Sunday, October 29, 2017

Funeral Baptism/The Venom Of God/Loud Rage Music/2017 CD Review


  Funeral  Baptism  are  a  band  with  members  from  both  Romania  and  Argentina  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw,  technical  and  hateful  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "The  Venom  Of  God"  which  was  released  by  Loud  Rage  Music.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  are  mostly hateful  black  metal screams. 

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  technical  while  deep  growls  are  also  used  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  having  their  melodic  moments  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  and  the  album  closes  with  an  acoustic  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Funeral  Baptism  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  technical  and  hateful  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Baptism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  technical  and  hateful  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Seething  Spirit"  and  "Return  To  The  Void".  8  out  of  10.  

Witchcraft Sadomizer/Mouth Fucking Holy Black Holes/Caligari Records/2017 EP Review


  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  are  a  solo  project  from  Israel  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017 ep  "Fucking  Black  Holes"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  bestial  death  meta  growls  onto  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs bring  in  blast  beats  and  elements  of  war  metal  along  with  some  raw  black  metal  tremolo  picking  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  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  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  very  heavy  direction  and  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  war  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  violent  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witchcraft  Sadomizer  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Schizophrenic  Roots"  and  "Tied  Burnt  Devoured".  8  out  of  10.

  

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Domestikwom Interview

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

The project started in 2016 as a creative outlet in response to having had my second child and essentially being stuck at home every day.  I hadn't played guitar in some time so I dug it out, started playing again, and taught myself how to program drums. My first EP Pater Vita came out last August, and a couple months later in October 2016 I put out a split EP with Necrolytic Goat Converter.

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

Musically, the two main reference points on the album are black and doom metal, however to fit with the story I wanted to tell, I incorporated elements of folk, noise and post-black metal in some sections as well.

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

The concept of the album is the historical account of my great grandparents' escape from post-Civil War Russia in the 1920s and the challenges they faced upon moving to Canada. I broke down the story into sections, and then spent time figuring out how I wanted each of those sections to be represented musically. In that sense, the concept drove the songwriting.

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

The name Domestikwom is essentially a pun based off of my last name Petkau, with "kwom" being an old English word for "cow".

5.Currently the project is mostly solo are you open to working with a full band or doing live shows?

While I would relish the opportunity to play with other musicians in a live setting, the fact that I started this because I was stuck in my basement looking after kids essentially prevents me from trying to put together a full band at this time.

6.On the new album you had a great amount of session musicians, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recordings?

Initially I had only planned on having Erik Highter from Monophonic Shooting Spree collaborate on a noise track that would split the album into its two halves. Eventually though, as time went on, I decided to try and get as many of my talented musician friends and family to contribute as it made sense. My best friend Adam Ayer is a talented singer/songwriter and so he sang and played acoustic on the first track. Chris Voss from Necrolytic Goat Converter laid down a sweet black metal guitar solo on the third track. Jeremy Hunt from the noise rock band Qoheleth played some noisy leads on track four. Josh Thieler from Slaves BC did the vocals on the chorus of track seven. And on the last track, there were two additional musicians. My mom Carol Petkau actually sang the vocals for that song, and Andy Helgeton from the instrumental prog band The Wolf and The Epitaph closed out the album with the album's second guitar solo. I have been surrounded by such talented musicians my whole life and am grateful to have their voices shape what this album is.

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

I suppose that I wouldn't turn away any interest if it came up, but at this time I'll probably continue self-releasing until it doesn't make sense.

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

I'd say that with this project still getting started, the feedback has been appropriately small but enthusiastic so far. I'm hoping I can start building an audience with this album.

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

I'm still coming down from the highs of finishing A Peace That Destroys but lately I've been thinking more about noise and electronic integration in the extreme metal framework, stuff like Violet Cold or Full of Hell. I think when I start writing again, that's what I'd like to experiment with.

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?

For this album I was inspired by Canadian band Thrawsunblat, whose integration of maritime folk into their black metal and focus on nature allowed me to picture how I could translate the life story of a farmer into music that I would want to make. My narrative inspiration primarily came from the Twilight Fauna album Fire of the Spirit, which attempted to tell the story of a specific group of religious people as honestly and generously as possible, even when the artist disagrees with the subjects' beliefs. There was definitely an opportunity to try and make my families' story more sensational, but it would not have been honest.

As for what I'm listening to recently, it's been mostly bands like Panopticon, Dawn Ray'd, Couch Slut, and a band from here in Calgary called Mind Mold.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I've also done some freelance video production here and there, and am in the middle of a life-long quest to watch as many non-English movies as I can get my hands on. I have only 3 Kurosawa movies left to go before I move on to Tarkovsky.

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

Thanks for reaching out. I appreciate it. I hope people will check out the album when it comes out on December 1 on Bandcamp.



Calques Interview

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

Sure. We are a raw punk black metal band from Montgomery, Alabama. We are a two piece. And we make music that sounds like garbage because we don't know what we are doing. But there are enough people that know how to play this kind of stuff correctly and i'm tired of listening to alot of it. We wanted to make something rougher and more amateurish because that is what i've been attracted to more lately. My name is Austin and i'll answer the questions and give the other dude in the band, Adam, a break.

