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Hersker/Befængt/Caligari Records/2022 EP Review

mercredi 2 mars 2022 à 02:16

 


  Hersker  are  a  duo  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2022  ep  "Befængt"  which  will  be  released on  March  7th  by  Caligari  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of t he  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also have   a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  a  great  amount  of  punk  and  d  beat  elements  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast b eats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  Hersker  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal,  punk  and  d  beat  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Danish  and  cover  entropy  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Hersker  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  d  beat  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stilstand"  and  "Tilfrosset".  8 out  of  10.


http://caligarirecords.bandcamp.com/album/bef-ngt


www.facebook.com/hersker666 


  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/03/herskerbefngtcaligari-records2022-ep.html


Saqraruna Interview

mardi 1 mars 2022 à 05:52

 

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


Davenium:  Saqraruna is born in April 2021 in my hands. Basically, and to be honest, it was an impulse that I had kept for many years generated with the thousands of attempts to form a band, to produce it and make it known. I never managed to get the people, the desire and the perseverance to keep it alive. I told myself, I'll try it alone and without help… I recorded the first album “Obscure and Malignant Rituals” in 4 days. I felt that something was missing, it was not complete. It is there where the other members arrive and give all the productions another nuance and, by far, an improvement. Therefore, Saqraruna is Ghoulfist on vocals, Lord Grinder and myself on guitars, and Hastur on bass.


 


2. So far you have released a full length and an ep, musically how do they both differ from each other?


Hastur: To answer that question, let's situate ourselves in the concept of our first production “Obscure and Malignant Rituals” (2021).


Psychological terror is the main theme of our first album, infested with disastrous melodies, harmonies and well-crafted atmospheres in which the guitars play an extremely important role in achieving it.


Now, our Ep “An Altar to the Nameless Entity” (2022) recounts the events that gave rise to the Obscure. As all inception is raw, we wanted to put more emphasis on giving it a more 'primitive' sound and vibe. The composition of the themes is maintained.


Now, our second EP is coming (March-2022): “Ayar Betrayal”. Here we take a turn on the lyrics and music. We have incorporated pre-Hispanic rhythms and the lyrics are now focused on Inca mythology as the foundation of the largest empire in South America, while preserving the twisted atmospheres and aggression that characterizes us. “The Ayar Betrayal” will welcome you to our second production to come out: “Under the Light of Mountains”, a twisted chronicle of our Inca history.


 


3. Some of your lyrics cover the pre-Hispanic Pagan era of Peru, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?


Ghoulfist: At the beginning - first two releases - we lyrically developed a particular mythology that allowed us to explore and delve into the darkness of the soundscape that was composed.


However, from the beginning (as the name of the band suggests), our interest in revaluing native themes was shared. We believe in the possibility of connecting the history of the cultural massacre to which our ancestors were subjected by the conquerors and the vindication of some myths and features of our historical identity, with the sound that we are proposing as a band and that both fronts are enriched in favor of the final result of our work.


 


4. Hat are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Ghoulfist: At the beginning - first two releases - we lyrically developed a particular mythology that allowed us to explore and delve into the darkness of the soundscape of the compositions through stories about beings related to nature, time and death.


 


5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Saqraruna'?


Hastur: Saqra is a word of Quechua origin that would be translated as evil/perverse. Runa is people. If we put this together, it would lead us to a sinister concept where we want to demonstrate that evil and darkness is part of our culture conceptualized in anthropomorphic and/or mythological creatures and that is part of our identity.


It is where the name of the band is formed, in which we carry evil and paganism in an archaic and atavistic way in our songs.




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


Davenium: The photo is about the Pisac-Cusco’s ruins from Peru. Pisac is located at the eastern end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the century XVI, after the arrival of the Spanish people in Cusco, Pisac was invaded and its people fled. Its main monuments were damaged. The Inca cemetery was destroyed and looted. One of his best-known stories is that of a single statue that tells an Inca legend, in which the chief of the town: Huayllapuma had a daughter, called Inquill, whom he had to marry to the man who could build, in just one night, the bridge over the Vilacmayo river (a bridge of great importance for the shelter and defense of the place). Despite everything, Asto Rímac (a prince) decided to accept the challenge. With it, she would marry Inquill. The local authorities arranged everything so that Asto Rímac began the work, while the princess had to climb a hill without turning around; because otherwise she and her fiancé would turn to stone. Almost at dawn, the prince had completed the work, but Inquill, unable to bear the blazing sunlight any longer, turned and remained turned to stone to this day. For this, the name of the album: “Under the Light of Mountains”


 


7. Do the band members have any plans for live shows in the future?


Ghoulfist: Being a band with a pandemic birth certificate, there are certain conditions that have to be met, such as the time to coordinate and in our case, get a drummer, but above all the possibility of replicating the sound that we have achieved... if conditions are met, it could be considered. In a strict sense we are a studio band, but it is not ruled out.


