Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Arsaidh/Roots/Darker Than Black Records/2013 CD Review


  Arsaidh  are  a  1  man  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  atmospheric  Celtic  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Roots"  which  was  released  by  Darker  Than  Black  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow, mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  folk  instruments  and  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark, atmospheric,  epic  and  Celtic  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  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 atmospheric  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  raw  and  primitive  sounding  elements,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  use  finger  picking  ans  full  chords  to  add  some  medieval  elements  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  sounding  black/pagan  metal  vocals  with  some  whispers  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Scottish  Heritage  and  Paganism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Arsaidh  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  Celtic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Roots"  and  "A  Highland  Lament".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.           

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cult Of Apophis/Murder House Demos Volume 1/2013 DEMO Review


  Cult  Of  Apophis  are  a  band  from  Port  Huron, Michigan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  black  metal  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  demo  "Murder  House  Demos  Volume  1".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  with  doom  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  grim  sounding  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  to  deep  growls  with  some clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts  being  used  on  the  last  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  demo  sound  to  it

  In  my  opinion  Cult  Of  Apophis  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  primitive  black  metal  and  dark  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hills  Of  Eyes".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Abhorer/Upheaval Of Blasphemy/Shivadershana Records/1993 7 Inch Review


  Abhorer  where  a  band  from  Singapore  that  played  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  hybrid  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1993  7  inch  "Upheaval  Of  Blasphemy"  which  was  released  by  Shivadershana  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  brutal  sounding  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  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from s low  mid  paced  to  fast  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  riffs  that  combine  early  war  metal  with  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic  sounding  black/death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  deep  black/death  metal  growls  and  screams, while  the  lyrics  cover  satanic  and  blasphemous  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Abhorer  where  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  hybrid  of  war,  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this   musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Heathendom  Incarnate".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Blood Haven/Religious Suffocation/2005 CD Review


  Blood  Haven  where  a  band  from  Arizona  that  played  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  anti  christian  satanic  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2005 album  "Religious  Suffocation".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording, as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  are  only  used  briefly  on  the  last  song  to  add  some  dark  atmosphere  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  some  horror  movie  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism, Darkness,  Hateful  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Haven  where  a  very  great sounding  heavy,  melodic  raw  and  primitive  anti  christian  satanic  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hellfire" "Shards  Of  Crystal"  "Dwelling  In  Evil  Revelations"  and  "Into  The Arms  Of  Satan".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Nox Mortis/Im Schatten Des Hasses/Prophecy Productions/1996 CD Review


  Nox  Mortis  where  a  band  from  Germany  that  played  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  dark/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Im  Schatten  Des  Hasses"  which  was  released  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  Drums  range  from slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  dark,  black  and  doom  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  heavy  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal s creams  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls,  whispers,  clean  singing  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  as  for  the  production  it h as  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Nox  Mortis  where  a  very  great  sounding atmospheric  hybrid  of  dark,  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lost  In  Selfhate"  and  "Castle  Of  Eternity".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Kult Of Azazel/Vrolok/Feast of Sacrilegious Impurity/Artic MusicGroup/2006 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Florida's  Kult  Of  Azazel  and  Pennsylvania's  Vrolok  called  "Feast  Of  Sacrilegious  Impurity"  which  was  released  in  2006  and  we  will  start  of  the  review  with  Kult  Of  Azazel  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  I  would  describe  as  being  raw  and  primitive  sounding  satanic  black  metal.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

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

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  growls  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are present  on t heir  side  of  the  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  recorded  live.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kult  Of  Azazel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood,  Death  And  Damnation"  and  "Oculus  Infernum".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Vrolok  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  occult  ambient/black  metal.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid   paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times, while  the  synths  which  are  only  used  briefly  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very   strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melody  being  used  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  distorted  sounding  black  metal guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Existentialism  and  Abstract  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark, r aw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on   their  side  of  the  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Vrolok  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  occult  ambient/ black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  music.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unholy  Interfactor"  and  "Devotion".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  satanic  and  occult  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

  

Lilitu/The Delores Lesion/The End Records/2004 CD Review


  Lilitu  are  a  band  from  Georgia  that  started  out  as  a  more  atmospheric  dark/black  metal  band  but  evolved  into  an  atmospheric  melodic  black/death  metal  band  with t his  is  a  review  of  their  2004  album  "The  Delores  Lesion"  which  was  released  by  The  End  Records.

