Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tetragrammaton/Nuclear Hellfrost/Dying God Records/Eternal Warfare Productions/2013 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Florida's  Tetragrammaton  and  Indiana's  Nuclear  Hellfrost,  2  bands  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine,  with  the  ep  being  released  in  2013  as  a  joint  effort  between  Dying  God  Records  and  Eternal  Warfare  Productions  and  we  will  start  of  the  review  with  Tetragrammaton  which  plays  a  mixture  of  occult  black  metal,  death  and  doom.

  Song  one  "A  Splintered  Self"  starts  off   with  a  very  fast,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  riff  before  the  high  pitched  screams  and  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  drum  blast  beats  kick  in  before  slowing  down  into  a  slower  melodic  part  which  leads  to  some  heavy  death/doom  riffing  kicking  in  before  switching  back  to  the  faster  and  melodic  parts  which  leads  to  a  powerful  guitar  lead  before  the  song  closing.

  Song  two  "The  Body  Ov  Light"  starts  of  with  some  semi  blast  beats  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  riffs  before  the  heavy  drone  distortion,  slowing  down  into  a  more  slow  black/doom  song  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  before  going  into  some  atmospheric  elements  before  the  end  of  the  song  which  closes  with  heavy  reverb.

  Lyrics  on  their  side  of  the  recording  cover  Occultism  and  Hermetic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  where  the  bass  guitar  is  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tetragrammaton  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal  mixed  in  with  doom,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Splintered  Self".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Nuclear  Hellfrost  which  plays  a  mixture  of  primitive  black  metal,  crust,  grind  and  thrash.

  Song  one  "Blasphemous  Onslaught"  starts  off  with  a  primitive  black/thrash  riff  before  the  drum  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  kick  in  as  well  as  some  d-beats  and  bestial  black/death  growls.

  Song  two  "Necrotic  Upheaval"  starts  off  with  a  satanic  ritual  before  the  black/thrash  riffs,  blast  and  d-beats  kick  in  as  well  as  the  high  pitched  screams  and  deep  growls  leading  up  to  an  all  out  black/thrash  assault  along  with  some  crustcore  style  shouts.

  Song  three  "Bombs  Of  Death"  which  is  also  a  Hirax  cover  starts  out  with  some  fast  thrash  riffs  and  blast  beats  before  the  black  metal  screams  and  deep growls  kick  in  until  the  mid  paced  crossover  riffing  kicks  in  which  leads  to  a  chaotic  sounding  chaotic  lead  before  switching  to  the  mid  paced  format  before  speeding  up  towards  the  song.

  Lyrics  on  their  side  of  the  recording  cover  Satanism,  and  Blasphemous  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  the  bass  playing  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nuclear  Hellfrost  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  primitive  black  metal  mixed  with  crust  and  thrash,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Necrotic  Upheaval".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  black  metal,  doom  and  crust.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Funerary Descent/Self Titled/2013 EP Review


  Funerary  Descent  are  a  band  from  Maryland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  dark  ambient,  and  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2013  ep.

  Song  one  "Funerary  Descent"  starts  off  with  some  avant  garde  sound  effects  before  an  ambient  and  atmospgeric  sounding  organ  kicks  inn  setting  up  the  atmosphere  for  the  rest  of  the  ep.

  Song  two  "To  Scour  The  Path  Of  Mortal  Anguish"  starts  with  some  some  drum  programming before  some  darker  sound  effects  start  kicking  in  as  well  as  the  drum beats  getting  alot  faster  along  with  some  dark  ambient  elements  from  the  synths  before  slowing  down  to  some  heavy  drone/noise  elements  while  bringing  back  the  faster  drum  machine  parts  to  close  off  the  song.

  Song  three  "Chained  To  The  Precipe"  starts  out  with  some  slow  doom  drum  programming,  dark  atmospheric  sounds  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams which  lead  the  guitars  kicking  in  with  some  slow  and  melodic  depressive  black/doom  metal  riffs  along  with  some  heavy  sounding  bass  guitar  before  speeding  up  and  getting  more  aggressive  and  heavier,  while  slowly  reverting  back  to  the  melodic  doom  shortly  afterwords  as  well  as  doing  the  switch  back  and  forth  between  being  slow  and  fast  for  some  time  before  closing  the  song  with  a  slow  and  heavy  bass  line.

  Song  four  "As  Spirits  Wander  The  Nether  Plane"  start  out  with  a  slow  and  heavy  riff  before  the  fast  drum  programming  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  kick  in  for  a  few  seconds  before  going  back  to  the  slow  black/doom  parts  while  having  some  weird  and  dark  sounding  melodies  in  the  riffing,  then  the  music  switches  back  and  forth  between  being  slow  and  fast  for  most  of  the  minute  then  slowing  for  for  good  at  the  last  minute  of  the  song.

  Song  five  "Nothingness"  starts  out  with  some  atmospheric  and  dark  ambient  sounding  synths  being  played  at  a  slow  pace  for  a  minute  then  some  heavy  guitar  distortion  and  black  metal  screams  start  kicking  in  along  with  some  heavy  drone/doom  elements  from  the  guitars  along  with  some  drum  programming,  remaining  that  way  for  a  few  minutes  before  the  synths  start  kicking  back  in  making  the  song  sound  more  depressive  and  avant  garde  then  the  music  switches  back  to  being  heavy  black/doom  metal  with  the  grim  sounding  screams  kicking  in  really  hard  before  switching  to  the  back  and  forth  parts  before  going  into  a  more  black/drone  direction  until  the  end  of  the  recording.

