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AegeonNocturnal Glorification/Elegy Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 27 janvier 2015 à 08:32

  Aegeon  are  a  1  man  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw,  atmospheric,  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Nocturnal  Glorification"  which  was  released  by  Elegy  Records.

  A  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along   with  some  grim  screams  and  an  atmospheric  background  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  at  times the  music  can  also  be  melodic  with  both  the  guitar  riffing  and  leads  along  with  a  few  tracks  that  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length

  Whispers  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  along  with  the  vocals  also  bringing  in  depressive  screams  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  slight  ambient  black  metal  feeling  that  seems  to  have  some  USBM  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  speeds  up  at  times  while  also  introducing  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  onto  the  recording.

  Aegeon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic,  grim,  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  also  sticking  to  more  of  a  slow  or  mid  paced  style  and  the  music  also  keeps  around  a  good  portion  of  raw  elements,  the  production  has  a  very  dark, r aw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Inner  Darkness  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aegeon  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Glorification  Of  The  New  Pandemia"  "The  Cult  Of  The  October"  and  "The  Eternal  March  Of  The  Nameless".  8  out  of  10.

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Darvulia/Sektarism/Nuclear War Now Productions/2015 Split Album Review

mardi 27 janvier 2015 à 07:11

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  France's  Darvulia  and  Sektarism  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  War  Now  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Darvulia  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  distorted  sounding  bass  guitar  sound  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  and  stick  to  a  very  slow,  dark  and  repetitive  direction  for  a  few  minutes  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  and  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  drum  beats  being  brought  in  at  times  and  as  the  song  progresses  more  occult  style  soundscapes  can  be  heard  while  a  few  minutes later  grim  voices  are  added  onto  the  track  and  they  also  bring  in  more  of  a  black  metal  influence  when  they  are  utilized  while  a  few  minutes  later  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard    and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  along  with  the  only  track  being  17  minutes  in  length  which  they  also  close  with  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  riff.

  In  my  opinion  Darvulia  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Sektarism  a  band  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic  form  of  funeral  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  off  with  melodic  ritualistic  chanting  and  drum  beats  before  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  dark  funeral  doom  metal  sound  while  also  keeping  around  the  chants  while  also  adding  in  more  of  an  understandable  approach  to  growling  and  screaming  vocals  that  also  have  somewhat  of  a  black  metal  feeling  to  them  as  well  as some  spoken  word  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  song  is  over  20  minutes  along  with  occult  style  lyrics.

  In  my  opinion  Sktarism  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  ritualistic  music  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fan s of  black  metal,  funeral  doom  and  ritualistic  music.  8  out  of  10.    

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Keep Of Kalessin/Epistomology/Indie Recordings/2015 CD Review

mardi 27 janvier 2015 à 03:38

  Keep  Of  Kalessin  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  is  very  well  known  and  also  have  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  this  recording  shows  them  going  even  more  towards  a  mainstream  style  of  melodic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Epistomology"  which  will b e  released  in  February  by  Indie  Recordings.

  A  very  dark  science  fiction  style  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  while  still  having  an  atmospheric  background  and  a  few  seconds  alter  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  and  all  of  th e musicla  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  talent,  skill  and  melody  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  After  awhile  grim  black  metal  vocals  find  their  way  into  the  music  while  melodic  singing  is  still  used  on  quite  of  a  regular  basis  along  with  the  guitar  riffing  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  just  like  many  other  Norwegian  black  metal  bands  before  them  the  music  has  gone  in  more  of  a  mainstream  direction  and  lacks  the  power  of  the  earlier  material  while  they  have  progresses  quite  a  bit  as  musicians  and  have  a  modern  style  to  them.

  Keep  Of  Kalessin  creates  an  album  that  still  has  roots  in  black  metal  but  also  mixes  in  more  of  a  melodic  and  modern  thrash  sound  that  continues  the  progression  they  have  been  making  with  previous  recordings  and  while  the  music  is  not  bad  it  would  not  more  accepted  by  some  of  the  fans  of  their  earlier  material,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  science  fiction  and  fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  decent  sounding  recording  from  Keep  Of  Kalessin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  their  newer  material,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Spiritual  Relief"  "Necropolis"  and  "Epistomology".  7/5  out  of  10.  


