Sunday, March 24, 2019

Zatemno/In The Noose/Aesthetic Death/2019 CD Review


  Zatemno  are  a  solo  project  from  Russia  that  plays  an  experimental  and  avant  garde  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album  "In  The  Noose"  which  was  released  by  Aesthetic  Death.

 Night  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  being  added  onto  the  recording  a  few  seconds  later.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  accordions

  All  of  the  musical instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  vibe.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  despair  and  alienation  of  the  human  mind  through  the  prism  of  natural  forces  and  suicidal  deeds.

  In  my  opinion  Zatemno  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "On  The  Wind"  and  "From  The  Ashes  Of  The  Sun".  8  out  of  10.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Waldseelen/Hislerin Ozune/2019 EP Review


  Waldseelen  are  a  solo  project  from  Turkey  that  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  depressive  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  ep  "Hislerin  Ozune".

 Rain  and  thunder  sounds  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  ep  while  the  synths  also  enhance  the  more  ambient  side  of  the  music.  Once  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  it  brings  in  more  of  an  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  and  all  of  the  music  is  instrumental  with  no  vocals  ever  utilized.

  Elements  of  depressive  rock  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  playing  are  also  brought  onto  the  later  tracks.  At  times  the  music  also  adds  in  touches  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  edge

  Waldenseelen  takes  atmospheric  black  metal  and  depressive  rock  and  adds  in  touches  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  as  well  as  keeping  everything  instrumental  to  create  a  sound  of  this  own  and  the  production  has  more  of  a  dark  sound.

  In  my  opinion  Waldseelen  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  depressive  rock  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Her  Unrequited  Smile"  and  "Azra".  8  out  of  10.

https://waldseelen.bandcamp.com/releases

Malokarpatan Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new ep?
1,  Even though as a physical release the EP is brand new, the material has been recorded in summer 2017 already, so a lot has happened since. Mostly playing different gigs and festivals and a small tour of the east coast parts of North America (hails to mr. Vinny Bochicchio for making this crazy thing happen). Also finishing material for the third full-length and finally releasing the delayed split EP with our friends Demon's Gate from Finland. Right now my mind is mostly occupied with our next album, but more about that later!


2.In April you have a new ep coming out, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2, I like to use these smaller EP releases for more experimental or unusual songs that wouldn't fit so well on proper full-lengths. The "Cesta podzemnými sálami Kovovlada“ material is pretty different from what we usually do. Our basic stylistic scope is simply black metal the way it used to be before the Norwegian sound got standardized and bands all over the globe started sounding the same in attempts to mimick this specific sound. Before this point in time, black metal was all over the place stylistically, you could hardly find two bands that sounded the same. This is an immense source of inspiration for us and there are elements of many of these different styles scattered over our releases. This time around, the inspiration was that short, obscure period of time between the late 80s and the explosion of the Norwegian second wave – stuff like old Samael, Alastis, Barathrum demos, Mortuary Drape, Baxaxaxa, Mystifier, Master's Hammer... The Wine of Satan compilation is a good summary of that era. That goes for the second, metal part of the composition. The first part is a mix of keyboards, percussion instruments, field recordings of caves and excerpts from old Slovakian folktale movies. Metal fans like to call this "filler", but for me it's equally as important as the metal part, as it serves to illustrate the atmosphere of wandering in the underworld which the lyrics speak of.

3.The lyrics on the ep also have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you explore with the newer music?
3, Lyrics are based on an old Slovakian folktale, which clearly has even more ancient mythological roots. It tells the story of Kovovlad (his name could be translated as Ruler of Metals), who in our mythological world is the ruler of the underworld and all of its hidden treasures. He abducts a maiden from the world above to become his bride in the realm of eternal night below. She is only allowed to leave her imprisonment once a year "when the earth opens". I think this describes the same vegetation myth which is present in ancient Greece in the story of Hades and Persephone.

4. A lot of your lyrics on past releases go very deep into Slavic Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the paganism of your home land and how does the paganism of your home country differ from the other Slavic countries while having a lot of the same deities but having a different different approach's to worshiping the gods and goddesses?
4, I am a little bit reluctant to use the term Paganism as it is commonly associated with Right hand path beliefs and is a very unfortunate choice for lyrical concepts within black metal if used this way. Black metal is the music of the adversary, the spiritual rebel. You can't achieve that if singing about deities that represent order. Our lyrics are simply just little stories presenting various characters and practices from the darker sides of the spiritual world of our ancestors. The scene is overflown with bands that try way too hard to sound like demonology professors, my view is that simple lyrics in the vein of 70s & 80s can be more effective. I think there aren't any radical differences in here compared to other Slavic countries, there is generally a lack of sources so most group tend to worship the same deities in similar fashions, some countries just have specific gods and spirits unique to a certain place. Lately, the false constructed belief of Ynglism is a popular trend due to its spread over the internet, but I think anyone with a working brain can see through its obvious absurdities and nonsensical falsifications.

