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Sulferon/Death And The Philosopher/Shub Niggurath Productions/2020 CD Review

dimanche 7 juin 2020 à 04:38

  Greece's  solo  project  Sulferon  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  satanic  and  occult  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Death  And  The  Philosopher"  which  was  released  by  Shub  Niggurath  Productions.

  Spoken  word  samples  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical direction.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  along  with  the  music  also  maintaining  a  very  modern  day  aggression.

 When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  one of  the  songs  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  synths  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  demonic  voices  and  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard,  a  later  track  is  also  an  instrumental  and  the  album c loses  with  Bathory  and  Manowar  covers.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Death,  War  and  Blasphemy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Sulferon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shrine  Of  Broken  Strings"  "Mangled  By  Moloch"  "Ifrit"  and  "Siberian  Battalion  Deathmarch".  8  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/sulferondeath-and-philosophershub.html


Profane Congregation/Apocalyptic Visions/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 CD Review

dimanche 7 juin 2020 à 03:06

  Profane  Congregation  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  misanthropic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  his 2016  album  "Apocalyptic  Visions"  which  was  re-issued  in  2020 by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.

  Dark  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeping  it  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Profane  Congregation  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death  Worship,  Blasphemy,  Misanthropy  and  Apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Profane  Congregation  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  misanthropic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Vicious  Circle"  and  "The  Black  Light".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/profane-congregationapocalyptic.html


Svarteld/Nederlag for korset/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 Demo Re-Issue Review

samedi 6 juin 2020 à 09:42

  Svarteld  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  old  school  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  demo  "Nederlag  for  koreset"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2020  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  demo  along  with  a  brief  use  of  rain  and  thunder  sounds  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style. All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Svateld  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  also  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  Swedish  bands.The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svarteld  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Galder  fran  sejden"  and  "Fard  mot  hemman".  8  out  of  10.

https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nederlag-f-r-korset  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/svarteldnederlag-for-korsetmorbid.html


Valravn/Eclipse Of Heathen Winds/Morbid Chapel Records/2020 Demo Review

samedi 6 juin 2020 à 08:46

  Valravn  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  demo  "Eclipse  Of  Heathen  Winds"  which  was  released  by  Morbid  Chapel  Records.

  A  very  dark,  distorted  yet  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's Polish  style.  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  epic  sounding  melodies.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  couple  of  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  folk  instruments  and  nature  sounds. 

  Valravn  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  the  Polish  bands.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Germanic  Paganism  and  Heathenism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Valravn  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wolf's  Destiny"  and  "Celestial  Halls  Of  Wotan".  8  out  of  10.

https://morbidchapelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/eclipse-of-heathen-winds    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/valravneclipse-of-heathen-windsmorbid.html


Kall Interview

samedi 6 juin 2020 à 07:32
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We have gone back to regular rehearsals and have begun writing material for the next album.



2.You have a new album coming out in June, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I think this one offers a wider palette of sounds and styles. It’s more focused and better composed and also sounding much better, from a production stand-point. It’s still pretty dark and trippy though.



3.This is also your first release in over 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

 A lot of shit happened in that time. To cut it short we hired a new drummer and wrote material for this album. We also fell into some kind of hiatus for a while for different personal reasons. We finished the recordings about two years ago, and then went through a trial-and-error process of mixing and mastering but finally ending up with a result we are happy with. Since then we’ve been waiting for the right release window.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

It’s pretty varied, since several of us write lyrics. However, for me, this album has a lot to do with exploring the deep woods of the mind and facing old and new demons.


5.I know that the bands name means ;cold' in Swedish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

 The word has a dual meaning in Swedish. It stands for both ‘cold’ and ‘calling’. I think this name describes us pretty good, interpret it as you will. Some say this album is a little bit warmer to the touch than the last one though, hah!



6.The music that was done under the name 'Lifelover' was very much ahead of its time, do you feel that you helped inspire a new wave of depressive black metal bands with the stuff you have released in the past?

 I think so, yes. What followed was however over all pretty boring and depressing, for the wrong reasons.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

 Some people seem to think that our style is hard to implement on stage. I think we all felt from the beginning that our style comes alive live while the recorded songs don’t necessarily do the songs justice. We try to make it as genuine and intense as we can and while we used to get pretty fucked up on stage earlier we’ve  grown up a little bit since then I hope (but probably not). One of our best gigs was probably at Garage in Bergen, Norway, for the Blastfest festival back in early 2015.



8.The new album is coming out on 'Prophecy Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

 We had worked with them for the last Lifelover album and we had gotten along with Martin early on, so when we were actually looking for a record deal we reached out to them again.



9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal and other styles of underground and dark music?

 It seems positive thus far!



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?

 No idea.



11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

 I expect us to further develop our sound and styles further. You might even hear some clean vocals eventually, who knows! I just know it’s going to be dark, weird and very intense.



12.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?

Anything and everything man. We compiled a list of songs that inspired us during the writing and recording process of the new album which you can check out here. You can either link the playlist on Spotify or use a shorter list we made for Youtube.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5V3V8frOsLH2hM8oQfCISY?fbclid=IwAR0SDO1FgFRh52B1_DUkwIfeU-FPsF_CvM4Jqia6lHnnBjyHjbSwG4tSskM



https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLx4X_n2BcjGkkP-TRbEHL2YnYBWUquFnS&fbclid=IwAR2_e-9h1ZusCFvZi2tA7_ufzjP5XaH91m9A1cfeYceJcQlRIA0mG_89MiU



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

Thanks for the support, and a special thanks to everybody who has stayed with us and waited patiently for the new album. The wait has been rough on us also!

https://www.facebook.com/kallofficial/ / https://www.instagram.com/kallofficial/

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/06/kall-interview.html