Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fell Ruin/Devices/2015 Full Length Review


  Fell  Ruin  are  a  band  from  Michigan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal,  death,  doom  and  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "Devices".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  are  added  into  the  bands  musical  style  and  all  of  the  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  you  can  hear  a  bit  of  the  post  black  metal  sound  in  the  bands  musical style  while  there  music  is  too  dark  for  that  genre  and  they  also  add  clean  playing  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  briefly  before the  band  makes  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Fell  Ruin  takes  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  adds  in  a  heavy  influence  from  sludge  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Fell  Ruin  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "    

Friday, February 27, 2015

Xvarhnah Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Æterna: We decided to establish this project around September 2014, and we immediately started gathering riffs and ideas for our first work.
Veirg: As said by Æterna we decided to start a new band, for me it was and is a great challenge in terms of composition, for the first time I can experiment without  any limits.

2. In February you had released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Æterna: Although we don’t have any particular interest in labelling what we do, I think there’s a bit of every musical influence of ours to be heard, most prominently Black Metal and Doom, but these are very general coordinates. There are obviously distorted guitars, generally slow tempos, atmospheric synths and a mix of harsh and clean female vocals.
Veirg: Personally  I believe Xvarhnah doesn't has a genre , I'm glad  about the result and I would love to continue this project, I am very curious about the evolution of music and the endless possibilities of experimentation. I think that there’s a curious mix of different influences between me and Æterna, I think it sounds really good. I'm personally  very attached to DSBM, I have never experienced so much and I have never felt so free musically.

3.You have some lyrics that deal with Spirituality and mysticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Æterna: The relationship with my spiritual side is essential to me, and I’ve always been interested in exploring it through Music. Specifically to Xvarhnah, the lyrics on the Ep describe a process of spiritual elevation and personal evolution from a human, subjective, emotional perspective, using the concepts of nobility and battle as metaphors.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Xvarhnah'?
Æterna: A former band mate of mine once asked me to come up with a suitable name for him to use, and I picked Khvarenah. It’s a word I was always fond of and it comes from the Avestan language and from Zoroastrism. It means divine glory, understood as a transcendental, mystical force, and it’s an attribute of the most noble kings. Back when it was time to choose a moniker for this project, I thought this could be a perfect band
name, but since I didn’t want to use the very same word I opted for an alternate spelling, which means the same thing.

5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
Æterna: The whole thing will pretty much always be me and Veirg, with possible session people for the instruments we’re not able to play ourselves, such as drums.

6.The cd is only released with 66 copies, are there any plans for repressing in the future or are you going to stick with the digital format?
Æterna: I personally don’t think there will be a second print, but it all comes down to possible interest of labels.
Veirg: Anything is possible, but as mentioned by Æterna all depends on the labels.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Æterna: It’s too soon to say, but people seem to like it so far.
Veirg: I think that the first listen sounds very strange to people, but I have had positive feedback about it.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part off?
Æterna: Beside Xvarhnah, I am involved in another band called Nahabat, and we’re currently recording new music. In the meantime, I’m having the pleasure to perform some guest appearances on a couple of good bands’ works.
Veirg:  I have other bands active, Suicide Emotions and Astray, the new work of S.E. is in the mixing stage and I'm very satisfied with the result. While the album of Astray was released  by Self Mutilation Services on February 25.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Æterna: The future of Xvarhnah is nearly unpredictable at this point, we might start working on a full-length tomorrow and having it recorded in a week, or never. Same thing style-wise; I’m an advocate for creative freedom and I could never see myself sticking to any specific genre with any of my projects.
Veirg: I think yes, but for the genre I don’t know, it’s a  very experimental project.

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?
Æterna: I will virtually listen to just about anything as long as it’s something I find emotionally relatable. I’m totally a musical omnivore. Extreme metal is but a small percentage of my taste in Music, which also includes electronic stuff, grunge, punk, classical, opera, ambient, progressive rock, pop, you name it. All of this influences me when it comes to writing a song. Lately I’ve been listening to Blut aus Nord, Chelsea Wolfe, Comando Praetorio, Franco Califano and Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi, and this pretty much says it all.
Veirg: I listen generally Black Metal with its sub genres, especially DSBM, as mentioned before I’m very attached to it, I think there are also a lot of influences by Blut aus Nord.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Æterna: Photography, animal rights, anthropology. I’m also an astrologer.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Æterna: Thank you for this interview. : )
Veirg: Thanks for this interview.

Funerary Bell 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 up?

At the moment we are composing material and rehearsing for our second full length and some upcoming gigs.

2.In April you have a 2 song ep coming out, 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?

The new EP was recorded professionally with a full 5-piece line up while the previous catalog was more or less home produced and usually max three members performing. Our updated sound is rooted very heavily on traditional heavy and death metal, having some hints of black metal here and there and this time we added also way more keyboards than before.

3.Your lyrics cover some Occult topics,can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?

When I was a kid and youngster I experienced some bizarre hauntings which led me to study more about otherwordly topics. I'm lucky that I kept my eyes open and never killed my inner child as the world is so much more than what one who spends his life in a rat race can ever expect.

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

As our themes and imagery deal more or less with death and decay, the name is perfect. Since my childhood I've always been into the calm mood of the churchyards.

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

If I have to choose one word that describes our show perfectly it would be energetic. In my opinion our best show this far was the band's debut gig in Ilokivi in spring 2013, a club in our home town.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We will play at Saturnal Fest in Jyväskylä with some other Finnish bands in 24th of April. Maybe some little European touring will follow in autumn but those plans will be revealed later.

