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Forefather/Deep Into Time/Heidens Hart Records/2014 CD Review

jeudi 23 octobre 2014 à 20:47

  Forefather  are  a  band  from  the  United Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  musical  style  they  themselves  call  'Anglo  Saxon  Metal"  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1999  album  "Deep  Into  Time"  which  was  re-issued  in  2014  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  keyboards  in  the  background  which  also  adds  more  of  a  medieval  feeling  to  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  some sampled  spoken  word  parts  after  a  few  seconds  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  more  into  a  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams.

  Melodic  clean  singing  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  they  also  add  in  more  elements  of  pagan  and  viking  metal  when  they  are  utilized  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  using  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the music  starts  getting  a  lot  more  atmospheric.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  that  are  on  this  recording  are  the  most  black  metal  influenced  material  that  the  band  has  ever  released  to  date  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  start  having  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  when  melodic  chants  are  added  the  music  and  the  band  also  brings  in  small  amounts  of  melodic  guitar  leads  at  times  and  the  keyboards  from  the  intro  are  also  utilized  again  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  one  of  the  2  bonus  songs  displays  more  in  a  traditional  folk  music  direction  before  closing  the  album  with  more  of  a  black  metal  style

  Forefather  had  more  of  a  raw  approach  to  pagan  metal  on  this  recording  bringing  in  more  of  a  black  metal  influenced  sound  than  what  was  to  come  on  later  recordings,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon  Paganism  and  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  great  sounding  album  from  Forefather  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Natural  Chaos"  "Visions  Of  Elders'  and  "Ancient  Voice".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/forefatherdeep-into-timeheidens-hart.html


Onferno/Cathartic Offering/2014 Full Length Review

jeudi 23 octobre 2014 à 00:33

  Onferno  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  unholy  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Cathartic  Offering".

  Rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  distortion  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  which  also  shows  the  vocals  getting  more  high  pitched  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  has  a  mid  90's  Norwegian  style  black  metal  feeling  at  times  while  also  having  a  more  raw  edge  than  the  bands  of  that  era  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  have  a  very  depressive  and  suicidal  feeling  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  more  of  a  raw  and  atmospheric  approach  to  black  metal  being  utilized.

  All  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  true  and  pure  form  of  black  metal  and  the  band  avoids  adding  in  any  modern  trends  from  the  past  10  years  and  focuses  more  on  a  sound  that  contains  a  great  amount  of  variety  while  also  remaining  very  raw,  dark  and  heavy  and  always  retains  a  very  black  metal  orientated  atmosphere  which  also  has  a  very  melodic  edge  at  times  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  shows  the  band  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  and  spoken  word  ritualistic  parts.

  Onferno  creates  a  very  raw  and  dark  style  of  black  metal  with  their  musical  sound  as  well  as  showing  the  ability  to  bring  in  atmosphere  and  still  keeping  it  very  grim  and  there  is  never  a  soft  or  weak  moment  to  be  heard  anywhere  on  this  recording,  the  production  sounds very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  in  the  true  black  metal  tradition  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Onferno  are  a  very  great  sounding  unholy  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "At  Dusk  Came  The  Madness"  "Mat  Death  Bloom  In  My  Enemy"  and  "Cursed  Chant  of  the  Maniac  Mind"  which  is  also  an  instrumental.  8  out  of  10.           

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/onfernocathartic-offering2014-full.html


Vargsang/In The Mist Of Night/Obscure Abhorrence Productions/2014 CD Review

samedi 18 octobre 2014 à 15:16

  Vargsang  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  misanthropic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "In  The  Mist  Of  Night"  which  was  released  by  obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.

  Bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  epic  sounding  synths  and  a  few  seconds  later  guitars  and  bass  start  to  kick  in  along  with  some  grim  sounding  high  pitched  screams  and  blast  beats  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  90's  orientated  black  metal  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  being  added  into  the  music.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music  they  add  more  melody  into  the  music  while  also  remaining  true  to  a  raw  musical  style  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  slow,   mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  spoken word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  the  album  focuses  more  on  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  keeping  everything  in  a  very  pure,  hateful  and  misanthropic  direction  while  also  being  atmospheric  and   melodic  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  also  show  a  small  amount  of  clean guitars  being  used  for  a  few  seconds.

  Vargsang  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  contains  the  best  elements  of  the  90's  style  taking  the  rawer  side  and  also  mixing  it  in  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  atmosphere  to  create  a  very  dark  and  true  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sounding  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  anti  religion,  hatred  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vargsang  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Praise the  Dead"  "The  Cosmic  Gate"  "Captured  In  the  Dark"  and  "begotten".  8  out  of  10.

     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/vargsangin-mist-of-nightobscure.html


Einherjer/Av Oss, For Oss/Indie Recordings/2014 CD Review

vendredi 17 octobre 2014 à 15:38


  Einherjer  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  around  for  a  very  long  time  and  has  also  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  are  one  of  the  most  well  known  pagan/viking  metal  bands  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Av  Oss,  For  Oss"  which  was  released  by  Indie  Recordings.

