Sunday, July 26, 2015

Har/Baal Ha'ov/2014 EP Review


  Har  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Baal  Ha'ov".

  Drone  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  for  a  very  fast  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  also  brings  in  elements  of  brutal  death  metal  into  their  musical  style.

  High  pitched  screams  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs and  while  the  sound  is  very  modern  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  90's  black  and  death  metal  influences  in  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  demonic  chanting  and  melodic guitar  leads.

  Har  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  traditional  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  horror  and  occult  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Har  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forgotten  Mother"  and  "Necromancer".  8  out  of  10.


Inocvltatten/The Grimwater Rehearsals/Ater Lunae Templi/2015 EP Review


  Inoccvltatten  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw and  necro  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "The  Grimwater  Rehearsals"  which  was  originally  released  in  2014  and  re-issued  in  2015  by  Ater  Lunae  Templi.

    A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  raw  guitar  riffs  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  giving  the  music  more  of  a  primitive  and  necro  feeling  and  the  songs  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in the  90's  second  wave  style  of  the  genre.

  A  lot  of  the  fast  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  noise  and ambient  in  some  of  the  tracks  but  done  with more  of  a  guitar  sound  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Katharsis's  "666" and  the ep  also  closes  with  a  10 minute  long  track.

  Inoccvltatten  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  necro  and  lo-fi  sounding  while  also  being  very  ritualistic  at  times  and also  creating  a  different  form  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inoccvltatten  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  necro  and  lo-fi  black  metal  project  and if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "666".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Human Serpent/Inhumane Minimilism/Self Mutalation Services/2015 CD Review


  Human  Serpent  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured before in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their 2015  album  'Inhumane  Minimalism"  which was  released by  Self  Mutilation  Services.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the vocals  also  get  very  deep at  times and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  modern style  of  black  metal.

  A  lot  of  the  fast  tremolo  picking  riffs  bring  in  a  90's style  of  black  metal and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melody being  used  at  times  and  there  is also a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  on one  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  at  times  also  bring  in  depressive  elements  and  the  whole  album  avoids  using  any  solos  and  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal.

  Human  Serpent  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  nihilism  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Human  Serpent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "The  World In  Coffins" "Starving  Void  Upon  Earth"  "Funeral  Grimness'  and  "Mother  Of  Depression".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Funeral Art/Orenyallo/2015 EP Review


  Funeral  Art  are  a  solo  project  from  Guatemala  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  ep  "Orenyall".

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  very  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  keys  along  with  a  tragic  feeling and  the  songs  at  times  also  bring  in  elements  of  neo-classical  and  when  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recoridng  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of militant  feeling.

  All  of  the  songs  on  the  recording  avoid  using  any  lyrics  and  vocals and  when  guitars  are  finally  brought  in  the  music  they  are  only  used  in  a  slow  fashion  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  funeral  doom  metal  feeling  which  is  also  mixed  in  with  a  more  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  being  utilized  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast beats  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Funeral  Art  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  instrumental  style  of  dark  ambient  and  mixes  it  in  with  depressive  black metal  and  funeral  doom  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  also sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Art  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Orenyallo"  and  "Funeral  Art".  8  out  of  10.    

  

 

Kyy Interview

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

Kyy: We have known each other with some of the band members for a long time. We share same ideologies and also have similar musical taste. After having some conversations on what we really would like to do, we decided to found Kyy around the beginning 2013.  

2.In August you have an ep coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Kyy:  The musical sound is like a legless, armless& limbless hunter that strikes suddenly without warning to its prey and its venom goes straight to your soul.


3.The band has been around since 2013 but waited 2 years to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first couple of years?

Kyy: We had the songs ready as demo versions back in 2013 which are going to be on debut EP. Before recording a decent release, we decided to gather a full line-up and rehearse the songs and become a real band. After finding a second guitarist and a bass guitarist, we decided to record the EP. 

4.Your lyrics cover Satanism and Left Hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

Kyy: With all respect to to your question, Satanism and Left Hand Path are more than interest for us.

5.I know that the bands name means 'viper' in Finnish, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

Kyy: If you look at different civizilations all over the world, snakes have always been symbolically and literally important in their cultures and folklore. I would like people to use their imagination and have their own understanding of this when they listen to our releases and read our lyrics. 

6.Your have your first live show coming up in August, what should fans expect once you hit the stage?

Kyy: They will be able to witness and feel our intense energy. 

7.The ep is going to be released by Saturnal Records, how did you get in contact with this label?

Kyy: We have known people from the label for some years and when we were ready with the mastering of the EP, we decided to send it straight to Saturnal Records. The reaction was very satisfactory and they offered a good deal for the EP. But most important thing for us was to work with individuals who share same ideologies.

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

Kyy: So far, so good. To be honest, we are very satisfied with our music. Of course what other people think also count but it is very crucial to underline that we are playing the music we love, that’s more important than anything else for us.

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

Kyy: There are band members who are involved in different black / death metal bands from Finland. But with all respect to your question, we do not see it relevant to talk about our other bands for the time being.

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

Kyy: We are strictly committed to the roots and doctrine of Black Metal. This will continue In the future.

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?

Kyy:  Since our young ages everyone in the band has been fed with Black Metal scene’s great years of of 80s and 90s. They still have great influence on our music and we still listen to them. Additionally, we follow the bands that have a mission or purpose, ambition and meaning nowadays.


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

Kyy: Thanks a lot for the interview.

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Architect Of Disease/Open The Hearts/The End Of Time Records/2013 CD Review


  Architect  Of  Disease  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  melodic  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Open  the  hearts"  which  was  released  by  The  End  Of  Time  Records.

  A very  distorted,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill.  

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  the  songs  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  to the  recording  while  the  songs  are  also  in  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  direction.

  Architect  Of  Disease  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  raw  at  times  while  also  modern,  melodic  and  progressive  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Architect  Of  Disease  are  a  very great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leviathan  Prayer"  "Without  Divine  Intervention"  and  "Devour  The  Sun".  8  out  of  10.

 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Serpent Seed/Debris Of Faith/The End Of Time Records/2014 CD Review


  Serpent  Seed  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Debris  Of  Faith"  which  was  released  by  The  End  Of  Time  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  vocals  that  are  in  between death  and  black  metal  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  few  high  pitched screams  being  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  used.

  When  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  an  early  to  mid  2000's  style  of  black  metal  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  thrash and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  some  of  the  heavier  riffs  bring  in  death  metal  influences  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts. 

  Serpent  Seed  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  heavy  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  make  their  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  blasphemous  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Serpent  Seed  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Demon's  Blade"  "I  Spit  On  Your  Cross"  and  "Unholy  Trinity".  8  out  of  10.