Sunday, October 22, 2017

Funeral Chant/Self Titled/Duplicate Records/Caverna Abismal Records/2017 CD Review


  Funeral  Chant  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  November  as  joint  effort  between  Duplicate  and  Caverna  Abismal  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  yet  distorted  playing  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  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  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies,  most  of  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  but  done  in  a  more  modern  fashion.  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Repugnant's  "Mprbid  Ways".

  Funeral  Chant  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  raw  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  old  school  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  death  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Chant  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  "Cacophony  Of  Death"  and  "Funeral  Chant".  8  out  of  10.   

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Nekrokraft/Witches Funeral/The Sign Records/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Nekrokraft  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  compilation  album  "Witches  Funeral"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  The  Sign  Records  and  consists  of  earlier  demos,  unreleased  tracks  and  a  couple  of  covers.

  A  very  heavy  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  covers  of  Bathory's  "Satan  My  Master"  and  Slayer's  "Angel  Of  Death"  as  well  as also  bringing  in  influences  from  the  80's  and  90's  and  taking  it  into  a  more  modern  direction.

  On  this  recordings  Nekrokraft  plays  a  style  of  Swedish  death  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  and  also  mixes  it  with  death  and  thrash  metal  to  create  a  sound  of their own,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Nekrokraft  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black,  death and  thrash metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Burning  Ov"  "Upon  A  Throne"  "Return  Of  The  Kvlt"  and  "Wrath  Of  The  Heavens".  8  out  of  10.  

Ziggurat/Ritual Miasma/Caligari Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Ziggurat  are  a  band  from  Israel  that  plays  an  occult  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  'Ritual  Miasma"  which was  released  on  cassette  by  Caligari  Records.

  Distorted  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  blast  beats  and  bestial  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  At  times  the  vocals  get  very  guttural  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and   the  music always  remains  very  heavy  and  the  closing  track  is  an  instrumental.

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

  In  my  opinion  Ziggurat  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  "Summoning  The  Giant  Serpent"  and  "Death  Rites  Transcendence".  8  out  of  10.

L'Infinito Abisso Dell' Anima/In Viva Morte Morta Vita Vivo/Club Inferno Ent/2017 CD Review


  L'Infinito Abisso Dell' Anima  are  a  duo  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  tormented, nihilistic, elitistic  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2017  album  "In  Viva  Morte  Morta  Vita  Vivo"  which  will  be  released  on  October,  24  by  Club  Inferno  Ent.

  Raw  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  also  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them  along  with  some  keyboards  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard. 

  L'Infinito Abisso Dell' Anima   plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  philosophy  and  existentialism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  L'Infinito Abisso Dell' Anima   are  a  very  great sounding  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiragli  D'  Ombra"  and  "Vertigini".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Over The Voids/Self Titled/Nordvis Produktion/2017 CD Review


  Over  The  Voids  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style  along  with  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  fashion  along  with  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  sounds  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  track  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  melodic  riffing.

  Over  The  Voids  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  in  the  90's  second  wave  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  winter  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Over  The  Voids  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  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  "Battle  Of  Heaven"  and  "Never  Again  Will  They  Hunger".  8  out  of  10.

Cicada The Burrower Interview

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

I've been planning the overall concept for the next full length. It will be called "The Witch" and will be focused on my experiences with different kinds of love. That record will be a sequel to "The Great Nothing."  I need to see a few things through before I can start writing it, though.

2.Recently you have 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?

I wanted to make something that sounds like how depression feels. Instrumentally, "The Great Nothing" is oppressive and unrelenting. It's filled with heavy dirges, expressive leads, and a lot of tense, bitter melodies. Every Cicada the Burrower record up to this point has used the poetry of my friend, Alexander Monday, for the lyrics. I wanted "The Great Nothing" to be a more personal release, so I wrote all the lyrics this time around. Besides that, the new record is heavier and flirts with more dissonant sounds than my previous records.

3.The lyrics on the new album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

This album is an exploration of grief, depression, and loss, but also represents my personal struggle to overcome these afflictions. “The Great Nothing” is a retrospective coming-of-age story, detailing a series of important events that happened to me between late 2014 through early 2016 as well as a severe concussion I experienced on January 23rd, 2012. The record ends with the troubling realization that life has no narrative climax, or resolution. In spite of the album’s dark themes, its lyrics are a story of progress and survival.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cicada The Burrower'?