  Ocean  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  acoustic guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  brings  a  medieval  and  epic  feeling  to  the  recording  and  after  the  intro the  music  starts  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  melodic  guitar  leads  being  added  into  the  music  and  they  add  a  more  pagan  metal  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  sound.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  album  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the guitar  riffing  starts  adding  in  more  modern  Norwegian  black  metal  elements  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  to  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  after  awhile  the  acoustic  guitars  make  their  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  enhance  the  folk  music  influences  of  the  bands  approach  to  viking  metal.

  When  melodic  chants  and  clean  singing  are  added  into  the  music  they  start  taking  the  music  more  into  a  pagan/black  metal  musical  direction  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  couple  of  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  and  they  avoid  using  any  fast  parts,  raw  riffs  and  most  blast  to  focus  more  on  a  melodic  pagan/black  metal  musical  direction.

  Einherjer  remains  true  to  their  viking/pagan  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  bringing  back  some  of  the  more  black  metal  roots  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  melodic,  heavy  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  Norse  Paganism  and  mythology  themes.

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Einherjer  and if  you  are  a fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.   RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hammer  I  Kors"  "Nord  eg  ner"  and  "Trelldom".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/einherjerav-oss-for-ossindie.html


VIII Interview

jeudi 16 octobre 2014 à 09:25
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Nothing special to tell you. After the release we sent the work to some zines and webzines for reviews and to spread the project as much as possible.
Now, we're working on new songs for the future album.

2.In June you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2011?
When we started to compose the songs for "Drakon", we found the right balance between the dynamic groove of black metal and the sulphurous, pestilential atmospheres of doom, so we've combined and mixed these two "elements" to create our proposal.
Mainly, our intentions was to experiment within these two elements without any restriction.
The differences between our first demo and the Full Length are infinite;  the whole proposal was inspired by death metal with black metal and industrial elements. Also, the concept and so the lyrics of "Division Hate" were impregneted with anti-humanist attitudes anchored in a warlike revenge against God and Christianity.
To conlcude, these were trivial concepts that had to be overcome!

3.The lyrics on the new album had some occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?
It's very difficult to give an answer to this question, 'cause I should draw up much words to explain my interest.
Basically, the lyrics of "Drakon" are based on different aspects of my personality, as man, as GOD, as nihil and as totality of these elements. To "illuminate" this path I used various "methods of research" including some ways that are usually defined "occult".
A comprehensive answer to your question is given entirely by our title, "DRAKON"... understand this "term" helps to understand our concept.
Anyway, starting from the European Nihilism, I "killed God" and I search my way, my path like an orphan without guide, like an Acephalous.
Connecting me to this "path", I found very interesting "to study" the eastern philosophy and religious movements such as the Shivaism and the Krama and, so, the tantric school of the hinduism and buddhism.
"...I feel the happiness of a worm in the decomposition of the infinite body of God."

4.The band was originally known as 'Division VIII', what was the decision behind shortening you band name to 'VIII'?
Simply, as i said earlier , the word, the term "Division" was a part of an outdated idea that clashed with the new course of the project.

5.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?
No, absolutely, VIII is and will be a duo. We don't feel the need to include other members in the line up. VIII will only ever be a studio-project, we don't feel the need to play live so we are fine just as we are.

6.The new album was released through both black plague Records and Metallic Media, do you feel these 2 labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting your music out there heard?
Black Plague Records and Metallic Media have been essential for us. Without their help "Drakon" would not have been pubblished.
These labels have helped us in a moment of utter stagnation, we had the album ready for many months but we don't found any label willing to publish "Drakon" in a reasonable time.
Then, thanks to BPR and MM, "Drakon" has been published in the early Summer and now we can speak about it.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Globally, we have not received much feedback so I can't answer to your question.
In Italy the work has been reviewd very well and, overall, we are satisfy.

8.Are the band members also involved with any other musical projects these days?
I don't have others musical projects, all my efforts are directed to VIII.
Mark has several projects; he play the drum with some bands of our island and now he's composing new songs for his new project called "GAIRO". Really interesting stuff, stay tuned!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't know.  We want to make music without limits, we don't want to fix VIII within certain rules or music genres. I think that, relying on the directives of black metal, we will compose the new songs leaving free rein to instinctivity. Let the "Akephalos" create and destroy.

10.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?
About our newer music there are not bands or musical styles that influence us. I take inspiration from humanity and its miserable struggle, the rot, the sinister and deafening sound of the gears that are no longer able to move this wretched existence called life.
Anyway, lately I'm listening a lot of industrial, martial industrial, neo-folk and dark ambient like MZ 412, Rome, of the Wand & the Moon, Current 93 and Nordvarg just to say a few names.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
If I'm not playing usually I'm reading. I love to read, if I can, I read the whole day.
Any interest is fleeting, we waste our time to bustle about the nothing to feel us alive.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you John for your interest to VIII. If someone wants to listen and buy our full length, can do it going to our bandcamp page: http://divisionviii.bandcamp.com/album/drakon or following us on facebook: www.facebook.com/VIII.drakon .


Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/10/viii-interview.html