Thursday, September 3, 2015

When Bitter Spring Sleeps/Spirit In Flames/Pagan Flames Productions/2015 EP Review


      When  Bitter Spring  Sleeps  are  a  solo  project  from  Iowa  that  plays  an  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  "Spirit  In  Flames"  which  will  be  released  on  September  15th  by  Pagan  Flames  Productions.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  few  seconds  the  music  starts  going  for  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style  along  with  some  riffs  and  leads  that  are  also  very  melodic  and  the  clean  singing  vocals  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  atmosphere  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  clean  playing  being  used  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  solos  also  bring  in  the  melodies  of  traditional  metal  at  times  and  as  the  recording  progresses  elements  of  ambient  and  synths  are  brought  into  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  a  small  amount  of  chants  and  tribal style  drumming  that  also  gives  the  music  a  shamanistic  feeling.

  When Bitter  Spring  Sleeps  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  while  also  avoiding  any  screams  and  growls  to  use  more  of  a  clean  singing  pagan  style  which  also  gives  his  music  more  of  and  original  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature,  Paganism  and  Ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  When  Bitter  Spring  Sleeps  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan/black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witch  Of  November"  and  "Spirit  In  Flames".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Black Bleeding/A BrightFuture/Nihilistic Holocaust/2015 Cassette Review


  Black  Bleeding  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metla  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2014  album  "A  Bright Future"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  by  Nuclear  Holocaust.

  A  very  heavy,  raw  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  fast  black  metal  direction  that  utilizes  both  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  grim  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  

 When  solos  and  leads  are  used  they  remain  true  to  a  90's  style  of  black/death  metal  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  traditional  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  are  also  some  tracks  that  have  a  live  feeling  to  them   along  with a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  while  a  couple  of  later  songs  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  chanting  and  singing while  the  main  focus  remains  more on  a  black/death  metal style.

  Black  Bleeding  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  heavily  rooted  in t he  90's  style  while  also  being  very  melodic  and  also  bringing  in  elements  of  death  metal  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  stay  away  from  the  usual  black  metal  topics  and  focus  more  on  real  life  and  humorous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Bleeding  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  "The  Curse  Of  Self  Respect"  "Older,  Fatter,  Balder"  and  "Can  Food  And  Weapons".  8  out  of  10.      

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mord 'A'Stigmata/Our Hearts Slow Down/Pagan Records/2015 EP Review


  Mord  'A'  Stigmata  are  a   band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Our  Hearts  Slow  Down"   which  will  be  released  September  25th  by  Pagan  Records.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  doom,  post  rock  and  shoegaze  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  along  with  some  angry  vocals.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have   a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy parts  which  also gives  the  recording  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  also  parts  that  go  into  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  there  was  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Mord  A'  Stigmata  continue  their  avant  garde  approach  to  post  black  metal  while  also  keeping  the  raw  and  progressive  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  esoteric's,  misanthropy  and  spirituality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mord  'A'  Stigmata  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Those  Above".  8  out  of  10.   

Profanatism Interview

 1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hidden: We have know each other almost 25 years. Between 1989 and 1995 we were involved with a few  local bands. over the years we have been active in the underground in many different ways.So it was a good reason to get back to playing after more then 20 years.When Baron grabbed his guitar,send to me a few riffs,it felt like the right time to attack from the music band side.And in the initiative of Baron,ProFanatism was formed in 2012.

2. Recently you have released a promo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2014?

hidden:  Difference is large. from the arangement and composition as well as thesound. "Painful Incarnations"was recorded in Metal Sound Studio with a professional sound engineer. He made a very good job, but the final mix was not how we expected.The exeption  is "Catharsis (Lighstealer)", which was mixed by our friend Slawek.Even if was very raw and primitive sound,it was a kind of right direction.The sound of 
"My Kingdom Come" we created ourselves, as well as the larger part of  mix.The final mastering is made by Marek Krupa from Media Sound Studio.

