Saturday, March 25, 2017

Devotion/Self Titled/Oratorivm Recs/2017 CD Review


  Devotion  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw,  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  was  released  by Oratorivm  Recs.

  Thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  very  melodic.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instrunments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  also  mixing  in  a  decent  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  touches  of  first  wave  black  metal  can  be  heard  at  times.

  Devotion  plays  a  style of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  aggressive,  and  melodic  in  the  early  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark, raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  rites  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Devotion  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  old  school  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rite  Of  Sacrifice"  "Order  Of  Chaos"  and  "Revelations  (Sublimation  Of  Ancient  Spirits)".  8  out  of  10.   

  


Algeia/Coming Storm.../2017 Full Length Review


  Algeia  are  a  duo  from  Ukraine  that  was  featured  before  in  this  zine  as  'My  Dying  World  "Mako'"  and  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  album  "Coming  Storm...".

  Acoustic  guitars  and  nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  melodic  and  raw  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  an  instrumental  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  vocals  are  utilized  they  are  mostly  high  pitched  yer  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  deep  growls  and  acoustic  guitars  also  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Algeia  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  focus  more  on  darkness, nature,  and  depressive   themes.

 In  my  opinion  Algeia  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nails  Of  Reaper"  and  "Last  Scream".  8  out  of  10.

Atramentum/Phallusophy/2016 Full Length Review


  Atrumentum  are  a  band  from  the  Philippines  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  'Phallusophy".

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  of  the  album  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a few  seconds  later  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  leads  are  very  dominant  throughout  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  whole  album  also  remains  heavy  and  raw  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Atramentum  plays  a style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  while  also  being  very  much  dominated  by  melodic  guitar  leads,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  occultism  and  Phallus  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Atramentum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Phalligraphy"  and  "Phalhalla".  8  out  of  10.  

    

Friday, March 24, 2017

Forgotten Woods/As the Wolves Gather/Sjel Av Natten/Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Forgotten  Woods  where  a  band  from  Norway  during  the  prime  of  the  second  wave  era  that  played  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  re-issued  double  album  which  contains  the  1994  full  length  "As  The  Wolves  Gather"  and  95  ep  "Sjel  Av  natten"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  2017  as  a  single  album  in  My  by  Aeternitas  Tenebrarum  Musicae Fundamentum.

  A  very  heavy  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  a  couple  of  brief  instrumentals  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  the  songs  on  the  ep  display  even  more  of  a  raw  style  while  also  speeding  up at  times  and  also  mixing  in  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  chants.

  Forgotten  Woods  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  different  for  its  time  and  influenced  a  lot  of  the  later  raw,  atmospheric  and  depressive  bands  that  came  out  a  few  years  later,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Norwegian  and   cover  darkness,  nature  and  night  themes.    

  In  my  opinion  Forgotten  Woods  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  The  Wolves  Gather"  "Dimension  Of  the  Blackest  Dark"  "Through  Dark  And  Forgotten  Valleys"  and  "En  natt  med  storm  og  ravners skrik".  8  out  of  10.

Klabautamann/Smaragd/Zeitgeister Music/2017 CD Review


  Klabautamann  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Smaragd"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Zeitgeister  Music.

 Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  elements  of  folk  music  until  the  recording  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  melodic  guitar  leads  a  few  seconds  alter  that  also  gives  the  sons  a  more  progressive  feeling  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of jazz  and  psychedelia  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  female  vocals a re  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Klabautamann  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  also  mixes  in  elements  of  folk,  psychedelia  and  jazz  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  woods  and  seas  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Klabautamann  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED   TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  Depression"  "Under  Feral  Skies"  "The  Murders"  and  "Smaragd".  8  out  of  10.

 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Oranssi Pazuzu/Farmakologinen/20 Buck Spin/2017 EP Review


  This  is  the  final  review  of  a  recording  from  Oranssi  Pazuzu  for  the  time  being  and  is  also  in  the  psychedelic  style  of  black  metal  and  the  ep  is  called  "Farmakologinen"  and  will  be  released  in  May  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Atmsopheric  drones  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  touches  of  ambient  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling.

  Most  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  synths  are  also  used  in  certain  sections  of  the  tracks  and  slide  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  tracks  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  used  briefly.

