Friday, December 30, 2016

NNGNN/Forceful Blasphemy/Eldritch Lunar Miasma Records/2016 EP Review


  NNGNN  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  aggressive form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Forceful  Blasphemy"  which  was  released  by  Eldritch  Lunar  Miasma  Records.

  Drum  beats  and  heavy  riffing  which  also uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  to  get  a  raw  feeling  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  heavily  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  the  genre  and  the  faster  sections  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  At  times  first  wave  style  grunts  are  utilized  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  both  the  80's  and  the  90's  without  any  modern  influences  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  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  more  of  a  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  at  times  and  all  3  of  the  tracks  stick  to  a  very  raw  and  heavy  musical  direction.

  NNGNN  plays  a  music  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  second  wave  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  in  with  the  first  wave  style  along  with  a  touch  of  thrash  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  opposition  and  empowerment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  NNGNN  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Destruction  Of  Ingrained  Delusion".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Forefather/Engla Tocyme/Heidens Hart Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  earlier  from  from  the  United  Kingdom's  Forefather  which  was  also  in  the  Anglo  Saxon  Metal  style  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2002  and  called  "Engle  Tocyme"  and  will  be  re-issued  in  2017  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  Nature  sounds,  keyboards  and  clean  singing  vocals  and  chants  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  and  melodic  sound  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  also  brings  in  more  of  a  traditional  pagan  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  shows  them  adding  in  a  touch  of  their  more  earlier  black  metal  influenced  style.

  Grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  on  a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  while  one  of  the  tracks  is  a  keyboard  instrumental  while  the  following  tracks  show  the  music  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  a  couple  of  the  songs are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  another  instrumental which  is  more  guitar  orientated.

  On  this  recording  Forefather  went  for  more  of  a  melodic  style  of  pagan  metal  with  only  a  small  amount  of  black  metal  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon  History  and  Pride  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding recording  from  Forefather  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iron  Hand"  "Fifeldor"  and  "Loyalty  BOund".  8  out  of  10.

  https://heidenshart.bandcamp.com/album/engla-tocyme

 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Arria Paetus/Self Titled/Lycaean Triune/2016 Full Length Review


  Arria  Paetus  are  a  band  from  Anchorage,  Alaska  that plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  album  which  was  released  by  Lycaean  Triune.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  demonic  growls  are  also  used  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  music  brings  in  a  very  raw  black  metal  feeling  that  is  heavily  influenced  by  the  French  LLN  style  and  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  In  my  opinion  Arria  Paetus  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slash  Your  Flesh,  Drink  To  Death"  "Of  Concrete And  Loss"  and  "Cave".  8  out  of  10.

  Arria  Paetus  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is very raw  and  old  school  in  the  French  tradition  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  misanthropy,  social  repulsion and  alcohol  themes.

   

Byyrth/Self Titled/Gey Matter Productions/2016 Demo Review


  Byyrth  are  a  duo  from  San  Francisco,  California  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  demo  which  was  released  by  Grey  Matter  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  melodic  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  second  wave  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  grim  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  some  of  the  early  bay  area  black  metal  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  clean  guitars  are  used  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Byyrth  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding,  the  production  also  sticks  to  a  very  dark  and  raw  sound  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vampirism,  occultism,  Paganism,  Left  Hand  Path,  death,  hatred  and  suicide  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Byyrth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Unhuman".  8  out  of  10.


       

Mosaic/Old Man's Wyntar/Eisenwald/2016 CD Re-Issue Review





  Mosaic  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  ep  "Old  Man's  Wynter"  which  was  re-issued  in  2016  with  some  bonus  tracks  that  also  turns  the  newer  version  into  a  full  length.

  Nature  sounds  and  bells  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  angry  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  atmospheric  sounds  can  be  heard  at  times  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  music  being  very  experimental  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  clean  singing  is  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  elements  of  neo  folk  onto  the  recording  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  along  with  the  heavier  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  adding  in  more  avant  garde  influences  and  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  on  the  last  track.

