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Lebenssucht/-273,15°C/Thanatoskult Records/2020

vendredi 28 février 2020 à 11:22

Lebenssucht are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Bulgaria, Belgium,  Austria  and  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "-273,15°C"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Thanatoskult  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length. Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in a   decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  lot  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  having  their  atmospheric  moments.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  deep  sounding  bringing  in  a  few  death  metal  growls,  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion t his  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Lebenssucht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/lebenssucht-27315cthanatoskult.html


Curse Upon A Prayer/Infidel/Saturnal Records/2020 CD Review

vendredi 28 février 2020 à 09:03

  Finland's  Curse  Upon  A  Prayer  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw,  blasphemous  and  anti  Islamic  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Infidel"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Chanting  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  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  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  good  balance  between  modern  and  old  school  influences  along  with  the  music  being  mostly  rooted  in  the  Finnish  style,  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  Islamic  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Curse  Upon  A  Prayer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  misanthropic  and  anti  Islamic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infidel"  "Al-Masih  ad-Dajjal"  and  "Fitna".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/_TppyZZvNSw

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/curse-upon-prayerinfidelsaturnal.html


Ulvdalir/Hunger For The Cursed Knowledge/Inferna Profundus Records/2020 EP Review

jeudi 27 février 2020 à 21:29

  Ulvdalir  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep  "Hunger  For  The  Cursed  Knowledge"  which   will  be  released  on  March  20th  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  ep  and  they  also  appear  on  the  later  songs  while  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  seem  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  an  old  school  style  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,

 Slean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  songs  also  capturing  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track. The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death.  the  devil,  nihilism  and  philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ulvdalir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  orthodox  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Road  Of  Knowledge"  and  "Out  Of  The  Darkness  of  The  Depths".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXJfjkLCn_c

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/ulvdalirhunger-for-cursed.html


Saarkoth Interview

jeudi 27 février 2020 à 20:35
1.Can  you give us an update on what is going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?



The recording and release of the EP is the most recent thing that we’ve worked on. Since the release we’ve just been promoting it on social media and trying to get it sent out to reviewers. Outside of that we’ve been rehearsing for some upcoming shows.



In terms of the recording of this release, though, it was very much done in the typical way that we do things where one of us will have an idea and pretty much write the entire song from start to finish, often without the other party even knowing, and then present their ‘finished draft’, as it were, to the other to add their flair and ideas to it. This process alone can change big parts of a song, just by us then being in the room together and being able to bounce ideas as to what could better off of each other, for example the section of the song where there’s a few seconds of just bass before it kicks back in wasn’t in the original draft. That section and the melodies in the bars before and after it were spawned entirely from us sitting down together with the first draft infront of us and just seeing what we could come up with.



2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



It’s a much darker sounding EP than what we’ve previously released. Obviously it’s a single seventeen minute track, so by that point alone it’s a little bit more complex than anything we’ve released previously. The production is different too, since we went for a more raw sound inspired by more classic Black Metal albums, though admittedly not quite that raw.

It’s more melody driven, too. There less of the atmospheric side to it than our previous releases, those being Jera and Memories of You, which was on the ‘The Wanderer’ Single, both of which had much more obvious atmospheric sections. That’s not to say this is without atmosphere, but rather the atmosphere is more like a hillside at night with fog near choking you as opposed to a brightly lit, light filled forest.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?



There’s some hints towards religion on the EP, a topic which we haven’t covered before and likely won’t touch much again in at-least the near future. Though, for the most part the lyrics are a collection of just what was going through my (Ellis) head at the time. I suppose I was angry and upset about some recent events which manifested itself through lyrics such as “As the rays of your holy love are hidden by gathering clouds” and “I feel the plague as it eats my flesh and rots me from the inside.” Though, the lines referring to “The Cult of Nature” have a sort of double meaning in that, without revealing anything, they are referencing future plans, but are also a bit of a commentary about how we’ve recently had a multiple amounts of natural disasters which seem to awake more and more people to the many crises affecting our world at the moment, hence “For once life has died, the cult of nature will arise.”.



As songwriters I’d say we’ve just gotten better at writing, I’ve become a better lyricist and we’ve found ourselves finding it easier to write shorter and longer songs, whereas before a typical song length was around the six or so minute mark, with not much in the way of deviation from that. Obviously this EP was an example of that progression.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Saarkoth'?



