Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thy Worshiper/Popiol (Introibo ad Altere Dei)/Arachnophobia Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Thy  Worshiper  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  on  a  few  occasions  and  this  time  brings  us  an  earlier  album  from  them  which  displays  a  more  raw  style  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Popiol  (Introibo  ad Altere  Dei)"  which  was  re-issued  by  Arachnophobia  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  female  vocals  along  with  some  programmed  beats  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  making  their  presence  known.

  Vocals  are mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while t he  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  they  also  mix  the  synths  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  all  of t he  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to   them  and  when  classical  guitars  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  folk.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  female  vocals  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  can  be  heard  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  instrumental  as  well  as  some  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Thy  Worshiper  had  a  more  raw  style  of  pagan/black  metal  while  still  also  being  very  atmospheric  and  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  music,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  Slavic Paganism,  War,  Nature  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  from  Thy  Worshiper  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk, pagan,  and  black  metal,  you  should c heck  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sny  Ojca  Wiekow"  "Gdzie  noce  sa  dluzsze  od  dni"  and "Wsrod  Cieni  I  Mgiel".  8/5  out  of  10. 

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Prometheus/Consumed In Flames/Katoptron IX Records/2017 CD Review


  Prometheus  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  mixture  of  traditional black  and  esoteric  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Consumed  In  Flames"  which  was  released  by  Katoptron  IX  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  add  in  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.


  Atmospheric  synths  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  tracks and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  thee  riffs  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  leads a re  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  instrumentals  and  some  of  the  tracks are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  also  adds  in a   touch  of  thrash  and  speed  metal. 

  Prometheus  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology,  Darkness,  Esoteric,  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Prometheus  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Disgusting  Tongues"  "Prometheus  Rising"  and  "Consumed  In  Flames".  8  out  of  10. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Argus Megere 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?
Well actually after we finished the whole process with “VEII”-album, we really needed a quiet period because it was an intense work and we were very tiered. Also we wanted the time to pass and to detach from this work to be able to discern better its essence.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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?
To picture that…our last album “A treia cale” was recorded in 2006/2007, even if it’s released in 2012 because we had some problems with a record house that didn’t release the material and we had to search for another label, so there are more than ten years from that point, it’s a completely new technology on which we had access to build something really superior and professional nowadays.
Also as musicians we progressed a lot from that era, we played in another bands, we toured all around the world, the experience is huge, and I think everyone is more mature and serious about his work and involvement.

3.This is the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Not much, we toured a couple of times, made some festivals and played here and there , we are not a proper carrier band, we play only for ourselves when we feel like it, and in parallel we made a lot of rehearsals were we crafted this “VEII”-album.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrics have the same topics since the beginning: the greatness of the nature and darkness, obscurity, misanthropy, personal philosophy.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Argus Megere'?
Misanthropy…through the numerous eyes of Argus we see the world and we are not integrating in it, we don’t have this consumerism values, we are interested by other things, so we keep the distance…”Megere” makes the whole concept infernal, as she is a fury from Hell, so we needed something symbolic in that direction, to define negativity, bleakness, something  devilish. The whole idea transposes us in another world, this is the purpose why we are making music, to have a dimension were we escape.

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?
We’ve played a lot over our carrier, and there are some great nights…it’s hard to pick a moment, maybe out last show at Rockstadt festival here in Romania in 2015, really nice festival in the middle of the Carpathians, with a special atmosphere, nice crowd…our live performance it depends how we set the stage, in a small venues we used candles, incense, skulls, different things like that to create an intimate and sensatory feeling…on bigger stages we merely use only visuals and if possible some of the elements described above.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
There are some ideas for a small tour in autumn but I don’t know the details, our booking agency, Axa Valaha is taking care with all that, we want to play and film some concerts, because there are some plans in this direction for a release in video-format.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Very good, but honestly we were expecting this, we played for the first time almost two years ago already some songs from this album and the response was very good, so we were confident about it.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Rehearsing, working on new materials and making plans for playing live…with Ordinul Negru we will have a small tour in the beginning of June in Austria and Germany and then start recording the next album; Dara Project is already in the studio recording the second album and working at the next year Asian tour (could be some other live dates this year in Europe and North America but it is nothing confirmed yet) and also with other projects like Kultika, Katharos XIII, Blutrina, Dordeduh, Sincarnate, I or my colleagues are working to release new materials or for live shows, we are very busy all the time…

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
On a mid-pace tempo still releasing new albums, but again it may take a while for this process to take shape and as long as there is interest for us to play live, why not…but we are not that desperate for this topic.

