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Rotting Bull/Beyond Ragnarok/2014 EP Review

mercredi 3 décembre 2014 à 06:13

  Rotting  Bull  are  a  band  from  the  United Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Beyond  Ragnarok"  which  is  also  the  first  part  of  a  trilogy  to  be  released  throughout  the  winter.

  Distorted  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  guitars  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  screams  a  minute  later  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  and  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  melodies  after  awhile.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  the  mid  90's  to  early  200's  black  metal  style  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  there  is  never  a  soft  or  weak  moment  present  on  this  recording  and  the  band  also  ignores  using  any  solos  and  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  true  style  of  black  metal.

  Rotting  Bull  plays  a  very  hateful  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  in  the  true  ways  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  hateful  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rotting  Bull  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Strung  Up  With  Piano  Wire".  8  out  of  10.      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/rotting-bullbeyond-ragnarok2014-ep.html


Infestum/Monuments Of Exalted/Lacerated Enemy Records/2014 CD Review

mercredi 3 décembre 2014 à 03:01

  Infestum  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  extreme  form  of  black  metal  that  also  brings  in  elements  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Monuments  Of  Exalted"  which  was  released  by  Lacerated  Enemy  Records.

  A  very  dark  electro  industrial  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  synths  and  a  few  second s later  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  technical  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  high  pitched  screams  and  they  also  mix  in  both  the  atmospheric  elements  and  industrial  influences  in  with  black  metal.

  You  can  hear  a  lot  of  Norwegian  black  metal  influences  throughout  the recording  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  the  more  melodic  industrial  style  vocals  briefly  for  a  few  seconds  and  on  some  the  alter  later  tracks  acoustic  guitars  and  epic  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  spoken  word  samples.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  some  melody  unto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  incorporate  more  melody  at  times  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  brutal  style  of  death  metal  and  adding  it  into  their  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  and  as  the  album  progresses  they  bring  in  an  avant  garde  keyboard  instrumental  and  a  cover  of  Venom's  "The  Evil  one"  before  making  a  return  back  to  an  industrial  black  metal  sound  on  the  later  tracks  and  all  of  the  musicla  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Infestum  takes  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  heavily  influenced  by  the  Norwegian  black  metal  bands  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  and  electro  industrial  to  create  a  very  original,  heavy  and  extreme  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dystopian  and  philosophical  themes  while  also  bringing  in  some  of  the  writings  of  Cark  Gustav  Jung  and  Fredrich  Nietzsche.

  In  my  opinion  Infestum  are  a  very  great  sounding  extreme  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  industrial  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ordo  Infestum"  "The  Evil  One"  and  "Monuments  Of  Exalted".  8  out  of  10.    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/infestummonuments-of-exaltedlacerated.html


Ctulu Interview

mardi 2 décembre 2014 à 07:12
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band these days?
Good evening, Lars!
We’re busy working on our fourth album that we aim to record by the end of 2015. After ten years of the band’s history, we finally rehearse on a regular basis and I think this will have a huge impact on the new album.

2.A year back 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 stuff you have released in the past?
„Seelenpiegelsplitter“  is a very diverse album with a big focus on the atmosphere. We had a lot of guest appearances and obscure instruments on this album (nyckelharpa, violin, harp…) and there are a lot of intermezzi and intros. We literally put everything into this album, something that critics may find exaggerated. The previous albums were a lot straighter and we aim for a straighter sound again these days.

3.With the newer music the main focus lyric wise deals with The Esoteric Order Of Dagon, can you tell us a little bit more about this concept?
On “Sarkomand”, the lyrical focus were the Dreamlands and nightmares and following the lyrics of “Arckanum der Tiefen”, we focused on the EOD on “Seelenspiegelsplitter”. The Esoteric Order Of Dagon praises the Deep Ones and their highest deity Dagon. The devotees slowly become underwater beings as they slip into the maelstrom of the Order.

4. I know that the band’s name and a good amount of the lyrics are based on the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
H.P. Lovecraft invented visual horror before horror movies were invented. I think this alone justifies this interest. Lovecraft delivers lyrical background on a vast variety of different levels.

