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Häxanu/Snare Of All Salvation/Armor Fati Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 1 mars 2020 à 06:49

  Häxanu  is  a  solo  project  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Snare  of  All  Salvation"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Armor  Fati  Productions.

  Fie;d  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also heave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences,  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Häxanu  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  aggressive  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  alchemy  and  neoplatonism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Häxanu  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Materia  Prima"  and  "Snare  of  All  Salvation".  8  out  of  10.

www.amor-fati-productions.de 
www.amorfatiproductions.bandcamp.com
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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/haxanusnare-of-all-salvationarmor-fati.html


NightVermin/The Flail Of Belial/2020 EP Review

dimanche 1 mars 2020 à 05:32

  NightVermin  are  a  solo  project  from  Ireland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2020  ep  "The  Flail  Of  Belial".

  Ocean  sounds  start  the  ep  before  going  into a   very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  Nordic  style  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  track  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  clean  singing,  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  NightVermin  remains  true  to  the  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  he  had  established  on  his  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  NightVermin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Weaver Of  Forbidden  Plots"  and  "The  Flail  Of  Belial".  8  out  of  10.

https://nightvermin.bandcamp.com/album/the-flail-of-belial

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/nightverminthe-flail-of-belial2020-ep.html


Afsky/ofte jeg drømmer mig død/Vendetta Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 1 mars 2020 à 04:39

  Afsky  is  a  solo  project  from  Denmark  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "ofte  jeg  drømmer  mig  død"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Vendetta  Records.

  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  style,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  on  one  track  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  brief  return.

  On  this  recording  Afsky  takes  his  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  into  more  of  an  aggressive  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Afsky  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tyend  Sang"  and  "Angst".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/afskyofte-jeg-drmmer-mig-ddvendetta.html


Thy Dying Light/Self Titled/Purity Through Fire/2020 CD Review

dimanche 1 mars 2020 à 03:28

  Thy  Dying  Light  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  uncompromising  and  antisocial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2020  album  Which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats,  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  songs  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  which  also  captures  a  more  modern  vibe  at  times.

  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  Norwegian  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  Death  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Dying  Light  are  a  very  great  sounding  uncompromising  and  antisocial  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  The  Horns"  "Black  Death"  "Fist  Of  Satan"  and  "Thy  Dying  Light".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/thy-dying-lightself-titledpurity.html


Arcada Interview

samedi 29 février 2020 à 10:19
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Before we finished the recording sessions we had a tour on Chile which was already being booked while we were setting the last details to the album. As soon as we completed everything we got on the road presenting the album songs over five cities in Chile. This was a challenge to us because this dates were Iniquiator’s A.D first appearances on stage. The audience and organization respond was great and so ours. After this tour we got some invitations to play on our city but unfortunately we declined because of some logistical issues with the organizers.
Currently we are creating new songs for the next releases and thinking about a proper presentation date for the album on Lima. Thing’s gonna happen.

2.In March you have your first full length coming, musically how does it differ from your previous demo's and ep's?
The first thing that people’s going to notice is about the sound which is more professional than the previous releases. We spent a lot of hours into the studio while mixing, selecting tracks, guiding the guests, etc. The next thing is the new vocalist who has a complete different range which we think it fits perfectly to the band, enhancing the music and atmosphere we reach through every song. You can say the band influences have been always the same but maybe on this album they are more notorious. Consider we are not talking only about metal references.
About the content, is the same phenomenon that happens on each one of our releases. The lyrics and the concept are the result of experiences and reflections on certain subjects which can get more abstracted or clearer to others. Some of you can recognize some imagery from different sources and get what I’m trying to say.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Occultism, Black Magick and Philosophical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
Black metal has to be real. This subjects are not supposed to be used with merely a shock value intention. Each one of us has his own way to achieve his own truth with different elements. The one we have in common is Arcada.

4.You also have a sigil in your band logo, can you tell us a little bit more about what this sigil means and how it is related to the bands name?
We used a common method to do the sigil which was using the band’s name and abstract it into a new image. The symbol can be understood in many ways as it is the language of interpretation and needs no translation. Just as the whole Arcada’s concept.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The process we had to define the final artwork was shared with the artist involved. As he participated as a guest on two lyrics, we talked before about the referents we had and based on those myths, the sketching process began. You can recognize some of the gnostic myth references along with some solar imagery too. The trifacial was a little detail from Jose Gabriel who has done his MA thesis out of this subject. The composition of the elements involved were influenced by an untitled anonymous illustration from 1588-1615 which has been given the name of Confesion de un Noble Indigena (The indigenous confession).


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think the best show we had so far has been the one at Decimatio VII in Chile. We played along with Black Witchery, Sadistic Intent, Goatcraft, Malignant Asceticism and many other great bands from Chile. The audience was great and the backline too.
I would say our show its not supposed to be something to mosh with, as it’s not a “brutal” or “violent” type of metal. Some people have describe our performance as a contemplative or harsh experience.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We haven’t got any tour confirmed yet but we already have some plans on mind. First we want to do a show in Lima to present the album on a proper way.

8.The new album is coming out on 'Edged Circle Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?
As we were about to finish the album recording, we began to post a lot of content on social media and the label noticed us. We got a mail and after they listened to the previous work we had released, we got the proposal of working together and we agreed. Everything so far have been great with them.





9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
Usually people get surprised when they figure out we are from Peru because they usually expect a south american classic sound which we are not focused on. Most of the response we had over the years have been from outside our city (in fact, we have played more times outside Lima than in Lima itself) so I guess I can say we have some positive reactions.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Iniquiator and Ult have their own individual one man Black Metal projects called Iniquitatem and Ult respectively. You can find them on the label Visceribus Bestiae. Onryo and I have another side project called Voragine but our main focus is in Arcada. The remaining bands we participate on are only for supporting shows.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We expect to release a lot of new material and adding some new ideas for the next shows. As things grow, the opportunities to do something completely different appear.




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?
Besides the notorious influence of the 90’s Black Metal bands we have, we listen to some post punk, new wave, folklore, etc. No need to name each band’s name.

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

Beware the frog’s curse

www.facebook.com/arcadablackmetal 





Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/arcada-interview.html