Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sanguinary Trance/Wine,Song And Sacrifice/2018 EP Review


  Sanguinary  Trance  are  a  band  from  Austria  that  plays  a  very  frantic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Wine,  Song  And  Sacrifice".

  An  almost  silent  sound  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  darker  and  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  first  track  is  over  13  minutes  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  used  briefly.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  psychedelic  and  experimental  elements  are  added  onto  the  closing  track  which  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Sanguinary  Trance  plays  a  style  of  black  metal,  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  experimental  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  experiences  and  interpretation  along  with  some  inspiration  from  the  writings  of  Georges  Bataille  and  the  philosophies  of  the  Order  Of  Nine  Angles. 

  In  my  opinion  Sanguinary  Trance  are  a  very  great  sounding  frantic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Carvings".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Mutilation Rites/Chasm/Gilead Media/2018 Full Length Review


  Mutilation  Rites  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Chasm"  which  was  released  by  Gilead  Media.

  Distorted  amp  noises  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  used  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  doom  metal  and  punk  can  be  heard.

  Mutilation  Rites  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  Americanized  while  the  hardcore  punk,  death  and  doom  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production   sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  darkest  shades  of  black  and  absolute  dread.

  In  my  opinion  Mutilation  Rites  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  punk,  death  and  dark  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  different,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pieced  Larynx"  and  "Putrid  Decomposition".  8  out  of  10.

Gloam/Obscure Evil/Blood Harvest Records/Helter Skelter Productions/2018 Split EP Review



  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  U.S.A's  Gloam  and  Peru's  Obscure  Evil  which  will  be  released  in  August  as  a  joint  effort  between  Blood  Harvest  Records  and  Helter  Skelter  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Gloam  a  band  that  plays  a mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  noises  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  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.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  technical  style  whilr  the  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  as  well a s  the  slower  sections  of  the  song  adding  in  elements  of  doom  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  magick,  sorrow  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gloam  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  band.

  Next  up  is  Obscure  Evil  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal.

  Their side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  ritualistic  synths  before  adding  in  some  dark  and  melodic  guitar  leads  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  song  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements, the  production  sounds  very  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Abstractionism,  Satanism  and  Nihilism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Obscure  Evil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should c heck  out  their  side  of t he  split.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  fans  of  the  many  different  styles  of  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.   

Uten Hap Interview

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

Uten Håp is a norwegian depressive black metal solo-band which tries to explore and show the feelings behind the depression and anxiety, hopelessness, despair, the monotony of living without purpose, desperation... That's why I chose this particular sound, with this big reverb in all the instruments, to show how the world is going away from you when you are in this hole, as well as the absence of lyrics , because when you are suffering this disease no words will help. It's a lonely fight, long, very long and hard to win.


2.Recently you have released your first full length, how does it differ musically from your previous ep's and splits?

I try to improve in each release, since ANIMA, my first EP, I tried to focus in make less tension in the music, and center myself in the melodic aspect to transmit the feelings of the songs. I'm very critic with my own work, and I can say that “Life Obliteration” has achieved it, is the best album of Uten Håp at this moment: powerful, it transmit the idea behind Uten Håp perfectly.


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

As I said the songs do not have lyrics, only one of them. The intention is to show that when you are falling in this disease and it strikes you hard no words matter. Nothing can be said to help, and no word will go out of your mouth. It's a hard sensation to explain in a song lyric really, so nothing is better than the screams you want to shout out of you when you are feeling that.

But let me say that the songs which Uten Håp will use for live shows will have lyrics about all this disease so people that are suffering from this can feel they don't are alone.


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

Uten Håp means “Without Hope”, a band with the purpose of showing what is and how feels depression needs a proper name, the worst feeling a human can suffer when is under the attack of depression: hopelessness.


5.With this project you record everything by yourself, is this project more personal to you than the other ones that you are a aprt of?

Yes, is one of the more personal that I have. I try to put a bit of me in every project I work in, but Uten Håp connected me with lot of people, teaching me that you can help people with music, turning it in a very special project for me.


6.Since 2017 you have put out at least 16 releases with this project, do you feel you spend a great amount of time, writing and creating music?

Abolutely, my friend, I use my job to keep my head busy and avoid to think in some things, at this moment I work in 20 different musical projects and a few more as a session musician. Every day I try to study and write something new, so almost 24/7 hahaha.


