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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Bilesipper/Where Hope Grows Pale/2021 EP Review

 


  Bilesipper  are  a  band  from San  Diego,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2021  ep  "Where  Hope  Grows  Pale".


  Spoken   word  parts,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  tart  off  the  ep  before  going  a  very  fast  and  raw musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  death  metal.  At  times  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.   


  Bilesipper  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  noisy  and  lo-fi  sounding  as  well  as  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  plague,  blasphemy  and  madness  themes. 


  In  my  opinion  Bilesipper  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Barbaric  iron  Sorceries"  and  "Urdaemon".  8 out  of  10.


https://bilesipper.bandcamp.com/  

Volniir/All Hope Abandon/Church Of Eradication/2021 CD Review

 


  Volniir  are  a  band  from  the  united  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  album  "All  Hope  Abandon"  which  will  be  released  on  January  29th  by  Church  Of  Eradication.


  Dark  yet  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  their  deeper  moments  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.


  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  desolate  and  melancholic  sounding  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  semi  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing.


  Volniir  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  aggressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  Worship,  Luciferianism  and  Spiritual  Sedition  themes  which  also  shows  influences  from  the  writings  of  Aliester  Crowley,  Robert  Cochrane,  Shani  Oates  and  G  McCaughry.


  In  my  opinion  Volniir  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Adamanite  Gates"  "A  Sermon  In  Thunder"  and  "As  Night  Falls,  Let  Her  Reign  Begin".  8  out  of  10.


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Iscuron/The Nothing Has Destroyed Atreyu/2021 Full Length Review

 


  Iscuron  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric,  medieval  and  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "The  Nothing  Has  Destroyed  Atreyu".


  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  add  an  influence  of  classical  music  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  symphonic  elements  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.


  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Melodies  are  also  added  into  a  lot  of the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.


  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  medieval  moments.  At  times  the  songs  also  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  some  electronic  instruments  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  tracks  also  add  in  some  90's  influences  but  keeps  it  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  can  also b e  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy  and  medieval  themes.   


  In  my  opinion  Iscuron  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  medieval  and  symphonic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Silent  Storm"  "The  Nothing  has  Destroyed  Atreyu"  and  "In  the  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/iscuronofficial
https://iscuron.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCciZh0ysTQ_HAnJXJBGVNHA
   


          

Vipire/Sombre Marche/Vetus Capra/2021 Demo Review

 


  Vipire  are  a  duo from  France  that  plays  a  very  raw,  old  school  and  medieval  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2021  demo  "Sombre  Marche"  which  was  released  by  Vetus  Capra.


  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  some  of  the  riffing  shows  an  influence  of  punk  rock.  Most  of the  music  is  also very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  to  early  2000's  era  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of b last  beats  can  also  be  heard.


  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  a  raw  feeling  while  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  one  of  the  tracks  also  introducing  clean  playing  and  clear  vocals  onto  the  recording.


 When  guitars  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  closing  track  is  also  adding  in  synths  and  flute  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  medieval  atmosphere.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Vipire  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  old  school  and  medieval  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Multiface"  and  "Inegilities  de  Bell".  8  out  of  10.      


https://vetuscapra.bandcamp.com/album/sombre-marche  


    

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Xeper Interview

 

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


Hi, sure. Not that much honestly because as you can see the world is under pandemic... But I’m going to start writing a new album soon.


2. In February you have released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? 


It differs in the music writing. In the past, I was writing music very quickly because I was looking forward to write new material constantly. Then I’ve changed my mind. This new album is the result of 5 years of work. I wanted be more focused on the details to be sure to write a good album, at least for myself. And after 5 years I am still listening to the songs, so I’ve hit my personal goal.


3. This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame? 


I was writing new material, touring around the world with Gorgoroth and living my private life as all of us do.


4. Your lyrics also show a diverse interest in satanic, occult and left hand path topics and the bands name also comes from the Egyptian path, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts and also how has your views in this realm have evolved over the years? 


I think that is a very personal question, and we all have to find our own answers to the questions about humankind and life/death. But yes, as you say, we are interested in these topics. We don’t want to become theologians, we don’t write books. There are already persons who do that. We write music. I can just say that people should read and learn about religion before taking a way in his or her life. And we did our choice.



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


It’s the depiction of the moment when humans took possession of knowledge and received the fire from our God Satan, according to the Bible and the Sumerian tablets. Marcelo Vasco had the artistic sensitivity to graphically enhance this concept.


6. Originally the band was from Italy but has re-located to Norway over the years, can you tell us a little bit more about the move? 


I just moved to Norway to be closer to my friends. It’s a wonderful country and you can fall in love with Norway easily. Plus comparing to Italy, it’s easier to find a job and jobs are well paid. That was the reason back in 2014.


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


Well, we did few shows honestly because the line up has changed during the years. I can say I have great memories of our first shows in small venues. I can still remember the venue’s owners faces when we brought blood, pig heads and fire on stage. Nothing new as you can imagine, but it’s not even common doing that. We hand-crafted all the stage scenography by ourselves, from the metallic torches to the Set-shaped main microphone support. In Italy, it is not allowed to sell blood at the supermarket, still we managed to obtain it for the shows.

Performing live is very instinctive to us. We light the torches, pour the blood on our faces and just let the music flow and burn inside our veins. People can perceive this live.



8. The new album is going to be released on 'Soulseller Records', how would you compare working with this label to other labels that you have been a part of in the past? 


This is our first time and the album has not been released yet, so I cannot say anything about at the moment. We can just say that Jorn is a a very enthusiastic and dedicated man, and that we are looking forward to work with him.


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


The only thing we can say is that we received very good feedbacks from allover the world. We worked with labels from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, France and now Soulseller, so our name have been spread a bit here and there.


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


Of course into black metal. We don’t want to release one album per month, but we are going to create music till the end.


11. What are you currently listening to nowadays? 


Honestly? The same music I’ve been listening to since I was a teenager. I can mention some bands like DarkThrone, Mayhem, Bathory, Burzum, Gehenna, early Marduk etc… all black metal bands which influenced my musical taste. Then I can tell you I listen to all kind of music. If it sounds good and gives me emotions, I listen to it.


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


I would like to thank you for your time and interest in us. We hope you’ll like our album. If not, please just give it to someone you know who can like it.



Ild/Knippe/Screaming Skull Records/2020 EP Review

 


  Ild  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric,  melancholic  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  ep  "Knippe"  which  was  released  by  Screaming  Skull  Records.


  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later. All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  also0  very  long  and  epic  in  length.


  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  it  is  utilized.  Most  of  the  music  also  beings  in  more  of  a  modern  sounding  atmosphere  and  all  of  the  tracks  also  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.


  Ild  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric,  melancholic  and  depressive  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  nature,  death,  solitude  and  despair  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Ild  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  melancholic  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hjemkomst"  and  "Offervals".  8  out  of  10.


https://ildebrann.bandcamp.com/album/knippe  

Szary Wilk/Wrath/Putrid Cult/2021 CD Review

 


  Szary  Wilk  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  Polish  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2021  album  "Wrath"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Putrid  Cult.


  Sounds  of  winds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the music  more  of  a  medieval  atmosphere  before  going  into  a  heavier musical  direction.  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90'sPolish  style.


  Melodies  are  also  added  into  some  of the guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw feeling,  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  spoken  words  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.


  Szary  Wilk  plays  a  style  of pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  Polish  Tradition.  The  production  sounds  very dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Polish  and  English  and  cover Paganism  themes.  

      In  my  opinion  Szary  Wilk  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mortal"  and  "Wrath".  8  out  of  10.


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