Friday, July 31, 2015

Exquisite Ending/The Rires Of Misanthropism: Psalm V -IX/Hibernacula Records/2015 EP Review


  Exquisite  Ending  are  a  band  from  the United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015 ep  "The Rires Of  Misanthropism: Psalm V -IX"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Hibernacula  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken   word  parts  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  style  of black  metal  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  at  time s they  music  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls.

  All  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  songs  are  rooted  in  the  second  wave  90's  style  of  black  metal  and  they  also  mix  the  spoken  word  parts  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  all  of  the  tracks  avoid  using  any  solos  and  leads  to  focus  on  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic style  of  black  metal.

  Exquisite  Ending  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic style  of black  metal  from  the  previous  recording  as  well  as  continuing  the  concept  that  was  present  on  the  last  ep,  the  production  sound s very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropic,  depressive,  hatred  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Exquisite  Ending  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Banishment  Of  Noble  Coercion"  and  "Unbound  Bloodletting  Of  The  Orthodox".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blliigghhtted/No Temple/Merdumgiriz/2015 CD Review


  Blliigghhtted  are  a  solo  project  from Turkey  that  has  been  featured  before  in this  zine  and  plays an  raw  and  satnic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "No  Temple"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  guitars  and  grim  black  metal  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  along  with a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when the  music speeds up  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  are  utilized  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of  old  school  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  when  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  black  metal  style  and  some  of  the  vocals  bring  in a  small  amount  of  melodic  chanting  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.and  the y also  bring  in  a  few  instrumentals  and  the  last track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  is  an  ambient  track.
 
 Blliigghhtted goes  for  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  this  time  saving  all  the  ambient  elements  for  the  last  track  while  the  slower  sections  bring  in  a  touch of  sludge  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical,  chaos  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blliigghhtted  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chaos  Serpents  order"  "Lucifer's  Eyes"  "Slithering  Thoughts"  and  "Voyage".  8  out  of  10.
 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Feanor Omega Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before can you tell us a little bit about your solo project?
First: Thank you very much for the Interview!
FEANOR OMEGA is a solo project from Austria, the first album (ANIMA) consists of songs which have accompanied me for many years. That's how it all started - I always loved to write and record songs for my other projects - at one point I wrote the 'title track' for the album (Epos: Anima) and immediately knew - I had to record an album.

2.Your album came out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I would describe the sound as 'hard to describe' - but foremost as 'honest'.  The album is self-recorded, therefore the sound represents my very own ability and that's the way I like it for a solo-project.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
I'd say that music has always been my most fluent language - therefore the album simply states what I am not able to put into words.

Without planning, the album has actually evolved into a concept-album. In my opinion the songs can as well stand for their own, but I think the album has its best effect when the listener goes on the journey to listen to it as a whole. In this regard the album is very similar to life. One song might punch you to the ground where the next song might help you up, only that the following track can hit you again ;-)

4.You use the name 'Feanor Omega' for the solo project and also other bands that you are a part off, is there a particular meaning for this name?
I think the addressed fact might lead to confusion! 'Feanor Omega' is simply my personal synonym as a musician, that is also the reason the solo project is called 'Feanor Omega'.
I used 'Omega' for a very long time but decided to add 'Feanor' in 2010 or 2011. Feanor derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's character 'Fëanor' (THE SILMARILLION), one of the most polarising and infamous characters and a personality who's story and destiny have always fascinated me.

5.While there were other musicians involved you did record a lot of the material by yourself, how would you compare working solo to being in a whole band?
I think that it differs completely. Recording solo does give you the agency of doing exactly what you want to do (...or at least like you're able to do it), where a whole band works (or should work) as a team. I like both and I would never want to miss any of it.
Still, I tend to turn solo-recording sessions into small personal rituals. I see them as recreation as well as self-therapy. Furthermore, the recording sessions with my valued guests have been very unique, productive and satisfying.

6.On the album you had a few guests, can you tell us a little bit more about them and their contributions to the recording?
Sure! ANIMA features 4 guest appearances.
All bass tracks were played by MIKE HELL. We composed and recorded the bass tracks together in some extremely productive sessions. I once stated that it seems that no one of us is able to have any kind of project where the other one is not involved. This still proofs to be correct. Mike also swings his bass at DISASTROUS MURMUR and GROTESKH who I manage with CURSED RECORDS as well as SAKRILEG and TONGUELESS CUNTKILLER, where we hit the stage together.

THOMAS contributed deep growls to the song RISEN. He is the man behind TONGUELESS CUNTKILLER, where Mike and I also play. It's not a black metal project, but a collective group of friends enjoying extreme music.

RICH who wrote and played the solo on RISEN was also passively involved in the project. He is a passionate sound engineer and had the tough job of mixing and mastering the whole album. Furthermore, we collaborate at many of my venues (EINE IN TEICH FESTIVAL or WINTERSCHLACHT) and he also plays guitar at the Austrian progressive metal band THYTOPIA.

MORBID FLORIST, who added the female vocals to the chorus of EPOS: ANIMA, is my sister. She also played in SAKRILEG and has an incredible talent for music of all sorts in my opinion.

