Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Yellow Eyes/Rare Field Ceiling/Gilead Media/2019 Full Length Review


  Yellow  Eyes  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Rare  Field  Ceiling"  which  will  be  released  on  June  28th  by  Gilead  Media.

  Field  recordings  and  drones  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  before  going  into a   heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  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.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  female  vocals  also  being  used  briefly.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  home  made  and  ethnic  musical  instruments  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  drones  also  make  a  brief  return,  clean  playing  is  also  introduced  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  abstract,  sadness,  nature,  solitude  and  peasantry  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Yellow  Eyes  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "warmth  Trance  Reversal"  and  "Rare  Field  Ceiling".  8  out  of  10.

https://yelloweyes.bandcamp.com

Welkin Interview

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


I started Welkin in the autumn of 2017. Prior to that, I had gotten into black metal fairly recently and was immediately drawn in by the bleak atmospheres, emotive guitar work, and intense drum playing. Welkin was formed out of a deep desire to bring out the atmospheres and emotions that the bands I had been listening to had did for me while also injecting my own style.




2.       So far you have released a demo and a split, musically how do they both differ from each other?

I would say that the demo was a more “down-to-earth” release than the split. In the sense that the themes covered in the demo and the overall atmosphere were about evoking feelings of melancholy and then triumph (in the later part of the demo). On the other hand, I had intended something more “grand” for the songs on the split. I went forward with the same tinge of melancholy from the demo but also added in elements that were aimed at painting images of grand, dark, forest landscapes in the listener’s mind To bring forth a sense of grandeur, similar to what you would get in an Emperor, Odium, or Alghazanth record.

Musically, the songs on the split are generally longer than those on the demo to really create an epic feel it and features more intense tremolo-picked chords. The drum parts on the split are also far superior than those of its predecessor.




3.       Your lyrics cover some nature, philosophical, anti-Christian, pagan and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

My interest in some of these topics started before I got into Black Metal, and some after I did.

Most of my life I have been staunchly against Christianity and other forms of mass religion. To me, religion is just a way of controlling the blind and ignorant. A toxic mass that should be eradicated.

Philosophically speaking, I subscribe to the ideas of existentialism and nihilism, as one can tell from the lyrical content of the band. I guess my interest in these subjects developed naturally over the years due to a lack of an answer to what my purpose in life is. I then came to the conclusion that there is no objective meaning, I have to find my own subjective meaning. I use Black Metal as tool for expressing these ideas.

After getting into Black Metal, my interest in topics such as paganism, the occult, and nature was piqued. I was fascinated by how many bands were able to encapsulate the essence of nature in their music and how spiritual it all seemed.




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

Welkin refers to the sky or the firmament. I took the name from the Emperor record ‘Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk’. When I look at the sky, I feel a sense of majesty similar to what I would get while listening to Black Metal, so I thought the name would be appropriate as a representation of my own music.




5.       I have noticed you use the name 'Hasthur', is that related to 'World Of Warcraft'?

Nope, the name is based on one of the cosmic beings in the C’thullu mythos, Hastur, also known as ‘The King In Yellow’.



6.       With this project you record everything by yourself but also play in an actual band, how would you compare the 2?

The two bands are extremely different, from how they operate to the music they play. Welkin plays a more traditional, old-school, form of Black Metal rooted in the sounds of Finnish Black Metal and 90’s Norwegian Black Metal. On the other hand, Golgotha plays Black / Death Metal, largely influenced by Blasphemy, Archgoat, Beherit, Revenge, Sadomator and other such bands.

In Welkin, all music is written by me. In Golgotha, most of the music is written by Nuclear H. Butcherer and N. Maniak.




7.       Recently you were a part of a split with 'Nuurisk’, and ‘Luna Azure’, what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on the recordings?

Luna Azure has been a long-time part of the Singahell Black Metal scene, much longer than both Welkin and Nuurisk who were formed fairly recently. The music is very original, unique, and Voices certainly shows a mastery over atmosphere.

Nuurisk is a newer band but has put out quite a few releases already, all of which are definitely worthwhile listens for fans of DSBM or those who enjoy a more emotional, cathartic, form of Black Metal.




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

I have not received any interest from any labels so far, neither am I looking for a label at the moment. But I might try to find a label to release my upcoming EP.




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

Mostly, reception has been good especially here in Singahell.




10.   What is going on with 'Golgotha' these days?

Recently we opened for Varathron when they came here in April, after which we decided to take a break to focus on our other projects. We will likely resume activity soon.




