Friday, August 29, 2014

Fagus Sylvatica/Ishtadeva Vinyl Productions/CD Compilation Vol. 1/2014 Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  compilation  album  called  "Fagus  Sylvatica"  which was  released  by  Ishtadeva  Vinyl  Productions  in  2014  and  is  the  first volume  in  a  series  which  also  consists  of  Spanish  black  metal  bands  and  we  will  review  each  song  one  by  one.

  Lux  Divina  starts  off  the  compilation  with  "Fagus  Sylvatica"  a  song  that  starts  out  with  some  folk  style  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  more  of  a  slow  and  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  melodic  vocals  and  grim  screams  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  also  keeping  around  the  acoustic  guitars  and  clean singing  in  certain  sections  of  the  track

  Next  up  is Foscor  with  "Ghost  Sonata"  a  song  that  starts  out  with  some  melodic  leads  and  chanting  vocals  before  adding  in  grim  black  metal  screams  and  raw  yet  melodic riffing  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  clean  singing  vocals  and  the  song  after  awhile  starts  getting  a  bit  more  faster  at  times.

  Next  up  is  Akerbeltz  with  "Spider  From  The  Depths"  a  song  that  starts  out  very  slow  and  dark  before  going  into  more  of  a  mid  paced  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim screams  and  after  awhile  the  song  starts  to  speed  up and  add  in  some  blast  beats  and  the  track  is  over  7  minutes  in  length.

  Next  up  is  Ataraxy  with  "Demons  Of  The  Storm"  a  song  that  starts  out  in  more  of  a  slow  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  which  leads  up  to  some  deep  screams  being  added  into  the  track  as  well  as  speeding  up,  adding  in  blast  beats  and  elements  of  death  metal  and  after  awhile  the  music  slows  down  and  adds  in  more  atmospheric  sounds.

  Next  up  is  Animus  Mortis  with  "Dying  Murmur"  which  starts  out  very  low  and  dark  before  going  into  a  faster  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  there  are  also  some  deep  growls  present  in  the  song  at  times  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  leads  and  the  songs  gets  more  mid  paced  and  atmospheric  towards  the  end.

  Next  up  is  Ered  with  "Wings  Of  Plague"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black/death  metal  sound  and  blast  beats  before  adding  in  grim  screams  and  dark  sounding  melodies  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  more  slow  and  melodic  direction  while  also  still  having  its  fast  moments.

  Next  up  is  Celestial  Season  with  "Together  In  Solitude"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  slow  and  atmospheric  some  metal  direction  along  with  some  violins  and  death  metal growls  adding  some  variety  to  a  compilation  that  is  mostly  black  metal  with  an  old  school  doom/death  metal  track  and  after  awhile  melodic  leads  and  riffing  are  added  into  the  music.

  Next  up is  Perennial  Isolation  with  "Over  The  Sea"  which  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitars  before  going  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  some  depressive  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  a s mixing  the  clean  and  heavier  parts  together  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  briefly.

  Next  up  is  Atman  with  "El  Pic  de  I'Infern"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  a  few  seconds  later  high  pitched  and  grim  screams  are  added  into  the  song  and  after  awhile  the  song  starts  utilizing  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.    

  Next  up  is  Oujia  with  "The  Serpent  Calls  Me"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  bears  before  adding  in  some  grim  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  slow  down  in  certain  sections  of  the  song  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  solos  and  leads  along  with  a  brief  use  of  chants.

  Next  up  is  Empty  with  "The  House  Of  Funerary  Winds"  which  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  background  grim  chanting  and  after  a  minute  the  music  gets  heavier  and  the  vocals  evolve  into  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  some  melodic  cries  in  the  song  at  times.

  Next  up  is  Nyctophobia  with  "The  Will  Of  Darkness"  which  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitars  before  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  a  minute  the  music  gets  more  heavier  and  melodic  as  well  as  speeding  up,  adding  in  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Next  up  is  Amnion  with  "In  Sarna  We  Trust"  which  starts  out  with  a  very  slow,  dark  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  a  more  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  after awhile  elements  of  thrash  metal  are  added  into  the  track  along  with  some  grim  screams  as  well  as  adding  some  melodic  style  vocals  for  a  few  seconds  which  leads  up  to  a  brief  solo  being  added  into  the  track.

  Closing  the  compilation  is  Spellcraft  with  "Alone  In  The  Eternity"  which  starts  out  with  grim s creams  and  a  very  fast,  raw  and  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  before  adding  in  a  thrash  influence  into  their  fast  and  melodic  approach  to  black  metal  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Spanish  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.  
    

Rimrunna/Frostbann/2014 CD Review


  Rimrunna  are  a  duo  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  cold  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Frostbann".

  Dark  nature  sounds  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  bringing  in  both  finger  picking  and  full  chords  along  with  some  elements  of  folk  music  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  mid  paced  old  school  black  metal  sound  before  speeding  up,  adding  in  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  grim  screams.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  songs  also  shows  the  band  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing,  acoustic  guitars,  and  melodies  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  which  also  brings  more  of  a  medieval  atmosphere  to  the  bands  musical  sound.

  Bass  guitars  have  a  very  dominant  presence  on  certain  parts  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  focus  on  a  more  of  a  raw,  grim  and  forest  style  of  black  metal  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  European  tradition  of  the  mid  90's  and  they  avoid  any  use  of  solos  and  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  true,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  sound  and  they  close  the  album  with  another  acoustic  instrumental.

  Rimrunna  brings  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  grim  approach  to  their  old  school  style  of  black  metal  bringing  in  10  minute  tracks  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  makes  the  music  has  more  of  a  90's  feeling,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  nature  and  coldness.

  In  my  opinion  Rimrunna  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Frostbann"  "Winters  Macht"  and  "Die  Sage  vom  ewigen  Eis".  8  out  of  10.
        