Cicadas are really interesting bugs. They burrow underground for as many as 7 years. In the final moments of their lives, cicadas transform into these magical, winged creatures. They're these strange late-bloomers. The name Cicada The Burrower reflects how I see myself as I struggle to work towards becoming who I feel I'm meant to be.

5.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians on this project or do you prefer to remain solo?

I'd be happy to work with other musicians in a live capacity. When it comes to writing though, I feel like if other people got involved it would stop being Cicada the Burrower. In that sense, I'd prefer to keep the project solo.

6.The new album was released on Blue Bedroom Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

I'm in a lot of bands so I wanted to make a label where I could put all of the things that I've worked on. This was the main reason I started Blue Bedroom Records back in 2014. I got the name from the end of a Charles Bukowski poem from You Get So Alone at Times That It Just Makes Sense. Almost all the music is some form of black metal. Occasionally I'll release music by some of my friends, like The Central's "Discovery of a Rat," which I highly recommend checking out, especially is you like left-of-center grindcore. All of the music (with the exception of "Discovery of a Rat") is available for free on Bandcamp. I usually do a limited CD run for each release, too. Typically between 10 to 25 CDs per record.

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

Not a lot of people really know about my music, but every now and again someone from places like the Netherlands or Japan will stumble across my work and say something pretty positive about it. People generally seem to enjoy the music I make when they hear it.

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

I'm hoping to get a full length recorded for The Fire Sermon (triumphant, jazzy black metal) and Hallowed Hands (video game inspired industrial black metal) before the end of 2017. My punk band It's All You, Cowboy will probably be releasing our first full length some time early next year too. There's also an experimental black metal project I started working on. It's going to be a very busy couple of months.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I've always felt like r&b and black metal would play nicely with one another stylistically. I fully plan on writing a record that blends these two styles in a way that sounds really melliloquent. Beyond that, I'd like change my relationship with music from a hobby to a job.

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?

When it comes to black metal, my biggest influences are Oranssi Pazuzu, Nachtmystium, and Tukaaria. Outside of that genre I'll pull from bands like .clipping, Oceano, Giant Claw, Parliament, Joy Division and XXYYXX for inspiration. In general, I tend to study what each genre of music does best and then try to apply that to what I'm doing, whenever appropriate. I'll usually look towards jazz, impressionist composers, and the blues for melody and hip hop for rhythm. Right now I'm listening to Slowly Building Weapons' "Sunbird," hyphyskazerbox's "Royalty (Two Faced)," Chastity Belt's "I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone," and Heathen Beast's "$cam."

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I enjoy photography, painting, and pretty much all forms of comedy. Over the last few months, I've been getting more into nutrition and exercise. It's pretty great when you do something and you can see the results of your labor.

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

"The Great Nothing" is available for free digitally at this link: https://bluebedroomrecords.bandcamp.com/ You can also buy the CD for $5 on Bandcamp too. I really appreciate all the support. Thank you for the interview!

Feral/Forever Resonating In Blood/Horror Gore Pain Death Productions/2017 Full Length Review


  Feral  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Brunswick  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Forever  Resonating  In  Blood"  which  will  be  released  in November  by  Horror  Gore  Pain  Death  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  and  also  add  in  a  touch  of  folk  music  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  which  also  have  a  depressive  feeling  at  times  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,

 All  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful   while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  will acoustic  guitars  are  also  being  utilized  on  some  of  the  later  songs  along  with  some  melodic  singing,  spoken  word  parts  and  death  metal  growls  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  at  times  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody. 

  Feral  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t he  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  his  previous  release  while  also  showing  some  progress  as  a  musician,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Celtic  Occultism,  Clairvoyance,  Esoteric  and  Mental  Conflict  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Feral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "While  Flowers  Die"  "Jaded  By  Modern  Times"  and  "As  I  Kneel  Before  Your  Grave".  8  out  of  10. 

Sisyphean/Illusions Of Eternity/Drakkar Productions/2017 CD Review


  Sisyphean  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  decadent  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Illusions  Of  Eternity"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween  by  Drakkar  Productions.

  A  very  heavy,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  all  of the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  the  intro  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  grim  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

   The  music  also  mixes  in  a  decent  amount  of  death  metal  elements  while  also  keeping  everything  modern  and  in  some  parts  of  the  music  the  riffing  and  leads  get  more  dissonant  along  with  a  couple  of  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  some  of  the  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal.

