Monday, June 18, 2018

Goatskullt/Refuse To Exist!/2018 Full Length Review


  Goatskullt  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  album  "Refuse  To  Exist".

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  hateful  black   metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  melodies  also  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  at  times,  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard.

  Goatskullt  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very raw  in  the  90's  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Finnish  and  English  and  cover  Satanism  and  Anti  Life  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Goatskullt  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Godfeces"  and  "Perplexion".  8  out  of  10.     

Invocation Spells/Spread Cruelty Into The Abyss/Hells Headbangers/2018 CD Review


  Invocation  Spells  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Spread  Cruelty  Into  The  Abyss"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  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  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  80's  and  90's  influences  but  having  a  more  modern  approach  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  one  track  adding  in  elements  of  classical  music  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier direction  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Invocation  Spells  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  90's  era  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  thrash  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  evil and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Invocation Spells  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ruins  Of  Cemetery"  "Old  Rites" and  "From  The  Graves".  8out  of  10.


Agathos Interview

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

Siles: Agathos is a black metal band formed by members of different extreme metal bands from Valencia (Spain) such as [In Mute] and Noctem, and we pretended to compose giving greater priority to the overall atmosphere than to the instruments by itself, as we come from more technical bands and we wanted to get carried away by the music without being worried about playing every perfect note every time, and we finally found ourselves playing black metal by accident! It was a very natural evolution that we didn’t decide at all, but we are very pleased with the results.

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

Siles: You will find lots of enraged, raw and dark riffs wrapped inside epic melodies and deep atmospheres. Even while playing black metal we are very far from its classical form. We think it’s a very fresh interpretation form of this style.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Siles: I have always been very abstract in terms of lyrics, I write isolated thoughts as I hear them in my head and sometimes it’s very hard to understand what I am saying, ever for me! But what I can assure is that mainly you will find nihilistic and pessimist philosophy in my words.

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

Siles: “Agathos” is the greek moral ideal, translated as “the good”, we use this name as a sarcasm, as we don’t believe the human can be “good” and we don’t believe that there is a main “moral” that can be applied to judge every action.

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

Siles: I personally design it, and honestly it means nothing at all, I wanted to represent just that, the absence of meaning of things, following the nihilistic philosophy of the lyrics, I wanted to show as everyone wants to find an intrincate meaning of every symbol and every image, when at the end, anythings means nothing, we are just a random work of existence.



6.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 only played our presentation gig in our city and it was awesome, we didn’t have any expectation of it because we are a new band and our EP was only 1 week out, but we were overwhelmed by the number of the audience and their welcome towards us and our show. We have a powerful, raw and sober performance on stage and we think we transmit a strong energy to the audience.

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

We are currently trying to book some shows in Spain and of course we would like to go outside our country but it’s a very slow process as Agathos is our secondary project, we are in bigger bands and we have to follow the schedule of our bands to find some free days in our agendas.



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

We decided to self-release this EP to know the perception from the audience before signing with any label, but we have received some interest from labels, we can’t say anything specific yet but we will keep our audience posted about it when the time comes.

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

We are very happy with the feedback from every people who has taken his time to hear our music, regardless of their musical tastes, but I think that black metal fans have received very well, in fact our full EP is free streaming on Youtube because the channel Atmospheric Black Metal Albums asked us if they could upload it and we are also #7 at the May’s Top 30 Black Metal Releases at Headbangers Latin America.

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?

Siles: I’m guitarist from [In Mute], we are currently on our Gea Spanish Tour and planning a possible European Tour at the end of this year, and we will soon start composing our next album.

Gühl: My other band Afasica are currently finishing the writing of new songs for our forthcoming second EP. Unlike Agathos, this is an instrumental prog metal project, nothing to do with black or extreme metal.



11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Hope it can be soon, we are very excited about the composing for our first album and we have already started a new song that probably will be a single that will not be part of the album so we can release at least a song before the album comes out.



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?