Fordarv/Between The Eternities/Nigredo Records/2014 CD Review


  Fordarv  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2014  album  "Between  The  Eternities"  which  was  released  by  Nigredo  Records.

  A  very  nature  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  or  few  seconds  later  which  leads  to  the  music  getting  more  heavier  and  going  for  a  raw  black  metal  sound  along  with  fast  riffing,  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  musical  style  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  ear  of  Norwegian  black  metal.

  After  awhile  the  music  starts  using  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  deep  growls  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  and  the  vocals  also  start  getting  more  high  pitched  as  time  goes  on  by  and  the  bass  guitars  also  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  All  of  the  songs  sound  like  they  could  of  been  released  in  the  90's  with  the  music  being  purely  black  metal  and  none  of  the  modern  and  watered  down  elements  of  modern  black  metal  can  be  heard  in  their  musical  sound    and  they  also  avoid  solos  and  leads  which  makes  the  music  have  more  a  raw  and  very  approach  to  black  metal  and  on  the  last  track  nature  sounds  and  clean  guitars  make  a  return  for  a  few  brief  moments  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction.

  Fordarv  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  old  school  approach  to  black  metal  creating  an  album  that  is  very  aggressive  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording  as  well  as  evoking  a  very  dark  and  grim  atmosphere  to  create  a  pure  form  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Philosophy,  Occultism  and  Mythology.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Fordarv  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Darkness  Of  The  Eternal  Winter"  and  "As  Life  Turns  Black".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Endzeit Interview

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

There is really not that much to tell. Endzeit was incepted in the end of 2012 as a project by me (Polaris) together with Jarkko who was to take over vocals and participate in the whole concept of the band. Unfortunately due to personal reasons Jarkko could not make it, but luckily he is not out completely: he did the whole artwork. And here two people need to be thanked as well: Susa Dosa for the band photos, and Stefan Johnson for the Detroit photos.

But be that as it may, Schwarz joined Endzeit in early 2014 during the recordings of ‘Years of Hunger’ to take over vocals and second guitars. Luckily, Lahti is a pretty music-filled town and Profane Omen’s Samuli joined Endzeit on drums while Pyry of Mörbid Vomit has taken over bass duties.

2.You have an ep coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I guess, that’s a pretty obvious one: black metal. We added 'raw apocalyptic' to the black metal label as it is a raw sound with apocalyptic content.

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



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

I think question 3 and 4 can be answered together. ‘Endzeit’ is the German word for apocalypse or literally translated into end-time. Since I’m German I connect a very mythical and somewhat religious connotation to that word. The name, music and lyrics are inspired by the decay I saw when I visited Detroit in early 2013. It deeply moved me to see how capitalism has failed, how people live in the rubble of burnt down buildings, how anarchic structures – no, that’s not a contradiction – have found their way into the lives of people. And the government does too little to help them. It is a very disturbing sight to drive through the ‘food deserts’, the places where there are no supermarkets anymore within several miles, and to see empty and decaying buildings where once was laughter and joy. And in the middle of that “haggard human shadows, pallid and hollow” – as our song ‘Godless’ describes.
All this is combined with an atheistic worldview –at least for myself. The lyrics I wrote together with Schwarz, so I can’t answer for him if he’d subscribe to that statement. We also included the abandonment of any good god, if you will. Instead, the people that live in this apocalyptic world do not see their god protect or help them anymore and a child which is born is indeed born into the land of Satan. The child, which is described in “Life?”, is motherless. Some kind of Jesus-like figure. It could be the son of god or the son of Satan. Who knows…

5.Has the band done any live shows or has this been a studio project so far?

No, not yet. But we are planning to play our first gig in Detroit at next year’s Foul Winter Festival. A little black metal festival for underground bands. Above mentioned Stefan is one of the organizers and a good friend of mine, so if we manage to get the money arranged, we’ll head over there and give the energy Detroit has given to us back to the city.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

Yes, we are unsigned and don’t have any money for physical copies or promotion, so a label that would make tape or vinyl copies would be awesome. Of course, CDs are also more than welcome, to say the least! We have sent the record to two labels only and not heard back yet, but let’s see what happens.

7.On the ep you had a Dark Funeral cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

Yes, Dark Funeral’s “Secrets of the black arts” is one of my favourite black metal albums and “The dawn no more rises” one of the best black metal songs of all time for me. Since it also touches upon the Endzeit narrative of a post-apocalyptic world in its lyrics, playing our own version of the song was an obvious choice.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?

That’s too early to say. Your review is the first and for now only one and that has been very positive!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
New songs are written and they are in the same vein as the songs on “Years of Hunger”. So expect more black metal.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

For now I’ve been the only songwriter and my musical spectrum is very wide. But for Endzeit I used the black metal influences of the time when I grew up – the 1990s. I would consider myself a black metaller anyways. What do I listen to nowadays… everything that is hard, dark and creative. I, together with some friends, run a little zine called Vendetta Metal Magazine, so we get a lot of different metal from all over the world. I’m not interested in any bigger bands really. The global underground metal scenes are amazingly diverse and extremely interesting, so I personally tend to ignore the mainstream and focus on the tiny bands. And that’s what I listen to in everyday life.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Educating myself. Through books, through life, through people. The world is a complex entity and everybody who comes up with generalizing and simplifying statements about people, regions or contexts should really ask him/herself: is the world really that simple?

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

Thoughts I have plenty but I’m not able to or don’t want to share them with you. ;-) My final words are: thank you very much for your support! Very much appreciated!
  

The Furor/Impending Revelation/2014 CD Review



  The  Furor  are  a  1  man  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  album  "Impending  Revelation".

  A  very  dark,  evil  and  atmospheric  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  melodic  and  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  brings  in  leads,  growls  and  screams  setting  up  the  mood  for  more  of  a  black/death  metal  direction  and  when  the  blast  beats  kick  in  they  invoke  the  sounds  of  war.

