Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sazemyst/Worshipping The Ancient Fears Of God/2016 Demo Review


  Sazemyst  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  demo  "Worshipping  The  Ancient  Fears  Of  God".

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  demo  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  as  well  as  most  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  and  death  metal  growls  onto  the  recording.

  Sazemyst  plays  a  music  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  heavy,  raw  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Occultism,  Witchcraft  and  Evocative  Ritual  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Sazemyst  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forest  Of  Sorceries"  and  "The  Mand  Who  Dominated  Demons".  8  out  of  10.

Vampillia/Happiness Brought By Endless Sorrow/Temple Of Torturous Records/2018 EP Review





  Vampillia   are  a  band  from  Japan  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  noise,  post rock,  ambient,  shoegaze,  classical;  folk,  progressive  and  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Happiness  Brought  By  Endless  Sorrow"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Temple  Of  Torturous  Records.

  Heavy  riffs  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  ep  along  with  soem  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  a  few  seconds  alter  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  keyboards  in  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  solos  an  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  noise  and  Japanese  folk  music  along  with  some  classical  and  progressive  music  touches  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  ambient,  industrial  and  shoegaze.

  Vampillia  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  black  metal  while  the  noise,  post  rock,  ambient,  shoegaze,  classical,  folk,  progressive  and  industrial  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vampillia  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of   black  metal,  noise,  post rock,  ambient,  shoegaze,  classical;  folk,  progressive  and  industrial   and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  Ash"  and  "Hell  PM".  8  out  of  10.

Dunnock/Little Stories Told By Ghosts/Acephale Winter/2018 CD Review


  California's  Dunnock  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  mixing  raw,  atmospheric  and  lo-fi  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  noise,  punk,  garage  and  psychedelia  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Little  Stories  Told  By  Ghosts"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Acephale  Winter.

  Filed  recordings  and  ambient  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  and  avant  garde  at  times  as  well  as  the  synths  also  giving  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  on  some  of  the  tracks.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  harsh  noise  elements  while  the  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  psychedelic  elements  along  with  some  70's  to  80's  era  dance  music  samples  and  synth  pop  influences  also  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  guitar  leads  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  very  different  from each  other  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  closing  song.

  On  this  recording  Dunnock  keeps  the  black  metal  elements  while  also  adding  in  more  noise,  experimental,  avant  garde,  synth  pop,  psychedelic  and  ambient  elements  to  create  an  album  that  cannot  be  categorized,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  four  fictionalized  murders  of  bodies  found  near  waters.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dunnock  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  black  metal  and  experimental  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Young  Boy's  Body - Deretis  Playground  - 1996"  and  "Middle  Aged  Man's  Body  -  Fish  Creek  -  2002".  8  out  of 10.    

Flame Acausal Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Noone needs to know anything about us. Individuals are not important for the cause and the cause is acausal so is the dark flame within all true devotees of Satan and Lilith! We are Black Metal! That is Maybe something that the folks and fiends of the so-called Black Metal scene has forgotten what it sounds like in todays by political correctness and human values saturated shit scene. Black Metal Is Intolerant for it constitutes Total Freedom! But total freedom also entails being freed from All Human morals and values. We sound like the End for we are of It! A foul spawn-spark of the Abyss! FUCK HUMANITY AND EVERY CELL OF IT BURNING WITHIN YOUR BY ITS POISONS OF MORALITY INDOCTRINATED MINDS! FOR THIS IS TRUE BLACK METAL AND WE FUCKING PISS ON ALL CORPSES! WITHIN THAT LIES TRUE EQUALITY! BEFORE THE SCYHTE WE ARE ALL EQUAL! PEACE AND MORALS HAVE MADE YOU WEAK AND YOUR HUMANISTIC VALUES, YOUR HIGH HORSES AND FOUL RIGHTESOUNESS HAVE DEFEATED YOU AND MADE YOUR BLACK METAL TURN INTO SHIT! TIME TO CLAIM IT BACK! HAIL SATAN!
2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

As the sound of all atrocities you can fathom and the maddened laughter of the sadistic executioners as s/he stands grinning on piles of naked bodies overshadowed by a mountain of human skulls! Nothing but pure untamed and unadulterated bestial urges drove us to spew forth our hatred and devotion via these holy gospels of destruction. Such urges, lusts and needs have been, and always will remain, the foundation and cornerstones of the shunned temple of True Black Metal! To praise the Devil and fuck old gaia!

