Thursday, May 31, 2018

Keys of Orthanc/Dush agh Golnauk/Naturmacht Productions/2018 CD Review


  Keys  Of  Orthanc  are  a  solo  project  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  Tolkien  inspired  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Dush  agh  Golnauk"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Avant  garde  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  before  introducing  ambient  style  synths  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  also  giving  the  songs  a  more  atmospheric  touch  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Keys  Of  Orthanc  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is very  atmospheric  and  synth  orientated,  the production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  based  upon  the  writings  of  Tolkien.

  In  my  opinion  Keys  Of  Orthanc  are  a  very  great  sounding  Tolkien  inspired  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ringwraiths"  and  "The  White  Wizard".  8  out  of  10.

  

Eskhaton/Omegalitheos/Lavadome Productions/2018 CD Review


  Eskhaton  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Omegalitheos"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Lavadome  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off t he  album  before  adding  in  brutal  blast  beats  and  fast  war  metal  riffs  while  the  vocals  are  a  mixture  of  bestial  growls  and  death  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  raw  yet  chaotic  style  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  lot  of  influences  from  their  home  country.

  A  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  very  ritualistic  atmosphere  as  well  as  the  music  barely  ever  slowing  down  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Eskhaton  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  bestial  black/death  metal  sound  that  was  established  on  the  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism,  chaos,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Eskhaton  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpentity"  "Culthulhunatic"  "Blasphemartyr"  and  "Kimah  Kalu  Utu  Ulla".  8  out  of  10.

  

AnKou/HMS Terror Ft. Skyggefigurrer/2018 Single Review


  France's  solo  project  AnKou  has  returned  with  a  new  track  which  continues  his  ambient  style  of  black  metal  and  introduces  Skyggefigurrer  on  vocals  and  this  is  a  review  of his  self released  2018  singer  "HMS  Terror".

  Ambient  orientated  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  track  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  whispers  are  also  used  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls,  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  towards  the  end  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  are  utilized.

  On  this  track  AnKou  remains  true  to  his  ambient  style  of  black  metal  while  the  vocals  of  Skyggefigurrer  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  AnKou  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

https://ankou1.bandcamp.com/track/hms-terror-ft-skyggefigurrer

  

Adragard interview

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



1. After some years Adragard has resuscitated from the ruins where I buried it, and this time I can assure you it’s here to remain. We are working on the next album that probably will be out next year.



2.In February you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



2. The music is as usual pure Black Metal 90’s way, but this time there are more evident influence of the first wave (Bathory above all) and of classic doom as well. The main difference is that for the first time we got a real drummer and this add a special vibe to the album. Another difference is that for this album, I’ve tried to write songs using a classic metal structure, and this is the real difference from the new stuff and the older one. The first demo was inspired exclusively by the second wave of Black Metal (Darkthrone, Burzum etc.) now after all the years passed devouring Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer and so on I feel really confident to write music looking into the deepest past. Of course the fast riffs in tremolo picking got the same 90’s inspiration.



3.This is your first album to be released in 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?



3. Nothing relevant. Personal issues and lots of shit due to the fucking earthquake that destroyed our hometown. We've been forced to rebuilt ourselves over these ruins.



4.Your lyrics over the years do cover some Luciferian, Pagan and Blasphemous themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?



4. I can’t tell you much, because it’s not easy to express these topics with words. But I'll try.  The first demo of Adragard was all about Paganism, in particular about the old pagan culture of my hometown. Back then I was really into those topics. After the first demo the lyrics were totally Lucifer addict. Not so far indeed, because I do not mean Lucifer like the one depicted by the fucking christianity but like the divinity that exists before christ. Lucifer is really something that lives in the depths of my heart and inspires all my action. But I am not a religious person and my thought is based on a non-religious-pagan view, as strange as it seems. The lyrics of the last album moved again and this time the presence of Lucifer is less direct but I can assure you that He is still there. Blasphemy ... I do not know ...  the blasphemy in my lyrics is in the eyes of the reader.



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



5. The meaning of the name Adragard is buried by time and dust quoting one of my favorite song. It’s a fusion of the names of a demon and a minor pagan divinity.