5.In a past interview you also mentioned writing about Paganism from more of a Left Hand Path approach, can you also tell us a little bit more about your interest in the darker side of paganism and occultism?
5, Yes, because that is the only way it should be used in black metal for it to make sense conceptually. I must say I don't really like to talk about my spiritual beliefs as it's a very personal matter to me and even if it influences everything I do with Malokarpatan, it's hidden in the background rather than me pushing it down people's throats. I've never had a materialistic outlook on life, already as a small kid I felt the world can't just work as a system of coincidences and there must be forces beyond our comprehension that set the course of events. I've been interested in pretty much anything you can imagine being a fan of metal music – from Egyptian myths to 19th century occultists, Traditionalist School and people like Jacques Vallée. It's been a very crooked path with
many detours and I still think I haven't reached the end of that personal quest. The point I am at these days is basically gnostic – seeing the order of creation as a prison for spirit, which is destined to become something greater. That's the path of spiritual rebellion and the desire to tear down the world as we know it, so we can reach our true potential. In Slavic mythology, I find this to be best represented in the deity Veles – lord of the wild forests and the underworld, who in a serpent-like form crawls to the top of the World Tree to challenge the order of the universe. It's no surprise his attributes were used for the Devil after Christianity took over. He can be compared to other figures of pre-Christian Europe like Pan, Loki or Cernunnos. During medieval times, these ancient archetypes became the Horned God of the witches. This nebulous point, where Paganism, old folk superstitions and Satanism meet together is where our lyrical concept draws from. So as you can see it's a little bit complicated and I wouldn't want people to misinterpret us as some sort of pagan metal band. We just use the traditions of our forefathers to describe the same energies which more traditionally satanic bands sing about.

6.On the metal archives page they also list national pride as another themes that you cover with your lyrics, can you tell us what you see is national pride?
6, Those lyrical themes on Metal Archives were just lazily copied by some random user from the description written for our debut album. On it, there is one song having sort of a patriotic theme (although used metaphorically as a part of a traditional folktale) and also one song being a celebration of wine (hence the "drunkenness" part). I didn't really care for a long time, but after misunderstandings have been more often, I reported this to Metal Archives some time ago. Problem is that the website administrators think they know better than you as the actual band, so they didn't bother at all to correct it. So they can all FOAD as far as I'm concerned. In this era of hysterical witch-hunts, anything "national" is automatically seen as equal to "Nazi" and there is no middle ground anymore, all is just black and white without thinking deeper. In our music and lyrics, we present our traditional culture from where we come from and that's pretty much it – you can read the easily available English translations to see what the songs speak of. We are not ashamed of who we are and I think bands from all corners of the world should take inspiration from their respective cultures. It was after all one of the elements that contributed to the uniqueness of early black metal bands – South America had its own sound, Australia had its own sound, so did Japan and different areas of Europe, etc. So that is the meaning of pride for us – stand for what you are and don't become a part of the shapeless consumerist modernity that swallows any uniqueness. I've sensed lately that many bands started taking inspiration from the Pre-Columbian cultures for example, I see that as a very positive trend, unlike the 90s and 2000s when everyone wanted to be vikings regardless of any cultural connection.


7.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Malokarpatan'?
7, We come from a region with local mountains called Malé Karpaty = Little Carpathians, so Malokarpatan means an inhabitant of this region, simple as that. It's near impossible for any other band to use the same name, so I'm very happy with this decision also for the future.

8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?
8, It's an old folktale illustration processed through the hands of the very talented graphics guy working for Sun & Moon Records. He added the colors, folklore ornaments on the sides and other small but important details like that. I'm highly satisfied with his job and I think it breathed a new life into the whole thing. As for the drawing itself, it shows the bride of Kovovlad being abducted in a horse carriage into his underworld kingdom.

