Thursday, May 31, 2012

Plaggha/XI/Negra Nit Distro/2010 CD Review


  Plaggha  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  2010  album  "XI"  which  was  released  by  Negra  Nit  Distro.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  occult,  atmospheric  and  dark  ambient  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  in  the  classic  black  metal  tradition  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times  in  addition  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  pitched  black  metal  screams  mixed  in  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  demonic  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Death  Worship,  Occultism,  and  Necromancy,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Plaggha  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  raw  and  primitive  occult/ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Invoking  The  Eleven  Dead  Names"  and  "Annihilation  Of  The  Pillars  Of  Creation".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

Dark Paronoia/Emptied By Necessary Apathy/Negra Nit Distro/2011 CD Review


  Dark  Paranoia  are  a  band  that  plays  a  very  depressive  from  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Emptied  By  Necessary  Apathy"  which  was  released  by  Negra  Nit  Distro.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  with  one  song  utilizing  a  drum  machine,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  atmospheric  and  dark  ambient  sound  to the  music  along with  a  variety  of  many  different  musical  keys  being  utilized,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  depressive  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  doom  metal  influences  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing  ,in  addition  most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  melodic  and  primitive  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched depressive  black  metal  screams  with  some  mournful  sounding  cries  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  desperation,  loneliness,  and  misanthropy    with  most  of  the  lyrics  being  written  in  English  while  there  is  one  written  in  Latin,  as  for  the  production it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Dark  Paranoia  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  dark  ambient  and  depressive  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  this  band  out.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vitae  Taedet"  "Emptied  By  Necessary  Apathy"  and  "Walker  Of  Dissonant  Worlds"  which  is  an  Xasthur  cover.  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

Terdor/Levi/Negra Nit Distro/2011 CD Review


  Terdor  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  avant  garde  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Levi"  which  was  released  by  Negra  Nit Distro.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times, while  the  pianos  and  cellos  bring  an  experimental/avant  garde  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  is  all  done  on  an  8  string  bass  and  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  progressive  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  riffs  mixed  in  with  alot  of  progressive  and  avant  garde  influences  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  a  mixture  of  6  and  7  string  guitars,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic,  experimental,  psychedelic  and  progressive  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  when  they  utilized  use  full  chords  and  finger  picking  to add  more  original  elements  to  the  music  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  all  hateful  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  some  deep  demonic  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christian,  Jewish,  Muslim,  Hindu,  and  Anti  American  and  racist  themes  as  well  as  war  and  destruction  to  mankind,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Terdor  are  a  very  great  and original  sounding  avant  garde,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Levi"  and  "Hail  To  My  People".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Dawn Ov Hate/Death D'hivern/Negra Nit Distro/2010 CD Review


  Dawn  Ov  Hate  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw,  heavy,  fast  and  primitive  form  of  blasphemic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  album  "Death  D'hivern"  which  was  released  by  Negra Nit  Distro.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  synths  when they  are  utilized  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music  without  being  a  lead  instument,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  deep  demonic  growls  and  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy  and  powerful  sound  while  not  taking  away  from  the  raw  and  primitive  nature  of  the  music.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Ov  Hate  are  a  very  great  sounding  Blasphemic  fast,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Apokalypse  666"  "Death-Exekution  Kommando"  and  "Broken  Wings  For  The  God's  Bitch".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

  

Bestial Holocaust/Into The Goat Vulva/Metalhit.com/2012 CD Review


  Bestial  Holocaust  are  a  band  from  Bolivia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  death,  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Into  The  Goat  Vulva"  which  was  released  by  Metalhit.com.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  raw  and  primitive  riffs  that  combine  elements  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  some  dark  melodic  parts  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  dark,  melodic  and  primitive  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  deep  death  metal  growls  and  German  thrash  style  screams,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Demonology,  Occultism,  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Bestial  Holocaust  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and primitive  hybrid  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eterna  Posession"  Virgin  Lust"  and  "Sacrificio".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Pandemonium Interview

Interview with Pandemonium.