7.Can you till us a little bit more about the split's you where a part of earlier this year?

I released 2 splits: one with 000 from New Zealand and Apothecary from USA, and then another one with Apothecary. They are very nice people, with great talent, was a big honour for me to share an album with them. John, the man behind Apothecary, is an amazing guy, and wants to keep working with me, so more splits will come in the next months, I'm trying to work with Entardecer and will attack with a proposition to Bitter Lake very soon too.


8.The new album was released on 'Cult of Osiris', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Is a new label from England dedicated to black metal. One of the problems we, as musicians, are having this days is the absence of labels that want to support the bands personaly, taking risks, getting involved, and that's the better point of “Cult Of Osiris”: is a very brave label, with energy, and the intention to help, support and motivate the bands under the same flag, if you work hard to do your music, you need a label in the same level of commitment, and this label isn't afraid to do it.


9,On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?

Incrediblely good. I couldn't expect the awesome reaction people had, and have, to Uten Håp. Almost every day I receive messages of people who wants to show support to the band, or from people that want to thank me for what I'm doing, because they use my music to feel they aren't alone in this disease. The comments in the social media and YouTube are just amazing, people love Uten Håp and I only can thank them for everything.


10.Can you tell us a little bit more about the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

Sure! Right now I'm in 20 musical projects, without counting bands of my work as a musician. If you are into black metal, aside from Uten Håp, you can found me in Rive doing dsbm (depressive suicidal black metal), and in Ov Mhurn (black ambient), Stormgaze (black metal), Wintercrown (black metal), and very soon will hit with IÄ.

In the death metal genre you can listen to me in My Own Demise (death/groove), Helhest (melodic death), Sepulcration (total old school), Krovork or Nekrose (brutal technical death metal).

I also play in Costra (goregrind), as drummer in Sporocysts (noisegrind), brutal technical death metal in Brutal Castration, slam in CPJ, crust in Inkrust, even doom/funeral doom in Frostvein and Anhelo, piano in the pop band Lys, etc.

And more projects coming soon! :).


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

I'm always working trying to give my best, so in the future I hope to continue doing that but I have an objective, I want to keep doing live shows with Wintercrown and visit some countries, but also I want to go with Uten Håp as a live band.


12.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 try to consume and study all the music I can, but here you have some names: Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen, Willie Nelson, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Robert Johnson, Yiruma, The Rolling Stones, Nobuo Uematsu, Bud Powell...


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

I want to thank you for this opportunity, for supporting Uten Håp and the underground scene, was an honor to have this words with you!



Thank you so much!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pyreficativm/संसार का पथ/Living Temple Records/2018 CD Review


  Pyreficativm  is  a  solo  project  from  Chile  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album "संसार का पथ"  which  will  be  released  in  August  released  by  Living  Temple  Records.

  Ritualistic  bells  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  esoteric  soundscapes  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  whispers  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  evil  atmosphere  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  When  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  chants  and  singing  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling  along  with  some  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding  and  one  track  also  introduces  classical  music  style  pianos  onto  the  recording.

  Pyreficativm  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  ritualistic,  avant  garde  and  experimental  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Alchemy,  Gnosticism,  And  Eastern  Esoteric  Occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pyreficativm  is  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  occult  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ancient  Sands  (The  Foundation  In  Tiphareth)"  "Passign  Through  The  Eyes  Ov  Karma"  "Emanations  From  The  Drakonian  Ves"  and  "Transcendental  Conjuration  Ov  Nvt".  8/5 out  of  10.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Occultum/In Nomime Rex Inferni/Old Temple/2018 CD Review


  Occultum  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  satanic  form   of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "In  Nomine  Rex Inferni"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.

  Drums  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  reverb  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  sounding  very  modern  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  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  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Occultum  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  satanic  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Occultum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Skulls  Instead  Of  Candles"  "Hanged  Man"  and  "Black  Art  Of  Necromancy".  8  out  of  10.

Hate Them All/Defender Of The Black Throne/Old Temple/2018 CD Review


  Hate  Them  All  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Defender  of  The  black  Throne"  which  was  released  by  Old  Temple.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  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  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.
 
  A  lot  of  Norwegian  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  capturing  the  energy  of  old  school  punk  at  times  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  short  in  length,  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy  and  guitar  leads  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  the  closing  track. 

