Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Perverticon/Wounds Of Divinity/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review


  Perverticon  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Wounds  Of  Divinity"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  growls, chants,  and  melodic guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.

  Perverticon  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding  in  the  mid  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the lyrics  cover  Anti  Christianity,  Murder,  Sex  and  Extinction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perverticon  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Thirsting  For  Ruin"  "The  Cause  Of  Absolution"  "Breath  Of  Sulphur_Aura  Of  Flies"  and  "Holy  Gifts  From  Skinless  Hands".  8  out  of  10.

  

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Scars In Pneuma/The Path Of Seven Sorrows/Promethean Fire/Kolony Records/2018 CD Review


  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  epic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "The  APth  Of  Seven  Sorrows"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  as  a  joint  effort  between  Promethean  Fire  and  Kolony  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  deep  yet  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  elements  of  death  metal  at  times,  one  song  also  introduces  female  vocals  and  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  synths  can  also  be  heard.

  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  melodic  sounding  while  also  adding  in  some  death  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dealing  with  your  own  demons,  life's  biggest  regrets,  the  passing  of  time  and  the  beloved  people  we  lost  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Scars  In  Pneuma  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  :"Souls  Are  Burning"  'The  Secrets  That  We  Keep"  and  "The  Glorious  Empire  Of  Sand".  8  out  of  10.

Gravkade/Grav|aska/Avantgarde Music/2018 Full Length Review Review



  Gravkade  are  a  duo  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Grav|aska"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  while  synths  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Elements  of  funeral  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  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  rain  and  tribal  sounds  can  be  heard.

  Gravkade  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  sorrow  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gravkade  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  and  funeral  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dodpsalm"  and  "Sorgeakt".  8  out  of  10. 

  

10:13 Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
- Certainly, this is a band that is hard to pin down in a defined genre, but it's soley focused on Dark/depressive song structures. It's geared towards people who feel happiness from music that is morose. It's a celebration of having no end filter. It's the ultimate self-help casket pamphlet. It's BLACK METAL, but it's got a deformed head growing off and taking over the entire body.

2. You have an album coming out during the beginning of 2019, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
- I let my skills as a drummer take the lead when thinking about the energy source the listener will be looking for in extreme metal; my beginnings from Death Metal drumming are more apparent in my style than your average Black Metal band. From that point with every instrument I wanted to create a wall where every note and chord has been tediously filtered to have absolutely no uplifting progression. I needed to create something I could listen to that took me to this 'end of the world' feeling that many of my influences left off at.

3. The musical project is considered instrumental but there were a few black metal screams used every now and then, do you consider the vocals you use as being more of a musical instrument?
- I had a very biased opinion of doing any vocals from the start. Long story short: 20 years ago I was so overcome by Deinonychus' (Holland) cd releases, that it changed the way I heard every vocalist after that.  Nobody would ever be able to come off like the Mighty Marco Kehren so I didn't have ANY interest what-so-ever in going backwards. But I did need to add that element of the listener being pulled down through a vortex into hell, so I pulled the mic out for a second. The instuments always serve to take the lead. I notice when drifting off to instrumental music, I am able to go deeper in a trance because the vocals are not pulling me back to reality. I'm trying to escape the thought of people, not be reminded of them.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name '10:13'? 
- It's the 1's and 0's that attracted me. After years of hearing repeat band names I could hardly remember, I felt numbers were a little more appealling to the tone I'm trying to set here. Searching 10:13 will come up with any number of meanings: disturbing codes.....a day that is of interest to me though is October 13th (every 6 years a Friday) a birthday. I liked how Prog dudes would just name the whole band after their legal name. There was never any gimmicks or fluff with them. It was my version of doing that aswell.

5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album? 
- I was surprised I had any drawing ability in me beyond a bad stick figure. I took a beginning drawing class 5 years ago and an assignment was the cattle skull I altered and used on the back of the cd. In the middle of this 1st charcoal drawing, I came up with a concept I knew had emotion and truth. So the gas mask on the animal is a vision of our planet's legacy. This will be far after mankind is gone, but I do believe it's a little to late with peoples attitudes about abundantly having kids. The lands will be to toxic for any life. I trace this back to the discovery of iron/metals and the killing effects mankind quickly adopted with them. Through swords, bullets, and now nanotechology it's so interesting to see how reckless we are.  I'm not saying any of this is right or wrong....just simply observing it all.  The front cover drawing I did to represents the future/eerily looks more like the present.

6. In what part of the United States is the musical project based at?
-Lovely Southern California.

7. Most of the music on the album was recorded solo, would you be open to expanding into a full line up and doing live shows?
- I've often thought that vision through but unfortunately I would need 7 other members to match the layering in my songs. If somehow people came knocking; I'm convinced I'm too far gone at this point to open 10:13's writing to anyone beyond exclusive guest appearances (which I greatly enjoy.)  I do have an angle for any small shows I'll be assembling; That being next to no one-man BM bands I know of play live drums. And isn't that why every man, woman, and child wakes up in the morning for: drummers.