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

 We are trying to play black metal but can't get past our raw punk and industrial roots. No tough guy posturing or any of that crap. Just riffs and urban noisescapes between songs. No atmospheric melodic echo parts or anything to try to make you zone out. No epic note progressions to attempts at making tension swell up. I like some of that stuff in other bands but it's pretty cringe worthy when you fail at it. We probably couldn't trick you with it even if we wanted to. I hope you listen to the album and just hear the everyday grind of waking up and dealing with the bullshit of existing in a city. 

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

A character that is complaining against the set goodness of the rules of nature or the outdoors.Basically, I've not gotten to travel or get into the outdoors much since I've had a kid last year. I live downtown and I work with people that mainly work trying to help the urban poor. I think about the city way too much and I have gotten used to people being around. It makes me feel safe where as I usually wasn't. I live in a kinda small house and I'm just always around people. So I was trying to explore why I am not really bothered by being in groups of people, where as some of my friend may have social anxiety caused by large groups of people.

I thought it would be interesting to explore that in the lyrics and then blow it out of proportion. The turning it against nature thing is because I'm basically tired of so many metal and weird albums trying to condense nature into their albums. It's a cliché now. And so few of those albums actually manage to convey the immense grandeur of the sweeping mountain scape on their covers. I dig the music but very rarely do I visualize nature or outdoors on a lot of that music.

I thought I could somewhat approximate a sense of an urban claustrophobic cityscape or something like that with the lyrics and the artwork and maybe you could hear that in the music. Then I thought I would write it with sorta arrogant lyrics. Not totally transgressive like the characters in early Swans lyrics, but sorta damaged and with a flawed logic and a false certainty.

It was only my second attempt at writing lyrics for anything. They probably aren't any good and come off as amateurish. But I'd like to think that maybe they are at least a bit different than the standard black metal lyrics and I hope that it kinda comes off as a cohesive theme with the music and artwork.


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

There is no deep meaning. The definition is "an expression adopted by one language from another in a more or less literally translated form."   I liked the name. I feel like our music is not a literal translation from another language. It's probably intended to be but we didn't do a good job at it. Failed Calques would probably suit us better.


5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?

I'm hoping a few other folks that we are friends with hear the project and want to work with us at some point. But we aren't very charismatic folks and Montgomery doesn't have a ton of musicians that would want to play this kind of stuff. Metal musicians around the deep south tend to love groove and boogie rock riffs. Maybe because of that New Orleans sludge sound and Mastodon being from Atlanta nearby. I have no clue. But we don't really tend to write "fun" music. We also aren't the most outgoing people so I doubt anyone really wants to jam with us. 


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

There is talk. We are thinking about trying out a few things and seeing who will work with us on some stuff. I would love to be that terrible opening band that everyone walks out on to go smoke outside and talk to their friends.


7.The ep is going to be released by 'Sentient Ruin Laboratories', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Of course. That Mattia dude took a chance on us and seems to be very organized. He does a good job on PR.  But he seems to really have an enthusiasm for music which is more than some labels his size have. Some labels just find shit to package and sell to folks. I think he heard the EP and wanted to release it regardless of us having a fan base. That means alot to us. I think I only sent the unmastered demos to him and maybe one other label. But I really didn't expect him to be interested. I'm a big fan of what he releases. He does a good job curating his label with some dark heavy stuff that seems a bit weird. Buy a tape from the label. Help him recoup the money he spent on pressing this EP. I also love the label because he had a ton of patience with waiting on us to get the album mastered and get the artwork done. But besides us being happy with the label putting out our release, just check out that roster. A ton of solid releases with good packaging and a good constantly updated web presence so you know what is going on with the releases.


8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by black metal and other forms of underground music?

There have been some articles on some blogs I respect and read everyday. So that's pretty great. But otherwise, this is the first interview. So congrats. You're getting in on the ground level of telling people how uninteresting we are as people.


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

The first full album is totally structured out and most of the guitars and drums and noise parts are recorded. Some of the vocals are done. I'm really hyped about the upcoming album. We have very long harsh noise parts and clanging reverbed junk that i'm smashing together and recording. I'm expanding on some of the techniques I use in a harsh noise project i'm in called Hadals. I have audio cut ups i've run into an old sampler I have. There are some early Einsturzende Neubauten and Swans type parts. Plus there are still gonna be similar riffs to the first album with a few weirder ones thrown in. I plan on it still having a good momentum but it's gonna be covered in harsh live industrial sounds. It's really shaping up. I'm really excited about how it's gonna turn out.



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've been listening to alot of Sentient Ruin releases lately. I really like that american album he put out. I've started a band called Clawing with my buddies, Matt Finney and Jeff Mcleod, so i've been listening to some of their past releases lately. Otherwise, I follow some of the main blogs for the kind of music we play and stream alot of that stuff. I also own a bunch of vinyl, cds, and tapes so i'm usually putting in something different every day.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Probably the same stuff as most other people around. Nothing too interesting.



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


Thanks for digging the band.

