Thursday, February 14, 2019

Vorga Interview

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

Atlas - Sure, we're a modern black metal band based in Karlsruhe, Germany. Our music focuses mostly on nihilism and looking at the world through that lens. I created the band while living in Scotland and brought the music and ideas with me when I moved to Germany. Luckily I managed to find a great group of musicians here to make the band what it is today.

Пешо has a bunch of various acts he used to and still plays with such as Vrani Volosa, Act of Grotesque, Bloodlines, Damage Extreme & Prokyon.

Jervas previously played drums for Aaskereia, Corporal Punishment & Grabfinsternis.

Volker has played guitar in Azrael's Seed and Geäst.


2.You also have your first ep coming out later in February, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

Atlas - I wanted to find a balance between the chaos and aggression of black metal and simpler, sadder melodies. I also wanted to create something that would translate well to a live environment.

I also wanted it to have a very modern production style. I know it can be quite divisive in the BM community but personally, I think the power and aggression of a modern production really help gives some extra weight to this style of black metal.


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

Atlas - Servility and corruption of power are two topics that seem to keep coming up. The feeling of frustration and hopelessness in trying to change things, and the idea of purpose.


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

Atlas - It is the name of a starship in Alfred Bester's 'Stars my destination'. In the book it plays a role as the protagonist's reason for living, he saves his own life only to get revenge on this ship he thinks abandoned him. I liked the idea of what the ship represents - misguided purpose and the strength that can be wielded in ignorance.


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

Atlas - The artwork of the band is trying to convey feelings of human insignificance. We're trying to recreate that feeling of mixed wonder and horror looking into the night sky and feeling small.


6.The band members come from the United Kingdom, Germany and Bulgaria, what kind of impact does this have on the bands musical style?

Atlas - Next to none really. I am the songwriter for the band and create the music & lyrics nearly fully-formed before handing it over to the rest of the guys. This doesn't leave a lot of room for interpretation and helps keep the vision consistent.

In terms of our backgrounds and what they bring, we certainly come from different walks of life and musical tastes and I think it definitely helps add something to our sound.

Пешо - I don´t think it makes really a difference when it comes to music that doesn´t include folklore.

7.Are the band members open to doing any live shows if the opportunity ever came?

Atlas - Definitely! We're in the middle of organizing our first release concert here in Karlsruhe but I hope we can get on the road and do some touring when the time is right. We're very keen to get out there and play as much as possible.

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

Atlas - We're certainly interested but it's not anything we're actively pursuing right now. We're happy self-releasing and self-promoting until it becomes too much to handle by ourselves and we need to enlist the help of others.


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

Fantastic right now! We've been positively overwhelmed by the initial response our EP has received and we're already looking forward to the next release.


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

Atlas - At the moment we're planning a second EP release for later this year. All that material has been written. I'm currently writing a full length I would hope we can release in 2020. Stylistically it's similar to what you hear now, but perhaps with a slightly more sci-fi/cosmic angle to it.


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?

Atlas - I'm not sure if you can hear it in the music but bands that have influenced me are Dodheimsgard, , Arcturus, Khonsu, Gorgoroth. Right now I'm listening to Skeletonwitch's Devouring Radiant Light.

Пешо -  From Beatles to Grindcore, but generally extreme music. I was more into technical/progressive death metal about 10 years ago, but lately, I listen to more black metal and I´m always searching for underground music. There are really good bands I find all the time.

Jervas - Maiden, Paradise Lost, Dissection, Samael etc.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Пешо - I use almost all of my free time, making music and working on musical projects. Aside from that, I love riding my bike or going out into Nature, without any people, structures or facilities around.

Atlas - Both me and Jervas enjoy brewing in our spare time. Apple wine, cider, and beer mostly.

Volker - Riding Motorbikes


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

Thanks for taking the time! Check out our EP at vorga.bandcamp.com and see you at a concert soon!

Faruln/The Black Hole Of The Soul/Zanjeer Zani Productions/2019 EP Review


  Faruln  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  Swedish  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  o  their  2019  ep  "The  Black  Hole  Of  The  Soul"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Zanjeer  Zani  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of t he  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording,  The  vocals  bring  in  more  of  a  deep  black  metal  style  along  with  a  few  screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  being  added  into  the  background.

