Monday, October 16, 2017

Christ Dismembered/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  Christ  Dismembered  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2017  album.

  Synths  start  off  the  album  and  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  film  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  style. 

  Christ  Dismembered  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  aggressive  in  the  mid  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Revenge  and  Hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Christ  Dismembered  ate  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Slap In  The  Face  Of  God"  "Swarm  OF  The  Black  Mass"  and  "Revel  In  Your  Disgust".  8  out  of  10.

Voltumna Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hi OccultBlackMetalZine, the band is finally releasing the new album with the greek label Sleaszy Rider, very excited for our most extreme release. The band is actually working on the promotion of this new work, in particular with the booking of new headlining shows around Europe for next year, a big tour TBA and some great festivals already announced like Stonehenge in Netherlands with legenday bands like Suffocation and Pestilence.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Dodecapoli is absolutely our most extreme experience. During the past years we have increased our experience and finally we knew what to do for a great third full-length; we have worked a lot on the drum fillers, faster and groovy, and introduced some ancient instruments of the Italic tradition in almost all the songs in the collaboration with Tursen, to make everything in our personal style, a pagan mixture of Black and Death metal.

3.Both the band name and sing lyrics come from Etruscan Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
One of the former, Haruspex, is graduated in the university of Rome in archeology and ancient civilization and also the other members of the bands are all from the ancient Etruscan lands, so since the begginning our interest was focused on this misterious and “dark” civilization. Very close to our town there is the biggest Necropoli of Europe, we were fascinated about this culture, also to understand what happened in the history before and after the Roman Empire and Christianity.

4.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The first one was probably our show in Johannesburg, South Africa, just before our godfathers Behemoth. It was one of the greatest emotion to see Nergal watching our show, and also all the crowd knew our songs, we have a lot of fans (Etruscans) there and we want to come back. Our last US and China tours were amazing too and Europe our greatest experiences were in these years Festival of course, in Germany, Austria etc.
Our live performance is full of emotions for us and also for the people, different styles mixed to make a new kind of ritual, something lost in the history after the romans.

5.What are some of your future touring plans?
We have for 2018 a great tour TBA, as said before a lot of Euro metal festival like the Stonehenge and some headlining shows from Berlin to Prague, from Milan to London etc. All to be announced very soon

6.The new album was released on 'Sleaszy Rider Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Yes finally we have found a good label to work with, we think that from this collaboration will  happen great things in the near future for sure.

7.A couple of years back you had done a version of Venom's "Black Metal", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
As you know we are not completely a Black metal, in fact we mix Black and Death like most of the polish metal bands do, but Venom was probably the first band we loved in the past years, so for us was a pleasure to do a tribute to them, hope that our Etruscans from all over the world have enjoyed our version of this masterpiece.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Almost in all the countries very good, we still have to grow up as band but till now we can consider us as one of the new reality of the genre, we are trying to do our best. Music is our life.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are apart of?
We are all focused on the Voltumna project for now, this is what we can say.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Our divination rites will explain our way. No plan for now.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Something of the new atmospheric way of Black Metal like the mighty MGLA and still the new efforts of our god fathers: Rotting Christ, Behemoth, Hate, Septcflesh and many others.
We listened a lot of different music so this why we can create a personal style during our composition, or better we try to do this as well.

12.Before we wrap up this nterview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A great thank you to all our Etruscans worldwide for all the support we receive year by year, we know that our worshipper will be satisfied with new album and new adepts will join the cult of VOLTUMNA.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Atramentum Interview

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

Atramentum has been my musical project for the past 6 years, it is the culmination of my investment in both Satanism and Black Metal, a vehicle for me to commit ritual into sonic form as well as a musical expression.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The sound presented on the album is Black Metal, I guess you can call it Orthodox BM, however I think the tag is somewhat pointless Black Metal should be Satanic, not nature worship or angsty songs about struggling with humanity.

3.The musical project has been around since 2011 but you waited until 2017 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?

The music for Aischrolatry was written in full by 2012, however due to personal reasons I wasn't able to record it then. I started writing other music that I feel surpasses the music in Aischrolatry and essentially forgot about the album. Ultimately I decided to release this album as it was a piece of ritual intent that was created, and its important on my journey of spiritual ascent/descent for it to take action upon the world.