9.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
9, We've had quite an evolution in this, our earlier shows were definitely lacking a bit in energy. The thing is, some of us weren't really used much to play live from our former bands. Our previous singer also generally didn't enjoy performing live much and it was a situation he was kind of thrown in without warning – during the early stages of the band, we didn't even plan to play live, but then we started getting offers. After three years of playing live, this has improved in a major way and currently our live shows are very energetic. We don't use any altars, bones chalices and whatnot, just the power of Heavy Metal and some traditional gear like studded wristbands, big sunglasses and cloaks. When we travel in a van we sometimes also use some traditional folk masks and sticks
(it's more difficult to bring those on planes and have any place for merch left). We want people to bang their heads in a frenzy, not stand in "ritualistic" stillness. I think our best gigs have been in Brooklyn, New York, Old Grave Fest in Romania, Lodz, Poland earlier this year and also the last gig so far which we had at Revolver club in Norway. But if oftens depends on the event and city in question, some local gigs in Slovakia and Czech Republic have also turned out great (some less).

10.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2019?
10, So far this year we've played in Spain, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Germany & Norway. Most of the gigs turned out great, although we've also had some unexpected technical problems. What lies before us currently is: Roadburn in the Netherlands, Fire's Burning in Slovakia, Party San in Germany, Til Dovre Faller in Norway and Eindhoven Metal Meeting again in the Netherlands. There about two more festivals and one club gig to be added, just can't mention them yet as they haven't been announced by the organizers.

11.The new ep is coming out on 'Sun & Moon Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
11, They contacted me through a message I think, since they were interested in releasing a physical form of the EP. Shortly after we also met personally at the Old Grave Fest in Romania. They are very fine gentlemen and I can say only positive things so far about the co-operation with them, even though it's just a one-off thing for this release, as we remain under the wings of Invictus Productions and The Ajna Offensive.

12.You have also been a part of a couple of splits over the years, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands you have shared these recordings with?
12, I would say only the split with Demon's Gate was a proper split release, the other one was more like a compilation of different bands that took part in the Samhain Celebration mini-festival in Gotha, Germany. It's a tradition they do for each year of the event, curated by Martin from Mosaic. The reason to do a split with Demon's Gate was simply that they are good friends of ours and they also play black metal in the pre-1993 way. I guess their sound is the closest to Master's Hammer, but they are from Finland so they have that specific weirdness one would naturally expect from the region. I strongly recommend people to check out also their other band Chevalier (epic/medieval speed metal) – their debut album is coming soon and it's already a modern classic to me after having the chance to listen to it. There  is one more split planned for 2020 with another band from the Slavic area playing a very archaic form of black metal.

13.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and pagan metal?
13, Not sure about pagan metal since that is really not our world, but from black metal and generally metal fans around the world, the response has been truly great. We are just on an underground level so it's all down to earth, but I'm really proud to see how far can music from an obscure eastern country reach nowadays, of course internet helps that a lot too. Most people write us from the USA, Germany, Poland, lately also Scandinavia. At home it's also good, even though metal doesn't exactly have its golden days here for the last two decades. But I also got mails  & messages from exotic places like Algeria, Dominican Republic or China. Our mission is to keep the flame of early Iron Curtain black metal style alive and spread it further.

14.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?
14, Algor (band of our drummer and guitarist) have a new split material coming this year, they are also involved in some new side project which I can't tell much details about as it's still  in the works. Krolok is working on new material in its own slow tempo, they will also have a few select live shows this year, the nearest one coming here in Bratislava, Slovakia in May at Fire's Burning festival. I also have some material not fitting for Malokarpatan which I'd like to record some day, but my main problem is not having a place to rehearse and record drums with the drummer I'd like to work with. Temnohor, band of our former singer seems to be inactive for a long time now but as a fan of his music I hope he will make some new stuff in the more distant future.

15.When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
15, The third album is already written, both music and lyrics, but I'm currently waiting for our drummer to rehearse and arrange his parts and only then we can enter the studio. I would like to record this summer, but everything is always delayed these days so realistically it might be a 2020 release even if I want it to come out this year already. It will be a concept album about witchcraft
trials that happened here in the 17th century – I've used historical sources directly for the album and it will contain parts taken straight from the confessions of the witches. It will be a more epic and atmospheric album this time around, with lengthy songs that have a lot of different riffs and sections. My inspirations were long, epic black metal compositions from the past, stuff like Mercyful Fate – Satan's Fall & Burning the Cross, Venom – At War with Satan, Sabbat – The Dwelling, viking era Bathory and also Root & Amon from Czech Republic. It will also have a bit of influence from 70s progressive rock which is one of my favorite genres of music. With all that included, it will still have a lot of primal metal energy so don't expect an album for Tool nerds ;-) But I wouldn't say this will be the overall direction for the band into the future. I just like making each album different and want to avoid repeating myself, so the fourth album will again be something else. I already have some riffs and ideas for it and it will be a completely different thing again.

