OccultBlackMetalZine http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/ Site original : OccultBlackMetalZine Ominous Reflections/Die Ewige Swart Lig/Depressive Illusions Records/2021 EP Review tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-8654316654685384646 ./?Ominous-Reflections-Die-Ewige-Swart-Lig-Depressive-Illusions-Records-2 Sat, 25 Sep 2021 03:59:00 +0200  


  Ominous  Reflections  are  a  band  from  South  Africa  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2021  ep  "Die  Ewige  Swart  Lig"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  illusions  Records.


  Water  sounds  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  voices  and  chants  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  more  angrier  sounding  on  later  songs.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  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  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized, spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  


  Ominous  Reflections  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  satanic  and  traditional  sounding,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  True  Theistic  Satanism.


  In  my  opinion  Ominous  Reflections  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obsidian  Ocean"  and  "Die  Ewige  Svart  lig".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/IHvp_8xuaTA

    

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  Ominous  Reflections  are  a  band  from  South  Africa  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2021  ep  "Die  Ewige  Swart  Lig"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  illusions  Records.


  Water  sounds  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  voices  and  chants  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  more  angrier  sounding  on  later  songs.


  Dark  sounding  melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  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  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized, spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  


  Ominous  Reflections  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  satanic  and  traditional  sounding,  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  True  Theistic  Satanism.


  In  my  opinion  Ominous  Reflections  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Obsidian  Ocean"  and  "Die  Ewige  Svart  lig".  8  out  of  10.


https://youtu.be/IHvp_8xuaTA

    

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Orv/A Crowning Of Misery/2021 EP Review tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-7204071940263391067 ./?Orv-A-Crowning-Of-Misery-2021-EP-Review Sat, 25 Sep 2021 02:51:00 +0200  


  Orv  are  a  duo  from  Hungary  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "A  Crowning  Of  misery".


  Ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of t he  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.


  Orv  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  self consumingly  tyrannical  human  nature  and  its  trajectory  from  rising  to  self -sufficiency  to  the  inevitable  decline   


  In  my  opinion  Orv  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Submission"  and  "Dawning".  8  out  of  10.


https://weareorv.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfo2-OTEgOUbvT_S2yHGpiw
https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Orv/3540494977


   

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  Orv  are  a  duo  from  Hungary  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "A  Crowning  Of  misery".


  Ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of t he  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  clean  playing  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.


  Orv  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  self consumingly  tyrannical  human  nature  and  its  trajectory  from  rising  to  self -sufficiency  to  the  inevitable  decline   


  In  my  opinion  Orv  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Submission"  and  "Dawning".  8  out  of  10.


https://weareorv.bandcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfo2-OTEgOUbvT_S2yHGpiw
https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Orv/3540494977


   

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Rancor Profundo/Heretic Thirst/Rottenheart Productions/2021 Full Length Review tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-2850352501121785357 ./?Rancor-Profundo-Heretic-Thirst-Rottenheart-Productions-2021-Full-Lengt Fri, 24 Sep 2021 04:35:00 +0200  


  Rancor  Profundo  are  a  duo  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Heretic  thirst"  which  will b e  released  in  October  by  Rottenheart  Productions.


  Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  second  wave  influences  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as some of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  spoken  word  parts,  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times

   

  Rancor  Profundo  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satano-Atheism,  Abyssic  Mental  Horror,  Psychoanalysis  and  Moral  Castration  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  Rancor  Profundo  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heretic  Thirst"  and  "Beyond  the  Mists".  8  out  of  10.


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  Rancor  Profundo  are  a  duo  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "Heretic  thirst"  which  will b e  released  in  October  by  Rottenheart  Productions.


  Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  era  second  wave  influences  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as some of  tracks  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  spoken  word  parts,  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times

   

  Rancor  Profundo  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satano-Atheism,  Abyssic  Mental  Horror,  Psychoanalysis  and  Moral  Castration  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  Rancor  Profundo  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heretic  Thirst"  and  "Beyond  the  Mists".  8  out  of  10.


