Saturday, December 9, 2017

Thaw/Grains/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Thaw  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv.  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Grains"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and   dark  sounding  melodies  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  along  with the  slower  riffing  bringing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  along  with  some  robotic  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  whispered  vocals  and  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  a s all  of  the musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from  each  other.

  Thaw  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv,  experimental,  ambient  and  noise  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  cover  occult  and  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Thaw  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge,  improv,  experimental,  ambient  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Cabalist"  and  "Wielki  Piec". 8  out  of  10.      

Grave Spirit/The Beast Unburdened By Flesh/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 7 Inch Review


  Grave  Spirit  are  a  band  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with some  death  metal  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  ep  "The  Beast  Unburdened  By  Flesh"  which  will  be  released  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions  on  February  9th, 2018.

  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  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  while  also  capturing  the  aggression  of  war  metal  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  fashion,  at  times  some  of  the  riffs  go  in  a  slower  section  along  with the  music  always  remaining  very  heavy  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Grave  Spirit  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  raw  in  the  90's  second  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  covers  tales  of  the  mythical,  both  dead  and  undead.

  In  my  opinion  Grave  Spirit  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Beast  Unburdened  By  Flesh".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Friday, December 8, 2017

Kuoleman Galleria/Pimeys Saapuu Pohjoiseen/Inverse Records/2017 CD Review


  Kuoleman  Galleria  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  black'n'roll  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Pimeys  Saapuu  Pohjoiseen"  which  was  released  by  Inverse  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  folk  instruments  a  few seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  adds  in  a  great  amount  of  black'n'roll  elements  as  well  a s some  back  up  shouts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion,  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard,  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls,  stringed  instruments,  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing.

   Kuoleman  Galleria  plays  a  style  of  black'n'roll that  is  very  catchy  as  well  as  keeping  most  of  the  music  in  a  mid  tempo  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  sarcasm and  dark  humor  themes.

  In  my  opinion   Kuoleman  Galleria  are  a  very  great  sounding  black'n'roll  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pimeys  saapuu  pohjoiseen"  "Materian  omistama"  "Vahtikoira"  and  "Mieleen  haudattu".  8  out  of  10.

    

Mortis Mutilati/The Stench Of Death/2018 Full Length Review


  France's  solo  project  Mortis  Mutilati  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  funeral  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released album  "The  Stench  Of  Death"  which  will  be  released  in  2018.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  elements   while  operatic  female  vocals  are  also  used  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  also  introducing  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  slower  riffing  also  brings  in  elements  of  doom  metal  along  with  some  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  melodic  chants  can  also be  heard  briefly  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Mortis  Mutilati  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  funeral  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  French  and  cover  death,  eroticism  and  taphophilia  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortis  Mutilati  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  funeral  or  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Echoes  From  The  Coffin"  Onguent  Mortuarie"  and  "L-odeur  du  mort".  8  out  of  10.   

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Entheogen/Without Veil, Nor Self/Fallen Empire Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Entheogen  are  a  band  with members  from  Texas  and  Pennsylvania  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Without  Veil,  Nor  Self" which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Fallen Empire  Records.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  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  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in a   great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  North  America  style  of  the  mid  2000's.  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Entheogen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  as  well  as  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  North  American  tradition  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  metaphysical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Entheogen  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sol  Genesis"  and  "Pall".  8  out  of  10.

      

The Reptilian Session Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. First of all, we are not exactly talking about a band, The Reptilian Session is an hybrid project conceived between a one-man band and a collective that takes part in an almost anonimous way. The attutide of a musical product, nowadays, is often labeled by the appearance of the authors themselves. Without any image of the people involved, the only reference that is given to the listener is the music itself, so we've decided not to spread our photos. Let's say that our facade is a monster that lives in a world created by our music and inspirations, the Lizard Lord.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2. Starting from square one, the musical sound is a violent black metal with influences from mid-tempo groovie riffs and crackling modular synths, alternating, the vibes of the rhythm. The entire album is recorded with analogic tecniques that gives to the music a warm and dusty sound, despite the glacial atmosphere of the whole record: basically, the eletricity is a physic component that characterizes our music.