3.So far in the 5 years that you have been around, there has only been one demo released, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

History is unimportant. Time is just a construct, Satan is Not! We/our Black Metal have described as minimalistic Black Metal which suits us well for that in combination with our fierce devotion our Black Metal becomes a flaming sword! We attain to be enlightened sages ‘yes that is blood on my shirt, its ok I am enlightened’. And to embody the warrior mage ideal, that is: when the circumstances change the warrior adapt, when the world need to adapt the mage change it in accordance with the will of his Gods! The demo? I tell you about the demo. Inwards Damnation is a description of how to quicken and hasten the black inner AlKhemia, the lyric is influenced by August Strindberg’s letters regarding his own alchemical work and Inferno crisis ‘Do you think I made gold for turning attention to me or the Others? No, for the ruin of the world! How can´t you see for Destruction it was done?’ as well as the notion of the search for our God and the yearning to be dissolved in the embrace of the corrosive waters described within the tractate ‘The Hermetic Tradition’. However the lyrics is primarily based on a poem by Karin Boye ‘My God and His truth I saw in a sacred moment, the words and commandments of their gods fell silent in a state of petrifying awe. My God was Salt, Darkness and Despair, My truth was steel!’. The other lyrics are based on such various yet classical themes and authors as; Baudelaire in ‘Cruel and Implacable’. An invocation to Set Tyfon Apep in  included in full extent within the hymn of tumultuous shrapnel which constitutes: ‘Thus I invoke Thee’. The ferocious nature of man, beast, wolf and snake is reflected in the accursed ‘Shunned Wolves’. Half of that lyric was written in 1999 by a brother in war and the latter half taken from testimonies of possessed members of an acclaimed heretical sect dealt with in one of, if not, the first Papal Bulls against Witchcraft during the reign of Constantine. The testimony included first how the sect members have described how Satan came to them and took over control: ‘The Devil spoke to me “Be not afraid only become my instrument and I will give your tongue a word by which thou shall deceiveth all!’ and then followed by the long speech of his daemon as the kin of the Snake and he describes the actions of his kinsmen throughout the history of man, part of this speech was printed in the demon inlay ‘I am the offspring of the race of the Serpent, I am son of Him who hurt and struck the four brothers that stood; I am son of Him who sits on the throne of Destruction, … I am son of that Apostate who encircles the globe; I am kinsman to Him who is outside of the ocean, whose tail lies in His mouth; I am He who went into paradise through the hedge, and spoke with Eve what my Father bade me speak to her; I am He who inflamed and fired Cain to kill his brother …. I am He who inflamed Judas, and bought him, that he should betray Christ; I am He who inhabits and holds the Abyss of Tartarus, I am the kinsman of Him who is to come from the east, to whom also power has been given to do whatever He will upon the earth!’

4.The lyrics on the demo had a lot of Satanic, Devil Worship and Alchemy, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest, studies and practices in the black arts?

TO BE A SATANIST YOU MUST BE A DEVILWORSHIPPER! In addition to that you can not play Black Metal and not be a Satanist. I am primarily a Black Magician and Black Metal is only a by-product and one of the many expressions and outlets of my life as a religious man. I am not belonging to those morons that says fuck all religions! I have probably more in common with a devout christian or hindu than the foul creatures pestering our scene with their hollow atheistic ideals. Black Magic? My practise? It is neither an interest nor a choice. It’s what I live it’s what I love, it’s what I daily and nightly do! Do not practise the Black Arte, become it! Hail Satan! I can spend upwards to 14 hours a day in the ritualchamber. The Left Hand Path is indeed a blessed curse and after 25 years as a Devilworshipper you are really in so deep that one looses track if there ever was such a thing as free will involved. We do the deeds of our Father and we are in perfect unity when we serve as vessels for His will and sing the psalms of hatred! The rest of the time we are shells, husks. To answer the first part, yes it’s about isolation, for we are the shunned satanic wolves of the apostate, werewolves. The human features we wear are our masks. Black Metal and Vāmācāra are The most lonely of paths ever walked, everyone who says something else are lying to themselves and the world. To each one the path unique.

5.You also had some lyrics that deal with the darker side of the Egyptian Gods, how would you describe your interest in this ancient religion?

I eclectically steal wisdom from all religions I do not have a deeper interest in that than in the Greek or Hebrew religion that I find more apt to draw influences from. That said the Set Tyfon Apep invocation is very powerful and is a complete ritual put to music. This our Black Metal for Him and Her is not music I would personally use for the ritual myself, but our Black Metal well reflects the experiences I have had with this tumultuous power. For my rites I utilize Arktau Eos, Coil and Necros Christos Temples and Gates for example. The Black Metal we live take us to the most strange, shunned and isolated places, within ourselves and in all worlds, thus it can lead us anywhere. However the Black Metal we channel up from Hell and into the divided Abyss of our three black hearts of Damnation to churn within our blood of Perdition that is the Wine of Satan, that, yes that sacred form of foul Black Metal as with any fireblessed explosion cant change its destiny and essence but only need to find ways and means for outward direction, so unless we just direct it internally in a fashion of inward damnation and then implode and die, it, instead, will turn outwards and then its directed power and violence should be inflicted on us and others, unto one and All... verily even unto YOU dear reader!!!
6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo?