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Orgrel Interview tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-3107970250832970393 ./?Orgrel-Interview Fri, 24 Sep 2021 01:22:00 +0200  

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

For years, we played just to fulfill our will. We searched for a language or a way to express and purge our souls. The world out there was falling down and the right answer came from black metal. Black metal with no finery or pollution. Just black metal. We needed and we still need it.




2.You have a new album coming out in October, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

In “Red Dragon’s Invocation” you can find a simple and basic sound. There is no jerking off. Black metal has to amplify our primitive sensations. The raw way is the right way.




3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

According to the deception and the fall of this modern world, we want to indicate a way to resist and fight. Rage and despair, revenge and stoicism are our starting points.



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

Orgrel is just a name. Short and solid, the sound it produces when you pronounce is strong and rotten at the same time. Like the roar of an orc.




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

Red Dragon’s Invocation’s cover has been created by Luciana Nedelea. The painting perfectly expresses the image that the music created in our minds while we were composing the songs. What she did is pure art.




6.Do the cloaks in your promo pics have any ritualistic or occult meaning to them?

Cloaks, weapons, skulls, and all other items are symbols and images. Everything is a way to express a vision. And like words, symbols are the right way to do it. You can call them symbols, images, idols, forms, simulacra or icons but the meaning is the same: Awaken something hidden in people’s mind.




7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

We are open to the idea but it’s not our primary goal.




8.So far very little is known about the band, are you planning on expanding your presence in the future or do you prefer to keep a lower profile?

We have been in the deep underground for more than ten years. We need nothing. The only profile we live is, as you called it, the lower one. It could happen that our presence will be more effective but it’s not fundamental to us.




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

We see that true black metal fans always appreciate what is honest, raw and genuine. So, it seems that our stuff can be fuel for the burning apocalypse.




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

We will carry on. Our path is tough but it won't stop us. Head held high and may everything go wherever will be.




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?

the 90s black metal wave, that was the starting point and that's what we usually listen to.




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

Thanks for your questions and time. Summon the burning dragon!


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/orgrel-burning-ruins

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

For years, we played just to fulfill our will. We searched for a language or a way to express and purge our souls. The world out there was falling down and the right answer came from black metal. Black metal with no finery or pollution. Just black metal. We needed and we still need it.




2.You have a new album coming out in October, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

In “Red Dragon’s Invocation” you can find a simple and basic sound. There is no jerking off. Black metal has to amplify our primitive sensations. The raw way is the right way.




3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?

According to the deception and the fall of this modern world, we want to indicate a way to resist and fight. Rage and despair, revenge and stoicism are our starting points.



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

Orgrel is just a name. Short and solid, the sound it produces when you pronounce is strong and rotten at the same time. Like the roar of an orc.




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

Red Dragon’s Invocation’s cover has been created by Luciana Nedelea. The painting perfectly expresses the image that the music created in our minds while we were composing the songs. What she did is pure art.




6.Do the cloaks in your promo pics have any ritualistic or occult meaning to them?

Cloaks, weapons, skulls, and all other items are symbols and images. Everything is a way to express a vision. And like words, symbols are the right way to do it. You can call them symbols, images, idols, forms, simulacra or icons but the meaning is the same: Awaken something hidden in people’s mind.




7.Has the band done any live shows or open to the idea?

We are open to the idea but it’s not our primary goal.




8.So far very little is known about the band, are you planning on expanding your presence in the future or do you prefer to keep a lower profile?

We have been in the deep underground for more than ten years. We need nothing. The only profile we live is, as you called it, the lower one. It could happen that our presence will be more effective but it’s not fundamental to us.




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

We see that true black metal fans always appreciate what is honest, raw and genuine. So, it seems that our stuff can be fuel for the burning apocalypse.




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

We will carry on. Our path is tough but it won't stop us. Head held high and may everything go wherever will be.




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?

the 90s black metal wave, that was the starting point and that's what we usually listen to.




