Thursday, August 16, 2018

Frust Interview

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

Frust was founded just a few months ago as a solo project. I ve been making music for over 20 years now, started as guitar player and co-founder in a punk/grunge band in the mid 90s, we´ve played some gigs and released a demo, till i wasnt able to go along with the band because of some health problems. I ve kept playing music over the years, for me and friends, and started to learn more about playstyles, instruments, programming, mixing and so on. I ve quitted making music from time to time, because i was frustrated by slow progress to be honest sometimes, i had higher expectations and a lot of doubt in myself. In winter 2018, early spring, i ve wrote two song-parts just for fun, and i started to like them more and more, in the past years i ve stopped on most of songs if there were any parts i wasnt satisfied with, but this time i continued working on them, the songs arisen from that sessions are „Air“ and „Earth“. So i decided to make an EP.





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

I am not sure, it was and is really hard for me to label the music, i don´t like put the burden of a genre on my work,because it just would limit me in many ways. For several reasons, i sure had to put a label on it, and the one with i personally go best is „Post Black Metal“. But to answer the question when it comes to sound, i would say, it´s a mix bewtween Black Metal, Post Black Metal, Black Gaze, some Ambient, specially the new Album, coming in January 2019 will also have some more „Doom Metal“ passages, and some, well, almost „Trip Hop“-like passages…so it´s mabye also „experimental“ in some ways, like it was with the female virtual Instrument vocals from syria and bulgaria i ve used on „Elements“. I am a big fan of The Cure as well, Maybe it has even some of them in it in the slower, more quiet parts, like on „Water“.



3.Both the song themes and ep cover deal with the 4 elements, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

Well, i am a spirtual person when it comes to nature, i ve lived my first 24 years in the middle of a national park in the austrian alps, so the connection to mother earth was always strong in my beeing. I´ve worked a lot using the four elements in meditations and not at least at some kind of guides, like Earth is very grounding, Water reflects your feelings, Fire your anger or passion. I don´t want to overexpand that topic, but it felt very right for me to give the first record that nature-related background, as i wrote „Air“ it wasnt planned to go on with all the four Elements, but it was clear that that track, can only have this Name.





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

Thats a small, and funny story. It isn´t a lie, when i tell you, finding a band name took my more nerves and thinking than anything else working with Frust.So i was really thinking much and a long time About a name, but all that came up was very chliché, i would have been ashamed sooner or less, using that names. Some day, i was playing online with some friends, and one of them was really angry that day, and i ve said: „Micha, you´re really in a good mood to tell me a bandname for my project, what are you feeling right now, just shoot“ And he answered: „Frust! Only Frust!“ I ve said:“Thanks a lot, that fits well“ haha, and it was done. Frust is the shortform of „Frustration“ in, at least, german language.





5.With the exception of some female vocals from Bulgaria and Syria you recorded most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with a full band?

The female Voices are Instruments too, at least virtual Instrument, a lot of smaller film-, gaming- and so on projects are using them too, it´s really great, you would be astound how many voice-instruments you can buy today. They´re able to modulate in so many ways, it´s a really great opportunity to get some vocals, if you re living in a small town, not knowing any singer. For the Growls/screams, thats me. I don´t have plans for adding more members in the future to be honest.





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

I´ve received a few offers, but i am a sceptical person when it comes to business, specially music business. I ve expirenced so many great opportunities, specially for new bands, and i really prefer to grow organic, with the awareness that that´s gonna be a long way, specially without live concerts. That shouldn´t mean i dont´t want to work with a record label at any cause.



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

I wasn´t really sure how/if people would like it, specially with the label „Post Black Metal“ on it, like i ve said earlier. I haven´t had any negative review by now, or any negative comment on shared postings in like in Facebook-groups or on YouTube, so the toxic-community may just haven´t found me by now. Promoting the EP has just begun, and i ve got a lot of responses in form of reviews, radio-airplay, and so on, which i honest appreciate every single one of it. You are granting me the first interview of my life by the way, thank you for that.



