Monday, February 24, 2020

Solipsism/Trhliny v (ne)skutočnosti (The Ruptures in (Un)Reality)/Sun & Moon Records/2020 CD Review


  Solipsism  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  a  negative  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Trhliny  v  (ne)skutočnosti  (The  Ruptures  in  (Un)Reality)"  which  will  be  released  on  March  15th  by  Sun  &  Moon  Records.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  fire  burning  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  keyboards  acoustic  guitars  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a  couple  of  track  also  introducing  whispered  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Solipsism  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Hungarian  and  cover  negativity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Solipsism  are  a  very  great  sounding  negative  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Posledny  nech  zhasne"  and  "Ozveny  buducnosti".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/solipsismband/

  

Efemero Interview

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

A: In 2017 I had some ideas that didn't fit into this new era of Forgotten Winter, both musically and lyrically, it could fit if we still played symphonic black metal, so instead of let them go waste I built a base around them and developed the songs. Thus Efémero was born.
Some of the Efémero's songs are spiritual sucessors of Forgotten Winter's "Chuva" and "Chuva II", so if you liked those you might want to give "Movimento Efémero do Cosmos" a shot.


2.You have your first album coming out in March, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

A: There were some guide lines I knew I wanted to follow, heavy keyboard driven music with emphasis on pianos, simple and slow melodies the evoke a somewhat feeling of melancholia and nostalgia.
Apart from that things just flowed without anything specific on mind, some stuff was improvised on the recording, for example the lead guitar on Geosmina, the lead pianos on Desvanecer, the arpeggiator on Antártica and a couple more, some other stuff was changed as I recorded, so it was shapped as it went, nothing was set on stone from the beginning.
On the mix aspect I asked the producer to set guitars on the back in order from them not to draw much attention.
It might have begun with some musical style on mind while I composed, namely symphonic or atmospheric black metal, but it quickly changed to "lets see where this is going" kind of setting.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

A:Each song has different topic.
Desvanecer is about the feeling of being eager to die, and rejoicing about it, in order to get a whole new set of experiences.
雨女 is not about the yokai from japanese mythology as the title suggest, it is about the rain "caressing" a dying man and giving him comfort as he passes away, thus rain is portraited, metaphorically, as a woman.
Geosmina is a nature song about how petrichor covers the smell of rotting corpses on a humanless earth, the last triumph of nature above mankind.
The topic of Antártica is about being forgotten, it is the ultimate death that all things go through, it is based on a quote by an anime series called Serial Experiments Lain "If you're not remembered, then you never existed", I think Antarctica is a good metaphor for being forgotten.


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

A: Efémero (Ephemeral in english) means something that lasts only a short time. The bands name was supposed to be the same as the title of the album "Movimento Efémero do Cosmos" (Ephemeral Movement of Cosmos), movement representing life, meaning something like - all life lasts only a short period of time - later it was decided that this name was too long, so it was changed to Efémero, that has a similar meaning.


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

A: This album is the most personal stuff I ever wrote musically speaking, I wanted to cover to also reflect that. The cover represents a memory I cherish about when I was a child, I lived far from school and we had no car whatsoever, so we had to walk from home to school and vice versa. In the autumn, when we walked from school to home the landscape was similar to the cover on the album, low light and raining, dry leaves on the ground, few and far between lamps on the way, hence why I composed that cover.
So it doesn't mean much nor it as a secret meaning, it's just a memory of mine.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

A:The future is unknown but as of now I don't know if I will release some more stuff with Efémero and If I do what kind of music will it be.
But I can tell you that the reason this album took so long to be made (2017 - 2020) was that I had some problems gear wise, I considered releasing the album without guitars, similar to Profanum but the comopositions didn't allowed it, later I spoke to some people to record the guitars but that didn't went through, so later I recorded the guitars.
All this to say that in the composition aspect on Efémero, I prefer to do it all by myself, like I said it is a personal project but recording on the other hand - nothing is off the table.


7.The new album is coming out on 'Loudriver Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

A: Loudriver Records is our label (J.Fausto and mine), it is a subsidiary of a J. Fausto label called Slowdriver Productions. It was a label created to release our projects (Forgotten Winter, Omitir, Efémero) since we prefer to do it all by ourselves, labels we worked with ended up failing one way or the other, this way if it fails we can only blame ourselves.
Loudriver Records was firstly a label for all styles of metal but we have chosen to focus on Atmospheric/Ambient/Symphonic Black Metal now. We focus on digital releases but we always end up doing some limited editions of physical copies.


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

A: We just began the promotion, in fact your zine was the first one to review the album. It is too soon to have a good answer for that, the few people that gave feedback gave a really positive one. Let's see...


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

A: I think all musicians are always evolving, I mean when I look at my first works I'm kind of embarrassed, I can only hope that in the future to be embarrassed to listen at "Movimento Efémero do Cosmos" too.
In the short term future I'm now working with Trovador (J. Fausto) on the new Forgotten Winter's album, that is the main focus right now, to release an album a step above "Vinda".