  The  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  on  the  album  are  in  an  old  school  and  chaotic  extreme  metal  direction  and  there  is  also  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  brings  back  a  lot  of  the  early  to  mid  90's  Australian  style  war  metal  sound  back  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  After  awhile  the  solos,  leads  and  riffs  start  utilizing  more  melody  and  after  being  very  heavy  and  brutal  for  a  long  time  on  one  of  the  tracks  the  music  calms  down  for  a  few  seconds  before  adding  even  more  brutality  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  atmosphere  on  the  next  couple  of  tracks  while  the  rest  of  the  recording  remains  in  a  raw,  brutal  and  chaotic  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Slayer's  "Show  No  Mercy"  towards  the  end  of  the  recording.

  The  Furor  takes  the  rawest,  heaviest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  black,  death,  war  and  thrash  metal  and  combines  them  together  to  create  on  of  the  heaviest  sounding  recordings  to  be  released  so  far  this  year,  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Furor  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hammer  Hierarchy"  "Corpse  Eclipse"  "Black  Sorcerer  Of  Sadism"  and  "The  Pentagram  Prevails".  8  out  of  10.  

Endzeit/Years Of Hunger/2014 EP Review


  Endzeit  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  rough  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Years  Of  Hunger"  which  will  be  released  on  bandcamp  in  September.

  Dark nature  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  military style  drum  beats  and  after  the  intro  the  music  gets  more  raw  and  starts  going  for  a  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  as  well  as  keeping  around  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of  European  black  metal  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  used  there  are  in  more  of  a  melodic  musical   direction  and  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  there  is  a  great  amount  of  raw  tremolo  riffing  being  utilized  along  with  some  melodic  open  note  playing  and  the  bass  playing  also  gets  more  powerful  as  the  ep  progresses and  on  one  of  the  songs  you  can  also  hear  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  being  utilized  and  on  the  last  track  is  a  cover  of  Dark  Funeral's  "The  Dawn  No  More  Rises"..

  Endzeit  takes  a  very  rough  and  raw  style  of  European  style  black  metal  and  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  to  create  a  very  pure  and  true  form  of  this  musical,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  old  school  sound  to  it  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Endzeit  are  a  very  great  sounding  rough  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hunger"  and  "Life".  8  out  of  10.

Order Of The Ironfist/Forever War/2014 EP Review


  Order  Of  The  Ironfist  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  brutal  form  of  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2014  ep  "Forever  War".

  A  very  dark  and  militant  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  demonic  noises  before  going  into  a  very  raw  and  fast  bestial  black/death  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  along  with  some  war  metal  style  growls  and  screams  and  there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies  being  added  into  the  music  which  gives  the  ep  and  old  school  90's  feeling.

  On  the  second  track  the  music  starts  out  with  an  early  90's  war  metal  sound  along  with  some  bestial  vocals  and  the  track  is  8  minutes  in  length  and  contains  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  and  single  note  tremolo  riffing,  while  the  third  song  starts  out  with  a  slower  riff  and  spoken  word  part  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  more  fast  and  chaotic  musical  direction  as  well  as  adding  in  an  early  90's  death  metal  feeling  at  times

  Order  Of  the  Ironfist  contains  his  raw  and  bestial  approach  to  black/death/metal  on  this  recording  and  keeps  the  early  90's  tradition  alive  with  his  musical  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Order  Of  the  Ironfist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forever  War"  and  "infernal".  8  out  of  10.

The Stone/Nekroza/Folter Records/2014 CD Review


  The  Stone  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Nekroza"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A  very  dark  and  epic  sound  along  with  synths and  tribal  style  beats  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars,  blast  beats  and  deep  yet  grim  screams  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  After  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  blackened  death  metal  being  mixed  in  with  the  bands  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  bring  in  a  melodic  Swedish  feeling  when  they  are  utilized  as  well  as  making  the  album  have  more  of  a  dark  atmosphere  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  some  thrash  influences  being  mixed  in  with  the  bands  musical  style.

  All  of  the  songs  sound  different  from  each  other  while  they  all  retain  the  old  school  black  metal  feeling  which  is  a  very  dominant  part  of  the  bands  musical  style  and  they  also  bring  in  a  few  long  and  epic  tracks  and  the  solos  after  awhile  start  incorporating  more  traditional  metal elements  into  the  leads  and  some  of  the  riffing  starts  bringing  in  an  early  90's  Morbid  Angel  influence  into  the  bands  musical  sound.

  The  Stone  remain  true  to  their  raw  and  melodic  black   metal  sound  of  previous  recordings  while  also  keeping  a  good  amount  of  thrash  and  death  metal  influences  in t heir  musical  sound,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  yet  powerful  sound  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Serbian  and  cover  nihilism,  death  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  the  Stone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kosmar"  "Lov  na  Vestice"  "Mrak"  and  "Prefgoblje".  8  out  of  10.
  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Womit Angel Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

We finished recordings in may and for the summer we've planned some gigs and promotional stuff. Also we're shooting a music video at the end of this month.


2.You have a new album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Sound is raw yet we have better mastering on the tracks than ever before. We're not really hi-fi kind of guys. I think sound is thicker but songs are more punk than before.

3,You got some lyrics that are really dark and violent  can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Child fucking dads. Necrophiliacs. Serial killers and mass murderers in the name of faith. Shit! Even the Pope is more fucked up than most of us!

4.How would you describe your views on Satanism?

I can only speak for myself (W.Horepreacher). In some ways I travel a Setian way when it comes to my beliefs of the Universe and nothingness. I believe in self development as an individual. Strong mind in a strong shell!


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Womit Angel'?

Band name was originally Lerva Enkeli (finnish) but we translated it  into english 'cus it sounded more suitable. We added ö instead of o because of Motörhead.