3.A lot of your lyrics have some occult, reptilian, u.f.o's and conspiracy theory themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

3. The refusal of embracing the standard themes of the black metal and migrate them to unexplorated contexts, is our will to not taking part of a defined genre, so not submitting under the regime of labelling rules. The gateway of our lyrics is purely symbolic, its a logic that doesn't give room for external references ,the arguments comes, as the music itself, from outer space.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Reptilian Session'?
4. Well, the Reptilian is conceived as a constant presence that haunts the Earth, is something subliminal, intangible, that chases our footsteps until the end of the world and Session is just referred at the encounters of the people involved in this supernatural project.

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. As I said before, there's not a stable line-up so things gets challenging in terms of arranging a quality gig. We received a lot of offers but for now our main goal is to make something that could last in time. Probably we'll go live when we'll have the certainty of giving the exact same atmosphere of the studio version.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. By referring to the last answer, no, not currently. Our current priority is to give birth to a new album.

7.The album was released on 'Dead Seed Productions', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
7. Absolutely, Dead Seed Productions did a great job and we couldn't be more satisfied than this. In addition to had printed the album in 500 vinyl copies, this label has been committed in spreading this record all over the Europe. I've faced a real high quality standard, in terms of professionality, considerably higher than the avrage.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8. The hard work is paying off, but for the average metalhead we're still unknown; we received great feedbacks from some magazines but obviously we've to wait that our product will be consolidated in this music scene, in order to be taken in consideration.

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

9. Nothing special, since the drummer left Fingernails and moved to France, he stopped playing with his main project, Chronic Hangover, (band that I suggest to listen to, that signed this year with Minotauro Records) and now The Reptilian Session is his only band.
In this hiatus, the guitarist is planning to start a new post-metal band, while he is also playing in some local metal bands.
As for me, since the splitting of my ex black/thrash metal band, called Vesper, I've started to entirely dedicate myself to this project and, sometimes, to other external collaborations.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. In our recording studio, for sure:
We are full of material on which we are working to, and, in a short time, we will record a new album, even this time, with the effort of Dead Seed Production. It will include a guest appeareance of his owner, as one of the guitars.

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?
11. Armagedda, Beherit and Katharsis are only some of the main influences that characterize the mould of our sound; we also got inspirated from outsider genres and bands, like Bauhaus (to which we've paid homage, reproposing "Double Dare" as a bonus track of this record's B-side). In short, we don't represent that kind of listener that doesn't go out from the boundaries of the black metal genre.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
 12. We thank you for the time you gave us and all the readers who had the intrest of reading our opinions.
The power of art is given by its supporters, and it is really thanks to them if we have the opportunity to give continuity to this project. A thing is certain: this is only the beginning!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Satanic Warmaster/We Are The Worms That Crawl On The Broken Wings Of An Angel/Werewolf Records/2017 Compilation Album Review


  Satanic  Warmaster  are  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  compilation  album  "We  Are  The  Worms  That  Crawl  On  The  Broken  Wings  Of  An  Angel"  which  will  be  released  on  December  27th  by  Werewolf  Records.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  compilation  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  90's second  wave  style.

   Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  some  songs also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  riffing  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  some  of  the  later  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  flutes  and  spoken  word  parts  closer  to the  end.