  Drums  range  from s low  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  only  a  small  amount  of  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  keyboards  are  very  dark,  progressive  and  atmospheric  sounding,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  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  riffs  that  combine  dark,  black,  doom,  and  melodic  death  metal  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  black/death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when t hey  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  some  progressive  elements  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black/melodic  death  metal  screams  and growls  with  some  clean  singing  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  female  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressing  themes, a s  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful, heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it  with  a  couple  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my opinion  Lilitu  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  dark,  black,  doom  and  melodic  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dolores  Lesion"  "Desolation  Breeds"  and  "Dark  Haired  Girl".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

Dawn Of Azazel/Sedition/Unique Leader Records/2005 CD Review


  Dawn  Of  Azazel  are  a  band  from  New  Zealand  that  plays  a  very  brutal  sounding  hybrid  of  war, black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2005  album  "Sedition"  which  was  released  by  Unique  Leader  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  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from s low,  mid  paced  to  fast  heavy  and  brutal  riffs  that  combine  war,  black  and  death  metal  together  to create  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  which  are  only  used  briefly  are  very  chaotic  sounding  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  death/thrash  metal  growls  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  screams  being  used a t  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  anti  christian themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  brutal  and  heavy  sound  to  it  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Dawn  Of  Azazel  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  brutal  hybrid  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spare  None"  "The  Road  To  Babalon"  "Violence  And  Uncleanliness"  and  "Master  Of  The  Strumpets".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.     

Reign Of Erebus/Humanracist/Blackend Records/2001 CD Review


  Reign  Of  Erebus  where  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  played  a  very  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2001  album  "Humanracist"  which  was  released  by  Blackend  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow, mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  keyboards bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal riffs  with  some  atmospheric  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  thrash  influences,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  deeper  vocals  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as some  spoken  word  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Satanism,  Violence  and  Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Reign  Of  Erebus  where  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stormwinds  Of  Lucifer"  "Funeral Of  the  Nazarene"  and  "Inquisition: Christ".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

Friday, March 22, 2013

Acolyte/Alta/Mordgrimm Records/2013 CD Review


  Acolyte  are  a  band  from  England  that  plays  a  very  grim  form  of  progressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Alta"  which  will  be  released  by  Mordgrimm  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  some  fast  playing  and  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced,  to  fast  progressive  black/dark  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing  with  the  riffing  being  more  blackened  and  dark  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  and  progressive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  more  progressive  elements  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  to  deep  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Personal,  Anti  Religion  and  Lovecraft  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful, heavy  and  dark  sound  to  it  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Acolyte  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Charybdis"  "The  Nameless  Expanse"  and  "The  Ashenground".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hessian/Manegarmr/Southern Lord/2013 CD Review


  Hessian  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  and  dark  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Manegarmr"  which  was  released  by  Southern  Lord.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  with  dark  tone  as  well  as  throwing  in  some  melody  in  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  old  school  style  hardcore  punk  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  full  chords  to  add  more  darkness  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  hardcore  style  growls  to  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  along  with  a  touch  of  Norwegian  Mythology,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Hessian  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal  and  dark  hardcore  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpent's  Whisper"  "Plague  Monger"  "Swallowing  Nails"  and  "Mother  Of  Light".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Frostagrath Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
1-Frostagrath is a one man depressive black metal band from Cairo,Egypt in 2011. it holds the 
concepts : Melancholy,Negativety and Death,I adopted also the concept The Dark Side Of Life. so i try to get out what's on my head and put it all in the lyrics and the music.
I released a Demo entitled A DEPICTION OF MELANCHOLIC REALITY in nov.2012 then i released my first full-length entitled A JOURNEY OF INFINITE SORROW in 19.Feb.2013
Then finally i just released a single entitled INTO A DIMENSIONAL TIMELESS VOID 
in 11March 2013


2. How would you describe your musical sound?
2-I think i am a little bit satisfied about the sound quality,because i want to transfer my anger ,
emotions and anxiety into it , so there come the necessity of the raw sound of the instruments.