  Sisyphean  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  decadent  while  also  displaying  more  aggression  than  most  bands  of  that  style  as  well  as  mixing  in  elements  of  death  metal  to  create  something  different,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  destruction,  decadence  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sisyphean  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  decadent  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  "Epitaph  To  The  Remnants"  and  "Transfigurations".  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halphas/Dawn Of A Crimson Empire/Folter Records/2017 CD Review


  Halphas  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dawn  Of  A  Crimson  Empire"  which  will  be  released in  December  by  Folter  Records.

  Nature  soundscapes  along  with  some  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  also  adding  in  a  brief use  of  classical  guitars.

  Halphas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  old  school  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  death,  hate,  pain,  and  dark  desire  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Halphas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Call  From  The  Depths"  "Sword  Of  The  Necromancer"  and  "Empire".  8  out  of  10.  

Helvetestromb Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. The band formed in 2010 in a drunken haze by school buddies Jeppe, Tom, Sebbe and Axel. We loved black metal, hardcore and punk, and wanted to play music that fuse all that shit together. So we did.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. Our newly released album is best left for listeners to comment on, but basically it's a ravaging production by the guys at RealSound Studio, so I would say that it has the same feel as Sodoms late 80s, early 90s stuff and today's Iron Regan (the spin off of Municipal Waste). And there somewhere, with some Satyricon licks and riffs.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. We explore mainly the end of the world as a result of complete and utter human retardation and politics, resulting in the satanic and infernal cataclysm most of us deserve. Satan is also a lyrical theme, because Hail Satan!

4.Originally the band was called 'Skoll', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Helvetestrom'?
4. We changed from Skoll during productions, because some folk metal Italian guy had a band called that already (Skoll is a wolf in norse mythology by the way, for those of you who are not versed in the old nordic ways). So we changed to the best name to fit the bands music, both soundwise and lyrical, and so it became "Helvetestromb" meaning Hell Tornado. Also, many of our lyrics are in swedish because duh, we're from Sweden, one of the most unholy lands in this world.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. We've rocked Satan at Copperfields and Skeppsbar, those gigs where fucking amazing. Mostly thanks to the sound guy who enabled us to hear what the fuck we are playing! Our stage performance is something like 80's bad ass thrasher leather meets even darker 80's first wave black metal. So in short: lots of spikes and leather, black paint because fucking hell we're already white as it is. All in all, we deliver an onslaught of Satanic energy, like to give "the show", so no standing still or being all serious and shit. It's thrash attack party when we perform!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
6. No, we did the release gig this saturday. So now, it's time to reach out to northern Europe and find places and bars to demolish. How the fuck does one get gigs in other countries anyways?

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and extreme metal?
7. We've had our music on the american radio, other than that we are most heard in South America, Holland, and even the middle east. Honestly, I don't know how that even works but hey, must be the power of Satan.

8.The new album is coming out on 'WornHoleDeath Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
8. Yes, Carlo is a cool guy! When that guy snores, the dead rises from their graves! No but seriously, we've gotten very good feedback and backing from them, it's rather we lazy asses who doesn't get shit done!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. If Uberfuhrer ov Sadistic Violationz decides, it's gonna be some wierd fucking shit with jazz influences. Luckily, he doesnt get to, and so we will continue to attack all that is holy with blackened thrash and punk tracks. Our musical skills has gone up on our journey, and we hope of course they will continue to do so.

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?
10. Okay, we heavily endorse the energy and rocknroll in old school black metal such as Bathory and Venom, but also dig d-beat and hardcore punk like Anti Cimex and Discharge. Of course, the norwegian black metal from 90-96 is goddamned indestructibly good, but we don't do that shit ourselves, even though many riffs are influenced by it. Nowadays, we still listen to all the mentioned, because modern metal, I dont know like grindcore, blablablacore, modern rock and numetal or the fuck it's called is fucking shat out of Satans infernal anus. So we listen to Sodom's M-16 or Agent of Steel's Sceptics Apocalypse, because that's fucking brilliant!

11.How would you describe your views on Satanism?
11. We do not believe that Satan is a dark actual being, like a god you can summon with obscure rituals. However, Satan as an ideal and a mental force is right in there with our views on life as a whole. Satan is the freedom we experience when performing our music; the anti-societal, anti-christian critical force, the very symbol of rebellion, dark desires and individual power and human potency. We endorse all satanic symbolism just as much as tight leather pants and latex, and the best thing with Satan, is that he attracts likeminded people to come to bars, where we can all get drunk, talk about band patches and listen to goddamn awesome music with awesome people! That is our take on Satanism.

