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Barzakh/Promo 2013 Review

mercredi 11 décembre 2013 à 04:30

  Barzakh  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  promo.

  "Shadow  In  The  Grief"  opens  up  with  drum  beats  before  adding  in  some  fast  old  school  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  a  mixture  of  growls  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  hear  dark  sounding  melodies  in  the  guitar  riffs  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  song  also  alternates  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  "She's  Not  Honoured"  begins  with  drum  beats  before  adding  in  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  guitar  and  bass  riffs  which  leads  up  to  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  and  then  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  in  the  mid  90's  direction.

  In  my  opinion  Barzakh  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  promo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Shadow  In  The  Grief".  RECOMMENDED.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/barzakhpromo-2013-review.html


In Human Form/Earthen Urn/2013 Full Length Review

mercredi 11 décembre 2013 à 04:01

  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  In  Human  Form  which  continues  their  progressive  approach  to  black  metal  with  the  album  being  self  released  in  2013  and  called  "Earthen  Urn".

  "Cognitive  Reconaissance"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  album  opens  up  with  avant  garde style  sound  effects  and  synths  before  adding  in  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  riffs  and  drums  as  well  as  speeding  up  a  bit  and  adding  blast  beats  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  which  also  leads  up  to  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  then  the  music  starts  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  as  the  song  moves  on  it  starts adding  in  more  progressive  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song.

  "Abdication  Of An  Insidious  Existence  (MMXII)"  begins  with  drums  before  adding  in  fast  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  a  few  seconds  later  you  can  hear  bass  guitars  as  well  as  the  music  slowing  down  and  adding  in  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song  before  alternating  between  fast  and  slow  parts  as  well a s  bringing  in  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  progressive  elements  become  a  part  of  the  song.    

  "Prisms  Of  Now"  opens  up  with  nature  sounds  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  as  well  as  elements  of  noise  and  the  music  is  all  instrumental  with  no  vocals  or  any  metal  instruments  being  present  on  the  song.  

  "Sad  Presentiments  Of  What  Must  Come  To  Pass"  starts  up  with  heavy,  melodic  and  progressive  sounding  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  which  also  leads  up  to  guitar  solos  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  speeds  up  with  some  blast  beats  as w ell  as  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  before  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  as  the  song  moves  on  acoustic  guitars  start  to  take  over t he  music  for  awhile  along  with  saxophones  and  a  minute  alter  the  music  goes  back  to  its  heavier  roots  and  the  song  closes  with  psychedelic  sounds.

  "The  Entity  In  Identity"  kicks  in  with  acoustic  guitars  which  are  in  the  progressive  rock  vein  and  a  minute  later  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  riffs  kick  in  along  with  some  drums  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  along  with  some  guitar  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  music  and  then  the  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  kick  in,  as  the  song  moves  on  it  starts  alternating  between  fast  and  slow  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  blast  beats  and  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  traditional  metal  kicking  in  and  towards  the  end  the  music  returns  back  to  the  acoustic  guitars  and  progressive  sound.

  ''Fragmented  Reflections  Shimmer  In  The  Shards  of  Shattered  Mirrors"  which  is  also  the  last  song  on  the  album  begins  with  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  and  bass  riffs  along  with  some  drums  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  black  metal  screams  before  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts a s  well  as  adding  in  some
progressive  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  music,  and  halfway  through  the  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  samples  before  returning  back  to  the  heavier  parts  which  also  later  mix  in  with  some  synths,  a  few  minutes  later  acoustic  guitars  take  over  the  music  for  awhile  before  going  back  to  its  heavier  roots  and  the  song  closes  with  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  guitars..
  

  Song  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful and   heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  In  Human  Form  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,   you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cognitive  Reconaissance"  and  "The  Entity  In  Identity".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.               

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/in-human-formearthen-urn2013-full.html


In Human Form/Chapters I-!V/2008 EP Review

mercredi 11 décembre 2013 à 02:01

  In  Human  Form  are  a  band  from  Lowell,   Massachusetts  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2008  ep  "Chapters  I-IV"  which  was  self  released  in  2008.

  "Abdication  Of  An  Insidious  Existence"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the  ep  opens  up  with  drum  beats  before  adding  in  fast  black  metal  guitar  riffs  which  also  utilize  some  melody  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  some  progressive  metal  guitar  solos  that  come  in  and  out  of  the  song  before  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  and  halfway  through  the  song  the  music  starts  alternating  between  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   ''Realm  Of  Our  Asphyxiated  Desires"  begins  with  slow  and  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  after  awhile  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams   as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  some  guitar  leads  and  solos  that  come  in  and  out  as  well  as  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls.    

  "Transience"  opens  up  with  drum  beats  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  melodic  black  metal  guitar  riffs  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction a long  with  some  blast  beats  and  black  metal  screams  and  then  the  music  starts  to  alternate  between  slow  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  toward s the  end  the  bass  guitars  get  more  powerful  sounding  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads.  