16.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?
16, I listen to a lot of classic old Czechoslovakian era metal these days. Just because when listening to other music and having been travelling around the world a bit the last few years, I realize how unique it was. When you live in a bubble and can't see much further from your territory, certain things get lost on you. Some of these bands have been with me since the beginning as they were among my gateways to metal music as a small kid, some of them I've learned to appreciate in a more mature age. Among them are: Titanic, Torr, Necrotos, Citron, Tudor, Metalinda, Toxic Trash, Dai, Moriorr, Svatý Vincent, Fata Morgana, Necrocock demo 92, Kryptor, Vitacit and many more. Other than that, I generally listen to a lot of classic metal and rock as it's timeless music that will live forever – Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Twisted Sister, Venom, early Helloween, Van Halen, Saxon, Budgie, Winterhawk, Scorpions, Rush... As well as more obscure & underground bands like Paul Chain, Black Hole, The Hand of Doom, Heavy Metal Army, Dark Quarterer, Kat, Saracen, Brocas Helm, Hels, Kimmo Kuusniemi Band, Exorcist, Deliverance... I also like various genres beyond rock – early EBM in the vein of D.A.F., baroque music, atmospheric music from the 60s like exotica or bossa nova... whatever that has soul in it and isn't plastic crap like a large part of modern music is.

17.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
17, I guess just thanks for your interest and to our fans everywhere for being so supportive, it gives us extra energy to move on! See you at gigs and festivals this year and have some patience before we unleash the third album, it will be worth the wait!



Friday, March 22, 2019

From The Bogs Of Aughiska/Mineral Bearing Veins/Apocalyptic Witchcraft/2019 Full Length Review


  From  The  Bogs  Of  Aughiska  are  a  band  from  Ireland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Mineral  Bearing  Veins"  which  will be  released  on  March  29th  by  Apocalyptic  Witchcraft.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  water  and  avant  garde  sounds  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Ambient  style  synths  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  yet  chaotic  style  and  they  also  mix  the  nature  and  ambient  elements  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording   while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  vocals  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  more  experimental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  cursed  fairy  trees,  dark  underground  cave  systems  in  the  Burren,  isolation  and  Irish  superstition  themes.

  In  my  opinion  From  The  Bogs  Of  Aughiska  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Poll  An  Eidheain"  "The  One  Whitehorn  Bush"  and  "An  Spealadir".  8  out  of  10. 

https://youtu.be/10A6d9UhmVU  

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Драгшанъ/Философъ/2018 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Bulgaria's  solo  project  Драгшанъ  which  continues  his  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2018  ep  "Философъ".

  An  acoustic  guitar  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  and  avant  garde  sounding  while  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  little  bit  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  of  tracks  along  with  acoustic  guitars  also  making  a  brief  return  on  a  few  songs  as  the  ep  progresses,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  ep  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  On  this  recording  Драгшанъ  takes  his  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  into  more  of  a  mid  tempo  aggression  without  losing  any  of  the  raw  aggression  of  the  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Bulgarian  and  cover  philosophical  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  ep  from  Драгшанъ  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Философъ"  and  "Тление".  8  out  of  10.

https://dragshan.bandcamp.com/album/--2

Драгшанъ/Въжделения/2017 EP Review


   Драгшанъ  are  a  solo  project  from  Bulgaria  that  plays  a  very  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2017  ep  "Въжделения".

  A  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  very  dark  yet  melodic  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dissonant  style  while  also  utilizing  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  avant  garde  structures.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding,  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Драгшанъ  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  avant  garde  sounding  while  also  taking  a  more  raw  and  extreme  approach  on  the  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Bulgarian  and  cover  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Драгшанъ  are  a  very  great  sounding  avant  garde  black  metal  solos  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Днесъ".  8  out  of  10.

 https://dragshan.bandcamp.com/album/-

  

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Vaura/Sables/Profound Lore Records/2019 CD Review


  Vaura  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  started out playing  more  of  an  avant  garde  form  of  post  black  metal  but  on  this  recording  have  evolved  more  into  a  mixture  of  avant  garde,  new  wave,  death  rock  and  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Sables" which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Profound  Lore  Records.