 
  Hate  Them  All  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  satanic  black  metal  from t heir  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism,  Evil,  Darkness  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  From  Hate  Them  All  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hatehameer"  "i  Saw  The  Devil"  "Black  metal  Terrorist"  and  "The  Throne  of  Fire".  8  out  of  10.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Imber Luminis/Contrasts/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review


  Belgium's  solo  project  Imber  Luminis  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  post  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Contrasts"  which  will  be  released  by  July  28th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along with  all  3  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  tracks  bringing  in  a  decent  amount of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  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  some  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal  elements  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Inner  Luminis  goes  into  more  of  an  atmospheric  post  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  Charles  Baudelaire's  "Le  Voyage".

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imber  Luminis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album. 8  out  of  10.  

Monday, July 16, 2018

Prezir/As Rats Devour Lions/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Prezir  are  a  band  from  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "As  Rats  Devour  Lions"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Godz  Of  War  productions.

  A  very  heavy,  fast  and  old  school  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  the  vocals  beign  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  On  this  recording  Prezir  expands  on  their  black  metal  style  by  adding  in  more  fast  riffing,  melody,  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  to  take  their  own  to  another  level,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Alchemy,  Egyptian  Mythology,  Philosophy,  Contempt  and  Historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Prezir  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  and  melodic  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "As  Rats  Devour  Lions"  "Serpents  in  The  House  Of  Ra"  and  "Oedipus  Context".  8  out  of  10.   

Towards The Hell/Eternal Darkness/2018 EP Review


  Towards  The  Hell  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Eternal  Darkness"  which  will  be  released  on  July  20th.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  ritualistic  tribal  style  beats  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  one  of  the  tracks  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  Scandinavian  style.

  When  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of an  occult  and  ritualistic  feeling  while  a  touch  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  slower  riffing  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized,  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Burzum's  "Lost  Wisdom".

  Towards  The  Hell  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  slow  or  mid  paced  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Towards  The  Hell  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  mass"  and  "Sorrow  Of  The  immortal  Man".  8  out  of  10.

Charming Timur/There Is No Going Back/2018 Full Length Review


  Finland's  solo  project  Charming  Timur  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  with  the  music  being  a  mixture  of  experimental,  industrial  atmospheric  black,  post,  nu  and  alternative  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "There  Is  No  Going  Back".

  Melodic  post  rock  leads  guitar  leads  along  with  some  nu  metal  style  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  very  distorted  and  mix  black  metal  and  industrial  together  as  well  as  some  clean  vocals  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  song  and  they  bring  in  elements  of  alternative.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  music  gets  very  progressive  and  experimental  at  times  along  with  some  elements  of  depressive  black  metal  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  album.

  On  this  recording  Charming  Timur  takes  depressive  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  industrial,  experimental,  post  rock,  nu  and  alternative  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  decent  sounding  recording  from  Charming  Timur  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of   experimental,  industrial  atmospheric  black,  post,  nu  and  alternative  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "First  Instinct  Backstab"  "Suicide  By  Police"  "A  Thousand  Thousands"  and  "Diamorphine".  7/5  out  of  10.   

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Ill Omen/The Grande Usurper/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review


  Ill  Omen  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "The  Grande  Usurper"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Bell  sounds  start  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  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  bestial  growls  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  war  metal  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  sounds  very  ritualistic.

  Ill  Omen  plays  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  bestial  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Blasphemy,  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ill  Omen  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sentenced  Suffering"  and  "A  Thousand  Yawning  Graves".  8/5  out  of  10.

    

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bathyum/The Church Of Euthanasia/2018 Full Length Review


  Bathyum  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "The  Church  Of  Euthanasia".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  operatic  voices  start  off  the  album  before  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  while  the  drum  beats  are  all  programmed  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  spoken  word  samples  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  as  the  album  progresses acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  later  songs.

  Bathyum  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  old  school  style  of  black  metal  that  was  on  his  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  murder,  celestial  entities,  paganism  and  old  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bathyum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Penance"  "Witches  Of  Bidston  Hill"  and  "Ceremony  Of  The  Pagan  Queen".  8  out  of  10.    