7.The new ep is coming out on Saturnal Records,can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It's a fresh Finnish label with very professional attitude, formed by some of our mates. Perfect for our band.

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

Very good. Most of our dedicated fans come from Southern Europe.

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

Besides Funerary Bell (and some related bands) I'm currently working with a new punk / new wave project involving also other Finnish metal musicians. I'm not too sure what our other members are doing with their bands so I'm speaking only on my behalf.

10.When can we expect to see another full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

The new full length will be released in 2016 through Saturnal Records. The album will continue the direction we set with Graveyard Séance EP.

11.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?

I have always been into metal / rock / punk etc. Nowadays I'm mostly spinning stuff like Iggy and The Stooges, Lords Of The New Church, Paul Chain, Fields Of The Nephilim, Acheron, Rotting Christ, Master's Hammer to name a few.

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

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

L.A.C.K/Where Everythings Gone/Depressive Illusions Records/2015 Demo Review


  L.A.C.K  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  post black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  "Where  Everything's  Gone".

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  ep  which  is  also  done  in  more  of  a  post  metal  direction  and  after  the  intro  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  minute  later  the  clean  playing  from  the  intro  also  returns  along  with  some  clean  singing  female  vocals  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  minutes  later  electric  guitars  are  added  into  the  music.

  Once  the  music  gets  heavy  it  goes  for  a  very  slow  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  ep  progresses  melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  last  track  is a  cover  of  Nocturnal  Depression's  "Host".

  L.A.C.K  plays  a  very  slow,  dark  and  depressive  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  also  has  a  good  mixture  of  rawness  and  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  L.A.C.K  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive,  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Wanderings  Into  Infinity".  8  out  of  10.  

Twilight Fauna/Old ThunderBloodlines//Into The Night Records/2015 Split Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Tennessee's  Twilight  Fauna  and  Kentucky's  Old  Thunder  called  "Bloodlines"  which  was  released  by  Into  The  Night  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Twilight  Fauna a  solo  project  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  his  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  singing  vocals  that  give  the  music  an  Americana  feeling  and  after  awhile  flutes  are  added  into  the  song  and  they  also  bring  in  more  elements  of  folk  music  and  on  the  following  track  which  is  also  13  minutes  in  length  the  music  adds  in  electric  guitars  which  also  take  the song  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  that  kick  in  after  awhile,  the  acoustic  guitars  from  the  first  track  are  also  used  briefly  on  the  second  song  while  the  heavier  parts  stick  to  a  slower  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  human  spirits  and  old  gods  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Revelation  (Conceding  The  Scars)".

  Next  up  is  Old  Thunder  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  doom  and  sludge  metal.

  A  very  distorted  yet melodic  sound  which  also  gives  the  music  a  post  metal  feeling  starts  off  his  side  of  the  split  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  after  a  minute  heavy  doom  metal  guitars  and  grim  sludge  style  screams  which also  have  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  them  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  melodies  also  stick  around  in  both  the  leads  and riffs  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts,  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suffering,  Appalachian  Life,  Faith  and  Literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Old  Thunder  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK   "Burnt  Bone  Garland".  

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  the  more  atmospheric  sides  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal.  8  out  of  10.             

Xharhnah/Crown/Depressive Illusions/2015 EP Review


  Xharhnah  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Crown"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  ep  which  also  uses  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  a  few  seconds  later  melodic  doom  metal  guitar  leads  and  high  pitched  depressive  screams  make  their  present  on  the  recording  along  with  some  operatic  female  vocals  being  added  a  few seconds  later.

  You  can hear  a  lot  of  elements  of  dark  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  stick  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Kharhnah  takes  a  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  dark  and  doom  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  along  with  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Spirituality,  Feelings  and  Mysticism.

  In  my  opinion  Xharhnah  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Crown".  8  out  of  10.  


Pohjast/Matused/Stormspell Records/2014 CD Review


  Pojhast  are  an  international  band with  members  from  Canada,  Finland  and Estonia  that  plays  a  Nordic  style  of  viking/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Matused"  which  was  released  by  Stormspell  Records.

  A  very  distorted  guitar  lead  and  tribal  style  drums  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  more heavy  and  melodic  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing  viking  metal  vocals  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  Viking  era  Bathory  influences  in  it  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Unlike  with  the  previous  album  which  focused  more  on  a  Norwegian  influenced  style  of  frostbitten  black  metal  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  pure  pagan/viking  metal  direction  along  this  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  doom  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  stick  to  a  very  melodic  musical  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  while  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length

  Pohjast  move  away  from  the  black  metal  sound  of  the  previous  material  and  creates  a  pure  and  melodic  style  of  viking  metal  on  this  recording  while  also  bringing  in  a  heavier  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nordic  Paganism,  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my opinion  Pohjast  are  a  very  great  sounding  viking  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rune  Of  Dissolution"  and  "In  The  Shadow  of  The  Glass  Cross".  8  out  of  10.       

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Patriarch Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about your bands and musical projects?
I’m active in the metal underground since 2001 I think. I had some projects back then and the only one which is still alive is Blasphemous Noise Torment. Luckily I’ve found two musicians that fit perfectly in the attitude and sound required by this band. Beside that, with another friend I started Doomhammer back in 2010 I guess with the aim to create raw and old school music. Since I’m an iper-active person I’ve 2 solo projects now, Patriarch (raw punkish black metal) and Caostruppen (war metal caos). These days I started rehearsing with a friend for a lo-fi black metal band. Also I have the Clan of Exclusion - war command distribution label.