  Throughout  this  compilation  Satanic  Warmaster  bring  out  some of  their  best  material  which  is  mostly  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  satanic  black  metal  fashion,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  War,  Vampirism and  Lycanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  Satanic  Warmaster  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  solo  project,  you should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "March  Of  The  Legion  Werewolf"  "The  Chant  Of  The  barbarian  Wolves"  "Nameless  Sacrifice"  and  "Black  Metal  Death".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

Antiquus Scriptum/Antologia/This Winter Will Last Forever 2017 Compilation Album Review


   Portugal's  solo  project  Antiquus  Scriptum  has  returned  with  a  compilation  which  displays  a  lot  of  his  epic  style  of  pagan/black  metal while  also  having  influences  of  folk,  ambient  and  thrash  and  this  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Antologia"  which  was  released  by  This  Winter  Will  Last  Forever.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  it  in  with  symphonic  and  epic  sounding  keyboards  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  extreme  metal  fashion  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding in  back  up  shouts  and  movie  samples  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  songs.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  vocals  and  riffs  also  bring in  elements  of  thrash  metal  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  compilation  progresses  elements  of  folk  music  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  melodic singing  as  well  as  some  operatic female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  compilation  Antiquus  Scriptum  displays a  a  great  of  variety  from  having  epic  and  symphonic  tracks  while  other  songs  go for  either  more  of a  pagan  or  folk  influenced  style  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount of  raw  aggression,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  bygone  times,  ancient  history,  iniquity  and  existence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  collection  from  Antiquus  Scriptum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  epic,  pagan  and  thrash  influenced  style  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Pulverem  Reverteris"  "Inner  Depression (Syndromes  Of  Fear)"  "A  Shape  Of  Space  And  Time"  and  "A  Sea  Of  Doubts".  8  out  of  10.  

Three Eyes Of The Void/The Moment Of The Storm/2017 Full Length Review


  Three  Eyes  Of  The  Void  are  a  solo  project  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "The  Moment  Of  The Storm"  and  the  physical  version  of  the  album  will  be  released  in  February  of  2018  by  Diabolus  Productions.

  Nature sounds  along  with  some  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  mostly high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  in  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks,  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  one  track  death  metal  growls  are  also  introduced  into the  music.


  Three  Eyes  Of  The  Void  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  philosophies  of  Nietzsche  and  Plato. 

  In  my  opinion  Three  Eyes  Of  The  Void  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Facing  The  Storm"  and  "Overcoming".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Oreida/Holocausto em Chamas/Harvest Of Death/Signal Rex//2017 Split 10 Inch Review


  This  is  a  review of  a  split  10  inch  between  Iceland's Oreida  and  Portugal's  Hococausto  em  Chamas  which  will  be  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Harvest  Of  Death  and  Signal  Rex  on  December  15th,  2017  and  we  will start  off  the  review  with  Oreida  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

   Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo picking  while  melodic  guitar leads  can  also  be  heard  bu.t  mixed  low  in  the  mix  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Their  track  is  10  minutes  in  length  while  also  being  very  atmospheric  at  times  while  dark  sounding  melodic  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  black  metal  screams  that  are  very  hard  to  hear,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while t he  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Oreida  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Hococausto  em  Chamas  another  band  that  plays  a  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  an  atmosphere  that  is  almost  like  a  horror  movie  soundtrack  while  also  mixing  in  an  avant  garde  vibe  before  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  along  with  some  primitive  sounding  blast  beats  as  well  a s  some  fast  riffs.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  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,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hococausto  em  Chamas  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,   you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "II".

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

Thy Sepulchral Moon/Indignant Force Of Great Malevolence/Signal Rex/2017 Compilation Review


  Thy  Sepulchral  Moon  are  a  duo  with  embers  from  both  Canada  and  South  Korea  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  bestial  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  compilation  album  "Indignant  Force  of  Great  Malevolence"  which  will  be  released  on  December  22nd  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  and  demonic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  into  the  music  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal/

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts   while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  traditions  of  black  and  war  metal  along  with  some  songs  bringing  in  more  grim  style  black  metal  vocals,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  .utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  on  some  songs  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  they  also  bring  in  cover's  of  NON's  "Total  War"  and  "Beherit's  Sadomatic  Rites  as  well  a s a  great  portion  of their  original  tracks  being  very  short  in  length.

