Saturday, August 19, 2017

Svipdagr/To Torment The Men/War Productions 2017 CD Review

  Svipdagr  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album   "To  Torment  The  Men"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  grim  black  metal  screams  start  of  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  having  a  brief  intro  to  them  and  clean  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  along  with  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of t he  intros  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Svipdagr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  adding  in  classical  guitars  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  nature  orientated  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  anti  religion  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svipdagr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "The  Grace  Of  God"  "June  2nd  1358"  and  "Unfinished  Spirit"  and  "Hell  Dark  Workshop".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nyctophilia Interview

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

1.Hails. Nyctophilia is the sound of  nature, death and darkness, i always try to create music that is sounds raw, dark and melancholic to reflect the thoughts that are inside me and pass on my message.

2.You have released a good amount of material so far this year, how would you describe the musical style of the current music?
2. Mainly i will always describe my music as Black Metal but i don’t want to limit myself. My music is atmospheric, depressive and melancholic and i always try to explore different approaches to Black Metal music. With that been said i keep myself away from modern sounding music which is nothing more then a piece of shit for me.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3.Death, Darkness, Pain, Nature and Satanism. I try to cross the borders of my mind and body to show people how pathetic their life can be and how blind they are in todays world.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nyctophilia'?
4.Nyctophilia is the cult of darkness and night, finding peace through darkness and embracing it. When i was thinking about the name for this project i new i need something that will truly reflect the sound and lyrical topics inspired by nature and death. That’s why i choose the name Nyctophilia.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with other musicians in your other projects, how would you compare the two?
5.It is very different. When i create music myself i have no boundaries and no restrictions of what i can do.  When i work with other people (which is very hard for me) there are lot’s of compromises to be carried but of course through that different and interesting music can be done.

6.This year alone you have been a part of a couple of splits with 'Nihil Invocation' and 'Nachteule', how would you compare you style to theirs?

6.First, both bands are great, otherwise i wouldn’t do a split with them. Nihil Invocation is very raw sounding and bleak and you can hear the nihilistic atmosphere within their music. Nachteule is very atmospheric focused on nature black metal. Both of them have some similarities to Nyctophilia in terms of sound and lyrics.

7.Since 2015 you have released a great amount of music with this project, does music take up a lot of your time?
7.I can’t propely answer this question because it all depends on a inspiration i get. Sometimes i can write and record very quick and sometimes that process can take couple of months. The process that definitely takes alot of time is mixing the records.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8.For me it has been very good, i never thought that my music will reach so many people and have such a good response.

9.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?
9.We try to record some music but nothing is certain. I can’t tell what the future will bring for other projects.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10.Definitely progressing and exploring different subjects of black metal music. I don’t really see myself playing for example live shows with Nyctophilia but who knows, maybe one day.

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?
11.It’s really wide range of anything that is dark sounding and melancholic but to name a few is The True Mayhem, Xasthur, Nyktalgia, Elysian Blaze, definetly 2nd wave of black metal as well as some classical music.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
12. I see Satanism as the path of enlightenment and knowledge. Satan is the true light and Satan is the truth.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.I would like to thank you for this interview and anyone who took time to read it and tried to understand my thoughts. Hail Darkness! Hail Death!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Leucosis/Liminal/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 Full Length Review

  Leucosis  are  a  band  from  Santa  Cruz,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Liminal"  which  was  released  by Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  growls  also being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  utilized  on  some  of  the  songs  while  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as a  couple  of  the  songs  being  instrumental  with  the  second  one  being  done  on  synths  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Leucosis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding  bring  back  some  of  the  early  2000's  USBM  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leucosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bereft"  and  "Saturnal".  8  out  of  10.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Darkflight 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?

Well, after each release we take a long break, I don’t know exactly how long it will take this time, but I feel absolutely empty and my mind will need longer to recuperate and come up with new ideas for music, usually an idea for a concept comes first, a few song titles and then the music takes form gradually. Being a small underground band that doesn’t have to keep up with release date deadlines helps a lot to strive to put the best ideas out, most often it takes years. For me what’s important is the final result to please us, I’m always trying to select the best and lots and lots of average stuff is left out.

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?

With “The Hereafter” album I really wanted to get a clearer sound as opposed to our previous “Closure” album, those two are conceptually intertwined, but we took a lot of criticism of the sound being with too much reverb and muddy, so we decided to get it right this time and hopefully we succeeded. I still like a lot the sound of “Closure”, it’s powerful gloomy and absolutely terrifying, but probably it depends on the listeners speakers and obviously it doesn’t sound the same to anyone… also adding some singing parts which we haven’t done in years, I think it’s a positive thing and will surely change the perspective and will help the musical concept to take a better shape.

3. A lot of your lyrics are fantasy orientated, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Darkflight started as a fantasy metal side project and gradually it turned out to be my main band, I have a deep fascination with this genre and somehow wanted to write a tribute soundtrack to more unknown writers that have in my opinion exceptional books.  Recently the concept changed though, Darkflight’s new topic is the transition to Death and the Afterlife.

