Thursday, September 30, 2010

Necrite/Sic Gloria Transit Mundi/Flenser Records/2010 CD Review


  Necrite are a band from Northern California that plays a raw form of black metal with doom, drone, and ambient elements and this is a review of their 2010 album "Sic Gloria Transit" which will be released by Flenser Records.

Drums alternate between slow, mid paced to fast with a lot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful with a lot of distortion being used, as for the synths and noise elements that bring a very dark ambient element to the music.

Rhythm guitars mix slow drone doom riffs with some fast black metal riffs that have a thrashy edge at times with some weird elements and distortion being added in on a lot of the songs and sometimes being dominant, and there are no lead guitars or solos present on this recording, as for the acoustic guitars when they are used briefly for a few seconds it adds another dark dimension to the music.

Vocals alternate between deep growls, high pitched black metal screams and suicidal cries as well as some chanting on the last song, while the lyrics cover misanthropy, urban decay and astral production, as for the production it sounds very dark and raw which is the perfect mix for the ambient black metal this music creates.

In my opinion Necrite are a very good band that should appeal to fans of ambient black metal as well as fans of drone since they mix the 2 styles together. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Mass For The Harvest Of Death" and "Bathing Wounds With Open Shards Of Glass". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Lightning Swords Of Death/The Extra Dimensional Wound/Metal Blade Records/2010 CD Review


  Lightning Swords Of Death are a band from Southern California that plays a brutal mixture of war, black, and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "The Extra Dimensional Wound" which was released by Metal Blade Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast playing with a lot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very strong sound the follows the riffing coming out of the guitars and at times they shred heavily on some songs.

Rhythm guitars mix speed and brutality together with riffs that mix the heaviest elements of war, black, death, and thrash metal together and some occasional slow riffing, and there are little to no guitar leads or solos present on this recording, as for the acoustic guitars when they are used it brings a very dark edge to the music with an instrumental.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with a good amount of deep growls and thrash influenced vocals being thrown in, while the lyrics cover chaos and other themes that would be suitable for a death metal band, as for the production it sounds very professional with all of the musical instruments having a brutal sound.

In my opinion Lightning Swords Of Death are a very good band, and while I understand that some people might not give this group a chance because they are signed to a corporate label, I still feel this is a great and brutal war/black/death/thrash metal band and if you want something fast and brutal you will not be disappointed with this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nihilistic Stench" "Invoke The Desolate One" "Paths To Chaos". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hiems/Worship Or Die/Moribund Records/2009 CD Review


  Hiems is a 1 man side project of Algol better known for his work with Forgotten Tomb and with this project he plays a modern form of black metal that has rock and psychedelic tendencies, and this is a review of their 2009 album "Worship Or Die" which was released by Moribund Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats, while the synths have a very dark sound to them without overpowering the music and they bring in a 70's psychedelic edge on a couple of song, as for the bass playing it has a very dark and primal tone with riffs that follow the riffing of the guitars and at times sound very powerful and dominate through parts of the album.

Rhythm guitars mix raw and primal black metal riffs with some thrash, black rock and classic rock influences mixed in with a great amount of distortion to create a more modern black metal sound, while the lead guitars are very distorted sounding guitar solos mixed in with 70's rock influences on one song with some soft playing being used only briefly.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with a small amount of cleaning as well as some spoken word passages and samples, while the lyrics cover hatred and disgust for the world with a philosophical bent, as for the production on this recording which was recorded and mixed from January to October 2008 at Elfo Studios in Piacenza, Italy sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.

In my opinion Hiems are a very talented and original sounding black metal band that uses a lot of distortion and bring in psychedelic elements which I am looking forward to see what they do with them on future releases, if you want an original sounding black metal band, check this group out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Worship Or Die" "Scum Destroyer" and "Wounds Just Death Can Heal". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Azaghal/Teraphim/Moribund Records/2009 CD Review


  Azaghal are a black metal band from Finland that has also been interviewed by this zine and they play a style that they themselves consider Black Terror Metal and this is a review of their 2009 album "Teraphim" which was released by Moribund Records.

Drums are a mixture of slow, mid paced to fast with a lot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone that sounds very powerful and morbid sounding at times, as for the synths when they are utilized they bring in Gregorian chants into the music mixed in with some more dark and haunting elements.

Rhythm guitars have a modern black metal sound with some heavy and heavy riffs that also have some death metal and thrash influences in the mid paced parts mixed with a small amount of melody and some slow riffing, while the lead guitars utilize a lot of dark sounding exotic scales and melodies in the guitar solos as well as some classic metal influences.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed in with some deep growls and some clean singing as well as some spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Luciferian, Caballa, Alchemy, Necromancy and Armageddon, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Cursed Studio, Bi-Audio and Niflhel Studio during the summer of 2009 sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.

In my opinion this is another good album from Azaghal and while it is not as raw and primal as their early material, you can still tell that they have grown a lot as musicians over the years and if your are a fan of their last few albums you will still enjoy this one as well. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "XI Omega" "Teraphim-Puhdistva Tuli" "Pimeydan Kutsu" and "Kyy". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Monday, September 27, 2010

NIHILL/Grond/HydraHead Records/2009 CD Review


  NIHILL are a band from the Netherlands that has also been interviewed by this zine and they play a style that I would describe as being raw occultic black metal with some doom and dark ambient/noise elements and this is a review of their 2009 album "Grond" which was HydraHead Records.

Drums range from being slow, mid paced to fast black metal drumming with some blast beats, while the bass  playing has a very dark tone with primal riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars. as for the noise effects they are very distorted and avant garde sounding as well as having dark ambient sounds of nature elements.

Rhythm guitars are mostly fast and primal sounding black metal riffs with some slower playing that mixes elements of black and doom metal together and the occasional thrash element which is used briefly on the third song as well as some distortion effects, and there are little to no lead guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some harsh spoken word ritualistic passages, while the lyrics cover Occultic, Satanic, Alchemy, Gnostic and Cabbalistic type of themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw, and heavy sound that brings out the avant garde tendencies in the music.

In my opinion NIHILL are a very good band that should appeal to all fans of raw, occultic noisy, ambient sounding black metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Antiomoon Concerning The Dead, The Coffin's Fire Slow But Eternal" and "Pulsus Sailing The Great Dark Cosmic Sea Of Chaos". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Horna/Mustu Kaipuu-Saatanan Tionen Evankeliumi/Moribund Records/December Morti/2009 CD Review


 Horna are a black metal band from Finland that is a very well known name in the scene and this is a review of their unreleased songs from the "Envaatnags Elfos Sold Esgantaavne" album and did not see the light of day until 2009 and this is a review of their unreleased track album "Musta Kaipuu-Saatanan Toinen Evankeluimi" which was released as a joint effort between Moribund Records and Debemur Morti.