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

Like i said earlier, i was member of a punk/grunge band, it was called „Orgasmic Control“, and i am very glad, you don´t ask about former bands names haha. I ve also made some ambient/meditation music in the past, but not for the public, it was for learning and also relaxing while composing.





9.You have your first full length coming out at the beginning of 2019, what can we expect musically once it is released?

As the recording process is still going, i can´t speak for the whole album, because i am recording very intuative sometimes, and the same goes for deleting a whole track, i just can speak about what i have recorded, which is like 30% of the album. I think some parts will be a surprise to the listener, specially the ones who already knowing my EP, like the „Trip Hop“-like parts, if they ll stay on the album, and i ve just finished recording a more doomy track, another one has some tribal-like passages a bit like Sepulturas „Roots“, and it will have the ambient, quiet, dreamy parts again as well, for all i ve heared my audience really likes them, on the other hand some  tracks will go in a more „Fire“-like direction, more heavy and brutal.



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

I would call Heretoir as an influence when it comes to have no fear of putting a lot of melodies in dark and heavy songs, i love their Album „Substanz“, also The Cure, i ve always admired they´re way to create different atmospheres, and for me „Bloodflowers“ is close to an perfect Album, i love many bands even from different genres, and for sure a lot more may have influnced me, like the first Rock/Metal bands i ve started listen to, in the late 80s like Guns n Roses, Black Sabbath or Exploited, later on Abigor from my homecountry Austria, i think they´re still very unique, or Siebenbuergen i really loved them like 15 years ago because of their melodic and the use of female voices and that great Cello they had on some tracks.



Nowadays i am trying to NOT listen to Metal in any form, while i am recording, and since about April i am recording like non stop, The only metal-related bands i ve listen a lot this year were Heretoir and Unreqvited to be honest, because i love them. After long recording-sessions,  listening to my own songs over and over till they´re where i want to have them, i´ll really enjoy silence, or some very different Singer/Songwriter like Angus & Julia Stone, Peter Conway or Joseph Arthur.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I ve painted a lot in the past years, i am doin it with passion, but the results aren´t that well, so you probably will not see any of my paintings in the near feature. I am a fucking gaming-nerd as well, not very proud of it, but i am and i do Mountainbiking.  Oh and i love my girlfriend and cats 😊



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

Yeah, thank you for giving new bands a place to grow, and thanks for the support to all that giving me a great time with Frust, for all that don´t know me, have a listen, stay tuned for the Album aswell, or just drop a line, i am happy about your Feedback.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Elurra Interview

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



Elurra was founded 2013 by some friends in Duisburg/Germany. With our roots in the punk and hardcore scene, we still feel connected to many of these scenes ethics like the ideals of do it yourself and left wing politics in general.

For us it is important to combine music and ritual. Stage performance is always a ritual in which we want to create a audio-visual and olfactory gloomy atmosphere with having candles, fire, burning some woods or self created resin mixes.



2.Recently you have released a new album, how does it differ musically from the stuff you have released in the past?



Basicly new on the actual release "von Feuer und Erde" is that it is recorded, mixed and mastered by ourselves. We decided to do so because we like the diy way of making and sharing music and want to have full control over the sound of the record. We tried do make it sound more like we sound on stage, which differs a little of the more “clear” sound of the previous record.



3.You consider yourself as being 'red and anarchist black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about your involvement with this movement and left wing politics?



It is not easy to explain this in short term but we try.

We feel connected to the ideals of RABM, anarchism, communism, of a solidare and caring society, and for some of our bandmembers also satanism. This stands for individuality, free thinking, letting others live their self-determined life. As band and personally, we are against authorial, fascistic, religious ideology and do not agree with the concepts of borders, nations, masters, gods or anything else to keep us in line.

We also support leftist places and like playing there. And the band also organize the Haglaz antifascist black metal fest every year in AZ Mülheim in Germany.