Visionis Phosphorescent is an India-based Russian artist devoted to the exploration of occult traditions via her art, with a focus on eastern Left Hand Path ones. Her main interests are connected with the occult sciences (Eastern and Western traditions), psychology and philosophy. I hold both her and her man in high regard. Their knowledge is profound and based in living reality and active tradition.  Our album cover and inner art was the time Visionis Phosphorescent was featured on a release and we think the art, music and intent made for a perfect synergy.  Support Visionis Phosphorescent!







7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Flame Acausal'?


The best answer here is that the readers should search out this for themselves. And not expect things to be served on silver plates, Wikipedia or web-forums. The inspiration are the 288 divine sparks in the Abyss, our Father the Opposer and our Mother the Destroyer. Also isolation plays a huge part in our minds. We are isolated in so many ways, both geographically cause there is no scene even remotely close to here and even within the Black Metal scene, we in some aspects belong to, we are isolated but most of all isolated as hermits. Like Euronymous said ‘there is an Abyss between us’. We are part of the resistance movement, we are world haters and life betrayers, we worship a ‘flame that batheth the World in cold desolation, and burneth 'til naught but the Isolate stand!’. The definition of the acausal Flame, is to be found within the Black Light, such as: Botsina de-qardinuta and the Black Magic I practise and most into Black Metal Should already know what this means especially if one toss around terms like occult, magic and religious.

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

A: Best response were in Fukushima, Hiroshima, Babylon and then Nagasaki. B: a mix of Nagasaki, Fukushima, the Tsunami of 2004 and Hiroshima.


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

Yes! We have had an honouring tour offering from Irkallian Oracle to be the opening act for them. Alas we could not make it. Plans for the future? The End is now! There is No Future! Only ravenous Death! Nikanor Teratologen, George Bataille, Thomas Ligotti, Cormac McCarthy and James Havoc I see as some of the most important voices of our generation of Kali Yuga which will hopefully be the last generation!


10.I have noticed that the band stays away from the social networks, do you feel metal needs to go back to the underground days where bands never relied on the internet and just let the music speak for itself?

No Metal needs to do no thing at all. Its all cyclical, a perpetual rise and fall. I welcome everything about Kali Yuga and I think that the internet is great for sharing and spreading books and music. But for us in Flame Acausal it just feels fuckin silly, at least right now for us to have a fuckin fb-page. What for? For likes? I fuckin hate the scene and No ego should be boasted by likes from anyone! I hate humanity and I fuckin Hate the world. We do this for Satan!  Contra Mundum in aeternum! BURN! FTW 666!!!



11.The demo is getting re-issued by Regain Records, Blood Harvest Records, and Helter Skelter Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have worked out with these labels?

I have no idea. Regain Records contacted us and have supported our war crimes and quest. Also their propaganda-machine seems to work well and we get some good interviews. Psychedelic Lotus Order and GoatowaRex released the vinyl version, which sold out fast. Now I heard they had some few vinyl copies for sale again so check out goatowarex.storenvy.com/products/18319166-flame-acausal-contra-mundum-in-aeternum-12  The CD will be released on June 8th, I had hoped for it to be out on Walpurgisnacht but anyhow. Order it via bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/album/contra-mundum-in-aeternum At the time of the interview it appears as that out of the 500 CDs only 40 copies remains since they had opened up for the possibility to already place pre-orders. Thus act fast ye drug-fiends and life foes of the Underground! On a sidenote I saw that Blood Harvest released the Cardinal Sin M-LP on tape now. And I wish to remind the readers that though the inevitable demise of Uncle Charlie his acts, words and intents lives on. Helter Skelter on the modern world until the Dragon lets loose its tail! ‘And I get to the bottom and I see you again’!

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

Good, almost as good as the sound of ‘ten thousand exterminating angels!’

13.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

No idea, but everyone can expect to die and so can we! That is where we are heading. Further down the Abyss!

14.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?

Maybe Bestial Warlust and Nifelheim? I don’t compose music, I don’t understand music and I have no idea of the influences of our Kommendant because we don’t socialize, we don’t talk. We play Black Metal and Worship Satan!
I listen to Black Witchery, Poison, Funeral Mist, Slaughtbbath, Bestial Warlust, No Future, Taphos, Watain, Saltas, Void Meditation Cult, Nyogthaeblisz, Destroyer 666, Necrovore, Acrimonious, Angelcorpse, Order form Chaos, Incantation, Mystifier, Bathory, Venom and Trepaneringsritualen.  Two disgusting covens I respect from the bottom of my foul and lying heart are the Third Eye Rapists and Morbid Insulter! Search them out and DIE!
15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Wake up! Time to Die!

Infamy Interview

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

Yeah of course! INFAMY was born in 2011 on the ashes of other projects while we were listening to «Apocalyptic Raids» by HELLHAMMER and drinking beers (we are quite sure that most metal bands have been created this way. Cheers diehards!!!). Few days later we played our first song «Unfortunately you’re not dead yet». 

2.Recently you have released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your 2 previous demos?