Drums are mostly fast playing with some blast beats and slow to mid paced parts, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the guitars which are very primal and at times they have a very powerful sound.

Rhythm guitars are mostly mid paced to fast black metal riffs that occasionally use some melodies but stick to being primitive and raw with a lot of early 90's influences and only a small amount of slow riffing, and there are little to no guitar leads or solos present on this recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some harsh style viking vocals being used on one song, while the lyrics are written in Finnish and cover Satanic and Occultic themes, as for the production it is very raw and dark sounding in the classic black metal tradition.

In my opinion this is another good release from Horna and fans of their other works would enjoy this recording as well. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Piina" "Hnohedettu Uaqni" "Oi Kallis Kotiman" and "Sieluhaaska". RECOMMENDED BUY.

The Secret/Solve Et Coagula/Southern Lord Records/2010 CD Review


The Secret are a band from Italy that mixes primitive black metal with crust/grind and noisier forms of music and this is a review of their 2010 "Solve Et Coagula" which was released by Southern Lord Records.

Drums are a mixture of some heavy skullcrushing doomy playing with a lot of fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark and heavy distorted sound.

Rhythm guitars mix primal black metal with crust/grind, noise and some doom to create a very original sound that has not been attempted in black metal and there is also a good amount of distortion effects, and there are little to no lead guitars or solos present on this recording.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams that have a crusty grind edge to them, while the lyrics cover violent and hateful type subjects, as for the production it sounds very heavy and all of the instruments and vocals sound very powerful.

In my opinion The Secret are a very brutal and original that creates a new black metal style, and while this band will not appeal to all black metal fans, I could still see them winning over people that want something new and original. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cross Builder" "Death Alive" "Pleasure To Self Destruction" and "1968". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mt. Cairn Interview


1. Can you introduce the band to my readers?

We are Mount Cairn, we are from Loveland, Colorado..at the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Demothi is the vocals,
Atilli plays guitar, Aarzen plays bass. And I (McDonald) play drums.



2. How would you describe the musical style that you are going for?

Demothi and I started this as an ambient black metal project late last year. We knew Atilli already but we didn't start playing with him until June of this year...After Atilli joined it gave us a lot of diversity with what we would be able to do. He is an amazing Guitar nerd and he is one of those people who you can talk to about riffs all day and he can just come up with something and layer it, he's got a great organic sound that was perfect for what we set out to do. Aarzen the Giant's family is from Norway, and he was living with Atilli in the Mountains here when we met him...They're big Metalheads so they were students of many metal styles. I think now we're focusing on classic black metal. Burzum, Bathory and Darkthrone are the roots of the tree for us..Starting from the beginning


3. What are some of the lyrical topics and concepts that the band touches on?

Demothi has written all the lyrics for the first seven songs. A lot of our lyrics are written like stories. We have a lot of Native American perspectives. We can't write or begin to understand what it was like from a Viking perspective. We are from here. The Christian church not only plagued Europe. When they got here to what would become the U.S. they were so fucking scared of the natives. They had just fled a religious tyranny in Europe and had come to someone els'es home only to become the same monster they had orphaned themselves from. Indians here experienced a genocide orchestrated by these Christian settlers. Demothi and Atilli are Native Americans, so they're ancestors are remembered as tragic warriors in some lyrics.We live in some of the biggest mountains on Earth, and there are places we go that haven't been sacked by humanity. We go to these places to understand and appreciate the last pure humans. We have a deep contempt for what religion is taking from the world...an antipathy in our words.




4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

A "Cairn" a Gaelic word referring to a towering rock pile usually made as memorials or to mark the peak of mountain. They've been made all over the earth by all kinds of early humans. Its just such a primitive symbolic image. We build one whenever we camp in the mountains, it's a tradition for us. We chose "Mount" to give lineage and respect to where we live.
The arrangement of "Mount Cairn" for me evokes the geographical imagery we are inspired by daily.


5. Do you have any plans to do any shows in the future?

Originally we weren't thinking too much about playing live when it was just Demothi and Myself. Since we joined with Atilli and Aarzen we spend a lot of time jamming. Playing live with other metal bands that share
our views of the world would be a great opportunity for us to exchange knowledge. We now have a session guitarist named Scanlan who will be with us when the opportunity comes.



6. Do any of the other band members have any other experience playing in other band before forming this one.

Myself and Demothi have been in bands, but that was ten years ago, we both started families and put our focus on other Artistic mediums. Demothi isn't a loud outspoken person at all, when I heard his vocals for the first time I was fucking shocked....Atilli's Father is a Guitar Wizard, so he's learned theory his whole life and been in and out of small Death Metal garage projects.



7. How have people reacted to your music, that have actually heard it so far?

...we don't know many fans of Black Metal around here....but most people think it sounds like "all that other bullshit" we listen to....so i guess tha'ts a decent reception...if not a honest one...haha



8. What can we expect from future songs?

More songs about the occult....devotional blackness,an impregnated by rage Sorceress. Nature, Misanthropy..anything that drowns out Christianity.


9. Do you have any plans to release a demo in the future?

Yeah we are recording a three song demo called "Fire in the Hills". We had a lot of wildfires in the mountains where we live this summer and it was powerful yet horrible to see all these trees burning across the whole western horizon. Humanity caused them and i think it's a sad example of careless....so the title seems appropriate.

Peter Slivkanch (of And Hell Followed, Wolves of Hate, Flight of Sleipnir) lives in the next town over, and he knows a lot about recording black metal and especially the classic feel we are going for.


10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We listen to a lot of Black Metal...All day at work Demothi and I geek out about new shit we are always discovering...We listen to Classic Rock a lot too..Black Sabbath at least once a day...but other shit too..
there's some skeletons in everyone's playlists haha.....maybe our biggest influence is Wrest (Leviathan and Lurker of Chalice), a bit further along the branch of the tree..but his contributions to American BM
are comparable with many of those in Europe who birthed what we have today. A local Denver band "Vision of Mara" is another band we like a lot too, we listen to them all the time haha. Its fucking awesome to have local bm bands to be into..Nightbringer, Cobalt are other Colorado bands we've really been into...Craft and Sargeist are a big European influence as well. We don't try to play outside our means though, when you hear the first bm bands recordings you feel a creative force, it sounded raw...You listen to it and such poor recording quality didn't do anything but enhance this energy and feeling..so we want to start there.

Raw sounding, ambient classic black metal.


11. Does Occultism, Satanism, or Paganism play any role in the music?

Absolutely....we understand them not as religions but the alternative..We find lessons in the living world..humanity was not meant to be shackled by religion...Man has all the world as an example to him. Ones own personal interactions shape them..most people fall short of themselves, putting faith into a void. Not taking things into their own hands. We connect deeply with our surroundings, its the best possible atmosphere for
envisioning.



12. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Art, all the fruits of the free mind..Life is ours to drink up.


13. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?

Thank You for the opportunity to do this, we are at the beginning of our journey and hope to contribute to something to Black Metal with more minds like yours.

Legions Of Astaroth/Rites Of Somatic Death/Enucleation Records/2009 CD Review


  Legions Of Astaroth are a band from Georgia that plays a very occult form of black metal and this is a review of their 2009 album "Rites Of Somatic Death" which was released by Enucleation Records.

Drums are a mixture of mid paced to fast drumming with a lot of brutal blast beats and some occasional slow parts, while the synths are only used briefly and they bring a very dark and occultic sound to the music, while the bass playing has a very dark tone that is very easy to hear at times and dominates throughout the album.

Rhythm guitars alternate between slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very dark and occultic sounding with some soft playing being used briefly on one of their songs, while the lead guitars when they are used bring in a lot of darkness into the music and there is not much in the way of guitar solos.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word passages, while the lyrics go into Luciferian, Alchemy, Arcane and Occult style of topics, as for the production it has a professional but raw sound which captures all of the instruments and gives them a very good sound.

In my opinion this is a good album from Legions Of Astaroth and it sounds like that they have grown as musicians I have heard the split they did a few years back and seen them in concert and I can tell they have progressed a lot, if you like black metal that is very occultic but still fast and heavy, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Science Of Threefold Initiation" Nescience Congoined To Self" "Ritual Of Somatic Death" and "Cursed Unto An Ageless Dawn". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mortuus Caelum/Winds Of Malice/Split Album/December's Ghost/2009 CD Review



  This is a review of a split album between Greece's Mortuus Caelum and Atlanta, Georgia's Winds Of Malice which was released by December's Ghost during the year of 2009 and we are going to star of the review with Mortuus Caelum that play a raw and occult form form of black metal.

Drums are a mixture of mid paced to fast drumming with a lot of brutal blast beats and some slow playing, while the bass playing has a powerful sound at times which follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars alternate between slow, mid paced to fast raw black metal riffs that have a thrashy edge at times and there are little to no lead guitars or solos present on their songs.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Ancient Stories, Hellas and Nature, as for the production on their songs which were recorded at Esoteron and Abyssal Studios during the months of December 2008 to January 2009 has the raw feel of a demo recording.

In my opinion Mortuus Caedum are a very good black metal band that has a very raw demo sound to their music and should appeal to fans of fast and brutal black metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fields Of Sacrifice" and "The Mysterious Shadow".

Next up is Winds Of Malice who play a very heavy form of black metal.

Drums alternate between slow to mid paced and fast drumming with a lot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing is mixed down low in the mix and seem to follow the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars mix slow, mid paced and fast black metal guitar riffs that have a slight death metal edge at times, while the lead guitars are very primal sounding black metal guitar solos with somewhat of a dark death metal edge.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover Nietzscheanism, Darkness, Anti-Christianity, and Death, as for the production it has a very dark and evil sound to it.

In my opinion Winds Of Malice are a good band and while they are not the most original band that I have ever heard they make up for it by being very heavy and brutal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Arrival Of Infernal Winds" and "Walk Through These Woods.

In my opinion this is a very good split with Mortuus Caelum having the best music on this split. RECOMMENDED BUY.

1349/Revelations Of The Black Flame/Candlelight USA/2009 CD Review


 1349 are a very well known band in the black metal scene that has also been interviewed and had their new album by this zine and this is a review of their 2009 album "Revelations Of The Black Flame" which was released by Candlelight USA during the year of 2009.

Drums alternate between slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a lot of brutal blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound of their own, as for the effects they being a dark avant garde feel to the music bringing in some occasional dark piano pieces.

Rhythm guitars alternate between slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs with some death metal and thrash influences being thrown in the rhythm's along with some palm muting, while the lead guitars are very distorted and heavy sounding guitar solos, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized briefly brings some soft playing to the weird and heavy experimental music on this album.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover dark themes and some death type lyrics, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Studio Studio Nyhagen under the full moon of December of 2008 and 2009 sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.

In my opinion this was an underrated album from 1349 and I remember when it came out some fans where calling it a sellout and I did not check out this album myself until a year later, but when I finally did I thought it was different than their previous releases but still a good experimental black metal album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Invocation" Serrpentine Sibilance" and "Maggot Fetus". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Dodsferd/Suicide And The Rest Of Your Kind Will Follow/Moribund Records/2009 CD Review


  Dodsferd are a band from Greece that has been interviewed in this zine and has also had their previous split with Mortavatis reviewed here and the style they went for on this album was depressive sounding black metal and this is a review of their 2008 album "Suicide And The Rest Of Your Kind Will Follow" which was released by Moribund Records during the year of 2008.

Drums are mostly slow to mid paced drumming on this recording and there are no fast parts or blast beats, while the bass playing is very raw and follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars with a distorted tone and effects being used at times.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow depressive sounding black metal riffs with some soft playing being used at times mixed in with some weird avant garde guitar noise effects, while the lead guitars have a very dark and weird vibe to them and are not to overdone with a lot of guitar solos with the music focusing primary on rhythm's.

Vocals are high pitched depressive black metal growls and screams, while the lyrics cover suicidal themes, as for the production on this recording which was recorded in the beginning of 2008 at Encore Studios sounds very dark, raw and primal which is the perfect mix for this music.

In my opinion this is another good release from Dodsferd and the 2 songs presented on this album show a more slower and different side of Dodsferd, if you like slow and depressive black metal you should check this album out. RECOMMENDED BUY.

Shining/VI/Klagopsalmer/Osmose Productions/Season Of Mist Records/2010 CD Review


  Shining are a band from Sweden that has a long history and are also one of the pioneering bands in Suicidal Black Metal and this is a review of their album "VI KLagopsalmer" which was released by Osmose Productions in 2009 in Europe and in the U.S 2010 by Season Of Mist.

Drums alternate between slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some brutal blast beats, while the keyboards have a very weird dark suicidal edge to them when used, as for the bass playing it sounds very dark and follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars, in addition there are also some cellos and other assorted instruments that bring a very psychotic avant garde sound to the music.

Rhythm guitars alternate between slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffing that also has a good amount of doom metal and some thrash influences, while the lead guitars are very skillful and melodic sounding guitar solos that are very doomy at times, as for the acoustic guitars they bring a soft feel to the music with their use of finger picking and full chords mixed in with a small amount of guitar slides.

Vocals are mostly high pitched suicidal black metal screams and cries with some clean singing being thrown in at times, while the lyrics are written in Swedish and are very depressive and suicidal, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at The Slaughterhouse between April and August 2008 sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.