For us it is important to make a clear statement against NSBM and other fascist cowards who dream of a strong “Führer” because they are afraid of freedom and living their own life. They need someone to tell them what to do and think and where their place in society is. Their dream of a society in uniforms with strict rules and their fear of heterogeneity is against everything our understanding of black metal stands for.

Fascism is on a rise all over the world again and people try to escape the impositions of capitalism by crawling into the deceptive security of the warm and stinking lap of nation and race, for us it is important to organize against that madness, and as a black metal band for us it is obvious to support the idea of RABM.



We decided not to announce political messages on stage or explicit in the lyrics, so it is important for us to discus these themes with other (in interviews e.g.). Also we want to create a show that may enables possibilities for personal reflection and enlightenment.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?



Although we consider ourselves as political persons and support left ideas, our lyrics are only in so far political, as my personal attitude of course influences everything I say, sing or write.

The lyrics deal with a mix of personal feelings/stories, dreams and occult/esoteric topics.

They are written to fit the music, to fit the setting on stage to negotiate the walls of reality and hopefully let us and maybe the people at the show pass it for some time, let us have a look at a different junction of cosmic spheres, and maybe give us the power to change the state of the fucked up world we live in.



5.You also mention some left hand path interests on your facebook page, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?



I will only speak for myself, some band-member do not care about satanism or occultism, but I consider myself as a satanist and use rituals and magic to alter myself and the reality for personal reasons. To do so, I have to silence my inner voice of logic and rationalism, and a good place for me to to so is the stage or the rehearsal room with noise, smoke and fire.

As I told before we also use some kind of ritual on stage to alter reality on a level of society. It is probably not as effective as good old class war, but I think it is worth a try.





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



Elurra is the Basque word for snow. I like the basque country, I like the soundig of the word, I like snow. Thats it.





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



The picture ist a photo by Richard Peter taken in 1965 and shows the during ww2 destroyed "Frauenkirche" in "Dresden". The “Frauenkirche” is very symbolically. Today’s fascists wants to create a victim myth about the “innocent” city Dresden during war. They also tries in this topic to qualify the horrible crime of nazi regime. This is not to tolerate and amongst other things we use the “Frauenkirche” to remember the brutal consequences of fascist ideologies that has never to be possible again. Additionally we want´s to discuss the “Deutschtum” as a precursor of fascism.



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



best show on a Bauwagenplatz in Badel, where was a very nice show over New Year's Eve with and many punk and crusty people.

Stage performance is always a ritual in which we want to create a audio-visual and olfactory gloomy atmosphere with having candles, fire, burning some woods or self created resin mixes.



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



Right now we have a record release show and we will play at the "Haglaz" Festival in the AZ Mülheim. Due to some personal reasons, we will concentrate on producing new songs for a new release instead of much touring for the next time.



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



If a label would sign us we would discuss it certainly. To be signed on a label also means to have it more comfortable with spreading music or playing shows. You also might get supported in producing upcoming music. But as mentioned we also like the idea of diy and never really tried to find some label or something like that





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

Some people love us because of our attitude, they are happy about the new record.

Some people hate us because of our attitude, they are angry about our “black metal for good people”

To get more reactions for the music, I think we have to send more promos for reviews to some zines and blogs like we did to you. But promotion is not what we really care about or are good at, so I think we will not get to know much about the metal worlds reaction.





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



We are working on new songs and this may improve our musical diversity. At the moment we try to write a more mid tempo song, which avoids blast beats and is inspired by some doom/sludge. On long term it will probably stay black metal.





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?



We got influenced mainly by true Norwegian black metal just like million bands before and after us.

Beside black metal one of the band listens to some wired kind of techno, one listens to the punk his other band plays, one has two death metal records and I found love for some black ambient. (Watch out for Elurra side project!)





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



It is important to intense political discussions in Metal and to get rid off the fascist scum out of the scene. So thank you for your support, the nice review of our new record and letting us share our wired thoughts!

Rotfront and hail satan!



