Sunday, August 25, 2019

Vordr/Self Titled/Terratur Possessions/2019 CD Review


  Vordr  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  frantic  and  minimalistic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self titled  2019  album  which  was  released  by  Terratur  Possessions.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  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.

  A  great  amount  of 90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  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  tracks  also  show  the  vocals  bringing  in  more  of  a  first  wave  influence  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Vordr  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  frantic  and  minimalistic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  paganism,  shamanism,  nature,  traditions,  death,  hatred  and  misanthropy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vordr  are  a  very  great  sounding  frantic  and  minimalistic  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beast  Of  The  Woods"  "Candle  in  The  Astral  Wind"  'Shaman"  and  "The  Forest  King".  8  out  of  10.

https://soundcloud.com/terratvr-possessions/vordr-chained-in-recollections-of-a-life-that-once-was    

Bykurius Interview

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

Bykürius was born in the wilds of Southampton, many frozen moons ago. We started with an unholy re-recording of the song 'Hellfire' from 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. That song has such a rich undercurrent of malevolence, arranging our version felt like chipping away at an incomplete sculpture to reveal the true evil form beneath. That's been a consistent drive of our musical efforts: highlighting and magnifying the veins of real darkness running just under the surface in the works of those who came before us.


2. You have a new EP coming out in September, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

'A Heretic Art' is our first offering of purely original material. The process of writing original compositions is deceptively similar to arranging a distinct cover. Ultimately you're shaping sound until it matches your internal vision. It doesn’t make much difference whether the starting point is an idea that comes to you, or a song that people have known and loved for years. The only significant departure in the creative process is lyrical; this was the first opportunity for us to explore and express our relationship with Satan in musical form.


3. You have also done plenty of cover tunes over the years, can you tell us a little bit more about the songs you have covered?

The focus on covers really started as experimentation: noticing and refining the dark traits of other music. Before long we had amassed enough to release our first album 'Sons ov Southern Hampton'. The response to particular songs informed the direction of the next - 'Our World Blackened' was entirely comprised of blackened re imaginings of heavy metal classics.

We very recently released a final EP of covers, 'The Veins ov History', which felt a bit like fulfilling our bucket list of songs to reshape before we set our sights on original material. That EP was actually recorded in the same sessions as 'A Heretic Art', the two are very much companions to one another.


4. The lyrics on the new EP deal with Luciferian, Satanism and Occult themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the black arts?

As mentioned, we found lyrics were the main difference when creating original pieces. As with all important relationships, our bond with Satan is fiercely personal. It's a challenge to give form to it lyrically in a meaningful way. So the songs make heavy use of metaphor and narrative, but at their heart is a firm devotion to Satan and a will to enact his vengeance.


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

The name Bykürius came to us both in a shared dream. We've since come to believe that what we experienced was Lucifer's touch on our consciousness. He spoke to us in a silent tongue, expanded our minds and broadened our experiences. His teachings that night revealed a lot about ourselves, and we’ve remained his students and continue our explorations to this day.


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

With both EPs being released alongside each other, we wanted to represent the differences and similarities between them, with colour and symmetry. This meant we had to find an artist with a wide body of great work to pick from. You might notice a slight Emperor and Dimmu Borgir influence in our music. Following in their footsteps led us to Gustave Doré, and made his works a perfect choice.


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

We feel strongly that Bykürius should remain the two of us. Certainly we've no intention of recreating our music on stage. Our music is a carefully crafted window into a specific vision of darkness - to take it and perform it live would cheapen the discovery to be had by the listener.


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

We've had some small offers over the years, nothing that has piqued much interest on our part. For now, we're content to remain a strong, independent black metal project, who don't need no label.


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

The reaction has been very positive from black metal fans, especially those with similar tastes to us in other musical realms. The Iron Maiden and Judas Priest covers are popular, as you might expect, but you'd be surprised how many of our fans are also into Madonna, Andrew Lloyd Webber... Disney! Perhaps they've tasted that same concealed vein of malevolence. Many fans of mainstream metal meet our work with confusion, but it's then acted as a gateway for some of them into a genre they'd never usually approach.


