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Dark Blasphemer/Singles 2013-2014/Compilation Album Review

vendredi 25 juillet 2014 à 02:35

  Dark  Blasphemer  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  compilation  album  "Singles  2013-2014".

  A  very  dark  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some   blast  beats,  heavy  bass  lines  and  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  into  the  music.

  You  can  hear  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  displayed  throughout  most  of  the  tracks  which  they  mix  in  with  their  raw  musical  approach  at  times  and  the  faster sections  have  a  lot  of  early  90's  black  metal  influences  being  added  in  while  the  lead  guitars  are  more  in  a  modern  and  melodic  musical  direction.  


  On  these  single  tracks  Dark  Blasphemer  continue  their  raw  approach  to  depressive  black  metal  that  was  presented  on  this  recording  as  well  as  being  a  lot  more  guitar  driven  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicidal  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dark  Blasphemer  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check   out  this  compilation>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Land  Is  Mine"  and  "Drowning  In  Depression".  8  out  of  10.

    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/dark-blasphemersingles-2013.html


Hod/Book Of The Worm/Artic/2014 CD Review

jeudi 24 juillet 2014 à 00:37

  Hod  are  a  band  from  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  black  metal  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Book  Of  The  Worm"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Artic.

  A  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  which  leads  up  more  fast  parts,  grim  black  metal  screams  and  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  band  starts  using  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  some  guitar  leads  that  bring  a  more  old  school  death  metal  feeling  to  the  bands  musical  sound.

  There  is  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  bands  musical  sound  and  they  take  the  heaviest  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  and  combine  them  together  along  with  a  great  amount  of  raw  mixture  being  done  in  the early  90's  tradition  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  brutal  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  guitar  riffing  and  leads  start  bringing  in  more  melody  into  the  chaotic  sound  this  band  creates  with  their  music.

  In  the  faster  sections  of  the  bands  musical  sound  you  can  hear  some  elements  of  war  and  bestial  black  metal  but  done  with  more  talent  and  skill  than  most  bands  of  that  genre  and  they  mix  that  style  with  the  rawness  of  thrash  and  the  album  is  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  form  beginning  to  close  of  the  recording.

 Hod  remain  true  to  their  fast,  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black  and  death metal  on  this  album  and  there  is  never  a  soft  moment  presented  on  any  of  the  tracks  that  are  present  on  this  recording,  the  production  has  a  very  professional  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  the  writings  of  H.P  Lovecraft.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Hod  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  heavy, raw  and  brutal  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  The  Ghouls  Feed"  "Death  Whores"  and  "Where  Are  The  Demons".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/hodbook-of-wormartic2014-cd-review.html


The Unchaining/Fornost Erain/2014 Full Length Review

mercredi 23 juillet 2014 à 01:40

  Italy's  1  man  band  The  Unchaining  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  his  epic  and  atmospheric  approach  to  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of his  self  released  2014  album  "Fornost  Erain".

  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  fantasy  movie  soundtrack  along  with  elements of  dungeon  synth  and  after  the  instrumental  ambient  track  programmed  beats  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  raw  guitar  riffing  and  grim  screams  which  takes  the  music  more  into  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction.

  There  is  a  good  balance  between  synths,  guitars  and  vocals  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  stick  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  tracks  have  an  epic  feeling  to  them  along  with  one  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  synths  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  medieval  atmosphere's  into  the  musical  sound.

  Halfway  through  the  album  a  brief  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  synths  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  bring  a  folk  music  feeling  into  the  song  before  returning  back  to  a  more  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  on  the  following  track  along  with  some  influences  of  doom  metal  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  you  can  also  hear  some  acoustic  guitar  playing  being  added  into  the  music  briefly,  in  certain  sections  the  synths  bring  in  a  symphonic  feeling  while  the  guitars  always  remain  in  a  rawer  direction  and  on  some  of  the  songs  towards  the  end  they  start  adding  in  small  amounts  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the   album  closes  with  another  dungeon  synth  style  instrumental.  

  The  Unchaining  remains  true  to  his  raw  and  epic  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  on  this  recording  and  he  makes  the  music  more  interesting  by  always  keeping  the  vocals  grim  and  the  guitar  riffing  adds  a  raw  side  of  black  metal  into  his  musical  sound,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  spirituality,  myth  and  introspection.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Unchaining  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Stream  Of  Silver  Swords"  and  "Fornost  Erain".  8  out  of  10.


       
  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-unchainingfornost-erain2014-full.html


american Interview

mardi 22 juillet 2014 à 08:48
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Jim: We’re two guys from Virginia who live a few hours away from each other that like to make music we want to hear. I do vocals, drums, and power electronics. Mike does guitar, bass, vocals, and power electronics as well.

