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Orae/Disbirth/Home Taping Cruelties/2016 Demo Review

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 20:50

  Orae  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  demo  "Disbirth"  which  was  released  by  Home  Taping  Cruelties.

  Clean  guitar playing  starts off  the  demo  along  with  some  drums  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  melodic  riffing  and  after  awhile  angry  black  metal vocals  make  their  presence  known on  the  recording  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads are  very  dark  and  melodic.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

 When  the  riffs  use  tremolo  picking  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  edge  and  deep  growls can  also  be  heard  at times  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  a  drone  instrumental  while  the  remaining  songs  have  vocals  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from each  other  which  also  gives  the  demo more  variety.

  Orae  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  raw  at  times  while  also  getting  very experimental  and  avant  garde  on  most  of  the  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orae  are  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disbirth"  and  "Defection".  8  out  of  10.

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The Infamous Gehenna/Bleach Everything/Heavy Metal Suicide/Magic Bullet Records/2016 Split EP Review

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 19:36

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Nevada's  The  Infamous  Gehenna  and  Virginia's  Bleach  Everything  called  "Heavy  Metal  Suicide"  which will  be  released  in  August  by  Magic  Bullet  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  the  infamous  Gehenna  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  hardcore  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  along  with  some  elements  of  hardcore  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of t he  genre  along  with  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  there  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  real  life  and  drinking  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Infamous  Gehenna  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this band,  you  should  check  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Get  Fucked  Up".

  Next  up  is  Bleach  Everything  a  band  that  plays  hardcore  with  some  punk  elements.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  hardcore  sound  along  with  some  aggressive  shouting  vocals  that  also  use  screams  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodies  along  with  the  energy  of  punk  and  there  songs  are  very  short  in  length,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bleach  Everything  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  hardcore,  you  should c heck  out t heir  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Witch,  Please".

  In  conclusion  i  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  i  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal  and  hardcore.  8  out  of  10.


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Impure Ziggurat Interview

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 16:41
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band ?

In a nutshell : Impure Ziggurat is a french bestial Black/Death Metal, founded in 2012 by 4 members. We released a first demo tape in 2015, « Raping the quantum womb of the macrocosm » and we will release in 2016 a 7''EP untitled « Serenades of astral malevolence ».

2.So far you have released a demo and an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

Both of them delivers the same bestial Black/Death with a bit of emphasis.

The main difference is the production : we recorded the demo « Raping the quantum womb of the macrocosm » in a shitty underground parking lot, with derisory gear : broken microphones, tired amps, old track recorder and only one single day to do it. Believe it or not : some homeless people were living in the storage next to ours. No mix, no mastering, it's nearly a rehearsal when you think about it, but it does not sound that bad when I listen to it.

For the 7''EP « Serenades of astral malevolence », we bought our own recording gear, so the sound is far better but still cryptic (our « studio » is still a moisted underground parking lot).

And the infamous Cam Sinclair well known for his involvement in bands such as Diocletian, Witchrist or Heresiarch brought us some help by doing the mixing and mastering job.

3.Your lyrics cover Lost Civilizations and Occult Astrostophy, and are also influenced by the writings of Graham Hancock and Immanuel Velikovsky, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I could add the works of Charles Berlitz, Robert Bauval, David Childress and Charles Hapgood, as their writings had a lot of impact on Impure Ziggurat and on my life.

Their thesis is that it existed a global primordial civilization that flourished until -11 000 BC and which had its own mysticism, astronomical occult rites and it's own evolved technology. It vanished into oblivion when occurred a world disaster when a comet smashed earth's face, causing the end of the Pleistocene ice age, massive tidal waves and a shift of the continents.

The earth population was decimated, the primordial civilization was definitely doomed, but few ones escaped and roamed around the desolate landscapes, trying to bring their knowledge to the dazed survivors (in the ancient Andes they used to call them « The Viracochas »). They also left some evidences of the tragedy that hit the planet, as a warning for our own future. As ancient considers everything, including the time, as a cyclic thing, not a linear thing, they were (and we are) convinced that this disaster will happen again.