  Mosaic  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  a  more  modern  and  atmospheric  black  metal  style  while  the  experimental,  avant  garde,  ambient  and  neo  folk  elements  gives  the  songs  a  lot  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  mysticism  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mosaic  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  original  and  different,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Onset  Of  Wyntar"  "White  Gloom"  and  "Silver  Nights".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Cromia Oscura/Velchains/Kratos/Ypogeios/Lupus Niger Prod. And Distro/2016 3 Way Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  between  Italy's  Cromia  Oscura,  Velchains  and  Kratos  called  "Ypogeios"  which  was  released  by  Lupus  Niger  Prod.  And  Distro  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cromia  Oscura  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy guitar  sound  before  going  into  a  very  fast  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chanting  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at times and  demonic  growls  are  also  used  briefly  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  back  up  gang  shouts.

  Cromia  Oscura  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  suicide,  voidness  and  satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cromia  Oscura  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blackened  Storm"  and  "Terrestrial  Dawn  Of  Claustrophobia".

  Next  up  is  Velchains  a  band  that  plays  a  very  dark  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  yet melodic  guitar  sound  along  with  a  brief  use  of  deep  screams  before  adding  in  spoken  word  parts  and  the  guitar  leads  also  use  a decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Death  metal  influences  can  be  heard in  some  of  the  riffing  and  their  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  tracks   there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  sounds  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean singing  while  the  last  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts.

  Velchains  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  aggressive  while  also  mixing  in  influences  from  death  metal,  the  production  on  their  side  of  the  recording  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vlechains  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ponitifex  Volcani.

  Closing  the  split  is  Kratos  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  occult  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  sound  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  adding  in  deep  screams  and  elements  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  screams  are  added  into t he  music  and  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  3  of  their  songs  stick  to  a  heavy  musical  direction  while  also  being  very old  school  with  some  80s  and  90's  influences,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kratos  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Deus  Occultus".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  representing  3  different  styles  of  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  split.  8  out  of  10.       

Mors Spei/Necrocosmos Genesis/Lupus Niger Prod. And Distro/2016 CD Review


  Mors  Spei  are  a  solo  project  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Necrocosmos  Genesis"  which  was  released  by  Lupus  Niger  Prod.  And  Distro.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  intro  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals a re  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  more  rooted  in t he  90's  second  wave  tradition.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Mors  Spei  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  was  presented  on  his  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  hateful,  satanism,  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mors  Spei  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Born  To  Hate"  "The  Litanies  Of  Satan"  and    "Necrocosmos  Genesis".  8  out  of  10.

Gort/Pestiferous Worms Miasma/Lupus Niger Prod. And Distro/2016 CD Review


  Gort  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Pestiferous  Worms  Miasma"  which  was  released  by  Lupus  Niger Prod.  And  Distro.

    Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  direction  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  more  rooted  in  the  old  school  second  wave  style  of  the  genre  and  as  the album  progresses  some  songs  also  mix  in  more  of  a  depressive  vibe  and  clean  playing  is  also  introduced  on  a  few  later  tracks  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean singing  on  a  couple  of  songs  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  whispers a re  introduced  on  the  last  track.

  Gort  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  misanthropic  sounding  while  also  not  afraid  to  adding  different  things  into  their  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  heavy  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  war,  destruction  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gort  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Old  Bleeding  Scars"  "The  Misanthrope"  and  "Dawn  Of  Worms".  8  out  of  10. 

Athos/Noht Lerapot/Symbol Of Domination Productions/2016 CD Review


  Athos  are  a  solo  project  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Noht  Leraport"  which  was  released  by  Symbol  Of  Domination  Productions.

 Nature  sounds  and  bells  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chanting  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  faster  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  lyrics  are  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  they  also  keep  the  chants  from  the  intro  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  there is  also  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  demonic  growls  and  synths  are  used  in  the  background  for  a  few  seconds  on  the  last  track.

 
  Athos  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  raw  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Greek  and  cover Anti  Religion  and  Ancient  Pride  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Athos  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Enaht  Ep  Iesp  Etsip"  "Samset  Hats  Sitop  Aasem" and  "Anap  Uotif  Ort  Sipei".  8  out  of  10.