In my opinion this is another good album from Shining, while some of the more elite fans might be disappointed those that appreciate their recent material should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fullstandigt Javla Dod Inuti" and "Total Utrrysning". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Burzum/Belus/Byelbog Productions/2010 CD Review


  Burzum are a 1 man band from Norway that needs no introduction at all and this is a review of their comeback album "Belus" which was released by Byelbog Productions.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to occasional fast drumming with only a small amount of some blast beats, while the bass playing has a dark tone which follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful.

Rhythm guitars alternate between slow, mid paced to some occasional fast raw black metal guitar riffs with a focus on ambiance and distortion and on a couple of song's there is a thrash feeling to the music, while the lead guitars sound very primal in the guitar solos with some melodies being used at times with a dark sounding distortion.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams, some deep growls that have nothing to do with death metal with some occasional spoken word passages and clean singing, while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and focus on Belus, the Germanic God in his many different forms and relations to other pantheons, as for the production which was recorded at Greighallen Studios in Norway, it is very dark sounding which is perfect for the primal energy coming out of the music.

In my opinion this is a great comeback album from Burzum, which is a lot different than the last few albums since there is no keyboards or synths, with this album you still have the "Filosofem" vibe but with more rawness and less of an ambient sound, if you are a fan of Burzum you will not be disappointed. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Belus Doed" "Sverddans" and "Morgenroede". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Moon Interview


1. Can you update us with with is going on with moon these days?
Caduceus Chalice out on tape, is soon to be released on CD through Fall of Nature. Another EP is making progress and we are playing a Black Metal Festival Sydney in November.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that you worked on for this new release?
The density has dropped back to allow for more ambiance and layers to come through; There is more space for the parts to breathe which gives way to a raw yet atmospheric environment. It is intended to express the summoning s and inner reflections of a cold misanthropic nightside reality as it journeys through the underworld.

3. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
The lyrics reference ritual sorcery and astral darkness. They are the enactment of ceremonial magick and communication with deities as the spirit declines on its decent towards the abyss. The words aren't always clear and sometimes unwords are used. It is the effect of the delivery that is most important; cold and hypnotic.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band's name?
It is a symbol of the Nightside and the Astral World. It is a decree for darkness and the underworld.

5. What are some of the best shows that you have played so far under the name Moon?
We have played a number of extremely dark shows local to our hometown over the past year and gained a strong following. The Black Mass Festival headlined by Nazxul will be a show to remember, it has one of the finest lineups for a Black Metal show I've seen in Australia. Drowning the Light, Spire, Erebus Enthroned and Astriaal are all outstanding bands; also it will be a privelage to play on the same bill as Nazxul.

6. I have read somewhere that you use other musicians for live shows, do you ever plan on using them for recordings, or is Moon going to stay a 1 man project on the recordings?
Essentially it will remain a one man project but I have used a session drummer in the past and I might use one in the future.

7. How has the feedback been from black metal fans worldwide to your music?
There certainly is an interest worldwide, there are fewer like minded people in Australia so its sound seems more at home overseas. When playing in a niche which is on the fringes of a fringe genre, it is good to see there are others around who take an interest in it.

8. How would you describe your musical progress over the years?
My interest has been to always produce a visionary occult experience. This introspective motivation has steered me more and more towards self production to best capture what I want. I've moved out of commercial studios to working in my own. This has freed my expression and the sound is moving to darker and darker territory.

9. Do you have any other side projects besides this band, or do you concentrate on this project only?
I have played in Black Metal bands for many years; Catacomb, Urgrund and Forn Valdyrheim. Currently this is the main project and has some session members of Forn Valdyrheim.

10. Do you have any plans to do shows outside of Australia?
After the Black Mass Festival in Sydney Moon will take a break from playing live shows to focus on studio recording. If there is enough interest later on we would perhaps tour Europe.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Emit, Galgeras and Revororum ib Malacht are some of the bands that have pushed the boundaries of obscure black metal. They remain on the fringes of black metal, noise and ambient. Galgeras had a highly influential CD called Reliekrover which compiled some previous demos; is is evocative but gritty sounding black metal that encapsulates the art of mysticism. Pasage'Dyver takes nihilism beyond boundaries. All maintain their underground black metal sound while blending old with new.

12. What role does Occultism or Satanism play in your music and how would you describe your views on those topics?
Moon is the visionary experience, its subject matter is of ceremonial magick, evocation and projection. Its driving force is the essence of darkness and pays no specific reference to any denomination. It is understood in the occult that there are many names and references for the personas of darkness. The decree to walk the left hand path is found in the essence of Black Metal, whether it manifests externally as nihistic terror or introspective visionary occultism, to listen is to wilfully step into darkness.

13. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Reading mythology and occult literature, Nitrous Oxide.

14. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?
Contact miasmyr@hotmail.com
www.myspace.com/moonmyth
Thankyou for the interview.

Unlight/Sulphurblooded/Massacre Records/2010 CD Review


  Unlight are a band from Germany that plays a very fast form of black metal with a thrash edge and this is a review of their 2010 album "Sulphurblooded" which was released by Massacre Records.

Drums range from slow,mid paced to fast drumming with a lot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has riffs that follow the guitars and at times they have a powerful sound of their own, as for the synths they are only used briefly and are only there to bring a dark atmosphere to the music.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow, mid paced to fast Armageddon style black metal riffs that have a lot of thrash influences thrown in with some melodic parts, while the lead guitars are very skillful and combine thrash, death, and black metal in the solos with a small amount of melody being used at times, and there is a brief acoustic guitar used on the last song.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover hateful themes and black/thrash with some lyrics in German but mostly English, as for the production it has a very heavy and professional sound that makes the music sound very brutal.

In my opinion Unlight are a very good band that brings back the mid 90's to early 20's Swedish black metal sound with a lot of thrash influences, and if you are a fan of those kind of band's you  should check this group out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sulpherblooded" "Pale Rider Pale Horse" "Become An Opponent" and "By The Seventh Seal A Black Thrash Symphony". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mt. Cairn /Myspace Music Preview

Mt. Cairn are a band from Loveland, Colorado that plays a raw form of black metal and this is a review of the music they have on there Myspace page.

Drums alternate between slow, midpaced to fast playing with some blast beats, while the bass playing has a very distorted tone that follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly raw black metal riffs that alternate between slow depressive/ambient style riffing to fast playing, and there are no lead guitars or solos present on the 2 songs present here.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics are very dark and have a sense of nature to them, as for the production it sounds like the songs where recorded in a jam room and the music has a very raw and primal sound.