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

“Flitters of the night, spirits dark in flight” – this is a quote from Adam Nichols’s book, "The War of the Lords Veil" which has been the main inspiration for the band’s first demo and album. It just sounded to me so right by that time and it is not so easy to get a name that hasn’t been taken, also my main band back then was called Dreamflight.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to adding in other members or do you prefer to remain a duo?

So far this is strictly a studio project, unfortunately we couldn’t become a live band through the years, it might have been an interesting thing to see. Actually, I am considering adding a drummer, coz I am not entirely happy with my performance on the last album, giving the drumsticks to more experienced hands would probably make things a lot better.

6.How has the support from Metallic Media, Black Plague Records and Symbol Of Domination been for the new recording?

All these guys are great and we are really thankful that they believed in us again to release our latest record, as it becomes more and more difficult to survive with the declining record sales with extreme music I really think they need ALL the support they can get by spreading the word, checking out their other releases, there are some great hidden gems among them. Keep the UNDERGROUND alive by ordering some stuff!!
It is a funny story, but for some time we thought we were cursed, while we have big periods between the albums and with the downfall of the music industry going on, after each album the label that releases it always collapsed, but we think we broke that curse by having two albums in a row released by BLACK PLAGUE RECORDS.

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

Our music has certainly reached many people through the years from many different places and fans of different types of metal. With 17 years behind our back (4 full length albums and an EP) … we’d like to think that we create our own brand of black doom and our music hopefully is easily distinguishable, adding a certain kind of atmosphere and deep meaningful melodies, of course we had both positive and negative feedback, but since we’re still around I guess we’ve been lucky …

8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

I have a sort of a side project with Arsonist from the French black metal band ARS MORIENDI called NOTRE AMERTUME, it’s interesting how international collaboration works, but we have 2 split albums already released with fierce and extreme music… the style is atmospheric depressive black metal and those of you interested should definitely check it out, Milen the new bass player and additional singer has a sort of an alternative rock band called M.R.A.K.

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

I am actually pretty excited about the future, the amazing singing voice of Milen into “Threshold of Death” song gives me a confidence that we’ll do great things together and expand the music in ways that I’ve only imagined till now.

10.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’ll admit I am a big fan of doom metal and all kinds of emotional acoustic music, but I also love and listen to a lot of stuff from the 80s, it seems to me that those years and partially the 70s had a true depth, where everything wasn’t synthetically processed and made with such a profound inspiration and/or even naivety, it seems that those emotions (for the most part) are somehow lost in the digital era. The songwriting process is the thing that is mostly underestimated. I prefer bands now that take more time to compose their albums and it’s so obvious when you hear the result. I can mention well thought doom bands with their latest albums: Shape Of Despair, Saturnus, The Foreshadowing, 40 Watt Sun, Procession, the last Draconian… from the non metal scene recently I enjoy Susanne Sundför. Desperate Journalist, some of the IAMX slow songs are amazing.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Exploring nature, especially the Sea, reading a lot of science fiction, fantasy, proper science, even conspiracy books and some sport activities.

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

Thank you for this interview and for the nice words about our last album, for those interested check us out and if the music grabs you, get it in physical form. It’s worth exploring the concept with proper non compressed audio and the booklet in your hands, this is the best way to support us and to see our future albums in physical form.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wormwitch/Strike Motal Soil/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review

  Wormwitch  are  a  band  from Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  and  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Strike  Mortal  Soil"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  angry  shouts  and  after  awhile  black'n'roll  style  riffing  is  added  onto t he  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  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.

  Throughout the  recording  you  can  also  hear a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  in  a  touch  of  traditional  rock  and   melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  punk  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  spoken  word parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Wormwitch  plays  a  music  style  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Nordic  style  of  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  some  elements  of  rock'n'roll  and  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wormwitch  are  a  very  great sounding  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  crust  and  rock'n'roll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As Above"  "Even  The  Sun  Will  Die"  "Everlasting  Lie'  and  "So  Below".  8  out  of  10.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Sacerdos Interview

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

As of this summer, Sacerdos has reached an entire decade of existence. By passing that threshold, I can assure all that Sacerdos will remain and has more material to release. Releases will come slowly but surely.

2.How would you describe the musical style of the most recent material?

The attempt to harness the music and translate it into words and/or labels would be detrimental to the experience. One should listen to the song to tap into the "musical style" because its very design is to be an emprise undertaken by the listener.

3.Your lyrics have really went deep into Occultism, Mythology, Philosophy and History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest and studies in these topics?

Every Sacerdos release is a presentation of what we are studying or have learned. Sacerdos has always strove for a dynamic progression of ideas, studies, and knowledge. In our case, as is the case of many, our ever-constant thirst for knowledge has resulted in a quest for gnosis which can ultimately be found through the study of occultism, mythology, philosophy, and history. Arguably, Sacerdos has a unique history itself; we flushed ourselves of modern societal standards by embracing a nihilist stance which left us as empty shells only to be refilled later with a more pagan approach to existence. Some may call it hypocritical and/or contradictory, but I argue that erasing all modern preconceptions with nihilism only made us more malleable for different ideas later. I would delve more into my personal reconciliation with universalist paganism, but I am saving that for a book that I hope to release later.