  Oranssi  Pazuzu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  psychedelic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  also  getting  more  aggressive,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  cosmos  and  abstract  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Oranssi  Pazuzu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ole  Muukalanien"  and  "Torni".  8  out  of  10.

 

Oranssi Pazuzu/Kosmonument/20 Buck Spin/2017 CD Re-issue



  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Oranssi  Pazuzu  which  is  also  in  the  psychedelic  black  metal  direction  and  this  album  is  called  "Kosmonument"  and  was  originally  released  in  2011  while  the  re-issue  version  will  be  released  in  May  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Avant  garde  and  experimental  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  heavy  riffing  and  psychedelic  elements  making  their  presence  known  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  presented  on  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim   black   metal  screams.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  melodic  fashion  while  atmospheric synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  along  with  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  At  times  the  music  can  get  very  progressive  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  part  and  a  touch  of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing while  some  of  the  tracks  are  all  instrumental  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  On  this  recording  Oranssi  Pazuzu  expanded  on  the  psychedelic  style  of  black  metal  while  also  getting  more  experimental  and  avant  garde,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  cosmos  and  abstract  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Oranssi  Pazuzu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACSK  INCLUDE  "Komeetta"  "Maavaltimo"  "Andromeda"  and  "Kaaos  Hallitsee".  8  out  of  10.

Oranssi Pazuzu/Muukalainen Puhuu/20 Buck Spin/2017 CD Re-Issue Review


  Oranssi  Pazuzu  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  psychedelic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2009  album  "Muukalainen  Puhuu"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  May  by  20  Buck  Spin.

  Psychedelic  sounds  along  with  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  bringing  in a   very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Slide  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  blast  beats  can  be  heard  during  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  along  with  some 60's  influences.

  On  this  recording  Oranssi  Pazuzu  took  a  very  atmospheric style  of  black  metal  and  mixed  it  in  with  psychedelic  music  to  create  something  very  original  for  its  time,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  cosmos  and  abstract  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Oranssi  Pazuzu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Korppi"  "Suuri  Paa  Taivaasta"  and  "Kerettilainen  Vuohi".  8 out  of  10.   

Ordoxe/Towards Eternity/Horror Pain Gore Death Productions/2017 CD Review


  Ordoxe are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  with some  elements  of  death,  doom,  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Towards  Eternity"  which  will  be  released  on  March  31st  by  Horror  Pain  Gore  Death  Records.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  mixing  in  elements  of  doom  metal.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a more  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  thrash  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavier  style.

  Ordoxe  creates  a  recording  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  thrash,  doom  and  death  metal  to  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while t he  lyrics  cover  mythological,  darkness,  grimness,  and  powerful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ordoxe  and  if  you  are  a fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  with  touches  of  doom,  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "We  Are  Eternal"  "Your  Sorrow,  My  Sorrow"  "A  Passage  In  Time"  and  "The  Essence  Of  Life".  8  out  of  10.
 

Casket Huffer/Gospels Of Scum/Hibernation Release Records/2016 CD Review


  Casket  Huffer  are  a  band  from  Wyoming  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Gospels  Of  Scum"  which  was  released  by  Hibernation  Release  Records.

  A  very  heavy  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  the  vocals  getting  very  bestial.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  while  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  slight  touches  of  first  wave  black  and  speed  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  sticking  to  a  very  chaotic  style  while the  album  also  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Casket  Huffer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heaviest  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Casket  Huffer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  war  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Inertia'  "Stygian  Tongues"  "Cursed"  and  "Extol  Unholy  Adoration". 8  out  of  10.  

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Afar/Selfless/Folkvangr Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Afar  are  a  solo  project  from  New  Jersey  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016 album  "Selfless"  which  was  re-issued  on  cassette  in  2017  by  Folkvangr  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album and  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  post  rock  along  with  some  keyboards  also  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while the  vocals  are  mostly  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  very  melodic  post  black  metal  style  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  depressive  screams  also  being   added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing,  death  metal  growls  and  spoken  word  parts  and  the  last  track  adds  in  a  touch  of  ambient.

