Thursday, August 21, 2014

Black Autumn/Losing The Sun/Rain Without End Records/2014 CD Review


  Black  Autumn  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Losing  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  along  with  the  leads  and  solos  taking  the  same  out  as  the  riffing  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  some  keyboards  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Ambient  elements  are  a  huge  part  of  this  album  and  they  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  at  times  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  bringing  in  more  raw  and  black  metal  traces  and  the  vocals  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  clean  and  acoustic  guitar  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  bring  more  of  a  post  rock  edge  to  the  recording  and  they  bring  in  a  more  progressive  side  to  the  artist's  musical  style.

  As  the  album  progresses there  are  some  psychedelic  and  electronic  music  elements  being  mixed  in  with  the  more  ambient  side  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  when  the  guitars  start  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  fast  riffing  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  slow  dark  metal  musical  style  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  sees  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  as  some  of  the  songs  on  the  album  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Black  Autumn  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  black  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  more  melody  this  time  around  and  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  the  guitars  and  keyboards  which  also  have  more  of  an  organic  feeling  this  time  around,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover dark,  poetic  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Autumn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Losing  The  Sun"  "From  Whence  We  Came"  and  "In  The  Ruins  Of  June".

      

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ghast Interview

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

Arrrrrrrach: Nothing really, a few gigs and rehearsals for them. Live Evil.

2. You had a new album released in August, 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?

Arrrrrrrach:  The new album came out this month, having been recorded 2 years back. Listening to it these days, it seems a little more damp and morbid, but whether that is the production and vox or the writing is hard to tell.
Kz: We’ve taken it further, and knew better what Ghast is.

3. This is the first release to be put out in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time?

Arrr: I've been focusing on painting and drawing and stressing out.
Kz: 3 years! I suppose just life. I’ve also been playing drums for a range of other bands, but that’s calmed down now too, these years? I don’t know.

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

Arrr:  It's all about the album title, which came retrospectively.  Songs of black magic, trial by torture, the curse of violence, a hallucinogenic death ritual, resentful ghosts and of blind, murderous rage.  In that order.
Kz: For me, from behind the kit “The Magic Men….” During Hate Stone.

5. The band was originally known as 'Souldust' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ghast'?

Myrggh: We wanted a better name. I was ignorant of Lovecraft at the time, although I saw the word 'ghast' and took it to mean a particularly wretched kind of ghost. It just suited the mood. It has nothing to do with a certain boxy looking creature in a popular computer game.
Kz: I remember being outside our rehearsal room, by the drains, in the wind and we all didn’t like being called Souldust.

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

Arrr: It's always down to the crowd.  Long been fond of our Scottish shows, as well as a few in London and Bristol.  No strange events, just good reactions here and there.
Myrggh: There was a gig we did in Ashton-under-Lyne, supporting Pantheist in the back of a pub. It was very cold and very dark; one of the few performances where I think we all felt in control. It just struck me as being very much a Ghast gig. There weren't many people there.
Kz: We’re changeable, every gig is unique. Easy highlights are Bristol opening for WITTR, just the atmosphere. Camden in London for the first night of our tour, another time in Camden when we were very late and everyone hated us but we won ‘em over. Our first gig with Daemonolith in Bristol and all the subsequent gigs we played together. The London bloodbath, the Edinburgh boozy!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Arrrrrrrach: No, we're contemplating.

8.Colin Marston did the mastering on the album, are you satisfied with the way the album was produced?

Arrrrrrrach:  Both the mixing by Swine and the mastering by Marston are great.  We wouldn't be half as good without these efforts.
Kz: We recorded the album in two days. I recorded my drums in four hours, that’s for an album that’s nearly an hour long. To capture that Swine did well! Ideally I’d like to spend more time but that hasn’t been an option for us.
I like what Colin has done, I’ve been trying different stereos and it sounds great no matter what you do!

9. Fenriz of Darkthrone had you listed as band of the week, where you honored having this metal legend liking your music?

Arrrrrrrach:  Yes, Darkthrone is one of my top bands and Fenriz is my favourite drummer, especially on Blaze and Goatlord.  Fucking disgraceful hammering.
Kz: Yes!

