Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sources Of I/Faces/Kaotxin Records/2015 EP Review


  Sources  Of  I  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  ep  "Faces"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Kaotoxin  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  more  heaviness  and  a  blackened  doom  metal  style  and  when  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  they  are  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  at  times  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  one  of  the  songs is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  also  some  deeper  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  and  they  also  manage  to  get  atmospheric  with  the  guitar  riffs  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  more  of  a  dark,  melodic  and  modern  black  metal  feeling  to  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Sources  Of  I  plays  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  that  mixes  the  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sides  of  black  metal  together  and  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  doom  metal  elements  to  create  a  very  dark  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  philosophies,  negative  introspection  and  the  poetry  of  Emile  Verhaeron.

  In  my  opinion  Sources  Of  I  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  TRACK  "Discripancy  of  Life".  8  out  of  10.   

Falaise/As Time Goes By/2015 Full Length Review


  Falaise  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "As  Time  Goes  By".

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  spoken  word  parts  in  the  background  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  getting  more  heavy  and  melodic  and after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  post  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  solos  and  leads  that  use  a  great  amount  of   melody.

  When  the  music speeds  up  the  music  goes  fro  more  of  a  raw  style  of  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and grim  screams  which  are  also  over  powered  by  the  guitars  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  this  recording.

  When  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  feeling  and  a  few  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  and  blackgaze.

  Falaise  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  also  bringing  in  a  more  aggressive  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Falaise  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Loveless"  "No  Destination"  "Pointless"  and  "Waiting  Time".  8  out  of  10. 

Vindkast/Archaic Collapse/2015 Full Length Review


  Vindkast  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Archaic  Collapse".

  An  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  keeps  its  ambient  elements  and  mixes  them  in  with  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  sound  which  also  takes  the  music  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  and  after  a  few  minutes  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with the  faster  sections  also  using  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  giving  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  every  track  sounds  different  from  each  other  and  there  is  a  good  balance  between  the  black  metal  and  ambient  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  more  of  a  melodic  and  modern  style  of  black  metal.

  Vindkast  creates  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  that  is  in  more  of  a  modern  style  and  is  also  very  heavily  mixed in  with  ambient  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vindkast  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  This  Dying  Sun"  and  "Unto  the  Earth".  8  out  of  10.

Gurthang/Beyond Life/Melodies Of Sorrow/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2015 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Poland's  Gurthang  and  Beyond  Life  called  "Melodies  Of  Sorrow"  which  will  be  released  on  July  14,  2015  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Gurthang  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  funeral  doom.

  Noises and drum beats start  off  their side  of  the  split  and  a  few  seconds  later  heavy  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  deep  screaming  vocals  which  are  kind  of  over  powered  by  the  guitars  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  a  touch  of  death  metal  to  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody and  the  last  track  has  almost  an  industrial  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  loneliness,  death,  misanthropy  and  loss.

  In  my  opinion  Gurthang  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  funeral  doom  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  o those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Arise".

  Next  up  is  Beyond  Life  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  ambient.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  ambient  sounds  and  on  the  second  track  the  synths  get more  powerful  and  heavy,  melodic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music  along   with  some  solos  and  leads  that  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  style  and  spoken  words  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  music  is  mostly instrumental  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  powerful.

  In  my  opinion  Beyond  Life  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  ambient  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Heavy  rain".

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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Arrogant Destruktor Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. We're Arrogant Destruktor. We are a two black metal band from the UK consisting of A.R (Guitars, Bass) and A.T (vocals). We formed in late 2012 and have released two demos and a full length album 'Amidst the blackest Void' released last year.

2.In September you had released your first full length album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your two previous demos?
2. Our debut full length is a compilation of our two (now sold out) demo recordings and a couple of tracks we recorded specifically for the album. We always wanted to make black metal that was fast and barbaric, a no holes barred and stripped back sound, thrashy riffs with a style rooted in the old school but bringing other metal elements to the table. The drums on the album are performed by Anaal Nathrakh live drummer Steve Powell and Cancer's Carl Stokes who also engineered the album.