We wished that «A world on its end» sounds spontaneous and live. We didn’t want to use trigg’ or other kinds of artifices. We play old Black Metal and have the desire to perpetuate the tradition, to try to remain the most faithful of the recording methods of bands like BATHORY, DARKTHRONE, CELTIC FROST and so many others at their beginning. That’s why we chose and enjoyed working on this album with Fog at Le Caveau Studio. He immediately convinced us with his vision of music and the means he could provide us especially an analog recording. He has been like the third member of the band!

All differs from our two demos to our album. Six years have passed since our first demo so our relationship to music and our expectations have evolved. We also made a lot of tries before finding the good sound of the guitar and the bass, for the demos there was not this process. 


3.The band members also have a background in death metal but with this band goes for more of a black metal style, how would you compare the 2 different styles?

Great!!! You make your investigation before contacting bands, good job guy! The definition of any musical style is personal because it’s a matter of feeling first and foremost. Both styles are an artistic interpretation of Death, Hate and Frustation of today’s world executed in different ways. Generally heavier and fat for the Death Metal, colder and grim for the Black Metal. We appreciate Death Metal as much as Black Metal, only the result is important : they form a real osmosis between them.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the new release?

It will be so pleasant to see the human kind dominated and crushed by the Wild when he thinks he is superior. How can we pretend to be so smart face to the Elements? As we know a shit has no brain. It will be a deserved feedback.

5.One of your tracks is titled 'Black metal is Dead', which some underground purists would agree with, what do you feel is missing in modern black metal?

We don’t pretend to have the infused science but it’s true «Black Metal is dead» seeks the modern scene. People who feel concerned will surely treat us of fucking archaic assholes or fucking pretentious elitists we don’t care! We don’t want to forget where Black Metal comes from!!! The old bands like VENOM and BATHORY get the «Fuck you all spirit» and were more interesting than all of these bands who take themselves too seriously and just play as quickly as possible. The speed doesn’t make necessarily the brutality and the image of these bands is often misleading.

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

The definition of this word is very explicit… To tell the truth, Vincent was listening to MLP «Lead us into darkness» by DEMONIC and the word «Infamy», shouted out just before a monumental riff, has explosed in his ears and it was the revelation! It’s as simple as that!!!

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the noose that is presented in the logo?

The logo has evolved over time. The first logo had lightning, the noose and two crossed axes, we removed the axes on the second, removed the lightning to keep only the noose on the third then finally we handed the lightning to get the current logo. The hanged knot… maybe because it’s the only way to die that gives one last pleasure to ejaculate. Or maybe because the crows can feed on the eyeballs of the hangman, symbol of the reflection of the soul. Is it not a good illustration of Death?

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

There is not really a best show on the other hand there are a lot of great memories : the honour to have shared the stage with AURA NOIR (a gig planned by scattered team of Underground Propaganda), a first concert with INFINITE TRANSLATION/DARK MANAGARM/CHILDREN OF DOOM/EVISCERATION, an unforgettable after party with thirty people in a flat of fourty square meters in Rennes. We can’t give the details it will be too long. How describe our gigs? A boiling rage in guts, a larsen to introduce each song, no communication with the audience, smelling sweat and a beer next to us. «Raw, simply, and ugly» like said the swedish band TYRANT… UH!ç

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

Indeed we have a gig in a few months but we can’t talk about it because it will be done under illegal conditions. A height after two years of absence on the stage, no? The situation makes us laugh…

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

Initially Shaxul (Legion of Death) was interested in producing our album but some difficulties (fuck off downloading that kills the underground labels!!!) prevented him. So he put us in touch with Shota of Hidden Marly Productions. After some email exchanges we agreed on a deal. In summer of this year will release a japanese edition of «A world on its end». We salute you guys!!! 

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

We have not yet had the opportunity to play beyond the French borders. However the album is very well distributed in France, Germany, Italy, USA and soon in Japan. Hope it’s a question of time before meeting and talking with fans of Black Metal from other countries. 

12.What is going on with 'Evisceration' and 'Mass Grave' these days?

R.I.P! It was nice to play in these bands and we have good memories. Nothing more to say.

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

Who knows what the future holds? What is certain is that we will always play with sincerity. We will never turn back, we grew up and forged our way of life around metal. Our spirit is irradiated by this musical kind and it would be unnatural to play something else!!!

14.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 listen to all extreme metal kinds. We don’t search to sound like the bands we like. We think that an influence is unconscious and so inevitable. Some people told us have noted some similarities with CELTIC FROST, DARKTHRONE, BETHLEHEM for example and a touch of dirty punk.

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

First of all thanks to you  for this interview!!! We also want to salute all metalhead activists who support INFAMY : 
- Fog and Le Caveau Studio, - Shaxul and Legion of Death,  - Zorg and Underground Propaganda, - Shota and Hidden Marly Productions, - Fab and Bleed Records, - Vic and Zineaholic, - Mari and Black Pandemie Prod’, - Olivier and Impious Desecration, - Patrick and Iron Bonehead, - Hervé and Osmose Productions, - Mike and Paragon Records, - G. and Bylec Tum, - Manu/Dimitri and Tapage Nocturne, - Corentin/Nico and Metal From The Crypt, - Cyril and Cluricaume Café. 

