Monday, August 21, 2017

Chaos Moon/Origin Of Apparation And Languor Into Echoes, Beyond/Folkvangr Records/2017 Double Cassette Review


  Chaos  Moon  are  a  solo  project  from  Pennsylvania  that  plays  a  very  raw,  depressive  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  double  compilation  album  "Origin  Of  Apparation  And  Languor  Into  Echoes,  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Folkvangr  Records  on cassette  and  consists  of  2  albums  that  where  originally  released  in  2007.

  Blast  beats  and  fast  yet  raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful while  the  synths  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  ambient  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  very  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  2nd  wave  influences.

  At  times  the  riffs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  along  with  spoken  word  parts  also being  used  briefly add  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of  the  outro's  also  adds  in  a  small  amount of  Gregorian  chants  that  also  return  on  a  later  track  while  the  second  album  on  the  collection  expands  on  the  style  of  the  first  release  while  also  adding  in  more  melodic  riffing  which  also  added  in  the  guitar  leads  when  that  are  used briefly.

  Chaos  Moon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  depressive  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  and  ambient  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mental  illness,  plague,  and  obscure  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Chaos  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  depressive  and  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aether Aurora"  "Origin  Of  Apparation"  "Abstract  Tongues"  and  "Countless  Reverie  In  Mare".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Svipdagr/To Torment The Men/War Productions 2017 CD Review


  Svipdagr  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album   "To  Torment  The  Men"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  and  grim  black  metal  screams  start  of  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  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  most  of  the  tracks  having  a  brief  intro  to  them  and  clean  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  classical  guitars  along  with  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of t he  intros  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Svipdagr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  adding  in  classical  guitars  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  nature  orientated  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  anti  religion  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Svipdagr  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "The  Grace  Of  God"  "June  2nd  1358"  and  "Unfinished  Spirit"  and  "Hell  Dark  Workshop".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nyctophilia Interview


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

1.Hails. Nyctophilia is the sound of  nature, death and darkness, i always try to create music that is sounds raw, dark and melancholic to reflect the thoughts that are inside me and pass on my message.


2.You have released a good amount of material so far this year, how would you describe the musical style of the current music?
2. Mainly i will always describe my music as Black Metal but i don’t want to limit myself. My music is atmospheric, depressive and melancholic and i always try to explore different approaches to Black Metal music. With that been said i keep myself away from modern sounding music which is nothing more then a piece of shit for me.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3.Death, Darkness, Pain, Nature and Satanism. I try to cross the borders of my mind and body to show people how pathetic their life can be and how blind they are in todays world.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nyctophilia'?
4.Nyctophilia is the cult of darkness and night, finding peace through darkness and embracing it. When i was thinking about the name for this project i new i need something that will truly reflect the sound and lyrical topics inspired by nature and death. That’s why i choose the name Nyctophilia.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience working with other musicians in your other projects, how would you compare the two?
5.It is very different. When i create music myself i have no boundaries and no restrictions of what i can do.  When i work with other people (which is very hard for me) there are lot’s of compromises to be carried but of course through that different and interesting music can be done.

6.This year alone you have been a part of a couple of splits with 'Nihil Invocation' and 'Nachteule', how would you compare you style to theirs?

6.First, both bands are great, otherwise i wouldn’t do a split with them. Nihil Invocation is very raw sounding and bleak and you can hear the nihilistic atmosphere within their music. Nachteule is very atmospheric focused on nature black metal. Both of them have some similarities to Nyctophilia in terms of sound and lyrics.

7.Since 2015 you have released a great amount of music with this project, does music take up a lot of your time?
7.I can’t propely answer this question because it all depends on a inspiration i get. Sometimes i can write and record very quick and sometimes that process can take couple of months. The process that definitely takes alot of time is mixing the records.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8.For me it has been very good, i never thought that my music will reach so many people and have such a good response.