10. The new album came out on Todestrieb Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Myrggh: Nobody would have heard of us if it wasn't for Todestrieb. In fact, they're the reason we decided to record our first album.
Kz: I think at our first gig as Ghast in Bristol (opening for Amputated - 2007) somebody brought a copy of our split release, and played it to Todestrieb.
Arrr:  Massive.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer album by fans of black and doom metal?

Arrr: It's been out since Monday; two guys said it's great.

12. Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Myrggh: I'm just starting something new in my garage. Don't hold your breath - it's all happening at a snail's pace and will sound like a peat bog when it finally gets heard.
Kz: I’ve been recording with a doom band called Reclvse.

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

Arrrrrrrach: I can't see us straying far under this moniker.  I never know what will happen; it all begins with sitting there messing about on the instrument, inspired by who knows what just happened that day.  If it doesn't fit, it doesn't get used.  We have plenty of stuff that was abandoned due to being 'off'.
Myrggh: No, not abandoned. I've recycled all the bargain basement riffs.

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

Kz: In Ghast I’m influenced by Arrrrrrrach & Myrggh. I aim to add bitter emotion to my snare, spite to my cymbals, it’s hard to hold it down and I slip sometimes. I listen to Crust Punk, Dub, Doom Metal, Pop, Drone, Your phone..
Arrrrrrrach: I'm currently listening to a lot of USPM, mainly 80s stuff, catching all the reissues I can find.  As well as 70s prog, as always.  Some of my influences regarding Ghast would have to be Autopsy, Darkthrone, Paradise Lost, Bethlehem, Weakling.
Myrggh: Got to mention early My Dying Bride. There's nothing wrong with their new stuff either, but you're usually more influenced by what you heard when you were young. Mayhem. My riffs on Scorn and Death are Profanatica inspired. Always early Bethlehem. Horna. I've been enjoying Saxon, Agent Steel, Vostock, Elderwind, Phlebotomized, Emperor (Wrath of the Tyrant. Everything after Anthems is awful). Bad News.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

Myrggh: Drinking, and doing just enough exercise so that I don't feel guilty about it. Staring into space when I have the time. Posting out copies of Dread Doom Ruin. Neglecting my sleep.
Kz: I’m stuck on writers, and periods of writing. Back on the Beats again, thought I’d read my way out of it. The other one is travel, I like seeing new places.

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

Arrr:  Thanks for getting in touch!  Be careful removing the booklet!
 

Womit Angel/Holy Goatse/Inverse Records/2014 CD Review


  Womit  Angel  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  satanic  black  metal,  thrash,  hardcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Holy  Goatse"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  Bells  and  melodic  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   you  can  also  hear  some  deeper  and  demonic  elements  being  utilized  in  the  vocals  at  times.

  There  is  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  along  with  the  energy  of  hardcore  punk  and  the  rawness  of  old  school  thrash  metal  and  the  solos  the  band  uses  are  in  a  very  dark  musical  direction  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  being  perfect  for  the  bands  raw  black  metal  sound  and   the bass  guitars  also  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  this  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Womit  Angel  takes  the  rawest  side  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  energy  of  hardcore  punk  and  thrash  to  create  a  very  raw  and  extreme  style  of  metla  on  this  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism,  Perverted,  and  Violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Womit  Angel  Angel  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  satanic  black  metal,  thrash  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skin'n'Fuck"  "Summoning  The  Spirits  of  Agony(Through  Self  Fatality)"  "The  Witchhammer"  and  "Holy  Goatse".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ghast/Dread Doom Ruin/Todestrieb Records/2014 CD Review


  Ghast  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Dread  Doom  Ruin"  which  was  released  by  Todestrieb  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  along  with  a  good  amount  of  reverb  and  distortion  starts  off  the  album  before  going  more  into  a  doom/sludge  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  At  time s you  can  hear  blast  beats  in  the  music  and  the  black  metal  side  of  the  bands  musical  style  is  more  in  the  early  90's  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  keeping  around  the  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  into  their  approach  to  black  metal.

  After  awhile  melody  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  have  a  crust  punk  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  album  and   towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  have  a  very  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times.

  Ghast  takes  a  very  dark  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  which  also  combines  a  bit  of  the  modern  depressive  sound  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  of  the  heaviest  styling's  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  a  bit  of  melody  in  the  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paranoia,  Dreams  and  Grimness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ghat  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  depressive  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Festival  Of  Serpents"  and  "Lost  In  Fog".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Witches Sabbath Interview

INTERVIEW “OCCULT BLACK METAL ZINE”

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band members since the split of the band?

