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Toluca/Memoria/2014 CD Review

dimanche 6 avril 2014 à 01:49

  Toluca  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  screamo  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Memoria".

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  and  melodic  post  rock  elements  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  sound  very  powerful   and  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  heavier  distortion  which  leads  up  to  a  fast  black  metal  direction  along  with  grim,  high  pitched  screams  and  they  keep  the  acoustic  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  traces  of  screamo  and  post  hardcore  along  with  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When t he  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  music  starts  becoming  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  screamo  but  having  a  more  dark  and  occult  approach  to  the  genre  and  the  black  metal  elements  still  have  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  edge  to  them  at  times  and  in  some  of  the  cleaner  sections  you  can  hear  a  good amount  of  dsbm  style  sounds   along  with  a  good  amount  of  shoegaze  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  length  and  utilize  both  electric  and  acoustic  guitars  and  there  are  also  some  melodic  vocals  and  spoken  word  being  used  for  a  couple  of  seconds  in  a  few  of  the  tracks  and  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  screamo  being  mixed  in  with t he  black  metal  vocals.

  Toluca  bring  an  interesting  sound  to  this  recording  which  shows  them  taking  the  more  occult,  depressive  and  post  forms  of  black  metal  and  combining  them  with  screamo  to  create  their  own  sound  along  with  a  very  dark and  heavy  production  and  all  of  the  song  titles  are  name  after  a  Goetic  demon.

  In  my  opinion  Toluca  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  occult,  post  black  metal  and  screamo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gaap"  "Bune"  and  "Amon".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/tolucamemoria2014-cd-review.html


Crown Of Asteria/Cycles/2014 EP Review

samedi 5 avril 2014 à 21:10

  Crown  of  Asteria  are  a  1  woman  band  from  Michigan  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  musical  style  on  this  recording  being  an  instrumental  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  self  released  2014  ep  "Cycles".

  Dark  atmospheric  ambient  synths  start  off  the ep  and  a  few  seconds later  you  can  hear  nature  sounds  in  the  background  which  also  leads  up  to  folk  music  style  acoustic  guitars  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  starts  to  get  more  heavier  with  some  electric  guitars  which  then  speed  up  and  takes  the  music  into  a  more  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  while  keeping  around  the  synths  as  well  as  adding  in  some  melodies  and  leads  and  a  few  minutes  later  it  starts  going  into  a  slower  direction  which  also  adds  a  depressive  feeling  to  the  recording  before  going  back  to  the  acoustic  style  beginnings  of  the  track  while  keeping  around  the  distorted  guitar  leads  which  also  brings  the  track  back  to  a  black  metal  direction  a  few  minutes  later  and  towards  the  end  of  the  song  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  shamanistic  and  ritualistic  ambient  sound.

  The  following  track  starts  off  with  atmospheric  drones  and  acoustic  guitars  which  take  the  song  into  a  folk  music  direction  and  this  this  track  is  all  acoustic  and  a  lot  shorter  than  the  previous  song.

  With  this  ep  Crown  Of  Asteria  continues  her  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  while  also  keeping  around  the  folk  music  elements  of  previous  recordings  and  stays  away  from  the  vocals  this  time  around  to  create  a  very  heavy  atmosphere  along  with  a  powerful  sounding  production  with  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Crown  of  Asteria  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  instrumental,  atmospheric  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cassiopeia  -Queen  Above the  Skyline".  8  out  of  10.  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/crown-of-asteriacycles2014-ep-review.html


Akrotheism Interview

samedi 5 avril 2014 à 09:35
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

1. After a lot of discussions about the paths that we want to follow, Akrotheism came into existence during 2012. From the first day of it’s formation, the band started to work it’s material. Then we showed our first presence to black metal scene on last September with a split along with Order Of The Ebon Hand. Also before a few weeks we had the release of our debut album “Behold The Son Of Plagues” by Odium records. 

2.Recently you have put out your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the split you had released a year ago?

2. The musical style of “Behold The Son Of Plagues” album is our effort to combine our influences from mostly the second wave of black metal with elements from bands like Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Aosoth and then to set our own personal manner. As it has to do with “Generation Of Vipers” song , it was composed together with our album. Also our split was released just before a few months, so there are no big differences on musical direction.


3.You lyrics cover a good amount of satanic and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?
3. Our lyrics concern more with matters like corruption as the basic instinct of man. His essential adherence to find a sanctuary of religious paranoia that will allow him to hide his true face and the need for a god to save him for the death that he created. About our interest in dark arts, we considered it as something very personal for us and we prefer to keep it for ourselves. 


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

4. Akrotheism is based on two Greek root words. The first one, Akro defines the extreme, the last part of everything, the eschaton and the ultimate end as consequence of fulfilling a purpose. The term Theism derives from the belief that there is god or gods and can also describe the hope of someone to be redeemed through Theosis. The combination of these to two, allow us to express our abhorrence for the destructive fanaticism of mankind about a god that will act in turpitude to serve its passions. Furthermore our name, inspire us to set our thoughts about death and spiritual transcendence. 