Batrakos Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1 - Batrakos is a black metal/noise project hailing from Italy and formed at the end of 2015. We are quite active, we have already eight releases under our belt and recently our lineup has been solidified thanks to the addition of Stilgar (we were a duo before). We are constantly experimenting and trying to put ourselves between the traditions of black metal and the avantgarde qualities of noise and industrial music.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
2 - We played a lot of styles so far: we have done works that are 100% black metal, others that are full on noise and others that are a balance of the two. Our last work, the split with Aisna, reflects all of our styles since the first is an industrial/noise influenced black metal, while the second is noise/ambient.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3 - We owe a lot to contemporary art, Futurism and the Dada movement for their strong conceptual meaning. We also often focused on the philosophical concept of ugliness and the bizarre. These themes can be found mainly on our first three demos, that have been put together in a compilation issued by the English label Order of Theta last year.

4.I know that the bands name means 'frog' in Greek, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
4 - "Batrakos" means "frog" in Greek indeed, but our monicker is actually a reference to "Oi Batrakoi" ("The frogs", "Batrakos" in singular), a work by the Greek comedy writer Aristophanes. We chose that name because our band is like a Greek comedy: there are many ironic elements in our music, but there's also exploration, experimentation and inspiration for thinking. We owe a lot to Aritophanes, so we decided to pay homage to him this way.

5.In the last couple of years you have released a great amount of music, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music?
5 - That's true, we released a lot of music, especially during last year. This year we slowed down a bit, our latest releases have been recorded in 2016, but we have recently finished writing our first full length album, which we'd like to begin recording soon. There will be a couple of releases before that though, like a split with Vashna in 2018.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
6 - We are currently a studio project, but in the future it would be great playing some live gigs!

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Aisna', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7 - Aisna is a really promising and interesting one man band, it has a great melodic taste for the riffing, reminding some bands from the Greek scene like Uranus and Agatus. We wanted to do a split featuring themes dealing with the past and the present, the Aisna guy is a friend of ours so we thought the split would be a good solution to promote both bands. Follow his project, because it's really interesting.

8.The split was released on 'Xenoglossy Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8 - Of course. Xenoglossy Productions is more of a collective than an actual label, and it's run by the same Batrakos members and a couple of other guys. We focus on experimental black metal and noise, thus far we have released projects all featuring our members, but we want to expand towards other experimental genres and feature international bands in the near future. We have many good surprises in store but I can't say anything more right now, just: follow us!
https://www.facebook.com/XenoglossyProductions/
https://xenoglossyproductions.bandcamp.com/

9.On a worldwide elvel how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal and noise?
9 - We are quite satisfied because we have received praise from important underground metal labels and websites. Indeed the split has been premiered by two well known extreme metal websites, and for a very underground project like ours, with music completely recorded at home, is a great accomplishment. We don't want to stop here though, so we hope to get noticed furtherly when our first full length will be out, we are really looking forward to it.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
10 - All of us are busy with other projects, we dedicate a lot of our time because it's our main passion. Things are going great and soon there will be news for two projects in particular: Veia and Thecodontion. Soon our label Xenoglossy Productions will release the second demo from Framheim and a new work from Deathvoid, a Swiss project in which Stilgar is also involved.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11 - We don't know! We let ourselves be guided by our inspiration so it's hard to make predictions. As I said before, the full length will be a crucial point for us and perhaps with it we will be able to understand how far we can get with this project. We worked a lot on the songwriting and there are many innovative solutions musically, but we don't want to disclose anything. We hope we will be able to give value to our sound properly.

12.What are some of the bands or musicla styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12 - We have many influences, it's not easy to sum up all of them. A large influence for our music is Australian black/death metal like Portal and Impetuous ritual, also industrial, power electronics and noise rock bands like Sonic Youth.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13 - Thank you for the interview, we invite you and your readers to follow us on our social pages. UGLY MUSIC FOR UGLY PEOPLE!
https://batrakos.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/batrakos.uglymusic/

Friday, October 27, 2017

Valdur/Divine Cessation/Bloody Mountain Records/2017 CD Review


  Mammoth  Lakes's  Valdur  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Divine  Cessation"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.

  Battle  horns  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  songs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  war  metal  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  brief  use  of keyboards  for a  few  seconds  and  elements  of  doom/death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  of  the  songs  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Valdur  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Valdur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Divine  Cessation"  "Plague  Born  Of  A  Dying  Star"  and  "Potent  Black  Orb".  8  out  of  10.

  

Harmdaud/Blinda Dodens Barn/2017 Full Length Review


 
  Harmdaud  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Blinda  Dodens  Barn".

  Melodic  riffing  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  death  metal  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

   All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  synths  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  adding  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  style  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing.

  Harmdaud  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  dark  and  melodic  death  metal  to  create  a sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Harmdaud  are a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vagens  Slut"  "Andetag"  and  "Memento  Mori".  8  out  of  10.    

Gort/A Mort Ad Mortem/Lupus Niger Prod. And Distro/2017 EP Review


  Gort  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  misanthropic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "A  Morte  Ad  Mortem"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Lupus  Niger  Prod.  And  Distro.

  Ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  has a  lot of  90's  influences.

  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  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  depressive  melodies  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly.