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

"Sacerdos" simply means "priest" or "the priest" in Latin. When Sacerdos first formed, our primary inspiration for creating music was tied to California's colonial history, when Spanish missions were founded to convert Native Americans to Catholicism and assimilate them into Spanish culture. Though California's missionary history is now a tourist attraction and is whitewashed for the sake of the tourism industry, it in actuality is a very dark narrative. In a way, we wanted an ironic use of the word "priest" to describe our black metal band, which obviously stands as the exact antithesis to Spanish Catholicism. As we've moved toward more thoughtful motives, the name has remained a fitting one as we have become our own priesthood based on occult gnosis. For example, one track on Vibromancy is entitled "Illumined Priesthood of Unveiling," which demonstrates the recurring theme of priesthood but in a different context.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical style?

Yes. Sacerdos is very introspective and has never reconciled well with the intrusion of other people or musical ideas.

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'At Dusk', how would you compare your musical style to theirs?

U.S.B.M. is often criticized by Europeans for not being imbued with enough culture. I strongly argue otherwise. In actuality, American culture is so transparently fake, antagonistic, greedy, unintelligent, self-centered, and worthless that it makes for great black metal in its angriest and/or most depressive forms. In turn, culture in the United States fuels black metal here and all black metal is some attempt to break from cultural boundaries. This process happens in many different ways: some abandon American morals and laws completely through nihilist black metal (Judas Iscariot, Leviathan, Krieg), some choose the occult to build their own identity in the face of American culture (Absu, Vrolok, Esoterica), some directly attack the American status-quo with Satanism (Von, Kult ov Azazel), and some find solace in nature as an escape from Americanism (Wolves in the Throne Room, Nechochwen, Ashbringer). Regardless of the theme chosen, they all represent the desire to break from American culture and uphold a cultural identity that transcends the American norm. I feel that this aspect is different from other countries, such as Norway, where Norwegian culture and history (like Vikings, the T.N.B.M. movement, writing albums about towns like Bergen, etc.) are embraced. There is a certain form of rebellion and anti-American romanticism to be found in American black metal.

So in turn, to answer the root question, I think the musical style of At Dusk and Sacerdos is different, but in actuality, the root drive to make music remains the same. Though we express ourselves in varying ways, Sacerdos has a distinct connection to At Dusk as we come from a similar background and with the same disenchantment for contemporary society. At Dusk chooses to manifest in its own unique form, whereas Sacerdos presents itself in a completely separate manner, but in actuality, the essence and the core of the musical prowess are the same.

7.Are you happy with the support 'Pacific Threnodies' have given you on the split?

Yes. The label has the potential to become a brilliant collective for like-minded esoteric musicians; something that our area (the Central Coast of California) really needs.

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

With a few exceptions, most of the time I am not really sure. Once again, Sacerdos is a very introspective and underground musical project, so in turn I think those who listen to our music and take it seriously are very few. In actuality, we make the music more so for ourselves than anyone else, but we do very much appreciate our few fans and good feedback we've received over the last ten years.

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

I am currently working on a full-length that will hopefully be completed by the end of the year. Because Brutus is not involved on this release, I am working out whether or not it should be released as another Sacerdos album or under a new project title. I am a bit torn on this aspect, as it doesn't feel right to release a Sacerdos album without Brutus yet with a new drummer, but the music is clearly a direct continuation of the Sacerdos legacy. More news regarding this release will come soon.

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?

There are too many to name, and our tastes, influences, and favorites have evolved over the years. Most recently I have been listening to a slew of Absu, Immortal, Rimfrost, Abbath, Bathory, and German thrash bands like Destruction, Kreator, and Sodom. I think these influences will shine through on the upcoming release.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

There's no real reason anyone should know me personally. I will let the music do the speaking.

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

Nerutet nebt aatet khaa kha em ba en resh khebesu mit en resh!

Frater Cassius of Sacerdos

Licho/Podnoszenie Cazarow/Malignant Voices/2017 CD Review

 Licho  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  dark,  progressive  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "Podnoszenie  Cazarow"  which  was  released  by  Malignant  Voices.

  A  very  avant  garde  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  laughter and  piano's  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a small  amount  of  clean  playing and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  chanting  as  the  album  progresses  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Licho  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  also having  a  raw  and  less  experimental  edge  than  most  bands  of  this  genre, the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Onirism  and  Poetry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Licho  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  progressive  and  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album,  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "adarte"  and  "Drang".  8  out  of  10.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Siniestra Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Since we started with sinister dating back more than 10 years; we were born in a cold and tiny city in southern Colombia. The desire and hedonism generated by living in the musical world black metal stimulated in me the anxiety to experiment in the construction of an own artistic project, where I was not only subject to listening to what others had created, but also to be able to manifest my own musical concept. From then on, begins the work of structuring and building my sinister language.

Brannagh Bapheker, who at that time was also in the creative process of the band Evil Nerfal, gave me his unconditional support to materialize my musical idea; the provision of space for rehearsal, the loan of some equipment, and especially the musical contribution of Brannagh, have been fundamental in consolidating this project. In 2009 he joined the group, Daemon, who from that time and until the present is highlighted by the mystique and bizarre gestures of their vociferations.