 Afar  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the r aw,  atmospheric,  depressive  and  post  styles  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  tragic,  depressive,  loneliness  and  isolation  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Afar  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre, you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Healing"  "Endless  Path"  and  "Beckoned  Into  Fog".  8  out  of  10. 

Corpus Diavolis/Atra Lumen/Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum/2017 CD Review


  Corpus  Diavolis  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Atra  Lumen"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Aeternitas  Tenebrarum Musicae  Fundamentum.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  riffs  and  guitar  leads  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  along  with  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow   mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  death  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  one  track  also  brings  in a   brief  use  of  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chants  along  with t he  synths  also  mixing  in  an  occult  atmosphere  at  times  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  shouts  and  avant  garde  elements  are  added  onto  the  closing  track..

  Corpus  Diavolis  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  dark,  and modern  sounding  while  also  having  its  raw  and  ritualistic moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ceremonial  Magick,  Tarot,  Shamanism,  Thelema,  Esoteric  Journey,  A.  Jodorowsky  films and  philosophical  transcendence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Corpus  Diavolis  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ardent  Jewel  of  His  Presence"  "Wine  Of  the  Beast"  and  "Sick  Waters".  8/5  out  of  10.

The Sarcophagus Interview

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



When our previous vocali Niklas Kvarforth left the band for focusing Shining properly, Mørkbeast joined The Sarcophagus and hereby the vocal sound of the album had changed.The session drummer Oktay moved to Ireland after the drum recording session.After completing the recording we have started to look for a drummer for the gigs.Besides I have started to prepare material for the next album.I hope next album preparation will not be so long…



2.You have a new album coming out in April, 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?



Yes the new album will be out on the 4th of April.This one has a better quality sound and production. It is more agressive and dark but also has melodic parts.During the recording of Towards The Eternal Chaos we had the same drummer problem so we made it drum machine which hadn’t satisfied us.In this album you can hear the acoustic drum sound blasting with the guitars.The musical style is same as in the recent one but I can’t describe the new style in a word.I can say that it is a black metal inspired by the 90’s black metal and created it’s own style.



3.I have seen the band refer to its musical style as 'anatolian raw black metal' can you tell us a little bit more about this term?



Anatolia is the ancient name of Turkey where dozens of ancient civilizations have been living more than 5000 years.We are using it not to describe the music style but an idea and black metal music coming from this land without meaning the national borders…



4.This is your first album since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?



Yes it has been very long time…Actually we never wanted to delay things such a long time but I moved to another city, other band guys had their own music projects so we were silent during that time.I started to prepare these songs around 2014 and the recording was completed in 2016 but you know things take time…





5.Your lyrics deal with Mythology, Ancient Cultures and Mysticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?



As I mentioned in the recent question, all these inspirations are coming from the Anatolian culture.All those civilizations had various legacies and we love to use it in the music.I had the chance of studying Archeology, Religions History, Anatolian Civilizations during the university period and all these had a great influence on me and so on the music of course.All these themes are living together with each other.



6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Sarcophagus'?



Sarcophagus means “flesh eater” in ancient Greek and this means stone tomb.For us, it is the symbol of death, end of everything, in other words a bridge between life and death and this word is living with us for more than 20 years.We added “the” in front of Sarcophagus because there are too many bands with the name Sarcophagus



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



We haven’t played live for a long time.Unfortunately we have had line up problems.The main line-up moved to another city/country and new line up was from different countries.You know it is not always easy to come together but now we are planning to play live very soon…Our old shows was great, we were playing with corpsepaint on the face, bulletbelts, nails, firebreathings etc…



8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?



Yes we may play live if we deal with the drummer problem.Everyone is working 5-6 days in a week so touring is a bit hard thing to do.Actually this was one the reasons of the delayed album.It is very hard to work and making music together.













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



We have had lots of followers and friends since our recent works.When we released our new album track samples "Reign of Chaos" and "Ain Sof" had great feedbacks.Tracks also have killer reviews and scores All of these are very cool...



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



Mørkbeast is blasting with his main band Todestriebe in Moscow.Our bass player Ozan is about to complete his own music studio Dead House, it will be finished very soon and I think this will be the next album recording's adress.He will be recording a new album with his main band Raven woods coming months.I have also a side project in my mind but details are not clear yet...



