Friday, January 19, 2018

Wyrmwoods/Earth Made Flesh/Inverse Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Wyrmwoods  is  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  avant  garde  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Earth  Made  Flesh"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  very  fast  sound  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  saxophones  when  they  are utilized  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  progressive  and  ambient  elements  as  well  as  all  of the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

 Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  instrumentals  as  the  album  progresses  along   with  the music  also  getting  very  experimental  at  times and  clean  playing  is  added  onto  the  closing  track  as  well a s  the  slow  riffing  also  mixing  in  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal.

  Wyrmwoods  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  avant  garde,  experimental,  ambient  and  progressive  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  and  Roman  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wyrmwoods  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Break  The  Seal"  and  "The  One  As  Chaos  And  Egg".  8  out  of  10.

      

Lihhamon/Doctrine/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Lihhamon  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017 album  "Doctrine"  which  was  released  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  operatic  vocals  in  the  background  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  synths  are  used  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  war  orientated  atmosphere  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements  as  well  a s some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling.

  Lihhamon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  elements  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover history,  obliteration,  war  and  suppression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lihhamon  are a   very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Genocide  Crusade" "Ironsides"  and  "Death  And  Torment".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Marozia/Os Caminhos Que Ela Dita/2018 EP Review


  Marozia  are  a  duo  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Os  Caminhos  Que  Eka  Dita".

  A  very  fast  raw  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks a re  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  solos  and  leads also  bring  in  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  style  along  with  some  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as w ell  as  the  music  sounding  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  in  93  or  94,  acoustic  guitars  and  harmonica's  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  spoken  word  parts a re  also  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Marozia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Marozia  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Diabo  Velho".  8  out  of  10. 

 

 

  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Regnvm Animale/Norn/Brinna/Brenna/Deutsche Bulvan Bolag/2018 Split ALbum Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Sweden's  Regnvm  Animale  and  Iceland's  Norn  called  "Brinna/Brenna"  which  will  be  released  on  January  26th by  Deutsche  Bolag  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Regnvm  Animale  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitar  playing  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  while the  vocals  mix  black  metal  style  screams  with  a  more  crust  style  of  shouting  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  very  melodic.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a more  raw  feeling   along  with  some  of the  vocals  also  adding  in  a  dsbm  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  pianos  as  well a s  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Regnvm  Animale  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  melodic and  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  freedom,  alienation,  premises  of  being  human  and  the  state  of  society  today.

  In  my opinion  Regnvm  Animale  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forhoppning"  and  "I  Doden".

  Next  up  is  Norn  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  punk.

  Their  side  of t he  split  starts  out  with  atmospheric  soundscapes,  harsh  noises  and  spoken  word  parts  before  adding  in  some  heavy  riffing  along  with  some  tortured  black  metal  vocals  and  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.

  Elements  of  crust  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  when  they  are  utilized  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals are  also  added  on  the  closing  track.

  Norn  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  poetry,  history,  mythology  and  anti  fascism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Norn  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  crust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hvitar  Kjukur"  and  "Av  Svortum  Alfum  Og  Opum  Peirra". 

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

   

   

  

Nydvind/Seas Of Oblivion/Malpermesita Records/2018 CD Review


  Nydvind  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Seas  of  Oblivion"  which  was  released  by  Malpermesita  Records.

  Water  sounds  and  pagan  chants  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  at  times.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  pagan  vocals  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Some  tracks  also  add  in  some  death  metal  growls  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  music  elements.

  Nydvind  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic,  atmospheric,  raw  and  epic  sounding  along  with  some  elements  of  folk  music,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my opinion  Nydvind  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sailing  Towards  The  Unknown"  "Sea  Of  Thalardh"  and  "Unveiling  A  New  Earth".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Stark Denial/Covenant Of Black/Transcending Obscurity India/2018 CD Review


  Stark  Denial  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Covenant  Of  Black"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Transcending  Obscurity  India.