    

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Miserist/Self Titled/Krucyator Productions/2017 EP Review


  Miserist  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  noise,  drone  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled   ep  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Krucyator  Productions.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  ep along  with  some  distorted  sounds  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  musical  direction  that  is  also  very  heavily  influenced  by  death  metal  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  programmed  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  tracks  also  mix  in  elements  of  noise  and  industrial  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Miserist  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  all  instrumental  and  takes  black,  death  metal,  drone,  industrial  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  powerful.

  In  my  opinion  Miserist  are  a very  great  sounding  instrumental  mixture  of  black,  death  metal,  drone,  industrial  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Miserist"  and  "Lung  Rust".  8  out  of  10.
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Aeora/Perseidema/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review


  Aeora  are  a solo  project  from  Carlinville,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Perseiderna"  which  was  released by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Ambient sounds  and  clean  guitars  start  off  and  also  mixes  in  with the  heavier  and  more  melodic  side  of  the  music  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Deep growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length and  some  songs  also bring  in  a  small  amount of  acoustic  guitars  and  the  music  also gets  very  progressive  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  short  keyboard  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Aeora  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic,  melodic,  progressive  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  A  Moment  In  Time,  Nature,  and  Quadrinitism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aeora  are  a very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Rainflower  Crest"  "Alpenglow"  and  "For  The  Long  Road  Home".  8  out  of  10. 

UR Interview

1.For those that have never heard f you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
UR is an absolutely new music project, created by three experienced guys inspired by different music genres! With no limits and totally relaxed we created our artistic concept. We started a year ago and for this time we have managed to make some solid tracks, record them and find the
label.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Correct, on 15th December our first record – MCD – “Hail Death” was released under the flag of Arachnophobia Records what makes me very proud! In my opinion it combines styles like Black, Thrash, Doom and even Hard Rock! Despite such a wide range the stuff is consistent and the tracks easily mix with each other what makes the atmosphere of this album unique. While creating I have focused on honest stylish riffs and natural, raw sound, not on technical tricks. It all was recorded perfectly, thanks to Marcin from Left Hand Sound Studio. The result is verysatisfying to me!

3.The band members have also played in other bands, what are some of the things you bring into the music with this group that you were not able to do in the past?
It’s about the way of creating music – there are no limits here! We’ve never worked like this before! First, at home, I prepare the frame, playing riffs I would like to listen to, without thinking if there’s not too much melody, if they’re not too simple etc. Then I come to the rehearsal and I play these riffs to our rhythm section, to do what they want with them. I never know the final effect and I love surprises (hehe). We’re power trio, so the communication is easy. UR is in fact a nice and creative way of spending time!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
I admit, the lyrics are a hard thing for me. I haven’t written anything for a long time and apparently it became very difficult to me. I haven’t realised, that through all these years I withdrew into myself so I had to look deeply inside and bring it all out. Main subjects are death and loneliness and that would be all I want to say about it now.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'UR'?
UR in dead Sumerian language means a dog, an animal, large carnivore. Look for Assyrian reliefs and you’ll understand that it’s a beast you would never like to meet! (hehe)

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Till now we have only two gigs behind us but the debut in Poznan was very successful. The audience was very interested because before the gig we haven’t shared any tracks in the Internet. Of course, there were some leaks and gossips but in fact most people didn’t know what to expect! It was really exciting experience. It was perfect, though we were nervous like if we were teenagers again! (hehe)

7.Do you have any touring or show pans for the future?
We don’t plan any tour or gigs on festivals till our long play is released. By the end of June we want to play in major cities in Poland in small clubs where it is nice to play and where contact with the audience is the best. At this moment we have only one gig confirmed, in Gdansk, on 28th January but I’m in touch with the promoters so next gigs are just a matter of time. Of course, we’re open to any invitations!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I am surprised, but the feedback was great from the beginning. First were friends, who could listen to our rehearsals, then there were bosses of labels, all of them really liked our stuff. All the time we get very good reviews from journalists and metal fans from all over the world. It makes me happy, because nowadays, when there are so many great bands it’s really hard to make something that attracts attention!