  Song  Lyrics  cover  dark  themes  with  a  touch  of  dying  and  the  after  life,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw,  heavy  and  primitive  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Funerary  Descent  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  doom  and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chained  To  The  Precipe  and  "Nothingness".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.      

Barbelith/Self Titled/2012 EP Review


  Barbelith  are  a  band  from  Baltimore,  Maryland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2012  ep.

  Song  one  "Intro"  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  synth  before  the  melodic  chanting  checks  in    which  also  sets  up  a  perfect  beginning  for  the  ep.

  Song  two  "Underfed  Limbs  Of  Heritage"  starts  of  with  a  slow  melodic  post  black  metal  riff  and  powerful  drumming  before  the  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  in  turns  leads  to  the  heavy  and  melodic  sounding  depressive  black  metal  riffing  staying  that  way  for  a  few  seconds,  then  the  song  starts  speeding  up  a  bit  with  some  primitive  elements  before  slowing  down  for  awhile  until  the  fast  and  melodic  guitars  start  kicking  in  with  the  song  switching  back  and  forth  from  fast  to  slow,  then  the  song  reverts  back  to  the  open  riff  which  in  returns  switches  back  to  being  heavy  again  with  the  song  closing  with  a  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solo  and  synths.

  Song  three  "Under  A  Waning  Room"  starts  out  with  some  slow  and  heavy  depressive  black  metal  riffs  before  the  drums  and  screams  kick  in,  setting  up  the  pace  for  the  melodies  to  kick  in  which  leads  to  the  guitars  getting  heavier  and  the  screams  more  depressive,  the  song  than  switches  of f  into  some  soft  post  rock  playing  along  with  some  melodic  cries  before  reverting  back  to  heavier  guitars  and  grim  screaming,  slowly  the  semi  blast  beats  from  the  drums  kick  in  which  sets  up  the  mood  for  the  mid  paced  parts  and  ambient  sound  effects.

  Song  four  "Inward  Quest"  starts  off  with  some  clean  and  soft  playing  and  slow  drums  before  the  clean  singing  melodic  vocals  kick  in  staying  that  way  for  a  minute  then  the  song  switches  to  heavier  guitars  and  depressive  screams  before  going  back  to  being  soft,  slower  the  full  chords  and  dark  vocals  kick  in  and  then  the  song  goes  back  to  being  heavy,  the  screams  get  louder  as  well  the  riffs  adding  in  a  lot  of  melody,  slowly  the  heavy  bass  line  kicks  in,  the  riffs  get  slower  but  heavier  which  leads  to  some  depressive,  suicidal  black  metal  cries  before  the  song  closes  with  a  semi  blast  beat  from  the  drums  and  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Song  five  "Outro"  starts  out  soft  and  atmospheric  with  some  ambient  sound  effects  kicking  in  which  in  returns  closes  the  ep.

  Song  writing  on  this  recording,  covers  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  dark  and  powerful  with  the  bass  being  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix,  but  the  drums,  vocals,  and  guitars  have  a  great  sounding  quality  to t hem.

