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Order Of Orias/Ablaze/W.T.C Productions/2020 CD Review

jeudi 19 mars 2020 à 07:51

  Order  Of  Orias  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Ablaze" which  will  be  released  in  April  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  good  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  modern  black  metal  era  as  well  as  retaining  the  raw  aggression  of  the  old  school  era  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  brief  return.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Illumination  and  Transcendence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Order  Of  Orias  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  To  Dust"  and  "Dawning  Light".  8 out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/order-of-oriasablazewtc-productions2020.html


Wacht Interview

mercredi 18 mars 2020 à 19:50
1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Not much. We are working on a new EP which will contain Black Metal songs. This one took us just a few years to finish. The Piano Album “La mort” was something that was started after the initial song-writing phase of the EP but we thought to prioritize it. After the release of “La mort” the time came to finish the lyrics and record the vocals and currently the EP is being mixed at the Liquid Aether Audio Studio in Germany. I don’t know when and how it will be released. At the moment I also really don’t care about that. We want to finish the mix first and see how the world has changed until then. Besides that, we try to fight against futile interview questions and the general boring feeling Black Metal emanates these days.

2.In December you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

It is a Piano / Vocals-Only album, so everyone that listens to it for five seconds will hopefully notice the difference. Being a Black Metal band, this is a new musical style for us. However, I don’t sense a change in the overall feeling of the album. For me the album contains the same idea and goal we had on older releases (like Indigen). Of course, it sounds different but the mood, the intention and the atmosphere are similar. Therefore, I would say that La mort is a Black Metal album. If someone disagrees, I am fine with that. But I really don’t care.

3.The earlier albums where in more of a black metal direction while the music on the new recording is piano based, what was the decision behind going into this direction?

I felt it was necessary to do something different. Every other band speaks about change and growth, but which of them really overcomes the shadows of the past and incorporates true change?

We have thought about doing some acoustic songs for some time but I wasn’t satisfied simply doing the same as other bands have done before. So, we came up with the idea to record a pure piano album (yes, it’s not that innovative as it sounds, I am aware). Evangelion and me recorded one song to see if it works, and it did. Therefore, we created song after song in this setup until we gathered material with the length of two albums. The rest of the songs were added as a bonus to the limited box of “La mort”. I want to mention that without the input of our singer, this album would have never happened. I owe him a lot, if not everything.

In the end it does not matter what kind of music someone creates. If the music speaks, I will listen. The album may be boring to people expecting Black Metal. I am also aware that it might be hard getting into it if you don’t understand a single word of the lyrics. But all that doesn’t matter to us. As artists we do not record music for fame, money, attention or other people. We do it for ourselves, for our hearts and souls. Needless to say, that we are satisfied with the result.

4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album revolving around death, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

There is not much to tell about the songwriting. I recorded the piano and wrote the lyrics. Evangelion recorded the vocals and that’s it. The whole thing was very fluent and uncomplicated. I gave him the freedom to do whatever he wanted regarding the melodies and the vocal style/lines. Sometimes we corrected a few things but, in the end, it was a straightforward approach. Evangelion shared my vision of the album from the beginning. I was looking for sparks and found a fire burning wild. 

Yes, the lyrical concept revolves around death. Every song talks about death from a different perspective. Death can be seen as the destructive power of nature but in the same time also appears in the eyes of innocent children. Death can grab the praying priestess or the father preparing dinner for his family. It is a universal constant in life. At the same time the lyrics contain a timelessness that doesn’t care about when the story was told. The narrative of some songs takes the perspective of death itself. For example, “Cul sunar dals sains” (a song on the bonus CD) talks about a personified death traveling through the villages to take the chosen ones with him/her. The people greet this person or curse it when they see it. Some ask themselves why death is already here again. But all of them know that they will see it again and again until it comes for them. We all die. That is the point of the story and the point of the album.