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes. Together with Karol, drummer of UR we play in the band called Bloodstained, which is the ugly fusion of beatdown, hardcore and death metal. We also have a hard rock project, that’s not active at the moment. I also play in Polish black/thrash legend – Bloodthirst. In this year we’ve recorded an MCD “Glorious sinners” and got many good reviews. For our bass player Bony, UR is the only band.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We already have a picture of our close future, because more than half of our long play is ready! I don’t want to reveal too much but I think it will be a continuation of the path we chose on “Hail Death”, so it will be contrast and raw but some of the musical subjects will be definitely more developed.

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?
There are many bands that inspired us for years. For me classic bands are the most important: Black Sabbath or Deep Purple have formed me as I was a young man and guitarist and because of that I’m so careful when I compose riffs. It doesn’t mean that for 20 years I’ve been listening to the same stuff (hehe), it’s the opposite. At the moment, in my player, you’ll find bands like Nightfell, Cloak, Vircolac or Okkultokrati and latest albums of Polish bands: Furia and Christ Agony – really strong and ambitious!

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Hail Death! Let the Darkness Come!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cardinal/Awierdedon/NRAE RECORDINGS/2016 Full Length Review


  Cardinal  are  a  band  from  Bahamas,  North  Carolina  that  plays  a  mixture  of  experimental,  lo-fi,  atmospheric,  psych  black  metal  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Awiergedon"  which  was  released  by  NRAE  RECORDINGS.

  Harsh  noises  start  off  the  album  along  with  soem avant  garde  and  experimental  elements  and  clean  guitars  along  with  some  acoustics  can  be  heard  at  times  while  they  are  done  in  a  more  primitive  manner  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  static.

  A  great  amount  of  power  electronics  and  psychedelic  rock  influences  can  be  heard  throughout  the recording  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  demonic  at  times and  the  clean  guitars  also  try  to  bring  in  the  rawness  of  black  metal  without  the  heaviness  and  distortion  while  some  tracks  sees  the  music  get  heavier  and  add  in  more  tremolo  picking and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  most  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  and  a  great  amount  of  diversity can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  some  songs  are  also  all instrumental. 

  Cardinal  plays  a  musical  style  that takes  black  metal,  psychedelia,  experimental  and  noise  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cardinal  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  experimental,  lo-fi,  atmospheric,  psych  black  metal  and  noise  and  if  you  are looking  for  something  different  and  original,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Edsceaftum"  "Cascading  Will"  "Cryptograms  Of  Desecreation"  and  "Ethereal  Occultation  Of  The  Nine  Moons".  8 out  of  10.    

 

Viles Vitae Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
BN: It was something I had kept for some time, some riffs, ideas, and invited some friends to participate after having everything aligned.

2.You have an ep coming out in 2017, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
BN: Completely within what i had in mind, raw, strong melodies and with a strong concept.

3.Your lyrics cover the 4 basic elements of ritual magick, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
BN: Is something that exists thousands of years ago, and occultism has always fascinated me.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Viles Vatae'?
BN: Is Latin and means meaningless life or insignificant life.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played and also how would you describe your stage performance?
BN: We have not performed live yet .

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?
BN: We do not have anything planned yet.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork on the album cover?
BN:There was nothing definite, just a few loose ideas, I asked Fabio to develop something of that kind and he did a good job, something that pleased everyone who was involved in the project.

8.The ep is going to be released on 'Caverna Abismal Records', are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
BN: Definitely. I have been fortunate to work with excellent professionals in all my projects.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
BN: It's the first work with VV so I do not know .. I hope so, but it's something that does not worry me much.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
BN: Honestly, I do not know, I live the present without having great expectations 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?
BN: I hear so many bands, I do not even know where I got the influences, maybe a mix of everything.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
BN:Not really , cheers.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Plasmodium/Entheognosis/Satanath Records/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2016 CD Review


  Plasmodium  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Entheognosis"  which  will  be  released  on  December  29th  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  avant  garde  sounds  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  drones  and  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  at  times  and  after  awhile  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  drums  and  deep  death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  blast  beats  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  spoken  word  parts  also  are used  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  sounds  of  human  torture  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  instrumental  along with  some  parts  having  an  improv  style  to  them.

  Plasmodium  plays  a  musical  style  that  take  the  rawness  and  heaviness  of  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  improv,  psychedelic,  experimental  and  avant  garde  elments  to  create  something  original,  the   production  has  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  concept  of  the  music  seems  to  alchemy  themed.