7.When this is considered a solo project you had a whole band listed on facebook, is that done for more of a live setting?
I think we have a misunderstanding here. The whole band listed simply states all the guest appearances and their roles in the album. There are no live-gigs planned for 'Feanor Omega' at the moment, even though I don't exclude that thought and also have various ideas when the time comes.

8.You also run Cursed Records, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands that you promote on this label?
The principles of CURSED RECORDS have stayed very much the same since the beginning in 2011: support underground music. We are not specified on a specific genre - we promote honesty and passion.
We recently signed the insane GROTESKH - their second album "CODE: END" was released shortly after ANIMA.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your musical projects by fans of black metal?
That's a good question and in my opinion hard to answer.
I think the feedback is polarising. Some like it, some don't and many have probably never heard of it - which is fine too ;-)  maybe they will at some point!

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part off?
NEBELFRONT released their second album "ONLY IN MY DREAMS" earlier this year. I had the honour to contribute some guitars and backing vocals to  the release. Furthermore, I am the live-singer of the project.
It has been very silent around my main (and first) project SAKRILEG in the last year, but since the completion of ANIMA we've been working on new material again and will also resume to play live. The first show will be in the end of August in Upper Austria (Headbanger's Desaster).  Let's just say, there will be some sick shit coming up! 

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I hope I can continue to do what I love for as long as possible. This statement counts for the active side as well as the passive side. I love to record music and to tour around the globe with bands, but I also love the passive aspects like managing bands,  organizing concerts and of course CURSED RECORDS as a whole.

12.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 can honestly state that the people that I worked and played with have influenced me the most. I think nothing's more valuable for musicians than jamming among familiar faces.
Regarding the question what I listen to today: music.
I never turned away from my roots, black metal, but the older I get the less I care for genres. In my opinion music has to reach and touch the deepest parts of your soul. If it manages to do so, I don't care as what it might be labeled.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I love travelling even though most of my travel activity occurred BECAUSE of music. One more reason why I love what I do. I like to gather different influences, wherever I go.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for the interview and for your support!
Your review was the first review the album ANIMA received - thank you for that as well!
Final words.. support underground music!
People, go to concerts, buy albums and merchandise from bands you like!
 Support your local scenes!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sar Nath/Epilogue Eternal/Merdumgiriz/2015 EP Review


  Sar  Nath  are  a  solo  project  from  Texas  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  psychotic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  ep  "Epilogue  Eternal"  which  was  released  by  Merdumgiriz.

  Melodic  and  depressive  sounding  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  screams  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  some  crazy  sounding  programmed  drum  beats  and  the riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  lot  of  the  screams  are  in  a  high  pitched  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  slower  sections  also  incorporating  elements  of  doom  metal  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  trace  of  the  depressive  style  at  times  along  with  some  influences  of  the  early 2000's  black  metal  style  and  there  is  also a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  ep closes  with  a  harsh  noise  outro.   

  Sar  Nath  focuses  more  on  a  guitar  orientated  style  of  black  metal  this  time  around creating  a  recording  that  is  very  grim,  raw  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover ghosts,  demons,  mental  illness  and  private hells.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sar  Nath  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychotic black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "From  Life  To  Soulrot".  8  out of  10. 

 

Justabeli/Cause The War Never Ends/Black Lion Productions/2015 CD Review


  Justabeli  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays a  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015 album  "Cause The  War  Never  Ends"  which  was  released  by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  Air  raid  sirens  and  war  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  the  music  goes  into  a  fast  war/black  metal  direction  that  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  high  pitched  screams  and  death  metal  growls  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  Swedish  style  melodic  black  metal  and  some  of  the  more  slow  or  mid  paced  drum  beats  have  a  militant  feeling  to  them  while  some of  the  guitar  riffs  are  also  heavily  influenced by  early  90's  death  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples,  clean  playing  and  melodic  guitar  leads  present  on the  recording   as  well  as  a  few  seconds  of  clean  singing.

  Justabeli  plays  a  style  of  war  metal  that also  mixes  in  with  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  good  amount  of  death  metal  elements to  create  a  sound  of  their  own, the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  torture,  terror  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Justabeli  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Soldiers  Of  Satan"  "Infected  By  Radiation"  "We  Are  The  Elite"  and  "Satan's  Whores".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Blasphmachine Interview

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

  - hails, we are now in a break for a while just to concentrate on our current release and will enter the studio composing and recording for our next release next month. it might take sometime tho but we r not in a rush. Also looking forward for our show and tour.

2.In May you had released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

- To be honest, we dont consider it a demo. its an album actually. it might be mistakenly edited in our metal archives page. its a 6 tracks with proper recordings all together. but it was dub-tape release and not pro-tape. well yeah, the demo vibe is there. hehehehe. for CD version, we add another 2 tracks making it 8 tracks alltogether.

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

- Mostly occultism, dark religious matter, and yes, pure hatred.

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

- aahh, we describe us as a machine that always rants about blasphemous anthem lyricwise. a blasphemous machine. so, its Blasphmachine. 