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



Our first goal is to create new better albums and keep the black flame burning with The Sarcophagus.The thing what we are most satisfied with is spreading our music to the metal people all around the world.



12.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?



As I mentioned in previous question, the black metal The Sarcophagus plays inspired by the cult black metal band's of early 80-90's but what we are trying to do is creating our own style.I think with this album our sound  started to be a distinctive The Sarcophagus sound and we want to keep it.We are still listening these awesome albums such as old Emperor and Dissection albums.They will be always cult.I find Mgla very successful.They carry an old sound and combine it with the new sound.This is what we are doing now too.



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



Thanks to all the fans, friends and metal people all around the world who support The Sarcophagus.

We also would like to thank to our labels.Together we shall destroy the barriers of light!!!!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/ thesarcophagustr
https://satanath.bandcamp.com/album/sat169-the-sarcophagus-beyond-this-worlds-illusion-2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Digir Gidim/I Thought There Was A Sun Awaiting My Awakening/Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum/2017 CD Review


  Digir  Gidim  are  a  duo  from  an  unknown  location  that  plays  an  avant  garde  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "I  Thought  There  Was  A  Sun  Awaiting  My Awakening"  which  will  be  released  on  March  31st  by  Aeternitas  Tenebrarum  Musicae  Fundamentum.

 Avant  garde  sounds  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  bring  in a   decent  amount of  blast  beats  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known.

  Deep  growls  can  be  heard  at  times  while  clean  singing  avant  garde  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  make  the  music  more  experimental  and  ritualistic  along a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys.

  Digir Gidim  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  mixes  the  occult  and  avant  garde  sides  of  the  genre  to  create  something  very different,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  Mesopotamia,  esoteric  doctrines,  cosmology  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Digir  Gidim  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Revelation  Of  The  Wandering"  and  "The  Glow  Inside  The  Shell".  8  out  of  10.       

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hesperia Interview

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

AVE!
The recording/mastering of the album ended in August 2016, and after that I created the artwork. The complexity of the 2-version cover (and the complete artwork) kept me busy me for a few months. In the past, when an album was released, I used to begin to create new material right away, but now I'm very busy because I want to make 1 video for each song of CAESAR (FOR A TOTAL OF 11 VIDEOS), because the album is something like a rock metal opera, musical but also visual. In the previous album I put a multimedia track with the concept and the illustrated story inside the CD, but only few people know and watch it, so this time I'll create those videos and upload them on YouTube. The album should have been released in February but there were some delays,  so it will be released in March instead. Now it's available for pre-order.

2.In February 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?

CAESAR [Roma vol.I] has so many influences and musical hints, more than Metallvm Italicvm (the previous album). The general sound is more metal/extreme metal oriented, while the previous was more rock-metal oriented. In Metallvm Italicvm there were no pauses between the tracks, it was a suite, while in CAESAR there are 11 tracks, every track has a cinematic intro in the style of the soundtracks. Every musical sound and influence in CAESAR is used to create the right atmosphere in the story of the life of Caesar. But the first album of Hesperia had a very raw pagan black metal sound with some particular sounds inside. However I've always labelled the sound of Hesperia as “Metallvm Italicvm” (Italic Metal) or Hesperian Metal (HM, Archaic Italic Metal)

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

The new album is a concept, a rock metal opera about Julius Caesar, his life and his challenges. It begins with the introduction track and the first  track about Caesar's ancestry, the divine omens and his arrival. Then there are the songs about the Triumvirate, his work De Bello Gallico (about the wars in Gallia), the campaign in Britannia, the civil war in Roma (after the Crossing of the Rubicon river), the Egyptian venture (the theme of Cleopatra), the theme of Caesar (at his maximum powerful splendour), the theme of Brutus and the conspiracy, the divine omens of his death (on the Ides of March), the events after his death: the ghost of Caesar appears to Brute, Rome destroys his murderers, and the immortality of CAESAR’s name as a title for kings and emperors all around the world.




4.Also this is the first volume in a series, how many albums do you have planned for this concept?

At the moment I've planned 2 albums about ROME and the Roman Age: Caesar (this one), and the next one. Then I'll start the albums about the Italic Medieval age.