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

Come and see for yourself, haha!
We did a nice chaotic show with Barathrum last year. Memorable I'd say. Now we're not welcome to that night club because of total amount of blood we left behind, haha.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album once it is released?

We have a couple of gigs planned. Release party as usual. We don't do that many gigs. We go more by feeling when it comes to gigs.


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

Spain, Mexico, nice feedback. All in all good feedback. Our music not for them big masses, haha


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

I have no idea. Maybe more speed and filth. That always sounds nice!
Someday we might actually learn how to play.


10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We exist because of Impaled Nazarene and that is our main influence!
We listen various music but to mention few: Carpathian Forest, Terveet Kädet, Viisikko.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Philatelia and Coprophilia
 


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

Thank you for the interest! If you feel a twist in your stomach then go and support the underground!
Thank you.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The End/White Lotus/Cvlminis/2014 EP Review


  The  End  are  a  1  man  band  from  India  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal,  experimental,  and  rawgaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "White  lotus"  which  will  be  released  on  vinyl  by  Astral  Gate  Productions  and  on  cd  by  Cvlminis.

  Clean  playing  and  melodic  chanting  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  before  adding  in  distorted  guitars  and  clean  singing  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with a  good  amount  of  male  and  female  spoken  words  being  utilized  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  on  the  recording  is  very  experimental  and  the  guitars  bring  a  more  raw  black  metal  vibe  to  the  music  and  on  the  second  track  high  pitched  screams  are  added  into t he  music  giving  the  album  more  of  a  dark  and  depressive  feeling  while  the  synths  and  post  rock  elements  dominate  most  of  the  tracks  on  the  album  which  also  leads  up  to  more  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  the  songs.

  The  End  continue  their  experimental  sound  adding  in  more  atmosphere  and  post  rock  elements  this  time  around  while  black  metal  is  still  a  very  huge  part  of  the  musical  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  poetic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  End  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  post  black  metal  and  rawgaze,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "UrbaNausea"  "Drown  With  A  Sunshine  Smile".  8  out  of  10.

   

  

Malhkebere Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

 Hails, here’s N. Kapalika, speaking on behalf of the Apostles.

There is not much to say about our activity since the release of ‘Revelation’. We all have been busy promoting this new gospel and we’re satisfied to see that the response is excellent. Things are going well, ‘Revelation’ gets positive reviews and feedbacks. Now we’re planning new live ceremonies for the upcoming months to celebrate our evangelium on stage. Be prepared.



2.You had released your new album during the beginning of July, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The sound on ‘Revelation’ is clearly more powerful, with a far better production than in the past. This is due to the great work done at Drudenhaus studio with Neb Xort for the mastering.  It’s Malhkebre’s most professional recording thus far, but it was very important to maintain the traditional rawness in the band’s sound. Of course black metal has to be crude, raw and sinister, and it was some kind of challenge to preserve this audial cruelty despite a better production. Finally all elements fit well together, be it the vocals or the samples, and the overall production respects the original sound of Malhkebre while making it evolve to higher standards. We’re totally satisfied.



3.I have noticed when I listen to the album there was a great amount of originality without having to resort to keyboards or non metal elements do you feel your music stands out in the black metal genre?

 There are a lot of non metal elements on the album! Malhkebre gets its influences from the whole spectrum of the Arts Noirs, and blend it in its compositions. Samples of course, but you can even hear some saxophone on “Hystérie révélatrice”… we have absolutely no limits when it comes to expression. Every musical form can be an efficient tool when used properly and black metal should NOT limits itself to “basic” metal. We respect the bands who do things the traditional way, when they’re done with faith and talent, but we refuse to acknowledge this approach as something cast in stone. The only law is “there is no law”, faith above all other considerations.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new album and also are they related to the Apostles Of Ignormity'?

Lyrics are completely related to the Apostles’ doctrine, as Malhkebre is one of the Apostles’ mouths. Everything done within Malhkebre is done by and for the Apostles, for Ignominy. We are a sectarian entity that propagates its own beliefs through arts, and Malhkebre is nothing but a tool in the name of religion.

As you can imagine the album’s lyrics deal with spirituality, self-humiliation and elevation. The Apostle’s philosophy is a philosophy of doubt: to refuse the established order, the common “truth”, to refuse the supposed superiority of man and every kind of self-deception. We all are worms, every fucking one of us on this shitty planet. There is no elite, there is no superior race. No religion holds the truth and no political system is the key to harmony. There is only the omnipotent vanity of man, who comforts himself with lies, and everything he builds is destined to fade and perish. Face your own self, pass trough the mirror, burn down what you believed in and accept your own mediocrity. Acknowledge that you are nothing, and that He is all. These are the first steps towards spiritual elevation. Relève toi, assume toi…



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

 The Left Hand Path -which can took a lot of shapes- is above all a long and painful one. It’s the work of a whole life. A life of studies, readings, rituals, experiences, failures… paradoxical as it may seem, failures are more important than successes, because they force you to put yourself into question and change. To accept you’re not perfect and to evolve, rejecting your ego. The cardinal virtues are humility, patience and will. Don’t brag too much about your practices or realizations, stay humble, discreet, and keep your rituals secret. Learn by yourself, from your own experiences and not from the other’s. Never consider something as a plain success, as something acquired. Our biggest adversary is not the world but ourselves. That’s why the practice of Occultism is demanding, difficult and unrewarding at short term. Such are His ways, and only the worthy and the sincere ones will tread this path till its end.



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

 There are a lot of great memories associated with live ceremonies, too many to be detailed. Many bad ones too, of course. A satisfying stage performance is when we reach a point of transcendence, when we literally lose contact with reality and become subjected to His might. When we forget that we are on stage. Then everything can happen, even descending from the stage and beating up some fans. If you see Eklezjas’Tik Berzerk punching someone for free, then it means that it’s a good ceremony which is occurring. First time it happened was in Zürich during the tour with Christicide (RIP). It wasn’t planned at all, we just feel the urge to do so at that moment. And it was great.