2.Currently you have 2 full tine bands and 2 solo projects, how would you say all of these bands differ from each other?
Well Blasphemous Noise Torment is my main band. It’s the older project I got and everything we do with that is focused on developing some kind of personal way of playing bestial black death metal inspired by bands such as Bestial Warlust, Blasphemy, Diocletian, Revenge and so on. It requires some kind of skills and exercise musically and lirycally wise.
Doomhammer is a free-time band. We do what we like in a simple and direct way. So here we put thrash, black and punk influences and we go. Simple songs for total impact.
Beside these two bands, Patriarch is a more personal and black oriented band. Inspired by Burzum, Darkthrone, Akitsa, Ash Pool, Bone Awl and White Medal is focused in the creation of raw lo-fi music with a touch of cold melody. Finally Caostruppen is my bestial project devoted to Conqueror, Revenge, Naked Whipper worship. Nothing original, just chaotic music and pure brutality. Soon will be out new demos and first album.

3.With Doomhammer, the music seems to revolve more around old school metal and punk as well as alcohol, do you consider this band more as something fun compared to the other bands where the music and lyrics seem to be a lot more serious?
Yes for sure. Doomhammer is purely fun and manily focused on live impact. So we don’t care about lyrics content or musical precision. It is just about turning on the amplifier and play.

4.Also with Doomhammer you have done a few G.G Allin covers, what was the decision behind during your own version of these tracks?
I’ve heard my first G.G. Allin song in Volkermord (UK) split cd. I liked that kind of raw and brutal punk-crust and that kind of nihilist attitude fits perfectly with Doomhammer. Also we always liked to drink beers and whisky and doing some crazy things so it was quite natural for us to cover such songs. I must add also that these are really easy to play songs, so we hadn’t to rehearse them too much ahahah.

5.Is the name ‘Doomhammer’, a tribute to Hellhammer’?
Yes of course. The band started in a small and dark garage, it felt like an old crypt. So we begun with the intent to pay tribute to the old school of metal music. Personally I am a big fan of Hellhammer and similar bands. I often use the “uh!” battle cry as a tribute to Tom G. Warrior in Doomhammer songs.

6.With ‘Doomhammer’, all of the demo’s where released on a compilation by Old Cemetery Records, where you satisfied with the support they put into the compilation?
Old Cemetery rec. did a great job with the cd, we like it. I must admit it would’ve deserved a better recording quality, but anyway  we are committed to rehearsal quality so it is the way it should be in any case. Soon will be out the new demo through Legion Blotan and later another split. We are slowly thinking about an album.

7.With ‘Blasphemous Noise Torment’, the band was originally called ‘Kaos’, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Blasphemous Noise Torment’?
Kaos was more an experiment than a real band. It was just somekind of chaotic noise black by me only. I changed name into something that would sound as a tribute to those bands that inspired my at that moment: Blasphemy, Beherit, Von. First demos were just improvised crap in the end sounding more like Bestial Mockery without song structure.

8.Also with ‘Blasphemous Noise Torment’, one of the topics you cover lyrically is Ariosophy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
I am graduated in Philosophy, I am a great reader of authors like Nietzsche, Heidegger, Spengler and so on. Also I always admired Pete Helmkamp’s way of writing lyrics so I try to do something in that vein.
I want to evoke the inner power hidden in the blood and memory of people of indo-european heritage. That mean that I used mainly references to the myth, symbols and history that european men can comprehend even if they know nothing about it. There’s something deeper than pure theorical study and music can evoke that side of man to push him overcoming moral and daily limits.
That kind of musical conception is in the end similar to that Wagner has back in the day and it can work, with different words and symbols, for non-european peoples. Tradition and anti-monotheist struggle are the main roots for a deep musical message of (self-)awakening.

9.What are some of the best shows that you have done with your live bands and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I remember we had great shows with Impaled Nazarene, Proclamation, Diocletian and Archgoat in 2013. We had a crowd of crazy maniacs under the stage with all the aggression and “mosh” violence that fits perfectly in a bestial metal show. Also I remember with great pleasure the live we did in Austria in 2012 (I guess) with our friends Abhorrot and Bestial Raids and Truppensturm. Not many people there, but great bands, great people and good avenue.
Our stage performance is always focused on bestial destruction and brutality, we do a physical show, but that depends on the crowd also.

10.With ‘Blasphemous Noise Torment’, the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind turning it into a full time line up?
When I decided to restart with music in 2009 I felt the need of improve what I did in the past. So first I recorded some new songs with real structure (“Blood Purge” demo cdr) and then I’ve searched for two members to help me playing more complex songs.

11.With ‘Patriarch’ you do everything by yourself, how would you compare working solo to working with a full time band?
With a true band you have always to manage personal issues and sometimes you have to take care of other’s problems and laziness. I hate that side of the thing, but that’s the natural way of being a band. With a one-man project you can do what you want, when you want and how you want. Also I like to play drums even if I’m absolutely not a drummer, so I tried also that way.

12. The Patriarch ep was released on Legion Blotan Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It’s a Yorkshire based label. George, the man behind it, is really a smart person and it’s really easy to work and trade with him. I like that kind of underground devotion and also I like his bands Sump and White Medal. Themathically Patriarch fits perfectly in Legion Blotan Records’ roster.