  Gort  creates  another  recording  that  remains  very  true  to  the  raw  and  misanthropic  style  of  black  metal from  previous releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hate,  war,  destruction  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gort  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  misanthropic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  Glorification"  and  "The  Last  Flight  Of  The  Crow".  8  out  of  10.

  

Forgotten Tomb/We Owe You Nohing/Agonia Records/2017 CD Review


  Italy's  Forgotten  Tomb  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "We  Owe  You  Nothing"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Heavy  riffing  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  black'n'roll  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  the  slow  riffs  also  mixing  in  elements  of  sludge  and  doom  metal. 

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  guitar  leads  also  having  their melodic  moments  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  punk  can  also  be  heard  at  times while  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  along  with  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  slide  guitars  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Forgotten  Tomb  moves  very  far  away  from  depressive  black  metal  and  foes  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  black,  sludge  and  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  solitude  and  nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Forgotten  Tomb  and  while  some  long  time  fans  might  be  disappointed ,  I  can  see  this  album  appealing  more  to  open  minded  fans  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Second  Chances"  and  "Longing  For  Decay".  8  out  of  10.

Invertia/The Crimson Screen Vol. 1/2017 EP Review


  Invertia  are  a  duo  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  continues  their  mixture  of  black,  death  and  industrial  metal  on  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Crimson  Screen Vol.  1"  which  will  be  released  on  Halloween.

  Industrial  sound  along  with  some  heavy  riffs  start  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  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  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  technical  touch  and  elements  of  noise  can  also  be heard  briefly.

  Invertia  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  black,  death  and  industrial  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  classic  horror  movie  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Invertia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black, death  and  industrial  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cast  No  Shadow"  and  "Created  From  Cadavers".  8  out  of  10.        

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Evilfeast/Elegies Of The Stellar Wind/Eisenwald/2017 CD Review


  Evilfeast  are  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Elegies  Of  The  Stellar  Wind"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Eisenwald.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  and  epic  sounding  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodic  singing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  songs  also  adding  on  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  on  track also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  operatic  choir  vocals  and  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Evilfeast  plays  a  musical  style  that  goes  back  to t he  90's  style  of  Nordic  atmospheric  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Magick,  Darkness,  Nature  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Evilfeast  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  "The  Second  Baptism  -  Shores  In  Fire  And  Ice"  and  "Archaic  Magic  -  A  Cenotaph  Below  The  Cursed  Moon".  8/5  out  of  10.      

Mortespermia/A Mao de Deus e Esquelectia/2017 Single Review


  Brazil's  solo  project  Mortespermia  have  returned  with  a  new  song  that  displays  more  of  an  experimental  form  raw  and  occult  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  single  "a  Mao  de  Deus  e  Esquelectia".

  Melodic  Gregorian  chanting  starts  off  the  song  along  with  some  programmed  beats  a  few  seconds  later  while  clean  playing  is  also  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  track  being  9  minutes  in  length  and  the  experimental  elements  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  which  also  uses  some  distorted  yet  melodic  riffing.

  Grim  black  metal  vocals  and  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  track  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  blast  beats  are  utilized  they  give  the  track  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  On  this  track  Mortespermia  goes  for  more  of  an  experimental  occult  style  while  also  retaining  a  lo-fi  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Mortespermia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  track.  8  out  of  10.

Isenordal/Lughnasadh MMXVII/Hangman Recordings/Demo Review



  Isenordal  are  a  band  from  Seattle,  Washington  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of black  metal,  funeral  doom  and  neo-folk  and  on  this  recording  goes  for  more  of  an  acoustic  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  demo  "Lughnasadh"  which  was  released  by  Hangman  Recordings.

  Folk  instruments  start  off  the  demo  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  female  vocals  are  also  used  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  as  well  as  some  stringed  instruments  and  chamber  music  elements  and grim  black  metal  screams  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  no  traditional metal  instruments  are  ever  utilized.

  On  this  recording  Isendoral  go  for  more  of  a  neo  folk  style  while  still  also  having  a  slight  touch  of  black  metal  in   the  vocals,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Isendoral  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  neo-folk  with  a  touch  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dissolution  Into  The  Earth".  8  out  of  10.  

Malefic Levitation/The Ancient Plague/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2017 EP Review


 Malefic   Levitation  are  a  duo  from  Fresno,  California  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war,  and  death  metal  with  some  grindcore  touches  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "The  Ancient  Plague"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  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 some  bestial  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times.

  A  great  amount  of  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  elements  of  grindcore  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sounding.

  Malefic   Levitation  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  takes  them  into  a  very  raw  and  bestial  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Malefic  Levitation    are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  bestial  sounding mixture  of  black,  death  and  war  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Warlord  Rites"  and  "The  Black  Wind".  8  out  of  10.    

Batrakos/Aisna/Xenoglossy Productions/2017 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Italy's  Batrakos  and  Aisna  which  was  released  by  Xenoglossy  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Batrakos  a band  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  metal  and  noise.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  black  metal  vocals  can  be  heard  in  the  background  along  with  experimental  sounds  also  getting  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  You  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  while  the  second  track  is  an  instrumental  experimental  noise  song,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  contemporary  art  and  Dadaism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Batrakos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Le  Beau  Est  Mort".