So has the Siniestra architecture, of this symbolic manifestation, which does not pretend to be a "band", but an artistic project offered to immortal death.

2. In September of 2016 you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

If you perceive the sound of Siniestra from the surface, we could describe its stridency, the dynamics of the riffs, harmony, fluctuations in the time management, among others,  but if we look at the whole of the musical proposal and we surpassed the superficiality of the perceptual, we may find that Siniestra does not offer a particular sound, but a language unique and profound.  You can discover a whole speech in the terms of the black metal; what makes the repressed returns, that the unconscious is hereby consent and forward.

3. This was also your first release since the 2010 demo, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time period?
After the demo, we were given the opportunity to participate in some events of the local scene black metal, where we were able to deploy live and direct all the host macabre of our music. After that, we had a critical period of instability due to the contingency and laxity of some of the drummers at that time involved with us. This aspect, caused a setback to the intensity of the pace of work to which we were accustomed to.
This period was also used as an opportunity to go to enrich the project Siniestra; devote my efforts to the development of ideas, the composition of other topics, the strengthening of the lyric and the research process.

4. A lot of your lyrics cover Satanism, Darkness and Evil themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the left hand path?
In the darkness, the black metal has its own dark version of the matter, this without a doubt it is quite difficult to raise, in relation to the fundamental history from where has already been addressed their treatment; among these are: the philosophy, literature, history, mythology, cinema, and of course one of the most elaborate forms of darkness, the politc.
I consider myself an apostate of every discourse alienating and impoverishing of reason. Religions like many other ideologies, are the epicenter of the mental shit. The phagocytes of spirit and reason, still devouring us the head with the ceaseless bombardment of his weapon more powerful, the ignorance.

I consider it a contradiction to refute ignorance from ignorance; following an example, I would say that Satan and Christ are the reverse and the obverse of a single sheet of paper; apparently they are opposites, but if you take a scissors (reason) and cut the blade, what is fissured is a single compound of two faces. There is no substantial difference in venerating the "good" icon or the "evil" icon; In either case he has fallen into the trap. Ignorance is the sine qua non of the exercise of an ideology, of which there is no awareness of being trapped in it. It is not the same to generate a discourse from the unconsciousness of the alienation, to generate it from the consciousness of the rupture. In this sense, Siniestra is a break, a fissure in the dark veil of ignorance.

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

The Siniestra’s name has its origin in the Freudian concept of the ominous; this elaboration has to do with the obscure closeness of the occult and repressed that appears to the conscience and disturbs us with its horror. Every harrowing habitat that the human psyche engenders is permeated by the determination of the unconscious in its ceaseless becoming. The repressed returns and its advent is perceived by the consciousness as something, Sinister.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The experience lived in the show where we share stage with the Polish band Besatt, is something to emphasize. The show with Tohrnspawn, was also an event to highlight. To me in particular, it brings good memories to me the first show realized for the local scene where we released our music for the first time.

With regard to our staging, I could say that nothing more classic and simple; we focus on the interpretation of our music and nothing of babblings.

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

Of our part there is no plan, if any proposal arises we will simply decide.

8. According to the fb page the band is signed to 'Iron Goat Commando', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

This label supports the production of extreme music projects locally and globally. Its leader stands out for the seriousness and commitment with the acts in this path.

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

I think that the black metal we make, is not known enough globally to give a truthful answer about it. As for the Colombian scene, I could say that there has been great welcome and receptivity with the music of Siniestra.

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

Creation is my present, what I do at the musical level is in the order of happening. As I put it in another answer; more than a band, Siniestra is an artistic project whose medium of expression is black metal. All artistic work generates cathartic effects, both in who creates it and in who receives it. In this sense, I create my music to consummate my catharsis in the future from the present; that's what I do with what I do. There is no future between the walls of my coffin!

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?

In my music influences the world black metal, my personal history and art in general; books, cinema, painting and other forms, are an essential content that influences me flow

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

A greeting to the world scene that appreciates extreme music. And thank you for giving us the space to participate in your magazine.

Vlad Siniestro.

1. Para aquellos que nunca han oído hablar de usted antes, ¿nos puede decir un poco sobre la banda?
Desde que iniciamos con Siniestra datan algo más de 10 años; nacimos en una gélida y minúscula ciudad del sur de Colombia. El deseo y hedonismo generado por el habitar en el mundo musical black metal, estimuló en mí la inquietud por experimentar en la construcción de un proyecto artístico propio, donde no solo estuviera sujeto a escuchar lo que otros habían creado, sino también poder manifestar mi propio concepto musical. De ahí en adelante, empieza el trabajo de estructuración y edificación de mi siniestro lenguaje.
Brannagh Bapheker, quien por ese entonces también estaba en el proceso creativo de la banda Evil Nerfal, me brindó su apoyo incondicional para materializar mi idea musical; el facilitar los espacios para ensayo, el préstamo de algunos equipos, y sobre todo el aporte musical de Brannagh, han sido fundamentales a la hora de consolidar este proyecto. En el año 2009 se incorporó al grupo, Daemon, quien desde entonces y hasta el presente se destaca por la mística y bizarra gesticulación de sus vociferaciones.
Así se ha gestado la arquitectura Siniestra, de esta manifestación simbólica, que no pretende ser “banda”, sino un proyecto artístico ofrecido a la inmortal muerte.  

