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Outward Interview

vendredi 5 février 2021 à 05:38

 

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?


 


Outward is based in Prague, the Czech republic, the band consists of drummer, bass guitarist, guitarist and a lead singer. We make music that is a blend of black metal, post metal, doom metal and some other subgenres with emphasis on rough rock & roll kind of sound.


 


2.Towards the end of 2020 you had released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?


 


The EP is a summary of our first year of playing together and a visit to a realm of many different emotions.


We wanted to make a recording that will represent us in the best possible way in a DIY setting, which we hope we succeeded in. 


 


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and topics the band has explored so far with the music?


Life, Death & what´s Beyond.


 


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


 


We wanted a name that will represent our approach to music, which is basically being open to many subgenres and not being locked within any mantinels so we leave any kind of borders behind us, thus people are free to choose to label us with any kind of subgenre they want. The listener is always an outward observer of what we do, so "Outward” is an ideal name for a band that thinks outside of the borders of genres and subgenres.


 


 


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


 


The wonderful artwork was done by an amazing American graphic artist RF Pangborn from Tampa, US, and was originally painted without any knowledge about us. 


We found the artwork on his FB page and asked him if we could use it, to which he agreed. I think it describes the mood of the EP, mostly the last track "Voices" which is about hearing unpleasant voices in your head and being absolutely broken under their influence. It is incredible how much the artwork actually fits our music!


 


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


 


There were some really over the top shows where we´ve had amazing reactions from the crowd. We love to play really loud, so the audience feel the music shaking in their bones. Playing live is an amazing thing that can be very transcendental an unforgettable and that´s what we love about it. Our concerts are where our rock & roll side really gets to show itself: Loud, Rough & Real!


 


7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?


 


Yes, we are currently looking for a label.


 


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


 


We haven´t been really exposed worldwide yet, but we´d surely like to be!


 


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


 


We´d like to record our first full length this year as most of the album is already written now and we just have to practice the songs and once we become really tight, we´re definitely going to book a studio and get into recording! We want our first full length to be a bit more professional when it comes to production.


Musically, we want to further explore different subgenres and moods, as we did with our EP, and bring the whole thing to the next level.   


 


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?


 


Definitely Killing Joke, Yob, black metal in general and kind of everything we listen to. I think that what makes us quite different to other bands is that every one of us is from


different musical backgrounds so every member adds something unique to the songs.


 


11.What are some of your non musical interests?


We drink a lot. 


 


 


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


Thank you for interviewing us! Given the current worldwide situation, it is not an easy time to be a live band, but we´re not letting that, or anything else to stop us from further exploring the ugly depths of a human soul and write music about it.


 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/outward-interview.html


Fire Magic/Burning Gold/Stygian Black Hand/2020 Demo Review

vendredi 5 février 2021 à 05:29

 


  Fire  Magic  are  a  duo  form  the  United  States  that  plays  a  scalding  and  triumphant  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  demo  "Burning  Gold"  which  was  released  by  Stygian  Black  Hand.


  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style.  Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  each  track  also  sounding  different  from  each  other  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.,  synth  also  make  a  return  on  the  closing  song.


  Fire  Magic  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  some  influences  of  the  Eastern  Bloc  bands.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  battle  lore  and  fire  mysticism  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Fire  Magic  are  a  very  great  sounding  scalding  and  triumphant  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Burning  Gold".  8  out  of  10. 


https://stygianblackhand.bandcamp.com/album/burning-gold       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/fire-magicburning-goldstygian-black.html


Umbral Twilight/Bleeding Alchemic Talisman/Stygian Black Hand/2021 EP Review

vendredi 5 février 2021 à 05:02

 


  Umbral  Twilight  are  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  satanic,  heathen  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  ep  "Bleeding  Alchemic  Talisman"  which  was  released  by  Stygian  Black  Hand.


  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also , uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  melodies.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  synth  oriented  instrumentals  along  with  the  closing  song  also  adding  in  some  raw  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound to them.


  Umbral  Twilight  plays  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Alchemy,  Heathenism  and  Darkness  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Umbral  Twilight  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic,  heathen  and  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bleeding  Alchemic  Talisman"  and  "Bloodmoon  Offerings".  8  out  of  10.


https://stygianblackhand.bandcamp.com/album/bleeding-alchemic-talisman      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/umbral-twilightbleeding-alchemic.html


Pan-Amerikan Native Front/Little Turtle's War/Stygian Black Hand/2021 Full Length Review

vendredi 5 février 2021 à 04:36

 


  Pan-Amerikan  Native  Front  are  a  solo  project  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  an  indigenous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Little  Turtle's  War"  which  was  released  by  Stygian  Black  Hand.


  Water  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black   metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  being  instrumentals as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  Native  American  style  chanting  into  the  music  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  song.

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  Pan-Amerikan  Front  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Native  American  Mythology ,  History  and  war  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Pan-Amerikan  Native  Front  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  indigenous  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Assembly  of  The  Western  Confredercy"  "Michikiniqua's  Triumph"  and  "nakaaniaka  meehkweelimakinciki".  8  out  of  10.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/pan-amerikan-native-frontlittle-turtles.html


Mork/Katedralen/Peaceville Records/2021 CD Review

vendredi 5 février 2021 à 03:32

 


  Mork  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric,  old  school  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Katedralen"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Peaceville  Records.


  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era.


  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black'n'roll.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  dark  yet  melodic  style  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  melodic  vocals  onto  the  recording,  some  of  the  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  sadness,  grief,  death  and  darkness  themes.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mork  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  old  school  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dodsmarjsen"  "Evig  intens  Smerte"  "Fodt  Til  A  Herske"  and  "De  Fortapte  Sjelers  Katedral".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/MORKOFFICIAL
https://www.instagram.com/mork.official
https://twitter.com/morkhalden
https://www.morkisebakke.no
http://peaceville.com/bands/mork


https://youtu.be/Sr2oun_yBkQ

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/02/morkkatedralenpeaceville-records2021-cd.html