11.   When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I’m not sure when I’ll be writing a full-length release but hopefully soon. First, I’d need to find an interesting concept for the album and that usually takes a lot of time.

Only the future will reveal where this path leads.




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

Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem, Emperor, Windir, Immortal, Black Funeral, Bathory, Dissection, Bornholm, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Darkenhold, Draconis Infernum, Infernal Execrator, Forteresse, Holyarrow, Nokturnal Mortum, Pure Wrath, Odium, Saor, Thrawsunblat, Warwulf, Alghazanth, Satanic Warmaster, Behexen, Beherit, Morok, Severoth, Inquisition, Forest, Warmoon Lord, Dark Forest and Woods of Ypres to name some.

Right now I’m listening to bands like Forlor, Hammer, Norns and Mooncitadel. Basically, more obscure Finnish bands.




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

Thank you for the chance to participate in this interview!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Feretrum/In The Eternal World/2019 CD Review


  Feretrum  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "In  The  Eternal  World".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a  very  melodic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the bands  musical style  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  demonic  growls  onto  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  also  make  a  brief  return,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Feretrum  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Endless  War"  "The  Dimension  Of  Satan"  and  "Let  All  of  Them  Get  Rotten".  8  out  of  10.

http://www.facebook.com/feretrumhun    

Annihilus/Fire & Life/Depressive Illusions Records/2019 Demo Review


  Annihilus  are  a  solo  project  from  Illinois  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  demo  "Fire  &  Life"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Depressive  Illusions  along  with  the  first  demo  which  was  also  reviewed  in  this  zine  as  bonus  tracks  on  the  second  side.

  A  very  distorted  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  which  was  not  really  present  on  the  previous  demo  reviewed

  A  good  amount  of  early  2000's  era  USBM  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  musical  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments.  Guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction,  blast  beats  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

   On  this  recording  Annihilus  remains  true  to  his  raw  black  metal style  while  also  showing  some  progression  as  a  musician  and  also  taking  his  sound  to  another  level.  The  production  sounds  very  dark, r aw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  mostly  inspired  by  comic  books  and  movies.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Annihilus  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Recorder"  and  "Chaos  Bringer".  8  out  of  10.

https://dir666.bandcamp.com/album/fire-life

In Red Moon Interview

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

Lord Morwan: "In Red Moon" is a project that arose from the need to make music that simply could not be done with my group, due to lack of instrumentation, time, commitment and above all; the ideology.
Also, it arises from the need to go beyond the parameters of a single musical genre, to create something through the fusion of styles.​
And finally, I could mention that In Red Moon is "my diary" I can even say that it has become a very egotistical project in which I only compose by and for myself without expecting it to be liked by others. but, hoping that someone understands what is hidden in each álbum.

2.So far you have released 3 albums, musically how do they all differ from each other?

L. M: Well, in fact I just released a 4th album a few hours ago and I can tell you that each record is very different from each other.
The 1st "In My Hands" is the search for that personal style, so you can find something with power metal style in the 2nd. track, or something of Gothic Rock like in the 5th track, of course, with some of that mix that I was looking for with Black Metal.​
The 2dn "This's My Past" is completely the style that I handle in my group "Requiem of Sorrow", a Black Metal worried about the melodies and accompaniments.​
The 3rd "Vampiric Necromantic Order" is special. In it, I am already handling the avant-garde and vampirist style that I have searched for and can be seen in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th tracks of the album.​
Finally, the 4th called "Instrumentalis Suite Sanguinentus" is that. It is a purely instrumental album in which, I leave the metal aside and I focus on creating something similar to a baroque suite but with harmonies of the twentieth century.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new album and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?

L. M: If you mean "Vampiric Necromantic Order" is the album that presents what is In Red Moon, and therefore the themes are totally vampiric and above all, very occultist because even the cover has a lot of meaning and of course, hence the name of the disk.
On the progress, in my opinion it has been very satisfactory since I have come to find the style that, for me, would be the essence of In Red Moon on this 3rd album.

4.You have also showed an interest in Satanism, Paganism, and Vampirism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

L. M: Well, in principle, I am a vampirist and from there most of the themes that I use both in my group and in this project.
On satanism and paganism, they are somewhat extensive topics, in which, in summary, I have come to see a certain relationship and contrasts of my interest as is the power and control over oneself and others.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'In Red Moon'?