4.The lyrics on the album deal with the Qliptoth, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism and the left hand path?

I have been a practicing Satanist for the past 12 years and it is my life's work and focus; mastery of self within this realm and the dissolution of this reality to create my own within the powers of Ain. My worship is eclectic and focuses on channelling the power of adversarial forces from different religions around the world based within a qliphotic framework. My art is inspired through the experiences from ritual and meditation with these dark gods.

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

Atramentum as a band name dates back a long time, nearly 10years, I just never utilised it properly. It essentially means a dark substance but within the context of the band it describes the ‘black flame’ the adversarial spirit within that seeks to destroy Yaldaboath and return to the limitless.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work solo?

Atramentum always has and always will be my vision, I have found a drummer for the next album to bring a greater extremity to the next work. Atramentum as a band is a sonic manifestation of my faith, as such the direction in all aspects will forever be my decision, I'm not opposed though to working with others as long as it fits my goals and those musicians are on a similar path as myself.

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

The feedback thus far has been positive both from fans, press and labels.

8.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Atramentum is currently my sole focus, I have been offered to work on other things however it has to be the right project, something equally dark, malevolent and Satanic.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

The album has had a lot of interest from a number of labels and I am currently looking for the best offer, it will likely be released towards the end of this year, start of next year in physical format. Ideally supported on both tape and cd and a small run of bespoke hand painted tapes from a small dedicated label within the UK.

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

As mentioned before I have finished writing the music for the second album which I'm in the process of recording. The next effort promises to be darker, heavier and far more twisted than Aischrolatry.

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?

All music has an influence on me, sometimes in a way of appreciation, sometimes in the way that it cements the idea that I don't want to create music that is in anyway similar. Regarding those that influence my current musical style it would be bands like: Danzig, Samhain, Deathspell Omega, Ofermod, Aosoth , Aluk Todolo and Antaeus.

Bands that I'm currently listening to are the new Arkhon Infaustus, great to see a return after such a long absence. The VI album has been in heavy rotation since it was released, as close to a flawless album that I've heard in a long time. Heavily anticipating the new Aosoth and Shining album.

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

Thanks for the interview.

For those looking for an occult focused piece of black metal, https://Atramentum11.bandcamp.com

Follow us on FB for announcements of when the physical copies will be released.

Ad Majorem Satan Gloriam

F.G.R.X



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Krieg/Sono Lo Scherno/Inferna Profundus/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Krieg  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  has  been  featured  plenty  of  times  before  in  this  zine  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  recording  that  was  originally  released  in  1998  and  displayed  a  more  raw  sound  than  what  was  to  be  featured  on  later  recordings  and  the  album  is  called  "Sono  Lo  Scherno"  and  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Inferna  Profundus.

   Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  before  adding in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  which  also  leads  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  classical  music  samples  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

 Spoken  word  samples  along  with  some  dark  ambient  elements  also  return   on  some  the  later  tracks  while  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  are  instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  their  are  some  deep  and  demonic  vocals  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  bestial  feeling  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Nunslaughter's  "Power  Of  Darkness".

  On  this  recording  Krieg  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  more  raw  and  lo-fi  than  their  later  releases  while  also  not  being  afraid  to  experimental  with  their  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  war,  destruction  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very great  sounding  recording  from  Krieg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Knights  Of  The  Holocaust"  "Hallicinations  In  The  Withered  Eden" and  "Shadows  Of  The  Fallen  Kingdom".  8/5  out  of  10.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Funeral Hearse/The Fist, The Spit, The Sword/Redefining Darkness Records/2017 EP Review


  Funeral  Hearse  are  a  duo  from  Singapore  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  apokalyptik  extreme  metal  which  is  mostly  rooted  in  raw  black  metal  but  also  contains  elements  of  doom, death  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Fist,  The  Spit,  The  Sword"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  crust  punk  and  d  beat.

  While  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  has  a  very  modern  feeling  while  some  songs  stick  to  strictly  a  very  fast  style  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  whispered  vocals  can  be  heard  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  One  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  Gregorian  chants  along  with some  of  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  vocals  on  a  later  track  and  female  vocals  along  with  stringed  instruments  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Funeral  Hearse  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  raw  black  metal  while  elements  of  doom,  death  metal  and  crust  punk  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  despair,  war,  apocalypse  and  dark  religious  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Hearse  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death,  doom  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Palace  Of  Bones"  "Master  Judas  Underground"  and  "Profanation".  8/5  out  of  10.   