  Sounds  of  war  and  air  raid  sirens  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal s creams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  a  couple  of  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  wolves  howling.

  Stark  Denial  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  hatred  and  anger  themes..

   In  my  opinion  Stark  Denial  are a   very  great  sounding  raw  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stark Denial" "Unknown  World"  and  "Covenant  Of  Black".  8  out  of  10.

       

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Adventum Diaboli/Blackheart/2018 Full Length Review


  Greece's  Adventum  Diaboli  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  also  done  in  a  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Blackheart".

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and melodic  yet  atmospheric  guitar  leads  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  also  bring  in  a  few  instrumental  tracks.

  A  great  amount  of  depressive  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  keyboards  when  they  are  utilized  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  onto  the  recording   along  with  some  songs  also  bringing  in  acoustic  guitars,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Nocturnal  Depression's  "Her  Ghost  Haunts  These  Walls".

  Adventum  Diaboli  continue  the  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  was  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  suicidal themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Adventum  Diaboli  and  if  you  are  a  fan  o  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Humans  Is  The  Plague  And  Suicide  Is  The  Cure"  "A  Kiss  In  The  Snow"  "Everybody  Dies  Alone  And  Forgotten"  and  "A  Hanging  Corpse  In  The  Forest".  8  out  of  10. 

Kosmogyr/Eviternity/2018 Full Length Review


  Kosmogyr  are  a  duo  with  members  from  the  Czech  Republic  and  China  that  plays  a  contemporary  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Eviternity"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

  An  ambient  style  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  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  screams and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

   Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  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  the  solos and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style,  clean  playing  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times   as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Kosmogyr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kosmogyr  are  a  very  great  sounding  contemporary  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wane"  "Frailty"  and  "Vision". 8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pestkraft/Pest/Nigredo Records/2018 EP Re-Issue Review


  Pestkraft  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Pest"  which  was  re-issued  by  Nigredo  Records.

  War  anthem  samples  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  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition   along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in a   very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Pestkraft  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  covers  the  14th  century  Black  Death  plague.

  In  my  opinion  Pestkraft  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pest"  and  "Suffering  Soul".  8  out  of  10.

    

Krowos/Verbum Luciferi/Nigredo Records/2017 CD Review


  Krowos  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  esoteric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Verbum  Luciferi"  which  was  released  by  Nigredo  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  raw  fashion  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  spoken  words  also  being  used  at  times  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  classical  guitars  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  ambient.

  Krowos  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  esoteric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  rituals,  magick  and  Saturn  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krowos  are  a  very  great  sounding  esoteric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Verbum  Luciferi"  and  "Offertorio".  8  out  of  10.

  

Demonomancy Interview

1,For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Demonomancy was founded in 2008 when all the original members were very young and wanted to play tribute to the music they loved and listened to daily. We started playing covers of our favorite bands, such as SLAUGHTER, SARCOFAGO and VON. Once we refined our ability of playing cruel metal of death, we started composing songs of our own. As our career progressed, the desire of making our sound as unique and recognizable as possible became more and more intense, and it’s now our priority.

2. In February you have a new album coming out, 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?
We strongly believe that Poisoned Atonement is our best material so far. It represents all we ever wanted to obtain musically and lyrically, and it took a long time to achieve that. As opposed to our previous releases, we managed to include a much wider range of influences in this new album, which makes it a lot more multi-faced. I would say that the main difference compared to our past releases is this will to overcome the pre-set genre-specific boundaries in order to create something truly unique.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of satanic, occult and blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

We are actually not particularly interested in those themes. although in the  past, especially in the first album, we covered themes such as occultism and numerology, we didn't really go deep in them or kept including them consistently, as we've  always dealt with them from a personal point of view rather than academically. We would much rather write about what inspires us, which is constantly changing . The new album's lyrics are extremely personal and diverse, to the point that each of them would deserve its own explanation. However I find more fitting and intriguing to allow personal interpretation to the listener, considering the high level of abstraction in the lyrics. The album's  title of choice manages to represent what all the lyrics have more or less in common,  which is the idea of an unaccomplished redemption, a constant failure to perfect the self.