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Vulturium Memoriae Interview

mardi 27 janvier 2015 à 01:45
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

well, nothing special in reality, I'm simply waiting the release date of the album, February 14th (yes, the Valentine's Day) but in the meantime, I am noticing that a lot of people, of different countries, are developing interest around my music and that's great.

2.You had just released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Mmm... I cannot describe it in clear way, I don't want in reality, because I would like that they were the people to describe what they feel, having listened to it.
Vulturium Memoriae is a project "open", each can feel protagonist of the disk, when they have it in the ears becoming an unique thing with it.
The only thing that I can tell the respect of "Nato For Unknown Reasons", just to listen the album, nothing more, nothing less.
It's an individual experience of growth, I can't say to other people what they must perceive from my music.

3.What are some of the concepts and images you bring out with your musical sound?

My inner world, the way that I see things, music is just the soundtrack of my mind.
Walk, for me, it's a religious ritual of research, between memories and landscapes that I through.

4.All of the songs are instrumental, are you planning on using vocals in the future or do you feel this style of music is meant to stay instrumental?

For now I don't have a singer for my next albums, but, i would like it.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vulturium Memoriae'?

“Vulturium” is the ancient latin name of my hometown, Voltri, so the meaning is “Voltri's Memories”, it's a little tribute of this place that keeps gifting to me inspiration for music and grow my person.
It's a some kind of personal church.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with any other musicians on this project in the future?

No, i don't think.
Maybe some little collaboration, but nothing more.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the album by fans of dark and underground music?

For now, the feedback comes from worldwide black metal listeners.
And it is very good, many persons have appreciated the album.

8.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that you are a part off?

I'm recording the new Macabre Enslaver album, in these months.
But i don't want to anticipate nothing.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I imagine myself in the same today situation.
But, i hope to leave music, society in general and dedicate myself in a spiritual existence.
But, who knows?

10.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?

Christian Death, Nadja, The Cure, Lycia, Lady Gaga, Madonna (“Ray Of Light”), Marilyn Manson (“Mechanical Animals”), Terminator O.S.T., Lurker Of Chalice/Leviathan, Nine Inch Nails, Cocteatu Twins, Julee Cruise, Xasthur/Nocturnal Poisoning, Chelsea Wolfe, Marissa Nadler, Robert Miles, Enigma, Burzum ambient works, Kraut/Ambient and many other artists.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Books, footing/walking, nature, food, friends, family, my cats and even the stray cats... myself...
Very interesting uh?

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Haha, I hate this kind of questions, because i'm not dying, but I take the opportunity to bring my best regards to Tara and Mike from Lycia.
And, of course, thank you all of the staff, for the space that you have given me here.

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Eerie Interview

dimanche 25 janvier 2015 à 00:59
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

V.: Eerie is cooperation between Ancestor and V.O.W.O.C., coming from different cities in Poland, yet sharing the similar ideas. You might classify our music in black metal genre, or you might not. It makes no difference from our point of view.

2.In December, you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

V.: I think that everyone interested should take some time to see for him/herself and not take everything that's written for granted. But to actually answer your question: the first time I've heard the music only one band came to my mind and it was Heresi from Sweden. Although there are many voices that these compositions have  their sound originating from modern French black metal bands. Others say that it's pure Norway with a bit of modern touch. So who's right? I don't know and neither do I care. It sounds like Eerie.

3.This project formed in 2014 and also released an album in the same year, do you put a great amount of time and effort into this musical project?