In my opinion Mt Cairn has some good music on their page and I am looking forward to hearing some more in the future. RECEMMONDED

http://www.myspace.com/mtcairn

PurityThroughFire/Sampler 2010


This is a review of the 2010 PurityThroughFire sampler and I am going to review the bands one by one/

Irsimal are a band from Sweden that plays a folk influenced form of pagan/black metal. Drums are mostly mid paced, while the flutes are very folk metal sounding, as for the bass playing it follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars with a powerful sound at times.

Rhythm guitars are very melodic sounding pagan/black metal riffs with a thrash edge, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos, as for the vocals they mix high pitched black metal screams with al ot of clean singing and some deep growls mixed in with female vocals.

Lyrics are written in Swedish and seem to be about Norse Paganism and Heathenism, as for the production it sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments.

In my opinion Irismal's 2 songs are very good folk influenced pagan/black metal songs that would not disappoint fans of this genre.

Kroda are a band from Ukraine that plays pagan/black metal with a folk edge, drums are mostly slow to mid paced beats with some fast drumming and brutal blast beats, while the flute brings a primitive pagan edge to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very heavy and dark tone.

Rhythm guitars are very primitive and slow to fast black metal riffs with some trippy parts and a melodic edge, and there are little to no lead guitar solos or leads on their 2 songs, as for the acoustic guitars they have an ancient classical feel to them.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word passages, while the lyrics are very nature and pagan orientated, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

In my opinion the 2 songs that Kroda bring to the compilation are very good primitive pagan/black metal songs and fans will not be disappointed.

Vspolokh are a band from Russia that plays a pagan form of black metal. Drums are mostly slow to mid paced playing with some fast drumming, while the bass playing has a very thick, powerful and dark ton, in addition there is a synth being used on the second song that reminds me of watching old black and white horror films.

Rhythm guitars are mostly raw slow to mid paced black metal guitar riffs, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos, as for the acoustic guitars they have a very dark and medieval edge to them.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some female vocals being used on the beginning part of the song, while the lyrics cover dark and depressing themes, as for the production it has a very heavy sound that makes all of the musical instruments sound very good, in addition there is a flute  on this last song that has a very dark pagan feel to it.

In my opinion the 2 songs that Vspolokh bring to the compilation are very good black metal and I advise you to check them out.

Myrd are a band from Denmark that plays a very dark and raw form of old school black metal, Drums are mostly slow to mid paced drumming, while the bass playing has a very dark and powerful tone.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to mid paced raw black metal riffs and there are lead guitars or solos present on their 2 songs.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls, while the lyrics are written in Danish and cover dark themes, as for the production it is very dark and raw sounding.

In my opinion the 2 songs that Myrd bring to the compilation are 2 very good old school black metal songs that bring the compilation into a different style.

La Division Mentale are a band from France that play a more industrial form of black metal, drum programming is mostly mid paced beats, while the bass playing sounds very dark and powerful, as for the samples they bring a noisy and industrial edge to the music.

Rhythm guitars combine industrial with raw black metal riffs, while the lead guitars have a very noisy edge to them.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams mixed with distorted sounding industrial vocals, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it sounds very powerful and all of the instruments have a heavy sound to them.

In my opinion La Division Mentale bring a more raw form of industrial black metal out with their 2 songs and they did a great job on the songs they brought  to the compilation.

Closing off the compilation it Crystal moors a band from Spain that plays a pagan form of black metal that also has folk and death metal edge to them, drums are mostly fast with a lot of blast beats, while the keyboards bring an epic feel to the music, as for the bass playing it sounds very thick and powerful.

Rhythm guitars are a mixture of pagan/black metal and death metal riffs, while the lead guitars sound very melodic, as for the flute it brings a medieval feel to the music.

Vocals are deep blackened death metal growls and screams with some clean singing vocals, while the lyrics cover Celtic Paganism, as for the production it sounds very powerful and heavy.

In my opinion Crystal Moors is the perfect band to close this compilation.

In my personal opinion this is a great compilation with Kroda having the best music. RECOMMENDED.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Moon/Cacadeus Chalice/Wolfsvuur Records/2010 Cassette Review


 Moon are a band from Queensland, Australia that plays a very atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their cassette "Cacadeus Chalice" which was released in 2010 by Wolfsvuur Records.

Drums alternate between slow, midpaced, to fast drumming with some brutal blast beats thrown in, while the synths are very dark and primitive sounding with a dark ambient feel that is morbid and haunting, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone that follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are a mixture of slow, midpaced and fast primitive black metal riffs that have a dpressive and doomy feel at times which makes the music sound very haunting with a small amount of soft playing, and there are little to no guitar leads or solos present on this recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover dark and occultic types of subjects, as for the production it has a very raw and dark feel to it.

In my opinion Moon are a very good band that should appeal to fans that like black metal that mixes occultism, ambient and depressive black metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Forest Samhain" and "Chalice". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Black Faith/Jubalite DiaBOLO/2010 Demo Review


  Black Faith are a band from Italy that plays a very fast and raw form of satanic black metal and this is a review of their 2010 demo "Jubalite DiaBOLO".

Drums are very fast and primal with a  lot of blast beats and some mid  paced and slow playing, while the bass playing uses a mixture of slow, mid  paced to fast riffs that follow the guitars and at times they have a powerful sound of their own..

Rhythm guitars are a mixture of slow, mid  paced to very fast primitive and raw black metal riffs while the lead guitars when they are utilized are very dark sounding and primitive black metal guitar leads.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover Satanism and Anti-Christianity, as for the production it is very dark, raw, and heavy sounding.

In my opinion Black Faith are a very good raw satanic black metal band that should appeal to all fans of this genre. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "My Walk In The Dark" and "Seduced By The Evil One". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mortovatis Interview


1. Can you tell is a little bit about this new project?
Mortovatis started in 2008 as a jam band by Uncle J. (Drums), Father W. (Guitar) and St.Pepe (custom sound sources and ocsillators). In Uncle J.’s dungeon, under certain circumstances, we created several tracks that some of them were included in our first three demos. In the end of 2009, we recorded our most bizarre song, Rebirth 349, that was released as a split cd with the most hated and perverted band in black metal, that goes by the name, Dodsferd, by Moribund Records! Soon we are going to record our first full length album.



2. How would you describe the musical style that you are pushing for with this new project?
Our music is definitely not for everyone. We aim to ease the pain of the sick. They are one step to destruction. We want to help them go there as quick as they can. No trouble and pain. Our music combines elements of isolation; destruction of the human soul and psychological stability. It is something like space, doom, drone, black metal. Also, in our new full length album, there will be an introduction of new elements, sicker than the last song.

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
Most people wrongly thinks that Mortovatis is a latin word, but it is an ancient greek. Mortovatis was the Charon’s boat, which transferred dead people to “the other side” (the world of the dead).