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



6. The photo on the tape cover has been taken in a forest near my home by a friend of mine. It’s a really suggestive and obscure place. A lot of people are scared by that woods due to the dark and asphyxiating atmosphere so I think has been a perfect choose. The cover of the CD is the original cover, linked to the title of the album and it’s a picture that I’ taken in the lake of Campotosto with Niferon. A lake not far away from my home. I use to go there often, especially at the sunrise or at the sunset. It’s a magic place with extreme climatic condition, during the winter the lake it’s completely frozen… something beyond words.



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

7. From this album Adragard has a complete line up. Church Destroyer on drums and Gemini on Guitar have joined the blasphemous ranks of Adragard. This is the final line up. There will be no more changes. Our pact has been signed with blood and we’ll continue to spread the Black Plague until our last breath.



8.The new album was released on cassette by 'Depressive Illusions Records', do you feel this format has been making a huge comeback over the years?

8. The album is out even on CD through Perkun Rec. and about the format… the tape format never disappeared but yes now all this old-school-wannabe-trend has caused an increase of tape releases, and this for me, it’s great. This is the first Adragard release out on CD format, all the past stuff is only on tape so I believe tape is perfect for Underground Black Metal because it smells of dedication to the Underground War and has a nostalgic flavor, but I also like CDs. I've buyed lots of great albums of the 90’s on CD so I have nothing to complain about CD. Of course my favorite format is Vinyl but no one seem interested in releasing our shit on vinyl. Fuck!



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

9. I really don’t know. We don’t have any social profile. We haven’t an official site so we don’t have any direct feedback. Of course this is our choice. There are a couple of review out and they’re good.



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

10. We’ll continue on the same path of this album. But the next one will be more raw and more chaotic. We’re already working on the new songs but it’s early to say something more, but it's sure there will be no drastic changes. We’ll continue to walk on this rotten putrid street.



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

11. My influences are always the same, Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal, Carpathina Forest and so on. I’m really addicted to metal and music in general, what I listen more comes from the period of time that goes from the late 60’s to the middle of 90’s. I usually don’t mind about music genres, I listen and like music that gives me emotion on a wide range, pure and simple. Regarding new music I usually like bands that sound like the old ones or at least have the same feeling. These days I’m listening to: Comus “First Utterance” 1971, Pagan Altar “Vol I” 1982, Obnoxious Youth “Disturbing The Graves” 2017, Power from hell “Blood 'n' Spikes” 2017, Spiders “Killer Machine” 2018, Terrörhammer “In The Name Of Hell” 2018, VOJD “The Outer Ocean” 2018, Whipstriker “Merciless Artillery” 2017, Aura Noir “Aura Noire” 2018, Hammr “Unholy Destruction” 2018. I mean you got the point. Real metal and rock with true sound and attitude.





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

12. Thank you for the interview. Support Adragard and spread the Plague!!!




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Hallig/A Distant Reflection of Reality/Talheim Records/2018 CD Review


  Hallig  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "A  Distant  Reflection  Of  Reality"  which  was  released  by  Talheim  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Spoken  word  parts  and  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Clean  vocals a re  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks   while  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  one  track  also  introduces  rain  and  thunder  sounds  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  tracks  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars  and  on  track  is  all  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Hallig  takes  their  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  into  a  different  direction  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hallig  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Neuses  Land"  "To  Walk  With  Giants"  "From  Ashes  All  Blooms"  and  "A  Distant  Reflection  of  The  Void".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Geisterfels Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are a French atmospheric black metal band with medieval themed lyrics. Nebel created the project in 2013. Aldébaran (Darkenhöld) joined in 2015 and Aharon (Griffon) in 2016.

2.In November, you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Nebel: Aldébaran and I wanted to sound old school, so we kept the black metal of the 90s in mind. The recording and mixing is homemade, so it’s not perfect, but we hope it adds to the atmosphere.

3.The band has been around since 2013 but waited until 2017 to release an album, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Nebel: It started as a personal project. I just composed the songs alone and then looked for musicians to record with me. It was actually a very long and hard process. Many people making promises and finally doing nothing. But it’s great to have Aldébaran and Aharon now.

4.Your lyrics cover Medieval History, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Nebel: I am fond of Medieval history and Geisterfels is one of the expressions of this passion. I am also a historical fantasy writer and I practice Historical European Martial Arts. La névrose de la pierre is a concept album exploring the way romanticism saw the medieval ages. It is the tale of a trip, the one of a French poet who visited the Rhine and the Mosel valleys at the end of the nineteenth century. He was amazed by the many castles he found on his path. His poems thus make a parallel between the majestic ruins he’s seen and the sorrows leading one’s mind to collapse.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Geisterfels'?
Nebel: Geisterfels means The Rock of Ghosts in German. Castles built on rocky promontories often have names ending with fels or stein, so it is an imaginary castle, and its story is told in the song Geisterfels.