  Programmed  beats  and  synths  start  off  the  album  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  goth,  new  wave  and  post  punk.  Clean  vocals  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  touches.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  prog,  art  rock,  post  punk  and  death  rock  influences  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  and  clean  guitars  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  On  this  recording  Vaura  moves  away  from  the  avant  garde  style  of  post  black  emtal  from previous  releases  and  goes  into  a  musical  direction  that  is  closer  to  new  wave,  death  rock  and  post  punk  while  still  maintaining  a  very  dark  and  depressive  atmosphere.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Vaurna  and  while  some  fans  might  not  like  the  newer  direction  since  it  has  moved  away  from  the  black  metal  and  heavier  side  of  previous  releases,  I  would  recommend  the  album  to  fans  of  goth,  post  punk  and  death  rock.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Espionage"  "The  Ruins  (Hymne)"  and  "Sables".  8  out  of  10.

  https://www.facebook.com/VAURAofficial/      

Mork/Det Svarte Juv/Peaceville Records/2019 CD Review


  Mork  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  Norwegian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Det  Svarte  Juv"  which  will  be  released in  April  by  Peaceville  Records.

 Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  the  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  while the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  while  some  tracks  also  show  influences  of  doom  metal  and  black'n'roll  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  sadness,  hate,  anger,  pain,  strength  and  self  belief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mork  are  a  very  great  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morkeleggelse"  "I  Flammens  Favn"  "Siste  Reis"  and  "Det  Svarte  Juv".  8  out  of  10.

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Blurr Thrower Interview

 1.For those who have never heard of you before, can you tell us about the musical project?
The basic idea is to illustrate as best as possible the universe that I have in mind since childhood. Whether it's a game of textures, colors and scents, Blurr Thrower aims to illustrate a diegesis that inhabits me. Roughly it can be summed up in two opposing concepts of darkness and light, personified by the Void and Blur in the project. There is therefore a work process that exploits many emotions in terms of both composition and expression. Initially I did not know if I wanted to release a book, a movie or a record. I do not know if I managed with the Avatars of the Void but insofar as I have the feeling to have been as far as possible in the process, alone, I am proud of the result.
The Void Avatars are a focus on my own vision of the dark. Cold, spectral and abrasive. A drowning in a chilling ether, slowly, punctuated by a few rays of light in places. I try to propose a trip rather than to make music. I hope to make it happen


2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit about the musical style?
The idea was to propose music that is both cutting-edge and ethereal, while being a bit ambitious in its progression. It's a personal vision of the Raw Black in reality. Very accentuated in the spectrum and without compression, very visceral, in the manner of a Paramnesia or a Burzum in reality. It was hell to produce, because I am as attached to the sound as resultant than in symbolic, to record certain parts or taken in particular places, with instruments that are important to me etc ...


3.Your lyrics cover a good amount of occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?
I think that the texts of the Void Avatars are closer to misanthropic, nihilistic themes, in a form of lyricism than occultism, simply used by metaphor, in order to transcribe the color, the feeling, the threat. I write a lot about my vision of occultism personally, without having the will to post it directly. I have the preference to make the work occult by the atmospheres and sonorities games than by the text, because that is how I live it.
The writing under drugs can lead to very powerful and striking forms of trance in which, sometimes, one palmizes miserably. It is then easy to name feelings or emotions using religious jargon, metaphor or faith. Mysticism is essential with the intensity that I try to write. They go hand in hand and I am very attached to music, the arts or life in general. I was consumed by the style above all for this dimension that appeared to me in full face thanks to NEHEMAH or MUTIILATION. It was visceral and radical. These are my cultural backgrounds, just as many authors are equally important.
We try to live with the Void, the anxiety and the ether, sometimes we completely fall, alternating these phases with Blur, Light and heat. This alchemical opposition was born BLURR THROWER, one night, surrounded by empty bottles, full ashtrays, pages full of smoky theories, lame poems and misspellings. From there, I saw things that completely skewed a form of rationality, without ever really recovering.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blurr Thrower'?
The name is related to the concepts of the project, I interpret BLURR THROWER as the initiator of a movement in a form of violence. It is thuriferous oxygen in an unbreathable environment. It's a very bright name for me. A mentor, a psychiatrist, a razor blade or a trace of C ... This is the silhouette of the end of a labyrinth, in which one finally rushes without having any idea what is behind it.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the cover?
The Artwork, made by Came Roy de Rat after having made the feat of understanding the vast majority of the project with very little material and time, represents a number of key symbols attached to the project, more or less obvious. For me this artwork is perfect: it smells of ink, sulfur, dust and remnants of medicine, which perfectly matches the Avatars of the Void.
I think the sequel will have a radically different graphic style, we'll see.

