Sunday, July 22, 2018

Suffering/11/2018 Full Length Review


  Suffering  not  to  be  confused  with  the  bands  from  Poland  and  Norway  of  the  same  name  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  album  "11".

  Ritualistic  gongs  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  along  with  the  music  also bringing  in  some  80's  and  90's  influences  without  sounding  outdated  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  one  song  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  retro  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  depressive  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Suffering  plays  a  musical  style  that  mixes  a  lot  of  different  types  of  black  metal  together  with  elements  of  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suffering  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Releasing  The  Eleven"  "Conjuration  Through  Black  Horns"  and  "Rebirth  Through  Cursed  Dirt".  8/5  out  of  10.     

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sanguinary Trance/Wine,Song And Sacrifice/2018 EP Review


  Sanguinary  Trance  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  frantic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Wine,  Song  And  Sacrifice".

  An  almost  silent  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  darker  and  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  first  track  is  over  13  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  used  briefly.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  psychedelic  and  experimental  elements  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Sanguinary  Trance  plays  a  style  of  black  metal,  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  experimental  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  experiences  and  interpretation  along  with  some  inspiration  from  the  writings  of  Georges  Bataille  and  the  philosophies  of  the  Order  Of  Nine  Angles. 

  In  my  opinion  Sanguinary  Trance  are  a  very  great  sounding  frantic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Carvings".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Mutilation Rites/Chasm/Gilead Media/2018 Full Length Review


  Mutilation  Rites  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Chasm"  which  was  released  by  Gilead  Media.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  doom  metal  and  punk  can  be  heard.

  Mutilation  Rites  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  Americanized  while  the  hardcore  punk,  death  and  doom  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production   sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  darkest  shades  of  black  and  absolute  dread.

  In  my  opinion  Mutilation  Rites  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  punk,  death  and  dark  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pieced  Larynx"  and  "Putrid  Decomposition".  8  out  of  10.

Gloam/Obscure Evil/Blood Harvest Records/Helter Skelter Productions/2018 Split EP Review



  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  U.S.A's  Gloam  and  Peru's  Obscure  Evil  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Blood  Harvest  Records  and  Helter  Skelter  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Gloam  a  band  that  plays  a mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  noises  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  style  whilr  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  as  well a s  the  slower  sections  of  the  song  adding  in  elements  of  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  magick,  sorrow  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gloam  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  band.

  Next  up  is  Obscure  Evil  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  ritualistic  synths  before  adding  in  some  dark  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements, the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Abstractionism,  Satanism  and  Nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Obscure  Evil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should c heck  out  their  side  of t he  split.

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

Uten Hap Interview

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

Uten Håp is a norwegian depressive black metal solo-band which tries to explore and show the feelings behind the depression and anxiety, hopelessness, despair, the monotony of living without purpose, desperation... That's why I chose this particular sound, with this big reverb in all the instruments, to show how the world is going away from you when you are in this hole, as well as the absence of lyrics , because when you are suffering this disease no words will help. It's a lonely fight, long, very long and hard to win.


2.Recently you have released your first full length, how does it differ musically from your previous ep's and splits?

I try to improve in each release, since ANIMA, my first EP, I tried to focus in make less tension in the music, and center myself in the melodic aspect to transmit the feelings of the songs. I'm very critic with my own work, and I can say that “Life Obliteration” has achieved it, is the best album of Uten Håp at this moment: powerful, it transmit the idea behind Uten Håp perfectly.


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

As I said the songs do not have lyrics, only one of them. The intention is to show that when you are falling in this disease and it strikes you hard no words matter. Nothing can be said to help, and no word will go out of your mouth. It's a hard sensation to explain in a song lyric really, so nothing is better than the screams you want to shout out of you when you are feeling that.

But let me say that the songs which Uten Håp will use for live shows will have lyrics about all this disease so people that are suffering from this can feel they don't are alone.


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

Uten Håp means “Without Hope”, a band with the purpose of showing what is and how feels depression needs a proper name, the worst feeling a human can suffer when is under the attack of depression: hopelessness.


5.With this project you record everything by yourself, is this project more personal to you than the other ones that you are a aprt of?