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

12. Hail the Satan of Hell!

/Grym Ejakulator, guitars

Scour/Red/Housecore Records/2017 EP Review


  Scour  are    band  from  the  United  States  that h as  had  music  reviewed  before in  this  zine  and  consists  of  many  legendary  extreme  metal  musicians  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  thrash  and  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Red"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Housecore  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  mix  demonic  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  into  the  same  songs.

  A  lot  of t he  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  by  the  90's  second  wave  style  but  with  a  more  modern  feeling  along  with  some  elements  of  grindcore  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  tracks  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  thrash  at  times,  synths  are  also  used  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Scour  remains  true to  the  raw  black  metal  style  of  their  previous  release  while  still mixing  in  touches  of  grindcore  and  thrash,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Scour  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Red"  and  "Shank".  8  out  of  10.

Cicida The Burrower/The Great Nothing/Blue Bedroom Records/2017 Full Length Review


  Cicida  The  Burrower  are  a  solo  project  from  Madison,  Wisconsin  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Great  Nothing"  which  was  released  by  Blue  Bedroom  Records.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  along  with  some  depressive  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  while  heavy  riffs  and  atmospheric  sounds  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  deep  growls  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  A  great  amount  of  depressive  melodies  can  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  progressive  at  times,  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal  and  melodic  vocals  as  well  as  some  clean  guitars  are  also  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Cicida  The  Burrower  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  sludge,  doom  and  post  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album and  cover  depression  and  significant experiences.

  In  my  opinion  Cicida  The  Burrower  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Incidental"  "Walls,  Bent  ANd  Broken"  and  "Nihilism  Fuck  Wave",  8  out  of  10.

Joyless Euphoria Interview

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

 We founded Joyless Euphoria in May 2016. In the beginning, there were three of us, but frankly, our visions didn't align quite as well as I had hoped so I decided to go my own way and record all instruments myself.
After looking for a singer, I ended up talking to Lorand from the Post-Hardcore band False King, who fell in love with the music and decided to handle vocal and lyrics duties, which I think worked out perfectly.

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

We play a blend of a various styles culminating in something we like to refer to as Post-Black Metal. Of course we have the blast beats and the harsh vocals, but we also have gazey parts as well as rock and blues solos, and notably, ethereal clean vocals that give the whole thing an otherworldly feel.

We recorded the music with the help of our good friend Robert Gutmann here in Vienna and had it mixed and mastered by Rob Marshall at Canvas in San Francisco.

We think the heavy and intense production really suits the music.

3.You refer to your music as 'Posthuman Black Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

The term "posthuman black metal" refers to the concept of the album and the lyrics. It is a record about a father who loses his daughter to suicide, dealing with all the emotions that come with this, be that grief or just (trying to) remember the good times.

Losing a child is probably one of the most painful things a person can experience, we tried to put this into music.

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

Please refer to Q 3

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

Joyless Euphoria is quite the contradiction. In life you stumble through a vast array of emotions, some pleasant, others, not so much. And of course everyone hits these at different frequencies. You can be happy one second and be a total wreck the next. And conversely, even in your deepest depressions you might be able to see a light. We are not a true DSBM band, for that we have far too many positive aspects and melodies in our songs, and we tried to express that when naming the band.

6.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to work as a duo?

Big time. Works super well. I mean obviously if we ever want to play live we'd get some peepz to fill in but for now this is how we'll keep working.

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

I am currently working on composing songs for a second record which is going to have similar vibes as our debut. I'm guessing it'll be done in about 18 months. These things take time, you know ;)
(Thanks for letting me know ;) -Lorand)

8. 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've loved metal since I've heard Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" for the very first time in 1989. Which I bought. On tape. Because I'm an old man.

The more extreme side of Metal took hold of me when I've heard "Ablaze in the Northern Sky" in 1993.

For this Album, my influences ranged from Alcest, Deafheaven and Oathbreaker -- whom I have a lot of respect for -- to old Norwegian black metal from the early 90s.


9.What are some of your non musical interests?

Martin:  Hockey. Love it. Play myself, actually. And, of course my kids.

Lorand: Comedy and video games are my jam, when I'm, you know, not jamming.

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

 Thank you so much for giving us a chance. It's incredibly difficult to make people listen these days since there are so many bands out there.

Support us, buy the album or, at the very least, take a listen or two. We put a lot of work into it!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Imperious/Tales Of Woe The Journey Of Odysseus Part II: From Hades To Ithaca/Massacre Records/2017 CD Review



  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Germany's  Imperious  which  continues  the  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  the  album  was  originally  released  in  2016  and  called  "Tales  Of  Woe  The  Journey  Of  Odysseus  Part  II:  From  Hades  To  Ithaca"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  November  by  Massacre  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tacks  being  instrumentals.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  and  as  the  album  progresses  grim  black  metal  scrams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well.