13.What are some of the subjects you cover lyrically with ‘Patriarch’?
Mainly I want to attack contemporary anti-male propaganda and gender theory. These are some of the most vicious and dangerous concepts around, in my opinion. So Patriarch is openly a call to old time fatherhood, to natural family structure and manly authority. Most of my lyrics, also for future songs, begin with that kind of point of view, that of a society that is deeply against everything virile and properly manly. So Patriarch is a tool against everything contemporary society wants from men to do and say. For example the song “Macbeth’s cruse” is a song about the tragedy, an allegory on female pernicious way of manipulating man and pushing him to ruin. I think the respect for the woman goes hand in hand with respect for man prerogatives.

14.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your various musical projects by fans of black metal?
With BNT we had a good feedback. We did not much promotion, so we could have got something more, but in these months our second album “Cosmic Reversion” will be out and we do expect some more support worldwide. Doomhammer has a small following here and there, we do no promotion at all, just trades etc. Your review on Patriarch’s demo is the first one so it is too late to say anything. Caostruppen received some good feedback's from South America, USA and some europeans maniacs.

15.Can you tell us a little bit more about the label that you run?
It started some years ago as a demo-label. Now I decided to change the name into something more profound and personal so it will be called from now on: Clan of Exclusion - war command distribution. I plan to print cd of bands I like and I want to promote and sell. My first release on cd is Comando Praetorio “Divinità Terrifiche”, an impressive debut of apocalyptic black metal from some of italian’s best extreme musicans. In the next days Deathcraft demo will be ready on pro-cd with remastered audio and ferocious artwork. This is a band formed by ex-Demonomancy (Spain) members, so you should expect bestial grind death.
Then I’ll release Volkermord (UK) demo collection and BNT “Cosmic Reversion” on pro-tape. After those, one split cd with two great italian black metal bands is scheduled and then we’ll see. I’ve many ideas but not many really good bands around. If there’s a quality bestial war metal band in search of an album release get in touch.

16.Where do you see yourself heading into musically in the future with your bands and projects?
I want to send a message and I want to speak to devoted underground maniacs. With BNT we would like to play in some european countries, with the other bands I just want to be in contact with more maniacs for trades, concerts etc.

17.What are some of the bands musical styles that have had an influence on you musically?
I’ve been influenced by all extreme metal styles: death, black, thrash and war. Also I’m into classical heavy metal and this reflects on songs structure and riff creation. Some of my all-time  favourites are Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Slayer, Angelcorpse, Darkthrone, Diocletian, Akitsa, Bolt Thrower, Discharge and many others.

18.Does Satanism, Occultism or Paganism play any role in your musical projects?
Paganism for sure since I consider myself an Heathen, occultism in some way, always connected with indo-european tradition and esoterism. I don’t give a fuck about supposed chabbalistic esoterism since that it is just an arbitrary and useless teenage-minded creation. It’s just like a cut-and-paste from many real traditions for a one-self wanking.  I prefer what comes from archeological studies and ancient myths tales. I am a concrete and scientific mind in the end.

19.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for your support and time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Funerary Bell/Graveyard Seance/Saturnal Records/2015 EP Review


  Funerary  Bell  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Graveyard  Seance"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Saturnal  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  growls  that  are  very  dark  and  grim  sounding.

  You  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  influences  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  traditional  metal  melodies  can  be  heard  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  second  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths.

  Funerary  Bell  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  occult  sound  but  with  more  of  an  up  to  date  take  on  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism.

  In  my  opinion  Funerary  Bell  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Afterlife  on  Earth".  8  out  of  10.

    

Khors/Cold/Svarga Music/2015 CD Re-Issue Review


  Khors  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  has  more  of  a  raw  approach  to  atmospheric  pagan/black  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2006  album  "Cold"  which  will  be  re-issue d in  March  of  2015  by  Svarga  Music.

 A  very  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  keyboard  starts  off  the  album  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavy  black  metal  riffing  that  starts  to  kick  in  on  the  recording  a  few  seconds  alter  along  with  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  to  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  on  some  of  the  tracks  they  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   There  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  some  of  the  guitar  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  pagan  folk  music  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  a  brief instrumental  that  focuses  more  on  keyboards  while  the  first  of  the  last  2  tracks  returns  to  a  black  metal  sound  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  keyboard  song  that  utilizes  grim  black  metal  whispers

  Khors  had  a  very  atmospheric  and  keyboard  orientated  style  of  black  metal  sound  on  this  recording  but  done  with  more  of  a  raw  approach  then  what  was  later  to  come  with  future  albums  where  they  progresses  heavily  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Mysticism,  and  Space  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Khors  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashes"  "Misery"  and  "Into  The  Depths  of  Black  hills.  8  out  of  10.

  

Ophidian Coil Interview

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

INIMICVS: Ophidian Coil was formed in 2013 by XIII.XIII.(now an ex-member) and me, around the middle of that year. The idea was present in a little bit different form in 2009 and through a couple of gradual transformations (in both the musical approach and involvement of other members who are not a part of the band anymore, to a more spiritual/personal upheaval) became the vessel of what it is today known under that name. Now Ophidian Coil order consist of the following devotees:

INIMICVS - Vocals/Guitar
Kozeljnik - Guitar/Bass
Alewar – Drums

Also, I have to point out that I'm very proud of the current line up and individuals whose joined forces now embody Ophidian Coil.

2.So far you have released a promo and an EP, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?

INIMICVS: I think that musical sound on both releases follows the concept and lyrics as a whole and they are pretty much interconnected, and this was the main aim. Some would maybe say that the sound is made of insane blast beats, gnawing guitars and large range of vocals, which is a shallow take on all that and only a tip of the iceberg that might be too much for a simple human mind to grasp. But to us, it is a lot more. Personally, I would describe it as a sinister and energetic stream of Adversarial impulses and glorification of primeval forces of the Other Side, and at the same time serves as an offering to the above-mentioned.