   Thy  Sepulchral  Moon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  bestial  and  raw  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thy  Sepulchral  Moon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  bestial  black  metal  duo,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spell  2"  "Dislocated  From  Advance"  and  "Murk".  8  out  of  10. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Trono Alem Morte/O Olhar Atento da Escuridao/Harvest Of Death/Signal Rex/2017 CD Review


  Trono  Alem  Morte  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "O  Olhar  Atento  da  Escuridao"  which  will  be  released  on  December  21st  as  a joint  effort  between  Harvest  Of  Death  and  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  and  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  a  lo-fi  atmosphere  while  the  vocals  are  done  in  a  very  grim  yet  mournful  black  metal  style  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  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  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  tradition  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  melodic  chants  which  are  also  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  can  also  be  heard.

  Trono  Alem  Morte  plays  a  style  of black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  lo-fi  sounding,  the  production sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  metaphysical  and emotional  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trono  Alem  Morte  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "O  Olhar  Atento  da  Escuridao"  and  "Ao  Abracar  a  Ingrata  Morte".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sulferon/Thanatos/Metal Throne Productions/2017 CD Review


  Greece's  Sulferon  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  dark  and  blasphemous  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Thanatos"  which  was  released  by  Metal Throne Productions.

  A  very  dark  soundscape  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  being  very heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  when  guitar  leads  are utilized  they  are  done in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Candlemass's "A  Tale  Of  Creation"  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length,  synths  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.

  On  this recording  Sulferon  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  aggressive  and  blasphemous  approach  to  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness, war  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sulferon  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark,  raw  and  blasphemous  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  God  Of  The  Gaps  "From  Birth  To  The  Pyre"  and  "I Am  Become  Death".  8  out  of  10.
    

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Vaki Interview

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

Väki aims to deliver strong musical art, exploring death and calling the spirits of the afterlife. Taking our listeners into a dark journey through the darkest human emotions. Our musical style evolved naturally towards black metal since we started rehearsing and writing songs in 2016. Our journey has lead us to a promising start as we have released our first EP “Kirous”, bringing upon inspiration for the coming year of 2018.

2.So far you have released one ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

“Kirous” consists of two songs, which represent different ranges of emotions: aggression, hate and melancholy, among others. The songs form a solid and dynamic EP with great variety. Our approach to black metal is based on strong, diverse compositions as well as high quality production.

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

Lyrical themes revolve around death, pain, misery, and disregarding all boundaries of fabricated morality and dogma. Furthermore, exploring human emotions as well as experiences that cause emotional pain and inner conflict.

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

Death, impurity & chaos is the underlying inspiration behind Väki.  In ancient Finnish paganism the word “väki” had a special meaning which could be described as a ‘group of spirits’. Different environments, places, elements, as well as human individuals could possess these powers of “väki” which could than be manifested as an epidemic of disease and death, among other things. We as a band, and performers, represent this essence of death and forgotten spirits.

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

We have yet to perform any gigs. However, we have a couple of them booked in the beginning of next year. Our stage performance will reflect the themes of our lyrics, and  dark atmosphere of the compositions. We invite our listeners to join us into journey of discovering our admiration to death, misery and darkness.

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

So far we’ve booked two shows here in Finland for 2018. Our first ever performance will take place on the 19th of January at Bar 15, in Seinäjoki. The next one will happen on the 10th of March at Varjobaari, in Tampere. After that we’ll set our focus on recording our debut album.


7.The EP was released on 'Redefining Darkness Records', are you happy with the support the label has given you so far?

The label has proven to be very supportive and we’re very excited about our collaboration with them. Thomas Haywood, from Redefining Darkness Records, has shown us genuine enthusiasm and professionalism. The label is releasing “Kirous” on cassette on the 11th of December, the cassette turned out really awesome-looking too! We hope our collaboration will prove to be as fruitful in the future as it has turned out to be so far.