  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  music  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  Swedish  black  metal  style.  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.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Faruln  are  a  very  great  sounding  Swedish  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Black  Hole  Of  The  Soul"  and  "The  Sworn  Enemy".  8  out  of  10.

The Black Sorcery/Wolven Degrade/Krucyator Productions/2019 CD Review


  The  Black  Sorcery  are  a  band  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  has  had  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Wolven  Degrade"  which  will  be  released  in  March by  Krucyator  Productions.

  A  war  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  to  capture  a  raw  war  metal  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  bestial  and  guttural  growls  along  with  some  black  metal  screams.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style  as  well  as  all  of  the musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful sound  to  them.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard.

  On  this  recording  The  Black  Sorcery  remains  true  to  their  raw  and  bestial  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  violence,  war  and  blasphemy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  the  Black  Sorcery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war  and  bestial  black/death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Intolerance  Enthrone"  "Body  Coffin  Betrayal" "Angry  Spit  Of  The  Witches  Piss"  and  "Revelations  Of  Dark  Succumbing".  8  out  of  10.

Gårdbuk Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
 I started Gardbuk after listening to raw black metal stuff for a while, I always liked the imagery and themes it often put into your head. I’d done a handful of releases like this that were exclusive to
CDR that I recorded a year or maybe 2 years before I named it Gardbuk. The lyrics usually came from dreams or persistent thoughts of mine.But since that first EP and CD, I lost interest in Gardbuk for the
moment

2.So far you have released one ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
2.For the first EP, I really wanted to capture that icey sound of black metal guitars and instrumentation. But I still wanted to keep the mix so you could hear the melody and chords of the guitar. The
drums were just casio synth drums. I can’t remember much but I’m pretty sure the vocals were recorded with a modded phone.


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?
3.Mostly vampires, I really like music that is themed off of things like that, Twilight themed music is a particular favourite! But I always like it when people fuel their love for franchises into music.
So there are occasional nods to popular vampire films in the lyrics, not very obvious though.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gardbuk'?
4.Not sure, something to do with Norwegian lore, generic, I know.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
5.It’s just a screenshot I took on a YouTube video of someone going on a roadtrip to Portland Retro Gaming Expo. Shout out to MetalJesusRocks

6.On the ep you had recorded everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
6.I love working with other people, it’s just sometimes difficult to find other people. In the past I’ve worked with completely inexperienced ‘musicians’ before, most notably for a project called
Midget Death, which was like a noisecore project I did with a friend from year 11.


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

7.I’ve only played one show as Gardbuk, I was playing with a bunch of noise artists, I don’t really do noise anymore; I focus on stuff that I can actually put musical effort into. It’s difficult getting shows
around here.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
8.Obviously I’d like to tour any of my projects, but I do so much different stuff it’d be hard to decide what to tour, crashing open mic nights is the way forward.

9.The ep was released on 'Structured Disasters', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
9.Noise label based in Aylesbury, doing good work for changing the music scene around here, I'm not very involved in it anymore, i don't get much enjoyment out of noise anymore.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
10.No idea, only had a few friends that I know of listen to it. And this review of the EP. I released it with the exact same ethic I release everything else. I don’t really listen to or make black metal
anymore.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
11.Probably not for a while with Gardbuk, don’t have the drive to make any black metal right now. But there’s still a CD, which I think is much better than the first EP that I might put online someday. As
for the future, I’m working on lots of different projects right now that I plan to continue, I’m producing and doing verses for a cloud rap project with a friend who I also play in a band called Japanese Role-Playing Game, which is some basic emo jams. My main focus right
now is producing beats and making visuals for the tracks we’ve done so far. I don’t like being elitist about music, I make what I make whether it’s a popular genre or not. I upload the majority of my
useless stuff to https://loneliness.bandcamp.com. Its all random stuff.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
12.Most lately, DJ Sad Status, Bladee, Lil Xan, Kragle (local breakcore legend), Lil Peep, Ecco2k, The Sundays, Thaiboy Digital. I also love the Malaysian grunge, bands like Auburn and Paint Bucket
deserve a lot more attention.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13.Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with watching dubbed anime, if you don’t want to read subtitles, you don’t have to. Don’t let the weebs tell you otherwise.

https://structureddisasters.bandcamp.com/album/fantasy-of-dying-lights

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Nordjevel/Necrogenesis/Osmose Productions/2019 CD Review


  Nordjevel  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  fast  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Necrogenesis"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Osmose  Productions.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  sounding  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  more  modern  Norwegian  style.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  yet  melodic  style  and  the  fast  riffs  also  capturing  the  aggression  of  the  mid  90's  era.