Generally speaking, losing contact with reality is the purpose of every form of religious music, whatever tradition it belongs to. Transcendence, elevation, becoming close to a divine presence, are the goals of a musical ritual. That’s why we call our gigs “ceremonies”: it’s a form of magick. And the more powerful it is, the more unpredictable it can be. The best we can imagine would be to see people not just moshing but fighting each other of course. A black metal concert has to be somewhat dangerous and uncomfortable, because every form of violence is a gift in His Name.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new release?

 As I said previously, we’re currently working on booking ceremonies to support ‘Revelation’. We will play in France in October with Horna and Behexen, and at the Satan’s convention in Speyer (Germany) late December. Other appearances onstage will occur in the future, in several countries so you’ll have opportunities to share our liturgy, and maybe be a part of it yourself if you’re worthy enough… There are numerous souls we have to corrupt, numerous bodies we have to beat. The propaganda must be spread; the faith has to be celebrated.



8.The new album was released on I, Voidhanger Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Eklezjas’tik BerZerK: I discovered this label through their works with some bands of their roaster. Their releases have all great packaging with big booklets and are of good quality. Their roaster is not a typical extreme metal roaster, and each band has its own identity. And Luciano has given us the best and respected all his engagements. He believes a lot in “Revelation” so we believe in him. I Voidhanger is maybe not what the Ignominy’s fanatics wanted, but we’re not here to please all, we don’t care to be a simple number on a big catalog or metal supermarket, we don’t care to be on a pseudo occult label. We want to work with devoted people that are transcended by our Art Noir and give their best to spread our doctrine. Nothing less nothing more at this time, fuck rumors.

9.I know that the vocalist also runs Battlesk'rs  Productions, are there any new releases coming out on that label in the next few months that black metal fans should be aware of?

Eklezjas’tik BerZerK: We are working on the next OSCULUM INFAME full-length opus, also a tape release of the last THOU SHALT FALL. We have currently less releases planned as we are more and more concentrate on The Apostles of Ignominy. Lots of releases will spread our anger in the coming months.

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

 The feedback is overall excellent. ‘Revelation’ gets positive reviews from everywhere. It seems that the album was awaited, or better to say that there is a demand from the audience for militant and uncompromising art. The black metal scene as a whole is nothing but a joke. That’s an old story, but now we can see that even the “religious” movement has become a trend. Superficial bands pops from everywhere and youngsters proclaim themselves as true practitioners of the kabbalah or whatever form of occultism they didn’t even know four years ago but of which they are now specialists. Bands with a traditional black metal imagery à la Marduk turning into tantric sorcerers in no more than two years, sure, credibility is at its best.
I’m repeating myself but I can’t stress enough how HARD and LONG is the way to the Left Hand Path. Studying, practicing, learning from the Black Arts, melting it into your everyday life to become someone else, is a lifetime task. People CAN’T understand His mysteries in a few months or years. Malhkebre has been here since more than twelve years and we know that we are just at the beginning of our journey. We take this spiritual path seriously and feel humble in front of Him. And so we focus on real devotion, instead of superficial yet impressive manifestations. That’s why Malhkebre records so few releases, why we never really tour or try to play at huge festivals. We do things slowly, because they have to be done in a proper mood, with proper rituals, at the right time, backed with the right occult knowledge that is so long to obtain. The result is a work of fanaticism that took its time but is completely uncompromising and full of its force. It sounds different than faint-hearted productions, it is different to experience on stage and I guess that a growing part of the fans understand that and -even unconsciously- want that, because they start to be fed up with fake bands. Thus the good response.



11.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical  projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?

 The Apostles are still active with their other projects. Mostly with Sektarism, with some new releases to come. The second album is already recorded, and there will be a split LP with Darvulia, each band offering a 15 minutes exclusive track. This said, it will be Darvulia’s last work. The band is definitively dead, and Crüxvheryn K. accepted to reactivate it only for this release. It’s the very last nail in the band’s coffin.



12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

 The Apostles’ influences have always been the same. Every talented and dedicated practitioners of the Black Arts, whatever musical style they choose: Antaeus, Diamanda Galas, Elend, SVEST, Grunt… be it black metal, harsh noise, drone or cryptic classical music, we take influences from everywhere.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?

 To witness the mediocrity of man and His grandeur in every aspects of life. Studying history, arts and esotericism, practicing martial arts, smoking powder made out of human bones… Black metal is just the tiny top of the iceberg. You can reach Him every time, everywhere, in every domain of your life.

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

Memento, homo, mors ultima ratio!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ancst/In Turmoil/Wooaaargh/2014 CD Compilation Review


  Ancst  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  and  crustcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  compilation  album  "In  Turmoil"  which  was  released  by  Wooaaargh.

  Dark  sound  effects  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  distorted  drones  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  samples  which  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  sound  and  then  aggressive  crustcore  style  growls  start  to  kick  in  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  elements  of  melodic  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  on  a  regular  basic  throughout  the  recording  and  after  awhile  more  raw  black  metal  elements  are  added into  the  music  along  with  a  more  crust  orientated  take  on  the  genre  and  the  band  also b rings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  giving  the  band  more  of  a  post  rock  feeling.

  On  some  of  the  tracks  ambient  drones  are  brought  in  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw,  fast  and  melodic  musical  style  and  at  time s you  can  also  hear  elements  of  screamo  in  a  good  amount  of  the  tracks  and  spoken  word  samples  also  make  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  melodic  black  metal  lead  finds  its  way  into  the  music.