Siles: I listen lots of musical styles, from classical music to metal going through jazz and a large etc. and to a lesser or greater extent all of them contribute to my compositions. In terms of bands I’m listening nowadays… mmmmhhh… Wiegedood, Aorlhac, Akhlys, Mgla, Batushka, Harakiri from the Sky… these are the more blackish bands, and I’m leaving a lot… besides black metal I’m digging into Ulver, Leprous, Alcest, Trallery, The Faceless, Moonsorrow, and maaaany more!

Gühl: In fact I’m not a typical Black Metal fan. I kind of listen to a very wide range of musical styles including prog, postrock and metal. But I’m very hooked on “new” bands like Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Ultar, Uada or Mgla. Also, I’m enjoying a lot the new Necrophobic album.

Bëor: The bands that have influenced me are mostly Saor, the last album from Khors and the last two albums from Harakiri For The Sky. Y la música que estoy escuchando últimamente son, Rotting Christ, Foscor, Persefone, Uada..



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

Nihil

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Albionic Hermeticism/Ancient Hermetic Purity/Signal Rex/2018 CD Review


  Albionic  Hermeticism  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Ancient  Hermetic  Purity"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  as  well  as  a  couple  of  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  and  at  times  the  music  sounds  very  ritualistic  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  ambient  can  also be  heard.

  Albonic  Hermeticism  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  yet  atmospheric  at  the  same  time,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Ancient  Egyptian  Rites  And  Gods,  European Paganism  and  Hermeticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Albionic  Hermeticism  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Mutilated  Hermetic  Fragments"  "Ancient  Hermetic  Purity"  and  "AA  Moete  Hermes".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Funeral Mist/Hekatomb/Norma Evangelium Diaboli/2018 CD Review


  Funeral  Mist  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  satanic  and  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Hekatomb"  which  was  released  by  Norma  Evangelium  Diaboli.

  Spoken  word  parts  along  with  some  demonic  voices  and  an  evil  background  start  off  the  album  before  adding  in  some  powerful  sounding  bass  guitars  before  going  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling.

  Vocals are  mostly  hateful  and  angry  sounding  black  metal  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  melodic  yet  ritualistic  chanting,  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  as  well  as  a  few  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  chaotic  sounding  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music  and  when  synths  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  an  occult  atmosphere.

  On  this  recording  Funeral  Mist  takes  his  orthodox  black  metal  sound  to  a  different  level  while  also  keeping  the  raw  aggression  that  was  present  on  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  darkness  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Funeral  Mist  and  if  you  where  a  fan  of  his  previous  material,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Naight  But  Death"  "Metamorphosis"  and  "Pallor  Mortis".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Black Howling/Return Of Primordial Stillness/Signal Rex/2018 CD Review


  Black  Howling  are  a  band  from  Portugal  that  plays  a  very  depressive form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Return  Of  Primordial  Stillness"  which  will  be    released  in  July  by  Signal  Rex.

  A  very  dark  yet  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  as  the  album  progresses  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clear  vocals  and  clean  guitars  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  acoustic  instruemntal.

  Black  Howling  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  pessimism,  hate  and  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Black  Howling  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iberia"  and  "Celestial  Entropy".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Aparthiva Raktadhara/Agyat Ishvar/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review


  Aparthiva  Raktadhara  are  a  band  from  India  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "Agyat  Ishvar"  which  will be  released  in  July  by  Iron Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  before  going  into  a  very  fast  war  metal  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  brutal  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  small  amount  of  melody.

  A  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  harsh  noise  influences  while  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  roots  in  the  90's  style  and  also  sticks  to  mostly  a  fast  sound  with  no  solos  or  leads  ever  being  utilized  which  also  adds  to  the  raw  aggression  of  the  music.

  Aparthiva  Raktadvara  takes  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  mathematical  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Aparthiva  Raktadhara  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Proclamations  of  The  Empty".  8  out  of  10.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mortuary Drape/Necromantic Doom Returns/Iron Tyrant/2018 Compilation Album Review


  Mortuary  Drape  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  has  been  around  fro  more  than  30  years  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  "Necromantic  Doom  Returns"  which  will  be  released  on  June  30th  by  Iron  Tyrant  and  consists  of  their  87  and  89  demos  and  a  live  performance  from  90.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  with  ritualistic  synths  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  compilation  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  an  80's  first  wave  black  metal  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also being  used  at  times  and  the  ritualistic  elements  that  where  also  presented  on  the  demo  also  return  on  some  of the  later  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  The  second  demo  also  shows  acoustic  guitars  and  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  being  introduced  into  the  music  while  the  black  metal  screams  also  start  evoking  a  more  grim  atmosphere  along  with  the  first  wave  style  still  influencing  the  vocal  approach  and  the  riffs  also  start  adding  in  a  small  amount  of dark  sounding  melodies  and  the  live  tracks  also  display  a  great  amount  of  raw  aggression.