  In  my  opinion  Barbelith  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Underfed  Limbs  Of  Heritage"  and  "Innward  Quest".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Stellar Descent Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
Stellar Descent is an atmospheric black metal project that I started sometime around 2010.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
My material is typically atmospheric black metal with acoustic guitar. While the feel of each release is different, atmospheric evolution is common to most.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the project explores with the music?
Stellar Descent is lyrically inspired by the the vastness of space and time, the delicate condition of humanity and its only known home, Earth, and the understanding and appreciation that we are all simply temporary expressions of the universe. To this end, releases have focused on biogeochemical cycles, human-caused global warming, geological mountain building, the shared experience of the human condition in the face of the vastness of space and time, etc.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the projects name?
Stellar Descent is actually meant to be taken literally. "Stellar" means "of or relating to the stars" and "descent" is referring to its ancestral definition-- for example, "Descent through modification"-- so "Stellar Descent" is a way of describing our common cosmic origin. As Carl Sagan famously said, "We're made of Star Stuff."
5. Currently there is only 1 member in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?
Some folks may help in future releases, especially with vocals. But I plan to continue writing and recording by myself. I don't think there's any real chance of ever forming a full band to play live shows.
6. Currently you are signed to Eternal Warfare Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
I recorded Accretion after a hiking/camping trip in the Sierra Nevada. I returned inspired and started recording. But I hadn't been involved with the "scene" for years. I didn't know any local labels or bands. I contacted Ash, with whom I recorded years ago under Twilight Falls. We go way back. He's been a close friend for nearly a couple decades now. He told me that he released Boreal through Eternal Warfare. And so I sent an email, and eventually Accretion was released. I've been very happy with Eternal Warfare. I generally dig the label's atmosphere and direction. And I'm amazingly impressed with the musical output of its founder.
7.Recently you put out a split album from Awlyin, what are your thoughts on the other band that participated?
Aylwin is great. It was a pleasure working with them, and it was a real kick meeting up at the Eternal Warfare Fest. I've been able to hear some of their upcoming material-- it's fantastic. I'm very excited to watch them evolve.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
So far, so good. Some folks have contacted me with positive feedback, which is something that I really appreciate. Music is an entirely personal and selfish passion for me, but it always excites me when I can share a musical connection with others.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I don't know. I think it will always be atmospheric. But there's so many directions. I never really know what I'm going to record before I start recording. I typically sit down with one progression. And then I just let things happen.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
There's so much music that inspires me. I could never list it all. Instead, I'll mention two releases that have inspired me so much that my music would not exist would them:
1. Boreal's "The Abyss" - This hasn't been released yet, but I am lucky enough to have a digital copy. It is just about the most amazing atmospheric/ambient piece of black metal I've ever heard. Stellar Descent's material-- especially the recent unreleased material-- has become increasingly atmospheric with every release. This evolution is almost entirely due to "The Abyss."
2. Alda's ":Tahoma:" - It wasn't just the Sierra Nevada that inspired "Accretion"-- it was also ":Tahoma:", which is a perfect soundtrack to any Sierran hiking or camping trip. Alda completely captures the feeling of being enveloped by nature. This album fundamentally changed my approach to writing music.
I've recently been listening to Novemthree's "Renewing," Aylwin's upcoming split release, and the most recent Fauna and Echtra releases. And an awful lot of other stuff.
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests? I spend quite a bit of time reading about science, environment, and policy. And I love hiking and camping.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
My music always concerns the complexity and fragility of nature and humanity. It's a topic worthy enough for music, so it's a topic worthy enough to expand upon a bit. And so I will.
Humans are a part of nature. Some people therefore wrongly believe that anything humans do is natural and justifiable. But, as Stephen Jay Gould so perfectly summed it, "Nature doesn't care." There is no known cosmic justice against which our actions as a species will be judged. There is no natural destiny from which we should not diverge. Our experience with and impact on nature are entirely our choices. So we need to carefully think about those choices.
We are all tied to nature. Our species evolved from natural ecosystems. All great questions about our existence are ultimately answerable only through nature. When we destroy nature, we destroy a part of ourselves-- we destroy our only opportunity to ultimately understand what it means to be human.
Our ties to nature don't just concern our shared intrest in our common origin. Almost everyone can feel a powerful connection to nature. We enjoy nature. We find meaning in nature. We find peace in nature. We flock to nature as an escape from our daily lives. The importance of nature in human pleasure is clearly indicated by its role in human destinations. Here in the US: Yosemite, Yellowstone, Muir Woods, Glacier National Part, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, the Great Smoky Mountains, etc. And its undeniable role in human art speaks to this connection. When we destroy nature, we destroy something to which we deeply and profoundly connect-- we destroy an important source of human pleasure and inspiration.
Moreover, the more we learn, the more difficult it is to escape the conclusion that at least some non-human animals are self aware. It appears obvious to me that many are. So when we destroy nature, we are causing other self-aware beings to die.
But, perhaps most importantly, we all rely on nature. Nearly every product that we consume is a product of ecosystems, from the food we eat to the wood we harvest to the oil we burn. From the dawn of complex life during the Cambrian Explosion about a billion years ago, ecosystems have processed and re-arranged Earth. And our ancestors evolved to rely on these processed materials every step of the way. That's a billion years of dependence coded in our genes.
We rely on an atmospheric composition that was fixed by algae even before the Cambrian Explosion. We rely on healthy soil and stable climates to grow vegetables and raise animals. We rely on healthy ecosystems to slow water on its journey back to the ocean long enough to recharge ground water. We rely on glaciers and snow pack for fresh water. We rely on healthy river systems and wetlands to keep fresh water safe and drinkable. We rely on healthy oceans for fisheries. We rely on healthy forests for building materials. Everywhere you look, we rely on nature. We rely on nature to survive. Without nature, we die.
So that's our choice. We either chose to carefully examine nature and base decisions on a proper understanding of our dependence so that we can make sustainable choices, or we chose to allow the continued destruction of our common origin, our source of inspiration, and countless self-aware creatures while condemning future generations to increasing hardship and risking ultimate extinction.
Thanks for the interview, Anthony

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Gaul Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Gaul formed in 2010. We're from Gainesville, Florida. Derek (guitar/vocals) and myself (Vidge, drums) met through a Craig's List ad. It wasn't as creepy as we thought it would be, so we called Chris Hencher (bass) to come do moderately strange things with us. Gaul was born.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Blackened doom metal.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Sea monsters and antitheist mystic beasts.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
An awesome history and an easy word.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
The Carolinas treated us great pretty recently! As for stage performance, We play pretty goddamn loud. Our songs have a good amount of stuff involved. We hope you like it.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We just got back from doing a 10 day tour of the east coast. It went extremely well! A Texas/New Orleans thing may be in order sometime in the future.
7.Currently you are signed to Dullest Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Dullest Records was formed in 2011 by Luis Hernandez and Danny Katz. They're both awesome dudes and they do their goddamndest to put out great releases, book shows, and play in bands themselves. Check out their roster at www.dullestrecords.bandcamp.com.!
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Good so far. We enjoy what we're doing and we hope others enjoy it as well.
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We have tons of variations of playing slow, heavy shit spliced with fast blackened parts, so prepare for more of that.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
People have mentioned that we sound like a Thou/Wolves in the Throne Room hybrid. They're pretty much right. We all love Thou. We had the privilege to play with them once and they crushed our dicks off.
The Osedax rules...Krallice, Kalwoon Walled City, Aosoth, Primitive Man, Hell, Ulcerate, Portal...pretty much a lot of shit from Profound Lore, Gilead, Translation Loss, Relapse, A389, Willowtip...
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Bad jokes, pizza, tacos, weird sci-fi/horror movies, and our pets.
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We have over an hour of new material we're looking to record and release hopefully before the year's end. Feel free to help us accelerate that process by getting some merch from us! Everything is limited and DIY as piss. Thanks!
- Vidge