Answered: Paul – guitars, vocals



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



P. For the time being Pandemonium is in the middle of promotion actions for its new album – we’re giving gigs all over the country. The album is pretty fresh, but it’s already gained some high notes among music critics. Pagan Records and Godz Ov War Productions keep promoting the album outside the country.



2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?



P. We think that Misanthropy is a complete album – essentially perfect, powerful, possessed, real. These are only some of its qualities. I could talk about it for ages, but you should really listen to it for yourself and make your opinion. Misanthropy is an incredible feast for your senses.



3. I have seen the band label their music as being satanic dark metal, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



P. That’s the term we invented to describe our style, which we developed our whole lives. It’s a recognizable, characteristic and unique style. We experiment with it very often, but it’s always ours.



4. What are some of the lyrical topics the band  explores with the new release?



P. The lyrics regard a very delicate, metaphysical substance. We call spade a spade, and we create ideal collages of those names with music. The title of the album may suggest what the lyrics are about. We hope you will learn something from it and come to your own conclusions.



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



P. Pandemonium was born to express everything that ever inspired me, lured me and liberated me.



6. The band has a history that goes back more than 20 years, what is it that motivated you to keep going after all these days?



P. I think we had a mission to accomplish. And that mission still lasts. Sometimes I feel like some invisible power is guiding us. Most likely it gives us energy to go on.



7. I have read that the band once changed its name to Domain, what was the reason behind the name change and why did you decide to go back to your old name?



P. The reason of that was a conflict between me and our ex-drummer, but everything is clear now. To be able to still make music, I had to change the name of the band to Domain. Back then we were like savages – we couldn’t talk to each other like normal, civilized people. Luckily, those times of anarchy in the band are long gone.



8. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?



P. I believe we always give good, decent gigs. Regardless the time, place or attendance. What counts is a good atmosphere. The most interesting gigs we gave must have been those with Vader, Behemoth, Hate, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Morbid Angel, Samael. We mostly play small concert, but in relation to ambience they are never inferior to those big ones.



9. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?



P. The promotion tour was divided into two parts – spring and fall ones. Spring part is already over. We give concerts on weekends, which is more comfortable for us and for the fans.



10. Currently you are signed to Pagan Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support that they given you so far?



P. We were introduced to Pagan by our manager Greg, who owns Godz Ov War Productions. We think that the band, as well as the material for the album, fit Pagan Record’s philosophy perfectly. The promotion that Pagan provides together with Godz Ov War Productions are more than satisfactory for us.



11. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of underground metal?

P. Now, the main determinant for us are reviews in metal portals and zines. They are mainly very positive and show that Misanthropy got a feedback we expected.



12. Are there any other side projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?



P. We wouldn’t have time nor energy to make other projects. We focus on Pandemonium, although occasionally we take part in some bands we are in friendly terms with.



13. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?



P. Surely, we will not chase the latest fashions and trends. We know where we’re heading, ideas will come to us. I think that we will not go away far from the Misanthropy climate.



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



P. Actually we listen not only to metal. And it’s not only metal that influences our works. In the past it was mainly bands like Samael and Bathory that inspired us.



15. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?



P. I treat those concepts as a symbolic representation of human’s dark side of nature, as a representation of a rebel and resistance against hypocrisy.



16. Outside of music what are some of your interests?



P. I’m a huge fan of an active fishing, I like good movies and I work as a graphic designer.



17. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?



P. We invite you to listen to Misanthropy. Hail to all of you maniacs!





LINE UP:

Paul – gitara, wokal

Mark – gitara

Michael – bas

Khorzon – sample, instrumenty klawiszowe

Simon – perkusja



DISCOGRAPHY:



PANDEMONIUM:

„Rehearsal” – demo ‘91

„Devilri” – demo ‘92

“The Ancient Catatonia” – CD ‘93

“The Zonei” – CD ‘01

“Hellspawn” – CD ‘07

“Promo 2010” – promo ‘10

“Misanthropy” – CD ‘12



DOMAIN:

“Pandemonium” – CD ‘95

“…from Oblivion…” – CD ‘99

“Get Etemmi” – CD ‘02





PANDEMONIUM

http://www.pandemonium.metal.pl

http://www.myspace.com/pandemonium_pl

http://www.youtube.com/pandemoniumbandpl

http://www.facebook.com/pandemoniumpl

http://www.reverbnation.com/pandemoniumhorde



PAGAN RECORDS

http://www.paganrecords.com.pl

http://www.myspace.com/paganrecords

http://www.facebook.com/paganrecords

http://www.youtube.com/paganrecords



GODZ OV WAR PRODUCTIONS

management/press/promotion

http://www.myspace.com/rammstahl

http://www.facebook.com/greg.rosenstahl

http://www.youtube.com/rosenstahl3x6



The Iniquity Descent Interview

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




“We just released our first full-length album through Massacre Records, so we are quite anxious to see how that will turn out. Also we are playing a couple of shows around Finland.”



2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it

differs from the older material?



“For some reason some people try to present us as Avantgarde Black Metal, but in my opinion that doesn’t really fit. We are more of a straight forward Black Metal band with a lot of Death metal influences. You can also probably detect lots of other influences from the Metal and Rock scene.

Actually five of the songs on this album are re-recorded versions from the past two EP:s we did. And two of them are some of the first songs we ever wrote. The Iniquity Descent is still a fairly new band.”



3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores

with the new release?



“I tend to write lyrics in a very personal way. I write about what I see, have seen and experienced. Some of it has references to religion, some to soulsearch, some simply to how people around you act and things they do. I grew up in a very religious area of Finland where there are lots of different churches and “cults”, if you may, which has given me lots of fuel for writing what I write today.”



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



“We as a band are a group of people that has been through a lot together and many of us have known each other for 25 years already. As I said before we grew up in a strict religious area and have been splinters in the eyes of many because of the way we dress, think and behave. So in their eyes we have been “the iniquity descent”, the descendants of immorality, to put it easier.”



5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and

how would you describe your stage performance?



“We had a really cool album release gig here in Helsinki a little while ago. We also did some really nice shows last year in Russia.

Even though we like to call ourselves a Black Metal band we don’t look like one on stage. Wev don’t dress up in leather and spikes, covered in corpse paint. We like it toned down a bit, but still put on an energetic show.”



6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?



“We have some shows in Finland planned right now and we were talking about a short European tour, but it seems that is not gonna happen now. We are really interested in touring a bit outside Finland and we are open to suggestions!”



7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans

of black metal?



“It’s been pretty good. I’ve read a bunch of our reviews and they have been surprisingly good. 7,5 or eight out of ten is a pretty good average for a first album in my opinion.”







8. What is going on with the other band projects these days?



“There’s lots of things going on there. Finntroll can probably not be called a project anymore. Hehehe, but Finntroll is probably gonna enter the studio this year and also Chthonian has been thinking about doing something new. Magenta Harvest is also taking steps forward with the writing process and concerts. Not much free time for us!”



9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?



“I guess we will always stick to the same principle of being a groovy, straight forward Black Metal band. The thing that we are gonna focus on now is to be more varied and give the songs a bit more details.”



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



“We all grew up in the 80s (except Philip) and we all listened to different kinds of metal as kids, so I guess that has had some kind of impact on us. A weird fact is that Mikeal who wrote every riff on this album don’t listen to any music at all. He only writes the kind of music he would like to hear himself.”



11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?



“Oh, that’s quite a broad area. I guess it would be anything from home renovating and fishing to swimming and golfing. Hahaha!”



12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?



“Thanks for reading this and don’t be shy to harass your local promoter to get The Iniquity Descent to play at your local club!”

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Plaguendgraves Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

K: The band was formed  at the end of 2010 by K/voice, guitars/(ex - Abnormal Inhumane, ex - Lykauges) and J/drums/(Dodsferd, Nadiwrath). We just released an album called Sclerosis. I compose all the music and I write all the words. We play black metal.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

K: Our style is fast black metal influenced by the American phase mixed with crust and death/grind elements. 