     

Sicarius/Serenade Of Slitting Throats/M-Theory Audio/2017 Full Length Review


  Sicarius  are  a  band  from  inland  Empire,  California  that  plays  a  murderous,  bloodthirsty  and  ultra-violent  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Serenade  Of  Slitting  Throats"  which  was  released  by  M-Theory  Audio.

  A  very  tragic  piano  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  dark  sounding  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  and  hateful  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influenced  but  done  in  more  of  a  modern  fashion  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  style,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Sicarius  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  chaotic  and  violent  sounding  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  terror,  murder,  chaos  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sicarius  are  a  very  great  sounding  murderous,  bloodthirsty,  and  ultra-violent  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ferox  Impetum"  "Marshalling  The  Garroted"  "Serpent  Soul"  and  "Wampyr".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Voltumna/Dodecapoli/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review


  Voltumna  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dodecapoli"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  atmospheric  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

   When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track.

  Voltumna  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  old  school death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Etruscan  Paganism,  Mythology  and  Modern  Decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Voltumna  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Lion,  The  Goat  And  The  Serpent"  "Criterion  Of  The  Groma"  "War  Of  Supremacy"  and  "The  Path  To  Our  Twilight".  8  out  of  10.

Sartegos/Balmog/Caverna Abismal/2017 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Spain's  Sartegos  and  Balmog  2  bands  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  will  be  released  in  December  by  Caverna  Abismal  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  with  Sartegos  who  continues  their  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  fire  burning  and  ritualistic  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  deep  growls and  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  which  is  also  6  minutes  in  length  and  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sartegos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Balmog  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  track  being  6  minutes  in  length  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Hate,  Darkness  and  Anti  Human  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Balmog  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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

AtramentumAischrolatry/2017 Full Length Review


  Atramentum  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  religious  and  orthodox  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Aischrolatry".

  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  and  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  growls  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.

  Atramentum  plays  a  style  of  religious  orthodox  occult  black  metal  that  is  more  raw  than  most  bands  from t his  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  and  cover  Satanism  and  the  Qliphoth.

  In  my  opinion  Atramentum  are  a  very  great  sounding  religious,  orthodox  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Queen  Of  The  Night"  "Ravens  Of  Dispersion"  "The  Smiters"  and  "Duality  OF  God".  8  out  of  10.

  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hyrgal/Serpentine/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Hyrgal  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  heathen  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Serpentine"  which  will  be  released  on  October  28th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  and  tribal  shamanistic  style  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  modern  and  old  school  influences  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Hyrgal  plays  a  style  of  heathen  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  The  Alpine  Spirit  and  folklore  of  their  native  country.

  In  my  opinion  Hyrgal  are  a  very  great  sounding  heathen  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mouroir"  and  "Etrusca  Discliplina".  8  out  of  10.  

Daupuz/Die Grubenmahre/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Daupuz  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  German  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Die  Grubenmahre"  which  will  be  released  on  October  28th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  a  touch  of  folk  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  few  whispers  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  also  have  a  depressive  touch  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants,  acoustic  guitars  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  having  their  own  instrumentals and  when  clean  vocals  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  feeling.

  Daupuz  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  epic  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Historical  Mining  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Daupuz  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  epic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Exterto  Metallum"  "Kerker  der  Ewigkeit"  and  "Die  Grubenmahre  II".  8/5  out  of  10.  

St Barthelemy's Temple/The Cold Mouth Of The Earth/Atavism Records/2017 EP Review


  St  Barthelemy's  Temple  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Cold  Mouth  Of  The  Earth"  which  was  released  by  Atavism  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  slow  riffing  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  and  sludge  metal  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  very  grim  and  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  screams  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  depressive  touch  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  bass  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  St  Barthelemy's  Temple  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  St  Barthelemy's  Temple  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "To  The  Baneful  Oblivion".  8  out  of  10.

  

Coatl/Clerheretico/Atavism Records/2017 Demo Review


  Coatl  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Clerheretico"  which  was  released  by  Atavism  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads a re  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash,  d  beat  and  punk  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Coatl  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  and  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  anti  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Coatl  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Peste  Morena"  and  "Clerheretico".  8  out  of  10.  