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

Thanks for your questions and time. Summon the burning dragon!


http://soundcloud.com/iron-bonehead-productions/orgrel-burning-ruins

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Glemt/Eclipsing Through The Womb Of Twilight And Dementia/Inferna Profundus Records/2021 CD Review tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-329427423626146949 ./?Glemt-Eclipsing-Through-The-Womb-Of-Twilight-And-Dementia-Inferna-Prof Thu, 23 Sep 2021 05:55:00 +0200  


  Glemt  are  a  solo  project  from  The  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Eclipsing  Through  the  Womb  Of  Twilight"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  also  have  their  tortured  and  depressive  moments.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth,  as  the  recording  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Left  Hand  Path  Magick  and  Communicating  With  The  Deceased.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Glemt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  Lamenting  Romanticism  Of  Nights  Torment"  "Phasmophobia"  and  "Behold,  Universal  Wrath".8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: www.glemt.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Glemtblackmetal 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thetrueglemt 

https://youtu.be/VzAnxZ1sb9Q

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  Glemt  are  a  solo  project  from  The  United  Kingdom  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Eclipsing  Through  the  Womb  Of  Twilight"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Inferna  Profundus  Records.


  A  very  dark  yet  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  also  have  their  tortured  and  depressive  moments.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  synths  also  giving  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  adding  in  some  touches  of dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth,  as  the  recording  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Left  Hand  Path  Magick  and  Communicating  With  The  Deceased.  


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Glemt  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  lo-fi  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  Lamenting  Romanticism  Of  Nights  Torment"  "Phasmophobia"  and  "Behold,  Universal  Wrath".8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp: www.glemt.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Glemtblackmetal 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thetrueglemt 

https://youtu.be/VzAnxZ1sb9Q

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Ogen/The Scars In Pneuma/The Eerie Chronicles/Deadwoods Productions/2021 Split EP Review tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-2641490929497653158 ./?Ogen-The-Scars-In-Pneuma-The-Eerie-Chronicles-Deadwoods-Productions-20 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 04:44:00 +0200  


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Ogen  and  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  called  "The  Eerie  Chronicles"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Deadwoods  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ogen  a band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  along  with  some ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  some  clear  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  heavier  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on t heir  side  of  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  both  of  their tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Ogen  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Eternity  Unguarded".


  Next  up  is  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  a  band  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  rain  sounds  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Scars  in  Pneuma  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ascending  the  Mountain  Of  Old".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of t he  ambient,  atmospheric  and  melodic  styles  of  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


Links (The Scars In Pneuma):
https://thescarsinpneuma.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thescarsinpneuma
https://www.instagram.com/thescarsinpneuma/
thescarsinpneuma@gmail.com

Links (Ogen):
https://www.facebook.com/ogenblackmetal
https://www.instagram.com/ogenblackmetal/

ogenblackmetal@gmail.com     


    

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  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Italy's  Ogen  and  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  called  "The  Eerie  Chronicles"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Deadwoods  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Ogen  a band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  clean  playing  along  with  some ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  some  clear  vocals  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  the  heavier  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on t heir  side  of  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  both  of  their tracks  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.  


  In  my  opinion  Ogen  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Eternity  Unguarded".


  Next  up  is  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  a  band  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal.


  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  rain  sounds  before  adding  in  some  clean  playing  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.


  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Scars  in  Pneuma  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ascending  the  Mountain  Of  Old".


  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of t he  ambient,  atmospheric  and  melodic  styles  of  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.


Links (The Scars In Pneuma):
https://thescarsinpneuma.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thescarsinpneuma
https://www.instagram.com/thescarsinpneuma/
thescarsinpneuma@gmail.com

Links (Ogen):
https://www.facebook.com/ogenblackmetal
https://www.instagram.com/ogenblackmetal/

ogenblackmetal@gmail.com     


    

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Gràb Interview tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-6888553786685365969 ./?Gràb-Interview Thu, 23 Sep 2021 03:55:00 +0200  

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

I had the vision of Gràb already back in 2013, when I wrote the first lyrics of the album for the track „Nachtkrapp“. For sure it was nothing but a vague vison at this point and it wasn't before 2015, when I met guitarist and main songwriter Grain. From that point on we focussed on the songwriting of this lyrical concept album.