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

K: Our lyrics speaks about chaos, anarchy and anti-christian topics.

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

K: The name consists of three words that are joined (plague, end, graves), there is no specific meaning behind it.

5. Has the band been able to play out live, or is this strictly a studio project?

K: In some point we will definitely play live. We believe that our music is suitable for live performance.

6. According to the bandcamp page, the band does not like to be on social networks, how do you feel this adds to the mystique of the bans?

K:  Black metal is not a social type of music so we don't care about making friends or find chicks through what we do. On the other hand, social networking is a trend followed by most bands for promotion. We like to play music and nothing more. We are not ''pros'', performing music is a hobby for us and certainly not a priority. Even the profile found in the reverb nation and the add to bandcamp is not under our control. This is label's job, we have no involvement in this.

7. On the album there where some guest musicians, how did you get in contact with them and where you satisfied with the results?

K: It`s a fucking great honour Wrath participating in the album, as Dodsferd is my favourite band. J is playing in both bands (Dodsferd/Nadiwrath) so he made contact with Wrath and Nadir for the purpose of participating in the album as guests.

8. The new album came out on Domestic Genocide, how did you get in contact with them and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?

K: We just send them an e-mail to listen to our album. It's more sure cooperating with an american label, the guys are fine and they are more organized than the european labels.

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

K: There is no new material for a future release. We will focus on perfoming live.

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

K: We are influenced mainly by the U.S scene of Black Metal. You know, bands like Judas Iscariot, Leviathan, Krallice, Woe, Krieg, Deafheaven, Ice and more. Dodsferd of course is a huge influence. I also like crust bands with d-beat like Tragedy, Catharsis, Trap Them and bands like Rotten Sound or Pig Destroyer.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

K: Outside of music, I like chilling at home, listening music loudly. There`s also a fucking day job, so there`s not enough time for anything else.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

K: Thanks a lot for the interview and the opportunity to say some things! Support the underground and smoke weed everyday!
     plaguendgraves@hotmail.com

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Iniquity Descent/The Human Apheresis/Massacre Records/2012 CD Review


  The  Iniquity  Descent  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  and  avant  garde  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "The  Human  Apheresis"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  sound  effects  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  an  experimental  feeling  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  death  metal,  rock  and  avant  garde  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  to  blackened  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and  everyday  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  The  Iniquity  Descent  are  a  very  good  sounding  black  metal  band  with  a  rock  music, death  metal  and  avant  garde  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Prostation"  "The  Human  Apheresis"  "Believers In  The  Apotheosis"  and  "Infected".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Forefather/Last Of The Line/Metalhit.com/2012 CD Review


  Forefather  are  a  band  from  the  U.K  that  has  been  interviewed  before  by  this  zine  which labels  their  music  Anglo  Saxon  Pagan  Metal  which  takes  influences  from  viking,  black  and  traditional  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Last  Of  The  Line"  which  was  released  by  Metalhit.com.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  an  atmospheric  sound  to the  music

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  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  influences  from  viking,  black  and  traditional  metal  moving  even  more  further  away  from  the  more  black  metal  sound  of  the  earlier  albums  as  well  as  having  a  great  amount  of  melody   being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  a  progressive  feeling  to  the  music.

  Vocals  range  from  clean singing  viking  metal  vocals  and  some  black  metal  screams  and  growls  as  well  as  a  brief  spoken  word  part  being  utilized  on  one  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon Paganism, as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  recording  from  Forefather  and  if  you  enjoy  their  most  recent  material,  you  should  enjoy  this  one  as  well.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chorus  Of  Steel"  "Wolves  Of  Prayer"  "Shadows  Of  The  Dead"  and  "The  Downfallen".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Qafas/Kafkaesque Retribution/Rigorism Productions/2011 EP Review


  Qafas  are  a  band  from  Bahrain  that  started  out  as  a  funeral  doom  metal  band  but  evolved  into an  ambient  black  metal  band  with  this  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  201  ep  "Kafkaesque  Retribution"  which  was  released  by  Rigorism  Productions.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  some fast  playing  and  blast  beats,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  atmospheric  and  dark  ambient  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  depressive  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melodic  parts  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  and  distorted  sounding  depressive  black  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  philosophy  of  Kaftka  a  German  philosopher  and  writer,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Qafas  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECCOMMENDED  BUY.