6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Nebel: We are a studio project. I don’t say that we will never perform live shows, but we don’t have a line-up for concerts for the moment. It was extremely difficult to find members for the studio recording as I already mentioned, and I prefer to keep my energy for the composition of the next album.

7.The album was released on 'Six Raw Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Nebel: It is a young label set in Burgundy, France. La névrose de la pierre was its first release. It tries to develop beautiful objects. The Cd is presented in an A5 metal box, and I think it is a great and original format.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
Nebel: We don’t have many feedbacks, but I think people appreciated the old school feeling and inspiration.

9.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?
Aldébaran: As for Darkenhöld we will soon reissue “Castellum” album with a new cover and some bonus. These days we are also rerecording some old songs but in acoustic versions.
We have some gigs booked for this summer (Hellfest, Forest Fest) and I have riffs and ideas for a future effort.
Aharon : I am the leader of Griffon, a French medieval black metal band. Nebel knew my work in this project and contacted me for Geisterfels. I accepted to help her for the recording because we share the same passion for the medieval spirit in black metal.

10.Where do you see the band heading in musically during the future?
Nebel: We would like to use medieval instruments and vocals for the second release, a concept album again, and we hope to add this to our old school black metal basis to create a deeper atmosphere.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Nebel: I am inspired by atmospheric black metal from the 90s and bands like: Abigor, Satyricon, Ulver or Kvist. I also listen to classical and medieval music, I suppose you can hear this in my compositions. I also appreciate gothic music: darkwave, deathrock… though I don’t think it influences Geisterfels.
Aharon: I concentrate almost exclusively on French bands. I have a passion for the French black/pagan scene: Belenos, Himinbjorg, Darkenhöld, Aorlhac, Wyrms, Sühnopher, Aladaaron and many more. I also appreciate great bands from the Parisian scene : Aosoth, Temple of Baal, Pensées Nocturnes, Hell Militia, Glorior Belli, Moonreich, … I could mention so many more names: Neptrecus, Malcuidant, Vortex of End, Pestiferum, Fhoi Myore, Antilife, Regarde les Hommes Tomber. We are a very rich country for black metal.
Nebel: I could not agree more. I have created Diabolus in Musica, a blog exclusively dedicated to French black metal and it contains more than 200 reviews.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Nebel: Thanks for this interview. We hope fans of atmospheric black metal would like to listen to our album after reading this little presentation.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Coldbound/The Gale/2018 Full Length Review


 
  Coldbound  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moves  away  from  their  more  atmospheric  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  and  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  death  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "The  Gale".

  Water  and  thunder  sounds  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together.

  Vocals  are  mostly  death  metal  growls  while  elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  grim  screams  which  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  black  metal  as  well  as  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  whispers  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  one  track  also  brings  in  female  vocals.

  On  this  recording  Coldbound  moves  way  from  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  goes  into  more  of  a  melodic  doom/death  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  personal  struggles,  nature  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Coldbound  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  the  new  direction,  I  can  see  this  album  winning  over  fans  of  melodic  doom/death  metal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Invocation"  "The  Gale" and  "Towards  The  Weeping  Skies".  8  out  of  10.

  

Blasphemy/Live Ritual: Friday The 13th/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 Live Album Re-Issue Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  live  recording  from  Blasphemy  which  was  originally  recorded  and  released  in  2011  and  was  also  in  their  style  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  the  album  is  called  "Live  Ritual:Friday  The  13th"  and  was  re-issued  in  2018  by  Nuclear  War  Now!   Productions.

  Chaotic  sounding  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  and  angry  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  bestial  growls  also  being  used  at  times.

  All  of  the  tracks  where  recorded  live  while  a  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  short  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  grindcore  elements  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  songs  also  start  bringing  in  a  great mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  always  remains  very  raw  and  heavy.