8. You also had a few guests on the recording, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and there contributions?
- Certainly. I had my Dad on the album playing some acoustic chords that would've taken me ages to never of been able to play it. Plus he set me off from birth into never accepting mediocre music so it felt right.
  Next I had gotten Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Planet X), to help out on two tracks. One of them being the final track off the album which he pretty much wrote 70% of the song!
   My drum engineer/recording professor Dennis Anderson then laid down a bass solo on the middle of the album I am still in shock of some years later. 
   Concluding the guest appearances is my bud Mario Romero laying down some guitar solos on spots I'd felt needed some flair. He did a brief few shows as fill-in drummer for Letum Ascensus and will be showcased on future 10:13 recordings along with any other musician's I admire.

9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
- After brief thought into the subject I decided to keep it all under my control under the name UncleBaby Records. I did everything from scratch as most bands do nowadays. I'd already paid for the recording time so I really didn't see what a label could offer me except for unsolicited advice at this point. I never wanted to bear the sins or 'labels' other bands may have gotten from being affiliated with any sector of the music business. I needed to set the tone for the label I chose.

10. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
- I guess I'm still waiting to see the reaction beyond America. Local reaction has been optimistic and some of the comments are exactly what I intended to go for. Im just glad that I wasn't the only one that felt there had been a hole left in the genre. And plus the challenge from trying to pull a BM crowd was always attractive to me. If you put your average Joe on stage with an instrument in front of an expectant/hardend metal crowd; chances are they'd wet themselves. But many of are us are like : "Sure, can I light some fire on-stage?".

11. Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
- At the moment I've kept all my effort focused within this band. In the 90's I played some cool headlining shows with many of the big bands back then at the Corona Showcase Theater in California. I kept working at drums since then, but at 38 this is my musical recording debut. I had some near misses far in the past of recording with some Relapse Rec. bands, but honestly looking back I'm relieved nothing ever happened until this point. I'm terribly critical of my every move and knowing any of those premature recordings were out there would've nagged at the back of my mind. Though being a drummer since '93 and NOT having any recordings of myself did come with it's share of mental distress.

12. Where do you see yourself heading in the future musically? 
-Now that I have an idea what it takes to record myself, I'd say what I come up with from here on out should be greatly beyond what I've done so far regarding darkness and production. This debut is 'me just waking up'. "Making a dry turkey sandwich", you could say. I feel I'm nowhere near my peak at drums which is promising. I plan to start arranging/pre-recording my already written second album a month after this debut is released. Some songs can take months as a whole. And I'll be rehearsing for live shows and making those videos available on youtube.

13. 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?
- lm pretty split between Progressive Rock and extreme metal so they've all had an influence on me: Nidingr, Ved Buens Ende/Virus, Kvist, Planet X, Phillip Glass,
Grifteskymfning, Xasthur, Deinonychus, Camper Van Beethoven, Yattering, Virgil Donati Band, Yellow Eyes, Evilfeast, Gentle Giant, Morbid Angel, Derek Sherinian, Enoid/Borgne, Darkspace, Abigor, Limbonic Art, Incantation, Tony MacAlpine are all worth a mention.

14. What are some of your non musical interests?
- Before music became a thing with me I was into anything remote controlled. I might get back into that when I'm an old man. Also I am hypnotized and smitten with anything regarding cats. They're always on my mind and I'm constantly thinking of ways to become closer with them. They have never let me down or ever disappoint me. I believe they're the best companion on the planet. The way they can look at you is hilarious! They're just so perfect and loving.

15. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
- I'm a firm believer in holding a band's physical album in your hands. Regarding sound quality, it's a no brainer for anyone with respect for music. Before the internet lifted the veil, there was true mystery behind the lives of the artist. The cd of their's you were holding was the only clue for you to piece together the meaning behind these great songs of theirs. I hope enough of this internet exposure has proven to many to be a bad thing and bands and fans seek to go underground a bit more. Too much of one thing can be awful and if kids went and purchased any cd it would give them time to marinate in all that it has to offer. I do recognize the ease of access and avenues the web has offered, but it's obvious we sold part of our soul to gain those few perks...

Thank you for the interview.   -Neil Carter
http://1013.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/1013neilcarter/

Monday, December 10, 2018

Asmodee/Aequilanx/Battlesk'rs Productions/2018 Demo Re-Issue Review


  Asmodee  where  a  band  from  France  that  played    very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  demo  "Aequilanx"  which  will  be  re-issued  on  December, 14, 2018  by  Battlesk'rs  Productions.

  Blast  beats  start  off  the  demo  before  adding  in  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  demonic  growls  are  also  used  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow.  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  bringing  out  the  raw  style  that  was  very  common  during  that  era  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them  as  well  as the  guitar  leads  also  keeping  the  raw  and  chaotic  style.

  Asmodee  played  a  style  of  black  metal  that  was  very  raw  and  aggressive  for  the  time  it  was  released  and  still  holds  up in  the  modern  era,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Asmodee  where  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Great  Final  Justice"  and  "Cain's  Black  Spells".  8  out  of  10.

 

    

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dictator/Dysangelist/Aesthetic Death/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  Dictator  are  a  solo  project  from  Cyprus  that  plays  a  mixture  of  depressive  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2008  album  "Dysangelist"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  2019  by  Aesthetic  Death.

  Dark  ambient  style  synths  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  sounding  whispers  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  the  slower  riffs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  funeral  doom  metal.