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

We are still waiting for more reviews to come out but so far it seems people are generally impressed with our music as we have received great feedback and favorable reviews. However, both positive and negative feedback is welcome.

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

At the moment we’re in pre-production phase - roughly recording songs at our rehearsal place to figure out which ones will end up on the album and whether we still need more songs to be able to form a strong album in it’s entirety. So, at this point, it’s a little too early to say when the album will be released. Careful estimation could be early 2019, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

“Kirous” gives a pretty good idea of the style on our first full length album that, however, will have more variety and generally a wider spectrum of what Väki has to offer. Nobody knows where we’re headed after the album is released. We don’t want to set our music to have too strict of boundaries because we feel like that kills creativity and natural flow of songwriting.

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?

Bands such as Emperor, Mgla, Deathspell Omega & Burzum have influenced our style of black metal. “EOD : A Tale of Dark Legacy”, by The Great Old Ones and “The Poisonous Path”, by Behexen are a couple of the recent releases we have enjoyed listening to.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

A few interests of ours include activities like brewing and drinking beer, playing video games and taking part in occasional coding projects. Some of us are also dog owners.

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

First of all, we would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far! We are very excited to really get things going in terms of live shows and working on the upcoming debut album. Hopefully you’ll join us on this journey to explore and embrace the darkest aspects of human existence.

Malakhim/Demo I/Iron Bonehead Productions/2017 Demo Re-Issue Review


  Malakhim  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  which  was  re-issued  on  12  inch  mlp,  and  mcd  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Tremolo  picking  and  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  the  music  speeding  up  and  adding  in  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  vocals  also  mixing  in  a  grim  yet  semi  melodic  tone  at  times  and  you  can  also h ear  some  elements  of  death  metal  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  demo  progresses  a  more  modern  style  of  orthodox  black  metal  can  be  heard.

  Malakhim  plays  a  style  of  orthodox  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  dark  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  powers  of  The  Beyond.

  In  my  opinion  Malakhim  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Mass  Of  Flesh". 8  out  of  10.

    

Ecos Postumos Interview

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

Before anything I would like to say that I appreciate very much the attention and support that you gave to Ecos Póstumos.
Recently I was hospitalized to treat depression and borderline mental disorder that struck me harder after the suicide of my uncle, who has killed himself in my parents' house, giving me the sad job to take him from the gallows. So I've decided to use the music to express my battle against this disease, and with it I try to externalize all the sadness and at the same

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

I describe it as a raw and gloomy music, with the muffled vocals to represent the despair of those who are suffering from mental disorders, chainsaw like hypnotic guitars with the 90s black metal feel (like Darkthrone and Burzum) and cold synthesizer lines. The bass and the drums are my first instruments and although in a modest way, they come with important details to enrich the compositions. The lo-fi style of the record was made with purpose and refers to the style of musical productions mades by names as ColdWorld, old Burzum and Mayhem, and the old Azaghal, one of my favorite black metal bands (mainly the album Mustamaa).

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

The lyrics are poems that I've made to express the daily battle against the mental disorders, and to make people see that depression is most common disease than really the people think. We can consider it a conceptual work about the routine and the feelings of a depressed patient. If someone is interested I can send the translations of the lyrics to english, just ask me in the e-mail: ecospostumos@gmail.com

4. What are the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ecos Postumos'?

Echoes Póstumos meaning in English is "Posthumous Echoes", and refers to the memories that sometimes we have of those who had passed away. The name came in the year of 2012, and the first song that I've made are available on YouTube by the name "A Agonia da Mãe Morta" (The Agony of the Dead Mother).

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

I've some friends that will help me with the live performances, including my older brother Diogo Nascimento (bass) and my great friend João Martioro (guitars from Christophobia), I will play drums and sing, and maybe have one of my best friends Alex Hulala on the Keyboards. Maybe someday Ecos Póstumos may turn to be a band, let's see after the release of the official album

6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
If someone has interest in release the stuff just give me a shout, I don't have a financial interest, just want to make my music being listened. Me and my friend from Christophobia are preparing some limited physical copies that will be available soon.