3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3-I try to fill the lyrics with hatred,darkness i can do,and i try to ensure that we will eventually 
die and we will be tormented,and life is just an illusion we are trapped within it.


4. Can you tell us a little bit more about the project name?
4- I am a very big fan of Nargaroth,Gorgoroth...so i went that way,and in the same time i wanted
a name that defines the music of the project. so i came up at the beginning with FROST , then
i added AGRATH ,you may consider it as a tribute to these two great bands.


5. You call yourself Lord Mist, can you tell us what was it that interested you about this name to use it for your projects?
5-Since i was a child and i have always been interested in Mist,Fog,Blizzards...it's something that can lead someone to his death.and there is also another hidden reason is that sometimes i feel like if i am like a mist, blurred ; No one can know exactly what is going on inside me or inside my mind.


6. 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?
6-No,i prefer working alone,because i can get out the exact emotions as i feel into my music.My 
cousine helped me with the mixing and mastering sometimes.but i have no interest in letting others compose with me .


7. The new album came out on Visionaire Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7-Visionaire Records is a promising record label from Italy Formed in 2011 i guess,and i think they will  have a very good future .


8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
8-Actually the results was amazing,it make a big success,specially because i don't recall that we have Depressive black metal bands here in Egypt,people don't expect this genre to come from a country like Egypt , so i think i make a difference even if it was a small difference about how the others thinks about the metal scene here .


9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9-My next release will be totally different from any Frostagrath's previous releases,it will be 
something remarkable,it will include a better sound quality with a lot of melancholic melodies that emphasise the bitter atmosphere.


10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10-I Am more into Depressive black metal and Raw black metal..Although,in some tracks on the previous album the influences of the Sweedish Death Metal band HYPOCRISY are very obvious.
.My favorite bands   areAnti,Xasthur,Nargaroth,Gorgoroth,Darkthrone,Drudkh,Nyktalgia...and a 
lot more.These days i can't stop listening to ANTI and Nyktalgia they are like gods to me.


11. Alot of bands cover Egyptian Occultism and Mythology in there lyrics but there does not seem to be alot of metal coming from that country except for maybe a few bands, what do you think is the cause of that?
11-This maybe because the extreme music doesn't has so much attention/Fans here in Egypt.a few who are in love with the extreme music for example :DSBM, and maybe because most of people here who doesn't like Metal music , have some weird thoughts and sick-believes about it which make some restrictions about it.I Think they just don't want to know something new.


12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
12-I Don't have a lot of interests, i spend most of my time in creating the music,reading books and learning about languages.


13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
3-at the end,i want to thank you for this interview and it has been a great honor for me to be on
it ,and i want to tell everyone out there thatYou shouldn't miss the next release because it will be
 something for the history ,i think it will be among the greatest ,so Stay tuned ..
Cheers,
Lord Mist 

Frostagrath/A Journey Of Infinite Sorrow/Visionaire Records/2013 CD Review


  Frostagrath  are  a  1  man  band  from  Cairo,  Egypt  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "A  Journey  Of  Infinite  Sorrow"  which  was  released  by  Visionaire  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars   and  on  the  last  song  they h ave  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark  ambient  and  atmospheric  sound to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  depressive  depressive  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  raw  and  primitive  elements  as  well  as  some  dark  sounding  melodies,  while  the  lead  guitars which  are  very  rare  on  this  recording  are  very  depressive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  dark  ambiance  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Negativity,  Melancholy  and  Self  Hatred,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to it  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Frostagrath  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Journey  Of  Infinite  Sorrow"  and  "Buried  Among  A  Bloodsheded  Shrine".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Woe/Withdrawal/Candlelight Records/2013 CD Review


  Woe  are  a  band  from  Pennsylvania  that  has  been  featured  before  with  a  musical  style  on  this  new  recording  I  would  describe  as  being  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  with  elements  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Withdrawal"  which  was  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  and  primitive  sounding  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  atmospheric  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very,  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  melody,  thrash,  shoegaze  and  post  rock  influences  being  thrown  into t he  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  post  black  metal  guitars  and  leads  which  are  more  extreme  and  old  school  metal  orientated  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  which  are  only  used  briefly  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  more  atmosphere  to  the  music.