Cinzas/Demo I/Purodium Rekords/2018 Cassette Re-Issue Review


  Cinzas  are  a  solo  project  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  raw,  cold  and  dark  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  demo  which  will  be  re-issued  on  cassette  on  July  31st  by  Purodium  Rekords.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  grim  and  angry  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  2000's  era  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  minimalist  at  times  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  vocals  also  bring  in  more  of  a  spoken  approach  and  on  the  closing  track  elements  of  ambient  and  clean  playing  are  brought  onto  the  recording.

  Cinzas  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  cold  and  dark  and  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  and  2000's  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cinzas  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  raw  and  cold  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  and  "IV".  8  out  of  10.        

Imperial Triumphant/Vile Luxury/Gilead Media/2018 CD Review


  New  York's  Imperial  Triumphant  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  and  progressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vile  Luxury"  which  was  released  by  Gilead  Media.

  Avant  garde  jazz  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  faster  and  technical  direction  which  also  introduces  blast  beats  onto  the  recording  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  getting  very  experimental  and  progressive  at  times  as  well  as  some  dissonant  structures  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  choir  vocals.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  mix  the  avant  garde  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  clean  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  noise  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  operatic  female  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Imperial  Triumphant  expand  on  their  avant  garde  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal  by  taking  it  into  new  directions  and  also  bringing  in  elements  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover futurism,  philosophy  and  decay  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Imperial  Triumphant  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Swarming  Opulance"  "Chernobyl  Blues"  and  "The  Filth".  8  out  of  10.  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Itnuveth/Pagan Martyrs/Base Record Production/2018 EP Review


  Spain's  Itnuveth  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  pagan  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Pagan  Martyrs"  which  was  released  by  Base  Record  Productions.

  An  atmospheric  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  and  folk  instruments  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  are  also  used  at  times  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  melodic  chants  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Itnuveth  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  pagan  black  metal  styles  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  mythology,  Witchcraft,  Warriors  and  Battle  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Itnuveth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Pagan  Martyrs".  8  out  of  10.

Tatanhammer/The Art Of Human Sacrifice/Abandon Tapes/2018 Full Length Review


  Tatanhammer  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Art  of  Human  Sacrifice"  which  was  released  by  Abandon  Tapes.

  Ritualistic  sounding  drums  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  amp  sounds  and  crazy  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  avant  garde  elements  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction which  also  introduces  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  brutality  of  war  metal and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  on some  of  the  tracks  and  synths  also  return  as  the  album  progresses.

  Tatanhammer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  death  metal  and  raw  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  some  psychedelic  elements  to  create  something  very  original,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tatanhammer  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashes"  "The  One"  and  "Satan,  Be  heard".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

True Love/To Pray For Perpetual Violence/Appalachian Noise Records/2016 Demo Review


  True  Love  are  a  solo  project  from  Reno,  Nevada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016 demo  "To  Pray  For  Perpetual  Violence"  which  was  released  by  Appalachian  Noise  Records.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  clean  yet  distorted  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style.

  At  times  the  screams  bring  in  more  of  a  depressive  edge  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  used  briefly.

  True  Love  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  that  was  established  in  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mysticism,  left  hand  path,  self  reliance  and  hatred  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  True  Love  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crawl  Across"  and  "Mourn  The  Wicked".  8  out  of  10.

Siete Lagunas Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Siete Lagunas is a “side project” founded by two members of Cóndor, Antonio and Francisco. The idea started around a year ago. All material is written and recorded in short, spontaneous bursts, which allows us to work in a different manner, and channel different energies, than we do in Cóndor.

2.So far you have released 2 demo's, how do they both differ from each other?
2. I suppose the second one is more aggressive and “dark,” with more prominent dissonances and more use of noise. However, they’re generally quite similar, as they form the opening “chapters” in a larger narrative.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. The band’s lyrics are attempts to channel the spirits of the mountains and the lakes around us. They are not so much poems or songs as they are evocations.

4.One of your songs is based upon the poetry of W.B Yeats, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?
4. Our interest in Yeats is great. From an evidently different perspective, both temporally and geographically, we feel that he was amongst those “romantic” poets who were trying to grasp at the same things we are trying to grasp at, most importantly a way to reconnect our lives and spirits with the rhythms of the natural world.