Funeral Desekrator/First Desekration/Atavism Records/2017 Demo Review


  Funeral  Desekrator  are  a  band  from France  that  plays  a  very raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  demo  "First  Desekration"  which  was  released  by  Atavism  Records.

  A  very  hard  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  before going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  mixing  in  elements  of  first  wave  black  metal  and  thrash.

  While  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  80's  and  90's  it  still  has  a  modern  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in    great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  demonic  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  briefly  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion.

  Funeral  Desekrator  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Demons,  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Desekrator  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan  My  Distress"  and  "The  Descent".  8  out  of  10.   

  

Ah Ciliz/Chiral/Origins/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Seattle,  Washington's  Ah  Ciliz  and  Italy's  Chiral  both  bands  which  have  also  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  album  being  released  in  November  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records  and  called  "Origins"  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Al  Ciliz  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  nature  sounds  and  bell's  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  atmospheric  synths  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Al  Ciliz  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  while  also  adding  in  some  cascadian  touches,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  solitude,  sorrow,  nature  and  ancient  civilization  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Al  Ciliz  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "People  Of  The  Stars".

  Next  up  is  Chiral  a  solo  project  continuing  his  atmospheric  approach  to  post  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ambient  style  synths  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  modern  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Throughout  his  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  second  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  clean  vocals and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Chiral  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  solitude,  pain  and  introspection  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chiral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Queen  Of  The  Setting  Sun".

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



  

Greytomb/Monumental Microcosm/Transcending Obscurity Records/2017 EP Review


  Greytomb  are  a  band  from  Australia  that plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  with  some  dsbm  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Monumental  Microcosm"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  Dark  yet  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  and  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dissonant  fashion.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  also  getting  more  high  pitched  and  depressive  sounding  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  that  is  than  in  more  of  a  dark  and  grim  fashion  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Greytomb  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  post,  atmospheric,  depressive  and  modern  forms  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  states  of  consciousness,  nihilism,  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Greytomb  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Antimeta".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hvile I Khaos Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

Hvile I Kaos in 2017 is easily the strongest it’s ever been. I brought it back from an extended haitus with two EPs, Beholden: Thy Olde Birch Gibbet and the Cellistic Black Metal Tyranny split with Angmar. Now with a fresh live lineup and several live rituals under our belt, we’re ready to confront the world with Agios O Fotiá.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

In the past everything on recording was pretty scripted and through-composed. Always extremely symmetrical in the way the phrases were divided. The new material has a much more organic flow to it. The writing process allows for more spontaneity, and just some generally weirder sounds. Also, the incorporation of acoustic guitar and bass as a rhythm section is still a fairly recent development. The early EPs from 2013/2014 didn’t have that.

3.You label your music as 'cellistic black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

In essence, Cellistic Black Metal is a descriptor for Black Metal with the cello as its primary foundational instrument. Of course this does not mean other instruments can’t be used. I’ve taken to recording acoustic guitar and bass for rhythmic support on the more recent releases, and live Hvile I Kaos also features violin playing the lead melodies. But the cello is always the foundation.

4.So far your music has been instrumental and avoids the traditional instruments found in black metal, can you tell us a little bit more about taking this musical direction?

I feel like a true musician shouldn’t need to use lyrics as a crutch to communicate a message. Of course this doesn’t discount the value of great lyrics or libretto applied to music. But the music itself be able to stand on its own as a communicative tool.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, would you be open to working with a full band on the recordings?

Not at the moment. At this point I’ve kind of just embraced how much of a control freak I am when it comes to my own music. When I’ve been in other bands I’d show up with a song I’d written more or less complete, and then it would get altered by the rest of the band and I’d get pretty bent out of shape over that. I always have something super specific in mind when I write something of my own. I don’t like that being fucked with. I’m just an asshole like that.

Of course, when it comes to the full band I’ve assembled for Hvile I Kaos, their own creativity is expressed on the live front. There are some long sections of improvisation in a few of the pieces we perform, and if a member has an idea for how to do something differently live, I’m by no means opposed to that. I’m of the mindset that the live experience is fundamentally different from the studio recording. That should be exploited to its fullest extent.