Melan Selas/Reon/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Melan  Selas  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  Hellenic  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018 compilation  album  "Reon"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  also  brings  back  the  classic  90's  Greek  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  faster  sections  of the  songs  also  bring  in a   decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  tracks  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a couple  of  the  songs  while  one  track  also  introduces  female  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  when  synths  are  brought  onto  a  later  song  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  epic  atmosphere  which  also  resembles  the  classic movies about  Ancient  Greece  as  well  as  one  song  showing  the  riffs  bring  in  more  of  a  thrash  influence  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  songs.

  Melan  Selas  plays  a  style  of  Hellenic  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily rooted  in  the  90's  Greek  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Greek  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Melan  Selas  are  a  very  great  sounding  Hellenic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Aima"  and  "Selana".  8  out  of 10.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Goliard/Iconoclastic Hymns/The Ritual Productions/2018 CD Review


  Goliard  are  a  band  from  Columbia  that  plays  an  iconoclastic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Iconoclastic  Hymns"  which  was  released  by  The  Ritual  Productions.

  Atmospheric  synths  and  clean  chants  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  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  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences,  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  skill  in  the  way  the  music  is  composed.

  Goliard  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  melodic  in  the  90's  Swedish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Scientific,  poetic  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goliard  are  a  very  great  sounding  iconoclastic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "It  is  Not  Sadness,  it  Is  Melancholy"  "Invoking  The  Inner  master"  and  "Solipsist  Abstraction".  8  out  of  10.        

Aklash Interview

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

Nico - Aklash are an atmospheric black metal band. Whilst we maintain and adhere to the fundamental principles of the genre, we try and push its creative boundaries melodically and thematically. We explore a range of topics lyrically, with increasing sophistication as our music has progressed.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?

Nico - Atmospheric and melodic with refined approaches to structure and thematic progression. We have been compared to a wide range of contrasting bands but we have never tried to emulate anyone else’s creative expression, however, we all wear our influences on our sleeves, but attempt to retain an original approach to the genre.

3. The band has been around since 2011 but so far has only released 2 albums, can you tell us a little bit more about the long wait in between recordings?

Nico - The nature of our locations, Brighton and Reading has meant rehearsal and writing has been challenging. Additionally, we are all professional musicians to some degree trying to hold down jobs and progress our lives, this is not always congruent with the music we are associated with.

In regards to the album, we wanted to not cut any corners and make something we could be truly proud of. It took as long as it took. No apology. We learnt to record ourselves with our initial self-titled album, the quality of which is therefore lacking. We didn’t want to compromise our art with the second album so people could access and appreciate the sonority of what we were creating.

4. Some of your lyrics cover 'Heathenism' and Spirituality' can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

NICO – Spirituality is something that has been ever present in my life, Black metal simply provides me an appropriate canvas for my rhetoric. The initial albums lyrics where conceived and written whilst I was living in a tent in Cornwall. I was very connected to the earth and the sea and the lyrics reflect this.

I never wished to subscribe to the stereotypical dark imagery associated with black metal, but instead provide a new perspective to the idioms and concepts ingrained into the genre.

I have since attempted to emulate this in my libretto. However I have since developed this direction whilst still revering our roots talking more mature topics and philosophies.

5. You also have had a track that dealt with Lucifer and the Left hand Path, do you also have an interest in the dark arts?

Nico - They are one and the same, all your devils where once pagan kings and queens. Simply whitewashed and repurposed by Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Lucifer; “the light bringer”, what an exceptional inspirational figure for enlightenment and self-actualization. Likewise, the left hand path, to follow the road less travelled, to find one’s own road in life and depart from the socially accepted norms, forming one’s own opinion! What can be more empowering? Selfism & Satanism; one and the same.

Chris – In reference to this and the above question, I personally believe that I am God within my own universe. The human mind is more powerful than many realize, and people have greater control over their circumstances and “destiny” than they might know. People have a habit of building their own cages, sometimes admittedly with assistance from others. Avoiding all this may be easier said than done, but strength is born out of pain and without pain, you don’t have the potential to grow. Our society is a false mechanism, a human construct that exists to shelter us from our true natures. This society is currently terminally ill, and its collapse is no longer a matter of if, but when. But it must die in order to be born again. There are near-infinite possible realities and outcomes in all aspects of our lives. To tread one’s own path, as mentioned above, should be a man’s primary objective. Society’s norms and expectations are irrelevant, outside of being a system to be exploited in my eyes. Self-actualize, whatever that may mean for you! I live my life for me, and those I care about and I try to avoid doing any damage to those individuals as much as possible. In a way it’s like Satanism, without the goofy devil worship. That’s my spirituality.

6.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?