  Mortuary  Drape  played  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  was  very  much  ahead  of  its  time  while  also  being  heavily  influenced  by  the  first  wave  style  and  they  would  go  on  to  influence  later  bands,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Black  Magick,  Occultism  and  Necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mortuary  Drape  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Catacomba"  "Obsessed  By  Necromancy"  "Pentagram"  and  "Inquisition".  8/5  out  of  10.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Ignis/Sic Transit Gloria Mundi/Depths Of Void/2018 CD Review


  Ignis  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Sic  Transit  Gloria  Mundi"  which  was  released  by  Depths  Of  Void.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  all  of the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  tracks  also  bringing  in  drones  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  post  metal  elements.

  Ignis  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death, suicide  and  Armageddon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ignis  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wild  Hunt"  and  "Meet  The  Savior!".  8  out  of  10, 

  

Agathos/Nihil Est/2018 EP Review


  Agathos  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  nihilistic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2018  ep  'Nihil  Est".

  Atmospheric  soundscapes along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  ep  while  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  also  make  a  brief  return  as  the  ep  progresses.

  Agathos  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  misanthropic  and  nihilistic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  nihilism  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Agathos  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  nihilistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nihil"  and  "Thanatos".  8  out  of  10.

     

Autumnwind Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
At the moment I am working on my second documentary film, We Are Warriors, it will talk about the Metal bands who still in Syria and doing new music during the war. Autumnwind released Endless Fear album recently and there will be another album, a keyboard version of Endless Fear soon.


2.In May you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
I can just say that the music is simulating my thoughts and emotions during one particular period of time. It's mysterious, gloomy, and easy to listen to.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Endless Fear was released as an instrumental album, but I can explain it to you as a story of something bad going on a mind of a calm person.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Autumnwind'?
I choosed the name actually in Autumn 2014..so..yeah haha.


5.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
Well I do not plan to play shows, it's just an Ambient project where I discuss my thoughts through the instruments.. It's hard to imitate the emotions live..


6.The album was released through both 'Symbol Of Domination' and 'More Hate Production', are you happy with the support both of these labels have given you so far?
Yes I am.. Aleksey is a very kind person and he knows what he is doing.


7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient and atmospheric black metal?
It was actually good, they liked my music.. I am happy.


8.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
This is actually my 6th album.. I made a lot of music with different bands.. But I am not thinking of doing any more new projects.


9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don't really know simply because the music I play is not popular, so I have to be careful where am I going to.


10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I have been always a fan of Lustre and Elderwind.. Summoning, Agalloch, and Burzum are affecting my work but on lower level.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
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12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I hope that more people enjoy the type of music I do. Thanks a lot for the interview. 

Pa Vesh En/A Ghost/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review


  Pa  Vesh  En  are  a  solo  project  from  Belarus  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  ambient  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "A  Ghost"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  heavy  and  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  vocals  are  depressive  black  metal  screams  along  with  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  mixing  the  dark  ambient  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  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  and  at  times  the  music  gets  very  experimental  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  captures  ambience  without  the  use  of  a  synth.

  Pa  Vesh  En  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  raw  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  dark  ambient  to  create  something  very  different,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  supernatural  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pa  Vesh  En  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Haunting  And  Mourning".  8  out  of  10.    