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

A: When "Efémero" was created I mainly listen to doom metal, I think some of that drained into the album, particularly on the first track. But I listen to a ton of different stuff however mainly metal and rock.
Some stuff I've been listening in the last weeks/months has been Angellore - "Rien Ne Devait Mourir", Band-Maid - "World Domination", Skyforest - "A new dawn" and all Summoning influenced bands that are released like Belore and Forlorn Citadel, to name a few.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A: Reading horror, fantasy, paranormal and some new age'ish stuff.
Seeing some anime, in fact I tend to follow like five series each season.
Playing games, I've been playing Ori as of late, stunning visuals there.
Laying down just thinking about what comes to mind is also a favorite hobby of mine.


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

A: Thanks you for the interview and support. Stay tuned on the coming weeks to listen to the album in its entirety. The album will get released on 20 March so visit efemero.bandcamp.com . Thanks!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Infernal Angels/Devourer Of God From The Void/My Kingdom Music/2020 CD Review


  Infernal  Angels  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  with  some  touches  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Devourer  Of  God  From  The  Void"  which  will  be  released  on  February  28th  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  a  lot  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Growls  and  death  metal  elements  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  some  session  work  from  Ad  Noctem  Funeriis,  Vajass,  and  Necandi  Homines,  clean  playing  and  melodic  vocals  are  also  added  in  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  qliphoth,  the  antithesis  of  divine  light  and  of  the  cosmological  orders  of  creation.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Infernal  Angels  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  with  a  touch  of death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Light  Of Lucifer"  "Ancient  Serpent  Of  Chaos""The  Corrosive  One"  and  "Empress  Of  Sitra  Achra".  8  out  of  10.

 http://facebook.com/infernalangelsofficial

https://youtu.be/sI2ZlbHqWwg 

At The Altar Of The Horned God/Through Doors Of Moonlight/I, Voidhanger Records/2020 Full Length Review


  At  The  Altar  Of  The  Horned  God  is  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  plays  a  ritualistic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Through  Doors  Of  Moonlight"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  I,  Voidhanger  Records.

  A  very  ritualistic  and  ethic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  while  shamanistic  and  tribal  sounding  percussion  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  The  heavier  side  of  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  ritualistic  and  tribal  elements  and  ambient  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Clean  pagan  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  dark  and  religious  atmosphere  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Grim  screams  can  also  be  heard  during  the  more  aggressive  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  also  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.  Elements  of  folk  music,  psychedelic  and  goth  rock  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks,  one  of  the  heavier  songs  also  adds  in  some  slow  to  mid  tempo  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  At  The  Altar  Of  The  Horned  God  is  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prayer  I"  "Perdition  In  The  Oneness"  and  "A  Circle  of  Swaying  Leaves".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/atthealtarofthehornedgod/ 

   

Profeci/Matecznik/Godz Ov War Productions/2020 Full Length Review


  Profeci  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Matecznik"  which  was  released  by  Godz  Ov  War  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  Clean  vocals  are  also utilized  at  times  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  melancholic  moments  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  angry  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  Most  of  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  style  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  used  briefly  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  on  a  few  tracks,  at  times  the  clean  vocals  also  give  the  songs  more  of  an  avant  garde  vibe  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.

  Profeci  plays  a  style  of  misanthropic  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  mid  tempo,  dark  and  modern  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Misanthropy,  Philosophy  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Profeci  are  a  very  great  sounding  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ciemna  Gora"  "Wynaturzenie" and  "Szeol".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Crowhurst/Bandit/Bulldozer/2020 Collaboration EP Review


  Pennsylvania's Crowhurst  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  where  he  takes  his  mixture  of  black  metal  and  noise  and  teams  up  with  Delaware's  Bandit  and  mixes  his  style  with  their  style  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2020  collaboration  ep  "Bulldozer".

  Harsh  noises  and  death  metal  growls  start  off  the  ep  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  grindcore.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length.

  Power  electronics  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  black  metal  elements.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  screams  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  On  this  recording  Crowhurst  teams  up  with  Bandit  and  creates  a  musical style  that  takes  black  metal,  harsh  noise,  power  electronics  and  grindcore  and  mixes  them  together to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violence  and  gore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collaboration  between  Crowhurst  and  Bandit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  harsh  noise,  power  electronics,  you  should  check  out this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Organ  Grinder"  and  "False  Friends".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.facebook.com/crowhurstnoisehttps://crowhurst.bandcamp.comhttps://www.facebook.com/banditgutterpunkhttps://banditgutterpunk.bandcamp.com        

Ruin Lust/City Of Babel/20 Buck SPin/2020 Full Length Review


  Ruin  Lust  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "City  Of  Babel"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls.

  Angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  sticking  to  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sound  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Ruin  Lust  remain  true  to  the  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  that  they  had  establish  on  their  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ruin  Lust  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prison  Of  Sentient  Horror"  and  "Rite  Of  Binding".  8  out  of  10.

https://ruinlust.bandcamp.com