Nico - The new album deals predominantly with the duality between acceptance and ambition, the subjectivity of good and evil. This is done mainly through the anthropomorphism of the natural world and poetic dissections of commonly held ideals. The lyrics took literally years to finalize, however the inspiration remained the same throughout the writing process. The horizon on the Sussex coast, which I would walk along daily, I a foreigner to these shores, could look out at the infinite horizon, yearning to strive for its limits, yet no matter how I chased it, it would remain ever illusive…

7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Aklash'?

Inspired by our forefathers, Burzum, Darkthrone, Gorgoroth, we decided to likewise draw a name from Tolkien. Aklash simply means “music” in the black tongue or orcish.

The name seemed to arrive to us without any strained searching, we did not dwell on it for too long, and it has served us well. Likewise it embellished our true purpose, after all, the music is the most integral part of what we do.


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?
Chris - Performance wise, we don't have a "stage show" or wear corpse paint or anything. That stuff has a time and a place but I think it would be hackneyed and insincere if we did it. We wouldn't suit that kind of theatrical method of doing things, where you put on makeup and become a character. An alternative (non-Western) viewpoint that I much prefer is the use of masks and theatricals to express facets from within, as opposed to taking on external characteristics. That would be more like us, but practically speaking it's still not something we'd ever really do. We like to have lots of atmospheric lighting and when possible, lots of dry ice. I find nothing quite helps you lose yourself (or is that find yourself?) in a performance like a shit load of fog.
I wouldn't really pick a "favourite" performance as I think each performance should be unique to the collective state of the artists and audience at that moment. We're a conduit for a shared energy between ourselves and an audience. Sure ensemble playing is all about being tight, but I get so bored with seeing bands just replicate their records note-for-note live. With Aklash, the live and studio incarnations should be considered the left and right hands of what we do. We've developed certain songs and sections naturally in a live setting that are different to the CD. For me this is a very positive thing, and you can tell that audiences feel it too.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Chris - We're playing at Incineration Festival (London) in May. As of this moment there's not much else set in stone yet. I hope this year we'll get over to the mainland and do some European shows in places like Poland, Holland and the Czech Republic. We have much new ground to break.

10.The album was released on 'Infernum Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
Chris - They manage Vehement, who are friends of ours we've played and toured with before. We knew the label guys peripherally already. The solution of working with them seemed to make itself obvious.

11.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Chris - It's too early to see the wider picture. But we have had some promising responses so far. The North of England seems to like us a lot. They’re rugged.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Chris - I couldn't say for sure. I personally want it to be a lot more raw and spontaneous, and I don't think I'm alone. Something that captures the immediacy of the songs, and has more directness about it without being one-dimensional. It's a fine line between experimenting and going too far and vanishing up your own backside, and successfully treading that line is an entertaining challenge. We've got a split in the works with our friends from Wolvencrown (another UK act you should be listening to), which we intend to have out before Autumn. This material should reflect that mentality. We are also discussing doing something totally ambient, maybe an EP, as a singular distillation of that aspect of our sound. It'll be a very pure thing.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on 'Aklash'?

Chris – Individually as musicians, we’re all informed by a wide variety of influences. Folk, jazz, metal, prog, goth, soundtracks and ambient etc have all come into play in our approaches in one form or another.

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

Chris – We want to thank everyone who waited patiently during the long gestation period of the album. We believe we’ve created a body of work that was worth the wait, and you can expect further in the near future. This will be our time.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ezkaton/Plague For The Empires-Time/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review


  Ezkaton  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Plague  For  The  Empires-Time"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  Clean  guitars  start  of  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  atmospheric  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  some  cries  and  war  sounds  being  used  briefly  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  on  a  couple  of  tracks  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Clean  playing  also  returns  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispers  and  as  the  album  progresses  melodic guitar  solos  and  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Drudkh's  "Ukrainian  Insurgent  Army"  along  with  most  of  the  songs  sticking  to  a  slow  direction.

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

  In  my  opinion  Ezkaton  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Method  of  Despair"  and  "Darkest  Crowler".  8  out  of  10. 

 


  

Subduer/Death Monolith/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2018 EP Review


  Subduer  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw,  lo-fi,  and  bestial  mixture  of  harsh  noise,  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Death  Monolith"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Dunkelheit  Produktionen.

  Harsh  noises  and  power  electronics  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  death  industrial  and  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  At  times  the  bass  guitars  take  over  as  a  lead  instrument  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  some  elements  of  war  metal  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  last  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Subduer  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  it  with  harsh  noise  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Subduer  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  death  metal  and  harsh  noise  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  Monolith"  and  "Execution  Ritual".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Uhrilahja/En Fordarvad Varld/Wolfspell Records/2018 CD Review


  Uhrilahja  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  melancholic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "En  Fordarvad  Varld"  which  will  be  released  on  April  30th  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  Classical guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to t hem  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  tremolo  picking  also  giving  the  songs  a  raw  feeling  and  keyboards  are  also  used  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  fashion  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts.