We chose to set the lyrics in the context of our home, the mountain region of Switzerland. There are many parallels to the places we grew up. The album will project the mountains of my home in your mind while you listen to it. It will show you your insignificance and worthlessness on this world. It will manifest the bleakness of nature and the finality of death. Of course, it should also make you kill yourself… (jokes aside). It ends with a person returning home after timeless years abroad. The person will return to its origin, to its memories, and its past, to die. This is what I want, what I will pursue when the time comes. I will look into the faces of those I have always despised and I will enter the ground on the rock besides the river that has always been there (La fossa sül sunteri).

5.You also write most of your lyrics in the Engadine dialect of the Rumantsch language, can you tell us a little bit more about using this language in your songwriting?

Many topics I want to write about are easier to express in this language. It might sound strange but it is not the same if I write the lyrics in German or English. The words don’t make sense and they sound misplaced. When this happens, I switch language and continue with the one that suits the song in a better way. Obviously, some topics also don’t work in Rumantsch (as we call it). The Korona album for example would not work in any other language than English. 

Rumantsch is one of my mother tongues, so it is logical for me to write certain lyrics in this language. It is a national language in Switzerland but only spoken by about 35’000-40’000 people in the mountain region of Switzerland and (in a different dialect) in Italy. The language is a mix of Latin, which was brought to us by the roman troops, and the local Rhaetic language that was spoken in Grisons at that time. Grisons was (and still is) a gateway if you travel from the north to the south and back. People in power wanted to occupy the mountains to be able to charge the travellers road charges. At some point Grisons was a roman province with soldiers stationed there and if I am not wrong this is when the language started to live. I wouldn’t call Rumantsch ancient, but it is certainly not a young language…
Also, it is related to various other languages like Italian, French etc. thus we can understand those better than for example a German speaker. The title of the album “La mort” is Rumantsch and not French as some reviewers suspected. Of course, it means the same thing in both languages: Death. 

As the number of people actively speaking this language is decreasing over time, I thought it to fit perfectly to an album speaking about death. Also, I feel it vanishing from my mind over the years as I live in a different part of Switzerland speaking different languages in my daily life. This is my way of setting a monument, where there shouldn’t be one to be seen.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wacht'?

It is a German military term translating to “the guard” or “the watch”. I wanted to have a short and clear name back then. As most of the lyrics were written in German during that period, a German name made sense. It sounds as harsh as the music we have created in our early days. We could argue that it is outdated, but then again Black Metal is pretty much from yesterday. So, I think we are fine keeping it.

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

This is how I imagine my home to be. It is what I think about when I talk about mountains, nature, the Engadine valley and Grisons. Of course, it doesn’t look like that most of the time. But for me this is what I miss and dread to see again, at the same time. 

The tree represents solitude and loneliness but also robustness in a world that has completely turned to shit. It is actually the view I grew up with. I took the picture eight or nine years ago and I believe, it symbolises the concept of the album in a very good way. It captures the surroundings of a cold, dead world but still has a spark of life in it. Then without life, of course, we couldn’t comprehend death. 

8.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to working with a full line up again in the future or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Wacht has more than two members. We simply recorded the Piano album as a two piece as there are not more instruments than the Piano and the Vocals. The new EP that I mentioned before was recorded with two other guys and there are certain people in the shadows that I do consider as members as well. So, the Wacht lineup is changing but as constant as it gets at the same time. You can imagine it as a rout of mavericks. Every individual has to fight his own fight, but sometimes we will stand up and swallow the sun, together.

As this seems rather abstract, I can give you an example: We were working with two drummers in the past. One has recorded Indigen and Korona in the studio while the other one has performed live with us at our gigs. The new EP was recorded by the former live drummer who now is our studio drummer. The one that recorded Korona and Indigen also played live with us on several occasions. I believe we therefore have a lineup with two drummers at the moment, but – to be completely honest - I can’t be sure. In the end it doesn’t matter who does/did what. The result is the piece of art that was created (be it an album, a gig or simply a song). I believe that Black Metal shouldn’t be about any person-worshipping cult. Therefore, we try to keep everything as anonymous as possible. I don’t like attention whores, and I certainly won’t work with them. Black Metal needs to remain faceless, timeless and restless.

9.When there was a full line up where there any live shows being performed?

