'In Suicidal Triumph'. It will come out on tape first via Wohrt Records and on CD via Nykta Records. Next month I'm entering the studio to record the 3rd full length album which is scheduled for eraly '17.

2.Recently you where a part of a split with hate Manifesto, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Well actually the track from that 7" split will be included in the 2nd full length album. Believe it or not, the tracks for 'In Suicidal Triumph' are older than the tracks that I used for the split with Iconoclast Contra, but since I always know what I'm releasing next all the tracks from that period match sonically so I didn't want to take tracks from the 2nd full album.  In Suicidal Triumph was composed in December of '11. Storming Armored Wolves was composed early '13. As for the sound, I think that my material always stays on the blackened death metal path. Or simply put, extreme metal. It needs to be furious. And if its slow it will be fucking heavy.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
Same as always. War. It doesn't get any more realistic. Where mankind shows its true colors. I study it. I read old reports from the front. And of course anti-human mentality as well. Always has been like that. Also self preservation and perception of my mind as my own universe. We must need nothing to hold on to. Just like men created God(s), sin and forgiveness,  I believe only in the Self. Nobody can tell me how to think, nobody can judge my actions even if they believe that they are better than me in their own opinion. I create my own path and only I can decide wether an action was flawed, a mistake. Depending on what I want. And I'm a very demanding person. Everything I do I strive to do it better. Everything not just things that I like. Then it's just utopia. And I'm not a lazy delusional piece of shit I can promise you that.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wargrinder'?
I needed something that describes the music perfectly. Another name in mind was War Machine, then I got The Doom Messiah from Warhammer and was hooked immediately. Remorseless Wargrinder is my fav track from that band, and the word described exactly what I wanted to do musically.


5.Originally the musical project was from Greece and according to the Metal Archives page is now located in Iceland, what was the decision behind the move?
It was not music motivated I can assure you. Just needed a change of pace. Wargrinder is my personal project, I do everything in there, therefore where I go, Wargrinder goes.


6.At one time you also had a different guitarist and drummer but now work solo, are you open to bringing other musicians into this musical project again in the future?
Yeah but only for live shows. For studio work I'm the only one that can execute the Wargrinder material properly. I have a plan in my head on how my material should sound. Even in the 3 early demos I had full control of the sound and outcome. Although the other 2 members contributed in the 2 first demos with a few riffs.


7.According to one interview, you talked about in interest in Greek philosophers, can you tell us a little bit more about it and also do you have an interest in the mythology that comes from your home country?
Mythology to me was always something like a sci-fi film. Nothing but imagination. I'm an absolute realist. Yes there are many of them that have sculpted my thought process until today. My all time favorite is Plato
his books literally changed me forever. Others are : Heraclitus, Socrates, Aristotelis and a few more. But its others like : Nietzsche, Machiavelli, and lately I am been inspired by General John Brown Gordon. Superior
men with absolute focus.

8.In the last couple of years you have been a part of splits with both 'Iconoclast Contra' and 'Hate Manifesto', what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on those recordings?
I like and support both bands in every chance I get. Iconoclast got my attention through their debut Combat is the Voice of the Heathen which blew me away. Trully a unique sound with pure barbaric black metal. Very violent just the way I like it. Straight to the point aggression. And Hate Manifesto are very old friends (18 years) whom I actually jammed with in their early days when they were still named  Carpathian Lords. Another unique band with a very similar lyrical concept as mine, totally underground mentality and very vicious material.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of war, black and death metal?
It has been very good, I always had a fanbase in Greece, Italy and Germany but the U.S. has really embraced the band since I released the debut The Seal of Genocide. And it trully exloded after Advancing Into Ceaseless Victory. And to no surprise since my main influences as a songwriter, even as a drummer were always from American bands and artists.

10.Over the years you have played drums for plenty of different bands, do you feel working with all those different musicians has had made you a more focused musician over the years?
Yeah man for sure. Working with literally dozens of different people makes you create a very professional mentality and off course stronger focus. Drummers are the structure. Bad drummer, bad band.
Even if the riffs are good.


11.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes I'm going to record the debut full length album for Hate Manifesto this year. I always get offers for studio work. A lot of it is from, yeah you guessed it, the States...Some Greek bands have asked me to drum for them as well but its not easy to organize it living up here.

12.When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
Well the 2nd full length In Suicidal Triumph is coming out in spring this year and for early next year I will have the 3rd full length ready to go. I've switched to a 7 string guitar so the 3rd full length will be a very heavy and fast surprise. No changes in direction. Wargrinder destroys with speed and brutality. Death metal the way the true and brutal bands have demonstrated with some black metal injections. In all seriousness I think that the 2nd full length is by far the best thing I've done as a composer and for sure as a drummer. It's too fucking fast. The riffs are a whirlwind of extreme metal madness. There is not ONE fucking riff in there that is a 'filler' or boring. I can't wait for this thing to come out.

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?
Angelcorse, Order from Chaos, Disciples of Mockery, Incantation, Krisiun, Abhorrence and some Marduk is in there somewhere. Old Kreator too. OLD, not  the new stuff. Pre 90s. As for stuff I listen to these days, all the bands mentioned above, Disgorge, Hate Manifesto, Caveman Cult, Exequy (destructive material), Perdition Temple, Amputator, Blasherian, Iconoclast Contra, Dark Fury, Deiphago, Besatt, Swamp, Vomikaust, Seraphic Disgust, Wargoat, Deyteronomy, Infernal Execrator, and so many more its endless really..




14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview. Support the underground and the effort we put into our work, always seek, trade and purchase new merch. Expect nothing but pure extreme metal hatred from Wargrinder in the future.
Live proud and to the fullest so when you're dying you'll die a warrior not a fucking coward. Achieve or die trying. In Suicidal Triumph..

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/wargrinder-interview.html