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

I have some friends in Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Japan and in the USA that support my work, and they seem to have enjoyed a lot the work. I'm very happy with the feedback till now.

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

I've played and was the former member of Nephilim Horde, who have some works available on YouTube (Black Metal Blood - Demo 2011 and Failure EP), also had a project by the name "Forgotte Heaven", that have some stuff available on YouTube too, and have recorded the first EP of Christophobia, called "O Abismo", but have left the band to my mate João Martioro, because of the depression treatment. I'm a professional musician and have played guitar in an Iron Maiden tribute band, played bass in a Hard Rock tribute band, I'm an ex member of a Heavy Metal band called "Thunderlord" and in the present moment I play with a Crossover/Thrash Metal band called "Kaosfera", keeping the band in the name of a friend of mine and the former member, that have sadly died some years ago. But my main project is Ecos Póstumos, and I intend to spend a lot a time working on the debut album.

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

I want to be a better musician and composer, and be able to explore even more sad and chaotic melodies, always with humility and simplicity, to me, the secrets to keep evolving in the musical scene.

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 listen to a variety of musical styles... but my favorite artists are Burzum, old Mayhem, Darkthrone, Azaghal, Old Enthroned, Cold World, Alcest, Limbonic Art, Dissection and something like that. Other bands that I like very much are Pink Floyd, Marillion, Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Iron Maiden, Grave Digger, Six Feet Under, Kreator and some random shit as old games soundtracks like Castlevania and electronic music like Kreftwerk.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I like to read about occultism, history and politics, also like poetry and sci-fi books. My favorite books are "The Satanic Bible" (Anton LaVey), "1984" (George Orwell) and Jules Verne books. Also like cats (my cat Crowley is with me all the time), spend time with my wife and play retro games.

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

I would like to thank you and Occult Black Metal zine for the important work that you made to the Black Metal and the music scene in general.
Also would like to invite anyone to listen and download Ecos Póstumos "Diário de um Suicida" in the band camp:
https://ecospstumos.bandcamp.com/releases
If anyone needs something just send me an e-mail to: ecospostumos@gmail.com
And to finish: Hail Satan!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Communion/The Communion/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Chile's  Communion  which  continues  the  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  the  album  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Hells  Headbangers  and  is  called  "The  Communion".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  morbid  sounding  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  death  metal  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  sticking  to an  old  school  black/death  metal  style.

  A  great  amount  of  both  80's  and  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  thrash  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  demonic  growls.

  Communion  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Evil  and  Anti  Atheism  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Communion  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Glorify  The  Dark"  "Witching  Thrust"  and  "Bloody  Butcher".  8  out  of  10.

Communion/At The Announcement/The Sinister Flame/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  Communion  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "At  The  Announcement"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  as  a  joint  effort  between  The  Sinister  Flame  and  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  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  black  metal  screams  that  also  have  a  very  first  wave  feeling  to  them  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  old  school  South  American  death  and  black  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  fashion,  intros  can  also  be  heard  before  each  track  and  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  synths  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Communion  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  rawest  and  heaviest  elements  of  old  school  South  American  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Communion  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  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  "Impalement  To  Destroy"  "enthroned  Inquisition"  and  "Ultimate  ordeal".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Ecos Postumos/Diano de um Suicida/2017 Demo Review


  Ecos  Postumos  are  a  solo  project  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  depressive  and  suicidal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  demo  "Diano  de  um  Suicida".

  A  very  fast  lo-fi  and  raw  sound  starts  off t he  demo  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  that  are  somewhat  buried  in  the  mix   while  the  slower  sections  bring  in  more  of  a  suicidal  atmosphere    andclean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording

     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  and  depressive  melodies  as well  as  all  of  the musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  keyboards  and  Gregorian  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  tracks  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion..