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

Hidden; Themes of lirycs does not comes out of black metal and will not be. There will always be a place for the cosmic Chaos, infinite black and Satan.From one side ,lryics are simple antihuman and anti-religious like "Breaking Anel Wings" from the demo or "Ether Of Hades". The others are full of metaphors and effects of a vision and look into myself, as a  journey in the dark side of my soul, for example; "I Cold" "Dark Essence" and "My Kingdom Come".

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

Hidden:  .ProFanatism is playing with words "profanation" and "fanatism". This game with words describes our music and our personality.Baron has  good imaginatio and suggested the name.

5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

Hidden: Like i have told before,the history of Baron and me runs many years back in time.And the knowledge,understanding and communication has matured between us over the years.We have shared a musical journey,and ProFanatism has become a result of this.Therefore we dont see any other person joining our project as a member,but we plan to use a session drummer  in the future.


6. One member lives in Poland while another one lives in Norway, do you feel the isolation from each other makes the music sound more darker?

Hidden: . I can explain about  technical challenges,as well as communication by phone and @,to make good results can take more time then sitting in the same room together.But to visit Norway is a great inspiration itself,beauty and the great number of black metal bands.

Baron: No,the isolation doesnt make music darker,if music has a dark atmosphere its comes from inside not from outside.

7. The demo was released on Dark Omens Productions, while the promo is self released, are you open to working with another label again in the future?
Yes we are.Mostly we play for ourselves and by coincidence Dark Omens Production  contacted us,after listening our songs on youtube.So "Painful Incarnations"wasreleased by Dark Omens Production,the promo 2015 we realized ourselves to search the  new label

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

Hidden:.The opinions of the people, who got to know our music were and are positive. Let us remember that we are a young bandonly with demo and promo.We are sure this will change.

9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

Hidden: That's true we have also solo side projects. Baron has  death metal project Elegis, and i have a black metal project Wolfsgott. Im almost finish a few tracks.I hope to record during autumn and release before the end of the year. Baron also has a plans with Elegis.

Baron: Elegis is death metal projet, but I am not focus only on a typical death metal, dark and monumental sounds plays the main role,i will  start to work with a new album "Superhuman Syndrome",and hope to release at 2016.

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

Hidden: We will continue making and to stay in the black metal style.The ways are different. Just spin our hell. Time will tell how painful will be the moments spent in it.

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?

Hidden: I listen to mostly black and death metal. Mostly underground, there is still a lot of fire into music,and honest and surprisely  playing. Of course, I do not forget about the classics, on which I grew up. Recently in my player is a new record of norwegian band Hagl, Corpus Christii, Blaze of Perdition and Infernal War. about the influences in profanatism, there is nothing to hide, we are fascinated by the Norwegian black metal scene. Since it began. Will not to mention specific bands. It is all about atmosphere and style.We are trying to do it in our own way,but  we're not focus strictly about originality. Other influences are more subconscious. Some people even  hear in two, three songs Death from their middle of periode. We love Death, but it was completely unintentional.Anyway, everyone has the right for comparing.

12. Does occultism play any role in your music?

More than half of my life I'm interested in the occultism,its general knowledge of spiritual dimension. However i dont connect myself with any school of occultism, I don't use a specific references or citations. Now the occultism has a personal dimension, developed through years of observation and conclusions. Thats exactly what Profanatism is.

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

Hidden: thanks for your support and interest! Check us on soundcloud, you tube and Facebook. Our first demo cd, you can still get in Dark Omens Production

Burn in hell.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sivyj Yar/Burial Shrouds/Avantgarde Music/2015 CD Review


  Sivyj  Jar  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Burial  Shrouds"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  A  very  epic  and  medieval  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  clean  playing  and  drum  beats  are  brought  in  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  pagan/black  metal  direction  along  with  some  melodies  and  atmospheric  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them while  the  fast  parts  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  done  the  angry  black  metal  shouting  direction  and  when  solos  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  direction  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  and folk  instruments.

  Most  of  the  music  is  rooted  mostly  in  a  modern  black  metal  style  along  with  the  songs  heavy  a  perfect  balance  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  also  start  utilizing  more  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  some  of  the  melodies  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  last song  also  brings  in  a  view  seconds  of  melodic  female  pagan  chants.