His metric sensibility has also had an impact on our of way of thinking rhythmically.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Siete Lagunas'?
5. Siete lagunas means Seven Ponds or Seven Lakes. The Pre-Columbian Chibcha speaking peoples who inhabited our native region in the Central Colombian Andes were a lake/pond culture, and seven of these particular ponds scattered throughout the mountains they held as forming a particularly sacred network. That is what the name refers to.

6.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?
6. Most likely the band will always remain a duo. The project thrives off of the particular chemistry between the two of us.



7.So far there is very little information about the band online except for a bandcamp page, is this intentional?
7. The information that is available, along with the one we give out in interviews such as this one, is all the information that is necessary.

8.Recently both demo's where released as a single album by 'La Caverna Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
8. La Caverna records was recently started by a longtime friend and collaborator of ours. He is a very capable and hard-working individual with strong criteria. La Caverna is likely to put out very interesting things in the future and we are honoured to have been among the first batch of releases on the label.

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

9. The reaction has been minimal, as publicity has been minimal. So far the few reviews that have surfaced have been largely positive.

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

10. The band will continue evoking the same spirits, whether through Black Metal or through other means.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. The band is influenced, evidently, by Black Metal bands such as Beherit, Ildjarn and early Spear of Longinus. There is a more melodic edge to our thinking too, as well as an affinity for certain “experimental” musics, particularly harsh noise. Currently I (Antonio) am listening to Finnish bands, particularly Circle of Dawn, as well as classical music (mostly Dvorak and Elgar) and the English folk anthology Anthems in Eden.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. Thank you for having us on your website. Hail to the Mountain, and hail to the Fog!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Divine Ecstasy/Strange Passions/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review


  Divine  Ecstasy  are  a  band  from  Detroit,  Michigan  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Strange  Passions"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  era  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  25  years  ago  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy.

  Divine  Ecstasy  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  era  of t he  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Divine  Ecstasy  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lost  In  The  Catacombs"  and  "Taste The  Demon  Seed".  8  out  of  10.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Abigail/Far East Black Metal Onslaught/Helldprod Productions/2018 EP Review


  Abigail  are  a  band  from  Japan  that  has  been  around  for  more  than  20  years  and  also  have  had  music  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  metal  and  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Far  East  Black  Metal  Onslaught"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Helldprod  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  old  school  extreme  metal style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  lot  of  thrash  elements.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  leads while  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  80's  and  early  90's  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  sticks  to  mostly a  fast  or  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  always  remaining  very  heavy.

  On  this  recording  Abigail  remains  true  to  their  old  school  mixture  of  black  metal  and  thrash,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  War,  Death,  Alcohol  and  Satanism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abigail  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unholy  Bestial  Fire"  and  "Black  Satan  Of  War".  8  out  of  10.

      

Uten Hap/Life Obliteration/Cult Of Osiris/2018 Full Length Review


  Uten  Hap  are  a  solo  project  from  Svalbard  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Life  Obliteration"  which  will  be  released  in August  by  Cult  of  Osiris.

  Distorted  noises  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  depressive black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  one  song  also  introduces  tragic  sounding  keyboards  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  music  having  it  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  when  they  are utilized  briefly  and  a  later  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Uten  Hap  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  slow,  atmospheric,  raw  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Uten  Hap   are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Life  Obliteration" "Non-Existent"  and  "Forever  unseen".  8  out  of  10.

 

   



    

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Void Ritual/Death Is Peace/Ipos Music/2018 Full Length Review


  New  Mexico's  solo project  Void  Ritual  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  hateful  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Death  is  Peace"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Ipos  Music.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  second  wave  influences  but  also  sounding  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  riffing  and  synths  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Void  Ritual  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  hateful  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  loss,  extreme  anxiety  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Void  Ritual  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  hateful  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Given  Unto  The  Water"  and  "In  The  Depths".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Askvald/Nachtschattenreich/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review

   Askvald  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  aggressive,  emlodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Nachtschattenreich"  which  will  be  released  on  July  14th  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  avant  garde  along  with  some  rain  and  thunder  sounds  start  off  the  album  while  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling

   Clear  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads   are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  later  songs  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental. 

  Askvald  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  having  its  raw  and  avant  garde  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  covers  the  differences  between  modern  life  and  society  with  an  archaic,  natural  live  of  calm,  consciousness  and  environmental  awareness.

  In  my  opinion  Askvald  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  and  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morgenstund"  "Wolf"  "Gebeiene"  and  "Gespinste".  8 out  of  10. 