  On  this  recording  Blasphemy  got  back  together  after  an  8  year  hiatus  to  play  a  live  set  consisting  mostly  of  tracks  of  their  2  full  lengths  and  also  showing  the  younger  war  metal  bands  of  the  era  where  it  all  came  from,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  death,  Satanism,  rituals  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  live  album  from  Blasphemy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blasphemous  Attack"  "Fallen  Angel  of  Doom"  "Desecration"  and  "Ritual".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Blasphemy/Victory(Son of The Damned)/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 Rehearsal Album Review


  Blasphemy  are  a  band  from  Burnaby,  B.C,  Canada  that  are  one  of the  early  pioneers  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  a  rehearsal  album  called  "Victory(Son  Of  The  Damned)"  which  was  recorded  almost  20  years  ago  but  finally  released  in  2018  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  shouting  style  vocals  while  the  music  brings  in  a  very  early  style  of  war  metal  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  and  a  small  amount  of  melody  can  be  heard.

  Bestial  growls  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  while  all  the  music  was  recorded  live  in  a  rehearsal  room  along  with  some  elements  of  grindcore  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  songs  start  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  they  also  keep  the  music  very  heavy,  raw,  brutal  and  evil  sounding.

  On  this  recording  Blasphemy  where  very  much  ahead  of  their  time  playing  a  musical  style  that  would  later  be  known  as  war  or  bestial  black/death  metal  and  creating  a  genre  that has  grown  a  lot  over  the  years  and  the  music  still  holds  up  today  and  is  also  more  brutal and  evil  than  most  modern  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  war, death,  Satanism,  rituals  and  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Blasphemy  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "War  Command"  "Goddess  Of  Perversity"  "Blasphemy"  and  "Ritual".  9  out  of  10.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Winterblut/Seid furchtbar und zerstoret Euch/Nihilistic KlangKunst/2018 CD Review


  Winterblut  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  dissonant  and  disharmonic  form  of  experimental  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his 2018  album  "Seid  furchtbar und  zerstoret  Euch"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Nihilistic  KlangKunst.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  and  at  times the  music  gets  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  in  some  parts  of  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  disharmonic  and  dissonant  structures  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  while  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  also  being  brought  onto  the  recording  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  and  most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  Winterblut  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aant  garde,  experimental,  dissonant  and  disharmonic  sounding  while  also  capturing  an  improv  atmosphere  at  times  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  In  my  opinion  Winterblut  are  a  very  great  sounding  dissonant,  disharmonic  and  experimental  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Stimmen!"  "Nachleben"  "fuer  einen"  and  "Das  Ende  vom  Lied".  8  out  of  10.   

The Last Seed/Hellboy/Nihilistische KlangKunst/2018 CD Review


  The  Last  Seed  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Hellboy"  which  was  released  by  Nihilistische  KlangKunst.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  using  a  great  amount  of  melody.

 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  synths  when  they  are  utilized  makes  the  music  sound  more  atmospheric  along with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  symphonic  elements  as  well  as  a  couple  of  tracks  also  adding  in  thunder  samples  and  on  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  The  Last  Seed  plays  a  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  that  is  very  different  and  original  form  most  bands  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  The  Last  Seed  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Throw  The  Bones"  "Become  The  Stubborn  Goat"  "Form  Your  God"  and  "Rule  The  Deep".  8  out  of  10.   

Satan My Master/The King Of Hell Arrives/Helldprod Records/2018 Cassette Review


  Satan  My  Master  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  d  beat  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  cassette  "The  King  Of  Hell  Arrives"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Helldprod  Records.

  Ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  cassette  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  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  which  also  have  a  touch  of  first  wave  influences  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  d  beat  elements  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  keyboards.

  Satan  my  Master  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  80's  and  early  90's  era  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  d  beat  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  satanic  and  blasphemous  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Satan  My  Master  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  d  beat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Warbrothers  Of  Darkness"  and  "Son  Of  A  Whore".  8  out  of  10.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Silence.cold.alone/Lamentation Of The Falling Snow/Howling/Share Your Pain Records/2018 Cassette Review


  Silence.cold.alone  are  a  band  from  Greenland  that  plays  an  atmospheric  and  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lamentation  of  The  Falling  Snow/Howling"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Share  Your  Pain  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  also  mixing  the  ambient  and  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  both  of  the  tracks  bring  in  nature  orientated  soundscapes  as  well  as  the  music  sounding  very  modern  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Silence,cold.alone  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Silence,cold.alone  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Howling".  8  out  of  10.

 


Garden Of Hesperides/Forest Journey Pt.III Final Moments/Bloody Mountain Records/2018 EP Review


 
  Garden  Of  Hesperides  are  a  solo  project  from  Northern  California  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  his  2018  ep  "Forest  Journey  Pt.III"  which  was  released  by  Bloody  Mountain  Records.

  Spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  programmed  blast  beats  while  the  music  also  mixes  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Deep  guttural  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths  also  being  utilized  at  times  as well  as  spoken  word  parts  also  returning  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  a  later  track  introduces  acoustic  guitars  and  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  closing track  is  an  isntrumental.

  Garden  Of  Hesperides  plays  a  style  of  black  metal t hat  is  very  atmospheric  while  the  vocals  are  done  in a  more  death  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  forests  and  mountain  themes  when  they  are  utilized. 

  In  my  opinion  Garden  Of  Hesperides  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  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Still  Silence"  and  "Final  Moments".  8  out  of  10.

 

  

Adragard/From The Burning Mist/Depressive Illusions/Perkun Rec/2018 Full Length Review


  Adragard  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "From  The  Burning  Mist"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Depressive  Illusions  Records  and  cd  by  Perkun  Rec.

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

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  music  being  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  as  well  as  some  of  the  slower  riffing  having  a  slight  doom  metal  influence  and  acoustic  guitars  and  nature  sounds  are  added  onto  the  closing  track.

  Adragard plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  traditional  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Heathenism,  Pagan  Mythology  and  Dark  Forces  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Adragard  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Necro Ritual"  "Morbid  Black  Chaos"  and  "Eremo".  8  out  of  10.

Délétère/De Horae Leprae/Sepulchral Productions/2018 CD Review


  Deletere  are  a  band  from  Quebec,  Canada  that  plays  a  majestic  and  tortuous  form  of  black metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "De  Horae  Leprae"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Sepulchral  Productions.

  Horror  movie  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  most  of the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  a  couple  of  the  tracks  also  introduces  clean  guitars  and  clear  vocals  onto  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  screams  start sounding  more  depressive  and  tortured.

  Deletere  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  ,melodic  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  pest,  disease  and  medieval  darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deletere  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic,  majestic  and  epic  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Teredinis  Lepra"  "Inopia  et  Morbo"  "Barathra  II"  and  "Oratio  Magna".  8  out  of  10.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Blood Rites/Demo I/Caverna Abismal Records/2018 Cassette Review


  Blood  Rites  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  Greek  influenced  style  of  old  school  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  demo  which  will  be  released  in  June  on  cassette  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records.

  Dark  and  ritualistic  soundscapes  start  off  the  demo  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffing  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  Greek  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  some  deep  growls  also  being  used  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  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.

  Blood  Rites  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  goes  back  to  the  early  90's  Greek  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blood  Rites  are  a  very  great  sounding  Greek  influenced  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dark  Majestics".  8  out  of  10.

  

Friday, May 25, 2018

Glorior Belli/O Laudate Dominvs/Ascension Monuments Media/2018 LP Re-Issue Review


  Glorior  Belli  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  played  more  of  a  raw  and  traditional  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2005  album  "O  Laudate  Dominvs"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  June  by  Ascension  Monuments  Media.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  Gregorian  chants before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  grim  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  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  one  of  the  later  tracks  being  an  instrumental  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  On  this  recording  Glorior  Belli  played  more  of  traditional  style  of  black  metal  instead  of  the  more  southern  metal  influenced  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Glorior  Belli  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "O Laudate Dominus"  "Eternal  Torments" and  "Stigma  Diaboli".  8  out  of 10. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Hornwood Fell/Inferus/2018 EP Review


  Italy's Hornwood  Fell  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  "Inferus".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  Nordic  influences.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  getting  depressive  at  times  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  towards  the  end  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  recording  Hornwood  Fell  move  way  from t he  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  form  previous  releases  and  go  for  more  of  a  traditional  Nordic  influenced  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while t he  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hornwood  Fell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  Nordic  influenced  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Inferno".  8  out  of  10.

      

Rakitiko/La profecia pagana/2018 Full Length Review


  Rakitiko  are  a  band  from  Argentina  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black,  pagan,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "La  profecia  pagana".

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  angry  melodic  shouts  and  black metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  also done  in  a  melodic  as  well  as  the  music  also adding  in  elements  of  atmospheric,  pagan  and  death  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard.

