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Grimmdrasil/The Cold Haunting Loneliness Of Crushing Certainty/Merdumgiriz/2016 CD Review

mardi 22 mars 2016 à 16:22

  Grimmdrasil  are  a  solo  project  from  Oklahoma  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine and  plays  an  experimental  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2016  album  "The  Cold  Haunting  Loneliness  Of  Crushing  Certainty"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  the  music  more  of  a  goth  or  post  punk  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  heavy  yet  melodic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times.

  When  guitar solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  distorted  yet melodic sounding  and  most  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  melodic  singing  at  times  and  the  music  gets  more psychedelic as  the  album  progresses  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of female vocals  along  with  a small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  still  demonstrating a  great  amount  of  diversity  along  with  some  progressive  elements.

  Grimdrasil  creates  another  recording  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  keeping  the  progressive,  experimental  and  psychedelic  elements  of  previous  recordings  as  well  as  adding  in  post  punk  elements  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Grimdrasil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Introspect  And  Disdain"  "Distorted  Human  Face"  and  "The  Cold  Haunting  Loneliness  Of  Crushing  Certain".  8  out  of  10. 

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Vindland/Hanter Savet/Black Lion Productions/2016 CD Review

mardi 22 mars 2016 à 14:58

  Vindland  are  a  band  from  France  that plays  viking/black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2016  album  "Hanter  Savet"  which  was  released  by  Black Lion  Productions.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  sound starts  off  the album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  before  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  and  acoustic guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and synths  are  also used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  pagan  metal  direction  and  the  songs also  bring  back  some  of  the  mid  90's  Swedish  pagan/black  metal  style.

  Vindland  plays  a  style  of viking/black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  epic in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vindland  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Orin  Kozh"  "Pendenn  Koll"  "Skorneg  Du"  and  "And  The  Battle  Ended".  8  out  of  10.


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WOM/From Abyss, Thy Wrath/Metal Mayhem Records/2016 Full Length Review

mardi 22 mars 2016 à 12:57

  WOM  (Winds  Of  Mayhem)  are  a  solo  project  from Cyprus  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album "From  Abyss,  Thy  Wrath"  which  was  released  by  Metal  Mayhem  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  some  atmospheric  sounds  in  the  background  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  programmed  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  of  black  metal while t he  fast  riffs  use  a  great amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  there  is  one  track  where  clean  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording while  the remaining  tracks  show  the  music  going  back  into  a  heavier  direction.

  WOM  plays  a  style  of black metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  also having  its  atmospheric moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Anti  Humanity,  Misanthropy  and Norse  Culture.

  In my  opinion  WOM  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sunlight  Fever"  "An  Infant  Of  Abyss"  and  "Darkness,  they  beauty".  8  out  of  10.


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Common Grave/Dust Of My Existence/Vacula Productions/2016 CD Review

mardi 22 mars 2016 à 11:14

  Common  Grave  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  album  "Dust  Of  My  Existence"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  depressive  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  before  introducing melodic  guitar leads  onto  the  recording and  acoustic guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of blast  beats can  be  heard  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Common  Grave  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  raw  at  times  while  also  having  its  depressive  moments  and  also  mixing  in  a  lot  of  acoustic  passages  which  makes  the  music stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  sadness,  misery  and  Vacuity  Of  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Common Grave  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  gray  Paths  We  Move"  and  "A  Cold  Goodbye".  8  out  of  10.     



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Daat Interview

mardi 22 mars 2016 à 06:29
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Band named Daat. It's symbolised knowledge, hidden from most, like eleventh Sephirot that was the Black sun , highest one, on the Tree of life binding others.
Band lyrics highly influenced by occult literature as well as other mystical stuff.
Through our music and lyrics we manifest path on the way of rebellion,  enlightenment and glory.

2.In October you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It is Black metal, which comprises both dissonance chords and melodic line mostly as well known like Sweden branch. On Ep we can also find instrumental intro and outro that makes picture the whole. Music goes wave-like, once it has average tempo, then it grows into blast beat, then we can find a solo part. Music has a spirit of early-years black metal and a onslaught of nowadays.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Anti Cosmic Luciferianism and the Occult literature of Ixaxaar, and the bands name also comes from the Sitra Ahra, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and left hand path?

I always know that there is something else, that could not be perceived by a ordinary person, but that can be reveal and feeling. Thats why there are all orthodox, cults and currents. They know existence of other side, most of them are followers of Demiurg, that has been in different forms and they chose theirs mental death to have encompassing benefits now. Different religious and believes has different names, but in whole it is based on one Genesis, on that fact, that universe was ordered by Demiurg and his emanations. Before it wasn't form, birth and death. All was in chaothic movement and everything can be nothing and nothing -everything. For this usurper other non-existent side goes like danger for their creation. For us this existence goes like set of rules that we have to obey. For me Left hand path and philosophy of destroying obsolete through creation new is my informed choice. Its like searching a pearl on the bottom of the deepest ocean. Its is the hardest way, but it charms. Remuneration waiting at the end of his way, a man should be a way in development and struggle, like Milton's Satan, this way we start here. On this way we need knowledges that hidden, wisdom and philosophy that called occult. Wonderful and frightently at same time to be close to understanding this being, on the way of becoming a God.

