Sunday, June 24, 2018

Al Ard/Self Titled/Code666/2018 CD Review


  Al  Ard  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  industrial  and  black  metal  with  some  dubstep  and  drum'n'bass  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  album  which  was  released  by  Code666.

  Children  singing  voices  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  adding  in  some  harsh  noises  onto  the  recording  while  the  tribal  beats  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  awhile  dubstep  and  drum'n'bass  elements  are  added  onto  the  recording. 

  Black  metal  screams are  also  added  into  some  parts  of t he  tracks  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  The  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  mixing  the  electronic  and  industrial  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  closing  track  a  brief  use  of  Asian  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard. 

  Al  Ard  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  harsh  noise,  industrial  and  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  some  elements  of  dubstep  and  drum'n'bass  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Al  Ard  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  industrial  and  black  metal  with  some  dubstep  and  drum'n'bass  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  A  Hint  Of  Divinity"  "Who  Want  To  Live  Forgotten"  and  "Scrutinizing  A  Glimpse  Of  Chaos".  8  out  of  10.   

  

Eriphion/Hossana/2018 EP Review


  Eriphion  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Hossana".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  along  with  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths  and  stringed  instruments  on  a  couple  of  songs  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  brings  in  whispered  vocals  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Eriphion  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  old  school  sounding  but  also  with  a  more  modern  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Eriphion  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My  Fate"  and  "The  Forest".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Akasha/Consuming The Soul/Grey Matter Productions/2018 EP Review


  Akasha  are  a  solo  project  from  California  that  plays  a  vampyric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Consuming  The  Soul"  which  was  released  by  Grey  Matter  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  occult  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  and  the  closing  track  also  brings  in  some  session  work  from  Lord  II  of  Byyrth.

  Akasha  plays  a  style  of  vampyric black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Akasha  are  a  very  great  sounding  vampyric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "BloodSpell"  and  "Fuck  The  Sun".  8  out  of  10.

Nidstang/Angstloch/Einsamkeit Tapes/2018 Full Length Review


  Nidstang  are  a  solo  project  from  Olympia,  Washington  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Angstloch"  which  was  released  by  Einsamkeit  Tapes.

 Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  introducing  some  crazy  sounding  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  A  lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  elements  of  punk  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  tracks  that  are  very  short  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  harsh  noise  elements  in  between  a  few  tacks,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  riffing  can  also  be  heard  and  the  album  closes  with  a  cover  of  Ildjarn's  "No  Place,  Nowhere".

  Nidstang  plays  a  style t hat  is  very  raw  and  the  90's  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  some  elements  of  punk  and  noise,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Witchcraft,  Nature  and  Revenge  themes.

  In  mt  opinion  Nidstang  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sewn  Sied"  "Creeping  Normality"  "Unhindered  Rge"  and  "Eye  For  An  Eye".  8  out  of  10.

    

Goatskullt Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Zaisswar Sielusurma: Goatskullt is a new black metal band from Helsinki, Finland. Three people who share the passion for performing aggressive and ritualistic riff-driven black metal. We summon the atmosphere that lured us into the world of this music in the first place; darkness, presence of evil and sheer sonic violence. Our first full-length release "Refuse To Exist!" will be released before the end of june, and we have plans for further activities in the future.

2.You have an album coming out this summer, can you tell us a little bit more about musical style you where going towards on this album?
Zaisswar: We do not re-invent the wheel, our music is on a certain level an homage to the bands we grew up listening to. And I think you can hear that
on the album. We wanted to bring back certain kind of catchiness riff-wise, because our songwriting always begins with a riff. Also the shrouded mysticism is important, the atmosphere that transcends the listener beyond your regular heavy metal music. But even though I have thrown big words like ritualistic and mysticism, we do not want to negate rock n' roll altogether, we do realise that even black metal is based on earlier forms of heavy music and originally the rock music of the past. But it is all the devil´s music, the cult of the goat!
With the lyrics and the vocal approach I want to be adamant that it is not just wrath without direction, everything has to follow a strict ritualistic pattern. People unfamiliar with such things might just hear sing-along one-liners, but if that is a way to draw them towards the hidden and the darkness, my task is completed.

3.Your music is very heavily rooted in the old school tradition, what are your thoughts on the more modern styles of black metal?
Zaisswar: If you are reffering to the myriad of bands playing different variations of "post-black metal" and "blackgaze", they are not black or metal. If you do not truly let your music to be a vessel or a vent for hatred and satan, it is not BLACK metal. And if you do not have any aggression or heaviness in your sound, it is not black METAL.
How many bands have I heard that claim to have been influenced by so-called atmospheric black metal? All these people with no ties to the culture, and no deeper meanings jumped on the bandwagon. There is so many new bands out there that claim to be rooted in black metal, but I cannot hear it, and most of all I cannot
FEEL it. I think the dynamic foundation was layed in the eighties, with further mysticism and wrath added in the nineties. I need to hear and feel that in the music. There has to be a certain kind of dark aura, and the feeling of  threat in the form of imminent violence. And the lyrics, they lose their meaning if you cant stand behind your words; a humanist preaching death to mankind turns it all into a cheap horror-story circus. Black metal is not your safe-space where you can play with fire without getting burnt. And all these prefixes, you do not need them if you truly are a black metal band channeling the darkness. I am very conservative with my taste, so it cannot be too technical musically either. This is something all of our members do not agree on, just my personal view. But there is still so many new quality true black metal bands out there, especially in Finland things are beyond vibrant. 