Monday, August 13, 2018

Dalkhu/Lamentation And Ardent Fire/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Slovenia's  Dalkhu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lamentation  And  Ardent  Fire"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  bring  in  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  death  metal  growls  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style as  well  as  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  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

 Dalkhu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dalkhu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Am"  "Gaps  of  Existence"  and  "Night".  8  out  of  10.    

Incorporea/To Exorcize The Sun/Vertabrae/2018 EP Review


  Incorporea  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "To  Excorcize  The  Sun"  which  was  released  by  Vertabrae.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  modern  influences  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto t he  second  track.

  Incorporea  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  doom  metal  elements  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  suffering  and  despair  themes.

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

Burial Shrine/Labyrinth Of Bridges/Saturnal Records/2028 CD Review


  Burial  Shrine  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Labyrinth  of  Bridges"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  sound  very  deep  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  most  of  the  music  sounds  very  modern  but  also  adding  in  some  old  school  influences  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  violins  onto  the  recording.

  Burial  Shrine  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  in  a  more  modern  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes  along  with  some  songwriting  from  Johannes  Nefastos. 

  In  my  opinion  Burial  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Walk  The  Edge  Of  Infinity"  "To  See  Beyond  The  Mask"  and  "Labyrinth  Of  Bridges".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Theudho/De roep van het woud/Heidens Hart Records/2018 CD Review


  Theudho  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "De  roep  van  het  woud"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  atmospheric  synths  also  being  mixed  in  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  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.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  as  the  album  progresses  and  there  is  also  an  ambient  instrumental  before  closing  the  recording  with  a  heavier  track.

  Theudho  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that is  very  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belgian  and  cover  Germanic  Mythology,  History,  Philosophy  and  Cultural  Tradition  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Theudho  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waar  kraaien  de  ondergang  bezingen"  "De  eik  van  Hakiloheim"  "Wolfstijd"  and  "In  de  schaduw  van  de  zwarte  banier".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Invocation/The Mastery Of The Unseen/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review


  Invocation  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Mastery  Of  The  Unseen"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Drums  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  o  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well a s  some  elements  of  war  metal.

  A  great  amount  of  South  American  underground  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in t he  bands  musical  style  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  and  the  second  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Invocation  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Spiritualism,  Possessions  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Invocation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ouija  (The  Mystifying  Oracle)".  8  out  of  10.
  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Elurra/Von Feuer Und Erde/2018 CD Review


  Elurra  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  red  and  anarchist  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Von  Feuer  Und  Erde".

  Dark soundscapes  and  ritualistic  chanting  and  whispers  start  off  the  album  before  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  guitar  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  songs  utilizing  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Elurra  plays  a  style  of  red  and  anarchist  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  school  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  over  Left  Hand  Path  and  Left  Wing  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Elurra  are  a  very  great  sounding  red  and  anarchist  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Auf  Der  Suche"  "Aufstieg  Der  Flammen"  and  "Haboryms  Traum".  8  out  of  10.  

Shaidar Logoth/Chapter II: The Ritualist/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2018 LP Re-Issue Review


  Shaidar  Logoth  are  a  band  from Minnesota  that  plays  an  ambient form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Chapter  II:  The  Ritualist"  which  was  re-issued  in  2018  on  vinyl  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Militant  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  dark  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  dissonant  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  that  are  somewhat  buried  underneath  the  chaos  along  with  all  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  ambient  and  drone  and  synths  and  clean  playing  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  demonic  growls  and  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  added  into  the  music.

  Shaidar  Logoth  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  guitar  driven  raw  and  dissonant  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  despair,  hatred  and  wheel  of  time  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Shaidar  Logoth  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  dissonant  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Scourge"  and  "A  Realm  Befitting  His  Majesty".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, August 10, 2018

Witch King/Voice of The Ossuary/Blood Harvest/2018 Full Length Review


  Witch  King  are  a  band  from  Rhode  Island  that  plays  a  bestial form  of  black/death  metal  with  elements  of  grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Voice  Of  The  Ossuary"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Blood  Harvest.