Yes, is one of the more personal that I have. I try to put a bit of me in every project I work in, but Uten Håp connected me with lot of people, teaching me that you can help people with music, turning it in a very special project for me.


6.Since 2017 you have put out at least 16 releases with this project, do you feel you spend a great amount of time, writing and creating music?

Abolutely, my friend, I use my job to keep my head busy and avoid to think in some things, at this moment I work in 20 different musical projects and a few more as a session musician. Every day I try to study and write something new, so almost 24/7 hahaha.


7.Can you till us a little bit more about the split's you where a part of earlier this year?

I released 2 splits: one with 000 from New Zealand and Apothecary from USA, and then another one with Apothecary. They are very nice people, with great talent, was a big honour for me to share an album with them. John, the man behind Apothecary, is an amazing guy, and wants to keep working with me, so more splits will come in the next months, I'm trying to work with Entardecer and will attack with a proposition to Bitter Lake very soon too.


8.The new album was released on 'Cult of Osiris', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Is a new label from England dedicated to black metal. One of the problems we, as musicians, are having this days is the absence of labels that want to support the bands personaly, taking risks, getting involved, and that's the better point of “Cult Of Osiris”: is a very brave label, with energy, and the intention to help, support and motivate the bands under the same flag, if you work hard to do your music, you need a label in the same level of commitment, and this label isn't afraid to do it.


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

Incrediblely good. I couldn't expect the awesome reaction people had, and have, to Uten Håp. Almost every day I receive messages of people who wants to show support to the band, or from people that want to thank me for what I'm doing, because they use my music to feel they aren't alone in this disease. The comments in the social media and YouTube are just amazing, people love Uten Håp and I only can thank them for everything.


10.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

Sure! Right now I'm in 20 musical projects, without counting bands of my work as a musician. If you are into black metal, aside from Uten Håp, you can found me in Rive doing dsbm (depressive suicidal black metal), and in Ov Mhurn (black ambient), Stormgaze (black metal), Wintercrown (black metal), and very soon will hit with IÄ.

In the death metal genre you can listen to me in My Own Demise (death/groove), Helhest (melodic death), Sepulcration (total old school), Krovork or Nekrose (brutal technical death metal).

I also play in Costra (goregrind), as drummer in Sporocysts (noisegrind), brutal technical death metal in Brutal Castration, slam in CPJ, crust in Inkrust, even doom/funeral doom in Frostvein and Anhelo, piano in the pop band Lys, etc.

And more projects coming soon! :).


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

I'm always working trying to give my best, so in the future I hope to continue doing that but I have an objective, I want to keep doing live shows with Wintercrown and visit some countries, but also I want to go with Uten Håp as a live band.


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?

I try to consume and study all the music I can, but here you have some names: Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen, Willie Nelson, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Robert Johnson, Yiruma, The Rolling Stones, Nobuo Uematsu, Bud Powell...


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

I want to thank you for this opportunity, for supporting Uten Håp and the underground scene, was an honor to have this words with you!



Thank you so much!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pyreficativm/संसार का पथ/Living Temple Records/2018 CD Review


  Pyreficativm  is  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album "संसार का पथ"  which  will  be  released  in  August  released  by  Living  Temple  Records.

  Ritualistic  bells  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  esoteric  soundscapes  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  whispers  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  evil  atmosphere  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  When  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  chants  and  singing  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  and  one  track  also  introduces  classical  music  style  pianos  onto  the  recording.

  Pyreficativm  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic,  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Alchemy,  Gnosticism,  And  Eastern  Esoteric  Occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pyreficativm  is  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  occult  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancient  Sands  (The  Foundation  In  Tiphareth)"  "Passign  Through  The  Eyes  Ov  Karma"  "Emanations  From  The  Drakonian  Ves"  and  "Transcendental  Conjuration  Ov  Nvt".  8/5 out  of  10.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Occultum/In Nomime Rex Inferni/Old Temple/2018 CD Review


  Occultum  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  satanic  form   of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "In  Nomine  Rex Inferni"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.

  Drums  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  reverb  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  sounding  very  modern  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Occultum  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  satanic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Occultum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skulls  Instead  Of  Candles"  "Hanged  Man"  and  "Black  Art  Of  Necromancy".  8  out  of  10.