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore on the album?
Zaisswar: Mysticism and the presence of evil are important lyrically. This emanetes into words as darkness and violence, and can also be fused into hatred towards mankind and the pitiful beliefs it has created. "Godfeces" for example is sheer wrath directed at all the major religions, they teach we cannot never equal the divine, so these believers lower themselves to the level of mere feces of their gods. These bugs shall be crushed by those with the strength of spirit. All the true practises of spirituality the abrahamic agents were set out to destroy will rise the individual to a higher state instead of becoming mere slaves. Christianity preaches peace, tolerance and multiculturalism, yet all the abrahamic religions have been the single most effective disease wiping out old traditions and other forms of spirituality; one god, one mankind, one truth... well they shall see it burn!
"Refuse To Exist!" is not a theme-album as such, but some of the lyrics do deal with nothingess and the end of all existence. he title itself is not just an anti-life sentiment, it is also a commandment to transcendent everyday reality, or what the modern man is taught by all these outside-forces. Never exist by their terms, your own path is the only thing that matters in this rotten plane of existence.


5.Your song titles are in both English and Finnish, how would you compare the 2 different languages?
Zaisswar: Difficult to say, but I guess you obviously reach more people with english. The lyrics written in english on this album tend to be more direct and more hateful, whereas the finnish lyrics are more mystical and following the patterns I discussed earlier. In both cases, the words just come to me, usually in total isolation on long walks in the nature. I like powerful sentiments, or indeed one-liners, around which I start to build the whole body. But the album also includes chanted lines in ancient sumerian and latin, almost as mantras. Not to forget the abuse of other "holy" languages, arabian and hebrew. Blasphemy to them all!

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Goatskullt'?
Zaisswar: There had to be a goat in the name of the band as a reference not only the black metal heritage, but also our local area and its folkore. The combination of the three words forced together is based on certain occult activities in the past of our home town. But the actual word Goatskullt... I do not want to present an image that we take everything so damn seriously, so to be honest the band name started as an inside joke, an homage to all the unintentional misspelling of old extreme metal. Lyrics, band names and album titles that are clumsy, yet istantly memorable. Nonetheless, pretty soon the name was stuck, especially after I had designed the logo. Goat, skull and kult, what more could you possibly need? And in the end, it is the music that defines the band name, not the other way around.


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the album artwork?
Zaisswar: We wanted to keep it simple, let the music do the talking, especially since it is our debut. Certain kind of artwork can be a distraction
and there is a lot of really crappy black metal album covers. Then again, that is part of the appeal of it all I guess. But for "Refuse To Exist!" we wanted to have something iconic, just to present the band logo and the album title. Light of the darkness rising from the abyss.


8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Zaisswar: We have not performed live yet, but we do have plans. That being said, it has to be something special, I could never go onstage playing Goatskullt with just jeans and a t-shirt on with crappy corpse paint. It has to be an event, the ritualistic nature of our essence has to be presented properly.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Zaisswar: I think full-length touring is out of the question. At least for the time being.


10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Zaisswar: If a label should want to distribute our album, we are open for that. There has been some interest for releasing the album in certain corners of the world, but we haven´t received any deals that would make any sense. We will not pay money for someone else selling our music on shitty vinyl in Venezuela.


11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music so far by fans of black metal?
Zaisswar: I think we are still relatively unknown. But the few comments we have been getting so far are promising. People clearly want to hear this kind interpretation of black metal.


12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Zaisswar: It is getting more diverse. Some of the new songs we have already written are less direct focusing more on the atmosphere, almost to the point of being hypnotic mantras. Then some of the songs are even more in-your-face than the ones on "Refuse To Exist!". I had a really strong period of listening to a lot of black n' roll and blackened trash, and that definitely can be heard on some of the new tracks we have written.

13.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?
Zaisswar: Too many bands to name, but I think personally it all started with Impaled Nazarene and Ugra-Karma at the tender age of thirteen, that was the first black metal album I consciously listened to. After that there was no turning back, the music and the culture sucked me in. Black metal in the style of Impaled Nazarene does not necessarily still hold a huge importance in the whole spectrum of my taste, as I pretty soon gravitated towards more atmospheric style. Yet a band like Darkthrone is still huge to me, no question. But for Goatskullt collectively, Mayhem with both "De Mysteriis" and "Wolf´s Lair"-EP, the eponymous Thorns album and "Rebel Extravaganza" by Satyricon are the cornerstones we all can agree on.

14.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
Zaisswar: It is the synonym for walking your own personal spiritual path. And I have to be clear that to me satan and satanism are not just a derivation of pitiful hebrew traditions and entities, to me satanism means channeling any dark tradition for ones spiritual growth. This often results with expression and means that are violent and offensive. Black metal is the musical equivalent of satanism. If there is no satanism in any form it is not black metal.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Zaisswar: Stay strong, listen to black metal and hail Satan!

Omenfilth/Hymns Of Diabolical Treachery/Eternal Death Records/2018 Cassette Review


  Omenfilth  are  a  band  from  the  Philippines  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  and  thrash  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hymns  Of  Diabolical  Treachery"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Eternal  Death  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody as w ell a s  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  adding  in  death metal  influences  at  times,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  as  the  album  progresses  traces  of  traditional  metal  and  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  on  the  closing  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  ritualistic  direction.

  Omenfilth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  with  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  apathy,  desolation,  heretic  wisdom,  occult  and  esoteric  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Omenfilth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  group  with  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shadows  Of  An  Unholy  War"  and  "Under  The  Scythe  of  The  Infidel". 8/5  out  of  10. 
 

  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pestlegion/Entsage Gott/Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions/2018 EP Review


  Pestlegion  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Enstage  Gott"  which  was  released  by  Bleeding  Heart  Nihilist  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy   sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  growls  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  influences  from  the  Swedish,  Norwegian  and  Finnish  styles  of  the  genre  and  the  second  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  synths  in  the  background.

  Pestlegion  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in  the  Northern  European  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pestlegion  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Final  Sacrifice".  8  out  of  10.