  Rakitiko  plays  a  musical  style t hat  is  mostly  rooted  in  pagan/black  metal  while  also  having a   great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  in  the  riffing,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Spanish  and  cover  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Rakitiko  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  pagan,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Un  millon  de  muertos"  "La  profecia"  and  "Por  quien  vos  siempere  estas".  8  out  of  10.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Obsolete Theory/Mudness/My Kingdom Music/2018 CD Review


  Obsolete  Theory  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Mudness"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  Water  sounds,  spoken  words  and  whispers  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  at  times  and  synths  are  also  mixed  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.

  A  great  amount  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  all  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  death  metal  growls  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  elements.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  incorporating  more  elements  of  post  black  metal.

  Obsolete  Theory  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  atmospheric  post  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  elements  of  doom  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Misanthropy  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Obsolete  Theory  are  a  very  great  sounding  doom  influenced  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are a   fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Six  Horses  of  Death"  and  "Sirius  Blood".  8  out  of  10.        

Barren Altar Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
1. Started in the fall of 2013 with the intention of blending depressive funeral doom with furious black metal elements, a style we felt was underrepresented in our local metal scene at the time. We all draw from our eclectic tastes, themes, musical truths, and strive to covey all of this in a live setting and on our recordings.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings you have released so far?
2. We can only express a specific performance on a recording based on where we are all at in that moment in time. It's a captured essence of what we were channeling during the recording sessions. Each performance is an engagement along with those around us in a collective gathering coping with the harsh realities of the human condition that we are all dealing with at that moment in time. Each gathering is unique and fleeting.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content that is presented on the full length that is coming out this year?
3. Each song is a meditation on destruction. Destroying our gods, destroying ourselves, and destroying each other.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Barren Altar'?
4. The Barren Altar is the ritual site where man in his desperation finally prostrates himself before the void. He begs for forgiveness and absolution. He offers prayers and sacrifices that are destined to go unanswered, for all prayer is vanity and no one is there to listen.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Our first show out in the middle of a forest was an amazing experience. From the sweltering heat of the set to the epic late night adventure roaming the woods. There are still ripples from that set that affect us and our opportunities to this day. Also, some of our other early shows had a special magic to them when we were first galvanizing our band, seeing how the energy consumed yet rose higher than its sum, almost breathing a life of its own that we still conjure on stage to this day.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is released?
6. Yes, we're going on a 12 day west coast run up to Seattle and back and everywhere in between, June 21st to July 2nd.

7.Last year you where a part of a split with 'Argentavas', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
7. Love those guys, stalwarts of the local scene. In fact, their bass player joined forces with us last year and is doing a phenomenal job.


8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
8. If the right label comes our way with an offer we'd be interested. We'd also like to have a label press our works on vinyl at some point in the near future.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and funeral doom metal?
9. Can't speak for worldwide response, but as far as the Bay Area metal scene is concerned we've received very positive feedback from bands that share similar ethos, concert goers that catch our live sound and energy.

10.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?
10. We are all involved in other projects, either bands that existed before ours, or new collaborations with members of other bands in our local scene.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
11. Continuing down the same dark path until the coming storm pulls us into the void.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12. Anything from classics like Black Sabbath, King Crimson, and The Doors to modern day black metal, Enslaved, Borknagar, Death Spell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Svartidaudi, to sludgy/doom bands like Hell, Yob, Thou, Sleep, Chrch, and Primitive Man.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
13. Being disappointed every morning that we didn't die in our sleep and have to go to work.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
14. Fuck life, worship death, live for never.



Goat Disciple Interview

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

We're just a bunch of no good Heathens having a good time making music. We started about 5 years ago. We've added another guitarist to the fold since the e.p. was recorded as well as a new drummer...

2.You have an ep coming out in June, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Ominous & Relentless.

3.When I listened to the ep you had a musical style that was closer to the 90's era of war metal which was different from the more modern era of the genre, which era do you prefer?

There are great bands and Influences of ours in both eras...  dont have a preference.

4.The band is from Salt Lake City which has the highest Mormon population anywhere, do you feel having to deal with these religious freaks on a level worse than the rest of the country adds  a lot of the hate into your musical style?

All of these religions are just as shitty and self centered as the rest. I personally came from a psychotic Christian family and another one of us, from a clueless mormon family and so on. it's not what our music is based around but could have definitely influenced our own aggressions...
-R.S.

5.One of your tracks deals with the Qliphoth while another one is about 'Mammon', can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the left hand path currents?