3.Your lyrics cover some occult and satanic topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

INIMICVS: I never shunned to gaze upon and practice different methods from different orders/authors/books, as long as I found them beneficial to my spiritual development. I believe that over the time all these methods can be somehow adapted in a personal way, and I recognize myself as an eternal student which has much more to learn and absorb. In the end, this thorny path that a few of the individuals follow is harsh, dangerous and long journey. It takes a lot of patience and certainly isn’t for everyone, let alone for someone who takes it lightly. Ophidian Coil’s lyrics are a crystal-clear reflection of my involvement in the occult, shaped in a somewhat subjective view, philosophy and experience which is of course based on the Left Hand Path. And not only that, lyrics are also based on every other small element of things that surround us, shallow human nature, dreams, astral plane, even plain philosophical discussions with the like-minded.  But, considering that this is the interview about the band and that I already said too much, I’m going to talk specifically about that. I can only say that Ophidian Coil’s goal is to burn down this false cosmic reality and all obstacles with the flame of Satan/Lucifer ( or if you prefer the One With Many Names, acknowledging that all deities throughout the history found in different cultures are linked to the Adversarial personality) and open up the portals to the Unknown and see beyond. To slay the arrogant ego and free the repressed subconsciousness, and thus open up the gateways through which the prime acasual energy of Chaos and Nothingness can freely flow. To achieve the state of self-realization/deification and sovereignty, furthermore leading to a break in the cyclic form of nature and achieving the endless freedom in all forms of life and death.

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

INIMICVS: The term “Ophidian” is used to represent the ancient Serpent, the wisdom-bringer of many religions and cults, whose poison we gladly drink. Also it represents shedding of the human skin (nature), and transforming into something much bigger. “Coil” here can represent many things, from the coiling of the Serpent in various spheres and thus absorbing the knowledge, to the coiled up Serpent ready to attack and spray venom in the face of ignorance. When we formed the band, we felt that this name best represents our ideology and intention.

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

INIMICVS: For now we haven’t had a chance to play live, because our new drummer Alewar is from Spain, and Kozeljnik and I are from Belgrade (Serbia), so that makes it a little difficult. But I have no doubts that some appearance  will happen soon. All I can say for now that our stage performance would be highly intense.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

INIMICVS: For sure, as I already said in the answer above. I still cannot say what future bring, but live appearance is a must and it will happen when the time and energies feel right.

7.The EP was released on Obscure Abhorrence, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?

INIMICVS: When we were searching for a label, I had sent several e-mails to various labels. I was really amazed with Andreas’ quick response and news in e-mail that he wants to release it. We came to agreement quickly. Obscure Abhorrence Productions is a prestigious label with a large amount of releases for first-rate bands, such as Horna, Sargeist, Drowning The Light, Macabre Omen, Acherontas, Dodsferd… And yes, we are more than honored to have signed with them. Andreas did a great job so far and has all my respect as a person and as a professional.

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

INIMICVS: The feedback has been fairly good on a worldwide level, with positive critics etc. Also, I must say that we are honored to have had a chance for a mastermind such as Honza Kapák (Avenger, Master’s Hammer…) to do a session drums for us on both “Promo 2014” and “Denial | Will | Becoming”. This last release is still fresh, so there is plenty of time for it to be introduced to the audience. Nowadays, bands are popping up everywhere, and over the night they get all this attention, often undeservedly… Somehow I get the feeling that all this sacred art came to some kind of generic form - but that is a topic for some other interview. I can say that I am glad that manifestation of our release left some positive impact on individuals who have Eyes to see and that I highly respect.

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

INIMICVS: Alewar is playing in several other projects, which will be revealed to the public soon. Kozeljnik is well known for his band The Stone, which I don’t even have to mention. With their 7th full-length masterpiece “Nekroza”, they once again proved that they are Serbia’s leading force. He is also present in May Result,  Kozeljnik (duo with the drummer L.G. also from The Stone/May Result) and Murder. I encourage you to check them all out if you haven’t already. I am also playing live appearances for The Stone (bass) and Kozeljnik (guitar), which both have tours and shows coming soon.

10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

INIMICVS: I cannot say anything for the full-length album, but probably in the late 2015 - early 2016. Currently we are working on the split release with Septuagint from Greece, and all our energies are concentrated on that. After that, we have plans for another split, but I cannot reveal anything right now. Musically, Ophidian Coil will evolve more and more with every release, together with its members.

11.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?

INIMICVS: The list is never-ending. From the classic heavy metal, thrash metal, all the way to ambient music. And of course, mainly black metal. Beside the bands that we all like, everyone in the band does listen to a lot of different stuff. Kozeljnik is an old vinyl-maniac, with one of the largest collections that I have ever seen. I am listening not only to metal, but electronic music and various other genres. These days I listen to many bands, Blaze of Perdition, Mortuus, Ofermod, Malign, Akrotheism, Septuagint, a lot of heavy metal, thrash metal… And a lot of Thy Darkened Shade, I must point that out. I am looking forward to the vinyl version of “Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet” coming out soon.

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

INIMICVS: Thank you for the interview. You can order your copy of “Denial | Will | Becoming” via Obscure Abhorrence Productions (www.obscure-abhorrence.de). We also have a limited batch, so you can order directly through the band.

Praised be the Black Light.