5.The band originally started out as a studio project, what was the decision behind forming a full line up?
The band wanted to play live shows, that’s what initiated the full lineup back in 2006.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We held a live ritual in an abandoned vault in June. This was a very special evening for us and some pictures can be seen on our website. Besides that, Cyprus 2013 with Rotting Christ was a great evening in a sold out venue with a great headliner. People like Sakis Tolis always remind me of what is really important as they just focus on their music and don’t give a fuck about allures. I really respect this band.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We rather concentrate on our upcoming album, as we really want to take our time for this full length.

8.Recently your 2011 album was issued on vinyl to celebrate the bands 10th anniversary, can you tell us a little bit more about this release?
The record will come with a ritual poster from the “Lost Secrets” show that I described above. The posters are hand signed and the LP will be limited to 300 copies.

9.The band is currently signed to Black Blood Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It’s a small label from Eastern Germany, with great bands like Waldgeflüster and ad-hoc.

10.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?
At the moment, the main focus is on Ctulu, though there are some yet nameless projects.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We want to create the hardest, fastest and most brutal album of our career and I think we got extremely strong material.

12.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?
For me, it can’t be brutal or hard enough at the moment. Bands like Inquisition, Deströyer666 or Totenmond have an influence on me, though I wouldn’t say the music directly inspires the sound. It’s more the idea and the concept behind these bands that influence me.

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

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/ctulu-interview.html


Melkor Interview

mardi 2 décembre 2014 à 06:36

 Magazin: http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.de/

Band: Melkor (Patrick)



1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

These days I’m looking forward to the official release of »Irrlicht« on december 12th. Promotion is going along well and I’m curious for the response the album will get. Apart from that, I’m also working on some new ideas for the next recording.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on this recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I consider »Irrlicht« an improvement to the debut album »Ferne«, in sound as well as in musical content. The style itself hasn’t changed significantly, but the focus on »Irrlicht« is clearly on mid-tempo to slow parts, while »Ferne« had a lot of different levels of aggression. »Irrlicht« could be considered more solemn, more contemplative, also more consistent in style. The sound differs because this time around I didn’t work with a sound engineer but did the mixing and mastering on my own. I think the result sounds more balanced and clear on this second album.

3.This is the first album to be released in the last 5 years, can you tell us a little about the 5 year gap?

In these years, a lot of things moved and changed around me and I wasn’t always sure where to go and how to react. I know this sounds a little cryptic, but some of this stuff has nothing to do with Melkor, but with job decisions and other everyday-life-things. I wrote a lot of material in this 5 year gap, far more than you can hear on »Irrlicht«, but with much of it I wasn’t satisfied. So this was not an inactive period for Melkor, rather one of mental composure. I know it was a long time, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes. I don’t think this kind of gap will come again, though.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?

Usually I’m not a fan of explaining my lyrics in non-lyrical terms. I think a lyrical text should stand for itself, because if the writer would want to explain, tell or preach anything, he might as well do that, instead of writing a poem or song lyrics and having to dissect them afterwards. So in a sense, every line means exactly what it says. In another sense, though, it is of course some kind of projection surface for the reader to generate meanings on his own. And of course I do have my own version of what the lyrics mean, since I’m a reader as well. So I’ll try to give you a hint of what that might be, without wanting to make this the »official« meaning of the lyrics.
The album title »Irrlicht« translates to »will-o’-the-wisp« or »ghost light«. Throughout the songs you find a lot of references to different forms of light that attract and tempt the one who sees them to follow – but they are strange lights that don’t lead home and that don’t guard or protect the one who comes after them. This central image is also used as a symbol for life and nature on the whole, that are regarded as sublime. There is a philosophical tradition that opposes the sublime to the beautiful as inspiring awe instead of joy – this is more or less the mood reflected in music and lyrics alike: the world is not a home to anyone, but it inspires, impresses, carries us away. The light chases the darkness away, and we follow it and we love it, even though we can never trust it. The lyrics don’t imply a fixed position, an »opinion« on this form of existence – they are caught right in the middle of it, as most humans are.