6.What are some of the best shows that the live line up has played and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Our live performances are rituals in a very real sense. We play around an evocation triangle with lit candles, and transfer our energy towards the triangle via the music, and then out towards the audience. When performed correctly, a gateway is opened.

Every live ritual we’ve done has been special in its own right. So far my favorite of 2017 would be our date at the Regal Inn in Lakewood with Valkyrium. The energy there was really special.

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

We do have some live rituals lined up for 2018, which will stay undisclosed for the time being. Touring will come when it makes sense for us.

8.On the first ep you had done a 'Dissection' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

Jon Nodtveidt and Dissection were a primary influence of mine to form Hvile I Kaos. The band name actually translates directly to “Rest in Chaos”, a term often used in reference to Jon. It seemed only fitting to acknowledge that influence on the eponymous debut EP.

9.You have also been a part of splits with 'Northsong' and 'Angmar', what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on the recordings?

Both of those artists are two extremely valued colleagues of mine. Northsong was one of the first projects I ever got in touch with during the earliest days of my involvement in the scene. I always thought Cortland’s music had a really special atmosphere. Before that split came out I actually appeared as a session musician on Northsong’s “The Final Journey” album.

Angmar is the only other project in existence (to my knowledge at least) to ascribes to the term Cellistic Black Metal. Cameron’s take on the genre, and how to use the cello in a Black Metal context, is pretty distinct from my own, which I appreciate. He and I have exchanged a lot of ideas on music and other matters over the years.

10.The new album was released on 'Deathwave Nexion', a label that also releases occult books, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

The working relationship between Hvile I Kaos and Deathwave Nexion has been fantastic. Both are comprised entirely of individuals who prize integrity over commercial appeal. They exclusively sign artists and writers whose work pertains to the more abstract truths that dwell beneath the surface. I’m glad to work with people whose goals are complimentary to my own.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and other forms of underground music?

Hard to say. A lot of people don’t really know what to make of a project like Hvile I Kaos. I’m always happy and grateful for those who are able to really get into it. Or at least appreciate it on an aesthetic level.

12.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Hopefully doing things I’m not capable of delivering at this point in my life. I’m constantly trying to push myself and put myself in environments that challenge me, both in terms of playing and composition. I still kind of feel like I’m just scratching the surface.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I didn’t make any deliberate effort to mimic any existing artist or style on Agios O Fotiá. I focused primarily on the spiritual significance of everything I was writing and kind of just let the music happen.

That said, classic Melodic Black Metal has always been a staple of the Hvile I Kaos sound. Dissection, Vinterland, Sacramentum, stuff like that. Also occult rock like The Devil’s Blood, In Solitude, Jess and the Ancient Ones. My latest obsession might just be the new Grave Pleasures album, that’s got a fantastic groove to it. Within the last year or two I’ve gotten super into the whole Orthodox Black Metal thing. Deathspell Omega, VI, Acherontas, Amestigon, etc.

As far as string playing and writing influences are concerned, obviously Apocalyptica opened the door for me to use the cello the way I do. I go back to that influence a lot. I enjoy the work of cellists like Zoe Keating, Matthew Schoening, and Maya Beiser who use the instrument in genre-bending ways. A lot of people tell me my music has a folky vibe to it. I really can’t claim any authentic folk influence in the way I write. However, I do enjoy the work of fiddlers and folk artists like Annbjorg Lien, Frigg, and Alasdair Fraser/Natalie Haas quite a bit. Maybe that’s rubbed off on me, who knows.

14.How would you describe your views on Occultism and The Left Hand Path?

The Left Hand Path certainly is not for everyone. It’s something that by default mandates confronting and embracing everything we’ve ever been conditioned to fear by civilization at large. Having the blinders ripped off can be quite traumatic. However, for those select few suited for it, the road less traveled by can be the most rewarding continuous experience imaginable. And the most punishing.

Concerning occultism, well, there’s a lot of bullshit out there. Finding the gold nuggets often requires panning through the muck. My own personal litmus test for whether or not I consider legitimate a system of occult thought and practice is twofold. Primarily, I seek tools to empower the individual rather than fear-riddled mechanisms of superstation and subjugation. Within that framework, I generally look for patterns, overlapping archetypes and concepts that compliment one another. Connecting the dots to help me reach my goals.