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

It is undeniably inspired by Beherit’s legendary demo, an important influence to our sound. However, it's meaning is crucial to describe our music: it is defined as “divination through the summoning of demons.” In a way, this is what we do with this band. We look  for sounds and themes that can touch the abyss and dig down to the most hidden areas of the material world, so that we can better understand ourselves and the reality surrounding us.

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

Our experience in the USA playing at Martyrdom Fest 2015 will be extremely hard to forget. Our 3 performances at Nuclear War Mow! Fest (2012, 2014 and 2016 editions) are also more than worthy of mention!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

 Yes, a European tour for the release of the new album, and we are sure more opportunities will arise this year.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Invictus Productions;, how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'Nuclear War Now! productions'?

We are fans of both labels, the two of them are extremely professional. Our initial intention was to work with both to split the new album’s production between Europe and the US. Unfortunately that was not possible, so we had to choose the European market.

8.In 2016 you where also a part of a split with 'Witchcraft', what are your thoughts of the other band that had participated on the recording?

We have been in touch with the Finnish devils for many years now, writing back to each other using paper letters. For a long time we wanted to do this split, and it finally came to be!

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

We think we are well known on American soil, most likely because of our previous collaboration with NWN. In Europe we are usually a good surprise for a good percentage of those who see us live, although it’s all more competitive. We are confident that it will  all change for the better under Invictus.

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

Higher and higher, one milestone at a time.

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?

Literally ALL metal. We are not the kinds of listeners who only focus on a handful of genres and end up limiting themselves to emulation. Anything will listen to can be a possible source of influence, from BLACK SABBATH, to MANOWAR to NUCLEAR DEATH.

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

What is best in life? To become a fiery Herald and rise as a victorious Predator. Never give up being the best version of yourself.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Slaves BC/Lo And I Am Burning/The Fear And The Void Recordings/2018 CD Review


  Slaves  BC  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  raw mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  some elements  of  doom metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lo  And  I  Am  Burning"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  The  Fear  And  The  Void  Recordings.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  hardcore  elements  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Slaves  BC  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  death,  doom  metal  and  hardcore  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  suicide,  loss,  crisis  of  faith  and  the  current  political  turmoil  in  America.

  In  my  opinion  Slaves  BC  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black, doom,  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lo"  "Glory"  "Honor  Thy  Father  And  Mother"  and  "Unclean".  8  out  of  10. 

      

Rotting Sky/Sedation/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 Re-Issue Review


  Rotting  Sky  are  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  ambient,  drone,  industrial  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Sedation"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Distorted  amp  noises  and  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  and  tortured  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  time s the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  some  synths  in  the  background  that  get  more  powerful  after  awhile  and  bring  elements  of  ambient  onto  the  recording  while  the  guitar  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  raw  musical  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  slows  down  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  as  the  album  progresses as w ell  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  getting  more  melodic  and  clear  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing t rack.

  Rotting  Sky  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  drone,  ambient,  industrial  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rotting  Sky  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  ambient,  drone, industrial and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Smile"  and  "Tyrants  Of  Sedation".  8 out  of  10.   

Down To Burzum/Peace Alone/Depressive Illusions Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Down  To  Burzum  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Peace  Alone"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  tragic  sounding  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  while programmed  beats  and  bass  leads  are  added into  the  music  after  the  intro  which  also  takes the  music  into  a heavier  direction  along  with some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  while t he  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of   blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  second  wave  era  of  black  metal.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  ambient  elements  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  war  samples,  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Down  To Burzum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  and  also  sounds  like  a  perfect  tribute  to  Burzum  as  well  as  focusing  more  on  the  heavier  side  of  the  earlier  material,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  suicide  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Down  To  Burzum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Guided  To  Silence"  and  "Dark  Sun".  8  out  of  10.     