 The  music  also  bringing  in  a decent  amount  of  90's  influences  while  spoken  word  parts  and  samples  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  songs  along  with  some  classical  guitars  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  songs  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard.

  Uhrilahja  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric  and  melancholic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  are  written  in  3  different  languages  and  cover  a  self  expression  of  hatred  towards  this  wretched  world  that  has  lost  its  connection  to  their  roots  and  heritage. 

  In  my  opinion  Uhrilahja  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  atmospheric  and  melancholic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Knivens  Trost"  "Cold  White  Mantle"  "Flesh  Hook  Rituals"  and  "Rite  of  The  Coiling  Dragon".  8  out  of  10.

Leda Spiridon/An Erratic Crusade/War Productions/2018 Cassette Review


  Leda  Spiridon  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2018  album  "An  Erratic  Crusade"  which  was  released  by  War  Productions.

  Dark  ambient  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song s a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  more  raw  and  melodic  style  as  well  as  all  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  The  tracks  also  mix  the  dark  ambient  synths  and  soundscapes  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  drum  betas  being  programmed  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  being  added  onto  the  closing  track  briefly

  Leda  Spiridon  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  dark  ambient  and  mixes  it  in  with  a  raw  and  epic  form  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Leda  Spiridon  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "An  Erratic  Crusade".  8  out  of  10.

Abhor/Occulta religiO/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Abhor  are  a  band  from  Italy  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  musical  style  they  describe  as  being  esoteric  horror  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Occulta  religiO"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  organs  gives  the  music  more  of  a  ritualistic  and  classic  horror  movie  soundtrack  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  music  also bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Abhor  moves  away  from the  progressive  influences  of their  previous  release  while  keeping  the  organs  and  ritualistic  elements  but  adding  in  more  of  a  grim  black  metal  style,   the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  esotericism,  alchemy,  witchcraft,  satanism  and  dark  folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abhor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  and  ritualistic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fons  Malorum"  "Demons  Forged  From  The  Smoke"  and  "Occulta  religiO".  8/5  out  of  10. 

  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Stupor Mundi Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1 The project is a one man band born in 2016  , i started with rehearsing various songs and i written various lyrics abouts politics and society .
Stupor Mundi is a political band and is born because i have various thing to talk about , especially political and i really enjoy to listen and play black metal music

2.So far you have released a demo and a split, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
2 The sound is raw and it want to  give the atmosphere of the class struggle  and the revolution ,  things that are hard and violent .

3.Your lyrics cover Marxism, Communism, and Left Wing Politics, can you tell us a little bit more about what these mean to you?
3 It is a important thing for me , i started with communist history but i try to extend this to present because i want to talk about our society.
In "non è finita" from the split i tried to mix history and actuality: 30 years ago with the collapse of berlin wall the corporate business said to us that history is ended and the world will be more rich and developed but is a lie , and history is not ended : marxism for me is a response to this lie , because in europe the workers are losing their rights and unemployed are growing . in the whole word the rich became more rich and poor more poor so i think that is class struggle and a good response is to give power to the workers , against multinationals and great corporations that starve the world.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stupor Mundi'?
4 I like middle age history and i chose stupormundi because it is the second name of Federico II , an emperor who was a great enemy of the catholic church that divided a lot italian people

5.With this project you record veryting by yourself, would you be open to working with other musicains if they shared the same visions musically and politically?
5 yes , and not only to other musicians but other bands

6.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Red Star Kommando', what are your thoughts on the other project that was a part of the recording?
6 i think that is a very good project and it can gain a lot of support

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
7 I have not received interests , i dont look for a particular label but im open to all labels.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
8 I see  more support in Europe and Latin America , most of the positive feedbacks come from counties like Brazil , Italy , Russia

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
9 For the start of next year and in the future i see me in  this musical direction

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?
10 Bands like mayhem , xasthur , iskra and punaterrori and Voland are very important in the creation of my music , I listen also hardcore / anarcho punk  , Death   metal and skinhead music in general .
Other artist that i like are Summoning , Moloch , Imago Mortis , Marduk , Impaled Nazarene , Wasp , Motorhead ...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11 Sci fi , Politics , History ( especially middle Age and 20th century

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12 I think that we must support who play good music for a true passion













Trautonist/Ember/Wolves And Vibrancy Records/2018 Full Length Review


  Trautonist  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ember"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Wolves  And  Vibrancy  Records.

  A  very  hard  shoegaze  influenced  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  style. 

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  clean  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  progressive  feeling.

  Trautonist  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  mixture  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  alienation,  drugs  and  melancholic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Trautonist  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  black  metal  and  shoegaze,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fire And  Ember"  "The  Garden"  and  "Sunwalk".  8  out  of  10.     