  Next  up  is  Aisna  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  His  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 grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style

  Throughout  his  side  of  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  sound  like  they  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  20  years  ago  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Etruscan  Culture  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aisna  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hintail  Terasials".

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

Dauþuz Interview

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



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Aragonyth: At the beginning of 2016, when things with other bands were taking shape rather slowly and I got more and more frustrated, I started to work on some ideas that would not have fit in my other bands anyway, so this frustration led to the founding of Dauþuz. Although I recorded everything by myself, I knew that I was in need of a good singer, so I sent two or three rough sketches to Syderyth who instantly liked what he was listening to. So Dauþuz was born and the debut was recorded and released in just a few months.



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



Aragonyth: It’s always hard to describe your own music. I would say it’s powerful, yet raw-ish and melodic Black Metal with undertones of melancholy; sometimes we pursue rather a hateful approach. The first record was kind of a collection of unused riffs and ideas. Not that it was completely aimless, but I think what you can hear on the second record is the result of the quest we undertook with the first record. “Die Grubenmähre” is more homogeneous, more “Dauþuz”.



3.Your lyrics cover historical mining, can you tell us a little bit more about this topic?



Syderyth: The concept of the lyrics is based on old traditional mining in Germany and Europe through all centuries. The lyrics are filled with German mining terminology, some real historical stories and some fairies. They also tell about some archaic mining work processes. I figured Black Metal to be dark, cold, painful and mining is all this. It’s fitting perfectly to this music genre. It is boring for me to write about the same things everyone else does, like Satan, demons, war and other standard Black Metal themes. Mining is something special and new there. It is really more mysterious than imaginary demons or so.



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



Aragonyth: “Dauþuz” is Germanic for “death”, so the meaning should be pretty obvious, haha. I always liked the sound of that name, so it was a quite quick choice.



Syderyth: I see above, you write DauPuz. It is written DAU”Þ”UZ. This is the old letter “þ” (TH), originated from the Germanic rune “Thurisaz”. Today “þ” is only used in the Icelandic alphabet/language. In the past it was also used in Old-English and Old-High-German. A little example. Write the name of the thundergod “Thor” like “Por”. Por was the son of Oden… not, haha.



5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding your line up or do you choose to remain a duo?



Aragonyth: Not as a studio-band, no. Dauþuz works just fine the way it is. Both of us have been “stigmatized” by slow-working band-members in several other projects, so it’s just perfect to have a band consisting of members who are dedicated and productive. When it comes to possible future live gigs we would of course have session members. Nothing more, nothing less.



6.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?



Aragonyth: Schattenthron, another band both of us took part in, released a final MCD called “Qwell der Verderbniß” earlier this year, but the band split-up in the final stages of releasing it. Seelenfrost released a full-length in early 2017 and is currently kind of on hold. It might take some time to figure out where the future lies. Idhafels is currently working on a re-recording of the “Procecy of the Seeress”-trilogy, but things are taking shape quite slowly; as usual, haha!



Syderyth: My main band is Wintarnaht. There I write all lyrics in Old-High-German and write all music by myself since 1997. Temporarily it was a real Band with other members and live-members. From 201-2017 we played live, but this is history now. A new band I founded this year is Isgalder. It will be in vein of Bathory or Mayhemic Truth, but with more keyboards and atmosphere. If I feel the lust, I sometimes record Death Metal for my first band Morial. And I do the vocals for Newun, a Pagan Metal project and Vicious Sea, which plays Melodic Doom.



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



Aragonyth: For a rather new band we can be pretty satisfied how things are working out. The debut-CD “In finstrer Teufe” sold pretty well and the pre-order for the upcoming sophomore album “Die Grubenmähre” is exceeding our own expectation so far.



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



Aragonyth: We’ll see, we have a couple other songs about 60% done and will be released as an MCD somewhere in 2018 I guess. Besides that we are always collecting material, inspiration and ideas for possible other releases. There are loose talks about another MCD with a rather different approach and of course a third full-length, but both possible releases lay way ahead. We are not done yet, rest assured!



9.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?



Syderyth: There are too much to list them here. 90s Black Metal is still one of my favourites. And I still listen to this primilary today. I won´t name some Bands, but there are a few new bands I listen to. Also to acoustic and “native” music.



Aragonyth: Same here, there simply is too much to list. I also listen to Black Metal mainly, but also to several other Metal/Rock/Grunge/Alternative bands, since that’s where my musical interest started decades ago. All in all a good mixture of old and new bands.



10.How would you describe your views on Paganism?



Syderyth: Pagan religions are not a theme in Dauþuz and it will not be. My private view is easy. I do not like the common view on this, with gods, great halls and so on... I believe in what I see and this is pure Nature, I prefer a non-theistic paganism. With praying and begging you cannot achieve nothing. Deeds are the only way. The only God is Nature and we are a part of it. Everyone is his own god. I refer myself more to an older, archaic paganism.



Aragonyth: There is nothing to add here!



11.What are some of your non musical interests?



Syderyth: History and several more things...



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



Syderyth: No. Thanks for the interest in Dauþuz and take a listen to our music.