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

- maybe our last tour with Shambles (thailand) and Savage Deity (thailand). we met lots of old friends and bands such as mighty Impiety, Orator (bangladesh), Sandesh of Cyclopean Eye Prod, Infernal Execrator (sg) and the legendary Abhorer. last destination of the tour was singapore and we had great time with everybody. we talk and drinks till idnight. the beach side resort was awesome as hell. thanx to Mike Priest of Blood Division (sg) !! For our performance, we just be ourselves. as always, when revenge turns to hatred, hells break loose.

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

- Yes, we do have a show this coming august supporting Necrowretch (france). and looking forward for our small tour this coming january with the argentinian maniacs, Infernal Curse !!!

7.With this demo you had Misanthropic Generation Media release it on cassette and Dunkelheit Produktionen are re-releasing it in August, do you feel these labels have been very helpful when it comes to getting  your music out there heard?

- At first we approach lots of labels to help us release this album. a few interested. Misanthropic Generation Media was the first to reply and interested to release it on dubtape. there are some deals that are cancelled but thanx to Bernd of Dunkelheit Prod for trusting us by releasing our album on CD. we also have a deal with Analog Ammunition Records for releasing it on pro-tape but its still on pressing level. yeah, both labels are very helpful. great professionalism, giving their best to promote this and always updates us with all pressing info and promotions. its an honour for us to be under such respective labels !!

8.Recently you have done a 'Black Witchery' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of their songs?

- Black Witchery is one of our major influence and we really wants to honour them by covering their songs. we sometimes play 'Into Damnation Eternal' while in the studio and one of friends suggest that we should cover it.

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

yeah, we got lots of feedbacks internationally. we received lots of emails asking about our old demo, promo and such. some of them just want to get in touch and mostly talks about how they like our release. we got many offers for a split release from bands. its great !!

10.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?

- we all came from different bands. our drummer also doing sessions for some metal bands. i myself and our guitarist was also from a different death metal band. we dont limit our members to persue their own agenda as long as we consider Blasphmachine is the most important.

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

- We are now on composing period and will be on recording period in august. some tracks has a complete arragement already. just wait and see. We have always been progressive with our release. Arrangements and soundwise. Expect some aggressiveness on our next release.

12.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 r influenced by lots of war/black death bands in the veins of Blasphemy, Black Witchery, Archgoat, Proclamation, Revenge and others. The mood and atmosphere really affect us in our music. We listen to everything. we dont limit ourselves. but mostly black / death metal. Exequy, Genocide Shrines, Bolzer and the new Archgoat album is my current playlist now. 

13.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

- Only those who understand the true meaning of Occultism can relate and dwells with the hidden source of power. We Blasphmachine do take it seriously, trying to potray it to other feeble mind and acknowledge it from our perspective in our lyrics.

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

- Thanx to you for this excellent interviews. Hails to all that has supported us ever since. Our debut full length, Salvation, is out now through Dunkelheit Produktionen and Misanthropic Generation Media. Infernal hails always !!!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Har/Baal Ha'ov/2014 EP Review


  Har  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Baal  Ha'ov".

  Drone  sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  for  a  very  fast  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grim  vocals  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  also  brings  in  elements  of  brutal  death  metal  into  their  musical  style.

  High  pitched  screams  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs and  while  the  sound  is  very  modern  you  can  hear  a  lot  of  90's  black  and  death  metal  influences  in  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also bring  in  melodies  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  demonic  chanting  and  melodic guitar  leads.

  Har  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  traditional  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of their  own,  the  production  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  horror  and  occult  themes.

 In  my  opinion  Har  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forgotten  Mother"  and  "Necromancer".  8  out  of  10.


Inocvltatten/The Grimwater Rehearsals/Ater Lunae Templi/2015 EP Review


  Inoccvltatten  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw and  necro  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  ep  "The  Grimwater  Rehearsals"  which  was  originally  released  in  2014  and  re-issued  in  2015  by  Ater  Lunae  Templi.

    A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  vocals  and  raw  guitar  riffs  that  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  giving  the  music  more  of  a  primitive  and  necro  feeling  and  the  songs  are  also  very  heavily  rooted  in the  90's  second  wave  style  of  the  genre.

  A  lot  of  the  fast  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  noise  and ambient  in  some  of  the  tracks  but  done  with more  of  a  guitar  sound  and  there  is  also  a  cover  of  Katharsis's  "666" and  the ep  also  closes  with  a  10 minute  long  track.

  Inoccvltatten  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  necro  and  lo-fi  sounding  while  also  being  very  ritualistic  at  times  and also  creating  a  different  form  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Inoccvltatten  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  necro  and  lo-fi  black  metal  project  and if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "666".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Human Serpent/Inhumane Minimilism/Self Mutalation Services/2015 CD Review


  Human  Serpent  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  featured before in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their 2015  album  'Inhumane  Minimalism"  which was  released by  Self  Mutilation  Services.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the vocals  also  get  very  deep at  times and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  modern style  of  black  metal.

  A  lot  of  the  fast  tremolo  picking  riffs  bring  in  a  90's style  of  black  metal and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  melody being  used  at  times  and  there  is also a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  on one  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  at  times  also  bring  in  depressive  elements  and  the  whole  album  avoids  using  any  solos  and  leads  to  focus  more  on  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal.