4.While the band is into the darker side of the occult, have you ever been exposed to the more mainstream or well known side such as Crowley, Golden Dawn or other works of that nature, and if so what are your thoughts on the other systems?

Honesty I trying to read much literature that is possible where can find information that can be used and compare with others. But unfortunately its very hard to find original, non-distorted systems, most of them were republished and fixed lots of times, so finally becomes just literary garbage with touch of mysticism. Also many of people was scared of theirs lifes writing truth, thats why they masked facts and events with symbols. For examples if we talked about more well known, I have read hermetic works of Paracelsus, Helena Blavatsky, some works of Crowley, ancient philosophers and I want to say just only intuition and path of comparison and contrast of details and events can lead to understanding a truth. Idea is the same, angles of view are different. While you on a darker side, you do all by yourself, (if you appealed to dark essences, you should give them smth.back), if not, you are hoping for God.

05.The band is also into the works of H.P Lovecraft, do you feel this author was a lot more into the dark arts than what he told the public?

I think yes, he was. As we know there were a big number of long gaps in his biography and nobody knows what he was doing at this time. We know him just because of his correspondence with others not numerouse writers and magazines. Most of his stories based on real places that he lived in. Interesting that most of his main characters very closed to him. There are also young mans, intelligent, closed to rest of the world and hate stupidity, bad tastes as well as humanity vices. Lovecraft knows that our existence and all people being it just temporary event without any sense. He praised powers and gods, darkest and cold living in depths, which deeper deepest Abyss and much older than we can just imagine. He wrote Necronomicon which can be considered with Goetia. Some of his Goods or events were named almost as spirits or Goods we know. For example he has Azathoth, Lovecraft  describes him: "Outside the ordered universe is that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes." He can be compared with bloodlusty Astaroth. And there are also lots of such examples we can find in his stories. Also we can find event of Chaos which can destroy our universe with all life on it just in seconds.
Lovecraft write about things in future too,  like in his "Mountain of Madness", or in movie "The Thing" which was influenced by his stories, tell about evil of uknown that lives in eternal ice and can be awaking by negligence. As we know nowadays Russia has local land-use plan of eternal ices.

06.So far the band has only been a studio project but are you planning on doing live shows in the future or just remain a studio project?

In plans making splits with bands closed ideologically to us, making gigs, making full-length album, making videos and other stuffs that bands make like making merch, making interviews and photo sessions and extending influence.

07.Currently the band is signed to heretic Rex, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

This is young, but rather perspective label from Saint-Petersburg, Russia, which specialized on release death metal and black metal bands that ideological right, good quality and potential. It was based with my friend Dmitry Galkin. Daat is the 3d his rehearse. He has good connections with labels and bands from another countries as well as from Russia.
Links to his label below.

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

When I fished mastering album I put it in internet through social networks. Feedback was great. So it is better to say that other countries were first who know my work, Russia was the last, it because that I guided by quality in what I do, thats why it was very important to know their opinions.They said that it is sounds as should sound and they feel energy that it brings. Some of them were interesting with lyrics, they asked about full-length album, would it be close to this Ep, where Daat planned to start playing, would we play in theirs countries and when "There Are None So Blind As Those That Will Not See" comes on CD.
Now Ep available on CD, you can buy it through label or through Daat facebook page. I have all members of a band, and lots friends from Finland. Mostly cities that know Daat are Helsinki and Kuopio.
Also with help of Heretic Rex about Daat know in USA(
The Pain Fucktory magazine/label from Peru ( now making the interview. Boris Dixit ( from Spain made a online stream radio. I have send several copies to France, to Latvia, to Baku. Daat wanted in Belarus too for gigs.

09.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the drummer is a part of?

Some of that bands are dead now, another going without him, he played sessions at studio there. I know exactly that Pyre is active and today as well as his new heavy metal band Blazing Rust.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Full-length album will comes this year. Waiting for black magic art.

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?

There much of them and not all if them are black metal bands. (Not all are bands too) For me main thing is that spirit they bring and that magic that they create.
In my list some, should they be:

Devil Doll(with Mr. Doctor), Depeche mode, The Prodigy, Cradle of filth, music of Mozart, soundtracks from some movies, mostly horror( Hitchcock's for example, Candyman), soundtracks from pc games, like Heroes of Might and Magic III..
If serious, that there are mostly classic black metal that well known and nowadays heroes like Watain and their brothers Dissection, Deathspell Omega, Glorior Belli, Mütiilation, Belketre, Ondskapt, Inquisition, Orcivus and Behemoth.

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

I wish people to live their own lives under the star, that go out the last.

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