Since 2004, WITCHES’ SABBATH has been freeze due to different reasons. The main three original members of the band have been involved in side musical projects and there were important changes in the personal lives of us. Anyhow, the band was never declared defunct. There was a meeting in 2008, when the EP of the DEAD was written and recorded. The project did not have enough time for promotion and again the band was stopped. We feel that our time have arrive again, and WITCHES’ SABBATH is again alive!

2. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer music and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released on the past?

All the works published by WITCHES’ SABBATH is different from the previous one. Since “New World Plague” (Necromance, 2004), we have introduced death metal influences in our music. The “EP of the DEAD” is an evolution of our previous work, and introduces a most “modern” sound with samples and electronic sequences. Anyhow, the essence of the music is extreme.

3. Your older material that I heard while the death metal influence was always there the music seemed to be more black metal influenced and had keyboards, what was the decision behind going for a more brutal death metal approach?

There was not a single reason. At that time we have influenced by bands as Myrkskog or Zyklon, and we decided to introduce this kind of spirit in our music.

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

Despite the evolution of our music, the lyrics have maintained the same essence: dark words, desperation, nonconformity, depression, anger…

5. This is going to be the last recording released, what was the decision behind the split?

Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez, the formed members of the band, now play together in other music projects. WITCHES’ SABBATH is always alive in our minds, and now we have the opportunity to make plans regarding to the band because we are in contact again after some years. We have talked several times about the rebirth of WITCHES’ SABBATH. Moreover, people ask us about the fate of WITCHES’ SABBATH, because the band was never dissolved. Nowadays, we have time and strengths for WITCHES’ SABBATH, and we will try to be in the extreme music scene again!


6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Witches’ Sabbath?

Eduardo Salazar named the band in 1997 absolutely influenced by the books we were reading at that time. We were 17 years old! Among several names, WITCHES’ SABBATH implied something dark, a meeting not permitted, regardless of the provisions of the common teachings. We liked it!

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?

It has to be taken into account that we live in a small island lost in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In 1997, there were not internet and was very hard listening this kind of music. Black Metal was absolutely unknown, and there were not much followers of this type of music. The voices caused a deep impression in the audience, together with the blast beats played by Jesús Ojeda. At that time, it was very difficult to find places for our performances. Anyhow, a lot of people still remember that shows and talk us about the impact caused. Thereafter, we introduced face-painting and other black metal concepts in our shows. We had the opportunity to play with Kreator, and maybe it was one of our more remember shows.

8. This was the first release to be put out in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

After the “New World Plague” album, there were deep changes into the band. Jesús Ojeda and Luis Henríquez left the band due to personal requirements. Although some efforts were made and new members entered the band, the spirit of WITCHES’ SABBATH was definitively lost. Although the band made some performances with alternative line-up, the project was finally stopped. In 2008, Eduardo Salazar and Eduardo Rodríguez (who was also part of the band from the beginning), contacted Luis Henríquez to record the “EP of the DEAD”. Some promotional pics were even taken, but we have no time to publish it. Thus, the years have passed and after 10 years, Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez play together in different music projects. The re-emerging of WITCHES’ SABBATH was only a matter of time.  

9. The new ep was self released but you have worked with labels, how would you compare the DIY approach to working with a label?

The “Darkness Kingdom Coming” album, initially self released, was re-edited later in a professional format by OAKEN SHIELD / ADIPOCERE RECORDS. The “New World Plague” album was edited by Necromace record in 2004. However, in both cases, the music was recorded by the band on produced by WITCHES’ SABBATH. Thus, we have absolute control of our own music and sound. It was a pleasure to work with Adipocere Records and Necromance, and we are very grateful for the support shown to the band!

10. On the ep you did a cover of Danzig's "Dirty Black Summer" what was the decision behind during a your own version of this song?

Glenn Danzig is one of our most important influences. The music and attitude of “The Misfits”, “Samhain” and “Danzig” has been very important for us. “Dirty Black Summer” is a well-know song of Danzig, and we decided to make a public acknowledgment of the role it has had on us. We took the song and changed it into death metal… And we liked it!!!

11. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?

We started at a time in which the contacts and feedbacks were made by letters and the music was shared by cassette! We know that we were known in south America and east Europe. Moreover, even with the band into the hibernation chamber, we receive messages and likes in the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/witchessabbath) from people far away! We feel very fortunate for that.  

12. Are the band members going to be doing any other musical projects after the split?

Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez are involved in a horror punk project named CREEPY (https://www.facebook.com/creepypunk). Together with Ignacio G. Bonilla, who played guitar in WITCHES’ SABBATH during a long period, they are involved in a stoner-doom band named CRIMSON STONE (https://www.facebook.com/crimsonstoneofficial). Eduardo Rodríguez has a death and trash fucking metal project named The Hole (https://www.facebook.com/theholeofficial). As you can see, we do not get bored!

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?

We are influenced by different styles of music, from 70 to nowadays. We listen a lot of music, and maybe for that reason, we have different side musical projects to unleash our tastes. Since Queen, The Beatles and Pink Floyd; KISS, Misfits and Black Sabbath; Metallica and Sepultura, to Emperor, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Darkthrone or Mayhem!!! All of them are listening nowadays!

14. Does Occultism play a role in your music?

To some extent, there is always some influence of occultism in our music. Maybe not directly in our lyrics; but definitively, there is an influence in our music.

15. What are some of your non musical interests?

We are not interested in all the commercial music played in the big radio stations. We think that is music without a soul or a real feeling. Although we respect, we not pay attention to it.

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

We feel very happy for being alive again! Thanks to you and all your readers for being interested in WITCHES’ SABBATH. We are preparing new material which will be a back to the roots and will be published soon!!! Do not hesitate to contact the band for anything you want to know about us. Support the underground and live your own way!

Arkona/Illness/Godz Of War Productions/Third Eye Temple/2014 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Poland's  Arkona  and  Norway/Poland's  Illness  which will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  in  September  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions  and  Third  Eye  Temple  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Arkona  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  form  of  pagan  black  metal.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  their  song  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  leads  up  to  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  their  song  before  slowing  down  a  bit  and  adding  in  synths  to  make  their  music  sound  more  atmospheric  while  also  keeping  around  the  faster  sections  along  with  the  song  being  6  minutes  in  length  with  the  lyrics  being  written  in  Polish  and  covering  pagan  themes  and  the  production  on  their  track  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding.

  Next  up  is  Illness  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  their  track  before  getting  a  lot  more  heavy  along  with  some  thrash  elements  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  before  adding  in  mid  paced  sections  and  spoken  word  parts  while  the  song  focuses  more  on  a  faster  and  brutal  direction  as  well  as  addign  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  at  times,  the production  on  their  song  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  and  paranoia  themes.

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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dawn Of Ruin/Poco Da Infamia/2014 Demo Review


  Dawn  Of  Ruin  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,   death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  demo  "Poco  Da  Infamia".

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  leads  up  to  a  more  fast  and  raw  direction  as  well  as  utilizing  some  blast  beats  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  you  can  hear  death  metal  vocals  in  the  bands  musical  sound.

  After  awhile  elements  of  dark  metal  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  the  leads  bring  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  depressive  sound  to  the  music  along  with  a  doom  metal  feeling  and  the  melodies  the  band  uses  seem  to  be  influenced  by  both  the  Swedish  and  Greek  black  metal  scenes

The  rawer  side  of  the  bands  musical  sound  brings  in  elements  of  thrash  metal.  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  the  bass  guitars  start  evoking  more  of  a  powerful  sounding  presence  and  while  the  first  4  tracks  are  all  recorded  in  a  studio  the  last  4  are  recorded  live  and  display  more  of  a  vicious  and  raw  black  metal  side  of  their  musical  sound  while  still  being  very  melodic  all  at  the  same  time.

  Dawn  Of  Ruin  takes  the  raw  and  melodic  styles  of  black  metal  and  combine  them  with  elements  of  dark  metal,  death  and  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  this  demo  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of  underground  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  mostly  written  in  their  native  tongue  along  with  a  couple  being  written  in  English  and  they  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Of  Ruin  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Descanso  Eterno"  "Tetraplegic  God"  and  "Morte  Vermelha".  8  out  of  10.