  A  very  fast  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  bestial  growls  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  a  lot  of  90's  influences  but  being  modern  at  the  same  time.

  Elements  of  grindcore  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as w ell  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  lot  of  black  metal  influences,  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Witch  King  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  bestial  black/death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  grindcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  blasphemy,  chaos  and  the  void  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Witch  King  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  bestial  black/death  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Rejection  Of  The  Light"  "Voice  Of  The  Ossuary"  "Mocking  The  Seraphim"  and  "Astral  Desecration".  8  out  of  10.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

The True Werwolf/Druadan Forest/Werewolf Records/2018 Split CD Review



  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Finland's  The  True  Werwolf  and  Druadan  Forest  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Werewolf  Records  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  The  True  Werwolf  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dark  ambient.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts out  with  some  programmed  beats  before  adding  into  some  synths  which  also  bring  in  a  mixture  of  dark  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  while  his  track  is  also more  than  20  minutes  in  length  along  with  the  music  being mostly instrumental  and  after  awhile  nature  sounds  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  The  True  Wrwolf  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.

  Next  up  is  Druadan  Forest  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  mixture  of  epic  black  metal  and  ambient.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  dark  soundscapes  and  an  epic  dungeon  synth  style  which  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  the  track  is  more  than  20  minutes  in  length  along  with  a  brief  use  of  thunder  sounds  as  well  as  all  of  the  music  being  mostly  instrumental  and  as  the  song  progresses  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  Druadan  Forest  is  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  ambient  and  dungeon  synth  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.

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

    

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Empty/Vacio/Osmose Productions/2018 CD Review


  Empty  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vacio"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Osmose  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  vocals  bring  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  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  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  elements  along  with  some  melodic  singing  and  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  stringed  instruments  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  On  this  recording  Empty  takes  the  depressive,  atmospheric  and  raw  sides  of  black  metal  and  mixes  them  together  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  as  musicians,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  emptiness,  despair,  solitude  and  negativity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Empty  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Empty"  "The  Night  Remains  For  All  Who  Is"  and  "Filandom  Under  The  Sign  Of  Misfortune".  8  out  of  10.



  

The Projectionist/Visits From The NightHag Part 1/Appalachian Noise Records/2018 Full Length Review


  The  Projectionist  are  a  band  with  members  from  the  United  States  and  Canada  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Visits  From  The  NightHag  Part  1"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Appalachian  Noise  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  also  being  used  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also be  heard  at  times  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  depressive  sounding  melodies  along  with  some  blast  beats  also  being  utilized  when  the  music  speeds  up  as well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  leads  are  finally  brought  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  and  modern  atmospheric  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  The  Projectionist  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  The  Projectionist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  Saw  To  Dissolve  All  Travel"  and  "Bewitching  Unto  Death".  8  out  of  10.  

Frust/Elements/2018 EP Review


  Frust  are  a  solo  project  from  Austria  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  ep  "Elements".

  Melodic  chants  along  with  some  nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  atmospheric  synths  are  also  added into  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  utilizing  some  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  ep  progresses  female  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Frust  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  ritualistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  song  themes  cover  the  4  earth  elements  with  a  touch  of  alchemy. 

  In  my  opinion  Frust  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Air"  and  "Fire".  8  out  of  10.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Malthusian Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
'Not a lot. We have played a couple of gigs but have been focusing on trying to get everything ready for the album which is proving to be a slog but we are nearly there. We have an idea for our next release but we haven't started writing anything yet so, despite our plan and knowing the way our songs develop over time, anything might happen'.

2.You have your first full length coming out in September, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently with the newer music that you where not able to do with your previous demo and ep?
'It's amusing as we have seen a couple of comments online from people who have heard the album saying that they are disappointed that we have moved away so much from the approach on the demo. To us, we kept the parameters wide open with the demo, covering a lot of ground from direct, primal death metal/war metal to crawling doom and something more bizarre and wonky. That happened naturally as the songs grew but we felt it kept things open to interpretation and meant we could explore more territory as we continued. Every song feels like a push further into our own style, digging deeper and pushing the riffs and structures further. We would be bored as fuck writing the same song over and over again as we all listen to loads of stuff and get excited by new sounds all the time that may ignite the spark of creativity. I'm not sure that we have really done anything that we couldn't have done before other than just really pushing our own limitations at every turn, which has always been part of our ethos'.