Njiqahdda/Mal Esk Varii Aan/Njiijn Arts/2008 Full Length Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Njiqahdda  which  continues  in  the  atmospheric  black  metal  with  drone  and  post  rock  elements  with  the  album  being  released  in  2008  by  Njiin  Arts  and  called  "Mal  Esk  Varii  Aan".

  Song  One  "Zuun  Infer  Maktasalubara"  starts  out  being  very  slow  and  atmospheric  with  some  clean  singing  before  the  clean  playing  and  distorted  parts  kick  in  along  with  the  programmed  drums  bringing  a  dark  post  rock  atmosphere  into  existence  staying  that  way  for  a  few  minutes,  then  the  heavier  parts  and  black  metal  screams  kick  in  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts,  staying  in  that  direction  for  a  few  minutes  before  before  changing  the  guitar  riffing  around  a  bit.

  Song  two  "Somnfaa" starts  off  with  a  very  slow  and  heavy  riff  along  with  some  grim  screams/growls  with  the  song  also  mixing  in  some  powerful  drum  programming   and  the  song  retains  the  same  sound  till  the  end.

  Song  three  "Mal  Esk  Varii  Aan"  starts  out  with  an  ambient  sound  before  the  slow  and    heavy  riffs  and  drum  programming  kicks  inn  which  leads  to  some  distorted  sounding  black  metal  screams  staying  that  way  for  a  few  minutes  before  the  melodies  and  distortion  kicks  inn  for  a  few  seconds  and  then  the  slow  depressive  black  elements  kick  inn.  Around  the  10 minute  mark  the  song  goes  more  into  a  dark  ambient/drone  direction  and  staying  that  way  till  the  end  of  the  song.

  Song  four  "Oom  Vortigign"  starts  off  with  a  slow  black  metal  riff  and  weird  sounding  black  metal  screams  before  the  heavy  drum  programming  kicks  inn  which  in  returns  evolves  into  the  vocals  going  deeper  and  darker staying  that  way  for  a  few  minutes  before  some  kraut  rock  sounding  synths  kick  in  finishing  off  the  song.

  Song  five  "Asa  Ijnahari  Serviam"  starts  of  with  some  powerful drum  programming  and  heavy  black/doom  guitar  riffs  staying  that  way  for  the  remainder  of  the  song  while  also  adding  in  some  more  melodic  elements  and  as  time  passe's  more  some  heavy  drone's  make  their  presence  known.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Njiqahdda  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  elements  of  drone  and  post  rock,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Somnfaa"  and  "Oom  Vortigign".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Tarpaulin/The Bleached/EEE Recordings/2012 Full Length Review


  Tarpaulin  are  a  band  from  Illinois  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  ambient  and  drone  with  spoken  word  parts  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "The  Bleached"  which  was  released  by  EEE  Recordings.

  Song  one  "Funnel  Virtually"  starts  out  with  a  lo-fi  primitive,  fast  black  metal  riff,  semi  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  spoken  word  parts  before  the  heavy  bass  line  and  slow  drone/doom  elements  kick  in  for  a  few  seconds  before  returning  to  the  black  metal  parts  and  remain  that  way  through  out  the  song.

  Song  two  "For  The  Purpose  Of  Conferring"  starts  out  with  a  slow,  ambient  black  metal  riffs  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  in  place  where screams  would  regular   be  at  and  then  the  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  faster  primitive  riffing  kicks  inn  while  also  remaining  that  way  for  most  of  the  song.

  Song  three  "Little  By  Little"  starts  out  with  mid  paced  drumming  and  riffing  going  for  more  of  a  classic  black  metal  approach  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  which  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  are  hard  to  hear  or  understand  which  then  results  into  the  song  going  for  more  of  a  slower  primitive  ambient  black  metal  approach  before  reverting  back  to  the  mid  paced  elements  of  the  beginning  and  remaining  that  way  till  the  end.

  Song  four  "Bound  For  Zar"  starts  out  with  a  more  slower  blackened/doom/drone  riff  and  spoken  word  parts  which  have  a  ritualistic  feeling  to  them  before  some  semi  blast  beats  from  the  drums  kick  in  for  a  few  seconds  then  revert  back  to  the  slower  riffing  as  well  as  going  back  to  the  faster  parts  and  primitive  black  metal  riffing  along  with  the  back  and  forth  approach  throughout  the  rest  of  the  song.

  Song  five  "Eastward/  Involving  Perspective"  starts  out  with  a  very  slow  and  heavy  doom/sludge  metal  riff  as  well  as  the  spoken  word  parts  which  go  on  for  4  minutes  before  some  psychedelic/experimental  sounds  start  kicking  in  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  drone  and  noise  as  well  as  remaining repetitive  throughout  the  last  20  +  minutes  of  the  song.