9.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?
9.We try to record some music but nothing is certain. I can’t tell what the future will bring for other projects.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
10.Definitely progressing and exploring different subjects of black metal music. I don’t really see myself playing for example live shows with Nyctophilia but who knows, maybe one day.

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?
11.It’s really wide range of anything that is dark sounding and melancholic but to name a few is The True Mayhem, Xasthur, Nyktalgia, Elysian Blaze, definetly 2nd wave of black metal as well as some classical music.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
12. I see Satanism as the path of enlightenment and knowledge. Satan is the true light and Satan is the truth.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.I would like to thank you for this interview and anyone who took time to read it and tried to understand my thoughts. Hail Darkness! Hail Death!







Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Leucosis/Liminal/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 Full Length Review


  Leucosis  are  a  band  from  Santa  Cruz,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2017  album  "Liminal"  which  was  released  by Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  growls  also being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  along  with  some  whispers  also  being  utilized  on  some  of  the  songs  while  clean  playing  is  also  utilized  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  as  well  as a  couple  of  the  songs  being  instrumental  with  the  second  one  being  done  on  synths  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Leucosis  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding  bring  back  some  of  the  early  2000's  USBM  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leucosis  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bereft"  and  "Saturnal".  8  out  of  10.

  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Darkflight 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, after each release we take a long break, I don’t know exactly how long it will take this time, but I feel absolutely empty and my mind will need longer to recuperate and come up with new ideas for music, usually an idea for a concept comes first, a few song titles and then the music takes form gradually. Being a small underground band that doesn’t have to keep up with release date deadlines helps a lot to strive to put the best ideas out, most often it takes years. For me what’s important is the final result to please us, I’m always trying to select the best and lots and lots of average stuff is left out.

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?

With “The Hereafter” album I really wanted to get a clearer sound as opposed to our previous “Closure” album, those two are conceptually intertwined, but we took a lot of criticism of the sound being with too much reverb and muddy, so we decided to get it right this time and hopefully we succeeded. I still like a lot the sound of “Closure”, it’s powerful gloomy and absolutely terrifying, but probably it depends on the listeners speakers and obviously it doesn’t sound the same to anyone… also adding some singing parts which we haven’t done in years, I think it’s a positive thing and will surely change the perspective and will help the musical concept to take a better shape.

3. A lot of your lyrics are fantasy orientated, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Darkflight started as a fantasy metal side project and gradually it turned out to be my main band, I have a deep fascination with this genre and somehow wanted to write a tribute soundtrack to more unknown writers that have in my opinion exceptional books.  Recently the concept changed though, Darkflight’s new topic is the transition to Death and the Afterlife.

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

“Flitters of the night, spirits dark in flight” – this is a quote from Adam Nichols’s book, "The War of the Lords Veil" which has been the main inspiration for the band’s first demo and album. It just sounded to me so right by that time and it is not so easy to get a name that hasn’t been taken, also my main band back then was called Dreamflight.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to adding in other members or do you prefer to remain a duo?

So far this is strictly a studio project, unfortunately we couldn’t become a live band through the years, it might have been an interesting thing to see. Actually, I am considering adding a drummer, coz I am not entirely happy with my performance on the last album, giving the drumsticks to more experienced hands would probably make things a lot better.

6.How has the support from Metallic Media, Black Plague Records and Symbol Of Domination been for the new recording?

All these guys are great and we are really thankful that they believed in us again to release our latest record, as it becomes more and more difficult to survive with the declining record sales with extreme music I really think they need ALL the support they can get by spreading the word, checking out their other releases, there are some great hidden gems among them. Keep the UNDERGROUND alive by ordering some stuff!!
It is a funny story, but for some time we thought we were cursed, while we have big periods between the albums and with the downfall of the music industry going on, after each album the label that releases it always collapsed, but we think we broke that curse by having two albums in a row released by BLACK PLAGUE RECORDS.

