Sunday, August 25, 2019

Vordr/Self Titled/Terratur Possessions/2019 CD Review


  Vordr  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  frantic  and  minimalistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self titled  2019  album  which  was  released  by  Terratur  Possessions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  great  amount  of 90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  some  of  the  tracks  also  show  the  vocals  bringing  in  more  of  a  first  wave  influence  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Vordr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  frantic  and  minimalistic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  paganism,  shamanism,  nature,  traditions,  death,  hatred  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vordr  are  a  very  great  sounding  frantic  and  minimalistic  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beast  Of  The  Woods"  "Candle  in  The  Astral  Wind"  'Shaman"  and  "The  Forest  King".  8  out  of  10.

https://soundcloud.com/terratvr-possessions/vordr-chained-in-recollections-of-a-life-that-once-was    

Bykurius Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Bykürius was born in the wilds of Southampton, many frozen moons ago. We started with an unholy re-recording of the song 'Hellfire' from 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. That song has such a rich undercurrent of malevolence, arranging our version felt like chipping away at an incomplete sculpture to reveal the true evil form beneath. That's been a consistent drive of our musical efforts: highlighting and magnifying the veins of real darkness running just under the surface in the works of those who came before us.


2. You have a new EP coming out in September, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

'A Heretic Art' is our first offering of purely original material. The process of writing original compositions is deceptively similar to arranging a distinct cover. Ultimately you're shaping sound until it matches your internal vision. It doesn’t make much difference whether the starting point is an idea that comes to you, or a song that people have known and loved for years. The only significant departure in the creative process is lyrical; this was the first opportunity for us to explore and express our relationship with Satan in musical form.


3. You have also done plenty of cover tunes over the years, can you tell us a little bit more about the songs you have covered?

The focus on covers really started as experimentation: noticing and refining the dark traits of other music. Before long we had amassed enough to release our first album 'Sons ov Southern Hampton'. The response to particular songs informed the direction of the next - 'Our World Blackened' was entirely comprised of blackened re imaginings of heavy metal classics.

We very recently released a final EP of covers, 'The Veins ov History', which felt a bit like fulfilling our bucket list of songs to reshape before we set our sights on original material. That EP was actually recorded in the same sessions as 'A Heretic Art', the two are very much companions to one another.


4. The lyrics on the new EP deal with Luciferian, Satanism and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?

As mentioned, we found lyrics were the main difference when creating original pieces. As with all important relationships, our bond with Satan is fiercely personal. It's a challenge to give form to it lyrically in a meaningful way. So the songs make heavy use of metaphor and narrative, but at their heart is a firm devotion to Satan and a will to enact his vengeance.


5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Bykürius'?

The name Bykürius came to us both in a shared dream. We've since come to believe that what we experienced was Lucifer's touch on our consciousness. He spoke to us in a silent tongue, expanded our minds and broadened our experiences. His teachings that night revealed a lot about ourselves, and we’ve remained his students and continue our explorations to this day.


6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new EP cover?

With both EPs being released alongside each other, we wanted to represent the differences and similarities between them, with colour and symmetry. This meant we had to find an artist with a wide body of great work to pick from. You might notice a slight Emperor and Dimmu Borgir influence in our music. Following in their footsteps led us to Gustave Doré, and made his works a perfect choice.


7. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

We feel strongly that Bykürius should remain the two of us. Certainly we've no intention of recreating our music on stage. Our music is a carefully crafted window into a specific vision of darkness - to take it and perform it live would cheapen the discovery to be had by the listener.


8. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We've had some small offers over the years, nothing that has piqued much interest on our part. For now, we're content to remain a strong, independent black metal project, who don't need no label.


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

The reaction has been very positive from black metal fans, especially those with similar tastes to us in other musical realms. The Iron Maiden and Judas Priest covers are popular, as you might expect, but you'd be surprised how many of our fans are also into Madonna, Andrew Lloyd Webber... Disney! Perhaps they've tasted that same concealed vein of malevolence. Many fans of mainstream metal meet our work with confusion, but it's then acted as a gateway for some of them into a genre they'd never usually approach.