  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  most  of  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo direction,  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  growls.

  On  this  recording  Imperious  slow  everything  down  a  bit  to  a  more  mid  tempo  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  while  still  being  very  epic  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  continue  the  story  of  Homer's  Odysseus  and  his long  journey  home.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imperious  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sirens"  "The  Isle  Of  The  Solar  God"  and  "Bloodbound  -  The  Bow  Of  Odysseus".  8  out  of  10.

      

Imperious/Tales Of Woe - The Journey Of Odysseus Part I: From Illion To Hades/Massacre Records/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Imperious  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  epic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Tales  Of  Woe -  The  Journey  Of  Odysseus Part  I: From  Illion  To  Hades"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  November  by  Massacre  Records.

  Epic  sounding  keyboards  start off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds later  while  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  mixing  the  synths  and  spoken  words  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  riffs  also  incorporate  a  great  amount  of  melody,

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them   as  well  acoustic  guitars  being  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  and  instrumentals  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction,  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growling  vocals  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  male  and  female  singing.

  Imperious  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  upon  based  upon  Homer's  The  Odyssey".

  In  my  opinion  Imperious  are  a  very great  sounding  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Abjure  Temptation"  "Insidious  Winds"  and  :Where  Cimmerian  Darkness  Dwells".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grabak/Bloodline Divine/Massacre Records/2017 CD Review


  Grabak  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  fast,  atmospheric  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Bloodline  Divine"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Massacre  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  s  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  atmospheric  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  song  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  parts  and  on  the  closing  song  a  small  amount  of  semi  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard.

  Grabak  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  aggressive  and  traditional  sounding  while  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  chaos  prophets,  darkness  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Grabak  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Via  Dolorsa"  "Oblivion"  "Bloodline  Divine"  and  "Apostate".  8  out  of  10. 

Sicarius Interview

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


Yeah thanks for having us. We're a new black metal band in the United States, we just released our debut full length "Serenade Of Slitting Throats" last week via M-Theory Audio records.


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


On the Scorch The Earth EP, we were still figuring things out. We used 7 stringed guitars and for a majority of that period myself and bassist/cofounder Carnage were the only two in the band. Everyone else came later so while the EP is very heavy and raw it was missing that organic flow that happened later on. Our drummer recorded the EP and we didn't have the HQ we do now so it was in a garage that we dampened with a ton of moving blankets. Also, while our vocalist was credited on the EP, it was I who did the vocals because he had joined the band like 2 days prior to us recording.

The full length seems to be the next logical step for us. It's more focused, has way more identity to it, it's still Sicarius, and there was still that emphasis on violence and brutality but we focused it differently. I feel the songcraft is way stronger on this album. There was more input from everyone involved compared to the EP. BZ was able to stretch out his wings as a drummer and add different flavors into the brew. It just sounds darker and more evil. While the songs were finished and ready before we went into the studio I do genuinely believe that Mick Kenney had a bit of influence on the atmosphere of the album while we produced it. Some of that fucking ugly Anaal Nathrakh vibe can be felt.


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


Conceptually the album focuses around death, death realms and the mythology of different civilizations' interpretation of death gods, but there's also lyrical content about war, murder, assassins, torture, human depravity...the lyrics are really fucked up and myself and K.Karcass take a great deal of pride in our content.


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


Sicarius is Latin for "assassin", "contract killer" or literally "Dagger man"
I've just always been fascinated with assassins, clandestine murders, and espionage. It just fit really well in a black metal band.


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


Our stage performance is always chaotic, angry and heavy. Our vocalist is unpredictable. You'll never get the same performance from him. It's war music. If we can inspire violent pits and total carnage then it was a good night. High intensity, high pain output.

The standout performances for us were with Uada in San Diego in 2016, Vader in Santa Ana this past summer, and our recent album release show was a great time.


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

We have one or two tours on the board in a planning phase, other than those we're interested in working with booking agents to start touring. Our first Las Vegas show is in a few weeks (Nov 2) supporting 1349, Goatwhore and Tombs and we couldn't be more excited. It's a one off show so I anticipate a strong draw.


7.The new album was released on M-Theory, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?