3.In the past you have referred to your music as being 'hallucinogenic black death doom', would this term also apply to the newer music?
'I'm not sure. While the new songs sprawl all over the place and twist and turn constantly, in many ways the actual approach to riffs and songwriting has become more and more traditional. We allowed the atmosphere to develop however it may and just focused on letting the riffs follow their own strange course over time. Is it hallucinogenic sounding? Possibly so in parts, but that description was our own reaction to our demo when listening back to it rather than a goal we had in mind when writing. Writing is always more intuitive for us so rather than laying out specific goals- apart from on 'Primal Attunement- The Gloom Epoch', which we wrote specifically as a doom song- much of the time we really have no idea where a song will end up going until it feels complete'.

4.Both the band’s name and the lyrics deal with 'Malthusian Catastrophes', how did you get interest in this topic and do you feel you are also breaking new grounds lyrically in the extreme metal genre by covering a topic that is very rarely ever use by other bands?
'We never have and never will be a Malthusian themed band. Someone put that on Metal Archives and everyone just agreed with it rather than reading the lyrics and noticing that they are about all sorts of other things. The name was interesting and struck us as being original and unique for a death metal band, while having a really appropriate and dark meaning. That is essentially the extent of my interest in it. I think my lyrics might be a bit different to other bands as I can't be arsed pretending to be evil and Satanic and I'm not particularly excited by horror or H.P. Lovecraft. I mean, it's fine, but who the hell needs another Lovecraft themed metal band? Not me, anyway. My lyrics stem from things I see in work as an archaeologist, whether that is actual archaeology, the remote and often haunting landscapes I find myself in with work, books I read (lots of contemporary literature but nothing obviously metal I'm sorry to say) and experiences I have, and then of course, the usual ruminations on existence, death and the origins of life and the universe. All of these disparate things mingle in the cauldron of my brain and spew out in the sometimes abstract, sometimes brutally direct lyrics that I write'.

5.In one interview I have read you also talked about the catastrophes and the effects that it had on ancient civilizations, do you feel that mainstream science as just as bad as mainstream religion when it comes to covering up the ancient past and putting these topics into the pseudoscience, fringe or myth categories?
'I don't know, man. I think that science can only deal with the facts at hand and that is why it is often proved wrong or inaccurate over time as new discoveries come to light. But isn't the aim of science to find answers through hard facts rather than making lofty claims with little or nothing to back it up! Over time, what is considered to be right and true will naturally change as long as scientists, archaeologists and historians continue to search for new evidence. I'm not really interested in conspiracy theories'.