  

Mortis Mutilati Interview

1.      Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?

I created Mortis Mutilati on March 2011 after writing a few songs that I recorded thereafter on a little demo limited to 50 hand numbered copies. After having recording the whole album – I think between March and May 2011 – Naturmacht Productions produced it on pro tape edition.

2.      How would you describe your musical sound?

I tried to do something musically elegant keeping a rather dirty sound which better relfect the hateful aspect of the music.

3.      What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Mortis Mutilati is based on hate, murder and suicide. Each text is a personnel settling of scores.

4.      I know that the band name is a greek term for a curse tablet, what was that interested you about this name to name a project after that?

I always been fascinated by torture. Mortis Mutilati means “death by mutilation“ which is a particulary painful kind of torture praticed in China. I was not reffering tot he greek curse tablet when I choose that name form y project.
                                                                                               
5.      Currently there is only one member in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?

Mortis Mutilati is a personal one man band so I will ALWAYS be the only official member. If some musicians have to play in Mortis Mutilati, they’ll only be session musician and they know it.

6.      The new release came out on cassette,  what  is your opinions on that classic format and do you prefer to the modern formats such as mp3,  rar  or  zip's?

Yeah I love the tape format. It has a charm for me. Mp3, zip etc are easy to share the music but you can’t have the pleasure to get the object on you hands, you can’t look at the artwork etc… That’s too bad.

7.      On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by fans of black metal and dark ambient?

I’m glad because the feedbacks were all quiet good. Of course it’s not perfect but I get some goods feed back. Hope that it will be even more better fort he forthcoming album.

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
           
            I just returned from the Moonreich tour which consisted of 5 shows in France. Our new EP Curse
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is now out on mp3 format. I’m writing songs with Septentrion and we are searching for gigs.
            I’ll tack back the recording with Procession Of Death during May/June with my friend Spont (hails!!)
            Our project was on stand by since one year because of Spont’s studies.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I just finished writing the second album and I think it will be quiet different from Sombre Neurasthénie. In fact it will be more depressive but more energetic at the same time.


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

            I had been very influenced by Burzum (I mean the Filosofem album) and some band as Sterbend or Nyktalgia. Nowadays, I’m a great fan of Austere but at the moment, I mainly listen to Raw BM bands as Taake, Ad Hominem, Voqkrre, Marduk etc etc

11. How would you describe your views on Occultism and Paganism?

Paganism and occultism have nothing to do with Mortis Mutilati.

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

            I read a lot. My favorites writers are Stephen King and Edgar A. Poe. I also use to drink  red wine and beer while listening Black n Rolls bands with some good musician friends.

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

            Thanks for the interview! Of you want more informations or order demos, contact me at contact.mortismutilati@gmail.com



Ak-11 Interview


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

     Reloading all weapons & preparing for the second demo/E.P. assault. Nearly 2 tracks down, one of which titled- 'Once upon a time in Europa' will be uploaded in the coming days. 

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the demo?

 Triumphant Black War Metal. I aim to write music that is uplifting & victorious in sound, giving the conquering 'you can run but you can't hide' kind of feeling. Unlike some Black Metal with a 'negative' or suicidal atmosphere, AK-11 is about killing your opponent rather then yourself. The War Gods have been summoned...

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release?

  Man is a warrior by nature & as humans we will always want to kill & conquer one another. So, inspired by the great battles of past & present, the lyrics are about a violent & diabolical war journey- where the enemies of the 'Left Hand Path' are relentlessly hunted down & massacred without mercy. It's about eradicating alien dogma & all slaves of organized religion from your homeland, by any means necessary.