4. The music that I heard form the Dodsferd split was all improv, are there any plans in the future to include faster riffs or vocals?
The plans for the future is to be alive, all of us in order to create sicker music. Faster riffs, I don’t think so. It all depends in the state of mind we are going to be at the time we will jam. Some vocals will be one of our new elements.

5. What musical direction do you see this project going into on future recordings?
Sicker and sicker. It will not easy to hear this music. Nothing is going to be served with a nice, gentle way from this band.

6. Do you ever have any plans to make this project a live band or is it going to remain a studio project?
Time will show. Now we have to create.

7. How has your music been received so far by extreme music fans worldwide?
There were several feelings about it. Either you hate it, or you love it. But it was something different until now. It gives us strength to be hated.

8. What is going on with the other bands these days?
Recordings, rehearsals and live appearances for Dodsferd and Nadiwrath. Father W. is recording at this time his new full length album with Dodsferd, while Nadiwrath’s debut album is ready to be released by Moribund Records.

9. The split came out on Moribund Records, is this going to be the label that releases your future releases?
We respect a lot Moribund Records. We will see which label is going to release it, when our full length album will be ready. Now, we have to stay focused on our full length album.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced this project?
We are three different people, who listens different styles of music. For example, Uncle J. listens 70’s hard rock, experimental music from 60’s til now, kraut rock and space-rock bands. St.Pepe is more into metal sounds from 80’s plus punk and hardcore stuff. On the other side Father W. is more into extreme sounds…..

11. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?
For more details about Mortovatis, you can check our site, www.myspace.com/mortovatis........

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Teratism/Via Negativa/Negativity Records/2010 CD Review


  Teratism are a band from Minnesota that plays a raw and brutal form of satanic/occultic/black metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "Via Negativa" which was released by Negativity Records.

Drums range from mid paced to fast with a lot of brutal blast beats and the occasional slow drumming, while the bass playing has a very powerful tone that brings a lot of darkness to the music.

Rhythm guitars are mostly mid paced to fast raw war/black metal riffs with some occasional slow riffing and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Demonology with some references to the Sumerian demon Pazuzu, and Anti-Christianity, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it while style capturing all of the instrument sounds and making them sound very brutal and primitive.

In my opinion Teratism are a very good primitive satanic black/war metal band that should appeal to all fans of this genre and they also put on a good live show which I have seen many of times. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "MY Wintery Embrace" "Necrofuge" "A Trillion Slain" and "I Am The Darkness". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Varg/Blutaar/NoiseArt Records/2010 CD Review



  Varg are a band from Germany that plays viking/black metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "Blutaar" which was released by NoiseArt Records.

Drums are mostly mid paced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats, while the bass playing has a very powerful tone and follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly mid paced to fast viking/black metal riffs that contain a great amount of melody and a thrash edge, while the lead guitars and melodic sounding viking/black metal guitar solos with some classic metal influences, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they bring a medieval pagan sounding edge to the music.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with some deep death metal growls, while the lyrics are written in German and are about Norse/Germanic Paganism and Mythology, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Stage One Studio in Buhne, Germany during the months of October and November of 2009 sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.

In my opinion Varg are a very talented pagan/black metal band that should appeal to all fans of this genre. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Wolfsmond" "Invicitus" "Nebellen" and "Alter Fiend". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Summanus/Demo 2010 CD Review


  Summanus are a band from Denver, Colorado that plays a very raw form of black metal that has a depressive edge who has also been interviewed recently by this zine and this is a review of their 2010 demo.

Drums alternate between slow to mid paced drumming with a good amount of fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very powerful sound that dominates throughout the demo,

Rhythm guitars mix slow depressive black metal riffs with a lot of primal fast playing and there are little to no guitar leads or solos present on this recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls, while the lyrics cover Satanism, Anti Christianity and misanthropy, as for the production on this demo it is very raw and primal sounding.

In my opinion Summanus are a very good black metal band that should appeal to fans of raw, depressive Satanic black metal. RECOMMENDED BUY.

1349/Demoniar/Prosphetic Records/2010 CD Review


  1349 are a band from Norway that is a very well known black metal band around the world and have also been interviewed by this zine and this is a review of their 2010 album "Demonoir" which was released by Prosthetic Records.

Drums are mostly fast with a lot of brutal blast beats mixed in with some slow to mid paced drumming, while the bass  playing which is kind of mixed down low in the mix has a dark tones with riffs that follow the guitars, as for the intro's they bring in avant garde effects to the music with only a small amount of synths being used on the last song.

Rhythm guitars are mostly fast black metal riffs with some slow and mid paced playing that also have a small amount of death metal and thrash influences, while the lead guitars are fast and melodic black metal guitar solos that utilize a lot of skill, as for the acoustic guitars when they are used they bring exotic scales and finger picking to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls, clean singing vocals and spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover The Tunnels Of Set, the darker side of the Caballa, along with some other dark themes with the lyrics being written in both Norwegian and English, as for the production it is very professional sounding with all of the musical instruments having a brutal sound.

In my opinion this is another good album from 1349 and fans of this band will not be disappointed with the new album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Atomic Chapel" "The Devil Of The Deserts Of The Devil" and "Demoniar". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Blood Cult/We Are The Cult Of The Plains/Moribund Records/2010 CD Review


  Blood Cult are a band from Illinois that plays an original form of redneck black metal that is still very raw sounding but with elements that no other black metal band has touched and they have also been interviewed by this zine, and this is a review of their 2010 album "We Are The Cult Of The Plains" which was released by Moribund Records.

Drums cover a lot of ground with some mid paced drumming that has a rock edge with some fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very powerful tone that mixes black metal and rockabilly together with some bass  leads being used at times.

Rhythm guitars are very original with some raw black metal riffs that also mix in thrash, southern rock and rockabilly influences to create an original sound, while the lead guitars mix traditional metal with southern rock in the guitar solos.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams and clean singing vocals that are very southern sounding, while the lyrics cover Satanism and Necromancy from a Left Hand Path redneck point of view, as for the production it is very raw but professional sounding with all of the musical instruments having a good sound to them.

In my opinion Blood Cult are a very great band and if you want an original sounding black metal album, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE ""My Forest Home" "Devil's Sabbath" "Serpent" and "Necromance"> RECOMMENDED BUY.

Dodsferd/Mortovatis/Until Your World Go Down/Moribund Records/ 2010 CD Review


  This is a split album between two bands from Greece, Dodsferd who has been interviewed before in this zine and Mortovatis, this album came out on Moribund Records in 2010 and we will start of the review with Dodsferd,

Dodsferd plays a very primitive and raw, hateful, depressing form of black metal that has a slight punk edge.