The evidences still exists if you know where to look and how to look...

From the devastated lands of Harappa's and Mohenjo-Daro to the submerged temples of Yonaguni. From the mathematical riddles crypted in the Gizeh's pyramids to the megalithics stones of Gobekli Tepe. From Tiahuanaco to Carnac, from Teotihuacan to Stonehenge...

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

We have a big interest into the sumerian civilization and into the writings of Zecharia Sitchin of it's origins, even if I don't agree with all of his thesis. During the genesis of the band we were pleased to imagine the occult and impious astronomical ceremonies that occurred into the ancient ziggurats. Then comes the name of Impure Ziggurat.

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

We never played live yet.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

No and as the band members are scattered around France and even one of us is living now in USA, making a show or even rehearsing is always something complicated. That's why everything in the band take a lot of time.

We received interesting offers last year to play with Hetroertzen or the brazilian gods Vulcano but we could not make it, because of that.

Can't tell you what will happen in the future but playing on stage is not a priority for us.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Magister Dixit', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The two guys behind Magister Dixit are long time friends, their label is very small but 100% dedicated to the underground, they don't care about money, business, to be a part of the Internet fame or anything. They made a good work, that's why our next 7''EP will be also released by Magister Dixit.

It will probably be their final release, as they have to concentrate on other activities (one of them is involved into a well-known band from Belgium).

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

Even if there was no promotion made at all around the demo tape at the time of the release in 2015, the feedback was quite good, and we sold most of the 250 copies made in two months only. Another proof that the true underground will never die.

9.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?

Necroblood will release their first full-length during winter 2016/2017, beleive me, you can expect a lethal dose of Black/Death hatred in the vein of Conqueror, Archgoat, Axis of Advance, Morbosidad,...

Svart Crown are finishing the recording of their fourth album, have only heard few samples of it, so can't tell you much more about it. They're a pretty huge band now, touring around the world with famous headliners... They follow their own path but it's obvious that becoming a big band is definitely not an aim for Impure Ziggurat. We like to dwell in the shadows.

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

I don't think that we will evolve anymore. We have our sound, we have out style : archaic black metal of death. And it will remain so until the end of the band.

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 ?

I would say that old US Black Metal and early Black/Death bands from Finland had an influence on me during the composition process. Listened to a lot of old Krieg, Demoncy, Von and Beherit, Archgoat, Black Crucifixion and Belial, amongst many others.

Nowadays I spin a lot of classic thrash metal on my turntable, such as Sadus « Illusions », Whiplash « Power and pain » and Sepultura « Bestial Devastation ». I listened also to some recent bestial Black/Death acts such as the Caveman Cult demo, the Abysmal Lord LP and the Lihhamon first CD. The new Affliction Gate MCD is also a huge slap of old school death metal !

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

Fukk off « post-black metal » hipster shit.


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Spiritwood/Walpurgis Darkness/Wulfrune Worxx/2016 Demo Review

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 10:33

  Spiritwood  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  recently  had a  demo  reviewed  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  demo  "Walpurgis  Darkness"  which  was  released  by  Wolfrune  Worxx.

  Atmospheric  and  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  and  also  mix  in  with t he  heavier  sound  a  few  seconds  later  and you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  demo  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal s creams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  When guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful sound  to  them  and  when t he  music  speeds  up a   decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the music  more of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also  adding  in a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Spiritwood  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the atmospheric  and  ambient  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Spiritwood  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Aorta  black".  8  out  of  10.


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Forgotten Soul Interview

jeudi 14 juillet 2016 à 09:07
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Forgotten Soul is a raw black metal duo. It is an extension of our true selves in every possible way. There is no exaggeration, or act. It is a…Creative way to express our utter HATE for mankind, our severe depression, our darkest thoughts, and isolation. All of these things are true, and  shine in menacingly. It is, in my opinion a continuation of the TRUE black metal, with some newer influences of bands we deem worthy of our time.