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

Our music has certainly reached many people through the years from many different places and fans of different types of metal. With 17 years behind our back (4 full length albums and an EP) … we’d like to think that we create our own brand of black doom and our music hopefully is easily distinguishable, adding a certain kind of atmosphere and deep meaningful melodies, of course we had both positive and negative feedback, but since we’re still around I guess we’ve been lucky …

8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

I have a sort of a side project with Arsonist from the French black metal band ARS MORIENDI called NOTRE AMERTUME, it’s interesting how international collaboration works, but we have 2 split albums already released with fierce and extreme music… the style is atmospheric depressive black metal and those of you interested should definitely check it out, Milen the new bass player and additional singer has a sort of an alternative rock band called M.R.A.K.

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

I am actually pretty excited about the future, the amazing singing voice of Milen into “Threshold of Death” song gives me a confidence that we’ll do great things together and expand the music in ways that I’ve only imagined till now.

10.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?

I’ll admit I am a big fan of doom metal and all kinds of emotional acoustic music, but I also love and listen to a lot of stuff from the 80s, it seems to me that those years and partially the 70s had a true depth, where everything wasn’t synthetically processed and made with such a profound inspiration and/or even naivety, it seems that those emotions (for the most part) are somehow lost in the digital era. The songwriting process is the thing that is mostly underestimated. I prefer bands now that take more time to compose their albums and it’s so obvious when you hear the result. I can mention well thought doom bands with their latest albums: Shape Of Despair, Saturnus, The Foreshadowing, 40 Watt Sun, Procession, the last Draconian… from the non metal scene recently I enjoy Susanne Sundf√∂r. Desperate Journalist, some of the IAMX slow songs are amazing.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Exploring nature, especially the Sea, reading a lot of science fiction, fantasy, proper science, even conspiracy books and some sport activities.

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

Thank you for this interview and for the nice words about our last album, for those interested check us out and if the music grabs you, get it in physical form. It’s worth exploring the concept with proper non compressed audio and the booklet in your hands, this is the best way to support us and to see our future albums in physical form.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wormwitch/Strike Motal Soil/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Wormwitch  are  a  band  from Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  crust  and  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Strike  Mortal  Soil"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  angry  shouts  and  after  awhile  black'n'roll  style  riffing  is  added  onto t he  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  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.

  Throughout the  recording  you  can  also  hear a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  add  in  a  touch  of  traditional  rock  and   melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  crust  punk  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  spoken  word parts  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Wormwitch  plays  a  music  style  that  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  Nordic  style  of  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  some  elements  of  rock'n'roll  and  crust  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Wormwitch  are  a  very  great sounding  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  crust  and  rock'n'roll  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As Above"  "Even  The  Sun  Will  Die"  "Everlasting  Lie'  and  "So  Below".  8  out  of  10.

   

Friday, August 11, 2017

Sacerdos Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

As of this summer, Sacerdos has reached an entire decade of existence. By passing that threshold, I can assure all that Sacerdos will remain and has more material to release. Releases will come slowly but surely.

2.How would you describe the musical style of the most recent material?

The attempt to harness the music and translate it into words and/or labels would be detrimental to the experience. One should listen to the song to tap into the "musical style" because its very design is to be an emprise undertaken by the listener.

3.Your lyrics have really went deep into Occultism, Mythology, Philosophy and History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest and studies in these topics?

Every Sacerdos release is a presentation of what we are studying or have learned. Sacerdos has always strove for a dynamic progression of ideas, studies, and knowledge. In our case, as is the case of many, our ever-constant thirst for knowledge has resulted in a quest for gnosis which can ultimately be found through the study of occultism, mythology, philosophy, and history. Arguably, Sacerdos has a unique history itself; we flushed ourselves of modern societal standards by embracing a nihilist stance which left us as empty shells only to be refilled later with a more pagan approach to existence. Some may call it hypocritical and/or contradictory, but I argue that erasing all modern preconceptions with nihilism only made us more malleable for different ideas later. I would delve more into my personal reconciliation with universalist paganism, but I am saving that for a book that I hope to release later.