6.All of the band members where also veterans in the extreme metal scene prior to forming this band. what are your thoughts on the way metal has evolved over the past two decades?
'I personally started diving exclusively into the underground at the tail end of the 90s, having been a metalhead for around a decade already but mostly focused on more mainstream stuff, and in the time that I have been digging deeper I have never been stuck for exciting new music, while simultaneously diving back into the classics. It feels to me like we are going through a profoundly rich period in metal, and have been for at least a decade, if not two. As my taste tends to absorb a lot of different things I'm never stuck for something new (or old) to get excited by. It's almost impossible to say how metal has evolved over the past twenty years because it has evolved so much. Where do you even begin? Every style seems to push and pull with and against the tides of change, so for every forward looking band making something truly unique or avant garde there is another band resisting change and writing powerful music rooted more in the traditions of any given style. As a fan of both forward looking and regressive sounding music, it works out nicely for me. I think that that wide range of interests is apparent on the new album, maybe more so than on the demo or 'Below the Hengiform', even though our writing process hasn't changed over time. Some parts feel like we are perhaps expanding into new territory while other parts are resolutely old school in their style. It is simply an honest reflection of the band's musical interests'.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
'The front cover was made by Tim Grieco (Antediluvian). We initially contacted him to design a hoodie but when we saw the results we realised it had to be the album cover. I sent Tim the lyrics to 'Remnant Fauna' with a description of the themes and the direction to do something figurative. He took it from there and produced that incredible piece. I can't wait to see it printed up. We also commissioned an inner gatefold piece by Joseph Deegan (Slidhr), and while being stylistically different to Tim's piece, it really compliments it and will also look phenomenal printed up. We commissioned five new pieces from Timo Ketola, whose legacy speaks for itself, and they will illustrate each set of lyrics, and finally we asked Death Dealer (Vomitor) to scrawl out the lyrics in a crude and nasty manner, which he duly did and we are in the process right now of tying all of this great work together. It will be a morbid and ghastly feast for bleeding eyeballs'.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
'We have played some incredible shows and some incredibly bad and drunken ones too, and all have been memorable in their own way, haha. We actually played a really great set in Dublin last weekend with Oraculum, Slough Feg, Vircolac, Coscradh, Sacrilegia and Death the Leveller. We played three new songs, one of which we hadn't played live before, and we nailed the fuckers, which was very satisfying. A particularly memorable gig was in the hills outside Parma in Italy, where we played Navajo Calling Fest on a farm! It was surreal and incredibly cool. And then getting off-stage and watching Mortuary Drape headline under a full moon was a special and memorable experience'.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
'Nothing is planned yet but next year we hope to get out and tour if the offers come our way'.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been so far to your recordings by fans of black, doom and death metal?
'The demo really caught a lot of positive attention and we seemed to take the underground by surprise with that one. The subsequent EP didn't really elicit the same ecstatic response and we think that might be due to the murky production. We fucked the production up somehow and it lacks impact, but we still love the songs and play them live. I think that there is so much stuff coming out these days, a lot of it really good and a lot of it very hyped up that it is easy to get lost among the crowd. Hopefully the album will get people excited but I think that it will be divisive as many people seem to just want us to rewrite the demo again and again. That will never happen. Every song for us is a step further into our own abyss and if people want to stick with the demo, that's cool, but we are already through the looking glass and have no inclination to turn back just to suit other people'.

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?
'Johnny joined Conan last year and a lot of his time is taken up with touring with them. Pauric is busy with Mourning Beloveth and working on new material I believe. I don't think Matt has anything else on the boil at the moment but that could easily change. I am currently writing Thergothon/Skepticism inspired (rip-off) funeral doom with Ray from my other band Wreck of the Hesperus, who are currently dormant, and Muiris from Apostate Viaticum. The band is called Bacterium and we should have something recorded in the next few months'.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
'Further, deeper, darker, stranger, uglier...'

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your current music and also what are some of your current favorites?
'Morbid Angel, My Dying Bride, Slidhr, Antediluvian, Ride for Revenge... the list is endless and I'm not always sure exactly where an idea might stem from but we usually try to push our riffs further each time which I think adds our own flavour to the end piece. Some bands I'm listening to a lot lately are Dionysiaqe, Macabre Omen, Nocturnity, Mooncitadel, Malokarpatan, Spite, Chevalier, Solstice and many many more'.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
'Thanks a lot for the interview


Sunday, August 5, 2018

A Forest Of Stars/Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes/Prophecy Productions/2018 Full length review


  A  Forest  Of  Stars  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Grave  Mounds  And  Grave  Mistakes"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  synths  onto  the  recording  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  psychedelic  elements  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.

  Vocals are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Stringed  instruments  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  as  well  as  the  music  getting very  avant  garde  and  experimental  at  times,  female  vocals a re  also  added  onto  some  of  the  tracks  and  at  times  the  vocals  get  very  depressive  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  ambient  are  also  added  into  the  music.