  Ancst  takes  a  lot  of  songs  from  their  past  splits  and  ep's  and  create  a  compilation  that  displays  some  of  the  best  in  raw,  melodic  blackened  crust,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  racist,  anti  sexism,  and  anti  fascist  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  Ancst  and  of  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  album>  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Entropie"  "The  Faceless"  "Howl"  and  "Peripheral".  8  out  of  10.    

  

Towers Of Flesh/Antithetical Conjurations/Candlelight Records/2014 CD Review


  Towers  Of  Flesh  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Antithetical  Conjurations"  which  will  be  released  by  Candlelight  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodies  and  after  the  intro  brutal  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  combines  the  darkest  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  together   and  the  band  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  to  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  they  also  do  have  their  fast  moments  at  times  mostly  on  the  alter  tracks.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  guitar  playing  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  in  a  more  modern  direction  and  after  awhile  modern  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  on  of  the  tracks  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  horror  movie  samples  which  bring  more  of  an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  to  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  remains  on  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  which  also  sees  the  band  adding  in  more  death  metal  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  track  there  is  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  being  utilized.  

  Towers  Of  Flesh  take  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  occult  death  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  more  modern  style  of  death  metal  to  create  their  own  musical  style,   the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Luciferian,  and  Gnosticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Towers  Of  Flesh  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black/death  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Veiled  Conception"  and  "Imperfect  translations".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Black Autumn/Losing The Sun/Rain Without End Records/2014 CD Review


  Black  Autumn  are  a  1  man  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Losing  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Rain  Without  End  Records.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavy  and  melodic  doom  metal  direction  along  with  the  leads  and  solos  taking  the  same  out  as  the  riffing  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  along  with  some  keyboards  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Ambient  elements  are  a  huge  part  of  this  album  and  they  mix  in  with  the  heavier  parts  at  times  as  well  as  the  guitar  riffing  bringing  in  more  raw  and  black  metal  traces  and  the  vocals  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  clean  and  acoustic  guitar  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  bring  more  of  a  post  rock  edge  to  the  recording  and  they  bring  in  a  more  progressive  side  to  the  artist's  musical  style.

  As  the  album  progresses there  are  some  psychedelic  and  electronic  music  elements  being  mixed  in  with  the  more  ambient  side  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  when  the  guitars  start  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  fast  riffing  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  slow  dark  metal  musical  style  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  sees  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  as  some  of  the  songs  on  the  album  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Black  Autumn  remains  true  to  his  mixture  of  dark  ambient,  black  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  in  more  melody  this  time  around  and  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  the  guitars  and  keyboards  which  also  have  more  of  an  organic  feeling  this  time  around,  the  production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover dark,  poetic  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Autumn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  project,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Losing  The  Sun"  "From  Whence  We  Came"  and  "In  The  Ruins  Of  June".

      

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ghast Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Arrrrrrrach: Nothing really, a few gigs and rehearsals for them. Live Evil.

2. You had a new album released in August, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Arrrrrrrach:  The new album came out this month, having been recorded 2 years back. Listening to it these days, it seems a little more damp and morbid, but whether that is the production and vox or the writing is hard to tell.
Kz: We’ve taken it further, and knew better what Ghast is.

3. This is the first release to be put out in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time?

Arrr: I've been focusing on painting and drawing and stressing out.
Kz: 3 years! I suppose just life. I’ve also been playing drums for a range of other bands, but that’s calmed down now too, these years? I don’t know.

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

Arrr:  It's all about the album title, which came retrospectively.  Songs of black magic, trial by torture, the curse of violence, a hallucinogenic death ritual, resentful ghosts and of blind, murderous rage.  In that order.
Kz: For me, from behind the kit “The Magic Men….” During Hate Stone.

5. The band was originally known as 'Souldust' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ghast'?

Myrggh: We wanted a better name. I was ignorant of Lovecraft at the time, although I saw the word 'ghast' and took it to mean a particularly wretched kind of ghost. It just suited the mood. It has nothing to do with a certain boxy looking creature in a popular computer game.
Kz: I remember being outside our rehearsal room, by the drains, in the wind and we all didn’t like being called Souldust.

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

Arrr: It's always down to the crowd.  Long been fond of our Scottish shows, as well as a few in London and Bristol.  No strange events, just good reactions here and there.
Myrggh: There was a gig we did in Ashton-under-Lyne, supporting Pantheist in the back of a pub. It was very cold and very dark; one of the few performances where I think we all felt in control. It just struck me as being very much a Ghast gig. There weren't many people there.
Kz: We’re changeable, every gig is unique. Easy highlights are Bristol opening for WITTR, just the atmosphere. Camden in London for the first night of our tour, another time in Camden when we were very late and everyone hated us but we won ‘em over. Our first gig with Daemonolith in Bristol and all the subsequent gigs we played together. The London bloodbath, the Edinburgh boozy!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

Arrrrrrrach: No, we're contemplating.

8.Colin Marston did the mastering on the album, are you satisfied with the way the album was produced?

Arrrrrrrach:  Both the mixing by Swine and the mastering by Marston are great.  We wouldn't be half as good without these efforts.
Kz: We recorded the album in two days. I recorded my drums in four hours, that’s for an album that’s nearly an hour long. To capture that Swine did well! Ideally I’d like to spend more time but that hasn’t been an option for us.
I like what Colin has done, I’ve been trying different stereos and it sounds great no matter what you do!

9. Fenriz of Darkthrone had you listed as band of the week, where you honored having this metal legend liking your music?

Arrrrrrrach:  Yes, Darkthrone is one of my top bands and Fenriz is my favourite drummer, especially on Blaze and Goatlord.  Fucking disgraceful hammering.
Kz: Yes!

10. The new album came out on Todestrieb Records, how did you get in contact with this label and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?

Myrggh: Nobody would have heard of us if it wasn't for Todestrieb. In fact, they're the reason we decided to record our first album.
Kz: I think at our first gig as Ghast in Bristol (opening for Amputated - 2007) somebody brought a copy of our split release, and played it to Todestrieb.
Arrr:  Massive.