Regards,
A.S. on behalf of DAÞUZ

Hetman/Sewn From The Ashes Book/Svarga Music/2017 Full Length Review


  Hetman  are  a  solo  project  from Ukraine  that  plays  a  folk  and  ethnic  influenced  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Sewn  From  The  Ashes  Book"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Svarga  Music.

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  when  the  music speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  angry  black  metal  screams  that  are  very  easy  to  understand  as  well  as  having  their  clean  and  melodic  moments  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  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..

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  also  use  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling,  when  acoustic  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  are  utilized  they  add  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  parts  of  songs add  in  touches  of  ethnic  music.

  Hetman  plays  a  style  of pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  epic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  folk  and ethnic  music  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover    Ukrainian,  Ethnic  and  Worldwide  Literature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Hetman  are  a  very  great  sounding  ethnic  and  folk  influenced  pagan/black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Gateway"  "Remember  Who  We  Are"  and  "To  The  Heart  Of  Everyone".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Red Bible Black/Zulmet/Shitskin Baby Back Ribs For Satan/Merdumgiriz Records/2017 Split Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  cassette  between  Italy,  United  Kingdom,  Turkey's  Red  Bible  Black  and  Turkey's  Zulmet  called  "Shitskin  Baby  Back  Ribs  For  Stan"  which  was  released buy  Merdumgiriz  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Red  Bible  Black  which  continues  their  bestial  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  grim  black  metal  screams  while  death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  while  the  music  speeds  up  it  adds  in  elements  of  war  metal,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  evoking  a  bestial  mixture. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  an  old  school  black/death  metal  style  while  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  growls  also  getting  very  guttural  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Islam  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Red  Bible  Black  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  bestial  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Satanic  Monogamy".

  Next  up  is  Zulmet  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  acoustic  guitars  along  with  some  grim  and  evil  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  while t he  vocals  evolve  more  into  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  getting  more  heavier  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  the  riffs  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  have  a  concept  involving  Enoch  and  his  mistress.

  In  my  opinion  Zulmet  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Enoch  And  His  Mistress".

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

Christ Dismembered Interview

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

There is always something brewing behind the scenes! Currently we are preparing for a group
 of both local and away performances as well as writing for our second full length album which is already well on its way and is sounding (in my opinion) much more refined than the last.

2.So far you have released a full length and live album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings? We play relentless, brutal black metal. There are of course for anyone who has heard us, undeniable death metal influences but not in the traditional blackened death metal sense. We take the brutality and speed of death metal which is present throughout our whole repertoire, but we keep the guitars shrill and in your face with a very traditional black metal atmosphere. We have in the past been referred to as black metal with grind drumming which is not
 far from the truth in some respect, but if I had to give us a particular term it would be, as stated before, relentless, brutal black metal.

3.Your lyrics cover Satanism and Anti Christian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts? We are in no way Devil Worshippers or anything like that, but religion as a whole is such a macabre subject yet people don’t realize it. The history of most modern religions is war torn and vicious, even though many don’t wish to discuss it. We are all teaming with morbid fascination and an obsession with all things extreme, and by combining that with an interest in the darker parts of religion we can create something extremely confronting. Although we may not literally believe everything we sing word for word, there is always a certain honesty in the overall message of our songs, if you know what to look for. Of course that hardly happens, the average person thinks that our music and themes are sickening and wants nothing to do with any of it, but
 ah well, shit happens.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Christ Dismembered'? This is not a story we tell too often but the original band name was Christ Ablaze, and that worked well for a while but people began getting the wrong impression. A few folks we briefly knew thought that by Christ Ablaze we meant “The Light of Jesus” which, believe it or not, was not what we were trying to portray! So, we needed something similar but more straight to the point. Our drummer instantly suggested “Christ  Dismembered” in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek sense, and however blunt it was it grew on us and within a few weeks we adopted it as our official name. Some have stated that they think it is a little try hard or over the top, but it is what it is now, its brutal its memorable and with a name like that there’s no if, and's or buts to what you’re gonna hear!

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance? Recently we have opened for Angelcorpse (USA) and Grave Miasma (UK) which were both incredibly memorable nights. Of course with Angelcorpse’s status that show was naturally going to be a night to remember, but the Grave Miasma show was held at one of Adelaide’s most prolific heavy music venues which we had all seen some of the worlds best extreme metal acts, not to mention some of our favorite bands perform at, so that was a great experience. Earlier this year we also headlined Adelaide’s inaugural ‘Blastfest’ which was a brilliant night and I’d say one
 of our most statement making gigs to date. Other than that we have played many memorable small scale intimate/local shows which are always great to look back on. Our live show is non stop and chaotic. We fit as much music as we can into our time slot and always try to match it well with dim lighting and smoke, plus usual black metal stage props like barbed wire and animal heads. We feel that having a striking onstage presence is just as important as the live sound itself.

 6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future? We will be supporting Funeral Moon on the Adelaide and Mount Gambier legs of their Utter Live Carnage 2017 national tour which we are looking forward to. As for headlining tours, there are many plans in the pipeline which we hope to set in stone within the next few months, but there is nothing announced just yet.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest? We have received some interest from several labels, but we have had an overwhelmingly positive response
 to our debut album so far which was released 100% independently. So, we are in no rush to be signed just for the sake of it as the DIY method has worked perfectly for us so far, but we have discussed the idea for when it comes time to release our sophomore album, so who knows what the future will hold.