Friday, January 12, 2018

Darkness/Oltretomba/Horned, Winged And Grim/Fistbang Records/War Productions/2018 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Darkness  and  Oltretomba  called  "Horned,  Winged  And  Grim"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Fistbang  Records  and  War  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Darkness  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitars  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  angry  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  couple of  the  tracks  are  recorded  live,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  darkness,  hatred  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Darkness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Endless  Wrath"  and  "Let  The  Napalm  Rain".

  Next  up  is  Oltretomba  another  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  ritualistic  beats  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  angry  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  some  of  the  songs  also  mix  in  elements  of  thrash  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in  a  very  raw  and  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  mid  tempo  or  fast  musical  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Death  S.S's  "Black  Profanation  Of  Death",  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Blasphemy  and  Intolerance  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great sounding  recording  from  Oltretomba  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic,  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Motherfucker  of  Grand  Cross"  and  "Her  Eyes".

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



    

Istidraj/24 Years Of Blasphemic Supremacy/Anti Trends Records/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Singapore's  Istridraj  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  a  collection  of  their  material  from  the  last  2  and  a  half  decades  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "24  Years  Of  Blasphemic  Supremacy"  which  was  released  by  Anti  Trend Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well as  some  thrash  elements and  dark  sounding  melodies  also  bring  utilized  at  times.

  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  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  grim  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in  a very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  elements  of  war  metal as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  bestial  growls  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Von's  "Satanic  Blood".

  On  this  compilation  Istridraj  brings  in  more  than  20  years  of  a  very  raw  black  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Blasphemous  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Istridraj  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Triumphant  Ends"  "Istidraj"  "Blackened  Prophecy  of  Doom"  and  "Luciferian  Vengeance".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mendacium/Decimating Titans/Redefining Darkness Records/2018 EP Review



  Mendacium  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Mexico  that  plays  a  violent  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2018  ep  "Decimating  Titans"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  elements  of  war  and  death  metal  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  at  times  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  semi  melodic  and  grim  atmosphere.

  Mendacium  plays  a musical  style  that  takes  a  violent  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  revenge  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mendacium  are  a  violent  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Decimating  The  Titans"  and  "Make  No  Grave  In  My  Name".  8  out  of  10.

Sex Dumpster/Lord Alcohol/2018 Full Length Review


  Sex  Dumpster  are  a  band  from  Alaska  that  plays  a  mixture  of  nihilistic  black  metal  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Lord  Alcohol"  which  will  be  released  in  February.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while t he  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well a s  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of crust punk  elements  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing  in  angry  shouts  at  times  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  80's  crossover/thrash  feeling  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  they  also  bring  in a  cover  of  G.G  Allin's  "I  Kill  Everything  I  Fuck"  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  used  briefly.

  Sex  Dumpster  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  raw  and  nihilistic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence,  hate  and  alcohol  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sex  Dumpster  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  nihilistic  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bible  Up  Your  Ass"  "Lord  Alcohol"  "This  Lonely  Rope"  and  "Under  The  Night".  8  out  of  10.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Funerary Bell/Undead Revelations/Saturnal Records/2018 CD Review


  Funerary  Bell  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Undead  Revelations"  which  will  be  released  inn  February  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Powerful sounding  bass  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  melodic  singing  can  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  vocals  bringing in  grim  black  metal  screams  which also  bring  in  ritualistic  whispers  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  When  the  music speeds up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  as  well  as  some  keyboards  in  the  background  which  also  gives the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  feeling.

  Elements  if  thrash  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  music  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  shows  more  of  an  influence  of  classic  metal  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Funerary  Bell  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  occult  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  death,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Hermeticism,  Occultism  and  Left  Hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funerary  Bell  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  "Goat  Of  Mendes"  "Hermetica"  "Anima  Eterna"  and  "Spectral  Moonchild".  8  out  of  10.      

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Labyrinth Entrance Interview

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

Labyrinth Entrance this is everything what I esteem in metal music. Emotions, expression, message, honesty - without any frames, no pigeonholing, no compromises.