  Human  Serpent  creates  another  black  metal  album  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  nihilism  and  anti  christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Human  Serpent  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "The  World In  Coffins" "Starving  Void  Upon  Earth"  "Funeral  Grimness'  and  "Mother  Of  Depression".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Funeral Art/Orenyallo/2015 EP Review


  Funeral  Art  are  a  solo  project  from  Guatemala  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2015  ep  "Orenyall".

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  giving  the  music  a  very  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  a  variety  of  many  different  keys  along  with  a  tragic  feeling and  the  songs  at  times  also  bring  in  elements  of  neo-classical  and  when  drum  beats  are  added  onto  the  recoridng  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of militant  feeling.

  All  of  the  songs  on  the  recording  avoid  using  any  lyrics  and  vocals and  when  guitars  are  finally  brought  in  the  music  they  are  only  used  in  a  slow  fashion  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  funeral  doom  metal  feeling  which  is  also  mixed  in  with  a  more  depressive  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  saxophones  being  utilized  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast beats  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  Funeral  Art  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  instrumental  style  of  dark  ambient  and  mixes  it  in  with  depressive  black metal  and  funeral  doom  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  also sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Art  are  a  very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  ambient  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Orenyallo"  and  "Funeral  Art".  8  out  of  10.    

  

 

Kyy Interview

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

Kyy: We have known each other with some of the band members for a long time. We share same ideologies and also have similar musical taste. After having some conversations on what we really would like to do, we decided to found Kyy around the beginning 2013.  

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

Kyy:  The musical sound is like a legless, armless& limbless hunter that strikes suddenly without warning to its prey and its venom goes straight to your soul.


3.The band has been around since 2013 but waited 2 years to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the first couple of years?

Kyy: We had the songs ready as demo versions back in 2013 which are going to be on debut EP. Before recording a decent release, we decided to gather a full line-up and rehearse the songs and become a real band. After finding a second guitarist and a bass guitarist, we decided to record the EP. 

4.Your lyrics cover Satanism and Left Hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?

Kyy: With all respect to to your question, Satanism and Left Hand Path are more than interest for us.

5.I know that the bands name means 'viper' in Finnish, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?

Kyy: If you look at different civizilations all over the world, snakes have always been symbolically and literally important in their cultures and folklore. I would like people to use their imagination and have their own understanding of this when they listen to our releases and read our lyrics. 

6.Your have your first live show coming up in August, what should fans expect once you hit the stage?

Kyy: They will be able to witness and feel our intense energy. 

7.The ep is going to be released by Saturnal Records, how did you get in contact with this label?

Kyy: We have known people from the label for some years and when we were ready with the mastering of the EP, we decided to send it straight to Saturnal Records. The reaction was very satisfactory and they offered a good deal for the EP. But most important thing for us was to work with individuals who share same ideologies.

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

Kyy: So far, so good. To be honest, we are very satisfied with our music. Of course what other people think also count but it is very crucial to underline that we are playing the music we love, that’s more important than anything else for us.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Kyy: There are band members who are involved in different black / death metal bands from Finland. But with all respect to your question, we do not see it relevant to talk about our other bands for the time being.

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

Kyy: We are strictly committed to the roots and doctrine of Black Metal. This will continue In 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?

Kyy:  Since our young ages everyone in the band has been fed with Black Metal scene’s great years of of 80s and 90s. They still have great influence on our music and we still listen to them. Additionally, we follow the bands that have a mission or purpose, ambition and meaning nowadays.


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

Kyy: Thanks a lot for the interview.

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Architect Of Disease/Open The Hearts/The End Of Time Records/2013 CD Review


  Architect  Of  Disease  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  melodic  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Open  the  hearts"  which  was  released  by  The  End  Of  Time  Records.

  A very  distorted,  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  that  are  utilized  demonstrate  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill.  

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  the  songs  start  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  along  with  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  to the  recording  while  the  songs  are  also  in  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  direction.

  Architect  Of  Disease  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  raw  at  times  while  also  modern,  melodic  and  progressive  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Architect  Of  Disease  are  a  very great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Leviathan  Prayer"  "Without  Divine  Intervention"  and  "Devour  The  Sun".  8  out  of  10.

 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Serpent Seed/Debris Of Faith/The End Of Time Records/2014 CD Review


  Serpent  Seed  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Debris  Of  Faith"  which  was  released  by  The  End  Of  Time  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  vocals  that  are  in  between death  and  black  metal  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  few  high  pitched screams  being  used  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  used.

  When  solos and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  an  early  to  mid  2000's  style  of  black  metal  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  elements  of  thrash and  some  of  the  fast  riffs  also  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  while  some  of  the  heavier  riffs  bring  in  death  metal  influences  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts. 