  In  my  opinion  Plasmodium  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  different  and  can  never  fit  in  with  the  mainstream,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Limbic  Disassociatian"  and  "Hermaphrodisac".  8  out  of  10.

Mustan Kuun Lapset/Saatto/Inverse Records/2017 Full Length Review





  Mustan  Kuun  Lapset  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  dark  and  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Saatto"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Inverse  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro the  music  gets  heavier  while  also  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  synths  mix  in  with  the  heavy  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  deep  growls  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  Finnish  90's  dark  metal  influences  while  also  sounding  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  all  most the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction.

  There  is  also  a  brief  use  of  blast  beats  on a  couple  of  songs  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  brings  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  some  of  the  solos  and  leads  also  have  a  traditional  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  it  uses  tremolo  picking  to  give  the  song  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  one  track  also  introduces  female  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  the last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  which  also  uses  a  small  amount  of  stringed  instruments  and  clean  singing  male  vocals.

  Mustan  Kuun  Lapset  plays  a  musical  style that takes  dark  and  black  metal  to  create  a  melodic  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mustan  Kunn  Lapset  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  dark  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Peikonmieli"  "Sudenima"  and  "Saatto".  8  out  of  10.

   

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ande/Het Gebeente/2017 Full Length Review


  Ande  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  album  "Het  Gebeente"  which  will  be  released  in  2017.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  tracks  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  done  in  more  of  a  modern,  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  the  genre  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  mix  in  second  wave  black  metal  influences  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction and  synths  along  with  ambient  elements  are  added  onto  the  last  track  and  the  song  is  also  all  instrumental.

  Ande  creates  a  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  release  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  the  rawness  of  the  second  wave  which  also  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  bit  more,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  the  musicians  native  tongue  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ande  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Argwaan"  and  "Leeg".  8  out  of  10.

Infernal Angels/Ars Goetia/My Kingdom Music/2017 CD Review


  Infernal  Angels  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Ars  Goetia"  which will  be  released  in  2017  by  My  Kinddom  Music.

  Nature  sounds  and  bells  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  few  seconds  ritualistic  synths  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  clean  guitars  and  after  the intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  deep  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a very  melodic  fashion  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing.

 Some  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  session  work  form  members  of  Ecnephias,  Frostmoon  Eclipse  and  Black  Faith  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  traditional  black  metal  screams  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  and  tribal  style  drum  beats  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  some  of  the  guitar  leads  also  bring  in  an  old  school  extreme  metal  style  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Infernal  Angels  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  with  every  song  paying  homage  to  a Goetic  demon.

  In  my  opinion  Infernal  Angels  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  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  "Vine:  Destroyer  Of  The  World"  "Bael:  The  Fire  Devour Their  Flesh"  "Zagon:  The  Alchemist"  and  "Beleth:  Lord  Of  Chaos  And  Spirals".  8/5  out  of  10.  

   

Black Anvil/As Was/Relapse Records/2017 CD Review


  Black  Anvil  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  ba  very  modern  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "As  Was"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  introduced  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  all  of  the  tracks  and  the  vocals  are  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  vocals  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  clean  singing  along  with  a  few  growls  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  and  you  can  also  hear  touches  of  post  hardcore  in  certain  sections of  the  recording  and as  the  album  progresses  prog  rock  style  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  as well  as  some thrash  influenced  riffing  while  some  of  the  leads  add  in  more  classic  metal  touches  and  on  track  also  brings  in  slide  guitars  and  they  also  bring  in  an  acoustic  instrumental  before  closing  the  album  with  a  heavier  track.

  Black  Anvil  creates  a  recording  that  is  still  very heavily  rooted  in  a  modern  black  metal  style  while  also  getting  a  lot  more  melodic  and  progressive  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  reality,  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Anvil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "May  Her  Wrath  Be  Just"  "As  An  Elder  Learned  Anew"  and  "Ultra".  8  out  of  10.

Derhead Interview

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

Derhead is an avantgarde black metal band from Genoa, Italy. The project has born to express something personal, intimate and intense, beyond ties and compromises of a band, and for this reason it is a solo project in which I write, play and produce the whole material. Although Derhead actually started in 2001 I recorded just two demos and one EP “VIA” released this year for Via Nocturna. 