5.With the project name and lyrics you have always covered Roman and Italian Paganism, Mythology and History, can you tell us a littl bit more about your interest in these topics?

In my real life I'm an Architect, but I have a huge passion for history, mythology, Tradition (esoteric/alchemical contents), especially Italian ones, and also about my hometown (the region of Marche, in Italy, the Sibillian Mounts: the Mounts of Sibilla).
That’s why Hesperia (which is the ancient name of Italy) is a concept band about Italy and his mythology, history, traditions, where I follow a chronological order album after album.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with another full band in the future?

Over the years Hesperia has become a very complex and difficult project, very difficult to manage in every aspect, similar to a full-time job. Maybe in the future I'll look for someone to help me in this project. But I need very motivated people.

7.The new album was also released through 'Sleaszy Rider Records', are you happy with the support they have given you over the years?

Yes, I am. With SR Records I've had many opportunities, and the albums were released quickly over the years. It' s an honour for me to be released by the label that re-released the masterpiece albums by Rotting Christ, Ancient and also some great metal albums by Motorhead, Whitesnake and such.

8.On the new album you had also done a cover of Iron Maiden  "Ides Of March" what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

My Ides of March is a “conceptual cover”: Caesar died on the day of the Ides of March, so I've described this chapter without words, only an instrumental song: a cinematic version of the Iron Maiden cover. There are no metal rhythmic instruments, only orchestral ones, but there are the same guitar  melodies/harmonies as the original one, and we tried to perform the solos leaving them identical to the original ones. The first solo is mine, the second solo was performed by Clemente Cattalani (Sleazer, Scala Mercalli). Of course the first 7 albums by Iron Maiden have a huge influence on the sound of Hesperia.

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

People say that Hesperia is a black metal project, but I have always labeled Hesperia as “ITALIC METAL” (Metallum Italicum). There are some pagan and bm influences, but it's just not black metal. In my music, and in my concept, the word “ITALIC” is more important than the word ”black”, because ITALIC includes my country, my past, my blood, my history and so on.
Maybe this concept is closer to identitarian rock and the pagan worlds than to the metal and black metal worlds. Many people in the bm and metal world have a hard time understanding this “ATTITUDE”. I march straight on my own way, avoiding to follow something created by other people. Black Metal was coded by other people and in my opinion it must be “unchanging”, “involuted”, “traditional” (or it wouldn’t be “black metal” anymore), so I haven’t been playing black metal since the Sulphuria years (1992-98). That was an italic bm band.
It's strange but during this 20 years of existence of the project, it has been appreciated more enthusiastically abroad than in Italy (for example Germany, South America, Finland, France, Belgium, Japan).
It’s strange considering that Hesperia was one of the names of Italy and it’s a concept about our land, roots, and tradition.
In Italy there is a strange situation, many people follow the musical scene with a mind that seems to be open, but at the same time they have many difficulties when it comes to understanding bigger things and what is happening in the world around them. Many Italians often have an xenophile mind, they finally understand the important things that come out of their own country only after decades, or when some foreign artist talks about these things. More than the other countries they support the ones that are more advertised in the scene, and they don't understand that this is only a matter of money, not of art. This is the average situation.
THERE IS NO REAL SCENE IN ITALY, because many people are divided by envy and only some bands are united by the respect for each other; most of the people involved never understood that working for a scene (and not just for thei rselves or their band) would have brought strength and light to everyone; I HATE the ideas and the way of thinking of the average Italian and the average metaller; the average cultural level in that metal “scene” is very low, I am more in tune with people that follow identitarian rock, esoteric traditional ideas and such. But there are also italian metal and bm bands (and people) that I appreciate very much, and people that appreciate Hesperia too.

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

It's difficult to say. I will continue to code the genre that I label as “Italic Metal” with cultural themes, musical elements, traditional esoteric elements and so on.