6.On the heart of the world, do you prefer to work solo?
Writing has been a very powerful experience, mainly because I have tried to dig to an absolute, in a quasi-religious way in the mud, the anxieties and the abyss which can be me, including myself among the targets of choice of a certain nihilism, despite the certain presence of light in places. I try to conceptualize this by the notion of the Void and the Blur. It has always animated me and has been accentuated throughout the design process. The avatars of the void is therefore the result of a long introspection, physical and impacting, which put me and others in the background and in which it is difficult for me to go out today. After that, I do not pretend to think that it all works and is not boring or even coherent. I just communicated in the best possible way and was as far as I could humanly to this conquest of the Void. In this I am satisfied with the result.
In this it was essential that I do everything alone, and it is difficult for me to consider sharing this with other people, even if they can be infinitely more talented than me in their fields.


7.The physical version of the ep is released by 'The Actors of the Chamber Productions', Are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Extremely satisfied. For a One-man-band coming out of nowhere, it's a great chance to have LADLO behind you. Beyond the rewarding side of being among this roster, LADLO accompanies its groups to bring them to the end of their project, giving them the necessary means and moral support, which we may need.

8.On a global level how do you feel about your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
I feel that the returns are generally positive, which continues to surprise me to the extent that, despite everything, BLURR THROWER evolves in a music that remains the niche of a sub-genre. The concept is imbitable, the sound is Raw, sailing on sight between a very traditional Black Metal while boasting to make the Cascadian ...
So it's very easy to lose the listener on an easily saturated stage, especially today. The returns are very rewarding and warm to the heart.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into a musician in the future?
No idea, I write and write on instinct and I can absolutely not say anything, except that I work hard on a sequel to the Avatars of the Void.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and what are you listening to nowadays?
I am divided between my deep and first love between the subversive, negative and ethereal Black Metal of the past, especially the French wave of the 90s and 00s, with the current atmospheric Black Metal which manages to synthesize the style more than at a when everything was allowed. BLURR THROWER is a mix between a NEHEMAH and an ASH BORER in my opinion.
My listening at this time are: DIAPSIQUIR, ACATHEXIS, BLACK CILICE, FOALS and the last ROBB BANKS. I am waiting very, very, very impatiently for the HEALTH MORTAL in March. Just the different tracks that we could listen, I'm sure to break this album to the bone, right out.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Everything about the Arts is automatically channeled and digested for BLURR THROWER, so I never really get away from the project. It starts with all that is attracted to the writing, the image, the tattoo or the movies ... At this moment I read a lot of Jean-Pierre Martinet and Colette. I would like to immerse myself in the works of Françoise Héritier as soon as I have 5 minutes.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview and the chronicle.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Arstidir Lifsins/Saga a tveim tungum I: Vapn ok vidr/Van Records 2019 CD Review


  Arstidir  Lifsins  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Iceland  and  Germany  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Saga  a  tveim tungum  I:  Vapn  ok  vidr"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Van  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  very  deep  at  times  as  well  as  having  their  semi  melodic  moments  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  nature  sounds  and  classical  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  which  also  introduce  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  album.

  When  clean  vocals  and  choirs  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  feeling  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  all  of  the instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Old  Icelandic  and  cover  the  brutal  power  attempts  of  infamous  Norwegian king  Olafr  helgi  Haraldsson  in  the  11th  century.

  In  my  opinion  Arstifir  Lifsins  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fornjóts  synir  ljótir  at  Haddingja  lands  lynláðum"  "Líf  á  milli hveinandi  bloðkerta"  "Vandar  jǫtunn  reisti  fiska  upp  af  vǫtnum"  and  "Haldi  oss  frá  eldi,  eilífr skapa  deilir".  8/5  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/arstidirlifsins

Mist Of Misery/Unalterable/Black Lion Records/2019 Double CD Review


  Sweden's  Mist  Of  Misery  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  symphonic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  double  album  "Unalterable"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  On  the  second  track  clean  guitars  also  start  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  stringed  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  are  also  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Spoken  word  parts  are  also  added on  some  of  the  tracks,  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  instrumentals  and  they  also  bring  in  Cold  World  and  Dimmu  Borgir  covers  as  the  album  progresses,  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mist  Of  Misery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  symphonic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halls  Of  Emptiness"  "Desolation"  "The  Dying  Light"  and  "Unalterable".  8  out  of  10.

https://mistofmiseryblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/unalterable   

Monday, March 18, 2019

Vananidr/Self Titled/Purity Through Fire/2019 Full Length Review


  Vananidr  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  Swedish  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  style  melodies.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  A  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  instrumentals  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  adding  in folk  melodies  but  with  a  heavier  take  on  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  war,  nature,  darkness  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vananidr  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  aggressive  and  old  school  Swedish  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raging  Blizzards"  "Abominations  Of  Evil"  and  "Enter  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.