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

5. As a new band there is no history behind us. We had only two shows until now. In Octomber 2013, a few days after our first release, it was the Eikons Of The Underworld-Athenian Rite festival along with Necros Christos, Necromass and Embrace Of Thorns. There were strong vibes during that night and it was a unique experience for us. Before a few days, we took part at the Bloodcult Fest VIII, in Creta (Greece), along with Ravencult, Profane Prayer and 1000Dead. Also a great experience for us. There is nothing specific about our live performance, just five beings setting on stage the darkest aspects of their subconscious. 


6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?
6. At this moment we do not have any touring plans. We are open to any kind of suggestions. We see a lot of good things happening especially Europe and we would feel great to take part on them. 

7.A year black you released a split album with 'Order Of the Ebon Hand' do you feel this was a huge honor to be a part of the split with this legendary band?
7. Of course we feel glad and grateful to have a split with Order Of The Ebon Hand. Beside their importance to black metal, we are honoured to be good friends with them for many years. We share a lot of common ideas and so it was a great start for us. 

8.The new album came out on Odium Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. Odium records is an emerging black metal label from Poland. It co-operates with important distributors like Plastic head, Code7 and Red Stream. The owner of the label , Shadow has a good vision about how black metal should be and so we feel glad to be on his roster.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
9. Until now we receive a very encouraging response to our work. There a lot of people who showed interest to our album along time before it’s releasing date. The most significant factor for us, is the positive reaction that we get from souls which we share common beliefs and thoughts. 

10.Are any of the other band members involved with any other musical project these days?
10. We are only involved in Akrotheism except of our guitarist Dagwn which has also a black/death band under the name Nethescerial. 

11.Where do you see the band heading into music wise during the future?
11. We are not the kind o people who make specific plans about the future. Our main purpose is to live intensely the phase of black metal by writing music and lyrics. For us black metal is the tool to understand ourselves. 


12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. We really admire bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum which of course are the basis for everything. Furthermore we are very excited about today’s scene and for bands like Mgla, Svartidaudi, Nightbringer, Portal and the bands that I’ve mentioned before. More generally we are listening and we are influenced by every kind of music which creates a dark and deep feeling to us. Even if it is heavy metal, neo classical, ambient or post punk. 


13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13.literature and films. 

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. We are grateful for this nice interview and we would like to thank you.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/akrotheism-interview.html


Narbeleth interview

vendredi 4 avril 2014 à 07:34
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the project since the recording of the new album?

NARBELETH, as a solo project, is a very quiet band actually. The last show I did was son june 2013 and since then, I have been recording the new album from time to time, as I have full time job and study at university at nights, so I have to choose special and determined moments to cofus only on NARBELETH, because it deserves and demands from me 100% energy and atention. Also I´ve been arranging everything for the show at Under the Black Sun.

2.You have a new album coming out this spring, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?

NARBELETH is Black Metal, nothing more, nothing less, black metal in its traditional way, so that´s what you will get in wevery release. Now, the main difference from my previous works is the sound, as now I have more experience in recording, and have better tools. BUT this not means that NARBELET will have modern, clinical sound, no; NARBELETH will remain rooted to raw old shcool Black Metal sound. Of course, you can find differences in composition, because I don´t like to repeat formulas, I just compose what I feel when I play my guitar, and that depends a lot on my psicological state and how things goes around my world. Also you can find new elements, although brief, on this album, as the clean vocals on “Land of The Heathen”or the clean guitars on “Nihilistic Propaganda”. Are new resources that add dimension to the music, as, for instance, the synth I used on “Shall Rise Again”, from my first demo “Dark Primitive Cult”, that never used on other recordings from that.


3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release?

My lyrics are about my life, how I see this world, and how I live in it. Also I write about about antireligion, misanthropy,  Black Metal, and how I´m proud of this art and have it as important part of my life.

4.In the studio, you work all solo but have a line up for live shows, are you open to working with a full band in the studio or do you chose to remain solo?

No, NARBELETH is my vision alone, my feelings and my own spirit made music, so I will never work in studio composin for this project with other persons. I had two colaborations on the band from individuals I see as my brothers. Haitre, from the swiss band NANSIS did guest vocals on “Raw Hatred”, from my previous album Diabolus Incarnatus, and King Abraxas, my live guitarist, made the lyrics for “Land of The Heathen”.






5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

The best show to the date was at Brutal Fest here in havana, in 2012. Was a great show that I and the other guys enjoyed a lot. About my stage performance, well, I let that description to the audience.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

Yes! I´m preparing to perform at Under the Black Sun next july, that´s my plan for now and means a lot for me to pe part of this mighty and legendary festival. Is the first time NARBELETH plays abroad. Tour? Well, hope to do tour some day, but nothing planned yet.