5.I know that the band name came out of the writings of Tolkien, how does this name fit in with your musical sound and also are you aware of the other bands that share the name?

I’m not a Tolkien fan and this band is not a Tolkien band in any way. To me, a name is just a word, a sound, it doesn’t have to imply a meaning. I was looking for a word that I like and that sounds good to me. Of course I also didn’t want it to be anything too close to everyday words and meanings, nothing that could immediately be recognized. So I chose this name, while being aware that it wasn’t »original« or fancy in any way. It just seemed to fit my vision of the music and the lyrics. As for the other bands, I’m aware of them and don’t particularly like this situation, but I guess I’ll just have to live with it.

6.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?

I prefer to remain solo. It’s not like I hadn’t tried – there were some attempts to turn Melkor into a live band. But I found it hard and very time-consuming to do this the way it should be done. Around here, it’s hard to find the right people with the right mindset and spirit, who also play the music as it was originally intended to be played. Which would make it a solo project with some hired musicians instead of a band, if you think about it – maybe not the best thing. So I prefer to put my energy into songwriting and recording.

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

I received a couple of offers, none of which was really satisfying. Right now, I don’t mind being without a label, but we’ll see what the future will bring. I wouldn’t say no to a fair deal that really makes a difference to me. But it’s not like you HAVE to have a label, you know.

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

There hasn’t been much foreign feedback so far, due to the fact that I didn’t really promote my music worldwide in the past. But this time around, the situation might be different and I have more promotion, so I’m hoping there will be more reactions.

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

I hope to be able to release more Melkor albums and to continually improve in expression, content and sound, and to further shape and perfect the vision Melkor stands for.

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?

The early-to-mid-90s Black Metal might have had the biggest influence on my music, and I see my recordings still rooted somewhere in that time period, though not as a matter of principle, not because I wanted to be »oldschool« or anything. It’s just in my DNA, so to speak. Of more recent bands, Drudkh definitely left a lasting impression on me, as well as Throne of Katharsis (which, again, are very oldschool). I also listen to some Folk, Doom and Death stuff now and then. But actually, there can be weeks or even months when I hardly listen to any music at all. So I’m not the guy you should ask for the latest hot stuff...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m into literature, philosophy, movies, travelling and nature, broadly speaking.

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

Thanks for the interview. I’m happy to have listeners in the US. I plan to make »Irrlicht« available on Amazon and Bigcartel for worldwide shipping – check for updates on www.facebook.com/thetruemelkor.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/melkor-interview.html


Withania/Blutenstaub und Weidenharz/2014 CD Review

mardi 2 décembre 2014 à 04:59

  Witnania  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  dark  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Blutenstaub und Weidenharz".

  A  very  slow,  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  speeding  up  along  with  blast  beats,  grim  black  metal  screams  and  raw  guitars  and  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  atmosphere  in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  bring  a  great  amount  of  melody  into  the  songs.

  Most of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  clean  playing  is  utilized  they  bring  in  a  more  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording  along  with  small  amounts  of  clean  singing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  bring  in  90's  dark/goth  metal  feeling  on  some  of  the  tracks  that  they  are  utilized  on .

  In  some  of  the  cleaner  sections  whispers  and  slide guitars  are  brought  in  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  an  early  90's  melodic  doom/death  metal  feeling  at  times  while  the  faster  parts  also  bring  in  a  very  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  at  times  which  works  very  well  in  the  songs  with  all  of  the  music  being  very  dark  and  atmospheric  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  good  amount  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  while  the  last  song  brings  in  an  operatic  and  classical  music  feeling.

  Withanis  plays  a  style  of  metal  that  is  heavily  influenced  by  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  forms  of  black  metal  while  they  also  add  in  elements of  doom  metal,  progressive  and  folk  music  to  create  their  own  style  of  dark  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Withania  are  a  re  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  dark  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Weidenharz"  "Der  Winter  Nacht"  and  "Mit  der  Flut".  8  out  of  10.

      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/12/withaniablutenstaub-und-weidenharz2014.html