http://vananidr.bandcamp.com/album/vananidr


Primogenorum/Ye Last Ordeal/Lunar Apparitions/Nebular Carcoma/2019 EP Review


  Primogenorum  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Ye  Last  Ordeal"  which will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lunar  Apparitions  and  Nebular  Carcoma.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.  After  a  couple  of  slow  yet  heavy  songs  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  on  the  third  track  and  also  add  in  more  raw  energy  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picked  riffs  and  leads  and  all  of  the  songs  remain  true  to  a  dark  and  heavy  musical  direction,  on  the  closing  song  the  sounds  of  human  torture  are  also added  into  the  music.

  Primogenorum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  inhumanity  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Primogenorum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trial  Of  Black  Fire"  and  "On  The  Ground  of  The  Dying  Man".  8  out  of  10. 


Whore Of Babylon Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Whore of Babylon is a solo Raw Blackened Death project located in Australia. Deriving sources of musical inspiration from literature, sacred texts, art, dreaming and personal practices of spirituality and worship.

2.Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
I wasn’t necessarily striving for a specific sound or style when in the compositional / recording phase of this demo. Each song is based on a specific experience, concept and moment. From what I was feeling at that specific time relating to its subject matter, I allowed myself to become a vessel and simply let it write itself over time.

3.The lyrics on the ep cover Hecate Goddess of Witchcraft, Hermetic and Goetia themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult and dark arts?
That is incorrect, only the first ambient illustration entitled Ἑκάτη relates to that subject matter, which doesn’t have vocals, every song has its own story and relevance to something that is entirely greater. My relationship to such I wish to remain private for the time being as it is deeply personal.

4.What was the decision behind using the name 'Whore of Babylon', for your musical project?
The title ‘Whore of Babylon’ derives from two sources, the most notable being the Bible, stated in Revelations 17:5, “As mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of Earth.” (This can be found written in Greek running down both sides of the track listing on the physical copy). The other from the 1927 German silent film ‘Metropolis.’ In both sources, Christians have depicted a female as the deceiver of mankind, leading the blind and ignorant astray. I decided to use this title as I see this concept everywhere in Americanised western culture, in the media, celebrities and trends pushing forth their agendas, to which I despise immensely. Relating to this I also tie in my own practice and worship.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artist goes under the vice of Alemsahim, based in Moscow, a profoundly talented artist who also did the Whore of Babylon logo. The design depicts a female face with ‘W’ embedded into it if you look closely enough; around it features spurs of sigils. The representation of the selected sigils is an intentional mockery of the Kabbalah. The Na’amah sigil at the very top symbolizes feminine divinity, something very prominent to my own worship and practice, as well as a prominent source of musical influence.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
For the time being no, I prefer to work by myself, as I am yet to meet another individual who composes in a similar fashion as to how I compose. If I ever meet someone like that then I would be very much open to making this project collaborative. Though In the recent past I have contributed to two split releases, Thuringwethil from USA and Cultor Noctis from Belgium, both of which have allowed this project to explore new territory in a very individualistic and personal manor, for that reason I will continue to involve myself in split collaborations, but other then that, Whore of Babylon will remain a singular entity.

7.The ep was released on 'Akashic Envoy Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
I initially heard of Clayton via his work with Indymetal and social media, when I found out about the conception of Akashic Envoy Records, I was very quick to introduce myself to this highly talented man via Instagram, the only place I can be found: https://www.instagram.com/arkngthunch.nchuleftingth/

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and ritualistic dark ambient?
Its been very interesting receiving feedback, some have enjoyed it quite a lot, whilst others have not. Interestingly enough I have been messaged on multiple occasions of abnormal dreams occurring after listening, most notably the artist Alemsahim who did both the logo and album art, he told me recently he listened to it before going to bed and had a dream of monolithic waves crashing to shore, to then be awoken by his bedroom door opening by itself. Regardless of weather these stories are true its very entertaining and constructive for me to receive as much feedback as possible. So I welcome all to tell me what they experienced when listening to Chapter I.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Currently I am also involved in a Bestial Black / Doom project entitled ‘Dionysian Rites’, everything will be written and performed by me except vocals (most likely), this is currently yet to make its debut, which can be expected towards the end of the year.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
That’s a hard question to answer, for the time being until I am fortunate enough to meet more individuals as devoted as I am, preferably located in my homeland, Whore of Babylon will remain singular. So, I will continue to progress musically and spiritually with my practices, complete the three chapters I have envisioned and go from there. 