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

It's hard to say and answer this question, because this album has been very personal to me and I created it during the hard and black period of my life. While recording this album, I practically didn't have any assumptions concerning the sound. When I entered Studio I had only skeletons of songs which have been composed for single guitar. Then I tried to guide Darek Grabowski to my visions and his task was mainly to find the most appropriate sound. I was just recording individual parts seeking for the moment when the certain passage has already sounded properly. Darek is a genius, so at the end of a day it turned out fuckin' great for me.



3.According to the fb page you label your music as 'passive black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

The definition "Passive Black Metal" went up spontaneously and that's my answer to the currently trendy 'hipsters' approach to the music. Black Metal was created in very specific atmosphere and was one of  the most mysterious species of metal music. Today, youths from so called good homes set up a band, play jazz passages, dress face-covering-hoods, light incenses and invent crazy articles: post-, new-, etc. Therefore, I decided to use this definition deliberately with contrariness, in order to show that I am totally in opposition to all this naming etc. which I assume as complete bullshit. I am aware that in my music you will find evenly black, death, grind and heavy metal, but I do not surround myself with the aura of fictional mystery and I do not pose that I am a visionary.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with your music?

I wanted to create a specific climate that would reflect my attitude to the subject of death. Anxiety and helplessness that accompany the feeling of transience.All lyrics are based on Dante's "Hell". When creating music I wanted to keep consistent concept, and although the pieces differ significantly from each other, both the lyrics and the entire cover-art create a certain vision of the  Hell's description contained in the Divine Comedy. Also the sound of the album is very consistent and gives uniform character to the whole.



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

Labyrinth Entrance - My music is just the Labyrinth - you enter on your own and I do not promise that you will leave it.. You will find surprise, pain, fear, suffering.. but also many beautiful and real sensations await you inside.



6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience playing in other bands , how would you compare the two?

In each of the bands I play I find other emotions and I express myself differently. Stillborn is kind of concert Legion of Death, we enter the arena in three and play fuckin' show for the Devil! we do not take prisoners.  In Horror Of Naatu I pay homage to the school of  Death Metal from Florida. Typical old school scum. Right now we are preparing with the drummer to record a new album. At LE, I release all the black thoughts swirling in my head, I have not defined any frames or genre boundaries, so I compose only that stuff which I am convinced in 100%. I never make music by forcing things. I have to feel music all by myself.



7.The new album was released by 'Godz Of War Productions' which also has your other band 'Stillborn' on the same label, do you feel this label has been very helpful to you and your other musical project?

GOW is currently No. 1 among publishing stables in Poland, at least when it comes to the relation of really good music and commitment. Greg is a veteran and professional: he exactly knows what he wants, esteems his value, carefully selects team members and releases only what he is 100% convinced of. He was the first person who listen to the material and it stayed that way. I am aware that my record differs significantly from the mainstream of GOW, but in our life we have to move forward, so I think that both, Greg and me will get the good experiences coming out of this cooperation.



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

I do not address my album only to BM fans. I welcome everyone who draws energy from the music. When we are limited to only one species we will not drive too far. Despite the fact that metal is my whole life, I am not an orthodox and I listen to many other genres.



9.What is going on with some of your other musical projects and bands these days?

Answer point 6



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



I do not think about the future. The world is slowly dying out and human life becomes less and less steady, less predictable. I make only short plans - up to a year ahead. In 2018 I would like to record 2 albums - Horror and Labyrinth.

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



I grew up in very musical family, where the music was always high in the range of priorities. I started listening to metal at the age of eight, so generally it's been with me all my life. The most beautiful in music is that despite the fact that practically everything in music has already been recorded, new unexplored spaces are still being created and every few years we notice this wonderful renaissance of one of the genres. I would not write nonsense as many artists do and would not say that every day I hardly listen to metal and would not mention some avant-garde musicians being my inspiration... because it is always the opposite. I listen a lot metal - because without metal it is impossible to live.  The new things that I value for example: Khthoniik Cerviiks, Ensnared, Cruciamentum or Blood Incantation. We do not talk about classic ones.