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

In the sound of Hesperia there are many influences: metal from the '80s (hm, speed, thrash, death metal, proto-black metal, aor, etc.), black metal and some metal from the early '90s (especially pagan bm), identitarian Italic rock, nsbm,  progressive rock (especially Italian), rock 'n’ roll from the '50s, psychedelic sounds from the end of the '60s, opera, classical, folk, neofolk, ambient, martial industrial, soundtracks.
Nowadays I'm still listening to all these kinds of music, but at the same time I'm continuing to support the underground bm that have the primordial genuine spirit and attitude, or black metal ambient. I don't support those kinds of plastic metal styles, especially in the bm scene, it's not my kind of genre (metal is not plastic).

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

History, mythology, esoterism, tradition, hiking (especially on the Sibillian Mounts) and… voyages through time and space in the Italic past (hehe).

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

Yes, of course:
Search and Support the real art, not the empty business metal or music that the big mass-medias feed you with. This is the only way to avoid killing art and music. Stay Hesperian!
Thanks for the interview.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Decrepit Throne Interview

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

Gregory-Decrepit Throne is a new studio project that exists to create dark, heavy music. We hail from the east coast of the USA. Not a lot to tell, the music does the talking. I think most people who are familiar with Black Metal and Death Metal will hear a wide range of influences. We are simply trying to contribute to the underground by creating heavy and dark metal.

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

Gregory-I like to describe the sounds on Traitor's Grave as a mix of black metal and old school black metal but there are some modern influences. I think it is melodic yet aggressive, not as raw as a lot of the second and first wave of black metal but the production is defiantly not polished. I pretty much hate sterile, lifeless recordings so I hope the listener gets a sense of organic darkness.

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

Ron-I try not to limit myself with writing lyrics, so I tend to cover a few themes through the course of the album. Revenge, war, death, nature, and Satanism.

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

Gregory-The name is a reflection of my deep dislike of organized religion and mankind's tendency to use religion as a tool to manipulate and oppress

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

Ron- Well considering the distance between Greg and I, it's impossible to do a full live lineup, plus keeping it a studio project keeps extra egos out of the equation. We have a vision for Decrepit Throne and intend on sticking with it.

Gregory-Like Ron said, the distance would make it very difficult. At this point in time, I can not imagine a realistic scenario that would allow that to happen. I really like the fact that this arrangement gives me ample time to concentrate on playing and writing. Time is not a replenishable resource and I have little of it.

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

Gregory- I would be open to signing with a label if the right opportunity presents itself. I am enjoying the DIY approach but life is like a wheel that is constantly turning so who knows what may happen. I have been contacted by a few labels but as you know, we remain independent.

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

Ron-so far the feedback has exceeded expectations. It's good to hear what people are saying, but at the same time I like to do music that I'd like to hear.

Gregory-Most of the feedback from the metal community and friends has been very positive and encouraging. To be honest, I try to release music that I want to hear and not what the latest trend is so I have few expectations but as Ron said, the positive feed back has exceeded any expectations. I try not to think about it but it is a good feeling knowing our music has provoked any interest at all.

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

Ron-I'm still involved with Blasphemous and we're getting ready to record this spring and have a summer lined up with shows along the East Coast.

Gregory-My last band has broken up so currently Decrepit Throne is all that I am doing but that could change any day because I never know when I may end up in another band. As the days go by, I am starting to get comfortable with the idea of only doing this studio project for the foreseeable future.

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

Gregory-I really want to use the first album (Traitor's Grave) as a seed to grow and explore. I never know what I am going to write until it actually happens. I just want to be heavy and aggressive and continue to explore and implement melodic passages.

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?

Ron-Well when Greg sends me the music over, I try to capture the feeling and put it into the lyrics. A very heavy Dissection vibe is what I feel with Greg's riffs. As far as what I'm listening to lately, the new Black Anvil, Immolation, Obituary, Xibalba, and Woe have been heavily on my playlist lately.

Gregory-My current listening habits are all over the place. I try to spin at least 3 or 4 records a day and bands like Drudkh, Aosoth, Dissection, Death, Dawn and Deceased have been on my turntable lately along with 70's rock and 80's metal bands like Dio, early Ozzy, Yes, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Zeppelin and Sabbath. I even had 80's pop bands like The Motels, The Fixx, Missing Persons and Saga in my rotation. But yeah, I am not afraid to admit that I jam on a lot of different genres of music but metal is first and true love.