4. I have noticed some of the lyrics where written in Russia, what is it that interests about this language to write songs in it?

I have Russian roots. Apart from its vast, harsh landscape & climate, Russia has a brutal  history. So I find it's a fitting language to sing in this aggressive style of Black Metal music, (especially after some shots of vodka).

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the projects name?

The AK-11 name stands for Avtomat Kalashnikov-11. I wanted a project named after a weapon & after many different options ie (names of bayonets, tanks, Neutron bombs), I went with the Russian AK-47 assault rifle. The project began in April 2011-hence the 11. 

6. Currently there is only 1 member, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?

You know, I like being in charge & enjoy working solo. I always agree with myself & never argue. But sometime in the future when I wish to perform in front of an audience, I will require the aid of other 'Heathens'. I have seen live solo acts with some disastrous consequences & I do not recommend it to anyone playing metal. Besides drum programming can only be entertaining to a certain point.

7. Currently you are unsigned are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for your music?

I have not looked for one as yet & these days a band can do quite a lot without one. However there are some great labels with awesome bands out there that I will look into. 

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

Much better then expected. I had some pretty good demo reviews so far, so I know I'm on the right (Left Hand) path.You can check some of them out on my blog -
http://ak-11.blogspot.com/p/reviews.html.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Faster, harsher, blacker. 

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

After all these years, the early 90's Scandinavian metal bands still do it for me. Of course there are the 80's black/thrash classics & gems which have an influence on AK-11 as well. Also in my collection you will find a variety of different 'dark music' genres :Neo-folk, Industrial, Punk/Gothic, Electronic. Growing up we always had plenty of Classical music in the house & I have been into metal since forever. But it was not until I discovered the second wave of Black Metal that I was truly 'possessed' by music.



11. How would you describe your views on Paganism, Occultism and Satanism?

 For me personally the Satanic/Occult philosophy means rebellion against religious authority & the deluded, brain-washed society / superficial world in which we live in. It can be very empowering psychologically (if not spiritually) if used in the right way. 

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

Doing some fitness training in the morning & then having a good time with all forms of alcohol in the evening.

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

'Legendary, Demonic & Invincible' is AK-11's first release. So for those that like their metal black, written under the influence of vodka & inspired by Siberia's frozen wastelands, Tundra wolves & blood soaked battles, can download the demo for free at
http://ak-11.blogspot.com/
Thank you for your time & HAILZ.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Plaguendgraves/Sclerosis/Domestic Genocide/2012 CD Review


  Plageundgraves  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  mixed  in  with  some  influences  from  death  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Sclerosis"  which  was  released  by  Domestic  Genocide.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  and  there  is  no  bass  guitar  present  on  this  recording  with  the  music  going  for  more  of  the  guitars,  drums  and  vocals  approach.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitive sounding  while  the  more  raw  parts  have  crust  punk  influences  and  the  melodic  parts  utilize  some  death  metal  with  somewhat  of  a  more  modern  technical  edge  which  is  only  used  rarely  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  hateful  black  metal  vocals  that  have  a  crust/punk  attitude  to  them  in  addition  there  are  some  quest  vocals  from  some  of  the  more  well  known  members  of  the  Greek  black  metal  scene,  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  themes  which  are  alot  different  than  what  most  black  metal  bands  cover,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  the  songs  being  somewhat  short.

  In  my  opinion  Plaguendgraves  are  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  band  with  a  death  metal  and  crust  punk  edge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Prejudice"  "Compulsion"  and  "Remnants  Of  A  Ruined  Life".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Sacrament Ov Impurity/Raw Live Demo/2012 Review


  Sacrament  Ov  Impurity  are  a  band  from  Mount  Vernon,  Washington  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  live  2012  demo.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  you  can  hear  the  instrument.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melodic  parts  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  in  addition  there  is  one  song  that  has  a  doom  metal  feeling  to  it  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  short  and  long  songs  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  a  small  amount of  deep  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Cosmos,  Esoteric,  and  Occultism,  as  for  the  production  on  this  recording  it  is  all  recorded  live  and  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Sacrament  Ov  Impurity  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cosmic  Flame"  and  "Crimson  Eye".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ninnagesh/Oculta/Blackhaertz Records/2008 CD Review