  Vocals are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  are  kind  of  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  while  also  utilizing  a depressive  tone  at  times  while  also  adding  in  some  clean  singing  in  some  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  social  issue  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  for  the  most  part  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  but  the  vocals  are  not  as  loud  as  the  other  instruments  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Woe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Is  The  End  Of The  Story"  "Ceaseless  Jaws"  and  "Exhausted".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Arescet Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are Arescet, we are from Århus in Denmark, and we play atmospheric black metal. The band was formed by Martin Skyum, Simon Skotte and Andreas Grønkjær in late summer of 2012. Johannes Klein joined on drums and Mikael Rigtrup joined on rythm guitar and a demo called "The Crackling of Embers" was recorded in early 2013. After the release of the demo, we parted ways with Johannes Klein and Mikael Rigtrup, and in late february/early march, Marcelo Freitas and Erik Evensen joined the band, on drums and rhythm guitars respectively. 

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We play atmospheric black metal, but we also try to incorporate elements of other atmospheric genres like post-rock, funeral doom, ambient etc. We have some guidelines but try not to set any limitations for our music.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
On our demo we have two songs. On the first song, "The Crackling of Embers", the lyrical theme is humanity's preservation of nature (or lack thereof). On the second song, "Extinguished", it's more about personal struggles. I'm not sure the lyrical themes will stay the same on our future material or not. That will be up to our vocalist. 

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
"Arescet" is latin for "it withers". We took the name because it not only reflects our caring for nature, but at the same time it is a metaphor for life in general.

5.Has the band been able to play out live yet or is this a studio project?
Sadly we have not gotten to live gigs yet, but we are planning on doing so in the near future, mostly around our local area. Also because we parted ways with our old drummer and old rythm guitarist, we had to delay live gigs a bit.

6. 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 the music?
Yes, we are looking for a label. We are looking for a label that specializes in atmospheric music, such as (but not restricted to) black metal and funeral doom. But we are very open to suggestions.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
We have had a lot of really good feedback, from fans of black metal and doom metal. A nice amount of people in Denmark are beginning to show some interest in the band, which is something we appreciate very much.

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
We all see Arescet as our main band, but some of us are working on a funeral doom sideproject called Sunken as well. 

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We will be following the same direction as we do now, but we might be experimenting a bit more. And with two new members in the line-up, we will try to incorporate their ideas into the music as well.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We're inspired by bands like Altar of Plagues, Wolves in the throne Room, Agalloch, Woods of Desolation etc. and also new bands like Addaura, Alda, Kólga etc. but we're trying to find our own style. What we listen to ourselves is very varied. But clearly we like atmospheric black metal a lot and also doom metal, post-rock, ambient, thrash metal, neofolk, death metal and so on. 

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Some of our interests include survivalism, camping, outdoor life etc. but also music in general; listening to music, going to concerts, festivals etc.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We'd like to thank Occultblackmetalzine and everyone else who has shown interest in our music.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Traumen Von Aurora Interview


 1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are a 6-headed German post black metal band founded in 2007. Our first album was released in June 2012, our second album will be released in May 2013.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We try to combine elements from black metal and post rock, but we don't restrict ourselves to these. Which isn't all that hard, since Camilo and I, writing most of the material for TRÄUMEN VON AURORA, are very different, but equally uncommitted as far as our listening habits are concerned: Camilo tends to listen to a great variety of music, I tend to not listen to any music at all. I do think people who love black metal or post rock can enjoy our music, but I also think there's way more than just these two elements.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We never wanted to make an album that consists of an arbitrary succession of songs. With our new album, we continued the story of the first one, which is about a lyrical I having to cope with the loss of an important person. This is both a situation most people can tell you a thing or two about and a topic which can be approached in a number of ways. In this context, we also explore other themes like the tristesse of urban life ("neontot" and "im morgengrauen") or romanticism ("flucht").