  The  synths  also  bring  in  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  while  all  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  and  depressive  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.

  Dictaor  plays  a  musical style  that takes  depressive  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness,  anti  religion,  suicide  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dictator  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black,  funeral  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dysangelist"  and  "Monolithos".  8  out  of  10. 

Shaytan/Ancient Shadows/2017 EP Review


  Shaytan  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2017  ep  "Ancient  Shadows".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style.

  Deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  on  the  closing  track  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Shaytan  plays  a  style  of  satanic  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  fast,  aggressive  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Sumerian/Assyrian/Babylonian  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shaytan  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lords  Of  Hell" and  "Dark  Mistress  Of  Death".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Valle Crucis/Iron & Blood/Pagan Pride Records/Narcoleptica Productions/2018 CD Review


  Valle  Crucis  are  a  band  from  South  Carolina  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw,  destructive  and  violent  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Iron  &  Blood"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Pagan  Pride  Records  and  Narcoleptica  Productions.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  90's  era.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  one  track  also  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  sounds  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  synths  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

 On  this  recording  Valle  Crucis  goes  for  more  of  a  raw,  old  school  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religion,  hate  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Valle  Crucis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "March  Of  The  night"  "Soul  Fucker"  and  "Iron  &  Blood".  8  out  of  10. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

10:13/Result Of An Iron Age/2019 Full Length Review


  10:13  are  a  solo  project  the  United  States  that  plays  a  progressive  form of depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  'Result  Of An  Iron  Age"  which  will  be  released  in  2019.

  Acoustic  guitars  and  harmonicas's  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  depressive  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Atmospheric  sounding  keyboards  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  words  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  experimental  and  progressive  at  times  as  well  as  some  samples also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  10:13  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  experimental  sounding  while  only  using  a  small  amount  of  vocals  as  a  musical  instrument  and  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording.

  In  my  opinion  10:13  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Oathbade"  "Misanthropic  Delirium"  "Nashiteric"  and  "A  Day  too  Late".  8  out  of  10.       

Ulvdalir/...Of Death Eternal/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review


  Ulvdalir  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "...Of  Death  Eternal"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of melodic  chants  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  getting  very  deep  at  times.

  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  chants  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Ulvdalir  plays  a  style  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Death  Worship,  Nihilism  and  Philosophy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ulvadir  are  a  very  great  sounding  orthodox  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Awakening"  "Swords  Of  Belial"  and  "Eternal  Angel  of  Death Eternal".  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Djevelkult/Kyy/Nihil Kaos/Kult Of Kaos Serpent/Saturnal/2018 3 Way Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  3  way  split  album  between  Norway's  Djevelkult,  Finland's  Kyy  and  Turkey's  Nihil  Kaos  called  "Kult  of  Kaos  Serpent"  which  will  be  released  on  December  8th  by  Saturnal  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Djevelkult  who  return  with  their  old  school  style  of  satanic  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in t he  Nordic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  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  some  melody  also  being  added  into  some  of  the  riffing,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Norwegian  and  English  and  cover  death,  darkness,  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Djevelkult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Life  Devoid".

  Next  up  is  Kyy  who  return  with  their  satanic  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy sound  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody. 

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  demonic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  guitar  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  and  after  awhile t he  vocals  start  adding  in  angry  shouts,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Kyy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ingress_Womb  of  Lilith".

  Closing  the  split  is  Nihil  Kaos  who  return  with  their  satanic  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  deep  black  metal  screams  which  get  more  high  pitched  at  times  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  chaotic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in a   decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  second  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  fo  acoustic  gutiars  can  also  be  heard,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Chaos-Gnostic  Satanism,  Death  and  End  Of  Life  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Nihil  Kaos  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Claws  Of  The  Tempter".

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

    

Der Rote Milan/Moritat/Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork/2019 Full Length Review


  Der  Rote  Milan  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  album  "Moritat"  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  Unholy  Conspiracy  Deathwork.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  and  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  few  growls.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  whispered  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  a  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  chanting  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  Der  Rote  Milan  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  and  melodic  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  real  life  stories  that  took  place  back  in  the  30  year  war  of  the  17th  century.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Der  Rote  Milan  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Die  Habsucht"  and  "Moritat".  8  out of 10.

Joys Of Life 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?

1. Since the release of ,,Ausweg/Existenzfeind”, and also some time before the actual release, I’ve been working on new material. Musically I’ve been experimenting a lot, and implementing some changes I’ve deemed according to the further development, direction where the Joys of Life is heading. It is something I am constantly working on, since I am no longer active in any other musical project. On another notice, since a few months, I’ve been rehearsing with session musicians in order to realize some live appearances.



 2.In April you had released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done different musically with this recording that you have not done with previous releases?

2. Not just musically, but all-round I feel that this album is far more well thought out than the first one. Dem Tod sei Dank is more straightforward, everything is overfilling from beginning to end, while the release in question is more paced, not only in the song construction but as a whole. I’ve re-recorded the whole album several times until I was satisfied with the result, also with Maledictor, the person responsible for the mixing and mastering, we took our time so that we get the most out of the music, without loosing anything of the essential spirit and everything else around it. I’ve been using more or less the same equipment, which I just lately updated, and also programmed drums the same way, yet creatively it came out much different in my opinion.