Yeah, the M-Theory label is the new effort of Marco Barbieri (who was the president of Century Media) and so far being on this label has been better than we could've hoped for. Everyone is very involved and works hard and it's really awesome because it gives us a stronger sense of accomplishment, the bands on the roster are all very supportive and help each other out, and the label team are very communicative and hard working. Being the only strictly black metal band on the roster is fantastic for us because Marco believes in what are doing and doesn't reign us in. It's good working with a team that allows us to go full fucking force.


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


We're still only days since the album released so I'm sure there will be more opinions to come. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We've gotten such great support in the US and the U.K. It seems like the people get it for the most part, that we're trying to create black metal that emphasizes on violence. That we favor the assault over the atmosphere. I'm sure there will be naysayers out there bc we deliberately chose a quality production but whatever, fuck em.


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


Time will tell but realistically I see us only going in a darker, uglier and more raw direction in the future.


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


My personal influences are black metal bands that paved their own way and said fuck the rules. There are no rules in black metal. There are only identifying elements and a strong connection with dark spiritual elements/the occult/mythology/etc. A band that comes to mind for me is Mayhem during their Blasphemer era. Specifically Grand Declaration Of War and Chimera. To me those records are untouchable and the enormous risks Blasphemer took required balls the size of battle tanks. That is fucking inspiring to me. Such a blatant "fuck you" to the rules. Rotting Christ (my favorite band ever) is another example. They played their idea of black metal and excelled. Absu are also a band I adore and another massive influence personally for me is a criminally underrated black/death band from Australia, The Amenta. You can definitely hear their influence in my riffs, without question. That band is god-tier in every facet.

The band as a whole are influenced by anything black metal. From the first wave heritage of Bathory to the 2nd wave sounds of Gorgoroth, Marduk, etc. Taake, Urghehal, Destroyer 666, 1349. The American bands that paved the way for us, Leviathan, Krieg, Ritual, Draconis, Averse Sefira. We love it all.

As far as what I'm listening to, without question Uada's 2016 Devoid Of Light album. I love those guys and they really set the bar high with that record. Absu's self titled, Judas Priest "Painkiller", Empyrean Throne's "Chaosborne", "Thy Mighty Contract" by Rotting Christ, The Amenta's "Flesh Is Heir" and "As All Light Leaves Her" by Advent Sorrow.



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

We greatly appreciate the interview, thank you very much. "Serenade Of Slitting Throats" is available worldwide, and keep the fight going.

Αίμα και Βια!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Christ Dismembered/Self Titled/2017 Full Length Review


  Christ  Dismembered  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2017  album.

  Synths  start  off  the  album  and  bring  in  the  atmosphere  of  a  horror  film  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  melodic  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  along  with  a  few  death  metal  growls.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  style. 

  Christ  Dismembered  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  aggressive  in  the  mid  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Anti  Christianity,  Revenge  and  Hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Christ  Dismembered  ate  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Slap In  The  Face  Of  God"  "Swarm  OF  The  Black  Mass"  and  "Revel  In  Your  Disgust".  8  out  of  10.

Voltumna 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?
Hi OccultBlackMetalZine, the band is finally releasing the new album with the greek label Sleaszy Rider, very excited for our most extreme release. The band is actually working on the promotion of this new work, in particular with the booking of new headlining shows around Europe for next year, a big tour TBA and some great festivals already announced like Stonehenge in Netherlands with legenday bands like Suffocation and Pestilence.

2.Recently you have 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?
Dodecapoli is absolutely our most extreme experience. During the past years we have increased our experience and finally we knew what to do for a great third full-length; we have worked a lot on the drum fillers, faster and groovy, and introduced some ancient instruments of the Italic tradition in almost all the songs in the collaboration with Tursen, to make everything in our personal style, a pagan mixture of Black and Death metal.

3.Both the band name and sing lyrics come from Etruscan Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
One of the former, Haruspex, is graduated in the university of Rome in archeology and ancient civilization and also the other members of the bands are all from the ancient Etruscan lands, so since the begginning our interest was focused on this misterious and “dark” civilization. Very close to our town there is the biggest Necropoli of Europe, we were fascinated about this culture, also to understand what happened in the history before and after the Roman Empire and Christianity.

4.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The first one was probably our show in Johannesburg, South Africa, just before our godfathers Behemoth. It was one of the greatest emotion to see Nergal watching our show, and also all the crowd knew our songs, we have a lot of fans (Etruscans) there and we want to come back. Our last US and China tours were amazing too and Europe our greatest experiences were in these years Festival of course, in Germany, Austria etc.
Our live performance is full of emotions for us and also for the people, different styles mixed to make a new kind of ritual, something lost in the history after the romans.