  In  my  opinion  Tapaulin  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal,  ambient and  drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  The  Purpose  Of  Conferring"  and  "Bound  For  Zar".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

Funeral Eclipse/As Years Pass...We Are Forgotten/EEE Recordings/2013 EP Compilation Review


  Funeral  Eclipse  are  a  band  from  Illinois  which  is  a  side  project  of  the  members  of  Njiqahdda  and  Oaks  Of  Bethel  with  the  music  style  being  a  more  straight  forward  form  of  black  metal  than  those  other  projects  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  compilation  album  which  include's  2009's  "As  Years  Pass"  and  2011's  "We  Are  Forgotten"  which  was  released  by  EEE  Recordings.

  Song  One  "Dying"  starts  out  with  some  heavy  riffs  and  blast  beats  from  the  drums  before  the  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  kicking  in  then  the  melodic  riffing  starts  making  it's  way  in  adding  a  cold  atmosphere  to  the  song  before  going  into  a  slower  and  heavier  direction  then  back  to  the  faster  parts.

  Song  two  "A  Hymn  For  The  Leper  Act  1"  starts  out  with  a  melodic  guitar  lead  before  the  blast  beats  and  heavy/fast  riffs  kick  in  while  adding  melody  in  the  riffing  before  the  grim  screams  start  kicking  inn  with  the  song  going  for  a  slower  and  heavier  approach  then  shift  back  to  being  fast  again  for  a  few  seconds,  as  the  song  progress'es  a  slow  doom  metal  riff  makes  it's  arrival  as  well  as  some  thrash  style  parts.

  Song  three  "A  Hymn  For  The  Leper  Act  2"  starts  out with  a  slow  and  heavy  guitar  rhythm  before  the  drums  and  screams  kick  in  along  with  some  depressing  dark  melodies  while  staying  in  that  direction  for  a  few  minutes  before  a  heavy  bass  line  and  faster  black  metal  style  riffing  makes  their  presence  before  shifting  back  to t he  slower  elements  and  closing  the  song.

  Song  four  "Among  Castles  And  Thrones..  We  Are  Forgotten"  starts  out  with  some  fast  drumming  and  primitive  black  metal  riffs  before  the  screams  start  kicking  for  a  few  seconds  before  going  into  a  more  slow  and  heavy  direction  as  well  as  mixing  in  more  melodic  elements  which  close  the  song.

  Song  five  "As  Years  Pass"  starts  out  with  a  slow  melodic  riff  before  the  drums  kick  in  for  a  few  seconds  than  the  screams  and  fast  black  metal  riffing  kicks  inn  along  with  some  heavy  bass  lines,  then  the  song  starts  making  switches  between  slow  and  fast  throughout  the  song  before  closing  with  some  clean  playing.

  Song  six  "In  Absence  Of  Existence"  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitar  playing  which  switches  from  finger  picking  and  full  chords  before  the  blast  beats,  bass  lines,  heavy  and  fast  black  metal  riffs  along  with  the  screams  kick  in  with  the  song  slowing  evolving  into  a  more  slow  and  melodic  direction  while  still  going  into  the  faster  and  melodic  elements  at  times  making  a  switch  back  and  forth.

  Song  seven  "Claws,  Horns,  Stars"  starts  off  with  a  slow  and  dark  melodic  black  metal  riff  before  the  screams  kick  in  while  staying  in  this  direction  for  a  few  minutes  when  the  clean  playing  starts  to  kick  in  along  with  some  dark  melodies  and  death  metal  growls  that  start  mixing  in  with  the  screams  and  then  the  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  riffing  kicks  in  before  the  closing  of  the  song.

  Song  Eight  "Adrift  Upon  A  Sea  Of  Ash"  starts  out  with  a  slow  and  melodic  black/death  metal  riffs  before  the  bass  playing  starts  getting  heavy  along  with  the  screams  kicking  inn    around  the  same  time    with  the  song  staying  in  the  same  direction  for  4  minutes  when  the  mid  paced  parts  start  kicking  inn  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  screams  that  close  the  song  and  album.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Eclipse  are  a  very  great  sounding  straight  forward  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dying"  "Among  Castles  And  Thrones"  and  "Clawas,  Horns,  Stars".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Aptrgangr/Within Ur, Among Dis/EEE Recordings/2013 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Aptgangr  with  the  music  continuing  the  bestial  black/death  sound  of  the  previous  recordings  while  also  having  longer  songs  this  time  around  and  the  ep  was  released  by  EEE  Recordings  and  called  "Within  Ur,  Among  Dis".

  Song  one  "Pitiless  The  Sun"  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  primitive  bestial  black/death  metal  riff  before  the  guttural  growls  kick  in,  along  with  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums,  and  the  riffs  remain  repetitive  throughout  the  song.

  Song  two  "Earth  Hammer"  starts  out  with  a  semi  fast  primitive  black  metal  riff  before  slowing  down  into  a  more  death  metal  direction  then  the  growls  start  kicking  before  going  back  to  the  beginning  riff  while  also  combining  the  vocals  among  it  then  the  song  switches  back  and  forth  to  being  slow  and  fast.

  Song three  "Inheriting  an  Extinction"  starts  out  with  a  slow  and  heavy  death  metal  style  riff  before  the  growls  and  dark  sounding  melodies  start  kicking  in  and  there  are  no  black  metal  elements  present  on  this  particular  song.