3.You refer to your as 'life poisoning black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

3. I’ve never been keen on putting labels of any kind unto this project. Since I try to evade the term DSBM out of multiple reasons, 'life poisoning black metal' seemed very appropriate. The lyrics are hermetic in a literary sense. There are many symbols scattered around in my work and the listener is the one who is to make himself a picture of them. One could say they are open to interpretation in a sense that they give the listener a chance to think about them, while being also guided by the music that has been inspired by thoughts, insights and experiences. All this the listener takes in in a way, like smoke or air that is inhaled. The term itself comes from Necheshetrion and Demoness of Zly Demiurg. I feel that both of them understood all this, and why I believe it is fitting.



4.This is your first release in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

4. Yes, except the writing itself of the new material, I was active in two other bands during the time. The first one was an experimental noize/drone/blackened band under the name of ЖЕГОР . Danilo, the frontman an I were composing the songs, although later on Danilo took over for the most part. We were having live gigs performing own songs with some major bands, we were planning to record an album but eventually the project disbanded, mainly because of the mental and psychological problems Danilo was facing at the time, which still is one big shame, because he deleted and probably burned all that had to do with or reminded him of ЖЕГОР. The other band is Kobb and is still active, doing their thing. I left mainly because of my lack of time to truly give my part as a bassist, and because of the creative differences we have had. Also, as I mentioned, the recording of Ausweg/Existenzfeind took way much more time than intended, as the songs were written and ready by the first half of 2017. I learned by experience at this time what things to try and people to evade when trying to make my work the best possible.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Joys of Life'?

5. Joys of Life is a name that sounds just sarcastic to some, others asked me if it has to do with the Crowlean term of ,,Joy” and yet others found a correlation with the band ,,Happy Days”. Truth is that it is none of the above. To me, it is the progress of overcoming oneself, station by station tearing down and amputating parts of oneself that slow one down in a process of elevation, becoming something greater that anything material can ever be or become. I do not write music to leave something behind, nor do I do it to speak to anybody. I just let manifest the things that go through myself, and tear away bit by bit, things which I believe life itself doesn’t compare to. This endless well of manifestations is what gave birth to the name also.



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

6. The artwork was envisioned during the finishing phase of the album, it is composed in a symbolic manner. As in the true art itself I believe, if it is sincere, one gives a part of himself into the work. In the cover this culminates in the figure cutting off its own head and offering it up while becoming part of a godly figure himself. Each item presented has a connection to one of the songs, which themselves represent stations in giving up oneself for something greater and more meaningful than life and being itself. I would sincerely like the listener or the one who is looking at the picture at this point, to unveil and decipher himself the further meanings and symbolism's therein. On a personal level, it has spiritual meaning, which is accompanied by its other part, the music, and the listener which takes it in, and makes it complete.



7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?

7. During the three years, while working on the album, I also tried working with other musicians on this project. The aim was to improve musically and also do live drums on the recordings. There also were a few rehearsals with different lineups but it never really worked as intended. Perhaps the time was not right, or the Ideas weren’t ripe enough. There was a lack of commitment of the musicians, but also some creative and ideological differences was always present so eventually I put an end to it, and continued to work alone to preserve the essence and spirit of Joys of Life. So yes, I’d rather work alone than lose an essential part of my work for a slightly better ,,sound” or some live performances. Since recently, me and a drummer, as well as an old friend, JK, started to work together. Time will tell if the fruits of this cooperation will be fit to release to the public or not.



 8.The new album was released on cassette through 'Zly Demiurg' and the cd through 'Jesboligakurac Records', can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?

8. Both labels put very much spirit into releasing ,,Ausweg / Existenzfeind”. Jesboligakurac records is an underground diy label located in the village of Brus in Serbia. Packe, the owner is a very enthusiastic person working with all kind of genres he sees fit, from grindcore to black metal to some noise projects. Our cooperation was quick and efficient as the cd release itself took only about a month.
 Zly Demiurg is from Poland, Necheshetrion and Demoness do only casette releases, old-school style in limited quantities. I was acquainted with their work from before and actually own some releases of them. They focus their work on black metal with many polish but also other, international bands on their rooster, with quality and spirit over quantity in mind when it comes to their work. Both are worth checking out if one is interested in sincere diy style releases and values idea and spirit over production. Hails to P., N., and D.!!!

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

9. As far as I see, positive. I wouldn’t go as far as considering myself someone who is having a ,,fanbase”, but what I see is that people value the music if they sense that there has been put effort into it, and so do I as well. The first album has been sold out since spring 2016 at Depressive Illusions and is since available only online. I’m considering a re-release in the near future. Ausweg / Existenzfeind is also getting decent to good reviews for now, although the most important thing for me  of course is and will be, that I myself am satisfied with what I have conjured, and that it is the best I could possibly do, for this kind of work deserves nothing less.



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

10. Since the release of ,,Dem Tod sei Dank”, creatively and intellectually a lot has changed. The material I work on in the present is different on many levels, so all I can say at the moment is, that certain changes, from the roots on will happen. I will of course continue the project in the same vein, but since the release of ,,Ausweg/Existenzfeind”, I got the opportunity to improve on many things, and this will reflect upon the musical work accordingly.