   


8. The new album was released on 'Super Sargasso', how did you get in contact with this label?


Ghoulfist: Super Sargasso is a serious and close label, with which some of us already had contact for previous projects. Precisely because of that closeness there was trust and interest in working together.


 


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


Ghoulfist: So far we have read good reviews and thanks to the digital world and its indicators we could say that there are people interested in our work, which is relatively motivating: it is not the reason for what we do, but it is satisfying.


 


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


 


Ghoulfist: Currently in my case there are several works in progress: Incantamentum's debut album and AntiPröphet's EP came out at the end of last year, Crown of Worms' second album is about to come out under Super Sargasso as well; two splits are coming up with unreleased material from Motherfog, and we're in the pre-production stage for Ghoulfist, Despoil, NDR and something new from AntiPröphet, between this and next year.


 


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


Hastur: To tell you the truth, that each job we do is 'differently the same', I can tell you that in substance it´s Saqraruna.


We will probably incorporate new instruments to give it a rich sound in the atmospheres depending on the concept of the album.


But who knows, you will hear something new from us and a dimensional door to new cosmic horrors will open for you.


The demons are in the detail and that is what we are heading for.


 


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?


Davenium: To tell the truth, although I listen to a lot of music, I don't think I have a direct influence on the style we do with Saqraruna. What I can mention are some bands that I often listen to that indirectly got me into this project: Ildfar, Ethereal Shroud, Drudkh, Olhava, Këkht Aräkh, Korpituli, among others.


 


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


Saqraruna:


Thank you for giving us a space for people to get to know us better and the people who follow us on digital networks and platforms.


Stay tuned we are making new material!!!


Thanks for the interest and support of the band's work, we hope to continue producing material worthy of it. Greetings.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Alkp2dgBg

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/saqraruna-interview.html


Burial Curse/Self Titled/Dawnbreed Records/2022 EP Review

mardi 1 mars 2022 à 05:43

 


  Burial  Curse  are  a  duo  from  Los  Angles,  California  that  plays  a  bestial  and  cavernous  mixture  of  war,  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2022  ep  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Dawnbreed  Records..  


  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  war  metal  elements  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  also  add  in  a  mixture  of  bestial,  guttural,  cavernous  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.


  The  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom/death  metal  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  era  influences.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  when  they  are  utilized.  


  Burial  Curse  plays  a  musical  style  that  take s war,  bestial  black/death  and  doom/death  emtal  and  mixes  them  together   to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death  and  decay  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Burial  Curse  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  and  cavernous  mixture  of  war,  black,  doom  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seeping  Bile"  and  "Levitating  Flesh  Construction".  8  out  of  10.


https://burialcurse333.bandcamp.com/


  


    

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/burial-curseself-titleddawnbreed.html


Cursed Excruciation/Initiation: The Oath Of Darkness/2021 Demo Review

mardi 1 mars 2022 à 02:56

 


  Cursed  Excruciation  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  old  school  and  blasphemous  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  demo  "Initiation:  The  Oath  Of  Darkness".


  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  demo  while  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  movie  samples  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of t he  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  elements  of  death  metal  can  also be  heard  at  times.  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  80's  to  early  90's  era  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  synths  also being  utilized  briefly  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  sections,  spoken  word  parts  can  are  also  added  on  one  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.


  On  this  recording  Cursed  Excruciation  goes  back  to t he  80's  and  early  90's  era  of  black  and  death  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Religion  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cursed  Excruciation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Beast  Of  Fire".  8  out  of  10.


https://tranceoftheundead.bandcamp.com/album/initiation-the-oath-of-darkness-2   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/cursed-excruciationinitiation-oath-of.html


Nihilum/Cascading Darkness/2022 Full Length Review

lundi 28 février 2022 à 05:20

 


  Nihilum  are  a  band  from  Missouri  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2022  album  "Cascading  Darkness".


  Melodic  yet  heavy  sounding  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  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  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  shows  an  influence  of  the  Swedish  style  along  with  some  throat  singing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.


  On  this  recording  Nihilum  remain  true  to  the  aggressive  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  that  they  have  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  story  of  an  alien  species  and  their  quest  for  structural  domination.    


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Nihilum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RFECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Lightbearers"  "Waves,  Temporal"  and  "Death's  begotten".  8 out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/ZulCoi7r5nM


https://open.spotify.com/album/5IMLTCR7rIvMpe4oQpDEAs


https://music.apple.com/us/album/cascading-darkness/1604785837

https://nihilum.bandcamp.com/album/cascading-darkness


https://nihilum.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.instagram.com/nihilumusbm/

https://www.facebook.com/NIHILUMusbm      

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2022/02/nihilumcascading-darkness2022-full.html