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

Arrr: It's been out since Monday; two guys said it's great.

12. Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects these days?

Myrggh: I'm just starting something new in my garage. Don't hold your breath - it's all happening at a snail's pace and will sound like a peat bog when it finally gets heard.
Kz: I’ve been recording with a doom band called Reclvse.

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

Arrrrrrrach: I can't see us straying far under this moniker.  I never know what will happen; it all begins with sitting there messing about on the instrument, inspired by who knows what just happened that day.  If it doesn't fit, it doesn't get used.  We have plenty of stuff that was abandoned due to being 'off'.
Myrggh: No, not abandoned. I've recycled all the bargain basement riffs.

14. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Kz: In Ghast I’m influenced by Arrrrrrrach & Myrggh. I aim to add bitter emotion to my snare, spite to my cymbals, it’s hard to hold it down and I slip sometimes. I listen to Crust Punk, Dub, Doom Metal, Pop, Drone, Your phone..
Arrrrrrrach: I'm currently listening to a lot of USPM, mainly 80s stuff, catching all the reissues I can find.  As well as 70s prog, as always.  Some of my influences regarding Ghast would have to be Autopsy, Darkthrone, Paradise Lost, Bethlehem, Weakling.
Myrggh: Got to mention early My Dying Bride. There's nothing wrong with their new stuff either, but you're usually more influenced by what you heard when you were young. Mayhem. My riffs on Scorn and Death are Profanatica inspired. Always early Bethlehem. Horna. I've been enjoying Saxon, Agent Steel, Vostock, Elderwind, Phlebotomized, Emperor (Wrath of the Tyrant. Everything after Anthems is awful). Bad News.

15.What are some of your non musical interests?

Myrggh: Drinking, and doing just enough exercise so that I don't feel guilty about it. Staring into space when I have the time. Posting out copies of Dread Doom Ruin. Neglecting my sleep.
Kz: I’m stuck on writers, and periods of writing. Back on the Beats again, thought I’d read my way out of it. The other one is travel, I like seeing new places.

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

Arrr:  Thanks for getting in touch!  Be careful removing the booklet!
 

Womit Angel/Holy Goatse/Inverse Records/2014 CD Review


  Womit  Angel  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  satanic  black  metal,  thrash,  hardcore  and  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Holy  Goatse"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Inverse  Records.

  Bells  and  melodic  Gregorian  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and   you  can  also  hear  some  deeper  and  demonic  elements  being  utilized  in  the  vocals  at  times.

  There  is  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  along  with  the  energy  of  hardcore  punk  and  the  rawness  of  old  school  thrash  metal  and  the  solos  the  band  uses  are  in  a  very  dark  musical  direction  that  goes  back  to  the  80's  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  being  perfect  for  the  bands  raw  black  metal  sound  and   the bass  guitars  also  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  this  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Womit  Angel  takes  the  rawest  side  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  energy  of  hardcore  punk  and  thrash  to  create  a  very  raw  and  extreme  style  of  metla  on  this  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Finnish  and  cover  Satanism,  Perverted,  and  Violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Womit  Angel  Angel  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  satanic  black  metal,  thrash  and  hardcore  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skin'n'Fuck"  "Summoning  The  Spirits  of  Agony(Through  Self  Fatality)"  "The  Witchhammer"  and  "Holy  Goatse".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ghast/Dread Doom Ruin/Todestrieb Records/2014 CD Review


  Ghast  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Dread  Doom  Ruin"  which  was  released  by  Todestrieb  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  along  with  a  good  amount  of  reverb  and  distortion  starts  off  the  album  before  going  more  into  a  doom/sludge  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  At  time s you  can  hear  blast  beats  in  the  music  and  the  black  metal  side  of  the  bands  musical  style  is  more  in  the  early  90's  direction  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  also  keeping  around  the  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements  into  their  approach  to  black  metal.

  After  awhile  melody  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  faster  sections  have  a  crust  punk  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  the  bass  guitars  have  a  very  powerful  sounding  presence  on  the  album  and   towards  the  end  there  is  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  vocals  have  a  very  depressive  tone  to  them  at  times.

  Ghast  takes  a  very  dark  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  which  also  combines  a  bit  of  the  modern  depressive  sound  and  mixes  it  in  with  some  of  the  heaviest  styling's  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  adding  a  bit  of  melody  in  the  music  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the production  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paranoia,  Dreams  and  Grimness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ghat  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  depressive  black  metal,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Festival  Of  Serpents"  and  "Lost  In  Fog".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Witches Sabbath Interview

INTERVIEW “OCCULT BLACK METAL ZINE”

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band members since the split of the band?

Since 2004, WITCHES’ SABBATH has been freeze due to different reasons. The main three original members of the band have been involved in side musical projects and there were important changes in the personal lives of us. Anyhow, the band was never declared defunct. There was a meeting in 2008, when the EP of the DEAD was written and recorded. The project did not have enough time for promotion and again the band was stopped. We feel that our time have arrive again, and WITCHES’ SABBATH is again alive!

2. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer music and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released on the past?

All the works published by WITCHES’ SABBATH is different from the previous one. Since “New World Plague” (Necromance, 2004), we have introduced death metal influences in our music. The “EP of the DEAD” is an evolution of our previous work, and introduces a most “modern” sound with samples and electronic sequences. Anyhow, the essence of the music is extreme.

3. Your older material that I heard while the death metal influence was always there the music seemed to be more black metal influenced and had keyboards, what was the decision behind going for a more brutal death metal approach?

There was not a single reason. At that time we have influenced by bands as Myrkskog or Zyklon, and we decided to introduce this kind of spirit in our music.