10. When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

It's hard to see what the future holds for Bykürius. We’ve got a lot of other musical projects between the two of us, those keep us busy. Having said that, some ideas are slowly starting to take shape. We're going to let the dust settle on these two EPs, and then see where the dark winds take us.


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?

Skirting around the usual suspects (Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Watain, Satyricon) there are dozens of great black metal albums we could point to. One of our favourite records is 'Harvest' by Naglfar, they did a great job of maintaining ferocity without sacrificing melody. A bit of that can be heard in places on ‘A Heretic Art’.

Your readers must agree to keep this secret, but our listening tendencies stretch further than the black metal brethren we draw influence from - Run the Jewels, Immortal Technique, Blood Orange, RJD2, Purity Ring, M83, Storm Corrosion, Future Islands, even CHVRCHES (and not just because of their spelling). We've recently been on a musical journey through 70s rock. By way of Sweet, T.Rex, ELO, and some great poets from across the Atlantic such as Springsteen and Gordon Lightfoot, we've stumbled upon the shores of soul and R&B. If you dig deep, there's a rich darkness to be found in that music. Listen to James Carr's 'The Dark End of the Street' - it's soaked in desperation, resignation and emotional release. It's powerful stuff.


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

Worship to Satan. Seek his voice with indiscriminate hunger, and you’ll be surprised where it can be found.

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Cell/Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos/2019 CD Review


  Cell  are  a  band  from  Winnipeg,  Manitoba,  Canada  that  plays  a  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Ancient  Incantations  Of  Xarbos".

  A  sci-fi  horror  and  apocalyptic  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  melodies  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  showing  some  influences  of  death,  doom,  thrash  metal  and  hardcore  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  sci-fi  elements  also  make  a  brief  return  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a s elf  released  album  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  covers  science  fiction,  black  magick  and  necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cell  are  a  very  great  sounding  cosmic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Defiling  the  Ancient  Hierarchy"  and  "Altering  Matter  In  the  Realm  Of  The  Frost  King".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Livlost/Cold Skin/Downfall Records/2019 CD Review


  Livlost  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  necro  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2019  album  "Cold  Skin"  which  was  released  by  Downfall  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  noises  before  going  into  a  heavier direction  on  the  second  track.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  A  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  modern  and  old  school  influences,  synths  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  percussion's  and  acoustic  guitars are  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Livlost  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  necro  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Skin"  and  "To  The  Fallen  One".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/TGq6rxSjiNohttps://youtu.be/pzvHjAxW9ng

Friday, August 23, 2019

Aludra/Mass Stellar Graves/Akashic Envoy Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Aludra  are  a  duo  from  Oklahoma  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Mass  Stellar  Graves"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Akashic  Envoy  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal s creams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its atmospheric  moments  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  modern  influences  can  also  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Aludra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  cosmic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  old  school  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  black  holes  and  rips  in  the  fabric  of  space.

  In  my  opinion  Aludra  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  cosmic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coma  B"  and "Mass  Stellar  Graves".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/ZuMXGKev9Cs

 

  

Bhleg/Aril/Norvis Produktion/2019 EP Review


  Sweden's  Bhleg  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  influenced style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Aril"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  distorted  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  keyboards  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  folk  music  elements  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature,  existence  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bhleg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fran  eld  till  aska".8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ossomancer/Artes Magickae/Pacific Threonodies/2019 CD Review


  Ossomancer  are  a  duo  from  California  that  plays  an  esoteric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Artes  Magickae"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  90's  era  atmospheric  sound  at  times  but  done  in  a  more  modern  style.

  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  have  their  ritualistic  moments.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with   one song  also  adds  in  some  session  work  from  Proscriptor  MeGovern  of  Absu  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  also  sticking  more  to  a  mid  tempo  direction,  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Magick,  Western  Occultism,  Mythology  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ossomancer  are  a  very  great  sounding  esoteric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necromancy"  "Chiromancy"  and  "Geomancy".  8/5 out  of  10.

https://pacificthrenodies.bandcamp.com/album/artes-magickae