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

The form of my music is mainly black metal, but that you can hear different elements inside. Above all I like to find the balance between contrasting elements: melody and brutality, ambient moments and aggressive blast beats, and so on. I guess that the avantgarde side of the project is revealed in the freedom of the song's structure, in the melody's construction and in some not tipically black metal arrangement.

3.You recorded your first demo in 2003 and then waited 10 years later to record another one, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time span?

The project started in 2001, when I played as bass player in a gothic metal band. In those years I missed some aggressive aspects in music and so I began this project. Then, due to the activity with other bands and several experiences in other kinds of genres, I had to suspend the project for a long period. In 2013 I felt the need to express myself in total freedom and for this reason Derhead has been resurrected... I think this pause and these experiences far away from black metal helped me to grew up as a musician and to find something fresh for this project.

4.Your lyrics are very philosophical, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in philosophy?

I didn't study Philosophy actually but Art and Design. But the obvious connections among these disciplines take me to reading books about philosophy, psychology, sociology and everything that, in different perspectives, tries to understand man and his universe. Maybe it is the desire to go beyond the image and try to reach the life that there's beyond the representation. So I’m just curious and I like to follow the connections among stories, personalities, thoughts, images… Everything is connected, but there are infinite points of views, often contrasting, there are a lot of answers for the same questions. Knowledge of these aspects is a way to know himself and to create your own scale of values for live with others.
In my lyrics I simply try to hold the thought of a moment with a phrase, a word, a symbolic image. My lyrics are a sort of personal diary in which I note ideas and considerations about my path. “VIA”, the title of the new EP, means indeed “path”.

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

It means “the head” with the article in German (just because it has a good sound for me!). Head, in sense of Mind, is our key for the comprehension of rational facts, but is also the element by which in some way you can get close to all irrational things, in every sense you intend this term, metaphysical or psychological. I’m fascinated by this themes, I believe that mind is the “real” world of every man.  

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

I prefer that Derhead remain a solo project, I live it as a sort of alter ego rather than a band. I have other two bands and I can interact and compare myself to other musicians. I bring all those experiences in Derhead. By the other side, this project gives me the freedom to study, experiment and face problems as a producer and musician without accepting compromises. Moreover, perform and recording by himself is a very interesting experience, you must have a wider vision of your music.

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

I released my demos on youtube just in January 2016, it is too few time to have a realistic perception of this. Anyway I generally received good feedbacks from who has found my project. So far it’s enough for me.

8.Have you ever worked with any other bands or musical projects?

Yes, I played in some metal bands in my city, nothing so important, to be honest. The main experience was in "The Void", a gothic metal band active in early years of 2000. Now I play as guitarist in an alternative/wave band named "Katiusha" and in an electro-acustic project named "Dual" produced by EVES Music. Every project is a way to express different sides of me and a stimulating way to share experience and learn from other guys. 

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

It’s difficult to say, this EP contains also the 2 demos as bonus tracks and you can hear that my style has changed in the years. What I have clear is that Derhead is the representation of just some sides of me, and this is what I want to express. Maybe the form can change, but I believe that could be in sense of an evolution rather than a revolution. The new material I wrote so far is quite similar, but a bit bolder, maybe more conceptual in a certain sense.

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?

I lived the black metal's years among the last ’90 and early 2000, and this is my background. They were years of great contamination: I loved bands like Aborym, Dodheimsgard, Anaal Nathrakh, Thorns and all those similar extreme experiences. I also loved all the bands who have gone beyond genres like Ulver, Manes, Solefald, Thee Maldoror Kollective just to name a few. Nowadays my inspiration comes from bands like Deathspell Omega, Diapsiquir, Peste noire, Nightbringer, Leviathan. Anyway I listen a lot of music, not only in metal scene, and everything can be an influence for me. 

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I work as a designer and it is also a great passion which has to be cultivated by reading, visiting exhibitions, museums etc. When it is possible I organize some travel, because I’m always in search of new inputs for my job, my music and my life and I think travelling is the best way.