3.Your lyrics cover some Mythological and fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
3. Our lyrics stem from different influences. I am a big fan of fantasy lore and ancient mythology is something that interests me. Also some of my favourite bands write similarly themed lyrics, King Diamond, Bal-Sagoth, Absu, Old Celtic frost and some of the older death metal bands such as Death and Morbid Angel have written this way which are huge influences.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Arrogant Destruktor'?
4. The name actually came from the lyrics of the first song we wrote for our first demo 'Gold is the flesh of the sun god' which features on the album. The song is about a superior, celestial being who sets upon the destruction of the human race. We thought it sounded fitting for our music.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning in expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
5. At the moment, it's just the two of us. We haven't taken Arrogant Destruktor to a live environment just yet but it is something we'd like to do under the correct circumstances and with the right individuals. In the studio, Arrogant Destruktor is a two piece and will likely stay that way in the future.

6.The album was released on Wolfspell Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
6. Wolfspell are a small polish label. I believe our album was his second CD release. We were approached by Michal from the label who liked the sound, wanted to do the album with us and a few months later 'Amidst the blackest void' came along.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7.  Both are demo's and subsequently our album have received great reviews, the feedback from listeners of the album has been excellent. Obviously, at this time we are a small underground band with our album on a small underground label, so there's a lot of people who haven't heard it and are unaware of the band so we'd like that to change.

8.Are any of the band members are involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
8. Yes, A.T is currently the vocalist for an underground death metal band called Merciless Tide. As mentioned, the drumming on our album was handled by Steve Powell of Anaal Nathrakh and Carl Stokes from Cancer.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. We're currently busy writing our next album, we have about 70% of it written, so far it's sounding strong, the tracks we've written are better than anything we've written before and also darker and more chaotic and we are looking for a label to work with regarding any future releases. We'd also like to bring Arrogant Destruktor to a live environment at some point in the future.

10.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?
10. Some have likened us to bands such as Bathory and Darkthrone but our influences come from elsewhere, Bands such as Celtic Frost, Master's Hammer, Absu and Satyricon for example. We both currently enjoy a wide range of music, mostly black metal and death metal. Voices, A forest of stars and The Meads of Asphodel are just a few from the UK that I've been enjoying recently.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. Not much non musical really, we go to work, we attend gigs and we write and listen to black metal.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Stay tuned to our Facebook page; www Facebook.com/arrogantdestruktor for updates from Arrogant Destruktor, our album 'Amidst the blackest void' is available now directly from the band and thank you OccultBlackMetalZine for the great review and interview!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Y/De Occulta Philosophia/2015 Full Length Review


  Y  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  experimental  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their self  released  2015  album  "De  Occulta  Philosophia".

  Dark  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  and  the  music also  brings  in  ambient  soundscapes  as  well  as  a  touch  of  noise  and  after  a  few  minutes  deep  demonic  voices  are  added  into  the  music and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  on  the  second  track  heavy  and  melodic  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  it  goes  for  more  of  an  occult  black  metal  sound  while  also  keeping  the  ambient  and  experimental  elements  as  well  as  adding  in  some  evil  screams,  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  guitar  leads  and  the  music  also  gets  very  fast  and  raw  in  the  early  90's  tradition  at  times  and  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.

  At  times  the  vocals bring  in  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  lo-fi  quality  at  times  and  there  are  also  some  melodic  vocals  and  chants  being  used  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  the  music  is  in  black  metal mode  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  parts  of  the  songs  bring in  a  touch  of  avant  garde  classical  music.

  Y  creates  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  dark  ambient,  avant  garde,  experimental  and  ritualistic  music  and  also  adds  in  a  good  dose  of  raw  occult  black  metal  to  create  some  very  original  sounding  music,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  on  Heinrich  Cornelius  Aggrippa's  "De  Occulta  Philosophia  and  also  brings  in  the  rituals  that  where written  in  the  book  and  mixes  them  in  with  music.

  In  my  opinion  Y  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  mixture  of  occult  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  |RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Liber  I:  Rex  Filius Belial"  "Liber II: Regina Microcosmus Sacred language".  8  out  of  10.

Narbeleth/Through Blackness, And Remote Places/Folter Records 2015 CD Review


  Narbeleth  are  a  band  from  Cuba  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Through Blackness, And Remote Places"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Folter  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  black  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  in  some  parts of  the  songs  the  vocals  get  very  angry  and  menacing  sounding  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Judas  Iscariot's  "Gaze  Upon  The  Heaven  In  Flames".

  Narbeleth  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  is  in  a  very  fast,  raw  and  blasphemous  second  wave  direction  and  ignores  any  of  the  current  style  to  return  black  metal  back  to  its  roots,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Narbeleth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw,  and  blasphemous  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sons  Of  The  Grand  Cosmic  Emanation"  "The  Lightbringer"  and  "Gaze  Upon  The  Heaven  In  Flames".  8  out  of  10.