Terra/Untitled/Hibernacula Records/2015 Full Length Review


  Terra  are  a  band  from  the  United Kingdom  that  plays  a  cascadian  influenced form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  untitled  album  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Hibernacula  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  riffing  and  after  a  minute  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  some  melodic  leads  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  displays  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  while  black  metal  screams  are  utilized  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  depressive  screams, the  music   focuses  more  on  the  instrumental  side  and  at  times  atmospheric  post  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  are  usually  mixed  in  with  the  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Terra  creates  a  very  raw  and  epic  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  on  all  3  of  the  tracks  and  they  mix  in  the  cascadian  elements  of  the  Northwestern  black  metal  scene  to  make  their  music  sound  a  lot  more  creative,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy  and  powerful  while  lyrics  are  very  rarely  used.

  In  my  opinion  Terra  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  cascadian  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "II",  8  out  of  10.

Hagl Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
MALPHAS: HAGL started up as just an idea late 2010, when I had a lot of very good riffs and melodies I didn't feel like could fit the other bands I played in. In early 2011 I started up creating songs, and contacted Sorath. The only thing I could interest him with was the name of the band, and the songtitle "Askefast". He was very interested, and from that point we were a three piece band. Me and Gheist have been friends for a long time, and it was only natural that he would play drums on the record, as he completely fits this band in all ways.

2. In March you have your first album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
MALPHAS: The sound on the album is very dark, disharmonic and still yet melancholic. We went for a more clean sound as there is a lot of details that I want the listener to pay attention to. This is songs you really have to listen to many times to really catch what's really going on!

3. All of the band members have experience playing in other bands, what are you able to do with this band that you are not able to do with your other groups or projects?
MALPHAS:  Since this is a new band, its more easy to make something new, since there are no previous records behind us. Especially since we all wanted to do a so-called slow record that keeps the tempo and yourself down at all times. And on this record, all spoken words are in Norwegian, that's something we all have never done before.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores  with the music?
SORATH: The core of the lyrics is nihilistic darkness; a black mass of suicide, deathglorification and hopelessness, with a strong message that each individual is worthless and doomed from birth.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hagl'?
MALPHAS: The word 'Hagl' is norwegian for the weather phenomenon hail. I wanted a Norwegian name for the band, and I am fascinated with hailstorms. Hail can be pretty brutal sometimes, and have killed several people.

6. Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
SORATH: We are not entertainers, but when the time is right, we will appear on stage. As of now, despite several offers, we wait...

7. The new album is going to be released on Folter Records a label that has been a part of the underground since the 90's, how did you get in contact with this label?
MALPHAS: I met with Joerg at the Under The Black Sun festival the last summer, where I played with Endezzma and So Much For Nothing. We all had a blast, and when I came back I stayed in touch with him, and told him about this band I had. He was really interested in doing this, and everything has been handled very professionally.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by the black metal fans that have heard it so far?
MALPHAS: We have stayed very low about this, and recently opened a Facebookpage. The feedback has been very good, it seems like many looks forward to give this record a listen. The music takes you back to the old days, with solid melodies and riffs, and when the groove mattered - not how fast a band could play.

9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are apart off?
MALPHAS: Endezzma will release a new record(Arcane Abyss) in a few months.
SORATH: We're also working together on the last Beastcraft album (The Infernal Gospels of Primitive DevilWorship) and 10" (Occult Ceremonial Rites),  and I've also started preparing the recording of the next Vulture Lord album with Diabolus.

10. Where do you see this band heading into musically during the future?
MALPHAS: We will continue to keep it down, bringing utter darkness to the listener. Expect solid riffs, disharmoy, death chants and a good groove! We have very good ideas and plans for the future.

11. 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?
SORATH: All our influences comes from the dark past, the beginning, the filthy purity. As we move through time towards the end, we bring those black decades with us,  creating utter darkness. The future lies in the past.

12. How would you describe your views on Occultism?
SORATH: That has been an important part of my life for over 20 years. The search for what lies beyond. The borders I have crossed, the sights I have seen and the borders I have crossed shall remain within my circle and lyrics, but I can say as much, that I am fearless of dying.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
SORATH: Hail the underground and keep the black flame burning!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Torver/Arcane North/From Moonrise To Moonset/Blackwood Productions/2015 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  the  United  Kingdom's  Torver  and  Arcane  North  called  "From  Moonrise To  Moonset"  which  was  released  by  Blackwood  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Torver  a  band  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  starts  off  their  side  of  the  split  along  with  the  sounds  of  nature  and  after  the  intro  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  into  the  music  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  black  metal  direction  along  with some  high  pitched  screams and  the  mix  the  clean  vocals  and  atmospheric  elements  in  with  the  heavier  style.

   After  awhile  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  melodic solos  and  leads are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  second  song  brings  in  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  at  times  along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  spoken word  parts  are  added  onto  the  track  which  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  production  sounds very  dark  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  an  ritualistic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Torver  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lunar  Ritual"  8  out  of  10.

  Next  up  is  Arcane  North  a  1  man  band  that  has  been featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric form  of  black  metal.

  A  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  his  split  along  with  some  dark  ambient  elements  and  after  a  minute  more  of  a  melodic  style  of  black  metal  is  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  being  utilized  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

Most  of  the  atmospheric  parts  get  mixed  in  with  both  the  heavy  and  melodic  parts  quite  a  bit  in  the  songs  and  at  time s the  music  does  speed  up  at  times  and  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mostly  stick  to mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical direction  and  the  last  track  is  an  instrumental  ambient  piece,  the production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Arcane  North  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cold  Lonely  Moors".