2. En septiembre de 2016 liberaron un nuevo álbum, ¿cómo describirías el sonido musical que se presenta en la grabación?
Si captamos el sonido de Siniestra desde la superficie, podríamos describir, su estridencia, la dinámica de los riffs, su armonía, las fluctuaciones en el manejo del tiempo, entre otras, pero si analizamos el conjunto de la propuesta musical y sobrepasamos la superficialidad de lo perceptual, podemos encontrar que Siniestra no ofrece un sonido en particular, sino un lenguaje singular y profundo. Donde se puede descubrir todo un discurso en los términos del black metal; que hace que lo reprimido retorne, que lo inconsciente se haga consiente y se transmita.

3. Este también fue su primer lanzamiento desde la demo de 2010, ¿puedes decirnos un poco más sobre lo que ha estado sucediendo durante ese período de tiempo?
Después de haber lanzado el demo, se nos dio la oportunidad de participar en algunos eventos de la escena local black metal, donde pudimos desplegar en vivo y en directo toda la hueste macabra de nuestra música. Luego de esto, tuvimos un periodo crítico de inestabilidad debido a la contingencia y laxitud de algunos de los bateristas que en ese entonces militaban con nosotros. Este aspecto, provoco un traspié a la intensidad del ritmo de trabajo al cual estábamos habituados.
Ese lapso fue aprovechado para ir enriqueciendo el proyecto Siniestra; dedique mi esfuerzo a la elaboración de ideas, la composición de otros temas, el fortalecimiento del proceso lirico y la investigación.  

4. Algunas de sus letras abarcan temas de Satanismo, Oscuridad y Mal, ¿puedes decirnos un poco más sobre tu interés en el camino de la mano izquierda?
En cuanto a la oscuridad, el black metal tiene su versión oscura del, este tema sin lugar a duda es bastante espinoso de plantear, con relación a él existen antecedentes fundamentales desde donde ya se ha abordado su tratamiento; entre estos encontramos: La filosofía, la literatura, la historia, la mitología, el cine, y por su puesto una de las formas más elaboradas de oscuridad, la política.
Me considero un apostata de todo discurso alienante y empobrecedor de la razón. Las religiones al igual que muchas otras ideologías, son el epicentro de la fecalidad mental. Los fagocitadores del espíritu y la razón, siguen devorándonos la cabeza con el incesante bombardeo de su arma más omnipotente, la ignorancia.
Considero un contrasentido refutar la ignorancia desde la ignorancia; siguiendo un ejemplo, diría que satanás y cristo, son el reverso y el anverso de una misma hoja de papel; aparentemente son opuestos, pero si tomas una tijera (la razón) y cortas la hoja, lo que se fisura es un solo compuesto de dos caras. No hay diferencia sustancial en venerar al icono del “bien” o al icono del “mal”; en cualquiera de los casos se ha caído en la trampa. La ignorancia es la condición sine qua non del ejercicio de una ideología, de la cual no se tiene conciencia de estar atrapado en ella. No es lo mismo generar un discurso desde la inconciencia de la alienación, a generarlo desde la conciencia de la ruptura. En este sentido, Siniestra es rompimiento; una fisura al oscuro velo de la ignorancia.

5. ¿Cuál es el significado y la inspiración detrás del nombre 'Siniestra'?
El nombre de Siniestra tiene su origen en el concepto Freudiano de lo ominoso; esta elaboración, tiene que ver con la obscena proximidad de lo oculto y reprimido que asoma a la conciencia y nos perturba con su horror. Todo hábitat angustiante que el psiquismo humano engendra, esta permeado por la determinación del Inconsciente en su incesante devenir. Lo reprimido retorna y su advenimiento es percibido por la conciencia como algo, siniestro.

6. ¿Cuáles son algunos de los mejores shows que la banda ha tocado hasta ahora y cómo describirías su puesta en escena?
La experiencia vivida en el show donde compartimos escenario con la banda polaca Besatt, es algo para resaltar. El show con Tohrnspawn ,también fue un acontecimiento para destacar. A mí en particular, me trae buenos recuerdos el primer show realizado para la escena local; donde dimos a conocer nuestra música por primera vez.
Con relación a nuestra puesta en escena, podría decir que nada más clásico y sencillo; nos enfocamos en la interpretación de nuestra música y nada de palabrerías.      

7. ¿Tiene alguna gira o planes de espectáculos para el futuro?
De parte nuestra no hay ningún plan, si surge alguna propuesta simplemente decidiremos.

8. Según la página Facebook la banda está firmada con 'Iron Goat Commando', ¿puede decirnos un poco más sobre este sello?
Este sello, apoya en la producción de proyectos de música extrema a nivel local y global. Su líder, se destaca por la seriedad y compromiso con el actúa en esta senda.

9. En un nivel mundial ¿cómo ha sido la retroalimentación a su música por los fans de Black Metal?
Considero que el black metal que hacemos, no se conoce lo suficiente a nivel mundial como para emitir una repuesta veraz al respecto. En cuanto a la escena colombiana, podría decir que ha habido gran acogida y receptividad con la música de Siniestra.