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

It's hard to see what the future holds for Bykürius. We’ve got a lot of other musical projects between the two of us, those keep us busy. Having said that, some ideas are slowly starting to take shape. We're going to let the dust settle on these two EPs, and then see where the dark winds take us.


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?

Skirting around the usual suspects (Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Watain, Satyricon) there are dozens of great black metal albums we could point to. One of our favourite records is 'Harvest' by Naglfar, they did a great job of maintaining ferocity without sacrificing melody. A bit of that can be heard in places on ‘A Heretic Art’.

Your readers must agree to keep this secret, but our listening tendencies stretch further than the black metal brethren we draw influence from - Run the Jewels, Immortal Technique, Blood Orange, RJD2, Purity Ring, M83, Storm Corrosion, Future Islands, even CHVRCHES (and not just because of their spelling). We've recently been on a musical journey through 70s rock. By way of Sweet, T.Rex, ELO, and some great poets from across the Atlantic such as Springsteen and Gordon Lightfoot, we've stumbled upon the shores of soul and R&B. If you dig deep, there's a rich darkness to be found in that music. Listen to James Carr's 'The Dark End of the Street' - it's soaked in desperation, resignation and emotional release. It's powerful stuff.


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

Worship to Satan. Seek his voice with indiscriminate hunger, and you’ll be surprised where it can be found.

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Cell/Ancient Incantations Of Xarbos/2019 CD Review


  Cell  are  a  band  from  Winnipeg,  Manitoba,  Canada  that  plays  a  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "Ancient  Incantations  Of  Xarbos".

  A  sci-fi  horror  and  apocalyptic  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  all  of  the  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  some  melodies  at  times.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  music  also  showing  some  influences  of  death,  doom,  thrash  metal  and  hardcore  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  sci-fi  elements  also  make  a  brief  return  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  a  couple  of  tracks  also  introduces  clean  playing  onto  the  recording,  growls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  towards  the  end.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a s elf  released  album  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  that  covers  science  fiction,  black  magick  and  necromancy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cell  are  a  very  great  sounding  cosmic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Defiling  the  Ancient  Hierarchy"  and  "Altering  Matter  In  the  Realm  Of  The  Frost  King".  8  out  of  10.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Livlost/Cold Skin/Downfall Records/2019 CD Review


  Livlost  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  heavy  and  necro  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2019  album  "Cold  Skin"  which  was  released  by  Downfall  Records.

  Atmospheric  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  synths  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples  and  noises  before  going  into  a  heavier direction  on  the  second  track.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  dark  and  melodic  style.

  Melodies  can  also  be  heard in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.  A  great  portion  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  modern  and  old  school  influences,  synths  also  return  on  some  of  the  later  tracks.

  As  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  and  towards  the  end  a  small  amount  of  percussion's  and  acoustic  guitars are  added  into  the  music.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Livlost  are  a  very  great  sounding  heavy  and  necro  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cold  Skin"  and  "To  The  Fallen  One".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/TGq6rxSjiNohttps://youtu.be/pzvHjAxW9ng

Friday, August 23, 2019

Aludra/Mass Stellar Graves/Akashic Envoy Records/2019 Full Length Review


  Aludra  are  a  duo  from  Oklahoma  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  cosmic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Mass  Stellar  Graves"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Akashic  Envoy  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal s creams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  the  music  also  having  its atmospheric  moments  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  modern  influences  can  also  be  heard  and  one  of  the  tracks  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Aludra  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  cosmic  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw,  old  school  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  black  holes  and  rips  in  the  fabric  of  space.

  In  my  opinion  Aludra  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  cosmic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Coma  B"  and "Mass  Stellar  Graves".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/ZuMXGKev9Cs

 

  

Bhleg/Aril/Norvis Produktion/2019 EP Review


  Sweden's  Bhleg  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  folk  influenced style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Aril"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Nordvis  Produktion.

  A  very  distorted  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  keyboards  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  recording  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal  screams  while  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  at  times.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  folk  music  elements  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style,  folk  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Swedish  and  cover  nature,  existence  and  cosmos  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Bhleg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  black  emtal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Fran  eld  till  aska".8  out  of  10.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ossomancer/Artes Magickae/Pacific Threonodies/2019 CD Review


  Ossomancer  are  a  duo  from  California  that  plays  an  esoteric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Artes  Magickae"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Pacific  Threnodies.