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

11. The two bands that have had the most influence on Joys of Life recently are Obsequiae and Chaos Echoes. Both bands are unique in their own way, and this is what one should strive for in my opinion. Also, Kalmankantaja and Antimateria were very important and defining in a way. Nowadays, on another notice I listen to some more recently released albums.  Svartidauði and Acherontas are two of the black metal bands whose 2018 releases I’m constantly coming back to. Also, Gnosis Kardias from Inferno and all releases of Cult of Fire. I also listen to a lot of dungeon synth and (dark) ambient nowadays, here I’d mention Dark Tower (old – school DS) Spectral Lore and Coph Nia.



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

12. Thank you for the interview! Ausweg / Existenzfeind is available at:

https://jesboligakurac.jimdo.com/releases/

http://zlydemiurg.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Barshasketh/Self Titled/W.T.C Productions/2019 Full Length Review


  New  Zealand/United  Kingdom's  Barshasketh  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  with  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  album  which  will  be  released  in  2019  by  W.T.C  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.

  At  times  the  album  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  and  as  the  recording  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  a  semi  melodic  tone  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  synths  and  clean  playing  also  being  brought  into  the  music  briefly. 

  On  this  recording  Barshasketh  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic,  atmospheric  and  modern  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  the  self  existing  in  the  cyclical  process  that  goes  through  the  phases  of  destruction,  purification  and  the  ultimate  adversarial  rebirth.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Barshasketh  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Vacillation"  "Consciousness  II"  and  "Recrudescene".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Yaldabaoth Interview

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

XII.XIX.XII: The Yaldabaoth project started between June and July, 2017. I was appreciating the opus “Ophis Christos” from the Brazilian entity Ain Sof Aur, seeing the booklet, looking at those illustrations that awaken myself curiosity and anxiety to get my knowledge deeper. Decided join with XXIII.IV.IV to talk about it, such that he has an extreme facility to interpretations based in the theme topics. Then we had the idea to create a project about the Gnosticism and the occult knowledge.

Yaldabaoth is: XII.XIX.XII – All Instruments and Vocals XXIII.IV.IV – Lyrics 

2.In January you had released a demo, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you wnt for on the recording?

XII.XIX.XII: We decided to show our reinterprets through the infernal and dark atmosphere of black metal. I believe this is an art that adorns perfectly with the theme we are writing.

3.Both the lyrics and bands name comes from 'Nag Hammadi' and Gnosticism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

XXIII.IV.IV: The interest by Gnosticism came from the perception by how the christianity always set the debate about their own deviant heresies and ducts. It was the christians who created all the narratives and iconographies about the evil, about hell, about witchcraft, about Lucifer and his demons over the centuries, in its trajectory of domination of the culture and suppression of other religions and social relationships. Many hosts adopt that christian iconography and narrative (that defines this group of oppositions) to position deliberately to the dark side strengths. The Yaldabaoth project wanted to go beyond the affirmation of evil by evil in the inner of the christian cosmovision. 
We decided to take the initiative to guide a narrative of the christianity, inverting the polarity. The good is bad, the bad is good. We intend to redeem Lucifer as a
humanity benefactor, that desires his freedom from an oppressive system, controlled by an absolutist and insane monarch, that is god of Israel. A promethean that brought the fire to the men, and that was punished by Olympus for want the creatures become creators. In this sense, we used the Gnosticism as a tool to inquire the christian narrative and rip the veil of their cosmologic conventions. As the goal is to redeem Satan, it becomes in using of the Left Hand Path.
In this sense, we’ll step forward to transform the releases in chapters of am epic narrative, about the creation of the world and a demiurge that goes crazy and tries to imprison its creatures, and about the fight of Lucifer to free these creatures of slavery. The Gnosticism give us the narrative and the tools to confront christianity and creativity to reorganize the history.

4.A lot of the 'Gnostic' scriptures contain a lot of material that was suppressed by the Biblical scholars, do you feel that if the truth was actually exposed in those days the Roman Empire and other piliticians would never of been able to make Christianity the main religion like it has been since the 4th century?