  Serpent  Seed  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  heavy  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  make  their  music  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  blasphemous  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Serpent  Seed  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS INCLUDE  "Demon's  Blade"  "I  Spit  On  Your  Cross"  and  "Unholy  Trinity".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blasphmachine/Salvation/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2015 CD Review


  Blasphmachine  are  a  band  from Malaysia  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Salvation"  which  was  released  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  Ritualistic  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  drum  beats  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavy  war  metal  direction  along  with  some  vocals  and  bestial  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  black  and  death  metal  as  well  as  having  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  to  early  2000's  era  of  war  metal and  some  of  the  riffs  also  incorporate  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  they close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Black  Witchery's  "Into  Damnation  Eternal".

  Blaspmachine  plays  a  style  of  black/war  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  and  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Blasphemy,  Occultism  and  War  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blasphmachine  are  a  very  great  sounding  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  "Temple  Of  Desolation"  "The  Beast  Among  Men"  and  "Leviathan".  8  out of  10.

  

    

 

Noche Eterna 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?



After the recording of Lucifer Corpus Edimus between 2013-2014 and its release in October of 2014, Noche Eterna has been working on its  second album, and also a split album collaborating with other Ecuadorian legions; both productions will be released by mid-late 2015.



2.In October you had released a new album, 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 first demo didn't come out as raw as anticipated due to money issues and studio availability; instead, Lucifer Corpus Edimus contains a raw and more putrid sound, which undeniably projects the evil and hatred we expected in the production of this piece.



3.The current album was the first material to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



We did couple of live rituals, worked in the making and recording of the Lucifer Corpus Edimus, a member of the band split apart for personal reasons, so we decided to continue Noche Eterna as a two piece band.



4.The lyrics on the new album cover a good amount of Satanic, Luciferian and Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

We follow the dark path, so as for our lyrics, they must evoke the obscure ideas and ideals of Noche Eterna.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Noche Eterna'?



Noche Eterna is spanish for Eternal Night; an metaphor for the Evil Master’s kingdom.



6.The band originally was a trio but now is reduced down to a duo, are you open to letting other musicians into the fold again during the future?



We created Noche Eterna as an extension of the obscurity and knowledge within ourselves as members of this pact, it should be continued and maintained that way. We are not looking for an additional member, but possibilities are open.



7.Originally the band was from Ecuador but now resides in Florida, what was the decision behind the move?

We are all from Ecuador, and we came to the States through different life circumstances. The band initiated in Florida after our common ideals were materialized as Noche Eterna.



8.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?


We did a couple of live rituals in the past, but currently we have stayed as a studio project.



9.The new album was released on Chivo Negro Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Chivo Negro Productions is an independent underground metal label located in the Andean region of Ecuador. The label is focused in the production and distribution of limited edition black metal albums including the works of legions such as Black Angel, Moloch, Masturbación Cristiana among others.



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


We have received respectable feedback from Portuguese, Bolivian, and Colombian legions on the “Reino de Guerra y Muerte” and “Lucifer Corpus Edimus” albums.



11.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

No



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


So far with the upcoming release of the album titled Mille Anni Tenebrarum, we are fully satisfied with the music composition and sound quality that we have achieved. The album projects crude and annihilating guitars, fast paced drums combined with demonic blends of hateful dual vocals.



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?


There are no specific bands to be named as influences, but in general : first and second wave of black metal, darkness, war, hate, death, and the Horned King.



Lately listening to a lot to Sarcofago, and Cryfemal.



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


Thanks for the support, and raise your horns with the sign of Satan!

Keep the dark flame alive!


Asmodeo, Warbringer

Salve Satan!

666

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hybrid Nightmares/The Third Age/2015 EP Review


  Australia's  Hybrid  Nightmares  have  returned  with a  new  recording  that  continues  their  progressive  mixture  of  black  and  extreme  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  ep  "The  third Age".

  Wind  sounds  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  musical  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  melodic  guitar  leads  that  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of t he  recording  and  also  mix  in  elements  of  technical  death  metal and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  thrash  metal.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  give  the  songs  more  of  a  progressive  feeling  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring in  a  decent  amount  of melody  and  all  of  the  tracks stick  mostly  to  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction while  the  music  does  speed  up briefly  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  semi  blast  beats  and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  along with a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  acoustic  guitars. 

  Hybrid  Nightmares  continues  the  mixture  of  progressive  and  extreme  metal  from  previous  recordings  and  also  keeps  the  black  metal  vocals  of  previous  recordings  while  also  adding  new  elements  to  their  musical  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  stories,  absurdism,  war  and  battle.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from  Hybrid  Nightmares  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Purge"  and  "The  Obelisk".  8  out  of  10.

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Morbid Slaughter/A Filthy Orgy Of Horror And Death/Boris Records/Inti Records/2015 CD Review


  Morbid  Slaughter  are  a  band  from  Peru  that  has  been  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of   black  and  thrash  metal   with a  touch  of  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "A Filthy Orgy Of Horror And Death"  which  will  be  released  in  September  as  a  joint  effort  by  Boris  Records  and  Inti  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  thrash  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  sections  bringing  in  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  is  perfectly  balanced  between  first  and  second  wave  black  metal.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  punk  elements  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in back  up  gang  shouts  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  and  the  whole  album  remains  true  to  a  very  heavy  musical  sound.