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

The greatest and clearest facilitator of evolution is suffering. Rise up and Become.

Khandra/All Is Of No Avail/2017 EP Review


  Khandra  are  a  duo  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "All  Id  Of  No  Avail".

  Melodic  guitar  leads  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  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  touch  of  the  modern  atmospheric  style  as  well  as  mixing  it  in  with  the  rawness  of  the  second  wave  style,  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Khranda  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  modern  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  dying  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Khranda  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Where  Death  Has  Settled  In  Life".  8  out  of   10.
  

Nekrasov/The Mirror Void/Prosthetic Records/2017 CD Review


  Australia's  Nekrasov  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  with  the  music  being  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  power  electronics  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "The  Mirror  Void  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Prosthetic  Records.

  Distorted  power  electronics  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  atmospheric  synths  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  the  music  also  mixes  harsh  noise  with  black  metal  at  times  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  there  is  also  some  instruments  that  are  done  in  more  of  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  style,  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Nekrasov  focuses  more  on  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  power  electronics  on  this  recording  to  create  something  different  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  negative  themes  with  a  touch  of  Lovecraftian  vault.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nekrasov  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  power  electronics,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Whatever  Pleases  You,  Keeps  You  Back  "The  Ignorance  Of  the  5  Elements"  and  "Boils  And  Fevers  Clear  The  Body  Of  Impurities".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Aisuragua/El Arte De Orfeo/Merdumgiriz/2017 CD Review


  Aisuragua  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  originally  started  out  more  in  a  raw  and  depressive  black  metal  style  but  on  this  recording  goes  into  more  of  a  mixture  of  neo-classical  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "El  Arte  De  Orfeo"  which  was  released by  Merdumgiriz.

  Stringed  instruments  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  organs  and  woodwinds  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  militant  feeling  while  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  along  with  some  symphonic  and  neo-classical  elements  also  being  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout the  recording.

  A  lot  of  the  atmosphere  you  can  expect  from  more  of  an  epic  keyboard  orientated  black  metal  album  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  nature  sounds  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient  and  most  of  the  songs  also  sound  very  different  from each  other.

  On  this  recording  Aisuragua  move  away  from  a  depressive  black metal  style  and  go  for  more  of  a  neo  classical  and  black  ambient  mixture  while  also  keeping  everything  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Aisuragua  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  neo-classical  and  black  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "El  Bosque  Y  La  Ninfa"  "Carabasis"  and  "La  Constelacion  De  La  Lira".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Kabexnuv/Dzyan/Bud Metal Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Vancuver  B.C's  Kabexnuv  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Dzyan"  which  was  released  by  Bud  metal  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  old  school tradition.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  on  the  closing  song  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  ritualistic  feeling. 

  Kabexnuv  creates  another  recording  that remains  true  to  the  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  H.P  Blavatsky.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kabexnuv  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Seven  Sublime  Lords"  "Dyzu  Becomes  Fohat"  and  "Like  A  Thread  Through  Many  Jewels".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Nemere Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1.We started writing songs back in 2007 but a consistent lineup was only formed in 2009 under the name “Nemere.” The members did not change since then: G.J.-drums, V.T.-guitars, V.Á.-bass, V.ZS.-vocals.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2.Our earlier releases were more raw and aggressive. The new album is a little cleaner regarding both the sounding and riffs, while staying loyal to its raw roots.

3.While there was 2 demos in 2009 and 2010 you waited until 2017 to release your first full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the 7 year gap?
3.We had several shows from 2010 to 2012 then recorded Vérmező in the summer of 2012, but as our guitarist had to move to another country it has not been released at that time. Also, we stopped functioning like a proper band, and because of that the whole project was shelved for later times. And those “later times” are now.

4.Your lyrics cover Anti Christian, Nature and Ancient Hungarian Life, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
4. The rather aggressive anti christianity is more typical for our demos. Our later lyrics features various images of nature, and since we find the ancient Hungarian way of living really inspiring (wandering free nomads), we included those elements as well. We also wanted to take an approach on expressing life and death through our own perspective.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nemere'?
5.It is an ancient Hungarian forename. There is also a mountain range that shares the same name in Transylvania, and they call a powerful wind which blows from there Nemere as well.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
6.We don't really have a "best show", all of them were great experience for us. I would call our early performances kind of raw, we used to wear corpse paint and studs/nails, but we left those times behind. However, we do our best to keep certain elements, like the intensive and energetic stage performance while we improve the stage settings.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
7. We are planning several shows, but there is no fixed date yet.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8.We didn't get many responses due to the fresh appearance.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9.We will just play our own music whatever changes it may go through in the future. We do not care about the style, the only important thing for us is that we are able to express ourselves through it.