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

I can just advice to check out my bandcamp: https://derhead.bandcamp.com to have an idea of my music and to thank you for this space.

Arkhaeon 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?

Many things have been achieved, as we are individuals that can’t rest in one place for a very long time. We have been researching consciously and unconsciously the abyss in ourselves. Some of us turned mad others faced a more mundane life after Deathprayer Evangelium. Musically there has been no activity for a long time. Initially Arkhaeon was laid to rest for an indefinite amount of time as it was told what had to be said. How can we speak if there are no words left?

Around the end of 2015 the idea caught fire to create something new with Arkhaeon but it took several months of empty thoughts until finally the lightning struck our hearts. Out of nowhere a single word appeared and everything suddenly made sense. The concept was created along with the musical idea in just a single moment after he whispered the term “Beyond”.

Everything following this epiphany was mere manual labour. It is by far not our first recording so we could proceed very fast with setting the groundwork for the second album. Everything fell in place and we didn’t have to waste many thoughts in what is right or wrong. Beyond was born in just a couple of weeks.



2.So far you have released 2 albums, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

The songwriting for both albums was completely different. The goal of Deathprayer Evangelium was to gain an experience based on the creation of the album itself. With Beyond it was the other way around. The idea of the concept and how it should sound in the end came to us in a second. We were struggling to find a proper lyrical concept for an upcoming recording for a few months and suddenly it was here while Deathprayer Evangelium was written over several years and always modified during this time.

Musically the first record is more „Black Metal“ as all tracks have typical Black Metal instruments. On Beyond about half of the album is based on experimental ambient and ritualistic soundscapes. We already fused both styles on Deathprayer Evangelium but this time we took it to the next level. That is also one of the reasons Beyond only has one track. We wanted to do that on the first album as well but it was naturally separated into different tracks. Beyond is one, from the beginning to the end just like it was supposed to be. Disrupting the natural flow of the music would have torn the whole purpose apart.


3.Your lyrics are in more of an occult and left hand path tradition, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

We can't agree to that statement. We may be influenced by occult and LHP teachings but so are we by Catholicism. Does that make us a Christian band? We consume everything that allows us to gain a clearer sight. Be it art, music, books, events, history, crimes, discussions, and sometimes even concerts. The output in form of an album is the result of all that. We never felt attracted to a predefined doctrine but rather wanted to create an ideology on our own. All in all we could agree to the fact that Deathprayer Evangelium was influenced by occult teachings but Beyond is different. Of course there still are parts of this influence, as well as for example traditional Hindu worship. But the lyrical concept is based on thoughts that are independent from any particular spiritual current. Why should we confine ourselves to one ideology when all paths lead to God?

Anyway back to your question. Beyond deals with the inner struggle of a human that is aware of the rules of life and is trying to break them to achieve spiritual and personal growth. If you read the lyrics you might notice contradictions and many questions. The thought was to create a confrontation between a rational, modern worldview clashing with a spiritual, religious ideology. Both can be very much alike but are also extremely different. Arkhaeon raises questions rather than providing answers. We are not seeing ourselves as priests or occult teachers as our truth is only applicable to us. We know that one can truly find salvation on the inside or in words already spoken: „Who looks outside, dreams: who looks inside, awakes“. We believe that this sums up appropriately what we want to say and it shows some of our influences. 


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

First of all the name is Arkhaeon and it is a combination of different words that together form a bigger meaning. We don’t think talking about names is of any importance. Despite the similarity we were not aware of the first Mitochondrion album back when we created it, so it doesn’t come from there.



5.So far the line up has not been announced publicly,do you feel this adds more of a dark atmosphere to the music?

It may do that but in the end that doesn't matter for us. We don't see egomaniac fame collecting as the goal of our existence. People that want to be rockstars can pursue this dream, but without us. The important things in art are content, intention, vision and devotion. Why should it matter in the bigger context who played what instrument at some random point in time?


6.Are any of the band members open to doing any life shows?

Yes almost all of them are regularly playing live or are active in other bands and some of them even proposed the idea of an Arkhaeon gig. This won't happen.


7.According to the fb page the band refers to itself as a religious organization, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

As mentioned before the idea behind Arkhaeon is not to have fun playing in a band or achieve worldwide success to fuck groupies and eat caviar from golden plates at some huge open air with an idiotic Heavy Metal crowd.