11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

Ron-Occultism is definitely a part of what I deal with lyrically, particularly Satanism. I'm thoroughly disgusted by organized religion. Particularly the scum that plagues the Christian and Muslim faiths. For people to commit atrocities in the names of said religions is repulsive.

Gregory-I think Ron said it better than I can. I have always had a deep interest in all things related to the dark side of the universe. Religious freaks will never control me with their lies and deception.

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

Ron-I thank you for giving us the opportunity to talk. Give Decrepit Throne a listen.

Gregory-Many thanks! Life is short so do what makes you happy. And raise the horns and beers high! Check us out at
https://decrepitthrone. bandcamp.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/ DecrepitThrone/

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WOM/Psychedelic Noir/2017 Full Length Review


  WOM  are  a  solo  project  from  Cyprus  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  more  of  a  psychedelic  and  progressive  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  album  "Psychedelic  Noir".

  A  very  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  atmospheric  sounding  synths  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  thunder  and  rain  sounds  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  structures  and  all  of t he  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  psychedelic  elements  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  the  album  closes  with  a  keyboard  instrumental.

  WOM  moves  away  from  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  while  going  into  a  more  psychedelic  and  progressive  form of t he  genre  while  also  keeping  the  grim  atmosphere,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  melancholy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  WOM  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  and  psychedelic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Ides  Of  Death"  "Moonlight  Melancholia"  and  "The  Tempest  Of  Loss".  8  out  of  10.

Well Of Night/The Crimson Hexagon/2017 EP Review


  Well  Of  Night  are  a  band  from  Dayton,  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "The  Crimson  Hexagon".

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  most  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  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  very  modern  style  of  black  metal  while  a  touch of  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  Well  Of  Night  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  melodic  and  mixing  some Swedish  influences  while  also  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Well  Of  Night  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Crimson  Hexagon".  8  out  of 10.     

An Autumn For Crippled Children/Eternal/Wickerman Recordings/2016 CD Review


  An  Autumn  For  Crippled  Children  are  a  band  from  the  Netherlands  that  plays  a  post  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Eternal" which  was  released  by  Wickerman  Recordings.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  post  rock  while  also  mixing  in  with  the  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  style  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Clean  playing  along  with  elements  of  shoegaze  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion d  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  while  also  mixing  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal  and  no  fast  parts  or  blast  beats  are  ever  utilized. 

  An  Autumn  For  Crippled  Children  plays a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  as  well  as  incorporating  a  great  amount  of  shoegaze  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  anguish,  anger,  hate,  and  love  themes.

   

A Mournful Path Interview

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

A Mournful Path was conceived in late July 2016. A Mournful Path is the product of a long standing collaboration between brothers David and Michael Romeo. We have been playing music for a long time. This entity has finally come to fruition.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Our sound is a unique coalescence of modern black, atmospheric and death metal.  We describe it as subterranic tri tonal augmented bone chilling hell.

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

A Mournful Path offers an unsettling atmospheric nightmare soundscape into the dark recesses of a dark and tortured soul. Michael’s lyrics are deeply personal. They also offer an insight for his disdain hatred for hypocrisy and religion. We have no religious or political affiliation.

4.According to the fb page the band is also inspired by the writings of Sylvia Plath, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this poet?

She's an American author and poet. She committed suicide at the age of 30. Michaels words are references to her poetry.  A lot of her poetry is deeply personal, bitter, very very dark and painful. A lot of our lyrical content is based upon her work.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'A Mournful Path’?

 Everyone has their own path. I chose “A Mournful Path” because nothing is certain. Work hard and expect nothing.

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

Michael and I will always control all aspects of production. We have no intention or plans to expand the line-up.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Inverse Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

Inverse Records is the perfect choose because it allows to have total creative control. We are very pleased to be part of their roster.

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

This all relatively new. We have only been together for (9) months. The reaction has been great so far. “From the Wreckage of Humiliation” has been received very well. It was the first song that we collaborated together.

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

October / November of this year (2017) exclusively on Inverse Records. We will make the decision on the length prior to the release. Our direction will remain the same, but our music will evolve. This promises to be more ferocious than our previous release.

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?

Svartidauði, Horna, Sargeist, 1349, Godflesh.