Drums are mostly fast with a lot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very powerful distorted tone with a punk edge.

Rhythm guitars are mostly fast and primal raw black metal riffs with some slower and mid paced riffing that is very depressive and there are little to no lead guitars or solos present on this recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being used at times mixed in with some depressive cries of pain, while the lyrics cover hateful and depressive themes, as for the production it is very raw sounding which is perfect for this kind of black metal.

Mortovatis are an experimental/drone/improv/black metal band and they close off the cd with their song having a lot of noisy and distorted effects mixed in with some slow and crushing drums and guitars with no vocals.

In my opinion this is a very good split with Dodsferd once again putting out great material and I am looking forward to hearing some more stuff from Mortovatis in the future. RECOMMENDED BUY.

Krieg Interview


1. Can you update us with what is going on with Krieg these days?

Right now mostly getting things ready for two small mini tours in October and November and writing bonus tracks for the reissue of both of Krieg's first albums for Candlelight. Putting various logs in various fires for 2011 as well. Lots of plotting.

2. What was the music style that you where pushing for with the new album and how do you feel you achieved what you wanted to accomplish?

I don't really write with any specific style in mind, on the occasions that I've attempted this the songs mostly come out sounding flat and contrived. I just wanted to create something that was honest to the evolution of Krieg and I feel that this has been achieved well. Mostly having a large break allowed me more time to figure out equipment and sound manipulation differently than previous crimes.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you have explored with the new album?

The whole record has a loose theme of past/present/future live tragedy and how they manifest emotionally, spiritually and, physically. A bleak vision of a life probably wasted. Real upbeat kind of shit.

4. The new album came out on Candlelight Records, what made you decide to pick this label for the new release?

In 2008 I sent out a batch of promos to labels. Candlelight responded and we began from there. I wanted a label that would be able to support how I felt Krieg should operate at that point in it's life. Thus far I'm very pleased with this cooperation.

5. Krieg took a long hiatus for a couple of years, what made you decide to reform this band after all these years and put out new Krieg releases?

I've been a part of many bands, projects etc for over fifteen years now but nothing is as creatively satisfying as Krieg. It's sort of the glue that (barely) holds me together. The first step was to take it live again with the initial mission to step away from twenty minute confrontation performances and try full forty five (or more) minute performances. After this worked out I revisited song ideas I'd been working on since 2005 and went from there.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far since reuniting?

Earlier in September we played with Nightbringer and Profanatica in Clifton, NJ. As I am a huge fan of Profanatica this was definitely the high point for me playing live since reactivation. Also Providence, Rhode Island in 2009 was really great. Excellent crowd, good sound, very well put together. Not something I'm entirely used to with American shows.

7. What are some of the touring plans for the new album?

Mini tour for the US record release with label mates Woe for the east coast in October. Right now we're setting up a similar venture for the west coast with Noctuary for November. After that I've talked with people for some one off gigs and perhaps a return to Europe in 2011.

8. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

I won't know until I'm in the middle of recording them. Concepts and skeletons I have now could be completely rebuilt or erased and I don't have any real plans to go back into the studio until late 2011 or early 2012.

9. How has the reception been to your newer music by those that have heard it so far?

Generally positive. Some puzzling comparisons. Definitely the best response since "The Black House" was released for anything Krieg has recorded.

10. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?

The album will be released in North America October 26th. I still have lots of other things in the pipeline as well. Cheers for the support.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dark Funeral/Angelus Exuro pro Eternus/Regain Records/2010 CD Review


  Dark Funeral are a band from Sweden that has been around since the early 90's and are a very well known black metal band worldwide and this is a review of their 2010 album "Angelus Exuro pro Eternus" which was released by Regain Records.

Drums are mostly fast playing with a lot of brutal blast beats being used at times with some slow to mid paced playing, while the bass  playing has a very dark and powerful tone that follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly fast black metal riffs that have some dark melodies to them and some occasional slow to mid paced riffing, while the lead guitars are very skilled with some fast and melodic black metal guitar solos.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep growls being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover Satanism, demons, vampirism, dying and hatred, as for the production on this recording it sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments on this album.

In my opinion this is another good Dark Funeral album and while some of the songs have a more slower vibe than previous album, I still feel that there fans will still get into this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Birth Of The Vampur" "My Funeral" "Demons Of Five" and "In My Dreams". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Drudkh/Estrangement/Season Of Mist Underground Activists/2010 CD RE-ISSUE REVIEW


  Drudkh are a band from Ukraine that has had their music reviewed in this zine before that plays a raw form of pagan black metal and this is a review of their 2007 album "Estrangement" which was originally released in 2007 and re-issued by Season Of Mist Underground Activists during the year of 2010.

Drums range from slow to mid paced drumming with some fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the synths are used as only a background effect and they do not overpower the music, as for the bass playing it has a very heavy and distorted tone that is very powerful and easy to hear on this recording.

Rhythm guitars are a mixture of slow, mid paced and raw black metal riffs, while the lead guitars are very melodic and distorted sounding black metal guitar solos with a primitive folk edge to it, as for the acoustic guitars they being a pagan folk edge to the music with a good sense of melody.

Vocals are deep black metal screams, while the lyrics are written in Ukrainian and are about Ukrainian Paganism, Nationalism, and Pride, as for the production it has a very powerful and raw edge and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.

In my opinion this is another good album from Drudkh and fans of this band would not be disappointed. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Solitary Endless Path" and "Only The Wind Remembers My Name". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ov Hell/The Underworld Regime/Prosthetic Records/2010 CD Review


  Ov Hell are a band from Norway that is a super group of sorts with members being from Gorgoroth, Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Satyricon and 1349 and they play a modern form of Norwegian black metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "The Underworld Regime" which was released by Prosethic Records.

Drums range from  mid paced to fast playing with a lot of brutal blast beats being thrown in, while the bass playing has a very dark tone and they play a mixture of mid paced to fast black metal riffs, as for the synths they are only used on the last song to enhance atmosphere..

Rhythm guitars are very professional sounding black metal riffs that range from slow, mid paced to fast mixed in with some thrash riffing and a little bit of melody, while the lead guitars utilize a lot of skill and melody in the guitar solos.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some tortured vocals and deep growls, while the lyrics cover Anti Christianity with a small dose of devil worship and other dark themes with the lyrics being written in a mixture of Norwegian and English, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Earshot Studio during the months of October and November of 2009 sounds very professional and you can hear all of the instruments that are present on this recording.

In my opinion Ov Hell is a very good band and while some people might not check out this group due to some members playing in more commercial sounding bands and the production also not being raw, I still feel this is a good album and fans of Norwegian black metal will not be disappointed. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Post Modern Sadist" "Invoker" and "Acts Of Sin". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Wolfskrieger/Der Sharlocherote Tod/2010 Demo Review

Wolfskrieger are a ns black metal band from Italy that does Absurd cover songs and this is a review of their 2010 demo "Der Sharlocherote Tod".