I feel like this is quite typical for Black Metal, but it’s origins are actually a little bit geeky. It’s a slight rework of the name of an NPC from a game.













5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?



The artwork is the ‘Jera’ rune, which is the rune which symbolizes ‘Year’ and ‘Harvest’ in the Elder Futhark set of runes. It’s a rune we adopted as our symbol on our debut album titled ‘Jera’.  We wished to have a personalized version of that, one which had a bit of detail which will hopefully be recognisable as ours, to people who knows us, and not one that you could just be off of Google.



So, in that respect, consider that artwork as our ‘Second logo’, our emblem as it were. It’ll likely crop up again.



6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?



We’ve been trying to fill the ranks since 2018. We spent a year and a half as a trio with our bassist, Asa, but he left us at the end of 2019 to pursue other musical interests with his other band. But yes, we do want a full band. It’s been a thorn in our side ever since the drummer pulled.



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



Without a doubt, our best shows have been Oakfest 2019 and The Blackwood Gathering 2019. Those were two times where we walked off the stage just knowing we’d killed it. For the last two shows we’ve played, we have begun to add a small bit of flair to the show in the sense of a solidified dress sense. But I like to think that our show is engaging to watch, I know that I try to put on a bit of an aggressive presence.



8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Touring would be nice, but it’s a stage we aren’t at yet unless we were touring in support of a fellow band. This year we’re cutting down a little bit on the shows and we’re trying to be a bit pickier about the shows we play. We want to fit on bills, whereas there’s been a few shows in the past where we a bit left field and the crowd weren’t there to see that kind of music.



9.Currently the band is unsigned but has worked with a label in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?

Yeah, we’re more than happy to work with labels. We just decided we wanted complete control over this release so that we could just drop it. We didn’t want any beforehand promotion and we figured the best way to do that would be to self release, as it’s more than understandable that labels will want to promote beforehand in order to secure sales, they’re businesses afterall.



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



I’ve not heard anything bad so far! As of writing this we’ve had two reviews back, averaging out at 8.5/10 so we’re more than happy with that. On a one to one level, we’ve been told by multiple people that they’ve really enjoyed the release and the changed sound.





11.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



Hopefully this year. We’ll decide that when it comes to it. We’ve tried a planned release before, but it just didn’t work out, so it makes more sense to just see what comes out when you sit down to write rather than try and plan how you want to sound however many years down the line.



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/



I wouldn’t say our influences changed, when I was writing this I was mostly listening to the same stuff I always do, a lot of UK bands and a lot of old school bands. I think the only influence I tried to incorporate into this release was a bit of the more recent sound of Behemoth, specifically The Satanist era.



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


Just a thank you to yourself for offering us this platform to talk on and for the kind words in your review, as well as a thank you to everyone who has supported this release by either buying it or sharing it with friends. It all helps and we appreciate it all.

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


Burzum/Thulean Mysteries/Byelobog Productions/2020 Double CD Review

jeudi 27 février 2020 à 10:45

  Norway's  Burzum  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  showing  him  moving  away  from his  black  metal  style  and  bringing  in  more  of  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  dungeon  synth,  electronic  and  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  double  album  "Thulean  Mysteries"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Byelobog  Productions.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start off  the  album  and  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  as  well  as  using  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount of  dungeon  synth  elements.

  Programmed  beats  are  also  added  on some  of  the  tracks  while  folk  instruments  are  added  on  some  of  the  tracks.  One  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  good amount  of  variety  and  also  differing  from  each  other  and  at  times  the  music  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack.

  One  track  also  adds  in  some  tribal  percussion  and  ritualistic  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean pagan vocals  onto  the  album,  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  medieval  and  dark  ages  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  there  are  also  a  few  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  elements  of  electronic  music  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Paganism,  Thule  and  Fantasy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Burzum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  his  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  material  as  well  as  neo-folk  and  electronic  music,  you  should  check  out  this  double  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Thulean  Perspective"  "The  Lord  Of  The  Dwarves"  "The  Road  To  Hel"  and  "The  Loss  Of  Thule".  8  out  of  10.

CD: http://bit.ly/BYE013CD
Clear Vinyl: http://bit.ly/BOBV785LPLTD
Standard Vinyl: http://bit.ly/BOBV646LP  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/02/burzumthulean-mysteriesbyelobog.html