10. ¿Dónde ves que la banda se dirige musicalmente durante el futuro?
La creación es mi presente, lo que hago a nivel musical está en el orden del acontecer. Como lo exprese en otra de las respuestas; más que una banda, Siniestra es un proyecto artístico, cuyo medio de expresión es el black metal. Toda obra artística genera efectos catárticos, tanto en quien la crea como en quien la recibe. En este sentido, yo creo mi música para consumar mi catarsis en lo sucesivo del presente; ahí acontezco con lo que hago. ¡No hay futuro entre las paredes de mi ataúd!

11. ¿Cuáles son algunas de las bandas o estilos musicales que han influido en su música y qué estás escuchando hoy en día?
En mi música influye el black metal mundial, mi historia personal y el arte en general; los libros, el cine, la pintura y otras formas, son un contenido esencial que influye en mí fluir.

12. Antes de concluir esta entrevista, ¿tiene alguna palabra o pensamiento final?
Un saludo a la escena mundial que aprecia la música extrema.
Y a ustedes gracias por brindarnos el espacio de participación en su revista.  
a palabra o pensamiento final?

Vlad Siniestro.

Devil's Emissary/Demiurge Asceticism/Third Eye Temple/2017 EP Review

  Devil's  Emissary  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Demiurge  Asceticism"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Third  Eye  Temple.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  bass  guitar starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to t he  music  adding  in  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  adding  in  some  bestial  death  metal  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  doom/death  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  perfect  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  and  the  music  always  remains  heavy.

  Devil's  Emissary  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  dark  style  of  death  metal  along  with  some  bestial  touches  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devil's  Emissary  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Transcendental  Rite".  8  out  of  10.      

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sxuperion/Myriad/Bloody Mountain Records/2017 EP Review

  Northern  California's  solo  project  Sxuperion  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  with  a  musical  style  that  is  an  atmospheric and  cosmic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2017  ep  "Myriad"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.

  Ambient  style  soundscpaes  and  sci  fi  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  dark  and  heavier  direction  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls  and  grim  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  music  mixing t he  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together.

  A  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can b e  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  one  track  introducing  elements  of  drone  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  the  more  raw  side  of  black/war  metal  at  times  and  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  instrumentals

  Sxuperion  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  cosmic  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmic,  philosophical  and  space  travel  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sxuperion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Catastrophe  Column"  and  "Iniquitous".  8  out  of  10.    

Monday, August 7, 2017

Aegrus/Thy Numinous Darkness/Saturnal Records/2017 Full Length Review

  Aegrus  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Thy  Numinous  Darkness'  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  great  potion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  the  album  progresses  and    later  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing    along  with  the  vocals  also  utilizing  a  more  depressive  edge  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Aegrus  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  while  also  having  a  modern  edge, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism.  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Transcendental Knowledge  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aegrus  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  Of  Lucifer"  "Psalms  Of  Satan"  and  "The  Black  Stream  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sutekh Hexen/Blsphm/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 Split 7 Inch Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  California's  Sutekh  Hexen  and  Washington's  Blsphm  which  was  originally  released  in  2014  but  re-issued  in  2017  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Sutekh  Hexen  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  noise.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  clean  playing  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  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  harsh  noise  in  the  song.

  Deep  demonic  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Msticism,  Demons  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sutekh  Hexen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  their  song.

  Next  up  is  Blsphm  a  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  industrial.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  heavy  riffs,  drone  and  industrial  elements  while  the  drums  add in  blast  beats  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  the  songs  giving  the  song  a  very  dark  atmosphere  and  the  musical  is  all  instrumental  and  clean  playing  is  also  used  briefly  while  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Blsphm  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  industrial  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal,  noise  and  dark  industrial.  8  out  of  10.   

At Dusk Interview

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

While this has always been a recording project done in solitude, there have been moments in its history in which a live lineup has materialized.  I'm currently working with a new set of coconspirators to make the live band materialize again soon.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the most recent material?

More anger, more viscera.  My music has always reflected my own depressive states, and my personality is such that negativity turns inward.  I feel most At Dusk music expresses that theme by being more droning, mid-paced, and reflective.  The most recent material finally directs the negativity outward, and it's reflected in a much more aggressive sound.

3.Your lyrics deal a lot with Nature Worship, can you tell us what kind of spiritual meaning this has to you?

For the most part, my lyrics attempt to describe painful inner states and neuroses. The state of nature (and the state of musical creation) are the only places where those demons subside.  I find the most peace and inspiration among the trees.  It's not much more complicated than that.

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

The short version is this: I was inspired by the Emperor album "Anthems to the Welkins at Dusk" when I was a teenager just learning about the dark underground and beginning these workings in secret.

5.On the studio albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on the recordings or do you prefer to work solo?