​11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Family.

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

We would like to thank everybody for their support and response to our music. We can’t wait to unleash our next release late in the year

Friday, March 17, 2017

None/Self Titled/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2017 CD Review


  None  are  a  band  from  the  Pacific  Northwest  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is a  review  of  their  self  titled  2017  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Atmospheric  and  tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavy  and  depressive  guitar  riffing  and  mournful  voices  can  also  hear  heard  in  the  background  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence known.

  A  great  amount  of  cascadian  and  doom  metal  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  depressive  musical  style  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful.

  When  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  a  touch  of  neo  folk  to  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  give  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  adds  in  a  more  progressive  touch.

  None  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  along  with  some  cascadian  and  doom  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  None  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Suffer".  8  out  of  10.

 

Lascar/Absence + Depths/A Sad Sadness Song/2016 CD Review


  Lascar  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  compilation  album  which  contains  the  2016  full  length  "Absence"  plus  the  2015  demo  "Depths"  and  was  released  by  A  Sad  Sadness  Song.

  Clean  post  rock  style  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  a  few  seconds  later  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  more  heavier  and  melodic  material  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while t he  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Most  of  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  gets  more  depressive  while  elements  of  shoegaze  as  well  as  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Lascar  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  depressive  and  atmospheric  while  having  its  raw  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lascar  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wilderness"  "Last  Seas"  and  "Ocean  Echoes".  8  out  of  10.

Haar/Ur Draugr/Aeternus Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamntum/2016 Split CD Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Scotland's  Haar  and  Australia's  Ur  Draugr  which  was  released  in  2016  by  Aeternus  Tenebrarum  Musicae  Fundamntum  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Haar  a  band  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  their  side  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  progressive  elements  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  start  to  make  their  presence  known.

  All  of  their  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  black  metal  feeling  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads a re utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Haar  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric,  melodic  and  progressive  sounding while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  ontology  and  human  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Haar  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of the  split. RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Strings".

 Next  up  is  ur  Draugr  a  band  that  plays  a  progressive  and  melodic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  an  almost  silent  water  sound  before  adding  in  harsh  soundscapes  which  leads  up  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  sound  as  well  as  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  and  death  metal growls  making  their  presence  known  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  their  only  track  being  20  minutes  in  length  and  it  also brings  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  part  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bring  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  song a   more  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  when  synths  along  with  clean  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  track  more  of  an  atmospheric  and  atmospheric  style.

  On  this  recording  Ur  Draugr  changes  their  musical  style  around  a  bit  and  goes  into  more  of  a  progressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  philosophy  of  Nietzsche  and  Baudrillard  along  with  Lovecraft's  Dream  Cycle  and  Richard  Chambers  "The  King  In  Yellow".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ur  Draugr  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

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

Caedes Cruenta/Recitation of Abyssic Necropsalms/Ill Damnation Productions/2017 7 Inch Review


  Caedes  Cruenta  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  ep  "Recitation  Of  Abyssic  Necropsalms"  which  was  released  by  Ill  Damnation  Productions.

  Melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting  starts  off  the  ep before  adding  melodic  guitar  riffs  onto  the  recording  which  also  leads  up  to  blast  beats  and  atmospheric  keyboards  being  added  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  Greek   style  of  the  genre.

  Melodic  guitar  leads  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  both  of  the  tracks  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  flutes  add  in  a touch  of  folk  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length. 

  Caedes  Cruenta  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Greek  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  hate,  wisdom,  occultism,  mysticism  and  ancient  ritual  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Caedes  Cruenta  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Shadows  From  Ancient  Ephyra".  8  out  of  10. 

Motherwood/Promo 2017 Review


  Motherwood  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  an  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2  song  2017  promo.

  Heavy  atmospheric  doom  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  promo  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  grim  black  metal  screams  also  making  their  presence  known  while  also  getting  deep  at  times  and  when  guitar  solos  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  more  melodic  style  to  the  songs.

  A  great  amount  of  modern  atmospheric  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical style  and  nature  sounds  along  with  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  a  raw  feeling.

  Motherwood  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  atmospheric  styles  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Motherwood  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED TRACK  "Coldness".  8  out  of  10.