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

I invite everybody to listen to Monumental Bitternes and hope that you will find your way out of the labyrinth. 

Phendrana/Sanctum Sic Transit Gloria Mundi/Sickness Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Phendrana  are  a  solo  project  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Sanctum  Sic  Transit  Gloria  Mundi"  which  was  released  by  Sickness  Records.

  Atmospheric soundscapes  along  with  some  clean  post  rock  style  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  leads  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  heavy  riffs  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  When  keyboards  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  tragic  feeling  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  songs  being    brief  instrumentals  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  female  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard..

  Phendrana  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  along  with  some  progressive  and  post  rock  elements  which  makes  the  songs  stand  out  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  death,  yore,  abstract  and  surreal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Phendrana  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  post  black  metal  solo  project and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sanctum"  and "Where  Ages Meet".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

Harakiri For The Sky/Arson/AOP Records/2018 CD Review


  Harakiri  For  The  Sky  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Arson"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  AOP  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  and  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black metal  screams  as  well  a s all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  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  while  the  tracks  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements along  with  the  songs also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well as  the songs  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars can  also  be  heard  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Graveyard  Lover's  "Manifesto"  which  also  brings  in  female  vocals.

  Harakiri For  The  Sky  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  post  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  and  suicide  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Harakiri  For  The  Sky  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  post  black  metal,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire,  Walk  With  Me" "Heroin  Waltz"  and  "Voidgazer".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mood/Marks On The Black Moon/2017 Full Length Review


  Mood  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album "Marks  On  The  Black  Moon".

   Atmospheric  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  acoustic  guitars  and spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  black  metal  screams  are  more  in  the  background.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric,  avant  garde  and  ritualistic  sound  while  the  faster sections  of  the  songs  use  a great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  a  great  potion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  the later tracks  the  high  pitched  screams  start  making  a  more  powerful  presence  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  experimental  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  melodic vocals.

  Mood  plays  a  style  of  black  metal that  is  very  ritualistic,  atmospheric  and  experimental  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  influenced  by  the  films of  Zulawiski, ancient  witchcraft  and  the  writings  of   Bergier  and  Pauwels.

  In  my  opinion  Mood  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ritualistic  and  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ice  Sheet"  "After...The  Curse"  "Marks  Of  The  Black  Moon"  and  "Lunatic  Dimension".  8  out  of  10.    

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ancst/Ghosts Of The Timeless Void/Lifeforce Records/2018 CD Review


  Germany's  Ancst  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  melodic  black  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2018  album  "Ghosts  Of  The  Timeless  Void"  which  will  be  released in  March  by  Lifeforce  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams.   

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  elements  of  d  beat,  crust  punk  and  hardcore  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  guitars   as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  later  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ambient  style  synths.

  Ancst  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their mixture  of  melodic  black  metal,  hardcore  and  crust  punk,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  angry,  critical,  social  and  political  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ancst  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dying  Embers"  "Revelation  Of  Deformity"  "Republic  Of  hatred"  and  "Self  Portrait".  8  out  of  10.

Snogg/Abeloth/2017 EP Review


  Slovenia's  duo  Snogg  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Abeloth".

  Ambient  style  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  water  sounds  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  stringed  instruments  and all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  very  deep  at  times  while  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling,  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.

  Snogg  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  experimental  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Snogg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Beloved  Queen  of  The  Stars".  8  out  of  10.

Cien Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

C. (vocals): Hi! After the recording session we focused mainly on a few live shows: two gigs in Czech Republic followed by F.O.A.D Fest that took place at the beginning of December in our home town. Besides, the new year will bring a minor personal change in our line-up, we will release some official statement regarding it soon.