 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? Very well actually, metal is the perfect genre in that respect. If you’re an aspiring pop star you would wanna be in the USA, if you’re playing Punk Rock you would wanna be in the USA or the UK, but Metal sells a little bit everywhere, so regardless of how extreme our sound may be we have never felt isolated in that respect. It was only a week or two ago I posted out several merch orders to Spain, and that says it all when an upcoming black metal band from Rural Australia can attract fans like that. Australia does have a fantastic metal scene, and in regards to musical quality I personally think its one of the worlds finest, but its so spread out and such a pain to travel 5-6 hours just to get a new crowd. So fingers crossed we can take the band overseas sometime in the near future.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical project these days that some of the band members are a part of? Well I have a solo black metal/dungeon synth project called Frostveil which I recently released the debut EP for which has been greeted with an excellent response so far and even more recently a single which is also doing quite well. It is still black metal but more of a Woods of Desolation/Drowning the Light vibe rather than the Dark Funeral/1349 vibe CDM aims for. Our other guitarist The Sadist also plays in a crusty grindcore/punk/powerviolence band called Wounded Pig who have released an extremely powerful full length album called A Permanent Mark and a split with Australian Doom band She Beast. They describe their sound as ‘Blast Beat Punk’ and put on a very chaotic live show, so if you’re into that kinda stuff make sure to check them out!

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? With our second album we will definitely be sticking with a very similar vibe to the first. However we are putting much more time and effort into the songwriting aspect, and being a four piece now we have two more brains to bring into the mix. We do of course really enjoy our first album and are quite proud of it, but when listening to our new material in comparison, we can definitely sense a more mature sound than before.

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? Christ Dismembered has been influenced by a lot of well known bands such as Dark Funeral, Belphegor, 1349, Naglfar, Gorgoroth, etc, but we are trying to
 let other bands influence us less and less and that has definitely helped us craft a signature sound which is prevalent in our live performances and will be much more noticeable in the second album than the first. When it comes to black metal I listen to a lot of Australian, Finnish and French bands. My favorites include Striborg, Drowning the Light, Woods of Desolation, Satanic Warmaster and the Les Legions Noires. Our tastes are not exclusive though, we all listen to a variety of genres. Some of my non black metal favorites include Joy Division, Rose Tattoo, GG Allin and Silverstein. I think it’s very important as a musician to appreciate a wide range of genres, although black metal will always be what I am most passionate about.

12.Before we wrap up this interview do you have any final words or thoughts? Massive hails to everyone who has supported us so far, keep doing what you are doing for not only us but for up and coming independent bands worldwide, it’s anything but easy for original musicians to make it these
 days but it pays off when people worldwide begin to appreciate something you pour your all into. Expect more from Christ Dismembered in the near future, NEVER STOP THE MADNESS!!

DunkelNacht/Anthropocenia/WormHoleDeath Records/2017 EP Review


  DunkelNacht  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Anthropocenia"  which  was  released by  WormHoleDeath  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  playing  and  heavy  yet  melodic  riffing  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls.

  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  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  acoustic guitars  can  also  be  heard  in certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  DunkelNacht  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  from  their  previous  release  while  also  mixing  in  a  depressive  edge,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  atheism  and  mankind  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  DunkelNacht  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Anthropocenia"  and  "Ikonoklazt".  8  out  of  10.  

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hyrgal Interview

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


.Clement : Hi !  Hyrgal is a Black metal band that i've created in 2007 when i was living in Bordeaux (FR), At first it was meant to be a personal project butvwith the help of Quentin Aberne (Carcolh, Sweven, ex-Sun Preachers, ex-Marble Chariot) on bass and Thibault Meunier (ex-Otargos) behind the drums,we released our first Demo on a split album shared with Kairn (acoustic project of the former Otargos guitarist, Julien Savy).
We were soon to be opening for live performances of bands such as Wolves in the Throne Room, Year of No Light, Otargos...
In 2016, I've decided to relaunch the project with a new drummer with whom i got closer since 2012, Emmanuel Zuccaro (Oorthian, ex-Karne, ex-Sulphureign) and still Quentin on bass.  Emmanuel moved from the north of France to the south in order to work with me and have some other standards in his life.
The full length "Serpentine" was then recorded DIY at the Southern Ritual Studio during December 2016 and January 2017, and the mix and mastering was performed by Déhà at the HH studio during May 2017.




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

C : It's my personal vision of the black metal. Something natural, primitive, dedicated to the roots and against the modern world, codes, and new social behaviors.





3.The band was broken up for 6 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
C : I've decided to split the band because i was having some troubles with the drummer at this time. For me, it's really important to have a perfect synergy between bandvmates and I can't work otherwise !! Hyrgal is far too much important for me to let parasites interfere with the band !!!
At the same time, I've joined Svart Crown as full time guitarist. I've moved from Bordeaux and fully dedicated myself to Svart Crown (new releases, gigs, tours...).
It took me a lot of time and focus, so Hyrgal was therefore put on hold.
This is my personal way of expressing myself, it is far too much important and valuable to me, it's not just a simple side-project : it does need time and dedication.
After i've decided to leave Svart Crown, I realized that it was the time for me to get Hyrgal back on tracks, and then i've started working on the composition of the new album !!
   