  Ninnagesh  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  has  had  their  previous  album  reviewed  as  well  as  being  interviewed  before  by  this  zine  with  this  release  they  had  more  of  an  atmospheric,  raw,  primitive  and  melodic  approach  to their  satanic/occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2008  album  "Oculta"  which  was  released  by  Blackhaertz  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  synths  which  are  utilized  a  good amount  throughout  this  recording  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  tone  with  riffs  that  dominate  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  traditional  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  skill  and  talent,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  add  more  variety  to  the  music.

  Vocals a re  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Dark,  Satanic,  and  Occult  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a very  strong  and  powerful  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.  

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  recording  from  Ninnagesh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  occult/satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  this  album  out.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unholy  Liberation"  "Decadence  Force"  and  "Bergtrollets  Hen".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Ninnagesh/Absoluta/Blackhaertz Records/2010 CD Review


  Ninnagesh  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  has  been  interviewed  before  by  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  raw, primitive,  heavy  and  brutal  satanic/occult  black  metal  with  a  melodic,  atmospheric  and  thrash  edge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  album  "Absoluta"  which  was  released  by  Blackhaertz  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  synths  which  are  utilized  a  good  amount  throughout  the  recording  bring  a  very  dark  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  riffs  that  dominate  throughout the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  some  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  influences  from  thrash  and  traditional  while  still  having  raw,  primitive,  and  heavy  elements  in  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  mixture  of  short  and  long  songs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  variety,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  skill  and  talent,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to give  the  music   a  progressive  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  utilize  a  depressive  edge  at  times  as  well  as  some  deep  growls  as  well  as  some  clean  singing  raspy  power  metal  vocals  being  used  on  the  hidden  track  which  is  a  cover  of  Queensyrche's  Walk  In  The  Shadows,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Dark,  Occult,  and  Satanic  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  where  you  can  still h ear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  without  taking  away  from  the  raw  and  primitive  nature  of  the  music.

  In  my  opinion  Ninnagesh  are  a very  great  sounding  atmospheric  satanic/occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Master  of  The  Worlds"  "Beyond  The  Threshold  And  Death"  and  "Thy  Ritual  Eternally".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

AK-11/Legendary,Demonic, And Invisible /2011 Demo Review


  AK-11  are  a  1  man  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  from  of  black/war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2011  demo  "Legendary,Demonic,  And  Invisible  ".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with primitive  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  influences  from  pagan,  war  and  black  metal  with  alot  of  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  riffing  in  addition  you  can  hear  small  amounts  of  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  on  certain  songs,  while  the  lead  guitars  are very  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  war  metal  growls  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  some  samples,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Russian  and  English  and  cover  Russian  Folklore,  War  and  Satanic  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  while  you  can  still hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  AK-11  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  hybrid  of  black  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Legendary,  Demonic,  And  Invisible"  and  "Sniper  Glory (Satan  Guides  My  Aim)".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Varulv Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?




Varulv was founded in 2006 by Inferius, Grimnyr & Hel which have played together before already in the Death/Black Metal Band Impurity.

Namely with the aim, clean right Old School Black Metal to play which was not possible with Impurity.





2. How would you describe your musical sound?



Hmm, a mixture of Taake, old Darkthrone, Behexen and what the melodies concerns, a little bit of Windir influences.

all that gives our own sound, just Varulv ;)





3.I have recently read a review of one of your albums and while it was a good review they seemed to compare you mostly to Norwegian bands but when I heard the music I felt it was more raw and primitive than most bands from that country, what is your opinion on such comparisons?



I believe which we of Norwegian Bands were already affected, because we´re listening this kind of music also privately.

Which concerns the raw, primitive, Varulv was created exactly for this reason to play evenly in order raw and origin corpses Black Metal.





4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?