XXIII.IV.IV: The basis of what was to be the christianity emerged in the growing fertile region (Egypt, Mesopotamia, Assyria, Palestine, north of Turkey, Baluchistan, Crete) in the cooper age [1300 – 700 B.C.].
The skin colors were of kaleidoscopic multiplicity, although their cultural, linguistic and social expressions communed by a common ground. In this sense, the old testament books (taken from the Jews) is a mix of Sumerian traditions (the resemblance of genesis with Enuma Elish is impressive), Egyptian (many psalms are so similar with the contents of book of the dead) and people of the palestinian region (many of the ecclesiastical books are linked with the Hamurabic legislation). Some episodes of the Exodus imply that the hebrews were deeply divided about the cult to Yahweh, and they adopted female deities, as the iconic Golden Calf. Only resume in the contemporary bible the book of judges and prophets to witness the vainly and endless effort of specifics political authorities to separate Hebrews of Philistines, Canaanites, Sadducees and others. It was during the Israelite kingdoms that Torá emerged from a temptation of organize the oral and written tradition of many people subdued by David’s dynasty (+/- 1000 B.C), eliminating many scripts and forging others, all in the name of a coherence that would give the impression of predestination and theology. The political purpose is perceived by this effort, that is absolutist and centralizer. Something that we saw in Akanaton’s Egypt, in the Achaemenids dynasties of Persia. 
The successive Babylonian, Persian and Roman achievements from the Jewish Palestine region only cooperated with the cultural syncretism which was the appropriate field to the emergence of uncountable philosophical and religious
chains, by where was born the primitive christianity. In its origin was a chaotic swirl of Neoplatonism, Pythagorean exoterism, Jewish Kabbalah and many mythologies with Mesopotamian and Egyptian basis.
Add this to the salvationist and ecumenical purpose of the Persian Zoroastrianism and the human history while a Manicheism’s opposite game, then you have a popular religion that was spread as wild fire in the periphery of the roman empire, mainly through the slaves of many backgrounds, culturally uprooted and physically and psychologically weakened.
To the extent that the roman status quo realized the gregarious potential of the new religion, effective in take conquered people belonging to a community which has a broad sense than concept of roman citizenship (at the time not extendable to slaves), tried to equip this region and empties it of its revolutionary potential. We shouldn’t forget that while christianity was only a jewish heresy, it was relentlessly followed by Roman State, and only was officially adopted when the barbarian invasions threated the integrity of the empire. So ecclesiastic christianity comes as we know it, that seeks to organize the official cannon of its hierarchical religion taking some books and scripts that would be convenient, and throwing away some others, all generated by this cultural mix of the medium orient, in a successive series of councils, the most relevant than all in Nicea (325 A.C.)
In short, the church discarded many books that were contradictories with the political purpose of association. The Bible is a group of books that not always has relationship by itself, just put together to purposes of power upon the assembly. 

5.You also add a Luciferian and Left Hand Path approach to the story, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?

XXIII.IV.IV: Our interest came by subversion of the political, cultural and religious power’s hierarchy, that limits every associative possibilities of the human being. The history of Lucifer, formed by a very broad set of narratives that extrapolate the bible is of the archetype of the rebel, present in so many mythologies like the one who opposes to the dominat order and encourages riots.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?

XXIII.IV.IV: The cover artwork is about a geometric representation of Pleroma, about an image of a matron in formation/decomposition state that represent the Aeon Sophia leaving the ideal world and falling in the transitory world of matter, represented by the roman ruins in the region of Palmira (current Syria).
7.On the demo you work as a duo, are you open to using a full line upin the studio or do you prefer to remain a duo?

XII.XIX.XII: Yaldabaoth project was formed as a duo and it will be a duo. About some shows, i could get together some people who will give some support in the stage, but i don’t have any marked date yet.

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

XII.XIX.XII: we never played live yet. It’s still a future plan.

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

XII.XIX.XII: I cannot say it yet, probably not.

10.The demo was released on 'Balrogh Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

XII.XIX.XII: This label is the first support we had. Cajado, the owner, gave us all the support to release our first episode “A Queda de Sophia” in cassette format, limited to 

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

XII.XIX.XII: Our priority always was do it by ourselves to the world, for those who want to know about our reinterpret of the gnostic themes. Although we had positive critics and support from a lot of very important people in the Brazilian black metal scene, including our influences.

12.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the main person is a part of?

XII.XIX.XII: Parallel to Yaldabaoth, i have an atmospheric depressive music project called Allonair. It’s an escape valve that i used to compose songs about personal problems, not necessarily of mine. Allonair has three records released: “Your Life Ends Here” (Full Length), “Hopeless” (EP) and “Alone With My Thoughts” (Full Length). I’m working at a new release at moment, maybe another full, maybe a split album, I don’t know.
I have also an old school black metal band called Helliancy. It has two demos released: Alliance From Hell and Decay Of Our Mind. In the beginning of 2019, I’ll release the third demo “Kill The God In You”. This project is holding on, i’m think about to split up with it.
Then I have more two projects in the paper: Occult Knowledge and Etéreo. News will be announced soon. 

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

XXIII.IV.IV: In the past, we defined a Gnostic Topography of the metaphysic universe (Pleroma) and Physic (the world created by Yaldabaoth) and the mediation between the plans done by the Tree of Life, created from the initiative of the Aeon Sophia (in our interpretation). Indeed, it’s something analogue that Dante has done in Divine Comedy, when describing the geography of hell, purgatory and heaven, but our goal is not apology to the christianity, but rather a incisive critic. Now we’ll make a similar itinerary to John Milton in Lost Paradise, but our Lucifer will be more noble and will have help of many other instances of power. 

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

XII.XIX.XII: My influences are Brazilian bands that I show my total respect, like Vobiscum Inferni, Ain Sof Aur, Black Achemoth, Vulturine and Spell Forest. Today I’m listening to some Funeral Doom metal bands like HellLight and Clouds.