P. (bass guitar): It is also worth mentioning that we have some additional tracks that have been recorded and mixed along with “Fate” session – they will be released as either EP or some split in the future. However, currently our main focus is to promote the band’s latest album “Fate”.

2. You have a new album coming out in December, 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 on the past?

C.: I am very pleased with the final sound of the new album. It’s more dirty and obscure comparing to “Ecce Homo” so it suits our music better. Additionally, each instrument is properly and clearly exposed on “Fate”.

P.: I was not involved in writing of “Ecce Homo” so it is difficult for me to refer to that album. What I can say is that practically all band members contributed to the creation of “Fate”. Speaking of music quality, the rhythm section on “Fate” is vivid and intense. Personally, I find overall sound of “Fate” more organic, natural and powerful comparing to “Ecce Homo”.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

C.: I always explore misanthropic areas in my lyrics. I like to depict contempt for the human kind and glorify death in all its forms. Basically, this is the message that has been sent out by the band since the very demo called “Anti-Humanity”.

4. I know that the band’s name means 'Shadow' in Polish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

C.: A man is always afraid of what shadows can hide because this may be dangerous in many ways causing anxiety and uneasy feelings. Does it go hand in hand with our music? Yes, I think so – it tends to be disturbing, its destiny is to ask what happens next and to question the future.

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

C.: Well, there have been many good concerts that we’ve played, so it is a little bit difficult to point out a specific one…For sure the recent F.O.A.D. Fest was one of our best shows, at least in my opinion. Regarding my stage performance, I always try to focus on sounds that are surrounding me at given moment and ignore the rest as non-existent. I even tried some self-mutilation on stage once. I definitely avoid any verbal contact with the audience, which – taking our music and its message into consideration – seems quite understandable.

P.: It’s true, the recent two-day-long F.O.A.D. Fest in Cracow was probably the biggest venue that we have played so far and we all have very good memories of it. The band’s stage image is rather classical, some of us wear corpsepaint during the shows to mark our black metal attachment. And the concert itself is always a pure emotional energy that we share with the audience.

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

C.: We are currently setting some details regarding shows for the next year. We already have some dates confirmed and that is optimistic.

7. The new album is coming out on 'Old Temple', are you happy with the support that they have given you over the years?

C.: We can’t complain about cooperation with “Old Temple”.

P.: Oh, it’s true, we get along with the label very well. The owner of “Old Temple” is an awesome guy, I can tell you that!

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

C.: We noticed that information about the band was spread worldwide after the release of the latest album. It was e.g. “Black Metal Promotion” that was very helpful with an abroad promotion. So far, the feedback has been positive and we’re very glad for that!

P.: I also came across a few reviews in different languages and the general abroad reception of “Fate” seems to be really favorable so far.

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

C.: No, as of today none of us plays in any other band nor contributes to other side projects.

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

C.: By gaining further experience and continuously developing our musical skills we plan to release the next album even better that the last one. We definitely have not reached our summit yet.

P.: The band is consequently stepping ahead and with each our release we try to present more mature vision of our music. The upcoming albums will refer to their predecessors because we try to create coherent music yet still incorporating some new elements and introducing new concepts. However, it is way too early for any details, the music will speak for itself when the time is right.

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?

C.: I do not partake much in the process of music writing so it is difficult for me to answer that question. When it comes to lyrics, my inspiration is derived rather from surrounding reality and the life itself than from other musical influences.

P.: Our intention was to keep “Fate” in line with our original sound and atmosphere without drastic deviation from a style generally called black metal, that’s why you probably may hear some tunes common with Polish bands like Furia or Mgła. Obviously, our latest album has a few marks of resemblance to the bands that are our inspiration, but I believe that anyone would be able to recognize genuine style of Cień in the first place. We all listen to different music, not only different metal genres, but we even reach beyond extreme music on a daily basis – the list of bands is really long.

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

C.: Do what you think is proper for you and be vigilant as the death never sleeps…

P.: Thanks for the interview. Stay strong and support black metal!