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

Despite the evolution of our music, the lyrics have maintained the same essence: dark words, desperation, nonconformity, depression, anger…

5. This is going to be the last recording released, what was the decision behind the split?

Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez, the formed members of the band, now play together in other music projects. WITCHES’ SABBATH is always alive in our minds, and now we have the opportunity to make plans regarding to the band because we are in contact again after some years. We have talked several times about the rebirth of WITCHES’ SABBATH. Moreover, people ask us about the fate of WITCHES’ SABBATH, because the band was never dissolved. Nowadays, we have time and strengths for WITCHES’ SABBATH, and we will try to be in the extreme music scene again!


6. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Witches’ Sabbath?

Eduardo Salazar named the band in 1997 absolutely influenced by the books we were reading at that time. We were 17 years old! Among several names, WITCHES’ SABBATH implied something dark, a meeting not permitted, regardless of the provisions of the common teachings. We liked it!

7. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

It has to be taken into account that we live in a small island lost in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In 1997, there were not internet and was very hard listening this kind of music. Black Metal was absolutely unknown, and there were not much followers of this type of music. The voices caused a deep impression in the audience, together with the blast beats played by Jesús Ojeda. At that time, it was very difficult to find places for our performances. Anyhow, a lot of people still remember that shows and talk us about the impact caused. Thereafter, we introduced face-painting and other black metal concepts in our shows. We had the opportunity to play with Kreator, and maybe it was one of our more remember shows.

8. This was the first release to be put out in 10 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

After the “New World Plague” album, there were deep changes into the band. Jesús Ojeda and Luis Henríquez left the band due to personal requirements. Although some efforts were made and new members entered the band, the spirit of WITCHES’ SABBATH was definitively lost. Although the band made some performances with alternative line-up, the project was finally stopped. In 2008, Eduardo Salazar and Eduardo Rodríguez (who was also part of the band from the beginning), contacted Luis Henríquez to record the “EP of the DEAD”. Some promotional pics were even taken, but we have no time to publish it. Thus, the years have passed and after 10 years, Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez play together in different music projects. The re-emerging of WITCHES’ SABBATH was only a matter of time.  

9. The new ep was self released but you have worked with labels, how would you compare the DIY approach to working with a label?

The “Darkness Kingdom Coming” album, initially self released, was re-edited later in a professional format by OAKEN SHIELD / ADIPOCERE RECORDS. The “New World Plague” album was edited by Necromace record in 2004. However, in both cases, the music was recorded by the band on produced by WITCHES’ SABBATH. Thus, we have absolute control of our own music and sound. It was a pleasure to work with Adipocere Records and Necromance, and we are very grateful for the support shown to the band!

10. On the ep you did a cover of Danzig's "Dirty Black Summer" what was the decision behind during a your own version of this song?

Glenn Danzig is one of our most important influences. The music and attitude of “The Misfits”, “Samhain” and “Danzig” has been very important for us. “Dirty Black Summer” is a well-know song of Danzig, and we decided to make a public acknowledgment of the role it has had on us. We took the song and changed it into death metal… And we liked it!!!

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

We started at a time in which the contacts and feedbacks were made by letters and the music was shared by cassette! We know that we were known in south America and east Europe. Moreover, even with the band into the hibernation chamber, we receive messages and likes in the facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/witchessabbath) from people far away! We feel very fortunate for that.  

12. Are the band members going to be doing any other musical projects after the split?

Eduardo Salazar and Luis Henríquez are involved in a horror punk project named CREEPY (https://www.facebook.com/creepypunk). Together with Ignacio G. Bonilla, who played guitar in WITCHES’ SABBATH during a long period, they are involved in a stoner-doom band named CRIMSON STONE (https://www.facebook.com/crimsonstoneofficial). Eduardo Rodríguez has a death and trash fucking metal project named The Hole (https://www.facebook.com/theholeofficial). As you can see, we do not get bored!

13. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We are influenced by different styles of music, from 70 to nowadays. We listen a lot of music, and maybe for that reason, we have different side musical projects to unleash our tastes. Since Queen, The Beatles and Pink Floyd; KISS, Misfits and Black Sabbath; Metallica and Sepultura, to Emperor, Dark Funeral, Marduk, Darkthrone or Mayhem!!! All of them are listening nowadays!

14. Does Occultism play a role in your music?

To some extent, there is always some influence of occultism in our music. Maybe not directly in our lyrics; but definitively, there is an influence in our music.

15. What are some of your non musical interests?

We are not interested in all the commercial music played in the big radio stations. We think that is music without a soul or a real feeling. Although we respect, we not pay attention to it.

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

We feel very happy for being alive again! Thanks to you and all your readers for being interested in WITCHES’ SABBATH. We are preparing new material which will be a back to the roots and will be published soon!!! Do not hesitate to contact the band for anything you want to know about us. Support the underground and live your own way!

Arkona/Illness/Godz Of War Productions/Third Eye Temple/2014 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Poland's  Arkona  and  Norway/Poland's  Illness  which will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  in  September  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions  and  Third  Eye  Temple  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Arkona  a  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  form  of  pagan  black  metal.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  their  song  before  going  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  which  leads  up  to  some  grim  screams  and  you  can  hear  the  bass  guitars  in  their  song  before  slowing  down  a  bit  and  adding  in  synths  to  make  their  music  sound  more  atmospheric  while  also  keeping  around  the  faster  sections  along  with  the  song  being  6  minutes  in  length  with  the  lyrics  being  written  in  Polish  and  covering  pagan  themes  and  the  production  on  their  track  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding.

  Next  up  is  Illness  a  band  that  plays  a  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  their  track  before  getting  a  lot  more  heavy  along  with  some  thrash  elements  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  before  adding  in  mid  paced  sections  and  spoken  word  parts  while  the  song  focuses  more  on  a  faster  and  brutal  direction  as  well  as  addign  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  at  times,  the production  on  their  song  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  dark  and  paranoia  themes.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  Polish  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.