L. M: For the simple fact that this is how the project came about.
Since I turned to vampirsimo, I realized that everything has a reason and only you can decide what to do with it, if you follow or change the designs of the destination. Well, well when I came up with the idea of ​​carrying out the project I was on the verge of the red moon of April 2014, and when I finished all the album material "In My Hands" was in September of 2015 in the period of There was also a red moon, so it did not take much work to name the project, since I was born in that. in red moon.

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

L. M: Again I suppose you refer to the 3rd album.
As I mentioned, it is the presentation of what is "in Red Moon" and is full of vampiric symbolism, pagan (wicca), and in general any trinitarian cult, which goes hand in hand with the name.​
In first and more obvious The 3 characters that symbolize my vampire trinity (5th track) the necromancer bishop who is the wise and adviser of. Lord Morwan, the lord of destiny altered, or you can also say as the controller of destiny, and finally. The sadistic jester of the great lord, who is responsible for giving "grotesque and gore" satisfaction to his lord.​
The other thing is the overcoming of the vampiric destruction, the sunlight y the water, hence the reason for a twilight and a river.​
Each one has a characteristic elements of what they represent.​
The Bishop, his book where is written the knowledge accumulated by him and where the fate of all is left, the red cingulate that represents the thread of destiny, and a pendant key that symbolizes the control over the actions of others.​
The Jester, his scepter with a crystal ball and a pendant pendulum with which he has fun choosing the fate of his victim, and a knife for when he makes a decision.​
Lord Morwan. A sword that represents power, an inverted cross of pendant that represents the disagreement of the Judeo-Christian god and other beliefs that do not see me as the only god and 3 rings that represent the domain of health, money and love.

7.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with a full band, how would you compare the two?

L. M: It's very different, because in the group, you depend on others to achieve something. On the other hand, with In Red Moon I do what I want and at any time without affecting the final result.

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

L. M: Well I'm not looking for any in particular and I have not received any proposal yet, but I would not deny if any label was interested in my work

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

L. M: It has been very contrasting due to the fact that it does not go with the standards of traditional Black Metal, many do not accept the change or the mixtures of style that I use, but also, to others it seems an interesting proposal. but at the end of everything I only give importance to my opinion and to those who manage to understand what In Red Moon is about.

10.What is going on with 'Requiem Of Sorrow' these days?

L. M: At this time there is a recess period, but also, material is being prepared for an album split with In Red Moon, maybe this sounds weird but, despite being the bearer of most of the ideas in Requiem of Sorrow, comparing the style with In Red Moon, they are different.

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

L. M: Well I would like to continue experimenting more with different styles, and obviously, obtain a certain degree of status as a musician either by the group, by the solo project or by some other musical medium.

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

L. M:There have been many bands, starting with Sopor Aeternus and Burzum, going through Dimmu Borgir and Lacrimosa, I could also mention Dark Lunacy, Siebenburger, Mirrorthrone, Morgul, The Sins of Thy Beloved, Mondstille, Sisters of Mercy, Haborym, Ereshkigal, Dark Funeral , to name a few.
About styles, because most of the subgenera of Black, Doom and of course, avant-garde are the ones that have influenced me the most.​
Lately I am listening to a lot of contemporary music: serialism, concrete music, electronics, spectralism, and also folk music, and nationalist

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

L. M: First thank you for taking me into account for this interview, and I can only say that after so much waiting, I think that finally came the opportunity to express a part of this world called "In Red Moon" and its creator Lord Morwan, which It's me.

Choronzonic/Where Evil Dwells/2019 EP Review


  Choronzonic  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  there  self  released  2019  ep  "Where  Evil  Dwells".

  A  synth  orientated  instrumental  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  closing  song  is  recorded  live.

  Chrronzonic  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chornzonic  is  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "O  veneno  da  serpente".  8  out  of  10.

https://choronzonic.bandcamp.com/releases  

Monday, June 24, 2019

Rotting Christ/Varathron/Duality Of The Unholy Existence/Hells Headbangers/2019 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Greece's  Rotting  Christ  and  Varathron  called  "Duality  Of  The  Unholy  Existence"  which  will  be  released  on  June  28th  by  Hells  Headbangers  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Rotting  Christ  who  return  with  their  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  along  with  the  vocals  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  growls  and  screams,  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  being  more  aggressive  than  previous  releases,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Rotting  Christ  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Varathron  who  return  with t heir  occult  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  synths  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  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  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  song  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  making  a  90's  style  sound  more  modern.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Varathron  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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

http://hellsheadbangers.bandcamp.com/album/duality-of-the-unholy-existence-2