2.Recently you have released a full length 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?
2. Mike: The sound presented is very bleak and we experimented a bit more with noise. While we've kept up with the melody our music normally carries, I think this album is a lot meaner than anything we've written in the past. 

    Jim: We tried to make something that was absolutely relentless. I'd like to think we succeeded.

3.In the last year you have put out a full length, split, 2 demos and a couple of singles, do you feel that you put a lot of time and effort into the band?
3. Mike: We've definitely committed to this project. Since we both live about 3 hours apart any chance we could get together we'd just crank out as much material as we could. We've tried to consistently write for the past few years and we've been pretty good about keeping up with it.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
4. Jim: Suicide. Social Justice Issues. Crises. 

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the band name and the decision to spell the bands name all in lower case?
5. Jim: We’d rather not talk about it.

6.Currently there is only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
6. Mike: The two of us work really well together so the duo setup has been working for us really well for writing and recording. If we ever start playing shows though we would have to expand.

7.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
7. Mike: We haven't done any live shows yet. I'd certainly like to at some point.
    Jim: Late 2015

8.A year back you where a part of a split with Crone, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on this recording?
8. Jim: Anthony Vi is a god. He’s a great musician and an incredibly talented audio engineer. Crone is his solo post rock project he seldom releases music as. When he does, its great.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and other extreme genres?
9. Mike: We've had some great feedback. All the reviews we've gotten exceeded any expectation I had especially considering I never thought we'd be getting reviewed any time soon.

 Jim: The support we’ve received was completely unexpected. We’re outsiders and the fact that people enjoy us and want to help us is wild. Sean at Cvlt Nation as been backing us since the demo. Mattia at Sentient Ruin is fucking awesome and the fact that he believes in us so much is awesome. We’re forever grateful for the support. 

10.Where do you see this band heading into musically during the future?
 Jim: The support we’ve received was completely unexpected. We’re outsiders and the fact that people enjoy us and want to help us is wild. Sean at Cvlt Nation as been backing us since the demo. Mattia at Sentient Ruin is fucking awesome and the fact that he believes in us so much is awesome. We’re forever grateful for the support. 


11.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?
11. Mike: I know we both took some influence from The Body. I've also been inspired by Wolves in the Throne Room, Bastard Sapling and Black Monolith. I've been listening to a lot of music as of lately like Type O Negative, Sleep, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Elliott Smith, Boards of Canada, Ministry, Black Breath, and Pantera to name a few.

     Jim: A lot of Tears For Fears and Skinny Puppy influence for me on Coping With Loss. Lately, I’ve just been listening to a lot of Lil Ugly Mane. 

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Mike: Movies are pretty sweet. 

     Jim: I’ve been reading a lot as of late. That and writing in a journal as a form of free therapy. It’s great. Reflecting on yourself is important.

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

13. Mike: We're very grateful for all the support we've been getting. Thank you.

      Jim: Shout out to Unsacred, Bastard Sapling, God Suffers, Meth Lab, and Lil Ugly Mane

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/american-interview.html


Misanthropic Might/Menschenhasser/Black Skull Records/2014 CD Review

mardi 22 juillet 2014 à 00:35

  Misanthropic  Might  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Menschenhasser"  which  will   be  released  by  Black  Skull  Records.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  an  old  school  thrash  style  riff  and  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  which  leads  up  to  a  fast  and  black  metal  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats,  melodies  and  high  pitched  screams  and  deep  growls  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  There  is  a  good  balance  between  the  more  raw  and  melodic  sides  of  black  metal  throughout  the  recording  and  they  also  use  some  real  spoken  word  parts  at  times  and  the  faster  riffing  has  a  warlike  and  armageddon  feeling  to  them  at  times  along  with  some  the  vocals  adding  in  more  grim  elements.

  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses   enhances  the  melodic  black  metal  qualities  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  growls  and  blast  beats  bring  a  brutal  death  metal  feeling  into  their  raw  black  metal  sound  at  times  and  on  of  the  tracks  sees  the  band  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  in  a  couple  of  the  tracks  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  more  heavy,fast,  raw dark  and  melodic  direction  and  the  last  track  also  sees  the  band  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  back  up  shouts  which  gives  the  music  a  more  war  like  feeling.

  Misanthropic  Might  takes  the  rawest,  fastest,  heaviest  and  melodic  sides  of  black  metal  and  combining  them  together  as  well  as  invoking  an  old  school  feeling  to  create  some  very  great  sounding  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  anti  christian  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Misanthropic  Might  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "War"  "Fallen  Kingdom"  and  "Becoming  the  Misanthrope".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2014/07/misanthropic-mightmenschenhasserblack.html