Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Adventum Diaboli/Blackheart/2018 Full Length Review


  Greece's  Adventum  Diaboli  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  is  also  done  in  a  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Blackheart".

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the album  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and melodic  yet  atmospheric  guitar  leads  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  also  bring  in  a  few  instrumental  tracks.

  A  great  amount  of  depressive  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  keyboards  when  they  are  utilized  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  onto  the  recording   along  with  some  songs  also  bringing  in  acoustic  guitars,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Nocturnal  Depression's  "Her  Ghost  Haunts  These  Walls".

  Adventum  Diaboli  continue  the  depressive  style  of  black  metal  that  was  on  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive  and  suicidal themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Adventum  Diaboli  and  if  you  are  a  fan  o  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Humans  Is  The  Plague  And  Suicide  Is  The  Cure"  "A  Kiss  In  The  Snow"  "Everybody  Dies  Alone  And  Forgotten"  and  "A  Hanging  Corpse  In  The  Forest".  8  out  of  10. 

Kosmogyr/Eviternity/2018 Full Length Review


  Kosmogyr  are  a  duo  with  members  from  the  Czech  Republic  and  China  that  plays  a  contemporary  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Eviternity"  which  will  be  released  in  March.

  An  ambient  style  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  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  grim  yet  high  pitched  screams and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

   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  the  solos and  leads  bringing  in  more  of  a  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style,  clean  playing  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times   as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  acoustic  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Kosmogyr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kosmogyr  are  a  very  great  sounding  contemporary  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Wane"  "Frailty"  and  "Vision". 8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pestkraft/Pest/Nigredo Records/2018 EP Re-Issue Review


  Pestkraft  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Pest"  which  was  re-issued  by  Nigredo  Records.

  War  anthem  samples  start  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  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition   along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  also  done  in a   very  raw  yet  melodic  fashion  and  clean  playing  is  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Pestkraft  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  covers  the  14th  century  Black  Death  plague.

  In  my  opinion  Pestkraft  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pest"  and  "Suffering  Soul".  8  out  of  10.

    

Krowos/Verbum Luciferi/Nigredo Records/2017 CD Review


  Krowos  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  esoteric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Verbum  Luciferi"  which  was  released  by  Nigredo  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  When  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  raw  fashion  along  with  some  clean  vocals  and  spoken  words  also  being  used  at  times  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  era  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  a  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  classical  guitars  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  also  add  in  a  touch  of  ambient.

  Krowos  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  esoteric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  rituals,  magick  and  Saturn  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Krowos  are  a  very  great  sounding  esoteric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Verbum  Luciferi"  and  "Offertorio".  8  out  of  10.

  

Demonomancy Interview

1,For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Demonomancy was founded in 2008 when all the original members were very young and wanted to play tribute to the music they loved and listened to daily. We started playing covers of our favorite bands, such as SLAUGHTER, SARCOFAGO and VON. Once we refined our ability of playing cruel metal of death, we started composing songs of our own. As our career progressed, the desire of making our sound as unique and recognizable as possible became more and more intense, and it’s now our priority.

2. In February you have a new album coming out, 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?
We strongly believe that Poisoned Atonement is our best material so far. It represents all we ever wanted to obtain musically and lyrically, and it took a long time to achieve that. As opposed to our previous releases, we managed to include a much wider range of influences in this new album, which makes it a lot more multi-faced. I would say that the main difference compared to our past releases is this will to overcome the pre-set genre-specific boundaries in order to create something truly unique.

3.Your lyrics cover a lot of satanic, occult and blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

We are actually not particularly interested in those themes. although in the  past, especially in the first album, we covered themes such as occultism and numerology, we didn't really go deep in them or kept including them consistently, as we've  always dealt with them from a personal point of view rather than academically. We would much rather write about what inspires us, which is constantly changing . The new album's lyrics are extremely personal and diverse, to the point that each of them would deserve its own explanation. However I find more fitting and intriguing to allow personal interpretation to the listener, considering the high level of abstraction in the lyrics. The album's  title of choice manages to represent what all the lyrics have more or less in common,  which is the idea of an unaccomplished redemption, a constant failure to perfect the self.

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

It is undeniably inspired by Beherit’s legendary demo, an important influence to our sound. However, it's meaning is crucial to describe our music: it is defined as “divination through the summoning of demons.” In a way, this is what we do with this band. We look  for sounds and themes that can touch the abyss and dig down to the most hidden areas of the material world, so that we can better understand ourselves and the reality surrounding us.

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

Our experience in the USA playing at Martyrdom Fest 2015 will be extremely hard to forget. Our 3 performances at Nuclear War Mow! Fest (2012, 2014 and 2016 editions) are also more than worthy of mention!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

 Yes, a European tour for the release of the new album, and we are sure more opportunities will arise this year.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Invictus Productions;, how would you compare working with them to your previous label 'Nuclear War Now! productions'?

We are fans of both labels, the two of them are extremely professional. Our initial intention was to work with both to split the new album’s production between Europe and the US. Unfortunately that was not possible, so we had to choose the European market.

8.In 2016 you where also a part of a split with 'Witchcraft', what are your thoughts of the other band that had participated on the recording?

We have been in touch with the Finnish devils for many years now, writing back to each other using paper letters. For a long time we wanted to do this split, and it finally came to be!

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

We think we are well known on American soil, most likely because of our previous collaboration with NWN. In Europe we are usually a good surprise for a good percentage of those who see us live, although it’s all more competitive. We are confident that it will  all change for the better under Invictus.

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

Higher and higher, one milestone at a time.

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?

Literally ALL metal. We are not the kinds of listeners who only focus on a handful of genres and end up limiting themselves to emulation. Anything will listen to can be a possible source of influence, from BLACK SABBATH, to MANOWAR to NUCLEAR DEATH.

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

What is best in life? To become a fiery Herald and rise as a victorious Predator. Never give up being the best version of yourself.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Slaves BC/Lo And I Am Burning/The Fear And The Void Recordings/2018 CD Review


  Slaves  BC  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  raw mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  some elements  of  doom metal  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lo  And  I  Am  Burning"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  The  Fear  And  The  Void  Recordings.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  hardcore  elements  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Slaves  BC  plays  a  musical  style t hat  takes  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  death,  doom  metal  and  hardcore  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  suicide,  loss,  crisis  of  faith  and  the  current  political  turmoil  in  America.

  In  my  opinion  Slaves  BC  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black, doom,  death  metal  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lo"  "Glory"  "Honor  Thy  Father  And  Mother"  and  "Unclean".  8  out  of  10. 

      

Rotting Sky/Sedation/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 Re-Issue Review


  Rotting  Sky  are  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  ambient,  drone,  industrial  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Sedation"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  February  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Distorted  amp  noises  and  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  and  tortured  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  time s the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  some  synths  in  the  background  that  get  more  powerful  after  awhile  and  bring  elements  of  ambient  onto  the  recording  while  the  guitar  leads  also  remain  very  true  to  a  raw  musical  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  riffing  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  death  industrial  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  slows  down  elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  as  the  album  progresses as w ell  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  getting  more  melodic  and  clear  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing t rack.

  Rotting  Sky  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  drone,  ambient,  industrial  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rotting  Sky  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  funeral  doom,  ambient,  drone, industrial and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Smile"  and  "Tyrants  Of  Sedation".  8 out  of  10.