   On  one  of  the  tracks  clean  guitars  are  also  introduced  onto  the  recording  briefly  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  in  spoken  word  parts.  Atmospheric  elements  can  also  be  heard  as  the  album  progresses  while  keeping  the  main  focus  more  on  an  aggressive  style  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  chants  on  one  song,  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  self  destruction,  nature  and  anti  religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Nordjevel  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sunset  Glow"  "Black  Lights  From  The  Void"  "Nazarene  Necrophilia"  and  "Panzerengel".  8 out  of  10.

  

Neanderthalensis Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Neanderthalensis is a single-member black metal project. It started out as an outlet for the more atmospheric riffs I would write when I was in d-beat crust bands, powerviolence bands, death metal bands, and grindcore bands. It doesn't take many influences from these genres, so these riffs were set aside for a couple years until most of my other projects dissolved, and all I had left were the riffs on Rain Over Scorched Earth. I am primarily a drummer, but all the drums are programmed, and the guitars were recorded simply in my bedroom using pedals I built myself on breadboards. There's no amp for the guitars, just custom circuits direct to my laptop soundcard. Neanderthalensis will be my primary artistic outlet for the foreseeable future.

2.So far you have released one album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Growing up on the west coast of USA, I listened strictly to grindcore bands like Pig Destroyer and Brutal Truth and d-beat crust bands like Skitsystem and Martyrdöd, but I started getting heavily into dark Bay Area blackened crust bands like Akatharsia and Negative Standards. That facilitated my love of Norwegian black metal like Darkthrone, pre-Gaahl Gorgoroth, Emperor, Burzum, Enslaved, etc. and great USBM acts like Weakling, Inter Arma, and False, but all the black metal I would see live were cascadian acts heavily influenced by Wolves In the Throne Room. This made me interested in atmospheric black metal in general with bands like Velvet Cacoon, Void Omnia, and especially Paysage D'Hiver. I also really like Sunn O))), Hell, Thou, Dispirit, and other doom sludge acts.

3.In your lyrics I can see references to politics, Occultism and Social Darwinism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I used to hate politics in black metal lyrics, because as a nihilistic artform it shouldn't tell people what to do. But when I became nihilistic towards my nihilism, I just write lyrics that mean something to me, something I want to scream at people without worrying about how kvlt the lyrics are, and I put the meaning of the song in the title for minimal ambiguity. Claim Your Only Life is a song about being a rebel and a recognition of the various forces that are actively trying to control people for other people's benefit, and that if you do nothing about it, those forces will win. Pity Is the Worst Thing You Can Give Someone is a poetic exploration of why I refuse to feel sorry for someone who is strong enough to take control of their lives, because when you begin to feel pity for someone, you have recognized their incapability and weakness. The song describes someone who does deserve your pity, and he may remind you of yourself because it's easy to resign yourself to weakness and pity, but do so at your own peril. Take Your Fists and Make Your Life is me venting frustration at people's inability to accurately acknowledge the forces tearing apart their self-determination. The Social Darwinism reference is a recognition that those who conform to the Capitalist system acquire the most money and therefore claim more of the benefits of society's productivity in a "survival of the most deranged" scenario.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neanderthalensis'?
Neanderthalensis is the specific epithet for the taxon Homo neanderthalensis, which represents the well-known "Neanderthals". The name should hearken back to a time before concentrated power, to a dark and mysterious world where virtually no truths are known, when hominids lived alongside wild beasts of the Earth yet did not dominate landscapes, before society told people what proper conduct looks like, what people "are supposed to do". Its a landscape where self-expression is instant, unabashed, and unique to the life experience of the person. Neanderthalensis is banging clubs against an ancient tree trunk, it is a melody of bones clacking against bones, a howl from a mountaintop after a glorious hunt that nearly killed you, an expressive gesture without explanation. Neanderthalensis means doing what you are compelled to do as an individual without a society full of biases and assumptions telling you that what you are doing does not appeal to their sense of proper aesthetics.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
Just after I left California, the 2018 Camp Fire burned down my home town, and all my best friends houses including my family's houses, and the album is dedicated to the Camp Fire. The picture is a photograph I received from the California Native Plant Society showing the desolate landscape after the Carr fire burned an entire mountainside to an ash heap. The name Rain Over Scorched Earth represents the cycle of life and death, and that tragedy is around the corner for everyone but strong people learn from their mistakes and move one with the next phase, and weak people drown in pity while the rest of the world takes the rain and rebuilds their lives in fertile scorched soil.