Drums are mostly mid paced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats present on this recording, while the bass playing has a dark tone that follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are all mid paced to fast beats that mix black metal with RAC and there are no lead guitars or solos present on this recording.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams while the lyrics are written in German and are about ns ideals and paganism which was what Absurd mostly wrote about, as for the production it sounds very raw and primal.

In my opinion Wolfskrieger does a great job covering Absurd songs and they make them more primal than the originals, and I am looking forward to seeing them write some of their own songs one these days, if you are a fan of Absurd or other ns bands you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Astarte Interview

1.Can you update us on what is going on with Astarte these days?


This period, I can say is the most precious and creative. I have to take care my son because I became a mother and at the same time to continue with Astarte action. We have new songs that wait to finish them. So we are about this year and 2011 to finish the 6th album.



2.What can we expect from the new material?
It will be a total new idea of what you have heard from Astarte. I can not enter in details cos the songs are not completed and the atmosphere of the album is not yet defined. The sure is that you will meet much aggression and speed. Straight riffs with energy and passion.

I would say it has an “attack” character, violent lyrics which will describe todays humanity.





3.I have heard that the band has not ever done any gigs, are there any plans in the future for any live shows or tours.


Now I have a family to take care and do not forget that I do not make money from the band, so I work. The band and music is in my everyday life so the studio work and the composing stuff is already enough to fulfil my passion. I know that lives are very important for a band to survive and for fans to have a contact but also music itself can be enough to unite that bond.



4.How would you describe your aproach to paganism and occultism?


Paganism is the natural view if dark side .is based on natures elements and it has been established from nation to nations and from fathers to sun. Occultism out of my interests. I think it is more theoretical and has no history. it is based mostly on symbols and less in mental and real/ natural concepts. I can only believe in things that I can see and feel. I have no god and no symbols to obey.



5.Are there any current side projects going on?


Right now I haven’t.



6.How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?


The decade I started with Astarte back in 1995, the real black Metal came up. The raw/ cold black Metal. This is how we started too. Then we enrich our music elements, we add new instruments, different tempos, we were always a black metal band which follows the sound evolution, we emphasize in emotion and nostalgic melodies. I think we used many techniques and new concepts in every album to be interested and to share new things. I would not change anything from the pat because every album had a reason.



7.How would you describe the lyrical content of the new music?


Mythical, modern and straight.



8.What are you listening to nowadays?


On the one hand I listen to old school Metal(back to the roots), and on the other I love the latest Slayer albums, Prodigy, Behemoth, Rotting Christ and many other stuff.



9.What are some of your interests outside of music?


Right now the most precious interest is my son and my husband. It is the most creative and powerful period of my life.



10.Any final words or thoughts?


I want to thank you very much for your friendship and for the invitation. I want also to thank all those who support us so far and to let you know that music is passion and energy. Astarte will come make music as long as they can cos we want to share and to communicate with all of you.

We shall mesmerise your souls…



ASTARTE LINE UP:
TRISTESSA: vocals/ music
DERKETA: synths
LYCON: guitar/bass
ICE : drums
HYBRIS: lyrics
Official Discography (incl. Demos):
1stDemo LLOTH Dancing in the Dark Lakes of Evil
Debut album ASTARTE- Doomed dark Years
2nd album ASTARTE-Rise From Within
3rd album ASTARTE-Quod Superius Sicut Inferius
4th album ASTARTE- Sirens
5th album ASTARTE-DEMONIZED

Myspace site: http://www.myspace.com/astartetristessa
LLOTH band site: www.lloth.th
INSECTED site: www.insected.tk

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Obscura Amentia Interview


1) Can you tell us a little bit about the band, since you are a new bands, and introduce yourself?

First we would like to thanks you for the space granted us, the band was formed in november of 2009 with the meeting between hel a female screamer that loves the extreme black metal in every his form and black charm a multi-instrumentalist that play guitar, keyboards and bass. In a february 2010 the band starts to create the 1st song auto-produced "Eurosia" and in July 2010 the album "The Darkest Dream" is complete.

2)What is the music sound that you try to achieve with your music?

The intent is to create a raw, venomous and claustrophobic sound,a malevolent atmosphere that enters in the mind of listener until the moment he will be a slave to it.

3) What are some the lyrical subjects and topics that you portray in your music?

Our lyrical usually are inspired by all that is obscure in the history of humanity, old books, occultism, death, moved into a hypothetical era but also our italian legends.

4) What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band's name?

Obscura Amentia that is “dark madness” born after a reflection: everyone on earth have a dark seed inside, an instinct that is called by various names, Sigmund Freud called it Thanatos, this is the drive to destroy and kill, the foundation of what many call madness, but in reality is not that one of the basic human instincts.

Obscura Amentia is this seed.

5) Have you had any oppurtinities to do any live shows yet, if so what are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

Until we don’t feel the need to do concerts, now we are exclusively focused on writing the album, maybe a day we’ll change this idea, but we promise you that we’ll compensate this lack with a high production in terms of quality and quantity.

6) Are there any side projects besides this band, or is Obscura Amentia a full time band?

Obscura Amentia is a full time project where we put into passion and all our dark devotion.

7) Currently you are unsigned, what kind of label do you feel would be the right label for this band?

Actually we’re still searching a label to spread our work, we have had some offers, but because of some problems we had reject these ones. The right label for our band must be focused to spread our music, make it known to the world, without thinking at live shows because equally if we did the concerts would be rare in relation to musical productions.

8) How has your music been received so far by black metal fans worldwide?

So far, whereas we are not well known, we suppose that we have had a good appreciation, we hope that this continues also for the future works.

9) What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

We think that we'll continue on this way, naturally trying to improve us.

We are already composing the new songs, in November 2010 begin the recording of the next album.

10) What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, do you have any influences outside of black metal, and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We are somehow inspired by the swedish black metal bands, and also by the dark athmospheres of bands as Limbonic Art, and Satanic Warmaster, ultimately we are listening the last album of Watain (that has a very good sounds!), Ekpyrosis of Setherial and albums old styles as Blood Fire Death of Bathory.

11) Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music or lifestyle?


In the Italy, legends, story and traditions are full of occultism, then certainly they affect our music and life, in fact as mentioned above, these are some of the basic themes of our songs, sometimes the reference is direct, sometimes presented in the form of metaphor.

12) Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

Sure, these include Medieval history, Medieval re-enactment, books, softair, cinematography.

13) Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?

Thanks again for the space granted us, thanks to all the people that support us and that sustain us. Keep the black flame alive.