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. All of us had different influences both in music and in life so we don't really want to say any specific bands. Nowadays everyone is listening to different kinds of music as well, not only metal. We're trying to be open-minded about it.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11.We are burning churches, drinking goat blood, sacrificing virgins... Just kidding, but we think that the question is irrelevant to the band itself. We are all just regular people with regular interests besides music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12.Thank you for the opportunity! Stay tuned for more info about us soon!

Mystifier/Profanus/Vic Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Brazil's  Mystifier  which  showed  them  moving  away  from  a  bestial  black/death  metal  style  to  more  of  a   melodic  blackened  death  metal  direction  with  elements  of  traditional  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2001  and  called  "Profanus"  and  will  be  re-issued  on  November  27th  by  Vic  Records.

  Evil  laughter  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  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  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  some  songs  also  add  in  influences  from  traditional  metal  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  an  a  few  tracks,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  and  they  also  bring  in  3  bonus  live  tracks.

  On  this  recording  Mystifier  still  had  a  very  raw  approach  to  black  and  death  metal  while  also  getting  more  melodic  and  adding  in  elements  of  classic  heavy  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Anti  Religion  themes.

   In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mystifier  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dare  To  Face  The  Beast"  "Superstitious  Predictions  Of  Misfortune"  "Beyond  The  Rivers  Of  Hades"  and  "Sowing  The  Evil  In  Our  Hearts".  8  out  of 10.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tempers Creature/Schwabisch Frankischer Sagenschatz/Wolfmond Production/2017 CD Review


  Germany's  Temper  Creature  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  depressive  style  of  pagan  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Schwabisch  Frankischer  Sagenschatz"  which  was  released  by  Wolfmond  Production.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  pagan  chanting  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  are  also  utilized  briefly.

  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  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  depressive  elements  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  folk  music  elements  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  pagan  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  black  metal  screams  start  getting  more  depressive  and  suicidal,  choir  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can also  hear  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Heidevolk's  "Ein  Heimatlied".

  On  this  recording  Temper  Creature  remain  true  to  their  mixture  of  pagan  and  depressive  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  demonstrating  a  great  amount  of  variety,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  Paganism,  Depression,  Social  Issues  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Temper  Creature  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "FiarlesfiaB"  "Kirchseeoner  Perchtanlaff"  "Der  Teufelstisch"  and  "Pulschnitzglitzglitzem".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Hvile I Kaos/Agios O Fotia/Deathwave Nexion/2017 CD Review


  Hvile  I  Kaos  are  a  musical  project  from  Southern  California  that  plays  a  mixture  of  cellistic  black  metal  and  ritual  chamber  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Agios  O  Fotia"  which  was  released  by  Deathwave  Nexion.

  Cellos  and  violins  start  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  music  being  instrumental  while  elements  of  classical  and  chamber  music  are also  utilized  at  times  while  also  capturing  the  atmospheric  of  occult  black  metal  without  the  use  of  the  traditional  instruments  from  that  genre  being  utilized.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  ritualistic  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  acoustic  guitars  being  utilized  briefly  as  the  album  progresses  and  one  track  also  brings  in  spoken  word  parts  and  demonic  chanting  and  each  track  is  composed  as  a  sonic  invocation  to  a  specific  deity  or  group  of  deities. 

  Hvil  I  Kaos  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  occult  black  metal  and  strips  it  of  its  traditional  instruments  and  vocals  and  replaces  it  with  cells  and  violins  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  classical  and  ritual  chamber  music  to  create  something  very  original  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.   

  In  my  opinion  Hvil  I  Kaos  are  a  very  great sounding  mixture  of  cellistic  black  metal  and  ritual  chamber  music  and  if  you  are  looking  for something  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  musical  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ride  Of  Kundak"  and  "Agios  O  Baphomet".  8 out  of 10.