Sarcofago/The Worst/Greyhaze Records/2018 Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Sarcofago  with  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  blackened  thrash  metal  direction  and  the  album  was  originaly  released  in  1996  and  called  "The  Worst"  with  the  re-issue  coming  out  in  August  and  vinyl  and  cassette  by  Greyhaze  Records.

  Synths  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  a  couple  of  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as well  as  mixing  the  synths  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.

  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  the  riffs  bring  in  elements  of  thrash  and  groove  metal  along  with  the  riffs  also adding  in  some  melody,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  fast  moments  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  an  early  90's  extreme  metal  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  vocals  start  adding  in  more  of  a  thrash  style.

  On  this  recording  Sarcofago  only  kept  a  little  bit  of  the  black  metal  style  from  earlier  releases  while  adding  in  more  90's  era  thrash and  groove  metal  elements  to  create  an  album  that  was  very  different  from  what  they  have  done  before  in  the  past,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Death,  Lust  and  anti  grunge  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  decent  sounding  recording  from  Sarcofago  and  while  i  can  see  it  disappoint  a  lot  of  people  but  if  you  are  a  fan  of  blackened  thrash  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Worst"  "Plunged  In  Blood" and  "Shave  your  heads".  7  out  of  10. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Albionic Hermeticism Interview

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

The project is something I started after I realised that I wanted to keep my Black Metal endeavours seperate from my Neo-Folk and experimental stuff,
after I had made that decision this album as well as another as of yet unreleased album came very spontaneously and quickly. People seemed to like the themes and ideas, so here I am.
The project is romantic over anything, a way to express my love for this island fortress that I am bound to.


2.You have your first full length coming out at the end of July what was the sound you where going for on this recording and also do you feel you achieved it?

I really can't say whether there even was a sound I had in mind, the album was recorded in a week in my downtime between working. I'd stop working at 4PM and by 7PM I'd have a finished song, after a few days I had an album. It was an "oh shit" moment,
I really liked what I had created and decided I wanted to do something a bit different with the themes/imagery of the project. As far as sound goes I think in the end it
ended up being fairly traditional Nordic Black Metal with some quirks that will inevitably come in when it's just one mind working on it.
I can definitely hear some Deathspell Omega on a couple of tracks as well as the usual Darkthrone worship. I love atmosphere in black metal, but I am a sucker for a good riff.


3.All of your lyrics deal with Hermeticism along with the band name, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this Western Occult Tradition?

Sure, well I remember first hearing about Hermeticism through reading a lot of Manly P Hall and instantly feeling a connection to it. I like the idea that every religion and tradition is perennial, in a sort of Evolian sense.
I get that from Hermeticism because the doctrine is very affirmative and stringent that knowledge has been passed from the divine to man. I find the prospect of an individuals spiritual journey from within being only guided by divine intervention and not so much a strict set of axioms one must live by.
My interest in Hermeticism is purely from an interpretive stand point. I like to take the aspects of Hermeticism that I like and relate it to my own North-western European history.
In saying that, there is a lot to learn from the teachings. This makes sense, as in the reign of Elizabeth I in England the Occult and Hermeticism played a huge role in what became the spiritual leige of England at that time.
In fact Elizabeths personal Astrologer was a hermeticist and also is responsible for translating the works of Euclid into English, greatly advancing the work of English Mathematicians at the time.
I feel a strong connection between the Hermetic tradition and England. Hence the project name.

4.You also have yourself down as a representitive of the Aryan Hermetic Order, can you tell us a little bit more about it and also how does the Aryan Philosophy fit in with Hermeticism is seen by most people of being of an Egyptian origina?

Well the Aryan Hermetic Order is a collective of Musicians from England that I have connection to, mostly Black Metal and Ambient. I guess you could say its a "circle" whatever that is.
And The Aryan part comes in because I see a relation between the Atlantean origins of the Aryans and the Egyptian origins of the red hair found in the British isles. hence "Aryan Hermetic" because the idea is a fusion of the hermetic traditions and the racial aspect with the native Pagan spirituality of the British isles and England. The egyptian origins of the tradition make it no less dinstinctly European in my eyes.
Considering the genetic makeup of the Egyptian aristocracy at the time.
It is also possible to relate nearly all Egyptian gods and godesses to the Nordic pagan gods as well as the gods of the East and the Celtic gods. We are one and the same in my eyes, united by blood as Europeans but united in spirit by our traditions.