 2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. Raw. Always raw. But some albums are more atmosphere oriented, while others are just fucking brutal, and focused on creating a sense of panic, and anger. We record with one mic, live, with no real editing, in a basement without sound proofing. We always knew that it should be raw, because we mainly listen to raw black metal. Sometimes the songs are quite depressing, while others are pure unfiltered rage. We try to inspire our listeners to tap into the most negative emotions possible. We don’t want happy fans. We want people full of rage, and depression. Our music is clearly not happy, or bright, because that would not be truthful of us. The music we make is a mirror image of ourselves in the truest sense.

 3.In the last couple of months you have pot out 5 releases,where do you find the time to record and release this much music?
3. We live mainly for black metal, when I am not writing, or recording, I am listening to black metal, when I am not listening, I am thinking of lyrics, and riffs. The world around me is so depressing and dark everything inspires the hatred necessary to craft these dark hymns. I don’t find the time to make black metal, I find the time to do anything else. When I am not obligated to attend other affairs my mind is on my craft. Again we LIVE for this. I feel passion for nothing else. Forgotten Soul demands my full attention and focus. It is our true purpose.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
4. Suicide, depression, isolation, hate, death, misanthropy, the past, our hatred of the church and all organized religion, legend and myth, the cold, philosophy, Satan, and darkness. I really don’t limit myself lyrically, I write what I feel, it just so happens that most of the time this is where my mind takes me. I, Wraith am the lyricist, but before I finalize them I let Plague read them so we are on the same page, which we almost always are. I am not a happy, or positive person, so I would never promote, or write lyrics that are positive in anyway, and I know Plague would never play in a band that promoted the so called “light”. Darkness is our focus, and dark we will stay.

 5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Forgotten Soul'?
5. Forgotten Soul was supposed to be a one man project, so when I was deciding on a name it came quite clear that Forgotten Soul would be the name. I have always been a forgotten person, I have always felt as if I was just a lost forgotten soul drifting about the world, looking upon the people that are still alive. So I am the forgotten soul.

 6.Currently there are 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. No. We will not be taking on any new members. The less people Plague and I need to be around, and speak to the better. We find people loathsome, ignorant, soul sucking worms. If I ever find a need to add another instrument either Plague or Myself will handle it ourselves.

 7.Your first release was a split with 'Abandoned By Light', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the release?
 7. We are different bands, and both have distinct sounds. Abandoned By Light is very high quality DSBM, while we are, in my opinion raw black metal with lyrics sometimes talking of suicide. Abandoned By Light is an amazing band and deserves a listen. We are quite picky about what bands we listen to. We would not have worked with him if we did not like his music, or have respect for him as an artist.
 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your recordings by fans of raw and depressive black metal?
8. Excellent quite honestly. I did not expect as many people to understand and enjoy our music. We do everything in our power to make our music as unapproachable, and underground as possible. We are quite pleased to see that there are some that can understand the darkness. Our influence is spreading steadily and we feel the more minds we can corrupt the better.

 9.What can we expect musically on the next few releases?
9. It is not easy to say really. Our minds are constantly changing, and our plans evolving into different beasts all together. The next release shall be aggressive, and full of even more hate. Our minds are ablaze with anger, and fury. In fact we are starting a new song sometime this week, and I have lyrics already written out. Although I can never give a definite answer, I can tell you it will most likely be more fueled by rage then anything else. But it will always be raw, that is a promise.

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?

10. Bands I am listening to, and our main influences are, Burzum, Leviathan, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Xasthur, Cruda Sorte, Satanic Warmaster, Gorgoroth, The True Werewolf, Eternal Frost, Orlok, King Ov Antichrists, Emperor, and Uskumgallu. Apart from the essential black metal, we get amazing influence from extremely underground black metal bands. The underground is where the heart of black metal dwells. Apart for black metal we also listen to doom metal, like Dark Castle, Electric Wizard, Yob, Ahab, and Conan. Death metal like Pissgrave. and goth bands like The Cure, London After Midnight, and Chelsea Wolfe. Thrash and popular metal has nothing to do with Forgotten Soul.

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
11. I feel that that my music speaks for itself. If you care to understand my views on such topics you must read my lyrics.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Actually…No.

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