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

XXIII.IV.IV: The religions of the world are stagnant in their interpretations to a premodern hermeneutic, which is unable to meet challenges of a technological and constantly transformation reality. It becomes the shelter of a dangerous reactionary that threats to provoke a conflict which can become nuclear, leading
to the human extinction. It supports productive practices and forms of association between the human being that are leading to a mass extinction of species, to the global warming, and the collapse of the marine life and the other ecosystems. No more anesthetics are given to the existence’s pain, only of conviction to where should exist doubts. The multitude of desperate believers put their religious leaders in power position in the State whose dilemmas, long time ago, exceed those from Cooper  Age. In this case, Yaldabaoth only says: FLY OR DIE!  

Lucifer's Child/The Order/Agonia Records/2018 CD Review


  Lucifer's  Child  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  progressive  form of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "The  Order"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  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  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Ritualistic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  progressive  and  atmospheric  moments  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  the  music.

  Lucifer's  Child  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  having  its  raw  and  aggressive  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while t he  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Luciferian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lucifer's  Child  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  progressive  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Viva  Morte"  "Through  Fire  We  Burn"  and  "Siste  Farvel".  8/5  out  of  10.

Omgeving Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
“Omgeving” is an experimental musical project from Dutch musician Franck Johanson (DISTILLATOR) where the listener is meant to interpret the sound as auditory landscapes, every texture part of a broader perception that has been created. The first Omgeving album crosses the boundaries of black metal, space rock, ambient, and doom. It is an entirely instrumental work based on conjuring imagery through soundscapes, through tones and frequencies that transport you through inner and outer space.


2.You have your first album coming out in December, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I love the big sound of Opera, the coldness in Black Metal, the slow drone of Doom and the dreamy sounds of Space Rock. I was wondering how this would sound when I combined these elements into one big epic soundtrack. When I wrote the first song I wanted to force myself to let go of typical metal boundaries, two guitars, bass and a drummer. I just wanted to create really big epic pieces, so sometimes I used 6 guitars all playing different lines. This ended up in sounds that I really liked and got me new inspiration. From there the whole project started to come together.

3.Most of the music is instrumental, are there any plans to add vocals or lyrics on future releases?
The whole album “Wijde Wijdte” was written to be an instrumental album. It’s not an album like any other regular album. This album is to help the listener unfold a better setting to let their own imagination flow. Most of the time singers are a big distraction from the music in my opinion. Singing is also like talking to someone, and that’s exactly what I was not intending to do. I want people to listen and to help them create an environment to explore their own mind.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Omgeving'?
Omgeving is a Dutch word. It has a pretty vague definition. It’s not something you can touch, it’s not something that can be described specifically. That is exactly the definition of the music. Translation can be different for everyone.


5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
What you see is an imaginary world. This represents the auditory landscapes that have been recorded on the album. I’m very much in love with the colors (not really Black Metal is it).
The artwork on the frontcover is done by Kuba Kujawa. He is a Polish artist currently living in Denmark. He is a fantastic artist and has got a really great Instagram feed.


6.With this project you record everything by yourself but also have experience playing with a full line up, how would you compare the two?
This whole album is written, recorded and mixed by me. It was the first time for me to do something like this. For my band Distillator I work together with two other people to write an album. Within my band we have a very solid songwriting team. We complement each other and get the best performance out of each other. This time was a little different. It was a really good experience to be fully responsible for every detail on the album. I had 100% freedom to do whatever I wanted to do, to experiment as much as I wanted and to go as far away from the Metal genre as I could. This allowed me to write music that I never thought about.



7.The album is coming out on 'Hypnotic Dirge Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
I was looking for a label to release this album and got to know Hypnotic Dirge Records via social media channels. I really love the philosophy of the label and the way Nic is working. They did some great releases in the past. There were other labels interested too, but they did not gave me the same feeling as Nic did. So for me it was easy to go with HDR and release the album. 


8,.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and underground metal?
The response is very good so far. I was a little bit worried that it might be too abstract/alternative for the Black Metal community at some points in the album. But people seem to like it very much.

9.What is going on with 'Distillator' these days?
We are very busy touring, playing shows and writing new material for the third album which is the last concept album in our trilogy. We all have improved our instrument skills since the start of the band and we really starting pushing boundaries of what is Thrash Metal on this album. I’m super excited to let people hear some music, but we’re still in demo phase haha. It probably might take another year or so. We just want to release a killer album.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Currently I’m writing a lot of music in my studio. I’m working on a follow up for “Wijde Wijdte”, I’m working on a third album for Distillator and I’m in finishing phase with another small experimental project I do with a rapper. Next to that I’m recording music under my name: Franck Johanson, which I released a track on Spotify this year.


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?
Since the birth of global internet I listened to so many music. It’s great to have access to all kinds of genres, artists, bands, labels, etc.. I love Black Metal, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, Ambient, GOA, Techno, Avant Garde, Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop. So this allows me to constantly get new inspiration to write music. I think people should embrace modern technology and start making use of it. It’s such a shame that people think within boxes in the metal community. There is so much great music in all genres to be found online. Once you open your mind, magic will happen.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
I got a big interest for Graphical design, Art and culture.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for letting me talk about my new album. Check out Hypnotic Dirge Records and stay open minded.

Fallen Tyrant Interview

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

Fallen Tyrant is a black metal trio from Darmstadt, that’s a bit south of Frankfurt in Germany. We’ve been around for quite a while, and we have just released our second album, “Children of a Nuclear Dawn” via Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions from Berlin. This is Mithras answering your questions, I’m the guitarist and vocalist in Fallen Tyrant.


2. Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things the band has done different musically with this recording that you where not able to do on previous releases?

Nothing that was planned. I think the songs and the production turned out better this time. Overall, it’s a bit faster and more aggressive than “No World To Win, A Life To Lose” I guess. There’s a lyrical concept throughout the album, but we didn’t really sit down and said hey, let’s make a concept album. It just happened. So we didn’t really do anything different, but it ended up with a very different result.
One thing that may have had an impact is that we have a different bass player than on the previous releases, and the guy is quite good… so we could go for more elaborate bass lines in some tracks.


3. This is your first release in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

The album had been written and recorded by early 2016. Up to that point it was songwriting, rehearsals, arrangement. From that point on, we were delayed by a multitude of different personal and organisational issues I’d rather not elaborate on. Let’s just say, we all had a bit of a rough time.


4. The lyrics on the new album cover a lot of war topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

That’s actually not even true. The album revolves around dystopia and societal collapse, and the different forces at play there. Of course, once something has seriously gone wrong inside a society, war is the outcome in most cases. I think it may be pointless to explain too much, as the listener’s own interpretation can be more interesting than the artist’s intention in some cases… but generally, the thread running through all things Fallen Tyrant is the question of individuality, creativity and destruction, and the balance of these, in society as well as in oneself.

I think everyone is born with curiosity and creativity, but also malice. They’re different sides of the same coin. In one of the songs I took the – admittedly slightly corny – analogy of the black flame burning inside of us. If let loose completely, destruction reigns. It needs to be harnessed, controlled and used wisely, but not suppressed – because then the outcome is inevitably complete madness as well. I think this main theme is essentially what makes Fallen Tyrant “black metal” instead of just pissed-off rock music with weird facepaint.

Get the connection to the dystopia/war theme yet? If not, pay more attention to what’s going on around you. You’re in for a rude awakening.


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

That guy up on the pedestal? Yeah, fuck him.


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

That was painted by Luciana Nedelea based on the lyrical concept of the album… or better, it is a continuation of the lyrical concept. We point out the issues, what you can see on the cover artwork is the final result. To be fair, it did end up looking more like a Morbid Angel record than a black metal album, but we found it to be a good fit anyway.


7. Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?

Couldn’t pull it off alone, it’s that simple. Find my solo demos somewhere on the internet and listen to them, you’ll find out why I needed a band.


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

I tend to remember the shit ones much more lively than the good ones. But one that I remember especially fondly was Leipzig in 2012 – not because it was all that great, but it was the first gig where I had the feeling “hey, this is working, we may be onto something here.” I think recent highlights were Metaldays 2017, which should be on both the best and worst list for a number of reasons, and our release concert here at home a few days back.

Performance wise, well, we try to get that type of dark, somewhat destructive energy over to the people that can be so uplifting at the same time… remember the black flame thing? The only way we can do that is by putting our hearts and souls into it. The facepaint, candles and military gear of course look flashy on stage, but that’s not the main purpose of all that stuff. It’s part of the transformation into a bunch of raging maniacs, which is what we need to be to deliver what we want to deliver. I can’t really describe the stage performance from the outside, although I have of course seen pictures and footage. It’s aggressive, fast, loud, energetic and hopefully well executed, that much I can say.


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

We’ll see. Touring maybe not so much, but a number of good gigs would be nice. But we already see some interest from promoters, even though album promotion has just started. So you’ll see us around, I’m sure.


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

Not sure, the album has only been out for a few days. But the little feedback we received so far has been very favorable.


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

So I, Mithras, am part of Wight, a progressive rock band, where I play bass. We’ve released three albums so far, but took a break in 2018 and are just kick-starting the band back to life at the moment. I also play bass in Glanville, an old school heavy metal band. We have released a first EP in 2018 and did a small tour. Great fun.

Our bass player Nihlathak plays guitar and is one of the songwriters in Angur. That’s basically a (pagan) black metal band as well, but with a much different approach. Slightly more modern, proper heavy stuff with some skill and passion. Check it out.


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

Good question. I see ourselves doing what we do and getting better at it. Riffs and ideas flow out of us without much control, so it comes down to what we make of them. That’s also where the band comes in… I think we’re making progress by becoming a better unit. We have some interesting new songs already written, and they’re all quite different. Maybe the challenge will be making a coherent album this time – but we’ll do it, rest assured.


13. 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?

That’s quite a general question. I myself am also active in other musical genres and also listen to a lot of other things besides metal – jazz, funk, world music, prog, you name it. You will not see any directly traceable influence from that in Fallen Tyrant, we have chosen to play black metal, and that it will remain. No need for “hey, let’s go for a weird funky guitar here and some technical death metal break there.” What happens is that I come across melodic or rhythmic patterns from other types of music and find a way to make a good black metal riff out of that without anyone noticing that that was ripped off blind from let’s say some funk song. Taking all that influence and cramming it into this limited style of black metal, relying on tried and true formulas while still saying something new and different – that’s the challenge, that’s what keeps it interesting to me. And I see that in my bandmates as well, everyone in the band contributes, but of course everyone has their own approach to it.


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

German black metal is pedestrian… in the truest sense of the word.