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

C. As I said earlier, it's a total dedication to the roots, against the modern world, or at the very least what humans do wrong in my point of view !!!
 I'm merging my personal anger of this world with the admiration of my birth place, the French alps and its folklore.




5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hyrgal'?
C. Hyrgal comes from the merging of two runes : Tyr and Hagal.
At the beginning I was really in touch with the scandinavian folklore and spirituality.
The runes representing something old and true, and with a massive spiritual meaning.
 So it was something appropriate for my project at this time !!




6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
C: Hyrgal didn't perform a lot of gigs, so for us, each one was pretty intense and emotionally important !
But I think the show with Year of no light and Wolves in the throne room was the most important and the most intense.
  Our last show in Bordeaux at the Interceptor Fest was important too, as it sealed something strong between us and it was the very first gig with the new line-up.




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

C: Not actually. We have some plans for playing in our country... We will see what we can do in the future and after the album releases.  The most important thing for Hyrgal is composing, recording and be focused on our artistic expression, not necessarily playing live. We just want to play shows with bands, promoters, venues or concepts we are sensible to : we're more into quality than quantity.




8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
C. It's a little early to have a proper feedback, yet the first comments are really encouraging and positive... We gave the record to some brothers in the scene and people that we're in touch with.
Their reception is pretty good and they give us lots of support.



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?
C. It's quite complicated, lots of things are happening. We work on many projects actually.
The bassist, Quentin is still in Bordeaux, we work with the distance cause i've never found a better bass player for Hyrgal, this man is insane. He has his own projects, a Heavy/doom band call Carcolh
 and he also works with a Psyché / rock band call Sweven (you should check, these are really good bands).
The drummer, who lives in my town now, works with me on many common projects; he's a fucking genius and talented man, he is a multi-instrumentalist, and, since 4 years, is my right arms in my musical experience.
He's playing guitars in my other band Oorthian, and he's working on a soon-to-be-released project called Verfallen (kind of extreme black metal) where he's playing all the instruments.
For myself, after leaving SC, I've passed an audition for a doom band called Pillars as singer, really challenging... I've recorded the first EP, and after many live performances, I'm entering the studio next week to record our first album...
At the same time, I was working on the Hyrgal album and i've decided to form another Doom band call Oorthian with Emmanuel.
I'm also working on some other projects that i prefer to keep secret for the moment....    




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

C: The same that we are actually, playing and recording something honest, personal and dedicated to our spiritual path.
Always black metal for sure !!!  I listen to a lot of different kind of music, so I think it will have some influence on my way of composing, but it will be the same roots.
   




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?
C. I'm listening to a lot of different kind of music, from ambient to extreme metal, so it's a wide and eclectic panel of inspirations and it's difficult to list them all...
 I find my influence in everything around me; the music is still the main medium but i find some inspiration into nature, the pathetic observation of our evolution and existence, the folklore of my country, the old legacies. Everything which is a vessel for emotions.
For example, I'm really into Corrupted, Bolzer, Furia, Mizmor, lots of black metal, doom stuff and various things in extreme metal, and at the same time I listen to Bohren & der Club of Gore, Tim Hecker, Sean Price, Marin Marais...




12,How would you describe your views on Paganism?

C. I think all people into it have their own views and explanations of what Paganism truly is.
 And many people do not agree with each other... So it's completely different from a person to another, from my point of view.
For me, paganism is a return to the roots, a respect and transmission of our past and history.
A communion with the natural environment, and a spiritual path through this new era, guided by many forces and radiating from everything around us.
I thinks it's definitely against monotheism. It's also something really personal, as faith itself, the very quest to spiritual elevation...
It's a path toward truth and knowledge.




13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
C. Thank you for this interview and for permitting us to describe our work and music.
   



     

Domestikwom/A Peace That Destroys/2017 Full Length Review


  Domestikwom  are  a  solo  project  along  with  a  few  quests  from  Calgary,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "A  Peace  That  Destroys"  which  will  be  released  in  December.

  Percussion's  and  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  singing  and  back  up  vocals  which  also gives  the music  more  of  a  folk  music  feeling  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  on  the  second  track  post  rock  elements  and  grim  black  metal s creams  are  introduced  on t he  recording.

  When  the  music  gets  heavy  it  brings  in  a  very  modern  post  black  metal style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Most  of  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  harsh  noise  can  also  be  heard  briefly   as  well  as  one  track  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  folk  instruments  and  ambient  style  keyboards and  female  vocals  on  the  closing  track.

  Domestikwom  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  more  different  and  original  than  a  lot  of  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics are  a  concept  album  based  upon  of  the  artist's  ancestor's  escape  from  Russia  in t he  1920's  and  his  challenges of  resettling  in  their  new  home  of  Canada.

  In  my  opinion  Domestikwom  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Roots  In  A  Soil  Not  My  Own"  "A  Peace  That Destroys"  and  "The  Cost-Of  Self  Sacrifice".  8  out  of  10.