  Song  four  "Spiritus  Mundi"  returns  back  to  the  bestial  black/death  sound,  starting  off  with  a  primitive  riff  before  the  growls  and  more  straight  forward  style  death  metal  riffs  kick  in  and  then  the  song  reverts  back  to  the  beginning  riff's  while  combining  the  other  parts  together.

  Song  five  "Fathomless"  starts  out  with  some  semi  blast  beats  from  the  drums  and  some  fast  black/death  metal  style  riffs  which  continue  that  way  for  awhile  then  the  growls  kick  in  and  there  are  only  2  different  style  of  riffing  being  used  throughout  the  song  before  the  psychedelic  sound  effects  start  kicking  in  before  the  ep  ends.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aptgangr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Earth  Hammer"  and  "Spirttus  Mundi".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Sarcalogos Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We're currently a two piece black and death metal band from Portland, Oregon. WE PLAY LOUD! 

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
No Boundaries! Rooted in black metal but incorporating all of our favorite kinds of music. So we kind of jump between various styles over the course of a song or album.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
It's changed a lot over the years, anything from Evil, Drugs, Strippers, Apocalypse, Depression, Suicide, Faults of the church, Sex. All the good stuff!

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
We get asked this question quite often. It is a Latin word and has many translations. The Latin to English definition of Sarcalogos is “The Word Incarnate” or, as we translate it: “Words Made Flesh.” The translation that made the most sense to me was “words made flesh” which I attribute to the process of songwriting, beginning with the words (the seed) and the music (the egg) and the final product, something tangible, a song…FLESH! It has also been translated into “christ, the word incarnate”. You may think “Oh what the hell I thought it was evil”, well Latin is considered a dead language, and well…Your Christ is dead! Deal with that!

5. Currently there only 2 members in the band, are you planning or expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain a duo?
We're exploring the possibility getting a bass player soon. Otherwise we're getting by on our own.

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Hail Santa III in Seattle is one of the best in recent memory. The place was packed and the performance was captured on video and will be released on DVD soon. We crank it loud and haul ass!

7. Do you have any touring or show plans in the future?
We've got a couple shows here in Portland but hoping to get back on the road at the end of summer. We keep our website updated with tour dates so look out for us coming to a town near you!

8. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or received any interest?
We're sending out our demos to labels this month for the first time. So the next time you hear from us it may be a label announcement.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We've surprisingly got a lot of people listening to our music all over the globe. Thanks to the internet we've managed to get support from people all over the place.

10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We're never ones who follow any one direction. But the newest stuff ranges from shorter and aggressive songs, to long rollercoaster rides, all touching on a lot of fucked up shit!

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Akercocke, Sargeist, Mike Patton, Megadeth, Celtic Frost, Morbid Angel, Carcass, Dark Funeral, Nachtmystium, Goatwhore, Soilent Green, Deathspell Omega, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Slayer, Deicide, Immortal, Death, Zyklon, Dodsferd, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, The CDB, DAC, Jimmy Beam, THC and everything in between.

12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
We believe in ourselves and do not need any kind of organization to be a part of. I see Satanism as the inner animal spirit present in all people. We answer to no one!

I can agree with Ravn from 1349 who put it this way:
"I'm not a religious person, That is perhaps stating the obvious. I don't see Satan as a demonic god, or pure evil, like the Christians [do]. Satan is just about rebellion of man, and that represents freedom — freedom of the mind that's not suppressed by written laws from ancient times." - Quote from interview with Ravn of 1349

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Partying, traveling, blowing shit up.

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We're working to release our 2nd full length album by the end of the year. Recording should start soon. More sonic madness coming your way from Sarcalogos! See you all on the road!

Vaba Marat Interview

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
1. Vaba Marat is an abstraction from what I am as a human being. Something like a stream of consciousness. Some stuff like the split with Venowl and the album "Larvae" were recorded with the help of my friend M. playing drums, with whom I've been in many bands so far. The vocals on some tracks from "Black Noise Antifascista" were recorded by R. and on "Honorado" by Eto (from Black Vulture, Martian Moth and pathétique poupée).
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
2. First of all I consider Vaba Marat to be a punk band due to the DIY and to the anarchist ideals that surrounds it. As I said before, I was also influenced by noise and black metal. Everything is recorded without any technical capacity of playing guitar or any instrument, same goes with the programming/mixing part.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. Anarchism, anti-fascism, anti-homophobia, anti-sexism, nihilism, personal feelings and thoughts that don't make any sense. I always wanted to translate them to english on the bandcamp or even creating a blog to post them, but I am too lazy to do that.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the projects name?
4. It's just a random arrangement of letters. After I've choose them I went to know about some historical figure from the French Revolution called Jean-Paul Marat, but this is just a coincidence.
5. Currently there is only one member in the band, do you feel this allows for more room in the creative aspects of the recordings?
5. Keeping an one-man band without really knowing how to play an instrument is pretty hard. But yes, I feel free to do whatever I want and I am capable to (which is not too much since I am not a musician). It also gives me the freedom to invite collaborators.
6. You have put out a good amount of splits recently, out of all the splits you have participated in, which one did you enjoy doing the most?
6. I like them all. Hehexun and Qliphotic Zafina were efforts from people that are really close to me, and the guys from Venowl and Alkmorhilyion are awesome. The split with Venowl is special for me because it has REALLY been released on a physical format and I think that "Forzaleva" is the best track I've made so far.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and other forms of underground music?
7. Definately I had more feedback from foreigners than brazilian. I've met a lot of nice people from abroad due to Vaba Marat and the band received attention from a few labels (like Sanctum Abyss, Dipsomaniac Records, Glossolalia Records and others). This is my first interview and I am answering it in english! Maybe it's because black noise is something that almost no one in Brazil knows about. On the other side, my other bands were not as weird as Vaba Marat and they gained more feedback from the locals.
8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
8. I also make noise as Clan dos Mortos Cicatriz, but I withdrew from playing with other bands for a while.
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9. Usually I don't plan what a release should sound like, but I think that next releases will contain longer tracks. I've also been thinking of recording an album with me playing the drums and adding a bass line, but I think it will be too difficult for me.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. When it comes from black noise, Enbilulugugal and pathétique poupée were huge influences to me. Some other bands that inspired me to start Vaba Marat were Bone Awl, Disclose, Vegas Martyrs, Venowl and Raspberry Bulbs.
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
11. Anarchism, sociology, japanese culture, literature, soccer, drinking a lot and my cats. I also run a label called O Bricoleur which is more focused on punk and crust.
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
2. Sorry if the answers were too long, and for language errors that they might contain. Thank you for the interest of knowing more about Vaba Marat and sharing it with the others.
FUCK NAZI SYMPATHY!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Aptrgangar/Aptrgangr & Divination/EEE Recordings/2013 Compilation Album Review