  Ecos  Posthumos  plays  a  style  of  depressive,  suicidal  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  raw  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  written in  Portuguese  and  cover  depression  and  borderline  mental  disorder  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Ecos  Posthumos  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  and  suicidal  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Detalhes  Sordidos"  and  "Por  do  Sol".  8  out  of  10.

Spite/Antimoshiach/Invictus Productions/2018 CD Review


  Spite  are  a  solo  project  from  Brooklyn,  New  York that  plays  a  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Antimoshiach"  which  will  be  released  in  2018 by  Invictus  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  bestial  growls  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of   roots  in  the  90's  and  80's  but  keeping  it  more  modern.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion.

   Elements  of  classical  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  melodies  evoking  a  very  evil  atmosphere  as  well  as  one  track  being  an  instrumental  and  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  clean  guitars  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Spite  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  bringing  in  a  more  modern  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Spite  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Devil's  Minyan"  "Visions  Of  The  Merkabah"  and  "Upon  Funeral  stone".  8  out  of  10.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Grafvitnir/Keys To The Mysteries Beyond/Carnal Records/2017 CD Review


  Grafvitnir  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Keys  To  The  Mysteries  Beyond"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Carnal  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  direction  and  when t he  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  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  bringing  in a   great  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  along  with  the  songs  also bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a   couple  of  synth  instrumentals  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction. 

  Grafvitnir  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  melodic  style  of  occult  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaosophy,  Occultism,  Luciferian,  Serpent  Wisdom  and  the  Gnosis  Of  Pleroma  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Grafvitnir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nidhogg"  "Eternity's  Glistening  Black"  "Eye  Of  Lucifer"  and  "Glimpses  Of  The  Unseeable".  8  out  of  10.

Mist Of Misery/Fields Of Isolation/Black Lion Records/2017 EP Review


  Sweden's  Mist  Of  Misery  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  symphonic  style  of  depressive  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Fields  Of  Isolation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  symphonic  elements  as  well  as  spoken word  parts  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  instrumentals  which  are  used  before  each  vocal  track.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Cold  World's  "Tortured  By  Solitude"  before  going  into  more  of  an  instrumental  and  classical  direction  on  the  remaining  tracks  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.

  Mist  Of  Misery  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  symphonic  style  of  depressive  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mist  Of  Misery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  symphonic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fields  Of  Isolation"  and  "Tortured  By  Solitude".  8  out  of  10.

    

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Arkheth/12 Winter Moons Comes The Witches Brew/Transcending Obscurity Records/2018 CD Review


  Arkheth  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  album  "!2  Winter  Moons  Comes  The  Witches  Brew"  which  will  be  released  in  2018  by  Transcending  Obscurity  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  evil  soundscape  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  along  with  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  all  of t he  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  music  getting  very  progressive  at  times  along  with  some  saxophones  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow, mid  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts and  whispers  can  also be  heard  at  times  while  operatic  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  keyboards  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  incorporating  more  melody  and  clean  vocals  when  they  are  utilized  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  on  one  track  while  getting  more  powerful  on  a  later  song  and  all  of t he  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other.

  Arketh  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  also  being  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  as  well  as  mixing  other  genres  in t heir  sound,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  misanthropy  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arketh  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Energy  Equilibrium"  and  "The  Fool  Who  Persists  In  His  Folly".  8  out  of  10. 

   

Solfernus Interview


Answers by Igor (guitar)

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

Probably the same as other bands. Searching for that right label to release the album on CD and hopefully LP, there was one photo session and now we are promoting „Neoantichrist“ with interviews for ´zines and radios, as well as some videoclips to be made during 2018.