  "The  Laureate  Becomes the  Flesh"  which  is  also the  last  song  on  the  ep  begins  with  thrash  influenced  guitar  riffs  and  drums  and  then t h e music  goes  into  a  more  fast,  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  then  alternating  between  slow  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  during  the  last  minute  of  the  song  there  is  a  brief  use  of  guitar  solos  and  leads.  

  Song  lyrics  cover  misanthropy  and  death,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  with  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark tone  that  is  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  In  my  opinion  In  Human  Form  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Realm  Of  Our  Asphyxiated  Desires"  and  "The  Laureate  Becomes the  Flesh".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/in-human-formchapters-i-v2008-ep-review.html


Wytchfilth/Spite/2013 EP Review

mercredi 11 décembre 2013 à 00:58

  Wytchfilth  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  united  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  an  occult,  atmospheric  and  a  depressive  form  of  industrial  black metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2013  ep  "Spite".

  "Fester"  which  is  also  the  first  song  on  the ep  opens  up  with  dark  ambient  style  sound  effects  along  with  elements  of  experimental  and  you  can  also  hear  grim  black  metal  screams  coming  into  the  music  along  with  some  industrial  style  drum  programming  which  also  leads  up  to  some  old  school  black  metal  guitar  riffs  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into  a  more  avant  garde  direction.

  "Oak  And  Poisoned  Berries"  begins  with  fast,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  guitar  riffs,  industrial  elements,  drum  programming  and  grim  screams  and  then  the  music  goes  into  a  more  old  school  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  fast  guitar riffing  and  after  a  few minutes  the  drum  programming  takes  over  the  song  and  you  can  hear  clean  guitars  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  more  depressive  direction  but  brings  back  the  old  school  elements  during  the  last  minute.      
  "Spite"  which  is  the  last  song  on  the  ep  as  well  as  title  track  starts  up  with  dark  avant  garde,  ambient  and  experimental  sounds  along  with  the  sound s of  human  beings  tortured  as  well  as  some  synths.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  occult  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Wytchfilth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  industrial  or  sold  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Oak  And  Poisoned  Berries".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2013/12/wytchfilthspite2013-ep-review.html


Woman Is the Earth Interview

mardi 10 décembre 2013 à 07:46
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
JH:  Yeah, we have been working on this music project called "Woman is the Earth" since 2007. There are three of us in the band, Jon Martin, Andy Martin, and Jarrod Hattervig. We started the band, based in the Black Hills of South Dakota while we were attending the same university. We had all been involved in other music projects at the time. We had similar interests and tastes musically and artistically and have kept the project going. We are all very close friends (Jon and Andy are brothers) and Woman is the Earth has started to become more than we ever anticipated, being an outlet for a lot of creative energy. It is exciting to be constantly developing the music and aesthetic of the band.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on both recordings and also how do they differ from each other?
JH:  On our fist demo "Of Dirt", we didn't necessarily have any great vision or high expectation. We simply had songs that we were happy with and wanted to take a crack at recording an album on our own. Haha, it was never our intention that anyone would even hear it besides us and people that bought one at a local show. It is still fun to listen to for us, because there are so many different ideas going on and trying to be conveyed with very novice production skills. I still thing there are some great ideas and sounds on that album, but I feel we have definitely developed a lot since then. As a young band, we were just happy to have a listenable recording showcasing a lot of hard work and songwriting as our first several months as a band. We were definitely still exploring different styles, interests, and really learning how to write songs together at that point.

"This Place That Contains My Spirit" was developed over a couple of years. To us, we feel that the strength of that album is in the songwriting and overall atmosphere. Once again, we recorded the album ourselves, which is evident in listening to it. That album was more of a complete work than the first demo, focusing on more of a central theme and emotion and written in a more cohesive musical style. I am very happy with the songs on that album, although going back and listening to it now it becomes difficult to focus and distinguish between different parts and instruments, specifically the drums. I think writing, recording, and producing that album was a huge step for us as musicians to figure out what our strengths and weaknesses are as a band and in production. It is kind of funny listening to that and talking about it now, since we have spent the last two years writing and producing all new material and art. We tend to move a little slow.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored with the music?
JH:  Early on, nature was a central theme. "Of Dirt" was basically written as an homage to the four seasons, as an observer would see it in wilderness. It highlights the beauty and ugliness of the cycles of life and death. "This Place That Contains My Spirit" was also strongly tied to nature and wildness, but focused more on the spiritual and human side of it. The main lyrical ideas on that album are based on old rituals, and the human mind and spirit being a part of the natural world. On our upcoming release "Depths", the lyrical themes are based more on internal, psychological aspects of nature and the universe rather than outside perspectives. It deals more with the internal, mental and spiritual feelings toward life, death, and the energies of the reality we live in and realities that we don't. It's basically a story of the struggle of man trying to find his place in a human world, understanding the natural world, and wanting to escape into something less tangible.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Woman Is The Earth? 
JH:  The name was inspired by the idea of many ancient and some modern cultures that the earth has a powerful feminine energy and humans have a masculine energy. The earth provides and nurtures, and man utilizes the provided resources. Masculine and Feminine energies are both essential and powerful. The name isn't implying any kind of social or political movement, it is simply an interesting topic for us. It is also unique, we figured we would be safe in having an original name. We also chose the name because we didn't want to be lumped in with the infinite number of metal bands trying to be the most "brutal", "evil", or "heavy" or to become a novelty. We want to focus on writing whatever we want to write. We want our music to speak for itself.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
AM:  Our most recent show was with Kylesa and Pinkish Black.  It was in a little venue in the middle of no where.  It was unbelievable how good they could make that small place sound.  We've played with Shai Hulud a couple of times, they were super nice guys.  Born of Osiris, North, Adai, were all really good shows- very talented musicians. 