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
The name translates to "Dreaming of Aurora". I forgot the exact circumstances of its origins, though. But I know that the phrase was some kind of sudden inspiration I had one evening. Later on, when I needed a name for the band, I must have recognized that it would do greatly, as it reflects both the musical style and the lyrical themes very well. However, I would like to keep my personal interpretation for myself and leave you with the task to find your own.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We all agree that our show in Erfurt as a support act for Fjoergyn was the best one. We felt very welcome there and apparently enthralled the audience to some extent, resulting in some overly pleasant conversations afterwards. I'm not sure how to describe our stage performance. What I can say is that we don't try to animate people to jump around. They can, of course, as they see fit. But we would also enjoy people just sitting down and listening to the music closely. With that said, we do show our dedication on stage, but don't expect us trying to impose it on others artificially.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?
No. But we'd be glad if some organiser asked us to play.

7. Currently you are signed to TrollZorn Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
Trollzorn is a great label! Nice people, great support! We were quite lucky under the circumstances. As we parted ways with the Karge Welten Kunstverlag due to conceptual dissent, we were about to send off quite some label applications. One evening, there was an e-mail from Trollzorn. They were interested in buying our first album which had been announced by Karge Welten some time ago. We told them that we were facing some problems with that, which apparently made them consider signing us. A few weeks later we had a new label.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
As we had expected, our music is discussed controversially. You cannot name your musical style "post black metal" without some people getting into a fret. But quite a few people seem to be able to enjoy black metal as well as TRÄUMEN VON AURORA, and that's the group we care about.

9. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
Camilo has been helping out some friends as a bass player some time ago and Robert is engaged in a second band with a completely different musical style. But that's it. In this regard, Camilo wanted me to emphasize that all the music he writes is exclusive to TRÄUMEN VON AURORA. The same goes for the music I write, except for some BGM tracks I wrote for my RPG Maker project.

10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Our idea is to reanimate the project which TRÄUMEN VON AURORA had been a side band to back in 2007/2008. But we only want to use it as a basis and try to shape it with this new line-up into something more sophisticated, and we are very excited to see what we can make of it. Lyrically, it will be a retreat into nature/romantisicm for the most part, quite similar to "flucht" and "was einst im wind der wälder lag".

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Dornenreich and Nocte Obducta were a great influence for me back in the days. Mostly because I hadn't encountered such artistry before as I found it in "Bitter ist's, dem Tod zu dienen" and "Nektar". It instantly appealed to me. Nowadays, I don't listen to music that much, as I said. I just sit down at the computer or at the piano and let it flow, so to speak. I cannot tell to what extent the music I listen to influences this process.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Well, I like reading and writing, but also playing computer and video games. Recently, I have been engaged in conceptualising the RPG Maker game I mentioned. Maike is actively involved in the animal welfare and seems to enjoy drinking coffee with friends. Kavi is more of a sportsman. Camilo does all sorts of things, for example writing a drama. Robert works most of the time. Michael plays games, too, and he also just discovered his talent in photography.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Well, we hope people like our second album about as much as the first one (or even more), and we are very excited to see what everyone thinks of it. We also would like to thank you for the interesting questions you asked us!

Arescet/The Crackling Of Embers/2013 Demo Review


  Arescet  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2013  demo  "The  Crackling  Of  Embers".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very   strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  atmospheric  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  some  raw  and  primitive  elements  as  well  as  some  melody  and  doom  metal  influences  and  in  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  soft  and  clean  playing  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  post  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads..

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  death  metal  growls  being  utilized  on  the  last  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes,  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  with  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Arescent  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  elements  of doom   metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Extinguished".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Paragon Belial/Hordes Of The Darklands/Folter Records/1996 CD Review


  Paragon  Belial  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1996  album  "Hordes  Of  The  Darklands"  which  was  released  by  Folter  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  old  school  90's  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  leads  that  do not  really  go  into  solos,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  are  only  used  briefly  and  they  use  full  chords and  finger  picking  to   add  more  darkness  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  are   mostly  grim  sounding  hateful  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  and Anti  Christian  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Paragon  Belial  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  satanic  black  metal  band  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coming  Of  A  New  Dynasty"  "Horns  Of  Reprisal"  and  "Necromancer  Of  the  Dark  Valley".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.
  