  Sivyj  Yar  plays  a  style  of pagan  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  melodic,  progressive  and  atmospheric  while  still  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Russian  Paganism.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sivyj  Yar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burial  Shrouds"  and  "The  Snow  Shall  Fall  For  A  Long  While".  8  out  of  10. 

        

 

Celtefog/Three Nights In The Mediterra


  Celtefog  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Three  Nights  In  The  Mediterranean  Sea"  which  was  released  by  Old Graves  Productions.

  Nature sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  few  seconds  ambient  sounds  are  added  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  melodic  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  that  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  introducing  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.   

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  both  of  the  songs  use  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  faster  sections  also  have  a  raw  edge  to  them  at  times  and  they  close  the  recording  with  a  cover  of  Windir's  "Svartesmeden  Og  Lundamystrollet"  which  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing  pagan  vocals.

  Celtefog  plays  a  style  of  pagan  metal  that  is  very  epic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  as  well  as  displaying  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  on  both  of  the  tracks,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Nature,  Winter  and  Revenge  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Celtefog  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Three  Nights  In  The  Mediterranean  Sea".  8  out  of  10.

Music Distroyer Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

    Working mostly. Not playing as many shows as we should. With our lineup always changing it's been difficult to play shows and record new albums. Right now, we are down a bassist but, one might come on for the album we plan to release in October. Our guitarist was in a band called Sagorith from Many Farms, AZ. He moved up here and has been playing and helping me with Music Distroyer for two years now. Which has been awesome! We are planning another ritual for Sep. 9 so, hopefully it will get recorded and put out shortly after.

2.Recently you where a part of a split, 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?
  
   Music Distroyer is like two trash cans fucking. With a homeless guy puking into it. It's filthy, dirty, raw and unrehearsed.

    As for this recording I would say that it is more refined and we paid more attention to recording and writing. We actually have a beginning and an ending.   Having Mort'Ka on guitar has really helped give us a new sound of melody and chaos. My older  recordings over the years have either been heavily drug and alcohol induced or using sleep deprivation and caffeine over load to coax the music from within. So I guess our sound as musicians is evolving into something I'm not quite sure of still... which is exciting in itself.

3.According to the Metal Archives page the band has been around since 1998 and while I live in Colorado I never came across your music until a year ago and also I thought black metal bands did not exist in the state back then, can you tell us a little bit more about the early years?

      Well 91' is when I started this recording and playing. It was more punk, thrash, and noise abuse. I have old recordings that friends have told me sound like black metal, but I don't see the similarities.
      In 98' I played in a band called MVI, a thrash band out of Mammoth Lakes CA. The drummer (Lord Sxupeion) introduced me to several bands I had never heard of.
      Always wanting more out of music I started  to create more in the vein of Black Metal.
     The Black Metal scene was shit then. No one cared enough to stop you from playing which is something I miss.
     The first three albums/demos were horrible. I tried to play all the parts myself because Lord Sxuperion and I were too busy with life to continue recording. I had just moved back to CO in 01' and had no access to any musicians. I played each part with loops when playing live and recorded each part at my home studio.

   Started playing more open mic nights, calling it acoustic black metal. Nobody stopped me for a while because my daughter was with me and they just thought that it was so cute. She would scream and I would play.

Found a few people on the road here and there who would help play live shows so I made a game of it. It helped me write more...

    I just started pumping out material and playing wherever anybody would let me. House shows were good.
And open fields, mountain tops with generators, it was definitely a very chaotic and inebriated number of years.

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

   Human emotion, philosophy, and religion as a whole. (Sadomasochism, Satanic Critical Thinking, Occultism).


5.In the early years the music on the recordings was all solo, are you still recording everything on the albums by yourself?

    No, the last 5 releases I have had guest musicians help me out now and then. I'm not a creepy loner anymore, hiding from the world. Then on occasions going and spewing my filth to see a reaction. The early recordings were a lot more powerful and angry. When I collaborate now with others, I seam to have lost a little of that luster but the sound and ideology is also changing.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Music Distroyer'?

   Well I played in a band called MVI (Modular, Vortical, Informatics) Which means to pull from three ideas to make one, it's a vortex of ideas. I just changed the name to Music Distroyer, using the same symbol I used on that band.
 