Yes – as you can see on our website – we have played several shows in several countries. At the moment there are no gigs planned. This might of course change in the future. Depending on the time and availability of the members. We will not play the Piano songs though; at our concerts the focus will lie on the Black Metal part of our discography. 

10.Over the years the band has also been a part of a great amount of splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands or musical projects that you have shared these recordings with?

Those are representations of certain periods in the band’s existence. Some still make sense today, while other don’t. However, during that time, these few bands were close to us and we thought it makes sense to share a release. I discuss splits with people I know personally. I don’t see the sense behind releasing a shared release with bands that don’t fit to my views and that might turn out to be complete idiots (which is quite common these days). So, if we do more splits in the future, they were thought through. But you never know how things turn out...

Our split with “Grusig” (a limited tape) should be released in the next couple of weeks.

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

To be honest I have no idea. I don’t care about a worldwide level and I certainly don’t care about the reactions of random people. I guess the label might know that better than I do, as promotion and similar things is their job.

12.What is going with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are a part of?

Our guitar player and me are working on some new stuff for one of his projects, but that is not finished and I therefore won’t share anything about it. The two of us also want to continue with Cunfin at some point but I have no idea when or if this will happen. Both drummers play in several other bands but would like to keep that for themselves and finally Evangelion has a project with the same name which just released a first EP a few weeks ago. And I, being busy all the time, have some other projects as well. 

You can find the information on the internet. If you can’t find anything there, it’s simply not important enough to share… As I said, I don’t care about namedropping and ass licking. So, we just do what we do.

13.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Apart from the already recorded EP I don’t care where we are heading. I suppose we will continue to play Black Metal as we mainly are a BM band. However, if there is a good idea which goes into a different direction, I am open for that. We will see. 

14.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?

Certainly not Black Metal at this point. 

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

Viva la Grischa!
S. – March 2020



Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/wacht-interview.html


D Aphelium/Profetian om Dygden och Plikten/Black Market Metal Label/2020 CD Review

mercredi 18 mars 2020 à 08:51

  D  Aphelium  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Profetian  om  Dygden  och  Plikten"  which  was  released  by  Black  market  Metal  Label.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Most  of the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Swedish  era  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording,  keyboards  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  a  couple  of  songs  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length.

  D  Aphelium  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school,  atmospheric  and  melodic  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  death  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  D  Aphelium  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  atmospheric  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skogens  ra"  and  "Livserk  genom  generationer".  8  out  of  10.

 Bandcamp

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/d-apheliumprofetian-om-dygden-och.html


Chotzä/Tüüfuswärk/Northern Fog Records/Sturmglanz/Worship Tapes/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 17 mars 2020 à 20:31


  Chotzä  are  a band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Chotzä/"  which  will  be  released  on  March  31st  as  a  joint  effort  between  Northern  Fog  Records,  Sturmglanz,  and  Worship  Tapes.

  Music  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also  bring  in  more  of  an  old  school  style  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  raw  aggression  of  the  first  wave  era  and  punk  rock  but  in  a  more  modern  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  Norwegian  influences  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  pianos  onto  the  recording,  back  up  shouts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  album  and  a  couple  of  songs  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  satanism, sex,  drugs,  murder,  violence,  hate  and  sickness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chotzä  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dräck  am  Schtäckä  (Vatikan  Version)"  "Sex,  Suff  &  Satan"  "Abfau"  and  "Tüüfuswärk".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/MundartBlacknRoll/    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/chotzatuufuswarknorthern-fog.html


Ante-Inferno/Fane/UKEM Records/2020 Full Length Review

mardi 17 mars 2020 à 09:21

  Ante-Inferno  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Fane"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  UKEM  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  into  starts  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  epic  sounding  synths  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  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  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  it's  atmospheric  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  also  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  shows  the  synths  returning  briefly  as  well  as  introducing  clean  playing  into  the  music  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a concept  album  revolving  around  The  Fane.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ante-Inferno  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oath"  and  "Fragments".  8  out  of  10.

 www.facebook.com/ANTEINFERNO 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/ante-infernofaneukem-records2020-full.html