I am speaking personally as the one who wrote the lyrics, my interest in the left hand path is strictly observatory, after past participatory experiences (albeit they being mostly unintentional).  I am finding it difficult to name individuals who have followed these creeds and not slowly degenerated to excessive, habitual hedonism, ignorant to their transformations into dishonorable and contemptible clowns, or simply found themselves in complete ruin.  I have met those who would go on the defensive, alluding to the "Road of Excess/Tigers of Wrath" quote by Blake, I am not holding my breath for them, though.  Honestly, I those who had success with these methodologies are likely in positions of very high power, such as politicians, "secret chiefs", and would likely not speak about it altogether.  Each member of the band may have a different outlook on this, however. 
-A. Mire


6.You also have a track that covers the Siddhi, how would you compare the workings of Eastern Occultism to Western Occultism?

I have benefited greatly from delving into both.  Again, I am reluctant to comment in the context of black and death metal.  I think the forum for that content has been abused and diluted everything from infinite, meaningless obfuscations. 
-A. Mire


7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content on the song 'Black Skull Hypogogue'?

This song is inspired by sleep paralysis.
-A. Mire




8.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Goat Disciple'?

The name is what we came up with. A fairly generic black metal band name that we definitely like but weren't too concerned about assuming our music would speak for itself.

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

We have been pretty lucky with the string of shows we've gotten to open. Our first show was opening for The Mighty Archgoat followed by Hades Archer, Antichrist, Impiety and in July 2018 Mortuary Drape & Volahn. As for our stage performance not much into "gimmicks" or anything really. Again, we'd like to think our music speaks for itself. so theres no talking in between songs. Shout outs, or thank you's. Just us playing our set to the best of our abilities and enjoying our time.

10.Do you have any touring or show plans for the rest of 2018?

The only show booked is Mortuary Drape & Volahn in July 2018. Our hopes are to get on some good fests and keep playing shows with excellent bands, as we've done so far. 

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

We have heard a lot of good feedback. How far our music has reached out, in the underground is unknown and I'm sure, as with anything, there will be people who hate it but that is no concern of ours. If people like our music then, Fuck Yeah. If not, we do.
-R.S

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

No plans of change. We will continue down the path that we have chosen...

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 are all fans of The underground war/black/death/thrash/doom. For me, personally Destroyer 666, Diocletian, Nocturnal Blood/T.H.P., Profanatica, Massacre, Arghostlent/G.B.K., Kerasphorus, Hypocrisy, Archgoat, Katharsis, Demoncy, Cemetery Urn, Order From Chaos, and many more have been a huge influence on myself and the music I write.
-R.S.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? "You either get it or you don't"

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Moonreich/Fugue/Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions/2018 CD Review


  Moonreich  are  a  band  from  France  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Fugue"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Les  Acteurs  de  l'Ombre  Productions,

  Melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as well  as  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  at  times.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  at  times  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  elements  of  post  black  metal.

  On  this  recording  Moonreich  takes  a  very  melodic  and  traditional  style  of  black  metal  and  mixes  in  some  of  the  more  modern  post  style  to  create  an  album t hat  really  stands  out,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  war  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Moonreich  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  aggressive,  melodic  and  post  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "With  Open  Throat  For  Way  Too  Long"  and  "The  Things  Behind  The  Moon".  8  out  of  10.  

Pensees Nocturnes/Grotesque/Les Acteurs de l'Ombre Productions/2018 Vinyl Re-Issue Review


  Pensees  Nocturnes  are  a  solo  project  from  France  that  plays  a  mixture  of neo-classical,  experimental.  and  avant  garde  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2010  album  "Grotesque"  which  was  re-issued  on  vinyl  in  2018  by  Les  Acteurs  de  l'Ombre  Productions. 

  Neo-classical  and  militant  beats  start  off  the  album  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  along  with  some  audience  reaction  being  used  briefly  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals are  a  mixture  of  black  metal screams  and  clean  avant  garde singing  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  at  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  and  most  of  the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  stringed  instruments  also  being  utilized  at  times  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  depressive  elements  and  the  tracks  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  other  styles  of  music  and  the  album  closes  with  an  instrumental. 

  Pensees  Nocturnes  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  depressive  black  metal,  experimental,  avant  garde  and  neo-classical  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  something  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  nihilism,  solitude  and  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pensees  Nocturnes  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  depressive  black  metal,  experimental,  avant  garde  and  neo-classical  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should check  out  this  solo  project.Paria"  and  "Thokk".  8/5  out  of  10.