  Morbid  Slaughter  continue  the  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  punk  that  was  present  on  the  previous  recording and  also  takes  an  old  school  style  and  makes  it  sound  modern  again,  the  production  sounds very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  sexual  carnage,  necrolust  and brutality.

  In my opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Morbid  Slaughter  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  raw  blackened  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE "Cannibal  Butcher"  "Fuck  Off  (We  Murder)"  and  "Slay  With  Steel".  8  out  of  10.   

  

 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Gnaw Their Tongues/Abyss Of Longing Throats/Crucial Blast/2015 CD Review


  Netherlands's solo  project  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  his  mixture  of  black  metal,  experimental,  noise  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Abyss  of  Longing  Throats"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Crucial  Blast.

  A  very  dark  sounding  drone  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  guitar  riffing  which  also  leads  to  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  being  added onto  the  recording  that  also  have  a  very  depressive  tone  them  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in atmospheric  elements  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Demonic  growls  can  be  heard  at  times  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  make  the  songs  more  dark  and  experimental  and  the  music   also  brings  in  industrial,  noise  and  avant  garde  elements  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  added  onto the  album.

   The  songs  also  keep  the  doom  metal  influences  that  where  a  huge  part of  the  previous  recordings  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  faster  sections  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  present  on the  recording  while  later  tracks  also  bring  in  elements  of  classical  music.

  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  continue  the  experimental  style  of  black  and  doom  metal  that  was  present  on  recent  recordings  while  also  creating  more  longer  songs  this  time  around,  the production  sounds very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  project,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lick  The  Poison  From  The  Cave  Walls"  :"From  The  Black  Mouth  Of  Spite"  and  "And  They  Will  Be  Cast  Out  In  Utter  Darkness".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Illness/Trumma/Black Plague Records/Metallic Media/2015 EP Review


  Illness  are  an  international  band  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  members  from  both  Poland  and  Norway that  play  a  schizophrenic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Trmma"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  by  both  Black  Plague  Records  and  Metallic  Media.

  A  Chopin  classical  piece  starts  off  the  ep  and  after  the  intro  militant  drum  beats,  melodic  guitar  leads  and  a  heavier  sound  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  the  sounds  of  human  torture  in  the  background  which  also  leads  to  more  of  a  raw,  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  grim  screams  and  programmed  drum  beats.

  Drum  beats  on  the  recording  gives  the  musi9c  more  of  an  industrial  feeling  while  the  guitar  riffing  brings  in  an  old  school  Norwegian  style  black  metal  style  but  done  with  a  touch  of  the  Polish  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  use  of  spoken  word  samples  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Mysticum's  "The  Kingdom  Come"  before  closing  the  ep  with  2  original  tracks  which  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  synths   which  also bring  in  more  classical  music  elements.

  Illness plays a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  can be  very  heavy  and  raw  at  times  while  also  adding  in  atmospheric,  industrial  and  classical  music  elements  to  create  a very  original  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  paranoia,  illness. darkness  and  misanthropy  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Illness  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  that  goes  for  a  schizophrenic  style,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trumma"  and  "Cranium".  8  out  of  10.

 

Cepheide/Respire/2015 EP Review


  Cepheide  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015 ep   "Respire".

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  drums  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  leads  up  to  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  style  that  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  depressive  screams  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  band  also  brings  in  elements  of  cascadian  and  post  black  metal  and  there  are  also  some  guitar  riffs  that  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  enhance  the  atmospheric  elements  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  last  track  starts  out  in  an  ambient  direction  before  making  a  return  back  to  more  of  a  raw  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal.

  Cepheide  continue  the  modern  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal that  they  had  establish on  the  previous  recording  and  create  2  very  diverse  and  epic  tracks  that  combine  atmospheric,  post  and  cascadian  black  metal  together  while  another  song  goes  for  an  ambient  style  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cepheide  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal, you  should  check  out  the  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "I  Le  Souffle  Brulant  de  I'llmmacule".  8  out  of  10.      

Gloam/Hex Of Nine Heads/Caligari Records/2015Cassette Review


  Gloam  are  a  band  from  California  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  dark  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  album  "Hex  Of  Nine  Heads"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  on  July  25th  by  Caligari  Records.

  the  album  starts  out  silently  before  adding  in  wind  sounds  along  with some  acoustic  guitar  playing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  after  awhile growls  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  a  very  grim  sounding  atmosphere.

  When  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  very  dark,  depressive  and  melodic sounding  adding  in  a  touch  of  early  90's  doom/death  metal  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  speeds  up  at  times  and  also adds in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  faster  sections  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  there  are  also  some  solos  and  leads  that  have  more  of  a  modern  and  progressive  black  metal  style  to  them  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  depressive  elements  at  times  and  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  before  returning  back  to  vocal  tracks and  they  close  the  album  with  a  classical  guitar  outro.

  With  this  recording Gloam takes  a  very  modern  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  makes  it  more  guitar  based  than  most  band s of  that  genre  as  well  as  mixing  in  a  heavy  dose  of  doom  metal  elements to  create  a  recording  that  is  very  dark  and  heavy  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  magic,  sorrow  and  hatred.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gloam  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Where Freezing  Winds  Forever  Blow"  "Execration  Trance"  and  "Hex  Of  Nine  Heads'.  8  out  of  10.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Vindkast Interview

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

Vindkast is a project that has existed in various forms for some time  now, from studio project to full band and vice versa. However, until roughly two years ago, the circumstances for recording and releasing an album have somehow never been right.