7.On the new recording you have an Urgehal cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

URGEHAL is a great band, always covered with the dust of underground Black Metal and I am a huge follower of them. Once I knew about T. Nefas death, I thought in doing my tribute to his work, so I decided to do Nyx and maybe put it on a tribute album, but then, with the offer of Folter Records to release the new album, I came up with the idea of add it on the CD. Is my tribute to Nefas, to URGEHAL. HAIL!

8.The new album is coming  out on Folter Records, how would you compare working with this label to Intifernal Records and Serpent's Eye Records which released your previous recordings/

I´ve worked with four labels previously, Intifernal and Serpent´s Eye released in tape my works, and Le Crepuscule du Soir and Metal venom Promotions, in CD. I´m happy with the result so far and they all are very honest persons. Now, working with Folter Records is quite different. Is a very experienced label and have released many recordings from respected bands. His work is complete and professional and I appreciate very much all the help and their attitude. I´m very proud to work with this label.


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

Bigger that what I always expected. I´ve received emails and letters from all over the world supporting my music. Is very nice to see that there are people that understand your message. Whith the signing on Folter Records this feedback has grown and that´s great, and I´ve seen people that are looking forward to see NARBELETH´s performance at Under the Black Sun, which is something amazing for me.






10.Where do you see this project heading into musically during the future?

NARBELETh will remain in the same direction. Playing uncimpromising Black Metal; that is and will be the path to follow. Hope that this show in Germany be the first of more concerts abroad in the next years.



11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays/

My music is influenced mainly by Scandinavian Black Metal like BATHORY, DARKTHRONE, ARCKANUM, and also JUDAS ISCARIOT, TORMENTOR... all these great bands. I still listening these bands almost daily, and have always been also into thrash, death, heavy, and other genres on Metal. Nothing of new core metal or nu, or gothic stuffs... that sucks. These days I have in my player, specifically CRAFT, KOLDBRANN, WARBRINGER, DARKTHRONE (always), KULT, DEMONICAL, NORTHERN PLAGUE, KAMPFAR, SKOGEN, THYRFING, SODOM, DARKENED NOCTURN SLAUGHTERCULT, ULVER (Bergtatt... and Kveldssanger), and some early music…


12.How would you describe your views on Satanism or Anti Christianity?

I´m not satanic and I´m not only antichristian, I am against all religions, that keep men away from the freedom, the freedom of thinking, the freedom of action. I believe in the will, the will of power that every man have inside and choose to use it, or not. I believe in the strenght of man to be his own god, the master of his fate.

13.Are there any other black metal bands from your home country of Cuba, that you would recommend?

Yes they are... but few. I can recommend ANCESTOR, a great Black Metal band from Havana, now relocated to Miami, USA, with great thrash metal influences... Also I recommend UNLIGHT DOMAIN and BLACKULT, great bands.


14.What are some of your non musical interests?

I work with cultural/historical heritage. I´m interested in Archeology, Astronomy and History. I read about a lot of topics, science in general, technics, occultism, and I´m a big fan of russian combat aircrafts. Among other things...


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

Thanks for the space on your webzine. Thanks to all NARBELETH´s followers in Cuba and the world. See you in July at Under the Black Sun festival, in the woods outside Berlin!
Support Black Metal with real attitude!!!! HAIL!!!

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/narbeleth-interview.html


Narbeleth/A Hatred Manifesto/Folter Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 1 avril 2014 à 23:58


  Narbeleth  are  a  1  man  band  from  Cuba  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "A  Hatred  Manifesto"  which  was  released  by Folter  Records.

     The  music  starts  off  with  a  fast  and  raw  old  school  black  metal  sound  along  with  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  with  the  album  being  in  an  early  90's  old  school  black  metal  direction,  after  the  recording  starts  utilizing  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  some  melody  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  songs while  keeping  it  in  a  more  grim  direction.  

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  hatred  being  evoked  by  the  music  that  is  present  on  this  recording  and  you  never  have  to  worry  about  weak  sounds  ever  coming  out  of  the  music  with  the  main  focus  being  on  true  raw  black  metal  and  the  faster  parts  have  a  great  amount  of  emotion  and  darkness  to  them,  while  the  slower  and  melodic  parts  always  keep  an  evil  atmosphere  to  them  an   later  on  during  the  album  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  clean  singing  which  brings  a  pagan  feeling  to  the  recording,  when  the  album  gets  closer  towards the  end  you  can  hear  some  guitar  leads  that  have  a  more  traditional  metal  feeling  to  them  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  which  also  bring  a  depressive  feeling  to  the  music  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Urgehal's  Nyxc.

  Narbeleth  remain  true  to  old  school  black  metal  from  beginning  to  end  with  this  recording  focusing  more  on  the  Norwegian  and  Finnish  styles  of  the  90's  with  none  of  the  modern  or  post  black  metla  trends  being  added  in  along  with  a  raw  production   and  lyrics  that  cover  hateful,  heathenism,  satanic,  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Narbeleth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Total  Isolation"  "Fuck  Off!"  "Land  Of  the  Heathen"  and  "Nyx".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/04/narbeletha-hatred-manifestofolter.html