At Dusk is my own catharsis.  It's difficult to imagine having anyone else contribute anything that wasn't of my own invention.  The closest I've had to this is the live album, and a single sample on Anhedonia in which I recorded a female friend of mine enunciating the phrase: "Sometimes I feel like I'm in a cage."  I had been to the local zoo with this person, which was and still is a foul and pathetic place that terribly mishandles their animal tenants, when she had said this to me and it sounded very appropriate.  So I suppose I may use the spoken words of acquaintances as samples, or possibly even a female vocalist at some point as that is a task I cannot complete myself, but beyond that, I don't work well with others in the composition and recording phase.

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

Every live performance has been well-received.  We always put some effort into creating the appropriate atmosphere, with incense, candles, corpsepaint and the like.  Possibly my favorite so far was performing with Lluvia (then known as "The Rain In Endless Fall") at the top of a mountain in the woods locally.  It took a lot of effort to make it happen but the forest shows are always the best and most appropriate setting for this.

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

The current live lineup is rehearsed and a few irons are in the fire for some California events. I can't say more beyond that as of yet, unfortunately.

8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Sacerdos', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

We live in a small rural coastal area of California about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, so the dark underground here is often nigh unto nothing.  Whenever I learn of another bedroom black metal project besides myself in the area I am immediately intrigued.  This is what led to my older split cassette with Procer Veneficus, and it is also what led to doing a split cassette with Sacerdos.  It is very honest and intellectual music and I think the track he contributed to this release is outstanding.

9.The ep was released on 'Pacific Threnodies', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Pacific Threnodies is obviously very new.  As the name suggests, it is focused on materializing the few high quality dark and extreme bands that are found in our local vicinity. I look forward to seeing more releases revealed and having these otherwise geographically obscure acts see the light of day.  I think California central coast heavy music has a number of idiosyncratic qualities drawing from common inspiration.

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

Very early on I was surprised to see my first split CD (with a band called Idolater) being shared heavily on Russian and eastern-bloc European blogs.  I have always loved receiving trades and correspondence with fans around the world, who communicate in an English that is broken but impassioned and earnest.  I had the pleasure of working with a Slovakian act called Korium thanks to this reputation, and have also done limited releases through Serbian and Russian labels.

11.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?

My current lineup shares a drummer with Nan Elmoth (who you may remember just had their full length released by PT last month) and our bass player has been collaborating with Sacerdos for a new traditional black metal project, called Ossomancer. I'm very excited to see what they do with that.

I personally make (industrial, neofolk, dark ambient, other metal) music under a number of other names that I prefer to keep separate as much as I can.

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

The next full-length will come eventually.  The problem with good "depressive" black metal is that real clinical depression makes it very hard to work, and when you're actually ok and can get out of bed to do things, the music is shit.

13.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?

Early on, Burzum, Xasthur, Leviathan, and Make a Change...Kill Yourself were my primary musical influences.  Lately I'm enjoying listening to Plasma Pool, digging through the Current 93 discography again, getting lost in the immense atmospheres of Earth & Pillars, Battle Dagorath, and the like... It's always tough to answer these kinds of questions.  I most frequently find myself revisiting Paysage d'Hiver and My Dying Bride when I'm not wading through the extravagant morass of new black metal albums I keep downloading.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Literature, especially English Romanticism and WWI poets and esotericists such as Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, W.B. Yeats, Vera Britain... I recently played through the Dark Souls series of games, which have a uniquely dark atmosphere and environmental storytelling that worked well for me. I'm also interested in finding the best natural swimming hole, in my partner's small daemonic black dog, and in fine Scotch whiskey.

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

Thank you for contacting me for this interview.  I hope these answers are satisfactory.

Nyctophilia/Dwelling In The Fullmoon Light/2017 Full Length Review

  Nyctophilia  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Dwelling  In  The  Fullmoon  Light".

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction while  also  introducing  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  songs  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Nyctophilia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  coldness  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nyctophilia  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  Nothing  Remains  Here"  and  "Alone  Abandoned  In  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.  

Arckanum/Den Forstfode/Folter Records/2017 CD Review

  Sweden's  solo project  Arckanum  have  returned  with  a  new recording  that  continues  the  anti  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Den  Forstfode"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Folter  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodies  and  demonic  yet  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  is  are  instrumental  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  sticking  the  style  that  was established  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  very  traditional  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of  melodic  pagan  chanting.

  Arckanum  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  anti  cosmic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  are  a concept  album  deal  with  Jormungandr,  the  fir  son  of  Loki  and  Angrboda,  whose  giant  power  covers  the  earth  and  Thursian  Sorcey  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arckanum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Den  Forstfode"  "Ginnmors  Drott"  and  "Kittelns  Beska".  8/5  out  of  10.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Sheidim/Infamata/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 EP Review

  Sheidim  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  heavy  and  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Infamata"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  Dark,  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  ep  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  whispers a re  also  used  briefly  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.

  Vocals  add  in  touches  of  first  wave  black  metal  along  with  some  screams  and  death  metal  growls  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  clean  playing  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  also being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  throughout  most  of  the  tracks.

  Sheidim  creates another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sheidim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Dying  Sun"  and  "Sister  Of  Sleep".  8  out  of  10.

Verge/The Process Of Self-Becoming/I, Voidhanger Records/2017 CD Review

  Verge  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Process  Of  Self-Becoming"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  that  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  pump  organs  in  the  background  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  style and  some  of  the  tracks  also  add  in  90's  era  second  wave  influences.