2.In May you had released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

The music on Archaic Collapse could be described as black metal with a strong hint to ambient and drone music. Atmosphere played a key role in the songwriting as well as creating a coherent soundscape that would run throughout the whole album.

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

The lyrical concept of the album is layered, however there are common metaphors and themes on every level of interpretation such as the process of overcoming, death and rebirth, the primal myth. These concepts can be interpreted on personal and spiritual levels. They can also simply be seen  as observations of the coherencies in this world and the consequences that one could draw from them.

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

Vindkast means gust of wind in Norwegian and was chosen to reflect the sense that the music should evoke in the listener before any of the lyrical concepts of the album were developed. So there is no significant relation between the lyrics and the name. However, I find the name still to be very fitting to the sound and mood of the music.

5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

For now, Vindkast remains a studio project, but arrangements have already been made for it to transform into a band and to perform live sooner or later. Time will tell.

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

The album will be released by the German label Urtod Void on tape later this year. Also, a self-released CD version is currently in production and will be available directly from the band sometime soon.

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

The feedback to the album has been great so far, a lot of people seem to enjoy the atmosphere of the album and cherish the work that has been put into it. Sure, the following of Vindkast is comparatively small, but you can't blame people when there is so much quality music out there.

8.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?

I am working on new released with both my apocaplyptic folk band Death Of Abel as well as my industrial noise project Blood Vault, one of them likely to be released later this year. Besides that, there are a couple of other things I am working on with different people at the moment, some of which will be unveiled fairly soon.

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

There will definitely be a shift in the sound of Vindkast from ambient to a more full-on black metal vibe. The writing process for a new EP has almost been completed, and it already shows a lot of tendencies towards relentless blasts and beastly cold riffing.

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?

To name all the bands and artists that have had an influence on the music of Vindkast would probably take up a page or two, but bands such as Paysage D'hiver, Ulver, Krallice, Furia, Altar Of Plagues and Wolves In The Throne Room have, among others, definitely played a significant role in the development of this project. Currently I am listening to the debut albums of Wiegedood, Kjeld and Nahtrunar a lot. As far as I'm concerned, all three are probably among the best black metal releases of the past couple of years, but then again, one easily loses track of all the good releases out there. Nonetheless, highly recommended on my part!

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Besides the occasional hike, I am interested a lot in films, literature and politics. However, most of my thoughts do revolve around music or end up in it.

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

Thank you a lot for you interest, time and patience!
And to anyone who enjoys the music of Vindkast, feel free to share if you think it is worth it!

Black Empire 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?


-Audeath: We have been very busy trying to get the album in time for our show with Aversion, Hollow and SETH(France) in our hometown.. I get the Cds 1 day before our show! Lots of stress and work but finally the mission was successful! Was a great show and party!




2.In June you had released a new album, 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?


-Audeath: We tried to capture the essence of what we are at the moment! Through all the process, from recording,mixing to mastering always focusing on the sound of the player.. In a raw attitude like Gorgoroth King's Era... People who know me will know in the first few seconds that this is me picking on those strings that way... The fury and unique drumming groove of Julius are real drum beats played by a real human with real dark energy to unleash... Not an edited, feeling-less over-compressed linear loop of samples that all sounds the same... We capture real human performance.. The bass presence of Morhatous is a big part of the sound too.. I think too many Black Metal bands don't cares about bass, for us it is a big part of the essence and energy! This is where reside power and darkness! The new stuff is the natural evolution of our first album 2000AD..




3.The band has been around since 2000 but waited until 2009 to release a demo and 2013 to release a full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?


-Audeath: In the beginning, that was hard to get a stable line-up for doing shows and albums.. Being far in the north, far from any big city.. Its hard to find people in the same mood sharing a compatible philosophy. In 2004, I join Cryptik Howling as a bassist! Black Empire was on the ice for maybe 2 years.. We had some shits in our life acting like poison in our veins... Black Empire is our way to survive this chaotic existence.. Our rage is the Spark which naturally returned the flame in our soul.



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


-Audeath: Some specific elements like Death, War, fire and ice always have been driving us, inspiring us and pushing us... The subjects are about the real fails and weakness of human race... The fact that nobody cares about History, our leader are just marionettes, master in the art of manipulation. The people is enslaved to a ridiculous point, I cannot imagine how a system of slavery could be more productive, controlled and effective.. The funniest fact, the slaves don't even know they are used... This is what the lyrics are about! We fight for real freedom, humanity will face a wall very soon and its like no one consider mistakes of the past... We need to stop acting like we do or existence will just worth nothing in the end.




5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Black Empire'?


-Audeath: When we found that band name 15 years ago, we were inspired by the same actual thing that inspire us right now! Nothing has changed, this world is still a theater of misery... For me, Black Empire represent the black world we are living in, the blackness behind every civilizations, religions, dynasties, countries, companies.. All civilization becomes dust! All empire are black... Black Empire represent everything I need for inspiration.