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Temple Desecration/Whirlwinds Of Fathomless Chaos/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Temple  Desecration  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Whirlwinds  Of  Fathomless  Chaos"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  pickings  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  bestial  death  metal  growls  as  well  as  some  black  metal  screams  also  being  used  at  times.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  songs  also bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  war  metal  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  always  remains  very  heavy,  raw  and  brutal  sounding  and  spoken  word  parts  also  return  as  the  album  progresses  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  grim  whispers  being  introduced  onto  the  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Temple  Desecration  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nameless  Hordes"  and  "Blood  offering".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Ascensions Fall Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1).  Of course. Ascensions Fall is a blackmetal project that I formed in 2014 after leaving a then Death Metal band who I was the drummer for. At the time I didn't know how to play anything but the drums. So I brought a guitar, practiced for 6 months and started writing what has become Spirits Of The Lost, the oldest set list of songs.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recoridngs you have released so far?
 I'd describe Ascensions Falls sound as an influx of both aggressive and depressive tones. However I write with a lot of influence from both melodic-black metal and melodic-death metal bands so I also refer Ascensions Fall as melodic-black metal as well as those elements are definitely there.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the music?
3).  The lyrical content is built up on depression, solitude, sorrow, Earth and nature itself. Some of my lyrics dig into humanitarian destruction and human extinction.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ascensions Fall'?
4). I was pretty young when I initially began planning Ascensions Fall, so the name was something I accidentally just kind of came up with without an explanation of how or why. Although, on a religious perspective I have been told that there is (or was) an event called Ascensions Day or Day Of Ascension and that Ascensions Fall would be the opposite of this events succession meaning Hell would reign supremacy and dominion. I don't know if this is true, but hey, if it is that's pretty badass


5.Since 2017 you have released a great amount of material, do you spend a great amount of time and effort writing and creating music?
5).  Yes I definitely do. Music is really something I've always done. I couldn't imagine not ever doing music in any way shape or form. Any chance I get I write or record or just generally practice. It's one of things where I'll wake up and I'm straight into it or when I get home from work I head straight to the music room. I'm always writing music anyhow so there is plenty of Ascensions Fall to come!

6.On the albums, you record everything by yourself, would you be open to bringing other musicians into this musical project?
6).  There was a time where I wanted to play a few live shows. It's in the works, trying to find live members and what not. Whether it happens or not I'm not completely sure of. However, there will something new announced soon around the addition of members. Although I do like the freedom of doing everything myself, you have your own sound and style on every instrument and its great to hear all of those styles and sounds pulled together.


7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7).  The responses I have received have been positive which makes me happy of course! I'm not sure how far or in what places my music has been heard but for the small number of people who do support the project I strongly thank them.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about your other musical project 'Farrore'?
😎.  Farrore was just a bedroom metal project between myself and a good friend of mine. In my opinion, everything but the music was approached amateurly. It's a dead project now and I doubt anything new will come. As much as I disregard it's existence I somewhat still stand by it as it plays an important role in myself as a musician. I've definitely learnt things from it. However, I have a medieval and folk metal project called Byrhtnoth that I prefer to talk of.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
).  I've never had a vision as to where I will and won't be as a musician in the future. I just love writing music and hope that I keep doing so til I meet my end


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).  As a young drummer I was hugely influenced by bands like Machine Head, Lamb Of God, Slayer and Opeth (the main ones anyway). But the older I got I dwelled into folk metal and eventually Black Metal. As a musician I'm hugely influenced by those aforementioned bands and Dissection, Immortal, Amon Amarth, Kalmah and nowadays Winterfylleth has definitely played a part in my influential advances as a musician and song writer.


11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11). I definitely like gaming. Whether it's retro or old school. For me old school would the SNES or N64. But those and modern gaming. I also like to mess around and design album arts. I actually designed the album art for the Ascensions Fall demo 'Usvikelig'.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12).  New Ascensions Fall is ready to wash ashore later this year. New things are definitely happening so hang around and get some new tunes! & Thanks for having me for an interview and a review for Spirits Of The Lost. The support is awesome! \m/

Blasphamagoatachrist/Black Metal Warfare/Nuclear War Now! Productions/2018 Cassette Review


  Blaspamagoatachrist  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Canada  and  Brazil  that  have  participated  in  Blasphemy,  Antichrist  and  Goatpenis  and  plays  a  very  bestial  form  of  war/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Black  Metal  Warfare"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  on  June  14th  by  Nuclear  War  Now!  Productions.