5.What are some of your future touring plans?
We have for 2018 a great tour TBA, as said before a lot of Euro metal festival like the Stonehenge and some headlining shows from Berlin to Prague, from Milan to London etc. All to be announced very soon

6.The new album was released on 'Sleaszy Rider Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Yes finally we have found a good label to work with, we think that from this collaboration will  happen great things in the near future for sure.

7.A couple of years back you had done a version of Venom's "Black Metal", what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?
As you know we are not completely a Black metal, in fact we mix Black and Death like most of the polish metal bands do, but Venom was probably the first band we loved in the past years, so for us was a pleasure to do a tribute to them, hope that our Etruscans from all over the world have enjoyed our version of this masterpiece.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
Almost in all the countries very good, we still have to grow up as band but till now we can consider us as one of the new reality of the genre, we are trying to do our best. Music is our life.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are apart of?
We are all focused on the Voltumna project for now, this is what we can say.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Our divination rites will explain our way. No plan for now.

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?
Something of the new atmospheric way of Black Metal like the mighty MGLA and still the new efforts of our god fathers: Rotting Christ, Behemoth, Hate, Septcflesh and many others.
We listened a lot of different music so this why we can create a personal style during our composition, or better we try to do this as well.

12.Before we wrap up this nterview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A great thank you to all our Etruscans worldwide for all the support we receive year by year, we know that our worshipper will be satisfied with new album and new adepts will join the cult of VOLTUMNA.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Atramentum Interview

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

Atramentum has been my musical project for the past 6 years, it is the culmination of my investment in both Satanism and Black Metal, a vehicle for me to commit ritual into sonic form as well as a musical expression.

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

The sound presented on the album is Black Metal, I guess you can call it Orthodox BM, however I think the tag is somewhat pointless Black Metal should be Satanic, not nature worship or angsty songs about struggling with humanity.

3.The musical project has been around since 2011 but you waited until 2017 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the first 6 years?

The music for Aischrolatry was written in full by 2012, however due to personal reasons I wasn't able to record it then. I started writing other music that I feel surpasses the music in Aischrolatry and essentially forgot about the album. Ultimately I decided to release this album as it was a piece of ritual intent that was created, and its important on my journey of spiritual ascent/descent for it to take action upon the world.

4.The lyrics on the album deal with the Qliptoth, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Satanism and the left hand path?

I have been a practicing Satanist for the past 12 years and it is my life's work and focus; mastery of self within this realm and the dissolution of this reality to create my own within the powers of Ain. My worship is eclectic and focuses on channelling the power of adversarial forces from different religions around the world based within a qliphotic framework. My art is inspired through the experiences from ritual and meditation with these dark gods.

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

Atramentum as a band name dates back a long time, nearly 10years, I just never utilised it properly. It essentially means a dark substance but within the context of the band it describes the ‘black flame’ the adversarial spirit within that seeks to destroy Yaldaboath and return to the limitless.

6.On the albums you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to work solo?

Atramentum always has and always will be my vision, I have found a drummer for the next album to bring a greater extremity to the next work. Atramentum as a band is a sonic manifestation of my faith, as such the direction in all aspects will forever be my decision, I'm not opposed though to working with others as long as it fits my goals and those musicians are on a similar path as myself.

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

The feedback thus far has been positive both from fans, press and labels.

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

Atramentum is currently my sole focus, I have been offered to work on other things however it has to be the right project, something equally dark, malevolent and Satanic.

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

The album has had a lot of interest from a number of labels and I am currently looking for the best offer, it will likely be released towards the end of this year, start of next year in physical format. Ideally supported on both tape and cd and a small run of bespoke hand painted tapes from a small dedicated label within the UK.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

As mentioned before I have finished writing the music for the second album which I'm in the process of recording. The next effort promises to be darker, heavier and far more twisted than Aischrolatry.

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?

All music has an influence on me, sometimes in a way of appreciation, sometimes in the way that it cements the idea that I don't want to create music that is in anyway similar. Regarding those that influence my current musical style it would be bands like: Danzig, Samhain, Deathspell Omega, Ofermod, Aosoth , Aluk Todolo and Antaeus.

Bands that I'm currently listening to are the new Arkhon Infaustus, great to see a return after such a long absence. The VI album has been in heavy rotation since it was released, as close to a flawless album that I've heard in a long time. Heavily anticipating the new Aosoth and Shining album.

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

Thanks for the interview.

For those looking for an occult focused piece of black metal, https://Atramentum11.bandcamp.com

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Ad Majorem Satan Gloriam

F.G.R.X



Saturday, October 14, 2017

Krieg/Sono Lo Scherno/Inferna Profundus/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Krieg  are  a  band  from  New  Jersey  that  has  been  featured  plenty  of  times  before  in  this  zine  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  recording  that  was  originally  released  in  1998  and  displayed  a  more  raw  sound  than  what  was  to  be  featured  on  later  recordings  and  the  album  is  called  "Sono  Lo  Scherno"  and  was  re-issued  in  2017  by  Inferna  Profundus.

   Dark  ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  before  adding in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  which  also  leads  to  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  classical  music  samples  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times.

 Spoken  word  samples  along  with  some  dark  ambient  elements  also  return   on  some  the  later  tracks  while  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  are  instrumentals  and  as  the  album  progresses  their  are  some  deep  and  demonic  vocals  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  bestial  feeling  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  Gregorian  chants,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Nunslaughter's  "Power  Of  Darkness".

  On  this  recording  Krieg  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  more  raw  and  lo-fi  than  their  later  releases  while  also  not  being  afraid  to  experimental  with  their  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  war,  destruction  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very great  sounding  recording  from  Krieg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Knights  Of  The  Holocaust"  "Hallicinations  In  The  Withered  Eden" and  "Shadows  Of  The  Fallen  Kingdom".  8/5  out  of  10.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Funeral Hearse/The Fist, The Spit, The Sword/Redefining Darkness Records/2017 EP Review


  Funeral  Hearse  are  a  duo  from  Singapore  that  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  apokalyptik  extreme  metal  which  is  mostly  rooted  in  raw  black  metal  but  also  contains  elements  of  doom, death  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Fist,  The  Spit,  The  Sword"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in a  great  amount  of  90's  second  wave  influences  as  well  as  adding  in  elements  of  crust  punk  and  d  beat.

  While  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  past  it  still  has  a  very  modern  feeling  while  some  songs  stick  to  strictly  a  very  fast  style  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  and  whispered  vocals  can  be  heard  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  One  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  Gregorian  chants  along  with some  of  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  vocals  on  a  later  track  and  female  vocals  along  with  stringed  instruments  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Funeral  Hearse  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  raw  black  metal  while  elements  of  doom,  death  metal  and  crust  punk  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  despair,  war,  apocalypse  and  dark  religious  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Funeral  Hearse  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death,  doom  metal  and  crust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Palace  Of  Bones"  "Master  Judas  Underground"  and  "Profanation".  8/5  out  of  10.   

     

Sicarius/Serenade Of Slitting Throats/M-Theory Audio/2017 Full Length Review


  Sicarius  are  a  band  from  inland  Empire,  California  that  plays  a  murderous,  bloodthirsty  and  ultra-violent  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Serenade  Of  Slitting  Throats"  which  was  released  by  M-Theory  Audio.

  A  very  tragic  piano  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  heavy  and  dark  sounding  riffing  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  and  hateful  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  music  has  a  great  amount  of  90's  influenced  but  done  in  more  of  a  modern  fashion  along  with  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  chaotic  style,  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Sicarius  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  chaotic  and  violent  sounding  while  also  having  its  melodic  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  terror,  murder,  chaos  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sicarius  are  a  very  great  sounding  murderous,  bloodthirsty,  and  ultra-violent  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ferox  Impetum"  "Marshalling  The  Garroted"  "Serpent  Soul"  and  "Wampyr".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Voltumna/Dodecapoli/Sleaszy Rider Records/2017 CD Review


  Voltumna  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Dodecapoli"  which  was  released  by  Sleaszy  Rider  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  atmospheric  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

   When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track.

  Voltumna  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  old  school death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Etruscan  Paganism,  Mythology  and  Modern  Decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Voltumna  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  "The  Lion,  The  Goat  And  The  Serpent"  "Criterion  Of  The  Groma"  "War  Of  Supremacy"  and  "The  Path  To  Our  Twilight".  8  out  of  10.

Sartegos/Balmog/Caverna Abismal/2017 Split 7 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  Spain's  Sartegos  and  Balmog  2  bands  that  have  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  will  be  released  in  December  by  Caverna  Abismal  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  with  Sartegos  who  continues  their  raw  and  satanic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  fire  burning  and  ritualistic  synths  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  some  blast  beats  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  vocals  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  deep  growls and  grim  black  metal  screams.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  which  is  also  6  minutes  in  length  and  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Sartegos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Balmog  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  track  being  6  minutes  in  length  and  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Hate,  Darkness  and  Anti  Human  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Balmog  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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