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?


-Audeath: The Messe des Morts 2.5 in Montreal with Nargaroth was amazing for us! The release of the new album 3 weeks ago with Seth was also a very memorable one! But, in my heart, the most epic stage experience for me was to be a part of the last performance of Eclipse Eternal... They become very good friends over years of touring, the fact they absolutely wanted us on the bill for their last show ever, means a lot for us!


On the stage you can feel the exact same raw essence we focus in the studio! We are old school and intense, the more important is the unique energy of me, Julius and Morhatous together... Our music is simple so its easy to catch for first listeners... We are headbangers! We hold the flag of black metal as true descendant of the 2nd wave...





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


-Audeath: Yes! Some dates are not official yet so I can't talk about the tour.. We'll play in our area and few main city here in Canada... We are working on shows/festival outside Canada but those thing take time and money! This is not for 2015 but this is what we try to plans right now! Most of our supporters comes from other country and this is something we are aware of.



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


-Audeath: Actually, I don't feel the need of a label.. We record in my garage and sound like we want to... We print all our shirt ourself in my basement and its useful for special models or keeping the merch inventory up to date.. We do self promotions and its going very well for now... Of course the idea to add a team in the works with more tools and visibility catch my attentions, but the offers we get are far... far away from our needs.. I have more interest into booking agency right now!



9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

-Audeath: Yes, I am recording the next Cryptik Howling album right now and I am also doing some shows with Abitabyss!( Rural death metal ). Morhatous is playing in a band called Sarkazm.. I am involved in many other studio project that would be too long to explain & talk about...



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


-Audeath: We don't make the same thing twice, I think the evolution will be natural. The next album will be more dynamic and old school with more primal riff and beats. The new stuff we are already working on is a concentrate of Black Empire, more pure, evil and dark.. We can feel a war, you will be able to feel it too... through the songs and visual of we are actually in the works.



11.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?


-Audeath: We are black metal music fans! We tolerate lots of metal styles but we prefer black and old death metal to anything else.. Band that had the biggest influence on us are: Dissection, Marduk, Satyricon, Mayhem, A canorous Quintet, Immortal, Dark Funeral and Gorgoroth... Recently, band like Watain, Angantyr, Make a change, Kill yourself, Satanic Warmaster and God seeds makes us fist the god of wind multiple times...




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


-Audeath: Satan is the name of my dog... We are interested in spiritual essence.. Satan and God, Heaven and Hell, they don't exist like you and me... We use them for what they represent as good and evil... We praise the North!! If there is to be a omniscient giant kind of living entity somewhere, It is the Earth itself... If you get out of your noisy city to connect with the remains of nature still alive and open your eyes, you'll see your planet saying: HELP!

Our view about Occultism or Spirituality are too complex to explain in few words.. We reflect the dark face of Man! We don't play the game of ''Who is the more evil''... In that case, George Bush, Steve Jobs and Justin Bieber are way more evil than anyone else.




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



-Audeath: We are working on lots of stuff coming soon! We invite all your readers to visit us on any of those platforms.. Keep working for the metal scene! you rock! Thx for the interview!


Cheers from the North!

-Audeath


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Skialykon/Vestigio/Naturmacht Productions/2015CD Review


  Skialykon  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  plays  an atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  "Vesigio"  which  will  be  released  on  July  24th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  synth  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  remains  atmospheric  while  also  adding  in  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  sound  along  with  soem  grim  and  high  pitched  screams  and  a  great  portion  of t he  tracks a re  also  very  long  and   epic  in  length.

   Clean  signing  and  chanting  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  modern  and  melodic  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  some  of  the  grim  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  to  them  at  times and  all  of  the  musicla  instruments  have  a  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  are  brought  onto  the  recording  in  some  songs  as  the  album  progresses  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  the  sounds  of  nature  and  all  of  the  tracks  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction while  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  and  fast  playing  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Skialykon  creates  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  while  also  having  more  of  a  guitar  driven  sound  and  some  structures  that  where  more  common  with  some  of  the  mid  90's  epic  black  metal  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  paganism,  old  beliefs  and  representations  of  nature.

  In  my  opinion Skialykon  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suanator  Celeste"  "Skotadi"  and  "Katharsis".  8 out  of  10. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Noche Eterna/Lucifer Corpus Edimus/Chivo Negro Productions/2014 CD Review


  Noche  Eterna  are  a  band  from  Ecuador  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Lucifer  Corpus  Edimus"  which  was  released  by  Chivo  Negro  Productions.

  A  very  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  very  heavily rooted  in the  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodies  and  the  faster  sections  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when  solos  and  leads  they  are  melodic  and  remain  true  to  an  old  school  style  of  black  metal  and  a  couple  of  song  also  bring in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  evil  sounding  keyboards  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal.

  Noche  Eterna  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  avoids  any  modern  sound  to  create  an  album  that  takes  the  genre  back  to  its  roots,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Noche  Eterna  are a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dominio  Infernal"  "Ave  Satanas"  and  "Azazel".  8  out  of  10.