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?
My main source for musical inspiration is art, literature and my relationship to private practices, musically however, projects like Impetuous Ritual, Grave Upheaval, Convulsing, Striborg, Portal and Aethyrvorous, all of which are from my homeland. As for what I am currently listening to, anything that comes from my country I will listen to extensively, I would go as far as saying Australia is by far the king of this style of music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you kindly for having me and thank you for your support, I’ve very much enjoyed answering your questions. The physical artefact of Chapter I: Devotion, Adoration, Invocation will be available for purchase early April to my knowledge; both on a standard cassette edition, as well as a special edition (strictly limited to 10 copies) which will include wormwood, witch hazel, brimstone, teeth and a number of other herbs and powders, so stay tuned… Thrall awaits...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

None/Damp Chill Of Life/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2019 CD Review


  Portland,  Oregon's  None  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Damp  Chill  Of  Life"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

  Ambient  style  synths  which  are  also  used  on  later  tracks  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  before  evolving  into  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style  while  the  tremolo  picking  riffs  when  they  are  brought  into  the  music  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard briefly  while  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  depressive  and  angry  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times. Acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  songs  while  one  track  is  an  instrumental  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  misery  and  grief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  None  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Damp  Chill  Of  Life"  and  "A  Chance  I'd  Never  have".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com/hypnotic-dirge-webstore.php#!/~/search/keyword=none%20-%20damp%20chill

Istapp/The Insidious Star/Trollzorn/2019 CD Review


  Istapp  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Insidious  Star"which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Trollzorn.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style.

  When  clean  vocals  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  metal  feeling  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  A  lot  of  the  music  also  brings  in  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  sounds  very  modern  at  the  same  time  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Swedish  and  cover  Winter,  Science  and  Norse  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Istapp  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Winter"  "Snowball  Earth"  "The  Insidious  Star"  and  "Orrekulle".  8 out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/Istapp-Official-125581444205995

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Malokarpatan/Cesta podzemnymi salami Kovovlada/Sun & Moon/2019 EP Review


  Malokarpatan  are  a  band  from  Slovakia  that  plays  black  metal  with  some  ambient  and  psychedelic  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Cesta  podzemnymi  salami Kovovlada"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Sun  &  Moon.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  ambient,  avant garde  and  psychedelic  style  soundscapes  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  on  the  second    part  of  the  track  but  also  mixing  the  elements  of  the  first  part  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  done  in  mostly  an  old  school  black  metal  style that  is  equally  influenced  by  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  the  genre  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  a  mid  tempo  direction  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  an  old  school  style.

  Malokarpartan  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  era  while  also  adding  in  elements  from  other  musical  genres,  to  create  something  very  original.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Slovakian  and  cover  the  mythological  theme  of  Kovovlad-master  of  the  underworld  and  all  of  it's  treasures,  who  abducts  a  maiden  from  the  world  above  to  become  his  bride.

  In  my  opinion  Malokarpatan  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  ambient  and  psychedelia  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  original  sounding,  you  should  check  out  this  ep. 8  out  of  10. 

www.facebook.com/malokarpatan   

Woe/A Violent Dread/Vendetta Records/2019 EP Review


  New  York's  Woe  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  dark  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "A  Violent  Dread"  which  was  released  by  Vendetta  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  depressive  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in a   great  amount  of  melody.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  a  cover  of  Dawn's  "The  Knell  And  The  World".

  On  this  recording  Woe  remains  true  to  the  dark  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  death,  fear  and  exploration  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Woe  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Violent  Dread".  8  out  of  10.

https://woeunholy.bandcamp.com/

  

Stellar Master Elite/Hologram Temple/Unholy Conspiracy Deathwork/2019 Full Length Review


  Germany's  Stellar  Master  Elite  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  their  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal  and  experimental  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Hologram  Temple"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Unholy  Conspiracy  Artwork.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Death  metal  growls  are  also  utilized  at  times  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily  rooted  in  doom  metal  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  get  very  experimental  at  times.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black metal  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  also  capturing  the  deeper  side  of  the  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  dissonant  sounding  at  times.  Grim  screams  are  also  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  style  as  well  as  having  their  technical  moments  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  colonization  of  distant  planets,  galaxies  artificial  intelligence's  and  Phillip  K.  Dick's  theories  regarding  androids.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Stellar  Master  Elite  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  metal  and  experimental  music,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Null"  "Ad  Infinitum"  "Black  Hole  Dementia"  and  "Tetragon".  8  out  of  10. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76cac_HUjJg