V.: We put as much time and effort as it is necessary. Composing is entirely up to Ancestor. What I'm doing is trying to transform his tunes into emotions, and then  emotions into words, and then words into vocals. Still it doesn't take ALL of our time.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

V.: The lyrics are about Death, more or less. The meaninglessness of the eternally circulating time. About one's despair, for it is known you can't dodge what’s inevitable. About that the more you're trying to understand from the things that keep happening again and again, the more mad you shall become. And if you lose touch with reality, then you'll finally have a hint of what is it about. But it won't matter anyway. Hopelessness of human nature. Journey through the consciousness. Go read the lyrics if you're curious, for fuck's sake.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Eerie'?

V.: The term "eerie" means something unsettling, weird and horrifying at the same time. That's the way we'd like the others to see our music anyway.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

V.: We'd like to round up some guys for a live line-up and play a gig or two. Whether they become full-fledged band members or not, is entirely up to Ancestor... and their commitment and ideas of course. I'm not going to come up with any names at the moment. But let me assure you - the people we're thinking about are no newbies to this music and will be a worthy addition to the band, should everything go well. Actually some of them have already agreed, but as I've said - no names at the moment.

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

V.: Hell if I know. We've received some positive feedback from Russia, a few kind words from the Western Europe and that's about that. The reviews in Poland are mostly positive, and that's good. There were, naturally, some negative comments as well (more or less accurate), but then again you can't expect all the listeners to completely like your music, if ever. And you can't expect to catch everyone's attention - there are hundreds of black metal bands out there that have just been formed. I don't have time or will to listen to all of them, and likewise, the people out there can't be expected to listen to Eerie just because we're out there. There are some die-hard black metal maniacs of course, but let's face it - their 24/7 is the same 24/7 we all have. Just now, you won't ever be able to listen to everything that's been created in metal genre until now. And there's more to come. I guess the music should be able to defend itself. And I believe our album can do just that.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

V.: Nothing much on my side. Contrary to popular belief, I've never been a part of Blaze of Perdition, I'm just doing some vocals as a guest when there's need. Anyway,  they've seem to somewhat recovered after their accident in Austria a little more than a year ago which resulted in Ikaroz's death (may He find comfort, wherever He is) and Sonneillon's being bound between the wheels. They're coming up with a new album entitled "Near Death Revelations". As you might have guessed, it's their most personal stuff they've ever recorded. I've heard the whole thing already and believe me - it'll be totally worth listening to. We’ve had some talk about moving on with Oremus, but nothing's certain yet. There’s some music composed, but when or if it’s done is almost completely up to Aiwass. As for Ancestor's part of the story, his main band Outre has recorded a new album "Ghost Chants" and everything points out it's going to be a killer. It will be a good year for Polish black metal.

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

V.: Ancestor is working on some new songs as we speak. We’re still not certain if they’ll be released as EP… or perhaps a split? There are a lot of possibilities to think through. As I look at our music, it's going to be different from the stuff we have made on "Into Everlasting Death" - it'll be more complex and dark for sure. Some of our listeners might not like it, but see if we care. The emotions are still the same, that's all that matters for me. And no, we've not decided to play dark electro now if that's what you're afraid of.

10.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?

V.: As of late, Ancestor draws his inspiration from the bands like Urfaust, Ascension and Deathspell Omega - these are also the bands he listens to most often, I believe. Me, I rarely listen to music at all. But if I do, you'll find me listening to "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark", "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" or "Filosofem" rather than any late stuff if you get my point. Urfaust might be an exception. And perhaps some other bands, but these are the first names that came to my mind. I'm also a huge fan of Funeral Mist and eagerly await Arioch's new album - but it seems to me that he's too busy with Marduk lately ("Frontschwein" blew me out of my shoes, by the way). When it comes to my inspirations, well... I don't know. I'm trying my vocals to be as varied as possible and reflecting the emotions that are coming from the music at the same time. But truth be told, no particular names come to my mind.

11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

V.: As much as in our lives.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

V.: Our non musical interests are none of anyone's business but ours. We don't feel like sharing the details of our personal lives and we'd like to keep it that way.

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

V.: No, we’re done here. Thanks for the interview.

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