6.Originally your from the United States but recently located to Germany, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?
I am a botanist, and I am in Germany getting a Master's a degree at Ludwig-Maximilans Universität München. It would cost considerably more money to get my Master's degree in California because Germany has no tuition for universities, and I already have about $20,000 in student loan debt and I don't want to get any more. That's pretty much it: cheap school, great quality of instruction, great living standards, no Trump and people talking about Trump, and most importantly adventure.

7.On the album you recorded everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
This was my first solo project, and I greatly enjoyed the lack of pressure to quickly write music, and that I could take time to compose and craft the music. That being said, I would love to play the songs live and collaborate with other musicians in a non-solo project. That may or may not happen in the future, but I would be open to it for sure. It probably would not be Neanderthalensis though, I think I want to keep it as an outlet for atmospheric musings.

8.Recently 'Corpse Torture Records' released the album on cassette, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Corpse Torture Records is a small label that makes ultra-limited productions of music that inspires the guy who runs it. He asked me if he could print cassettes of Neanderthalensis, and I gave full permission. We don't have a contract or a deal, I don't get paid, he barely makes money, it's a private distro that supports bands he likes with exposure. It's just to get the name out there.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
I honestly don't know. Some people have really liked it according to comments on blogs and Youtube. I haven't heard any negative criticism of it yet, but it is still pretty underground. Half the comments are in English, and the other half are in Russian, so I suppose that those are the two biggest realms where it is receiving attention.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I want to start a d-beat crust band in Germany, and Neanderthalensis will continue to get more atmospheric. I want the next recording to have significant ambient themes truncated with bursts of life and energy. The future is wide-open at this point, so I don't really have a well-defined path forward. I'm just doing what I am compelled to do.

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?
I think I mostly answered this on the second question. The top five most influential bands for Neanderthalensis would be Weakling, Burzum, Wolves In the Throne Room, Paysage d'Hiver, and Velvet Cacoon. Five things I'm currently listening to are Sutekh Hexen, Nordlicht, all things from Gilead media, Halshug, and A Diadem of Dead Stars.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Foraging wild food, anarchist political theory, tabletop RPG, forest pathology research, and smoking too much weed.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the exposure and the review, I've loved your blog for months now, and maybe we can do this again after the next release.
Hail

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dhul-Qarnayn/Jilwah/Shaytan Productions/2008 CD Review


  Dhul-Qarnayn  are  a  solo  project  from  Bahrain  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  moved  away  from  his  black  metal  style  to  go  into  more  of  a  dark  ambient  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2008  single  "Jilwah"  which  was  released  by  Shaytan  Productions.

  A  percussion  orientated  instrument  starts  off  the  single  along  with  some  dark  ambient  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  which  are  samples  from  Aliester  Crowley.  The  track  is  also  over  27  minutes  in  length.  As  the  track  progresses  the  music  starts  getting  more  diverse  as  well  as  capturing  an  occult  atmosphere.

 Ethnic  style  instruments  are  also  brought  into  the  music  at  times  along  with  some  melodic  chants  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Nature,  rain  and  thunder  sounds  can  also  be  hear  briefly  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dhul-Qarnayn  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  ritualistic  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8/5  out  of  10.

Armagedda/The Final War Approaching/Nordvis Produktion/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  Armagedda  where  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  played  a  very  raw  and  traditional  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2002  album  "The  Final  War  Approaching"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  March  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  done  in  the  very  raw  and  traditional  style  that  was  very  common  in  the  mid  90's  and  early  2000's.

  As  the  album  a  brief  use  of  clean  yet  distorted  playing  can  also  be  heard  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them and  the  music  is  a  lot  more  aggressive  than  most  of  the  bands  from  Sweden.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  darkness,  and  anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Armagedda  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Sign  Of  Evil"  "Unholy  Sacrifice"  and  "My  Eternal  Journey".  8  out  of  10. 