A majority of the texts is purely satanic, whereby a part goes also into the Heidni range.

The a few old and coming texts is concerned also with the who wolf topic, Varulv means whowolf.





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



After we decided to base a new Band, we were searching for a suitable name for a long time.

By accident I am discovered in the Internet a HP, which called itself Varulv medal

First I wanted to call the Band in such a way, but the others did not want that that way, therefore we agreed on a compromise, Varulv.

And there us the who wolf topic always interested, was perfect the names for our Band..





6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?



Our best Gig up to now was without a doubt an appearance with Black Witchery and Archgoat in the port in Innsbruck. (AUT)

In addition, our appearance at the Kaltenbach Open Air 2010, with Asphyx, Dark Funeral etc., was not so badly

if our stage achievement was in the past, due to some LINE UP change, once very good, then again rather badly, as said was to the LINE UP changes, and because of the drug problems of former members…





7. Do you have any touring plans for the future?



A Tour does not line up to time, but we planned, among other things some appearances in Austria and Germany for 2012 and at the beginning of already of 2013 with the Castle invasion 2012 with Destruction & Nargaroth…





8. Recently you have had a split album released, what is your opinion on the other bands that participated?



I think the Split album is generally very successful, all three of volume fit perfectly, I think we play in for instance the same music direction and on the same level. Thus perfect a feed for the album!

I estimate both Bands much, whereby Nightforest are neighbours of us





9. Currently you are signed to Naturmacht, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you compare it to the other labels that you have worked with in the past?



First we were under contract with Bloodred Horizon Records, but for financial reasons the Release was retarded again and again by our first album, Hellish Presence.

I had the lip full and have the contract quit, fortunately ran sometime without problems over the stage.

Afterwards we wrote various labels down, demos sent away etc.

Robert von Naturmacht was inspired of our album, after short negotiations was we then already under contract and co-operation runs there to date positively, our next album appears maybe in the middle of 2013 also over nature power records.





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



Up to now surprisingly well, I personally still no bad criticism heard or read.

Is perhaps also because of which we have all together already a longer musical past.





11. What is going on with the other band projects these days?



Our members play still in various other Black Metal Bands, like Sanguis, Hellsaw, Asmodeus, Ketelens´Brukke, I personally played 15 years in the Death - Black Metal Band Impurity before Varulv, but to time I´m concentrated 100% to on Varulv.



12. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?



It will give none largespecies-characteristically to innovations, we try our thing through to pull to mix raw/primitive Black Metal with melody eyes guitars naturally we try not to repeat itself, what succeeded to us up to now well.





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



Old Darkthrone surely of Bands such as Burzum or Taake affected us, old School Black Metal and melody eye of Windir, so a mixture we always wanted make, and I hope it also succeeded us!? :)





14. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?



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15. Outside of music what are some of your interests?



Puh, I am gladly in the nature, from which it gives plentifully at us…

Furthermore I go to other beer gladly on concerts and festivals, am not averse from that or…

In addition I am inspired gentleman of the rings on-line players.

And generally a RPG fan of the first hour… I legend only “Dungeon master” hehe





16. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

I thank you for the interview! And I would be pleased if the readers of this interview about us to become curious and our future Gigs would visit, which would buy or others our CD's… etc. ;)

Thanks

Grimnyr

VarulV





Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mortis Mutilati/Sombre Neurosthenie/Naturmacht Productions/2012 Cassette Review


  Mortis  Mutilati  are  a  1  man  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  cassette  "Sombre  Neurasthenie"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  some  fast  playing  and  semi  blast  beats  being  used  at  times,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  sound  very  powerful.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  depressive  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  some  dark  sounding  melodies  in  addition  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  doom  metal  feeling  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  primitive  and  melodic  sounding  depressive  black  metal  guitar  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music  with  a  progressive  rock  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  female  vocals  and  some  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Mortis  Mutilati  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  that  is  not  a  carbon  copy  of  other  bands  from  this  genre  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Concession  Perpetuelle"  and  "Taphophilia".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.