  Aptrgangar  are  a  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  beastial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2010  and  11  ep's  "Aptrgangr"  and  "Divination"  which  where  released  as  a  compilation  album  by  EEE  Recordings  in  2013.

  Song  one  "In  The  Fury  Of  Fire"  starts  out  really  fast  and  primitive  with  some  blast  beats  being  the  deep  black/death  metal  growls  start  kicking  and  the  riffing  is  very  repetitive  throughout  the  song.

  Song  two  "A  Community  Of  Beasts"  starts  out  with  some  primitive  black/death  riffing,  deep  growls  and  blast  beats  bringing  in  an  early  90's  old  school  feeling  with  the  riffs  being  very  basic  and  raw  sounding.

 Song  Three  "Serpents  And  Ghosts"  show's  a  very  heavy  Von  influence  throughout  the  guitar  riffs  and  vocals  while  the  lyrics  dont  go  into  the  satanic  direction  which  adds  something  new  to  this  genre  while  still  covering  a  very  dark  topic.

  Song  Four  "Primitive"  changes  the  pace  for  the  album  with  the  riffing  switching  form  slow  to  fast  in  the  beginning  before  going  into  an  all  out  bestial  black/death  attack  while  showing  some  traditional  black  metal  elements  in  the  riffing.

  Song  five  "Thunder  Without  Rain"  starts  out  with  a  fast  primitive  black  metal  riff  then  the  growls  kick   in  for  a  few  seconds  before  the  guitar  solos  start  kicking  in  for  a  few  seconds  before  switching  back  to  the  single  note  riffing.

  Song  six  "To  Serve,  Destroy  and  Set  Ablaze"  starts  out  with  some  old  school  black  death  riffs  while  bringing  in  some  power  chords  and  deep  demonic  growls  which  add  more  power  to  the  primitive  nature  of  the  song.

  Song  seven  "They  Never  Question"  starts  out  with  a  very  slow  and  dark  riff  which  has  an  old  school  death/doom  metal  approach  before  the  growls  kick  in  along  with  some  faster  black  metal  riffing  and  you  can  hear  influences  from  both  Incantation  and  Von  throughout  the  song.

  Song  eight  "The  Hammer  Of  The  Gods"  starts  out  with  some  semi  fast  black/death  metal  riffing  with  alot  of  single  chord  riffing,  demonic  growls  as  well  as  the  return  of  the  primitive  black  metal  guitar  leads.

  Song  nine  "And  The  Fall  Of  Man"  starts  out  with  some  heavy  drone  style  distortion  while  still  utilizing  the  demonic  growls  with  none  of  the  faster  riffing  of  the  previous  songs  being  present  here  and  the  music  goes  more  for  a  black/drone  direction  while  the  vocals  maintain  and early  90's  old  school  approach.

  Song  ten  "Battles"  returns  to  music  back  to  fast  bestial  black/death  metal  with  some  of  the  faster  playing  and  repetitive  riffs  which  help  add  more  darkness  to  the  deep  and  demonic   growls  as  well  as  the  lyrics  focusing  more  on  war  themes  as  well  as  some  powerful  guitar  leads being  utilized  towards  the  end  of  the  song.

  Song  eleven  "North  From  Chaos"  starts  out  with  some  heavy  bass  riffs,  fast  drums  while  adding  a  different  style  riff  this  time  around  while  still  retaining  the  black/death  metal  growls  and  guitar  leads.

  Song  twelve  "Floating  Elements"  goes  back  to  the  traditional  bestial  black/death  metal  sound  of  the  earlier  songs  while  retaining  the  guitar  leads  which  help make  the  song  stand  out  alot   more  with  it's  dark  and  old  school  sound.