Tempestarri Interview

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

Tempestarii has been working to create a new record and material for a split over the last year or so. The new full-length album was recorded once and then deleted, as we continue to hone our sound we have become more and more particular about what the concept of this project demands.

Last year Tempestarii played in Austin, Texas' Red River Family Fest which was an honor and allowed us to bring our ritual to the right venue and under the proper circumstances. Our belief is that black metal needs a venue more than a bar lit by neon beer signs. This means that concerts are are held in pure darkness or otherwise by candlelight. Red River is an incredibly well curated event.

There seems to be an antiquated idea that bands need to tour mercilessly and “pay their dues”. Why prescribe to that? Why not only play shows we are asked to and under the right circumstances. Maybe that makes one seem pretentious to some, but it’s our path to walk, right or wrong.



2.So far you have released 2 demos and one full length, how would you describe your musical progress from the first demo to current album?

The first Tempestarii demo was of more raw black metal, made under a set of isolatory circumstances. Over time more elements were added to go along with the intentions of the project. The name Tempestarii was asking something more, and the atmosphere began to take shape over time with the help of close conspirators.

The storm that is Temple of Skies features aspects that some would call experimental but I see the sound as something different. Instead of a raw black metal sound that seems to be in vogue at the moment, the sound took shape and featured elements of depressive black metal, the Finnish school as well as our brothers in Mexico and Canada that have perfected the art. Black metal is something that everyone must interpret on their own. It’s not as though one can use make a bedroom project a successful entity without putting a deep part of themselves into it and have it stand apart from the many greats that dominate the style.

There’s generally too much black metal out there, so when one develops their own  language, those that understand it take notice.


3. From 2005 to 2015 there was no music being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?

Tempestarii began in a different form in 2011 under the name IX, which converged from several different projects before this. The internet likes to make up facts and other bullshit so I’m not sure why this continues to come up. So in finality, the Triumph of Spears demo was not recorded or released in 2005.


4.Some of your lyrics have a metaphysical or Gnostic touch to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?

The intentions behind the first album were to create a gateway to another realm.

Escapism and inwardness seem to be a running theme in black metal. The temple of skies is our way to inspire inward ritual. Whether that means listening in solitaire or in darkness at a show. My theories on what that may be in store for humanity are probably of little interest, so briefly, there is no value in Christian ideology, or any set of beliefs as instead it is worth questioning all aspects of reality for one self. Humanity is heading towards something, albeit it’s not possible to say what that is, but using a set of imposed beliefs to change the future cannot work.

The next album is titled Chaos At Feast and alludes to the cover of the previous album while the new record will be companion to the last. 

Perhaps these are gnostic ideas at work but the best way to explain our trajectory is that of leaving this world behind. It’s the classic inwardness that black metal has always had, but also the focus that the innovators of black metal seem to have. Hatred for the outside, and enough retaliation to fend off those that oppose.

Mankind is certainly on a trajectory towards something interesting. Everyone seems to have an opinion but nothing to do about it. We’ve heard our lyrics described as psychedelic and that can be summed up in our efforts to induce trance, dissolve ego, and pass into dusk with grace. In the end, all you have is humility. Certainly there are some that confuse this with pride, and will end up embarrassing themselves in the social media movement.


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

Tempestarii were witches known as the caller of the storms. Thus the name is both an illusion to the destructive elements of the nature of reality and also a tribute to the guitarist of the mighty BLASPHEMY. The name, since dawning it, has helped shape our world and how to navigate it. I think we have more in touch with war metal than the typical atmospheric black bands.


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

The image there is from Scythian artisans,  one that haunted me for years. It represents the sacrament we undergo to reach ecstatic states of being. It’s a violent death being depicted and I believe that it shows the ruthlessness of nature and of ego-dissolving materials.


7.The band is from Idaho, a state not very well known for many black metal bands, do you feel you really stand out musically among most of the other bands that reside in the same state?

This is another misnomer, I have lived among many places in North America, though the band rehearses in Idaho, and is from various places as well. Idaho should be known for extreme music as bands like WOLVSERPENT had existed there and paved the way for all originating there.


8.Very little is known about the band members, do you feel it is better to remain anonymous and let the music do the talking?

As described before, there no interest in making a Facebook page or trying to hawk merch to people. It’s an experience only for catharsis. The music is made for a very selfish purpose. It’s more important than having a following of fickle believers. The hope is that real fans of this kind of music will judge us. If you want to find us, anything is possible in this digital world, yet the concept of knowing which people are involved, and their roles, will not bring further satisfaction to the listener.


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

Of course playing in darkness and by candlelight is the wish for the spectator to witness. We cannot control every aspect of a show though, thus we ask for promoters to better understand the wishes of the artists. It’s not under all circumstances that a traditional black metal show can take place, so for those patient enough and imbibed at the time, you’ll be rewarded.


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

We will be touring outside of the United States and playing a festival at the end of this year. That’s all that can be said for now.


11. Mercenary Musik is also putting out a re-issue of your 2017 album, can you tell us a little bit more about the newer music?

We connected with that label because of their output and how it had affected us. Early on we wanted to worship Paysage D’Hiver, Battle Dagorath and fell voices, only. After connecting with Black Sorcerer Battle we began on a new path.

The first album was very much influenced by the previously mentioned artists, as is the new record, but more influences came about this time. Distilling down to a more potent version of Tempestarii is always the goal. It's easy to declare that what is to come is the best we can offer.  The language of tempestarii is taking shape at all times, only by the dedication and authenticity of the art. This is what we must be judged by.


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

We aren’t really interested in how our music is received. We’ve sold tapes to France and Russia, even Finland and Brazil. Which is very satisfying but otherwise there isn't any awareness of the publics reaction.

It’s apparent that the United States, though hosting many great musicians, is a fickle and parasitic "scene". The aim is to get outside of this country and go elsewhere, visit the true devotees.


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

Further into the style we’ve created for ourselves. Honing more of this sound into something unique is the end goal. However the concepts implemented in the music could spell certain end for us, that is yet to be seen. We can only move ever forward into dusk for so long. The new album is in it's final stages, and then we will await the right opportunity to release it.


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

Appreciating music of varying styles is important, and the things that influence this project are mostly beyond metal music. It’s hard to mention just a few, but we always appreciate Battle Dagorath, and the live rituals of Ehecatl, Dispirit, and Sortilegia in the black metal sphere. Otherwise ambient and electronic music seem to be a staple of inspiration among others


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

Ruine for celestial kingdoms, may your beliefs ever-dissolve.

Malakhim/II/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 EP Review


  Malakhim  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  orthodox  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "II"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  also  capturing  the  same  atmosphere  of  the  riffing.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  evil  sounding  melodies  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Swedish  style  of  black  metal.  The  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  the  tremolo  picking  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  A  touch  of  death  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  brings  in  more  of  a  modern  approach  to  the  black  metal genre  while  also  keeping  the  songs  in  a  heavier  musical  direction  also  showing  a  good  amount  of  progress  from  the  previous  recording  as  well  as  remaining  true  to  the  style  they  established  on  the  previous  release.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malakhim  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  orthodox  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "In  the  Rays  of  A  New  Sun"  and  "Sworn  To Satan's  Fire".  8  out  of  10.


Monday, February 11, 2019

A' Repit/Inferen/Malauriu/Vultur/Teschi Ossa Morte/Black Tears/The Triad Rec/Southern Hell Records/Ira Aeterna/Masked Dead Records/Nebelkorps/The Last Step/2019 4 Way Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  4  way  split  album  between  A'  Repit,  Inferen,  Malauriu  and  Vultur  called  "Teschi  Ossa  Morte"  which  will  be  released  in  March  as  a  joint  effort  between  Black Tears, The  Triad  Rec,  Southern  Hell  Records,  Ira  Aeterna,  Masked  Dead Records, Nebelkorps  and The  Last  Step  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  A'  Repit  who  return  with  their  epic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  grim  black  metal  screams  before  adding  in  some  heavy  riffing  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly.

  At  times  the  music  gets  very  atmospheric  sounding  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard.  Acoustic  guitars  and  flutes  are  also  added  on  the  second  track.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  History,  Alpine  Traditions  and  Legends.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  from  A'  Repit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  epic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ventre  di  lupo".

 Next  up  is  Inferen  who  return  with  their  traditional  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  also  brings  in a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  dark  and  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  their  side  of  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  both  of  their  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Apocalypse,  Darkness,  Evil,  Visions  and  Doom  Themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Inferen  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  traditional  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Volti  di  pietra".

  Next  up  is  Malauriu  who  return  with  their  raw  and  old  school  style  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  demonic  growls  along  with  the  music  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's.

  At  times  the  music  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  war  metal  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  synths  also  being  added   onto  the  second  track  briefly  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  human  misery  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malauri  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Narcotic  Cult.

  Closing  this  split  is  Vultur  a  band  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  piking  and  blast  beats.  Their  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  style  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  their  song  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  towards  the  end  ritualistic  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  Sardinian  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vultur  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.

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

Forggoten Rite/Self Titled/2019 Full Length Review


  Forggoten  Rite  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2019  album.

  Ritualistic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  the  sounds  of  wolfs  howling  and  nature  orientated  soundscapes  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  influences  from  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras  of  the  genre.

  Clean  guitars  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  solos  and  leads  when  they  are  utilized  are  done  in a  more  melodic  style.

 Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Synths  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Celtic  Frost's  "Dethroned  Emperor".  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness,  Death,  Murder  and  Violence  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Forggoten  Rite  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  "Funeral  under  Ice"  "Impaled  Death"  and  "Merciless".  8  out  of 10.      

Lichtblick Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We are Lichtblick, a four headed depressive black metal band form Austria.

2.So far you have released an ep and a full lengh, musically how do they both differ from each other?
The main difference between the EP and the album is the band line-up. Currently we are four people and we recorded our album with this line-up. The music is also a little different because of the influence of the “new” members. We became a little more advanced in general and found our own sound.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Our lyrics are about depression, suicide, fear and anxiety as well as substance abuse.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lichtblick'?
The name “Lichtblick” has two meanings for us. The first one is the light you see at the end of the tunnel shortly before you die; the second meaning is the hope that life will always end no matter how dreadful it gets.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the album cover?
We took the pictures ourselves and we wanted each image to reflect the atmosphere and the meaning of each song. The album cover should represent insanity and the edge of death and suicide.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The best show we played so far was a gig in Vienna with Urfaust and Schammasch. Our stage performance is very intense for us. We try to lose ourselves in the music and try to achieve a trance like and meditative state. We hope that our listeners feel the same

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, we have some upcoming shows in the pipeline and are working on plans for a tour at the end of the year.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We have received interest but currently we aren’t really looking for a label.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?
We have sold copies of our album worldwide. The people who are into the genre seem to enjoy our music.

10.When can we expect new music and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 We are currently working on new stuff, but concentrate more on life performances right now. We will stick to DSBM.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are yuo listening to nowadays?
Classic depressive black metal bands like Austere, Nocturnal Depression, Psychonaut 4 and Total Selfhatred have a big influence on us. But bands like Agalloch, Fen, Alcest, Low, Lantlos and The XX also play a big role for us

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
 We all work and making music together is our passion. Every one of us tries to distract themselves from life.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Feel free to lose your life  

Black Anvil/Miles/STB Records/2019 EP Review


  New  York's  Black  Anvil  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  modern  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Miles"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  STB  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  clean  vocals  also  being  used  briefly  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  an  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark,  melodic  yet  old  school  metal  style. One  of  the  tracks  also  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  a  modern  and  anthem  orientated  style  of  metal  and  as  the  ep  progresses  they  bring  in  The  Devil's  Blood  and  Mercyful  Fate  covers.

  On  this  recording  Black  Anvil  takes  their  modern  style  of  black  metal  into  more  of  a  melodic  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  hatred,  darkness  and  reality  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Black  Anvil  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Iron  Sharpens  Iron"  and  "Everlasting  Solitude".  8  out  of  10.

   

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Triste Terre/Grand Oeuvre/Les Acteurs de I'Ombre Productions/2019 CD Review


  Triste  Terre  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Grand  Oeuvre"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Les  Acteurs  de  I'Ombre  Productions.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  classical  music  inspired  elements  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction..  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  synths  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  clean  vocals are also used  at times. When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  mount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a raw feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  A  great  amount  of melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  also  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Some  of  the  guitar  leads  also  add  in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  while  the  riffs  are  more  rooted  in  the more  traditional  style  of  the  genre.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  death  metal  growls  can  also  be heard  while  some  of  the  clean  vocals  also  brings  back  some  of  the  90's  avant  garde  black  metal  style.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  French  and  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trisete  Terre  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Corps  glorieux"  and  "Tribut  solennel".  8  out  of  10.  

Perversor/Umbravorous/Pulverised Records/2019 CD Review


  Perversor  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Umbravorous"  which  will be  released  in  March  by  Pulverised  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  capturing  the  brutality  of  the  later  mentioned  genre.

  A  great  amount  of  thrash  elements  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  evil  sounding  melodies  into  the  music.  A  great  amount  of  80's  and  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  but  done  with  a  more  modern  and  brutal  approach.

  At  times  the  speeds  off  the  music  almost  borders  on  the  raw  aggression  of  war  metal  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  mostly  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  sound  along  with  only  a  few  seconds  of  mid  tempo  sections  being  utilized  throughout  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Occultism  and  Apocalyptic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perversor  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dwell"  "Military  Industry  Complex"  "Virtual  Antropophagy"  and  "DMT".  8/5  out  of  10.

Gardbuk/Fantasy Of Dying Lights/Structured Disasters/2018 EP Review


  Gardbuk  is  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "Fantasy  Of  Dying  Lights"  which  will  be  released  by  Structured  Disasters.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  the  vocals being  mostly  grim  black  metal screams.  All  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed.  One  track  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  industrial  noise  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  an  experimental  as  well  as  all  of  the  tracks  sounding  very  different  from  each  other.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  riffing  is  power  chord  driven  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Gardbuk  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  diverse  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  nightmares,  vampiric  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Gardbuk  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  'Darkness  Ensues"  and  "Bleak  Realities".  8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Ringare/Under Pale Moon/Iron Bonehead Productions/2019 CD Review


  Ringare  a  duo  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  synth  orientated  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2019  album  "Under  Pale  Moon"  which  will  be  released  in March  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music.  All of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  tradition.  Throughout  the  recording  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  clean  guitars  are  used  briefly  on  the  closing  track.

  Most  of  the tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  display  a  great  amount  of  melodic  moments  throughout  the  album.  A  lot  of  the  music  could  of  easily  been  recorded  and  released  more  than  25  years  ago  with  the  way  the  musicians  capture  the  atmosphere  of  the  era  and  as  the  album  progresses  an  instrumental  is  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ringare  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  synth  orientated  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  Pale  Moon"  and  "Through  Forest  And  Fog".  8/5  out  of  10.  

Rebirth In Flames/Lucifer's Cosmogony/Australis Records/2019 CD Review


  Rebirth  In  Flames  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Lucifer's  Cosmogony"  which  was  released  by  Australis  Records.

  Ritualistic  spoken  words  and  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  demonic  voices  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  dark  sounding  melodies  add  in  a  touch  of  early  90's  death  metal.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  as  well  as  adding  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. 

  A lot  of  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  classic  old  school  black  metal  style  bringing  in  a  good  mixture  of  Swedish,  German  and  influences.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  English  and  Spanish  and  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Occultism  and  Death  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  Rebirth  In  Flames  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  style  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dark  Soul"  "Rebirth  In  Flames"  and  "Cuernos  negros'.  8  out  of  10.

Swarm Of Hatred/Shrine Of Negativity/Australis Records/2019 CD Review


  Swarm  Of  Hatred  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Shrine  Of  Negativity"  which  was  released  by  Australis  Records.

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  also  be heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  A  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  while  also  taking  it  into  a  more  modern  and  aggressive  direction  and  other  than  the  intro  the  music  sticks  to  mostly  a  fast,  aggressive  and  heavy  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Occultism,  Gnosis  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Swarm  Of  Hatred  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Citadel  of  Bones"  "Puking  To  The  Crown  Of  Thorns"  "Hate  Declaration"  and  "Starless  Warfare".  8  out  of  10.    

Friday, February 8, 2019

Perpetual Among Us/Thy Will Be Done/Australis Records/2019 CD Review


  Perpetual  Among  Us  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  omnipotent  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Thy  Will  Be  Done"  which  was  released  by  Australis  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  prelude  starts  off  the  album  while  also  adding  in  a  ritualistic  touch  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  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  feeling  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams. 

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  At  times  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments  and  clean  vocals  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  some  of  the  ritualistic  elements  from  the  prelude  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks  as  well  as  one  song  also  adding  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  on  the  closing  track.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perpetual  Among  Us  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  and  omnipotent  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  looking  for  something  that  is  very  aggressive  yet  different  at  the  same  time,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Chapter  One  Aura"  and  "Chapter  Four  The  Capture-Amen".  8/5  out of  10.