  A  Forest  Of  Stars  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  progressive,  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  also  having t heir  raw  and  aggressive  moments,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  William  Blake  while  also  touching  on  philosophical,  occult,  nature  and  abstract  themes.

  In  my  opinion  A  Forest  of  Stars  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychedelic  and  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Precipice  Pirouette"  "Children  of  the  Night  Soul"  and  "Decomposing  Diety  Dancehall".  8/5  out  of  10.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Farsot/ColdWorld/Toteninsel/Prophecy Productions/2018 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Germany's  Farsot  and  ColdWorld  called  "Toteninsel"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Prophecy  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Farsot  a  band  that  plays  a  very  dark  form  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  some  acoustic  guitars while  grim  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  gets  heavier  as  well  as  the  whispered  vocals  evolving  into  black  metal  screams.

  One  of  their  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length while  the  music  always  stick  to  a  slower  direction  as  well  as  alternating  between  both  acoustic  and  heavy  parts  along  with t he  second  track  being  instrumental  and  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  synths,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  elemental  earth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Farsot  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bands  that  use  a  lot  of  acoustic  guitars,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  ColdWorld  a  solo  project  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  depressive  black  metal.

 His  side  of t he  split  starts  out  with  some  distorted  amp  noise  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  first  track  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  second  track  is  an  instruemntal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  elemental  water  themes.

  In  my  opinion  ColdWorld  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

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

Helrunar/Vanitas Vanitatvm/Prophecy Productions/2018 Full Length Review


  Helrunar  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  dark  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Vanitas  Vanitatvm"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Prophecy  Productions.

  Stringed  instruments  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  vocals  also  having  their  deep  and  demonic  moments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  clean  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  also  return  towards  the  end.

  Helrunar  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  diverse  and  aggressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  4.000  of  human  culture  and  the  historical  events  of  those  eras. 

  In  my  opinion  Helrunar  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern  and  diverse  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Saturnus"  "Nachzeher"  and  "Necropolis".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Unholy Baptism/Volume I : The Bonds Of Servitude/2018 Full Length Review


  Arizona's  Unholy  Baptism  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  diverse  satanic  black  metal  style  of t heir  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Volume  I :  The  Bonds  Of  Servitude"  which  will  be  released  in  October.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  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  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  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  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  bringing  in  a  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  which  also  return  on  the  closing  track,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  as  well  as  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  tracks  also  add  in  depressive  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  and  synths  are  also  used  towards  the  end  of  the  recording.

  Unholy  Baptism  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t heir  diverse  style  of  satanic  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Theistic  Satanism,  Death,  Medieval  and  H,P  Lovecraft  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Unholy  Baptism  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "...These  Scars  Are  Wounds  Unhealed"  "Whispers  Of  Power  Eternal"  and  "Baptized  In  The  Majesty  of  Satan".  8  out  of  10.  

Ichor/God of Thunder God Of War/Seance Records/2018 CD Review


  Ichor  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2018  album  "God  of  Thunder  God  of  War"  which  will  be  released  in  October by  Seance  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  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  most  of  the  tracks  being long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  while  still  capturing  a  very  modern  atmosphere  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  at  times,  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  briefly  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  atmosphere.

  Ichor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  traditional  and  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Slavic  Paganism  themes.

   In  my  opinion  Ichor  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spectres  Of  The  Woods"  and  "Yaga's  Tomb".  8  out  of  10.

Blood Of Serpents/Sulphur Sovereign/Non Serviam Records/2018 CD Review


  Blood  Of  Serpents  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sulphur  Sovereign"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Non  Serviam  Records.

  Militant  drum  beats  start  off  the  album  before  adding  some  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  which  also  takes  the  music  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of t he  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic  chants can  also  be heard  briefly  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  feeling,  keyboards  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Blood  Of  Serpents  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  black  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Of  Serpents  are  a  very  great  sounding  Swedish  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  Darkness  Brotherhood"  "As  The  Temple  Burns"  "Upon  Water  Darks"  and  "A  Void  Between  Worlds".  8  out  of  10.