Cadaver Inc/Discipline/Wicket World Records/2001 CD Review


  Cadaver  Inc  where  a  band  that  from  Norway  that  played  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  Norwegian  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2001  album  "Discipline"  which  was  released  by  Wicket  World  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  Norwegian  style  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy,  raw  and primitive  sounding  with  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  technical  parts  along  with  some  melody,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic  sounding  black/thrash  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  which  does  not  take  away  from  the  raw  and  primitive  nature  of  the  music.

  In  my  opinion  Cadaver  Inc  where  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Primal"  "Die  Like  That"  "Killtech"  and  "Discipline".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Triumphator/Wings Of Antichrist/Necropolis Records/1999 CD Review


  Triumphator  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  played  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1999  album  "Wings  Of  Antichrist"  which  was  released  by  Necropolis  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  keyboards  they  are  only  use  briefly  on  one  song  to  enhance  atmosphere.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  growls  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  spoken  word  part,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Orthodox  Satan  Worship,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  while  not  taking  away  from  the  raw  and  primitive  nature  of  the  album.

  In  my  opinion  Triumphator  where  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Infernal  Divinity"  "Heralds  Of  Pestilence"  and  "The  Triumph  Of  Satan".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Crionics/Armageddon's Evolution/Candlelight Records/2004 CD Review


  Crionics  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  death  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2004  album  "Armageddon's  Evolution"  which  was  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  classical  and  industrial,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  utilized  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  death  metal  influences  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  thrash  elements  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  black  metal guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  deep  death  metal  growls  to  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  and  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness,  Armageddon,  Enochain  and  A. O  Spare  Occultism  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Crionics  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  with  death  metal  elements  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Final  Inversion"  "Chant  Of  Rebel  Angels"  and  "Disconnected  Minds".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Immemoreal/Temple Of Retribution/Blackened Records/2001 CD Review


  Immeroreal  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  heavy,  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2001  album  "Temple  Of  Retribution"  which  was  released  by  Blackened  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  synths  which  are  only  used  on  the  intro's  and  outro  bring  a  very  atmospheric  and  classical  music  to  the  album,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  use  some  raw  and  primitive  sounding  elements  as  well  as  mixing  in  some  melody  and  death  metal  influences  to  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  which  are  only  used  briefly  they  use  full  chords  to  bring  more  atmospheric  elements  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  hateful  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  growls  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Armageddon  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  Immeroreal  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Curse  Of  Chaos"  "My  Will  To  Power"  "Temple  Of  Retribution"  and  "Armageddon's  Blade".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

Carpe Tenebrum/Majestic Nothingness/Hammerheart Records 1997 CD Review


  Carpe  Tenebrum  where  a  band  from  Norway  that  played  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  Norwegian black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  album  "Majestic  Nothingness"  which  was  released  by  Hammerheart  Records.

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

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  Norwegian  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  Magick  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Carpe  Tenevrum  where  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Temptress  Luna"  "Velvet  Claws"  and  "Sullen  Becometh". RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Dismal Euphony/All Little Devils/Naplam Records/1999 CD Review


  Dismal  Euphony  where  a  band  from  Norway  that  played  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  dark/black  metal  with  gothic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1999  album  "All  Little  Devils"  which  was  released  by  Napalm  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  no  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  being  present on  this  recording,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording  with  some  gothic  elements,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow to  mid  paced  dark/black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  heavy  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  add  some  more  dark  atmosphere  to  the  music.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  deep  death  metal  growls  to  clean  singing  female  vocals  as  well  as  some  whispers  being  utilized  at times  in  addition  there  is  a  brief  spoken  word  parts  being  used  on  one  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  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  album.  

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Dismal  Euphony  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  probably  already  own  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Days  Of  Sodom"  "Victory"  "Psycho  Path"  and  "Scenario"      

Vergelmer/Light the Black Flame/Cacophonous Records/1997 CD Review


  Vergelmer  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  played  a  very  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  form of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  album  "Light  The  Black  Flame"  which  was  released  by  Cacophonous  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording,  as  for  the  synths  they  are  only  used  briefly  and  they  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  still  adding  some  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  elements  to  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  classical  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  bring  more  atmosphere  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Death,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Vergelmer  where  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blessed  By  Satan"  "At  War  For  His  Majesty"  and  "Heaven  In  Ruins  Lay".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.