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

   

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Feign Interview

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

Feign is a side project I created in an effort to combine the emotional atmospheric elements of modern black metal with the harsh melodies of oldschool melodeath. I took my two favorite aspects of both styles, and contorted them into something that I thought would be interesting to create. There is other aspects of Feign though, doom influences as well as progressive metal influences. I wanted to create something that wouldn't be afraid to stray from it's core elements, to keep things interesting and fresh for the listener.


2.Recently you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Dark, harsh, but melodic and beautiful as well. Instead of overwhelming hate and anger there is an element of mystery and deep emotion in the sound, something that I don't see as often in more extreme styles of metal, which is why it was something I chose to explore on this demo.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that you explore with the music?

The lyrical themes of Lost To Eternity generally revolve around space, time, and one man's personal struggle. It follows him through his own world collapsing, and his journey to become part of stars in which he came from. Death, basically.


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

It was a word that I had heard of, and I thought it sounded very nice. The definition is also very interesting, and resonates well with the lyrical themes and sound of Feign. It means to pretend to be affected by something, a feeling, state or injury.


5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to be solo?

For now Feign is solo, but I wouldn't mind working with other musicians. It's all about the chemistry, if it works it works. If it doesn't, then it doesn't. I do enjoy working alone for now, though.


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

I think a label could be effective in bringing in more fans and getting the word out there about Feign. I'm not seeking one but I'm also not closed off to one, we'll see what the future brings when I release the debut album.


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

All positive so far! Everyone seems to be on board with my melodic approach to black metal, which is nice. I think it brings something a bit more fresh to the table, which can be good or bad, depending on the listener. So far so good!


8.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?

I have had many ideas over the past few months, possibly a death metal project, or maybe something more progressive. Who knows. At the moment I work on my solo stuff and Feign, that's about it. My solo work is just under my name (Jacob Lizotte). You can find that by searching on google or youtube, it's mostly thrashy metalcore, it sounds nothing like Feign but I do enjoy creating it! I've released 2 solo albums, and 4 EP's, as well as the demo for Feign.


9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into during the future as a musician?

A full-album will be out pretty soon. Whenever I get a chance to write I start working on Feign, it's definitely my next release, probably in the next month or two. So April at the latest! As far as the future goes? I will always be creating music, whether I'm a touring musician or working and playing local shows. I would love to do it for a living, of course. But I'm happy either way. I'm looking to going to school for music production, so that is the most concrete answer at the moment for my future.


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?

Lately I've been listening to a lot of Allegaeon, Pallbearer, Deafheaven as well as Dark Tranquility. Digging the new Periphery, At The Gates. I'm also a huge fan of Cynic, their latest album was killer! My music can be influenced by many different bands, I typically listen to metal, but sometimes I'll bust out something entirely different. It all depends on the sound I'm going for, and the style I feel like writing in.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I love weightlifting, writing, playing video games, I also enjoy hanging out with friends and family! Music has a huge place in my life, but I can't allow it to be my main focus 100% of the time. That's why I have other hobbies and interests, it keeps me from ignoring other aspects of life while also making my music writing fresh and exciting each time I sit down to do it.


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

Stay tuned for the debut album! I will be putting in infinitely more time and thought into it, the lyrical concepts and the song structures, making it more dense and more melodic while keeping it heavy. It will blow this demo out of the water! Thank you for the interview!

Winter Torment Webzine Interview


  Here is an interview I did with Winter Torment about OccultBlackMetalZIne and the other web zines I run

http://www.wintertormentwebzine.blogspot.com/2015/02/interview-with-loki-editor-of-occult.html

And  it  can  also  be found on Primitive Ways ezine

http://www.primitivewaysezine.blogspot.com/2015/02/interview-with-loki-editor-of-occult.html

So if you want a history of my metal background and the zines check out this interview

Friday, February 20, 2015

Infernal Execrator/Ad Infinitum Satanic Adherent/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2014 CD Review


  Infernal  Exectator  are  a  band  from  Singapore  that  plays  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Ad  Infinitum  Satanic  Adherent"  which  was  released  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  A  very  epic  sounding  symphony  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  sound  effects  and  demonic  voices  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  black/war  metal  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  at  the  same  time  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  thrash  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  at  times  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  album  progresses  more  old  school  death  metal  elements  are  added  into  the  raw  war/black  metal  style  this  band  creates  with  their  songs  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  songs  stay  away  from  any  clean  or  soft  parts  to  create  a  very  heavy  and  blasphemous  recording.

  Infernal  Execrator  takes  the  rawest  and  heaviest  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  combine  them  to  create  a  very  unholy  and  brutal  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion,  Hatred,  Execration,  Satanism, Occultism  and  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Infernal  Execrator  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  brutal  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Baphometerror  Invocation"  "Iblissupremacy  Devine  Desimare"  "Ad Infinitum Satanic Adherent"  and  "Expirtate  Messiah  Supremus".  8/5  out  of  10.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Demonic Slaughter/Haunted/Pagan Records/2014 CD Review


  Demonic  Slaughter  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Haunted"  which  was  released  by  Pagan  Records.

  A  very  dark  ambient  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  giving  the  recording  a  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  which  also  uses  melodic  leads  at  times  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  grim  screams  which  also  use  a  small  amount  of  spoken word  parts  and  a  touch  of  melody  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  amount  of  melodic  riffing  along  with  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  that  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  while  the  music  does  have  its  old  school  roots  the  production  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  modern  day  feeling  and  the  music  can  also  get  very  atmospheric at  time s with  the  melodies  that  come  out  of  the  guitars  and  there  are  also  a  few  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  last  track  a  good  amount  of  keys  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  song  is  all  instrumental  and  epic  sounding.