  Song  Thirteen  "Fragments  of  Disassociation"  starts  out  with  a  very  slow  and  heavy  riff  bring  in  a  change  from  previous  songs  while  still  sounding  dark  at  the  same  time  with  the  bass  sound  being  more  heavy  and  the  guitar  riffs  having  a  dark  doom  metal  feeling  to  them.

  Song  fourteen  "Seabeast  Incarnate"  returns  to  the  album   back  to  its  normal  sound  with  the  song  starting  out  very  fast  with  some  very  primitive  and  repetitive  bestial  black/death  metal  riffing  and  evil  guitar  solos and  leads.

  Song  fifteen  "Divination"  starts  out  with  some  fast  and  primitive  riffing  with  the  lyrics  bring  in  some  occult  elements  to  the  album  while  still  not  having  the  dark  edge  of  the  bands  that  have  influenced  the  music  of  the  recording's.

  Song  sixteen  "Ad  Astra"  starts  out  with  some  heavy  reverb  and  distortion   being  in  elements  of  noise  and  drone  to  the  song  without  none  of  the  black/death  style  riffing  or  demonic  growls  of  previous  songs  which  changes  the  pace  of  the  album.

  Song  seventeen  "Sphere  Of  Being"  starts  out  with  some  dark  riffs  before  the  fast  riffs  and  demonic  black/death  growls  kick  in  returning  the  album  and  music  back  to  it's  regular  sound,  while  also  mixing  in  some  blast  beats  from  the  drums.

  Song  eighteen  "South  From  Order"  closes  the  album  with  some  dark  demonic  growls  and  primitive  bestial  black/death  metal  riffs  that  for  the  most  part  remain  the  same  throughout  the  song  with  no  variety  being  utilized  except  for  the  solo  towards  the  end  of  the  song.

  In  my  opinion  Aptrgangar  are  very  great  sounding  bestial  black/death  metal  band  that  utilizes  raw  production  and  a  different  song  writing  approach  then  most  bands  from  this  genre  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

       

 

  

ZUD/The Good/The Bad And The Damned/2013 Full Length Review


  ZUD  are  a  band  from  Portland,  Maine  that  plays  black  metal  mixed  in  with  some  blues, classic  rock  and  NWOBHM  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2013  album  "The Good,  The  Bad  And  The  Damned".

  Song  one  "Portal  To  Infinity"  starts  of  with  some  spoken  word  elements  and  distorted  parts  along  with  some  female  vocals  and  spoken  word  parts  which  is  also  a  perfect  intro to  the  album.

  Song  two  "Skull  Shaped  Hell"  starts  off  with  some  acoustic  guitars  before  heading  into  a  heavy  blues  rock  guitar  solo  before  going  into  a  more  primitive  black  metal  direction  with  some  grim  sounding  screams  and  deep  death  metal  growls  making  their  appearance  along  with  some  catchy  riffing  before  switching  into  some  NWOBHM  influenced  black  metal  along  with  some  thrash  elements  then  the  song  goes  into  a  more  classic  rock  direction  with  some  powerful  bass  riffing  and  old  school  rock  style  drumming  along  with  some  southern  rock  style  guitar  solos  which  remain  that  will  for  a  long  time  before  closing  the  song  with  a  blast  beat  from  the  drums.

  Song  Three  "Blood  and  Twilight"  starts  of  with  a  punk  rock  style  black  metal  riff  before  going  into  a  more  proto  metal  direction  with  the  guitar  solo,  then  the  grim  screams  start  kicking  in  with  the  music  shifting  more  towards  black'n'roll  while  retaining  the  classic  rock  elements  before  shifting  into  some  acoustic  guitars  which  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  then  back  to  the  primitive  black  metal  riffs  which  utilize  some  powerful  drumming  in  those  areas  while  also  bringing  back  the  southern  rock  style  guitar  solos  which  adds  to  the  originality  of  the  music  while  the  song  closes  with  some  drunken  spoken  word  parts.

  Song  four  "The  Junction"  starts  off  with  a  very  old  school  sounding  melodic  black  metal  riffs  with  a  very  cold  atmosphere,  before  the  blast  beat,  and  grim  vocals  kick  in  making  this  the  most  black  metal  sounding  song  on  the  album  along  with  some  dark  lyrics  before  switching  to  some  spoken  word  parts  and  blues  rock  guitar  leads  while  style  retaining  the  grim  black  metal  approach, then  the  song  starts  going  for  a  more  a  more  catchy  black/thrash  mode  along  with  some  powerful  drumming  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  heavy  bass  riffs  combined  with  some  classic  rock/metal  guitar  solos.

  Song  five  "Dendrite  Fumes"  starts  off  with  some  spoken  word  parts  and  psychedelic  sounding  acoustic  guitar  riffs  which  combine  finger  picking  with  full  chords  while  the  electric  guitar  in  the  background  a  classic  rock  feeling  into  the  song  and  the  heavier  riffs  along  with  the  black  metal  screams  kick  in,  which  leads  up  to  the  mid  paced  riffing  and  melodic  guitar  leads,  shortly  after that  the  drums  and  guitars  start  getting  faster  with  some  blast  beats  before  the  song  goes  more  into rock'n'roll  direction  along  with  the  return  of  the  spoken  word  parts  which  stay  that  way  for  a  few  minutes  before  closing  the  album  and  song  with  some  clean  playing.

  In  my  opinion  Zud  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal  and  blues  rock  along  with  a  great  production  for  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.