Skyborn Reveries/Winter Lights/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review


  Skyborn  Reveries  are  a  solo  project  from  Australia  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Winter  Lights"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

 Ambient  style  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well as  the  riffs  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  a  slower  direction  and as  the  album  progresses  an  ambient  instrumental  can  also  be  heard  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Skyborn  Reveries  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  an  idea  of  ascending  to  a  dreamlike  realm  and  becoming  one  with  the  natural  forces  of  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  Skyboarn  Reveries  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Winter  Lights"  "The  Forgotten"  and  "Of  Mountains  And  Tranquil  Skies".  8  out  of  10.

Thy Feeble Saviour Interview

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

Currently just promoting the new album release and always writing new material.

2.You have your first full length coming out in March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous demo's and splits?


First off, the album is already available on cassette and CD format from Hell's Headbangers. The Lp version is scheduled to be out late March/early April also through Hell's Headbangers. The album can be described as raw, evil, black, death hate! No wimp shit!! You will hear riffs in our songs. yes, RIFFS!! All the previous recording were done on a 4 track cassette recorder so the sound was even more raw. We went for a good sounding rehearsal on the album and I think we achieved it. You can hear all instruments yet it is raw eventhough it was recorded with better equipment.

3.The music project was on a hiatus for 8 years, what was the decision behind getting the musical project going again?

I had talked to Matt several times before we actually got together about possibly recording some THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR tracks. He is a great drummer and his style fits perfectly to what I write. I've known him for years and have worked together on other things. We just decided one day to give it a shot since we both had time to do it. I wrote 6 songs which ended up being the BLASPHEMIC DISGUST Demo which came out in 2015.



4.The lyrics on the recordings are very  blasphemous and anti Christian, can you tell us a little bit more about your hatred from Christianity or other Abrahamic faiths?

We don't care for any religious vomit. Growing up in Texas you are bombarded with Christianity so naturally our hatred and disgust for the Christian religion is strong.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Thy Feeble Saviour'?

I took that from and Incantation song called Golgotha from the first album. I just thought it was a perfect name for a band.

6.Originally the band was a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a duo?

Matt and I had worked together before and his drumming style is perfect for the riffs I write and he is a much better drummer than I could ever be.  He and I work well together so it was an easy decision to make. Plus not having to do everything myself is a plus.

7.You have been compared  to 'Profanatica' and also had Paul Ledney help you in getting a deal with 'Hell's Headbangers', do you feel it is a huge honor to be compared to this legendary band and also capture their attention?

On the 2004 demo and the split 7 inch there's no doubt about the influence Profanatica had on me. Been listening to them since their early days. On the new stuff it's less Profanatica inspired but there still are some of their influences for sure. Paul and I have been in contact for many years. He's always liked the stuff I did which was a huge honor. I sent him a copy of the Blasphemic Disgust demo tape and he liked it a lot. He sent it over to Chase from Hell's Headbangers and not too long after that  I heard from Chase about wanting to release a THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR album.

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

So far, from what I've seen, we've been getting a great response about what we are doing. Appreciate all the support we have gotten from Headsplit Records, Nero One Records and Hell's Headbangers in helping us get our shit out there to the maniacs worldwide.

9.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Lots of late 80's/early 90s black/death metal is where we get influence from for THY FEEBLE SAVIOUR.

10.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
No. We do not subscribe to any sort of religion.

11.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview. You can purchase our album from the mighty Hell's Headbangers!!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Aisuragua/In Morte Veritas/Hidden Marly Production/2018 CD Review


  Aisuragua  are  a  solo  project  from  Spain  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  depressive  and primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "In  Morte  Veritas"  which  was  released  by  Hidden  Marly  Production.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  drones  and  ambient  style  synths  while  programmed  beats  are  also  used  at  times  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling. 

  Vocals  are  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  cries  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  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  in  the  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  also  return  in  certain sections  of  the  recording

  On  this  recording  Aisuragua  moves  away  from  the  dark  ambient  style  of  his previous  recording  and  returns  to  his  black  metal  roots  by  creating  an  album  that  is  very  depressive  but  on  the  more  raw  side  as  opposed  to  the  atmospheric  side  that  most  modern  bands  go  for,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  misanthropy,  existentialism,  landscape  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aisuragua  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Day  Of  Blasphemy"  and  "My  Pilgrimage  Is  Over".  8  out  of  10.

Pseudogod/Sepulchral Chants/Nuclear War Nor! Productions/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Pseudogod  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw,  satanic  and  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  album  "Sepulchral  Chants"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  distorted,  atmospheric  and  ritualistic  sounding  drone  starts  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  choir  vocals  before  going  into  a  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls.

  Throughout  the  compilation  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are finally  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  fashion  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  cover's  of  Beherit's  "The  Gate  of  Nanna"  and  Anateus's  "Blood  War  III"  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sounding.

  Pseudogod  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  heaviest,  rawest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Necromancy,  Demonology  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pseudogod  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  raw  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bleeding  With  Pus  Of  Black  Plague"  "The  Firstborn  Of  Abhorrence"  "Azazel"  and  "Necromancy  Of  The  Iron  Darkness". 8/5  out  of  10.