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

We recorded all songs at Moravian Ch-Records Studio with Engel + Marshall guitar amplifiers and boxes and the double bass drum-kit, of course. The same place was taken for vocals. Not so easy to compare the new album with that previous one ´cause it´s more like twelve years old studio experience. It´s sure that the actual record sounds more professional than the debut album but we still like „Hysteria in Coma“ sound too. I remember that the work at another great Shaark Studio was quite similar regarding to instruments and practice. There are also more special guests on the first album who were participating on the record.

This is your first album since 2005, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

SOLFERNUS played out a few great shows in Czech Republic and even one in Germany. We appeared also at famous Brutal Assault Open Air twice and the band made two videoclips to promote the debut album as much as possible. We started to record new songs back in 2008 but this pre-production was never finished because our drummer and frontman left the band one by one. I continued with my main act ROOT and the project SOLFERNUS slowly disappeared in a desert of oblivion…

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

You can find here a morbid fun in „That One Night“ song which is inspired by infamous doctor Hannibal Lecter or such a reflection about the awakening inside of a coffin put down in the grave – the thought which everybody had in mind at least once during a life – the song called „Between Two Deaths“. The album contains also some antichristian verses in tracks „Pray for Chaos!“ or „Neoantichrist“. The horror hit song that we would like to make also as the videoclip is „Mistresserpent“.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Solfernus'?

The main inspiration was the character of one devil from legendary Czech fairy tale. True killer man bearing this name;-)


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

Definitely shows at Brutal Assault when the band presented this kind of art in front of a few thousands people. Otherwise people can find some SOLFERNUS live appearances and both old official videclips for songs „Advent Massacra“ + „Hysteria in Coma“ online. We can describe all those ancient stage performances as Hell on Earth.

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

Not yet, perhaps in the future if there will appear a real interest from organizers and mainly fans.

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

First of all, we don´t get a feedback from black metal fans because there are also various metal genres listeners who like our new album. That was our goal – not to become a part of black metal community only – our music is for more maniacs. And yes, the feedback on the new album is above all expectations. The most of reviews are pretty positive and people support us personally or with messages about really good album.

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

I´m still playing in ROOT along with our drummer. This band is active thirty years already, we play shows and plan the new album. I was used to be the guitarist of famous Czech death metal commando HYPNOS a few seasons too. 

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

In Metal!

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?

Still many influences around ourselves, that´s sure. We cannot talk about specific names because these ones represent just a small touch of the influencing, you know. Maybe it is a part of the band´s know-how so I should not reveal such information;-)

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

I must praise the title of your webzine. We can be calm if SOLFERNUS´ interview will be online under this banner!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Eternal Helcaraxe/In Times Of Desperation/Naturmacht Productions/2017 CD Review


  Eternal  Helcaraxe  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2017  album  "In  Times  Of  Desperation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very   fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  songs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  keyboards  are  also  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  give  the  songs  more  of  an  epic  and  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  clean  female  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  while  another  track  also  adds  in  some  stringed  instruments as  well  as  being  all  instrumental.


  Eternal  Helcaraxe  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  pagan/black  metal  from t heir  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  and  Mythology  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eternal  Helcaraxe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Our  Time  In  The  Sun"  "The  Healer  And  The  Cross"  and  "One  Journey'.  8  out  of  10.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Adherent/Demo MMXVII/Solar Asceticists Productions/2017 Demo Review


  Adherent  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  States  that  plays  an  raw  and  majestic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  demo  which  was  released  by  Solar  Asceticists  Productions.

  Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  more of  a  heavier  and  atmospheric  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  mixture  of  second  wave  and  early  2000's  dsbm  influences  long  with  the  songs  also  bringing  bringing  in  a  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  an  instrumental  and  the  demo  closes  with  a  cover  of  Grand  Belial's  Key's  "Kingdom  of  Poisoned  Fruits"  which  also  brings  a  small  amount  of  melody  onto  the  recording.

  Adherent  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  to  them  dealing  with  tranquility  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adherent  are  a very  great  sounding  raw  and  majestic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tranquility  I"  and  "Kingdom  of  Poisoned  Fruits".  8  out  of  10.