5.You also talk of a red haired Egyptian aristocracy, do you also have an interest in the Aryan origins of such cultures of the Indian, Persian and Summerian races?

Yes, as I have already mentioned I have a huge interest in this. I am a big fan of the Perrenial philosophers and traditionalists such as Evola and Guenon.
As well as being English I am also of Norwegian descent too, and so I do feel a strong pull to the Hyperborean ideal and of Atlantis and of the origins of the Aryan races and how they contributed to what we could call Indo-European Paganism.
I should say that this interest is removed from the NSDAP though,
AH is not an NS project and it never will be. Not because I don't have sympathies for that ideology, but simple because that is not how I identify nowadays.

6.On your facebook page you also talk about the Roman and Nordic tradtions, do you feel a lot of what these ancient traditions wear teaching in the past got lost over the years when Europe got Chrisitianized?

Yes, I think a heck of a lot was lost in that time. A lot of it unsalvagable. Especially with regards to the Eastern european paganism and Celtic traditions. What you are referring to is a quote from Evolas "Pagan Imperialism", one of his first works and one of my favourites of his. I like the idea of Europe under a unified spirituality, and I think this is needed in order to overcome the dark times ahead of us. In saying that I am a lot less anti Christian than a lot of Black Metal artists, its not my spirituality of choice, but I can find sympathies with Catholics from for example Hungary. I just wish that the Christians weren't so destructive in their conversion of especially Northern Europe. I have memories
of a time that England was nothing but a mighty Oak forest, vast and natural. I long for this time again, thats all I ask. And I do believe that my descendants will live in this environment once again, we just need to awaken it within ourselves. It takes time. As Varg likes to say "We must starve the beast, not try to fight it"


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?

It is a painting by Ludwig Carl Wilhelm Fahrenkrog, I'm not entirely sure what its depicting in terms of the characters involved, but the full image appears to me like a divine offering,
A Man of warrior nobility standing at the foot of a divine being granting him a display of power. It is a Germanic Pagan depiction, removed from the Hermetic side of the project, but no less relevant.
the Fylfot on the beings belt signifying the universal truth.

8.On the album you recorded everything by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicians if they shared the same visions that you have?

I have no problem working with other musicians, and I have done frequently in the past for previous projects. The main reason I didnt have any
contributors here is because I had no reason to, I usually only ask for guest musicians if they can do something better than I can on a recording.

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

Honestly I have no idea, people seem to like it though at some level. I mainly just like it a lot myself and I sent it to some close friends that also enjoyed it, and that was enough for me to have confidence in the project.
It's a cliché to say I don't care what people think, because I do hope people like it. But it doesn't bother me overly.

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

Well I have another AH album completed, In style it is a lot more out there than this upcoming first album. It's still very much a Black Metal album but it takes chances, put it that way. Im really happy with everything
Ive done for AH so far and i'm feeling very spiritually satisfied by this art and I will continue to create in this way for this project I imagine. In saying that I am moving to Norway soon and my living conditions will likely not allow for much recording, and so
after this second AH is eventually released I doubt there will be much from the project or my other projects for a while.

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?

I've had a pretty huge musical journey over the years. I mostly started with Post-Punk, and I still listen to that occassionally. I don't think that influences much of the black metal but its still something I enjoy.
As for what I currently listen to its mostly all Black Metal and Neo-Folk. Those styles just seem to satisfy me in ways nothing else can. To name specific artists I have been obsessed with the Dutch band Faceless Entity for a while now
Specifically "In Via Ad Nusquam". They create a uniquely harrowing atmosphere on that album and I cannot get enough of it. Also some of the Bosnian stuff I like a lot. Especially Void Prayer/Cave Ritual. I love the LLN so anyone trying to recreate that sound is a tick in my book.
And then as far as Neo-Folk goes I almost always have Death in June, Fire + Ice or Forseti playing.

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

I'd just like to say thanks for showing an interest in the project. It means a lot. I am proud to represent Britain and England by making Black Metal Noise with pride,
and I do hope that more artists come to realise that this beautiful island is the home to some amazing black metal and some of northern Europes most inspirational landscapes.