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

   The best shows are the open fields with a bonfire going. I've had so many of those.
   The 6-6-06 show was pretty sick. We all took a bunch of acid and shrooms then tried to play a show, after that fiasco we all took off into the woods, I think it was only four bands and us. Iberg played drums for me at that time.
    We played at the Durango Art Center one time not sure the day or year but we got kicked out for saying " all you hippies out there fucking die", and some kid broke a window with his head, which I thought was funny.

As for stage presence, we prefer the dark. We understand that the audience needs visuals, but we think listening to the show in the dark is the best way our music can be heard.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

    Well that is a great question. I would love to but it costs so much to travel and it's not like we get paid enough to cover the travel time. Playing a show shouldn't be about the money but it is hard to get to shows without money. So, you save for however long just to play a show for a half hour. And to get a response from the fans saying "It  was so great man! Thanks for comin' out!" If we could sell more merchandise, we would definitely tour more

9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Nathanas', what are your thoughts on the solos project the  have participated on the recording?

     Natanas is torture to me. I feel alone and ready to die without hope of return.
His DSBM is destruction to the mind but just soothing enough to lure you in for the kill.
      I'm very proud to be a part of this split with Natanas.

10.Can you tell us a little bit more about Death Portal Studio?

We were a nonprofit recording and production company/label out of Durango, CO. We have helped bands in the past get on there feet and understand the ropes of touring or making merchandise.

Now, we are revising the company as a whole and what we are and what we offer. There has been a lack of funds from previously released bands and merchandise to keep the nonprofit part afloat. We are having a mutiny on our hands the minions are getting hungry and thirsty!!

     Our volunteers make this company. As we hope they stick around though, that is never the case. We are constantly changing. Again, I'm teaching, back to the basics right! While holding down a full time job that is the sole funding for Death Portal Studio. We are soon to start (again) Silk Screening our own merch to help generate funds for the label. We are trying to make it not just for the label but a Merchandise Production Company for small custom orders.
   
We hand make cases for your cd's ,vinyl's and tape releases. We print your custom art on all your merch needs. Help you learn how to do it yourself or provide that service for you. We also provide mobile recording, or come to our studio in Durango. At a reasonable rate.
    
 
11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

     Over seas is great! I think America is shitty when it comes to support, they don't know the meaning of camaraderie. Great supporters in the states have been few and far between but they do exist.
     
12.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
      Most of Death Portal bands are affiliated with each other.

Rattusk, is out of Maine. He has tons of new material on his bandcamp page.

Exoteric Rift, is out of CO. He is putting together more instrumental material at this time.

Ashes, is out of CO. I will be releasing another album in September

Olde Tome, is out of CO. He is talking about a release in the new year.

Aetranok, is out of NM. They will be releasing there album hopefully very soon.

ITNOTK, is out of NM and CO. Releasing soon!

Blood Wizard, is out of CO and MA. Hopefully some time in the winter we will have another shitty release.

Thrymheym, is out of Italy. They have 2 albums and a new one coming soon!

Mollehoj, is out of Washington state. She has a split release with Twilight Fauna under her name Jennifer Christensen. Out Now!!!
     
 
13.Where do you see the band heading musically in the future?

      Well, we put no bounds on the music we play so we could become a cover band for all I know.

      We will just continue as we always have, playing music, recording, having fun, gettin' drunk and do it all again. I don't think we will change much except maybe more refined recordings.

14.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?

      For the rock influences -  Lou Reed (Velvet Ungerground) ,The Doors, Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, Frank Zappa, and many more....

      For Metal influences  - Sarcofago, King Diamond, Valdur, Sxuperion, Odz Monouk, Arizmenda, Horna, Satanic Warmaster, Striborg, Cryfemal, Deathspell Omega, and a FUCK ton more!!!

These days I listen to, Nybbas, Igni Dare, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Fedra, Blood Empire, and  too many to list.

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

Thank you for this interview!
   To all who read this come check out our stuff at deathportalstudio.bandcamp.com or email us at deathportalstudio@gmail.com