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

"Sacerdos" simply means "priest" or "the priest" in Latin. When Sacerdos first formed, our primary inspiration for creating music was tied to California's colonial history, when Spanish missions were founded to convert Native Americans to Catholicism and assimilate them into Spanish culture. Though California's missionary history is now a tourist attraction and is whitewashed for the sake of the tourism industry, it in actuality is a very dark narrative. In a way, we wanted an ironic use of the word "priest" to describe our black metal band, which obviously stands as the exact antithesis to Spanish Catholicism. As we've moved toward more thoughtful motives, the name has remained a fitting one as we have become our own priesthood based on occult gnosis. For example, one track on Vibromancy is entitled "Illumined Priesthood of Unveiling," which demonstrates the recurring theme of priesthood but in a different context.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical style?

Yes. Sacerdos is very introspective and has never reconciled well with the intrusion of other people or musical ideas.

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'At Dusk', how would you compare your musical style to theirs?

U.S.B.M. is often criticized by Europeans for not being imbued with enough culture. I strongly argue otherwise. In actuality, American culture is so transparently fake, antagonistic, greedy, unintelligent, self-centered, and worthless that it makes for great black metal in its angriest and/or most depressive forms. In turn, culture in the United States fuels black metal here and all black metal is some attempt to break from cultural boundaries. This process happens in many different ways: some abandon American morals and laws completely through nihilist black metal (Judas Iscariot, Leviathan, Krieg), some choose the occult to build their own identity in the face of American culture (Absu, Vrolok, Esoterica), some directly attack the American status-quo with Satanism (Von, Kult ov Azazel), and some find solace in nature as an escape from Americanism (Wolves in the Throne Room, Nechochwen, Ashbringer). Regardless of the theme chosen, they all represent the desire to break from American culture and uphold a cultural identity that transcends the American norm. I feel that this aspect is different from other countries, such as Norway, where Norwegian culture and history (like Vikings, the T.N.B.M. movement, writing albums about towns like Bergen, etc.) are embraced. There is a certain form of rebellion and anti-American romanticism to be found in American black metal.

So in turn, to answer the root question, I think the musical style of At Dusk and Sacerdos is different, but in actuality, the root drive to make music remains the same. Though we express ourselves in varying ways, Sacerdos has a distinct connection to At Dusk as we come from a similar background and with the same disenchantment for contemporary society. At Dusk chooses to manifest in its own unique form, whereas Sacerdos presents itself in a completely separate manner, but in actuality, the essence and the core of the musical prowess are the same.

7.Are you happy with the support 'Pacific Threnodies' have given you on the split?

Yes. The label has the potential to become a brilliant collective for like-minded esoteric musicians; something that our area (the Central Coast of California) really needs.

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

With a few exceptions, most of the time I am not really sure. Once again, Sacerdos is a very introspective and underground musical project, so in turn I think those who listen to our music and take it seriously are very few. In actuality, we make the music more so for ourselves than anyone else, but we do very much appreciate our few fans and good feedback we've received over the last ten years.

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

I am currently working on a full-length that will hopefully be completed by the end of the year. Because Brutus is not involved on this release, I am working out whether or not it should be released as another Sacerdos album or under a new project title. I am a bit torn on this aspect, as it doesn't feel right to release a Sacerdos album without Brutus yet with a new drummer, but the music is clearly a direct continuation of the Sacerdos legacy. More news regarding this release will come soon.

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?

There are too many to name, and our tastes, influences, and favorites have evolved over the years. Most recently I have been listening to a slew of Absu, Immortal, Rimfrost, Abbath, Bathory, and German thrash bands like Destruction, Kreator, and Sodom. I think these influences will shine through on the upcoming release.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

There's no real reason anyone should know me personally. I will let the music do the speaking.

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

Nerutet nebt aatet khaa kha em ba en resh khebesu mit en resh!

Frater Cassius of Sacerdos