  A  very  dark  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  more  of  a  90's  era  atmospheric  sound  at  times  but  done  in  a  more  modern  style.

  Synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  while  the  songs  also  have  their  ritualistic  moments.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Some  tracks  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with   one song  also  adds  in  some  session  work  from  Proscriptor  MeGovern  of  Absu  as  well  as  most  of  the  music  also  sticking  more  to  a  mid  tempo  direction,  the  closing  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Magick,  Western  Occultism,  Mythology  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ossomancer  are  a  very  great  sounding  esoteric  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necromancy"  "Chiromancy"  and  "Geomancy".  8/5 out  of  10.

https://pacificthrenodies.bandcamp.com/album/artes-magickae

  

Grip Interview

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



We’re a dynamic punk/metal band from Philadelphia that formed in 2014. After slowing down for a few years, we’ve just released our debut album: Early Iteration, which is free to download and available on tape through Tomb Tree Records.




2.Recently you have released your first full length, musically how does it differ from your previous demo and ep?



The speed, intensity and complexity were definitely turned up. Screams have been made more frequent and strained, and the ambition of the overall composition is much greater. The atmosphere has also gotten much darker and much more oppressive, favoring less articulate distortion and less predictable structures.



3.This is also your first release since 2015, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during this time frame?



We began writing for the album before our EP was recorded and had majority of the songs finished just after releasing the EP. We started rehearsing the new material right away while working with a new drummer, but after a few months of preparation for recording the album, we all began to have less and less free time to rehearse before things started to slow down. By 2016 I moved to Chicago to finish my BFA and we incrementally worked towards recording during my trips back to Philly, but encountered quite a few technical issues (we were self recording everything with no prior experience) which delayed the release even further. So by Spring of 2019 I decided to move back to Philly with the completed album and we began organizing shows and finally started working on more material.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer album?



It’s difficult to definitively pin the themes initially intended because the narrative has been fermenting for a few years prior to the release, but right now I've been thinking about it in terms conviction, self-righteousness, validation, and awakening.



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



We had a difficult time deciding on a name, but had a rapidly approaching show. Our first drummer initially suggested GRIP and it had a certain bite, immediacy and concision that we all felt worked well and felt comfortable with its visual simplicity.



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



I had been experimenting with both inked and ink-less embossings, preparing dimensional drawings to imprint on paper, later to scan the images and print the scanned shadows through silkscreen. I was thinking about degradation of oration and how iteration might skew the intention of a story or image.



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 played at a great space in South is West Philly, called Anthorna Gallery, that was extremely fun, despite us being on the verge suffering heatstroke. Our performances have been pretty stripped down; Its just me, Dan and an iPod for a drum machine. We're not interested in any stage banter and just move track to track with minor interludes.



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



We have a show August 24th and are looking to for dates in mid October and November, but not much is set in stone at the moment.





9.The new album was released on cassette by 'Tomb Tree Tapes', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



We’ve been big fans of Zegema Beach Records for a while, and planned to send the album to the them as soon as we finished. After sending it to them, they approached us with their new idea called Tomb Tree and were looking to collaborate and press our tapes, so we were happy to oblige.



10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your recordings by fans of underground music?



So far all reactions have been positive. It's great to hear kind words, especially on something we've been sitting on for while. It's been a strong motivational force, encouraging us to work on newer compositions: brimming with ideas brewing for the past few years.



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



I've been interested in considering the structure of a lot of classical music and jazz in our new compositions, and applying our tense and aggressive approach to more experimental frames, littering our new material with leitmotifs, harmonies, and improvisational sections. I also think the diversity of our future output will be much greater, considering our interests in an array of textures, stylings, and pacings.



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 artists I've likely listened to most throughout GRIP's lifespan are Circle takes the Square, King Crimson, Cloud Rat, Radiohead, Unwound, and the Smashing Pumpkins. We're pretty interested in Prog Rock and more intense, dynamic punk subgenres, but we're always pulling ideas from all over the place. Dan and I have been getting really into Kate Bush and Nine Inch Nails recently, and I've been listening to a lot of Magma, Bolzer, Om, and Paysage d'Hiver.



13.What are some of your non musical interests?



I’m a visual artist and do more writing outside of our lyrics, which buys up most of my free time, and Dan is a basketball and wrestling fanatic



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



We have a split coming out within a few months with my other project: The Hands Resist Him (which also released an album recently), so we'd appreciate everyone keeping an eye out for that. Thanks for reaching out to us

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Synteleia Interview

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

Synteleia was founded in 2015 by guitarist Drakon Hesperion and vocalist Nyctelios. With the addition of Septis (bass/keys) and the assistance of Amdusias and Oort (Plague band), in June 2016, we recorded our first rehearsal demo, Astral Blasphemies. In the summer of 2017, the current lineup was formed, as Cronios joined in as the lead guitarist and with the assistance of Nick “Yngve” on drums, we entered the studio for the recording of our debut album, on December 2017 until mid 2018. On February 2019, Hells Headbangers announced the signing of Synteleia. The first fruit of this union is our band's debut album, “Ending of the Unknown Path”, to be released on 30th August 2019, on CD initially and later on vinyl LP & cassette formats.



2.At the end of August you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2016?

Although it shares the same basic musical roots, “Ending of the Unknown Path” is synthetically more complex with more creepy rhythmic progressions, extensive melodic parts and new technical solos. Occult atmosphere and deep esoteric feelings come to surface with wider use of female vocals, keyboards and additional string/wind instruments. Needless to say about the huge step forward in the production level, with the guidance of very experienced professionals. Finally, we had the honor and pleasure to cooperate with the soprano, Mina Morfi, the emblematic female singer of Greek Black Metal pioneers Horrified, back in the early 90s! A true honor for us all!



3.Your lyrics are based upon  the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his work and also what sets you apart from the many other bands that are inspired by his writings?

We are literally moving into the Cthulhu Mythos theme, created by the father of horror literature, H.P. Lovecraft, enriched though with several personal narratives and storytelling, sometimes dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish, profoundly based on dystopian situations and the call of the Great Old Ones to reclaim their dominance on earth. At an atmospheric level, some mysterious, agonizing and ritualistic situations will come to fruition, as each song has a different storytelling in first or third person, making it a stand - alone occult story in the path that H.P. Lovecraft paved. In that sense, lyrics helped us to built-up on the whole atmosphere of our songs. A part of the Pantheon of Cthulhu Mythos will be invoked on our upcoming full length work, as in some songs we used actual invocation verses of the Necronomicon in a ritualistic manner!



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

We came up with the name “Synteleia” which means "the end of times". It is an Apocalyptic term in Greek and notifies the end of the world as we know it and the dawn of a new era. The era of our cult… Synteleia has come!



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

The artwork is a visual depiction of the music atmosphere and lyrics of the album. Specifically, the cover illustrates the agonizing question that pervades the entire album: what lies at the end of the unknown path? But of course, the eternal evil that lurks and seeks its glorious return from unearthly forgotten astral realms to its primal dominion!



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

Among others, we have played with Kawir, Horn and Primal Cult at the “Under the Pagan Moon Fest” (Athens, Nov. 2017) and with Varathron - for the occasion of their 30th anniversary - and Disharmony at the “Lords of the Void Monuments” (Athens, Oct. 2018). We consider performing live as an integral part of our existence as a band and with our overall performance on stage, we try to communicate the thoughts and deeper feelings of our music to the fans.



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

Several shows in Greece are under preparation during Autumn 2019 and we look forward to our first appearance outside the borders of Greece, which will hopefully follow next year.


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

As expected, we had the warmest welcome from metal fans in Latin America and especially Mexico and Brazil. Traditionally, Latin American brothers have the deepest admiration for the Greek Black Metal scene and we are very thankful to them. As the band progressed in time, we had very positive reactions from all around the globe and we expect, after the release of the album, to receive even better feedback and wider endorsements.



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

We walk on the path of the Greek Old-School Black metal genre, which we appreciate and love most, and in terms of honoring it, we hope to represent it successfully in our days. We will stay loyal to that genre, hopefully making a sincere, strong and clear statement of our own mark on the Greek Black Metal scene and its followers worldwide. Having said that, we are not opposed to new ideas, new influences or the use of extra atmospheric instruments, like for example, how early Necromantia used saxophone in their blackest song “Evil Prayers”...



10.The band is very heavily rooted in the 90's era Greek black metal style, do you feel the sound of your homeland has been making a huge comeback over the years?

This is true. During the recent years we are experiencing a rebirth of the Greek Black metal scene with both newly formed bands such as Synteleia, Funeral Storm, Primal Cult, Katavasia and older “traditional” ones such as Deviser, Disharmony, Yoth Iria (act of Mutilator, founding member of Rotting Christ & Varathron), that re-establish themselves in the Greek scene.



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?

Of course the “unholy trinity” of Rotting Christ, Varathron and Necromantia have the biggest influence on us, as young metalheads back in the early 90’s, together with Thou Art Lord, Horrified, Septic Flesh and Nightfall, all bands that shaped the Greek Black Metal scene at that time. Apart from that, we also listened to some classic heavy metal bands, such the universally appreciated Iron Maiden representing NWOBHM style and the glorious 1st wave of Black metal, with bands like Venom, Bathory and Celtic Frost being our early listenings and inspirations.

Nowadays, we listen to whatever metal genre incorporates soul and is played by humans in a studio. The feeling of playing and recording in a studio, like traditional analog times, shouldn’t be lost for the sake of technology or low budget productions...



12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

We have a deep respect and affection for occultism and draw much of our musical inspiration from the occult doctrine, having extensively used it in out lyrics. Ex Ignorantia Ad Sapientiam; Ex Luce Ad Tenebras.


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

At this point, we’d like to thank Hell’s Headbangers’s for their support and we are honored to be a part of their unholy legions! And, of course, to our fans out there, all we have to say is: Stay Black, stay true, Synteleia has come!



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White Ward/Love Exchange Failure/Debemur Morti Productions/2019 CD Review


  White  Ward  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Love  Exchange  Failure"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Debember  Morti  Productions.

 Police  sirens  along  with  some  pianos  start  off  the  album  while  also  introducing  saxophones  onto  the  recording  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  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  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow, mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  and  one  track  also  introduces  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording.

  At  times  the  music  also  gets  very  progressive  sounding  along  with  some  elements  of  shoegaze  and  post  rock  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording,  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  also  has  it's  atmospheric  moments  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  few  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  existential  and  psychological  horror  themes.

  In  my  opinion  White  Ward  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Love  Exchange  Failure"  "No  Cure  For  Pain"  and  "Uncanny  Delusions" .  8  out  of  10.

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Idolatry/In Nomine Mortis/2019 Full Length Review


  Alberta,  Canada's  Idolatry  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  moving  away  from  a  satanic  black  metal  and  focusing  more  of  a  death  themed  orientated  style  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2019  album  "In  Nomine  Mortis".

  Acoustic  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  which  also  returns  on  alter  songs  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  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.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  good  amount  of  melody  at  times.  The  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  but  also  keeps  it  very  modern  at  the  same  time,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  All of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  a  couple  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  the  last  song  also  brings  in  classical  guitars  and  Gregorian  chants. The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  revolving  around  death.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another great  sounding  recording  from  Idolatry  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  traditional  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Toward  the  Widening  Eye"  "Reborn  In  Poison"  and  "The  Serpentine  Possession".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Infernal Cult/Son Of Babalon/Ecliptic Promotions/2019 Single Review


  Infernal  Cult  are  a  solo  project  from t he  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  suicidal  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  single  "Son  Of  Babalon"  which  was  released  by  Ecliptic  Promotions.

  Distorted  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  start  off  the  track  along  with  some  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  The  song  is  also  over  8  minutes  in  length  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  depressive  melodies  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  song  sticking  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  having t heir  atmospheric  moments,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  On  this  track  Infernal  Cult  remains  true  to  the  suicidal  black  emtal  style  he  has  established  on  previous  releases.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  real events,  darkness,  depression,  human  evil,  negativity  and  occultism  theme.s

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Infernal  Cult  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  suicidal  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  8  out  of  10.

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Arcane Frost/Dragged Into The Void/Bleeding Heart Nihilist/2019 EP Review


  Arcane  Frost  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Dragged  Into  The  Void"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Bleeding  Heart  Nihilist.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  Growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  A  great  amount  of  90's  influences  can  also  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  atmospheric  moments  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style.

  Arcane  Frost  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  atmospheric  in  the  90's  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  suffering  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Arcane  Frost  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  black  emtal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Shattered  Thrones"  "Flayer"  and  "Cosmic  Winter".  8  out  of  10.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Mizmor/Cairn/Gilead Media/2019 Full Length Review


  Mizmor  is  a  solo  project  from  Portland,  Oregon  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal,  and  drone  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2019  album "Cairn"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Gilead  Media.

  Classical  guitars  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams.

  Dissonant  sounding  melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  all  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  elements  of  doom  metal  also  being  added  into  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  atmospheric  style.  One  song  also  introduces  drones  onto  the  recording  as  well  as  some  growls  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  along  with  classical  guitars  also  making  a  brief  return,  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  are  inspired  by  the  writings  of  Albert  Camus.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mizmor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black,  doom  metal  and  drone,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Desert  of  Absurdity"  and  "Cairn  To Suicide".  8  out  of  10.

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Demenzia Mortis Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Demenzia Mortis is a black/death metal band from Belgium founded in 2014 by Asmodeus (bass) and AxHell (drums), then joined by Grabak Hellfire (guitar, ex-Nemesis Irae). Naberus (vocals) joined the band 2015 and the band started developing their music actively under the influence of bands such as Marduk, Belphegor, Dark Funeral, Emperor and many more…

2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
We wanted to produce something dark and heavy. Our new songs are more technical but this EP already gives an idea of what the band wants to bring to black metal fans : something raw, sometimes a little bit melodic, but we would say DM is a good compromise between black and death metal.

3.A lot of your lyrics deal with Satanism, Philosophy and Anti Religion themes. can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Religion had and still has an impact on History, culture and, in some parts of the world, economics. We don’t want to debate about how good/bad this influence is or was. Because the real problem is in the roots of religion. Religion was supposed to unite people and in some way it happened, but if you open your eyes you realize religion divided us and was the origin of wars, social conflicts and so on. You can notice that if you read about History, if you read the news (being aware that you don’t have to believe everything it’s said in the news) or if you see what happens around your neighbourhood, your city, your country…
The alternative would have been to let everyone build its own principles, beliefs and values according to each person’s way of life. Freedom instead of enslavement to a so-called superior entity that tracks all of your moves to judge if you can go to heaven or if you’re condemned to go to hell. We see satanism as the best alternative. We don’t see satanism as a religion, but as a philosophy. Of course there are symbols like Baphomet, Belial, Leviathan and so on but YOU are the architect of YOUR own existence. Satan is in us, and you can use it if you’re strong enough to realize that there’s no god telling you what you can do or can’t do. This manipulation lasted too many years and it’s time to change.

4.The band has been around since 2014 but waited until 2018 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier days?
Naberus joined the band in 2015 and it took a few years to develop some kind of team work, to get better and better, create a concept for the EP and for the shows. Then we wanted to build an awareness and we started playing gigs in 2016 and by the beginning of 2018 we recorded the EP.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Demenzia Mortis'?
It means « the dementia of death ». We wanted a name easy to remember but also gloomy.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artwork was done by Marvin Couget, who also performs guest vocals on Blood Ritual. Then we aded the Baphomet symbol. The result was pretty good but for the album 2 artists are doing an impressive job and we can’t wait to share it on our Facebook Page.

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 between 30 and 40 shows so far… But if we have to name a few we would say that sharing the stage with bands like Opera IX, Black Flame, Voltumna, Necrodeath, Necronautical, Vehement, Ad Patres gives such a great feeling. We have met a lot of talented bands and awesome people who understood Demenzia Mortis. Each show is a new experience and that’s enriching.
Our stage performance is in constant construction. Each year we have new ideas and we are actually working on new stuff regarding our stage performance so I don’t want to spoil. But as we managed to find a compromise between black and death metal, we are trying to do the same between a traditional performance and some kind of « Demenzia Mortis’ live performance style » if i can name it like that… Nothing too fancy, but something that represents us perfectly.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
By the end of this year we have 2 shows remaining. One with to French bands (Conquerors and Day Of The Beast) on Sept 28th, then we will have the honor to share the stage with Moonsorrow, Azarath, Au Champ des Morts and many more at Mass Deathtruction Festival in Belgium. We already started the booking for new year and are very interested in playing in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, France and why not many other countries.

9.The new ep was released on 'Malpermesita Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
The EP was first self-produced, but we wanted to get a little bit more visibility on it, with a real distribution. As we already knew Juliette and the roster of Malpermesita Records, which is composed of black and doom metal bands, we've contacted her to ask if she can help. And it was the case so we are now distributed by her label.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The reviews we read are all positive ! It’s a huge motivation to go forward making music as we love it and taking the band to another level releasing a full length.

11.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The first full length is scheduled for the beginning of 2020. We are working on new music, new lyrics and the artwork. One of our main purposes is to get on a tour and being booked in different european festivals like Stonehenge or Party San, to name a few.

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?
We are influenced by Marduk, Belphegor, Dark Funeral… Nowadays we are still listening a lot of black metal. It’s hard to name bands… There are so many BM bands around the world and internet allows you to discover them so you can spend the whole day getting into new bands.

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

Thanks a lot to Occult BM for giving us the chance to express ourselves. Thanks to Juliette of Malpermesita Records, who’s doing such an awesome job for us. Thanks a lot to the readers and every single person who made all of this possible.

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Imperium Dekadenz/When We Are Forgotten/Napalm Records/2019 CD Review


  Imperium  Dekadenz  are  a  and  from  Germany  that  plays  a  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "When  We  Are  Forgotten"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Napalm  Records.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  emtal screams  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  sounding  at  times  and  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  as  well  as  one  track  also  introducing  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  recording,  there  are  also  a  few instrumentals  as  well  as  one  of  them  also  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  classical  guitars.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  anger,  loneliness,  melancholy  and  pure  destruction  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Imperium  Dekadenz  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out t his  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "When  We  Are  Forgotten"  "A  Cave  Called  Wisdon"  and  "Frozen  In  Time".  8  out  of  10.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Slaughtbath/Alchemical Warfare/Hells Headbangers/2019 CD Review


  Slaughtbath  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Alchemical  Warfare"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Hells  Headbangers.

  A  very  distorted  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  elements  of  war  metal.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very chaotic  style.

  Death  metal  elements  are  also  used  quite  a  bit throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  without  sounding  outdated.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times.

  On  some  tracks  the  music  also  captures  a  ritualistic  atmosphere  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  as well  as  the  solos  and  leads  getting  more  melodic  on  the  later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  alchemy,  occultism,  holocaust.  doom,  death,  darkness  and  hate  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Slaughtbath  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ritual  Bloodbath"  "Prophetic  Crucifixion"  "Amulets  Of  Carnage"  and  "Ascension  To  The  Dragon's  Throne".  8  out  of  10.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Perdizione/Haxen/Eternal Death/2019 Split Cassette Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album between  Italy's  Perdizione  and  U.S.A's  Haxen  which  will  be  released  in  September  on  cassette  by  Eternal  Death  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Perdizione  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  haunting  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  lo-fi  sound  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  his  side  of  the  recording  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well  as  some  guitar  leads  also  being  utilized  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Italian  and  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Perdizione  are  a  very  great  sounding  dark  and  haunting  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Cieli  del  Zolfo".

  Next  up  is  Haxen  a  band  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  minimalist  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  a  few  demonic  growls.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  decent  amount  of  90's  influences.  Throughout  their  side  of  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  raw  and  chaotic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  self  indulgence,  afterlife,  blood,  fire  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Haxen  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  minimalist  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Acor".

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

https://eternaldeath.bandcamp.com/album/split-4