11.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?
When I started composing this album I was listening a lot of Mastodon and Mesuggah (Koloss-album)and I think in sub-conscience some riffs are inspired by them, also at that point Cascadian black metal was really popular, and I was listening a lot of Wolves in the Throne Room, Skagos or Altars of Plague…actually I always listen to modern music, to see what’s happening and to stay in touch with the scene…I not the typical trv kvlt guy, even though I still listen to nineties black metal (Master’s Hammer, Emperor, Burzum, Enslaved)…nowadays in the genre Behemoth are Godz, but also  Deafheaven are interesting and of course the new sensation Mgla…

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Going into wilderness...trekking or by bicycle, almost every weekend if I am able…I also like to do some yoga and jogging…I try to be as active as I can, because in the rest of my time I work in an office environment so I try to compensate that.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for this interview and keep supporting the black flame!

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Noctambalant/Advocatus Diaboli/Domestic Genocide Records/2016 CD Review


  The  Noctambulant  are  a  band  from  Florida  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2016  album  "Advocatus  Diaboli"  which  was  released  by  Domestic  Genocide  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  bring  in a   mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  coming  out of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  song  also  adds  in a  brief  use of  bells  while  a  later  song  also  uses  a  small  amount of  laughs  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Most  of  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  be  heard  and  a  later  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  song  also  has  an  avant  garde  feeling  before  getting  a  lot  more  heavier  and  almost  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  rain  sounds  and  pianos  can be  heard  and acoustic  guitars  are  used  on t he  closing  track  briefly.

  The  Noctambulant  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  90's  Swedish  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  elements of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Noctambulant  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legion"  "Creeping  Dead"  "Evil  Calling"  "Blood  For  Life"  and  "Winter's  Hell  Dominion".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Endless Voyage X/Those Who Time Forgot/Fragile Bunch/2017 EP Review

  Endless  Voyage  X  are  a  solo  project  from  Cleveland,  Ohio  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  ep  "Those  Who  Time  Forgot"  which  will  be  released  during t he  summer  by  Fragile  Bunch.

  Drum  beats  and  black  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  ep and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  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,

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  slower  sections  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  which  also  brings  in  acoustic  guitars  before  closing  the  ep  with  a  heavier  track..

  Endless  Voyage  X  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  oceans,  nature,  darkness,  existentialism,  and  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Endless  Voyage  X  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Far  From  Home"  and  "At  One  With  The  Abyss".  8  out  of  10.

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Serpentshrine/Besetting The Altar/2017 Full Length Review


 Serpentshrine  are  a  band  from  Virginia  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self   released  2017  album  "Besetting  The  Altar".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and after  the  intro  melodic  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  sound  very  powerful  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times.

  At  times  classical  guitars  are  brought  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  ritualistic  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Serpentshrine  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal a nd  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Serpentshrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Journey  Through  The  Haunted  Forest"  "Besetting  the  Altar"  and  "Unholy  Affliction"   

Archivist/Construct/Halo Of Flies/2016 CD Review


  Archivist  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Austira,  Germany,  United  States  and  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "Construct"  which  will  be  released  on  April  26th  by  Halo  Of  Flies.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  adds  in  elements  of  post  rock  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  a  lot  more  heavier  along  with  some  screaming  style  hardcore  vocals  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  incorporate  some  black  metal  screams  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  song  bring in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Melodic  vocals  can  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the   music  getting  more  progressive  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  mixed  both  the  heavy  and  atmospheric parts  together  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Archivist  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  ambient,  post  rock  and  a  touch  of  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Theosophy,  Astronomy,  Science  Fiction  and  The  Fall  Of  Mankind  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Archivist  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  "Birth  Of  Ire"  "Scorched  Earth  Policy"  "Witch  Finder"  and  "Theosophical  Digression...  Artificial  Intelligence".  8  out  of  10.