2.You have a new album coming out in October, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

We want to keep alive the spirit of the more atmospheric Black Metal of the 90s. The major influence for us is German and Scandinavian Black Metal. We were deeply affected by

that era, so it did not take much time for us to find our very own approach to it.


3.The band has been around since 2015 but you waited until 2021 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

The songwriting process took us several years and we had different approaches to finish

“Zeitlang”. First we started with several jam sessions in the rehearsal room with a drummer and a bass player. But after all we found out, that it didn't work the way we wanted it to. That caused some line up changes. Therefore all other songs for the album were composed by Gråin in his home studio. The additional elements of all guest musicians were added later and finally mixed together.


4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you cover with your songwriting?

”Zeitlang“ is a concept album about an old man, who shortly before his death reflects upon his life. From the first song ”Nachtkrapp“ to the final song ”A Gråbliacht“ his story is told – from childhood to death. There's this interesting change of the character and it's getting obvious, if you compare the lyrics of ”Nachtkrapp” with those of ”A Gråbliacht“. The old man remembers, that he was afraid of the dark as a child and somewhere in time he lost himself in the dark. As time goes by he doesn't only get used to the dark – he is becoming one with the dark. He completely isolates himself from humanity, spending the rest of his life all alone in a cottage somewhere in the Bavarian mountains – waiting for death. 


5.I know that the bands name means 'grey/old' in German, how does this name fir in with the musical style that you play?

Gràb means old or grey and I really liked the idea, that being old also means being closer to death. The older you get the less anything can hurt you. Everything just turns to memories and at some point even those memories fade away and what remains is nothing but emptiness. Therefore the name perfectly fits to our interpretation of Black Metal.


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

The outstanding artwork was done by Benjamin König, who most people may know from his time as guitarist in Lunar Aurora. It was pretty clear for us, that he is the number one choice for the artwork plus some illustrations. His art perfectly stands for everything, that influences Gràb. The scenery shown on the artwork is the protagonist of the story on his final steps in life. He is joined by the reaper and together they disappear into the dead of the night. Actually it's a scenery from the song „S' letzte G'leit“, which loosely translated means „The funeral procession“. 


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band but you once had a line up, are you open to working with other musicians again or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We never had a full lineup for live shows for example. Of course we need session members if we decide to go on stage, but there are no plans for this path in the near future.


8.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows?

We didn't do any concerts yet and chances are pretty low, we will ever do some. 


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

The album ain't released yet. Therefore there are hardly reactions thus far.


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?

Gråin is still doing his main project „Schrat“, whose fourth full length „Seelenfresser“ will also be released this year. His other side-project „Gråinheim“ will be continued in 2022. I am still involved in several other projects too. „Trinitas“ for example finished their recordings for a first full length album. Also „Eudaimony“ are still active.


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

I do have some vague plans already, but we will see how things will turn out in the future.


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?

Definitely the second wave of Black Metal from the glorious 90s. The music we create should be seen as our tribute to this era. We are no copycats though. In our music we combine some of the best moments of 90s Black Metal and mix it with our very own brew of traditional Bavarian influences. That's what makes our music unique.


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

Nothing left to say...

www.facebook.com/grabavaria
www.instagram.com/grab_blackmetal_bavaria

https://youtu.be/SLXpS7JJiDY
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1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

I had the vision of Gràb already back in 2013, when I wrote the first lyrics of the album for the track „Nachtkrapp“. For sure it was nothing but a vague vison at this point and it wasn't before 2015, when I met guitarist and main songwriter Grain. From that point on we focussed on the songwriting of this lyrical concept album.