  A  very  distorted  sound  along  with  some  demonic  voices  start  off  the  album  while  air  raid  sirens  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  war  metal  elements  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  hateful  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  the  music  also  gets  very  ritualistic  briefly  along  with  the  musical style  being  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  era  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  old  school  style  as w ell  as  some  of  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Blasphamagoatachrist  plays  a  bestial  style  of  war/black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Goats, Anti  Christianity,  Blasphemy,  Black  Metal  Violence  and  Demon  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blaspamagoatachrist  are  a  very  great  sounding  bestial  war/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tyrannic  Empire" and  "Fire  Demons  Of  Blokula".  8  out  of  10.        

Tujarot/Existencialista/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 CD Review


  Tujarot  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Existencialista"  which  was  originally  released as  a 3  cd set  and  now  being  put  on  a  single  format  in  2018  and  will  be  released in  July  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  along  with  some  clean  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording  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.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  grim  whispers  also  being  used  at  times  as  well  as  the  riffs  also  adding  melodies  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  on  the  second  tracks  synths  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences.  and  on  the  closing  song  the  music  gets  more  ritualistic  and  experimental  sounding

  Tujarot  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  ritualistic  and  epic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  their  native  tongue  and  cover  Occultism  and  Philosophy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Tujarot  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Uranos".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Barkasth/Decaying/Svarga Music/2018 Full Length Review


  Barkasth  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Decaying"  which  was  released  by  Svarga  Music.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  brought  into  some  of  the  songs.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  using  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  as  the  album  progresses  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Barkasth  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  traditional  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Religion  and  Philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Barkasth  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  traditional  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Begging  By  Freaks"  "Soul  Away"  and  "...Where  Was  The  Son  Of  God".  8  out  of  10.

   

Cosmic Church/Tayttymys/Kuunpalvelus/2018 Full Length Review


    Cosmic  Church  where  a  solo  project  from  Finland  that played  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "Tayttymys"  which  was  released  by Kuuunpalvelus.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal s creams  as  well  as  the  music  also  mixing  in  atmospheric  sounding  synths  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  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  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and a  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  instrumentals.

  Cosmic  Church  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal  that  is  very  dark  and  atmospheric  in  the  Finnish  tradition,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Finnish  and  cover  Space,  Nature,  Occultism  and  Satanism  themes.

In  my  opinion  Cosmic  Church  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armolahja"  and  "Tayttymys".  8  out  of  10.  

Kuilu Interview

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


The band was started somewhere around 2010 by Särmälä and Sairanen. Kuilu makes melancholic, doomy black metal.


2.In May you had 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 previous split, ep and demo?


The sound is much more refined than on the previous releases, and so are the compositions. The ep “Haudalla/Virta” was recorded with quite bad equipment and even worse skill and vision and that’s why the sound is a bit dull. However, now when we’re thinking about it, if the EP sounded more crude and lofi it would have been much better!


The tape Demo 2014 had a better sound but again, it could’ve been harsher. Quite a good demo though, we think. The first song was used on the debut, re-arranged and re-recorded of course.


The split you’re referring to is not actually a split but a lofi live sampler on which we took part. That sampler had quite horrible sound when it comes to our part, hah. The John The Baptist part turned out the best. However, that sampler was mainly a relic for those who attended the event in 2015. Maybe that one’s more about the idea than the music itself.


“Monumentti” was recorded at Blackvox Studio, Tampere, Finland. We used no click track and recorded it live, so there’s a certain live feeling to the sound, and that was the aim of course. We like our music to sound alive. All band-members have gotten to know their own preferred equipment and sound preferences better, so it was easier to get the kind of sound we wanted, though it was a lot of work and testing before going to the studio. The sound is darker, more dynamic, more violent and more fragile at certain parts. We got quite close to the goal we were aiming for and our development as musicians and songwriters is really audible. The vocals have become more diverse year after year.


