Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Horoma Exordium Interview

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

Two piece black metal band who are looking to make the most extreme music they can.

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?

Although we wanted the music to extreme, we also wanted you to be able to hear everything. In my heads we went for a vocal style of In The Nightside Eclipse, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and the music was more in the vein of Organic Hallucinosis.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with your music?

Metal breakdown, other reality's, corrupt institutions. 

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

It's latin for "Being Of A Vision". Seemed fitting from our discussion to then the band to life.

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

Will leave it open for interpretation.

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

Yes will always be just us two.

7.I have read that the band has no plans to ever do any live shows, can you tell us a little bit more about this decision?

I have 100 percent respect for bands to record and tour the world. For us its just about making the music we want to make, when we want to make it. 

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

We are signed with Ordo Nocturnal. They got what we were about. Always open to working with other labels who can help push the band.

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

Its a slow build. But its been cool connecting with people all over the world. At the same we don't care if people don't like it, but people have taken the time to message us, we will message back. Always.

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

Yea have an album worth of songs there. Will do a single track next.

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?

Older black metal and death metal bands.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

I have interest in that for sure.

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

Thank for taking the time write this.

Necroroots/Self Titled/Silentium In Foresta Records/2019 EP Review


  Necroroots  are  a  duo  from  Mexico  that  plays  an  old  school  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2018  ep  which  was  released  by  Silentium  In  Foresta  Records.

  A  very  dark  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  some  of  the  riffing  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of 90's  influences. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  but  are  over  powered  by  the  guitars.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  small  amount  of  demonic  voices  are  also  added  onto  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while   the  lyrics  cover  the  mind  liberation  of  religion.

  In  my  opinion  Necroroots  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Chosen  One"  and  "Legions  Of  Death".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSgmVcgrMtM&t=188s&fbclid=IwAR3fbRtF85G8EpTVfkNdnq-mig9r7bc6Rg4iMw-IZS3QhqHqHP48n9BmhhM

Monday, April 29, 2019

Deorc Absis/The Nothingness Transfiguration/Redefining Darkness Records/2019 EP Review


  Deorc  Absis  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "The  Nothingness  transfiguration"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Redefining  Darkness  Records.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  synths  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  brutal  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  death  metal  growls  and  black  emtal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  dissonant  and  technical  sounding  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  synths  are  also  utilized  on  the  other  tracks.

  Deorc  Absis  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  that  is  very  raw,  brutal,  dissonant,  technical  and  atmospheric  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deorc  Absis  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Metamorphosis".  8  out  of  10.

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Kull Interview

Interview with Jonny Maudling.

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

- Well basically the band members are the same as Bal-Sagoth ,with the exception of the main vocalist and lyric writer Byron.
So with Kull frontman Tarkan, there are new stories and settings with the lyrics he has brought, and the actual music writing team is the same as before, namely myself and my Brother Chris.

2.Your first album is coming out towards the end of April, musically how does it differ from the stuff you had released with Bal Sagoth?
  -  Musically it's a further progression of that format. Naturally you don't want to repeat yourself, and also there are a few new things both in production and song writing

3.Most of the band members where a part of 'Bal Sagoth', what was the decision behind disbanding the group and forming a new one?
- Many reasons, its just the place we all found ourselves after a number of years, so we left the Bal-Sagoth thing behind, and it was time to try something slightly different.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores on the newer release?
-It has much to do with history, stories  created by Tarkan , who has a large body of work to draw upon, and it still deals with myths and the fantastic.

5.Most of Bal Sagoth's lyrics focused on science fiction, fantasy, mythology and the occult, are you also continuing those topics with the newer band?
- Yes, you could say its the same genre, but the stories are completely different.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Kull'?
- The names "Bal-Sagoth" and "Kull" come from the author R.E Howard, so it seemed appropriate enough and was in keeping with what we do.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
- That was done by a guy called "maggotmeister" from All Things Rotten. The "painting" was from his catalogue of work which fitted perfectly with this album.

8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
- With Kull there has been one professional engagement, and that was in York a few years ago. It was kind of a warm up gig to see how we worked together live.

9.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
- Yes, as soon as the album is out, there will be more information about this.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black metal that have heard it so far?
- Obviously great interest, and many people have compared the sound to Bal-Sagoth. As I said before, it will sound  similar because it is the same music writing and production team.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
- I have no idea. I don't plan it like that, I just try to create and produce the best music I possible can, and hope it all fits together with the stories and lyrics.

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?
- I like good song writing and creative imagination, the style really is irrelevant to me.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
- Hill walking, outdoor pursuits, cycling, video games, studio technology, cosmology etc

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
- Just thanks for everyones Patience and support so far, and hope you really like the Kull debut. Cheers!!
-Jonny Maudling.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Comingforever Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Hello, yeah of course. Comingforever is my solo-project where I put some ideas that I have in mind and would not fit at all in other projects in which I am involved. It started a few years ago when me and my friends wanted to create new projects based on the primitive-old-metal-sound (to give it a name) of the 80's and 90's; each one of us did a new solo-project and started to recording new songs, they're not playing anymore but if you want, I can send you great tracks they recorded. I do everything in my house, there I record and produce everything.

2.So far you have released a split and a full length, musically how do they both differ from each other?
I think there is not much difference in sound, I worked on both albums in the same year and I believe that it was in a very short time lapse between song and song. Initially in fact, all the songs were going to belong to the same album.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
Well, I do not consider myself someone offensive or aggressive, I prefer peace above all else; in these songs I speak about the hypocrisy of religions (and people in general), the illness that causes and the way they blind us. I also talk about the planet and how we should avoid the destruction of it. I would like to talk about the history and rights of animals in the future.


4.There has been no music released since 2016, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during this time frame?
I have composed so many songs, speaking of comingforever and my other solo projects too. In fact, this week (April 26) I'm re-releasing a forgotten single, it's a sound sooo different and distant from sunburst; I do not think it can even be considered blackmetal (or even metal), however, it was a very important track for me. I composed it with the help of a very good friend who is no longer with us and wanted to launch it again. It’s called ‘insulation’ and you can listen to it on spotify and all music platforms.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Comingforever'?
I wanted to create an abstract name, but also something easy to pronounce. I do not remember where those two words came from but it was like 'hell yeah, this is the name'. For me, it's like a reminder that something good will happen.

6.Originally the musical project started out in Mexico but the facebook page has the current location as being Australia, can you tell us a little bit more about the move?
I actually live in Mexico hahaha, I changed the location I do not remember why haha.

7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
I am always open to collaborate! I like to make music, of any style. I've been playing music for as long as I can remember, I started with piano, then drums, then the guitar. Whoever wants to make music, is welcome in my studio even if he does not know how to play anything!

8.You have also shared a split with 'No Peafowls', what are your thoughts on the other musical project that had participated on the split?
He is a good friend, (in fact, I run Cuerpo Records with him). I met him when I wanted to release a vaporwave album under his label, Empty Records (label dedicated to put out electronic-experimental-underground music). His (no peafowls) music is very different from Comingforever, it has more layers of noise and much more experimental tunes. I admire him.

9.So far all of your music has been released on 'Cuerpo Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
When I started making music with comingforever, I was sure that maybe any label was going to put some interest on my music. Especially because I did not have many contacts in the industry and I did not want to have any musical genre nor established standards either ideologically or aesthetically, I wanted to create something where did not matter who you were or how you looked, but what you had to tell and show the world with your music.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?
I think I'm under the radar of bm fans, as I have estimated hahaha, I have no problem with that, but of course, I would like to have a little more reach.

11.When can we expect another release and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
I've played live two times, the first one in an experimental music show in Monterrey, Mexico (next to No Peafowls in fact), it was very strange but pleasant. The second time in a blackmetal show in my city, I'm not sure how it was taken by the most true metalheads of the guild, some laughed at me I'm sure of that hahaha, but I liked the reaction of the general public.

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?
I think Darkthrone is the main influence, I try to get influence from a feeling. Something that can be transmitted, something you can feel or think about, a place; something present from the way I record and compose to the way in which the final mix ends. In the future I would like to make even more raw recordings. I also rely on a lot on the metal of the 80's and 90's. But to be honest, I listen to everything, from heavy metal to indiepop, I have no problem with that.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I really like soccer, retro computer games, tabletop rpg, podcasts (in fact I have one, where I talk about daily life and the world in a very relaxed way), graphic design (that's what I do for a living).

14.Before we wrap up this interview. do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all thank you for the time and space and above all, the interest you put on my music. I'm glad to find spaces like this to spread the word about my music. Let's listen to some new (and old) music! In the end it is what really counts!

Blotgrop/Odesrok/Depressive Illusions/2018 Demo Review


  Blotgrop  are  a  solo  project  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  heathen  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  demo  "Odesrok"  which  was  released  by  Depressive  Illusions.

  A  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  deep  yet  grim  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  add  in  a  black  metal  influence  while  the  riffing  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  pagan  and  viking  metal.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  a  lot  of  the  music  also  adds  in  a  good  amount  of  90's  influences.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  most  of  the  music  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording.

  Blotgrop  plays  a  style  of  heathen  black  metal that  is  very  epic  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  ancient  Nordic  Spiritualism  and  Asatru  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Blorgrop  are  a  very  great  sounding  heathen  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK "Rovblod".  8  out  of  10.

 https://blotgrop777.bandcamp.com/releases

Saturday, April 27, 2019

No Point In Living/The Cold Night/Heathen Tribes/2018 CD Re-Issue Review


  No  Point  In  Living  are  a  solo  project  from  Japan  that  plays  a  very  progressive  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "The  Cold  Night"  which  was  re-issued  on  physical  format  in  2018  by  Heathen  Tribes.

  A  very  nature  orientated  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  which  also  introduces  ambient  style  keyboards  onto  the  recording  which  also  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times.  A  great  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  when  the  riffs  use  tremolo  picking  it  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  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  At  times  the  music  gets  very  progressive  sounding  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  a  later  track  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  seasons,  depression,  agony  and  solitude  themes.

  In  my  opinion  No  Point  In  Living  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  and  depressive  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Impatience"  and  "The  Path  To  The  End".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/nopointjp/
https://npiljp.bandcamp.com/ 

  

Ancient Torment/Satan's Legacy Come Flesh/Eternal Death/2019 EP Review


  Ancient  Torment  are  a  band  from  Rhode  Island  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Satan's  Legacy  Come  Flesh"  which  will be  released  in  May  by  Eternal  Death.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  band  musical  style  but  also  keeping  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  growls  can  also  be  heard.

 Ancient  Torment  plays  a  style  of  satanic  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  satanic  and  traditional  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Rites  Of  Violence  and  Sex.

  In  my  opinion  Ancient Torment  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  satanic  black  metal  band  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Satan's  Legacy  Come  Flesh" and  "EveIn  Estrus".  8  out  of  10.


https://www.facebook.com/ancienttorment/   

  

Hellgoat/Death Conquers All/Boris Records/2019 CD Re-Issue Review


  Hellgoat  are  a  band  from  Atlanta,  Georgia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Death  Conquers  All"  which  will  be re-issued  in  May  by  Boris  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  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  has  a  great  amount  of  influences  from  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  some  of  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  almost  capture  the  raw  aggression  of  war  metal  but  staying  mostly  rooted  in  a  traditional  black  metal  style.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  always  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  musical  direction.

  On  this  recording  Hellgoat  remained  very  true  to  the  raw,  old  school  and  satanic  black  metal  style  that  was  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Gnostic  Satanism  and  Anti  Christianity  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hellgoat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Slay  The  Lamb"  "Upon  The  Hill  Of  Megiddo"  "Feat  Of  the  Goat"  and  "Ordained  By  The  Masters  Hand".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W92LoEximA4

  

Malum/Legion/Purity Through Fire/2019 CD Review


  Malum  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Legion"  which  will  be released  on  May  31st  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  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  black  metal  screams  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  Finnish  black  metal  style.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  melodic  style  along  with  one  track  also  introducing  demonic  growls  onto  the  recording.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  small  amount  of  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  on  a  few  tracks  while  the  closing  track  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars. The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism  and  Luciferian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Malum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Sun  Devouring  Dragon  -  Manifest  Malum"  and  "Luciferian  Legion".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM2CTWqgds0

  

Friday, April 26, 2019

Gates To The Morning Interview

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


The band started out as a one man project back in 2008 or so.  I was recording an album at my home studio under the same name of Gates To The Morning, although is was much more pure second-wave black metal at the time.  Half way through the recording process the files somehow got corrupted, and I had to either start over or give up.  I chose to give up on it because I was preparing for jazz auditions for Colleges at the time, so there was no way I could divide my time.  Fast forward to late 2016 and I started accumulating material again and decided I had to do something with it.  It was only supposed to be a studio project but it has just kept growing and now we are getting ready to play live shows this coming July and finally release our debut album ‘Return To Earth"


2.You have your first full length coming out in June, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

The record actually drops July 19th, 2019 but physical copies will be available at the shows we play during our east coast tour a week prior to that.  The musical style on the recording is really an amalgamation of everything I love, particularly within the realm of metal.  The idea was to create a really keyboard-driven black metal album, but I wisely kept my mind open and let the music be what it needed to be.  By the time the album was fully written, I needed other people to tell me what the genre or style was.  I just called it Progressive Metal but I knew that fell short of an accurate description.  It wasn’t until I started working with a guy named Matt Bacon who told me it was “Post-Black Metal.”  That was just a few months ago back in January 2019.  I had never really heard the term before so I just trusted him with it.  Hopefully the album is hard to categorize, I think that is a good thing as long as it is done in a cohesive way.


3.The lyrics on the new album are a concept album, can you tell us a little bit more about the story you covered on the album?

The concept of the album is about being on a "spiritual path.”  I think often that term is very misconstrued and misunderstood.  For me personally, my “spiritual induction” , if you will, came at age 17 and it was very tumultuous and difficult.  I didn’t quite understand what was happening to me and I often felt like I was going insane.  However, the kind of wild part about it is I wouldn’t change anything from that. (Well, maybe a few things)  Part of the process was realizing that everything happening to me was necessary for the evolution of my soul, no matter how adverse it may seem.  I think most people go through this phase at some point, whether in this life-time or one of the next incarnations, because eventually your soul asks for it.  “Dark Night of the Soul” a phrase termed by St. John of the Cross describes very well what I have gone through, and am still going through.  “Chapel Perilous” is a term popularized by Robert Anton Wilson that also accurately conveys my experiences, as well as “Crossing the Abyss”, a term used by Kabbalists. The album is about my journey on this path, which has been crushing, confusing, beautiful and enlightening and just about everything in between.  This album encaptures all of that for me.  The idea of ‘Return To Earth” was a message I received along the way that told me to be here and be human.  At some point I basically wanted to astral project myself to the stars and get the fuck off this planet, but I realized that all my work was to be done here, and perhaps my greatest challenge is to simply be human for a while.


4.Originally the band started out as a solo project, what was the decision behind expanding into a full line up?

I enjoyed doing the bulk of the work for the album, but I always had plans to include a few other musicians on the record.  They are musicians I have known for a long time and had played with in other musical outfits.  I deeply trusted all of them and they enhanced the music so greatly, it is safe to say this record would not be what it is without all of them.  The only musician I hadn’t known for at least some period of time was Meg Moyer, who was a recommendation of Kevin Antreassian, the engineer for the record.  I had a very particular vision of what I wanted the female vocals to sound like and she fit it perfectly, it was meant to be.  Ædan McEvoy was a friend that I attended college with, and we were both music majors.  All the other guys I have known since my early teenage years and are dear friends.  Then of course when we decided to put together a live band so I had completely left behind the idea of a solo project.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Gates to The Morning'?

"Gates of Morning" is a J.R.R. Tolkien reference.  Not much is written of it, but from what we do know according to Tolkien, the sun re-enters the world through the Gates of Morning and exits through the Door of Night. This is all highly symbolic to me.  The Gates of Morning are the promise that there is hope, and though it is necessary to pass through that Door Of Night, the Gates of Morning always await us.  It is a necessary beacon of hope for me. It also symbolizes rebirth.  I can recall from a particularly difficult ayahuasca ceremony I had participated in, the “Shaman” or facilitator of the ceremony said something along the lines of “I know it’s dark, and feels like it may never end, but the sun will come up in the morning.”  I think that sums things up pretty well.  I changed the name slightly to Gates “To The” Morning because it represented a more ongoing process and a journey.

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

The artwork for “Return To Earth” was one of the last things to come together conceptually for the album.  I was struggling to come up with the artwork for some time and Mark Glaser, who plays lead guitars on the record, encouraged me not to settle for something I wasn’t in love with.

One night I was going through old photos I had saved on my computer and  I stumbled across this beautiful picture. I knew immediately it was going to be the album cover.  The album was already entitled “Return To Earth” and that theme is extremely apparent in the picture.  The winter time theme was important as we have a couple odes to winter on the album such as “Two Winters” and “Freezing The Sundials.”  Another song is titled “Rekindled” and we see the mother earth type figure (that Meg Moyer’s vocals on the record symbolize) decorated with fire as she returns to earth.  She is waking up after a long winter to return to earth.  All the music and song titles were already set in stone before I even found the picture. Of course, there are no coincidences.

The next dilemma was finding the artist. I had seen it used on a few different websites but none of them credited the artist.  It took me at least a month to find out it was from Jesper Alvermark, who is a visual artist from Sweden. The female was a picture of a model and then Jesper touched it up along with some other stock images.  I’m very grateful that he allowed me to use the artwork, it means a lot to me personally.

7.I heard that the band is planning to do their first live shows later this year, do you have any shows line up yet?

Yes we do!  We will be doing a couple shows in Brooklyn, one in Philadelphia and one in Northern New Jersey in July.  I am really excited to announce some of the bands we are playing with so stay tuned , that announcement is coming very soon.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are currently looking for a label.  The idea is that we have a very solid record that we feel great about, and now we just want to play a few live shows and once we do we will have a very complete press kit to send out to labels, so that process will begin soon.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post black metal that have heard it so far?

Once again, I am pretty new to the term “Post-Black Metal” and we have been compared to bands I’ve never even heard of before, but I am totally fine with that.  The overall reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, which is part of the reason I’ve been encouraged to pursue this further.  I have heard from people in the U.S. as well as internationally who really enjoy what they have heard so far, and that been very encouraging.  I am only just beginning to target the “Post-Black Metal” audience because I have just recently discovered it, but I am finding fans of all types of music are enjoying it.  We fit a lot of different sounds on the record and I am proud that it has been done in a cohesive way that is authentic and not forced.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
In the near future, I think the different sounds we have touched upon on “Return To Earth” still have a lot more depth to be explored.  I basically have the skeleton of the next album already written and it seems like a natural followup to our debut.  In the more distant future I can see this project going just about anywhere.  My musical tastes are very eclectic and so are the rest of the bands’, so I would say nothing would be surprising down the road, because we are capable of exploring so many avenues.  I could envision us doing a more folk/acoustic type of record at some point, as well a more pure 2nd wave black metal EP, or a perhaps a death metal EP in the vein of Nile and Decapitated, or a more progressive route and even paying homage to classics such as Yes and King Crimson.  The doors are wide open for the future, and I am not afraid to explore any and all avenues as long as it happens organically and authentically.


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?

It is hard to nail down exactly who has inspired me because I, and the rest of the band are all over the map with our influences.  But to give you something to work with I think some of the sounds that come through on “Return To Earth” are Novembre, Extol, Arcturus, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Yes, Old Man’s Child, Windir and Eucharist.  There is even one song on the record I think sounds like the Deftones.  Lately I have been listening to a lot of Post-Black Metal ever since I’ve been told we have that sound so I have been enjoying Alcest a lot.  Another band I have been grateful to stumble across is Eneferens, they are fantastic and I think everyone should check them out.  I’ve listened to their whole catalog recently.  Jazz is always in the rotation too, Brian Blade and The Fellowship band is among my favorites and I’ve been also listening to a lot of Bill Frisell lately.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Life experiences, the ebb and flow of life. Tolkien has always been and will always be a HUGE influence on me, and on a related note I am highly interested in doing research on Atlantis.  Yoga and meditation are very important practices to me and their teachings are an influence.  Mysticism and Occultism fall under that same umbrella as well.  Plant Medicines, Shamanic practices.  I have recently discovered how deeply important Norse mythology is to me, not just on a level of fascination and wonder, but on a practical and applied spiritual level. And of course, Nature.


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

Keep an eye out for us, we plan on doing a lot of interesting things.  Collectively as a band we all have a lot to say and a lot to offer, and we are excited to have it come to light.  You can check us out at www.gatestothemorning.com and from there we have links to all of our social media and bandcamp, etc.  July will be a big month for us, so stay tuned.  Thank you!

Sykelig Englen/This Hollow Land/AHPN Records/2019 EP Review


  Sykelig  Englen  are  a  solo  project  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mid  tempo  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "This  Hollow  Land"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  AHPN  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  yet  depressive  black  metal  screams.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  when  the  music  speeds  up.

  Most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  mid  tempo  direction  while  some  slow  sections  are  also  utilized  at  times.  In  some  parts  of  the  songs  the  music  gets  very  melancholic  sounding. When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in a   very  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized  and  on  the  closing  track  a  small  amount  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.

  Svkelig  Englen  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melancholic  sounding  while  mostly  sticking  to  a  mid  tempo  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Scandinavian  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Sykelig  Englen  are  a  very  great  sounding  mid  tempo  and  mid  paced  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unearthing  The  Hex"  and  "This  Hollow  Land".  8  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/sykeligenglen7     

  

Turin Turambar/Czas braku wojny/Pagan Records/2019 CD Review


  Poland's  Turin  Turambar  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  and  avant  garde  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Czas  braku  wojny"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Pgan  Records.

 Avant  garde  style  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  some  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  and  most  of the  vocals  are  angry  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  the  experimental  and  avant  garde  elements  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  some  of  the  riffing  also  shows  an  influence  of  classic  metal  while  a  lot  of  the  music  also  shows  the  more  avant  garde  era  of  black  metal  from  the  90's.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Polish  and  cover  snapshots  of  the  end,  abstractions  and  dream  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Turin  Turambar  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  and  avant  garde  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Miejskie  legendy"  "Czas  braku  wojny"  "Smierci  szukam"  and  "Nie  ma  takiego  slowa  d****".  8  out  of  10.

   

  

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Suspiral/Chasm/Sentient Ruin Laboratories/2019 Full Length Review


  Suspiral  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  with  some  experimental,  psychedelic  and  krautrock  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Chasm"  which  will  be  released  in  May  by  Sentient  Ruin  Laboratories.

  Dark  yet  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  brutal  blast  beats  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.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  style  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  show  a  good  amount  of  war  metal  influences.

  Bestial  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Experimental,  psychedelic  and  krautrock  elements  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  utilized  briefly  and  at  times  the  music  also  mixes  in  some  dissonant  structures  as  well  as  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  as  the  album  progresses.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Suspiral  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  experimental  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crown  Of  Chaos"  and  "The  Crimson  Void".  8  out  of  10.

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Calyx Interview

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

Calyx was born on 2013 by Fantoni and Humungus, two teenagers obsessed by Bathory albums. Our lifes were all about hanging out through ruins and catacombs on Fridays with our friends, with high doses of beer. That was our main inspiration. We wanted to create rusty and putrid music to channel our visions. Some years later Huarte and SD came into the band, and with their twisted minds they helped to define Calyx’s decrepit style.

2.You have your first full length coming out in May, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?

Musically it has been a huge progression since our beginnings, on a technical, songwriting and lyrical levels. We wanted to make faster songs but without loosing those slow and tormenting interludes. The aura of Calyx is still decrepit and haunting.

3.Some of your lyrics deal with the Middle Ages and Native Legends of the Iberian Peninsula, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Is hard to explain in a rational way. We want to express an atavic feeling that is deep within us and this music is the only way to do it. Ruins and legendary places of Iberian Peninsula (specially Aragon) are the essence of Calyx. We always use our imagination, instead of writing history lessons, because we want to create our own universe. Lyrics have a poetic atmosphere inspired by authors like G.A Becquer and Garcilaso de la Vega, among others.

4.What are some of the other lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?

I always try to dive inside the darkest vortex of my soul. Sometimes i let the passion of the moment drive me and others i take inspiration from dreams or meditations about the true evil of the ineligible world. I dont aim to foment evilness, but to describe it just as i perceive it. Sometimes is a really painful experience which can drive me to a state of existential fear, but is necessary.

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

Calyx means chalice in latin language. The symbolism of the chalice has an esoteric nature which is linked to our inner search. Christians use it for their eucharisty, but the magic properties of this symbol has an older and mysterious origin. Is a paradox between light and darkness, equilibrium, metaphysical knowledge, cosmic order... for me is the symbol for the spiritual warrior’s goal.

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

It was painted by our good friend Gaueko, composer in Aehrebelsethe and guitars for the death metal band Sepulchral. The album cover is full of symbolism of many kinds, such as paganism or the concept of the album’s name. With ‘’Vientos Archaicos’’ we refer to our passion with the ancient world, but also to a nostalgic feeling for the old times of black metal. This said, i prefer everyone have their our conclusions and use their imagination.

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

We have played three gigs so far and all of them were a great experience. I will always remember our first gig in Llodio by the iniciatic atmosphere we felt. In our gigs, old school is our thing: Spikes, leather and chains. You will never see us wearing bed sheets or that kind of shit, we prefer to terrorize the audience with our ugly faces (laughs).

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We have some gigs in our area on June, but we would like to play outside Spain. We are open to any offer to play anywhere in the world.

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

We aren’t a very well-known band so i dont know the reactions of the people beyond our closest contacts.

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

SD: Im involved within OMINOUS TORMENT and DESECRATION RITES, both personal Black Metal projects of mine, more in the negative side of the genre. I play guitar in SLAUGHTERCULT too, a Black/Thrash band where we are working in our first demo.

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

These days we are composing new songs for the next album. We wish to keep creating and going further inside our inner being to crystallize our visions through music.

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?

The bands that had most impact on us are Bathory, Celtic Frost, Tormentor, early Satyricon, Darkthrone, Desaster, Burzum, etc. Of course we are huge maniacs of traditional Heavy Metal... Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Exciter, and all that musical bagaje of every young metalhead. We listen to all kinds of music beyond metal too

13.How would you describe your views on Paganism and Occultism?

Personally i conceive paganism as a way of communication with the invisible side of nature. Occultism pretends to achieve this conexión through a transgression which breaks with the parameters established by matter, trying to transcend them in order to get spiritual empowering.

Concerning neopaganism and its diverse ways, i think it is the product of a feeling of inner emptiness of the modern man who tries to fill it with something that official religions cannot give. The problem is that most times is only about the superficial elements of paganism without reaching its deep essence. So is important to distinguish real paganism from modern and consumist spiritual products, because the last ones arent a good channeling for the inner confusion we feel. The way is to actualize and rebuild the transcendentalist cosmovisions of ancient traditions, and not to be conform by mere futile matters painted with aesthetics of the past.

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

Thanks a lot for this interview and greetings to all those apostates of the modern world.



Chiral/The Twilight Songs(Part One)/Heathen Tribes/2018 EP Review


  Italy's  solo  project  Chiral  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  him  temporary  moving  away  from  his  atmospheric  black  metal  style  to  focus  more  on an  acoustic  and  experimental  form  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  ep  "The  Twilight  Songs(Part  One)"  which  was  released  by  Heathen  Tribes.

  Field  recordings  start  off  the  ep  before adding  some  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  which  also  brings  in  elements  of  folk  music  along  with  the  only  track  on  this  ep  being  over  30  minutes.  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding  along  with  some  slide  guitars  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  song.

  Melodic  chants  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  track  while  the  acoustic  guitars  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  full  chords  and  finger  picking.  As  the  song  progresses  the  music  also  starts  incorporating  more  programmed  beats  and  synths  and  towards  the  end  a  brief  use  of  harmonica's  can  also  be  heard.  Most  of  the  music  is  instrumental  and  the  production  sounds  very  dark.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Chiral  and  while  the  music  is  not  in  the  black  metal  style  as  previous  releases,  I  can  still  see  fans  of  neo-folk  enjoying  this  ep.  8  out  of  10.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1W-aFzxgcg

 

  

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ewigkeit/Declassified/DTM Productions//2019 EP Review


  United  Kingdom's  solo  project  Ewigkeit  has  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  experimental  black  metal  style  of  his  previous  release  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  ep  "Declassified"  which  was  released  by  Death  To  Music  Productions  and  consists  of  2  songs  from  his  last  full length,  Hawkwind  and  Saxon  covers  and  a  dub  remix  of one  of  his  own  original  tracks.

  Heavy  riffs  along  with  some  atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  blackened  metal  screams.  Clean  vocals  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  slower  riffs  showing  an  influence  of  doom  metal  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  The  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  Psychedelic  elements  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  and  at  times  the  music  also  gets  very  experimental  sounding.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  one  track  also  introduces  clean  guitars  onto  the  recording  and  the  ep  closes  with  a  dub  remix  track  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  sticking  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  the  modern  UFOlogy  movement. 

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Ewigkeit  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Disclosure"  and  "Lights  in  The  Sky".  8  out  of  10.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF29M4_9ytI

  

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Horoma Exordium/A Modern Act Of Heresy/2019 EP Review


  Horoma  Exordium  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  very  aggressive  mixture  of black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019 ep "A  Modern  Act  of  heresy".

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  while  death  metal  growls  and  influences  are  also  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  the  riffs  also a dd  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  all  of  the  tracks are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  heat  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  brutal  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  mixing  in  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music,  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  utilized  at  times. 

  Horoma  Exordium  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  fast  style  of  black  metal  while  also  adding  in  some  of  the  brutality  of  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  metaphysical,  philosophical  and  corruption  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Horoma  Exordium  are  a  very  great  sounding  aggressive  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Celestial  Body"  and  "A  Modern  Act  Of  heresy".  8  out  of  10.

http://bit.ly/2VeQAFs  

Volkolun/Path Through The Mist/Crush The Desert Records/Werewolf Promotion/2019 EP Review



  Volkolun  are  an  international  duo  with  embers  from  Russia  and  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Path  Through  The  Mist"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Crush  The  Desert  Records  and  Werewolf  Promotion.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ambient  style  synths and  clean  playing  a  few  seconds  later  while all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  Eastern  European  style.

  Folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  riffs  also  use a  great  amount  of  melody.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  along  with  most  of  the  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  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.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  you  can  also  hear  some  mid  90's  influences  in  the  bands  musical  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Nature  and  Polish  Folklore  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Volkolun  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  ambient  and  folk  music,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wayfarer"  and  "Her  majesty".  8/5  out  of  10.    

Piarevaracien/Nad Krajem Braslauskich Aziorau/Crush The Desert Records/Werewolf Promotion/2019 CD Review


  Piarevarcien  are  a  band  from  Belarus  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  folk  orientated  folk  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Nad  Krajem  Braslashkich  Aziorau"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Crush  The  Desert  Records and  Werewolf  Promotion.

A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  folk  instruments  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in a   very  melodic  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rough  sounding  pagan  vocals  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  crazy  sounding  black  metal  screams.  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  on  some  of  the  tracks  along  with  some  very  clear  and  melodic  vocals  also  being  introduced  briefly  as  the  album  progresses.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the recording  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody at  times  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  direction  while  one  track  shows  the  music  speeding  up  briefly  and  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  sounding  different  from  each  other.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belorussian  and  cover  Paganism,  Patriotism  and  Nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Piarevarcien  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  orientated  pagan  black  metal,  you  should  check  out this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ad  Naradzennia"  and  "Pusteca".  8  out  of  10.



    

Monday, April 22, 2019

Permafrost/I Challenge The Light Of God/Darker Than Black Records/2019 CD Review


  Permafrost  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  satanic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "I  Challenge  The  Light  Of  God"  which  was  released  by  Darker  Than  Black  Records.

  Tragic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  whispered  vocals  as  well  as  introducing  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  heavier  direction.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  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  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Semi  Melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  some  clean  playing  also being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  of  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  palm  muting  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  heavier  edge as  well  as  a  touch  of  thrash  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  one  of  the  songs  is  also  an  instrumental.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Left  hand  Path,  Darkness,  Apocalyptic  and  Blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Permafrost  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  melodic  and  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  the  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dreaming  On"  "The  Burning  Children  Of  Moloch"  and  "Lord  Of  The  Apocalypse".  8  out  of  10. 

 

  

Sidious/Temporal/2019 Full Length Review

Sidious  are  a  band  from the  United  Kingdom  that  started  out  playing  a  symphonic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  on  this  recording  have  evolved  into  a  more  guitar  driven  black  metal  style  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Temporal"  which  will  be  released  in  May.

   Grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  starts  off  the  album  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to them.  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be heard  in  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  music  also  adding  death  metal  growls  into  some  parts of  the  music.

  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.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  A  decent  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  but  with  a  more  updated  approach  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals,  spoken  word  parts  and  classical  guitars  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  which  shows  Sidious  moving  away  from  a  symphonic  style  to  focus  more  on  a  guitar  driven  style  of  black  metal  while  still  having  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpent  King"  "At  The  Altar  Of  The  Horns"  and  "Piercing  The  Skin  Of  Narcissus".  8  out  of  10.