We don't see Arkhaeon as traditional band that meets once a week to rehearse and drink. Some of the contributors don't even know each other, but they all create according to their strength. Doing so they add their input to the greater goal in their very own way. The core of the band sets the course and invites others to participate if they wish. In this sense we think that the category of a religious „organization“ fits much better than that of a band.


8.Both of the albums have been released by 'BergStolz', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

It is the only Black Metal label in Switzerland worthy of releasing music. Many here can't seem to appreciate the things BergStolz did during the last 10 years because of differences in opinion regarding mundane political worldviews. This does not concern us and everyone that thinks to attack or ignore us because of that may very well do so. It won't change anything. We were looking for an underground label that doesn't want to involve itself in the creative process and that's what we got.

On a sidenote: The tape versions of both albums have been released on different labels. Deathprayer Evangelium by Sinister Stench and Beyond by Auric Records.


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

It was good and it shows that you only have to have a certain design, symbolism and the tag of „Occult Black Metal“ to get some attention. But as mentioned several times before, this is of no value to us.


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

We don't have any particular plans for now. If we feel the need to create for Arkhaeon we will do so. If not, we will do so with our other projects. Ours lives would be worthless without art.

The only thing certain is that we won't be recording the same album over and over again. Creativity needs to grow constantly and we will always incorporate change in Arkhaeon.



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?

Many, but almost none of them would be classified as Black Metal. A project that we would like to mention is Zero Kama. It was very inspiring to us. Not just because of the vision and the output but also because of the circumstances how this vision was achieved back then. Besides that we can't see the necessity of a list of bands. People will hear that in our music and if not, they'll surely find enough Facebook addicts that tell them what they are supposed to be listening right now.


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

Find our beyond...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hespheros/Stygian Mythos/Dawn Of The Black Sun/2015 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Loveland,  Colorado's  Hespheros  and  Stygain  Mythos  called  "Dawn  Of  A  Black  Sun"  which  was  released  in  2015  and consists  of  some  early  demo's  from  both  bands  which  also shared the  same  singer  Joe  Pickett  (1978-2015)  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with Hespheros  a  band  that  played  a  very  raw  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out with  dark  sounds  before  going  heavier  and  adding  in  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  screams  while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's second  wave  style.

  Both  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  along  with  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  spoken  word  samples  are  added  onto  the  second  track  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  blasphemous  themes.
 
  In  my  opinion  Hespheros  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Flames  Upon  The  Crucifix".

  Next  up  is  Stygian  Mythos  a  band  that  played  a  very  raw  form  of  occult  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts out  with growling  vocals  and  dark yet  melodic  and  raw  guitar  riffing  before  adding  black  metal  screams  onto  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  music  is  done  in  a  more  old  school  style  of  the  genre and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  when  guitar  leads re  utilized  they  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard and  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  depressive  feeling  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  as  well  as  a  few  seconds  later  of  spoken  word  parts and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Sumerian  themes.

  In  my opinion  Stygian  Mythos  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ensepulchered In  Silence"  and  "The  Orgies  At  Sodom".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  to  the  fans  of  the  more  raw  and  occult  forms  of  black  metal.  8  out of  10.     

Tierkrieger/Tribulation Requiem/2016 Demo Review


  Tierkrieger  are  a  band  from  Fort  Collins,  Colorado  that  plays  a very  dark  form  of  black  metal  that is  also  heavily  influenced  by  death metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  demo  "Tribulation  Requiem".

  Ritualistic  sounds  and  chants  start  off  the  demo  along  with  the  music  also  getting  darker  and  melodic  a  few  seconds  later  along  with a  very  dark  atmosphere and  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  after  awhile  deep  vocals  and  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be heard  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  death metal  influences  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  some  of  the  slower  riffing  brings  in  a  touch  of  doom  metal.

  Tierkrieger  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  a  more  dark  form  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  covr  blasphemous, darkness  and  occultism  themes.   

In  my  opinion  Tierkrieger  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  "Blasphemonger"  and  "The  Ancient  Kult  Of  Melek  Taus".  8  out  of  10.

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