We didn’t aim to make a certain kind of black metal, but the riffs and the sound incorporate quite a lot of doom elements as well as other styles. The musical style of Kuilu was truly found when we were making the songs for “Monumentti” and the idea of what we want to achieve with our art became clearer.  When we make songs, we tend to try to forge them into drama-like coherent wholes. Since the songs have several “acts” they tend to be quite lengthy. It seems to be a natural way for us to make music at least for now.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?


Nihilism, emptiness, death, desolation and the beauty of these.


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


The name means chasm in Finnish. From the beginning, the name has represented a constant binding state or space. In the ouroborus symbol used on the demo and the album, the chasm is the mountain of Sisyphos, a mountain and a draining spiral at the same time.


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


We all might have our own favourite gigs, but some of the best must be the album release gig in Nordhausen, Germany in 2018 and the gig in Lepakkomies, Helsinki, Finland in 2016.


We’ve been using clay and smoke. The clay has been used to mask ourselves, thus creating an inconvenient and miserable feeling for us. This has enabled us to get into a different mood for the gigs, as we can put our soul into the gig much better. Covering our skins with clay can be quite meditative process and it helps us to get rid of our egos to some extent and become more like a channel between our music and this world.


The smoke has been used, many times excessively, to create a barrier between the audience members in order to force them to live the event, to concentrate on it. Of course these things also have a strong visual side.


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


We were on a tour in Eastern Europe with Asphodelus in March 2018. Then there was the album release show in Germany on 5.5.2018. We have two gigs booked for the autumn in Finland. Nothing else is planned for this year at the moment. We’re always open for requests, though.


7.The new album was released on 'Deviant Records', how did you get in contact with this label?


Sairanen had followed the label activities for some time and bought many releases from them, so we’ve been interested in Deviant Records for a long time. We sent him a demo version of the album on tape and were extremely delighted to get a positive reaction. We have met the label manager two times now and he’s a very honorable and nice guy. Hail Deviant Records!


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


We have heard only praising comments, but the amount of feedback isn’t that big, at least yet. We hope that people will love or hate our album.


9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?


We have other bands and projects of various styles, unrelated to Kuilu, some active, some just started.


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


At the moment, we’re composing the songs for a split release with another Finnish band. We’ve also been composing the songs for the second full-length for some time now. We don’t know when they’ll be ready. The split material is a bit more traditional and the second album material is, at least at the moment, quite well in line with the first album style. After these, we don’t know, time will tell.


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?


Black metal, doom metal, maybe some post-metal could be heard in the sound. For single bands, we don’t know, maybe Deathspell Omega and some others have been the inspiration for some riffs. Sometimes we remember clearly what sparked the flame that forced us to make a new riff etc., but usually it’s really difficult to see what has influenced us and what hasn’t. We all listen to diverse kinds of music and every member has their own preferences.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?


We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex.


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


Thank you for the interview.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Raven Throne/Biaskoncy snieh Casu/Niazhasnaje/Possession Productions/2018 Compilation Review


  Raven  Throne  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  has  been  recently  featured  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  compilation  "Biaskoncy  snieh  Casu/Niazhasnaje"  which  was  released  by  Possession  Productions  and  consists  of  their  2015  single  and  2017  ep.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  compilation  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  keyboards  give  the  songs  more  of  an  atmospheric  feeling.

  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  a  couple  of  the tracks  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  songs  also sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  On  this  compilation  you  could  still  hear  the  pagan  metal  elements  in  Raven  Throne's  music  while  the  direction  was  heading  more  into  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belarusian  and  cover  the  dark  side  of  nature.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  collection  from  Raven  Throne  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  compilation.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "My- vosieni  vartauniku'  and  "II".  

Utburd Interview

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

Hi! While I was working on the album, I started looking for a label that would really be interested in the distribution and high-quality promotion of the album. Satanath has become for me the ideal option. Specifically after recording the album, the Utburd project goes into the shadows. Since I am his alliance member, giving concerts does not make sense. It is very rare to find session musicians who are ready to work with material in our region operatively and they are all engaged in their projects. Although, now there are negotiations with the participation of one well-known group in Russia for the concert this fall.

2.In April 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?