JH:  We played a great show at a venue called Seventh Circle Music Collective in February of 2013. The bands we played with were phenomenally talented and humbling to watch and everyone involved with the venue were some of the nicest and most professional folks we have ever worked with. 

AM:  Anymore, we book our own shows here once or twice a year. 

JH:  Those shows are usually small, free shows at small local venues, record stores, etc. and they are always a blast to play. We played one at our local record store in July a few years back, and people were packed into the building while it was still over 100 degrees outside. It could have been so miserable for everyone but the energy at that show was so amazing. People sweating, packed into a dark room and loving it! We definitely look forward to doing a little more expansive touring and experiencing what more cities, venues, and people have to offer.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
AM:  Unfortunately, with Jarrod's schedule, he is unavailable for about 6 months a year. We try to pack in as much writing, touring, recording, etc. as we can during the winter months. We will be doing a release show for "Depths" probably in Rapid City, South Dakota early 2014 and plan to do a series of small tours in the late winter/early spring in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, and maybe some others.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
JH:  Our next release "Depths" will be released by US label Init Records early 2014. "This Place That Contains My Spirit" will most likely be re-mastered and re-released by a European label in early 2014 as well. We are writing and will be recording a lot more material in the next several months as well, and will likely work with a label whenever that material is ready for release. Although that will likely be another year or so.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
AM:  It's hard to tell who is listening to our music, really.  Most of the CD's and tapes we've sent out have gone to Europe and Canada.  But what genre those people identify with, or if they do identify with one, I don't know. 

JH:  We have had a lot of positive feedback though from all over the world, which we never expected. It is awesome. We have had some really negative feedback and reviews as well, and we are just amazed that people take the time to buy, listen, and write about our music. We think it is great.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
JH:  We are experimenting a lot more these days. With different styles, sounds, instruments. As we have developed as musicians, we are able to execute sounds and styles that we have always been interested in. The emotion,notes, and progressions of black metal I think will always show up in whatever we write, but the execution and experimentation of different styles and feelings are very important in what we are writing now as well. We want to make something truly musical. I think our focus now is more on crafting truly emotional, interesting, musical pieces rather than focusing too much on one genre or one emotion.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced  your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
JH:  Some of our early influences were predominantly black metal bands. Most obvious influences being bands like Weakling, Wolves in the Throne Room, Gorgoroth and Burzum. We have also been hugely influenced by Nachtmystium, Deathspell Omega, Twilight, and a lot of progressive and experimental black metal projects. Outside of metal, we are hugely influenced by a number of styles… instrumental music, electronic music, folk, classic and psychedelic rock are greatly influential. Favorites being Boards of Canada, Skinny Puppy, SunnO))), Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Police. We all listen to a lot of different stuff. Lately though we have been listening to a lot of Grails, Hell, Torche, Nails, and Jarrod's been on a huge R&B kick.

11.How would you describe the metal scene in your home state of South Dakota?
AM:  There are metal shows here.  When someone is doing something experimental or new, people definitely take notice.  

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
AM:  We have a collected interest in the outdoors. Where we live offers a lot of opportunity to enjoy wilderness. Jarrod works and lives on the road working and living in forests all over the US, so that takes a lot of his time. We are beer enthusiasts! Art is an interest for all of us… painting, drawing, design, photography. Jon is a professional artist, with that taking up most of his time. He does most all the artwork/design/layouts for Woman is the Earth as well. Check out theMonolyth.com to check out some of his work. It is incredible! And of course, we enjoy the chances we get to correspond with bands, promoters, labels, and artists.We have made some great connections with some really talented people. And we all have great friends and family around that we enjoy spending time with.
  

13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 
JH:  Just want to say thanks for the great questions, and for the support. We are really appreciative of all the people that have taken the time to explore our music that we are so passionate about.

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