  Demonic  Slaughter  creates  a  black  metal  album  that is  very  atmospheric,l  raw  and  melodic    bringing  in  some  Norwegian  influences  of  the  90's  but  also  mixing  it  with  a  more  modern  occult  sound  to  create  the  musical  style  that  is  presented  on  the  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  mostly  written  in  English  along  with  a  couple  in  Polish  and  they  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,   Evil,  Death  and  Destruction.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Demonic  Slaughter  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric,  satanic  and  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mystic  Rites"  "Haunted"  "Madness  And  Astral  Emanations"  and  "Death's  Creek".  8  out  of  10.        

Ophidian Coil/Denial | Well | Becoming/Obscure Abhorrence Productions/2015 EP Review


  Ophidian  Coil  are  a  band  from  Serbia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic,  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2015  ep  "Denial  |  Well |  Becoming"  which  was  released  by  Obscure  Abhorrence  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  organs  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  for  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  as  well  as  a  good  mixture  of  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the music  also  incorporates  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  also brings in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  melodic  ritualistic  chants  at  times.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  90's  black  metal  feeling  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  guitars  add  in  a  slight  thrash  influence  and  one  of  the  alter  tracks  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  angry  shouts.

  Ophidian  Coil  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  grim  sounding  while  also  displaying  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ophidian  Coil  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal b and  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Gloria  In  Deo"  and  'Thousand  Voices  Of  the  Devil's  Call".  8  out  of  10.
     

Comando Praetorio/Divinila Terrifiche/War Command Distribution/2014 EP Review


  Commando  Praetorio  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  apocalyptic,  nihilistic  and  sinister  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Divinila  Terrifiche"  which  was  released  by  War  Command  Distribution.

  A  very  epic  and  atmospheric  synth  sound  starts  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  classical  feeling  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  and  go  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  screams  and  the  music  has  a  90's  Eastern  European  feeling  to  it.

  All  3  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  on  this  recording  and  at  times  the  vocals  bring  in  deep  vocals  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  darker  atmosphere  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Commando  Praetorio  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  while  also  being  very  epic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  spiritual  transcendence  through  harsh  discipline.

  In  my  opinion  Commando  Praetorio  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  epic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Samsara".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Patriarch/Tyrant In The North/Legion Blotan Records/2014 Demo Review


  Patriarch  are  a  1  man  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  punk  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  demo  "Tyrant  In  The  North"  which  was  released  by  Legion  Blotan  Records.

  A  very  distorted  amp  sound  starts  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  after  awhile  punk  influenced  melodic  guitar  leads  and  riffs  are  added  into  the  music  and  a  later t rack  also  shows  a  brief  use  of  guitar  orientated  drones  and  noises.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  raw  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  along  with a  good  mixture of  80's  punk  and  90's  black  metal  being  mixed  together  and  the  songs  also  have  an  early  Polish  style  of  black/pagan  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times  which  also  bring s in  more  epic  elements  onto  the  demo  and  all  of  the musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Patriarch  takes  a  very  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  in  some  early  80's  hardcore  punk  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  while  also  still  having  a  very  raw  and  necro  feeling,  the production  sound s very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Patriarch  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  punk   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Macbeth's  Curse"  and  "Derive".  8  out  of  10.   

Blasphemous Noise Torment/Ancient Insignias/Supremacy Through Intolerance/2011 CD Review


  Blasphemous  Noise  Torment  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw   mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Ancient  Insignias"  which  was  released  by  Supremacy  Through  Torment.

  A  very  distorted  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  war  marches  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  a  heavy  death  metal  influence  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  There  is  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  at  times  also  bring  in  an  80's  death  metal  approach  to  growls  and  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  an  early  war  metal  feeling  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  an  early  90's  Australian  black/war  metal  feeling  to  the  songs  they  are  used  on  ad  the  whole  album  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  direction  form  beginning  to  end.

  Blasphemous  Noise  Torment  goes  back  to  the  90's  era  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  combines  them  together  along  with  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression  and  a  good  doses  of  thrash  influences  to  create  some  very  fast,  heavy  and  chaotic  music,  the  production  sounds  very  heavy,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  War,  Ariosophy,  Violence,  and  Might.

  In  my  opinion  Blasphemous  Noise  Torment  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  heavy  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spartan  Justice"  "Superion  War  Assault"  and  "Primitive  Blood".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Edenkaiser/Dominum Ex Mortis/Black Steel Music/2015 Full length Review


  Edenkaiser  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Dominum  Ex  Mortis"  which  was  released  by  Black  Steel  Music.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  with  nature  sounds  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  which  are  also  used  on  a  regular  basis  throughout  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Vocals  use  a  great  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams  and  demonic  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  sounds  that  where  on  the  intro  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  battle  samples  and  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  an  old  school  and  traditional style  of  black  metal  onto  the  songs  and  some  of  the  later  tracks  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  Gregorian  chants  briefly  while  the  heavier  parts  bring  in  an  influence  of  thrash,  back  up  gang  shouts  and  riffs  that  also  utilize  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  Edenkaiser  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  touch  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  the  production  sound s very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occult,  Conspiracy, War  and  Nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Edenkaiser  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Steel  Legions"  "The Witch  And  The  Beast"  and  "Oblivion  Remains".  8  out  of  10.