Yes, the release took place on April 15 this year. The sound on this record is qualitatively different from the previous album. First of all, it was spent more time. I did not hurry with the recording of the material and very critically approached to what happened. Some tracks were re-recorded already at the data reduction stage, as I did not like the final sound. Guitars were re-recorded three times. As a result, the sound on the album was more dense. Compositions sound harder, angrier and bolder. Also on this album I kept the tradition of the previous release in the part of deep atmospheric parts. It took a lot of time to create them. I'm very critical about creating the sound of the environment. I strive to immerse the listener in the composition, so that he feels his mood, was inside. It seems to me that I can do this on this record. I also had to work hard on the vocals. There was a more growl; the vocal parts came to the fore. This eventually added to the gloom and stiffness of the album.

3.The lyrics on the new album are based upon the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this author?

Ironically, interest in Lovecraft arose while listening to the band The Vision Bleak, but to start his work immediately was not possible. After some time I immersed myself in his works and in a gulp read his most famous stories, such as "At The Mountains of Madness", " The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket", "Pikman's Model", " The Shadow over Innsmouth", " The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" and many others. His manner of imitation, as he visualizes his works, captured me and inspired me to create the album concept.

4.Some of your older lyrics have more of an occult theme to them, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

I would say, rather theological, rather than occult. Although, both of these concepts go side by side. The fact is that for a long time I was a clergyman in the Orthodox Church. Before that, I was fond of all sorts of mystifications and occult things. Partly because of my past, I became interested in the topic of religious mysticism. Secrets and images, which can be treated in different ways, there is more than enough. Having immersed myself in religion, I was interested not in the very interpretation of theological texts, but in the result, which their incorrect and preconceived notions can lead to. So, we have many religions, sects and mutual enmity. It seems that this will never end. There is freedom in the person and often she plays a cruel joke.

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

Calling the project Utburd, I was inspired by Scandinavian mythology. In Norwegian tales, Utburd called the evil spirit of a unconquered baby. In ancient times, when in difficult times and frosty winters the baby was born, who by his existence threatened the life of the whole family by the fact that everyone simply did not have enough food, he was taken to the forest and left there. By the myths, the spirit of this baby wandered around the district until it gained strength, and then caused troubles to the family that left it.
The meaning of this myth is very deep for me. If the question concerns the life of the native person, one should always take risks and stay together, no matter how hard it is. Carry the burdens together, and not look for easy ways that can lead you to the grave.

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

The art studio PAINT-IT-BLACK was engaged in decorating the cover and the booklet. I was fortunate enough to get acquainted with Vladimir Prokofiev, who under this title has been working on creating covers for metal bands for a long time. Lovecraft's theme was close to both of us. He had long wanted to create something about his works, but there was no suitable occasion. After listening to the demos and what I would like to see on the cover, he set to work. And I did it perfectly. On the cover there is an abandoned Innsmouth and Dagon, caused by a dark ritual, towering majestically above the world. It looks amazing!

7.On the recordings you record everything by yourself, do you have a hard time finding the same musicians that share the same vision as you?

I live in a small provincial town in Russia in the Murmansk region. There are few people here who listen to something harder than hard rock. And the more black metal is playing. Perhaps some still think that playing in this style does not need much intelligence, but it's not. Especially, if you're going to create complex multi-layered works. In general, wishing to play seriously, I did not find. And there is a plus in this - no need to compromise. You create exactly what you want. Although the time it takes more. But I'm not in a hurry.

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

I would not say that I have a lot of fans. Basically, because the project UTBURD studio and does not give concerts. However, after the release of "The Horrors Untold", the number of people interested in my work has increased significantly. Of course, Satanath Records played a big role in this. They are really interested in promoting the groups they like. I can say that most of the fans are probably outside of Russia. UTBURD was conceived as an export project. In our country, native extreme metal still does not have a strong and reliable promotion, and remains in the underground.

9.The new album was released on 'Satanath Records', how would you compare working with them to your older label 'Molot Records?

The label Satanath made for me and my work much more than Molot. I can honestly say that after the expiration of the contract, I was not very pleased with the promotion of the first album. It seems to me that Molot invests only in popular and famous bands, and young ones, especially if they are on the periphery for them as another tick. However, I'm still grateful to them for pushing me to the metal stage. Satanath, as I said earlier, is really interested in the success of the release. Otherwise we would not have met!