2.You have a new album coming out in October, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

We want to keep alive the spirit of the more atmospheric Black Metal of the 90s. The major influence for us is German and Scandinavian Black Metal. We were deeply affected by

that era, so it did not take much time for us to find our very own approach to it.


3.The band has been around since 2015 but you waited until 2021 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait?

The songwriting process took us several years and we had different approaches to finish

“Zeitlang”. First we started with several jam sessions in the rehearsal room with a drummer and a bass player. But after all we found out, that it didn't work the way we wanted it to. That caused some line up changes. Therefore all other songs for the album were composed by Gråin in his home studio. The additional elements of all guest musicians were added later and finally mixed together.


4.The lyrics on the new recording are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you cover with your songwriting?

”Zeitlang“ is a concept album about an old man, who shortly before his death reflects upon his life. From the first song ”Nachtkrapp“ to the final song ”A Gråbliacht“ his story is told – from childhood to death. There's this interesting change of the character and it's getting obvious, if you compare the lyrics of ”Nachtkrapp” with those of ”A Gråbliacht“. The old man remembers, that he was afraid of the dark as a child and somewhere in time he lost himself in the dark. As time goes by he doesn't only get used to the dark – he is becoming one with the dark. He completely isolates himself from humanity, spending the rest of his life all alone in a cottage somewhere in the Bavarian mountains – waiting for death. 


5.I know that the bands name means 'grey/old' in German, how does this name fir in with the musical style that you play?

Gràb means old or grey and I really liked the idea, that being old also means being closer to death. The older you get the less anything can hurt you. Everything just turns to memories and at some point even those memories fade away and what remains is nothing but emptiness. Therefore the name perfectly fits to our interpretation of Black Metal.


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

The outstanding artwork was done by Benjamin König, who most people may know from his time as guitarist in Lunar Aurora. It was pretty clear for us, that he is the number one choice for the artwork plus some illustrations. His art perfectly stands for everything, that influences Gràb. The scenery shown on the artwork is the protagonist of the story on his final steps in life. He is joined by the reaper and together they disappear into the dead of the night. Actually it's a scenery from the song „S' letzte G'leit“, which loosely translated means „The funeral procession“. 


7.Currently there are only 2 members in the band but you once had a line up, are you open to working with other musicians again or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We never had a full lineup for live shows for example. Of course we need session members if we decide to go on stage, but there are no plans for this path in the near future.


8.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows?

We didn't do any concerts yet and chances are pretty low, we will ever do some. 


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

The album ain't released yet. Therefore there are hardly reactions thus far.


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?

Gråin is still doing his main project „Schrat“, whose fourth full length „Seelenfresser“ will also be released this year. His other side-project „Gråinheim“ will be continued in 2022. I am still involved in several other projects too. „Trinitas“ for example finished their recordings for a first full length album. Also „Eudaimony“ are still active.


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

I do have some vague plans already, but we will see how things will turn out in the future.


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?

Definitely the second wave of Black Metal from the glorious 90s. The music we create should be seen as our tribute to this era. We are no copycats though. In our music we combine some of the best moments of 90s Black Metal and mix it with our very own brew of traditional Bavarian influences. That's what makes our music unique.


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

Nothing left to say...

www.facebook.com/grabavaria
www.instagram.com/grab_blackmetal_bavaria

https://youtu.be/SLXpS7JJiDY
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Nostra Dementia/Spectral Songs From Vehemence/Obscure Abhorrence Productions/2021 CD Review tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-8133434246704148709 ./?Nostra-Dementia-Spectral-Songs-From-Vehemence-Obscure-Abhorrence-Produ Thu, 23 Sep 2021 03:37:00 +0200  


  Nostra  Dementia  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Spectral  Songs  From  Vehemence"  which  was  released  by  Obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.


  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  album  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clear  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  dark  ambient  style  instrumentals  and  one  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  the  music  also  has  its  depressive  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  darkness,  depression  and  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nostra  Dementia  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  old  school  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wild  Awakening  Of  The  Forgotten  Beast"  "Underdead"  and  "There  Where  The  Sun  Does  Not  Shine".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp

SoundCloud
Spotify


  

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  Nostra  Dementia  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of  old  school  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2021  album  "Spectral  Songs  From  Vehemence"  which  was  released  by  Obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.


  Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.


  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  also  programmed  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  album  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.


  Most  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Clear  vocals  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style,  some  of  the  tracks  are  also  dark  ambient  style  instrumentals  and  one  song  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  album  and  the  music  also  has  its  depressive  moments.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  darkness,  depression  and  philosophical  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Nostra  Dementia  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  old  school  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wild  Awakening  Of  The  Forgotten  Beast"  "Underdead"  and  "There  Where  The  Sun  Does  Not  Shine".  8  out  of  10.


Bandcamp

SoundCloud
Spotify


  

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Hades Nexus 16 Interview tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-776786483215056765 ./?Hades-Nexus-16-Interview Thu, 23 Sep 2021 02:09:00 +0200  

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

Hi! Hades Nexus 16 is an industrial black metal project that draws inspiration from bleak futuristic visions and bands like Dødheimsgard, Mysticum, Thorns, Aborym and other bands in that vein. I started it in 2020 and all the music and lyrics came out in a very short period of time. It was really a moment of full inspiration and I'm really grateful for that. All the songwriting and recording process was like a sort of trance.


2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

This genre was explored in splendid ways during the 90s by the bands mentioned above and other pioneers, and before that the whole industrial movement was vital and full of bright minds that expanded the feelings that some of us get from old machinery movements, vast power plants and the ominous aura that surrounds that kind of things. I was aware when I started that the path was already there, but I wanted to give my personal vision anyway, knowing that I was not breaking any new boundaries and thus keeping my head low before the great names. I tried a mechanized approach to black metal, with a fast drum machine, tons of samples and synths sounds created by studying too much any knob I had before my eyes. The key element for me was to recreate automation, like a Big Machine, a brain-like synthetic organism, that moves and runs for his mysterious plan on another planet, with grease dripping from his parts and green CRT monitors that can unveil some cryptic writings to the watcher. Something cold that is infused by the fire of old religions and superstitions. I used explosions of violence, like exhaust vents of a furnace, with blast beats and more traditional black metal moments, and other eerie parts, more ambient oriented. I think the combination of these two very different moods helped to create a coherent sonic landscape.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Anti Christianity themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

The way humanity has developed its religions has always fascinated me. I have a personal link to Satanism but I don't want to go deep about my personal beliefs and private life. The world behind the curtain is an endless stream of inspiration. Philosophical, motivational, you name it. Even if you don't believe in metaphysical things, it's fascinating to observe the evolution of society around certain myths and rituals. I find it very motivating to try to project those rituals and beliefs in a bleak future full of machines and try to figure out what could happen. The forced evolution of what were once the most revered "creatures" that now have to deal with the power they gave to mortals and to the power mortals gave to artificial devices.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hades Nexus 16'?

The name Hades Nexus 16 is an example of what I was saying before. A sum of different concepts: Hades represent the old rituals, the traditional Inferno, the Hell we all know from the old stories. With the word Nexus it becomes a device. A mechanical hub where souls and people and other beings meet. A link between the spiritual and the material plane. The 16 is like a serial number. It suggests that there's more than one Hell and maybe they are all different, but linked together by something superior. Or something like a net of superior things.



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

The artwork depicts some ancient but at the same time futuristic cranes in a distant world. To me they give us a feeling of estrangement, like something old that was taken to another, completely different setting. And in it I find a perfect allegory of old Gods, born in the beginning of time, that now need to adapt and become something else or bend the knees to new divinities. Even man made divinities.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I play in other bands with other musicians, but it's a little part of my musical output. I really enjoy the total freedom of playing and recording by myself.


7.The psychical version of the album was released on 'Imperatrix Mundi Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Imperatrix Mundi Records really helped HN16 go out of the dark. I'm really grateful to Rob, the guy behind the label, for giving me this opportunity. They really support the underground and they surely deserve some support back, because everything they get they invest in new projects and releases. Total support to the underground!

I suggest you to go visit the label's Bandcamp page and listen to the other projects: https://imperatrixmundirecords.bandcamp.com/music


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

I have received some really good reviews so far and I'm happy about it. Let's see what the future brings but until now I'm satisfied! HN16 is still a young project, tho.


9.What is going on with your other project 'Feldvehn' these days?

I have recorded the music for five new songs, if I remember correctly, but only guitars and drums. I need to find some inspiration to go ahead and finish what will be a new album. Maybe winter will bring the right mood and inspiration.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

In the underground ahah. I don't want to pursue a "musical career" or something like that. I just want to play and record what I want and when I want, without pressure, and only when I have material that really means something to me. I think that pressure (from labels, fans or from self expectations) kills the creative process. You must record what you want when you want. That's what works for me. But I think that I will record a new HN16 in the near future because new ideas are flowing and I need to find some time to fix them on a track.


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 listen to a wide range of different musical styles like extreme metal (grind, death, black), old jazz, punk, ambient stuff, and I think that most of those influences are present in HN16. I'm open to new music and I'm an avid discoverer and crate digger. Sometimes I fix myself on certain genres for months, but I think it's a common thing. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Neil Young but I can't call him a direct musical inspiration ahah. If we want to stay in the black metal territory, I can definitely tell the name of Falhena, another band from Italy. Killer stuff.


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

Yes, THANKS a lot for your support and your great review. And thanks to all the people that gave a chance to HN16 and to everyone that listens to the album. Cheers!

https://hadesnexus16.bandcamp.com/releases

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

Hi! Hades Nexus 16 is an industrial black metal project that draws inspiration from bleak futuristic visions and bands like Dødheimsgard, Mysticum, Thorns, Aborym and other bands in that vein. I started it in 2020 and all the music and lyrics came out in a very short period of time. It was really a moment of full inspiration and I'm really grateful for that. All the songwriting and recording process was like a sort of trance.


2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?

This genre was explored in splendid ways during the 90s by the bands mentioned above and other pioneers, and before that the whole industrial movement was vital and full of bright minds that expanded the feelings that some of us get from old machinery movements, vast power plants and the ominous aura that surrounds that kind of things. I was aware when I started that the path was already there, but I wanted to give my personal vision anyway, knowing that I was not breaking any new boundaries and thus keeping my head low before the great names. I tried a mechanized approach to black metal, with a fast drum machine, tons of samples and synths sounds created by studying too much any knob I had before my eyes. The key element for me was to recreate automation, like a Big Machine, a brain-like synthetic organism, that moves and runs for his mysterious plan on another planet, with grease dripping from his parts and green CRT monitors that can unveil some cryptic writings to the watcher. Something cold that is infused by the fire of old religions and superstitions. I used explosions of violence, like exhaust vents of a furnace, with blast beats and more traditional black metal moments, and other eerie parts, more ambient oriented. I think the combination of these two very different moods helped to create a coherent sonic landscape.


3.A lot of your lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism and Anti Christianity themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

The way humanity has developed its religions has always fascinated me. I have a personal link to Satanism but I don't want to go deep about my personal beliefs and private life. The world behind the curtain is an endless stream of inspiration. Philosophical, motivational, you name it. Even if you don't believe in metaphysical things, it's fascinating to observe the evolution of society around certain myths and rituals. I find it very motivating to try to project those rituals and beliefs in a bleak future full of machines and try to figure out what could happen. The forced evolution of what were once the most revered "creatures" that now have to deal with the power they gave to mortals and to the power mortals gave to artificial devices.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hades Nexus 16'?

The name Hades Nexus 16 is an example of what I was saying before. A sum of different concepts: Hades represent the old rituals, the traditional Inferno, the Hell we all know from the old stories. With the word Nexus it becomes a device. A mechanical hub where souls and people and other beings meet. A link between the spiritual and the material plane. The 16 is like a serial number. It suggests that there's more than one Hell and maybe they are all different, but linked together by something superior. Or something like a net of superior things.



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

The artwork depicts some ancient but at the same time futuristic cranes in a distant world. To me they give us a feeling of estrangement, like something old that was taken to another, completely different setting. And in it I find a perfect allegory of old Gods, born in the beginning of time, that now need to adapt and become something else or bend the knees to new divinities. Even man made divinities.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

I play in other bands with other musicians, but it's a little part of my musical output. I really enjoy the total freedom of playing and recording by myself.


7.The psychical version of the album was released on 'Imperatrix Mundi Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Imperatrix Mundi Records really helped HN16 go out of the dark. I'm really grateful to Rob, the guy behind the label, for giving me this opportunity. They really support the underground and they surely deserve some support back, because everything they get they invest in new projects and releases. Total support to the underground!

I suggest you to go visit the label's Bandcamp page and listen to the other projects: https://imperatrixmundirecords.bandcamp.com/music


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

I have received some really good reviews so far and I'm happy about it. Let's see what the future brings but until now I'm satisfied! HN16 is still a young project, tho.


9.What is going on with your other project 'Feldvehn' these days?

I have recorded the music for five new songs, if I remember correctly, but only guitars and drums. I need to find some inspiration to go ahead and finish what will be a new album. Maybe winter will bring the right mood and inspiration.


10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

In the underground ahah. I don't want to pursue a "musical career" or something like that. I just want to play and record what I want and when I want, without pressure, and only when I have material that really means something to me. I think that pressure (from labels, fans or from self expectations) kills the creative process. You must record what you want when you want. That's what works for me. But I think that I will record a new HN16 in the near future because new ideas are flowing and I need to find some time to fix them on a track.


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 listen to a wide range of different musical styles like extreme metal (grind, death, black), old jazz, punk, ambient stuff, and I think that most of those influences are present in HN16. I'm open to new music and I'm an avid discoverer and crate digger. Sometimes I fix myself on certain genres for months, but I think it's a common thing. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Neil Young but I can't call him a direct musical inspiration ahah. If we want to stay in the black metal territory, I can definitely tell the name of Falhena, another band from Italy. Killer stuff.


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

Yes, THANKS a lot for your support and your great review. And thanks to all the people that gave a chance to HN16 and to everyone that listens to the album. Cheers!

https://hadesnexus16.bandcamp.com/releases

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Dusk Cult/Embrace The Lunar Age/2021 CD Review tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3004949035045702305.post-1574404895223886674 ./?Dusk-Cult-Embrace-The-Lunar-Age-2021-CD-Review Wed, 22 Sep 2021 05:33:00 +0200  


  Dusk  Cult  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  202  "Embrace  The  Lunar  Age".


  The  sounds  of  night  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  yet  melodic  musical  direction.  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.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  their  high  pitched  moments  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  but  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with t he  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  album,  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  is  also  an  acoustic  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Moon  Worship,  Folklore,  Cultism  and  The  Night  Sky.   


  In  my  opinion  Dusk  Cult  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Luminosity  Ritual"  "Night  March"  and  "Eventide  Persuasion".  8  out  of  10.


https://duskcult.bandcamp.com/         

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  Dusk  Cult  are  a  duo  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  202  "Embrace  The  Lunar  Age".


  The  sounds  of  night  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  yet  melodic  musical  direction.  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.


  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  their  high  pitched  moments  while  the  music  also  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  old  school  influences  but  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time.  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with t he  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.


  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs as  well  as  one  of  the  songs  also  introducing  clean  vocals  onto  the  album,  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  is  also  an  acoustic  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Moon  Worship,  Folklore,  Cultism  and  The  Night  Sky.   


  In  my  opinion  Dusk  Cult  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Luminosity  Ritual"  "Night  March"  and  "Eventide  Persuasion".  8  out  of  10.


https://duskcult.bandcamp.com/         

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