  Verge  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  philosopher  Soren  Kierkegaard's  theory  of  existence  stages  but  with  a  more  left  hand  path  and  Luciferian  touch.

  In  my  opinion  Verge  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aesthetic  II  _  The  Futility  Of  It  All"  "Moral  I   -  The  Decision  Behind  Calculation"  and  "Religious  II  -  Grounding  In  The  Unground".  8  out  of  10.  

Ignominious 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?
After the release of the new album I began to write new songs for our next material. I have already finished two of them yet. Fortunately I'm inspired again and I'm full of ideas.

2.In April you had 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?
The throne and the altar spreads melancholy and decay through its fast-paced, cruel, melodic and aggressive way. I've written all music in the same vein as mid 90's northern black metal. It has more advanced song structures than the former releases. It has solos, the bass themes are more varied and the vocals are more wrathful than before.

3.This is your first album since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We have done few gigs in 2012 and most of the songs from The throne and the altar were finished. I have done some gigs with other black metal bands as session bass guitarist in 2013. We started to record the drums on 23 July 2014. The recording process was very slow because my private life was very busy. I moved back to my hometown and I had to put the band to sleep. The recording process ended on 22 December 2015 with the vocal recordings. I have got the final mastered version on 16 August 2016 so it was a long journey...

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The main lyrical line is death and passing later on. The lyrical topics on our new album include the fall of royal and ecclesiastical power, too.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ignominious'?
I always wanted a name that has negative meaning and not reserved by other bands. It's in English but it looks like a Latin word. Perfect for the band.

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?
I like every show we did. I only have good experience. We have done several shows from 2007 to 2012 in Hungary and Slovakia. Our every show was unique because we have never played the same setlist. You can view some of them on our youtube channel. There is one gig we always mention. Mortal Fest 7 in Martos, Slovakia back in 2008. That was mainly a gore/grindcore/death metal festival but we played there as a black metal band with two demos behind our back. The crowd was crazy and they liked what we have done. Great memories...

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We don't have any request at the moment but I want to play live soon. As a first step I want to organise an album release gig here in Hungary in autumn. And before I forget the band is 10 years old this year so it deserves a show too.

8.Currently the band is signed to 'Hidden Marly Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a Japanese label run by Shota Oishi. He is a really cool guy. When we finished our latest album I have sent him an email and I told him we are looking for label. I would like to mention here we haven't talked since the release of Death walks amongst mortals. He was listening to Sacrilege (first song of our new album) and he liked it and he said "I can release it in April". After that I sent him the entire material then he released it. Everything went really smoothly.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I don't remember any good worldwide feedback. I have read some foreign reviews of our demos but we had bad ratings. Our reputation is very low abroad. Not so many people know about the existence of the band. Here in Hungary we had moderate to good reviews. Nothing outstanding. We have never done any marketing before so that's why very few people know about us.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Later on my main goal is to writing music that has the perfect balance between melodic and devastating. Melodic but not soft, devastating but not boringly raw and monotonous.

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?
My major influences are 90's black metal albums. Without completeness, Gorgoroth's first three albums, Obtained Enslavement's first, Taake's first, Those of the unlight and Opus nocturne from Marduk, demo of Strid and so on. My minor influences are 80's thrash, speed, and heavy metal albums like Helloween - Walls of jericho, Viper - Soldiers of Sunrise, Cobra - Back from the dead, Dark Angel - Darkness descends, old German speed metal demos and so on. Nowadays I'm listening to old heavy metal like Tokyo Blade - Midnight rendezvous and some new bands who successfully revive the old school art. Satan's Hallow and Blade Killer for example.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
In my younger days I read several books about the topic. I have always been curious about the post-mortem life. It perfectly fits in the lyrical themes of Ignominious.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the opportunity! Keep the black art alive! Mephyriz / Ignominious - Heralds of passing since 2007.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

AnKou/AnKourea/2017 Single Review

  This  is  a  review  of  another  single  from  France's  AnKou  which  which  shows  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  from  previous tracks  and  the  song  is  called  "AnKourea"  and  features  Skyggefigurrer.

  Nursery  rhyme  samples  start  off  the  track  along  with  some  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later as  well  a s some  death  metal  growls  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and  the  track  is  6  minutes  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  clean  playing.

  AnKou  goes  for  more  of  a  melodic  black  metal  approach  on  this  track  while  also  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  AnKou  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  song.  8  out  of  10.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Misanthropic Rituals/Human Dirt/2017 Full length Review

  Misanthropic  Rituals  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Human  Dirt".

  Heavy  guitar  riffs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  singing  and  thunder  in  the  background  before  adding  in  some  melodies  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  head which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Blast  beats  can  also be  heard   during  the  faster  sections  off  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  both  deep  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  a  couple  of  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  as  well  as  having  a  modern  atmosphere  at  times  and  clean  electric  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Misanthropic  Rituals  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  being  a  little  bit more  different  than  most  bands  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nature  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Misanthropic  Rituals  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE  "The  Coming  Storm"  and  "Serenity-In  A  Death  Filled  Paradise".  8 out  of  10.