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

I will try to continue to issue high-quality material. Perhaps, all the same, it will be possible to recruit musicians and give several concerts. I hope that after many years, I can stand in line with other famous one-man projects such as Pain or Summoning.

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

The classical music influences me a lot: Vivaldi, Mozart, Telemann. All the same I have a musical education in the class of flute. The new work inspired me The Vision Bleak, Behemoth, Satyricon. Now I often listen to the extreme release of Satyricon - "Deep Calleth Upon Deep", Emperor's first album, Dimmu Borgir - "Spiritual Black Dimentions" early Doors recordings.

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

Listen to good music, read good books, have your personal opinion on everything that is happening around you! Buy albums and support your favorite artists. Do not betray metal. Stay Metal!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ascensions Fall/Spirits Of The Lost/2018 Full Length Review


  Ascensions  Fall  are  a  solo  project  Australia  that  plays  a  very  melancholic  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  album  "Spirits  of  The  Lost".

  Night  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  a  later  song  is  an  instrumental  and  also  introduces  wind  sounds  onto  the  recording,  death  metal  growls  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Ascensions  Fall  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  melancholic  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  depression  and  Earth  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ascensions  Fall  are  a  very  great  sounding  melancholic  and  melodic  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spirits  Of  The  Lost"  and  "Provocations  Dawn".  8  out  of  10.    

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Finnr's Cane Interview

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



We have anxiously been awaiting the release date of July 20th, 2018!



2.You have a new album coming out in July, 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?



The songs on the new album tend to be more structured and less erratic than the works of our past. There is also greater variability in the dynamic range of the songs. The album itself was recorded in a different studio than the previous two releases and we are quite pleased with the sound of the finished product.



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



Finnr’s Cane is just one component of our lives. In the time between releases we have been going about the usual things that everyone experiences: work, family, travel, etc.



4.On the albums you use a cello instead of a bass guitar, do you feel this makes your music a lot more different than other bands?



The absence of bass guitar gives the music a somewhat hollow atmosphere, which was the effect we wanted to achieve. In that sense, the overall sound will never be the same as any band that uses the instrument. The lack of bass also frees up space for other instruments, like the cello, which results in further differentiation from other bands.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Finnr's Cane'?



The band name is somewhat abstract and open to interpretation. It always makes me think of an old traveller with a walking staff; the type of person that has experienced many things and will tell you about them if you care to listen.



6.I have read that the band does not do live shows, has this changed over the years?



Finnr’s Cane is strictly a studio project. Maybe we will play live in the future when the time is right, however, we’ve been saying that for almost ten years now.



7.The new album is coming out on 'Prophecy Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



We were thrilled to be contacted by Prophecy Productions after the release of our first album. We certainly respect them and their roster of artists and commend them for producing high-quality, physical releases. I sometimes daydream about having our first live gig at a future Prophecy Fest.



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



Finnr’s Cane has a small fan-base, and certainly garners mixed reviews from fans. I would think that a die-hard black metal fan would probably be better served by a band that features more of the traditional black metal elements than what Finnr’s Cane produces.



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



There isn’t a specific plan for any one musical direction; we will stick with the philosophy we’ve used thus far, which is to simply create music that we enjoy listening to. It would be nice to add in traditional instruments that have not been incorporated yet.



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



We don’t really draw a lot of inspiration from other artists when creating these songs. Of course, we love music from many different genres, but the idea is not to write a song that sounds like Band A, Band B, and Band C. Instead of trying to make a sound that is inspired by different bands, we rely on broad themes as the primary source of inspiration and seek to invoke feelings (through music) that resonate with those themes.



As for what I am listening to these days, Devin Townsend’s various projects (Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young Lad, Causalities of Cool, etc.) are my top choices. As far as I’m concerned, the man is a national treasure and an ambassador for Canadian music. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the new At The Gates album, but I am sure it will receive heavy rotation soon enough.



11.What are some of your non-musical interests?



I became a father a little less than four months ago, so changing diapers and pushing a stroller are my primary interests right now.



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



Thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview!